Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Poem Analysis

The Raven Poem :)

The unnamed narrator is wearily perusing an old book one bleak December night when he hears a tapping at the door to his room. He tells himself that it is merely a visitor, and he awaits tomorrow because he cannot find release in his sorrow over the death of Lenore. The rustling curtains frighten him, but he decides that it must be some late visitor and, going to the door, he asks for forgiveness from the visitor because he had been napping. However, when he opens the door, he sees and hears nothing except the word "Lenore," an echo of his own words. Returning to his room, he again hears a tapping and reasons that it was probably the wind outside his window. When he opens the window, however, a raven enters and promptly perches "upon a bust of Pallas" above his door. Its grave appearance amuses the narrator, who asks it for its names. The raven responds, "Nevermore." He does not understand the reply, but the raven says nothing else until the narrator predicts aloud that it will leave him tomorrow like the rest of his friends. Then the bird again says, "Nevermore."
Startled, the narrator says that the raven must have learned this word from some unfortunate owner whose ill luck caused him to repeat the word frequently. Smiling, the narrator sits in front of the ominous raven to ponder about the meaning of its word. The raven continues to stare at him, as the narrator sits in the chair that Lenore will never again occupy. He then feels that angels have approached, and angrily calls the raven an evil prophet. He asks if there is respite in Gilead and if he will again see Lenore in Heaven, but the raven only responds, "Nevermore." In a fury, the narrator demands that the raven go back into the night and leave him alone again, but the raven says, "Nevermore," and it does not leave the bust of Pallas. The narrator feels that his soul will "nevermore" leave the raven's shadow.





Offred is the narrator and the protagonist of the novel, and we are told the entire story from her point of view, experiencing events and memories as vividly as she does. She tells the story as it happens, and shows us the travels of her mind through asides, flashbacks, and digressions. Offred is intelligent, perceptive, and kind. She possesses enough faults to make her human, but not so many that she becomes an unsympathetic figure. She also possesses a dark sense of humor—a graveyard wit that makes her descriptions of the bleak horrors of Gilead bearable, even enjoyable. Like most of the women in Gilead, she is an ordinary woman placed in an extraordinary situation.

The Commander

The Commander poses an ethical problem for Offred, and consequently for us. First, he is Offred’s Commander and the immediate agent of her oppression. As a founder of Gilead, he also bears responsibility for the entire totalitarian society. In person, he is far more sympathetic and friendly toward Offred than most other people, and Offred’s evenings with the Commander in his study offer her a small respite from the wasteland of her life. At times, his unhappiness and need for companionship make him seem as much a prisoner of Gilead’s strictures as anyone else. Offred finds herself feeling sympathy for this man.

Serena Joy

Though Serena had been an advocate for traditional values and the establishment of the Gileadean state, her bitterness at the outcome—being confined to the home and having to see her husband copulating with a Handmaid—suggests that spokeswomen for anti-feminist causes might not enjoy getting their way as much as they believe they would. Serena’s obvious unhappiness means that she teeters on the edge of inspiring our sympathy, but she forfeits that sympathy by taking out her frustration on Offred. She seems to possess no compassion for Offred. She can see the difficulty of her own life, but not that of another woman... :)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

College Bound...Already!

Seems like high school flew by and my locks are mature! I'm still loving my locks and plan to keep them. Next phase, my mom will teach me how to retighten my locks before I leave for college!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

2009 ESSENCE Festival

I know it's been a long time since my last post so I'm back for an update. Me singing at the 2009 ESSENCE Festival for the "Youth Empowerment" Session. I love New Orleans and my locks were noticed by many people. The freedom of traveling and not having to do my hair is so much fun!

After singing the National Anthem, I was invited to the Russ Parr Morning Show live at ESSENCE. Mr. Parr interviewed me then I sang a song from my CD.

This was such a fun trip!!!

My family and brother (far right) at ESSENCE Festival. Why are guys always trying to be cool when taking pictures, smile guys!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Me & the New York Crew

This was at the 2008 America's Got Talent in Las Vegas. I made it to Vegas from Dallas placing in the top 25 of 11,000 auditions singing gospel song "I Know I've Been Changed"
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Locks in a Play!

I was invited to sing in a short story play by Ms. Dona Gassaway Mitchell, who is a Artistic Playwright, Poet, Actress, Artist & Songwriter and Ms. Irma P. Hall was in the play too.
This is the second play Ms. Gassaway has invited me too and I loved working with her family. They are very nice people.

The play was called "AIDS in the Hood" and it was to make people aware of AIDS in our community. We did it at the African American Arts Museum in Dallas.

My closing song was Yolanda Adams, The Battle is Not Yours It's the Lords and Ms. Hall shared a story with me and my Mom about how that song helped her through the death of a family member.
Ms. Hall was so nice and gave me lots of hugs she has beautiful braids too!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bye Bye Bermuda

We took this picture after taking off to go back home to boring Texas....oh well at least my school gave me time off to go this and i had fun!
I will miss Bermuda and all the nice people I met.

Monday, January 7, 2008

After the Concert

Everyone made me feel like a star, they actually wanted my autograph! What?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A Local Ride

One of the students gave me a ride, everybody had their own scooter. I wish I could get one they were fun to ride!
My friend is standing in the back laughing at me.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Concert Backstage

This is me and my new friends, they are not shy and I am not either so we became good friends.
In between performances we would hang out and talk until it was time to go on.
I had so much fun

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Bermuda Fun

I got to have just a little free time and when I did climbed these rocks on the beach

Me before the concert on stage.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Locks in the Atlantic

After singing at one of the local churchs on Sabbath we went to lunch at one of the sponsors house. I was standing on their lower balcony and it felt like I was right in the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bermuda Arrival

These are my friends from Bermuda and they said that I had an accent, and it really seemed like they did. They were very nice people, and they loved to talk, they are kind of like me (I'm the one in red)!!

They welcomed me with open arms.

Shout out to my girls from Bermuda!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New York

I was invited to sing in Bermuda the first weekend in December and on the way there my Mom took me to NY for one day. We took Manhattan by storm and I was amazed with how big everything is there. I'm here in one of my favorite stores...the MM store!

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Santa at Macy's

I just had to take a picture with Mr. Santa at Macy's!