Sunday, December 14, 2008

What stuck out the most to you?

Now that we have finished the book and the movie, what was the biggest difference between the two that you noticed? What scenes did you noticed get left out? Was that scene important or not?

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Who does Amir remind you of? Is it someone famous, a friend, a family member, Anyone?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Good or Bad

In your opinion, did the ending disappoint you in it's vague and open ending? Or were you satisfied by how it was ended?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What Would You Do?

If you were in Zaman's (orphanage director) shoes, would you have chosen to sell one child to save nine others, or would you refuse? Is the totalitarian way of thinking acceptable in this case? Is there a moral obligation to sell the one child in order to save nine others?

I think that the totalitarian way of thinking is essential in times of war. One must think of the best for a community (orphanage) rather than a single individual.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Amir seems to truly be sorry for the way he treated Hassan. Do you think that by saving Sohrab and wanting him to live with him and Soraya he has been redeemed for his "past sins" as he puts it? If not what else does he need to do?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Going Back

If you were in Amir's shoes do you think that you would have the courage and guts to go back to Kabul and face the Taliban? Would you have gone further than the orphanage or just stopped there and went back home?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Kite Runner

Do you really think that Amir is a honorable person?

Monday, November 24, 2008


I deleted all posts that had nothing to do with The Kite Runner or World Lit in general. While I encourage you to have your political debates, this is not the space in which to do it. The latest question by Joe Brown is what I am looking for: it is about the novel, it asks your own reaction, and it is relevant. Please limit your discussions to these sorts of topics.

The Management

Monday, November 17, 2008

What if

If you were Amir would you have helped Hassan in that incident in the alley. After he has helped you or wouls you stay back and let it happen?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Blogging Project Post #8

Overall, Inferno is an allegory, or a story with a deeper or secondary meaning beyond the details of the story. What message do you think Dante was attempting to give us? If this is more than the tale of visiting Hell, what was it?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Blogging Project Post #7

There seem to be many movies about evil or the Devil, but very few movies that actually focus on Hell. For example, we were only able to discover one title of Inferno in film form and it was a weird puppet-based film. Why do you think there are so few films about Hell itself but so many about evil?

Blogging Project Post #6

Dante believed that his adventures in Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven actually happened. He still writes his story because he wants to share what he learned with the rest of the world. What do you think Dante learned through his journeys in Inferno?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Blogging Project Post #5

Dante is now entering the Eighth Circle of Hell. This is the level for Frauds, which spans a wide variety of fraudulent behavior. What kinds of modern-day people would you consider frauds and why? Personally, I always remember Ashlee Simpson on Saturday Night Live, when she was caught lip-syncing and had to run offstage.

Blogging Project Post #4

What did the segment of the film What Dreams May Come concerning Hell take from Dante? What similarities did you see?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blogging Project Post #3

What do you think of Inferno so far? Expand as you see fit.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Wall Street

Do you Agree that the US Government should have bailed out those banks. When other companies could just buy up their Stocks? Obama and McCain blame each other for the cause but that doesn't help now does it so its just a waste of breath. But, these banks did collapse under Democratic Control HMMM interesting. Post what you think the Government should have done and why also tell me whoose fault is it? I blame both sides just to let you know.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Blogging Project Post #2

The story of Antigone and her relatives is a pretty wild one. Their antics, however, are not too far removed from what we watch every day on television and in film. Can you think of some modern equivalents of the play Antigone, updated versions though they may be? I know, to me, it seems an awful lot like an episode of "The Jerry Springer Show," but what other shows and films are similar?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


WHAT is your main focus for this years election? If you could change anyhthing that has been said or done in this election what would you do? Who do you want to be the next president? WHo would you have chosen to be your VP?

Monday, September 8, 2008

World Lit.

In my opinion studying World Literature is to understand the different cultures and how they see, view, and interpret literature. Studying World Literature helps us understand where other countries are coming from on a certain topic. In other countries literature is how their civilization came to be. It might have been oral literature to some countries a long time ago but now most literature is written literature.
I hope to gain information about other cultures and to understand their views of certain aspects that we think are either good or bad. I think that understanding the writing will be one of the hardest things we will come across in World Literature.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The reason we study world literature is to find out about the world. Most of us know about all the habits of an American but not so much anything outside of our country. When studying world literature you are able to find out what the lifestyle of people is all around the world.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Blogging Project Post #1

Here's your first opportunity to earn you BP points. To post, just click on the title of this entry and then click the "Post a comment" link below it.

What, in your opinion, is the point of studying World Literature? What do you hope to gain from it personally? What problems do you think exist in the studying World Lit?

Feel free to answer any or all of the above questions or comment on your classmates' comments. Please remember to follow the rules of the BP.

Mr. Dutrow

Monday, August 25, 2008

Welcome to Mr. Dutrow's World Lit Blog

Welcome to your final year as a MSJ student! In an effort to help you make the most of it, I have created this blog, in which we will continue and add to the discussions we have in class. Participation in this blog will affect your grade in the class, so be active! I will usually give you one to two blog prompts per week, but if something we read captures your attention, feel free to blog about it, asking me and your fellow classmates questions or submitting your own thoughts and comments. I only ask you to be appropriate in your comments and as mature as possible, since this is an extension of the classroom.