Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Road Journals #3

Pages 211-230 Questions: What does it symbolize that there are no birds on the coasts?
If the man envies death now what does it suggest in his belief of the world he has come to discover?
Parallel: "Like the desolation of some alien sea breaking on the shores of a world unheard of"(215) is similar to "With his great staring eyes he'd the look of an alien"(129). This illustrates that the man believes that this sea is not the same as the one before the apacolypse and that both the sea and himself would not belong in the pre-apacolyptic world.
Contrast: "The boy was wearing blue tennis shoes with rags stuffed into the toes"(213) contrasts: "I'm sorry it's not blue"(215). This contrast illustrates that blue symbolized hope of a better life at the coast and that they did not find a better life.

Pages 231-259 Questions: What does the boy building the sand castle while knowing it will be destroyed symobilize?
How does the man shooting off the gun illustrate a change in his mentaility where as before he was very cautious and concerned with people finding them?
Parallel: "Every day is a lie, he said. But you are dying. That is not a lie"(238) is similar to "Some rage at the lies arranged in their thousands row on row"(187). This illustrates that the man is angry with the routine of life and that life in this new world is not safe when he believes he was led to be comfortable.
Contrast: "Where men can't live gods fare no better"(172) contrasts: "Well, I was hoping for it there. It was mostly luck"(241). This contrast illustrates that before the man believed that people were having no good luck which is why they stopped believing in God, but now the man has regained his belief because he had good luck.

Pages 260-287 Questions: What gave the man the belief that the boy was right that God does exist?
How does the quote: "What's the bravest thing you ever did... Getting up this morning"(272) suggest that the bravest thing a person can do is continue living with no hope?
Parallel: "He sharpened a quill with his small pen knife to scribe these things in sloe or lampback"(261) is similar to "Behind him on a wooden table a small lamp burned"(187). This parallel illustrates how the man still has hope in the world and is trying to leave hope for other behind by inscribing it.
Contrast: "These stories are not true"(268) contrasts "You can read me a story"(7). This contrast highlights how the boy has changed from believing everything he is told to only believing things that are real.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Road Journals #2

Pages 94-118 Questions: Does the man say "the soul is quick"(114) because he wants the boy's soul to go to heaven or because he does not want him to suffer?
Is hissed used in "For the love of God will you come on, he hissed"(111) to show that there is actually no love of God left?
Contrast: The man changes from not caring about himself much: "In a pocket of his knapsack he'd found a last half packet of cocoa and he fixed it for the boy and then poured his own cup with hot water"(34) to listening to the boy to and valuing himself more:"He wrapped one of the coats around the boy and then he sat on the trap in the snow and wrapped his own feet"(100).
Parallel: The man realizes that suicide is a rational solution if they are in danger: "If they find you you are going to have to do it.. you just put it in your mouth and point it up"(113) which is taking the advice of his wife: "I'd take him with me if it weren't for you. You know I would. It's the right thing to do"(56).

Pages 119-135 Questions: Does the man believe he looks like an alien(129) because he cannot understand how he has changed or because he is in a different world which he does not know?
Is McCarthy suggesting on page 131 that we view memories incorrectly because we make them better than they actually were?
Parallel: The man is sacrificing warmth for comfort: "He was wrapped in one of the gray blankets and he would have been hard to see but not impossible'(105) similar to: "He dumped them in a pile at the door of the barn and sat there and wrapped up his numb feet"(121).
Contrast: The boy usually asks questions:"What if there's someone here, Papa"(106), but the man starts asking questions:"Was that true? There could be a cow somewhere being fed and cared for"(120). This illustrated how the man does not have all the answers and does not completely understand the world.

Pages 136-160 Questions: What does the man fear "was gone that could not be put right again"(136) in the boy?
Does the quote:"The man thought he had probably not fully committed himself to any of this"(141) suggest that boy cannot understand a world where he has everything he needs?
Parallel: "With his great staring eyes he'd the look of an alien"(129) is similar to "he understood for the first time that to the boy he was an alien. A being from a planet that no longer existed"(153). This illustrates that the man believes he is an alien to the boy because he is from a world unknown to him.
Contrast: "What happened to your flute? I threw it away"(159) contrasts when the boy received the flute and was very happy. This highlights how the boy and this new world have no appreciation for music.

