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As For Me and My House pt2

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Department
English
Course Code
ENG353Y1
Professor
Vikki Visvis

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Week of 5 th
Oct. 2010
Philip is a failed artist; he is confined to his own garrison, in part b/c of poverty, and enters the church.
He goes to endless Horizons, ironic as it confines rather than offers new opportunities, and cannot/does
not take initiative. He is the embodiment of the paralyzed artist, reflected also in Paul, who treats
English as a dead language, always thinking about etymology instead of context and meaning.
Philip progresses, painting prairies instead of Main streets, a source of inspiration taken away from
him because of their move to the city. 2nd hand bookstore they open in the end cannot produce own
work, Canadian lit also second hand British lit.
Philips future is bleak, because Horizon is not a nurturing ground for artists.
B) Art as a Mode of Communication
Philips sketches act his mode of communication; they reveal his emotions and expose dimensions of
his character.
(P201-2) I spread out a dozen of them on the table, then called him. Mrs. B displays his paintings
and drawings. Points to himself as his own artworks audience, and an unappreciative one too. His art
tells us smth about him. His more recurrent artwork is the sketch of main streets, and false fronts
(P7).
Sketching on back of sermon suggests the fundamental duality of his life. For Mrs. B, the false fronts
represent Philips dual roles and presumed hypocrisy, Its not just the content, but also the
aesthetics/stylistics that concern her. (P23) Something has happened to his drawing this last year
There used to be feeling and humanity in itbut now everything is distorted, intensified, alive with
thin, cold, bitter life. Distortion, more abstract and experimental, leaning towards the Modernist
tradition.
(P23) One of his paintings, Main street is consumed by darkness, aligned w/ the darkness. The false
fronts gradually retreat into the darkness. Bent low, Bentley.
Feels no genuine connection with anyone around him, ultimately isolated, retreating from the
darkness (figure bent low), or as the street lamp, consumed by darkness.
(P12) while we talked began to draw our pictures…except that he screwed Pauls face up a little.
Shows irritation by screwing up Pauls face, shows his emotions, even petty jealousy. However, this is
rare, and for the most part, he shows deeper and more tortured emotions.
(P23) Yesterday he sketched a congregation as he sees it from the pulpit. Seven faces in the first row
ugly, wretched faces, big-mouthed, mean-eyed alike, yet each with a sharp aggressive individuality
the caricature of a pewmore in the second rowin the third Just as previous sketches show
hypocrisy, this sketch also shows hypocrites in Horizon as being alike, shallow, superficial, stingy, just
like the false fronts.
(P105) Partridge Hill nobly represented (“A trim, white, neat-gabled little schoolhouse”), as noble
and defiant in the face of true suffering drought, impoverishment, and death. Unlike town
congregation, who focuses on appearances, Partridge Hill has true faith they have to, in the face of
adversity.
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(P183) Tonight Philip made a sketch of Joe Lawson Faith and reality associated w/ Partridge that
is decidedly absent in the town.
(P148) Philip is in his study drawing again a woman with a hoe in a potato patch Mrs B. cannot
even recognize herself in the drawing, suggesting her blindness and unreliability. He is reluctant to
leave the sketch, to spend time with his wife in person.
(P33) Philip is constantly trying to capture Judiths whiteness. Its Judith tonight hes drawing. Or
rather, trying to draw, for the strange swift whiteness of her face eludes him. Aesthetic interest in the
subject shes different from the other people in town. Judith an artist as well, refusing to conform,
outsider similar to Philip. Attempts to capture Judith may be an attempt to capture a portrait of
himself, instead of romantic interest.
(P136-7) for once, he had stooped to copy… Mrs B. telling us he doesnt usually do Realist works.
He is usually not portrayed as being responsible, but he shows altruism, and ability to take
responsibility for his actions by apologizing to Laura about the sombrero incident. Philip means lover
of horses”, also giving out a part of his identity.
