ENG 125 Week 1 DQs
ENG 125 Week 1 DQs
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WLkl DQl Question Describe your personal relationship to literature and to reading Begin by considering the meaning of literature What does the term literature mean to you What makes something literary in your own mind If literature means different things to different people who defines what is and what is not literature Next re ect on your relationship to reading and literature What kind of reading engagesinterests you What about that writing draws you in Do you find meaning in reading certain writing If so describe the satisfaction you draw from this process Also consider how you read Do you for example take notes or mark text as you read or do you simply absorb the material on a page There are no right or wrong answers to your response This discussion is an opportunity to re ect on what literature is to you as well as to consider the many meanings that literature may have for others in the class DQl Answer To me literature is something that tells you information about a topic or story It draws you in either by the cover of the book someone else has referred you to it or the description on the back of the book I have it in my mind that anything literary is legible of some form This could be a story biography selfhelp experience a novel a poem I personally do not have time to read for simple recreation I do however read a lot for work such as documents contracts resumes and many other similar items Due to the fact that I read so many bland items during my work day reading for fun when I get home is the very last thing I wish to do However I do read to my son when I am in town and he wants a book read to him at bed time IfI did not read so much for work I would love to read more of my dirt bike magazines or some quothowtoquot books I love learning new things Being an analytical person reading is how I learn best rather than handson as a global person would This is how I pick up and complete home remodeling by reading books that teach me how to do things around the house Another genre of book I enjoy when I do have free time is business biography I love learning how multimillion dollar business men and women got to where they are I enjoy learning from their experiences and taking away from the literature something that I can use in my every day life Reading some of their life stories about failure and poverty gives me hope that I too can succeed When reading any literature for pleasure I do not take notes or high light any pages I simply absorb the information that I am reading Normally this type of literature is not something I must remember all of the facts about or report back to anyone When it comes to class literature I do high light This keeps me focused on where I perhaps may need to return in order to respond to the class questions These items are normally bullet points or important factors in the reading High lighting keeps me on track I am definitely open to other alternatives for remembering important factors My wife likes to dogear pages and takes notes where possible Being on the road as I am often note taking would only add to the papers I would have to drag on a business trip with me An interest in what I am reading is what connects me to the literature I believe in order to truly enjoy literature a person must first have an interest in what the literature is about If a person likes romance novels then a book about a murder mystery perhaps is not for them DQ2 Question Review the key literary terms and concepts presented throughout Chapters 1 and 2 See the end of each chapter for a glossary of terms Choose at least four of these terms to discuss in your post Then find examples of these concepts in the readings from this week Explain how these examples demonstrate each literary concept as well as the effect which the given technique or form has on a reading of the respective text DQ2 Answer Imagination is what literature allows the reader to do by opening up new ideas The literature can set the tone for which it wants the reader to imagine or feel or it can leave the setting open for the readers39 minds to fill in the blanks and paint their own mental imagine for how the story can be portrayed In John Betjeman39s quot A Subaltem39s Love Songquot we are left a mental picture of a bedroom with sports memorabilia and clothes scattered all over the oor The picture that he paints in his song is one that we could easily close our eyes and imagine Although what I imagine from this song could vary from what another reader may have taken away from the picture he painted There were details left out of this song which allows us the reader or listener to fill with our own imagination As an example his song says quotthe scent of her wrapquot Based on the previous context of his song I would guess this scent to be musky something much like my grandmother would wear However another reader may imagine this scent to be something sweeter It is all in the lack of information from this song that we are able to imagine this scenario based on the context he provides Tone is the setting that the narrator or writer wants you to feel when reading their literature It is a biased way of them wanting you to perceive their work In John Updike39s quotDog39s Deathquot the title alone sets a sad tone The first line quotShe must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a carquot makes the reader feel pity upon the dog Throughout the writing John Updike places phrases like quotblood was filling her skinquot and quotAnd her heart was learning to lie down foreverquot These phrases are meant to make the reader feel as John Updike did as he wrote this piece There was not anything positive in this writing besides the phrase quotgood dogquot which still was his way of making the reader feel pity on him and the dog This poem pulled at emotions based on the tone that the writer set forth for the reader Metaphors are used to compare something that someone may not understand to something that they can relate and comprehend In Kate Chopin39s quotThe Story of an hourquot she wrote quotwhen a sob came up into her throat and shook her as a child who has cried itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreamsquot This gives the reader a visual image of how Mrs Mallard acted when sobbing Kate Chopin compared it to an action much like a child weeping still in their sleep Allowing the reader two options of comprehension provides more insight on how the action looked or went about as well as paints a visual picture for those unable to comprehend her initial statement quotwhen a sob came up into her throat and shook herquot Comparing two like items of which are not related in order to share the comparison between the two things allows the reader to experience not only the originally intended word and feeling but also how is compares to another thing This is called a simile In James Thurber39s quotThe Secret Life of Walter Mittyquot he writes that quotThe Commander39s voice was like thin breaking icequot As a reader this simile allows you to understand that the Commander39s voice was scared crackled full of negative excitement and perhaps high pitched If we were to replace the phrase quotlike thin breaking icequot and instead put in quotscared crackled full of negative excitement and perhaps high pitchedquot the reader would not have as in depth of understanding of his voice because they may not know exactly what a scared crackled voice sounds like With the comparison or simile this is a quick and easy way for the reader to understand the tone of his voice Ice breaking and the way his voice actually were are two unrelated things that are used to be compared in order to allow the reader a comparison for comprehension purposes
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