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Monday, October 29, 2012

"Legend of Sleepy Hollow" vocab

Prudently- with common sense
Implore- ask urgently
Reverie- a spell or trance
Sequester- isolate
Apbons- popularity
Hessian- 18 century german solider
Belated- late
Inbibed- drunk in
Oneris- burdensome
Rustic- primitive
Magnanimous- unanimous
Grievous- concern, over the top
Ingratiate- to win favor
Pedagogue- teacher
Peculiar- strange  

One technique in "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is suspension of disbelief, this technique makes the reader forget that she/he is reading and draws them so deep into the story, they believe it is being experienced in real time. The best example I can think of is when you are in a movie theater/ or reading a book and your mind is so focused on the story you are numb to the fact that you are sitting down in an area that is irrelevant to the story.    

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Begining of "Legend of Sleepy Hallow"

              Well from looking up others thoughts were on the tone of this story, many said the mood was spooky and mysterious and the tone is almost sarcastic. The begining give you a little background information on when and where this takes place, but also the way it is read allows the ready to get a feel for how the narrator is depicting everything. Doing this draws the reader into the story more, making them forget they are reading a book and filling in a sense of reality. This has been used in the example "the blair witch project" first the put in the news that there were missing campers, slowly the kept feeding information to the media about these people so others would forget that the movie was JUST A MOVIE. Everything was staged, but because of the build up in story made others forget what was right in front of their face.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vocab #8

 flout- openly disregard
 caveat- a warning or caution
 blazon- to describe(a coat of arms) in proper terms
 filch- to take something of little value
 fractious- easily irritated, bad tempered  
 equitable- having or exhibiting equity
 autonomy- independence 
 addendum- a thing to be added
 amnesty- a general pardon for offenses
 axiomatic- self-evident and unquestionable
 extricate- free someone or something
 soporific- tending to induce drowsiness 
 scathing- withering, scornful
 unwieldy- difficult to carry or move 
 vapid- offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging 
 prognosticate- foretell or prophesy
 sepulchral- relating to a tomb or internment
 salutary- producing good effects
 straitlaced- excessively strict in manners, morals, or opinion
 scourge- to whip or lash
 precept- direction given as a rule of conduct
 transient- lasting only for a short time

Monday, October 22, 2012

Presidential Debate and Logical Fallacies.

   There where many Fallacies throughout this entire debate. I heard Romney say he wants to build a stronger bond with china, but wants to put tariffs on their exports. He claims that we will be friends with chine but still keep them in check. Now to me that doesn't sound like such a solid bargain, especially since we (along with others) own china a total of about 4.5 trillion dollars. 

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Vocab mid-term

Admit- confess to be true.
Amicable- Friendliness, without serious disagreement.
Averse- Strong dislike, opposition to something
Beligerent- Hostile and agressive
Benevolent- Well meaning, friendly
Cursory- Hasty, not detailed
Duplicity- Deceitfulness in speech
Extol- To praise highly
Feasible- To do easily, conviently
Grimace- Disgust, disapproval
Holocaust- Destruction or slaughter.
Impervious- Not penetrable  
Impetus- Impulse, a moving force
Jeopardy- Risk of loss or danger
Meticulous- Showing great attention to detail.
Nostalgia- Longing for things, persons, or situation in time.
Quintessence- concentrated essence of a substance.
Retrogress- go back to a worse state.
Scrutinize- Exam of inspect closely.
Tepid- Slightly warm
 allude-refer to something the author thinks you should know.
 clairvoyant- able to perceive things beyond sense.
 conclusive- final; decisive
 disreputable- of poor reputation.
 endemic- pervasive in a particular place.
 exemplary-of note worth importance.
 fathom- measure of ocean depth; to understand.
 guile- to trick; trickiness.
 integrity- integrate thought, word, and action.
 itinerary- trip schedule.
 misconstrue- misunderstand; misrepresent.
 obnoxious- rude
 placate- calm down; satisfy.
 placid- calm; peaceful.
 plagiarism- taking someones work;representing it as your own.
 potent- powerful.
 pretext-irrational
 protrude- to stick out.
 stark- obvious; clear.
 superficial- shallow; at a surface level.

 coherent-sticking together.
 belabor-to beat severely.
 eschew-to keep away from (something harmful or disliked.)
 acquisitive-eager to acquire.
 emulate- to copy or imitate.
 arrogate-to seize something without justification.
 banal-dull or stale as because of overuse.
 excoriation-to strip, scratch, or rub off the skin of.
 congeal-to solidify or thicken by cooling or freezing.
 carping-tending to carp, or find fault.
 substantiate- to prove a claim to be true.
 temporize-to suit one's actions to the time.
 largesse-money given with ease.
 tenable-to be sustained or maintained.
 insatiable-appetite for something that cannot be satisfied.
 reconnaissance-an exploratory survey or examination.
 germane- something relevant to the topic ramify.
 ramified-spread; branch out
 intransigent-someone stubborn or unwilling to change his views.
 taciturn- someone who doesn't say much.
 invidious-something that is likely to cause anger.
 hackneyed- made commonplace or trite
 approbation- approval; commendation
 innuendo- an indirect intimation about a person or thing, especially ofa disparaging or a derogatory nature
 coalition- a combination or alliance
 elicit- to draw or bring out or forth
 hiatus- a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series,action, etc. 
 assuage-to make milder or less severe
 decadence- the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state
 expostulate- to reason earnestly with someone against something that personintends to do or has done
 simulate- to create a simulation likeness, or model of a situation 
 jaded- dulled or satiated by overindulgence
 umbrage- offense; annoyance; displeasure
 prerogative- an exclusive right, privilege
 lurid- gruesome; horrible; revolting
 transcend- to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed
 provincial- belonging or peculiar to some particular province 
 petulant- moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially oversome trifling annoyance
 unctuous- characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor
 meritorious- deserving praise, reward, esteem
1.)  In 1984, Winston Smith lives in London which is part of the country Oceania. The world is divided into three countries that include the entire globe: Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia.  Oceania, is a totalitarian society led by Big Brother, which censors everyone’s behavior, even their thoughts.  Winston is fed up with his controlled life and secretly want to join the Brotherhood, a group of underground rebels intent on overthrowing the government(or so it seems).  Winston meets Julia and they secretly fall in love and have an affair, which is considered a crime.  One day, while walking home, Winston meets O’Brian, an inner party member, who gives Winston his information.  Winston has a deep stare at O’Brian before, Which he can recall this event in a dream he had before. Dreams that give him the impression that O’Brian was a member of the Brotherhood. Winston and Julia went to O’Brian’s house together where they were introduced into the Brotherhood.  O’Brian is actually a faithful member of the Inner-Party( the bad guys) and this is actually a trap for Winston, a trap that O’Brian has been setting for seven years.  Winston and Julia are sent to the Ministry of Love(ironic because this is where they teach hatred) which is a sort of rehabilitation center for criminals.  There, Winston was tortured until his beliefs where evaporated with those of the Party.  Winston rejects everything he believed in, even his love for Julia, and was released back into the public where he wastes his days at the Chestnut Tree drinking gin.

2.) This book's theme is to  warn people about the dangers of totalitarian government. This novel also has anti utopian aspects. 
3.) George Orwell (actual name: Eric Blair)'s tone is to let society know that if they let the government have too much power, soon the people will have no say/power at all.     

Examples: “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU,” the authorities are scrutinizing them. 
 the Party( totalitarian government) is able to control reality, convincing its subjects that 2 + 2 = 5. 
The Party( totalitarian government) controls every source of information, managing and rewriting the content of all newspapers and histories for its own ends.