Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Section 259-End The Road

“There was light all about him.” (Pg. 277)
“A fading light.” (Pg. 280)
The idea of light comes up in this section. On page 277, this light is all about the man and on page 280, the light fades. I think on page 277 the light is foreshadowing his death. It symbolizes the point at which the man sees everything. He sees his memories, dreams, and horrors. Then, that light fades as he dies.
“In the nights sometimes now he’d wake in the black and freezing waste out of the softly colored worlds of human love, the songs of the birds, the sun.” (Pg. 272)
“Beyond that a long concrete causeway. A dead swamp. Dead trees standing out of the grey water trailing gray and relic hagmoss.” (Pg. 274).
In these two quotes, there’s a contrast of environments. The first is much more enjoyable than the second. The man visits this place in his dream and I think it represents heaven. This shows how close he is to death. It also shows how differently the man pictures the after-life compared to present life.
What does he mean by, “He is coming to steal my eyes. To seal my mouth with dirt” (261)? Is he talking about death? God?
On page 277, the man is talking to his son about the prophets. What does it mean by, “There is no prophet in the earth’s long chronicle who’s not honored here today. Whatever form you spoke of you were right”? What did he speak?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Section 231-259 The Road

“I can smell it.’ ‘What does it smell like?’ ‘Wet ashes. Come on.” (Pages 231-232)
“They went on in the perfect blackness, sightless as the blind.” (Page 234)
“He bent over, holding his knees. Taste of blood.” (237)
In this section, I noticed repetition of the 5 senses. When there’s nothing left in the world, all you have to rely on are your senses. Here, the man’s senses are clearly foreshadowing a bad ending and I think that’s very important to recognize.
              “Hold this,’ he said. ‘Is it okay, Papa?” (Page 232)
                “Can I look at it?’ Sure you can.” (Page 241)
In the first quote, the boy is hesitant when his father asks him to hold the pistol. Later, this hesitation changes when his father brings back the firepistol. Even though it looks very similar to a gun, the boy is very interested in it and even asks to hold it. I think this shows how the boy is slowly changing and becoming more comfortable with the idea of protecting himself.
On page 249, it describes the father waking up and saying “yes” to the boy. Why is he saying yes? What does it mean? Is the boy asleep?
On page 259, why does the boy think he’s the one who has to worry about everything?

Section 211-230 The Road

“He found an antique bucksaw of wood and wire that he used to saw the dead trees to length. The teeth were rusty and dull…” (Page 211)

“The dull green antique coppers spilled from out the tills of their eye sockets onto the stained and rotten coffin floors.” (Page 214)
I found it interesting that a bucksaw of wood and rotten eyeballs were being considered antiques. In the previous world antiques could be things that people valued, but now in a world of nothing there are no guidelines as to what should and shouldn’t be treasured. I think it’s important to consider the fact that the only things left from the past are either “dull” or “rotten”. Also, on page 228 it says, “The brass was dull and there were patches of green on it…”. This is the second time that the words “dull” and “green” were used to describe something (see quote from 214). I haven’t yet discovered why, but I thought it was something to note.

“An hour later they were sitting on the beach and staring out at the wall of smog across the horizon. They sat with their heels dug into the sand and watched the bleak sea wash up at their feet. Cold. Desolate. Birdless.” (Page 215)
“Faint deep coals of the driftwood fire pulsing in the onshore wind. Lying under such a myriad of stars. The sea’s black horizon. He rose and walked out and stood barefoot in the sand and watched the pale surf appear all down the shore and roll and crash and darken again.” (Page 219).

This is a contrast between past and present. The man’s memory on page 219 starts off in a warm setting while he’s settled in a place that feels cold. He remembers the sea’s horizon being black, which gives me a sense that the possibilities beyond the water were endless. Now, he sees a wall of smog across the horizon that is telling them they cannot pass. This wall represents their defeat knowing that their journey can never venture past it. This idea continues on page 216 when the father explains to his son that there is nothing beyond the horizon.  During the flashback, the surf is described as pale which makes me think of something pure. That pureness of the water is gone and is now described as bleak. I also think it’s important to recognize that before the world was destroyed, the man stood towards the sea. This time around, he and his son decide to sit. Before, the sea was not a threat to him and could be used for enjoyable activities or adventurous trips. Now, the sea has taken control and is seen as a vicious force. This contrast truly represents the unbearable change and devastation the world has experienced.

On page 218 the boy returns from swimming and starts to cry… Why?
Why was the man so fascinated with the brass sextant? (page 227)


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Section 185-210



            Throughout this section, the father stares at his son. On page 192 it says, “He watched him lick the lid of the tin. With great care”. And on page 205 it says, “He took the bottle from the side pocket of his parka and screwed off the top and watched the boy drink”. I think the father repeatedly watches his son to remind himself of why he needs to keep going. The strength his son gives him is very powerful.




