Monday, December 5, 2011

Feed 8

Well, Titus eventually gave in and talked to Violet, they were on their way to spend the weekend in the mountains. Her father had stopped teaching her because he said that there was no need for her to keep learning if she wasn't going to need it later on in life. She had also got the news back from the feed-tech people saying that they were unable to help her out because she had too much information in her feed that she had done nothing with. And all the information was from when she wanted to start that, "new" project and she went around to different stores to get information about items but then not end up buying them. Anyway all that information led to her not being allowed to get her medical bills paid for.
     He was supposed to stay for dinner that night but he didn't because he felt to bad about showing up all mal before. When he was about to leave the father gave him an attitude and she did not kiss him as he was getting in the car. After he got home she kept sending him all sorts of memories and messages but he did not want to answer. This made him feel sick but i think that I would too if I knew that the person I liked was going to die soon.
     Finally he started to talk to her and told her that he had not received any of the messages that she sent him but he knew that she knew he was lying. So they finally got to the mountains and they checked in under different names to make it fun and when they finally got to their room they started making out even though he didn't really want to. She eventually told him that she loved him and that is when he told her to stop and she got mad at him. So mad that she wanted to go home so that is exactly what they did. He dropped her off at her house and I believe that was the last time that he had talked to her for a few months before he got a message from her father saying that he should visit her and gave him the address.
     Everyone else that had a feed within the next few months all started to lose their hair and skin and they thought that maybe this was another virus but I don't no if they knew it was for sure. Months after that he went to see Violet and she could not talk and they were hoping that she could still hear them. The dad ended up getting mad at him and told him to fuck off and leave and he ran away because he was so sad. Then a few days later he went to see her again and told her that he always wanted her to remember them and that he wouldn't forget their stories.
     This ending made me really sad but I'm glad that he went back and saw her one last time because if not he would have regretted it forever.

Feed 7

     Titus picked Violet up to go to another party and to get her mind off things. Once they got their she was very  quiet and was hardly talking so Titus took her to the attic. In the attic he showed her the place where he used to hide when he was younger and would play with his friends. So he was sitting there telling her stories because she loved hearing new stories. When they left and went back down to the rest of the party, the rest of the group was playing spin the bottle and were doing things that she did not really like but she didn't say anything about that, she sat there and played along until the bottle was then pointing to her and she freaked out. Titus was so angry with her and was mad that the party was then going to be over but there was nothing that anyone could do because the whole reason this was happening was because her feed was messed up.
     Violet ended up having a seizure and was in the hospital where everyone was nervous about what was going to happen to her. The doctors eventually let her out but Violet and her father had one problem, they did not have the money to pay for the bills that were about to come her way. So the two of them got together and tried to come up with a way to write a letter and send to the people in charge of the feed and malfunction center (if that is what its called) because the whole reason that this was all going on was because when she was on the moon she had got a virus and that made her feed malfunction along with everyone else's but when theirs went back to normal hers just became worse.
     At the same time that this is going on she is trying to tell Titus all the things she wants to do before her time runes out and i think the only thing that does is scare him so he does not answer her for a few days. And when he finally does say something to her, from what it seems to me was that he was too drunk to actually talk to her but tells her that he is going to show up at her house because he is sorry. I think that is so dumb, he should wait until the next day to but I guess in a young mind they don't always do what is the right thing.

Feed 6

     Violet started to tell Titus that her feed was starting to malfunction and that she had gone to a technician. They had said that they do not no what is going on but it was probably from what happened in the begining of the novel when they had all gotten a virus. The feed is connected to everything so when the feed isn't working properly than neither are you emotions, body control, and your memory. So this is probably the cause of why Violet started a little arugument about the coke. The point that her feed is at now is that the technicians believe that her feed is not starting to deteriorate, meaning that she could possible die.
   After she told him that she could possible die she then went on to tell him all of the things that she wanted to do before her feed completely shut off. She was young so i understand why she would start to name some of the things that she wanted to do because she wasn't sure how long she had. After she was done talking they hung out for a little and then he took her back home. He said that once he got home he just worked on his homework because that was all that there was left to do.
     I mean I know that i would be sad if the person i was dating told me that they could die at anytime and started naming things that they wanted to do. Because before she thought that she had time and then all the sudden they say no and that it could be at anytime now.
    The next day in school he saw Calista with the biggest lesion he had ever seen on the back of her neck. He thought it was the craziest thing ever and Quendy didn't really seem to like it herself but he wasn't sure if she didn't like it because it was ugly or because she was jealous that Calista was still dating Link. Then they went to talking about how rick Link is and how he the clone of Abraham Lincoln. Like what the heck is going on?

Feed 5

     One night when Titus was sleeping he had thought he was having the weirdest dreams that someone was trying to get inside his thoughts. When he had woke up it said that he felt weird and he had asked Violet if it was her going into his feed I guess. But she said that it wasn't so they both got really nervous and thought that maybe something like before was happening again so they called feed-tech to ask. This kid of reminds me of if anything goes wrong in some cars and you can hit that button and a lady will come on and talk to see what is wrong and what she can do for you. My car does not do that but I kind of wish it could sometimes. But anyway when they called they had no idea what had gone on and from what they could see inside his feed was nothing out of the ordinary.
     After this dream it kind of completely switched topic and it went to the talk about coke. Soda, it didn't seem all that interesting to me because I mean its been around for just about as long as I can remember and if you have as high tech things such as a feed, then how is a topic about a brand of soda so interesting? They talked about it for what I seemed to feel like forever and the group of them decided that they were all going to go get some coke but Violet asked a question and Calista I believe flipped out and was being mean to Violet so then she wanted to go home because she didn't like how these girls were treating her. And to be honest I don't blame her for wanted to leave, I have been somewhere where I don't really know the girls and they have been mean and it is not the greatest feeling in the world. So as the group left to go to the store, Violet and Titus started fighting and left. They were fighting because he thought that Violet was trying to show off and that is kind of rude because I don't believe she was. It seemed that she just wanted to ask a question and be able to state what she thinks, which is different from the rest of them but just because she is different doesn't mean that she's a bad person.

