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  • My group and I came up with the decision to use the scene in which Blake goes on a monologue for the simple reason that it would be extremely easy to incorporate the cast of the Avengers into it. The wide variety […]

    • I’m glad to hear that your group worked well together as you developed your skit. Your commitment to the performance was impressive, both in terms of acting and costuming. I’m glad that you found creating and performing these skits an enjoyable performance. Thanks for a great semester.

  • The news of someone committing the robbery is quite laughable at this point in the story. In Act 1 we were greeted by a cast of frustrated salesmen all except for Roma who has seemed to be doing pretty well for […]

    • Really good analysis of Levene. For me, any good will that he earned in the first act is squandered in the second. He does come across as arrogant, and he seems to be on a bit of a power trip in the office. It is interesting to watch how his interactions with Williamson shift throughout the act. Why do you think that Levene’s only sense of actualization comes from his job? What does that suggest about class and gender identities?

  • “The Standard Of Living” and “The Lesson” both offer a different perception on how socio economic factors can influence a persons happiness.

    In the case of “The Standard Of Living” we can see as the story progr […]

    • You do a nice job of thematically tying these two readings together. Very strong analysis of “Standard of Living,” especially you observation that when Midge and Annabel realize how expensive everything is, they increase the sum of money in order to maintain their fantasy. You also effectively contrast the lesson of “The Lesson” with what Midge and Annabel learn. Nice work.

  • These were some heavy readings. Alexie was an incredibly proud kid right from the start, his self worth is at an absolute all time high which is extremely admirable for a kid his age. The milestones in his life […]

    • Good discussion of “Never Marry a Mexican.” Clemencia is an unreliable narrator and her actions are often a combination of vindictiveness and self-destruction. She has been disappointed by the men she has dated, but it is worth considering whom she has chosen to date: married men who are cheating on their wives. There might be something of a self-fulfilling prophecy going on here.

  • A majority of this week’s readings touched upon some of the harshest troubles African-Americans faced during their time in segregated America. The two readings in particular that touched upon these difficulties w […]

    • Good discussion of these pieces. You pick up on some key themes in both of them. As we will discuss in class, language is very important in “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow.” In that story, we see the way that language is used to oppress people. Also, I like that you explore Staple’s’ thesis that being perceived as a danger is dangerous.

  • The final chapters of the story Waiting for The Barbarians hold a much more melancholic vibe as it is known that the arrival of the Barbarians is imminent. What strikes me as unsettling is how incompetent the […]

    • Good discussion of the “unknown” at the end of this novel. The barbarians do remain a relatively unknown factor throughout this book. How does that make them seem more threatening? Also, your discussion of the army is well done. Does their perceived cowardice seem to be making a larger point about the empire and how it functions?

  • The newest set of chapters in Waiting for the Barbarians set off a strange set of emotions for me in terms of what to feel on behalf of the Magistrate. Beginning with contempt in the beginning of the book, I was […]

    • I agree that these chapters (especially chapter four for me) marks a shift in the magistrate’s character. I think that we do see his character change. After everything he is force to endure, how can it not? Interesting connection to “American History X.” As for how much the magistrate is going to change… we’ll have to wait until next week when we finish the novel.

  • Volume 2 of The Last Man touches upon the social dynamics that humans at the brink of extinction choose to hold on too and those they choose to brush aside. The following can be seen in the juxtaposition of the […]

    • As we will talk about in class, the Amazons functions as a kind of a cult, and it is not uncommon for cults to cut people off from other bonds (like family). I agree that Yorick’s decision not to kill Hero is a really important point in his character development: it shows the kind of man he has grown into.

  • The first volume of the “Last Man” touches upon a reality in which a world without any men would look like and as a result the consequences of it all. What stands out the most about the novel is Vaughan’s abili […]

    • Great observation in the opening of this blog. The death of all of the men represents a paradigm shift. Good analysis of Yorick–you might want to track how he changes during the second volume of the novel. His quest to reach Beth is romantic, quixotic, and entirely selfish. Thanks for embedding the song.

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