            In the beginning of the section, it seems that the father is starting to lose his physical strength: “He was coughing every step of it” (92). But then on page 202 it says, “In two more they would begin to get weak”. I don’t think the father wants to believe that he is losing his strength to go on. He wants to believe that there’s still a chance for them to avoid sickness and defeat.




On page 196, is the father talking to himself? Who does he mean by fathers?


On page 210, what is the thing the boy is talking about? Why can’t death undo it?

The Road Section 161-184



I found that the idea of having no identity is repeated throughout this section. On page 162, Ely asks the man and the boy what they are. Then, McCarthy writes, “They’d no way to answer the question”. Later on page 172 the old man says, “I’m not anything”. This idea is emphasized so readers understand that identity and personal things are gone in a world of nothing.


Contrast: On page 175, we see the man thinking, “I am going to die...”. And then on page 177 he says to his son, “Don’t lose heart…”. The man is telling his son to stay positive when really he can’t do the same. This contrast of emotions is important because it shows the strength the man has to have for his son. Also, without his child he would have no reason to keep going.




What does the old man mean by saying, “Where men can’t live gods fare no better”?


Why does he refer to a “jungle of Kudzu”? (pg. 177)

The Road Section 136-160


                In this section, the idea of outer space is presented and repeated. On page 153 it says, “Maybe he understood for the first time that to the boy he was himself and alien. A being from another planet that no longer existed”. Later on page 157 the topic is brought up again: “Could they fly to Mars or someplace? ‘No, they couldn’t”. I found this idea very interesting and thought that McCarthy used it to express the drastic change in the world. The boy and his father come from two completely different worlds and that’s an important factor in this book. When he asks his father about Mars, it shows his true desperation for his father to confirm that the hell they’re living in is not the only thing in the universe.


                On page 139, the food and supplies they found is described as, “The richness of a vanished world”. Then, on page 154 it says, “Even now some part of him wished they’d never found this refuge”. They had been searching for “richness” like this for a very long time and when they finally found it, the man regrets it. I think this shows that the fire inside the man is dying and he knows that something good cannot last long in a world like this.


Questions: On page 136, what does it mean when it says, “…he very much feared that something was gone that could not be put right again”?

Is the man dreaming on page 141 when it says, “You could wake in the dark wet woods at any time”? If so, why does he refer to the woods?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Road 94-118

Parallel: The idea of feet and shows shows up a lot in this book. On page 99 the father is worried about wrapping up the boys feet, and on 105 it says, "the plastic bags over their feet had long since worn through and their feet were wet and cold". I think is important because it shows how scarce simple things are in this new world, like shoes.

Contrast: On page 96 it says, "He fought back the rage. Useless. He didn't think the boy could travel much more". Then, the boy falls on page 99 and the father picks him up and says, "I'm sorry," he said. "I'm sorry". The fathers emotions towards his situation with his son changes throughout this section. He gets angry at first, but then apologizes for letting his son fall

?s: Is the father lying about them dying?
Why were the heads there?

The Road Pgs. 73-93

Parallel: Throughout this section I found that the father and son like to identify themselves as sort of a team. On page 77 the son asks his father if there still the good guys and he replies, "Yep. We're still the good guys". Then, on page 83 the son asks if they're going to be ok and the father says, "Yes. Because we're carrying the fire". This idea repeats to emphasize the strength their relationship has. I think the "fire" they're carrying represents the love they have for each other. This love is the reason why they're both still alive and pushing to stay that way.

Contrast: On page 74 the father thinks to himself, "I wash a dead man's brains out of his hair. That is my job". Here, it seems that he is a bad guy, washing parts of the man he killed out of his own sons hair. But then one page 77 he talks with his son about how they're the good guys. A big question throughout this book is what defines good and evil in a world of nothing?

2 ?s: Why does the man think that his son is sad when he's playing the flute?
Did the man kill the dog?

The Road- Section 1

The road- journal topics

Questions: 1. What is the Dad questioning doing? (Pg. 29) 
2. Who is the woman in the mans dream? 

Contrasts and Parallels:

Parallel: The idea of "ever" is repeated in this first section. On page 24, the boy asks his father if this is the last soda he'll ever get to drink and his father responds, "ever's a long time". On page 28 it says, "Ever is a long time. But the boy knew what he knew. That ever is no time at all". I think "ever" represents the idea that the end is unknown for the father and his son. They don't know when they're going to die or if they'll ever find a place beyond the ash. 

Contrast: On page 15 it says, "A blackness to hurt your ears with listening" and then, "No sound but the wind in the bare and blackened trees". These lines contrast because one states that the ears are hurting and another says there is no sound. How could ears be hurting with no sound to cause it? I think McCarthy is trying to emphasize how quiet and dead the world is that it even causes pain to the ears. The pain of wanting to hear something. 

