Naomi Bracho

  • My current revision process includes looking back on what I didn’t do well in my second paper and changing that in my third paper, for example, introducing articles and having a more narrow thesis are some of my […]

    • Your paper is decent and I learn a lot from your paper. Hope to read your paper again something in the year.

  • I like the argument you’re building I think it’s strong and there’s more than enough evidence to prove it and making sure you really annotate all of your articles will help you pull out strong ideas to build your argument.

  • I agree that the writing process is much easier and less overwhelming by incoporating multiple steps it has also definitely eased my mind a bit and allows me to focus more on what I’m writing as well.

  • My writing process includes first rereading all of my articles that I am going to use and annotating anything I find that might be helpful for the rest of my essay as well as the primary source I am using. […]

  • I agree with what you said about the paper having too many descriptive elements opposed to analysis. It was easy to get lost in all of the scenes because they weren’t in depth of the importance of them.

  • I think that while the bug is a metaphor for AIDS I found it to be an exaggeration of it. It almost makes it look like getting AIDS or any sexually transmitted disease is horrific and therefore making teenagers want to stay away from it because of fear. I think Black Hole speaks on more of how society views sexually transmitted diseases.

  • I see how it is important to read a novel like this. While it is exaggerated, I think that Charles Burns does that in order to reflect on how society treats sexually transmitted diseases. As he’s trying to inform the consequences of teenage actions I think he also tries to look at how the way society views something can affect it greatly.

  • I think the article relates well to the plot of the graphic novel. The fact that cancer was originally an unknown disease at some point relates to how the characters react to the transmitted disease. The book shows more so the dangers of doing activities people deem as normal by teenagers.

  • I didn’t think of the fact that they’re all drug induced in order to explain the reason for what they are experiencing. This makes the characters as less reliable sources for what really occurs.

  • In reference to the excerpt, most of these movies come from the idea of Psycho. I agree with what you stated that essentially all of these films are similar in their plots, characters, etc and the only difference includes the portrayal of them revolving setting, angles, and props. Additionally, there is a repetition in the roles of characters and…[Read more]

  • Slasher films have gained immense popularity since the 1980’s. Essentially these films reuse similar ideas, plots, themes, and they all incorporate similar character traits. Most of the popular slasher films […]

    • I enjoyed reading this blog because it helped me reflect on what kind of position women are put into with horror movies. When looking over just Nightmare on Elm Street, it had not occurred to me that the first victims of the film were the two sexually active teens. I do not watch many horror films, so I never put that piece of the puzzle together. With these readings, I have been able to realize what role women play in these films. On one hand I think it is a negative to only look for female victims that are sexually active because it feels like it is more of a punishment for sexually active women than men, but I do feel that there is a positive; being that there’s a connection between the villains and mental illnesses. I do not think the intention was to put women in such a bad spot, but it is a shame that women are looked at for sex in slasher films. The main lesson I learned from all of this was that the main focus lies within the characteristics of the killer; not so much the victims.

    • The idea of women being damsels in distress is common throughout all sources of entertainment, including movies. Women are supposed to appear weak, defenseless, and beautiful. The ultimate goal for these women is to have a handsome male character heroically save them or possible die while trying (Making him even more heroic?). Because of this idea the scenes where the women are attacked is, like you said, sexualized. The surviving female character(s) are the ones to be viewed as the least appealing in terms of how sexual they can look when afraid, but the most appealing when fighting. Because men have the heroic stance in entertainment, their deaths are not at all sexualized and less graphic. Having a man get a sexualized scene is awkward, but having a woman get a sexualized scene feels normal and expected. Girl in a bathtub? Where is the killer? Man in the bathtub? Skip the scene! I overall agree with how you stated that women are sexualized when being “murdered.” It seems to be more like a rape than anything else.

    • I agree with the arguments that you made. Its true that many of the horror films focus mainly on the female characters. The deaths of Rod and Glenn occurred faster than Tina’s death. Also Freddy spends a lot of time chasing after the female characters like Tina and Nancy. He doesn’t waste anytime when he kills Glenn and Rod. This shows that many horror films are similar, since many of them focuses on the female characters.

    • I like you mention that the relationship between male and female characters. Just like what you saying, Woman have more stereotypical views in the movie. Tina has more stories layout more then other two male characters. I did not realize it until you mentioned. I also think that if the slasher is a male character, the targets should be female in order to make balance. In other words, people will take woman screaming more than men do.The screaming makes the movie more scary and interesting by giving the audience sound attacking! I totally agree with your ideas.

    • I like your point about the “Last Girl” being less feminine and not sexually active. I did get that vibe from Nancy because of her puffy hair and the way she dressed. The relationship between the killer and women is interesting in films because I used to just think of them as killers, and now I see they have an ulterior motive, sexual desires

  • I think you made a good point in the last paragraph. As the author of the article explained, all of the characters in the analyzed novels were able to recognize that they are not identified by what disability they have. Additionally, neither of them are limited by their conditions including Arnold/Junior.

  • I agree with the fact that the readers are able to relate to the novels better through having the same experiences. It is important to be able to have a representation of all types of people in order to have a wide selection of literature for people to read.

  • The article Redefining Normal: A Critical Analysis of (Dis)ability in Young Adult Literature displays the importance of offering realistic portrayals of disabled characters. Disabled characters allow for readers […]

    • I agree with you that the article shows that characters with disabilities are being misrepresented in the text. I also agree with you that Alexie tries to help people through his text. He allows the readers to relate to his text and that allows them to learn from those characters.

    • I agree that Alexie tries to help people through his text and allows all kinds of people to have something to relate to. The problems that Arnold experiences in the book are similar to what many teenagers face in life such as fitting in and making friends. He created a medium that people can relate to and potentially find a way to cope with the issues they are facing.

  • The article I chose provides an insight into the daily struggle Native Americans face with racism. It provides an explanation for how racism directly affects their lives and inability to have any type of mobility […]

    • The article you chose sounds interesting. Its true that not every one is able to achieve the American Dream. Many people face discrimination and racism like the Native Americans. Also many groups of people are in poverty and they lack education, which prevents them from improving their lives.

    • It’s interesting that your article seems to talk about poverty and racism in general while it affects many different communities, not just Native Americans like we read in ATD. The American Dream is really interesting, especially the way it’s analyzed in Gatsby- definitely recommend it!

    • I concur. You brought up location and it’s so important. New York has the most opportunity because we were a trading hub and are currently a finance center. We have some of the best general education. But that’s where we go to school. Worse neighborhoods don’t have the money for textbooks or quality teachers, which leads to a never ending cycle for most people.

  • Although there are some music performances that may affect an audience negatively, I feel like there are still some that talk about relevant important issues in our society.

  • I agree with what you said about the specific interpretation, it’s harder to get anything specific from instrumental music. Often times this allows younger audiences to gear towards modern pop music.

  • Music is subjective to people’s taste. It is very broad and often left to many different interpretations by different people. Music’s broadness allows for everyone to be included in certain different types of […]