I have just finished typing my third criticism abstract. I now have all three abstracts completed and all three of my background sources completed. I am starting to type my annotations tonight.
I went to the Oakland University library yesterday to find my pieces of criticism. I found six pieces that I printed off and brought to Mr. Kreinbring this morning in AC. He approved all six of the pieces and said that three of them were very very good. I have begun to read them and I have realized that I do not write in a scholarly manner at all. Hopefully by the end of this project my writing will be much closer to that of a literary scholar. I will be ready to start writing my abstracts within the next day or
I have now completed Empire of the Sun. This was a great book and I am very happy that I have chosen it for this project. There are several main themes that J.G. Ballard uses throughout this novel. The theme of airplanes is used throughout the novel to show the progression of the war and also to symbolize Jim’s physical and mental condition. Jim’s confusion with which country he is a member of is another theme that continues throughout the novel. Jim wants to be a Japanese pilot, but he also wants to be an American. The only race that he doesn’t connect with at all is being British, which is what he actually is. This internal conflict reveals a lot about Jim’s character and the traits that he admires in people. Over all this was a very good novel and I enjoyed reading it very much so.
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I am now on chapter 31 of my book. I like this book more and more after every chapter I read. The theme of airplanes has continued to develop. Different types of airplanes seem to symbolize different things to Jim. There is a contrast between the Japanese aircraft and the American aircraft. Jim uses the condition and amount of aircraft from each side that he sees to illustrate the progression of the war. He also uses the different types of aircrafts to show the progression as well. Jim continues to be torn between the two different Jim’s that he sees within himself. He has a major internal conflict between being British and not having anything in common with the rest of the British citizens he meets and wanting to be Japanese or American.
I am now on chapter 21 of my book. The themes that I discussed in my last blog are continuing to be developed. The symbolism of airplanes, specifically American airplanes, continues to come up a lot. It is brought up about every other page. Seeing airplanes is used as a metaphor for being extremely hungry and being on the verge of starvation. The main character, Jim, keeps discussing how he sees American planes fly over. He always discusses it when he is starting to lose hope because of hunger or something else. At this point in the book Jim is 14 years old and is past the world of childhood. He is beginning to mature and he is being guided to maturity mainly by Basie and Dr. Ransome because of his lack of parents. He has excepted that he and his parents are never going to see each other again and he hopes that they are peaceful and dead. Many changes are starting to appear in Jim.
I am currently on Chapter 15 of my book. Several common themes or ideas are starting to become apparent. There is the metaphor of a mirror that has appeared three times now. I am prediction this metaphor to continue to appear throughout the rest of the novel. There is also the idea of airplanes and there symbolism of hope to Jim. There is also the idea of there being two different Jims within Jim. This idea has appeared twice so far and I predict that it will continue to be developed by Ballard later in the novel.
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I am currently on chapter 7 of my book. So far the book is pretty good. The first couple of chapters were slow because they were just introduction chapters. The last 2 chapters have started to have more action in them and the book keeps getting better. I am happy that I chose Empire of the Sun as my book. I think that I have made a very wise decision. I am actually learning to enjoy reading. I never thought that would happen.
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