American Literature – Blog #2

This week’s look into transcendentalism was quite refreshing and something I rather enjoyed. Recently I have found myself reading/watching and listening to different philosophers besides Emerson and Thoreau including Friedrich Nietzsche, Stefan Molyneux and while not technically a philosopher he does talk a lot about philosophy within his psychology lectures, Mr Jordan B. Peterson. Saying this ive chosen option one for today’s blog.

It is while reflecting on Emersons “Self Reliance” essay, however, that has affected me the most, specifically the following line:

“Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.”

I believe what Emerson is saying in this sentence is to not believe in external factors to bring you happiness, only your own morals, values and principles can lead you to a happy existence, Which is something I try to live by. While having new flashy things is nice I believe that to be truly happy you need to be happy with yourself. And by knowing where your own morals and values lay you can decide much easier for yourself what is right or wrong, what will make you happy or unhappy. I aim to live my life trying to do what I believe is morally correct and encourage others to do so, I think the world would be a much better place if we put aside what morals and values different ideologies and religions place upon us and stay true to our own internal morals and values.

I hope to read more philosophy based writings in the future and hopefully can take a unit in it for literature.

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American Literature – Blog Entry #1

So where back, after a break which felt way too long it’s good to be back at uni. And I’ve decided to kick off the literature blog posts by answering the 1st question in the critical category.

“Can we apply the Native American sense of the importance of nature to make our own lives more whole and meaningful?”

I think this question is great, I whole heartedly believe that if everybody did impart some of the importance of nature within our lives that we would all live a much fuller and meaningful life. So much of our life these days is spent doing tasks that are either pointless or are just done with the sole attempt to just perpetuate our existence, not that this is a bad thing, but by being able to take a break from these tasks and step back and really embrace nature it could help us find who we truly are, and what we truly want in life. I know personally that if I’m ever stuck in a rut I’ll often take the dog for a walk out in the park and either just think about the situations I’m in and the actions I can take to put myself in a better position or throw on some philosophy podcast and truly self-reflect. I don’t think I’d be able to do this if I was stuck at a desk or doing some sort of activity that I don’t enjoy doing.
I believe that by embracing the importance of nature within one’s own life and getting away from the hustle and bustle of life can have great positive effects on one’s self, which in my case allows me to self-reflect on my current state and in turn allows me to strive towards the actions I have to take to live a much more whole and meaningful life.

Summative Entry ENGL200.

I’m not entirely sure on what counts as a summative review but I assume it’s just a summary of the course, its content and my overall feelings on it.

There was a whole bunch of new content for me within this course, As I’ve honestly never really read old literature. And while I did find it tough dealing with the language differences from Jane Austen, I did find it quite enjoyable. I never thought I would be interested within most of the texts we had to read but they have surprisingly stuck with me, whether it be through the social differences shown by Jane Austenthe challenging of the education system by Charles Dickens. Or the thought-provoking tales from Tolstoy, which honestly were probably my favourite of the course.

And while I’m nervous on the exam I think I will do alright, and honestly that nervousness may be stemming from the lack of exams I’ve done over the years, it has been around 6 years since I ever had to sit down and do multiple exams!

To anyone interested in literature and the great authors of the 19th century I would definitely recommend this course, and I look forward to Shakespeare next semester with Michael.

For this entry, I decided to review Charles’ discovery of his “Soft Gold”.

https://charleslilienthal.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/week-9-topic-4/

Hey Charles,

Sorry for the late review but better late than never ey?
I really enjoyed reading your entry and can relate to it pretty well as I had the exact same feelings of conflict about my career and I found that coaching sport has also boosted my motivation to continue down the path of education.
I love how you straight from the bat you set the situation for the upcoming short story and provided us with how this coaching you undertook affected your mentality towards teaching. I feel like coaching Ice Hockey has also done the exact same thing for me and I would encourage anyone who is involved in a sport to give back to that community and help the next generation learn something you have a passion in.

Good luck on your teaching career path, I’m sure you will make a great teacher one day!

Adam.

Week 11 Blog.

For this final blog I wanted to answer the first question that was given to us which was to write a short paragraph stating whether I agree or disagree with this statement about Oscar Wildes play The Importance of Being Earnest.

“This play, while mocking deeply at the tribal customs of the late Victorians, has, at its heart, a wish to point the human race in the right direction: away from fraud, hypocrisy and such indecent preoccupation with material realities.”

I completely agree with the above statement when it comes to Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest. While the play may seem like it is making fun of the rich in the Victorian era it does it in a playful way, It doesn’t come out and say that these people are horrible or what they do is evil, but instead takes there materialistic passion into such a concentrated state but us as the viewer cant help but see how over the top and absurd some people are while at the same time placing it in a relatable context. For example the segment wse watched that teased marriage. While I think most people can agree that marriage is a huge commitment within someones life, and usually when asking friends or family on when you should propose the response is often “when you know she will say yes.” this is for obvious reasons, one of which most likely due to the cost of a wedding ring. Wilde knows this and constantly points out how silly it is that the only time someone is actually willing to ask the question is when there already positive that they know the answer. This is done by Gwendolen Fairfax constantly reminding John (Ernest) that he actually has to say “will you marry me?” despite her already saying she would marry him. It should be the act of forming a marriage that is special rather than the actual words that are said or the ring that is given.

Peer Review #6

I decided to review Sibel’s entry in which she wrote a letter as the Scholar Gypsy to her friends at Oxford University.

https://sibelerkansite.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/blog-post-week-8/

Hey Sibel,

Obviously, this is a tad late but I wanted to leave a review of your letter because I think you really captured the character of the Scholar Gypsy. Right from the very start, I get the sense that you believe Oxford is not right for you and that you need to follow your heart, even if it does mean going headfirst into the unknown. I also really liked how you gave clear reasoning to as why you would leave so a University to essentially become a gypsy instead of just ending the letter after saying you were going. It really does give a good sense of realism to the situation. It’s clear that you tapped into your inner Scholar gypsy while writing this and it was a pleasure to read.https://sibelerkansite.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/blog-post-week-8/

Peer Review #5

#I’ve fallen behind in the review part of this blog so get ready to see about 3 in a row.

https://taramichellebriggs.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/blog-5-topic-4/comment-page-1/#comment-32

Hey Tara,
Don’t freak out, I am well aware this review is late but I need to catch up and seeing as how we did the same topic I thought it was awesome to see some new points that I completely missed. I really liked your breakdown of why you believe there is value in looking at art from the same time periods as the authors we are reading. Unlike you, I am studying art as well so I perhaps get a bit more insight from the painting side of things but from the looks of it, you definitely have me beat on the literature side.