Writing Process

My writing process for this paper has been varied. Depending on the day, I can get a lot of work done in one sitting, but on others, it is a struggle to get anything done. Getting my research to connect all together has been a bit of struggle. I have my sources, but how they connect to overindulgence is sort of a struggle. Each source has really interesting information that helps my argument, but making sure it all flows in a way that makes sense has been the biggest struggle so far.

Hello Alice

Kitty/ Alice's motivation to find the rabbit is to return his lost items to him.

Kitty/ Alice’s motivation to find the rabbit is to return his lost items to him.

 

Alice talking to the caterpillar

Alice talking to the caterpillar

The Hello Kitty Alice in Wonderland was very interesting; it included many of the famous episodes from the book, including the pool of tears, the caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and others. Hello Kitty is known for her cutesy animation and innocent behavior, and her adventure in Wonderland is no different. How the other characters are portrayed is slightly different, however.

When Alice meets the caterpillar, for example, she and him do not recite a poem, instead she just asks him for help. He does not smoke either, or carry himself in a haughty manner. Instead, he immediately offers her the mushroom that adjusts her height.

The episode I found to be the most interesting was the Cheshire Cat. His animation was incredibly unique compared to the rest of the episode. He was drawn in a more kooky way. In a way it was funny how different he was drawn compared to Alice, even though they are the same species. That could just be how the animators wanted to represent that Alice is from the “real” world.

Why Alice follows the rabbit down the hole is different from why she follows him in the story. In this adaptation, she does it because he has misplaced his gloves. This is a minor detail in the book, but a major part of the plot in the adaptation. In fact, it is so major that it is the last frame of the film with a close up of the gloves.  He also loses a fan.

I think the reason Sanrio (the company that owns Hello Kitty) choose to adapt Alice in Wonderland is because children enjoy the events in the book. Children also enjoy cute things. Cute makes things more approachable;  the story of Alice, which can be scary in some points, is made more approachable by making everything sweet and friendly. Hello Kitty is known for being friendly, and her name even begins with a friendly greeting of Hello.

Link to film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6tllkG8flk

 

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

The rabbit hole scene is chapter is really when the reader is introduced to Wonderland and Alice. This is perhaps one of the most famous parts of the story, because we as readers begin to understand what kind of world Alice is about to enter, and understand how she is going to react to it. I found this part very interesting because it is where we get the phrase”down the rabbit hole”, which is used whenever things get out of hand,  or someone has gone off the deep end. This is exactly what happens to ALice once she enters the hole, she has found herself in a place where everything is off the deep end and coming out of left field.

During her fall, Alice questions many things, leading the reader to understand that they will not be getting much information from her internal dialogue. Readers are also given a look at how she is going to handle the world she is soon about to enter.

Some things that confused me where how long she was falling. It could of just seemed long to her because she is a young child, and ten minutes could feel like five days. I was also concerned on how she was able to see the things that we falling with her, was it from the sunlight above the hole? And how fast was she falling? Little things like that were what caused questions for me.

This is the first of the episodes that Alice experiences. In it, nothing and no one questions her. She asks questions about what is going on, but they are all rhetorical. There is some back story given about Alice’s home life as well, but none of that really has a major part in the rest of the book.

The Importance of Being Ernest: Jack and Gwendolen

During the scene in which Jack and Gwendolen are left alone without chaperones, many important things are said. Jack proposes, under the name of Ernest, and Gwendolen admits she has loved him since he introduced himself. In the script, the conversation moves rather quickly. This might be because there are no faces to look at or any music playing during the scene, only the reader and his or her imagination. The film clip moves at a much different pace, where the reader is now a viewer and is experiencing the film in real time, just as JAck and Gwendolen are.

The way the two characters say their lines in the film is different than the way I originally read them. The film Gwendolen is much more daydreamy and romantic, whereas the Gwendolen in my head when I was reading the script is a high maintenance, almost bratty socialite. I didn’t see so much as a woman in love, but more of a young woman who has put an image of an ideal man with an ideal upon a man who does not hold up to her expectations.

Jack is somewhat different. I always forget that he is thirty-five, and not the same age as or a couple of years older than Gwendolen. I think it is because of his immature antic of switching names and the Freudian slips he has, especially when he says “christening” instead of “married”. Colin Firth’s face was sort of a wake up call as well, because although very handsome, is a bit old looking and is not the Jack I have in my head. Colin Firth portrayal is a bit more suave than the Jack I imagined while reading. The script sort of makes him sound as if he is bumbling about through life.