(P91) Broken old horse associated with Philips fragile emotional state. However, it indicates that the
earth (nature) is also a source of rejuvenation.
(P168) Its a string of galloping broncos…” His need for freedom, found with his implied affair with
Judith, is shown through his new paintings of living and galloping horses, full of energy and vitality.
(P173) Hasnt touched the oils given to him by Mrs. B, not wanting to be constrained by her.
(P201) Philip said that on his way to Partridge Hill yesterday he saw two horses frozen on their
feet Doing a good job with his oils, drawing frozen horses though representing his apathy and
acceptance of his sealed fate.
(P206) Philip is quiet, finishing a drawing that hes been working on since suppertime. A file of cattle
plowing their way across a field piled deep with snow. Off in the distance theres a farmhouse, erect,
small, isolated. Weight of his life, his wife, profession all weigh down on him.
C) The Role of El Greco
Spanish painter El Greco painted during the Renaissance period, as a Mannerist, taking its ideas
from Raphael and Michelangelo.
- Characterized by complex composition, w/ elongated figures. Also influenced by Byzantine
(spiritualisms, profound humanity). He has a way of humanizing everything, infusing it w/ a feeling of
ecstasy. Philip and El Grecos aesthetics very similar.
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th Week of 5 Oct. 2010 Philip is a failed artist; he is confined to his own garrison, in part bc of poverty, and enters the church. He goesto endless Horizons, ironic as it confines rather than offers new opportunities, and cannotdoes not take initiative. He is the embodiment of the paralyzed artist, reflected also in Paul, who treats English as a dead language, always thinking about etymology instead of context and meaning. Philip progresses, painting prairies instead of Main streets, a source of inspiration taken away from him because of their move to the city. 2 hand bookstore they open in the end cannot produce own work, Canadian lit also second hand British lit. Philips future is bleak, because Horizon is not a nurturing ground for artists. B) Art as a Mode of Communication Philips sketches act his mode of communication; they reveal his emotions and exposedimensions of his character. (P201-2) I spread out a dozen of them on the table, then called him. Mrs. B displays his paintings and drawings. Points to himself as his own artworks audience, and an unappreciative one too. His art tells us smth about him. His more recurrent artwork is the sketch of main streets, and false fronts (P7). Sketching on back of sermon suggests the fundamental duality of his life. For Mrs. B, the false fronts represent Philips dual roles and presumed hypocrisy, Its not just the content, but also the aestheticsstylistics that concern her. (P23) Something has happened to his drawing this last year There used to be feeling and humanity in itbut now everything is distorted, intensified, alive with thin, cold, bitter life. Distortion, more abstract and experimental, leaning towards the Modernist tradition. (P23) One of his paintings, Main street is consumed by darkness, aligned w the darkness. The false fronts gradually retreat into the darkness. Bent low, Bentley. Feels no genuine connection with anyone around him, ultimately isolated, retreating from the darkness (figure bent low), or as the street lamp, consumed by darkness. (P12) while we talked began to draw our picturesexcept that he screwed Pauls face up a little. Shows irritation by screwing up Pauls face, shows his emotions, even petty jealousy. However, this is rare, and for the most part, he shows deeper and more tortured emotions. (P23) Yesterday he sketched a congregation as he seesit from the pulpit. Seven faces in the first row ugly, wretched faces, big-mouthed, mean-eyed alike, yet each with a sharp aggressive individuality the caricature of a pewmore in the second rowin the third Just as previous sketches show hypocrisy, this sketch also shows hypocrites in Horizon as being alike, shallow, superficial, stingy, just like the false fronts. (P105) Partridge Hill nobly represented (A trim, white, neat-gabled little schoolhouse), as noble and defiant in the face of true suffering drought, impoverishment, and death. Unlike town congregation, who focuses on appearances, Partridge Hill has true faith they have to, in the face of adversity. www.notesolution.com
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