The Awakening PR Sergio Camarillo

Through out the reading of the awakening, I always felt that edna’s character development was very good as she constantly evolved and became her own person. Yet I felt that her actions were morally incorrect. Granted at first it was good because she stopped being an object/belonging to her husband but her rebellion was little by little being taken too far. She didn’t want to obey society’s rules and wanted to be her own person, free of any burdens and that ultimately cost her her life.

 I think that separating herself from Pontellier is fine because she didn’t want to marry him and if she is unhappy with her partner that’s totally fine, but casting away her children and not loving them that much isn’t ok. She did love them but the moment she wasn’t with them she forgot about them. She was a good mother though because her children were independent and when they needed her mother she was there, but killing herself at the end was very selfish of her part. The kids now don’t have a mother and she would rather die than keep being there for her kids.

Besides this, the affair she had with arobin wasn’t very justified and even after sleeping with him and feeling remorse, she still did it again because she succumbed to her desires. This would be fine if she didn’t love Robert, but that wasn’t the case. Granted they weren’t together, but she would get jealous if he did the same. Both were in he wrong in this case and just shows how far her rebellion took her that she doesn’t even know what to do.

Lastly, killing herself was a very selfish action. The book portrays it as a freeing thing and like she achieves what she wanted but I feel like its plain wrong. Sure she got what she wanted in the last moments: peace and freedom without a care in the world. But she abandoned her children, left them without a mother and left Robert. Even though they couldn’t be together that moment, probably in the future they could if circumstances were given. With suicide, the thing is you never know whats going to happen in the future.

She rejected everything to be at peace, but life isn’t that way and you can have peace but you also have to work for it, and she took the easy way out rather than keep facing motherhood and moving on. Its portrayed as a poetic action but I felt it was way too selfish and was the wrong decision at it reminded me of Nora. The difference is that Edna went through with that decision and gave up everything.

Pygmalion PR Sergio Camarillo

Pygmalion was definitely an interesting play. Throughout it I was really attentive to the way it was representing and building up the myth of the same name. Yet when it was nearing the end I was skeptical because the “sculptor” who was Higgins In this case, wasn’t falling in love with her and didn’t really care for her like the sculptor in the myth did. After finishing the play and seeing that it didn’t really stay true to the myth, I began to fit some pieces as to the closest thing to the myth.

In my opinion I think that there was love in the relationship between Higgins and Eliza, just not the emotional kind. It was Higgins’ self love and control and over Eliza. I represent it as his love for the thing he created, the change in Eliza and seeing her act like he taught her to made him love the idea that he was this sculptor and that he had control of her.

Eliza mentions this when she is arguing with him and says that she was treated like a slave in that house. She constantly ran errands and although she was not a maid, she was the next best thing to Higgins. It was the control he started to have over her by ordering and being rude to her without any consequences. At the end he is so confident in his control that he knows that Eliza will return.

Although the play doesn’t give a concrete answer, I think she didn’t go back to the house. At that moment the sculpture was done and she became alive. She had her free will now and she wasn’t going to waste it on Higgins, but to go out as a changed person who would start her new life. It also gives a more “satisfying” end than the original myth, as some people criticized that the sculpture had no free will and was only made to love even though she just came to life.  Eliza has her choice and based on her standing up to Higgins more and more,  think she finally took it.

A Doll’s house Personal Response Sergio Camarillo

A doll’s house was very interesting to read as Nora’s character development can be seen with a big impact. The play presents its characters in their own way yet they all have a past affiliation with either Torvald or Nora, meaning that they are nor really new characters to the protagonists. All of these side characters have an important role in helping on Nora’s development. In particular Mrs. Linde is very important as she is the one who “gives” Nora the final push in telling torvald the truth. She is also what Nora aspired to be and in a way follows her example in the end by standing up to torvald. Dr Rank shows Nora that she has top be careful in who she trusts and the way she affects other people. At first she wanted to go around telling her secret but after she finds out about Rank’s feelings she “matures” and learns better.

Krogstad shows her that her actions have consequences and that she has to think before she acts because there will be reprecussions. We see a very mature and in a way emotionally cold Nora by the end of the play. This can be seen in the way she talks to torvald about her decision to leave him and the kids like she has been thinking of it for a long time when in reality there wasn’t much time with those thoughts. She stands up to torvald and becomes her own person in a rather cold way yet it was necessary for her to “break free”. 

What I also like about the play is that they show us the way that society was when women didn’t have many rights and privileges in a rather normal way yet criticising it. They show Torvald as the toxic and controlling husband of those times in a great way that makes me despise him. Yet its very interesting to see his character development in the last act. We can see how he truly is, by not caring enough about Dr. Rank’s death and the explosive way he reacts to krogstad’s letter.

