20.11.14

Style Challenge: Guess Who?


I had been making my way through the shards of light stealthily when I perchanced upon a sugary cherub. I looked upon the face of innocence and curiosity and saw no faults of life that had touched near a breadth of the cherub’s layering. Indeed the cherub held a glorious little step. I would dare to compare it to the shakings of a plump cherry on a tree in a strong, but methodical wind.  The sweetness was bound to fall. At once the breeze gave me recognition of another component of the angel’s mellifluousness. Around the clavicle of the angel’s chest hung a knitted scarf of goodies. Wrapped in sweets this crystalline ruby encaged itself.

This angel was a trap, a danger to all dangers and a consumer of all that held itself steadfastly. An angel is nothing but a demon that appears to be shaded with light. This cherub was a demon and I standing in the dark held real verisimilitude and morality. I could be the saviour saving this apparition from itself and its misdoings. All I would need to do is descend upon the fiend’s stature and swoop away the false light that glows on the demon’s innards. The wondrous disasters awaiting to happen on the introduction of the succubus’s aroma. A gem with a light that shows no fear so as to discourage the darkness is more vicious than a stone that bears none of its interior.

I believed it was time to do some cherry picking. Ah, that look imparts no sympathies, but judge me not yet. Every being is drawn to a sweet scent and is doing more harm than good by appearing to restrain themselves. Is it not better to be honest or does authenticity not hold as one of your virtues. Anyhow I had decided to shed some truth on the blood- colored fruit. As I got closer I could hear the melody of that cherub and picked up some intelligence. The angel had familial relationships with whom she was on her way to meet to dispatch her holdings to.

It was there I sought to surprise this crystal with an unexpected arrival. I ran with avid ferocity towards the home of the cherub’s relations and snuck inside. To my dismay I saw an elderly occupant alive and very vivacious considering the occupant’s age. I was left with no choice but to swoop the woman away from the dangers of life. Taking the part of a saviour I kept the elder safe in my breast and my abdomen. What a lucky one indeed to be saved by me. Now all that was left in my mission was to start cherry-picking.

12.11.14

Bernard from Brave New World in 1st Person rather than 3rd person omniscient


Really rather beautiful, Miss Keate is. Lenina still appears to be more beautiful and attractive though. But oh, Miss Keate. I would like to indulge in Soma with her. And there is no reason why I should not be able to have her. I am popular and we are both free. I'll make a move right now. Yes an arm, now give me a kiss. Ah! The shutters! I'll get another chance. I have all the time in the world. Aah the Savage, so mislead and stuck in his ways. He does not understand the simplest of joys. Indeed he thinks too much. Shakespeare! What an outrageous question! He really has no connection with the people of this “other place.” How intriguing though. He really has put some weight on this Complete Works of Shakespeare. He believes in it as if it were his religion and William Shakespeare was his prophet. The solitary life is actually a state of unfound clarity and confusion. I can see why you would not want to encourage it. The youth might become like me. No. No more talk of these things, this is over. Now, Miss Keate. I enjoy her charming mouth's sweet whispers in my ear. For this evening would you have sex with me? Yes, I already knew the answer miss. I won't really enjoy the Soma, but to be with her tonight appeals to me greatly. Maybe we'll forget about it entirely in the rush of our meeting and just skip over all the niceties.

4.11.14

Frankenstein: The Enlightened Lover and Martyr (Peer Response Edition Only)


Victor's demise is not a condemnation of rationalism.  Though Victor Frankenstein did start to follow the tenets of rationalism, he could not escape the romanticism in his human nature. For his tragedy to represent the downfall of rationalism, he had to perform as a rationalist. Instead Victor Frankenstein rather would characterize the downfall of Romanticism. It is human nature to greed for more power, to become more than what they are, to make judgments off of emotion and conceit rather than logic. If Frankenstein had been Enlightened he wouldn't have taken the view of his creation he did. He would have marveled at it for the anomaly and significance it provided to the world of science, instead he could not move past its appearances. His downfall was that he could not be tolerant as the tenets of Enlightenment say. He would choose to respond out of fear and disgust rather than the rational move of acceptance and becoming an educator. He might've treated his creation differently if it were beautiful, yet he could not stand its ugliness. And yet, isn't ugliness defined by the inability to overcome ancient traditions, ideals, and concepts of beauty. A rationalist would've not seen ugliness in the human notion as Victor did.

