31 March 2011

'Women in Literature'

Another adultery.
Double affairs.

Women are portrayed in dark lights. Mostly.

I still remember wondering about the subject.
Two years ago, somebody asked me on TESLine: "I was wondering If you have any information on women in literature?" By the time I had no idea about the subject.
Thought it has something to do with Jane Austen, and some other female writers.
Thought we're exploring the artistic styles, values which truly represent woman's inner beauty.
Thought this course is going to uplift the masterpieces by these authoress.
Only to be disappointed later. I mean, NOW.

The short stories are actually novels.
The negativity is explained in great length.

These beauties and many more are innocent. We should've more positive issues about women.

30 March 2011

The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Questions For Discussion

1. How does The Awakening speak to the roles of women and the conventions of literature at the end of
the 19th century?

2. How does Kate Chopin use other characters in The Awakening in order to cast Edna Pontellier's
desires—and social limitations—in sharp relief?

3. In what ways does Chopin's The Awakening reflect attributes of literary realism, local color, and/or

4. How does the Louisiana setting and Creole culture of The Awakening work as an important
component of Edna's transformation?

5. How is the setting of the novel described? What are some unique features of the setting?

6. Examine the Creole culture. What are some attributes of Creole culture or behavior that are foreign to
Edna or exclude her? What is Edna's background—how is she different?

7. What does Madame Ratignolle mean when she says to Robert of Edna: "She is not one of us; she is
not like us. She might make the unfortunate blunder of taking you seriously"? How is Edna different?
What instances are there where Edna's "outsider" role affects or hinders her participation in Creole

8. Write an alternative ending to The Awakening, where Edna makes a choice other than suicide. How
would the story end? Would it compromise her "awakening?" – All groups must complete this task.

22 March 2011

Mona Lisa Smile (2003) - Questions for Discussion

Pick ONE question for your tribe (First come first serve basis!). Each group has to answer this question: What is the significance of the title "Monalisa Smile" in relation to this movie? No need for powerpoint slides.
  1. Discuss the role(s) of women in the 1950s as portrayed in the movie. How are they different from the view of Katherine Watson?
  2. Katherine Watson's teachings were labeled as "unorthodox". Explain and cite examples from the movie.
  3. Betty is seen to have a tremendous reaction towards Joanie's application to study in Yale. Why? If you were Betty, would you have similar reaction?
  4. Katherine Watson was said to be "subversive". What is your understanding of this term?
  5. Betty's marriage to Spencer – do you think she was happy? Note her mother's refusal to let her stay with her. Why?
  6. The movie shows relationships of several characters. Were they acceptable in the society at that time? Why / not?


BRB - Be Right Back

BTW - By The Way

BFF - Best Friends Forever

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

LMAO - Laughing My Ass Off

LOL - Laughing Out Loud

ROTFLMAO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off

SWAK - Sealed (or Sent) With A Kiss

RTM or RTFM - Read The Manual -or- Read The F***ing Manual

WTF - What The Fuge

XOXO - Hugs and Kisses

TLDR - Too Long; Didn't Read

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14 March 2011

What Berita Harian did was not so bad compared to this.

A joke in bad taste.

These people aren't even joking.
(Pearl Harbor references? Come on! We had it worse.)

08 March 2011

[TSL651] Of Grimm's Fairytale

Red riding hood: is it a fairy tale or just a bedtime story?

When you think about it, there's a little Red in all of us. Hood or no hood. We are the little Red in the hood. And all of us we're told by Mother to send a basket to Grandmother. Before leaving, mother told us to not stray away from the path. Just follow the path. You'll be at Grandma's in no time.

Unfortunately, the woods can be very tempting for little Red. The flowers. The animals. The waters. The unknown. Its just too tempting. Inevitably, little Red will go astray. And hey, little Red don't play by the rules. Are you going to take the path all the way to Grandma's or would you take the time to get dirty in the woods? Is Grandma really sick? Why the hell is Grandma living all alone in the middle in the woods? Is there something wrong between Mother and Grandma? What's it going to be, little Red?

And then, there is the Wolf. There is a wolf in the woods. There are wolves in the woods. If little Red follows the path, she could probably beat the wolf to Grandma's. Saves the trouble and the woodchuck could go on chucking woods peacefully. Or little Red could wander into the woods and run into the Wolf. Instant drama, if you'd ask me. These wolves, they don't always have sharp, teeth, sharp claws, long ears and always hairy. We all have our own wolves. Our very own personal wolves. We will encounter these wolves someday. We will deal with these wolves. Do we depend on the woodchuck to be there in time for a heroic rescue? Do fight these wolves ourselves? Do we make friends with them? Do these wolves bargain with us? What do we have to bargain?

The path Mother told us to go through sounds ideal. Sounds safe. Sounds boring. We are bound to go into the woods. We are bound to meet these wolves. We must face these wolves. We, little Red, need to learn lessons only can be learned from a journey in the woods. I recognize the fact that many might not be able to return to the path. Many might not survive the encounter with the wolf. Many might question how Grandma come to be the way she is now. Many will question the path.

The next time you're going to Grandma's, take a detour into the woods. Why not? What do you have to lose? Are we not curious of what adventure lies ahead? Go. Our wolves are waiting for us.

Tread lightly, Red dearest.

Inspired by The Path from Tale of Tales

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06 March 2011



  1. "A feminist writer tries to represent women in a positive way. A Feminist is a person who believes in the principle that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men." In what ways do you think this is true of Bessie Head in the story " The Collector of Treasures"? [ Rotu, Saboga ]
  2. What is the significance of the title "The Collector of Treasures"? Do you think it is a suitable title and how is it a commentary on the issue of feminism? [ Pagong, Jaburu ]
  3. "Her concerns are larger than feminism, her scope is much larger than feminism, she cared about many issues like ethnic and social inequality." Do you agree with this statement of Bessie Head? To what extent is this reflected in "The Collector of Treasures"? [ Tagi, Mogo-mogo ]
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