Pages 161-184 Questions: Does "Tomorrow wasn't getting ready for them. It didn't even know they were there"(168) suggest that humans cannot change their fate no matter what they do?
Does the boy act in self-interest by giving the man food because he believes that he will be rewarded by God for his generosity?
Parallel: "Nobody here but death and his days will be numbered too"(173) is similar to the woman believing death was her new lover:"He can give me what you cannot"(57). This parallel illustrates how death has replaced god and death will eventually cease to exist because everyone will have died.
Contrast: " The alien sun commencing in its cold transit"(178) contrasts when the man feels like an alien: "With his great staring eyes he'd the look of an alien(129). This contrast highlights how before the man just felt like he was the alien in a different world and how now he feels normal in an alien world.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Road

Pages 5-15 Questions: When the man says, "Will I see you at last.. Have you a neck by which to throttle you"(11) is he referring to God or those responsible for the apocalypse?
How can the man's perfect childhood memory be all that great if he says "You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget"(12)?
Parallel: On page 5 the man says "If he is not the word of God God never spoke(5). This is similar to when the man whispers "Oh, god"(12). This illustrates how the man believes that his son's fate in surviving the trip to the gulf is intertwined with the existence of God.
Contrast: The man says " Nothing"(14) when confronted with what to do to fix the broken wheel on the cart. This contrasts "like the great pendulum... you may say it knows nothing and yet it must know"(15). These quotes highlight how the man is not fixing the cart because there is now way to fix it. While he believes that the universe leaves nothing up to chance and how everything has a fate.

Pages 16-31 Questions: Does the author describe the father and son as "farm animals"(20) because he wants to portray them as clueless of the rest of the world or that they're likely going to be slaughtered?
Is the boy afraid of his father's house because the new world is all he knows?
Parallel: The line "He caught it in his hand and watched it expire there like the last host of christendom"(16) is similar to " This is where we used to have Christmas when I was a boy"(26). Both lines show that Christianity and religion are a thing of the past and cannot survive in this new world.
Contrast: In the man's dreams there is color: "In dreams his pale bride came to him out of a green and leafy canopy"(18). However, in the apocalyptic world there is no color: "Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before"(3).

Pages 32-53 Questions: Does the man leave behind the picture of this woman he loved because of guilt or because he could not bare imagining the past with her anymore?
Is the penguin the boy dreams of(36) a metaphor for the boy and man needing someone else to "wind them up" so they can make it to the Gulf?
Contrast: The man changes from having faith in God before the Apocalypse: "He wished them godspeed til they were gone"(53) to believing that he is his own God in that he controls his fate in his travel to the Gulf: "Tattered gods slouching in their rags across the waste"(52).
Parallel: The boy is afraid of the lightning in this dark world: "the stark gray world appeared again and again out of the night in the shrouded flare of the lightning"(48). This quote is similar to when the man and boy see the man struck by lightning: "What is wrong with the man? He's been struck by lightning"(50). This parallel shows that the dark apacolyptic world is safe and that the light of the old world has become dangerous to be around.

Pages 54-72 Questions: When society was destroyed was morality also destroyed because people were not worried about their actions being taboo?
Is the man equally as vicious as the man wearing overalls, in that both are equally paranoid of the other and turn to violence to solve their misunderstanding?
Parallel: When the boy said: "I wish I was with my mom"(55) it was similar to "By day the banished sun circles the Earth like a grieving mother with a lamp"(32). This illustrates that the boy wants to commit suicide so he can be with his mother.
Contrast: The man's tone towards the boy changes when the boy does not act like the man would want. When the boy cries for being unable to help the man struck by lightning the father is very apologetic: I'm sorry, he said. But we have nothing to give him"(51). This is different from when the man was getting angry with his son: "The boy didn't answer. He was close to losing his temper with him"(72).

Pages 73-93 Questions: On page 87 how does the boy not remember the little boy if he was so upset by not being able to talk to him?
Does the boy keep asking if they are the "good guys" to be reassured that his life has a purpose?
Parallel: "They clanked past, marching with a swaying gait, like wind up toys"(91). This is similar to when the boy has a nightmare with the wind up penguin: "I had this penguin that you wound up and it would waddle and flap its flippers"(36). This illustrates that boy's dreams are of reality and how he fears it.
Contrast: The boy is very worried that they will kill the dog:"We're not going to kill it, are we Papa"(82). This contrasts when the boy says: "Are we still the good guys"(77). This contrast illustrates that the boy wants to believe that they are the good guys, but he still asks if he they would do some immoral things.

