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Monday, September 24, 2012

Vocab List 7

1. aberration - (noun) an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image; a disorder in one's mental state; a state or condition markedly different from the norm 
2.Ad hoc- (adverb) for the special purpose or end presently under consideration 
3.bane - (noun) something causes misery or death The enemy warrior was the bane of the soldiers existence.
4.bathos - (noun) triteness or triviality of style; a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one; insincere pathos The reminder of the fallen warriors served as a helpful bathos on veterans day.
5.cantankerous - (adj.) having a difficult and contrary disposition; stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate The cantankerous elder would not take his medicine.
6.casuistry - (noun) moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas; argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading The lawyers casuistry tricked the plaintiff into accepting the outrageous offer.
7.de facto - (noun) in fact; in reality De facto hazing exsists on most high school sports teams besides the rules against it.
8.depredation - (noun) an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding; (usually plural) a destructive action The viking's acts of depredation won them many riches.
9.empathy - (noun) understanding and entering into another's feelings The shrinks empathy for his patience makes him very helpful.
10.harbinger - (noun) an indication of the approach of something or someone; verb foreshadow or presage The flag bearer of the army was seen as the harbinger of the upcoming battle.
11.hedonism - (noun) an ethical system that evaluates the pursuit of pleasure as the highest good; the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle The hedonistic kid refused to do any sort of labor almost always.
12.lackluster - (adj.) lacking luster or shine; lacking brilliance or vitality The lackluster golden goblet was not very valuable.
13.malcontent - (adj.) discontented as toward authority; noun a person who is discontented or disgusted The malcontent solider strongly disliked his sergeant.
14.mellifluous - (adj.) pleasing to the ear The musician sold many songs because of their mellifluous melodies. 
15.nepotism - noun favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs) The players were all friends and picked by the same nepotistic coach.
16.pander - (noun) someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce); verb arrange for sexual partners for others; yield (to); give satisfaction to The man pandered some young men for his ladies to make some money.
17.peccadillo - (noun) a petty misdeed While the kid saw stealing the soda as a peccadillo, his parents thought otherwise.
18.piece de resistance - (noun) the most noteworthy or prized feature, aspect, event, article, etc., of a series or group; special item or attraction. The artist had many good works, but his piece de resistance was defiantly the statue of David. 
19.remand - (noun) the act of sending an accused person back into custody to await trial (or the continuation of the trial); verb refer (a matter or legal case) to another committee or authority or court for decision; lock up or confine, in or as in a jail The case was remanded for the supreme court.
20.syndrome - (noun) a complex of concurrent things; a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease The lack of attention and decrease in grades was a syndrome that the boy had taken intrests in some bad substances.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

lit analysis questions

1.As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner is a novel about one family's journey to bury their Dead mother and Wife Addie in the town of Jefferson. They face many adversities along the way, and each character struggles with their own concerns along the journey. It is told through the viewpoints of each character, which changes from chapter to chapter, which allows the reader to be omniscient about each characters struggles and incentives for going on the trip to Jefferson. The  family heads for Jefferson after the funeral with mother in coffin. Their travel is made troublesome because bridges they need to use where affected by a flood. After they get past that hurdle and recover by selling people's valuables, all while the characters deal with their own evils, including Dewey Dell's pregnancy which they want to get aborted, they reach Jefferson. But one of Addie's sons goes crazy with disbelief in the journey and tries to cremate their mother in a house fire, but her other son Jewel saves the coffin. Addie is finally given her burial and Darl is sent to a mental hospital. Anse, Addie's husband, uses money that was meant for Dewey Dell's abortion to buy some false teeth and a new wife.
2. The theme of this novel is every person struggles with their own internal evils. There are many examples in the novel. Anse, who is supposed to be going to Jefferson to bury his wife, is more interested in buying a set of false teeth. Dewey Dell struggles with her ill-legitimate pregnancy, Darl is struggling to come to terms with burying his mother in Jefferson, and Vardaman is completely unsettled with his mothers death. Even Addie who tells us from beyond the grave that heir evil was an affair, which led to the birth of Jewel. Faulkner gives all of his characters evils and shows us how some overcome them, while others succumb to them.
3. The author's tone varies a lot, for it changes every time the character who is narrating changes. For Jewel, his tone is angry and vulgar, often mad with what goes wrong, "Goddamn him(his father). Goddamn him and this journey." When Vardaman is talking, the tone becomes worrisome and troubled, for Vardaman is concerned with the well being of his mother despite her death, "And so if Cash nails the box up , she (his mother) is not a rabbit I couldn't breath in the crib and Cash is gonna nail it up." When Anse is talking, the tone becomes more concerned with himself than others, "But now I can get them teeth. That will be a comfort. It will."
4.  1. Metaphor-Vardaman compares his mother to a fish he gutted early in how her life was snuffed out. 2. Omniscient view- The reader sees through everyone's eyes and knows all their thoughts, helping the reader understand their motives. 3. Foreshadow- Addie describes her affair and how Jewel is not Anse's son before it becomes important in the story. 4. Indirect characterization- We learn about who the characters are through their thoughts. 5. Direct characterization- Sometimes the narrator will directly say what another character is like. 6. Tragic flaws- Each character has their own tragic flaw to help support Faulkner's theme. 7.  Diction- Faulkner uses a southern dialect with some of his characters when they talk to make it seem more realistic. 8. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

