October 12, 2006

Katie's Freud Close Reading

Katie Sutter
Sec. 003

"But the question of where her knowledge came from was a riddle which her memories were unable to solve." pg. 24 of "Dora"

While reading the book this line caught my attention. I really like the way it is written. Compared to all of the other lines filled with scientific lingo, this one seemed more philosophical and meaningful, and I think that it is one that is important to the story. The word riddle, which means a puzzling thing or person, seems to be a perfect one to describe both Dora’s thoughts and herself. Claiming that “where her knowledge came form was a riddle,? gives readers insight to Dora’s entangled mind and allows them to get a feeling of what her “condition? is like as opposed to simply hearing it described by Freud. It gives a better picture of Dora than Freud’s constant diagnoses. The use of “riddle? and “unable to solve? also gives the quote a mystery-like feeling which entices readers to want to know more, as if they were reading a mystery novel. Readers want to have a solution to the riddle.

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October 06, 2006

Katie's Oedipus Close Reading

Katie Sutter
Section 003

"You, it's you. What plagues the city is you. The plague is you."
-Teiresias pg. 39

I liked this quote because it was the first to give readers the idea that there was a twist in the story. It was the point when we realize that there is more to Oedipus's life than meets the eye. I thought that it was interesting how the word "you" is used four times in the quote. I think that it was used multiple times to solidify the fact to Oedipus that it is possible that he really was the murderer. The fact that he keeps hearing himself being accused is, in my opinion what gets into his head and makes him think twice about his kingship and the way in which he came to be what he is. Also "plague," which means to torment or an epidemic, is used twice. The repetitiveness is very important to the quote because it forces both the readers and Oedipus to really think about the words and the possibility that they are the truth. Oedipus becomes very defensive during this accusation which shows even further that he has some doubts about who he really is, even if it is just a subconscious feeling.

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September 20, 2006

Katie's Quote Commentary

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

“The depth lies in the valleys where we seek her, and not upon the mountain-tops where she is found. The modes and sources of this kind of error are well typified in the contemplation of the heavenly bodies.?

This quote from the reading first caught my attention because of it its profound nature and talk of “heavenly bodies,? but after looking into the quote a little further it can be seen that the meaning behind it actually does a very good job of summing up the theme of the entire story. “Depth lies…where we seek her not…where she is found,? meaning that truth can not just be stumbled upon, but must be sought out and investigated. In the context of the story, I believe that this quote is preparing readers for the fact that finding the murderer may not be as straightforward as simply seeing the evidence and forming a suspect. Furthermore, the second sentence implies that one must look past what they initially believe, hence the use of “heavenly bodies? and see what may lie beyond appearance. Instead of just seeing what is visible, one must actually “seek? what is actually there, for example, the nail in the window.

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