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Wednesday December 07th 2011, 6:41 pm
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Web Wednesday (Nov. 30)
Friday December 02nd 2011, 9:03 pm
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Madeleine had been trying to beat Alton [in tennis] her entire life without success. This was even more infuriating because she was better than he was, at this point. But whenever she took a set from Alton he started intimidating her, acting mean, disputing calls, and her game fell apart. Madeleine was worried that there was something paradigmatic in this, that she was destined to go through life being cowed by less capable men. As a result, Madeleine’s tennis matches against Alton had assumed such outsize personal significance for her that she got tight whenever she played him, with predictable results. (10)

 

(I annotated the key words that I analyzed, hope you don’t mind)

This quote epitomizes the root and influences of Madeleine’s mania. The first word I annotated, beat, has a violent meaning to it. yet it is used to describe Madeleine’s ongoing desire to win. Notice how the first sentence, it doesn’t yet specify that tennis is what Madeleine is trying to win. This is showing that even though it is tennis that we’re talking about, that’s not the only thing that Madeleine felt inferior at. The quote goes on to Madeleine placing all the blame on Alton. It says that she was better at him “at this point”. The word this is indicating that she is certain that at that point in her life she was better than him, but not always. Yet it is still fault she always lost. Then she beings to blame all men for her losses, even though they are “less capable”. The author uses word like “destined” and “predictable” to show that Madeleine is blaming everything on the fact that everything is predetermined, and her life is always going to be in the shadow cast by men who are inferior to her, yet unrecognized as such. Thus, she is consumed by this “fact”, and her mania persists.

 

 



Web Wednesday (Nov 16)
Wednesday November 16th 2011, 9:43 pm
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In hindsight, I am ecstatic that I chose a short story by Wilde. But on the other hand, it is giving me a little difficulty. I am unsure how to fully approach the text and how I should analyze it. Because that being the first step I must chose in order to continue on with the research. So far my research is a bit scarce, a few articles here and there about rhetoric Wilde uses and literary/poetic imagery usage of the “rose”. But herein still lies the problem, should I approach from a semiotician perspective? Can I even possibly approach from a new critic perspective? Seeing as Oscar Wilde himself was an eccentric, troubled individual, making his attitudes and emotions hard to ignore. I think either route I take, I will not find too much trouble finding sources to support my position, my only set back is myself.



Web Wednesday (Nov 9)
Wednesday November 09th 2011, 7:34 pm
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Web Wednesday (Nov 2)
Sunday November 06th 2011, 8:48 pm
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“A dream-thought is unusable so long as it is expressed in an abstract form; but when once it has been transformed into pictorial language, contrasts and identifications of the kind which the dream-work requires, and which it creates if they are not already present,can be established more easily than before between the new form of expression and the remainder of the material underlying the dream. This is so because in every language concrete terms, in consequence of the history of their development, are richer in associations than conceptual ones. We may suppose that a good part of the intermediate work done during the formation of a dream, which seeks to reduce the dispersed dream-thoughts to the most succinct and unified expression possible, proceeds along the line of finding appropriate verbal transformations for the individual thoughts.”
 
Given this quote, I think the first task needed to interpret literature as if it were a dream would be to analyze the connotations and denotations in order to find not only every possible meaning of the words, but also the meaning that was intended for the words. In this quote, Freud states that “language concrete terms, in consequence of the history of their development, are richer in associations than conceptual ones”. In means of interpreting literature, this would require just what was stated. Finding not only the concrete definition of the word, but also the full historical connotations of the given words.
The next task needed would be to asses the syntax and paradigm of the text. Freud really focuses on the role of the order of the dream-thoughts in analyzing dreams. This can be similar in analyzing literature. Why do things happen one after the other as they do? Or are they actually happening in a different order, and we’re just perceiving it in a different way. Also, we would need to look at paradigm, which would be somewhat a form of displacement. Why is one word as opposed to every other word possible used to describe something?



Web Wednesday (Oct. 19)
Wednesday October 19th 2011, 6:44 pm
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A new critic would be pleased by this interpretation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 65. New critics look at things like etymology of words to discover their true meanings. In this commentary of the poem, the critic uses this method throughout to discover what Shakespeare intended to say. For example, the interpretation of the first line uses the etymology of brass, stone, earth and boundless sea. Another example, line 6: “Against the wrackful siege of battering days”. This interpretation is based on the meaning and etymology of the word wrackful. Both of these, along with the other 12 comments that this critic provided for this poem, base the true meaning through discovering the words and statements’ meanings based on etymology and historical references.



Web Wednesday (Oct. 5)
Saturday October 08th 2011, 7:58 pm
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I hate to brag, but so far I feel this is all a breeze. But, in my personal case, that’s a good thing. Because I always have most fun when things come easy to me. So sitting down for a digital meet up with my classmates is as easy as it sounds. And incorporating things like the wordle into everything, is making things even easier and more enjoyable. I think it’s a useful literary tool. Although I am still skeptical of the Ngram. Mainly because I haven’t explored it and its features yet. Unfamiliar things are always subject to skepticism to me. But all these tools are always new ways of doing old things. But sometimes these new ways evolve so much that they become new entities entirely.



Web Wenesdays
Wednesday September 21st 2011, 6:48 pm
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These past two Wednesdays were very different for me. I consider myself a faster learner. The first Wednesday I was confused and couldn’t keep up and it frustrated me. But because of that, I made it a point to try and become more comfortable with twitter and navigating through all the pages we need to visit. So, today it was a lot easier for me. I actually enjoy the internet part of this class. I also like the little writing assignments we have. They aren’t anything too hard or lengthy. It’s really going to help (speaking for myself) with writing. Which is one of the learning goals of this class, to improve our writing skills through practice!



The Nightingale and The Rose
Tuesday September 20th 2011, 10:40 pm
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The short story I chose is The Nightingale and The Rose by Oscar Wilde. I love the way Oscar Wilde writes. One of my favorites by him is The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and the story behind it and why he wrote it.
I chose this short story because it is a love story with a dark tone. In my opinion the writing and the story is beautiful and really speaks to me.



Monday September 05th 2011, 4:28 am
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This blog is for English 170w ^.^