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English 1102 Week 2 Notes: UGA Damm

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English 1102 Week 2 Notes: UGA Damm English 1102

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Notes cover class discussions on Speech Sounds and The Mexican Flyboy as well as the in-class activity. Sorry this is a bit late!
English Composition II
Johnny Damm
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Date Created: 08/31/16
Part 1: S​ peech Sounds    Monday: General Observations on S ​ peech Sounds    Speech Sounds Main Ideas  ● Language  ○ Creation of new languages  ● Communication  ○ Represents our ​current​ state of having an inability to communicate  ■ Fight on bus  ○ Does communication = identity?  ■ Tokens to show names  ■ Naming through communication  ● Envy  ○ How differences create envy  ● Healing  ○ The only way Rye was able to “truly” heal was at the end of the story when she  talked to the children  ○ Shifting perspective to understand the other person  ○ Empathy through communication  ● Isolation  ○ Rye is isolated even though she is constantly around others  ○ Isolation through the censorship of communication      Tuesday: Refined Ideas in ​ peech Sounds    Human Nature   ● Referring to kids as chimpanzees (8)  ○ Very derogatory term, historically used by whites to be racist  ○ “...Now all they [the kids] would ever be.” (8)  ○ “…Grow up to be hairless chimps”  ● When people act in an animalistic nature, should this be considered as ​natural?  ○ Communication brings about connection  ○ Is much easier to simply not communicate with others (especially those you disagree  with) and just think of them as “hairless chimps” or less than human?  ○ A lack of communication is isolating and causes people to only act in their own self  interest  Hope v. Hopelessness  The Nature of Cruelty          Part 2: ​The Mexican Flyboy  Summaries of Chapters 1­5    Ch. 1­5  ● Boy emerges out of a terrible storm.  ● The skydiver falls out of the sky and Simon tries to save her.  ○ Simon’s first reaction was to think “It’s my fault”(25)  ● Characteristics of young Simon  ○ Collects comic books, but only ones about magicians/magic  ○ Takes apart clocks and has a collection of gears/other mechanical parts  ○ Tries to revive dead animals using spells he finds in his comic books and his  mechanical parts.  ○ Exhibits a somewhat radical form of empathy  ■ Tries to be a real­life superhero/savior (somewhat of a Christ­figure)  ■ Feels the suffering very intensely and wants to fix it.  ● Revealed at the end of the chapter that young Simon was the one that cut the ear of the  drunk man.  ○ When provoked, Simon will go to great lengths to protect himself  ​ ○ Called a ​ onstruo (meaning monster in Spanish/Portuguese)  ● Chapters 2­5 show Simon as an adult. He is now married to a woman named Elena, and she  is currently pregnant with a girl.  ○ Simon’s wife   ● Creates a time machine with the help of Hephaestus Segundo.  ○ Even as an adult, Simon still has a fascination with magicians like the ones in his  comics  ● Goes back in time and saves innocent people that have died because of what Simon  considers to be “cruelty"  ○ The chapter depicts Simon saving Ethel Rosenberg, an innocent woman, from  execution  ○ Mentioned he previously saved others who committed suicide, such as Van Gogh  ○ Takes them to Boca Raton, a retirement community in Hawai'i  ● Section ends with Simon traveling to the infamous San Quentin State Prison to visit a man  named Lenny Hudson  ○ Lenny is on death row for murdering 3 people.  ○ He seems to know Simon from somewhere, and makes Simon promise him to visit  him once a month.                        Saving Ethel Rosenberg (pp. 49­59)  ● What two or three elements seem repeated and/or particularly strange or significant within  this scene?  ○ Ethel was seeing things that couldn’t have possibly been there, such as Hershel’s  yacht. Additionally, everyone she talked to seemed to know the answer to all of her  questions and she is able to fulfill all of her lifelong dreams.    ● Using the answer to question one, what is a possible theme within the scene?  ○ The theme in this chapter has to do with the idea of a utopia vs. reality.   ■ After Simon saved Ethel and took her to the community, she was able to fulfill  all of her lifelong dreams, such as marrying Hershel, reuniting with Sadie,  and changing her name.     ● What could Véa could be saying though the use of the theme. What possible commentary  could he be making?  ○ The way people often cope with suffering is to imagine a utopia where there is no  suffering. However, this is unrealistic and impossible, meaning that suffering is an  integral part of the human experience    ● Name some specific moments from the text that could function as evidence.  ○ After Ethel is able to fulfill all of her dreams, she changes her name. This symbolizes  that without enduring all the hard times in her life, she wouldn’t be the same person  she was.  ○ After Ethel envisions living a life with Hershel, she sees his “land yacht.” It is  plausible that Simon could have saved both Hershel and Sadie after she mentioned  wanting to be reunited with them as they had both died in cruel/unjust ways.  However, there is no way his car could be there, which shows this scene is likely  occurring within his mind. She also knows things she couldn’t have known, such as  that Simon’s wife was going to have a child.       ​Thesis  ● Focus + Arguable Assertion  ○ By [Focus] Alfredo Véa suggests that [Arg. Assertion]   


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