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  • My group’s skit was based of the “Black Men in Public Space.” We picked the story because i was short and so we could just concentrate on a certain idea. Our main focus on the group skit to oncerate on makin […]

    • I’m glad that my suggestion was helpful to your group. I liked the idea of incorporating different perspectives, especially because Staples attempts to do that in his piece. I also thought it was great that you brought in current events. It demonstrated that Staples’s essay is still very relevant. Thanks for a great semester.

  • My overall review of Get Out is that it is a pretty good movie. I have “watched” Get Out a couple of times in the past, however, I’ve never paid attention. Though I was forced into watching the movie in class […]

    • Yes, there is definitely a difference between actively and passively watching a film or television show. Great analysis of the Sunken Place; it is definitely one of the important symbols in the film. I think the ending of the film speaks to your discussion of how we interpret events differently based on who is involved. What would have happened had it actually been the police who showed up?

  • MWUCHEN wrote a new post, BLOG #9 3 months ago

    Reading through the Act 2, I’ve noticed things tend to go at a faster speed. Going into the beginning of Act 2, the robbery already happened. Though would have liked more of a preview of the robbery, I think it a […]

    • Good analysis of some of the diction in act two. I especially like your interpretation of the word “morgue” and its connotations of death. I think it is important to note that the word is used in relation to leads. We might want to consider the fact that for the salesmen, poor leads might result in a kind of economic death–the kind we see Levene desperate to avoid. Why do you think so many of the sentences are incomplete. What is the difference between reading it silently to one’s self and seeing it performed? What might the incomplete sentences suggest about the power dynamics in the scene.

  • The three readings for this week were by far some of the worst. I felt the readings were very random and confusing. Though the readings were somewhat enlightening, they could be very confusing. This week’s r […]

    • I hope that our discussions in class this week will help to reveal how these readings are thematically connected. I don’t think that Miss Moore is attempting to undermine the children; she is trying to teach them something. Any idea what “The Lesson” of the story is? In “The Garden Party,” why don’t the Sheridan’s cancel the party? What is their relationship to their neighbors? I think we’ve all played the What-Would-You-Do-With-A-Million-Dollars game. Why do you think Midge and Annabel made the rule that they can’t be altruistic? What does that suggest about how capitalist societies function?

  • The “Fish Cheeks” story was my favorite reading out of the 3 reading for this week. I felt like I was able to relate to narrator a lot compared to the other readings. I am Chinese as well which is the main rea […]

    • Thanks for sharing how your experiences relate to Tan’s. You do a nice job of discussing the cultural pressures to assimilate. Your discussion of “Indian Education” is also insightful as you discuss the burdens of being a cultural outsider. I understand your frustration with “Never Marry a Mexican.” Clemencia is a morally ambiguous and difficult character. I hope that our class discussion will help to clarify some aspects of the story.

  • MWUCHEN wrote a new post, BLOG #6 4 months ago

    My first impression of the reading was not expected. All three reading were interesting and impactful; however, I was filled with anger after reading the experiences people went through. I felt most impacted by […]

    • These readings are emotionally demanding, because they explore a darker part of American history. I like your discussion about the police were complicit in the oppression of people of color, that they perpetuated the racism they experienced. The issue of education is also very important, especially in “Everyday Use,” although it does come up in Wright’s piece as well.

  • Reading through chapter 5, I was lost, confused, and excited. Throughout this book, I have always sided with the barbarians. In some ways I knew the empires and their different outpost will eventually crumble. […]

    • I love the images that you included here. They do a great job of emphasizing the points you make in this post. Your discussion of Joll’s missteps is really interesting. He does seem to be convinced of the superiority of the empire, and, therefore, cannot conceive of them being defeated. But he doesn’t know much about the land or the people who live on it. Does this remind you of any historical conflicts you have learned about?

  • MWUCHEN wrote a new post, BLOG #4 5 months ago

    As I continue to read “Waiting For the Barbarians” it continues to put me in more confusion. In the beginning it seemed like the Barbarian was just the magistrate’s slut and that was all. He didn’t really love he […]

    • Good discussion about the changes in the relationship between the magistrate and the girl, and some of the reasons for the shift in it. I agree that he doesn’t really love her, although he seems to be trying to convince himself that he does. I love your GIF here–the interlude of the magistrate’s escape is one of the oddest in the chapter, and it does seem pretty dumb to turn himself back in. On the other hand, perhaps it suggests that he is not quite ready to give up civilization, even though he is seeing the evil in it.

  • I’m not sure about how I feel about the second part of this book. I felt as if Yorick’s life took too many turns left and right. Starting with how everyone is suddenly in love with him. Starting with agent 355 […]

    • Good observations about all of the women falling in love with Yorick. It does seem a bit odd, and yet, for heterosexual women, there aren’t many options at this point…
      We will talk more about Hero and how she ended up being an Amazon true believer.
      As for the purpose of Marrisville, we’ll talk about that too. Did you see his character change at all because of his experiences there?

  • The Last Man is actually quite interesting. There were many turns in the story that took me by the surprise. At first I was lose because the different time zones were very misleading, however the more I read into […]

    • I love your use of GIFs in this post. Very creative and they help to convey your response to the graphic novel and some of its themes. You do a great job of discussing some of the ways in which this comic challenges traditional gender roles. Also, your observation about foreshadowing in the graphic novel is very astute. (I agree that it seems like Yorick is not the best person to train a chimp (it seems like he needs more training himself)).

  • “The Story of An Hour” took many turns. Predicting Mrs.Mallard was later going to die as she is affiliated with a heart disease; however, I was shock at the ending.


    We are first encountered with the news […]

    • Good discussion of “A Story of an Hour.” Although Chopin does foreshadow Louise Mallard’s death, I agree that the ending is a surprise. You do a good job of discussing the irony of her reaction to her husband’s death. Great close reading of “A Sorrowful Woman.” I like that you are considering the significance of the color grey. What do you think of the husband in this story. Does he seem like a believable character?


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