39 thoughts on “Discussion 10

  1. Beauty, Brawns, Brains
    It is a known stereotype that if a woman is beautiful, then she is probably not that smart, or if she is smart she must be ugly. People only see the negative side of their situation and they forget there are negatives to the alternative as well. The idea that the grass is always greener on the other side can be observed through the play Beauty by Jane Martin, where the characters are discontent with their status in society. What if the roles were reversed and the characters were men? The same stereotype can be said about a man being smart, but not brawny and vice versa.

    1. The feedback I’m looking for is if you can clearly see what point I’m trying to make. (The point being that people only see the bad side of their lives and the good side of others.) If not, do you have any suggestions on how I can make it clearer?

    2. I see your point the grass is always greener on the other side. I think your society is like that in general, always looking for something better. They might not actually want to go to greener pastures but live vicariously through someone else. It also seems like once you get to the other side it is not as good as you thought it would be.

  2. When we are looking at a character how much of our own experience is carried into the character? When we read “Glass Menagerie” is Amanda’s character influenced with by the relationship that we had with our own mother, or by the love we had of a stifled brother? As Tom is narrating the story he provides his own set of bias into the lines, did that come from the authors bias or was it intended to sway the reader? How we perceive a story is heavily affected by our own circumstance, relationships, and other peoples opinions.

    Did you find yourself swayed in anyway by the way Amanda was portrayed by external factors? What made you like or dislike her?

  3. Being a parent is an amazing thing, it has its ups and downs but you roll with the punches. I find myself seeking out literature with experiences about being a parent in the book we are using for class. Trying to relate with the characters depicted in these literature writings is enjoyable since I am a newer parent myself. The relationship between parent and child is a interesting thing to try and decipher in some of these writings. There are many things that you go through as a partnership with your child, the change from your old life to your new life, little hiccups in the middle, and finally the end product of successfully raising a child into adulthood. Through these stages of raising a child your relationship changes as your child changes.

    My intent is to right about the relationship between parent and child. I am going to use writings that we have read and some we have not to express the relationship. Is it clear in my intro that this is my intent and if there are any suggestions I will gladly take them.

    1. My paper is somehow similar to yours. I really like your introduction to your paper and I was very engaged in it. My question is: what are you planning to use as your secondary source? I would like to get some ideas for my paper.

    2. I can clearly see the intent to cover the parent child relationship. I also wish that I could see more just to know what you come up with because I was really drawn in. Great intro!

  4. Who is the hero? That is a question that is posed in our reading and is also a question that has been rolling around in my mind like a bowling ball. The play The Glass Menagerie is not your typically structured play in which there is an obvious argument or debate that two sides fall upon either side. There is also no immediate protagonist, or hero, that jumps to the forefront, although Tom does make a serious play for the role in the beginning. The strong willed characters throughout make strong plays as well, even the very demure and shy character of Laura. I thought that maybe if I made the case for each character in the Wingfield family as the hero or the heroine of the play then it would help me decide. I made a conscious decision to not include Jim in the discussion because, as Tom pointed out, he is not really of their world.

  5. The tradition of Husband Hunting.
    In The Glass Menegerie, Amanda is a mother from a southern family of former polite society in the thirties. In the first scene of the play, she mentions “gentleman callers” which traditionally means suitors from respectable familes or positions in a middle class or upper class career. This is inspired from a British social class in a historical sense of the 18th and 19th centuries when such positions of the Upper Gentry ruled Britain’s economy and society’s lifeblood. This makes sense because the first Americans were originally British civillians and the majority of their social etiquette were practiced in America.

    I hope to flesh out Amanda’s intention for Laura to find a suitor and compare similarites with the old British customs of the Landed Gentry that Amanda’s southern family seems to sound similar to.

    1. I love your title, sounds like an MRS. Degree that people try to receive in college. I also love how you have incorporated history into you excerpt.

  6. Beauty, it is said is all in the eyes of the beholder. Such is the case in the play Beauty, written by Jane Martin tells the sad tale of two women who long for what the other has. Beauty is sought out by most women; believing that if they were more beautiful then they could have their choice of men. However those women who are beautiful are always longing for more intelligence. It is thought that if you have beauty then you lack in brain, and vice versa. It is a strange thing how we as women long for what others have; all in hopes of gaining the upper hand in the battle field of finding a mate. While beauty may be coveted more in the minds of females, which one leads to the true advantage in life?

    1. How true. Although I am not a woman, I did grow up around a lot of them and it seems that for a lot of women they always pick apart their own virtues and covet those of other women. I don’t know if that is necessarily true to just women however. I think for women it is more of a desire to be like other women, but for men, it seems to be a competition to be better than other men. I like where you are going with your paper; it sounds like once you flesh out your ideas it will be a good read.

    2. I’m a little confused as to whether you will be writing about how women want what another has or if you’re writing about which is better? I’m curious to know since it sounds a lot like mine and it is starting to make me question what I was originally writing about.

  7. It’s all in the timing. This is the main theme of David Ives’ play Sure Thing. A classic of contemporary comedy; two people desperately attempting to navigate through the game of love. A single miscalculation can result in the loss of love and opportunity. A single action performed at a different time will produce fresh reactions. It’s all in the timing.

    Any suggestions on a choice for my 2nd source? Does this paragraph grab the readers attention, does it need more?

  8. This is a rough draft of where I am going with my paper. I am still unsure of what I want to write about and still thinking of other ideas, but this is the poem I would like to use. If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions to this paragraph, please let me know.

    The connection between a mother and a child is the strongest bond in living. The minute a mother lays eyes on her child is one of the happiest, most loving moments in life. In The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Amanda portrays qualities that shows love and care to her children, Tom and Laura, but she also portrays qualities that makes her unwittingly cruel and demanding to her family off springs only to assure that her kids succeed and find happiness as young adults. I can relate to this play, as my mother wanted the best for all of her children. I grew up very disciplined, but also loved by both of my parents. As a parent myself, I want what is best for my child as well. I want my son to grow up in a loving, caring family, and I also want him to understand the difference between right and wrong. The connection that Amanda has with Tom and Laura are qualities that every mother experiences but in different forms of discipline and corrections.

  9. My paper is somehow similar to yours. I really like your introduction to your paper and I was very engaged in it. My question is: what are you planning to use as your secondary source? I would like to get some ideas for my paper.

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