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What decisions did you make when choosing the design for your cloud?

The first think I noticed about my word cloud was that it was rather negative.  The story I decided to do was "Young Goodman Brown", and it was somewhat of a dark, existential work.  The first world cloud generated was in dark colors too, and it seemed too much.  I ended up regenerating the image that used softer colors instead of black, and it seemed to not have as strong of a negative feel. 

What is the most prominent word (or are the most prominent words) in your cloud? Did this word’s appearance surprise you?

Negative and story were the 2 words that jumped out the most.  I feel that this story was definately negative, and most of my thoughts  on the work were negative as well.  It made me wonder if maybe I was being negative? LOL

What do you think the prominence of this word/these words in your freewrites says about your interaction with the literary text* you chose? In other words, why might you have repeated that word so often as you discussed why the text was your favorite?

 The work, even though it was the work that resonated with me the most, and therefore I liked it the best, it was somewhat of a downer story.  I don't feel like I am a negative person myself, but the story "Young Goodman Brown" reminded me of thoughts I have tried to figure out myself, and other texts I have read in the past.

What might this word/these words suggest about the theme of your chosen literary text?

What other words in your cloud stand out to you and what might these words suggest about your interaction with the literary text?

The story was dark and painful and somewhat negative.  It definately wasn't a "feel good" work. But, I think the author did a great job of artfully portraying what it may feel like to come to terms with your own beliefs that might contradict others around you or even what you felt to be true in the past.

Literary experience #1.1
Nathan Zahrt
Intro to Literature
 
Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
 
Why do you think you resonated with this narrative when you first read it?

I think that I resonated with this narrative because it seemed somewhat familiar in a sense to me with themes I had pondered in the past.  The character is told that this is what told what you should believe and this is how you feel but, he has his own feelings and his own way of looking at things that don’t necessarily align with “How everyone should feel and act”.  He begins to think for himself and realizes how terrifying and bewildering it can be, when he decides to “Go down the rabbit hole”.

Literary experience #1.2

Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
 
Why do you think you resonated with this narrative when you first read it?

I think that I resonated with this narrative because it seemed somewhat familiar in a sense to me with themes I had pondered in the past.  The character is told that this is what told what you should believe and this is how you feel but, he has his own feelings and his own way of looking at things that don’t necessarily align with “How everyone should feel and act”.  He begins to think for himself and realizes how terrifying and bewildering it can be, when he decides to “Go down the rabbit hole”.

How did you experience the narrative differently as you reread it? For example, did anything new stand out to you? Did you realize anything different about the narrative’s form or content—i.e., about how it was written or what happens in the narrative? Did you learn anything new about yourself or about the world?

When I reread the story, I noticed right away his wife is aptly named faith.  She whispers in his ear to stay at home where it is safe and warm with her, a do not go on your journey.  It seems the classic, be comfortable and choose the easy way plea we sometimes get from others.  The story when I read it is full of metaphors.  Like the traveler that he goes into the dark wood with that is just like him but much older, except for the staff that is an evil serpent. The story reminds me of some of the story of “Thus spoke Zarathustra” where the story takes on a certain  metaphorical, allegorical , or subversive style that I appreciate.
The story ends saying “Was this but a dream?” either way, Goodman Brown becomes a deeply meditative, stern, sad, and distrustful man did he become after the night of this fearful dream.  He has lost his faith and the hope of eternal life.  I feel Nathaniel Hawthorne is in the early dark, negative, rebellious period of his life when coming to terms as an adult with his own beliefs.  He has a negative view of all that is Christianity.  I wonder if he ever changed his negative view of Christianity or the worldview in general.  He may of just wrote a somewhat negative story and had a different feel about life in general at that time, but he seems personally vested on the implications of how religious or moral beliefs effect yourself and others.

