Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shortcomings of Seven Deadly Sins

Some shortcomings of "Seven Deadly Sins," would include the style in which this book was written. Most critics would judge it poorly based on this. The concept of formality is tossed around quite a lot in this book, which allows this book to act more as a conversation rather than a read. Another shortcoming would have to be some of Taylor's references. At some points in the story he makes short speeches on subjects that do not appear to pertain to the theme of the book, but there is a subliminal message that requires some thought.

Praiseworthy about Seven Deadly Sins

Some praiseworthy mentions about "Seven Deadly Sins," would have to be how closely I as a reader could relate. Not necessarily from the religious stand-point, but from the overall theme of just living life as is. A person's conscience should not have to be weighted heavily on the day to day actions called life. Another thing that is praiseworthy about this book is Taylor's use of metaphors and satire. This makes for a humerous read and kept me interested in every page.

Theme or Main Idea of Seven Deadly Sins

The theme or main idea of "Seven Deadly Sins" is to not view the sins that we have come to fear, as vicious. Some people have become so up-tight about every judgement or move that they make, that they forgot what it was like to live for the moment. These "sins" should not become the deciding factor in a person's life. They should be viewed as petty, and that a person should be more outgoing and live.

Compare and Contrast of Seven Deadly Sins and Band of Brothers

There are many differences between "Seven Deadly Sins" and "Band of Brothers." First off being that the subject matter of the two is entirely not related. "Seven Deadly Sins," deals with seven sins that are considered dangerous, while "Band of Brothers," tells the story of one unit who goes through a series of events in World War II. Another difference being that the "Seven Deadly Sins," focuses on one character, where as "Band of Brothers," focuses on a whole platoon.
There is only one distinct comparison that was able to be made about both books. While they have their distinct differnces, both books seem to use real life events to make connections to the writings. Also, both use personal experiences throughout the novels.

Three Major Incidents in Seven Deadly Sins

One of the major incidents that occur in "Seven Deadly Sins," would have to be Taylor's personal experience to the sin of wrath. He starts by providing background information, in which he and his sister were staying at a friend of their mother's house one night. He then claims that he doesn not wish to remember these people, so they are referred to as Tom and Christine. Taylor then describes the lifestyle of Tom and Christine and how Tom seemed to be the only normal one out of both of them. Christine leaves to drink while Tom sits at home and waits for her. Then, he goes into detail of Tom's elevation of anger. There is a transition of the next day of Christine kicking in the front door. Tom then snaps, and gets into a brawl with Christine. Taylor states "I watched it all, including the inevitable aftermath: Christine running away and Tom chasing after her, leaving all the kids by themselves." (Taylor pg 30)
Another major incident within this book is the author's opinion on the sin of sloth. Taylor describes himself as a determined person, by saying "I work constantly. When I am not working, I am trying to raise my kids. When I am not raising future anarchists, I am working on other people's tomfoolery." (Taylor pg 95-96) He goes into saying that sloth should not necessarily be a sin, because it is all based around an attitude, rather than a lifestyle. He describes how his previous mindset of work has changed from that of where he is today. He makes a powerful statement of "Life owes you nothing; you owe yourself everything." (Taylor pg 97)
One last incident through this read would have to be Taylor's descripton of him growing up in Waterloo. He begins by saying that the statements that will be made about this town do not reflect the people who are currently living there. Taylor explains his hatred for the town as he was growing up, and shares that "It was in this town that all of these 'sins' really hit home." (Taylor pg 115) He then describes his living conditions at the time, and how he had to move in with his mother's best friend, who he despised greatly. "It was Jerry Springer every night at our house." (Taylor pg 116) This excerpt describes the addictions and domestic violence that Taylor would face daily. He then leads to more horrific details of events that occurred. In reference, Taylor says "Some scars run deep and some wounds never heal, but that sweet, sweet anger lives forever." (Taylor pg 119)

Element most important to Seven Deadly Sins

The element that is most important in "Seven Deadly Sins," would have to be the events. This is because Taylor is able to take personal experiences and connect them to the theme of this book, being the seven deadly sins. Also, he not only provides great detail to each event, but also gives the after-math and his reflection of the situation. He incorporates use of metaphors into each event, and breaks down the sense of formality during the scenarios. Not only does Taylor allow for personal experiences of himself to be made, but also for the audience to reflect on personal experiences in their life as well.

