Litr220

Litr220

Michael Smith
November 28, 2015
LITR 220
Penny Freeland
As I was searching for a literature class to take this semester, I stumbled upon this class and it stuck out to me because I’d heard my wife and her grandmother talking about it multiple times. I took a chance and signed up and I’m very happy I did. I thought the class would be challenging because it’s my first literature class but all in all, it was very doable; the course load wasn’t overwhelming, the assignments were very clearly explained and Professor Freeland was always there to answer questions whenever needed. The level of difficulty of each assignment wasn’t too bad either. Each week was very organized and the expectations were clear of what was expected to be done and by when. My three favorite readings were probably “What is an American? Letters from an American Farmer”,,” the biography on Olaudah Equiano, and “The Premature Burial”/”The Masque of the Red Death”..” My 3three least favorite pieces had to be “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”,,” “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”,,” and “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”..” Good opening!
The “What is an American? Letters from an American Farmer” piece was one of my favorites because it truly put a lot into perspective for me. Nowadays, people seem to have the true meaning of being an American mixed up with simply being patriotic. The author was sure to put people in their places about what being an American really means.
The Olaudah Equiano piece was probably my second favorite because of some of the extremely raw details that Olaudah included in the piece. When he spoke about being taken from his small village in Africa with his sister when they were young, you could feel the emotion in his words and the fear that they felt. He wrote with good emotion and visual words when he talked about being put on the slave ship; talking about what he saw like the men who would drink to the point of being sick, how some cried, and how some just...