Due to the classes missed during Hurricane Sandy, here is the updated schedule for the remainder of the semester. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Nov 26 Morrison, 86-111
Nov 28 Morrison, 112-174
Dec 3 Paper 3 draft due—take home peer review, Morrison Continued
Dec 5 Paper 3 peer review due, Morrison continued
Dec 10 Paper 3 due, Sedaris, “Loggerheads” (handout)
Dec 12 Themes, characters, ideas, conflicts: wrapping up ideas from the semester
Dec 17 Final Exam!
Dec 21 Conferences & Coffee: bring your own coffee (if wanted) and come for discussion about your exam and papers. All items will be graded and available for pickup.
Of mice and men truly show the boundaries of a friendship that is built on guilt and not real devotion to the other person. George knew that his actions at the end would ultimately lead to Lennie’s death. George still tried to cover his tracks and place the entire blame on lennie. THis i believe is not the true meaning of friendship.
Passig to me was a very good book and very well written. I loved the relationship that Irene and Claire shared, especially Irenes mixed feelings about Clare. Clare decided to live a dangerous but prosporus life and at the end it proved to be more dangerous. The only thing i didnt like is the way that the story ended with no real solution to the plot. The reader still doesnt know if Irene pushed Clare out the window or not.
Sula had alot of twist and turns each individual character providing something new and full to the story. I loved how the characters interacted and blended together tho make up this story about this town in Ohio. THe blacks lived on land that shouldnt have been developed and they still created a town and a culture.
The story loggerheads was a very good read, David Sedaris really knows how to write a creative piece. I liked to relationship between David and Sean, really changed the turnout of the story. I believe that the turtles are a symbol for the way David gets treated in the world. No one ever really listens to him or understands what he is going through.
I feel sad about this reading racism was something serious in this story. Armand went off and burned all the memories of Desiree for the stupid reason of thinking that she was black. Afterwards finding out that he was part colored must of made him feel real stupid. I think he was sort of stupid because why would you burn the memories if regardless he had a baby with her already.
This reading was pretty good had his up and downs. Throughtout the whole book I didnt expect that Lennie would end up doing something like killing Curly’s Wife. Towards the end of the book I never wouldve even thought that George would be the one that would kill Lennie after all the time they had been together. I think that George wasnt an friend as anybody would think.
This was one of my favorite readings throughtout the semester. It made me feel sad how the animal died but it wasnt on purpose that he was killed he was fed the wrong food without knowing what to give him. The kid wanted to have a animal but he didnt get to enjoy it for long since he didnt know what was the right food to feed him.
This memoir was one of my favorite readings. At first I wasn’t really sure why the sea turtles meant so much him, but after reading it for the second time it all clicked. The fact that David eventually realizes that keeping animals out of their natural habitat is harmful to them. I like how he was able to figure this out by his own life experience when he went to the football game with his father and felt out of place and nothing was making any sense. This shows that he is a very considerate person whose actions were completely unintentional.
This book was far more interesting than Passing I would say. Since the beginning of the novel, there are a number of conflicts in The Bottom, leading to deaths all throughout the ending. It is interesting to me how Shadrack is the first character to be introduced in the story, yet he is just a minor character while Sula ends up being one of the main characters but she’s not introduced till later on. Nel’s reaction to Sula’s death in the ending reminds me of the friendship between Irene and Clare. Both Nel and Irene cared deeply about their friends but their feelings were not fully exposed until they passed away.
As I have read the recent posts on this novel, I have to agree that this was not my favorite reading at all. Yes it has a pretty twisted ending, but the whole novel itself wasn’t interesting to me till the ending. I like the fact that Nella Larsen leaves the ending for us to interpret the way we want to, however, I would have liked to know more about Irene’s feelings and how she lived her life after Clare’s death.
The reading Loggerheads is one of the reads that I enjoyed reading, probably because this appeal to be more “realistic” to me. I really like the relation between David and the sea turtles, how they were being place into situation and condition that is out of their natural habitat, as if they are an outcast and an outlier. Probably the sea turtles are more fortunate in the eye or the society, since people can easily accept and/or understand what case them to feel out of place. On the other hand with David, the society might not accept or understand him easily, since our society do like to label people.
To be honest, I really didn’t enjoy reading Passing. It seems to me that the relationship between Clare and Irene is always back and forth (there are times when Irene is attracted to Clare in some way and Irene would want Clare to be out of her life.) On the other hand, I do feel bad for both Irene and Clare because their husbands weren’t being very understanding. For example, Brian doesn’t seem to understand Irene’s worry and point of view regarding to their son, Junior. Jack, doesn’t seem to be very understand to love Clare for who she really is. You suppose to love a person for who they are, not based on their skin color (this goes to both Clare and Jack). To me, I think that these characters have very weak relationships with each other.
I really enjoyed reading Sula. For me the ending to Sula is such a tragedy. I think the love of Nel’s life is actually Sula. It seems to me the reason why Nel was so heart broken when she found out Sula and Jude cheated was because to Sula had cheated on her and that she had lost Sula.
This book demonstrates tough love between mother and son. When Eva burnt Plum to death for his own good since all she sees was Plum suffering from day to day, living his life miserably.