Monday, October 24, 2011

Burton's Ichabod vs. Irving's Ichabod

Like many of Tim Burton's films, "Sleepy Hollow" is a dark, twisted movie based on Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow." In Irving's version, Ichabod Crane is described as a lanky, unattractive school teacher from Connecticut, who is very superstitious. Ichabod is not sent to Sleepy Hollow to solve the mystery of the "Headless Horseman" as he is in the film. The legend ends with Ichabod being taken by the horseman and never being heard from again, however even though we haven't finished the movie, it doesn't seem like that is what is going to happen. Tim Burton's interpretation of the legend is quite different. He depicts Ichabod to look like Johnny Depp, who is far from a lanky, unattractive school teacher. His Ichabod is from New York and is deeply interested in the science and nature behind the "Headless Horseman" murders. In the beginning he does not believe in the tales of a headless ghost, instead he becomes determined to find the man behind these murders. In Irving's legend, the "Horseman" is never fully explained as a ghost as the "Horseman" in the movie is. Irving portrays the "Horseman" as a purposeless killer where as Burton depicts the "Horseman" as apart of a conspiracy that someone in the town of Sleep Hollow is controlling. There are many differences between Burton and Irving's "Sleepy Hollow," but I don't think is a bad thing. I prefer Tim Burtons because it is more interesting and has more of a story line, where Irving's is a short story that doesn't feel completed and in my opinion, is boring.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Digital or Print Response?

After reading both pamphlets, I think that it is important to continue printing books. The only point that makes me some what iffy of print though is how many trees are used to make them and how many of those printed books end up going to waste. However, I think that it's really important to sustain a tradition such as books given that everything else has been swept away by industrialism and technology. Books are some of the last forms of real passion. Reading books on kindles and ipads takes away the appreciation for the time and work the writer has put in. I think digital books are a great thing for readers who know they aren't going to use the book more than once and for textbooks which can be 900 pages long and huge waste of paper given their high demand. I think both options should be available for all the reasons stated in both pamphlets.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Response to Benjamin Franklins' "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America"


"Savages we call them, because their manners differ from ours, which we think the perfection of civility; they think the same of theirs." I don't think you could have said it any better. If I'm being honest, I never really learned more than "Benjamin Franklin invented electricity or Benjamin Franklin's on the hundred dollar bill." But after reading this, I am very fascinated to learn more about you and your achievements. I think that its extremely honorable that you were able to see the point of view of Native Americans that most gold hungry colonists were not able to see. My favorite point in which you bring up is the one regarding the Natives response to missionaries. The contrast between both origin stories in their religion and in Christianity is amazing in it's opposition. I was also extremely shocked by the thought in which humans were once good, or at least one race was. The natives were not focused on money and usury, rather sharing and helping other peoples, even strangers. It is sad that we have wiped out some of the last bit of good we had on this Earth.