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Kathryn Beddow Unit 5 AML2301—John Pekins December 13, 2011 Reading Responses Unit five contained a large number of writers and pieces to read. I was eager to read what lied ahead. Unfortunately, I was a little let down by what I found. I did trudge on and make my way through all of the pieces and completed the unit. Before this unit, I had not read any work by Willa Cather, or even heard of her. “The Sculptor’s Funeral” was one of the hardest pieces I have read to date! Nothing about it made me want to continue reading, or stay awake. The grief and controversy surround death is very common, but why write on it? Finally, I finished reading the entire writing—and I must say, the resolution was my favorite part. This is partly because there was finally a little “spark” and it was over. The “boom” at the end of the groups’ meeting is often how such gathering end—one part (or more) grows so impatient and/or feed up that they storm off. Sadly, two men (the narrator and Jim Laird) lost contact and Laird passed away. I will not read this piece again, if I can avoid it. The writings from “Tender Buttons” by Gertrude Stein were obnoxious to say the least. I have not read any work by Stein, but I have often heard the name mentioned with high remarks…I do not see how, however. For instance, “A Carafe, That is a Blind Glass” is free verse rambling and it irritated me severely! As a matter of fact, nearly every piece in that excerpt was free verse rambling—written as it pops into your head format. Free verse writings are something that I like; overly done rhyme schemes make me feel like I am reading a children’s
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book. However, some cohesion is preferred on my part—this flow of conscious thought does not warrant praise in my opinion. For the first time with this unit, my curiosity was sparked. Katherine Anne Porter’s “Flowering Judas” filled my mind with a variety of scenarios. Although pistol belts, prisoners and men who leave their wives for someone else for weeks are all rare these days, the suppression a person can place on another and the feeling of religious persecution still exists. The secrecy of Laura’s actions—slipping money, passing letters and so no—are what first sparked my desire to want to read this piece; before her acts were shared, it was another uneventful writing. Luckily, Laura’s acts kept me interested. I do truly like the name given to the main male character—Braggioni. He is described as arrogant and brags about his power; the name is very fitting. The resolution is a bit curious. It appears as though Laura felt guilty for Eugenio’s death—and that she had some sort of emotional attachment to him, as well. Laura’s
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course AML 2301 taught by Professor Professorpekins during the Fall '11 term at Tallahassee Community College.

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