Throughtout this semester, my class has read many different types of literature. We have read things that explain what literature is, how we perceive in life and literature itself, and a wide variety of types of work from poems to novels. My favorite literate that we read was “Metamorphosis” by Kafka. I thought it was a very unique story> I have seen many movies and read many books but that was the strangest thing I have ever read and that only mad me love it even more. I also liked “The Swimmer”. I loved some things and liked others but I “disliked” nothing. At the end of this semester I am a happy camper.
I would like to say that this was the weirdest play I have ever read. I love to act act read plays but this was a difficult one. I don’t believe that it was difficult but the man on the stage thought’s jumped and showed little connection so sometimes I had to stop and think to keep focused. After watching the play on film I grasped a better understanding of the plays meaning and purpose. Although many people would say that it was bad or not interesting I would just like to say that it was something I’ll never forget.
After reading this poem I felt very sad becuase I think Plath depicted a lot of imagery of death. Since she wrote this poem shortly after her fathers death I think there is a connection. Then throughtout the poem she compares her father to many other things like Germans and an engine. From the beginning to the way she ended the poem, I felt empathy for Plath.
The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S Eliot
After reading this poem I had many questions. The main one was ,Am I in Prufrocks world? In this poem, Prufrock, who I’m guessing the poem is about, sees the world as a mysterious place. He speaks of life as if he is at the end looking back and cant help but inquiry about the purpose of it all. I have had days where I wonder what the purpose of life is but Prufrock is somewhat past the wondering phase straight to giving his perspective of it all. He says what he felt, how he saw and how things are now. He’s perspective of it all just seemed very real to me of our real world.
The line that stood out to me was “I have measured my life with coffee spoons” (Line 51). In this line, he creates a different way of looking at our lives. For example, our lives aren’t only counted by age but can also be the number of times we have brushed our teeths in our life-time. My favorite quote was “To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet” (Line 28). It symbolizes that we all put on faces to hide who we truly are and I think that we all put on faces at some point in our lives (some more frequent than others).
“The Keys to Dreamland” by Northrop Frye
In this chapter Frye talks about the how literature is different from life but also similar. He says that literature can’t be morally good or bad. He says that one can not compare literature to their life but to other pieces of literature. My favorite part of the chapter is when Frye speaks about the importance of creating and comprehension. Frye says “We need two powers in literature, a power to create and a power to understand”(pg.104). I agree the the impotance of both sides. It’s similar to a two sided coin, the coin wouldn’t be a coin if it didn’t consist of two sides.
After reading this book by Virginia Woolf, I was intrigued. One aspect that stuck out to me was how analytical every character was. Throughout the book, Woolf has Clarissa thinking deeply about diiferent events in her life. I found this very intersting beacuse I am also an over-analyzer. I am constantly within my thoughts ( my friends say Im trapped but I view it as being observant of oneself). There were many other aspects about this book that I liked but I connected more with the characters process of inner thoughts.
“Every one has friends who were killed in the War. Every one gives up something when they marry. She had given up her home. She had come to live here, in this awful city. But Septimus let himself think about horrible things, as she could too, if she tried. He had grown stranger and stranger. He said people were talking behind the bedroom walls“(pg.66).
By Virginia Woolf
Would one really say that Septimus “let himself think about horrible things? Shell shock is defined as occurring among soldiers engaged in active combat, characterized by excessive autonomic arousal, psychic numbing, and persistent reliving of traumatic experiences in the dictionary. While others describe it as an result of exposure to explosive shells in the World War I, the vibrations of the bomb had an affect on soldiers physiology.
I believe that when people are mentally ill or psychotic they can’t control the way their thoughts move or why. In the quote, Septimus’ wife believes that he chooses to let his mind drift to negative things but I believe that shell shock is a little similar to Depression, once one gets in the depressed mood its very hard to change the way they think. Although I can see why she would feel like this because she is losing her husband but I always believe that one should try to see things in an objective perspective.
In “Giants in Time” by Northrop Frye, he goes in depth of what the true meaning of Literature and the different views of it. Frye says “the fact that what we meet in literature is neither real nor unreal”. This meaning that literature is real because it stems from reality but unreal because some surpass our world. Frye also says “Literature does not reflect life, but it doesn’t escape or withdraw from life either: it swallows it”. The way he describes it makes literature seem like a paradox. Literature is everything and nothing at the sametime.
There was one point the Frye descussed that I think is argumentative. He says “The general principle involved is that there is really no such thing as self-expression in literature”. As I was growing up, everyone I knew were doing something to express themselves. All different activities that ranged from sports to writing poems. I use to write movie scripts, poems, and quotes. While I still believe that is self-expression I grasped the point Frye was making. The fact that once a piece of literature is created it becomes an entity itself. Its very deep and profound.
“Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor I was pleasantly surprised. When I starting reading this story, I wasn’t to sure what to premise was but the it grew more interesting as I read on. I was first shocked when the young girl threw the book at Mrs.Turpins head because I didn’t suspect that the story had physical violence.
I thought Mrs.Turpins reaction to being attack was very powerful. When I read the beginning of the chapter, Mrs.Turpins seems like a very independent, faithful, hard working, Nice woman. After
She was attacked she really was affected by it. The words “an old wart hog from hell” echoed her mind. When she starts to ramble on about the girl and why would the girl say that, many things passed threw my mind. People will say anything they want to. It is up to us to give it power or not. I have heard people call each other worst things and still go on with their days. I have also seen good people be called nasty names just like Mrs.Turpin but life goes on.
After reading “The Educated Imagination” by Northrop Frye I was left more quetionably about literature and how we think as human beings. In this chapter, Frye fully describes, in detail with many examples, the connection all literature has to each other.
The quote that stood out to me was “I’m saying that everything is new, and yet recognizably the same kind of thing as the old, just as a new baby is a genuinely new individual”. After reading this quote I thought of how everthing done now is somewhat a reflection of the past. That goes for literature, people, movies, books, and so on. While I think back on my assumptions of this poem, I can gladly say that I was mistaken because this poem was interesting.