Feed 4

     Violet told Titus that she was starting a new project and that she wanted to show him but he would have to meet her at the mall because she did not want him to go to her house yet. When they got to the mall they went into all different types of stores and the way that the feeds worked was that when you walked into a store and knew what you wanted to get, the feed would turn on and tell you all different types of whatever it was you needed and different brands. It would basically advertise different products so that when you left the store you wouldn't be empty handed. Titus what it seemed to me was amazed at how she could walk into these stores and overcome all of this and then tell the employers that she was find and walk out of the store with nothing.
    He seemed that maybe she was too smart for him, he was having a lot of fun but some of the things that she knew and some of her perspectives were much different from him and his friends who all have had their feeds their entire lives. Then he started to think how he didn't feel like he did that well in school and that since he had this feed thats what he used to communicate all the time and never thought to actually just talk and have a normal conversation like we do today. Then one day they had got into a fight and she had called him a "self-centered idiot and then after a little while she finally realized what she had said and said sorry. But they both just sat their because they knew that she was right. He then proceeded to ask his parents what they thought about him and of course they did what any parent would do and said that he was a wonderful boy and so forth. They even ended up buying him his own up-car. Okay so I know in my house this would never happen. Yes, my parent may feel bad about the whole situation, but they would not just go out and buy me a car to make me feel better. The family obviously has a lot of money because they stated in the book that these cars were extremely expensive, so Titus is a very lucky boy to have these parents but I find it a little wrong that he got that big of a gift.
    Violet was so excited when she found out that he had got his own care because then they would be able to see each other more because neither of them had had a car previous to this. So they would fly around and she would talk about her parents and how they met and then what had happened for her to leave. He thought that it seemed so interesting or at least thats what I had got from it and then when she asked him about his family, but he didn't tell it like it was that important because he felt like his was so boring.

Feed 3

    Titus father arrived looking all professional and tried to chat him, but forgot that they cold not do that because his feed was shut down. The more time that they spent in the hospital the more bored they got. They eventually started making up games where they ended up making the whole room a complete mess and the doctor got angry and asked what had happened. They were spitting needles across the room or at least thats what I had taken it as. They were s bored two of them, Link and Calista decided to hook up. Now who does that? Just because your bored does not mean you just go and start hooking up with one of your good friends.
    I guess Violet started getting bored and told Titus that she wanted to go and show him a place that she found. She took him to a different part of the building where there was this big window and when you looked out the window there was this garden. All of the things in this garden were dead and gray and there was a leak so air was getting in there so all of the dead vines were sticking straight up so the novel said, "It looks like  a squid is in love with the sky." Personally this sounds pretty awesome to me, and they started that you could see all the stars behind. I just love looking at the stars so I feel like even being in outer space would be amazing.
     When they got back they started talking about how their families were and they turned out to be a lot different from each other. Titus had a little brother and he called him smell factor, his dad was a banker and his mom was in design. But Violet's dad was a college professor who taught dead languages. And thats languages what were once used but not so much anymore. I guess this makes sense to me because Violet seems more like a normal person to me and not so much up on all her technology like the rest of the teenagers. And then when you look at how different his parents are from hers it is kind of the same. He is interested in what people used years ago, (like us, people with no feeds). 
     Finally they got news that the damage that had been done to this was not permanent and that they could finally go home. So the doctors turned their feeds back on and they went on their way back to earth. When they got back things went back to normal really fast and they all said that that was their mid life crisis so at the end of the week they all had a party at Quendy's because her parents were gone. Titus went to pick Violet up because she did not have a ride so he used his parents up-car. And I took the meaning of this "up-car" but it basically being like a plane because it could to really far distances in a really quick time. So when he said that he went to pick her up, she was not just down the road, she was hundred of miles away. She was saying how excited she was to go to this party because she had never really been to a real party.

Feed 2

     They all woke up in the hospital with their feeds not working. So their bodies were how ours were now, just normal no electronics in their head or anywhere is their bodies for that matter. When they tried to chat, they couldn't because it was like there was no internet connection. All of their parents were called and then they decided to fly out to the moon to see what was going on, all parents except Violets. They kept talking about this painting that was on the wall, it was a picture of a boat that was in a pond or a lake. They were staring at it but couldn't find anything interesting about it, I guess since they don't have their feeds they don't no how to use their own imaginations.
    Finally one of the police officers came it and was telling them that they would be off-line for a while because they were being checked for viruses and being decrypted so then they could use that against the man that gave them this virus. They were all talking amongst each other about how much they miss the feed and this is what it must of felt like fifty to one hundred years ago. Well in my opinion its really not that bad, I know that I don't want to be like anyone else and have the same thoughts going through my head as they do in other peoples heads.
   They also kept saying that they could not get the tune, "I'll sex you in" in their heads. What is this? Is it a song or a show? I could not figure it out.

Feed 1

     The novel Feed started out very weird, It talked about how a group of teens were taking a trip to the moon for a weekend. They talked about feeds, and I could not figure out what a feed really was. I thought maybe it was something outside of the body, kind of like a smart phone, but better, that they carried around so that they didn't need to actually think about anything, they could just look it up. It was the beginning of their spring break, and they were saying things like, "I'm so null" and "this place looks fun for lo-grav", i wasn't sure if this meant that they were saying something like they were so drunk and this place looks fun for being so low key? But i had just got those terms from being "spring break" and wasn't sure what else it could possibly mean.
     When they got off the ship they said that their feeds were going crazy and I took this as there was so much new information around them and they didn't no what it was so they were trying to look it up. Now Titus the main character sees this girl that he wants to talk to. He did not get the chance so went on about his day. In the mean time one of the characters, Quendy was asking why none of her friends told her that her "lesion is like meg completely spreading". I had no idea what they meant by lesions, like are they talking about a cut that is getting infected and spreading all over her. And what does meg mean? I took it as like the word "really", like the lesions are spreading really bad or really quick. As they were talking about Quendy's lesions the girl that Titus wanted to talk to earlier came over and was talking with them about lesions and how she didn't think that Quendy's was all that bad, and Quendy was not happy about that. As the conversation went one, Titus wanted this new girl more than anything.
     Titus had found out that this new girl was on the moon all by herself, no friends or anything and it was spring break and it seems to me that this kind of raised a flag to him. He had found out that her name was Violet and she stayed with Titus, Quendy, Calista and the rest of the group and she was asking them all sorts of questions. They all ended up driving around and saw people protesting about the feed and the chips in peoples heads. So at this point I have finally figured out that these chips are in peoples heads, it is not something like a smart phone that they carry around. The protesters were yelling, "Chip in my head? I'm better off dead! Chip in my head? I'm better off dead!" This also brought attention to me that not everyone has this feed in their heads, so if they don't have this chip then I'm guessing that they are like we are right now. Anyways they did not stop, they just kept driving and went back to the hotel to try and see if they could drink, but they couldn't so they left and went to this dance type of thing where an old man came up to them and started yelling, "We entered a time of calamity." And he kept yelling this to them until finally thats what they started broadcasting, then all their feeds were getting messed up and they couldn't do anything about it. When the cops finally got there they told the kids that they were going to have to shut them down, I'm guessing this is like a computer since the way they talk about it, it seems like they only use the chips in their heads and not their brains.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Allen Ginsberg- Howl

