Monday, May 7, 2012

What did i learn in english?

          I didn't know what to expect when i first started in this class. i had never had a professor like Prof. Brady. I ended up learning a lot and actually enjoying the class. English has always been my favorite subject and it still is. 
          I think i took a lot away from this class. I am a better writer and reader now and i also think things through better now. I don't think ill ever be a poet but i definitely have a better understanding and appreciation for it. i think this was my favorite class this semester because we were never limited in what we wanted to talk about. we were always encouraged to speak our minds. My favorite lessons were the ones about poetry. I like having to think about what the author is trying to say and not being given the information directly. I have always like reading outside of school but i think now i might read books that i wouldn't have read before. 
          I don't know where I'm going to be in 5 years. Maybe ill be in a steady job and have my own place or maybe ill have no job and still be at home with my parents. All i can hope for is that i will be happy in whatever i'm doing. 

"The power of love" Celine Dion

Love is a powerful thing. It has the ability to warp the way people think and make their hearts melt. Wars have started and ended because of love. Most songs, books, and movies are about love. Whether it’s for a spouse or a family member, it is safe to say that love if one of the most powerful forces on earth. The poems Let me not to the marriage of true minds by William Shakespeare and Love is Strength by George MacDonald and the song Isn’t No Mountain High by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell are all about how strong love can truly be.
The poem Let me not to the marriage of true minds is about how strong love is and how it’s not just a temporary thing. It is something that lasts forever and can’t be broken. The line, “That looks on the tempests and is never shaken” (Shakespeare 6) is a perfect example of the theme. Love can go through the roughest storm where cars are flying, roofs are being ripped off houses and trees are being ripped from the earth and it isn’t even shaken. There is no damage to it whatsoever.
The poem Love is Strength is also an example of how strong love can be. It tells how love along is a great force. It holds people together. The first line of the poem, “Love alone is great in might” (MacDonald 1) is an example of this. It is saying how as long as people have love, they have all the strength they need.
In the song Ain’t No Mountain High they talk about how nothing can separate them. They will always be there for each other. The lyrics “Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough, ain't no river wide enough to keep me from getting to you” show how devoted the two people are to each other. They would do anything to be together and even those obstacles can’t keep them away from each other.
The tone of the poems and the song is hopeful and strong. They all are happy and hopeful that the two people will be together and will stay together because they love each other.
~Blog Assignment


     I liked the lesson about idealism and the the quote "Man is not perfect; nothing is perfect". I thought it was very true. Again, i liked in this lecture how we were allowed to come up with out own definition of Idealism. i also like learning about Hawthorne and how he was a transcendentalist. I agree with a lot of the quotes by the transcendentalist. I know that my favorite part of the campus is the garden in the spring time so i agree with that that is where the human spirit is free. 
~Class Lecture


       I think my favorite lecture was the one about poetry. I like listening to the lyrics and the poems and seeing how lyricists are really poets.I think using the slides to write the notes was easier especially since we didn't get to finish the slide show in class but we could still get the notes by posting them on the blog.I also liked the video from the Dead Poets Society. I thought it was very true what Robin Williams said in the clip about poetry. 
~Class Lecture


          I liked our class lecture on desire and how we listed everything we thought desire was. My favorite part was being able to offer examples of what we thought we desired. We took time to write in our notebooks all of our things before we shared with the class. I also liked how we were never given a sold definition of what desire was. we were allowed to inference what we thought to what we were going to read. 
~Class Lecture

"Besides the kids I have nothing to show wasted my years a fool of a wife" Mary J. Blige

             Post modernism is not a fantasy or a delusion. When an author writes a post modernism piece, they are writing the concrete facts. They write what the characters feel, say, and look like without dramatizing anything. All flaws are exposed to the readers, making the characters more realistic and less likely to be put on a pedestal. In Interpreter of maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Mr. Kapasi and Mrs. Das have their flaws highlighted the most. 
          Mrs. Das’ affair isn’t hidden. She tells Mr. Kapasi and the author doesn’t make it like nothing happened. She tells us that Bobby isn’t Mr. Das’ child and that he’s really his best friend’s son (Lahiri, 62). She is clearly guilty about this throughout the entire story because she goes to Mr. Kapasi to try and fix her problem (Lahiri, 65). This is something that many women go through. People cheat and don’t tell their spouse. It is a flaw that many people have and the author showed this. She didn’t ignore it in order to make life seem more perfect. Also Mr. Kapasi is in a bad marriage (Lahiri, 53). His wife is upset with him. She is mad because he couldn’t save their son and now he is out there helping other people at a doctor’s office. He also has thoughts about having an affair with Mrs. Das. This all is going through the characters’ heads while Mr. Das and the kids are just going around trying to experience a different place. The behavior and thoughts of the characters in this story show how truly complex the human being is.

