Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I think Euripedes had an ironic mind when creating the story of Oedipus Rex. Oedipus's thrive to find the King's (his father's) killer was set to be in vain when the killer turns out to be him. His scapegoat search to find the killer that might kill him turns out to be the same person that is searching for him. In the story Oedipus discovers that even though he tried to escape his destiny he ended up running right into it. If his parents had just kept him with them the fate would have never come to pass. Oedipus would not believe the truth that he fell into his fate (along with incest) It relates to the people today because nobody wants to know the truth if it affects them in some bad way. I wouldn't want to know the truth either if it affected me in a bad way. IN Oedipus's case it was really gross and sinful because he killed his dad and had incest. I know the truth about myself but if i did not i would ask the authority figures around me and follow the trail.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I think A Rose for Emily could be an allegory for the civil war. The era that the story seemed to take place seemed to be of a time similar to what it would be right after this war. As creepy stories go, this one was very confusing. As far as i could tell though i thought that Emily was like the North, and then Homer was the South. At first it seemed that Emily's father wanted her to stay with him because he was very protective of her. She gained this same attitude trait from him, so when Homer wanted to leave her, she didn't take it too well. This caused her to murder him so that he would not leave her. This is similar to the North and South because the North wanted the South to follow its ways but yet not leave it. The south wanted to leave to a point as to not have to follow the north's rules. This is how i think it coincides!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
The character that I think presents the most change in personality is Feste. During the story he is presented as a Jester but his intelligence is totally different. When talking to people Feste makes it seem as if his comments are just jokes but they are actually really clever remarks. His rebukes always told the story as it really was instead of how each character foresaw their situation. He quickly told how each character really presented themselves instead of how they thought they were! People thought that Feste was funny, a person to make fun of but instead he was really making fun of all of them. This is why his title does not fit him at all. This is how Feste changes so much during the story!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Sonny really enjoys jazz, but his brother thinks that it is stupid that Sonny likes jazz. Sonny would go into conversations about how he wanted to be a jazz player, but his brother would just dismiss it as if it was nothing. The reason behind this i think is because the narrator wanted to keep his past behind him and not linger but then later in the story he let it go somewhat which changed his opinion some on the jazz. Sonny and the narrator were alienated to each other because even though they came from the same place they each handled the situation of their childhood in a different way. Sonny went to join the navy and resorted to drugs because they were raised in a poverty stricken area with temptations on every corner. The narrator, however, bottled up all his feelings and kept to himself so he could make it. Once he had grown up he had made something of himself, he was a teacher and had a nice family. They were both alienated though from the community, being sheltered children they were apart of a world with drugs and many other bad temptations and had to try to avoid them.I think the name of the daughter was Grace because of the meaning. Grace is peaceful. It describes a tranquility that you receive but haven't earned, and shouldn't be getting it in the first place. Once Grace died I think it brought them together as a metaphoric meaning that she brought peace, or grace, between them. I think from then on they gain a bond and "redeem" each other so that they are much closer than the way they were at the beginning of the stories.
How would you describe the short story "Cathedral" written by Raymond Carver? I found it to be a story of immense change. As the story, begins we meet a husband describing a situation that his wife has enveloped him in, about a blind man who had given his wife a job. At the beginning, the husband did not appreciate that his wife had told this blind man that he could stay with them. The three characters in this story are blind in different metaphorical ways. The husband is blind because he does not tend to the cares of his wife but is instead selfish. The woman is blind because she does not realize that her husband does not like new things and also that he is there so she should be talking to him instead of the blind man. Robert, however, is literally blind and cannot see through his eyes. In this story the husband is very prejudice against the blind man, he even goes to the point of not saying the blind man's name but instead just replying to him as the blind man. This tells that the husband did not want to give this blind man an existence in his world. I think he probably thought himself better because he stereotyped what a blind person is like. He eventually came over this though, I think, because at the end he kept his eyes closed as he drew the cathedrals. I do not agree with the narrator's prejudice against the blind man because he is a man like any other man. He shouldn't be discriminated against just because he is different! I did find this story to be very prejudice and controversial where you can have many a opinion about it but none of the opinions are necessarily right.