Theme Question: Memory
Memory is used so frequently to illustrate the difference of life in the apacolypse and how our past should impact our future. The man's memories feature his wife because he still loves her and feels sorrow for losing her. Memory is always used to invoke regret and expose sorrow for the man's empty life. The man's memories are things of the old world while the boy worries about the future. This is because the boy was born in the apacolypse while the man regrets things he has done in the past.

Literal World: This world has been created using dark imagery and where the only good people are the father and son while everyone else is trying to harm them. The passage on the top of page 51 and the bottom of 43 capture this world most vividly. In both passsages fragments are used and the setting is described as smoldering and dreary. The adjectives used to describe this world are very closely associated with death showing how much death there is in this world. Also, the fragments create a sense of confusion and how all safety is gone in this new world.

Creation of The Road:
For the passage with the man with the overalls I would create a setting with many tall trees with very dim lighting. For the costumes, all three actors would be wearing old tattered clothing. The man in overalls would have makeup that would reflect how he is portrayed as an "animal inside a skull looking out the eyeholes"(63). I would put the camera between the three people with the boy and father on one side. The camera would have many high angle shots on the men and low angle shots on the boy to portray the men as animals and the boy as the victim for having to witness this. I would also place the truck very far in the background to place a reminder that the man in overalls is not alone.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Double Indemnity-LA Confidential Still Shots

The shot from LA Confidential is a close shot of Lynn as she turns to wish Bud a merry Christmas. The shot from Double Indemnity is a medium shot angled up at Phyllis as she stands upstairs looking down on Walter. Both shots are similar in that they both are revealing to Walter and Bud. Bud was expecting a nun and Walter was expecting Mr. Bracken. In both shots the light is focused on Phyllis and Lynn who are both wearing white as the rest of the room is dark and black. In the shot of Phyllis there is a barrier between her and Walter, while there is no barrier between Bud and Lynn.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stitches Journal #5

Contrast: The last page of the novel is a white page with the words: "I didn't." This differs from the rest of the novel in which all the chapter's beginnings start with a black page which represented a dark new chapter to his life. However the last page illustrates how the rest of his life is not dark and how he did not follow in the footsteps of his mother.
Question: Does the metaphor suggest that David stayed in the house and didn't follow anyone's path, but instead made his own or does it signify that he had to leave the restrictive life of his family?
Fate vs. Free Will: David chose his identity by rebelling against the lifestyle that was set for him. He was set set to live an uneventful life similar to his father, but he decided that he would create his own identity as an artist and live in a rundown apartment building. His environment did not create his identity because he was living a life that would have led him to follow his parents' footsteps, but he decided that he did not want to go along with that, and chose a new identity which led him to Detroit's inner-city. In my life, my environment has created my identity as it was decided for me that I would go to college, however I do have the option similar to David to adopt a new environment and identity.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stitches Journal #4

Parallel: David's straight forward therapist is depicted as the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland(251). This is similar to when David dresses up as Alice when he is younger(60), only to be tormented by the other kids. This parallel illustrates that David wants to escape reality and find a new identity. However, he cannot grasp that his old identity will always follow him which is shown when he attacks his therapist who told him the truth.
Question: What does the white rabbit's watch represent?
Identity: Stitches suggests that we form our own identities and to not let others decide who we are. Throughout the novel, David's parents want him to live life very similar to theirs and do not let him decide what he does, reads, or where he goes to school. David's parents controlling his identity results in him being affected negatively, as his dad x-rays him too many times resulting in him developing cancer. After the surgery to remove the cancer, he cannot speak resulting in his identity being forgotten as the other people in his family sound him out. The older David screams in the car back to visit his mother because he was always silent and regrets going along with being the person his mother wanted him to be. He became an artist as a way to rebel against the identity his parents created for him.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Stitches Journal #3

Contrast: David's mom is very sad and apologetic towards him when it appears that he might not survive(171). However, when it looks like he will survive she rescinds her kindness and takes back the book she gave him(211). This contrast illustrates how his mother doesn't care about his life and is only kind to him on his deathbed.
Question: Why is the nurse portrayed as a motherly figure to David?
The simple statements stand out in a frame. Such as on page 187 when his dad says, "tasty meatloaf." Even though, this was such a small set of words, it shows how boring and uneventful the family's life is. In frames where David has been silenced or is unable to speak, there is no need for words as his open mouth clearly portrays that he cannot speak. Also, using less words makes a more interesting story because instead of writing David's actions the images can show a clearer vision to the reader.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Stitches Journal #2

