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Answer to Amanda's question on Huck: I think that huck wants people to be free to think and do what they want in life. When society forces Huck to live under conditions he doesn't agree with he runs away. his desire to escape the restrictions he was living under show that freedom is very important to him. huck thinks poeple should do what makes them happy and comfortable, and not what a society tells them to do. John
#16: Richard Chase talks about how there is no change in the book except that huck goes against the thoughts of society at the time in order to remain faithful to Jim and help him to freedom. it is related to the New Testament on how people should be treated. it also goes on to say that even outcasts of sociey suck as Huck can do some good things and make the right moral choice in life. I agree with this because even though Huck is uneduacted and not civilized, he is able to listen to his conscience and make the decision to help Jim to safety. John
Question about the Huck documentary: I agree with Dani and mostly everybody else . twain told the story the only way it could be told. by using racist language such as the word "nigger" he was being true to the times, and thats how southern whites commonly refered to black people in that era. though i know that this is a terrible word and should not be spoken today, in the 1800's white people thought it was acceptable. though since it does have such offensive language i think that people are justified when they refuse to read it in schools.
the comment above was by John
Hey Mr. M. This is my answer to the favorite poetry one. As we both know im not very good with poetry becuase im to slow to really understand the deep meanings of them. My favorite poem that ive ever read is the Raven becuase its keeps my attention and tells a story at the same time. I understood the deep meanings. I think i like the ryming becuase i have a short attention spand and my simple mind cant stick with the poems that dont have a ryme in them. Since the Raven is my favorite poem (party becuase the simpons used it)i guess i would have to go with Poe and his nutty friends. They keep my attention and even make my simple brain see deeper into things. -J (P.S. side note to Mr.M. Just wanted to say i was sorry one more time for dropping the F bomb in class on friday... sometimes my stupid mouth talks before my stupid brain thinks.. my bad)
This week's questions: #1-Does John Proctor actually love Abigail, or is she just a fling? #2-Why is it that all of the girls follow Abigail in her lies?
#1- John Procter loves Abigal, but tries not to show it. He has a "trust" issue. He commited adultry and has no excuse for it. He obviously can't be too attached to Elizabeth if he cheats on her with the "whore" Abigal.
#2- The girls follow Abigal because they don't know what else to do and because they are scared of her. She threatened them earlier so what would stop her now? NOTHING! She is a psycho and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. They all fear Abigal...she is the devil and a "whore"
#1. I think John did love Abigail. I think he could have loved her deeply at one time, but since Elizabeth came into his life, I think he moved on. She just doesn't seem to get the hint that he doesn't care for her anymore. I think she needs some attention, that's one reason for telling all the lies she has told so far.
#2 I agree with Dani. The girls are afraid of Abigail. I also think they know they did something wrong, but don't want to have to face the punishment of being whipped. I think they all think that Abigail can get them out of a whipping by telling all these lies and saying it was all witch craft. I think, if there's a witch here at all, that it is Abigail. Everyone think sit's Tituba, but I think that they just don't understand her cultral differences. ~Leigh Courtemanche
All the girls follow Abby because they know that she can turn on you as quick as a snap of the finger. They know if they turn on her she will accuse them of being witches too. All of the girls are afaird of Abby that's why they follow her in her lies. ~ Trish Goodwin
#1: I do not believe that John loves Abigail. I think that it is a mere attraction and not real love. John's wife got sick, and he got bored and Abigail was the first thing to catch his eye. I believe that he does have a love for his wife but has the shadow hanging over his head of adultary and cannot look at her in the same manner.
#2: Abigail seems to be the ring leader of all of the girls. She has some kind of control over them which is not witch craft but merely social. She threatens them which im sure scared all of them. Im sure they all despise her and would love to rat her out, but they know there would be consiquences for them since they were a part of it also.
