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  • Let me start by saying I enjoyed this assignment the most. When first being assigned to write a skit based on the stories or poems we have read in class I was a little annoyed and here’s why: I thought it was […]

    • I’m glad that you enjoyed the assignment and that you had a positive group experience. I also don’t like relying on others to get work done, which is part of the reason why we took some class time to work on it (it makes collaboration easier). The details you added worked great, and I think everyone enjoyed the skit. Thanks for a great semester!

  • The movie Get Out was an amazing movie for many different reasons. Racism was really highlighted in a different way. It was a storyline that I’ve never heard of. When i first saw the film i actually never expected […]

  • This book was actually extremely hard to comprehend. If it was not for the movie, i wouldn’t be able to understand things now. The main thing that i didn’t really like was the dialogue. When we were reading in cla […]

    • Good analysis of Moss’s character. He does pick his two colleague that he views as the weakest to blackmail and manipulate. I like your analysis that he is a coward. He seems to talk a big game but is unwilling to take risks himself. Why do you think Mamet writes dialogue in the way that he does? Think about the difference between reading it and watching it performed.

  • “The Standard Of Living” was actually a good story to me as well. Annabel and Midge were best friends who acted the same and dressed the same.Their friendship was broken for awhile when they played a game “wh […]

    • Great analysis of these stories. You do a very nice job of linking them together and of reflecting about what each one suggests about social class. Your discussion about the effect that a hypothetical silver fox coat has on Midge and Annabel’s relationship is really interesting–it shows the effects of materialism and consumerism.


    The three stories i read was “ Fish Cheeks”, “Indian Education” and “ Never Marry Mexican”. My favorite story was “ Fish Cheeks” and, my least favorite was “ Never Marry Mexican”.

    “Fish Cheeks” wa […]

    • You do a nice job of discussing these three stories. Good observations about Amy’s desire to fit in and her eventual realization about her mother and culture. I also enjoyed your discussion of the structure of Alexie’s story and his experience of being an outsider. You’re discussion of “Never Marry a Mexican” was also well done. You demonstrate a lot of strong insight into Clemencia’s character and motivations.

  • After reading these three stories, I was able to have a greater understanding of the main social issue presented. They all gave a closer look into how african americans were and possibly still are viewed in […]

    • These are difficult stories to read because they shine a light into some of the darker corners of American history. But as you note, the legacy of this history remains with us and continues to inform race relations today. Good discussion of the opening of Staples’ piece. Your close reading of the first part of Staples is also well done. And I agree with you about Dee; she is a difficult character to like. Nice observations about the importance of the quilts in this story.

  • To start off, I love the way chapter 5 starts off: “ The barbarians come out at night”, it’s so intriguing. I was confused when it said “ the barbarians prowl about bent on murder and rapine”. I understan […]

    • Great analysis of the beginning of chapter five. Your discussion of how the myth of the barbarians is used to distract the town people from the exploitation of the empire is really insightful. The novel does leave us with a lot of unanswered questions and no sense of closure. Why do you think Coetzee defies many narrative conventions to give us a relatively unsatisfying conclusion?

  • I didn’t really get to talk much about Waiting For The Barbarians because this is our first blog we were assigned to write about this, but I have to say… this is the most weird but interesting book I have rea […]

    • I agree that the magistrate’s relationship with the girl is equal parts confusing and interesting. He doesn’t really seem to understand what he wants from her and why he does not desire her sexually. Until he does. What changes during this trip that he is now able to actually see her?

  • In the Novel “ Y: The Last Man Volume 2” I found myself to be shocked over a number of things. Mainly It was the change of Hero’s behavior (Yorick’s Sister). In volume one we see Hero as this “whore” who was bei […]

    • Hero is a complex, complicated, and difficult character. As you note, she has an interesting arc, but is also fairly unlikable. We will talk a bit more about some of the reasons why she might have undergone such dramatic changes. Good observations, also, about how Yorick has changed. I think that he has been forced to mature because of the dangerous reality of the gendercide.

  • While I was reading “The Last Man Volume 1” I found it to be extremely weird but surprisingly fantastic at the same time. First off, I have never read a graphic novel in class, so this was already ten times mor […]

    • I’m glad that you enjoyed the first part of this graphic novel, and that it was a positive first experience reading one. I really like your reading of the first scenes of Beth and Yorick. Consider how it is a reversal of traditional gender roles: she is out in the world, and he is stuck in the domestic sphere of his apartment.

  • In the Story of an hour it starts off with Mrs. Mallard having heart troubles. I actually read this last semester in my WRT 102 class so I am very familiar with this story. When i began reading this at first I […]

    • Good discussion of “A Story of an Hour.” I like that you are considering the role of gender in the story and the ways in which, as a woman, Louise Mallard might feel constrained by marriage. It might also be helpful, though, to consider it from a historical context. Today women can (and should) leave an unhappy marriage. In 1894, when Chopin was writing, did they have the same opportunities? Nice analysis of the story’s final line.

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