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November 13th, 2010

April 8, 1928– the ending

Posted by jeannem in Uncategorized

I don’t know about the ending.  I kind of liked it, but it seemed weird to me.

I was expecting maybe to hear Caddy’s voice in the last section, but the third person narrator wasn’t bad.  It was a way of looking at the  bigger picture.  It was a way to see the daily life of these characters through the eyes of an outsider and it made it seem more real to me. We can see the house and the people for who they really are without thier biases and opinions and maybe now we can get the real story of whats going on.

I especially liked the fact that Miss Quentin and Luster joined forces at the end in order to get back at Jason.  Quentin gave Luster the quarter he desperately wanted to go see the show and Luster helped Quentin steal the money that was rightfully hers and get away without Jason realizing.  Both Luster and Quentin have been victimized by Jason in a way, and they get back at him in the perfect way, by stealing the money he had stole for all those years.  It seemed to me like Jason was obsessed with this money over all and I loved that Quentin got away with it.  It really stuck it to her uncle.

This section really illuminates Dilsey’s character.  She is in every section of the book, and she is always doing good.  Her goodness and love is starkly contrasted with everyone elses.  She is the only person who shows any kind of love in this book except for Benjy’s love for Caddy, Quentins desire for Caddy, and Caddy’s desire to see her daughter.

I was kind of dissapointed that we didn’t get to hear from Caddy because I thought it would be great to get her point of view.  After all that happens to her or even because of her, I thought it would great to have things more clarified from her.  I would have loved to see her p.o.v on things like her relationship with her brother Quentin, her husband, Quentin’s father, her life, and where the hell she gets all that money.

I thought the very ending was really interesting.  The fact that it was so general, so every day was a weird way to end everything.  It’s almost as if even though all these terrible things have happened to this family, life goes on.  There is a certain routine that continues through everything.

November 13th, 2010

April 6, 1928–Jasons a pain in the but

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Ok, so I didn’t really like this section only because I didn’t really like Jason.  I hated his personality and his treatment of other people.  He is mean, rude, and just plain nasty at times.  However, even though I didn’t really love it, a lot of things came clear to me that hadn’t been before.  

Like the fact that Miss Quentin is actually Caddy’s dauhter is revealed in this section.  I mean, I knew Caddy was pregnant from Benjy’s section, but I didn’t realize that the baby was actually living with the family.  I didn’t like the fact that they wouldn’t let Caddy see the baby because her marrige had failed.  Quentin is her daughter and she has every right to see her.  I hated what Jason did to her at her fathers funeral.  If I Caddy, I would have popped him in the face.

Another thing that became clear in this section is why Luster spent the entire length of Benjy’s section looking for his quarter.  I didn’t appreciate Jason’s treatment of Luster, especially when he wasn’t going to use the tickets anyway.  I thought it was cruel for Faulker to make Luster lose his quarter when he had been tortured so much into getting it.

November 13th, 2010

June 2, 1910– “If it had been cloudy…”

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I think this paragraph is really important to Quentin’s section.  It really gives a feel for the tone of this section.  When one is able to break down thi paragraph, maybe it woud help to understand Quentins need for suicide.

“If it had been cloudyI could have looked out the windowdy, thinking about what he had said about idle habits.  Thinking it would be nice to  for them down at New London if the weather held up like this.”

I think that this part is about the reoocuring mention of time throughout this section.  Quentin doesn’t want to know what time it is.  He has his broken watch set to a certain time, the time he is to leave the world.  He does not want to know about time until then.  He is afraid that if he looks out the window, that he will see the sun, and he will be aware of time.  That is why he says, if it had been cloudy, he could have looked out the window.  If it had been cloudy, he would never have been able to tell what time it was.

“The mouth of the brides, the voice that breathed.  She ran right out of the mirror, out of the banked scent.  Roses.  Roses.  Mr. and Mrs. Jason Richmond Compson announce the marriage of.”

This part I think refers to Caddy, considering she is the only person who gets married in the novel and its a direct reference to brides.  Plus, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Richmond Compson are Caddy’s parents.  I believe the fact that he sees her running right out of the mirror is because he is reflecting about seeing her through a mirror.

“Roses.  Not virgins like dogwood, milkweed.”

This part I believe is commenting on the status of Caddy’s virginity.  He keeps talking about roses in this paragraph.  Roses are red, and the color of sin and impurity.  He states that she has roses, not virginal flowers like Milkweed or dogood.  I think this is a direct link to  Caddy’s impurity.

“I said I have commited incest, Father I said.  Roses.  Cunning and serene.”

I think this has to do with Quentins obsession with his sister Caddy.  Looking at this section closely, it almost seems as though Quentin is sexually atrracted to his sister.  Considering how he is so obsessed with what she’s doing, who shes doing it with, and her not being a virgin, it can clearly be assumed that he wants her all for himself.  He even says incest in this part of the paragraph which could lead one to think this is true.  In fact, it could be the reason why he wants to kill himself.

“If you attend Harvard one year, but don’t see the boat race, there should be a refund.  Let Jason have it.  Give Jason a year at Harvard.”

This seems like something Quentin wouldn’t normally say, and that Jason wouldn’t normally do  I think that he is actually refering to the money he would get from the refund.  I think he would want that to go to Jason.

November 13th, 2010

The sound and the fury– benjys inner workings

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I thought I would look at page 34 in my book for illumination.  In this section, the dynamics of Benjy and Caddy’s relationship are very clear.  It’s interesting to see how Benjy sees so much detail when it comes to the things that Caddy does, and how she is described through his eyes.  I came to like Caddy through Benjy’s eyes, especially on this page.  Caddy take very good care of Benjy and he adores her.  He must remark about Caddy smelling like trees at least for times, just on this page.  I thought it was really sweet how it was so comforting to think about this, not only on this page, but many times throughout the whole section.  It really shows just how much Benjy loves his sister, and how much he misses her.