Above from Jessica Schlieben
#1: I don't think that Abigal is just a fling in the eyes of John Proctor. I think that he truly has some feelings for her. Whether they are of love or infatuation it is hard to tell, but they definetely were strong in the way that they linger with him. However, he is certainly ashamed of the acts of adultery he committed while with her. Being a Puritan, and having a respect for God leads him down the straight and narrow path to what might be called "goodness". I also think that he, unlike most of the other people in Salem is trying to take the lessons of God outside of the church building and apply them to his daily life. In his attempt to "start over", he means to "please" Elizabeth and recognize her with respect, regardless of his past.
#2: Abigal, no matter how one tries to deny it, is a leader. However, she is a leader through persuasion. It is the fear of those girls with her in the forest the night before "it" all began, both of the situation and of Abigal's threats that lead them to follow her lies. By then, everyone is beginning to get so caught up in fear and desperation that whatever will keep them from being hanged is enticing. -Kristine Seigars-
1. John does not love Abigail, it was only a fling and he is trying to put it behind him. 2. All of the other girls are afraid Abigail will point at them and call them a witch, so before she can do that they join her in saying other people are witches to save their own skin. -Justin
#1) I think that he does love Abigail. He tries very hard to defend Abigail, whereas with his wife he doesn't really say or do much to defend her when Mr. Hale is at their house. #2) They follow her for two reasons, one because she is the "leader." But more importantly, the second reason they follow her is because they know that if they don't confess, then they will be hung, by confessing they save themselves. -Mike
#1) I don't think that John Proctor loves Abigail. She is just a fling to him, probably becuase he is confused right now about his love life, and doesn't know what he really wants right now. He probably got married very young, and didn't know what love was at the time, so he is not sure how he should feel about Abigail.
#2) All of the girls follow Abigail in her lies because they know that if they don't then they will be accused of being a witch. At this time in history, if you did not follow the crowd when people were accusing a person of being a witch, then you would most likely be accused yourself. The only reason the girls are following Abigail is to protect themselves, because there is no other way they can against all the lies being thrown.
#1. John does not love Abby. If he did he would show more kindness towards her. His wife found out about his relations wih Abby, so at that time he did not have to hide it from his wife any longer and if he really loved Abby he would probably have left his wife for her.
#2. Abby is like the leader of the pack. The other girls look up to her and fear her. She has threatend the girls before. She told them that if they said anything about her drinking blood she would do something horrible to them. The other girls are used to doing what Abby says and are scared not to. ~Kayla
Q#1 I believe that this "relationship" w/ abibail is a hard one for John he loves her but there are to many other comittments in his life and this Witch craft bit is making him concerned. Q#2 Abigail has strong leadership skills, she is outspoken, outgoing an so forth. Along with her qualities she is a typical teenager- testing boundries. -A.Cleary
#1 John does not love abigail, he just wanted a change from his wife, and he was using her for his own pleasure he does not really care about her and he is trying to forget that anything ever happened #2 The girls follow abigail because they were confuse and scared that they might get punished. doing what abigail says is the easy way out. also they know that if they were to go against what she said, they would be accused. since she is the leader of the girls they have no choice but to follow Nieskens.
Answer #1: John Proctor did not love Abigail. He didn't have a good relationship with his wife, so he got attention for Abigail. It was only a fling that could have happened to be with any girl that had the guts to be with a married man. Answer #2: The girls followed Abigail because they were afraid that they would be accused and maybe even killed, if they went against Abigail and the rest of the group. There would be more than one testimony against that person if they had told the truth. Since they all participated together, in the "dancing", they would stay together through all the accusations. It was all driven by fear.-Annelies
#1. I believe that John Proctor does not love Abigail. He actually loves his wife and is ashamed of the adultery that he had previously committed. Whele Abigail was just a fling for him, I think his fatherly vibe is coming through and thats why he still talks to her- he wants to help and guide her because he sees a week and confused girl with a tough exterior. #2. I agree with Dani and Leigh when I say that Abigail is a scary psycho that leads the girls into lies with fear. The girls lie because it's easy and they don't want to get in trouble.
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Answer to poetry question: I like modern poetry over revolutionary poetry because its easier to understand and more enjoyable to read. My favorite poet we have read is probably Robert Frost, and my favorite poem would be "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" J0HN
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