domingo, 6 de mayo de 2012

Heart of Darkness Questions Part 2

At the Central Station, continued. What does Marlow learn by overhearing the manager and his uncle? What do they say about Kurtz and what is happening upriver? How does Marlow respond to this talk about Kurtz? What views did Kurtz hold about the nature of the colonial project? 
Marlow hears that the manager and the uncle are having a discussion about who leads. But Marlow only got pieces of their discussion. He also hears that they are talking about ivory that is sent by someone. That someone was Kurtz. The manager was explaining how Kurtz send the ivory downriver by a set of canoes. Marlow feels uncomfortable hearing these to men talking about Kurtz. 

What happens to the Eldorado Exploring Expedition and how does Marlow respond?
In the Eldorado Exploring Expedition was chaos. All the donkeys had died. Marlow feels that they got what they deserve. He is really excited to meet Kurtz. 
The Journey Up the River (105 -on). How does Marlow describe the river? Why does this cause him to insult his companions on the boat in the Thames and thus to create another break in the narrative? How does Marlow go on to describe the journey as "we penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness" (108)?
He describes the river as an “empty stream, great silence, and an impenetrable forest”. There were alligators and hippos and there was no joy. Marlow was talking about the jobs of everyone and how people sometimes do nothing. That insulted most of his companions. Marlow describes this journey as the “heart of darkness” because it was very quite and in the morning and the afternoon they would hear the sounds of drums. They were “wandering a unknown place”. 

Approaching the Inner Station (110). What does Marlow find when the boat stops for wood? What is the value of the book, according to Marlow? What does he find written in it? 
Marlow finds some writings that said “wood for you, hurry up, approach cautiously”. Marlow finds a book called An Inquiry into some Points of Seamanship, by a man Towser, Towson and the value was that it was antique. It had purpose and full of mystery. He finds writings in chiper inside the book. 
What happens the next morning in the fog? How does Marlow describe the cry (113)? How do the responses of the whites and the blacks differ? How does the head-man of the African crew respond? Look closely at how Marlow responds to the idea that the Africans are hungry? What attribute does he find in the Africans that he does not find in the whites?
That morning in the fog it was warm and clammy. It was just standing there like something solid. Marlow describes the cry as very loud as a “infinite desolation”. The whites were shocked and discomposed while the blacks were were alert and essentially quiet. There headman responded with eating them. Marlow was horrified with the idea that the africans were starving. He finds that the Africans looked malnourished and they looked like savages. 
What is the effect of having Marlow say "The approach to this Kurtz [. . .] was beset by as many dangers as though he had been an enchanted princess sleeping in a fabulous castle"?
The approach was that Kurtz was grabbing ivory. He was like a princess instead of a man grabbing ivory. There was danger in the way. 

What happens as the boat approaches the inner station (120)? How do the pilgrims respond to the attack? What does the helmsman do and what is the result? 
The boat almost sank and Marlow  helped stopped it. The pilgrims responded by attacking back. The helmsman lost control of the boat. 
Kurtz Interlude (123-130). Why is Marlow so disappointed by the idea that Kurtz is dead? What things come to his mind as he thinks of meeting Kurtz and what followed? Pay special attention to the "girl" and the "lie" for future reference. What did Kurtz look like? What is meant by his reference to "My Intended"? What seems to be going on in Marlow's statement that "The wilderness [. . .] had [. . .] sealed his soul to its own by the inconceivable ceremonies of some devilish initiation"? What sort of picture of Kurtz do we get from this interlude on him? Why is Marlow so bothered by Kurtz? 
Marlow is disappointed because he was looking forward to meet Kurtz. He felt like he was looking for something that did not exist.  But he knew that they were lying. The thing that popped into Marlow’s head was talking to him. Kurtz’s face was worn, hollow with dropped eyelids. He means that the girl was his beloved. That statement means that Kurtz was in love. Marlow is bothered because Kurtz pays more attention to his beloved ivory. 
What is the report and what does Marlow think of it? What is the argument of the report? How is the report modified by the handwritten statement at the end? What sort of dancing is Marlow talking about? What have we learned about Kurtz so far? Why does Marlow also think again about the dead helmsman?
The report is that the natives are planning to attack the bot. Marlow needs to find a way of protecting it. The dance that Marlow describes is the dance of the blacks. They were screaming and shouting. We have learned that Kurtz has a station and that there is a chance that he may or may not be dead. Marlow is disappointed of the dead helmsman because he did not have a chance of meeting him. 

What does Marlow see as he looks at the inner station through his binoculars? Keep this description in mind.
Through the binoculars he saw a hill interspersed with rare trees and perfectly dree from undergrowth. He also saw a decaying building half buried in the grass. The background was the jungle. The rails had disappeared. All was surrounded by the forest. The river was clear and he saw a white man under a hat. 
Who is the first person Marlow meets? Why is he describes as "a harlequin"?. Is this the sort of person we (or Marlow) would expect to meet here? 
Marlow first meets the white man that stand by the river under a hat. His cloths were covered in something brown and with patches all over. They were from different colors. he wore trousers that made him look really gay. His patching looked really beautify. he had a boyish face, blue eyes, and smiles.  No we expected or Marlow expected to see someone more masculine and less gay. 
Why, according to the Russian, did the natives attack the boat? What does he think of Kurtz? 
According to him the natives attacked the boat because they were scared that they were going to be attacked. The Russian was friends with Kurtz but he dislikes him because he was to obsessed with the ivory.

