• I found your post very interesting it made me think of how certain people view NYC as being this really cool place they wish they could live. In reality the city has become a police state it is starting to resemble Orwell’s “1984.” NYC is a mega city prison full of electromagnetic fog and vengeful ticket maids.

  • I sense that the riot is the culmination of violence after the masses realize that they have been defrauded by the industry that sold them a false dream. It seems that destruction is a recurring theme especially self destruction and violence. I think it is important to remember that this promise of wealth and fame occurs during the great…[Read more]

  • Adorno calls this the “culture industry.” I agree with your post. Advertisements seek to convince us that we need the products that they are selling. Everything is commercialized. Magazines and media in general employ the same tactics used in the 1930s. Edward Bernay’s writes an interesting book entitled “Propaganda” in which he discusses the…[Read more]

  • “The Wife of His Youth” was definitely interesting and ambiguous. At first I thought that his speech before the crowd in which he reveals the wife of his youth was an ethical act on his part. However, after the class discussion I realized that his actions may have been brought on by self interest rather than honor love or devotion.

  • In response to Rachel Holmes – I don’t think she could leave because it was not safe. If she was caught as a runaway slave she could hang. Roxy switches the infants because she wants her child to be free and as revenge against her master. Puddnhead takes the fingerprints because it is his hobby and it also sets the stage for the final reveal at…[Read more]

  • As we discussed in class the lavender pants along with the straw hat and the overall description of Henry probably correlates to the beginning of the story when Jimmie destroyed the flower; the peony symbolizes Henry. Jimmie wanted to efface himself because he felt shame. There is shame in the destruction of something beautiful or delicate.…[Read more]

  • I just realized my reply to another post never actually published. I agree with the poster that she did reverse gender roles in the sense that she was pursuing him. However, like we discussed in class on Tuesday during her first meeting in which she loses her virginity could be thought of as rape as she never really consents.

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