Thursday, August 15, 2013

My Big Question

What does our future hold for us? How should we prepare ourselves for it? 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Roman, Kyle and Alyssa's Postmodernist Presentation

They showed a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air segment where Will Smith looked at the Camera and broke the 4th wall. They also show the set (stage) during the episode. That also broke the rules by show long the stage when you're not supposed too. Great job guys! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Slaughterhouse

 When you hear Postmodernism, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Postmodernism is a really cool and interesting literary style of writing.  I think that postmodernism can be anything that breaks the rule of the old style of writing or it can have random scenes that don't relate to one another. In other words, a story that has no order of sequence and jumps around to different time or situations.  Slaughter House 5 was a great example of what I'm talking about right now. 

In the story of Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut a man named Billy that is imprisoned by the Germans during WWII and at one point in the book, Kurt is talking about how Billy is in this prison and then next thing you know he's talking about Billy during his childhood. This is an example of how the author uses Postmodernism in this book by not following the rules and putting the story in random orders. 

Another example of why Slaughter House 5 is a Postmodernist story is when the author would humor a situation by saying "So it goes" after something bad would happen to someone.  This is another example of how this story is a postmodernism story. Instead of being heartfelt about a tragic moment that just happened, he breaks the rules and makes the situation funny or joyful. 

And this is why Slaughter House 5 is a great example of a Postmodernist novel. It shows how to break the rules by not writing in order and how he uses irony by saying "So it goes" whenever something bad happens and he decides to humor the situation. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Slaughter House 5 Reading Notes: Chapter 6

Billy is back again in the war, lying down in his hospital bed talking to Derby and Lazzaro. Lazzaro is talking about how he has his own hit list and that revenge is the sweetest thing. As he's talking, he tells Billy how he's on his hit list for killing his best friend. Billy already knows how he's going to die and says how he'll be talking to a crowd in Chicago and that Lazzaro will keep his promise to kill Billy. Then, moments later, Billy is shot in the head. Later, he travels back in time to the war and an Englishman tells the Americans that they are traveling back to Dresden. When they got there, they described it to be very beautiful. From then on, they were talking to Slaughter House 5.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Slaughter House 5 Translation - pg. 18

At the top of the page where everything is written in German, I translated it so everybody could understand it.

"From the dome of the Frauekirche (Church of our Lady) I saw this unfortunate debris between the beautiful urban order sown. Then I praised the sexton art of the builder, which church dome and a case had been set up as unwanted and bombproof construction. The good sacristan then pointed me to the Ruinene (a place that is in ruin) to all sides and said laconically concern: An enemy has done!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography Video

Here's the link to the video of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Vocabulary: Spring List 6

Chronic: persisting for a long time or constantly recurring.

Sentiment: a view of or attitude toward a situation or event: an opinion.

Morality: principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.

Remorse: deep regret or guilt for a wrong comitted.

Defect: a shortcoming or inperfection.

Acquaintance: a persons knowledge or experience with something.

Sanity: the ability to think and behave in a rational manner.

Implication: the conclusion that can drawn from something, although it is not explicitly stated.

Alternative: one of two or more available possibilities.

Savage: a member of people regarded as primitive and uncivilized.

Phenomenon: a fact or situation that is observed to exsist or happen.