Friday, November 21, 2014

Stranger Blog #2

Overall I think The Stranger was a good book. I really enjoyed the shift in Meursault’s character throughout the book. First he started out as a man who didn’t care about anyone and didn’t have any sort of aspirations. He thought the people at his mother’s funeral were annoying, and he seemed a little frustrated that his mother’s funeral was on a Saturday. In the numerous times that Marie talked about marriage, he said it didn’t matter and he would do what she wanted. He testified for Raymond that the he beat up cheated on him. The only thing he mentioned that he actually liked was washing his hands at work at lunch. However, once he killed the man he started to have a different variety of thoughts. He started to realize that he did like his life and was happy. Also, that Marie didn’t actually mean anything to him. But for someone to actually know what happiness is one must experience sadness and I think that is what Mersault was truly feeling when he was in prison. 
I do wonder if he was actually executed or not. His lawyer seemed so confident that he would get off with a little prison time and some hard labor but the jury decided that Mersault should face the death penalty. His lawyer was also confident that he could win the appeal, but the lawyer doesn’t seem to know what the jury and the judge are actually thinking. I’m more on the side that he lost the appeal and was executed because I would think that in the appeal they would ask him if he regrets anything or feels remorse and he doesn’t. Also, he said that he was ready to die, meaning that he was ready to live again in another life, to start over. So I don’t think he would actively try to get out of the death penalty. He knew he would have no chance of survival under the guillotine so he accepted the fact that he might die and was ready to move on.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Stranger BLOG #1

The ending of Book I of The Stranger was really interesting to me. The part that really struck me was after Meursault killed the Arab he fired four more bullets into his dead body, even though Meursault knew he was dead. The brightness and heat of the reflection of the sun on the knife on Meursault face was too much for him. Also, the situation reminded Meursault a lot of his mother’s funeral. This could mean that maybe he did have built of anger from his mother’s death and he didn’t realize it until he was on the beach with the knife. Unlike the beginning of the book where he seemed like he didn’t care at all that his mother died. 
The book just found it’s purpose because before this it was a very dull story about a man who seemed to not have any ambitions or strong feelings or emotions about anything. Meursault finally has a feeling other than being annoyed or relatively indifferent. He says he has ruined the peacefulness of the beach and his happiness. I think the book is going in a good direction. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fences Blog

Money is a motif in DOAS, ADH, and Fences. In each play, each character frets over money. In ADH, Nora borrows money from Krogstad to pay for a trip to help her husband. Nora keeps this decision secret from her husband and causes her to loose everything she values in her life. Money is the main reason that she leaves her kids, husband and relatively happy life; it ruins her. In Fences, the advice Troy gives to his sons is they need to have a skill that they can make money with and support themselves and a family. It ruins his relationship with Cory and Rose. When Troy becomes a truck driver he makes more money however, he starts to loose Bono because they never see each other anymore. They slowly leave each others lives. Money took away everything that Troy cared about in the world. In DOAS, all Willy Loman wanted was to be rich and famous. He also tried to get his sons to value the same things. However, this pushed Willy to have to kill himself in the end of the play because it was the only way he saw to give his family a chance at success. With his choice his family received the insurance money and was able to pay off the mortgage which eliminated Linda of all her stress. However, Linda ends up being the only one living in her house and she is sad about that. In each play, money is a driving factor in all the characters’ decisions and eventually their downfalls. The characters’ lives are directly connected to making money and keeping their families together. 


Children play a huge role in DOAS, ADH, and Fences. In Fences, Tory has the responsibility to take care of his children and push them in the right direction. This includes telling his sons to develop a real skill that they can make money with instead of what he sees as a waste of time like a musician and a football player. When he cheats on Rose he asks her to take care of his daughter because the child needs a mother. He cares about his children and without them his life would be much different. He might not of ever went to jail for stealing, wouldn’t have meet Bono, and might not even had kids. He wouldn’t have all his stress and might have lead a happier life. In ADH, Nora leaves her family because she fears that her lying would corrupt her children and they would end up like her; lying to their significant others and making deals with the devil. If Nora didn’t have children, she might not felt like she had to leave Torvald and her nice life. The stress of her lie might not have ate at her to the point where she thought she had to kill herself. In DOAS, Willy Loman only wanted success for his children. However, his affair ultimately caused Biff not to succeed in life. Once Biff saw his father cheating, he burned his shoes and failed math. With Willy’s mental state he had to relive all his mistakes and broke him down to the point of no return. Overall, the children were the main factor influencing the plot of each play. Because without the children, the characters wouldn’t have ended up with the same lives and been pushed to the extreme with their actions. Troy constantly tearing down his sons and making them fear him, Nora leaving her relatively happy life and going on her own, and Willy eventually killing himself because he saw no other way for his family to be successful. Children play a major role in all the plays. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Distance Between Us

