Entries from April 2018

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Experimenting with Point of View: My Antonia’s Mrs. Shimerdas

One morning, during this interval of fine weather, Antonia and her mother rode over on one of their shaggy old horses to pay us a visit. It was the first time Mrs. Shimerda had been to our house, and she ran about examining our carpets and curtains and furniture, all the while commenting upon them […]

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

My Antonia: Point of View

One thing that I’ve been thinking a lot while reading My Antonia is that Jim is a kid while these events are taking place, but the novel itself is written as Jim looking back on his childhood. With this idea in mind, I found it almost impossible to not pick a scene from Antonia’s perspective. […]

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Mr. Burden on Mrs. Shimerda’s first visit

Taken by Mr. Burden’s quote, “The prayers of all good people are good”, I wanted to imagine his perspective on things. This is an imagining of how he might have reacted to, or discussed, Mrs. Shimerda and Ántonia’s visit to the Burden’s home on pages 85-87. *** The skies were open and clear for about three weeks after […]

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Experimenting with point of view in “My Antonia”

For my experiment with point of view, I looked at the passage of the story of Pavel and Peter and the discussion of it between Jim and Antonia. Jim recounts how he and Antonia reacted to the story, and how they dealt with it later on, but I thought it would be interesting to change […]

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Experimenting with Point of View

When I was thinking about which character could narrate this story, other than Jim Burden, I had trouble deciding between Jim’s grandmother Emmaline Burden and Ántonia’s mother Mrs. Shimerda. I think the point of view from both of these characters would allow for a different, yet interesting insight into the lives of their families. If […]

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Final Project: Yoko Tawada’s “Where Europe Begins” or…

For my final project, I think I will write about Yoko Tawada’s “Where Europe Begins.” When I was reading these short stories, I resonated with the feeling of being a foreigner and hearing languages that make little senses to one’s ears. As an ambivert, I have always thought about how words sometimes seem to die […]

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Experimenting With Point of View in “My Ántonia”

The passage that I thought would be interesting from another point of view is on pages 134 and 135, where Jim is talking to Ántonia after their family’s feud. I changed the point of view from Jim’s point of view to Ántonia’s point of view. All about us we could hear the felty beat of raindrops […]

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Final Project Idea

Honestly, I was trying to think of other literary works to choose for this essay and I was having a pretty hard time thinking about what I would pick. Consequently, I thought back to my time in high school and the books that I read and actually enjoyed being forced to read. One of the […]

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Final Project Idea!

I think I would like to write about “Canned Foreign” and “Storytellers Without Souls” from Where Europe Begins by Yoko Tawada. I was originally between Elizabeth Bishop, Naomi Shihab Nye and Yoko Tawada. However, I chose Tawada because I am the most passionate about her work, especially after personally meeting, and receiving answers from her. […]

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Final Project Ideas

I was thinking about doing my final project on either The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald or My Ántonia that we are reading in class by Willa Cather. I have not yet decided which I think will go better, but I have some ideas about each. If I do The Great Gatsby, I would connect the book to privilege. I […]