Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Short Story vs. Movie

     In Legend of the Sleepy Hollow, a story that was made into both a short story and movie, Ichabod Craine is the main character. In the short story, Ichabod is described as a school teacher who comes to hear about the headless horseman at a party and after encountering it, runs away to New York. However, in the movie, Ichabod's character is altered. In the movie he is a detective who is sent to Sleepy Hollow to solve the mystery of the headless horseman, and after encountering it, does not run away, but instead stays to defeat it. Overall, the changing of Ichabod's character and his actions made the movie more dramatic and interesting compared to the short story.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Digital or Physical Books?

     This topic is one that is usually heavily debated. On one hand, digital books are generally cheaper and much more eco-friendly, but on the other, some can find a physical book comforting or even easier to follow. My opinion on the subject is somewhat mixed, because I do not believe that paper printed books should be completely eliminated by any means, and I do not believe that electronic devices should replace them entirely either. I believe that should be up to the individual. If someone prefers to curl up with a good solid book in hand instead of a kindle or ipad in its place, I say, "so be it". To be completely in favor of the elimination of physical or electronic books is unreasonable, and a waste of time, for the reason that neither could ever actually happen without intense argument and protest. My personal opinion is that everyone should be able to read in whatever format they choose.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Regarding Benjamin Franklin's Remarks on the Savages

Benjamin-

     You begin your short essay by stating that both white men and Indians believe that their manners are appropriate and the only reason Indians are given the name "savage" is because their customs and manners differ from that of the white man. In my opinion, when the two cultures are compared, the customs of the white man appear to deserve the title of "savage" far more than the Indians. Although you do not directly say this in your essay, the stark contrast between the two cultures seems to make that argument for itself. You describe the Indians as polite, grateful, and kind people. Frankly, I could not agree more! I think the way in which you depict their way of life is inspiring especially when you write about the lengths they go to to avoid arguments and their extreme hospitality to all people. Their way of life is inspiring as well, especially compared to the white man's. The white men are so rude to the Indians and also invade their privacy. The differences you mentioned between the two cultures, which live in such close contact, is really surprising to me.