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November 04, 2008

Defining Paul and Sandra Fierlinger's Film _A Room Nearby_


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4 November 2008

ENG 121 Students,

If you missed today's meeting, I hope it was because you were voting!

If you attended class, you know we screened (and discussed) Paul and Sandra Fierlinger's film A Room Nearby in light of the upcoming definition essay. Per the instructions given to you in class today . . .

. . . enter the answer to your open-book/group quiz question according to the group you were in, in the comment box below. Remember, I am looking not only for your scene's character (mention the name) and basic storyline, but also HOW that person defined the concept of lonliness. How was their definition different from the others? Was it effective or ineffective? Why? What voice was the narrative in and from whose perspective? What tools that we have learned an practiced in our course were used in the construction of the narrative you saw today in class.

The film's credits can be found here at the IMDb database: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477468/

Be specific but be concise. I think a paragraph or two should be enough to answer the question. Due on BOTH Turnitin.com AND the English-blog.

If haven't yet voted, please do so!

See you Thursday when we will have a new U.S. president, new U.S. senators and new members of congress.

Dr. Hobbs

Posted by lhobbs at November 4, 2008 12:12 PM

Readers' Comments:

LYNN
Lynn defined lonliness as not being able to be heard. Since her family was so huge she didnt have time to speak what was on her mind and she got relieved from this lonliness was when all her family went out somewhere and it was just her and her mother. She was able to talk when she was alone. She also wrote to make herself heard.

Posted by: Hughes, Dominic at November 5, 2008 01:30 PM

The speaker in the first portion of A Room Nearby was a man named Domingo. The story starts off with him turning away from his family’s traditional values in life in terms of gaining acceptance amongst others. Over the course of the story, Domingo goes to fight in Vietnam, comes back home only to find negativity towards Vietnam veterans, finds material fortune in Australia, and comes back home once again empty handed. His personal definition of loneliness and unhappiness is the straying away from one’s true spirit and nature, and thus, losing one’s self. An example of this is at the very beginning of the story when he rebels against his families values just so he can belong to a crowd. Another example is when he pampers himself and others with his newfound fortune in Australia, under the misconception that these material objects and luxuries will bring him joy. His definition was effective because at the end of the story, he has an epiphany, and finds happiness and escapes from loneliness. The narrative was in the casual voice and it was from Domingo’s own perspective. Tools which were used in the construction of this narrative include description, illustration, classification, and defining something in one’s own words.

Posted by: Aaron O'Neill at November 5, 2008 04:05 PM

The speakers name was Lynn and her story was from “A Room Nearby” about her loneliness with her life both in childhood and throughout her adult life. She felt as through wherever she went to live did not suit her because she was homesick. She had no problem making friends wherever she moved but never. She moved from place to place and wherever she moved she was unable to connect with others. The only place she felt like she fit in and was not lonely was he around her family in the low down city housing.

Posted by: Raymond Ferrara at November 5, 2008 07:12 PM

Michael Hewlett
English 121 Academic Writing
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
5 November 2008
The Room Nearby

Lynn was born and raised in Harlem. As she got older she started moving from place to place and was always able to make friends very easily. Although she was able to make friends she never felt that she actually had a connection with those friends. The only time that Lynn didn’t feel lonely was when she was back at home in Harlem. Lynn defines loneliness by saying you can have many friends, but never being able to feel close or connected to those friends causes loneliness.

Posted by: Michael Hewlett at November 5, 2008 07:16 PM

The speaker's name was Pamella. She defined loneliness as not being inspired to do something that is different from her daily routine. The reason why she defined loneliness like this is because of her daily routine. Everyday, she woke up and went to work and back home, She did not do any thing in between, as a result she became lonely. She wanted someone or something to just inspire and make her happy. She found this inspiration by looking out her window and seeing graffiti artists. The inspiration was that because she found something different to do , she started to paint with spray cans as a hobby until it eventually became a career.

Posted by: sasha-ann jarrett at November 5, 2008 08:20 PM

In "A Room Nearby," Paul and Sandra Fierlinger depicted loneliness through various stories and types of loneliness. Some characters found it by isolation and others found it by not finding an inner piece. Milosh, the final story and character in the film experienced loneliness through the loss of his best friend, his dog. He struggled with accepting the loss, but eventually overcame the struggle and found a sense of being in his life.

