Monday, April 14, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
"I sent seven women." p. 220
This quote just goes to show that at the end of the novel he still has litte respect for women. In this quote he just speeks of women as a object that is just for the men to use on the island. This is a perfect example of how much Crusoe didn't change throughout the novel.
"When the captain was gone, I sent for the Men up to me to my apartment." p. 199
Basically this shows that he is in charge and that is controlling. This quote is shown at the end so it just goes to prove that he only cares about himself and wants service to himself.
"I order'd Friday, and the Captians Mate, to go over the little Creek Westward." p.190
All that I have to say about this quote is the word "ordered." Who is he to think that he can just boss around everyone and just order them around. He is no higher rank in life than any of these men, therefore I just dont understand where he gets it from.
"O, Master." p. 181
This is Friday calling him his master. Friday is a savage and there is no reason why he should be calling Crusoe his master. It just makes no sense. This just proves that he wants all attention on him, and that he wants everyone to follow only him and to do him service.
"I ask'd him how he throuhgt they would recieve a Proposal from me, which might tend towards an Escape?" p. 176
In this quote he is talking about Friday when he is scared that he is going to run away from him, but he says that he is his slave and that he will not allow him to. This just goes to show how controlling he is over a person. This quote really does make me believe that he really hasn't changed one bit.
"I had secur'd my two weak Prisoners."
Here he is speaking of the other natives in which he is taking in to be his slaves. This just continues to bother me that he simply just doesn't care. I think that my biggest problem with this would be that he treats all of them as his slaves, but he thinks that they are all just best friends only because he provides them shelter.
"The next day I set him to work." p. 154
Crusoe talks about the continuous work load he gives for Friday to complete. Just another example of how much he has not changed.
"I return'd to my Castle." p. 152
Here he is referring to the island as his castle and that he is the king of it, and that Friday is just one of his servants. I guess that maybe 28 years on an island could make one go a little crazy and his was that he thought that he was king.
"first i made him know his name should be Friday." p. 149
Basically Crusoe names him based on the day that he finds him. This sounds more like a pet name and is not a normal human name. It is a good symbol for how he treats him throughout the book, because he basically treats him as his pet.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
After reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner I was sort of interested in learning a bit about the life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I wanted to see what led to his writing of this interesting poem, and to learn a little bit about him. I decided to do something a little different this time, and look up one main website. From these websites I will try and find out as much information about him that I possibly can. This will not only help me to understand more about the author and his lifetime, but how to compare good and not so good websites.
Sameul Taylor Coleridge:
Coleridge was born October 21, 1722 in Ottery St Mary, Devonshire. Believe it or not he was the youngest of 10 children. There seems to be not enough information about his childhood years. Information is very scarce and is lacks several key years. From these several websites stated below I found an okay amount of information. There was little to none about his childhood. Basically what was already mentioned is all that was in the text. I could find a goood amount of information about his learning experiences and how he became a literature writer. He went to a Christ's Hospital School located in London and later transferred to Jesus College. After this he got married to Sara Flicker who sadly, he was not in love with. Coleridge's first writings came out in 1776. These were known as the Poems on Various Subjects. His brothers helped out with the money situation and helped him to get on his feet and be able to do his literature. It is known that he had a start of a good relationship with Dorothy and William Wordsworth. Meeting these people helped to lead him to his writing of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. After this he started to secretly fall in love with Sara Hutchinson and ended up writing a couple of literary poems on her. It was later found that he was addicted to opium and was debating to commit suicide. Even though some of his work was left unfinished, it was still later published. He ended up dying for what seems to be an unknown reason, but his death occurred in London on July 25, 1834. This is just a little bit of the information that I was able to gather up about him. It seems he was a pretty interesting fellow. Although websites really seem to lack in information; the first website shown below gives a pretty good analysis of his life through a timeline.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Even though Othello wrongly accused Desmonda, she still showed great love for him by not ratting him out for her soon to be death, by sticking up for him, and being faithful.
I picked this topic because it was of my interest as to why she still loved him so, after all of the hateful things he had said and done to her. After all of this she still managed to show great love for him, and let everyone know it during her final words. To me there is only so much that you can take of verbal abuse and accusations. She didn't even seem to care about that fact that he just listened to his friend, and didn't even bother to go and ask her for himself. This astonishes me, because I know that if I was in her position, I wouldn't feel as if I was in a marriage, but in a high school fling. It just makes no sense to me at least. Then again, maybe she had such strong feelings for him that nothing he could ever do would ever change the love that she had for him. That is something so rare that it is rarely found in modern today. Here are some examples that prove that Desmonda was still in love with her husband despite his accusations:
Act 4, scene 2, 176:
"What shall I do to win my Lord again?"
This is a really good example of how she loves him so. First off she is proving that she would do anything to win him back, and to prove that she is innocent, and is completely faithful to him.
Act 4, scene 3, 12-15:
"He says he wil return incontinent, and hath commanded me to go to bed and (bade) me to dimiss you."
This is just another example showing how she would follow anything that he tells her to. She would do anything for him, because he is her true love.
Act 4, scene 3, 59-61:
I called my love false love, but what said he then?
Sing willow, willow, willow.
If I court more women, youll couch with more men-
Basically, this is a song that Desmonda is singing to Emilia about her relationship with Othello. Even though she loves him so, she is worried as to why he is acting wierd to her.
Act 4, scene 3, 88-89:
" Beshrew me if I would do such a wrong for the whole world."
