Journey Through English Class

2328 Words Dec 5th, 2010 10 Pages
Michael Statchen
English 110
Professor Finegan
Capstone Project
My Journey as an English Student

When I signed up for this Introduction to Literature course I was not expecting it to be one of the most insightful and interesting classes that I have ever taken. Nevertheless, over the years I have learned to expect the unexpected and that truth held to it’s own with this course. After five years of avoiding any type of English Literature course I knew it was time to finally take one, as did my academic advisor. My expectation was that I would be sitting in class watching the clock tick or trying to text message friends to pass the time. Ergo I do not believe my cell phone left its holster all semester. From the very first day of
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The line I liked the most from that story was the very last sentence, “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease-of joy that kills”. My reason for that was because it turned the whole story upside-down and made me realize and possibly even her realize that she really did love him. Our second essay was on “A&P”, which was written by John Updike in 1961. The one mistake that I managed to make again in this essay was to simply introduce the work, a mistake I will not make again. I had an instant connection with the main character Sammy in this story because I too worked at a grocery store for my first job and also have had a weakness for beautiful girls as he did. My boss was also very uptight, sexiest and just not a happy person. This made the personal experience section of my paper very easy for me to relate to the story and I was able to talk about the way in which I had also decided to quit that horrible job, the only job I have ever left without two weeks notice. One part of this story that I thoroughly enjoyed was the great detail that Updike would go into. He tells us; “with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit”(259 Kirszner), parts like this along with the reference to the word “chunky” several times do a great job of illustrating what the group of girls look like in ones head. The next reflective essay I wrote on was that of “The
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