It just gave a whole bunch of scenarios of feelings of people who this writer has met. So in my notes I tried to summarize and this is what I wrote; Sad, mad, maybe he was homeless? Naked, starving, black people. There were hippies and along with that all these types of people smoked a lot of their days away. I'm guessing that is what he meant by "smoked up super natural darkness above the city tops." It said that they hallucinate which make their eyes "cool" looking and most of people were either expelled from school for doing crazy things. I feel like they are really talk about a homeless people that only try and do drugs and alcohol  instead of getting their lives together. It seems like all these different types of people that he has met are all in New York because he mentioned a few different cities there.
     He said that he also met people that have been lonely, smart, people who have just chilled, protesters, people who never got to reach their dreams, broken hearted people and fade outs. Also people who have committed suicide, burned alive, and that have been given the wrong medicines and then have died.
     Then they speak of a man named Carl who is not safe either? I'm not sure what this means, is someone after him? I was really confused and not sure what they were talking about with all these different emotions and life changing events that people have been through.
     Moloch? I don't understand what this means but he said it so many times and in front of almost every line. Then it goes into talking about how there are sad boys and men that are at war or that have been in the war. Is Moloch a government or a type of army? America maybe?
     Carl Solomon who is in Rockland, we find out that he is a murdered, etc., all the people that we have heard about, it was all the same man. And personally I think he needs help and I'm sure everyone else thinks that as well.

Harrison Bergeron

     This story took place in the future where everything was made equal, even their intelligence. They talked about H-G man, I'm not exactly sure what this is but they took Harrison away who was the son of George and Hazel. George is the father of Harrison and was considered very smart. So smart that the H-G man put a little radio in his ear I believe so that when he started thinking too much it was buzz and make him forget everything that he was thinking about, and Hazel, the mother was an average woman. The two of them were sitting watching the ballerinas on TV, but they were not just any ballerinas, they had bags over their heads so that you couldn't tell if they were above average with their beauty or not. I don't really understand why they were trying to make everything equal because no matter what you do, it is wrong to impair someone just because they were born like that. Hazel said that she wished she was Diana Moon Glampers and that if she was she would make the only noise that happened on Sunday was chimes in honor of religion. I feel like a bell would be more in honor of religion but I guess it depends on what they believed in, George said that he would be Handicapper General. I do not know who Diana nor Handicapper General is, maybe the people in charge of making everyone try and seem equal.
     Harrison, their son was said to be abnormal and was put into jail because of this. How can you just put someone in jail because they are not like most people? This is so wrong. Now as the story goes on I find out that George has a 47 lb. bag on iron balls tied to his next from the H-G men and that if he tried to take the balls out for each ball he would have to go to prison for 2 years and pay 2 thousand dollars. His wife told him to take someone out and that no one would ind out but George said that that would be cheating society and that if he started then other people would and that the government would go back to how it used to be. To me it seems like maybe the government might have been better before. Who wants to be the same to everyone else and if you are then the government makes to do things to make you less of a person.
     As the two of them were watching the TV, the news channel came on and the man could not talk because he didn't seem very smart. So then one of the ballerinas came on with the bag still on her head and started to say, "Harrison, age 14 has escaped from prison and that he was a very smart boy, very athletic,7 feet tall, and extremely dangerous." I think that he was put in jail because he seemed better than everyone else even though he wasn't trying to be. If not then I'm still confused of why their society is like this, it seems kind of backwards to me.
     The H-G men made Harrison wear a red ball on his nose, shave his eyebrows and put black caps on his teeth. He snuck out and ended up where all the ballerinas were and he ripped off the red nose along with everything else and told the people that he was the emperor and that they must listen. I wonder people were scared of him if they knew he looked like everyone else when he took the nose any everything else off. So Harrison said to the first girl that stood up would be his and finally one stood up. He then took the bag off her head and she turned out to be beautiful. They all eventually stood up and started dancing which was also against the law but they already broke every other law. But the George and Hazel came in and shot them all and they died. 
     It breaks my heart because I feel like they just did that because the news told them too and they could not remember that Harrison was actually their son.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Short Happy Life

This story was about a hunter named Mr. Hunter, and a couple; Mr. and Mrs. Macomber who have been married for eleven years. These the two man kept talking about a lion and at first I thought it was a keyword for something else but it defiantly was not. Mr. Macomber was about 35 years old and most people saw him as a coward but I do not know why they thought this.
Mr. Wilson, the white hunter was very good at what he did. If someone were to ask him how the safari went, he would reply with, "Oh, I'm still drinking their whisky." I assume that this means that it went well for him and he caught whatever it was that he was hunting. It said that he would hunt almost anything and that one this safari they were going to look for lions and buffalo. As the two men were talking about this, Mrs. Macomber came over and said that she wanted to go with and Mr. Macomber didn't want this because he was actually scared to kill his first lion and was kind of unsure what to do. But Mr. White told him that this is normal and that the lions first 3 roars usually scare a man, but after that he is okay.
     That next morning they were on their way and when they found the lion they waited and Mr. Macomber tried to shot it. He did, but he hit it in the ribs so Mr. Wilson had to help him out and shot him also to make sure he died. I guess the face of Mr. Wilson knowing how to kill an animal turned Mrs. Macomber on that she actually leaned forward and kissed him. But her husband had not said anything to her because he didn't know what to think. Later on when they were supposed to be sleep, Macomber woke up to find that his wife was not in the bed next to him and he waited up for two hours before she finally returned. When she got back all she kept saying was that she was outside to get some air and that she didn't want to talk because she was tired. But Macomber knew that she was lying and called her a bitch as she came back at him and called him a coward. Personally I think that she slept with Mr. Wilson even though said had told her husband that she wouldn't do anything like that. Anyways, the wife continues to be rude to her husband even thought she has no right to be because he had done nothing wrong, she is the one cheating on her husband.
     The next morning it seemed really weird to me how the husband didn't come right out and say something to Mr. Wilson but he kept his mouth shut. After breakfest they left to go look for buffalo and soon as they got there they saw three big ones. Macomber started shooting they and as he was his wife, from the car shot him in the back and killed him. I'm not sure why the wife would want to do this, she could have just left them. But Mr. White seemed really happy about it but then also really controlling right away with her. Maybe it was his plan all along.

