Thursday, February 6, 2014

Good, Bye, and Columbus Oh My!

Chapter 1

P: "Is he having his fixed?".."I'm not I'm sorry" (13)
"Why don't you have your eyes fixed".."I'm sorry" (15)

- Neil offends Brenda whenever he asks about fixing something and then quickly recovers and apologizes. Neil might be interested in changing things and Brenda stays the same and doesn't like the idea of change.

C: "If you worked hard you'd drink more" (5)
"What am I a workhorse?" (5)

- Aunt Gladys is a very sarcastic and bossy woman and talks about working hard with Neil when she isn't the hardest working woman herself.

Props: glasses, pool, fan, light, soda, golf balls, drawers, rackets, tennis ball, net, court

Class: When Neil says what kind of car he has but hesitates before he says the year because he realizes he's going to be with someone from a higher class than him so he is trying to impress them.


Chapter 2

P: "Aunt Gladys always has an abundance of the other jamming her refrigerator" (6).
"He ate three helpings of salad, Ron had four, Brenda and Julie had two, and only Mrs. Patimkin and I had one each" (21).

-Both families come from different classes but they are similar when it comes to having a lot of food.

C: "Should I serve four different meals at once?" (4)
"We did not eat in the kitchen..sat around the dining room table" (21)

-The Patimkins are a closer family when it comes to eating while Neil's family never eats together.

Props: Sunglasses, glasses, salad, fruit, pool, refrigerator, table, meals, peaches

-The pool is very important because it is where Neil first saw Brenda in chapter 1 and they continue their relationship by the pool once more.

Class: Neil doesn't like how Brenda's mom feels like they live in Newark and spends a lot of money on luxury items to ease the thought when Neil's famil doesn't have that kind of money


Chapter 3

P: "You have to sit with Julie. Carlota's off" (38)
"I felt like Carlota" (40)

-Carlota is mentioned in this chapter in regards to Neil who has to babysit for Julie because Carlota's off. He feels like Carlota because they are both in a lower class than the Patimkins and he is just taking over her duty.

C: "Nobody had yet said a word about me" (20)
"Ron stepped forward and shook my hand..as though he hadn't seen me since the Diaspora" (38)

-In the first quote on page 20, Neil feels really left out like a third party and in the second one Ron shakes his hand and greets him before he had even reached the Patimkins.

Props: desk, basketball, marble, oriental vases, lion statue
-I think the lion statue is the most important prop in this chapter because we meet the african american boy who is a new character and Neil identifies him as the "lion tamer" and refers to the statues.

Class: When Neil is alone at the Patimkin house with Julie he decides to take a tour around the house and explore. He sees many objects that are a lot different than the objects at his house in Newark. Neil is very surprised by how nice the house is. The only thing that reminds him of his house is the old refrigerator until he opens it and sees the variety of fruits and vegetables.


Chapter 4

P: "I would find red marks on the undersides of my feet" (56).
"I thought I saw awe in those red-rimmed hysterical eyes" (57).

-The color red could represent Neil's relationship with the upper class because it is used to describe Aunt Gladys's opinion of him and how he has marks on his feet.

C: "Did I sound nasty?...I'm sorry" (17).
"Why do you sound nasty again?..I didn't say I was sorry" (51)

-This shows the how much Neil and Brenda's relationship has changed since they first started. In the beginning, whenever Neil sounded nasty he always apologized and towards the end he didn't say he was sorry.

Props: pool, library, suitcase, car, country club, glasses

-I thought the library was the most important prop in this chapter because it can be a representation of Neil's life because he works there and enjoys it. A lot also happens between the black boy that Neil calls the lion tamer and the french art books.

Class: The biggest class distinction in this chapter was between Neil and the black boy at the library. The black boy assumes Neil thinks he is doing something wrong because of past encounters and his race: "I ain't doing nothing wrong. I didn't do no writing in anything. You could search me" (59). You can also tell the difference in class based on the black boy's improper use of grammar.


Chapter 5

P: "You ought to learn what a day's work means..you're lazy, and you think the world owes you a living" (65)
"Money is a waste for her. She doesn't even know how to enjoy it. She still thinks we live in Newark" (26)

-This shows Mrs. Patimkin's view on Brenda's lifestyle and how she doesn't work for anything in her life because she is backed by a wealthy family. Mrs. Patimkin isn't happy about it and yells at Brenda because of it. She wants Brenda to work hard and be more like her hard-working parents.

C: "And my father's taking Ron in the business."
"I thought he was going to be a gym teacher."
"He was. But now he has responsibilities" (61)

-This shows how the people of Short Hills care more about being successful and making money than actually having a job that you enjoy doing. Ron wanted to be a gym teacher but his parents are making him join the business so he can make more money.

Props: furniture, attic, purse, hundred dollar bills, house
The three hundred dollar bills are the most important props in this chapter because they show how careless Brenda is with money. She had always had that money in the attic and when she finally wanted to put it to use it was to rip it to shreds.

Class: The biggest class distinction in this chapter is with Brenda and the three hundred dollar bills: "I wanted to find it and tear it up in little pieces and put the goddamn pieces in her purse! If it was there, I swear it, I would've done it!" (69). This shows how different some people view there money. A person of a very low class would definitely put the three hundred dollar bills to good use while Brenda wants to completely waste it.