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When choosing a cloud I wanted one that best represented the poem. I found the words being in white with a black background gave it a dramatic effect. This appealed to me in representing the difference of hiding behind a mask and being without it. This also brings to mind of keeping a “dark” secret versus bringing the truth to “light.” What draws me to this layout is the placement of words. My eye is instantly pulled towards the words “others” and “mask” and “people.” These three words are not only bigger than the rest, they are in the middle. I really like how the word “safe” is placed in the “O” of the word people. It makes me think it really is safe. These words suggest asking questions. What mask do we wear for other people? Does it keep us safe? Perhaps, it gives the illusion we are safe. The edges of the words remind me of paper that has been crumbled up after being cut. It gives a rugged, individual look to each word. This could suggest we all have or wear a mask that is individually made for us.
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When I choose the design for my wordle, I wanted to have the most diverse colors as possible to represent the multiple masks that individuals may wear. The most prominent word in my wordle is "mask" this does not surprise me because it is the main topic and subject of the text that I choose. I believe that I repeated the word "mask" so many times in my text and that is why it is the most prominent because I wanted to define the many masks that I may wear, my interpretation of the text, and my reflection on the masks that I wear day-to-day. The word "mask" represents the theme of the text as well as the main topic, with out the word "mask" in the text there is a loss of meaning to the text. The three other words that stand out to me are "different, role, and wearing" these three words stand out the most because they are the biggest and they are relatively in the same location on my wordle. These three words I believe I used a lot in my reflection because I was able to define and communicate my impression, opinion, and the main theme of the text that I interpreted, as well as how it relates to me.

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The reason I chose the design was because it was happy fun colors and fits my personality.  The words that were the most prominent was Disturbed, Omelas, Happiness, Author, Story, and Child.  The word that surprised me the most was author.  I think I repeated this word often because I was trying to express what I thought the author wanted the reader to get out of the reading.  The words that are prominent show that I was disturbed by the reading, its about Omelas, the main subject is about a child and the core of the story is everyone's happiness. 

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I choose dark background and light colors based on the secretive nature of the story and bright colors for the joy they expressed having. " Really" showed up the largest sort of like a question, I liked that and my most prominent words I noticed were ambivalent and acknowledged. This encompassed what the town had to do about the child's existence. The prominence suggests that all the town must, like all of us must eventually acknowledge the part of us that is dark but is a necessary part to our existance. Other words that influenced  and reflected the theme were circumstances, emotions, upsetting  and situations.
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I choose to do the following wordle design because I wanted people looking at all of the words my free writes. Personally I feel like all of the words in my wordle have all mean a lot. Just because some of the words are more broader than some doesn't necessarily make them less important in my opinion. All of the words describe how I feel towards the text, the meaning behind each word shows that I am passionate about people being who they are, instead of hiding who they are. Each word is in my free writes, I feel like are important. Sure there are words that I used more than others, and some of the words in my wordle are bigger, but to me this doesn't describe how you feel about text. The correlation of all the words show how much you care about the text. I really like “We Wear The Mask” because of it telling people that there are people hiding who we really are, and this is something that we all need to fix.

 P.s. My computer wouldn't let me edit the wordle for some reason, all of the words would be BOLD if I would have let me.

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This was a fun assignment.  I enjoyed playing with wordle and coming up with different designs.  There were so many designs you could choose from it was hard to decide which one to choose. So I let my daughter choose which she thought was the best one.  She choose the one with bright colors cause it made her think of a rainbow. That was my first impression to when I saw the many colors there was.  The words that stood in my word cloud was "enjoy", "freedom", "countries" and "America.  I thought those words fit well because that's what the poem was about.  we are so greatful to enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy we often take them for granted.  Many people would love to come to our country but may never be able to.  Hopefully we will learn to appreciate others more. Doing service in our community is another great way to show we appreciate our freedoms. 

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I have to say that when I fist saw my word cloud completed I was disappointed that some of the most prominent words were many, and things. The more I looked at it the more I realized that the text gave me the impression that it's moving to the future and there will be many things that will be experienced and many things that will be left behind as we age. A word that I really like is poem, this word does give the right idea that the text I read was a poem.
I chose the purple colors because the text gives reference to that color, and because it's my favorite. I went with a more straight edge because I think it looks nice with the rounded words within. At the beginning I didn't think it had any connection with the text but I think it means that we try to live a life within certain restrictions to give the right impression to others, but inside we are not so strict... maybe?
I think this was a fun assignment.
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I really enjoyed this program. I have always liked word clouds and find it interesting what words come out on top as ones that I use most common. Some of the biggest words on my cloud are; saw, lawn, think, poem, and told. These words almost describe alone what my free write was about.  

The colors I picked were more natural. I felt like they fit into the fall season that this class has taken part in. I feel that they are good colors because they play part into my favorite poem and how life can be once we get older. When we age, we feel less of a need to show off to people and instead care more about family personal relationships. 
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