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December 19th, 2011 1 comment

Dear Reader,

This website is an analysis of Dalyrimple Goes Wrong by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Throughout this website you will discover collaboration of deep thought provoking views based on the New Critic’s literary theories.  Over the course of one semester I worked on many literary theories and used technological devices on the computer to create a blog website which helped advance the process of analyzing Dalyrimple Goes Wrong.  Eng170W taken at CUNY Queens College taught by Prof. Ferguson showed us an absolutely great way to take a story that could possibly be dull and dry and turn it into a whole different world of interesting views and themes which are hidden within the text.

The process that I took to create my blog in Dalyrimple Goes Wrong was done throughout this semester.  It was at times, very time consuming, but interesting, fascinating and rewarding.  We had many learning goals and with these goals we were able to incorporate them into our personal blogs.  Since much of the work in this class emphasized the use of the computer and the technological devices that a computer performs we were introduced to many new programs within our computer.  Wordle, N-gram viewer and hovering are just a few examples of how the computer was a great resource that enabled us to look beyond and within the text to get a true meaning and breakdown of a story.  That is the process that I used to get the true meaning of Dalyrimple Goes Wrong.

This class has strengthened my understanding of the written word and the different techniques used to interpret and understand a text.  Over the course of this semester I was exposed to many literary theories such as the New Critic, Freud’s dream analysis and studies of a myth.  The one that I particularly felt was the most useful and educational was the New Criticism.  It taught me how to actually break down the text, read each word, look for its hidden meaning and interpret the story on my own.  I did not try to guess what the author felt about the story but instead concentrated on my interpretation of both the story line and the characters in the story.  Another strength that I gained from this class was detecting literary devices such as alliteration, similes, hyperboles and pleonasms, just to mention a few.

The hardest part of this class was acquainting myself with the use of the technological devices that we had to perform on the computer.  When the term began I had no clue as to what was expected of me.  At our first class meeting when I was told to set up a blog, I was completely clueless since I must admit I am somewhat computer illiterate.  When Wordle and N-gram was assigned, I actually panicked and worse of all was hovering.  But, with time, patience and Prof. Ferguson’s understanding and helpful directions I was able to overcome my insecurity and struggles with the digital world and technology.

Now that you have read my letter, I hope when you browse my website you will realize and understand how much work and thought went into my study of Dalyrimple Goes Wrong by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  It was a long journey but I thoroughly enjoyed every step of the way.  I learned so much from it.  I hope that you will learn from me and take from it an understanding of this wonderful story.

Thank you very much.

Morgan Levine

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Revising My Site

December 7th, 2011 5 comments
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Mania Response

November 30th, 2011 No comments

In the first paragraph Eugenides word choice does develop Madeline’s mania.  Madeline is determined to be better than everyone else and although she is fond of members of the male sex she does not want to feel intimated or inferior to them.  When her father beat her every time they played tennis she was certain she lost because he intimated her and acted mean.  She knew she was better than him but lost because of his nasty attitude to her.  This happened every time they played.  Thus, the reason for her obsession with Leonard and her attempt to help cure him of his psychological illness.  Her mania towards helping Leonard get well is justified because he is subordinate, needs her and never intimidates her at any time.  Her tennis matches with her father played personal significance upon her and caused her to constantly lose to him.

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Open Ended Question

November 16th, 2011 No comments
WHAT WAS SOCIETY LIKE AFTER WORLD WAR I AND WHAT HARDSHIPS DID SOLDIERS RETURNING FROM THE WAR FACE?
    The information that would be needed to answer this question would be to find out what the social and economic conditions were during this time period in the United States.  I would have to find out if there were available jobs for returning servicemen, were employers willing and able to train these young men, and how these men were paid in salary if they were lacking education and experience.  I would investigate socio-economic conditions, employment opportunities, and government funded financial, educational and psychological assistance for returning service men.
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Mytheme Table – Growth and Structure

November 9th, 2011 1 comment

In the story Rumpelstiltskin, which we are considering as a myth, both growth and structure are apparent.  The story starts to build and grow at the beginning when the father lies to the King about his daughter being able to spin straw into gold.  From that point on the story grows by describing the daughter’s frustration of being unable to complete this task and how she deals with this situation.  Structure is also part of this story because of the constant repetition.  The repetition allows the reader to place each event in its proper place and order to better understand the structure of the story.  In Rumpelstiltskin the dialogue between the daughter and the Manikin is repeated each time that the little man appears to help the girl.  The growth of this story is a continuous process and the structure has breaks or gaps.

