Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Literary Analysis Remix "Richard Cory"

WHENEVER Richard Cory went down town, 
  We people on the pavement looked at him: 
He was a gentleman from sole to crown, 
  Clean favored, and imperially slim. 
  
And he was always quietly arrayed,         5
  And he was always human when he talked; 
But still he fluttered pulses when he said, 
  "Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked. 
  
And he was rich—yes, richer than a king, 
  And admirably schooled in every grace:  10
In fine, we thought that he was everything 
  To make us wish that we were in his place. 
  
So on we worked, and waited for the light, 
  And went without the meat, and cursed the bread; 
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,  15
  Went home and put a bullet through his head.

For this literary analysis remix I was planning on taking a more philosophical approach. What is happiness? According to this poem it had nothing to do with money and materialistic values. It is much more than that however nowadays our society is very narcissistic and materialistic. We weren't always this way though. So what caused this change in values? I blame the media; for installing this false idea of perfection and instilling in our minds that in order to be happy we need to dress a certain way, weigh a certain amount, and just be a certain person that the media deems acceptable. We have lost ourselves, we are the empty remains of an individual. It is no wonder we are so unhappy! Happiness cannot be so superficial as the media suggests. It lies in the things that really matter in life; the things that will always hold strong even as time passes. I'm talking about accepting yourself and loving your family and friends. No length of time decreases the strength of these bonds unlike superficial looks will be weathered with time. Richard Cory is rich, he never had to worry about providing or himself yet he is still so empty that he wishes to kill himself. He has no family not loved ones in the poem, he is cold and unhappy without them. This same idea as love as happiness is stressed in other literature pieces as well. In Great Gatsby, Gatsby has money and wealth but yet all he longs for is Daisy. You cannot view money as happiness. It is unstable, it comes and goes; however, family and true friends will always remain.

Friday, March 22, 2013

AP Lit and Comp Resources

http://www.mymaxscore.com/images/stories/docs/MMS_EnglishLit_PracTest.pdf

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/212187.html

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/courses/teachers_corner/17306.html

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_tips/4053.html

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/Eng_Lit_SF_Reading_Poetry07.pdf

Monday, March 11, 2013

BNW Ch9-10

-Lenina is disgusted by the reservation
-Lenina takes a lot of soma
-Bernard talks to world controller who believes that John and Linda are a scientific interest to the world state and agree to release them into the care of Bernard and Lenina
-John is scared Bernard and Lenina left without him so he busts into their house and finds Lenina incapacitated
-John wants to touch her but thinks he will defile her if he does

-director wants to dismiss Bernard as an example because he feels he threatens stability
-when Bernard arrives with Linda and John, Linda accuses the director of Irving her to have a baby and John falls to the director's feet
-the whole room is hysterical

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March Lit Analysis

For my march lit analysis I am reading Lord of The Flies. I've read this book before and really enjoyed it so I want to reread it. This may seem like cheating, but I think that since I already know the plot it will greatly help me in picking out literary elements.

BNW Ch8

-John feels isolated because mother sleeps with so many guys and because the village never accepted him
-John reads "the complete works of Shakespeare" that voices his repressed emotions
-Bernard wants to take John to London so he can expose and embarrass the director as John's father
-John agrees only if he can take Linda with him
-on the reservation kinda is practically helpless this shows how dependent world state citizens are on civilization
-John absorbs both the culture on the reservation and the stories he heard from linda about the Other Place
-The Tempest and Brave New World are both stories of colonization. In each they separate and colonize the people from their native cultures and implant a new one. This makes it hard for them to rebel against their new culture

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

BNW Ch7

In this chapter Lenina witnesses a sacrifice in the reservation and appalled and disgusted. A boy (john) who wanted to be sacrificed approaches them and takes them to meet his mother Linda. It is noted that the father Tomakin is actually Thomas the director. John's background is told through flashbacks.