Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Extra Credit Study Guide Questions for Dracula

Chapter 5
Q: Is it cocky of the men to think they can win Lucy over if she's not in love with another man?
A: Yes and no. Yes, because men think that all women need a man in their lives to live because they cannot support themselves. No, because Lucy was flattered by all of the men's requests. She even sort of wished that she could be married to all three.

Chapter 9
Q: What do you think about husbands and wives having secrets? Should they not have any secrets? What about things like separate bank accounts, checking email and phone accounts, and boy's night out? How much individuality should be allowed?
A: It depends why the spouse is holding a secret from the other. If it is to genuinely protect the other (and not just themselves) then it should be okay. However, all other things important and necessary that need to be out in the open in order to have a healthy and truthful relationship should be said. I believe in joint bank accounts because once you are married, you become a family, and families should share. Separate email and phones are fine because if you cannot trust your spouse enough for "little" things like that, why marry them in the first place? No trust equals a very emotionally torturous and insecure marriage. Boy's night out: go ahead. Have some fun but not dirty fun. After two people are joined together by marriage, individuality should still play a part in each person's lives because personality and characteristics is what gets people together in the first place. Having too much or too little individuality is not that important because everyone should be striving to be like God anyway.

Chapter 17
Q: Should we keep personal diaries? They may cause pain to others...
A: I used to keep one from 6th grade to 10th grade (more or less). I have probably filled out around over 6 of them. I told my family and friends that when I die, do not read it, and just throw it away or BURN them because I know that it may cause pain to others. No doubt about it. I do not keep one anymore. The reason why I used to is because I wanted to look back one day and reminisce and laugh about what I thought was important and compare it to what I think is important now.

Q: "We women have something of the mother in us that makes us rise above smaller matters when the mother spirit is invoked. I felt this big sorrowing man's head resting on me, as though it were that of a baby that some day may life on my bosom, and I stroked his hair as though he were my own child. I never thought at the time how strange it all was" (Stoker, para. 61). Is this strange?
A: Yes, it is a little strange because it is not everyday that a grown man lets his emotions flow in front of a woman. Guys just have too much pride for that. I think it is okay though, for women to act as the motherly figure when a guy needs it the most. God made people for people. What use is it having friends if you cannot bawl out to them once in a while?

Q: "No one but a woman can help a man when he is in trouble of the heart, and he had no one to comfort him" (Stoker, para. 65). True statement?
A: Yes, it is a true statement. There is a difference though from back then and now: REBOUND GIRL! That is what they would call it now, however I do think that there can be such thing as a girl friend who can help their guy friend "heal the wounds of his heart" after a break up -- not without some level of emotion being involved. Another reason why I think it is true is because women are just naturally more sensitive to emotions compared to another bloke friend. Sometimes guys need some pity in order to find comfort to start the grieving process.

Stoker, B. (1987). Dracula. Book Glutton. Retrieved May 30, 2009 from http://www.bookglutton.com/detail/Bram+Stoker+/Dracula/126.html

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Vocab Away!

15 Vocabulary Terms from Dracula:
1. Argumentativeness: fond of or given to argument and dispute

2. Athwart: from side to side

3. Condition: social position; a particular mode of being of a person or thing

4. Dogged: persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious

5. Drugged: to stupefy or dull with or as if with a drug

6. Friend: a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard; a person who is on good terms with another

7. Horror: an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear

8. Idle: not working or active

9. Moment: an indefinitely short period of time

10. Mundane: of or pertaining to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly; common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative

11. Rebuff: a blunt or abrupt rejection, as of a person making advances

12. Strength: the quality or state of being strong

13. Unwound: to undo or loosen from or as if from a coiled condition

14. Vulpine: cunning or crafty

15. Zoophagous: carnivorous

7. Horror shoots through the veins of Jonathan Harker when he sees Dracula in the streets of London.

11. According to Van Helsing, Dracula has the strength of 20 men.

13. When Mina unwound the cloack from Lucy's neck, there were "pin" marks, which was later found to be vampire bites.

15. The zoophagous patient Renfield drew attention to himself like no other patient did.

All definitions from Dictionary.com!
N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Sep. 2009 .

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Study Guide

Chapter 4

Q. Briefly summarize the most important events of chapter 4 and create a Wordle image.
A. Harker is asked to write letters to his employer and Mina saying that he his safe and has left the castle. The letters are to be dated a month from what the day was then. Harker asks to leave immediately, and the Count let's him. However, there is a pack of wolves out in the forest that ate a lady several days before. He scales the castle's walls to get to Dracula's room to find that the Count is either sleeping or dead in a box. On June 30, Jonathan decides to scale the wall to Dracula's room again finding the Count looking younger with blood on his lips. He tried to kill the campire with no avail.

Wordle: k
Chapter 5

Q. What are your thoughts on proposals?
A. Proposals do not necessarily have to be romantic at a romantic restaurant with romantic music playing in the background. However, the right timing and preferably the right person is imperative. :)