March 19th, 2015

In Vivian’s opening monologue I was able to learn that she is very lonely and misses her teaching career. She talks of her love of words and poetry. She also tells of how she has cancer and that she is a research experiment. Just from her monologue we get that sense that she is a scholar who is deeply upset with the current circumstances. I honestly don’t know if I would like to have a professor like her. I feel like I would dislike the class and struggle with it. It would be a good challenge for me, but she seems like she is above everyone else. She seems like the type of smart person who knows that they are smart and seems to boast without even realizing it. I’m glad that she has a passion for poetry, but she has to realize that there is more to life. I would honestly be afraid of asking her for any type of help.

The scene when Vivian remembers back to her childhood shows how she first learned how to read and how she learned vocabulary.  It showed how her father was supportive of her reading and wanting to learn by helping her define a big word. I thought it was interesting how they would show the child version of her and then have the present Vivian doing the same actions, reliving the moment. It concerned me how she was imagining her Dad in the hospital room and how she was talking out loud to nothing. It made me wonder if she had any mental condition or maybe even depression.  That could be a possibility because she never had any visitors and she also never watched TV and just talked to herself.

Pride and Predjudice

March 2nd, 2015

Lady Catherine De Bourgh seems to be the opposite of most of the characters in Pride and Prejudice. Lady Catherine even seems to put Mrs. Bennet in her place with her blunt remarks about everything. She is used to being rich, spoiled, and having everything go her way. She doesn’t listen to anyone’s opinion except for her own. That is why it was such a shock to her to speak to Elizabeth. “Miss Bennet, do you know who I am? I have not been accustomed to such language as this” (300). She wants only the best for her daughter and that is why she is threatening Elizabeth not to marry Darcy because her daughter is intended for him. She really makes it known that she is of a much higher class than the Bennet’s.

Her values conflict with everyone around her. For example, Mr. Collins bends over backwards to please her high maintenance tastes. Elizabeth is really the only one brave enough to stand up to her and even she gets hurt by Lady Catherine’s selfishness.

With Lady Catherine’s selfish values her decision-making process is influenced to make decisions that only benefit her and not care about anyone else’s feelings.

As mentioned earlier the only conflict that this character has is with Elizabeth possibly marrying Mr. Darcy. Lady Catherine left that conversation knowing that at the moment Darcy and Elizabeth weren’t engaged, yet failed to get the promise that the two of them never would. We can assume she was furious when they did marry.

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