The set and actions of the clip is what I imagined it to be, just more colorful because it is something I can see on a screen. The room looked very seperated from where the interrogation scene takes place, almost as if it is happening in a different household.

Overall, the scene from the 2002 film delivers the information the story needs to continue on. Throwing Jack a curveball by having his lady love fawn over the name Ernest, and insult his real name, causing the need for him to keep up the appearance of Ernest.

Trifles: Dialogue

In every play, there is one thing that ensures that the plot moves forward, dialogue. Trifles by Susan Glaspell is no different. The dialogue in Trifles communicates not only the plot line of the play, but also allows for the characters to develop a relationship with the reader/audience.

Dialogue also allows for readers/the audience to learn about the characters in the play. From the interaction and words shared by the characters on the stage, we as readers learn that Mrs. Hale feels guilty for not visiting Mrs. Wright, and that Mrs. Peters is not originally from the area in which the play takes place. We also learn the backstory of Mrs. Wright and her husband, and what compelled the investigation. The thoughts of Mr. Henderson, the County attorney, are made know through the dialogue as well. We as the audience know how important the discoveries he is blind to because of the dialogue. It is also through Mr. Henderson’s dialogue that we know what time period in which the piece is set. From Mr. Henderson’s demeaning comments to the two women, we can tell this is a time period where women are not taken seriously.

Actions are hard to see in the this play because it was not being performed, so the dialogue is incredibly important in order to follow along with what has transpired in the kitchen. When the women find something, they discuss it, when a new character enters the room, he or she is greeted or announces something, everything that happens in this play is involved with some sort of dialogue, which helps the plot move along, as well as keep the interest of the reader/audience.

 

Resolution and Independence response

Wordsworth is know for referencing a lot of nature in his poems, and this one is no different. Throughout Resolution and Independence the poet relates nature to hope and the moments of despair everyone feels every once in a while. He finds inspiration in small things, and takes that to make him feel whole. When he faces such dark moments, Wordsworth finds resolution by looking at nature. In this poem there is an ababbcc rhyme scheme throughout the entire poem, making the stanzas easy to follow along. Each stanza has seven lines.

I really enjoyed this poem. Wordsworth’s use of nature is very vivid, and his imagery is impeccable. The use of apostrophe when it came to the boulder was very interesting, and was something I did not expect.  Earlier in the poem he uses antithesis to explain ow he is feeling during his transition between blissful thoughts to the dauntingly dour realities that his world is facing. HIs comparison between the hare’s trauma from the previous night to his own current dilemma is beautiful ( lines 12-16). The first five stanzas really spoke to me and made it clear how he felt in the moor.

When he comes across the elderly old man (lines 55-56 and 63-72) I felt as if he was there to juxstapose Wordsworth’s doubt with the elderly man’s knowledge that everything will be okay. What makes this juxstaposition so striking is that we see it through WordsWorth’s eyes, and we can feel his newfound inspiration in the final stanza when he says “be my help and stay secure, I’ll think of the leech-gatherer on the lonely moor!” Wordsworth finds inspiration in the independence and determination of the old man. He also resolves that his life is not all that complicated as he may have believed.

 

sonnet 73

1. The use of anaphora in lines 1,5,and 9 is Shakespeare’s way of conveying that some sort of major end is about to happen in the poem, presumably death. There is a similar phrasing in line thirteen, but instead of being in the first person,it is in the third. The verb has also changed from see and behold to perceive. The reason I think the repetition points towards death is due to the references to the sun setting, as well as the phrases “take away” and “as the deathbed whereon it must expire” that are used around lines 5 and 9.

2. Lines 1-4 have a heavy use of symbol. This is a very effective way figure of speech to use in the beginning because it allows for the reader to understand what Shakespeare is saying, without it being too blunt. The symbol of autumn and the day’s end also brings beauty to death,a topic that is usually seen as sad, and makes it more approachable from a writing standpoint.

Personification is used in lines 5-8, mostly in line 8. Night is personified by “taking away” the sun. Shakespeare uses the night as a way of death to also be personified as someone who takes and/or puts things away. This is a useful to the reader because it makes obvious the tone of the poem.