~Blog Assignment 


                   Throughout the entire play, all Stella wants to believe is that her husband is the best and that he can do no wrong. She tries to convince Blanche of this as well. After Stanley rapes Blanches, Stella is forced to either believe her sister and leave her husband or believe her husband and have her sister sent away. She makes her choice when she says, “I couldn't go on believing her story and live with Stanley” (Stella, 1232). Stella chooses to live in her own fantasy word, much like Blanche did. She doesn’t want to believe her sister and leave her husband. They just had a baby together and a woman living alone and with a child at that time was greatly frowned upon. She has Blanche sent away to a hospital even though it clearly hurt her to do so. She would rather not believe her sister and continue living with Stanley than be alone. 
                    When a tragedy happens, there are always people that are in denial. They don’t want to believe that it really happened because then they could continue living in their fantasy world. This is especially true if they had lost someone they love. They don’t want to believe that the person is never coming back. Some go as far as to even believe in their own fantasies. There are people that don’t like watching the news because they don’t want to face what is really happening in the world. They believe that being ignorant to reality will keep them safe.
~Blog Assignment

"You can call me a sinner, you can call me a saint" Madonna

          People are constantly fighting about what law they should follow. Should they listen to their government and do exactly what is asked of them or should they do what they feel is right and suffer the consequences? A government is a body of people that controls an area. They are supposed to do what is right for the people in that area. Not everyone agrees with them though. Several people feel that if something is morally right to them then they should be allowed to do it. An example of moral vs. civil law is the debate of abortion. The government says that it is legal for women to have an abortion. It is their body and they can do whatever they want with it. However, there are many pro-life groups that think it shouldn’t be allowed. They feel it isn’t morally correct and that you are killing a human. In the play Antigone, Creon represents civil law and the government while Antigone represents moral law and fighting for what you think is right. 
          Creon feels that he is the leader of Thebes and he knows what is right for the people. He thinks that all people feel that Polyneices was a traitor because he fought against his own people. He makes a law that no one is allowed to bury him. He has to be left on the streets. He goes so far as to say, “You shall watch him chewed up by birds and dogs and violated” (Sophocles 1135). Antigone is the opposite. She feels that he was her brother and one wrong thing he did doesn’t make his entire life meaningless. She doesn’t think that Creon has the right to tell her not to bury her own brother. She lets this be known to Creon when she says, “yes, it was not Zeus that made the proclamation; nor did Justice” (Sophocles 1142). She defies him and buries her brother anyway. She didn’t care that she would be punished, in fact, she welcomed the consequences. She knew that it was morally right to bury her brother Polyneices just like her brother Eteocles had been. 
          In the end, Antigone is punished for her actions and dies while Creon has to suffer from his bad decision when his wife and son commit suicide. The play Antigone if just one example of when morals clash with the laws of our nation. It is an argument that will continue to be strongly fought for. Do we do what is expected of us and obey the law or do we do what we feel is right for ourselves and suffer the consequences just like Antigone did?
~Blog assignment

"You don't know your beautiful" One Direction

        Nobody's perfect is something we are told our entire lives. Yet for some reason everyone is constantly trying to fix things they consider mistakes. The media is one of the biggest offenders in warping people's ideas of what is perfection. We constantly see models and actresses on covers of magazines looking "perfect". This is only an illusion. Photoshop is only a temporary fix to something permanent. When that isn't enough, we have ads on TV constantly trying to get us to buy the newest make-up product or diet pill. People don't realize that the people in those ads don't actually look like that, even when they do use the product. Before the commercial was shot, they spent hours in hair, make-up, and wardrobe to create the illusion that they look perfect. Everyone has a flaw, whether its visible or can be hidden. The only one that is telling us that we aren't perfect is ourselves. In the short story "The Birth-Mark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Aylmer and Georgiana both represent some aspect of trying to find and create perfection.
          Aylmer is a scientist. He believes that there is a reason to everything and nothing happens by accident. He is the logical of the two. He represents people's obsessions with obtaining perfection. He shows us how obsessed some people get when he says, "I might well dream of it; for, before i fell asleep, it had taken a pretty firm hold of my fancy" (Hawthorne 221). It is a humans greatest flaw, our desire for perfection. Aylmer is s horrified by this one little mark on his wife's face. He sees it as "the symbol of his wife's liability to sin, sorrow, decay, and death" (Hawthorne 220). As most humans are, he is so sure that he can correct nature's mistake. He convinces her of this when he says, "I am convinced of the perfect practicality of its removal" (Hawthorne 221). Aylmer doesn't see why he should leave the mark if he has the power to fix it. He doesn't understand that somethings are out of even science's reach. He is a perfect example of the human drive to obtain perfection.
           Georgiana is the opposite of her husband. He is perfectly content with the mark. She even tells her husband, "it has been so often called a charm, that i was simple enough to imagine it might be so" (Hawthorne 219). She starts to see the mark as a flaw when her husband says something about it. Georgiana represents flawed beauty and insecurity about one's image. Before her husband, she had many suitors. She is described as beautiful. After her husband, she lost her self esteem. Hawthorne shows you how low her opinion of herself is when he says, "Georgiana soon learned to shudder at his gaze. It needed but a glance with a peculiar expression that his face often wore to change the roses of her cheeks into a deathlike paleness, amid which the crimson hand was brought strongly out, like a bas relief of a ruby on the whitest marble" (Hawthorne 220). She allows him to experiment on her so that she can get rid of the flaw. The problem with this is that perfection is impossible. As soon as the birth mark disappears, Georgiana dies. Hawthorne does this to show that nothing on earth is perfect. It is our flaws that make us who we are. Perfection does not exist, therefore Georgiana, without the mark, could not continue to exist.
          Humanity's greatest flaw is our drive for perfection. Why do we continue to look for ways to correct our flaws when we know it is impossible? We continue hoping that someday, maybe we could obtain perfection. We could make all flaws go away. Nature, however, has a different plan. People are going to always be born with flaws. The sooner humanity realizes this, the sooner we can stop the insane attempt to reach the impossible.