vocab list 6

1.beatitude- Supreme blessedness The man was grateful for the many beatitudes the lord had blessed him with in his life.
2.bete noire- a detested person (disliked or avoided) The police treated the mob boss as a bete noir and left him alone.
3.bode- Be an omen of a particular outcome The fortune teller bode the man well.
4.dank- Disagreeably damp, musty, and typically cold His recieved his food and was disgusted to find it dank and demanded a refund.
5.ecumenical- universal, applies to all The doctors health advice was ecumenical and all should follow it.
6.fervid- Intensely enthusiastic or passionate The student wrote a fervid response to the colleges letter to him.
7.fetid- Smelling extremely unpleasant The fetid fish had definetly gone bad.
8.gargantuan- of great mass
9.heyday- The period of a person's or thing's greatest success or popularity The old man loved to talk about his heyday.
10.incubus- A cause of distress or anxiety like a nightmare The old doll tormented the girl, becoming here own personal incubus.
11.infrastructure- The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities needed for the operation The building collapsed due to its weak infastrucuture.
12.inveigle- Persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery The boy inveigled the girl with his charm to help him.
13.kudos- Praise and honor received for an achievement The student got a verbal kudos from his teacher on his excellent work.
14.lagniappe- Something given as a bonus or extra gift The treat served as a lagnisppe for the dog when he followed instructions.
15.prolix- Using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy The lwayers prolix response lost him the jurors attention.
16.protege- a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's career The lwayers protege went on to be very succesful.
17.prototype- A first or preliminary model of something, esp. a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied The first android smart phones were simply prototypes.
18.sycophant- A person who acts obsequiously toward someone in order to gain advantage; a servile flatterer The student recieved good grades through sycophantic methods.
19.tautology- The saying of the same thing twice in different words there are many different tautologies for good bye, such as see you later and so long.
20.truckle- Submit or behave obsequiously The soliders truckled to the drill sergants demands.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Vocab lsit 5

1.acumen- keen insight. The seer's was wise due to her frequent acumens.
2. adjudicate- to settle or determine. The judge adludicated the dispute.
3. anachronism- something or someone that is not in its correct historical time. The dinosaur bone was quite the anachronism
4. apocryphal- of doubtful authorship or authenticity. He was work was widely qeustioned and considered an apocryphal.
5. disparity- inequality The disparity between upper and lower classes is still present.
6. dissimulate- to disguise or conceal under a false appearance. The dissimulated by merging with the crowd.
7. empirical- derived from or guided by experience or experiment. The scientists empirical tecnique was very effective.
8. flamboyant- strikingly bold or brilliant; showy The girl wore flamboyant clothes to attract attention.
9. fulsome- offensive to good taste, especially as being excessive;overdone or gross His fulsome exsplanation of the study of feces disturbed many.
10. immolate- to sacrifice The mayans immolated many people to their gods.
11. imperceptible- very slight, gradual, or subtle. Despite the dealers imperceptible sway of hand, he was caught.
12. lackey- a servile follower The writers lackey often filed his papers.
13. liaison- a person who initiates and maintains such a contact or connection. The drunken liason tried to keep in touch with the girl who had left him.
14. monolithic- consisting of one piece; solid or unbroken The doctor's once monolithic monacle crashed to the floor and shattered.
15. mot juste- the exact, appropriate word Corpulent is a perfect mot juste for my six hundred pound friend.
16. nihilism- total rejection of established laws and institutions. Despite the accused's nihilistic ways, he was found innocent.
17. patrician- a person of noble or high rank; aristocrat. The patricain often threw exstravagant parties.
18. propitiate- to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate. The lwayer began to propitiate the jury to his side.
19. sic-to incite to attack The junkyard man siced his dog on the tresspasser.
20. sublimate-to make nobler or purer As the dings and scratchs were buffed out of the car, I saw the man was doing a great job sublimating my car.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Beowulf ond Godsylla

