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Excellent/Interesting Observations and Questions

Here are the names of the people who got "+'s" on their reading responses for Week XII, along with excerpts from people's observations and a list of the "top 10+" questions asked. (Note: when listing the questions, I'll always copy the wording from the first time the question was asked and put the author's name first in the list of names in parentheses after the question, so that everyone who asked a roughly similar question gets some recognition, but the first person who asked it gets more.)

Week XII: Marquez/Devi

Honor Roll: Stephanie Armstrong, Ryan Barone, Bill Belscher, Andrea Caccese, Amy Carlson, Jim Degolyer, Jason Golubski, Beth Karnsyki, Heather Koski, Sarah McNaughton, Theresa O'Hern, and Jake Proper.


Top 10+ Questions

1. [In Devi's story,] what is the myth of the sun god really describing? There must have been some historical and real event that took place to prohibit the people from mining as they once did. (Andrea Caccese)

2. Marquez titles the story "The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship"; it seems that this puts emphsis on the last voyage--is there a reason why the title focuses on the "last" voyage? (Jim Degolyer) This story seemed different than the other stories we have read. The "ghost" or "haunting" was not a person, rather ship. According to how we have defined whaet ghost story is or whaet a ghost story "should be", is this s ghost story? (Stephanie Armstrong)

3. What is the point of [Marquez's] story? Why was it written? What was the author's intention? (Tom Priester, Salim Miller, Bryant Loomis, Bethany Prechtl) If there were a lesson to be taught in this story, what do you think it would be? (Holli Neal) Why did Devi write this? Are we suppossed to feel sympathy for those who killed? (Heather Koski) Devi writes that "Singh knew that the ill nourished and rediculous body of an ordinary Indian was the worst possible creime in history of civilization." Is she enforcing or dissuading the relief efforts of governments directed towards these tribes? (Bill Belscher) Devi presents a very graphic and descriptive picture at times throughout the story, sometimes a little too much. does this effect your ability as a reader to find your own side in the issue, to decide whether or not the Indian gov't officials that were sent there were in the wrong when they started drilling or that the Agaria people were betrayed? (Sarah McNaughton, Bill Belscher) The end of the story was quite disturbing: the scene where the shrunken people are rubbing their organs on Singh. Why do they do this? Is this a way to degrade him for being healthier than they are? Is this what happened to Bahadur? It does not seem realistic to me that people should shrink in height from malnutrition. Is this possible? Or is this aspect of the Kuva Agarias described to leave the reader with a sinister, supernatural impression? (Andrea Caccese) What is Devi trying to accomplish by telling the story? (Ryan Barone)

4. WHY is [Marquez's story] all ONE big ol sentence??? (Tom Priester, Jessica Sandeen, Jason Golubski, Kristen Konieczny, Brad Beck, Bryant Loomis, Jessi Scirto, Lindsay Robinson, Stephanie Armstrong, Jim Degolyer, Rob Lefferts, Jamie Coniglio, Amy Keister, Chris Metot, Liza Infantino) Maybe I'm missing the point of his Period-Challenged story, does anyone have any ideas why he used this method? (Amy Carlson) Could it be a representation of life; one beginning and end with no stops in between? (Jason Golubski) Was it that the narrators thoughts were just like ramblings and not very coherent? (Stephanie Armstrong)

5. What is [the boy's] connection with the ship? (Heather Giambrone, Kristen Schoonover) I still don't understand why the man in [Marquez's] story kept on saying "now they're going to see who I am." What was the significance of him saying that? (Theresa O'Hern, Brad Beck, Stephanie Armstrong) Like everyone else, I am confussed as to why he keeps saying "now they're going to see who I am". Is this because he is leading the ship to the town? If he is trying to prove that he isn't crazy like everyone thinks he is, does he mean that by showing them the ship then they will know that he isn't crazy? (Jinny Compton) So what does everybody else feel about the idea of the ship being his defining moment and as the ship being an allusion to himself? Did the ship almost shape who he became? and what he did with his life? (Mike Copella, Chris Metot)

