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Turn of the Screw

December 5, 2009

The Turn of Screw was very creepy. I think the use of children and the subtly of the ghosts made the movie more scary. I think the songs and poems added to the suspense and kept me wondering about how the spirits were connected to the children. I was also curious to know if what the governess saw was real because no one ever admits to seeing them. I found it extremely odd that the children could keep these secrets so securely. I also thought that it was weird that the “innocent” miles who appeared to be the most well mannered loved child wanted to prove to I think Mrs. Gross character was very weird also, she held all the secrets and listened to the governess’s complaints and accusations, but at the same time she defended the children. It was hard to tell whose side she was on. I liked the movie and I agree that it was scary.


Dorian Gray-Art and beauty

December 5, 2009

The first part of the novel talks about art and its beauty. It discusses how beautiful art is and how cultivated the people that appreciate and can see the beauty are. My favorite quote was “It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.” I think like this quote because it’s true to Dorian. I think he became conceded when he saw the first view of his beautiful painting with some influence from Lord Henry. I think that the art really mirrors the spectator and not real life. It is really about what the spectator wants to see when they look at the painting and how they base their lives from it. This is also where I got my first realization of the homosexual tenancies in the novel. The first quote for me was “When I like people immensely I never tell their names to any one. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy”, this quote show’s Basil’s secretive personality and gay tenancies.

Dorian Gray

December 5, 2009

“It is nature, not he, who dictates the pursuit of pleasure.”

This quote is from Lord Henry. He says this when Basil is worried that Dorian is marrying below his class. I like this quote very much. I like it because it is the complete opposite when it comes to Lord Henry’s influence on Dorian. Dorian follows Lord Henry’s corrupt ways instead of being the pure innocent person Basil sees in him. Lord Henry had philosophy that leads you to question his ethos.  Lord Henry lead Dorian into a long train of lies. This could also apply to the idea of homosexuality in the book. Nature could be used as an excuse of Basil’s hidden pursuit of Dorian. I don’t think it was fate that led to Basil’s obsession over the painting of Dorian but his own pursuit for pleasure. Lord Henry insists that its “fate” that dictates sinful acts when he knows that he has a strong influence on Dorian.

A just War

October 23, 2009

Peace is the bare minimum that needs to be established if we want justice. Justice is basically protecting the greater good and protecting civil liberties. Justice is fair treatment and equality. Justice to me is making everything fair. I don’t think you can have justice without peace. Peace is the absence of war and hostilities towards one another. I think that if there are no hostilities towards people then justice will be easy because people that are in agreement can easily come to the conclusion of what is fair or not. I see justice as more important to human society, but I think peace should be. People are too selfish to realize that peace is more important. I also think personal justice overshadows the justices of society as a whole. A society where there is peace without justice is a society where people’s personal injustices are ignored and it’s more of a collaborative effort to make everyone happy, collectively. A society where there is justice without peace would be a very selfish society.

Value Myths

October 14, 2009

Shaniqua: What do you think of Maine jus legalizing gay marraige last month?

Bonqueesha: Its horrible I completely disagree with it. The bible does not approve of Gay marriage.

Shaniqua: I don’t believe in gay marraige either but I do support civil union.

Bonqueesha:  Marriage is sacred and is defined as between a man and a woman and we should not support this or legalize same sex marriage.

Shaniqua: I think discrimination against homosexuals is wrong and we have no right to prevent them from marrying who they chose.


September 23, 2009

I really agree with the fact that Gattaca brings out the point of the naturalness of disability. Really, in order to have the perfect person you have to construct his or her genes from the best possible ones of the parents. Natural birth is seen as disabled. If we can reflect on how we see disabled people they are really just like you and me. Its the same concept with my film critique, I talked about how Edward Scissorhands was judged because of his diability when in reality his heart and innocence proved to be true and sensitive throughout the film.

The only way I would agree with genetic modifications and technologies to this nature would be if equalities were in place. Social and socioeconomic, and many other factors could not play apart in this genetically created world perhaps.  Why wouldn’t the creation of a completely healthy child be possible. I would want my child to be the best that they could possibly be.

in an essence if nature gives us the tools to genetically create the best person possible with our genes how can that be a fault? It is because of advancements in human minds that we have the inventions and things we have today. Incredibly smart people aren’t considered normal they are considered geniuses why wouldn’t we want a world of geniuses the possibilities and advancements of humans would be limitless.

Memoirs of a Geisha

September 11, 2009

“To a man, Geisha can only be half a wife. We are the wives of nightfall. And yet to learn of kindness, after so much unkindness… To understand that a little girl with more courage than she knew, would find that her prayers were answered…can that not be called happiness? After all, these are not the memoirs of an empress, nor of a queen. These are memoirs of another kind.” (Sayuri)


It was very interesting to me how she separated herself from other kinds of women from the get go such as the queen and the empress. This is a quote to me that kind of lets the viewers know that this is not a happy story. For example the diction unkindness, nightfall, and half a wife create a negative tone. This quote represents the geisha as a whole.  The Geisha as a whole, through this quote, is a little girl that has struggled through her life to find happiness in the only thing she can, being a geisha. This quote doesn’t glorify being a geisha it just portrays it as an outlet for a woman who has nothing else. Not everyone is able to be a princess or a empress, normal women have struggles through which things are learned such as courage.