Jane Ansah Roman Clothing

My topic of Ancient Rome was clothing. Back then, clothing was pretty important. It not only served as protection against harsh conditions and as adornment for the body, but was also used to show ranks and status of those in the society. Most of all the clothing for both the men and women were the same, they had many varied styles. The children’s clothing was not as important as the adults. They basically wore the same thing their parents did, but in their size of course. The most known type of clothing among the ancient Romans was the toga. There is a myth that all Romans wore togas, when in reality, that wasn’t the case at all. The men of a higher rank mostly wore tunics over their undergarments known as tunics. Those of lower ranks wore tunics, and depending on what you did,m there were many types of it. Same goes for the Toga; there were many different styles of it, each one specified to a certain duty. Although the women did USE to wear togas, they stopped that practice, and it came that only prostitutes and women of an extremely low rank wore togas. The regular women wore just tunics, and matrons wore a garment called a stola over their tunics as a sign of respect. Soldiers wore trousers, ans slaves wore basic short tunics so they would be able to work easily.

Frankenstein Newspaper

TOPIC 7 ARTICLE 1: Sierra & Jane

The idea of progress is represented in the novel Frankenstein. It is represented through Victor Frankenstein’s creation of the creature. Victor had been researching and experimenting for an extremely long time, nearly two years. He had been studying alchemy and was fascinated by the idea of transforming matter. He says, “I had retrod the steps of knowledge along the paths of time and exchanged the discoveries of recent inquirers for the dreams of alchemists”(pg 36). His ultimate goal became making an inanimate object transform into something that obtains life. He mentions after he had accomplished the creature, “I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body” (pg 44).  He dug up a man from a grave and, “infused a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at his feet” (pg 42). His goals were finally accomplished, the creature was breathing and his limbs were starting to move. Through progress, Frankenstein had accomplished a goal he had been focusing on for so long. This was the major progress that occurred in the book, however, he was not satisfied with his results. He began to despise the creature he made, seeing it as a disgusting and horrifying monster. He was shocked and scared, so he abandoned it without thinking twice. What he did accomplish was forgotten for some time and he never received the recognition he truly desired. So as this is seen as progress in one aspect, it is also very obviously not in another.

 

TOPIC 7 ARTICLE 2: Mary & Jane

In the book Frankenstein, Mary Shelly describes Victor Frankenstein’s progression in the field of science. His advancement was creating a living creature from the corpse of a dead man. Most of the book explains the consequences that arise when you tamper with life and death. The major consequence was the death of nearly everyone in the book especially people who Victor Frankenstein cared about like Elizabeth and Henry. Back in 17th century, when Mary Shelly wrote the novel, creating life sounded like magic that science might be able to accomplish. “I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body” (p. 48) This explains how obsessed Victor Frankenstein because with the idea of creating life from a dead body. Now, in the 21st century, the next reachable step seems to be controlling life and human genetics. Like the movie GATTACA, people might all want their kids to be genetically engineered. Genetic engineering is the picking and choosing of different genes like red hair over brown hair or blue eyes over green eyes.Genetic engineering and the creation of life both have a similar thought of acting like God. Mary Shelly’s book can be interpreted as a warning to people like Robert Walton who think that they are willing to give up their life for scientific progress. Victor Frankenstein believed that he was willing to give up his life for scientific progress, but he lost everyone he cared about.

TOPIC 10 ARTICLE 1-Katie Belic

Controlling life and death

Katie Belic

      Which lead to the decision to bring the dead back to life. “One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the huI believe the role of creating and destroying life shouldn’t be in the hands of any human. I think that it’s God’s job, it should stay that way, and no one should mess with the way of life. Life itself is a very fragile thing that should not be tempered with or things can go wrong. You can see this happening in the novel, “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley.  Examples of my belief are shown throughout, as Victor Frankenstein becomes intrigued with the idea of Alchemy. ”To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death. I became acquainted with the science of anatomy, but this was not sufficient; I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body…..Now I was led to examine the cause and progress of this decay and forces to spend days and nights in vaults and charnel-houses. My attention was fixed upon every object the most insupportable to the delicacy of the human feelings. I saw how the fine form of man was degraded and wasted; I beheld the corruption of death succeed to the blooming cheek of life; I saw how the worm inherited the wonders of the eye and brain. I paused, examining and analyzing all the minutiae of causation, as exemplified  in the change from life to death, and death to life, until from the midst of this darkness a sudden light broke in upon me-a light so brilliant and wondrous, yet so simple, that while I became dizzy with the immensity of the prospect which it illustrated, I was surprised that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.” (Pg 42)  man frame, and, indeed, any animal endued with life.”( Pg-41) From that point on things for Victor go downhill fast. I believe that the creature that was created wasn’t supposed to be alive and it was his time to be dead.  Since, Victor changed the fate of someone else he messed up the natural balance of life, so things were probably not going to end up the way he wanted it to.

 

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The Daily Cynic

By Alex Wilson

As the world is still catching its breath from the unveiling of the new “ConceptNet4” AI, a computer with the intuition, emotions, feelings, and intelligence of a 4 year old child, perhaps we should step back and take a serious look at whether or not humanity is ready to father an all new species.  On a related note, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus turns 195 today, and the name still fits despite the almost 200 year gap.  As those of you who have read the book (and I do recommend that you read the book) will know, the titular Dr. Frankenstein takes on a role similar to that of the scientists on the ConceptNet project, trying to create life of his own.  Unfortunately, he isn’t ready to take care of his new creation, and tries to ignore it with fatal consequences.  So what’s the moral of the story here?  I think that Mary Shelley was attempting to caution us against creating life we aren’t willing to take care of.  But should we try at all?  Can we take care of that which we don’t fully understand?  Should we really, as some critics put it, play god?  I think that we can.  I think that we should.  I think that we may already have.  The question of what constitutes life has drawn in many a philosopher, and the debate has raged for hundreds of years about the concept of sentience and soul.  What exists?  Are there concepts which cannot be measured?  Who knows?  Who cares?  I sure don’t.  Stay cynical.

Survival Letter – Jane Ansah

Virginia Holocaust Museum

2000 East Cary Street

Richmond, VA 23223

December 8, 2014

 

Dear Mrs. Borsos,

 

Hello, my name is Jane Ansah, and I work at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, and I am writing to you today about your life during the holocaust. I happened to stumble upon your survivor story, and it just so happens to have the littlest connection to a picture that we recently recovered, and would like to use in one of our exhibits. The picture that we obtained is a picture of a group of ladies who were seized for forced labor, to sort expropriated clothing. I think this connects to your story because you were also a woman during the holocaust, who was seized for force labor. And you also worked with clothing, by sewing. Which is all in the same field. I just have a few questions to ask you. First off, would you kindly do us the honor of letting us use your inspirational survival story in our exhibit? It would make the exhibit pretty amazing. Now I just have a few questions about your life and experience during this hard time. How old were you when you were seized? Did they ever brutally abuse you? How did you escape, or get out of the camp? Did you know how to sew before going to the camp? How did you make it through the day with only one meal? What kind of clothing did you make? How much would you sew a day? Well, I think that’s enough questions for now. I personally am a big fan of sewing, and clothing, so I can’t wait to hear from you. I know it may be hard to share your story of this hard time in your life, so I really appreciate it. Thank you so much, and I hope to hear from you soon!

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Sincerely,

Jane Ansah