Blog 16

Posted in Dads2Be on April 27, 2009 by thumabr

We covered a lot of things this semester in class. I dont really have any more questions concerning the things we covered though.  Between the papers and the blogs I think most subjects were covered very well. Some things that could have been covered a little better in class would be the narrative elements. It was very unclear exactly how these elements can be identified.  It would have been helpful to spend more time in class explaining and giving examples of these narrative elements. It would make writing that first big paper much much easier.  It also would have helped for a greater explanation of why the narrative elements were so important, and what each one could bring to a story. It seemed like we were completely on our own trying to figure out what purpose this particular element has.  Other than that I think everything else was well explained, and the other two papers were much easier to write because the topic was covered a little more thoroughly.


Blog 15

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2009 by thumabr

There have been some important speeches given in our country’s history.  One of the most important in my lifetime has been the State of the Union address given on September 20th 2001, just 9 days after the September 11th attacks.  The speech was given by then President, George Bush.  It was given at a time of fear, where the American people were scared of what would happen next.  For the first time people had experienced foreign terror in the continental US.  People were not sure who had attacked and why.  The President used several metaphors to explain terrorism.  He said “On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country” Equating terrorists with enemies of freedom.  He also compares terrorist organizations with organized crime “Al Qaeda is to terror what the mafia is to crime”

The President is using this language and metaphors to help explain what terrorism is, comparing it to things people might understand, like organized crime. He is also rallying support for his administration by calling them enemies of freedom, which will help him start his war on terror in the near future. This shows that metaphors can help people understand complex things through comparisons with what they are familiar.

Blog 14

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2009 by thumabr

Democrats need a way to act as a vaccine.

Democrat = vaccine

Democrat is the tenor, vaccine is the vehicle

highlights that the democrats need to something to combat the virus of the worlds problems highlights the need to prevent problems, rather than going after them once they start.

masks what exactly they need to vaccinate, masks how it is possible to become such a vaccine.

This tells us that our foreign policy needs to be much more preventative than reactionary.  If terror and crime is indeed a virus there is nothing we can do to completely destroy it until it has run its course.  The only way to destroy it is to prevent it from even getting started. If we could have prevented a need for terrorism we would not be in the two conflicts we are in now.  Instead of finding problems and trying to squish them, we need to find potential problems and inoculate them before they can infect the world and become a problem.

Blog 13: Peer Review

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2009 by thumabr

Peer review went pretty well today.  It was nice to be split up into different groups to hear different perspectives from people, rather than the same 2-3 people we have been sitting with the rest of the semester. It worked out well to hear all these different ideas for the paper, from very different people.

The mode for review, posting our papers to blackboard and having the teacher print them out, was very convenient.  It was very helpful to not have to print out four copies of our paper for our peers, and just walk in and have them provided for us.  My printer paper and ink supply is very thankful.  Being able to have the paper copies helps in making minor grammatical corrections and also writing in notes to aid the writer in their review.  

Reading my paper out loud also helped me notice some of the flow errors, or spelling mistakes I made in my paper. It also helped me notice some of my short choppy sentences that need reworked.

Overall it went well

Blog 12

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2009 by thumabr

After finishing In the Lake of the Woods, I am still rather confused.  Throughout the entire story it is hard to tell what is true and what isnt.  Are the things revealed about Kathy and John during the Hypothesis chapters true, or are they just assumptions the author has made to help support his hypothesis.  After finishing it I am left with just as many questions I had at any other point in the story.  I am not happy that there was no resolution, no solution, nothing is settled.  I kind of feel short sided because nothing really happens in the end.  The story is just over, leaving everything wide open.  But I guess we were warned about that in a footnote by the Author earlier in the story.  All we are left with is our own assumptions about the type of character John is.  If you think he is crazy enough and disturbed enough to murder the love of his life, then you might take the evidence given in the story as proof he did kill her.  If you think Kathy was truly unhappy you might assume that she just up and left him.  The book remains open to a lot of alternate endings we can run through in our mind.

