September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
After reading a few of my classmates blogs I got to Serena M’s blog
which touched on a subject that I completely agree with as well as feel that it is a tension filled subject both in the world of Tom Sawyer as well as our own world. In the the town of St. Peteresberg, the main setting in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the gap between generations is problem filled.
Tom and his friends, including Huck Finn, are adventuresome boys and with their own naive ways, seem to always find some sort of trouble. Whether it be on the island or in the cave, the boys do as please and what they find to be fun, with no consideration to how any worried adults may feel. Although I don’t think the boys do this out of spite, their inquisitiveness may appear to be a slight rebellion. This just exemplifies the differences between adults and children, kids want to have completely innocent fun while adults are narrow minded and a lot of the time unable to reminisce of what it was to once be a child.
This relationship is a two way street though, and not all of the blame should be put on the children of the generation. As parents or teachers they should demand the respect of their children as well as teaching them what is acceptable and what is not. They should set expectations so the children know when they are expected to do things and when it is acceptable to act in a certain way. The lack of communication between the two leads to many problems and misunderstandings.
In our recent readings of Flannery, the idea of the misunderstandings between nature and humans of the modern world suggests possible ideas of not only a disconnect but the fact that some people or things are not given enough credit for what they are worth. Some parents may think of children for being immature and semi brainless, where in some aspects they are much more knowledgeable than expected to be.
Now a days there continue to be a gap between the generations but for different reasons than before. Now there is a disconnect due to things such as technology, and lack of communication due to busy schedules and hectic lifestyles. In reality, there is no perfect relationship between elder and child, there will always be disagreements, challenges and conflicts. And although some kids may resent what they are being taught to respect now, in the long run they will appreciate what their parents have done for them and realize it will help them create a better future.
August 30, 2010 § 2 Comments
At the start of chapter XIV, Tom becomes aware of the plants and animals surrounding him in the forest. With the capitalization of the “N” in Nature, Tom illustrates not only the power of Nature, but the importance it has to Tom. The nature in this chapter appears not only to be powerful to Tom and his friends, but a guiding force to some of their actions. The guiding force or certain state of mind achieved through reflection upon nature is referred to as “great Nature’s meditation” (100). Through his observations of the forest, Tom notices a “delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods” (100), and by expressing the overbearing silence as delicious, Tom expresses that the silent power of the forest is something that he and his mates admire and love. Through personification, Tom is able to depict forest animals such as the ladybug as “credulous about conflagrations” (101), and the blue jays as having a sense of “consuming curiosity” (101). Although “credulous”, “conflagrations”, and “consuming curiosity” are not words one would normally associate with an obsolete ladybug or a blue jay, they express a more human- like state of being, once again stating the higher power of the animals and nature. Finally being exposed to the “pirate” boys, a “gray squirrel and a big fellow of the ‘fox’ kind” (101), came into the picture and examined the boys, just as any human would inspect something never seen before. Just as humans have a sense of what things are safe or not, as well as instincts telling us whether or not to be afraid, even though people were a new sight to the animals, instinct came into play and the animals “scarcely knew whether to be afraid or not” (101).