Personification is continued into lines 9-12, as well as symbol, but paradox is thrown into the mix in line 11, when death is called to its own deathbed. This was a bit confusing to me, and I had to reread this part of the poem multiple times before I found it. But I guess that is the point of paradox. I am not so sure how effective of a device it is though.

Of the figures of speech used in this sonnet, I think that symbol is the most effective. It is used throughout the text, and is the easiest to spot and figure out.

3. Lines 3-4 include synecdoche when he talks about the choir of birds that no longer sing, as well as us the word choir as to describe where the birds were perched. Metonym is in lines 7-8, in which the poet alludes to death’s own death.

I’m with the banned.

Cover for Looking For Alaska

Published in 2005, Looking for Alaska is now on the Banned Book list nine years later.

My first semester in college I took a class called “Banned Books”. During this class, we discussed the many reasons why people decide to protest a book.These reasons span from religion to the name of a character. We interviewed parents, teachers, librarians, and teens, all of whom had different ideas as to why books are challenged.  Most of who we interviewed were concerned over appropriateness of subject for the age group the book is targeted.  When I looked up the list of the most challenged books of 2012, I saw that this was one of the most common reasons for books to be protested.

Looking at the list of New York Times bestsellers, I saw that many books that were ones that are now television shows, like Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black. Not many were in the Young Adult genre, which is what the banned list consisted of mostly. I think that this shows how Americans often want to be in with what is current in pop culture, and not so much their age group.

That being said, it is interesting to see what is on the 2012 Banned list. Many of the books have been out in stores for years. One novel published in 2005,  is entitled Looking for Alaska, was the first book written by  YA author John Green, whose most recent novel is A Fault in Our Stars. The latter of the novels has received high praise, and is Green’s most popular novel. Looking for Alaska may have received more attention and a rise in sales because of the popularity of his newest novel. Alaskal deals with high schooler who use drugs, have sex, and drink alcohol, all of which are often seen as hip activities by high school students. This could lead to why it is on the banned list.

Cover of the Glass Castle

One of the books being challenged in 2012

I find it interesting how books can be banned and yet still be wildly popular. Fifty Shades of Grey, Thirteen Reasons Why, and The Kite Runner have all been on the New York Times bestseller list. Maybe that is how they became banned, from the popularity they received and now are being challenged because of the variety of age groups that are reading it.  Preteens and teens are not in the marketed target range for or The Glass Castle. They read them anyway because these books are seen as cool. I think it all leads to the fact that everyone wants to be included and seen as part of the in-crowd.

Gone With the Wind


For my fifteenth birthday, all I wanted was a copy of Gone with the Wind. And I knew I was

Vivian Leigh portrayed Scarlett in the 1939 film version.

Looking for something that can compare to GWTW.

going to get it too, because I was with my mother when she bought it. There was a big open space on the shelf that held the copy I admired. I am not entirely sure why I wanted it so badly, because when I opened it on my big day, I did not start reading immediately. Instead, I placed it in the center of my bedroom bookshelf that was especially designated for classics. I stood back and admired it. Not opening the front cover until Christmas three years later.

I am not entirely sure why I waited so long to read it. I knew it was going to be amazing, and I knew I would love it. Perhaps I was intimidated by the largeness of it, or maybe I was unknowingly acting like Scarlett, and just asking for the book just so I could have it. Knowing all who saw it would be impressed by it and its owner. That is definitely something Scarlett would do.

When I did begin to read it, I was immediately entranced by how real everything was. What ( Or should I say who?) was the most real however, surprised me. I did not expect Scarlett to be so real. I honestly expected to find  Vivian Leigh instead of Scarlett. I felt deeply connected to her. It was as if I was with her throughout her entire story, and that I was her closest confidant. It scared me how much I wanted to be her as well how much I didn’t.

Throughout the novel, Katie Scarlett O’Hara faces many challenges from many different aspects of the world. War, death, and poverty, as well as more superficial things like social climbing, are all things that are she faces with the determination that she and her family will get out alive and back to Tara, even if others get in her way. I admired her determination and the gumption she had to ensure survival.

The cover of Gone with the Wind

The cover of Gone with the Wind allows for readers to see Scarlett’s pre-war life.

 

Gone with the Wind for me, is a book I go to again and again for inspiration and wisdom. It haunts me and makes me count my blessings, as well as opens my eyes on what truly makes me happy and who I truly love.