This is one of the few books I actually enjoyed this year in English, and I was upset when it finally came to an end. Unlike the other part 3 novels; Heart Of Darkness, Turn Of The Screw and To The Lighthouse, Beloved was a lot easier to understand and used much simpler language. The [...]
“To the lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf was unlike any book I’ve read before. The novels I usually read consist of a series of description and narration, whereas to the lighthouse consisted more of a series of thoughts from the different characters. It allowed you to be more personal with every character, instead of just the [...]
Marlow’s Epic journey to find Kurtz in the congo jungle was built up into something a lot bigger than it actually was in my opinion. His journey seemed relatively short and quite repetitive as he trudged deeper into his jungle to collect his treasure(kurtz). When reading the book i felt like a lot of the [...]
Reading Helen Vendler’s guide to analysing “on first looking into Chapman Homer” by John Keats was incredibly helpful as it allowed me to understand the poem as a whole. Something that stood out that i didn’t recognise when first looking into the poem was the structure and how it related to the general theme of [...]
The essay, “The praise of variety” by Samuel Johnson speaks about the effects of the events that took place in “Hamlet” on the play as a whole. It talks about the characters and how their age and reactions produces the effect intended.
Samuel Johnson speaks about Hamlets madness as a “feigned madness” which was useless [...]
In my opinion Act 3 was relatively action packed, as Polonius was killed and Hamlet told the players to act out his father’s death to see Claudius’s reaction.
It was interesting to see how Claudius would react to the play, and after seeing his reaction I thought it was quite obvious he had something to [...]
I agree with Cassie that watching the play definitely helped me understand the play and the characters a lot better than reading it. When reading the play I found it hard to understand what Hamlet was feeling and I didn’t even notice he was starting to go mad, until I watched how he acted in [...]
I felt that Act 2 was easier to understand than act one. However i thought it was quite repetitive as Polonius kept sending people to spy on people, such as Hamlet and Laertes to see if there “keeping out of trouble”.
Hamlet’s intelligence was brought out in Act 2 as he was able to [...]
Scene one in my opinion was quite confusing. It instantly jumped into introducing all the characters without telling us any detail about their background. I also struggled to understand the text in detail, however i managed to get a brief summary of what occurred. I also felt Scene one was quite repetitious, as the ghost [...]
I learnt quite a lot from the IOP’s and from the feedback that was given by Mr McKnight. I just wish i could redo it, now that i have a better understanding on what to do and what to include. When giving my presentation i found it hard to keep eye contact with the audience, [...]
In my response to “Sonnet 29″ I mentioned how the imagery and structure helped to make the poem sad. I used the structure PEEL (point, example, explain, link back to the question) but my explanation tended to be too long; therefore I wasted a lot of time. After reading Mr. McKnight’s commentary I realized that [...]
Thoreau civil disobedience criticises American policies such as slavery and the Mexican war. He begins his essay by arguing that the government is completely useless and only gets its power from majority because they have the most power. He believes that people should do what they believe is right and not to follow the law [...]
Before we started reading “The Odyssey” I was worried about the language of the book because of the rumors I had heard about it from friends that have previously read it as part of their course. However now that I have read it and I look back on it, I actually really enjoyed the book. [...]
i was actually quite worried when we started reading the odyssey, because i have heard many rumours of it being a nightmare of a read. However once we started reading it, i realised its actually not that bad of a book. The Greek names of the cities and the people really confuse me, however the [...]
In this last chapter June and her father go on a long journey to china to find June’s long lost sisters. This has been her mothers desire all her life, but was unable to do it due to her death. Once June gets their she doesn’t see the similarities between them, but once her father [...]
In this chapter ying ying tells the story of her childhood to her daughter about the times she had been let down through relationships. She does this because she thinks that her daughter’s relationship isn’t stable and will soon fall to pieces, just like her first marriage did. Ever since then ying ying was unable [...]
An Mei begins this chapter by speaking about the time when her mother got raped and was left with a child. An Mei’s mother’s family were ashamed that she would get into such a situation and kicked her out of the house. It then flips back to the present to when An Mei’s grandmother died, [...]
In this chapter Jing mei relates to a dinner party in the past that they had that turned out to be a big mess. The argument started through a misunderstanding of Chinese culture and the reasoning why they do things, but towards the end of the chapter the argument is resolved as she finally understands [...]
In this chapter rose tells us about her and ted’s miserable relationship in the future. She is unable to speak to her mother about it because she thinks her mother will make her feel worse about the situation and wont listen to her, like she does all the time. In the end of the chapter [...]
Waverly begins this chapter trying to tell her mum about her wedding. However her mum refuses to listen and keeps changing subject. Waverly brews up a plan that will allow rich to get through to her mum but her plan fails miserably due to the difference in culture (well that’s what she thinks). She later [...]
