Author Cormac McCarthy

Author Cormac McCarthy

1. What authors or genres of writing are cited as influencing McCarthy’s writing style?

 In the article, he mentions Faulkner the most, so I think Faulkner is his most looked up to writer. Faulkner is often recognized as the greatest American writer in American history, so maybe McCarthy wants to be in his level of writing. There was one quote that stood out. The quote says, “Cormac McCarthy has practiced the Joycean virtues of silence, exile and cunning more faithfully thatn any other contemporary author.” This basically says that he is a independent writer that does not get influenced by any other writer of his time.

2. How does McCarthy treat human characters in his story as opposed to landscape and animals like horses?

 In the first part of All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy dedicated one whole book to write about the background and the setting of the story. This is how important landscape and setting is to McCarthy. He writes endlessly about the landscape and also he talks a lot about the horses. The horses are an essential theme to the book and this shows how important these themes are compared to the human characters. Human characters are not that important  in his books and they are just figures to drive the plot of the story.

3. What type of dialogue does the article state McCarthy uses?

 The article says that his dialogue is long, descriptive, and realistic. He has a “deadly ear” for appropriate prose. He uses inaccurate punctuation and spelling to portray a realistic dialogue. However, after reading All the Pretty Horses, I don’t agree with the part saying his dialogue is long. I thought that his dialogue was very short and abrupt and non descriptive. I agree that it was realistic, using Spanish words and short sentences because the characters were not educated that well.

4. What is notable about his diction (word choice)?

McCarthy uses words out of the norm. Sometimes, he makes up his own words. These are called neologisms. In the article it says that he has a developed sense of wording from the history of English writing, “His diction and phrasing come from all over the evolutionary history of English and combine into a prose that seems to invent itself as it unfolds, resembling Elizabethan language in its flux of remarkable possibilities.”

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Field Trip to the DMZ

April 29, 2009

When I first came to Korea during the summer of 2006, although I was a citizen of South Korea, I didn’t really know

Military Demarcation Line marker on the south side of the Bridge of No Return.

Military Demarcation Line marker on the south side of the Bridge of No Return.

 what was going on between North Korea and South Korea, except that they had a big war in the past and have been separated for quite sometime. I did  not know people would escape North Korea to come here. Now I’ve been here for almost three years now and I have a better understanding of what goes on.

This video was about a 20 year old girl that escaped from North Korea. Her name is Haejung, although it is not real because she doesn’t want the North Korean government to harm her family, who all still reside in North Korea. Haejung attends Hangyeore High School, a special boarding school that helps children from North Korea to adapt to a new style of life in South Korea. These children have no parents for guidance and have to grow up on their own. Teachers live in the school to point these children in the right direction and help them live a successful life. These students eat, live, sleep, and study in this school. It is basically their home because they have no where else to go.

U.S. and Korean soldiers monitor the Korean Demilitarized Zone

U.S. and Korean soldiers monitor the Korean Demilitarized Zone

These children go on annual trips to the DMZ to “visit” their parents and siblings that are still stuck in North Korea. For me, going to the DMZ is just another trip to see more of South Korea. However, to these children, this trip is just a fraction of revisiting their old homes. In the video, I remember them screaming to their parents that they miss them and want to see them. I was very touched by this part of the video. Screaming their hearts out and just maybe, their family members can hear his/her voice and letting them know that he/she is safe. I wonder how it feels for them to have a chance at improving their lives while their family members are still trapped in North Korea. I admire the kids that are able to go through this kind of suffering at such a young age.

Examples of Modernism

April 7, 2009

One of the major themes of modernism is architecture. The Empire State building is the tallest building in the world. In pre-modernism times, buildings probably would not even reach one-fourth the height of the Empire State Building. Because of new ideas, buildings like the Empire State Building can even touch the skies.

One of the major themes of modernism is architecture. The Empire State building is the tallest building in the world. In pre-modernism times, buildings probably would not even reach one-fourth the height of the Empire State Building. Because of new ideas, buildings like the Empire State Building can even touch the skies.

Another theme of modernism is artwork. Arguably known as one of the greatest painters of all time, Picasso created many pieces of artwork with a style that nobody has ever seen before. This is just one of his examples, using oddly shaped figures to shape the human body instead of using the traditional round curves to portray the human body.

Another theme of modernism is artwork. Arguably known as one of the greatest painters of all time, Picasso created many pieces of artwork with a style that nobody has ever seen before. This is just one of his examples, using oddly shaped figures to shape the human body instead of using the traditional round curves to portray the human body.

Dance is also another theme in modernism. The norm for pre-modernism times for dancing was the slow type of dancing with synchronized movements. However, modernism created new dancing styles, such as the tango, that has fast movements and has an irregular beat system that the people dance to. 

Dance is also another theme in modernism. The norm for pre-modernism times for dancing was the slow type of dancing with synchronized movements. However, modernism created new dancing styles, such as the tango, that has fast movements and has an irregular beat system that the people dance to.
Long time ago, females were only allowed to wear skirts and "non-male" clothing. Modernism changed the style of women, mostly wearing jeans instead of skirts. Taking a further step, there is now a blend of the two, jean skirts. Modernism has innovated the style of clothing and is still changing today. 
Long time ago, females were only allowed to wear skirts and “non-male” clothing. Modernism changed the style of women, mostly wearing jeans instead of skirts. Taking a further step, there is now a blend of the two, jean skirts. Modernism has innovated the style of clothing and is still changing today.