The Wasteland

     It starts out talking about how the seasons change and what each of them do for the people in the mountains. It says something about Hofgarten, but I don't understand what this means. Marie, the girl talks about sledding with her cousin and in the winter she goes down south. They speak in another language, maybe Russian or something but I am defiantly not familiar with it. It also says something about a "red rock" and a "Hyacinth girl" and that is what they call Marie but again, I have no idea about what they are talking about because of the language barrier. When Marie got back from the garden she was looking at someone and she couldn't tell if she felt alive or dead.
      Madame Sosostris was said to be the sickest woman in Europe (now I understand of why I didn't understand what has been going on). The lady of the rocks name is Belladonna meanwhile Marie is looking around seeing people walking around a ring and says to someone that if they see Mrs. Equitone that she will bring her her "horoscope" herself. Again I am not sure where she is, it sounds like too much is going on and maybe they are out at the towns fair and Mrs. Equitone is in trouble. They proceed to talk about death and how it may be upon many. And someone yelled out if the corpse that they planted in the ground began to sprout yet. I think that is referring to hiding a body in the garden that Marie was in earlier so that no one would find it but then why would you yell it out loud in front of a group of people?
     This part talks about the different smells that were going around where she was standing and I believe what she was imagining when she was smelling these things. There was also a conversation between two people and one of them was asking the other of what they were thinking because they other person cannot tell. And at this point I do not who which person is who because there were no names so I guess this could still be Marie talking. Where ever they are, there are dead peoples left over bones around them and this makes me feel a little uneasy.
   They proceed to talk about this and then the name Albert is brought up, which it new to me. But Albert is on his way home from the army in which he has been there for four years. Before he had left he gave one of the woman money to go and get new teeth since she had none and she was only 31 and looks horrible. Im pretty sure that Albert loves this woman and thats why he was willing to giver her money to try and make herself look half decent. But this woman doesn't seem to love him back. It says that he wants kids  but then she doesn't and she doesn't want a family and a husband that there are kids. And her friend doesn't understand why they can't be married and just not have kids. This is perfectly normal in todays world and I personally get this because what is wrong with having a husband and being happily married and not having to have children. She also kept yelling " hurry up its time" but I'm not sure why I think maybe its because Albert may be almost home.
     Mrs. Porter and her daughter were washing their feet in soda water, but wouldn't that make your feet even more sticky? And this they had a dinner and when it was coming to an end she was tired and bored when Albert (I think), tried to kiss her and she wanted nothing to do with it. But after the fact she felt confused because she did not know if she loved him or not.
 I think their names are Elizabeth and leicester. And he promised her a new start but she made no comment, so in my eyes she is done with him.
IV and V
     I think they were talking about the captin and how handsome and tall he is. Then "He who lives is dead now, we who were living are now dying." I'm guessing this could mean all good things come to an end. It goes on about how there is water and rocks but they aren't close to each other and you can't have both. This could also mean you can't have the best of both worlds. They ask who is the tired person that is with her because he only sees two in his eyes.


     This poem sounded like they were going to a beach when they said "And sawdust restaurants with oyster shells," and they are also talking about hotels and going to visit somewhere so I am guessing it's the beach. During the poem it always said a few times that all the woman there were talking about Michelanglo. This to me could very well be the man telling the story and if it is not maybe it's just the towns hunk as I would like to call it where all the moms and ladies talk about.
     It says that its the month of October and it sounds like they are just laying around relaxing but thats just what it seems like to me. Also it kept saying that "there's time", I guess it is trying to say that there is time in life for all the other things that they want to be able to do in their life time and not to be stressed out. It seems like its basically just stating how every minute something could change and on line 40 is saying how people will begin  to notice that his hair is thinning and that his arms and legs are thinning/getting skinnier.
     He seems so sad and lonely that he is getting old. A question that I have is what is his name? Is it Lazarus? Because he keeps asking if it would be worth the while?" Maybe he was waiting for his loved love to come back to him. But then I got confused again at the end because it says ." This seems like maybe they are living their dreams and don't want anyone to disturb them.


 She starts off by naming different things in Africa and trying to see what it means to her. She wants to just lay there outside all day long and do nothing but listen to the birds sing. She says something about "Juggernauts"? I really don't no what this is or what it means.
     It goes on and its really confusing but I think it said that she was bleeding because she is talking about dark blood within and somber flesh and skin. Which does not seem to pleasant. When she says, "Africa? A book one thumbs", does this mean that if someone were to read it that they would really like it? And also "circling though the night, her cats", is this referring to her sneaking around at night or does she just have a cat that circles around outside at night? I also think that she might be in love and that maybe he had broke her heart because later it states that she can not sleep ever and when they repeat, "One countries removed from the scenes his fathers loved, spice grove, cinnamon tree, what is Africa to me?" Is Africa the man that she loved? I feel like he hurt her so bad that she doesn't no what to do with herself anymore hence why at the end she says that she believes in Jesus but she also believes in dark gods too.

Theme for English B and Harlem

     Theme for English B was about a colored boy having to write a paper about whatever came to his mind. It told us exactly how he got to where he was writing it and then he began to write about things that he likes and things that he likes to do. He told us that he feels his age(22), and that the color of his skin doesn't reflect on the activities he likes. He also talks about how him and his teacher are apart of each other because they are both from America and that the color of their skin does not matter either. They may not want to be apart of each others lives sometimes but neither of them can do anything about it.
     In Harlem it talks about what it would be like to postpone your dreams, but my opinion is that how do you postpone your dreams. You dream when you are asleep and you have no control over them and can not stop them once they start because you can't necessarily wake yourself up from it. So this kind of confused me.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Huck Religious Viewst

     A few things that we had talked about that were pretty significant to the story were when Huck killed the spider and then had to turn around three times and then tied a piece of hair up so the witches would not come around. He obviously has suppositions, but as we talked in class it doesn't really fit into a certain group. He is also questioned about if he is cizilized or not because he is so young, but it turns out to me that he actually is because he has gone and done more things than most and he is still pretty young.  Now with the main characters in this novel they all have different traits. Jim is very superstistish, he has been exposed to Christianity even thought he is a salve and he is Solomon. Where as Tom is very religious and goes to church and does not really believe in things like witches or magic. And Huck is a little bit of both, maybe that's why he is not sure who's side to be on and takes care and shows concern to Jim even though he is a runaway salve.
     Another topic is on page 123 where two woman argue over who's child is theirs. They take care of this by saying that they are going to split the child and see really who's child it is. But in reality who would actually do that. Yes the real mother would end up showing more concern but if the other lady is crazy enough she might show even more concern and whoever is holding they child might believe them. This is where they need government and a law system to actually get dna and find the real mother that way.
    Back to the three main characters, Huck is kind of at war with himself based on society and its kind of a secret that he is smart as for Tom, he is just out for adventure and trying to be a hero as everyone knows that he is book smart.  But after it all Huck decides that he is "going West", which means he is going for what he believes and going to a place where he does not know anyone and it could lead to death but out there, there is no slavery and that is what he believes in.

