Week 2 Blog
We can feed our minds through a wise passiveness! From a completely individual perspective my own experience of wise passiveness comes from sitting alone and reflecting on elements of my day. This is based on my own experience and through reflecting on my own experience I gain more of an insight and wisdom on the world that surrounds me. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an insight that is life changing, it may just be something small like realising that I was being stubborn about something, or just a new perspective on an argument I had.These wise passiveness situations are individual and don’t have a great impact on other people only myself.
Week 3 Blog
Choose an impression (it might be a special event in your day or your week, it might be a simple moment of sitting under a tree or on the beach, or with a special person) and spend a little time sensing, feeling, shaping the value of this impression to your life as a whole. We only live once, for a short time (in the wider scale of things) so what is it in this moment of time that is special for you? You can choose to write your thoughts on this in prose, or you can try to shape them into a poem- it is worth giving it a try, there is nothing to loose maybe much to gain.
When I run along the beach there is no better feeling then the salty air in my hair and the soft sand pressed against my feet. It is in these times that I am most honest with myself and feel the most connected to the world around me. As I heard the gentle waves crash on the grains of sand, my mind is freed and I can just purely focus on the world around me and taking in the ambiguity of nature as I glide by. This is my soothing place. It is here where I can escape the harsh realities of the world around me and just purely focus on myself. I don’t need to worry about uni, or work or the other stresses of my life. With each stride I take I am running away from my responsibilities even if it is only for a little bit of time.
Blog Week 4
Briefly describe your sense of the value of going to the Art Gallery of NSW as a literature student? Did it seem a worthwhile activity? Did it enlarge your sense of what Romantic Literature is all about?
I always enjoy going to the art gallery and seeing a visual representation of the Romanic period! The sense of value of going to the gallery, I believe was high as it deepened my knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of the Romantic Era. As a literature student, it enlightened me on how there are various forms of mediums to represent an idea that does not just rely on the written form.
It gave me insight into what Romantic Literature was all about and I think my not only just individually analysing the artworks, but listening to Michael’s insights, my own knowledge and perspective of Romantic literature was reshaped in a positive manner.
Week 4 Blog
There is so much material out there on the Web about Emily Brontë. Can you do a bit of careful sleuthing for us and create a well designed, carefully chosen digital kit on this author that we could all benefit from? This could be the perfect start for your own growing ePortfolio which will be a wonderful resource for your own students in years to come. And there is quite a big chance that you will be teaching this novel sometime in the future!
These resources will give a greater insight into Emily Bronte
Week 5 Blog
See if you can discover the specific historical circumstances that led Dickens to write Hard Times and why he actually dedicated this book to Thomas Carlyle. This information could be very useful for the whole class. I suggest you start with The Victorian Web as a useful collection point for the best criticism and historical data on the period.
- The Century was marked by the Industrial Revolution: this meant that though productive of much good, living conditions in England were terrible. There was overcrowding in the city due to a shift of people moving to city areas from rural areas due to work and the need to support their families.
- But with the fall of Napoleon, the returning soldiers added not only to the growing numbers of workers but also to the hunger and misery. with this in mind there was an abudance of labourers which meant that unemployment rates rose and so did poverty.
- Children were exploited by employers; as they were cheap and due to their small nature could go jobs the adults couldn’t. A lot of these jobs were life threatening and caused severe damage and harm to the individual.
- State-run, broad-based education was just beginning to be implemented by 1853, and the form it would take was still subject to some debate which Dickens explores.
- Married women were subject to their husbands’ near-total control, Married Women’s Property Act—not passed until 1870—had begun. Divorce law, by contrast, met with more immediate changes. At the time, divorces could be granted only by Act of Parliament In 1853, a royal commission had recommended the reformation of divorce law so that civil courts could consider and grant divorces.
- There were structural developments such as railways.
Week 6 Blog
Find three really good resources for Return of the Native on the web and give a short paragraph description of each item indicating why you would recommend them so highly.
This website gives a lot of information on everything about Return of the Native. It provides, a summary, the key themes, quotes, analysis and essays to help grasp a better understanding of the novel. I would suggest having a look at the website before reading the novel as it gives a better knowledge for when reading the book.
This is an auto copy of the book. I think this is a good resource to have because sometimes I personally find it difficult to understand the language of the novel and by having the auto playing while I read the book it reinforces what is being written.
This site is useful in giving a greater awareness of the context in which Hardy wrote Return of the Native. It gives a deeper understanding of the societal issues that were occurring while Hardy was writing and ultimately deepens the understanding of the book.
Week 7 Blog
Describe in a short prose paragraph/ or poem the essence of what you consider to be the most important ingredients of what makes a satisfactory life
I believe that the most important ingredient for a satisfactory life are family and friends
Family and Friends are a persons biggest encourager! Without family and friends we are nothing as we don’t have a support network. Our family and friends fulfil our basic needs of safety and security and provide love and support. They are the first people we want to share our success with and they are our biggest supporters and our fall back when something doesn’t go to plan. Without them the world would be a lonely place and as humans are creatures who crave contact with others it would be hard to have a satisfactory life without family and friends.
Personally I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the support of my family and friends in my life. The have made my life greater than satisfactory.
Week 8 Blog
Write a short critical analysis of the way that Thomas Hardy links his central protagonist with Jesus Christ and with the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount in particular. Do you think there is any justification for Hardy to do this?
In Hardy’s work there is a definite allusion to religion, specifically Christianity. In the last two pages Clym is presented in a manner in which almost presents itself like Jesus giving a sermon on the Mount. I believe Hardy does this to present Clym as a teacher just like how Jesus was. Clym helps and acts as a teacher to the rustics which is likened to how jesus is a teacher for the people. Hardy was living and writing in a time where society had mixed feelings and views on religion so by comparing Clym to Jesus, Hardy is reflecting on the importance of a leader in life and not only in religion.
As for Clym being a saviour, I think he is in need of saving more so than him being a saviour. He inspires the natives however his personality is sometimes unattractive and the attractiveness does not fit the persona of a saviour.
Week 9 Blog
Create a digital resource kit for some of the very best material available on Tolstoy on the net. Present it in such way that your reader/viewer has real confidence in your choices.
A few Quotes: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/l/leo_tolstoy.html
Watch a Video or two: https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Leo-Tolstoy-Rare-Historic-Video
His Works: http://great-authors.albertarose.org/leo_tolstoy/
Week 10 Blog
Write a short letter to Oscar Wilde telling him about his insight into human character.
Dear Mr Wilde
I am writing to tell you what I think about your insight to human character.
I believe that your representation of human character is excellent. You highlight the needs of humans beings and don’t beat around the bush.
I feel that through reading your work I gain an insight to the physical needs of your characters and also feel as though I get to really know who they are.
You present your characters with real emotion and personality so they actually become human rather than just a character in a book.
The characteristics of love, financial gain and intimacy are all presented as part of the human and are relatable to everyone on some level or another.
Thankyou for your great work
Week 11 Blog
Create a digital mini-kit that draws attention to the socialist common-ground between Shaw and Wilde.