Lena begins this chapter by speaking about her mother and how she can predict everything through people’s actions. It then skips to when Lena’s mother went to visit her and ted’s house. She had nothing good to say about it nor did she ever have anything good to say about anything. Lena and Ted lived [...]
This chapter begins with June’s mother’s views of America and the American dream theory that you can live if you were to live there. June’s mother has had high hopes for her from when she was young, and tried to push her towards different carriers all her life. June’s mother got the idea of piano [...]
Rose begins this chapter by telling us how her mother used to be a very religious person and used to carry a bible round everyday. She also tells us about wanting a divorce with ted and goes onto speaking about how they met and fell in love and how they also fell out of love. [...]
In this chapter Lena tells the ghost stories that her mother used to tell her about her great grandfather that sentences a beggar to a thousand cuts. She later discovers a cellar that was locked in her house and decides to see what’s inside. She was horrified by what she saw and it changed how [...]
This chapter begins with Waverly telling us about invisible strength and the lessons that she was taught by her mother. Her mother always had high hopes for Waverly. She tells us how this all started, at a Christmas party one year when her brother was given a chess set and she was given lifesavers. Waverly [...]
This Chapter starts in the present but flips to a flashback that Ying Ying had when she was a little girl on the moon festival at Taihu lake. Her and her family had planned to go see the moon lady and celebrate moon festival on a pavilion but Ying Ying was unable to enter because [...]
In this chapter, Lindo tells the story of her childhood when she was forced to match up with Tyan Yu. Lindo’s family’s house was flooded when she was little and they were forced to move to si chuan and leave Lindo behind with the Huangs. She was used as a servant in the household and [...]
An Mei begins this chapter by speaking about her childhood and some of the ghost stories her grandmother used to tell her about what happened to greedy kids. We also learn about An Mei’s mother and how her grandmother kicked her out of the house but she never really knew the real reason why her [...]
At the beginning of this chapter we find out that Jing Mei’s mother is dead. This chapter is about Jing Mei looking back on the stories her mother used to tell her about the war between the Japanese and the Chinese and how it was so bad she had to leave her kids on the [...]
How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the interactive oral?
The discussions held today were related to the Novel, “To Live” By Yu Hua. The subjects brought to light were the life and career of Yu Hua, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.
The first presentation [...]
The discussions held today were related to the Divine Comedy, Dante’s Inferno. Four presentations about Dante’s Inferno and the Hell he depicts were discussed. The subjects brought to light were the life and career of Dante, Christian theology, earlier and later depictions of hell and the numerology of the Comedy. The presentation on the depictions [...]
After getting my results back I was rather disappointed. I didn’t do as well as I thought I had done. In this exam I thought I had structured it relatively well whereas in the previous one it had no structure in it at all. However I can see where I have gone wrong. When reading [...]
This text really confused me and even now i don’t know whether to call it a book or a set of bullet point notes? I had no clue what was going on until the middle of the book when i found out it wasn’t a story and that the paragraphs weren’t written in chronological order. [...]
i thought the book “inferno” began reallly interesting and stayed amusing for the first eight chapters, but after that the book started to drag on a bit. nothing new really occured. i felt as if i was just reading a list of punishments. however the change in temperature in certain circles helped liven the book [...]
1st circle- people that arent baptised or people that believe in something other than god.
6th circle-believes in the devil
2nd circle- evil people with evil minds
3rd circle- thieves etc
4th circle- people that hurt others
5th circle- people that kill others or themselves.
i think that the 1st circle of people dont [...]
. i usually dont like tragedies but i overall really enjoyed this book, and i thought it was full of action and somethign new was always occuring. however somethign the book lacked, was happy endings. towards the end i felt that the book started to become one big mess and they didnt know how to [...]
I thought “rise and repeat” was an unusual poem and i couldn’t figure out what it was really about. but from what i could obtain, it sounded like something you would read on the back of a shampoo bottle. i didn’t perticualary like the poem. the poem keeps relating back to an Egyptian tribe, the [...]
i thought “Antigone” was really depressing, saying that all the characters ended up dying in the end. however some of the characters deaths came by surprise, for example Haerons death, and Antigones death. i didn’t think she would of killed herself that soon and i didn’t think haeron would stab himself. these surprises made the [...]
in my opinion the checklist you gave us in class was very useful. It taught me how to paragraph essays and how to strip apart poems to find the deeper meaning within them. i can definitely see how it will come in use as it draws closer towards the exams.it will speed up our planning [...]
As a reader: Reading is something that i do when i’m told to. i don’t really think of it as a hobby, or something that i would do in my spare time. however the books that i have been “forced” to read i have enjoyed. i like to read autobiographies when i do read though, [...]