We see how selfish he is and how he doesn’t care and respect Nora. But when Nora leaves he ends up respecting her and ends up as an equal to her rather than being the “”boss” he desperately wanted to be. I would like to think that by the end of the play Torvald learned something and became at least aware of his actions. Overall I really like the play and enjoyed the reading quite a lot.

The merchant of Venice response Sergio Camarillo

The merchant of Venice was a very interesting reading as it has many insights on society and either plays with them or criticizes them. For example, the play shows the stereotypical Jew who to the christian eye is evil and greedy. Shylock’s character fills out the description, as he always has this lust for money and revenge, painting him to be the villain of the story. He is also compared to animals a lot by the christians, showing the hate that there was against the jews.

The main reason that I found this play so interesting is that there are no good characters. Every single one of them wasn’t good and did many bad things, yet the play makes it seem that shylock is the villain and Bassanio is the hero, along with portia and the others. But as we read each of the characters we realize they aren’t these saints. Portia is racist and criticized her suitors by their appearance in a cruel way. Bassanio, Gratiano and Antonio were all cruel to shylock and constantly taunted him or in Antonio’s case, spitted on him.

The insights in society come from the characters and how no one is good, but also on all the stereotypes, especially when it comes to portia’s suitors. All these men from different parts of the world are represented in a racial stereotypical way. An example is the Spanish suitor, who has two servants who constantly play a guitar. He also is described to be nervous and use one leg, a callout to how Spanish people resemble and like flamingos. One thing that all suitors have in common is that they have a very strong accent. Like the prince of Morocco and the Spanish guy.

This play has its fun with its character’s representation yet it makes sure to tell a concrete story that makes us question who really is the good guy and whether the characters are right or wrong.

Langston Hughes Personal Response Sergio Camarillo

Langston Hughes wrote many powerful poems that really made me get somewhat of a perspective on how the black community suffered. I always thought I could grasp the idea of their pain but up until I read and analyzed these poems I practically had no idea. The way of his words and how he talks about the hate black people received resonated in me. Yet he also talks about the pride the community has and it also gave me a new perspective over it. For example the poem “I, Too” shows this pride and perseverance. The poem is just one of many in the list that show you cant really break a person’s spirit, and that although sometimes it hurt the white people could never keep them down. Its also one of the reasons the poems shocked me. He really talks about many aspects and makes a big impact in each one of them.

 

One poem that was interesting to read was “Goodbye Christ”. It was really interesting because it doesn’t really talk about black people, but a problem all people basically have (Althoughsome might not see it that way.) He talks about how God’s time is over and the world doesn’t need him now. I feel he speaks some truth in the way he talks about how God has been pawned and wore out. Its true as well in the present as the church has truly sold God for money more than for the belief.

 

Another poem that was interesting was “The Negro Mother”. It gave the message that the black community had the immortal connection and bond. How as a community they truly were connected and the poem shows the level of care and importance it has. It also shows the struggles of the black community and it was one of the poems that had the most impact In me. The way he uses words in this poem simply have more meaning because of the way he talks about events while also displaying the importance and pride black people have even though they were humiliated and treated horribly.

 

Langston Hughes really was a great writer and like I said before all of the poems really had an impact in me and I feel like I learned a lot from reading his poems.

Response to “The Odyssey” Sergio Camarillo

  1. What did you enjoy the most about The Odyssey, and why?

What I enjoyed the most about the odyssey was to see odysseus’ character development. When we first meet him he is already stranded and is almost broken. We meet him in a medium point in character development as he has already gone through stuff. Then we start to know more about him as he starts to tell more about his adventures. Yet what impressed me the most about him was in the end when he is disguised as a beggar and is dining with the suitors. They constantly taunt him and yet he never breaks as his “maturity has risen.” Later when he is killing the suitors we see that he doesn’t really enjoy the massacre, but rather does it because it needs to be done. He didn’t really want revenge, just justice.

 

  1. What did you enjoy the least about The Odyssey, and why?

What I enjoyed the least was that at time it became difficult to read and bored me at times. I didn’t really enjoy it at certain parts and it was more of reading it because I have to rather than reading it because I enjoyed it, making it more difficult for me to extract more details and be curious about it. This made me also not be able to properly remember stuff as my brain would go blank in reading some passages, making it hard for me to remember characters unless they appeared constantly. This affected how i would imagine the scenarios and couldn’t “see” them properly.

