Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Sea Inside-Post 3.

Film Techniques.

-When Ramon was in his wheelchair contraption and in the back of the van, they did a Truck. They had the camera sort of outside of the car and going forward with the camera facing the side. This added effect to the movie because it was going pretty slow, so it brought the effect that Ramon was taking all of the scenary in while being very calm and slow.
-Whenever they showed Ramon in bed they did a medium shot. This shot didn't make the details of his sad and aged face stick out but rather showed the emotions of which he was feeling.
-The high angle that was used when they showed Ramon's attorney walking down the beach brought a lot of emotion to scene because it showed how small she was compared to the big world.

The Sea Inside-Post 2

The Sea Inside Vs. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.


-Ramon and Bauby both lose the loves of their lives when they obtain locked-in syndrome.
-They both have loving families that are helping them through their difficult situation.
-They are both from places in Europe.


-Ramon was injured doing something physical.
-Bauby became a quadriplegic after he had a stroke.
-Bauby finds the positive things in his situation-trys to make the best of it.
-Ramon just wishes it would all end, or go back to the way it was.

Personally, I think that The Sea Inside was a much more compelling story. I did enjoy seeing both view points of being a quadriplegic. I thought that Ramon had a very powerful story because he was in that situation for such an extended period of time. While Bauby was only a quadriplegic for a few years before his death.

The Sea Inside-Post. 1

( I chose to do the alternative assignment for my outside reading memoir.)

My reaction and response to the film is that it was a very sad story. A story of someone who was completely locked into their body but all they wanted to be is free. He wouldn't settle for anything less. My opinion on Ramon's request for assisted suicide was mainly neutral. Right now, with the capability of walking and moving around I disagree with Ramon's request. But if I were to be put into Ramon's place my train of thought might completely be switch around, I know the same things would be going through my mind. The court's response to him was very much expected in my eyes. They thought that it was outragous for him to have that thought, or even having considered bringing that request to court. My response to Ramon's final action was a sense of relief. By the end of the film I realized all the emotional pain that he goes through every day. When he was able to finally get what he had wanted for 26 years, I felt like he was finally somewhere comfortable, somewhere that he could finally move freely and be with the people he loved. I definetly do not think negatively about his friends who helped him. They were just trying to do the best thing for him, the best thing being what he wanted. The people who helped assist him in that actual suicide didn't even really know that they were helping him such as when his sister-in-law gave him the extra pills, "come on, two more won't kill me".

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Class Castle-The Ending

A summary of the end of the book: In the end Lori saves up her money and buys a train ticket to head up to New York City to start a new life. Jeannett dosn't want to stay traped living with her parents in a life life that she knows is going to take her nowhere. So jeannette follows in the footsteps of Lori and saves up her money to head to the big city aswell so she can come successful in her life. Over time the whole family moves up there but Rex and Rose-Mary choose the not so glamorous life. They would rather live on the streets and eat out of the dumpsters. Jeannett evens offers them them help to get going on there life. Now or never right? But no, they turn her down. Jeannett goes from leaving a life with nothing to something that she never thought possible. Being so determined and having a strong goal in mind, takes her to the top.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Glass Castle Pt. 5


In the beginning, Jeannette learns about humidity, her father explains why it did not feel as hot in the desert as it does in Welch. Brian and Jeannette head down to the public pool where a boy named Ernie Goad teases them out by calling them dirty and that they were a “health epidemic”. The next day Jeannette was walking down the street and she ran into Dinitia- an African American friend from school. Dinitia had just gotten out of the pool from the morning hours. She invited Jeannette to come swim with the other “colored folks”. Jeannette joined her and her friends and family at the pool the next morning. Although they both had the time of their lives, they never went back together nor even spoke about that swim. When she got home a man rang the bell and asked to talk to her parents. She stated that they were not home so he began asking questions about them. when her mother came home Jeannette informed her all about what happened. Her mother got so worked up over Jeannette’s concern that she got a job at the local school. Even with that income money was still really tight. Towards the end of this section Jeannette started to work on the school newspaper, she enjoyed this job because she felt like she was the one receiving the information first.

Personal Reaction.

My personal reaction to part five of my memoir would be I feel very concerned about Jeannette and her siblings. They are all growing accustomed to their drunken father and their moody mother. Some neighbors even called in and said that their home was not a good place for the children to live. When a man came to the door, I realized that these children truly were not being treated with care and politeness. I had many reactions in this section, like when Jeannette decided to make her own braces and her father found out. Instead of my expectation of him being angry that she would want to change something with herself, he was very proud of her quick idea and invention. Another example of a reaction I had was when the man came to the door, Jeannette remained very calm and adult like, and the man totally believed her. My reaction was that if she can remain so calm while coving up that they were broke and her father was a drunk she must actually not mind the situation she is in. This surprised me because I would be terrified to see my father as an angry drunk, but then again, she must have grown accustomed to it.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Glass Castle Pt. 4 Post 2

In the beginning of this section, Jeannette is having troubles with bullies at her school. She did not want to confront her mother or father about them, knowing that would only make it worse. One of the bullies then asks Jeannette for her help on the English homework and Jeannette said yes. When her grandmother finds out that Jeannette helped an African American she gets furious. Mom and Dad Walls went back to Phoenix to get what was left of their things. But Mom’s “laundry on the clothesline” stunt didn’t work well, the whole house had been looted. When they came back to Welch Erma told them that she could not handle the kids anymore and told them it would be best for them to leave. But the adults made piece and they found that Welch was their new home. They moved to a home on Little Hobart Street, where they experienced their first winter in Welch. At the end of this section Jeannette tries to inform her mother that the family cannot go on living poor with no food or clothing. She tries to urge her to leave Dad but she would never do such a thing. They talked about how she would be able to go on welfare if that happened but her mother would not even consider it, she said that welfare would teach them bad morals and that they truly would not be learning anything.