jueves, 3 de mayo de 2012

Vocab Lessons 24 and 25

Beyond the mist hovers one man stands waiting the entrances to heaven. As he waits he meets another man quite different. He is fat with smaller eyes. They begging a conversation which was quite interesting. The two men were different in religion one was Cristian and the other was a Buddhist. They believe in different things but at the end they end up at the same place. As they began to walk they found two path ways. They were ambivalent to which path they should take. They saw a rock that was an avail to help them to find the correct path. They evaluated the rock to see if it would help them. They saw it had some writings in it that showed evince that it was the right path. As the journey continues they saw valuable objects that if they were touched they would go back to Earth. The Cristian wanted to touch one but the Buddhist cried “no imagine they are invaluable and don’t touch them!” “Your right thank you” said the Cristian. They showed valiant behavior not touching anything that would make them fall into temptation. As they were walking they found out they had something in common they were both valedictorian in High School and in College. They became friends in their journey to heaven. They should fidelity and they could trust each other. They had vanquish the fist part of the journey. There were two parts. They had to should they were confidant to enter to heaven. The Buddhist was happy to go to heaven because he was going to see the love of his life which suffered a tragic accident. He was her fiancé

The second part of the journey they had to answer sincere questions. The first question had to do with infidelity. They had to demonstrate that they showed they were fealty to their religion. Both passed! The other question had to do with adjudicate. Did they show they were in a dispute with their neighbors? Both said no. The passed! As the questions kept coming they were passing and they were closer and closer to heaven. The last question was if they perjure under their religion. Both were quite and they looked at each other. They answered at the same time NO! They had passed their journey!!! At the door of heaven they signed an affidavit. The doors open and the first person they saw was God. He was so proud. He led them into heaven were there was peace, love, and care. They journey was worth it. The Buddhist was with his love. They were happy and stayed happy for ever. 

miércoles, 2 de mayo de 2012

Vocab Lesson 23

Scandal the priceless Manet has been stolen from the MOMA these past Sunday. This has been part of a complicity. Police officers have to move fast and create a deploy so this priceless artwork can be found. There has to be an explication to why someone would still this amazing artwork. The witness have to give an explicit over view of what they saw. With the witnesses explanation the police officers can implicate some conclusions. I heard all the officers talking and I wanted to be part of this investigation. I had an implicit faith they they were going to find the thieves. Weeks had past and it was inexplicable to explain why it was stolen. Then one day we heard that the painting was returned. It was great to here that it was given back. Wait! It was a replica! We found out because it was supple. I Supplicated for it to return. Then I found out it was just a dream. Wow it was the worst dream ever. 

domingo, 22 de abril de 2012

Questions for Heart of Darkness
  1. During the opening of the work there are five men presented. These five men are friend and they are introduced as the Director of Companies, the lawyer, the accountant, Marlow, and the narrator. The narrator is unknown. They are currently sailing and as the night comes the men recall the journey they are in. They are waiting for something to happen. The narrator connects the present with the past because he explains how the Romans came to England for the first time and he imagines that he is a young Roman soldier and going to a place so far for the first time and missing home. 
  2. What Marlow means in his opening statement is that many men have sailed through the waters that he is sailing. Great men and others not so great. But he also mentions someone that is not a men he mentions the queen that was great. He imagines this characters of history sailing through this waters. Marlow is the main character of this novela. He is described as a philosophical men. He is independent and very skeptical. What makes him different from his friends is that he sees the world with other eyes. He “follows the sea” as stated in the book page 67. Marlow in that saying he is referring to the men that sailed the seas he is sailing at this moment. Marlow describes the Romans entering Britain by putting himself in their shoes. His thoughts took him back to when he was a young boy. Thinking about the Romans made him remember about his past. 
  3. Marlow got is appointment as captain of the riverboat Marlow signs a contract and he is sent to see a doctor. When the doctor says he is good to go he goes and says goodbye to his aunt and he goes to the company. Captain Fresleven is the captain of the steamer. He is a nonviolent man. He was killed and that caused an impact on Marlow. While he was departing Fersleven died. It caused suspense and cause the reader to make the connection of Europeans and Africans.
  4. Marlow is deeply affected by the death of Fersleven. He finds two women knitting that looked sinister and one shows him a map of Africa that is color-coded. The “greater man” is the doctor that attended Marlow. When he goes and says goodbye to his aunt were he admits that we will “aid civilization savages”. His aunt is proud of him and he feels excited because he set of to a journey he will never forget.
  5. Marlow describes his trip as a nightmare. When he arrives to Congo he has to get into another steamer to take him thirty miles up. He notes a French man that was in war. He notices that Africa is an exterior to Europe. 
  6. At the outer station he notices decaying machinery and a group of colored prisoners. He describes it as the behavior of the colonists which is a very racist behavior. He generalize to different kinds of devils that are greed and violent. He sees it as very imperialist and evil.
  7. Marlow meets with the chief accountant and see notices his dressed code. The mysterious accountant is known as Mr. Kurtz. He admits to Marlow who he is. The name Kurtz is use to be hidden. 
  8. Marlow at the central station he finds the steamer he was suppose to sunk. he believes that the damages were on purpose. 
  9. Marlow learns that Kurtz is ill. The manager tells Marlow. He sees Kurtz as a great agent. He praises him.
  10. “The Faithless Pilgrims” are all the white men that never worked. He called them that because the were hopeless and only called for ivory. ]
  11. Kurtz paints a women carrying a torch and its a dark stetch. 
  12. The man with the mustaches was the man who beat the black man. He calls him “this papier-mâché Mephistopheles because he tries to compare him to the devil.
  13. Marlow wants the river to stop the hole and get working on his ship. 
  14. The foreman works on the mechanics and he sits aboard. He is the father of 6 and a very hard working man. He likes the foreman because they talk happily about the rivets. 
  15. The Eduardo Exploring Expedition was led by a white man. It was an invasion. Marlow thinks about is hope for the rivets. The leader is the mangers uncle.