Posted by: Ron Carlson at November 5, 2008 10:28 PM

Allyn Tuff
11/5/08
Dr. Hobbs
English121 CA 14
Loneliness to Pamela was having no inspiration in life. The reason I came to this conclusion is because she used to go home every day from work and sit by herself. When she met her friends she found out a new hobby, which was graffiti art. After she started this Pamela became inspired by her new hobby and grew happy.
Eventually Pamela’s friends got caught and she was once again lonely. After awhile she started painting her graffiti art on paper and was inspired again, and was happy in the end because she was still able to be inspired by her artwork.

Posted by: Allyn Tuff at November 5, 2008 11:00 PM

The speaker I was assigned is Tom from the movie A Room Nearby. He stared out as a carpenter but wasn’t happy with what he was doing. He was the youngest of five children and felt left out. He was set out to find out who he was. He tried many different personalities like a hippy. He didn’t know who he was or what he wanted to be. He defined loneliness by not knowing who he was or what he wanted to be. Also he didn’t fit in with his family. His definition of loneliness was different then the other speakers. For instance, Pamela was trying to find her inspiration to keep her busy and happy. Lynn felt like there were never people out there doing as bad as she was even though they were. She was lonely because she never had any privacy. Milos was lonely because the one thing he loved, his dog, ran away and drowned. His loneliness was caused by an internal disaster.
I believe Tom was effective in describing loneliness. There are many people out in the world that don’t know who they are and that don’t belong. Not fitting in can cause anyone to become lonely. From my perspective, Tom, was using an informal voice. It was like he was talking to someone he knew. Tom used many tools that we have learned in his narrative. He used narrative, classification, and illustrative.

Zachary West
Eng 121 Sec 14
November 6, 2008
Dr. Hobbs

Posted by: Zachary West at November 6, 2008 01:07 AM

Domingo was the first character that defined himself as being lonely in A Room Nearby. He was trying to be someone that he was not, and after only after he realized this he truely became lonely. Domingo originally lived in the United States, but had moved to Australia after being in the Military. Domingo had an obsession with material items, that continued to slowly swallow him up. He only broke free after throwing away the materialism that swayed his life away.

Domingo defined the concept of loneliness because he found himself alone, worrying about virtually unimportant material items that slowly ate away at his self-esteem. It was very effective because it had ruined his life. It was a first person narrative told by Domingo. This first person narrative really showed the blossoming of Domingo's character. We learned how to expand our stories and create a more balance of description in our own personal essays.

Thank you,
Nick Castellano.

Posted by: Nick Castellano at November 6, 2008 09:13 AM

Brianna Bilbao
Domingo grew up in a religious family. He was happy until he realized he was unaccepted. He changed his ways and became something he was not. He was drafted and became happy again traveling around the world. Upon his return, he was once again, unaccepted. He moved to Australia and had a shipping business. Much of his time was spent alone but he was looking for companionship. He had a lot of money, buying very opulent, materialistic materials until he spent all his money. He moved back to the states keeping his life in Australia secret. He started drinking and became very lonely. He had an epiphany, making want to be a better person. Once he changed his mistakes he became happy again.
Loneliness to Domingo was his money and being able to buy opulent, materialistic materials. What he did not know that money does come to end when not spent wisely and that it does not buy happiness. Once Domingo saw what a terrible, lonely life he was living, he was smart enough to change it. When he changed his whole outlook on life and changed his ways he became happy again. His loneliness was different from the others was because he was lonely due to the fact that money could not buy him happiness. I believe it was effective because even though one can have money and materialistic things, it doesn’t give or bring friends, family or a support system. With no-one, but himself, I can understand where Domingo was lonely. This narrative was in the passive voice not the academic voice. The tools we learned in class that were used in this narrative is the narrative, descriptive, example, and expository.

