Cover Letter

Posted on December 16, 2011 by egallone24.
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Dear Reader,

Completed on December 17th, 2011, this site is dedicated to Joyce Carol Oates’ short story called “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”.  This webpage consists of a whole semesters worth of work in English 170w at Queens College.  In this class, instructed by Professor Ferguson, we’ve learned how to understand literature and do many more.  Some of these other goals we accomplished was to:

  1. Respond carefully, critically, and sensitively to language, and identify and properly employ relevant literary terms, such as imagery, allusion, voice, tone, metaphor, meter, diction, figurative language, form, meter, and rhyme.
  2. Recognize and use a variety of critical strategies in reading and writing about texts, such as close reading, formalism, structuralism, psychoanalysis, and reader-response.
  3. Develop and use strategies for improving writing and critical thinking through recursive practice, self-reflection, and the process of revision.
  4. Effectively use web-based technologies in order to read and publish academic writing.


Many of the post and the final five pages on this website were assigned as class activities either placed in the syllabus or assigned during a segment of our class called “Web Wednesday”.  These assigned pages were created so we can demonstrate our understanding of the lessons in class and coincide them with our selected short story.  For example, one of our lessons in class was understanding how to use a Twitter(one of our main communication devices for the class).  One of the assignments we were asked to do was “Glossary of Terms”.  We were given a list of literary devices.  My process in completing this process was:

  1. Select the main theme of Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been. I choose murder.
  2. Select five literary devices
  3. Do a search on Twitter of posts that are themed around murder.
  4. In these post, we must find one of the literary devices we have selected.

That was just one of the assignments we received. Our final project, however, was a lot different then the “Glossary of Terms” assignment.  Our final project was to revise our blog site to be completely dedicated to our selected short-story.  My site will contain many devoted pages covering every aspect of the story.  Some pages, for example, will cover themes, settings, characters, and plot summary.  There even is a page dedicated strictly to the life and accomplishments of the author, Joyce Carol Oates.  In order to create these pages, the story was re-read numerous times, each time searching for different answers for what i was searching for.  One of the more interesting pages i created was the “historical background” page.  Due to this being a story based on the Charles Schmid murders, I thought the idea of having a page about his murders would be intriguing.  Internet research led to the information being found to create this page.

The strengths I’ve learned during this process was how to effectively use web-based technologies in order to read and publish academic writing.  An example of how I’ve demonstrated this is the website I’ve created.  This blog site is strictly dedicated to a “published academic writing”.  I’ve took an academic novel, and broken it down to create an entire blog page separated into different categories revolving around the same story.

Overall, this page was a learning experience while also being posted to help others learn.  I intend this site to be a guide for others who are reading “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”.  Reading this site will give the reader another person’s view of what conflicts there are, what the themes may be and many others.  I’ve learned a lot about this story while doing this website as I hope others will learn when using it.


From ,

Ernesto Gallone (Creator and Innovator)

Revising My Site

Posted on December 7, 2011 by egallone24.
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Web Wednesday 11-30-11

Posted on November 30, 2011 by egallone24.
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The Hannas’ house was a hundred-year-old Tudor. . . . Inside, everything was tasteful and half falling apart. The Oriental carpets had stains. The brick-red kitchen linoleum was thirty years old. When Mitchell used the powder room, he saw that the toilet paper dispenser had been repaired with Scotch tape. So had the peeling wallpaper in the hallway. (74)


When interpreting this paragraph as a new critic, its easy to assume what the author’s main focus is on.  The main focus being the tarnished and battered home.  Mania, being a theme that is similar to obsession, is clear in this paragraph.  Each word in this paragraph has to do with the overall description of this house.  Every sentence described a specific part of the home that was dirty or falling apart.  These words are very powerful and are helpful when creating a mental image of the home portrayed by this paragraph.

Research Story

Posted on November 16, 2011 by egallone24.
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In the short story I have chosen, Connie goes through something that all parents wish their kids never have to face to.  She was harassed and eventually kidnapped by two men. My question is, what reasons or past experiences do these men have or had to commit such heinous crimes such as kidnapping a teenage girl.  Overall I would like to research the reasons behind the criminals, the trauma the victim goes through, and also what role parents have and how they could prevent this from ocurring at all.  Not to say the parents are at fault, but children are a reflection of parental vision.  After reading this story, the parental role had a huge reason in the outcome of Connie’s life.