Memory: In this section, we only hear about the fathers memories. The boy doesn't have many specific, intriguing ones because he's grown up in a world of nothing. Memory is such an important theme in this book because it's the only thing people have to hold on to. The positive memory the father has of the lake is a positive thing he can look back on, which can help him move forward towards the hopeless future. Memories are also things the father can share with his son, which can get their minds off what they're going through. The memories help remind them that there once was a world before all of this darkness. 

McCarthys created world: The father's whole world is revolved around the safety and life of his son. His wife left them because she couldn't do it anymore, but he won't give up on his son. His son is his reason for living. He tries to create a safe world for his son and is always there to answer he questions and reassure him. On page 35 the boy asks, "how do you know?" and he replies, "I just know". The father's role in this world is to protect his son: "My job is to take care of you" (77). 

My Creation: On page 66, the father shoots the man that was holding his son at knife point. It says, "The boy was lying in his lap with no expression on his face at all". For this moment, I would use a close up of the boys face. I think the idea that he had no expression is very important. This expression would really show how much the boy has been through because he's so used to blood and violence that it doesn't come as much of a shock. This scene would have a collection of shots switching between the boy and his father, expressing the difference in their state of mind. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Section #1: Pages 9-106

Contrast: "Once or twice, some quiet sobbing out of sight" (pg 15). "Or the slamming of kitchen cupboard doors" (pg 15). This is a contrast of sadness and anger. When reading about the quiet sobbing, readers can assume that she's a sad woman. But then we realize, through the slamming of cupboards, that she is also angry. The difference of emotion shows us that she is very complicated and creates a confusing environment for David.

Parallel: In this first section, we see/read about his mother slamming cupboards, his father hitting a punching bag, and his brother beating his drums. The idea of anger and violence is repeated and shown through every character so far, except David.

Question: Who's the character that comes to watch David while his mom's out?

Images: In both images on page 17, David is simply a figure in the background. My eye is drawn to his father in the first picture. David sits in the shadow, trying to explain how he felt out of place as a child. The darkness he's in emphasizes his distance from his father. In the second image, we see a close-up of his brother. David is standing in the distance, again trying to show how he is out of place. This time, his brother is shaded, but since we have a close-up of him we are drawn to him first. In both images, David is a different "color" than his family, portraying his uniqueness. He is the only one in the family that doesn't use force/violence to get anger out and these images help readers discover the importance/impact of that difference.

Section #2: Pages 107-156

Contrast: When Mrs. Dillon noticed the growth on David's neck, his Mom was very angry about having to spend money on a doctor. She screams at David and becomes very frustrated. A couple pages later, the pictures show her spending loads of money on a car and furniture. This contrast shows the resentment his Mom has towards him. She blames David for spending money on something that isn't his fault, and then goes and spends money on things she does not need.

Question: Did David's dad really get a raise? Or just decide to spend his money on his wife?

Images: On page 122, his mom is shaded dark in all 3 frames. In the last image, she is screaming at David about spending money on a doctor. In this image we also get a close-up of her face, showing her true anger and disgust. The background is white which emphasizes the darkness in her face. The shading represents her dark tone and attitude.

Section #3: Pages 157-242

Parallel: On page 182, David dreams that he is exploring his mouth after surgery. He's disappointed when he finds out the doctors have taken away one of his vocal chords. And then on page 216, he finds himself "living" in his mouth again. This image represents how trapped and alone David feels.

Question: What is the animal/thing David dreams about on pages 196-200? Why is it saying Mama?

Frames: On pages 204-205, we see frames only showing David's eyes. He's reading the letter that his mother wrote, discovering that he has cancer. As he reads more into the letters, the shots get more and more close-up. This way readers can see the true confusion, anger, and fear of David. All the frames stay the same size, until the last one. At first we see anger in David's eyes, then confusion, and in the last frame sadness. The last frame is the largest to show that he's more upset than angry or confused.  

Section #4: Pages 243-312

Parallel: David had been used to lies after he was kept in the dark about his health. His therapist was the first one to tell him the truth about something. He tells him that his mother does not love him. Later in the section, his father decides to tell him the truth about something as well. He admits to giving his son cancer after all the x-rays he put him through. For once, David discovers a lot of truth.

Question: Did David's mother tell his therapist that she did not love him? Was that her way of telling him?

Images: On pages 260-261, all the images are shaded dark. There's also a lot of rain and clouds. These images portray David's emotions after being told that his mother does not love him. There are no people in these pictures, representing his emptiness. He feels alone at this point and these images are there to express his state of mind.

Section #5: Pages 315-back

Contrast: In the beginning of the section, David is living inside an enclosed wall. He stays content here until he finds his mother making a pathway for him to leave. Even though he feels stay safe, he is being told to leave.

