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Archive for the month “November, 2011”

Colleges with Easiest and Hardest Grades

Hey guys,

Today I thought I would share an article from CBS with you stating the top 16 hardest graders in the country.  I have to admit I am proud to know my college has made the list of the hardest graders in the south.  I do not want to sound like I am bragging, but it makes me happier knowing that I am truly getting my money’s worth on a good college education.  I may work very hard and still not have the highest GPA compared to other people in other schools, but I know at least when other people complain about their work that it is not nearly as bad as the workload I have at my school.  I have a ten-hour exam next week that determines if I will pass my major, wish me luck guys!

Q:What do you value in an education system?  Did you take any valuable information away from your school?  Did you enjoy your experiences there?



Good evening ladies and gentlemen

Hey guys,

I will give you a post on Thursday on  Luigi Pirandello and some of his major works.  I have two presentations to give tomorrow so I will not be giving a quote of the day again.  I am sorry if I have not been responding to posts as frequently as I usually do.  This weekend I can take one day to relax, but for the next two weeks I will be “hitting the books.”  Hope you all are having a great night.

Quote of the Day: Jane Austen

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“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice).

Hey guys,

Today I thought I would post a quote about the love of reading and what it means to me personally.  I only “pleasure” read over long breaks because I know I can enjoy the book and not worry about other work.  I get to read many books and stories as an English major, but I admit sometimes I get rather annoyed.  Having to constantly read assigned material and then critique it makes me hate reading at times, I like to read when I want to read.  Next Wednesday, I start the infamous senior seminar exam at my school.  It is a two-day test where we have to know everything we covered for the entire year.  The first day we have 100 quote identifications, and short answers which will last five hours.  The second day we have essays and short answers which will also be five hours.  The test is supposed to help us remember great literary authors, which are important for English majors.  I understand why this is important, but I would rather appreciate these authors in time and not be forced to intake major works all at once.

I love to read, despite what I have said.  I think when I am older I will pleasure read as often as I can.  However, after college I do not think I can pick a book up for a while.  I am happy though that I was able to receive this education and learned to become a better writer.  I think hopefully when I look back at my life I will be thankful I put in all this hard work, but for now, I am dreading my tests and papers.  I think I am just stressed, maybe I will have a better demeanor when I am done with exams.  I am sorry if I just complained in this post I am sure everyone is stressed from time to time so I shouldn’t complain.  I hope you are all having a good night.  What do you think about reading?  Do you think we have the same enthusiasm about reading today?

Thanks for reading, please post your comments below!

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Hi everyone,

Today I am rather busy so I will not be posting a quote of the day.  Instead, I think I’ll ask for feedback on the blog.  Please, if there is anything you would like to see more of just let me know.  I will try to incorporate as much as I can.  I hope you are all having a great night.

Quote of the Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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“But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., BrainyQuote).

Oliver Holmes was a Supreme Court associate justice from 1902 to 1932.  Even though he is not a literary writer, he is still one of the most influential jurists today and was the oldest justice in Supreme Court history, retiring at 90 years old.  I thought this quote was absolutely beautiful and could have easily been written by a literary mind.  It takes quotes like this to remind me that people in the legal, business, and political world can be creative.  It is wrong of me to assume they are not, but I guess those are my presumptions about the people in those fields.

I agree with Holmes that friendship is a beautiful thing.  As friendships continue to develop the bond grows stronger and continues to grow. In my opinion, Holmes could be saying as a friendship continues to grow more things are shared and new memories are created.  Every part of the friendship is beautiful and every moment that is shared is sweet.

Q:Have your friends had an impact on your life? How would you describe friendship?

Thanks for reading!

Quote of the Day: Confucius

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“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses” (Confucius).

Hey guys,

Since I am still thinking about Thanksgiving, and Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I would post a quote on kindness.  I think around the holidays it is important to be kind to others and to remember there are people out there that love and care about you.  We may all  be going through “rough patches” or do not feel “wanted,” but I think Confucius is right when he states we must not dwell on the negatives.  We must remember that there are kind people in the world and not to focus on the bad things that have happened in our lives.  The holidays are a time where we put our troubles aside, if only for a moment, and remember the good we have in our lives.  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and has an even better Christmas, Hunukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.  Happy Holidays!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey guys,

Today I thought I would keep my post rather short since it is Thanksgiving.  I did not have Thanksgiving with my family this year, but instead went to 419 West with my friend, Justin.  There was an open buffet and I got the usual turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, etc.  It was fairly nice dinner overall.  I kind of regret not going home, but it was a nice change.  Hope you are all having a Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a picture of the dinner I had.  It was probably a little rude that I took a picture in the restaurant, but I did it anyway.

An article analysis of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

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Hey guys,

Today I thought I would share an article analysis of  The Tempest.  The article will focus around the character analysis of Miranda and how she interacts with other characters.  She is one of the only female characters in the text, besides the King’s daughter who is mentioned and Caliban’s mother, Sycorax, who is mentioned.  Miranda is the only female who has a speaking role and she has little dialogue.  She is really the only female in the play since the King’s daughter is in Africa and Caliban’s mother is dead.  The analysis I am sharing is written by a classmate of mine, Kylie Manzie.  I wanted to share her analysis because mine would have been almost exactly the same and I would have felt I was plagiarizing.  I do NOT claim credit for these next lines for my classmate wrote them for a report.

