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Group Final Project: Adaptation Reflection

May 6, 2018 in Blog

My group members and I thought that the passage, The Ethics of Jim Crow, would be a good text to do this project on because we felt that the message from the passage was still relevant to today. Black men and boys still have to go out of their way to behave a certain way, where they are being submissive in a way, in order to survive. All three of us really enjoyed the text and felt that there were enough action and narration for us to fill in the blanks and create a script. Our script was very similar to the original passage; we just added scenes that were not discussed but implied, for example we added a doctor scene, where Richard, the main character, was the doctor’s house and there is dialogue between the two of them In the original story it is said that he received medical attention but there was no detail or dialogue of the event. Another thing we did was combine scenes; for example the part of the story where Richard witnesses a black woman get beat at his portering job and then in a different scene goes and tell someone, we decided to combine the two scenes the two, where it’s happening in the same setting. We divided all of this work by having our own set of scenes we were responsible for. By doing this and keeping a healthy communication line our skit was able to bring the characters to life. However, where we to have more time, we would add more details and make smoother transitions between the scenes. For the skit, we chose to play out his childhood scene when reality set in and a scene that happened in his adult life to show the perspective of other African-American people then that are very similar to some nowadays. The first three scene that we acted out showed the audience the kind of person Richard was, where he was being raised, the way he was being raised and other things that happen to us as kids but mold ut the kind of adults we grow up to be. For our props, we brought in “milk bottles” and “cinders” in order to show the unfairness segregation had between white and black people. The milk bottle was symbolic for being milk, something white people are sometimes referred to, that did damage to a black boy, whereas the black boys had cinder that could only scratch you up a little bit.

 

by Odia

Act 2 of Glengarry Glen Ross

April 16, 2018 in Blog

Harriet and her husband Bruce were put at a disadvantage because they listened. They allowed Levene to talk giving him the power and in the end he fucked them. It was funny to me how Levene was getting all disrespectful to Williamson when he was feeling confident.

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The Standard of Living, The Lesson, & The Garden Party

April 2, 2018 in Blog

The first reading, “the standard of living”, started of really odd. The author start off by describing the food that Annabel and Midge eats, and we can tell by the adjectives that shes uses that the author is not a fan of fast food. I think the description of the food is an analogy for Annabel and Midge’s relationship. The author then goes on and describe the girls, and I think its interesting to me how they are grown women but resemble the behavior of teenage girls. I was confused about the part of the story where Midge was sort of dissappointed or for better words unimpressed by Annabel for wanting a silver fox coat. In the second reading, “The Lesson”, was very powerful. At first I was as lost as the narrator when Miss Moore brought them to the toy store, but when Sugar siad, “that this is not much of a democracy if you ask me. Equal chance to pursue happiness means an equal crack at the dough, don’t it?” The author characterized these kids as very young, since they were going to toy stores and still getting dressed by their parents; but not so young since they are able to getting around by themselves and calculate money.However, you can tell they are not going to the best schools or live the best neighborhoods from the language used by the narrator. Ms. Moore trip thought them the sad truth about the world in hopes that they understand the value of money and the trials and tribulations they might have to face, because as sugar implied there is not equal opportunity for all people from different backgrounds to get allot of money. By doing this, the kids are bieng exposed to problems in  the world and can prepare for it, instead of being naive. Lastly, “The Garden Party”, the story reminded me of little red riding hood, with Laura taking the food to someone. I really liked this last story because we were able to see the perspective of a family/person who has money unlike the first two stories. The three stories together helps us understand the the economic difference between different races.

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Fish Cheeks, Indian Education & Never Marry a Mexican

March 26, 2018 in Writing

The first short reading, “Fish Cheeks”, was so relatable. Being the first generation African-American in my family has had me in many awkward situation just like the narrator of the story. It took me a while to appreciate my culture and to not be ashamed of it. The short story was really enjoyable and I liked how her mother had prepared all her favorite food, but she didn’t even notice because she was too busy being emberrased. I wondered how the evening went for their white guest, howver. In “Indian Education” we see the hardship that native americcans are still feeling. The story starts out with us seeing how the native americans bully each other; instead of supporting one another they are eaithrt being punched, throwing punches, or getting maltreatment from teachers and then going back to a deprresing home. Their society and the way they treat each other reminds me of black communities and people who take their anger of their oppression on each other instead of their oppressors. I was amazed to see how he was able to thrive in the white schoool, he was taken off his reservation and went on to be something great unlike his peers back on the reservation. Another thing that stood out to me in the story was the differenc in education; the white kids where getting a way better education then the reservation kids and their was no regulations to close this gap. People on the reservation where able to graduate for simply attending. The story also shyly brings up suicide on reservation and I wondered why its hard for money Native Americans to relocated just like victor and his family did. Lastly, “Never Marry a Mexican”; in this story we see a woman, Clemencia, who wasso traumatized by her childhood that she can’t get out of an adultarous relationship in her adulthood. Her mother cheated on her father while he was dying in the hospital with a white man and then married the man and abondanned her duties as a mother. This has caused her to not want kids, and to sleep with a married man who is married to a white woman. Though she might not see it, her mothers actions has resulted in her lashing out in this way. These three stories depicts the struggles minorities in America must face.