Brianna Bilbao
English 121-14
November 6,2008

Posted by: Brianna B. at November 6, 2008 09:33 AM

Thomas Murray
Dr. Burgsbee Hobbs
English 121 Sec. 14
05 November 2008
Lynn’s Loneliness
In the film “A Room Nearby” the character Lynn lived in Harlem. Every day Lynn lived a poor lifestyle in which she had to stay strong. Harlem was a jungle and the only way to survive was not showing any weakness of being afraid.
Lynn was a fearful person. Since Lynn lived in Harlem, she had to act tough on the surface and couldn’t reveal how she was really feeling. Lynn was unable to talk about or express her feelings which resulted in her being lonely. Lynn defines loneliness as person who is alone and can’t get any comfort for her feelings.

Posted by: Thomas Murray at November 6, 2008 11:29 AM

Amethyst Quelch
Dr. Hobbs
ENG-121-CA16
Academic Writing 1

I was in group five and my scene characters name was Milos, who was a film director. Milos’s storyline was that he had a dog, which kept him pretty preoccupied for many years. They would play together and he would occasionally let the dog out on his own and later on the dog would return back home. One day when it was snowing, Milos let the dog out and it never came back. Of course Milos figured that the dog was chasing a squirrel or something, but after a day he grew concerned and started to look for the dog. When he arrived to the river in front of his house he saw his dog under the water which had frozen over. Astounded Milos quickly went back into the house and started to play solitaire. He didn’t believe that his dog had fallen in the frozen lake, but the next day he went back out there and saw the same face looking up at him. The death of his dog had finally sunken in and he called someone to remove the body from the lake. Milos was so heavily distraught that he just played solitaire for days, until sometime later he broke his leg. This accident was painful, and it took his mind of the dog, but in a sense Milos continued to feel lonely.

Milos defined loneliness as losing someone or something you loved very much, and that once you loosed these things that you truly felt lonely. His definition was different from the other scene characters because some felt lonely and others were just alone. The voice the narrator was in was descriptive and sincere. And the story was from Milos’s perspective because he was telling it in a story. The tools that we learned in this class that were used in the film we saw today were, Narrative, Descriptive and Classification.

Posted by: Amethyst Q. at November 6, 2008 11:46 AM

My group was chosen to cover the character Pamela. She had a boring meaningless lifestyle. Boring job, boring social life, and a lonely life in general. She eventually finds freedom and inspiration in graffiti and makes friends quickly. I believe she was truly lonely, not neccessarily alone. There were people around her, but in her heart she was suffering from loneliness. She probably felt seperated from the world.

Posted by: Nicholas Iafrate at November 6, 2008 12:58 PM

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~Dr. Hobbs

Posted by: Dr. Hobbs at November 6, 2008 10:27 PM

My person was Milos and his storyline was about him and his dog. He had a dog that was his best friend. They would do everything together. Milos would let the dog go outside for hours at a time and then he would return home for the rest of the night. Well one day Milos let his dog out like normal and that night he never returned. Milos thought he was out just chasing a squirrel or something and he will return shortly. Days went by and the dog never returned. Milos took a walk out by the lake to clear his mind and when he looked down he saw his dog in the water. He thought he was dreaming and ran back inside to play a card game to clear his mind. The next day to make sure he it wasn't real he went out there again and didn't see anything, and Milos was like thank god. Then a gust of wind blew and moved the platform and underneath the platform was the dog. Milos was so torn when he saw the dog looking up at him in the frozen lake, he had someone come and remove the dog from the lake. For days he played solitare in such pain. Later on he ended up breaking his leg and worried more about his leg and forgot about the dog. But Milos still felt lonely.

Milos said that loneliness is when you have something close to you and you lose it. Then you truely feel lonely without that special something or someone by your side anymore. He described lonely differently than the others because the others weren't truely lonely they just felt alone. Being caught up on everything else and being around so much people at a time they felt distant from themselves rather than anything else. The voice was more descriptive and the story was from Milos himself because he was the one that told the storyline. In the film we saw descriptive narrative and classification.

Posted by: Cyndell S at November 10, 2008 03:06 PM

Christian Tejada
ENG 121.14

My person was Pamela and she defined loneliness by having a lack of inspiration. She has her approach to loneliness by having the same routine everyday of her life. She is different because she is also a graphity artist where she express here loneliness. She need to find something that inspires her life so that she can fix her puzzle in life.

Posted by: Christian Tejada at November 12, 2008 11:04 PM

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