Huck ch.1-4

     In chapters one through four, Huck runs away from Douglas, a lady that has basically took custody of Huck and takes care of him like it is her own son. But Huck didn't want to be there one day because he wanted to go out and do his own thing and being the kind of person he is he left the house and went looking for an adventure. But once he came back things went back to normal and Dougless reassured him that he is wanted in her house.
     Later on Tom comes along and the two of them make their first trip out into the woods where they meet Jim; what they think was a runaway slave. And as this is all going on Huck and his group of friends make a club as I would call it and they named themselves The band of robbers.
     Tom seems to me like he is an instigator to Huck because since Huck thinks that Tom is smart, and I'm not saying that he isn't, but Huck listens to everything that he says and its not all true or logical. Huck shows that he wants to be smart and know things by saying that he likes going to school and he has already been taught by Dougless how to write. But in my eyes if he was smart then he would realize that Tom is not the brightest color in the crayon box.
     Another thing that I was kind of confused with was about religion. Huck says that he does not believe in God but yet he goes to Sunday school. I'm not sure if he does believe in God and just does not like to tell people because it might not seem cool to him or if he only goes to Sunday school because Dougless makes him and he listens to what she says.

Thoreau - September 19th

     This story was similar to Emerson and Franklin, but basically he did not hate government all together he just wanted a better one for the country. There was a liberal government which mean that the least amount of government was there as possible and that was not what should have been going on because the only thing that was out there to protect the people were the natural laws.
     He was so against the government that he didn't even want to pay his taxes and sure enough he didn't because the money that came from people paying taxes was going to things that he did not agree with such as slavey being legal. His punishment for doing this was having to spend the night in jail but he didn't care. Now like I said how he did not pay his taxes because he did not like where the money was going to would not fly like that today. Then if you didn't want to pay the taxes you "might"or it seems like it wouldn't happen all the time, but you might have to spend the night in jail. Where as today if you were not to pay your taxes you might get put in jail for a long time or have to pay a fine. I'm not exactly sure because my mom currently does mine and I don't know the rules of what happens if you pay late or not pay at all.
    This showed me that again people back then did not actually stand up and show how they feel and break the laws to stand for what they believe in. Nowadays that seems to be the only thing people do. There are always some sort of protest or something along those lines because people do not agree with what certain law is going on. I am somewhat shy, but when I truly believe in something I try to speak my mine whereas my mother is always speaking her mind no matter what could happen to her, and I kind of wish I was like that.

Smith -August 31st

     This was about a father who had 3 wives and he was also the Prince of his tribe and his sons tribe name was Broteer. Back then men thought that it was okay to have more than one wife along with having as many children as he wanted with all of them. I'm sure that men do this today because they are trapped in how they are greater than anyone else and can do whatever they would like but I do not agree with this.
     Broteer mother had taken him to a rich farmer about 140 miles away from where their tribe was so that he could get away and maybe have a better life than what was in line for him back at the tribe. But not many months later his father had finally found out where he was and had sent out a horse for him to bring his son back to the tribe where his father wanted complete control over him. But where this tribe was located the army was supposed to come and attack on his village and kill all the people unless they had money that they could give the army. The village luckily came up with the money and his father had talked the army out of hurting them. Not many hours later that entire family fled the village for safety.

Cartwright - September 2nd

Peter Cartwright was said to be one among the oldest Methodist preachers in the mountains. As him and his church traveled he wrote everything down of what was going on in his life along with different events that were taking place. Now theres a quote in his writing where he say that many of them could not conjugate a verb or parse a sentence, and murdered the kings english almost every lick. I think that this means that since they couldn't speak properly or read and the King could, the people would make fun of everything that sounded wrong to them. But in my eyes if this is what it was, how do they have the right to do that because they aren't even certain.
      Peter Cartwright was born in Virginia and his father was a soldier in the war when they had moved to Kentucky which was a new country. Not just a different state like it is today and most the state was filled with indians that were out of control and many people who had tried to move there at this time were killed by them. After this took place all the men gathered together to try and protect the families as best they could and there were about 100 of these men which was not that many considering that there were about 200 families. At the bottom of page to it says, " Many hard and bloody battles were fought, and thousands were killed on both sides; and rightly was named the "land of the blood". But then over time the Indians were finally taken over and the families and the people had some peace.
     Shortly after Peter's family was visited by a man name Jacob Lurton who was a preacher and Peter's father was not all that religious at this point but shortly after they ended up building a church called Ebenezer.  Soon after the church was built Peter became what seems to me, a little reckless. It says that he stated playing cards, dancing, rode races( I'm not sure what this means) and gambling that his father had said only a few things for him to stop but nothing big enough for him to completely stop. As for his mother was praying for him and she knew that he would never listen to her since he was not really listening to his father.
     When Peter was about 16 he was at a wedding where there was a lot of drinking and dancing, everything that his mother wanted him not to do and after he had got home that night and felt bad about everything that he had done he had walked into his house and started feeling extremely weird. Peter had gone blind and he thought that at the moment he was going to die and started asking God for forgiveness. His mother started praying and saying that his was God's punishment for doing all of the things that she had told him not to as his father was just nervous that he was going to lose his only son, so he made him stay home and take care of himself.
     The town had had many people from all over come to meetings at the church before and it was happening again but this time Peter felt the power of God at this one. He had felt like he heard, "Thy sins are all forgiven thee." He then began to believe in God and his ways as he felt like he was then in heaven. Then in 1801 he had joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. The story says the there was a new exercise called "jerking" and at this time I had no idea what they were talking about but when we discussed it in class it turns out to be when the people are yelling with joy and they jump up and down.
     Later on slavery became a huge topic and I believe it said that the Christians and Christian ministers had there testimony against slavery and they wanted to be no part of it because it was evil as stated on page 11. I could be wrong of who actually thought this though. Most people who were against slavery did what everyone else did and did not say a word about it.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Anti-Federalist Papers -Sept. 7

