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  • This the second time I watched the film “Get Out”, I remember before this film came out all my friends and I were so eager to see it after watching the trailer on YouTube. We end up seeing it that midnight the fil […]

    • Good discussion of foreshadowing in this film. The script is well crafted, and and there are a lot of cues earlier in the film that hint at what is going to happen later. We will definitely address the significance of deer in the film. And I like your discussion of the film’s ending. Usually at the end of horror films, the cops are presented as a salvation, but this film demonstrates the tension between police officers and the black community. The police cannot be trusted in this film.

  • Jay Wu wrote a new post, Human Nature 3 months ago

    Glengarry Glen Ross is a play written by David Mamet revolving the lives around four Chicago real estate salesman in the span of two days. The firm is trying to motivate their employees by putting them to a […]

    • Good analysis of the play here. We see the lengths that people are willing to go in order to be successful. They are willing to cheat, steal, lie, and manipulate. What is Mamet attempting to communicate about human nature in this play? Is this just an office of exceptionally bad people? Or is this office, and the corruption contained within it, utterly unremarkable because it is so common?

  • Over 50 years had passed by since the three stories took place, the drastic difference between the poor and the rich 1% is still is a deprived issue in our egalitarian democratic society. As we claimed to be the […]

    • I really like the way that you connect these readings to contemporary debates about wealth inequality. The effects of this disparity extend into politics; big donors and corporations have much more political power over governmental representatives than the people who elected them. Your discussion of school systems is also really insightful. Did you know that the Long Island public school system is one of the most segregated in the country? The rich get richer and the poor are denied the same opportunities. Very nicely done.

  • As a minority myself in this nation, I feel deeply sympathetic and understand what the narrators experienced in their lives. Especially the narrator Amy Tam from “Fish Cheeks”. As a part of the Chinese Ame […]

    • I am so sorry to hear that you experienced so much bullying and intolerance growing up. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. It also sounds like you had to undergo some the same realization as Tan–the eventual recognition that your Chinese culture is not a “curse” but something that enriches your identity and your life.

  • From reading the novel Waiting For the Barbarians, we were exposed to many different forms of oppression from colonizers to the natives, both verbally and physically. Racial inequality is a form of oppression, it […]

    • I love the connects that you make between these readings and Waiting for the Barbarians. You also make some strong connections to contemporary race relations. Things have improved, but nearly not as much as they should. People of color still experience some of the same danger and prejudice experienced by these authors. It is interesting the role that place and space play in both of these pieces; according to the “rules” of this racist society, there are places that people of color are expected to stay in and spaces that they are not allowed to enter.

  • In the last blog, I gave a brief summary on the first half of the novel Waiting For the Barbarian by J.M. Coetzee. In this blog, we will talk about the ending of the novel as well as couple of the literary devices […]

    • Good analysis of some of the literary elements used in the novel. What did you make of the absence of Joll’s sunglasses at the end of the novel? You also do a really nice job of analyzing the actions of the empire–it does seem like the true barbarians are not the nomads living in the hills but the servants of the empire who torture, kill, steal, and rape.

  • Recently I began to read a new book called Waiting For the Barbarians. It is a novel written by South African Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee. Prior to AIM 104, I had read this particular book with one of my 200 level […]

    • I am interested to hear about the themes and motifs you plan to talk about next week. Try to focus this blog a bit more on the reading for this week. How does everything change for the magistrate?

  •           Last week, we began to read and talked about the graphic novel Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan. In our last blog, we discussed the first volume of the book and understood what was happening to the […]

    • Good discussion of Yorick’s character. In many ways, he does come off as very childish at the beginning of the story–although he certainly is clever and resourceful. Nice identification of dramatic irony. I always think that the scenes when Yorick thinks that hero is just pretending to be an amazon are surprisingly moving. Why do you think she has changed so dramatically?

  • Jay Wu wrote a new post, Blog 1 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    For today’s topic let’s have a conversation on the two short stories that both have similar very similar endings in some ways. One is “A Sorrowful Woman” by Gale Godwin and the other short story being “The St […]

  • This blog is on the graphic novel The Last Man written by Jose Marzan Jr. Driven by the quote of one of my all time favorite author Stephen King “ The best graphic novel I’ve ever read.” I had high expec […]

    • Nice discussion of the structure of the narrative. It can seem confusing and chaotic, but everything does (hopefully) come together. As we talked about in class, there are lots of ways in which the images contribute to our understanding of the narrative.

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