His words had a strange effect upon me. I compassionated
him, and sometimes felt a wish to console
him; but when I looked upon him, when I saw
the filthy mass that moved and talked, my heart
sickened, and my feelings were altered to those of
horror and hatred. I tried to stifle these sensations;
I thought, that as I could not sympathize with him, I
had no right to withhold from him the small portion
of happiness which was yet in my power to bestow. (Frankenstein 260)
…she, who in all probability was to become a thinking and reasoning
animal… She also might turn with
disgust from him to the superior beauty of man;
(Frankenstein 299)
Life, although it may only be an accumulation
of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend
it. Remember, thou hast made me more powerful
than thyself; my height is superior to thine; my joints
more supple. But I will not be tempted to set myself
in opposition to thee. I am thy creature, and I will
be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king,
if thou wilt also perform thy part, the which thou
owest me. (Frankenstein 164)
Victor saw visions of divine punishment for his unnatural acts, this can be seen as romanticism trying to inject itself during Victor's period of Rationalism. They sought to bring him back to a more emotional approach. The condemnation went to this emotional view though, because Victor died once he started to live solely for love and human emotion.
…but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became
livid with the hue of death; her features appeared
to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of
my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped
her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in
the folds of the flannel.(Frankenstein 80)
Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle
of life proceed? It was a bold question, and
one which has ever been considered as a mystery;
yet with how many things are we upon the
brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness
did not restrain our inquiries. (Frankenstein 66)
“Slave, I before reasoned with you, but you have
proved yourself unworthy of my condescension. Remember
that I have power; you believe yourself
miserable, but I can make you so wretched that
the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my
creator, but I am your master; — obey!”(Frankenstein 303)
 
The monster is at first a Romantic, then he becomes a Rationalist. He has all the reason to lament the Romantics of a human society he can't be allowed in. The human mind is irrational and is only justifying for itself, or at least that is what the creature sees. His negative view on the tenets of human rationality turned him to the monster, the animal, the logicless creature that he showed himself to be at times.
You accuse me of murder;
and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience,
destroy your own creature. Oh, praise the eternal
justice of man! (Frankenstein 166)
 
“ ‘Do not despair. To be friendless is indeed
to be unfortunate; but the hearts of men, when
unprejudiced by any obvious self-interest, are full of
brotherly love and charity. Rely, therefore, on your
hopes; and if these friends are good and amiable,
do not despair.’ (Frankenstein 234)
 
The creature had tried to be reasonable, even creating a plan on how to obtain a companion. He figured that this would allow him to be part of the humanity which he desperately wanted to fit into. What he found was that he could not control his anger, his impulse, the bit of humanity he had within.
“ ‘Frankenstein! you belong then to my enemy—
to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge;
you shall be my first victim.’ (Frankenstein 252)
 
Frankenstein's mother served as a warning sign against Rationalism. It can be assumed that a wise and strong woman in her deathbed would speak of significant matters in her last moments. She had the older generation's ideas on love. Society is facing trials of Rationalism and Romanticism till today. It is a particularly heavy struggle for the human psyche and the attainment of mass media, knowledge, and social hubs has made those involved in popular culture delve deeper within themselves and their thought process.
I knew that I was preparing for 
myself a deadly torture; but I was the slave, not the
master of an impulse, which I detested, yet could
not disobey. (Frankenstein 408)

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein to display the characteristics of Modern Rationalism and Romanticism. She did not lean towards one belief. It was popular because of this representation of the contrast, yet steady convergence of the two beliefs.
Dr. Darwin, and some of the physiological
writers of Germany… It was recommended by the novelty
of the situations which it developes; and, however
impossible as a physical fact, affords a point of view
to the imagination for the delineating of human passions
more comprehensive and commanding than
any which the ordinary relations of existing events
can yield.
I have thus endeavoured to preserve the truth
of the elementary principles of human nature,…
(Frankenstein Preface)
  The modern comparison of the two schools of thought made people reconsider themselves and what humanity was. They also reconsidered the laws of attraction, morality, and personality  in functioning in society. Today we still philosophize our being and what makes our right to live, survive, and function as and in society.
 
Works Cited
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein (Bantam Classics). New York: Bantam Classics, 1984. Print.

3.11.14

Frankenstein: The Enlightened Lover and Martyr

Victor's demise is not a condemnation of rationalism.

