Journaling

1.The Story of an Hour

ByChopin

Quote:“There would be no one to live for her during those coming yearsshe would live for herself” (2).

Thisquote clearly points out to the state of the PROTAGONIST in thisstory. I like this quote because it describes the period when womenhad little rights and exactly this one shows how women felt when theyrealized their life could change. The words of this quote contributeto the whole work as they emphasizes on a further positive change inthe life of a womanandit seems to highlight so desired freedom of the main character. Thequote cause emotional response as it makes to think about the placeof a woman in the past. This story reminds me AtChristmas Timeby Anton Chekhov because the plot is very similar. (114)

2.The Story of an Hour

ByChopin

Quote:“When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease –of the joy that kills” (3).

Thisis the last sentence of the story which I suppose points out to theIRONY of Louise’s death. The quote changed the whole feelings aboutthe story dramatically. Very unexpected end maybe convey the mainmeaning of the story. I have once experienced the feeling of greatgladness and enjoyment which in the result were substituted byserious life problems. The feeling of happiness is incrediblehowever, because of certain circumstances sometimes very shortlasting. Doctor’s assessment of Louisa’s death means that shedied of a great pleasure which caused her husband’s come.Nevertheless, literary it is clear that she died from the shock andrealization that she will never be free. (113)

3.A Rose for Emily

ByFaulkner

Quote:“Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care a sortof hereditary obligation upon the town” (79).

Ichose this quote because I paid attention to the order of words theauthor used. In one sentence Faulkner described Emily as a woman whois an object of fascination because her family history had respectand in the same time as a person who became a financial burden to thetown and outraged by citizens. I suppose that literary this quotemeant that Miss Emily was a person full of secrets for her neighborsand they did not treat her equally. The ambiguousness in thedescription of the main character puzzled me. These words elicit anemotional response it makes you think about the mysteriousness ofMiss Emily. (110)

4.A Rose for Emily

ByFaulkner

Quote:“Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of ahead. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, thatfaint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a longstrand of iron-gray hair” (84).

Thesewords as I think are the denouementof the work. In the result, the whole town revealed the secret ofEmily and found out that she was an eccentric person. Thecontribution of these quotes to the work is explained by the overcomeof citizen’s curiosity, which was so intense during the life of awoman. It is obvious that the author uses a very interestingtechnique of story narration: unnamed person. In the example of thissentences the author uses the words “we” and “us” to describethe situation. The quote left me with the feelings of sympathy,immorality towards to the action of narrator and awareness ofhorrible thing the main character has done. (117)

5.Araby

ByJoyce

Quote:“Her image accompanied me even in places the most hostile toromance” (396).

Iliked this phrase of the story as it points out to the first love ofa young boy. Because of the firstperson point of viewthe sense of words is perceived easily and even better. From my ownexperience, I can say that the feelings the author describes arefamiliar to me as maybe also to many people. My first love capturedmy entire mind and every time the image of my loved one was in frontof me. The narrator is portrayed as a person desperately infatuatedwith a girl and his life seems has changed from the moment of meetingher. (105)

6.Araby

ByJoyce

Quote:“Gazingup into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided byvanity and my eyes burned with anguish and anger” (399).

Thisquote makes me ponder on why do people become frustrated after thefirst failure. A boy is a DYNAMIC CHARACTER, from the joyful andinfatuated at the beginning he developed in disillusioned andhopeless. These words also emphasize on the loss of boy’s innocenceand the failure of idealization. Such frustration of a boy reallypuzzled me however taking into account external factorsofhis life it is not surprising. To some extent the quote reminds methe story of John Updike “A&ampP.Themain character was also infatuated with a beautiful but inacceptablefor him girl. Such deep feelings of the main character also broughtabout disappointment and the loss of innocence. (114)

7.A Good Man Is Hard to Find

ByO’Connor

Quote:“Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and ather neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violetscontaining a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone seeing her deadon the highway would know at once that she was a lady” (139). Iliked this quote because it very artistically portrays the old lady.On the other hand the author tells about a woman a little bitcomically mentioning the importance of her appearance in the case ofan accident. The description of a woman as a person who insists onher image has special meaning for the whole story. Her image as oneof the main charactercomplementsher personality. From my own experience, I can say that I have metold women who looked like real ladies, their clothes and accessoriescreated a picture of aristocratic person who understands thenecessity to look good and well-dressed. (106)

8.A Good Man Is Hard to Find

ByO’Connor

Quote:“She would have been a good woman,” The Misfit said, “if it hadbeen somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life” (153).

Theseare the final words of a Misfit that I supposerevealthe personality of the grandmother. In the context of the whole work,this quote means that despite such obvious belief of a woman, hermorality and religious instructions, in real life she is not a goodperson. She lies, manipulates and has no self-awareness and letherself judge what person is good. Without doubts the quote causesnegative emotional response as the literal meaning of the wordsscares me and makes think about the meaning of “good person.” Forsure I am puzzled by the cruelty and coolnessofMisfit. (102)

9. The Cask of Amontillado

ByPoe

Quote:“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could,but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (416).

