Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Overarching Question
What does Jamie's 3 different husbands in 3 different location say about her personality?

Follow-up Questions
1. Why doesn't Janie have any children after 3 husbands?
2. Why don't any of her husbands ask her 4 kids?
3. How does Janie's lack of having children characterize her?
4. Why did Janie marry Joe so quickly?
5. How does Janie change with every new husband and location?
6. Did Janie ever love Joe?
7. Or was it something else?
8. Is Janie more like women today or women in her own time?
9. How is Janie more like women today or back then?
10. Why isn't Janie sad about Joe's death?
11. Why doesn't Janie ever think or feel bad for Logan.
12. How does Janie change after leaving Logan?
13. How does she change after Joe dies.
14. How is Janie different after meeting Tea Cake.
15. Do you think that Janie is niave?
16. Why do you think Janie did everything each of her husbands told her?
17. Do you think Janie will get married again?
18. After such hard relationships and experiences Janie stays youthful looking, what does that say about Janie's personality?
19. Why does Janie hate here Grandma for making her marry Logan?
20. Why does Joe make her be excluded from the rest of Eatonville?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Free Response on "Here"

In this Ode the author, Philip Larkin, describes his emotion toward the different places that he has been traveling to. The author really only uses two different tones, one to describe the city and one to show his emotion to nature.

First the poem starts out east where there’s traffic everywhere, but quickly he goes through a field that is described in detail. Next it’s of to a large town that is patronized by Larkin, because of there cheap suits, bad smells and mortgaged cheaply built homes. But when it comes to talking about nature, silence and solitude the author has a benevolent love and tone for nature.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Writing Prompt- The Metamorphosis

In the novella "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka, Gregor Samsa transformed into a very large insect. Gregor's metamorphosis not only changes himself but other characters (Gregor's family). Gregor's sister, Grete, goes though the largest and the most significant of the family’s transformations. Gregor and Grete's metamorphoses, together contribute to Kafka's overall meaning of the work, which is: In the end we are all alone and will die that way.

Gregor’s physical difference is easy to point out; he was transformed into a bug. Not only did Gregor’s body change but as does many other things. When Gregor was human he hated his job as a traveling salesman, but he couldn’t quit because he was the only person bringing in many in his family, which he loved dearly. After Gregor’s metamorphosis he no longer had to work to pay off his father’s debt. He now stayed at home, which he rarely did and his eating likes an dislikes changed completely.

After Gregor’s change into a large unknown bug he started to see himself as the reason the family was started to see to have financial difficulties. He said in the novella that he felt like a hassle to his family, that might be the reason the he starved himself to death. Mr. Samsa, Gregor’s father which he considered the man of the house was over weight, old, didn’t work and left Gregor to pay his dept from his failed business. Gregor’s mother he though was much too old and helpless to work, and as far as for his sister, Grete, he beileved she was too young to work, but could play the violin extremly well.

Grete transforms from a jobless young girl who has no responsibilities, and depends on her big brother to a young woman who as a job, responsibilities and has physically and mentally matured. It’s a possibility that now Grete sees her self as more helpful.

Before Gregor turned into a bug, Grete thought of him as a friend who she wrote to when he was away, but after the transformation. Gregor began to be a hassle to her so where she was disgusted with the sight of him so where she wouldn’t enter if he was visible. She thought of her father as compromising because he had no feelings toward bug Gregor and in Grete’s eyes her mom is feeble and caring.

Grete’s transformation helps Kafka’s overall meaning of the work, that you’ll die alone, because at the end of the novella she stops believing that the bug is Gregor, and because Gregor dies a sloe death in a room by himself.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

" Why the Future doesn't need Us" By Bill Joy response

Bill Joy has a thesis that the worlds technology is increasing extremely fast and soon will be at a point where humans will be able to be one with robots or fuse with them. Humans can avoid becoming unnecessary in life by creating jobs strictly for humans and not making robot that can do them. Schools are helping this my increasing our education especially by advancing computer skills. The author of Brave New World, Aldous Huxley in my opinion would agree with Joy's ideal that one day we be obsolete to robots. This artcal is very much so connected to Brave New World by how in the articale it talks about a dystopia with robots amenthing with the novel except expanded to all technology.