Tess has always been one of my most loved books. I’ve read it time and time again, and every time I love it. Tess has helped me to understand that there are many different sides to people. Hardy’s descriptions are vivid and clear, they enable us to have good understanding of the characters as well [...]
Helen Vendlers’ analysis of ‘On first looking into Champans Homer’ was extremely useful, like many have said, as she actually used a poem to show how to complete an analysis. Although useful, Vendler does use many different skills, which I did find a bit confusing when trying to look at them as one. However, I [...]
After watching the film and reading “What Actually Happens in the Play” by A.C. Bradley, I developed a greater interest in Hamlet.. And, shocker, i actually realized i kind of enjoyed Hamlet a little bit! Saying that, I feel that I didn’t really like just reading Hamlet as I couldn’t visualize it.. The film brought [...]
In act 2, like everyone else, it shocked me how Hamlet acted rather bizarrely. There are quite a few things going on within this act, but all are provoking me to think about how they will turn out and how they will be acted upon. This act, like the first, still doesn’t interest me that [...]
I’ll be honest, im not really enjoying Hamlet all that much.. The language is very confusing for me, for the main reason that i get frustrated with it. I also don’t like this iambic pentameter.. I guess i understand why it was used, but it doesn’t work sometimes and this makes reading Hamlet harder for [...]
From doing the IOP’s, i learnt quite a lot and found new ways to look at certain aspects of each book that was done. I felt that the feedback from Mr MacKnight was useful, as well as the questions from our class mates helping to delve into the area we had a ll looked at. [...]
Regarding the sonnet, I don’t think it’s one of the best i have ever read, granting that i’ve only ever read the prescribed anthology ones for my GCSE’s. Unlike Anita, I didn’t really find it confusing, more tiresome and samey-same. As it’s like many other sonnets about the death of a loved one or just [...]
An in depth response to Evan Carton’s, The Price of Privilege: “Civil Disobedience” at 150.
Evan Carton is a university lecturer who has taught Thoreau to students for years, mainly to students that are “intelligent, middle-class, well intentioned” undergraduates of the University of Texas. Carton mentions throughout his essay the thoughts that previous students have [...]
Overall, I think that, although Thoreaus essay was well thought out and written, it’s a touch too long winded for me. I ended up reading the thing twice, to try and gain a better understanding. Although i like Thoreau’s ideas of the way people petition and argue, yet do nothing of great importance, means they [...]
As i said in class, I think Mr Macknight took a very morbid view on the the temptations that were put infront of Odysseus. Although it was a well written and well structured essay, i feel that Macknight could have put more details of the other side, as in an essay, i’ve always been taught, [...]
I actually enjoyed the Odyssey, which for a book given as a required reading in English lit. is pretty amazing! Although i had some troubles with the names of certain characters, i did manage to grasp telemakhos’ name by the time we’d finished it! I enjoyed the overall storyline, although some parts of it did [...]
I’ll be honest, I was not looking forward to Zhang Li Jia coming into school. I’ve had group discussions with authors before, and always been left thoroughly bored and they’ve not had much impact on me. However, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Zhang Li Jia’s answers and her telling of parts of her life. I [...]
So like Anita, when i heard we were going to be reading the Odyssey this year, I was filled with dread. A story about some guys life? did not sound interesting in the slightest!! However, since starting it, I do have to say I am finding myself enjoying it. I’ve been reading it in bed, [...]
Through todays interactive orals, the topics discussed were centred around Sophocles. Sophocles Antigone was written in 442 BC, although the actual story was based in 1200 BC. Antigone is a great example of how Greece was run during this time, how women are perceived as lesser human beings and also about the royal family of [...]
Question: How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the interactive oral? Work used: To Live by Yu Hua
Through todays Interactive Orals, the topics brought to light concerning To Live, Yu Hua, were the life and career of Yu Hua, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural [...]
How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the interactive oral?
The presentations that were given today included the life and career of Dante, Christian Theology, earlier and later depictions of Hell and a section on Numerology. The first presentation given was about the life and career of Dante. [...]
When I received my mock exam back, I was rather surprised to find that my grade had increased even though I thought I’d done worse than on the one in class. I learnt I need to not try and use words that complicate what I’m trying to say, o I should try and be more [...]
My first thoughts on Antigone where much like everyone else’s – “what a load of rubbish”
I found the language boring and sometimes confusing, the “chorus” quite simply drove me mad. Then i decided to re-read it without what ever the “chorus” had to say and I found that the story was a little [...]
What I learnt about poetry this week?
Nothing much really.. Not that I didn’t know in someway.
I did learn a checklist for reviewing poetry, which I hope will prove to be useful to me at some later day. I do need to go over the checklist though, so I can submit it to memory.
I’m charlie, from the United Kingdom. I moved to China about 2 months ago, and before joining DC, I didn’t know anyone except my family in Suzhou. I turn 18 in November.
As a reader;
I read mainly for enjoyment purposes, although I do generally just read everything/anything. I read anywhere I can really: in [...]