Month: January 2016

Slytherin To These Literary Terms

Hello, and welcome to another blog post about literary terms. On this week’s instalment we’ll be discussing sarcasm and puns.

Now, if you haven’t noticed yet or this is the first post of mine that you’ve read, then you’ll soon discover I’m rather snarky. Also, being a teenager, sarcasm makes up about 70% of my brain, just as water makes up 70% of our bodies. Sarcasm is my, if not most teenagers, life blood. Without it, I would live a rather dull life. So, here’s some of my favorite examples of sarcasm.

hp5_b“‘Yes…yes, good point, Petunia! What were you doing under our window, boy?’

‘Listening to the news,’ said Harry in a resigned voice.

His aunt and uncles exchanged looks of outrage. ‘Listening to the news! Again?’

Well, it changes every day you see,‘ said Harry” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling).

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Hermione: “Stop moving! I know what this is –
it’s Devil’s Snare!”

Ron: “Oh, I’m so glad we know what it’s called, that’s a great help.

Hermione: “Shut up, I’m trying to remember how to kill it! What did Professor Sprout say? – it likes the dark and the damp -” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling).

 

Okay, so now that we’ve got the fictional teenage sarcasm out of the way (thank you J.K. for verbally accurate characters), we’ll move onto puns. Who likes puns show of hands? Okay…well that won’t work since I can’t see you, so oh well. Anywho, we all either have friends that make puns (and they’re terrible) or we are the friend that makes the puns (and I’m sorry, but they’re terrible). However, there are also lots of literary characters that make puns. So, here’s a few examples to make yourself feel better.

“The 9th Doctor disables the plastic arm and says to Rose, “It’s all right, I’ve stopped it. There you go (tosses plastic arm to Rose), you see? ‘armless” (Doctor Who Season 1, Episode20867-1-1281271307 1: Rose).

Goddard: “Uh, sire, with respect, there’s something more urgent. We arrested two intruders 53 floors down. We don’t know how they got in.”

Van Statten:”I’ll tell you how they got in — in-tru-der window [in through the]” (Doctor Who Season 1, Episode 6: Dalek).

The Intelligence: “You are not of this world.”

Doctor: “Takes one to snow one [know]” (Doctor Who Season 7, Episode 6: The Snowmen).

Now that I am done with this post, I will just point out this one last thing. The title of this post is a pun…sorry, I’m one of those friends.

An Awfully Good Blog Post

Now, let’s talk about literary terms. I always have a hard time remembering definitions, yet after looking at examples I tend to realize, I actually use these without realizing it. So here it goes:

Oxymorons:

So, first I’ll give two examples people my age probably won’t recognize because I’m a jerk and it’s fun. Then, I will give two more common examples. Also, see what I did with the title? Awfully Good huh, huh? (Well, I thought it was clever).

First: The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel. Just the title itself is an oxymoron, sound of silence. Silence doesn’t have a sound, that’s why it’s called silence.

Second: It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles. I’m not sure if I really need to explain this one…Day’s Night. There you go, oxymoron.

Now I’ll give you some more common sayings that at least I have used. “I’m busy doing nothing” (No you’re not, you’re always doing something; you’re breathing, that’s doing something). The “Great Depression,” there is nothing/was nothing great about a/the depression. “Act naturally,” if you’re acting it’s not natural, it’s acting.

Next term, paradoxes…I’m still not sure what this is. Sorry, Mr. Wilson. Anyway, here it goes.

Paradox:

First: “For it rained all night the day I left; the weather was so dry.  The sun so hot I froze to death” from Oh Susanna (which was written in 1848). So, it rained yet it was dry and the sun was so hot that he froze? All of those are contradictory…so I’m gonna call paradox?

Second- “I close my eyes so I can see…I burn a fire to stay cool…Shut the door so I can leave” from Shut the Door by Fugazi. Everything in this excerpt is a contradiction. If you shut your eyes then you can’t see anything, if you light a fire you’ll warm up not cool down, and if you shut a door you can’t really leave the room…unless you’re a ghost, then by all means shut the door and leave.

 

The Force Awakens

tfa_poster_wide_headerOkay, so I’m going to be completely honest with you, Star Wars was never really my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, they’re really good movies. I like the movies. I just don’t love them enough to dress up as characters…sorry. However, the most recent movie I have seen (and probably the most recent movie anyone has seen) is Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. First off I’ll get the whole like or dislike out of the way, I actually really liked this movie. Now, for anyone who hasn’t seen it, I promise I won’t give out spoilers.

One of the things I really liked about Force Awakens is that there are so many connections and similarities
es to the other movies. I always find it interesting when an author/screenplay writer can create a book/movie

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The Character that ruined every movie.

that has so many allusions to its predecessors while still feeling entirely new. There were lots of similarities between the 7th episode and the 1st (yes, the horrible one with Jar-Jar Binks).

 

Sorry, but I might have to add like two sort of spoilers in here…so skip if you haven’t seen/read any description/trailer for this movie. Okay, first off I find it funny that the First Order (the new version of the Empire) decides to build a bigger Death Star. The Empire built two and the resistance blew up both of them! Why do evil people always think that building the exact same thing and only changing the size means it’s going to work? Nice try New Order, but you failed, although if they had ever looked back at their history they should have known that would happen. Oopps. Okay, second sorthqdefault of, not really spoiler. Kylo Ren. I think he’s my favorite character simply because he pretty much joined the dark side because he’s Darth Vader’s fanboy. The movie never really tells you WHY he joined the New Order, it only says he was tempted. Personally, I think Ren joined to (a) be like his beloved Vader and (b) because then he can throw all the temper tantrums he wants and no one can say anything. I mean, in the beginning of the movie there is a scene with him TALKING to Darth Vader’s melted helmet. That’s almost full blown stalker fan right there. Also, if you happen to notice their outfits, they’re strikingly similar. (Spoiler: Ren’s mask serves no purpose, literally none. Vader’s was because of his burns and respiratory problems.)