His words had a strange effect upon me. I compassionated

him, and sometimes felt a wish to console

him; but when I looked upon him, when I saw

the filthy mass that moved and talked, my heart

sickened, and my feelings were altered to those of

horror and hatred. I tried to stifle these sensations;

I thought, that as I could not sympathize with him, I

had no right to withhold from him the small portion

of happiness which was yet in my power to bestow. (Frankenstein 260)

…she, who in all probability was to become a thinking and reasoning

animal… She also might turn with

disgust from him to the superior beauty of man;

(Frankenstein 299)

 “Slave, I before reasoned with you, but you have

proved yourself unworthy of my condescension. Remember

that I have power; you believe yourself

miserable, but I can make you so wretched that

the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my

creator, but I am your master; — obey!”(Frankenstein 303)

Life, although it may only be an accumulation

of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend

it. Remember, thou hast made me more powerful

than thyself; my height is superior to thine; my joints

more supple. But I will not be tempted to set myself

in opposition to thee. I am thy creature, and I will

be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king,

if thou wilt also perform thy part, the which thou

owest me. (Frankenstein 164)


 …but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became

livid with the hue of death; her features appeared

to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of

my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped

her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in

the folds of the flannel.(Frankenstein 80)
Victor saw the visions of divine punishment for his unnatural acts.

Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle

of life proceed? It was a bold question, and

one which has ever been considered as a mystery;

yet with how many things are we upon the

brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness

did not restrain our inquiries. (Frankenstein 66)

The monster is at first a Romantic, then he becomes a Rationalist.


Frankenstein has all the reason to lament the Romantics of a human society he can't be allowed in. The human mind is irrational and is only justifying for itself, or at least that is what the creature sees. His negative view on the tenets of human rationality turned him to the monster, the animal, the logicless creature that he showed himself to be at times.
You accuse me of murder;
and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience,
destroy your own creature. Oh, praise the eternal
justice of man! (Frankenstein 166)
 
“ ‘Do not despair. To be friendless is indeed
to be unfortunate; but the hearts of men, when
unprejudiced by any obvious self-interest, are full of
brotherly love and charity. Rely, therefore, on your
hopes; and if these friends are good and amiable,
do not despair.’ (Frankenstein 234)
 
The creature had tried to be reasonable, even creating a plan on how to obtain a companion. He figured that this would allow him to be part of the humanity which he desperately wanted to fit into. What he found was that he could not control his anger, his impulse, the bit of humanity he had within.
“ ‘Frankenstein! you belong then to my enemy—
to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge;
you shall be my first victim.’ (Frankenstein 252)
 
 

Frankenstein's mother served as a warning sign against Rationalism. It can be assumed that a wise and strong woman in her deathbed would speak of significant matters in her last moments. She had the older generation's ideas on love. Society is facing trials of Rationalism and Romanticism till today. It is a particularly heavy struggle for the human psyche and the attainment of mass media, knowledge, and social hubs has made those involved in popular culture delve deeper within themselves and their thought process.

I knew that I was preparing for 
myself a deadly torture; but I was the slave, not the
master of an impulse, which I detested, yet could
not disobey. (Frankenstein 408)

Mary Shelley favoured wrote Frankenstein to display the characteristics of Modern Rationalism and Romanticism. She did not lean towards one belief.

Dr. Darwin, and some of the physiological

writers of Germany… It was recommended by the novelty

of the situations which it developes; and, however

impossible as a physical fact, affords a point of view

to the imagination for the delineating of human passions

more comprehensive and commanding than

any which the ordinary relations of existing events

can yield.

I have thus endeavoured to preserve the truth

of the elementary principles of human nature,…

 (Frankenstein Preface)
  The modern comparison of the two schools of thought made people reconsider themselves and what humanity was. They also reconsidered the laws of attraction and attractiveness in functioning in society.

15.10.14

No Fluff Please! My name is Hemingway. "What's up?""The sun."