6. Why did the boy [in Marquez's story] feel as though he should bring the ship back? (Lindsay Robinson, Kris Krajewski) Why was he so obsessed with this liner? (Rob Lefferts) Why would the townspeople take out their hatred of the boy's mother on him? He didn't do anything wrong, his mother did. (Jamie Coniglio, Chris Metot) Why doesn't his mother believe him when he tells her about the ship? (Alex Herrera) Why did the ghost ship only appear on a particlar day in March? Could this have been the anniversy of the father's death? (Jason Golubski, Amy Keister) Is there a historical or some other type of significance to the month of March? (Rob Lefferts) Why would the ghost ship follow the boy's light into shore? Does the noise and smells absolutely signify that the ghost ship became real? (Jim Degolyer) Why did the boat crash silently throughout the story, but make a noise at the end? (Rob Lefferts) Why does only he see the ship? (Beth Karnyski) Why did the relief officer [in Devi's story] blame and sentence himself to death? Why did the old people just give up on life and sing the death song? Why did other villagers help the Kuva Agarias if it cost them their lives? (Stefanie Evans)

7. I feel that the Agaria's were in a way trying to trick Singh into something, but they knew that he was willing to help them? do you think that they were playing games with him? trying to get revenge on the Indian gov't that he embodied? what are the posibilities or theie motivations for the children steeling the rice at night? (Sarah McNaughton) Is there any hope for that society of people, or are they doomed to a life of stealing until they eventually all die off? (Ryan Barone)

8. [In Devi's story,] what happened to Singh after this encounter? Did they kill him or did he just go crazy like that other guy did? (Jake Proper) What really happens at the end? Does the narrator go mad, or become one of the men in the forest? (Ryan Barone) What happened after the boat crashed onto the shore [in Marquez's story]? Was there massive carnage or did it just disappear? (Jason Golubski) Is this person seeing a boat that isn't there, or is he the only person who can actually see the boat (for whatever reason)? (Brad Beck) Was the ship real at the end or was it fake? (Jamie Coniglio) Did the ship really crash this time? Also if the ship did crash, was the boy like seeing the future? (Jessi Scirto) He sees the ship from the time he was a young boy until years later when it actually comes to life, so did it really crash at the time it appears to all and he just saw the preminition of it all that time, or did it really break up sooner? (Beth Karnyski)

9. Would this boy's life still have been unhappy if his mother hadn't died, would he have still needed to save the ship to gain an identity in the community? (Jeffrey Ciminesi) Was there evil in his family-- his father was not mentioned (dead?), his mother dies by some crazy chair,he is viewed as loony by all in the town (but how much can be said for someone claiming to see "the largest ocean liner in the world" when nobody else can)... (Beth Karnyski)

10. What is the deal with the chair and four other woman?? (Salim Miller, Bryant Loomis, Jinny Compton, Kris Krajewski, Megan Hulbert) What exactly did William Dampier do to or for the community? (Jessica Sandeen) Does the ship's name, Halalcsillag, have any significance? (Jessica Sandeen, Theresa O'Hern, Kristen Konieczny, Beth Karnyski, Salim Miller, Stefanie Evans) What's up with the champagne and what's their significance? (Theresa O'Hern, Noelle Dull, Stephanie Stoddard, Megan Hulbert) As for the ship itself, what was it? what kind of ship? I think it was some kind of luxury, of course becuase the champange glasses and its size...maybe it was the titanic, ya think?! (just kidding) :o) (Amy Carlson) [In Devi's story], were the Kuva Agarias ghosts or real people? If they are real, how did they shrink? Where were they hiding? (Stefanie Evans) The part at the end of [Devi's] story about the shriveled up organs was very sick. What was the point to this disgusting little part? (Jake Proper) Was it really necessary for Devi to be so graphic? (Cindy Stevens)

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EN 209: Novels and Tales, Spring 1999
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