Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Maus Book 2

The second book goes more into depth and detail about Art's father Vladek and his survival through the holocaust. Vladek tells Art how he was seperated from Anja and taken to Auschwitz, he becomes very sick multiple times at the concentration camp, but being sick actually aided him in his survival. When being sick he would get three meals a day and his own bed in the infrimary. But eventually he was founded out for continually infecting his own hand. Later on in the story Vladek gets herded for miles to a small camp in Germany, this camp has no gas chambers and he is alive for a little longer. The story goes on with Vladek running and hiding from the Germans and eventually being saved by the Americans while hiding in a house in Germany.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Blankets Chapters 1 & 2

In the first chapter of the graphic novel you are introduced to the two main characters immediately, the two characters are Craig (the author) and Phil who seems to be his younger brother. The first actions of the novel you see the two sharing a bed and fighting over space on the bed and the BLANKETS. Phil pushes Craig off the bed and their father comes rumbling upstairs. The way Craig depicts their father is a very large, dark figure. Their father runs the house and when either of them does something wrong they would be thrown in the cubbyhole which was an uninhabitable hole behind the paneling in the boys play room.
The family is very Christian and they attend church every Sunday, Craig accepts his religion fully and feels the through all his hardship that he endures that god eventually will reward him. Craig talks about his experiences during the summers and winters of his childhood and how he hated Winter Church Camp as a child. As a teenager he tells us it was easier to find outsiders like him. He is an outsider and he loves it.
The transitions in the book are more subject-to-subject, but there are some action-to-action transitions. Craig doesn’t really show many actions occurring and when he does it’ll be in one big frame with multiple actions occurring in one frame. With subject-to-subject there will be from 4 to 8 frames and the action in each one will be jumping to different scenes during the particular event that is going on.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Fishing Essay

The opening for the essay isn’t that powerful I feel like she could’ve used a different opening to make the essay easier to grasp. The essay was great nonetheless; she can really paint a picture with her words. She really has a knack for descriptions I really felt like I was in the story. There is such much descriptions packed into a small essay that could have been at least 5 pages longer. In the grandmother’s dream she goes fishing and this dream occurs every night it seems. The grand daughter just pushes it to the side because the family knows that the grandmother has gone totally senile. Richard’s grandmother genuinely thinks that she went fishing with her dead father. It’s kind of creepy that her grandmother thinks of her dead husband but it brings her joy to think that she gets to be with him every night.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

First Post

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