Friday, November 18, 2011

Slave Song: How I Got Over

While reading The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, slave songs and their meanings come up a periodically so we were asked to look up a slave song we had never heard before.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sleepy Hollow: Short Story vs. Film Adaptation

In reading the short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and watching the film adaptation by Tim Burton, there are several differences in the main character, Icabod Crane.
  • Ichabod is religious in the story but not in the film (decidedly atheist)
  • Came to Sleepy Hollow as a school teacher in the story, in the film he is a detective and is for this reason sent to investigate the infamous murder streak happening in the town
  • First heard of the Headless Horseman through stories told by the fireside of neighbors in Sleepy Hollow
  • In the story there is no murder mystery allegedly the work of the Headless Horseman. He is merely part of a ghost story that the inhabitants of Sleepy Hollow tell each other. There was nothing mysterious happening before Ichabod arrived in Sleepy Hollow and he fled it after one encounter with the Horseman. The Ichabod of the film encountered the Horseman many times.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Response to: Benjamin Franklin's "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America"

Benjamin Franklin,
In regard to your short essay on the natives in America, I must say couldn't agree more. Apart from your intriguing account of the day-to-day life and culture of the Indian tribes you have visited, I also greatly appreciated your challenge to the term "savage" that has been tagged to native peoples around the world. The comparisons of what is useful and proper from English to Indian culture were extremely interesting.  Truly a timely and necessary subject of research.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pamphlet War

I think that Dustin's pamphlet makes more sense and has a stronger argument, but personally I agree with Hannah. I love books and the feel and smell and design of a book; it adds to the overall experience of reading and I would never want that to disappear. I really don't like reading documents on the computer or on iPads or iPhones or anything else (although the Kindle is OK, but I still prefer books). But on the other hand, books do waste tons and tons of paper and deforestation is a huge problem; but to run any of the devices needed to view digital books you need electricity, and electricity also has a huge environmental impact. It doesn't deal with deforestation, but to produce electricity you have to burn fossil fuels and if you're trying to look to an environmentally responsible future, you should deal with the problem of electricity and the burning of fossil fuels first.