     Both the federalist and anti-federalist papers were extremely confusing to me. I had to go back over them both a few times, but what I got from them was once they left power they could never return unless they were forced. Most people back then didn't seem to know if the confederated government would be best for the United States or not and that if the 13 republics should become one or should they stay how they were. Now personality if I was in this time I feel like i would be like most people and not say what I really thought because I would be scared of the consequences and what might happen to me.
     I believe it said that it was the authority to make laws which would then affect the lives , liberty and peoples property of everyone who lived in the United States at the time. These papers also includes all the tax laws and how laws cannot be excited in a republic and if they were there was a pretty big possibility of them then being killed. If this were to be like this today then I believe that most of America would have been killed by now.
     In class we talked about this and it made it only a little more clear to me. We talked about how people thought things would then be peaceful, equal and free in the government and if it was not then the people would hold their peace. I think this means that only a few would stand up for what they thought was right and if other people would think would be right, but if it was wrong then they would either be punished or they would never be allowed to speak their minds again. We also talked about how the United States was then viewed as 13 different states, not just one whole country like we do today. This is really weird to me because if we are all under the same president, how are we not all one country like we are today. I believe that different states can have some different laws and rules that they follow, but not each state have everything of their own and no way in connection with the state next to it. And for the people back in this time for think that it would not work if we were a whole, must have been a little out of their minds. Now these papers talk more about the lower class where as the federalist papers talk more about the upper class. We had said in class that your own self interest would not let someone else try and get the same thing. And I'm guessing that this means that they were selfish and all wanted the same thing in the government but they would let them have it.

Franklin- Aug. 29th

"Age of Reason", what I had got from this was that he was thanking God for all the good he has done for him and he walked 50 miles to Burlington to try to get back to Philadelphia. This was interesting to me because I am from that area and it makes me what to actually learn more about it since I am from there and do not no much about it. Anyways he became friends with Dr. Brown who he had met back in Burlington and told him how he was a printer and how he had missed his boat. But he then had found another that could take him before tuesday. Later in the reading Benjamin had received a letter from Ben Vaughan saying how he should start printing what he wants to because people do agree with him, they just might not have the courage to stand up like him and speak what they think.
     He went to PA so he could try and find a job at a print shop since that is what he loved to do but all in the beginning the print shops could not find any work for him to do, and when he eventually found one he quickly found out that the people working there were not completely "up to date", if you can even call it that since back then there didn't seem like there was much to it. So he started showing them what he knew. I kind of wondered why he did not from the start show that he was smart and capable of doing these kinds of things because if he had he might have got a job when he first started looking and not have had to stay in a different location every week.
     He then started a club to share books. He looked reading because he said that he was a horrible speaker and this was his way to get his point across to people in an easier way. When he did this people started wroting him letters, so many letters and he would respond to them but there came a point where he had got so many it started getting hard to write back to every single person.


     I had many questions at the time I read this. It started out talking about a boy in the time before the American Revolution. He was a boy on a ferry and I was not sure but I believe he was on his way from Massachusetts who was meeting a man in the new colony, New England. I had a question about who the man wearing, "leather, well-shaped limbs; blue yarn stockings and a hat" was. I think it was the man he was meeting but it also sounded like it could have been him when he had got off the ferry to meet him and was trying to look proper. Then as it went on it sounded to me like the people did not like him very much? And one of the men wanted to put him in jail because they thought that he was a run away and then the boy got scared to be there because all he was looking for was the major so he could earn money and work.
     He ended up meet a lady who had the sweetest voice he had ever heard and was wearing a red dress, but until class the next day I had no idea that the red dress meant that she was a "scarlet." I also learned that he left basically on his own because he didn't want to work under his brothers rule and wanted to create his own life. Back while he was walking through the town when he was looking for the major, he noticed that there was a man tar and feathered . It turned out to be the major and the towns people who were more like a mob had done it because they thought he was working with the British. These townsman used tar and feathered as a punishment because back then the towns didn't necessarily have a court system to give out punishments to people or to help find people not guilty.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Sotweed Factor

This was the first reading that we had done and to be completely honest it was one of the most confusing because at this time I still wasn't sure all about what we were reading. But what I had gotten from The Sotweed Factor was that your fate can not be changed if it is cursed and if your friends are mean then you really have no chance. Then the next line I kind of took like your stuck with it no matter what and you will be left with a broken heart and you really don't know if it will be fixed one day. Then he was saying bye to the world and that the heavens would be okay.
     At this point I thought he was talking about maybe leaving the world and committing suicide because he was saying bye to the world. But I was wrong because they had been on a boat for about 3 months and I got that by just reading a little further. During those 3 months there were really bad storms  and they were all happy to get off the boat but they were sick from all the traveling. I believe they got off at Piscato way and they were all dressed in scottish clothing, no shoes, stockings and hats; and thats when the "Sotweed planters" came over to the crew.

   So after class and discussing this I got a little bit of a better perspective of what was going on. The crew had come from England and they were calling the "sotweed" planters this name because they had never seen such people. But these "Strange" people had turned out to be native Americans. ANd they were basically calling them murderers and it was nothing like they thought because this crew thought America would be like England and it was not.


In Stowe's writing there were two young children named Dick Ward and he had a little sister Grace that were out in the woods I believe to put up chips which at the time was a , "wholesome and gracious employment" for the time they were in which was during the war.
     Grace started out being sad because there was ice all over the chips and it hurt her hands as her older brother encouraged her to hurry up and pick them up as he went and hung the Liberty (the flag). He wanted the two of them to play along like they were in the army and Dick was General Washington. I think Dick wanted to play this all the time and act like he was older than he really was because all the male figures in his family except his brother were off to war and he seemed like he wanted to be like them. Just like most boys do to their fathers.
     As Dick and Grace were playing her bonnet flew off of her head and she had got really sad. As where Dick wanted her to let it go since it was "good to give give up everything to liberty" or in other words the people that were off at war and had nothing but the clothing on their backs and the things their families gave them if they were still around. So all in all they ended up leaving the bonnet even thought Grace thought her Aunt Hitty was going to be mad. Then as soon as Grace got back to the house she was questioned by her Aunt of what took them so long, why her hands were so cold and where her bonnet was. Grace then got the snow off her boots  and cried as where Dick was still not home.
     The children's Aunts then figured out why he was still not home and it was because he said he was going looking for Grace's  bonnet but really it was his way to get away and play. He quoted, "picking up chips is a girls work and taking forts and defending the country us a mans work". Again I believe that he thinks all of this because his father is gone and he feels like he needs to be responsible for his family until he gets back and this breaks my heart because in the mothers eyes she knows that her husband may never come home.
     The family had gotten a letter from the father telling them what was going on and how he gave his extra pair of socks to a man who had none. I feel like the family felt proud of him for doing this but at the same time they don't want him to be without things that he needs. So after they read that letter they all got things together to send off to the men at war. And when the children asked their mother what it was that she sent she said, " I gave all i have and that is my children and my husband." I feel for this woman and all the others at this time knowing how hard times were and all their husbands were gone and their children were waiting patiently for them to get home.