Prevailing mood of Seven Deadly Sins

Overall, this book's mood is across a broad spectrum of emotions. Due to this read dealing with seven different areas, or sins, of human life, the mood will sing with every page read.  The first few chapters of the book deal with the sin of wrath, in which Taylor prevails a more serious tone. For example he tells a personal experience of this sin and tells of the aftermath, in which he states "Rage is not a sin, but it can be the trigger that makes us commit sins. The real problem comes when we bottle up emotion and ignore the fact that we need to let ourselves be angry." (Taylor pg 30.)
Another section of the book deals with the sin of lust. Taylor takes more of a humurous tone. He tells of another personal experience, and describes the feeling of lust through in his eyes. He states "Lust, my Achilles Heel, the crazy monkey on my back, flailing and screaming and using my hair as a pair of handle bars, steering me toward the edge." (Taylor pg 48) His use of metaphors is what brings out the humor of this passage.
The next sin Taylor targets is that of vanity. With this, he continues to stay with a humerous tone. He begins this by giving a drawn-out description of himself, and never the less ending with "One more thing: I do not mean to brag or anything, but god-damn, I am pretty." (Taylor pg 70) Now reading through the description, Taylor is jokingly stating his accomplishments, such as "I am (apparently) a renowned artist, singer, songwriter, lyricist, entertainer, dancer (total lie), magi (another lie), aura reader (where's he going with this?) and all-around famous person." (Taylor pg 69)

What kind of person Corey Taylor, author of Seven Deadly Sins, is

Based on my reading of this book, I have came to the conclusion that Corey Taylor is that of an average person, with an over-extensive imagination. Part of this reasoning may be due to the bias I have for him, being that he is the lead singer of two of my favorite bands. Taylor jumps back and forth on the presentation of formality. His detail into the sins are what makes this read interesting. For example, Taylor speaks of the sin of wrath, stating "However, wrath is also the one 'sin' on the list whose darkness is immediately recognizable becuase it is a feeling that can be reciprocated instantly." (Taylor pg 27) He views rath as nothing more than a sin, but rather an emotion that is felt in everyday reality. Corey Taylor can also be viewed with a wild sense of humor. Although his content seems to be more adult oriented, he seems to connect through jokes that the typical teenager can understand. Such as in this excerpt "The wheels on the bus may go 'round and 'round, but that bus might run you over if the driver gets fired." (Taylor pg 35) This passage is again making a comedic connection to the sin of wrath.

Author's Purpose in Seven Deadly Sins based on reviews

Throughout reading "Seven Deadly Sins," it was hard to compensate the goal in which the author was trying to accomplish. Upon reading reviews from a source titled the A.V. Club, they seem to believe that Taylor's goal was split to both entertain and persuade. Such being that from the beginning of the story, he shows his opinion on the seven deadly sins, "Can you imagine how life would be without the seven little spices?" (Taylor pg 16) He states that without the seven sins, everyday society would lose it's edge. On the turn or persuasion, Taylor will convince that the sins aren't necessarily deadly. "Hope that people can stop carrying the bricks of guilt and self-disgust and use them to build a foundation on their own morals, not someone else's expectations." (Taylor pg 20) Taylor gives his insight in that just because one person believes so heavily into the seven sins and their consequences, that does not mean you should weigh your concious the same.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Student Blog on Seven Deadly Sins

I looked at Chris Moleski's AP Lang blog from first semester and read his book evaluation. This evaluation lead me to choose this book.  Also, the subject of the book, which pertains to the seven deadly sins, is an interesting subject in of itself. The events that occur in the story were rather interesting and also the writer, Corey Taylor, is someone whom I look up to prior to the publication of this book. That prior knowledge also influenced my overall choice of this book.

MLA Documentation for Seven Deadly Sins.

Taylor, Corey. Seven Deadly Sins. Philadelphia: First Da Capo Press, 2011.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Evaluation regarding One School, One Book

Our school has chosen the book "Life As We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer as our One School, One Book assignment. I would not recommend this book, in any fashion to any person. This book's plot structure is more than a running tab of events than anything. Although it's presented in the style of journal entries, there is no uniqueness to it. The plot is entirely predictable. Some may argue that the character's are well developed, but for this type of story they are about as predictable as the plot. While reading this book, I was reminded of the movie The Day after Tomorrow. Just another typical pre-apocolyptic story where the main focus is set on one family hoping to survive the series of catastrophic events.
One part of this book that really gets to me is the structure, on all different aspects. One being the diary-style format. These journal entries do not provide as great of detail as would be liked. The sentence structure for the most part is not the greatest, but the lack of properness could really bug a person. for example, "No Horton. No word from Jonny. Mom and I didn't talk. Matt isn't talking much either." (pg 132) The choppiness of the sentence drives me mad. Sure, it adds to the diary like atmosphere of the writing, but the lack of detail proves it to be a waste of a journal entry more than anything.
This book overall did not keep me entertained. The character development was a dreaded progress that was vague with detail. The characters did not really progress through the story in any sort of specific direction. It seemed like as the events were rolling through, the more the main character, Miranda, seemed to complain. For example, when she exclaims " 'You're damn right I'm self-pitying,' I shouted right back at her. 'Why shouldn't I be? It's bad enough my life is like this and I have no idea if I'm going to survive." (pg 211) There is really no point to this complaint, because her feelings change later down the line. This book should not have been chosen for the One School, One Book project.