I was having some serious trouble in class and at home about understanding postmodernism and irony. We talked about it in our last class and I got it some but I still feel confused (yessss I know the midterm is tomorrowwwww). I feel like if something or a story isn’t “postmodern” or does not have an unexpected twist or a different view or perspective I find it… boring. I guess it is because we come from the postmodern generation, but I could just be confused. lol However, I think recognizing symbolism and theme and postmodern aspects of these stories really will come with experience. The more you read with the expectation for those aspects, the easier it will be recognized. Or at least I hope so. Ps. Good luck on the midtermmm!
This photo made me think of Anna from Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. She seemed from the somewhat limited description to be a loner type. A girl, who liked to think and keep to herself, but a girl that was full of love and though quiet, still paid attention to her surroundings. Throughout reading this book I keep going back in my mind and making up stories of how her life might have gone if the attacks in Dresden had never happened. Yes I know that it would, in the ‘this-story-really-happened’ mindset, mean that Oskar never exists, he never goes on the journey to find the key and he’d never work out everything from “the worst day” and the events that follow, but it’s still something that keeps drawing my interest. This photo though taken from the back of the head shows what I pictured Anna to look like, a relatively plain-Jane but sweet looking young woman. The red bow to me is a representation of the love that she has for Thomas Schell Sr. and her unborn child and the grey overcast seems to foreshadow that something bad is coming, in this case the bombings and loss of her and her unborn child’s lives.
This picture is really amazing. Even more amazing that you picked up on it as being like Anna. I had not really thought much about Anna until the end and I was reflecting on the book because I felt she was one of the only characters that had not necessarily lost anything. It was as if she was the beginning of the lost loves. I love her hair and how it curls because it makes me think she was carefree and I can literally just see her running head straight into Thomas Schell Sr. when they realized they had been noth been waiting at each others house for them to come home. You do pose an interesting perspective… What if there were no air raids. Would they have lived happily ever after? Would all of the grandfathers strange behaviors, ticks, quarks, all be alleviated? I want to think so, but that wouldn’t make a very good story now would it?
I really like this picture in relation to the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The bird reminds me of how Oskar felt thorought this book and also how I felt as a reader. I felt like there was a big deal right behind me but that there was a communication problem… like I couldn’t hear it because Oskar’s world was on mute. There was so much in Oskar’s previous generations that he had no idea about, he was… like a pigeon with an air horn behind it. Even when I found out about his grandfather was the renter I was like OMG there’s an airhorn behind me! But this book was really good to me, it was literally like I was trying to figure out the story myself and go through all the mixed up ways of getting it.
It took me until the very end of the first reading of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to realize that the letters were from other people from another time. Even though they clearly stated dates, I was oblivious and so confused I almost stopped reading. I thought this was about a little boy whose father died in 9/11 so how is he older and now living in Germany where he’s always grown up??
That’s when I got it.
And also when I started to really like the book even more. I can’t wait to read more and find out what happened or will happen to the characters. It also makes me more excited to see what the other books we will be reading are about.
Even still I’ll remember something about Oskar’s grandmother and think, “Oh yeahhhh, anna’s sisterrrr” or something along those lines. Even though I’m this far in I’m still getting mindblown. Like whoa.
When I started reading the first few pages of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I could not stop laughing. I was reading it aloud to a friend and could barely make it through a few lines before busting out laughing. The friend did not find it as funny lol. However, one of the reasons why it made me laugh so much is because of how much the main character reminded me of my ADHD self at that age. The distracted talking, noticing small details, rapidly changing subjects… it was quite fun for me to read.
One thing I liked about the main character the most was how inventive and imaginative he was during that first chapter. I used to find that kind of inventiveness in myself at that age but it no longer exists because I ”grew up.” Realism took it’s place just like what happened in the comic we read. I really enjoyed the dark reality of the “comic’s” because I’ve felt that happen to me before. I used to want to create big inventive projects but those plans were squashed by others’ view of what should be and what shouldn’t. What is possible and what isn’t. But to create great things, aren’t we supposed to look out of the box and to believe in what is seemingly impossible? Maybe I understand why most legends that came up with a groundbreaking success were shunned by all the other scholars or others around them.
I guess I’m just talking to myself about what went on in class and my take on it… but hey it makes a post.
Heavy In Your Arms - Florence and The Machines
When we were talking about the beginning of The Things They Carried and we mentioned how O’Brien lists and weights everything that they carry with them in the start of the book, I thought of this song because it does much the same thing. I’d never seen the video before but I think it adds to the feeling of the song and the feeling of the passage in the book that I’m referring too. In this song the repetition of the chorus gives you this feeling of being heavy which I think the passage does as well.
Wow, this song relates really well! I loved when the bass came in and it actually sounded heavier. The video played in perfectly and even the black and white played into it really well. I am kind of a visual person and, as the song was playing, I could see the battle field and the silent fire and the bright red blood that stuck out from the rest of the black and white canvas. Every wound and dead body splashed with bright red. I found myself seeing the troops more than the video itself. However, the video of her lying and singing and being dragged fit so well I was amazed. lol All in all a very post worthy video with a song that will soon be on my ipod.