Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Source: Cosper, Dale. "Albert Camus." Twentieth-Century French Dramatists. Ed. Mary Anne O'Neil. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 321. Literature Resource Center. Web. 9 Dec. 2010.
Summary : This source talks about Albert Camus childhood and about his family.
Important Quote: “He becomes aware that human desires for meaning, clarity, and immortality are absurd in a world where human life is apparently meaningless, indifferent, incoherent, and doomed to death and oblivion.” ( P. 16)
Insight: This relates to the stranger by showing how Meursault and Albert Camus faced the same problems growing up. Albert Camus grew up without a father and faced the death of his brother. Also Albert Camus and his brothers and sisters where put into a Orphanage. On the other hand, Meursault grew up without a father and a mother who didn’t care, but he had lived in a home with his mother.
Source: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15)" from A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems. Copyright 1958 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.
Important Quote: “Constantly risking absurdity
whenever he performs
above the heads
of his audience
the poet like an acrobat
climbs on rime
to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of day
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
for what it may not be
For he's the super realist
who must perforce perceive
before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
to start her death-defying leap
a little charleychaplin man
who may or may not catch
her fair eternal form
spreadeagled in the empty air
of existence “
Source: Holocaust Victim's Lost Novels Help Daughter Heal." Weekend Edition Saturday 22 Sept. 2007. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Dec. 2010. http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?&id=GALE%7CA168962812&v=2.1&u=mlin_b_maldenhs&it=r&p=LitRC&sw=w
Summary: This broadcast is about a holocaust victim’s daughter who has found 2 biographies that her mother had written before her death. Also it talks about how bad France was in the 1940’s.
Important Quote: ‘It was physically difficult, and it was emotionally difficult. I had to stop every so often because I would recognize people or places. And at times, this became unbearable. And that's why it took me so long. And when the original manuscripts went to the state archives, I really broke down. I felt as if something had been ripped from inside me’ (P. 23)
Insight to stranger: This relates to the book because Albert Camus and Meursault they where both dealing with what was going on in France and world war II during this time period. Also both of these people lived through this treacherous time. This also relates to Meursault because he had emotional difficulties that made him not show any.
Source: Lapaire, Pierre J. "The Plague: Overview." Reference Guide to World Literature. Ed. Lesley Henderson. 2nd ed. New York: St. James Press, 1995. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 Dec. 2010.
Summary: This source talks about Algeria and the Plague that took over the city.
Important Quote: “During the summer, the epidemic is at its worst. Burials are expedited as mere administrative formalities; disposing of the corpses is a major problem; isolation camps are created for relatives of the dead; riots at the city gates are commonplace. All must now come to terms with the plague.” (P. 3)
Insight: Meursault was faced with his own problems during the summer just like Algeria did in the late 1940’s. He faced death and loneliness over the summer because of the attack on the Arab man on the beach who tried to jump him. Also both Meursault and Algeria had to deal with the same kind of consequences. Algeria was a target in WWII so people tried to kill him. And Meursault got jumped but shot the Arab man who tried and now it leaves them all suffering.
Source: "Edwidge Danticat." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 Dec. 2010.
Summary: Edwidge Danticat talks about his mother’s immigrant experience and what she faced.
Source: Wong, Sau-Ling Cynthia. "Immigrant Autobiography: Some Questions of Definition and Approach." American Autobiography: Retrospect and Prospect. Ed. Paul John Eakin. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. 142-170. Rpt. in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 214. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 Dec. 2010.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Freshmen year we learned how to fix small engines such as lawn mowers. And we learned how to do simple things like how to change the oil and how to check and change the spark plugs. This came in handy that summer when my lawn mower broke. After I fixed it, job fixing other people’s lawn mowers. Also, we got a basic introduction to safety.
Sophomore year we left the small engines behind and started working on more real life tasks such as changing brakes and rotating tires to insure that the tires wear evenly. Changing breaks is a easy task but it’s a lot of responsibility because if perhaps it’s not right and something happens to the person driving the car it’s all your fault because you were the last one working on this. So this taught me how to be more responsible and pay attention to my surroundings in my work area.
Here we are now, starting my junior year in level 3 auto tech. This year is going to be a lot more interesting then the others because we are getting into cars and how the engines work and we also get to take a engine apart to see all the parts and how they all play a role with each other. The major responsibly I had to face was staying organized with all the parts and the screws that went with them. Towards the end of the year I decided to take on my own project with my fellow group member Nick. We decided we were going to try and make a go-kart and have it fully functional. But it didn’t work but the good thing we learned was don’t give up and try to preserve through the good and bad times. This was the year the most influenced my decision to become a auto technician when I graduate.
Friday, October 1, 2010
The narrator gives us a brief setting of the poem. He tells us its "8:08 pm" and he also tells us that its in the winter because of the biting air. He says this in a disappointing tone of voice, then starts to talk about " poison liquid air" and smoking to have some character. He is referring to Pepsi when he says "poison liquid air". This is where we see the first change of emotion.
In the second stanza we start to see more emotions. We get another look at emotions here and now we can see him in love, sadness, and memory. "Twenty years almost ago" this is when he tells us the past. Also you get to know what Allen Ginsberg and Frank O'Hara were big role models for the speaker. Also we start to see some love when he starts talking about this women.
The third stanza you get to see all of his emotions come out. When he talks he sounds like hes dying. He makes a good point when he says that he isn't going to leave even for "stupid estrangment". This is more on the loving side then anger or his previous emotions. He also doesn't want to die he wants to be 110 years of age.
In the fourth and final stanza his emotions drastically change from love to sadness once again. He uses powerful language here like "im only pronouns" to show us he didn't want all this to happen. Also we start to see the speaker "leaving his body" when he says "furious song flows through my costume".
The idea of emotional change is important because everyone has to deal with these emotions. Its all just a way of life. So this story is something everyone will face.