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    My group mates were Jasmine and Yen. It was difficult to decide on a text to base our skit on, we had some differing opinions on the matter. Yen wanted to base it on the novel Y: The Last Man. However […]

    • The changes that you made to the tone and content of the story were well done; you did a great job of updating the skit and making it humorous, while still retaining a lot of the original themes and ideas. I’m glad to read that your group worked well together. Thanks for another good semester.


    The film Get Out has so many motifs and themes within the movie itself from the exploitation and oppression of African Americans, the Sunken Place, the police officers, the auction, the significance of the […]


    The novel Glengarry Glen Ross shows a real world depiction on the business world. Moss, Levene, Aaronow, and Roma are salesmen who works under the company Mitch and Murray. Their Supervisor John Williamson […]


    The three short stories “The Lesson”, “The Standard of Living”, and “The Garden Party” all share a common theme. All of the narrator in the stories come across income or economic inequality. In “The Lesson” t […]


    All three short stories “Fish Cheeks”, “Indian Education”, and ” Never Marry a Mexican” covers the struggles of minorities and their respective from their point of view. Each of the narrator of the short […]

    • Nice job of thematically tying these stories together. Good job of talking about the pressures to assimilate in “Fish Cheeks,” and your analysis of Clemencia is very well done. You very effectively show how conflicted and sad she is. Also, connections that you make between “Indian Education” and last week’s readings are very strong.


    The three short stories “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow”, “Black Men in Public Space”, and “Everyday Use” all shares a common theme of racial oppression. In the first short story “The Ethics of Living Jim […]

    • You do a good job of getting to the ambiguity of some of these stories. Women do learn to be fear walking alone at night, because bad things can and do happen to them. But when that fear is connected to racist assumptions, it becomes incredibly problematic. You also do a nice job of addressing some of the ambiguity in Walker’s story. We do get the story from Mama’s perspective, but I think it is important to understand where Wangero/Dee is coming from as well.


    The first sentence of chapter five “The barbarians come out at night” indicates the fear the people on the frontier has in regards to the barbarians. It’s almost as if the barbarians are akin to the boogie […]

    • Great analysis of the ways in which the barbarians seem to function as scapegoats for the community. The barbarians are largely absent from the novel–instead we get the colonizers perspective on them. They are out there, but everything we, as the reader, know about them comes from rumors, gossip, and conjecture. Interesting connection to today’s society. That might be something you want to explore in your essay.


    The novel “Waiting For the Barbarians” by J.M. Coetzee has a lot of interesting motifs and themes. There is literal blindness with the barbarian girl and figurative blindness with the Magistrate, Colonel […]

    • Good connection between the novel’s title and the waiting of the barbarians. It does seem like a lot of waiting all around. I would love you to focus more on how the prisoner’s imprisonment helps him to more fully empathize with the barbarians. Are there any quotes you can point to that would support that claim?

    • Much! Great analysis. The quotes you incorporated work really well too!

  • My experience with reading the graphic novel “Y: The Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan has been interesting to say the least. Looking back at the entire book it really is an androcentric novel. Even though there wer […]

    • Some interesting ideas there. But I would have liked to see you spend a bit more time talking about the second the half of the story.


    “Y: The Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan follows a character name Yorick Brown. He’s presumably the last man on Earth following a worldwide catastrophe that wiped out all the men with the exception of Yorick […]

    • I really like the way you draw connections between “The Story of an Hour” and “A Sorrowful Woman” and Vaughan’s graphic novel. Your discussion of how the novel works to both undermine and reinforce gender stereotypes is also really well done. The lack of capability demonstrated by the majority of women in this novel is troubling, and works to undermine some of the work that it is trying to do.

      Love your GIF by the way. It is perfectly placed and perfectly conveys your response to some of the more problematic elements of the graphic novel.

