The Theory Behind Notes

In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston encounters a suspicious girl in a hallway who trips and falls. When Winston runs to help her up, she slips a note into his hand. In this totalitarian society they live in, it is nearly impossible to deliver any sort of message to another person, for fear of being caught and incinerated.…

Mystery of the Unknown

Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, is filled with mystery. From Marlow journeying into the unknown to the mystery behind Kurtz, I began thinking about the mystery of my future. I’m waiting for college decisions to come out. And well, I’M FREAKING OUT. Where am I going to go? What if nobody wants me? What if,…

The Road to Valentine’s Day

This is what comes up when I search Valentine’s Day in Google. Sickening, isn’t it? So artificial. So cliche. So fake. I don’t exactly consider myself a “pink” kind of girl. Meaning I’m not into frill and gross heart covered flowers. I don’t understand why society has deemed it necessary to artificially schedule a day…

What Makes Memories

Think back to three days ago, and try to remember what you ate for lunch. Not too hard? Okay, what about three weeks ago? Chances are, you probably won’t remember. I recently found a birthday card that I wrote for my little brother when he turned four; I was eight at the time. The birthday…

The Literal Meaning is Ambiguous

Duck or Rabbit? Young Lady or Old Woman? Faces or Vase? All of the above pictures are ambiguous, and I stared at all of them for a long time until I saw both of the images. I read an essay recently by Stanley Fish that heavily discussed what literal meanings were and how ambiguity comes…

Striving for…disappointment?

We all know the myth of Sisyphus- He was punished for all eternity to roll a rock up a mountain only to have it roll back down when he reaches the top. Now, in this situation, Sisyphus is not choosing to strive for failure, but in effect, that is what he is doing. However, there is…

The Art of Communication

Recently, my English class all sat in class with Google Chrome books and had an online twitter chat together. At first, I found it strange because we were all communicating while staring at a computer screen. My initial thoughts were that we had been turned into zombies who were incapable of actually having human interaction.…