by Odia

The Ethics of livng Jim Crow, Everday Use & Black Men in Public Space

March 19, 2018 in Blog

The first reading, “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow”, showed me how many black people accepted and even black themselves for the treatment they got from the white poeple. Instead of trying to rise against it, they accepted their oppression and tried to live a normal life around it; and still faced many obstacles in doing so. I was really surprised when Wright mother beat him and punished him for getting hurt by the white boys instead of caring and nurturing him. Or even when he told black people about how they treated him at his first job, they blamed him for what happened to him instead of trying to help bring Peaseand Morrie to justise. By the end Wright became just like them; only thing that made him a little different was that he snuck books out and still read in pursue to learn and be more aware. I was surprised at the end of the reading when one the black bell-boys broke out of character, and we were able to see the anger in the black community. In “Everyday Use” we saw a sort of shift in the black community; however, in this reading it is in the perspective of a woman talking about her daughter. Her daughters Dee and Maggie went through a traumatic experience with their previous house burning down, that chnaged each of their characters differently. In the reading we see progress in the black community in the change that Dee undergoes. When she speaks about creating a new identity for herslef, where her name no longer has ties to her oppressors or the beef-cattle people, who were willing to fight after their herd was poisoned by white poeple.I like how in this passage we see this appreciation and recognition of black heritage and history. Black people take pride in themselves instead of blaming themselves for their hardship and trying to change themselves to fit into a society that does not see them as people.  Lastly, in “Black Men in Public Space” the passage depicts a new form of racism. In the reading the men faces racial profiling, where he is seen as a predator because of his appearance. Instead of confronting it, he chooses to deal with it and changes how he behave in a large community.

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Waiting for the Barbarians Chapter 5 & 6

February 26, 2018 in Blog

In chapter 5 there was like a bit of change in the magistrates atitude and outlook. He went from being a selfish opportuned man who kept allot of his feelings and thoughts to himself, to someone outspoken and grateful. I was suprised however, that people were kind of accepting him back into society. I thought after Mandel freed him, he would sort of become like a reject in town but instead people have been very kind time considering the social climate and tension in the town. After the magistrate was freed he could have left and started over elsewhere, instead he chose to stay; and in this chapter he keeps talking about how he wants to be”fat”, thought he is talking about hunger I believe he is also talking about his old reputation and status. When he used to be in the position of authority he is described to be big but since his improsiment it is safe to assume he lost allot of weight. This desire to be big again is in reference to his old life and all the things he took for granted such as food. Due to the great fear towards the barbarians, the towns people are willing to put up with the soldiers new destructive agenda. This new freedom that the magistrate never had, has him using happier diction then before such as, “gold and crimson”, brighter colors than the grey he kept using to describe most things, and “peaceful”, which is very simple and differemt compared to the the violent personifications he kept using to describe a setting. I found it very funny how at the end of the chapter mandel and the soldiers just left with all of the town peoples stuff. Mandel and his army remi nd me of colonizers, who take over small countries tryiing to help  “both” parties destroy or use up the colonized naural resourse and then leave the people to fend for themselves after destroying the previous power. In chapter 6 we see the magistrate trying to fix everything. Though the army has left, the fear they brought in of the barbarian still remains and effect the town people.

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Waiting For The Barbarians Chapter 1 & 2

February 11, 2018 in Blog

I find it interesting how the book automatically begin on Joll and the way he was dressed and how he behaved. From the start readers are aware of his difference from the narrator of the story, the magistrate of the area he was visiting. I believe his glasses, beside helping him see in the when its sunny, help him be distant,so when he is interrogating these “prisoners” he feels no empathy. He seems to be of higher authority than the narrator because though the narrator seems to disagree with much of Joll’s methods and decisions he has no choice to go along with it. I am surprised that the narrator has been in charge for a while, he seems to be too nice to watch over a village of people; I would think that someone would test his authority, but it seems he is  assertive to the guards and people who are under him than to Joll. The first chapter of the book, reminds me of the salem witch trials panic. With rumors of barbarians uniting to go against the empire has Joll ready to accuse anyone. The narrator, on the other hand, seems to be questioning the empire and their paranoid decisions of searching for barbarians or anyone in alliance with them. With Joll’s presence and this fransic going around the empire the narrator seems to be losing faith in the empire and his purpose. This is seen when thinks things like;  “Show me a barbarian army and I will believe.”(pg. 9), or  “..I stand over the head of a magistrate like myself, another grey-haired servant of Empire who fell in the arena of his authority..”(pg.17) His choice of the use of the word “servant” to describe his job position is very interesting; servants are less respected than magistrates and the fact that he uses that word to describe his position gives us an insight on how he feels about himself. As the story goes on I come to realize that the magistrate only felt low in hos position because Joll made him feel inferior.   I find it very wierd how he forms a bond  with the blind barbarian girl. 

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Vaughan, Brian K. Y: The Last Man. Volume 2.

February 5, 2018 in Blog

As I read the second part of graphic novel, I noticed that their was a shift in character personalities; in this part of books secrets about the characters and ture natures were illuminated. The main character, Yorick is finally able to grow up in this section of the sotry and stopped making everything seem like a joke. His sister, Hero, also chnages from a person who is at first happy and optimistic almost to souless body, who is willing to kill her brother/bestfriend for a cause. Readers are also able to witness thesome internal problems of agent 355, with racism and her hidden love for Yorick. The ending of the book left me with many questions;such as, is Beth still live in austrillia?, will they actually make it there?, is hero escaping to finish her mission of killing Yorick?,Does Yorick trully loves Beth? Overall, this book was very good in its deliverance of feminism. The author was able to contradict all these stereotypes of woman and show that just like men women and very complex and very much not perfect.

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