Wednesday, October 2, 2013

10/3/12 Blog #3

                                                            Negative Human Interactions

         In "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, "Liberty" by Thomas Lynch and "Suburban" by John Ciardi the authors talk about different interactions we have with people and in these poems and short story these interactions are not positive. Most of the poems we read usually don't human to human interactions but both these poems did and I found it interesting in how the authors portaryed it.
         In "Suburban" Ciardi discuses a conversation he has with his neighbor about his dog putting "a large repulsive object" in her flowers. The neighbor, Mrs. Friar, informs Ciardi of his dogs doing in a nice way but also with a little sass when she keeps "but really." Ciardi wants us to recognize that sass because though Ciardi was being slightly entertained by this conversation, it was still not a positive conversation and not one he wanted to be having.
         In "Liberty" Lynch discusses the freedoms which he enjoys but also discusses a non pleasant conversation he has with his ex wife. Lynch enjoys going out and peeing on his front lawn due to it being "a form of freedom" and his wife says to him "Why can't you pee in concert with the most of humankind who do their business tidily indoors?" Similar to the conversation in "Suburban" the conversation between Lynch and his ex wife is harmless, its still a conversation Lynch doesn't want to be having.
         In "The Cask of Amontillado" Poe discusses how the main character seeks revenge against Fortunato by trapping him in the catacombs. Clearly this is another example of a negative human interaction, similar to the two poems this interaction had a little positive in it when the main character and Fortunato were talking and Fortunato says laughing, "Ha! ha! ha! - he! he! he! - a very good joke indeed - an excellent jest. We will have many a rich laugh about it at the plazzo - he! he! he! - over our wine - he! he! he!" All three writings had themselves as the main characters and in each writing the authors were having human interactions that they probably wish they weren't having.
           For my event I went and saw the play Othello. I read the play in high school so I pretty much knew what was going to happen but I still enjoyed myself in watching the live version of it, which I have never seen before. Like the poems an the short story Othello also has negative human interactions. The main one is between Othello and his wife Desdemdona. Othello accuses Desdemdona of cheating on him and ends up smothering her to death even though she was innocent. Reading and seeing negative human interactions is interesting because we all have these type of interactions throughout our lives, some more than others, but is different to see or read about them from a different standpoint  and when they are not about you.

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