The Sound and The Fury

October 26, 2010

I would say the book first came alive to me, the third time i was able to re read the pages I had looked at.  When Benjy commented on Caddy’s scent, I finally felt a connection.  I finally thought I may possibly be understanding something coming out of this text.

I understood that Benjy was extremely helpless.  He is least capable of understanding.  But as soon as I realized he had a connection with his sister, I realized I had a connection with this text.  I’m pretty excited to continue, and with the help of class today, I think it should be far easier.  Caddy has patience with Benjy. It is obvious that he feels comfortable around her as well.  It also made sense why Benjy was moaning at the “caddie” reference near the golf court.  Its extremely moving to me  that someone with no words, still has so much feeling. Even more so than Jason, who has no mental disability but is still such a pain.  Caddy is really a character too, I can understand why Benjy feels so much love for her.  She is independent and outspoken, a character you want to hear more and more about.

Persepolis. A Sequence.

October 20, 2010

I did enjoy all the illustrations in this book.  If i had to pick a favorite I would say the pages where Marjane is walking into her basement, or what she refers to as “her hideaway”.  The chapter is titled The Cigarette and my favorite sequence is found on pages 114-115.  It seems as if Marjane is walking down her basement stairs for a century, it is shown in many of the individual pictures on these pages.  As she walked, or crept, she realized that Iran was actually plunging deeper into the war. Just as she was plunging deeper into her hideaway.

As this chapter goes on, we learn that Marjane has her first cigarette, something that symbolizes to her, adulthood.  I feel Marjane really shows progression in growing in adulthood throughout this chapter.  I think that is why i like the walk down to her basement.  With each step, she grows a little bit.  Iraq proposed a settlement and Saudi Arabia was willing to pay for reconstruction.  This would restore peace to Iran but Iran’s government was against this.  They refused this imposed peace.  So they plunged deeper into war.  Marjane’s facial expression throughout this sequence really show uneasiness.  She realizes that this war is actually continuing, and getting worse by the minute.  It’s obvious she is scared for what is to come of her, her friends, and her family.  With war progressing, I believe Marjane knew it was time to grow up.  Whether she was trying to show that or believe that through smoking a cigarette or flying to Australia all by herself.  By leaving her parents and her homeland and her friends, she proved to me that she was a mature fourteen year old.

Persepolis.

October 18, 2010

At the core of Marjane’s being is religion.  In the beginning of this book God tells her many things.  As the book progresses, Marjane is becoming more and more aware of her political surroundings.  She tells of the downfall of the shah and of how her parents had been protesting his reign like most Iranians at the time. Marjane tells of the release of the political prisoners after the fall of the shah. Her family knew two of the men released, Siamak Jari and Mohsen Shakiba. The creation of an Islamic Republic forced some of her friends to leave Iran. Marjane sees on the television that the universities are being closed down by the new regime. The veil was reinstated and there were to be no symbols of the west at all. Her parents took her to a demonstration to protest. There she witnessed police brutality and violence for the first time in her life. It was her last demonstration. She, along with her mother and father were very frightened after this protest.  I think Marjane’s child eye view is helping me to understand  the Islamic Revolution that much better.

Hemingway’s character and traits certainly shine through in this text.  His escapades were legendary, just like many of the activities present throughout this book.  His style is so simple, often how i think he went through life.  I think he just did what he wanted to do.  I think he was a simple man, just looking for a good time.  He shows this throughout his book.

Hemingway wrote short paragraphs especially the opening one.  He uses vigorous english and avoids adjectives and adverbs.  He especially ignored the high flown ones like glorious, or magnificent. He has a truly adventurous spirit.  He enlisted in world war 1 and i think this changed him deeply as a writer.  Which hurt him even more deeply was that he was wounded.  He eventually got writers block, and could find no other way out besides suicide.

Hemingway’s style is so simple.  What i have come to realize is that only part of what he is trying to convey is visible.  You have to read harder when it comes to this work, look for the small things. Look through his simple sentences and simple life and look for the adventure that Hemingway once lived for.

Waste Land Take II

October 6, 2010

“Spiritual Isolation”

Two classes discussing this text was more than helpful but still not even enough.  Its still difficult to follow, and his points just don’t seem to come across easy.  The poem is just depressing to read.  In the very beginning he talks about the land in April and how it should be regenerating after a long Winter.  A winter of numbness.

There is also a topic of remembrance, typically of the dead.  A memory of how bad things really are.  Memory serves to contrast the past with the present.  But it usually is something upsetting.  “Spiritual Isolation”, really sums the poem up better for me.  I just didn’t appreciate it the way Elliot probably would have wanted me to.. I will come back to it in the future, and in doing so hopefully take more out of it.