September 28th, 2010

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Let me just start of like this, I love reading and I enjoy a few poems but I hate hate hate T.S. Elliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. It is one of the most complicated readings I have had to read. After reading it a couple of times and listening to the class discussion I’m still confused on what T.S. Elliot is talking about. A couple of notes I got was that the poem is about J. Alfred Prufrock being in love with a girl but scarred to talk to her. I don’t know where someone read that but it makes sense. He’s a very complicated sad man who doesn’t have the balls to talk to women. Sorry for my language but it’s true. “Time for you and time for me,/And time yet for a hundred in decisions,/ And for a hundred visions and revisions,” fully proves my statement, maybe next time he will ask her out.

Another point that a class mate did was that Prufrock was full of insecurities. Maybe that is why he kept holding off on asking a girl out. When Prufrock mentions “[ The will say : “How his hair is growing thin!]”, he is talking about how the women will notice his bald spot. His insecurities also show when he mentions “[The will say : “But how his arms and legs are thin!”]” Maybe he is thinking to much of what they’ll say and not worry about what he should do in order to ask the girl out.

I still don’t fully understand the poem and in reality I gave up. It’s so long and complicated, OMG I never thought I would hate a poem soooooo much. I hope I never have to run into it again :).

Love Song Animation

September 15th, 2010

Responce to Achebe

Heart  of Darkness by Joseph Conrad was a difficult read I must admit, but after giving it a chance you get involved in whats happening that you just read  to see what’s going to happen with Marlow and the Famous Mr. Kurtz. even before reading Achebe’s essay, I did notice the difference between many characters in the story and how Conrad describe in a way we can visualize them. I also noticed alot  of racial remarks towards the Africans as Achebe Essay describe. After reading his essay, it had me noticed a bunch of little things I didn’t notice before. One point that did interest me  a lot was when Achebe noticed that Conrad described the cannibals language as “a violent babble of uncouth sounds”, meaning that Marlow didn’t quite understand what they were saying. But then later on Marlow ends up having a brief conversation with the cannibals, “Catch ‘im. Give ‘im to us” “What would you do with them?” Marlow asks, “eat ‘im.” If their language was a “violent babble of uncouth sounds” then how could Marlow have had a conversation with them? I never payed mind to that

A big statement the Achebe says is that Joseph Conrad was a racist. I can’t quite comment on that, although he does give good reasons on why he thinks that, I still can not agree with him. It might be true because maybe Conrad is hiding his true feelings behind Marlow’s characters but who knows? Maybe Marlow is based on another person and that person was a racist. Achebe does make a point though that heart of darkness is “the antithesis of Europe” because the image of Africa in the story is known as “the other world.” Even Though reading Achebe’s essay really got me noticing many things I didn’t quite notice before, his views are an opinion I don’t agree with 100%.

September 6th, 2010

The Mystery of Kurtz

Heart of Darkness was quite a complicated read to be sincere. It had me going back in forth with reading certain passages and trying to fit together bits of pieces that didn’t quite make sense. One character that had me re-reading passages constantly was the famous Mr. Kurtz. Such a weird man to be sincere. His character through out the story was transformed from being a mysterious hated trader, to being a powerful God to many, and ended up being a sick man, physically and mentally.

At the beginning of the story he was a mystery. A mystery I wanted to uncover. With all the stories of his great doings, I was right there with Marlow, wanting to meet this famous Mr. Kurtz. At first I thought maybe he was just a made up character. A person the company invented as a way the get Marlow, the manager and the pilgrims to travel to the Congo just for Ivory. But as the story progresses, Marlow hears the stories of the powerful Mr Kurtz and how he is known as bringing the most Ivory to the Company. The manager and many other traders were envious of Mr. Kurtz, but who wouldn’t? Since many didn’t know his secret on how is he capable of bringing that much Ivory.

As the mystery of who is Mr. Kurtz continues, Marlow meets a Russian trader who tells him things about Mr Kurtz that many don’t know. About how he talks about love, justice, conducts of life and recites Poetry, a sight many people haven’t seen. A powerful man who was “one of the immortals” (139). A description that makes me believe, hey maybe he is a God.

And that’s when the “real” Mr. Kurtz is seen. A sick man who I believe instead of taking care of himself became greedy and raided all the countryside for more ivory. He was like a God worshipped by a Native tribe who followed him, “he came to them with thunder and lightning you know – and they had never seen anything like it..” said the Russian trader on how the tribe adored Mr. Kurtz. (131) 

That is when Marlow, as myself got to meet the “real” Mr Kurtz, a man who is sick physically and mentally. He let the power he had consume him and not realize reality. Mr. Kurtz should have left when the russian trader suggested him to go because he was very ill. Even Marlow noticed that he was not mentally stabled, “But his soul was mad. Being alone in the wilderness, it had looked withing itself and by heavens.” (144).

At the end upon Mr. Kurtz death, I sort of figured out who Kurtz really was but then when his mysterious wife came along, I gave up on who Mr. Kurtz was. His wife described him as a remarkable man, a man who I didn’t see during my reading. Even though Marlow agreed with what his wife said out of politeness, I know he didn’t agree with her. He wasn’t the Mr. Kurtz she described, maybe he was at first but the Congo changed the man. He was a very smart and powerful man because he knew how to express himself in ways people would follow, but these “people” were natives who if you show them “thunder and lightning” they would worship you as a God. So was Mr. Kurtz really as smart as people believed he was, or did he just take advantage of people who didn’t quite know much? I guess it all depends on your opinion.

August 31st, 2010

My Life as a Reader

Well I always enjoyed reading a good book. Since childhood, my parents used to always read to me, from fairy tales to adventure book which really took me to another world. I love books and even now with all these new technologies such as a kindle, I can’t see my self using one of those devices. I love the feel of a book in hand and the turning of pages. It might sound weird but every time I turn a page it takes me to a new world in which I don’t worry about whats happening in my life but whats going on with the characters life. Although my prefer reading is the typical girl books, I love analyzing poetry and expressing my feelings towards a story. I have read tons stories that have made me laugh, tear and even feel like the author was talking about me. That is why I love reading and encourage everyone to find a genre they like or just one good book to read, it’s worth it.

A couple of my favorite books :

 

 

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