In the book, Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande faced many hardships and had to deal with the struggles that came with living without her parents. One would think that she would wish to change the things that happened in her childhood but that is not the case. If one would change something in their past it would change who they were. With each difficulty that Grande faced she learned and grew from those situations and prepared her for life ahead of her. She wouldn't want to change the person she is today, so even though her past was hard it is the reason she is who she is today. I remember her saying in the Q&A that if you do what you think is right and think that if you thought back to this decision later in life you would be happy about it. I think I can apply this to my own life because you don't want to be older and wish that you could change your life. You have to live your life in a way you would be proud of so you never have any regrets. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tragic Hero and DOAS

The tenets of tragedy are that a good person with a fatal flaw falls from a height but the downfall is the characters own doing and the they do not deserve the outcome. Also, the character must gain some knowledge before his death and the reader must not feel depressed in the end of the story. When comparing Willy Loman to these tenants, you see that he is not a tragic hero. Willy is not a good person, he cheated on his wife and there is no greatness about him. His fatal flaw is his want for success, it eventually ruins him and his family. Willy caused his downfall, in his actions, none of them were just by chance. He also chose to kill himself. However, while Willy did not gain any knowledge his family gained a little bit. The reader does not feel sad at the end, they see that Willy did the only thing that would make his family’s life better. I never felt bad for Willy though, all the sadness and hardships he faced was his own fault. And killing himself was more like an easy way out. Willy is not a tragic hero. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lord of The Flies #6

I think Lord of the Flies is timeless truth because if any group of people were put on an island together something like that would happen. Everyone starts out in shock, they scramble to find food, water and shelter. Someone rises up to be the leader. Everyone usually follows their guidance, orders and rules. Until some figure out that they don't actually agree with what the leader is doing. So they try to dethrone the leader. However, usually it doesn't work because why fix what it's broken. Resulting in that person going off and starting their new camp. Some follow because now they have a choice and the grass always looks greener on the other side. Both camps usually can live together in peace for a little while but then resources get scarce or they realize the other camp has something they want. The camps start talking more and trying to get stuff from one another. Until the point at which they feel like they have been violated and the other camp needs to be stopped so they go to war. Usually ends badly. No matter what time period you are in, everyone will act the same because it just comes down to human instinct. It's survival of the fittest, you do what ever it takes to stay alive.

Lord of The Flies #5

In this section of Lord of the Flies, Ralph, Piggy, Sam and Eric go to Jack's tribe to try to get Piggy's stolen glasses back. However, while they are there Ralph and Jack begin to fight. Jack orders Sam and Eric to be tied up. Then, Piggy grabs the Conch shell and tries to get everything under control. Roger then releases a boulder and kills Piggy, destroying the shell. Sam and Eric are then forced to become a part of Jack's tribe and Ralph runs into the jungle. Ralph scrambles to figure out what to do, so later he goes back to Castle Rock to try to get Sam and Eric back on his side. However, they won't leave because Roger will hurt them but they do tell Ralph that he needs to go because he will be hunted in the morning. Ralph goes back in the jungle and hides and waits for his impending doom. Jack's tribe sets the jungle on fire and Ralph is found. He tries to out run them but when he gets down to the beach a naval officer is there. He is surprised that there have been two deaths and the boys have loss sense of all rules and responsibilities in such a short time. All the boys break down crying. 
I think this would happen to anyone being rescued from a deserted island, you can go back to your old life. You can go back to your house, all the comforts, everything. You don't need to be controlled by one another. There is no more survival of the fittest like there is with animals. They are free.