Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Shakespeare post

Brutis speaks first, after he's killed Caesar. He starts off right away with pathos. He says that he was as good or better friends with ceaser than anyone in the audience. Then he goes into more emotional appeal. He uses the idea of freedom to stir the people's emotions. He states that killing Ceasar was neccasarry to freeing Rome. He also uses some logical appeal. He says that if they loved Rome basically, then none of them could be offended by him killing Ceasar. He finishes by saying that he is the new leader of Rome, and he thinks they should stab him, like he did with caesar, if he does them wrong. Before leaving Brutis reminds the crowd that Antony is speaking because he has allowed him too, implying that he will be a fair leader.
Then Antony speaks, he talks about Brutis being an honorable man, sarcastically. He discredits Brutis by saying if Caesar was ambitious then Brutis is as well. He uses emotional appeal when he says that Caesar cries with the poor. He tries to make the people feel guilty. He reminds them that they once loved Ceasar and thought he was good. He also uses a logical example,he says that Caesar denied the crown three times and therefor is not ambitious. Next he uses suspense with the reading of the will. He tells the people they will feel too bad he the will is read and the realize how much Caesar loved them. And finally Antony uses allot of emotional and ethical appeal to turn the crowd that was loyally supporting Brutis a few minutes before, against him.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

English Lab 103 Entry 1

In the course of this lab for English 103, I expect you to explain to me why three walls in this classroom are painted mint green and one is painted raspberry. It reminds me of those big plastic buckets with the orange, green, and raspberry sherbet. It makes me hungry. Or maybe I was already hungry because this lab is at lunch time? Possibly, whoever made that executive decision was trying to inject a little bit of whimsy into the, sometimes mundane, world of academia? But I’m inclined to think that this was not the reason. Inquiring minds want to know.
I’m actually not completely serious about that but it would be nice. During a lab I hope to learn things about how to become a better writer. I also hope that the one hour a week is entertaining. And it would be wonderful if I could get a good grade. I don’t really have many specific expectations. The “sound track of your life” sounds like an interesting, creative assignment. I want to learn how to use technology better because it’s not among my stronger skills. I think that’s it.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

103 Lab, assighnment 1

Truss, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"

"The consequences of mispunctuation (and re-punctuation) have appealed to both great and little minds"

I think this quote is a good example of Truss's tone throughout the section. She's uses a sort of sarcastic and condescending humour. She also seems sort of cynical about other people's interest in punctuation even though it seems to be a passion of hers.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Lakoff, "Language: The Power We Love to Hate"

"Culture, after all, is the construction of shared meaning."

I like this definition and it gives me allot to think about. not only is our american culture based on shared meaning but so is every little sub-culture. There are meanings that are shared only by people at Clemson University or jokes that only a chemistry major would get, or meanings that only someone who listened to a certain punk band would share. This idea appeals to me I think because I want to go into media. It's exciting to think that if I were to become a succsessful journalist I would be directly involved in constructing our at least informing people about or commenting upon shared meanings and therefore culture