   This compared to Dougless; they both start out somewhat happy but then takes a dramatic turn to slaverly and becomes sad. They show abolitionism which is a group of woman that make things and then sell them to abolitionist. And Washington had slaves back then but he said that they were his slaves wives. And once he died he had written down that they must be set free.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


     In chapter 5, Travels of girlhood-The slaves master started out by telling her that she was his property and she must do all that he tells her and by this she is frightened  and scared of the violence, insults or death that could come from this. Right from the start I knew that this story was not going to be happy or any sort of free spirt like in Whitman. In the masters house all the slaves knew that they should not talk about punishments that they are encountered with because punishment for that will be even worse. But she was different, (at this point we do not know her name) but Dr. Flint, her master is not a fan of her grandmother and is pretty much scared of her. At this point I thought the grandmother was dead but at the end I found out that she wasn't.
     In Chapters 6 and 7, The Jealous Mistress and The Lover,It starts out with, "I'd rather my children be half-starved paupers of Ireland than to be the most pampered among slaves in" and "I would rather drudge out my entire life on a cotton field than to live with an unprincipled master." I agree with this, i'd rather have my children have only one meal a day than to be beaten. She started teaching herself to read and her master was mad at first but then he began to write her notes and teach her. A few days after that he got mad at her for being "stubborn" and she told him that she would then turn to her grandmother for protection. So then she started sleeping in the same room as her and her Aunt because the master wanted nothing to do with them. After the master figured all of this out he ordered her to sleep in his room and the mistress was not happy about this. She had gotten so mad that she made the slave girl swear on the bible that she would tell the truth about what had happened between the slave and her husband, Dr. Flint. As the slave explained to her the mistress got every upset and started crying and told the slave that she would protect her but she knew that she wouldn't be able to because the mistress has no say of what goes on with Dr. Flint.
     The slave girls friend then comes into play, they have been friends since they were young and he had finally told her that he wanted to marry her and buy her from her master but she knew Dr. Flint would not have this and she was extremely sad. And she knew the mistress would still be upset because even though the slave girl would be married, her master would always have control over what he wanted to do with her. Then a quote from the book, "a husband of a slave has no power to protect her."
     In my opinion I think slavery is wrong to begin with but then if someone wanted to marry her and take her away then let that happen. Her master should not be able to go and do whatever he wants with her if she has a husband.
     Once the doctor heard what was going on he called her into his office to ask her if she loved this man and he made her tell the truth, she said yes. Then he got angry for her saying that she loved him and started saying that they were "puppies"  and then she went into explanation  of how this man and her were the same so if he was a puppy than so was she. At the moment he stood up and hit her for the first time. He had told her that he wanted to keep her forever and that she was not allowed to get married to this man and if she still wanted to he would put her in jail. And if she talked him, they would both be "cowhide," I think this means whipped and if they saw each other he would be shot. Luckily for this boy, he was off to Savannah to see his Uncles land that he was given and would be back for a while but the slave girl told him it was in his best interest if he did not come back at all.
      Later on in chapters 10 and 11, A Perilous Passage in the Slave Girls Life and The New tie to Life, things got a little more intense. Master started building her a house of her own so they did not have to deal with this mistress hating her anymore but Linda (the slave) wanted nothing to do with this but she was a little pleased with the fact of her having her own home and feeling more like a lady. Linda then starts talking more direct to the readers by saying that this was the most unhappiest part in her life. She knew that master liked her because he usually gets rid of all his slaves and their babies, but not this time. He had built her her very own house and as soon as it was ready she told him that she was about to be a mother and she was not sure of how he was going to react. When she told her grandmother though, she called her a disgrace to her mother and to never to talk to her again and Linda got really sad because that is who she talks to and looks up to.
     When Dr. Flint finally found out that Linda was going to have a baby and got mad but said he would call her tomorrow also that he would never sell her and that it would always be his slave. When she finally had the baby , it was premature and the both the baby and Linda were sick for a very long time and Dr. FLint would check up on them regularly but then he would always remind her that it was his slave baby and Linda feared that most.
     In the last few chapters Linda was not allowed to go into the masters house or this mistress would kill her. And when she found out that she was going to have another child Dr. Flint got even more mad and cut all her hair off and threw her down the stairs so hard that she couldn't move for days. I don't understand why he gets so mad at her if he is the one doing this to her and making her pregnant. After he realizes what he has done he promises her that he will never do this again but she knows that he will forget.
     She ends up having a baby girl and only a few days after he makes her stand there with the baby until she faints. Then again he realized what he had done and feels bad. At this point I'm starting to think that he os bipolar because how can he switch his mood like that. After she starts feeling better a few days later her and the grandmother take the children to the church.

     In class discussion I found out that Mr. Sands bought her and the baby was his, not Dr. Flint. I was so confused about this until we talked about it because the way its written was hard for me to figure our what man had done what. As that in this point in time, hirarchy of genders were in control, for example Dr. Flint. And that white men treated the slaves like were not even people and even the mistress stated that, "the slaves tempted her husband along with all men". This was in no way true and it breaks my hear that one, they would treat people like they did in slavery and also that the mistress would think that the slaves wanted to be with their husbands. Because I am most certain that they didn't want to be anywhere around the,.