Beowulf ond Godsylla

Meanehwæl, baccat meaddehæle, monstær lurccen;
Fulle few too many drincce, hie luccen for fyht.
Ðen Hreorfneorhtðhwr, son of Hrwærowþheororthwl,
Æsccen æwful jeork to steop outsyd. Þhud! Bashe! Crasch! Beoom! Ðe bigge gye
Eallum his bon brak, byt his nose offe;
Wicced Godsylla wæld on his asse.
Monstær moppe fleor wyþ eallum men in hælle.
Beowulf in bacceroome fonecall bamaccen wæs;
Hearen sond of ruccus sæd, "Hwæt ðe helle?"
Graben sheold strang ond swich-blæd scharp
Stond feorth to fyht ðe grimlic foe. "Me," Godsylla sæd, "mac ðe minsemete."
Heoro cwyc geten heold wiþ fæmed half-nelson
Ond flyng him lic frisbe bac to fen
Beowulf belly up to meaddehæle bar,
Sæd, "Ne foe beaten mie færsom cung-fu."
Eorderen cocca-cohla yce-coeld, ðe reol þyng.

Beowulf and Godsylla

Meanwhile, back at the mead-hall, the monster lurked
Full (of) few too many drinks, he was looking for a fight
Then (name), son of (name) asked the awful jerk to step outside
Thud, Bash, Crash, boom, the big guy
All of his bones broke, bit his nose off;
Wicked Godzilla wailed on his a ss
Moster mopped the floor with all the men in the hall
Beowulf in the backroom making a phone call (?)
Hearing sounds of ruckus said, "What the hell?"
Grabbed his strong shield and sharp switch blade
Stood forth to fight the grimlic foe
"Me," Godzilla said, "Make the mince-meat"
Hero ? quickly got (getting) held with the famed half-nelson
And flying him like a frisbee back and forth
Beowulf belly up to the mead-hall's bar,
said, "No foe has beaten my fearsome kung-fu."
He ordered coca-cola, ice cold, the real thing

( Thaks to Sølv Månen and yahoo answers)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Deconstructed Heros journey

One of my favorite heros is Jack, from the novel The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer. A bard in training, Jack and his younger sister Lucy are taken as slaves by the nord men and taken to their evil queen. When Jack is forced to sing a song about the queen, he accidentaly casts a curse on the queen that causes the queen to lose all her hair. The queen tells him he must go find the founrain of knowledge that draws from the tree of life to undo the curse, and if he doesn't Lucy will be killed. This is Jack's call to adventure, and he unwilling goes in search of the fountain. He faces many obstacles, including fighting a dragon. He learns to be courageous and becomes wise from the fountain and comes back to save his sister. He returns home, a much improved bard and stronger of heart.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Vocab List 4

1. Apostate-deserter of one's belief or cause. Even though she still believed in animal rights, people still saw her as an apostate when she stop petitioning for animals.
2. Effusive- lacking reserve. He had an effusive nature and was alwyas animated about what he was doing.
3. Impasse- showing or feeling no emotion. Her face may have been one of impasse, but she was very devastated.
4. Euphoria- strong feeling of hapiness. The euphoria he felt was caused by the nerves in his brain recieving pleasuring stimulus.
5. Lugubrious-excessively mournful. The lugubrious women never dated again because she couldn't get over the death of her husband.
6. Bravado- boasting, swagerness. No one like the boy because he was arrogant and walked with an insulting amount of bravado.
7. Consensus- general agreement. The arguement continued and no one could come to a consensus.
8. Dichotomy- division into two parts. The dichotomic government had a house and a senate.
9. Constrict- to make narrow as by squeezing. The mouse struggled tp breath as the snake slowly constricted the mouse.
10. Gothic- style of literature marked by gloomy settings and mysterious events. This gothic tale takes place in translyvannia and deals with vampires.
11. Punctilio- particular, strict, excat. Always on time, he was quite the punctilio.
12. Metamorphosis- change in form or appearance. The catterpillar goes through a metamorhposis.
13. Raconteur- a person skilled in telling stories. The raconteur Travis entertains many with his stories.
14. Sine qua non- something essential. The boys charasmatic natue became a sine qua non for the girl.
15. Vendetta- prolonged and bitter feud, rivarly, contention. The families vendetta consumed their thoughts.
16. Non sequitur- an inference that does not follow the premise. The idiots argument was a basic and flawed non sequitur.
17. Mystique- aura of mystery. The strange manor had a scary mystique to it.
18. Quagmire- a bog or a situation from which extrication is difficult. talking to my ex-girlfriend was a quagmire and took me forever to get out of.
19. Parlous-dangerous. Fighting the dragon was parlous and fatal for Beowulf.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Literary Analysis #1

For my first literary analysis, i have chosen to read As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Honestly, one of my main reasons for choosing this novel is because i know i have it. But, having seen it many times in my house, i have thought about reading it before. But i asked my parents told me about it and said it was very confusing, with a lot of characters and many narrator changes, but that was awhile ago and i am a much better reader now.