BOOKCLUB

I’m not sure what I should discuss on this page, because I could not see the guideline yet, but I will talk about my group work.

We did The Circle by Dave Egger. This book has a lot of good points to think and talk about. We divided writers that we had learned, but later, we basically gathered all the ideas about any work that we know well. Personally, I didn’t expect everyone to give speech because I thought people would want to do only by like 2 people for fluency. That’s why our team chose to give speech by 3 people because other members were more comfortable at speech. But it turned out that I should have done also!

Anyway we met 1 hour earlier that the class for 2 weeks to discuss ideas. Because we had enough good points already, we could gather ideas fast and easily. It was mostly the Journey narrative, because the main character starts a new job and comes into a huge company, and she changes. And another important point is the difference between reality and appearance as Frederick Douglass says those two can be different. My true self and my online-self is totally different. Even though there is a clear transparency, this doesn’t mean that we can see a person’s real self. For example, if they put cameras everywhere, people already know that they are being watched and conscious about it. So their acts can be different.

There points, and this book itself are really good because it shows how people are doing these days. How people accept big company’s ideas-almost like ideology- and there are two selves-real self and online-self.

Reading a book and discuss about it was a good experience. A little bit challenging to me, but it was great!!! I just wish I could prepare more. Thanks for great time for everyone!

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loopholes

we can see loopholes in Freeman’s “The Revolt of Mother” And, in Sarah Orne Jewett’s story, “A White Heron.”, we can see loopholes too. At last, Sylvia decided to remain silent to Young hunter about where a white heron was. So, it’s not like se did something to him, but she did in her own way. She wanted to protect nature, and she decided nature over a guy whom she liked. After he left, she missed him, but she chose to be her own. So, this is a loophole.

Oct2 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

2) Compose a blog post that explains the following quote from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: ” . . . and I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.”  Think about the key terms in the quote and the key distinction that Douglass is making.  To what extent do you see this distinction in the rest of the Narrative?  Where? In what different forms?  Try to finish blogging by noon on Thursday, October 2..

I think key terms are “in form” and “in fact”. He might keep looking like a slave, the day that he should be real slave passed. In form means his appearance, and the day when he could be a slave was in fact. In form might mean his appearance such as his clothes, hair, etc. Or, it can be his color as black. According to people’s common prejudice at that time saying black people should be slaves, he looks like a slave, but he is not slave anymore because he got freed.

Chapter10, “this was my school for eight months; and I might have remained there longer, but for a most horrid fight I had with four of the white apprentices, in which my left eye was nearly knocked out, and I was horribly mangled in other respects. The facts in the case were these: Until a very little while after I went there, white and black ship-carpenters worked side by side, and no one seemed to see any impropriety in it. All hands seemed to be very well satisfied. Many of the black carpenters were freemen. Things seemed to be going on very well. All at once, the white carpenters knocked off, and said they would not work with free colored workmen. Their reason for this, as alleged, was, that if free colored carpenters were encouraged, they would soon take the trade into their own hands, and poor white men would be thrown out of employment. They therefore felt called upon at once to put a stop to it. And, taking advantage of Mr. Gardner’s necessities, they broke off, swearing they would work no longer, unless he would discharge his black carpenters. Now, though this did not extend to me in form, it did reach me in fact.”

Here, I can see same distinction with “in form” and “in fact”. In form, the case did not extend to him, officially, but in fact, it reached him. It affected him. he witnessed the case, I can say he was not included. However, in anyway, it affected him.

First distinction between “in form” and “in fact” was talking about looking and the truth. It looks like, but it’s not. Second distinction looks different, but it’s same. In form, truly, practically, it did not extended to him. However, regardless of the truth it did to him. It’s same as regardless of the fact that he might look like a slave in form, he is not slave in fact anymore.

Song of Myself

“This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and the water is,
This is the common air that bathes the globe.”
In this two lines, “this” means what he said before like he just regard himself as the most important person and everything has it’s own place. I’t not being selfish, but he respect all the humans(individuals ). The reason why it’s interesting to me is I like this metaphor. It is saying that the way we live or are, is just like the grass. We live as an individual, but we all become a group that can get along well and have a power. If there is water and land, which is basically all of the earth, the grass will be there. It is the order of nature. People are living here and they all have their own place. It’s nature. Nature, human, human nature, all of these are the main topic of his poem. The nature, and world, is not more sacred than human because we all have nature in us. So, even thought the grass/individuals look trivial, it’s all sacred spirit.
I just thought about The American Scholar. In that text, in briefly, if scholars are bookworms who think reading books are important and they just do without creative thinking, and go to school for degree, it’s not like sacred(?) people. American scholars don’t need to be only some people who go to a great school and have a powerful family behind them. If people knows how to think and how to apply what they know or learn, that’s it! There should be no regulation. All of people are the grass that have potential to grow. It’s how I connect “Song of Myself” to “The American Scholar”.

the American scholar

“the sluggish and perverted mind of the multitude, slow to open to the incursions of Reason, having once so opened, having once received this book, stands upon it, and makes an outcry, if it is disparaged.”

It was difficult because there are some words that I’m not familiar with such as sluggish and disparaged. And the sentence is quite long and structure is (or looks) complicated to me, so it was hard to understand at once. I think it’s multitude which is many people like books more and more, but they just read in passive way. So it’s slow to work their Reason because they are not really using that. They just try to use their reason and read the book, and react to book as multitude ( so they don’t accept or understand the book creatively) and criticize it. Because English is not my first language, it’s hard to understand if sentence is like this. To understand well, I need to know where is subject and verb, so I can get the basic meaning.

Education institutes like schools, they teach you, or I should say they let you read books because it’s important. However, we learn how to understand the text and accept it. Sometimes teachers say my understanding is wrong, and some say I should remember this. From my experience, when I was is high school, there was one time that I had a test about a book. The questions were not like”how did you feel about this?” or “why do you think this person did this?” Instead of these questions, we had to remember the order of what happen, and the characters’ name, and many trivial things. We just remembered. Like that, we accept the book and we may know a lot, but we lose the ability to think our own. Sometimes we follow other people or pretend/show off that I read a lot of books. Bookworms, according to his word, it’s this. They read book but it’s all about reading not thinking creatively.

First post 9/5/14

This is my first post for this new blog. I’m not that used to using blog or posting something, so I feel a little awkward.

I’m Duri Kim from Korea, and I’m studying here for one year as an exchange student. It’s my second semester. I lived in dorm last semester, but I moved out to parkmerced apt. I’m majoring in English, and I’m taking teaching course in my homeschool(to be english teacher:o ). But ever since I came here I’ve teaching Korean to people from many other countries. I found this really interesting, so I’m trying to figure out what I should do or how I can prepare to be a Korean teacher! I studied French a little, but i almost forget, so I’ve been trying to study again. um…  my favorite food is burrito! hahaha