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  • The skit my group made was based off “Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet, but instead of keeping it as salesmen who close and get frustrated with the leads that they are given we changed it to soldiers who kil […]

  • After reading the entire play (however focusing on just Act 2) David Mamet by Glengarry Glen Ross, I realized how shallow everyone in play really is especially near the end of the act. While everything is honestly […]

    • Good observations about Roma. As we discussed in class last week, he tends to go for the soft-sell, and he is by far the most manipulative of the lot. He pretends to be Lingk’s friend in order to screw him on the deal. You also do a good job of tracking the character shift in Levene. In the beginning of the play, he might come off as somewhat sympathetic, but his character shifts dramatically in the second half. Williamson is also awful. What did you make of the reason he gives Levene for giving him the Nyborg lead, “I don’t like you”?

  • After reading these three stories I was and still am genuinely confused on what the purpose of them are. Also, I don’t get their correlation other than that some of the people in these stories learn a lesson d […]

    • I hope that your conversations in class this week will demonstrate the way that they are connected, or at least how I see them connecting. You ask some excellent questions about the “The Garden Party” and the inhumanity with which Laura’s mother and sister respond to the news of the man’s death. Thank you for sharing the connections that you, unfortunately, were able to make to your own life. People, especially young people, are terrible at responding to a person who is grieving. I went through a similar experience when my brother passed away during my sophomore year of college. I am sorry that you had a similar experience and that you have not been supported the way you ought to be while you are grieving.

  • After reading the three short stories for this week it honestly struck me a little on how much a person can change. And I started to look into my life for examples and found many terrifyingly within the little […]

    • Your blog does a good job of getting to a problematic aspect of American ideology: the pressure to assimilate. You also ask a lot of tough questions about why humans behave the way they do. I wish that there was a easy answer to them, but, unfortunately, there is not.

  • After reading the three texts on oppression people of color face I was left just amazed how ignorant and evil people can be to other human beings just like them. I got annoyed by the fact that Richard Wright had […]

    • These can be difficult stories to read because it is baffling and uncomfortable to encounter this kind of hate. The questions that you ask in this post are good ones, and unfortunately, though some answers have been theorized, it has not done much to alter people’s behaviors. As you note, the issues that these authors discuss continue to persist in contemporary American culture.

  • As I finished “Waiting for the Barbarians” by J.M. COETZEE I am left with the reoccurring idea of animalistic qualities people have and the confusion the magistrate brings. The Magistrate continually compares […]

    • Good observations about the magistrate comparing himself to an animal (even if he doesn’t have great animal instincts. What is the significance of that comparison? Who else, in the novel, has been compared to animals? Also, good discussion of his sexual appetites. Did you notice that his sexual desire seems to be in some way connected to his perceived power?

  • As I read “Waiting for the Barbarians” by J.M. COETZEE I realize how hypocritical the magistrate can be (like how are you belittling the blind barbarian girl in the beginning, yet gain some feeling for her lat […]

    • The magistrate can be a difficult narrator; he is hypocritical (although it is unclear if he realizes how hypocritical he is). Good observation about what changes his opinion about the barbarian girl; he does seem to finally recognize her humanity. The fact that he is forced to empathize with the barbarians by experiencing some of the torture that they endured also seems like it will be important for his character.

  • After finishing up “Y: The Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan all I can say is wow. One’s influence can truly change how another person acts and thinks heavily. From Yorick to Sonia to 355 I was just constantly hit w […]

    • I was also low-key shipping Yorick and Sonia. Maybe it was the meet cute, maybe it was because he seemed to have more of a connection to her than with Beth. And I agree that his treatment of her was really uncalled for. I also really like the connection that you make between Trump and Victoria. It seems like there are some really interesting connections there!

  • After reading The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra rather late, as I read every page I grew more curious onto the whole situation of every male dying except for Yorick and his chimp. At first, I was […]

    • I am glad that you enjoyed the humor in the graphic novel. Yorick does have some pretty great one-liners and all the pop culture references you can handle. Great observations about the implications of the graphic novels. A number of critics have questioned the way in which women are represented as hopelessly incompetent, and what the implies about gender dynamics. In class, we will definitely discuss Yorick and his character motivations.

  • When reading “The Story of An Hour” by Kate Chopin, I found it very intriguing and difficult to comprehend at first, so I read it a second time and it blew my mind. It showed the power a relationship has with […]

    • I am glad to hear that rereading the text gave you a better sense of what the heck was going on in it. I like that you are making connections to traditional gender roles and the context in which this was written, which helps to explain Louise Mallard’s reaction to her husband’s death. Good close reading in your discussion of how Chopin uses the external environment to reflect the internal change occurring in Louise. We will definitely discuss the ending and the “joy that kills.”


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