The Glass Castle Pt. 4 Post 1

Quote 1. “‘Everyone has something good about them,” she said. “You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that”(144). This is told to the author when she is talking about her grandmother Erma. Jeannette says that he “hates” her but when her mother tells her this, she begins to think about everything that Erma has been through. This quote is important to the book because the Walls family never judged someone for what they look like, they always found a deeper meaning for who they were and loved them for that. This struck me as important because I also try to follow the words of this quote. I think that it is important to find that there is good in everyone and that you should not judge people before you know those good qualities.

Quote 2. “‘This is home now’“ this is was said by Rex Walls, Jeannette’s father, when they moved back to Phoenix. This quote is important to the book because it gives you a certain uneasy feeling while reading it. In the book and especially in the beginning the Walls family moves around a ton. They can never seem to find a home and stay there. So when this quote added the now at the end it made me feel as though this is just another adventure along the Wall’s life journey.

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Homework

The memoir The Diving Bell and The Butterfly has left me still determining how I feel about the situation of which the author was in. I have thought about the book’s meaning and still have not been able to find a true meaning to why it was written. I have some ideas such as he wanted to show people how life was for him, or maybe to show others that he could accomplish something while being “locked in”. I feel three main things about this book. One of these things would be great sadness. I feel sadness because the author could not move besides the blinking of his eye. When I read a book, I always put myself in the shoes of the main character, with the main character in this book being a paraplegic it was difficult for me to relate. Another emotion that I feel towards this book is confusion. It was difficult for me to figure out how everything really pieced together. The part that mainly confused me would be when he began talking about the matron of the hospital and how they were dancing together. It was difficult for me to visually picture those chapters. A final emotion that I feel would be achievement for the author. I thought it was really great that he achieved so much for a person in that situation. He wrote a book-I would definitely not think of writing a book with my body so confined. I would rather have people mope and feel sorry for me, which I know is not the right way to go about that. So, in my opinion this book was not one that I would chose to reread or commonly suggest to people. The genre of memoirs does not really attract me to start out so I may already have a bias.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Glass Castle Pt. 3 sec. 2

One of the strengths of the book is that it is very non-biased. I think that it is important the Jeannette doesn't look back and write her memoir with hatred towards her father. I really like that each memory is written with the emphasis on the connection between her and her father at that moment. One of the weaknesses of the book is that she leaves some topics very broad. She starts out the chapter with a story that goes very in depth, but then ends the chapter with only a brief view of the conclusion of that story. That really bothers me. I have had pretty strong feelings towards the topics and issues brought up in this memoir. When she mentions the nights that he father came home in a drunken rage i have a very negative feel towards her father and i feel sorry that she was raised with that. This memoir doesn't really relate to my life, but it does relate to real life. I have a prediction that her father does not keep his "present" to Jeannie and stays an alcoholic.

The Glass Castle Pt. 3

1.) The Walls family moves into their North Third Street house. The children begin to attend Emerse, the local public school. Where all the children are placed in the "gifted" reading classes because they are already so excelled. Lori flunks her eye test hosted by the school nurse, but here mother says that glasses are just a sign that you need to work to make your eyes stronger. The school says that Lori cannot attend unless she gets glasses-so the school offers to pay for them. Their father suprises all the children with new bikes. Their mother starts her own art studio and gallery in the house and buys all new supplies with the inheritance. Rex Walls takes the family to the zoo to show them how the animals adapt to their environment. Rex begins to drink even more and causes a scene at the midnight christmas mass. On Jeannette's birthday he tells her that he would do anything for her if it is humanly possible and that if it wasn't he would die trying. So he asked her what she would like for her birthday, and she responds by asking for him to stop drinking. He tells the family that he would like them to leave him alone in the bedroom for awhile. He chains himself down to avoid from drinking for weeks. And it appears to have ended his alcoholic lifestyle. He comes out of the bedroom and informs the family that he thinks they should go on a road trip to the grand canyon.

2.) The author of my book is Jeannette Walls. Jeannette currently lives in the state of Virgina with her husband John Taylor-who is also a writer. She has worked at several publications such as The USA Today and New York Magazine. Her current job is being the Gossip Columnist at She appearently had many attempts to write a memoir about her childhood with her gambling addicted and alcoholic father. When she began to want a better life, she fled to live with her sister in New York. In New York she began to work numerous jobs to accumulate money until she was admitted to Bernards. She took journalism classes and began to work at New York Magazine.