Archive for February, 2012

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In today’s class we discussed how to write an effective title for our responses and for our final paper as well. It was my first time actually learning it this way, with the colon. We were taught that before the colon you should write a title that attracts your reader but also says something about your paper. Then, after the colon you should write a theme that your paper discusses and the author and title of that work. So for example, my first response was titled “The Mission”: Captivating the Indios.
My new title academic title would have been Captivating the Indios: Marxism, Culture Clash”The Mission”

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blog 9

I really enjoyed reading William Carlos Williams’ poems. My favorite one is Libertad! Igualdad! Fraternidad! When I read the poem I understood it as having two speakers. One of the speakers wants to give up on this dream that the second speaker insists on always keeping on to this dream. It is evident that both men are poor and have nothing to live up to. One of the speakers even goes on and states how he’s a “pig of a man” (line 1) which shows what how low he thinks of him. I think pigs are a really ugly and dirty and the fact that he’s calling him one exemplifies how low he thinks of him or how low they really are.

I really liked line 7, “It is dreams that have destroyed us”. I believe here the speaker is trying to imply that dreams give him false hope. They work hard every day to strive for their dreams but in the end it has destroyed them because none of their dreams have become reality. I think this could relate to the Native Americans in “The Mission”, because after they were held captive it was hard to get back on track.

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Blog 8

In today’s class we discussed the differences between Mulatto, Mestizo, Mestizaje and Zambo.
Mestizaje is the idea of racial hybridity, but even more importantly it is the distinction between race and ethnicity. It is something celebrated by some theories and something feared by others. We than discussed the differences between race and ethnicity and I think it is vital to understand the differences between both. Race is a classification that is socially constructed. It’s more of biological characteristics and outside features people see. On the other hand, ethnicity is affiliated with culture, language, country etc.

I think the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is a perfect example to show the differences between race and ethnicity. For example, although Carlton is of African American descent, he wears khaki pants, and speaks differently than a “typical” African American. His race and ethnicity differ.

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blog 7

I thought today’s class was really helpful because when we were working on our papers I was aware of what I needed to elaborate on and what I needed to edit. I thought the idea of circling all verbs make us understand if we are using enough verbs to explain our point clearly. In addition, I thought circling the “to be” verbs really made me realize as a writer that I keep repeating these verbs and that there are many other ways to say things. I saw myself get better in the MLA citation. Before I would just skim through the citation and not pay close attention to it but now I do. Since its really crucial in this class I look up any questions I have for citation and make sure I have it right so I could try and get all the possible points. I am looking forward to the rest of the assignments because I think these responses will make me grow as a writer.

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blog 6

This video clip was from the Culture Clash show we discussed in class. After watching a couple of videos I understood the humor that came along with the play “The Mission” a lot better.

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blog 5

Ever since the first day when the word Latinos was mentioned I thought of this comedian. In his stand up shows he addresses some if the stereo-types that Hispanics face. In this segment, he plays around with the word Latino and I thought it was quite funny.

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Last class we discussed the quote on page A119 which had the subtitle of “our symbol”. I believed this quote meant that the speaker believed Caliban was not their symbol, in other words someone who they felt can represent them. Fernandez believed that it was Ariel but the narrator is disagreeing with this. He mentions how Prospero  invaded the island, killed,people and took Caliban. In addition, Caliban was taught Prospero’s language. I think it was really intriguing to see the connection this story had with the play “The Mission”. both had to do with invading, killing, and or punishing them until they learned the “new language” and beliefs.  The parallelism here is that Prospero is similar to Father Serra and Caliban is similar to the Indios.

I believe that’s why the narrator disagreed with Fernandez because Ariel wasn’t really in a tough position like Caliban. In “The Tempest” Caliban was the one that as considered the  slave that was held captive and taught a completely new language. The Native Americans could relate to Caliban more then they could relate to Ariel.

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blog 3

In yesterday’s class my peers and I discussed who our favorite authors were and if we considered them classic. To my surprise, many of my peers had favorite authors that were considered classic, such as Shakespeare or Dickinson. When we categorized each author majority of them were white and male. It was clear that we had created our own canon and the authors that weren’t considered classic got excluded out. I thought this exercise was helpful because in our anthology the same process had to be done. I could only imagine how many great Latino writers that isn’t included in the canon for whatever reason, but that doesn’t mean that their works weren’t just as great.  This anthology helps us the readers understand the past, present and for the future to “appreciate the literary past through a particular lens”(liii). Through these texts we get to see and understand the past, some of what the Latinos had to experience to get where they are today. In addition, I think it’s vital to understand the term “lens” here because although is a big book, it doesn’t cover ever topic or every experience and so although we get some narratives and stores we are only getting a part of it. I think that’s an important thing to keep in mind.

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blog 2

Reading “The Mission” for the first time was quite interesting. I didn’t find it funny when I read it at first but after we discussed it in class I had a better understanding of the humor.  Father Serra felt like the Native American men he held captive were not “men of reason” meaning they weren’t civilized, educated and lacked religion. In other words, in order for these men to be “men of reason” they needed to be more like the Europeans. While reading this part in the play I wondered how these people looked and what kind of rituals they had before they were held under father Serra. Seeing the film “Apocalypto” answered all my questions that I had. It was really disturbing to see the certain things these people believed in like stabbing a man to the chest and then holding his heart out. Although it was a lack of reason if one lives like this then there is a reason. It’s important to them and it is a ritual. Also, something else that shocked me in this film was the amount of people that actually attended this ritual. It left me to ask if this wasn’t really important to them, how they can have a large number of people built up.

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