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Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Wrote myself a letter and it was the best thing ever!! I'm so glad Dr. Preston assigned this. I got really into it while writing it and i think everyone should do that or that more teachers should start assigning that in their classes.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


                 ESSAY PROMPT!
In a novel or play, a confidant (male) or a confidante (female) is a character, often a friend or relative of the hero or heroine, whose role is to be present when the hero or heroine needs a sympathetic listener to confide in. Frequently the result is, as Henry James remarked, that the confidant or confidante can be as much “the reader’s friend as the protagonist’s.” However, the author sometimes uses this character for other purposes as well.

What are the various ways Nick Carraway functions in The Great Gatsby?  How does he help give us the tour through Gatsby's world?  How does he help us get to know Jay Gatsby?  How does his presence change the course of the plot, the interactions between other characters, and/or the reader's understanding of the tone and theme of the novel?  What else (if anything) do you think Carraway's character accomplishes?  How would the book be different if the narration was provided by an anonymous, omniscient voice?

Nick Carraway helps us tour through Gatsby's world when he meets him at his party. As soon as the narrator tells us that Gatsby had remembered him from some place ut gets us to realize that we will most likely be hearing from that character a lot more throughout the story. He helps us see who Gatsby was to people when they hang out and talk. We realize how deep his love for Daisy is almost immediately. Nick to me was always kind of like a cupid. He tried helping his great friend out with seeing Daisy. He always tried getting them together even though the youn lady was married.

Nick helped us reveal how all characters were Throughout the story, not only Gatsby. Funny thing is, with all the parties and love affairs in it, it seems so similar to a teenage life of this generation. So much drama.

Carraways' character accomplishes telling us hoe a typically rich persons life was back then. He described everybody's life so perfectly. He helped us picture the actual scenes happening.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

"The Great Gatsby" Ch. 4 Notes

-Naming off a lot of people so we know he has a social life
-thinks he's good enough to hang out with Gatsby
-a lot of people are drunk
-trying to get drunk a lot because it's the cool thing to do
-alcohol is being outlawed at that time
-doing it to not feel lonely
-Getting drunk because they're not happy, not because it's fun
-everyones aldo killing themselves
-Tone is light hearted
-Shows how people cope
-Gatsby is a annoying because he's done it all and shows off
-Gatsby is a quiet guy but says a lot through his actions
-Has done a lot of bad things but trys making up for it

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Modernist Author Project!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We finished our Video!!!!! Jessica Wilkin, Teanna Silviera, Jonah Maher, and I hope you enjoy it!!(: We want to give much thanks to all the actors: Raul Ramirez, Kaitlynn Dueck, Takara Wilkin, and Austin Aragon for helping us make this Video a success!!(:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Brave New World" Notes Chapters 1-5

  • Epsilons: letter from the Greek alphabet.
  • Characters aren't designed to be different but interchangeable
  • It's an allusion
  • Book is based on timeless ideas
  • Economic classes are a big part of this book
  • Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gama <-- Dividers
  • We have all the ingredients in society today for it to all fall apart tomorrow
  • In Brave New World there are no rebels
  • Cognitive Dissonance: Two ideas contradict each other and done to make you think
  •  "Everyone belongs to everyone else" means they all share each other
  • Why separate everyone into classes?:  Because Huxley wants to mess with people's minds
  • Can't really know what it feels like to not have any emotions
  • Racial Comments
  • "Everybody's" living this way
  • Word "Ford" was used like a lord (worshiped him)
  • Ford was their god because he was the creator of manufacturing
  • Marx--> symbolic
  • Froid: psychoanalytic
  • Why did they talk using "A.F." instead of saying the year they were in?: Means "AFTER FORD"
  • Each name has a special significance
  • Ford is the god head character in the story
  • Bernard Marx: outsider; didn't like what was going on
  • Pneumatic: airy/ fluffy (real definition).......  Referring to a girls figure in a sexual way (how it's used in the book) 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"MAPLAN"... Modernist Author Project

Notes for My Project.....
Jessica Wilkin, Teanna Silveira, Jonah Maher, and I decided to do a group project.

  • Project?: News Report/ Broadcast
  • Name?: Daily Modernist News
  • Channel?: Channel 72
  • We will be acting it out 
  • Include background music based on what they liked
  • Interview the authors
  • start with the Credo: words to live by/ life philosophy
  • Genre?: Report on a novel (what it's talking about)
  • Report on the person behind the book:
  1. Life circumstances 
  2. Behaviors
  3. Ideas
  4. Religion & Politics
  5. Childhood/ Family Background
  6. Previous Work
  7. Personality
  • Ask random people on what their input is
  • Have a "commercial" with one author talking about themselves and how they "help the community".
  • Pressing Question?: Do it at the end (During Credits).... Have the question at the end and have the author answer it.

Back-up ideas in case this doesn't work!!!
  • Make a group story about the authors.
  • Write an essay with links to other websites with great information on the author.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Applied Modernism

1.Why is "The First Seven Years" considered a modernist story?
2. Why is Fahrenheit 451 considered a modernist novel?
3. Why is "Richard Cory" considered a modernist poem?

-The First Seven Years
*Way Feld treated his dauggter
*Daughter wanted to be independent
*Old Fashion tone

-Fahrenheit 451
*Everyone was,a slave to technology
*Montag started to break the rules
*Punished (strict living rules)
*similar to the "lost generation" because they didn't enjoy life like they should have

-Richard Cory
*Wasn't Happy
*Didn't follow the lines
*Did opposite of what they should
*More Extreme

2. Why's Fahrenheit 451 considered a modernist novel?

Fahrenheit 451 is considered a modernist novel for the simple fact that it was written in between the 1900s and 1965. Some of the content seems old fashioned, like including the bible as well. Not everyone reads the bible when reading literature now. The community Montag lived in was very strict to how it is now.

It amazes me on how exact the author was at describing some of the technology that we do, In fact, have today.  Only difference is, we have the right to read, walk the streets an not automatically be Considered suspicious, and think what we want and be different.

The author seemed to combine many theories into one novel and make sense. He shows a great example of the lost generation. To my understanding the lost generation is a generation who turned minds eye inward and attempted to record their thoughts as they happened. The community in Fahrenheit 451 never really lived life because they were so stuck on technology. They never realized how beautiful the outside and their surroundings are.