          Ernest Hemingway's writing style is one of simplicity and directness. Like parkour, Hemingway figures out the most efficient way to get from point A to point B, even if point B is a fictional, ambiguous place. He cuts the fluff and the s-curl pattern of his story and just keeps it straight. His diction is concrete and even in the meat of The Sun Also Rises, though philosophical and theoretical ideas are approached Hemingway he eludes hitting it head on, as they are not concrete enough. He heavily writes, what a thespian would call, cleaned realistic dialogue; it slices away the stutters and ramblings of real dialogue while keeping the essence, the bone and marrow, of the actual storyline. The sentences are short, sharp, crisp.  By cutting away at the extra blubber of the novel he is actually delineating the most important parts and ideas of it. This is a man who doesn't need any sprinkles or fudge on his ice cream stuff; he knows that the best stuff is kept natural.
          Hemingway's only instances of marshmallow-iness are in his conclusions and his narrative views. What was the point, the lesson? One might ask themselves this after finishing up. None of the character have developed, making them at most 2 dimensional, not at all dynamic. They are in the exact same situations and mindsets that they start with, except for maybe the character, Robert Cohn who is the main character of the first part of the story through a background anecdote. The novel is told in a rather laid-backed, calm, and spectatorial way just like in the anecdote of Robert Cohn. It is found out late who the actual narrator is and the main character doesn't take any initiative or attempt to control the story. Anything including the characters' directions and views is left unclear, ambiguous.
                                                                                                                                                                   
 
 I was gone. I was high out my mind. I walked back into the cabin. Mike was on the couch. He had a massive bong in hand.. I turned around.

"Wait up Jake," he said.

I turned back. I was dizzy.

"Brett, that thot. She's somewhere bangin' the yoga instructor."

"No way."

"Of course. She looked for you to say goodbye. They found a motel somewhere and made off."

"Really?"

"Whatever, it's just a fling." Mike said. "She's just stupid. She'll come back to me, but she might have to work a little bit harder for it."

"Want a puff? Wait while I relight it."

"I'mstoned," I said. "I'm out for the count."

"Are you slow? I hit the munchies already.

"Yes," I said, "I'm feeling out of it."

"Crap," Mike said. "Alright, hit the sheets!"

I walked past him to my door. I slumped right there and let go. Whatever; this is how it is. Bill and Mike got me later to ransack the fridge. I acted like I was out. The rave raged on outside.
                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                    
Work Cited
Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. New York: Scribner, 2006. Print.

17.9.14

Wuthering Heights Reaction

It is true that in Wuthering Heights, after Hindley dies Heathcliff takes on the job of torturing those who are forced to live under his power.
Heathcliffe later made Hareton a servant as payback for his servant days that were put upon him by Hindley. Hindley had made him do the most humiliating jobs, day in and day out, so this was a suitable revenge.
He drove him from their company to the servants, deprived him of the instructions of the curate, and insisted that he should labour out of doors instead; compelling him to do so as hard as any other lad on the farm.(p.57)
‘Hindley does not often free us from his accursed presence,’ observed the boy. ‘I’ll not work any more to-day: I’ll stay with you.’(p.87)
Both Heathcliff and Hindley took it upon themselves to verbally abuse their female relations, first with Catherine, then with Cathy.
Hindley lavished on her a torrent of scornful abuse, and bade her get to her room immediately, or she shouldn’t cry..."(p.111)
Both Heathcliff and Hindley leave their sons on someone else's charge, knowing their sons' dispositions and how troublesome they were.
 ‘You are a boastful champion,’ replied Heathcliff; ‘but I don’t like you well enough to hurt him: you shall get the full benefit of the torment, as long as it lasts. It is not I who will make him hateful to you it is his own sweet spirit. He’s as bitter as gall at your desertion and its consequences: don’t expect thanks for this noble devotion. I heard him draw a pleasant picture to Zillah of what he would do if he were as strong as I: the inclination is there, and his very weakness(p.363)
Heathcliff cares about nobody and similar to when Cathy's ankle was hurt and Hindley left hr for naught, he left his son for nothing when he was dying. In that way, Heathcliff not aiding his sick son and Hindley's accidental throw of Hareton are the same in that they both harm their children, leaving them at the point of death.
‘’We know that!’ answered Heathcliff; ‘but his life is not worth a farthing, and I won’t spend a farthing on him.’(p.370)
And just like when Hindley suicides and all is peaceful for a while in Wuthering Heights, when Heathcliff dies suicides and the last oppressor is gone, all is resumed to its original peaceful state of a Heathcliff-less world.
He solicited the society of no one more. At dusk he went into his chamber. Through the whole night, and far into the morning, we heard him groaning and murmuring to himself.p(424)
His suicide and Hindley's were similar in the way that they let themselves' die, separating themselves from human contact and becoming increasingly distant.

Works Cited
Brontë, Emily. Wuthering Heights.  New York: Scholastic, 1961. Print.