 

 

  1. What surprised you the most about The Odyssey?

What surprised me the most about the odyssey was the way the gods interacted with the mortals. I always thought that the gods never spoke to the people often like that. I knew that zeus often disguised himself in order to fool around with women but I didn’t think the gods would influence things so directly as athena did throughout the story. The moment that impressed me the most was when athena revealed her identity to odysseus, as I never thought she would do that. Also how she would have such a fascination with odysseus, admiring him and helping him. I knew that the gods did have preferences but not to the point that she would help odysseus so much, especially regarding the suitors.

 

Pastiches Sergio Camarillo

Passage 1

 

For me, this was important for learning,

That with this sick face overthrown with guilt and charge,

Hoping that the fearful whip woud vanish, and Indiana would be free of the blood and the buried.

That Rudner should be in coleview with his grandma silvia lodger, yet no cousins as they were far and filled with lead.

So there we are, staring at the eternal darkness outside our backyard, covered by fences, traps and snakes,

Half of them having a rattle and pattern that resembled volcanic ashes

The finish line was long, with zero chance of obtaining the silver,

That no salvage gold could ever fulfill from the gushing years of training, shedding not one tear.

That we weren’t able to overcome the puddle of tears that was growing inside us all, to finally let it out with the smack of a single whip.

 

Passage 2

 

A cheerful women, leaving you in dismay,

Going for more rum in the keg,

A woman who hates rats,

Who loves rhythm n’ blues,

Charging gas to her mustang,

A woman who was cloaked by her father,

Bothered by others, called a sack of bones,

Always carrying mints, sometimes tints,

Cleaning kettles, yet stuck with liars;

Who tripped and dipped,

She shared with fair

That those people who scattered In the concert were riled up by jim

 

Oedipus & Antigone Tragic hero.

Who is the tragic hero?

The tragic hero in the story is Creon. Although at first we are led to believe that its Antigone, after completing the play we come to realize that its truly Creon. Throughout the play we get many instances where we see both Antigone and Creon’s sides. We see a sad and almost broken Antigone who just wants to bury her only brother as she cannot have another sibling. Its really important to her because as she herself says on page 105 “ A husband dead, there might be another. A child by another too, if I had lost the first. But mother and father both lost in the halls of Death, no brother could ever spring to light again.” Yet for Creon we learn that he was doing what he thought the gods wanted him to. He saw a traitor in polynices as he came marching into thebes with an army and a thirst for revenge.

 

Creon’s point can be understood as polynices also took thebes’ king at the moment, and what would soon become a burden to creon who took the crown. In the play we see a roughed up creon who isn’t really happy and as we have many instances to see he has lost most of his patience since the last time we saw him in Oedipus. We can see it better when he gets mad very quickly at the prophet and lashes out the same way Oedipus lashed out to creon back in his play.

 

Finally we see everything that happens to Creon in the end: dead son and wife who committed suicide by a knife. He learns that both deaths were his fault in a moment of emotion. He starts saying how he thought he was doing the right thing and just before that he admitted and submitted to bury polynices, in the end doing the right thing. Still even though a “hero” his punishment comes and too devasted asks to be released from the pain, filling in the “role” of tragic hero.

Oedipus play response

The play has a lot of different instances where it touches philosophical themes but I want to focus on what Oedipus represents. As a puppet to the gods, Oedipus’ entire life had been written and could not change his fate as the prophecy described. He always thought that he made his own destiny and that his accomplishments were all his. This arises the question on whether our destiny is sealed or if our actions are our own. What Oedipus feels when he discovers everything is a reaction that I felt was quite real and strong. He felt destroyed and used. But what he did next was in a way understandable. He gouges his eyes out in a moment of adrenaline to show that the gods did not control every aspect of his life as he proceeded to say “I did this, me alone and my decision.” Showing his desperation on stating his point more to himself and the gods than the people. What I feel is that after the prophecy the gods were not involved on Oedipus’ life that much or even not at all, maybe making his action meaningless. Although he proved a point in that his action was not written, I feel like it was a little late and didn’t do much in proving all his point. Of course he did it for other reasons like not wanting to seeing the consequences of his actions but that could be easily fixed with exile. The point was never really concreted and when diving deeper it wasn’t that good per say.

Response to Enough is enough

This story made me see better what many women have to suffer almost everyday and what many more have suffered as a whole. The way they describe these problems is shocking to say the least, and although I don’t know these women in a way I can “see” their feelings of anger, frustration and sadness. Although I am a man and probably wont ex-perience anything that these women have just by their description I feel their anger, how could this happen. I could never understand what they go through but I can keep reading and informing myself.