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Fiesta, 1980

I went into this story not knowing a single thing about what I’m going to be reading about. I did not expect the story to be what it was, but I liked it a lot. It is probably one of my favorite short stories that we’ve read so far, it was what I imagine as the author reflecting the image of child abuse. Showing what it really looks like and how it seems so easy, yet so frightening to tell an adult about the abuse. Overall this story surprised me but it dragged out much longer than it needed to. The beginning was very slow too, but that’s a common theme for all of the short stories we’ve read so far. Overall, I liked this story much more than I thought I would.

Bicyles, Muscles, Cigarettes

This story wasn’t really the most interesting until the very end when it got into the relationship between Hamilton and his son. There was a lot of dead space before it gets to that part of the story though. One thing that served as a detriment to this short story was that there were too many characters to keep track of. There were the three boys, the three parents, and the older kids. It got very confusing when so many of these people came into a room together and talked all at once, especially when there weren’t really any names that marked who was talking. In a short story like this, it isn’t smart to have over six different characters. The author could have taken out one of the boys and the mother, and the story would have been just as effective. I know the whole point of the story doesn’t involve most of these other characters, mainly just Hamilton and his son. But, is it worth having to read through so much dead space like this just to get to it?

Assignment 2/26/14

2) Who is more to blame for Blanche’s ruin - Stanley or Blanche? Explain.

The immediate assumption would be that it was Stanley’s fault because of all the horrible things he ends up doing to her and his cruelty. But, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and analyze this a little more. They both played a major role in Blanche’s ruin, but if it weren’t for Blanche then Stanley would have never been so cruel to Blanche. It was her lies about her life and her insults toward Stanley that made him hate Blanche. In the beginning of the play, when Stanley and Blanche are talking to each other they got along well and she was even being flirtatious with him. It wasn’t until later when Stanley started acting up. Blanche did have every right to say how cruel and how much of an animal Stanley is, but all those insults that turned Stanley into a monster. And on top of all that, the lies she told made everything even worse and made Stanley feel as though she was taking advantage of him and Stella.

Assignment #10

A sadist is someone who enjoys other people’s pain for their own self-pleasure. Cohn said this in context that Brett couldn’t take her eyes off the horses during the bull fight despite some very brutal things occasionally happening to them. Cohn felt sick seeing this and Brett didn’t, that is why Cohn said it. But, her being a sadist does speak to her character in the since that she has emotionally hurt people like Jake, Mike, and Cohn. Brett has said before that she needs to have sex with other men in order to gain self-confidence, she has had affairs with many men including Jake, Mike, and Cohn. Now in the novel, she is becoming infatuated with Romero the bullfighter. I don’t agree with Cohn in this way though, she has hurt many male characters and has taken away their independence; but Brett was never happy with it. In fact, she complains to Jake about how her life is unsatisfying. She is certainly imperfect and for lack of a better term “slutty”, but I can’t say that she enjoys other people’s pain. 

Why I Chose My Poem

The poem I chose was “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe. I’ve read a few of stories before, I’ve read “The Raven” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”. Most of his poems are a great example of a visual spectacle, like how in this poem it talks about the vulture eye and you imagine what the eye would like. It sticks with you and you remember t even though you never actually see it. It makes you wonder how terrifying the eye is for the man to go as far as to kill the old man because of it. This poem also gives a really big insider on the mind of a crazy person and how they see the world. They think what they do doesn’t mean that they are crazy, and that they are far more paranoid than a regular person. I don’t relate to this story at all but I always liked it for this reason. I hope the class feels the same sort of way when I’m reciting it, or at least I hope they do. Despite that, I can’t help but feel a little nervous doing this; I might talk really fast and then really slow or I might stop at a certain line even though I know what it is.

Assignment #8

I didn’t like the ending of the book very much at all, I agree with Alexa when she said how everyone was just too happy. Jim is free, Tom is fine, Huck will still go on adventures with Tom, and that’s it. If you compare Huck Finn’s ending to the one in “The Scarlet Letter” then it’s like the happiest ending in the world. This point makes me agree 100% with Hemingway’s opinion on the end. There were also way too many quick fixes, like when Huck was worried about Pap taking all the money, turns out he’s dead. When everyone was wondering about whether or nor Jim is free, turns out Watson is dead and she wanted Jim to be free in her will. The ending did feel “cheated” and the book really went downhill after Tom and Huck rescued Jim. But, I also agree that “it’s the best book we’ve had”.

Assignment #4

In chapter 5 of “The Scarlet Letter” we meet Pearl who the narrator describes in great detail. She is named Pearl because “as being of great price - purchased with all she had - her mother’s only treasure” p. 80. In this sentence it says that even though Pearl was born of a sin committed by Hester, she is still Hester’s greatest accomplishment. In other words, despite all the bad that has come out of Hester’s ordeal there is one redeeming quality of it, Pearl. And later when Pearl becomes very interested in the Scarlet Letter, it makes sense. Almost as if Pearl knows how she and the letter are connected. I think Pearl saw that the letter and herself were read the same way by society. 

One thing that I noticed was near the end of chapter six when Pearl started to continuously throw wild flowers at Hester’s scarlet letter. You can tell that she is obviously fascinated in it, and seems like she is intentionally trying to annoy Hester about the scarlet letter. Later the narrator stated “Pearl laughed and began to dance up and down with a humorsome gesticulation of a little imp”. It seems like even though Pearl is an outcast and she knows it, it doesn’t affect her cheerful sort of mood. Pearl wants to know about the letter and she even found a way to make it fun for her.

What caught my attention was passage # 6 and # 7 where they basically explain how God is in a way evil and how he has the power and every right to send you to hell if he is provoked. These passages say in detail just how sinister God’s wrath can easily be. In passage # 7, in the beginning where it was talking about God inflicting his wrath on you in a very detailed way, it also says that he will have no sympathy for that person when he does. “He will have no compassion upon you, He will not forbear the executions of His wrath, or in the least lighten his hand;”

The two people in this photo are my sister and my grandfather. I get kind of nostalgic when I look at this because it is before I started high school and this is when my sister first started high school. My sister is going off to college in two days and this is also before my grandfather passed away which was last year. I start to rememner when I didn’t worry about my grandfather’s age and when I didn’t worry about what it would be like when my sister leaves for college.

The two people in this photo are my sister and my grandfather. I get kind of nostalgic when I look at this because it is before I started high school and this is when my sister first started high school. My sister is going off to college in two days and this is also before my grandfather passed away which was last year. I start to rememner when I didn’t worry about my grandfather’s age and when I didn’t worry about what it would be like when my sister leaves for college.