Song on Myself-
I tried to write down what I thought after each number so it would make a little more sense. So in the first three Whitman was writing about how he celebrates his life and everything about it. He is 37 years old and is in perfectly good health and everyone in his family has been born in America. Then he continues to talk about how he smells so good. I'm not sure why he is saying he is in love with his mouth but he did say that. Then he says different things about how he loves nature and how its odorless smell makes him feel free and how people should let him read his poems and people would never be the same. He says how life couldn't be anymore "perfect" than it is. When he said, "Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not my soul." I tried to think about this and I can understand why he say clear and sweet is his soul but then why did he say right after that it is not his soul. I also agree with what he says when he tells us that you should take the best and divide it by the worst and knowing that fitness and equammity of things. Its good that he is loving life and into nature and all that he is doing and how much he admires himself and to have that kind of self image because you should take the best of everything and be happy because you never know what could happen one day so live each to the fullest and go from there.
     Paragraphs 4 through 7 talks about the bad things going on in life and how things can go wrong like people getting sick and dying but life goes on and you have to get over it. He thinks that love is the best creation that could have every happen and how "the hand of God is the promise of my own." Once I got to paragraph 6 I got a little confused of what he was talking about when he was talking about hair and why young men and old men are the way they are. Then continues to ask the readers if people think its lucky to be born and if they think so, do they think its lucky to die.
     In paragraph 8 he speaks of a little girl with red hair and i think she was dead because it said something along the lines of the floor was covered in blood and he saw a corpse where there was a pistol next to it. Outside there was snow on the ground and as the police came there were people standing outside and all started leaving when the cops made an arrest.
     The rest of the poem up to paragraph 15 it was about him sitting in the mountains by a fire with is dog and a gun. He meets a boatman and a clam digger early in the morning and then later he sees a wedding and after that a runaway slaves comes to his door stop. He was so generous that he gave the runaway new clothes to wear since the ones he had were not in good condition.
     At the end of the day it basically made him realize that the husband and the wife will sleep in the same bed and he will be happy singing his song. I thought it was a lot easier to read compared to the anti-federalist and federalist papers .

    In class discussion I found out a few of questions that I had had while I was reading. When it was talking about the grass, it meant that his ancestors were in the ground and apart of nature and that they were still here on earth in some sort of way. But these days it's not like that because we use caskets and some people are em-bombed before their bodies are put in the ground or wherever they are put. Another thing that I completely missed was that I had no idea that he was homosexual and that he was trying to get people to know this. Another point made was that this was one of the first "purest".
    And another big topic that I couldnt understand was why the lady never left the house as there was 28 men outside her home. It was because she was a house wife and she was never allowed out and when she saw all those men she was memorized by how beautiful they were. If I was her I would have left when I saw them because I would have been way to bored to be in the house 24/7, even if I knew I wasn't allowed out.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ralph Emerson

     Emerson started out in the very beginning by saying, "to believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men-that is genius." Meaning you have to do what you believe in and not other people and that is how all men should be. He continues to say things that show you he believes in what he thinks and of someone else does not agree, he will do it anyways and i believe that is what he is trying to get all the other people to believe in. Then he says, "Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one baby commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it." Here he is saying that when we were all babies we were how we were and we didn't try and get people to like us or go against what we thought." The adults came to us! So like in our last reading Hawthorne, how the towns people were basically a mob, it feels that in this story is it also like that because almost everyone follows everyone else and does not do what their heart tells them to do. In this society, like today, people judge people on what they see and when they see is usually not perfect so then they usually critsize what they don't like.
     "Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs." I compaired this to todays world, people will go out and buy expensive things just because of the name that is on it when in reality, is that necessary?
     He keeps saying things along the line of what he is doing might be wrong to most but it is not wrong to him. He will do what he knows is right and I get this from, "I ought to go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways" and also "I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than it be glittering and unsteady." He just seems like a very down to earth man.
     I do not quite understand what he means by, "A man must consider what a blindman's buff is this game os conformity."
     "The foolish face of praise," the forced smile which me put on in company where we do not feel at ease in answer to conversation which does not interest us." I completely agree with this, everyone does this today. We could be walking down  the street and someone might smile at us even though we do not know each other. Then we will give them a half smile because we feel bad and uncomfortable.    
     Everything that he says in here is true, from people following people because they are scared to be themselves and what might happen if they do what they want. To not wanting to feel the disappointment of others if you do something wrong. I think people need to stand up to what they believe and stop doing what other people are telling them.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  This story starts out with a boy names Robin that is on a ferry to Massachusetts all by himself, looking for work. He is supposed to meet a man named Major Molineux but seems to have some difficulty along the way. As he got of the ferry he was wearing, "leather, well-shaped limbs, blue yarn stockings and a hat". Robin got to this New England colony and did not picture what he had thought. To sum it up he was pretty scared because there were all there people painted two different colors on their faces and they were not every nice to Robin. One of the man wanted to put him in jail and another started calling him a runaway. He became frighten enough to where he did not want to turn down different streets because he didn't know what was down there.
  He ended up staying at this inn where he thought that the lady working had one of the sweetest voices he has ever heard. A little later on Robin thinks he has found the house me was looking for but the town seemed to be empty and he thought he was the only one left. He was so tired he thought it was seeing people that weren't really there, but there really was a man on the other side and he yelled out from he balcony, "Hallo friend! Must I wait all night for my kinsman, Major Molineux?" 
   Robin and this man have a chat and he seems to find out that the Major will be coming for Robin as soon as he passes on that street. But in the end he never came.


     Romanticism is stated to be the "artistic, literary and intellectual movement that originated in the second half of the 18th century in Europe." It was the start of the industrial Revolution to what I think was the end of the French Revolution which laid the background for both Romanticism and the counter enlightenment emerged. It also started 19th century Realism which is when artists, poets, writers, musicians and political practices started going out on their own.
     Charles Baudelaire said, "Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor excite truth, but in the way of feeling". I believe in this because I think things that you choose to do should be off the way you feel , not how someone else feels or if someone else may think that its wrong. You should be able to say and show what you are feeling. This article also stated that its emphasized on intuition, imagination and feeling which is basically what Mr. Baudelaire said.
     Music and the arts; was mostly contemporary, "romantic" and some of the producers in music being; Beethoven and the 5th Symphony. Literature and operas were considered being in the "gothic" times. And some still played today would be Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. A big poet would have been Alexander Pope, literature at this point was starting to become different and in its own individual way than before and more like it was in Europe at the time. This is when it seemed that Americans started breaking free of strict religion and traditions hence Woman authors started evolving more as stated in the article.
    Although I had a little trouble with this since I do not know much about history, i believe I understood this pretty well. From what I got out of this was that this was basically the point in time when Americans started become their own people and started breaking up into different groups and believing what they wanted along with listening to different music and liking arts that were unfamiliar. Much like Europe at the time, I believe Americans may have started enjoying the arts more even thought there were about 4 different wars going on during this time but that is what seems to have started it.