Right here Desmonda is talking about when she was called a whore by Othello. She is asking Emilia if she really is this, and if she is then to "breshew" her.
Act 5 scene 2, 49:
" They are loves I bear to you."
This is talking about when Othello asks her about the sins in which she has commited, and she states that the only sin of wrong would be that she has loved him too much.
act 5, scene 2 , 51-55:
"That death's unnatural that kills for loving. Alas, why gnaw you so your nether lip? Some bloody passion shakes your very frame. These are protents, but yet I hope, I hope they do not point at me."
This shows that she believes that if he does love her as she loves him then he would not point his sword at her.
act 5, scene 2, 73-76:
"And have mercy too. I never did offend you in my life, never loved Cassio but with such general warranty of heaven as I might love. I never gave him a token. "
Here she is trying to convince him of her love for him, and to prove that she never did anything with Cassio, and that he himself is the only one who she has ever given herself to and has loved.
act 5, scene 2, 151-153:
"O, who hath done this deed?"
"Nobody. I myself. Farewell. Commend me to my kind Lord. O, farewell."
This is the moment in which Desmonda could have told on her husband for killing her, but instead she told Emilia that she did it herself. Therefore sticking up for her husband. This is where I find it every interesting and is one of my favorite parts of this act.
Act 5, scene 2, 165-166:
"Thou art rash as a fire to day that she was false. O, she was heavenly true."
This is after the fact that Desmonda is dead, and is when Othello is finally finding out that his wife was truly faithful to him. Here Emilia tells him that she was only just heavenly true to him the whole time.
Overall, these are just a few of the examples that help to support my thesis. I could say that from this it is easy to conclude that Desmonda was truly, truly in love with her significant other, and would do absolutely anything for him. It's just sad how everything had to work out in the wrong for her, because she was total faithful and a good wife to Othello.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
This next website was also very helpful in the sense that it was about More's trail against treason. Even though the other websites talk a little about his trial, this website only really talks about the trial, and goes into great detail. I also learned that right before More was executed he said his closing statment: "I very well remember the case and if I were to decide it now, I would make the same decree." This statement was mentioned in the other websites, but the actual quote was not said. This website was quite interesting, because it helped me to find out the real reasons to More's trial and issues with Henry VIII. Overall, I would rate this website a 8 out of 10.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Throughout the Tale and Prologue, I came to find several lines that could help to support my opinion that she is a "bad" person. One of which is where Chaucer gives evidence to support that the WOB is a cheater. She states, "Have though ynogh what thar reache or care. How myrily that othere folkes fare?"(ln. 329-330). Basically in this line the WOB is telling the readers, that as long as she gives her husband all that he wants, then why should it matter if she gets more? Also she brags quite a bit about her classy look and her clothing style(ln. 356). The WOB states in the beginning of the Prologue that she likes to give charity, but only if she is the first to give (ln. a450-a451). If she is not the first to give, then she gets angry and doesn't want to give any money anymore (ln.a450-a451). Pretty much what she is saying here is that she cares about her image and wants to make sure that people see that she is doing good. One of the biggest reasons that most readers could have a set opinion on the WOB being bad would be the simple fact that she was married five times. Even after her five marriages, she still continued on to find another one. These are just a couple of examples that I found to support that the WOB could be looked at as a "bad" person.
On the otherhand, there are several lines which show that the WOB should be considered a "good" person as well. First off, it must be taken into consideration that she was wedded for the first time at age 12 (ln. 4). This is a ligitamite excuse for her having as many husbands as she did, for maybe marriage is where she found comfort, because it was all she was known to. Although there is reason to believe that she is a liar, there is just as much evidence to show that she was truthful as well (ln. 194-195). The WOB states that she does not go and sleep around with other men, because she is faithful. She states, "That in his owene grece I made him frye, For angre and for verray jalousye," (ln. 487-488). Another example of her being a "good" person would be where she states that her and Jankyn were in love, and had redemed their love for one another (ln. 718). These are just a few of the many examples that exemplify that the WOB was indeed a "good" person.
Overall, this is how I have come to my own opinion on the WOB behaviors and characteristics. With this evidence that I have shown great reason to believe that she is neither good nor bad person, but both. Not everyone is perfect, and the WOB is definitely not perfect that is for sure, but she still has her moments when she shows that she actually does care. The WOB is a different character for sure, but I believe that is exactly what Chaucer wanted. I feel that he wanted his readers to be have to sit down and look at the good and the bad of her personality. Therefore, I feel that with my information I have fully informed and backed up my own personal opinion on this matter.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This website shown below gave me alot of different insights on the treatment and lives of the 19th century women. I learned that the women back then are like day and night compared to the women presently. Back then women were known as the housekeepers, and were for the most part not aloud to hold a job. The literature that was published back then was known to provoke the stereotypical house wife portral of women. Also, I learned that most women then had health disasters and were considered to be lacking in keeping up a healthy lifestyle. Overall, I found out some really interesting information from this website.
This website helped me to also locate more information on Chaucer and his life. It states that not only did Chaucer not finish the Canturberry Tales, but most of his work was incomplete as well. This astonishes me, for I believe that maybe he did this on purpose. Maybe he wants his readers to feel as if they need to use their imagination and to finish the story themselves. This is a unique style of writing, but it seemed to work out in his best interests. Also I think that it is pretty cool that people still have some of the oldest manuscripts dating back to the 15th century, which is pretty interesting. Overall I feel that I have learned alot from these three resources, and I feel pretty informed on the life of Chaucer and the life of women in the 19th century.