Growth and Structure

Posted on November 9, 2011 by egallone24.
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Lévi-Strauss in his reading says how the repetition is to help structure the myth.  That is also the case for Rumpelstitlskin.  The myth’s main plot is the daughter giving away something of hers to help get the straw spun into gold, ultimately saving her life.  At first, she had to give away her necklace problem-free.  Next, she gave away her ring without any altercation.  However, the lesson from this myth i believe comes when the plot repeats for a third time.  She risks her future to help her present by agreeing to give away her child.  The repetition of this scenario helps structure the myth itself while it also helps it grow as a lesson for those who read it.

Myth Table

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Methods/Concrete Tasks

Posted on November 2, 2011 by egallone24.
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Task One: Change the form of the “dream-thought” from abstract and make it usable by transforming it into pictorial language and highlight the expressions of the dream.

Task Two: Use contrasts and identifications of the kind which the dream-work requires. They can now be established more easily than before between the new form of expression and the remainder of the material underlying the dream.

Saussure’s Methods

Posted on October 26, 2011 by egallone24.
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Using Saussure’s theories to analyze literature, readers would have to do certain things to get his perspective of that piece of literature. These steps are as follows:
Step 1: Figure out the linguistic sign(combination of sound-image and concept). No longer look at the language as a name or thing but look at it as a concept and sound image.

Step 2: Re-read the piece the literature as many times as needed to be able to make the clear distinction between the signified and the signifier.

Step 3: The common objections to these theories of “signs” are onomatopoeia and interjections. Do these two formations affect the distinction you made between the concept and sound-image?

Step 4:Using the “Linguistic Values of Conceptual Viewpoint” approach, you must figure out if the word is dissimilar or similar. If the word’s value can be replaced or exchanged with another value, it is dissimilar. If the word’s value can be compared, it is similar. Words can have the same signification but have different values. The denotations of words affect the value they have and therefore the usage of the word.

Step 5: Using the “Linguistic Value from a Material Viewpoint” approach, language requires that only the sound be different and not have an invariable quality. The value of letters is negative to these theories.

Sonnet 65: If a Semiotician were to read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 65, they’re interpretation of it would be a lot different then that of an average reader. Using the steps from above, a Semiotician would say:

1) Brass, Stone, Earth, and Boundless Sea. Just the first line of this poem already has words which must be interpreted into signs. Using Earth for example, the concept of Earth is already made before words. Therefore, linking the concept and sound image is a simpler operation. Earth has only one image that can be brought with the concept. Using this method for every word in the poem is the approach a Semiotician would use.

2) While reading a poem, or any piece of literature for the matter, you automatically portray images in your mind. These images come natural when reading. The job of a Semiotician is to continue to re-read the works of literature to make the clear distinction of what word or concept is responsible for the image that comes with the sound. For example, using Shakespeare’s Sonnet 65, in the fifth line “O how shall summer’s honey breath hold out” the imagery involves a sun and other warm images. These sound images are presented because of the concept belonging to “summer”.

3) Many of the words in the stanzas in Shakespeare’s Sonnet are dissimilar. Many of these words can be exchanged with another value. For example, ” whose actions no stronger then a flower” the word “actions” can be replaced with another value as can “stronger” and “flower”. Flower is used in this line to exemplify a weak, very mellow and painless kind of sense. There are many values that can replace flower.

Web Wednesday 10-19-11

Posted on October 19, 2011 by egallone24.
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That in black ink my love may still shine bright

A new critic would have a lot to say about this interpretation of Sonnet 65 by Shakespeare. These interpretations are not modern day, they take into account the range in time periods. They take into effect that the words’ connotations may have altered or changed over the years. This would follow the “new critic” guidelines or rules. Throughout the whole poem interpretation, the interpreter are very focused on the denotation of the words rather then the connotative meaning. That, on the other hand, is against the new critic’s standards. However, the interpreter is taking every structural pattern and breaking it down. For example, “summer’s honey breath”, the interpreter explains the personification as the fresh scent of summer. That may be the reader enforcing his own personal thoughts and feelings which is not allowed by the new critic.

Web Wednesday 10-12-11

Posted on October 12, 2011 by egallone24.
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Compared to Richter’s old theories of how stories get transported to audience, present day is much different. The audience is now sitting behind a screen instead of actually being present in person. Entertaining or interesting your audience is not done the same anymore. Finding words to post on a blog to create interest is different then finding words to say in a live session. With the new technologies, artists do not have as much pressure to preform as they had in the past.

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