Isuppose that the desire for revenge is the main theme of this workand also the key element of the quote. Such expositionof the story captures and you look forward to the development of theplot. This quote is crucial in the text because it introduces theplot of the story. From my own experience, I can say that revengeisone of the worst and base acts a person may commit. The first line ofthe work makes feel scared and in the same interested in the plan ofrevenge. I was puzzled by the openness and straightforwardness of themain character. (105)

10. The Cask of Amontillado

ByPoe

Quote:“I had finished a portion of the last and the eleventh thereremained but a single stone to be fitted and plastered in” (421).

Thesewords seemещrepresent the relief of the Protagonistandthe realization that he has almost completed the revenge. This quotemeans that the last brick will mean the end ofrelationshipsand disability of Fortunato to re-revenge on Montresor. In the whole,this quote greatly contributes to the work as it emphasizes that thesmall opening in the wall gives a chance to free from the act ofbetrayal, which Fortunato did not use. This work is very similar tothe other short stories of Poe such as “The Black Cat&quot and&quotThe Tell-Tale Heart” as they are also based on the killer’sconfession. (106)

11. The Yellow Wallpaper

ByGilman

Quote:“Life is very much more exciting now than it used to be” (768).

Iliked this quote because it makes to think about the place of womenin the 19thcentury and understand what was the pleasure for them. This quoteemphasizes that the woman realizes her life is better after shestarted to examine yellow wallpapers in the old room she lived thattime. The understanding of woman’s excitement troubles meemotionally and even puzzle but reminding the historical backgroundof the story explains everything. The contribution of the quote tothe whole story may be explained by the RISING ACTION which the wordssymbolize. After the main character understands that her life changedher psychosis became more intensive. (107)

12. The Yellow Wallpaper

ByGilman

Quote:“Idon’tlike to look out of the windows even—there are so many of thosecreeping women, and they creep so fast. I wonder if they all come outof that wall-paper as I did?”(770).

Thesymbol of a woman who is trying to creep out of the cage in which awoman was a homemaker and no more than that. These words of the storyshow that Jane wants to leave the cage and be free. On the other handthe narrator makes the reader to pounder whether do other womenstrive to be free from the trap within homes. I suppose that somedeep sense of this quote is a call for women to free fromdiscrimination and rights inequality which in the story is presentedas yellow wallpaper. The quote causes the feeling of sympathy andempathy to the main character. (109)

13. Spellbound

ByBrontë

Quote:“But a tyrant spell has bound me

AndI cannot, cannot go.” (2-4)

Thesewords seem to describe some gloomy setting and the bound of thenarrator by some uncertain power. The REPETITON of the word “cannot”assure that the speaker is in a trap and it is not possible to escapefrom it. The quote’s contribution may be interpreted as the stagingof the situation, which develops further. I am not sure but maybe ingeneral the author speaks about the dream and the fact that shecannot move means the culmination of the nightmare. Emotionally thequote evokes the feelings of fear, disability to help and uncertaintybecause of the unawareness what is the evil. (104)

14. Harlem

ByHughes

Quote:“What happens to a dream deferred?”

Someillogical building of a sentence is presented in the first line ofthe poem. The words in the phrase “deferred dream” is arereversed. Such choice of the author makesthereader realize the truth of the words and soul-searching. Reading thefirst line in the form of a question it is possible to assume thatfurther follows the answer. The meaning of the dream stated in thequote puzzles and is uncertain. Background information helps torealize that the author speaks about the dream of African Americanswhich include freedom, equality and opportunities. The quote makes tothink over the answer and to realize that the speaker worries aboutthe dream. (113)

15. Ellis Island

ByBruchac

Quote:“Like millions of others,

Itoo come to this island.” (14-15)

Iam not sure but this quote seems to speak about some political changethat in the past occurred on the island. Literary these lines meanthe idea of the author towards to the place and the event. SIMILE ofthe narrator with people causes a strong impression. The wordsreminded me past centuries when people gathered with the only aim –to get something they were deprived of or honor some memorable event.And each of that people could say that he/she was just one of themany. In general, the quote causes the feeling of sadness andsympathy to people who came to the island which they must have leftbecause of some political reason. (114)

16. “One Headlight”

ByThe Wallflowers

Quote:“We can drive it home

Withone headlight”

Thequote seems to be a positive call for action. It must be about thenecessity to make ill-conceived actions and do not give up because ofthe lack of resources or support. These words make the whole textmore convincing and meaningful. Once in my life I faced with aserious choice and as I was not so self-awareandconfident in my abilities I lose a chance which can be only once in alifetime. If someone made me sure that I could do that, I for surewould have done. The quote cheers and creates a positive emotionalresponse. (101)

17. “Fast Car”

ByChapman

Quote:“We gotta make a decision

Weleave tonight or live and die this way.” (27-28)

Thewords which make sure that sometimes only one decision can changeyour whole life. I like this quote because it opposes two differentactions which anyway affect the life and in what way depends on aperson. When you face a situation when it is necessary to choose oneof the two things the choice should be always based on the futureperspective. I am sure that tomorrow depends on today, that is whyeach decision should be made considering the future. This quotereminded me many episodes of my life and evoked the feeling of bothregret and pleasure for my decisions. (104)

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