Untouchable

” the shopkeeper pointed to a spot on the board near him. Bakha put his anna there. the betel-leaf-seller dashed some water over  it from the jug with which he sprinkled the betel leaves now and again. having thus purified it he picked up the nickel piece and threw it into the counter, than he flung a packet of red-lamp cigarettes at Bakha,as a butcher might throw a bone to an insistent dog sniffing round the corner of his shop.”(pg.33)

Untouchable  Mulk Raj Anand

Anand presents workers specifically the sweepers as people who are below any other job categorie.in this particular passage we can see the interaction between two workers, a shopkeeper and a sweeper. we can easily see through the shopkeepers treatment towards the sweeper that the sweeper is viewed as below him. moving further into this paragraph we can even see how the idea of being a sweeper came with a stigma and the sweeper himself was embarrassed of his position. so throughout this we can see that class is  presented.

Their eyes were watching God

“Janie notices Indians leaving town and heading east. When she asks one of them where they’re all heading, he says that a hurricane is coming. A couple of days go by and more Indians move out. The animals start to leave as well. Soon, people on the muck begin to leave. A friend of Tea Cake’s and Janie’s asks them if they need a ride, but Tea Cake refuses. He doesn’t think the hurricane will ever come–it’s just a little storm. People are most worried about the lake overflowing. Those that stay on the muck spend their time gambling, singing, dancing, and having fun. They are still making money from picking beans, too.”

Their eyes are watching God- Zora Neale Hurston Pg.155

The indians leaving the animals leaving were all signs that the storm was coming.instead of janie and tea cake leaving as well they spend there night doing what they usually did which was “partying”. However here Tea cake was not being smart, they had no idea the impact of the storm.

Esther- Cane Jean Toomer

“she thinks about men.I don’t appeal to them. I wonder why….?”(pg.33)

Esther appears to be very different from Fern.Fern is one of the beautiful women in the book all man sought after.However Esther seems to be the women man do not notice or are unattracted by. It almost seems that Esther is boring.And reaching the age of twenty- two she must notice that she isn’t liked by many man,and she looks for excitement in this one man Barlo, which must have caught her attention when she was young.I wonder if this  is what leads her to make the bold move of asking him to be with her.

Whose body?

” it is incredible,said the Coroner,that so-called educated people should be so ignorant of the legal procedure of their own country.”(pg.53)~ whose Body Dorothy L. Sayers

The social problem of educated versus uneducated is presented in this quote.As stated Mr.Thipps wasn’t told his rights and was unaware of it. The lack of knowledge to legal procedures is detrimental to the individual being accused of the crime.This allows the reader to infer that class could be the reason for this as well.

As I Lay Dying

“cooked and et. Cooked and et.” pg.57 William Faulkner As I Lay Dying

One similarity I noticed in each text(Joyce and Faulkner) is that repetition is present, it must be of some importance to each reading for words to be repeated twice.

A Portrait of the Artist as a young man

“She had put her hand into his pocket where his hand was and he had felt how cool and thin and soft her hand was. She had said that pockets were funny things to have: and then all of a sudden she had broken away and had run laughing down the sloping curve of the path. Her fair hair had streamed out behind her like gold in the sun. Tower of Ivory. House of Gold. By thinking of things you could understand them.”
pg(43)

Narrator uses great descriptive words in this paragraph,describing the girls soft hands and the way he described her blonde hair. I see early signs of a crush from this reading,as stephen does revisit this scene again in the reading. I believe he has a slight obsession with hands as he does describe hands very often in the readings.

The Middle Years

“He was not afraid ‘
of suffering, of death ; he was not even
in love with life ; but he had had a deep
demonstration of desire.”

 

Dencombe had a great desire to do what he loved( his craft). I believe he feels like he has only just begun,but due to unwanted circumstance( age and illness) he finds his desire for art has to come to a quick end.If he was able to produce or do more of what he wanted before death he would be content.