"Ain't easy walking in stilettos but somebody gotta do it" Jordan Sparks

                 Throughout the years, women have been thought to have a small role in society. In ancient societies they weren’t the hunters. Instead they stayed near the homes and gathered plants. When the government of the United States was being formed, women were not considered to have the right to vote. Only in the 1920’s, over 100 years after the United States became a nation, did women get a right to have their voice heard in the government. Even so, women had to suffer a lot of abuse to get that right. Even to this day, in a modern society where women are powerful individuals, we have not yet had a female president or even vice president in the United States. How is a person charged with the responsibility of creating human life and nurturing it not equal to a man? In the plays Antigone by Sophocles and A Streetcar Named Desireby Tennessee Williams, it is illustrated how women are underrated in the societies in which they live.
                In Antigone by Sophocles, the main character, Antigone, is sentenced to death for mourning the loss of her brother. Her uncle and king of Thebes, Creon, is stubborn and refuses to acknowledge the fact that the entire society of Thebes is against him in his decision and thinks that Antigone was right to bury her brother. Even his son Haemon, who is engaged to Antigone, tries to convince him to allow her to live. Creon immediately takes offense to this and starts to point out that Antigone is a woman and that he shouldn’t listen to her. He makes it sound offensive that his son is standing by Antigone when he says, “It seems this boy is on the woman’s side” (Sophocles 1149). He doesn’t want to let his son win the argument because of his own hard head and the fact that his son is defending a woman. When Haemon finally starts to tell his father that he thinks he has gone “insane” (Sophocles 1149), Creon strikes back by saying, “You woman’s slave, do not try to wheedle me” (Sophocles 1149). In the end, Creon realizes his mistake and tries to save Antigone before it’s too late. Antigone, Haemon and Creon’s wife all end up killing themselves and Creon is forced to live a lonely life. This play was a more implicit example of women being discriminated against in society. It was only actually brought up that she was a woman in one part but through the rest of the play there were hidden examples of how Antigone was put down by Creon. There are other plays where women are discriminated against in a more forward way.
                In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, the maltreatment of women is more explicit. The main character, Blanche, is forced to go and live with her sister, Stella, after she loses everything in her life. This also means she has to put up with her sister’s brute of a husband, Stanley. Stanley is a very animalistic man with very little respect for women. This is shown when the women walk into the room during poker night. In that time it was considered respectful for men to stand when a woman entered a room. Blanche is used to this and tells the men that they don’t have to. Stanley quickly responds by saying, “Nobody’s going to get up, so don’t be worried” (Williams 1185). Stanley obviously wasn’t raised to be a gentleman. He feels that he has to be superior to everyone else. This escalates even more that same night when he throws the radio out the window after Blanche turns it on a second time after he told her to turn it off then physically beats Stella for telling his friends to leave. Even Stella knows Stanley is like an animal when she says, “Drunk-drunk-animal thing, you!” (Williams 1190). She doesn’t learn though because even after he does this she goes back to him. Stanley acts suspicious around Blanche throughout the entire play. He hates the fact that she continuously puts him down. Stanley over hears Blanche trying to convince Stella to leave him when she says, “He acts like an animal, has animal’s habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one!” (Williams 1198). At the end of the story, Stanley epitomizes just how much of an animal he really is. Stella has just gone to the hospital to have her baby and he is sent back home. He finds Blanche all dressed up and at first he continues to insult her. In the end he tries to prove that he is the powerful one by raping her. Rape is one of the most unforgivable crimes a person can commit. It is Stanley, a man, trying to prove that he is stronger and more powerful than Blanche, a woman. All of the acts of violence and disrespect towards women are very obvious to the audience in this play.
                Women are often thought of as small and fragile creatures. In stories like Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, the women have to be rescued by the men. There are movies like "A League of Their Own", where women are hired to wear short skirts and impress guys while they play baseball, and "She Cried No", where a girl is raped at a fraternity party, that are also examples of how women are mistreated by society. In a world where powerful women like Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Ellen DeGeneres, and Michelle Obama live, this should not be so. Today, there are woman in the Supreme Court, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. Across the world, countries have elected women as prime ministers that ultimately control the country. Women are managing families and having successful careers after having gotten college educations. The world is continuing to change every day. People have to get the preconceived notion that women are inferior to men out of their brains. The reality is women are 50 percent of the population and therefore should get 50 percent of an opinon in things.