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Is this where... we came in?
I wrote this piece for another project, but I had this class in mind while writing it. It is a nice summary to my blogging for this class, so I will review it and post it below.  Didactic Paint Smears From the position of someone undergoing the process of “...

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Thoughts about the Beach
The setting of Sag Harbor immediately grabbed my attention, and throughout my reading it has remained my favorite element of the novel. My great grandfather built a house on the South Carolina coast in the 1960s, in a small commercial town called Garden Cit...

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Madam Crommelynck
I think one reason that Mitchell painted Jason's schoolteachers as extremely nasty is so they would later act as a contrast to the person who turns out to be a much more better teacher than any of the school teachers: Madame Commelynck. Her advice in regard...

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What did you bring me to keep me from the gallows pole?
Jason's personification of his stammer, Hangman, is another element of his colorful imagination (Millennium Falcon, ghost boy on the lake, etc.). The personification is sort of haunting. The Hangman makes cruel decisions on his own, has his own commandments...

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Sylvie
The character of Sylvie is unique among any of the characters we've encountered so far in the sense that she doesn't explore philosophical or coming of age concepts (like Holden, Esther, etc.) but rather embodies some of those concepts herself. Chapter 8, w...

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Porcupine Tree: Deadwing Album Review
Deadwing (2005) is 8th studio album by the band known as "Porcupine Tree". It's the band's most commercially viable album they've ever released, yet sacrifices nothing in the sense of musical quality, musical production, ingenuity, difficulty, or lyricism. ...

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Writing Styles and Other Stuff ("Another ramble")
The more I read Catcher in the Rye, the more I understood why it is seen as one of the great novels of the 20th century, specifically in American culture. It deserves all the credit it is given. I found Holden to be the most relatable character I've ever re...

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Lady Lazarus Analysis
This is not a strict analysis but just some dotted thoughts. Feel free to comment your own thoughts or disagreements on any points I make. Lady Lazarus feels like it belongs with Daddy. I don't mean that they cover the same subject, but that they feel like ...

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rambling thoughts about Esther's father's place in The Bell Jar
One of the main causes that triggered Esther's depression in the Bell Jar. Earlier in the novel she said the last happy moment of her life was when she was running along the beach with her father. She was about 9 years old at the time. In chapter 13 when Es...

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Cranly
Of all the characters that Stephen interacts with in Portrait, Cranly is the most interesting. He also ends up having an importance influence on Stephen towards the end of the novel. The first time we meet Cranly (other than the roll-call in the classroom),...
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