Thursday, September 29, 2016

Exploration 4 from Grant Davison

Part One

     I learned about how the movements in the south, especially Nashville, were very critical to how someone during this time period thought about segregation. Many college students and their families were affected and they had to deal with the pain. One thing I will definitely take away from the film is the amount of pride and passion there was in the sit ins, jails, and freedom rides. People would do anything to be heard and in the jails they sang to the point where they had their beds taken away. One quote I had regarding to the way the people thought about these protests was that Leo Lillard said "Why is segregation still even needed, or valid anymore?"This was very early in the video and before the freedom rides and Jail time.

     In my research on how CORE (Congress Of Racial Equality) affected black lives during this time, I found that CORE was one of the "big four" civil rights organizations during this time along with SCLC, SNCC, and NAACP.  In 1963, CORE helped organize the march on Washington which includes the end of the march where Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I have a dream" Speech.

Part Two

     For the first story I picked the short story "Enemies". I felt that a theme that stood out to me was the theme of pressure and worry. This was a stressful war for all of them and i think it took such a toll on Jensen that he no longer could relax. He had to worry about his surroundings while also fighting a war, gun shots blazing. Jensen probably felt the need to not mess up by taking his eyes of Strunk but in total he didn't need to watch him at all. I felt the writing was at its best on page 60 in the middle of the page. He talks about how Jensen couldn't relax and his strategies for watching Strunk. One thing I was wondering was why Strunk didn't have his other troops help them sit down and talk, obviously he didn't want to fight with him, so they should've resolved the problem earlier.

     The long story I choose was "How to Tell a True War Story" Because this story showed strong thoughts about moral. O'Brien Talks about how people don't understand the true terror of war. People should feel any bit good from a true war story because I doubt you will get the whole story, just the good and uplifting parts.  I felt this writing was best on the top of page 66 where he talks about the sadness and the way he thinks about saying cooze. He puts so much into a letter and he feels like he gets nothing from it, while he is fighting a war.


  1. I also noticed the way that Rat Kiley continued to use the insult cooze when he could have used a lot of different words.

  2. I like your thoughts on "How to tell a true war story." I also thought it was interesting how O'Brien gives the reader a new perspective on how the war stories they are hearing may have been different than what actually happened.


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