This page as well as the rest of Benjy’s section was a little strange to read.  The language presented is so simple, it kind of makes it harder to read, having to slow down to understand it.  I liked the fact that it was just one long memory this time though.  It made it just a bit easier to follow.  It seemed to me that the memories of Caddy are the clearest, most detailed parts of Benjy’s section.

November 12th, 2010

The sound and the fury

Posted by jeannem in Uncategorized

Benjy’s section of the novel is very confusing at first and hard to read.  I have to admit that reading the first few pages of this section was not very thrilling for me.  I found it hard to get into the story because of how complicated it is.

When I got passed the first few pages and figured out that it was Benjys memories intertwined with what was going on present day, it was a lot easier for me to follow along with the story and at that point the book came alive for me.

I think it may have been around page 15 in my book that I started to get interested.  It wa incredible to see how much attention Benjy pays to his sister Caddy and see the dynamic in their relationship.  Its easy to see how much the two care about each other and how above everything else, Benjy seems to remember Caddy above everything else.

Also, once I figured out what was going on, it was great to see how Benjy, being the way he is, would perceive things.  I think Faulker did a good job with Benjy for the most part.  I didn’t really love seeing things from his point of view, considering how weird the timeline was and how difficult it was to follow, but I think it was kind of accurate to how a person like Benjy might really think, especially if the person was strongly connected to someone else like Benjy is to Caddy.

November 12th, 2010

Persepolis

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I thought the  frames of Majanes’s book on pages 12 and 13 in which the conversation between Marx and Descartes takes place were interesting.  I thought it was funny how Marx throws a rock at Derscartes to prove its really and not imaginative is actually really funny, however I think its more important than that.  The book makes a lot of comments about Marx and communism.  In the frame right after, Marjane even comments about how Marx looks like God except for his hair being a bit curlier.  I think this is Satrapi’s way of kind of putting Marx up on a pedestal and saying that he’s almost like God.  By his attacking Descarte in the funny way he does, he’s showing not only that he doesn’t believe what Descarte does, but that he wrong by proving the stone is real when it ‘breaks’ Descartes skull.

November 12th, 2010

Perspolis–part one

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There’s some really heavy stuff going on in this book so far and its all being told from a child’s point of view.  It’s kind of like we’re being taught about the islamic revolution as if we were there along side Marjane.  It’s weird to see the way something so crazy could impact the life of a child who went through this whole thing. One might not even think to look at things like this.

I googled The Islamic revolutiion in oder to get a better undderstanding of what happened form a different perspective and came across http://www.iranchamber.com/history/islamic_revolution/islamic_revolution.phpin.

This website makes everything that happened in Persepolis look so cut and dry.  Even though I could catch some of the horrific things that took place in the article that were mentioned in the book such as riots, rebellions, deaths, and hostages, there isn’t really much about how it effected the country and its people.

I think thats what this book does.  It tells what happened in a way that people can really understand what it was like for these people to suddenly have thier lives turned upside down by a new leader and his new rules.  I really got a feel for the emotions that Satrapi is trying to push.  The illistrations especially helped.  It made it a much more enjoyable read, considering I was able to see things and emotions and was able to make a better connetion to the book.  The fact that I was more connected to the book, made it easier for me to take in the information than it would have been for me to read that website.

November 12th, 2010

The wasteland–Part two

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Reading this for a second and third time, and also going over it in class really helped my understanding this poem.  For instance the ideas that we went over such as the lack of spirtualization, the real vs the unreal, and spiritual isolation are some really heavy things packed up into this long, lyrical poem.

I particularly liked the part of the poem called, The Fire sermon.  When I first read it, I got the fact that it was about two people having a random sexual encounter, and I was kind of surprised when the woman remarked on how glad she was that it was over.  Looking at it now, I can see how the idea of spiritualization can be factored in.  This part of the poem is all about lust, the perversion of love.  It would be one thing if the woman in this part of the poem was dating this man, or if they had some kind of intimate connection, but they don’t.  They base thier relationship on a hormonal induced happiness and don’t really know each other at all.  So when the two of them finally seperate, they are both completely alone again.

November 12th, 2010

The Waste Land–part one

Posted by jeannem in Uncategorized

Ok, so this poem is really hard to understand at first glance.  I spent a while reading and rereading like to try and make sense of it myself and I kind of got it, but not really.  There is so much going on in this poem and I can’t tell if its all supposed to be connected or leads to the same conclusion, or even if it had a million different messages.

What I do like about this poem is the deep language and the crazy imagery.  “…I could not/Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither/Living nor dead, and I knew nothing/Looking into the heart of light, the silence.”  I mean, even if you didn’t know what that meant, how awesome does it sound?  All the language flows really nicely, almost lyrical.

Also the imagery in this poem is really great.  “The chair she sat in, like a burnished throne,/Glowed on the marble, where the glass,/Held up by the standards wrought with fruited vines,/From which a golden Cupidon peeped out/(Another hid his eyes behind his wing)/Doubled the flames of sevenbranched candelabra/Reflecting light upon the table as/The glutter of her jewels rose to meet it,…” Ok, so this quote goes on and on in the second part (Game of chess), but the point is, that coupled along with the lyrical language, the imagery in this poem really made everything pop for me.  I think thats important in poetry.

What I really don’t get is the random words and sounds such as, “Twit twit twit/ Jug jug jug jug jug/ So rudely forc’d./Tereu”  I mean really, what the heck is that about?  Is it some kind of after thought, a song or even some kind of sound perhaps?

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