Contrast: David's mother tells him that money is in short supply and that his growth cannot be removed(122), however his mom and dad go on a shopping spree once they come into money instead of removing the growth(137). This contrast illustrates how his parents value their luxuries over David's health.
Question: Is the figure in the image on the bottom of 111 covered by two streaks of light as a symbol of lesbians having to hide in the dark?
Shots: The illustrator uses different shots to show seemingly ordinary tasks differently such as on 110 with ringing the doorbell and on 128 with taking a picture. However, the shots are very similar to those in films. On 128 the shot is looking down on David as he feels uncomfortable. The close up shots are used to capture the feelings of characters and understanding between others. The distance shots are used to capture the entire scene and to help put the characters actions in perspective with society. Some angles are directed upwards to portray characters as angry and mean.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Stitches Journal #1

Parallel: On page 26 David's dad is looking over x-rays and smoking his pipe and we are unable to see his eyes. This is similar to the image of David on page 52 smoking his father's pipe with his eyes closed. Not being able to see either of their eyes in the images illustrates how both of them are blindly living life and how David is not able to see that he is on the path of following his Dad's footsteps.
Question: Is David's grandma washing his hands with hot water with the idea that it his her religious duty to wash the sin away from him or more of a punishment so he behaves in the future?
Size and Shape of Frames: The illustrator uses larger frames to show the scene with the characters as a small part and how the characters fit into society. The smaller frames are used to show progression as many small frames are used on a page, and to show what the characters emotions and feelings are. The small frames show a lot of closeups of characters faces which show understanding. The shapes of the frames are mostly rectangular and squares. The squares are clear ideas and usually show just one character while the rectangles feature the setting and multiple characters. The rectangles with wavy borders are imaginary ideas or hazy thoughts.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


I saw gravity on Friday and was very surprised to learn that one shot lasted 13 minutes. I think I didn't notice the shot was so long was because the camera floated around the astronauts. Attached is an article on the techniques used in making the film.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Minority Report Still Shot

This shot is a medium three shot when Cruise and Farrell are debating the ball rolling off the table and human error and precrime. The shot is over the shoulders of John's deputy at precrime. Cruise and Farrell appear as if they are on the middle figure's shoulders and might be trying to influence him, this is because they both have opposite opinions in regards to precrime. In the shot Cruise and Farrell are the same height, but both are different as Cruise is dressed casual representing the cop and Farrell has a suit on representing the bureaucrat. Also, the viewing screen is in the background which represents that Cruise and Farrell have different ways of viewing precrime.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Movies I Watched This Summer

1. Ted
2. True Grit
3. Silence of the Lambs
4. 42
5. Lawless
6. World War Z
7. The Excorsist
8. The Fugitive
9. The American Scream
10. American Gangster

Oedipus the King Answers

Oedipus the King Questions:
1. Oedipus is not responsible for his fate in the play because he could not have foreseen that his wife would also be his mother. His fate was made before he was born when the oracle told King Laius that if he had a son his son would kill him.
2. Oedipus is a good king in the sense that he looks out for the well being of Thebes and wants to find the cause of the famine. However, he does not hold himself accountable for the suffering of his people and is very blind to the fact that he clearly killed King Laius which caused the city's suffering.
3. Oedipus's disregard for his predicted fate caused him to be disgraced because he ignored the oracle and instead chose the naive path of becoming King of Thebes, when he should have instead lived a life of a recluse in which he would not have been able to be disgraced.
4. John Anderton has the same situation as Oedipus because both want to escape their destiny, but are ultimately unable to. The scene of the ball rolling off the table illustrates how humans will ultimately face their destiny. The same idea is shown when John accidentally kills Leo Crowe even though it is by accident, it was John's fate to kill him.
A. The eyes are used to predict the future which people believe keeps them safe.
B. John's eyes are used to show how his past has influenced him and how he wants to desperately live the future like the past.
C. The eyes in the world of the film represent freedom and life as those who are haloed are kept in prison and the blind man is forced to live as a drug dealer.
6. People believe they are unable to escape their fates because they are born into the life that they will live. Also, the government is trying to act preemptively before crime occurs however while doing this freedom is curtailed. In 44 years everything will be watched which will result in a loss of freedoms. By preparing for future events we are more likely to live a life of acting before events happen.