Monday, April 8, 2013
This was the first story of the semester in English class. In this story the main character is a writer and is not particular good at it. Despite this fact she ignores her family and friends opinions and continues to persue her dream of writing in hopes that one day she will be good at it. I hope every one takes after her and follows there dreams and ignores negativity from others.
I really enjoyed this story. The author did an amazing job of describing the toombs to the point you felt you were there. Fortunado was taken through the toombs while being fed alcohol to get him intoxicated. Insulting the main character did not turn out to be a wise decision for Fortunado as he ended up being chained up and left to die as his punishment for insulting him.
Upon reading this poem, I felt that is was kind of boring. It wasn't until we discussed it in class that I found out that it was about war. The character was reliving his experiences in the war. I found it very helpful that we went over this in class and I was able to get a better understanding of the poem.
We have begun the section in class where we are reading poetry which I am not a fan off at all. Most of the time they are written in a way that makes it hard for me to understand. I usually end up having to read and reread poems several times before I can get some kind of meaning out of them. Hopefully Sweeney picks good ones for us to read and don't all gravitate to the weird where I can't understand them at all.
I found this story to be very easy for people to relate to. The main character leaves his family behind on the reservation and follows his girlfriend to Seattle. While he was there he did not feel he fit in because of his being a native american. This along with his drinking causes issues between him and his girlfriend. Struggling with his race is only heightened when he gets harassed by the police for being in a neighborhood that is mainly white. I feel that people can associate with this story because at some point in our lives we all have felt inferior for one reason or another.
I thoroughly enjoyed the guest speaker we had on GESA. It wasn't only because he had an amazing accent but the possibility of studying abroad was fascinating. I really hope this program takes off and gets the funding so that students can have these opportunities in the future. The speaker did a wonderful job of describing the program and Australia in a way that made you want to be apart of it.
The poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is a one that can speak to every one. It shows that people are often faced with decisions in their life and are not always sure which path is the right one. In this particular poem the character makes the decision he felt was best for him and did not care what anyone else thought. He decided that he would take the other path if the first one didn't work out. The imagery that Frost created in the woods was very captivating. I found this to be my favorite poem we had to read.