Question: What is the significance of the car? Is there one?

Images: The image on the last page represents what his future could have been like. The building is shaded dark, making it look cold and lonely. His mother is shown at the bottom, guiding him towards this building. The only thing on the next page are the words, "I didn't". This page is white and seems almost bright. This represents how for once, he didn't let his family influence his future. He turned his once dark life into something bright.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Still shot- Minority Report

This shot is a long shot because it shows Anderton and all of his surroundings. It is neither a high  angle or low angle shot. It's in the third person point of view. Anderton is small in this shot while watching himself kill someone. He is small because at this point in time he feels powerless against the accusations of pre crime. Also, the screen on the left side is the biggest object in the shot, showing the power of technology. It is also the most important object in the shot because its on the left side and viewers watch from left to right.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Oedipus/ Minority Report Questions

1. Oedipus is definitely responsible for his own tragic fate. The curse was unknown by many, including Oedipus, and could have stayed that way if he hadn't brought it to attention. These evident mistakes are caused not only by the power given him, but also the complete dependency of his people. We see the control get to Oedipus's head when he forces the people of Thebes to give him information regarding the murder of Laius. But once he received the feedback he had been demanding for, Oedipus completely shut it down: "Tiresias: You are the curse, the corruption of the land!' Oedipus: 'You, shameless- aren't you appalled to start up such a story?'(603-605). He becomes unable to see any other perspective but his own, which only helped reveal the curse. When Jocasta starts to piece together Oedipus's true fate, she tries to keep him from it. However, he is too stubborn and arrogant to listen to her or accept her protection: "Oedipus: Listen to you? No more. I must know it all, must see the truth at last.' Jocasta: 'No, please- for your sake- I want the best for you!" (1168-1171). Oedipus makes the fatal mistake of letting the power he received destroy his intelligence. It took away any rational, sensible thoughts he should've possessed as a leader. Thinking so highly of himself, he refused any advice from those around him. He became blind to his own reality which eventually brought the curse to life.

2. In my opinion, Oedipus fails as a king. It may seem that he was very concerned about the well-being of his people, but I think he saw saving everyone as an opportunity to gain more fame and power. We see this love of control in him when he makes dramatic speeches promising to destroy the terror that has made it's way into their lives. He never does anything on his own and relies on others to bring information/ideas to him. Also, he completely disregards anything his people have to say if he does not agree. For example, he ignores the chorus when they suggest that killing Creon would be a mistake. His final decision to let Creon go was based on his change of heart, not the opinion of his people. The one noble trait that Oedipus possessed was determination. Despite any negative motives, he never gave up on searching for Laius's murderer.

3. The major mistake that brought Oedipus to such disgrace was his attempt to live a life he was not made for. Towards the beginning, Oedipus portrays himself as a fearless, invincible king. The people of Thebes are fully convinced that all the power should be in Oedipus's hands. This only adds to his confidence that grows immensely throughout the story. At one point he believes that he is an even higher power than the Gods. This absurd mind-set is quickly diminished when things start to go wrong for Oedipus. He breaks down as soon as he finds out that his true fate is far from being the ruler of Thebes. True colors were shown after this once unstoppable leader becomes easily mortified by his actual identity. Unable to face anyone, Oedipus goes to the extreme of carving out his eyes. He then requests to be hidden far away from Thebes. Clearly, Oedipus was nothing but a weak man trying to believe that he was born a courageous king. This false identity ultimately led to his disgrace.

4. In the beginning of the film, John Anderton believes he can control destiny. He is completely confident that the pre-cogs can predict crimes and that it is his job to stop them. But when one day it is predicted that John will kill, he is shocked and has trouble believing it. This is similar to when Oedipus could not accept that he was destined to kill his father. John goes on a journey to try and prove his innocence and hopes to find that pre-crime could have made a mistake. The scene where Anderton decides not to shoot Crow is very important because in that moment he fully realizes that destiny cannot be controlled and that pre-crime is not valid. Oedipus also faces the fact that destiny cannot be controlled when the curse catches up to him.

5. Eyes are very important in the movie because they control everything. The pre-cogs have visions of the future that plays a huge role in the success of pre-crime. John Anderton has to undergo eye replacement in order to prevent being tracked. Eyes and visions have complete control over the destiny of others. They change the world in this movie because it creates a false reality that these people of the future live in.

6. Some of the technology we use today is very similar to what was created in the movie. In the film pre-crime was very new and controversial, just like much of the technology in society today. We already are very reliant on our technology and I can imagine that it will only get worse in 44 years. The everyday need of technology determines our future immensely because with constant demand comes new supply.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Movies I Saw This Summer

Movies at Theatre:

The Great Gatsby

Monsters University

Movies at Home:


The Big Wedding


Minority Report

The Call

The Collection

Identity Thief

The Impossible