Character Analysis of Miranda:

Throughout the play, Miranda may be primarily viewed as sweet and innocent: the “perfect” female character.  Is this seriously the case?  It appears that Miranda’s character is drawn in a way that characterizes her within these childish boundaries.  I find it ironic though that she seems characterized this way, but yet her father is trying to enchant both her and Ferdinand so that they may both fall in love with each other and get married.  In the beginning of the play she displays more of an innocent attitude and demeanor about herself to the audience.  She also becomes enchanted or duped by her father.  I feel as though a feminist critic would be astonished by this.

Question: How do you respond to Prospero’s control of his daughter?  What is her character saying about “female nature”?(Since it represents a female totally untouched by socitey/civilization).

Below are some examples of Miranda’s innocent nature:

*Miranda to Prospero: “If by your art, my dearest father, you have put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.  The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch But that the sea, mounting to th’ welkin’s cheek, Dashes the fire out.  O, I have suffered With those that I saw suffer!  A brave vessel! (Who had no doubt some noble creature in her) Dashed all the pieces! O, the cry did knock Against my very heart!  Poor souls, they perished!  Had I been any god of power, I would have sunk the sea within the earth or ere It should the good ship so have swallowed and The fraughting souls within her” (Davis 498).

*Miranda to Prospero: “O my heart bleeds To think o’ th’ teen I have turned you to, Which is from my remembrance! Please you, farther” (Davis 513).

*Miranda to Prospero (about Ferdinand): “I might call him A thing divine; for nothing natural I ever saw so noble” (Davis 513).

The above quotations help to decribe Mrianda and her innocence.  To a feminist, Miranda might be considered weak.  Her actions and use of character would be the topic of discussion because she appears to have no form of backbone until we see it unfold through her interactions with Caliban, her father, and Ferdinand.  She tries to defend  herself to her father at times, including issues relating to her sexuality and virginity.  That may be the switch that flipped inside of Miranda.  Toying with her morality and virtue in order for her to become more aggressive and less innocent feminine role.  An example of this may be seen later in Act I where Miranda is conversing with Caliban (who once had lustful feelings towards Miranda).

*Miranda to Caliban: “Abhorred slave, Which any print of goodness wilt not take, Being capable of all ill! I pitied thee, Took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour One thing or other.  When thou didst not, savage, Know thine own meaning, but wouldst gabble like With words that made them known.  But thy vile race, Though thou didst learn, had that in’t which good natures Could not abide to be with.  Therefore wast thou Deservedly confined to this rock, who hadst Deserved more than prison” (Davis 511).

Question: Does she represent “female nature” or Prospero’s “benevolent” rearing of her (i.e. Is she his product or creation or is she a “natural” woman?)

Question: Is her attitude towards Caliban a product of her upbringing by Prospero?

Question: If you were/are a feminist, how would you characterize Miranda?  Would you like her?

Question: Do you like Miranda’s character and how she was depicted?

Question: Do you find her to be a heroine in a way or not?

Manzie, Kylie. “Miranda: Sassy Feminist or Charming Innocent?” Roanoke College. 14 Nov., 2011.

Thanks for reading!  If you leave any comments I will be sure to pass them along to Kylie.

Quote of the Day: William Shakespeare (The Tempest)

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“O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in’t!” ( William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1).

Hey guys,
I am finally posting on the Tempest that I said I would post two weeks ago.  Sorry for the wait!  Today’s article post will focus around the character analysis of Miranda, the daughter of Prospero.  Today’s quote is spoken by Miranda when she saw many men for the first time.  Prior to this she knew only her father and Caliban, who is described as a monster.  She meets Ferdinand before she says these lines and immediately falls in “love” with him.  Ferdinand was the first “heavenly” male figure she saw.  It is interesting to note that Miranda does not necessarily know what a “beautiful” male looks like since she has never seen a male, besides the people mentioned above, before.  At one point, her father even says that Ferdinand is ugly for a  man, but she says she does not care for she is humble and would not want a more handsome man.  It makes me wonder what would happen when Miranda actually went back to Italy and saw more beautiful male figures.
Q: Do you think Miranda loves Ferdinand?  Q: Do you think she would stay “true” to him once she saw other males?
Thanks for reading, please post your comments below!

Who is your favorite American writer?

Hey guys,

Sorry about the late post I was busy all day and just got done with my journalism paper.  Tomorrow I promise I will post an article post.  I am on Thanksgiving break and can now focus on writing more well-thought out posts.   I realize that there will be a lot of “other” answers for this poll.  There are so many great American authors that it is hard to choose which ones to put down.  If your favorite author is not listed feel free to post a comment on who is your favorite.  Is there an author in my poll that you really hate?  Feel free to post comments on that as well.

Thanks for reading!

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