Sunday, November 30, 2008
My least favorite work this semester would have to be Sula. I do not think that it should be taken off the course list, but I just could not make a connection with any particular character. In my opinion I thought the ending was not as good as it could possibly be. I think it was a poor representation of issues that went on during this time period. Almost everything that took place in this story seemed extremely exaggerated. The scene where Sula watched someone be burnt alive, and the scene where she cut the tip off of her finger were a little bit of a reach. I think we could have gotten the point with a few more subtle examples. Overall, I think every reading this semester brought something significant to my learning experience. I learned alot from each work, and became familiar with different authors takes on things. This was absolutely one of the more interesting courses I have taken thus far.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Atonement is the satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury. In my opinion, everyone in this story is guilty of something in one way or another. The degree of their crimes and the amount of guilt vary, but atonement is something that lingers within everyone involved. After that one crazy evening at the Tallis mansion, their lives will never be the same again. After finishing the story and analyzing the characters I have come to the conclusion that no one really achieves atonement. Briony is the main character searching for atonement because of the crime she committed. She expresses the fact that she wants to be atoned by writing a book about Robbie and Cecilia, with an alternate ending. This ending gives Briony the chance to be forgiven by her sister and Robbie, while they get to live happily ever after in love. It also proves that it was not Robbie who raped Lola. By changing these two scenarios in her book she is in someway admitting that she was wrong for what she did, and only feels comfortable admitting it in this form of writing. There were many inferences in the book that prove Briony realizes that she is wrong, and might not know the whole truth about what happened that night. This does not matter though because she tries to put these thoughts out of her head and piece everything together. She is still a child but tries to act as if she is an adult by being a detective with the whole situation going on at the house. I do not think that Cecilia and Robbie have anything to be atoned for in this story. I do think that Cecilia feels she could have done more by helping save Robbie, and proving that her sister fabricated everything. I do feel a little sorry for Briony. I feel as if her age had a great deal to do with the way she acted. She did not know what sex was at the time, so when she walked in on her sister and Robbie it looked as if he was trying to hurt her. Having this image in her head led her to believe that he was also the person to rape Lola. I am not saying what she did was justifiable, but her age did play a big factor on her actions. Being that Briony was the main character of the story, and the things she experienced were the basis of the book, I believe that atonement was a perfect title.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
" If you looking for a girl that’ll treat you right, If you lookin’ for her in the day time with the light". I found this lyric to be pretty interesting because it talks about the light aspect, which was a major theme in the play. If Blanche was really promiscuous she would not care if it was light or dark in the room, or what time of day it was. This shows that she was very picky and discrete about her secret lifestyle. "All I can do is try, gimme one chance, What’s the problem I don’t see no ring on your handI be the first to admit it, I’m curious about you, you seem so innocent" I think this particular lyric describes the part of the story where Blanche is interested in Mitch, and not really sure why because he is not the type of guy she normally is interested in. He is innocent and from a much lower class, but she is ready to give him a chance.
- link to "Promiscuous girl" by Nelly Furtado video