  • Kate Chopin’s short story called “The Story of an Hour” follows a character name Mrs. Mallard. This was the only name given to the readers in the beginning. While her husband was Brently Mallard, she was just Mrs. […]

    • Good job of analyzing the story. I like your attention to the story’s details, including the imagery and character names. Your observations about the double standard when it comes to divorce is also really insightful. As recent news suggests, we’ve come a long way in terms of gender equality, but there is a way yet to go.

  • Here, we find out that the narrator was Tyler Durden. The unveil was foreshadowed throughout the entire book. With hints dropped here and there. Throughout the novel, the narrator always repeat that “I know this […]

  • The narrator has insomnia, the doctor doesn’t really take it seriously saying how he should go see support groups who are REALLY suffering. At these support groups he’s able to let go and cry. He’s able to let out […]

  • During Act Two of Glengarry Glen Ross opens with the Real Estate office being run downed and trashed. This sales company that these men are working for are forcing their employees to compete against each other. […]

    • I like your use of the word “dangled” to describe the way in which the cadillac was being used to motivate the men. Mitch and Murray are really taking a carrot and stick approach. You also do a good job of analyzing the injustice and unfairness of the system. The salesmen are not given equal opportunity to succeed. It is definitely a rich get richer type system. Do you think this is reflective of our capitalist economic system?

  • On Monday we read Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet in class together. Everyone brought a copy of the book to class, volunteers were asked to read out the parts and act it out. It was more fun to do it this way, […]

    • I am glad that you are enjoying acting out the play, and that it is helping you to better understand its content. That is often the case with drama, which is, of course, meant to be performed.
      You provide a nice summary of the events so far. But try to include more analysis.

  • “The Standard of Living” by Dorothy Parker, “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara, and “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield are all short stories that focuses on the uneven divide of wealth. This highlights the […]

    • Yes, there is an interesting parallel between Midge and Annabel entering the store in “Standard of Living” and the children in “Lesson.” They are both shocked by the prices of things, because these items cost more money than the they could imagine. Good observation about the lesson that these children learn. Nice analysis of “The Garden Party.” What do you make of the family’s attitude toward their lower class neighbors?

  • The three short stories I’ve read were “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch” by Richard Wright, “Black Men and Public Space” by Brent Staples, and “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. They all […]

    • Good connections between the stories. What do you think is the significance of the cinders when juxtaposed with the white people’s lawns and trees? Yes, Walker’s story speaks to the complexity of heritage within the black community, and seems somewhat ambivalent about it. What do you make of the fact that Dee/Wangero seems to be an object of ridicule in the story?


    District 9 sets place in Johannesburg, South Africa. An alien spaceship stays afloat over the city. District 9 is the settlement of the aliens and human slums. It’s interesting how the people of Johannesburg […]

    • Great observations about the film’s commentary regarding Apartheid. It is using the allegory of aliens to explore the racism and oppression. The militarized approach to the relocation is also very problematic–and suggests that the aliens are seen as the enemy–a designation I am not sure they deserve.


    Reading “Waiting For The Barbarians” by J.M. Coetzee was a bit difficult I’ll admit. To be honest it was hard transitioning from “Y: The Last Man.” The easy and fluid comic style made reading very enjoyable […]

    • I like the connection that you make to the colonial history of the United States. One of the things that I like about Coetzee’s approach to this novel is that the vagueness of his writing means that it can apply to a range of colonial enterprises. Indeed, it is not just one country or one place in which colonialism is exploitative and cruel, but in its every iteration.

  • This second part confirmed my thoughts. The Amazons are type a terrorist group. From the beginning when we first learned that they believed that it was God’s will to kill all the men, I had an inkling that they […]

    • Your characterization of the Amazons as a cult/terrorist group is spot on, I think. Victoria has brainwashed (or indoctrinated) these women so that they follow her deranged orders.

      Great attention to the use of gendered language. I absolutely love the quote you pulled out from the novel: “Man, you split wood like a girl.” That line is doing such interesting things with gender stereotypes and the way that the language we use supports them.

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