Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Slave Songs and The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

I found a very interesting article stating the relevance of slave songs in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Compare and Contrast Sleepy Hollow the movie vs. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

"Sleepy Hollow" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" are quite different in many regards. The first major difference between the two stem from the main character. Ichabod Crane in the movie is a completely different character than Ichabod Crane in the story. Really, the only similarity is with their names. Ichabod of the story was very superstitious whereas the Ichabod in the movie was more interested in rational and scientific explanations than anyone else. In the movie, Ichabod states "While I will do everything I can to find your assassin, I will look for a man of flesh and blood.  Not some goblin-demon from hell” when regarding the legend of the Headless Horseman. In the story, Washington Irving states Ichabod “was a perfect master of Cotton Mather’s history of New England Witchcraft, in which, by the way, he most firmly and potently believed ”which shows how he was a firm believer in supernatural phenomenon. Ichabod Crane of the movie and Ichabod Crane of the story were two very different characters placed in a similar situation.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Digital vs. Print Books

In response to Hannah and Dustin's pamphlets on the subject of print versus digital books, I lean towards the side of print, but I still believe that digital books are a convenience for many. While print books provide a much better reading experience, digital books can possibly be much better monetarily over the long run. Now some Kindles are sold for around $70 and in a kindle one can buy as many books as they would like, whereas now, depending on what kind of book one is purchasing, 70 dollars can buy from around 4 to 10 books. For some school books, an electronic reading device is favorable, but for pleasure a real book is much more pleasing. For instance, I believe that a big textbook should be read electronically. Those books are quite expensive an a bit of a waste of resources. Smaller books are much better in print because they  Although Hannah mentions the decline in the manufacture of print books, I don't believe we will ever reach the Fahrenheit 451 scenario where we all have to "burn"(1) our books. As long as print books are still manufactured and used, there is no problem with electronic books. Living with both electronic and print books work because people can just choose whichever format they prefer.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

To Benjamin Franklin, regarding the "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America"

Dearest Benjamin Franklin,

As I have read in an excerpt of "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America", your stance on Native American culture exudes a less harsh point of view than that of many other Europeans. For this, I would like to appreciate this work. As well as kindly reminiscing on the daily life and customs of Native Americans, you also credit their demeanor. Unlike most authors, whom create a portrait of Native Americans as beastly savages, you comment on their quiet manner. In ways, this portrait does good, but it could also have a negative impact. By implying they are so submissive, other people could try to take advantage of them, which happened. Another complaint is that you imply that it is better for them to become assimilated into your culture. This is not necessarily true, but most Americans believe this. Overall, I appreciate the positive image of Native Americans I receive from the beginnings of this article.