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Freud’s Dream-work

November 2nd, 2011 1 comment
Two concrete tasks we should perform when treating literary tasks based on Freud’s point of view in his Dream Work would be:
    1)  When reading a literary text if the ideas are expressed in abstract form, it is almost impossible to fully understand the literary text.  But, when the text is transformed into words that create an image and that are identifiable the reader can readily understand the written text.
    2)  When reading a literary text the reader should analyze the written words, the etymology of the words and their associations with what the author of the text is writing about.  The reader should not form his own concepts but concentrate on what the author’s ideas are and what he/she is writing about.
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Rhetorical devices linked with Condensation

November 2nd, 2011 No comments

The rhetorical element of aporia is similar to Freud’s theory of condensation because condensation is brought about by omission. The reason that Freud uses condensation in his interpretation of dreams is that he omits certain ideas when he expresses doubt about them.  Aporia and condensation are connected because they both omit ideas when there is  uncertainty and they will not lead to a conclusion.

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Steps in Semiotics

October 26th, 2011 2 comments

Step1- Read through the first few words of the text and start to gather an overall mental image in your head of  it. At this point there is no need for you to have to grasp all the ideas and information being conveyed.
Step2-  Take each word and  create a signifier or a symbol that will help you understand what is being represented. By having mental images you are creating the basic foundation for your understanding of the text.
Step3- You are now ready to start taking the mental images and put meaning behind them. This is not done  instantaneously, but is done through the comprehension of your mental image and the wide range of options in which context the words were placed into.
Step4- Now you can continue  with the reading and perform the process that was done to the previous set of words. Redo step numbers 2 and 3.
Step5- After completing each small group of words and completing the reading  you should be able to gather an overall picture of what was written.  Develop the meaning behind the words and the signs within the text’s language.

When a semiotician would read through Shakespeare’s Sonnet 65 they would be dazed and confused. They would read the first line and automatically think that Shakespeare is speaking of nature. They would then read on and gather all these different ideas within the sonnet such as power,summer, havoc, time’s chest, pretty things to represent beauty, a hand, the sun, and black ink. With the conclusion of this list nothing can really be determined as far as what is being said. This is because the semiotician would be able to gather signs from the poem but no meaning can be gathered. These symbols are varied between happiness and darkness in the sense that they are widely apart. If the semiotician puts these signs or symbols together they would create mental images that are far different from what Shakespeare had written in Sonnet 65.

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Hovering with New Critic Response to Commentary

October 19th, 2011 2 comments

Whose action is no stronger than a flower ?

A New Critic would be pleased with some parts of the interpretation of Sonnet 65 by Shakespeare. The New Critic would certainly agree with the commentary because the words in the sonnet are all defined and are related to the analysis of the poem. The New Critic would also agree with the commentary because after breaking down the words and re-reading the sonnet the reader discovers that the sonnet gives all of the information needed to discover its meaning. The New Critic would also agree with the commentary because all of the words in the commentary awakens the reader with an emotional response. Words such as brass, stone, earth, sea, sadness, mortality, steel, etc. are all powerful and emotional words. A New Critic, would however, disagree with the part of the commentary that shows how certain phrases and words were used during different time periods in history. He or she would also disagree with the commentary’s interpretation of certain phrases because the New Critic believes that with the help of only a dictionary the poem itself contains all the necessary information to understand its meaning.

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Critical Theory Map

October 15th, 2011 1 comment

 

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