Creative Writing

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 by thumabr

In the Lake of the Woods Alternate ending

And with that, John stopped broadcasting and dropped the radio overboard.  Deep in the waters of Canada he was finally alone.  He was running from the horrors of his previous life.  The horrible acts of Vietnam, his lies, his misdeeds, his crushing defeat in the primary, his struggle and strife with Kathy.  All was behind him.  He drowned them in the Lake.  Buried deep within him, in the pits of his soul they would try to resurface, but he would chain them back down to the bottom, ignoring his past.  

As he pushed his Chris-Craft steadily Northward further into Canadian terriorty all he could be reminded of was the loss of the love of his life.  He battered his mind, struggling to come to terms with what had happened.  Kathy was gone, and soon he would be too.  How could he have allowed himself to let this happen?  Was it his troubled past that clouded his judgement? Why couldnt his deep seeded need to be loved be appeased by the devotion of Kathy?  He seemed to have had it all, thats what he told himself. He had his lover, but had lost the entire future he had dreamed of since before the war.  One was nothing without the other.  If he couldnt have both, he needn’t the other.  The attrocities of his life, his Post Dramatic Stress warped his idea of reality, to the point where he would lose himself into another man, into a different personality, one that only knew pain, one that could only inflict pain.  All he could do was think about his fuzzy remembrance of that horrible night, the night where John lost himself to a different self, and where Kathy would soon lose her self.

That man who took over was incensed with rage.  “Kill Jesus” was all he could think.  But there was no Jesus.  There was no God.  A just God would not have allowed his life to be destroyed.  In vengeance he must destroy another life.  Kathy.  Poor sweet Kathy, wrapped up in her blankets, hopefull that their life will turn around.  She was so innocent.  But he did not care.  She must pay for his pain, some one must.

After boiling the plants, he discarded the tea kettle.  He wanted to feel her death in his own hands.  Feel what it is like to inflict such pain on her, the pain her fling with the dentist inflicted on him.  He climbed onto the bed, and wrapped his calloused hands around her slender neck and strangled her.  She struggled in terror, but he was too strong. Their eyes met for a brief instant, before her life was erased, like his dreams had been.

He took the body to the boat house, chopping it up into several pieces, puting each in a weighted garbage bag.  No one would ever find her.  The Lake would hide his guilt, like he had tried for so long to hide his guilt at Thuan Yen.  Driving deep into the lake he dropped pieces, weighted with lead into the depths of the Lake of the Woods.  At the last piece he sunk the boat.  An accident people would think.  A missing person in a huge lake. It happens all the time.

With these final thoughts in his mind, John realized that he could no longer suppress so much guilt.  There was no where to run, nowhere to hide.  Try as he might they would flare, and bring him as much pain as they had before. He knew his only option.  With this, he took a length of rope from the craft and affixed it to his leg, the other end to the boat. He proceeded to flip the vessel and sink it to its doom at the bottom of the Lake of the Woods.  As he sank the coldness overtook him.  His tears were washed away by the waters of the lake.  He peered up the surface one last time and uttered out in bubbled breath. “Kathy.”

Blog 11

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2009 by thumabr

One instance of dialogue between Ragtime and In the Lake of the Woods is the connection in the personalities of John Wade and Mother’s Younger Brother.  Both are very secretive and keep everything on the inside.  They are both very withdrawn from the world.  One very clear similarity between them is that they both stalk or spy on their love interests.  Mother’s Younger Brother stalks Evelyn because he is too shy to tell her how he feels.  He even gets to the point to where he follows her and ends up masturbating in a closet to her.  Wade is the same way.  He stalks Kathy because he cant get the nerve to tell her how worried he is to lose her.  He follows her around all the time, playing spy games, and tracking her every move.

When these two men lose their lovers they are emotionally crushed.  Younger Brother cannot move on and goes to New York in hopes of finding Evelyn or learning where she might have gone.  He is distraught and just spends all his time creating weapons.  John Wade, when he finds Kathy missing he is incredibly upset and drinks his day away trying to supress the possibility that she left him.

These two mens obsession with their women is what connects them and is one of the many parallels that can be drawn between Ragtime and in the lake of the woods