• “In that moment I realise how much cities are not just geographical locations but psychic spaces of existential melancholy and desire. That we are always listening to the city inside us: L […]

  • Having read this section of Graceland by Chris Abani, I was drawn to the passage at the beginning of Chapter 15 and chose to do a close reading on the subject matter. The mention of Freedom Square instantly evoked […]

    • I liked your blog ost, you definitely gave a lot of outside information and connected it to “Graceland” very well. I noticed that a lot was directed to the western culture and how Lagos, Nigeria was trying to become a city like the ones in western cultures. One thing that comes to my mind is when Elvis had a conversation on the bus with the random man and he was talking about how chaotic Lagos is and how theres so many humans dying by getting hit by buses and cars. He was also saying how nobody cared to even move the dead bodies off the roads. He was very mad about this and he wished that this can sto. For some reason this came to mind because if this were more organized like how they are in western cultures, for examle, they wouldnt have these sorts of roblems.
      I feel like the movement in Lagos will have a significant imact because i believe by trying something, they can make Lagos city more attractable and a better lace for everyone to be able to live and have a better lifestyle.
      I agree with you in your comarison with the arts of dissent. “Through art and literature, individuals have responded to their historical moment and have paved the path for revolution through both artistic and literary movements.” I believe this is very relevant to what we have discussing and learning throughout this semester and i also think that this is very relevant in many situations throughout the book.

  • Brittany,

    I like the connection you made between the authors choice to emphasize the colors, black and white, as a means to represent “societies way of thinking: black and white” and the failure to appreciate a world full of color. The idea that life is a spectrum of black and white is prevalent within the novel. Thus, her choice of color…[Read more]

  • I could not agree more with the notion that kleptocracy still exists in this country today. Trump and his administration are a disgrace to this country. Not only are they unqualified for the positions they hold, but they do not serve as a proper representation of the people that make up this country. As you said, they have their own “private a…[Read more]

  • I love your decision to interpret the phrase, “within the veil” in addition to further defining the term, veil and dissecting it’s meaning in order to relate it back to the text. I agree with your standpoint on women and the idea that as writers they are confined to write in a way that will please their audience. In regards to changing someone’s…[Read more]

  • I like the connection you made between Thomas Mulloy’s phrase, “Dream larger” and Barack Obama’s campaign slogan, “Yes we can”. You captured the essence of the historical moment by stating that the Younger family can be viewed as a representation for Americans living then and now, for we all face hardships in our time.

  • Having read “No Rest for the Weary”, by Ben Brantley, a review of the 2014 production of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, “A Raisin in the Sun”, I have gained insight on the ideas and ideals depicted within th […]

    • This was a good display of how the play’s directions can be interpreted differently among differing versions. I was particularly interested in your retelling of the difference with this version of Walter Lee. It made me want to look up the version of the play this review is on (if I could find it online) and see for myself how this version of Walter is different. It brings up questions such as “How would this character be viewed by an audience?” and “Would this make him a more likeable character (considering I don’t particularly like him throughout the play)?”.
      I also found it good that you were able to take one of our discussions from class and apply it to this review of the play. “Hansberry’s set description leaves it open to the directors interpretation.” And it does. It would have been interesting if, for a class, we could have compared different sets from different versions of the play perhaps. Just to see how it’s interpreted differently and what stays the same.

    • Hi Brittany, I found your blog very interesting and insightful. I also chose a more recent production of the play, though ten years previous to your own and outside of the Broadway sphere. I agree that the more recent productions do hint at somewhat of a softening of Walter’s character. I agree that though there have been adjustments to characters, and seemingly most often Walter specifically, these adjustments don’t necessarily deminish the character but add new layers to the portrayal for modern auidences. I think these more recent productions are really interesting in that they prove what we’ve been saying in class all along, that the ideas, struggles, and themes within the play are still relevent even with the separation of more than 50 years.

  • I find Walter’s eagerness of using the money to open up a liquor store both a selfish and valid action. It is selfish as he is thinking solely of his self interests in terms of how he would use the money. However, the same can be said in regards to Mama who wants to use the money to fulfill the dream she once shared with her husband of owning a…[Read more]

  • I like the connection you made between Prospero’s final lines and the effect they have on the reader. However, I feel that his actions, although wrong, were an attempt to justify the fact that he was the rightful heir. Thus, he conjured the tempest in order for Miranda to marry Ferdinand and restore justice. In this case, the reader acting as a…[Read more]

  • Your interpretation of Act III of Shakespeare’s The Tempest through an original poem was pure genius! I liked how you incorporated our class discussion of exploration and how individuals would use art to depict their discoveries and applied it to create a poem. This reminds me of a recent conversation in my Literary History class about the c…[Read more]

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