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  1. Nov 2016
    1. They didn’t realize that the change they vied for would result in this outcome and they didn’t think of the consequences of the change they rallied behind.

      As we have continued in our reading, there have been an increasing number of unexpected or unintended consequences of the war. One of the most interesting occurs as Olanna attempts to get the dried egg yolks for Baby. She is originally mortified at the thought of begging food, saying that "she felt as if she were doing something improper, unethical: expecting food in exchange for nothing" (335). Olanna does not want to have to change her views on the world, but the conversations about independence in their living room are a stark contrast to being forced to fight for food. However, the desperation of war and the sheer necessity forces her to change as she eventually "surprised herself by how easily she joined the inward rush of the crowd" (341), proving that their original beliefs about the war were drastically different from reality.

  2. Sep 2016
    1. Then, there comes a choice to be true to one’s culture and history as Antigone was, or to be true to one’s state and ruler no matter what.

      What are the consequences of taking each action? For Antigone, it was clear that her decisions led to death on earth and a perceived victory in the underworld, but what does Cavendish believe loyalty can provide? She seems to place value in tradition and order as she says how "At last the Commons won, and then astride/ Fierce Tyrannie on Noble Necks did ride;/ All Monuments pull'd down, that stood long time,/ And Ornaments were then thought a great Crime." This seems to mourn the loss of what once existed and instead has been replaced with tyranny.

    1. local events

      The author continues to describe how there is a history of civil war, but what about this idea of local events. Is there truly such a thing? In the modern world, it seems impossible to have any event happen in one community without impacting others around the world, but has that been true throughout history? And to what extent?

    2. Call a civil war a revolution, and you change it from something ignoble and even atavistic into a movement that is uplifting and oriented towards the future.

      In some ways this relates again to the idea of power and language. In each of these examples, the word "revolution" was only implemented by the victors after they had succeeded in the struggle for power.

    3. power superior

      The comparison between this paragraph and the next about how both genealogy and civil wars are about power is an interesting one. The author appears to be arguing that genealogies cannot escape the control of those superior, but the idea of civil wars is to attempt to gain back that control. It is interesting that in this article, the author argues that the idea of civil wars in general are a power struggle.

    4. armed conflict not of an international character”

      While this legal name may not be significant to the article as a whole, it is important to remember the importance of words and language, as discussed in the next paragraph. In this case, the choice to legally name it "not of an international character" seems significant. Rather than describe it as "domestic" or with other similar names, the priority appears to be on the impact the conflict will have on the larger world, which comes off as selfish. This name has also proven to be untrue, as any conflict can have global consequences, as proven by the refugee crisis.