ENGLISH 5– agenda for 2/19/14

18 Feb

We’ll start with addressing the mentality in Bell Jar, both with the characters, setting, and Plath herself.

Then, we’ll explore psychoanalytic theory, it’s application and usefulness in a text like this.

I’ll also be revealing your scores for the last blog response, then talk a little about what’s ahead in the term.

Hope you all had a nice restful 3-day weekend, and I’ll see you tomorrow..

Mike

One Response to “ENGLISH 5– agenda for 2/19/14”

  1. Roberto Lucha February 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Roberto J.Lucha
    English 5 M/W 0730
    Mr. Mike Madigan

    Colors, Colors, Colors

    ` In the novel “the bell Jar” Sylvia Plath charts a path through unknown waters. “The Bell Jar” opens with thoughts about the communist spies “the Rosenberg’s”, who had been electrocuted for treason. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in the electric chair at sundown on June 19, 1953. This tells you that the novel takes place in the summer of 1953. The fifties were an era where “the greatest “generation had just come back from WW2, and were given opportunities by government programs such as the GI bill, and VA home loans. Suburbs began to appear. Women were encouraged to stay home and raise a family. No birth control was readily available. It is with this sense of acknowledgement that I pave the way for this topic.
    Sylvia’s use of color became apparent after repeated uses of color to either uplift or downplays events in the bell Jar. It was such an important part of the book that I re read the book highlighting the use of colors. It turns out that Sylvia Plath establishes a pattern with colors. The information that I have compiled was painstakingly analyzed and broken down into the following. White was used a total of 129 times, black 100 times, blue 76 times, , gray 42 times, silver 34 times, Brown 32 times, yellow 27 times, pink 24 times, purple 17 times, orange 11 times, gold 11 times, red 5 times, lilac 4 times, and violet twice. I also noticed Sylvia uses blonde 16 times, and redhead 3 times. I did not find brunette used in the novel. There was also an interesting fact that she used the word man or men 76 times and the word women 35 times. She uses dark haired women 3 times, and she described a woman it a movie as a black haired woman who looked like Elizabeth Taylor.

    Her blonde hair was part of an attempt to to start over and adopt a new persona, following her first suicide attempt in August of 1953.

    To be continued…………………….

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