- "We have orders. We should follow them." Steve. Steve Rogers. Steve "well looks like I have to go behind enemy lines to go save my best friend and company and you can’t tell me otherwise" Rogers. Steve "sixth time is the charm at the carnival recruiting office" Rogers. I’m not buying it, Joss.
- "I get that reference." We all know that Steve was under ice for 70 years, thus he missed a lot. He keeps a notebook of things he should look up, sure, but for him to be like HEY EVERYONE THE OLD GUY GOT THIS doesn’t strike me as believable. It seems like a shoddy shot at comic relief at Steve’s expense. Steve Rogers is the guy who takes the confused look on someone’s face and explains the reference to them, not the guy who points out that he understood it.
- "We need a plan of attack!" because jumping out of an airplane before you get to your destination, while being fired at, and trying to single handedly complete a rescue mission with a handgun and a metal shield is definitely backing this line of thought up.
- “Let’s start with that stick of his. It may be magical…" "is that what just happened" and "seems to be powered by some sort of electricity" remind me of painting Steve as the naive, less intelligent younger brother that everyone gets tired of explaining everything thing to. Steve has a vocabulary. Steve Rogers grew up with electricity. He knows what it is. Steve Rogers also could have just said that it worked like the Hydra weapon, except there are these unnecessary comments to make Steve seem less than everyone else. I hate that whole scene.
- "What’s the matter? afraid of a little lightning?" since when does Steve mock other people like that? Sure, he was smarmy towards the Red Skull ("Nothin’. I’m just a kid from Brooklyn" "So why are you running?") but they’re retaliations. He doesn’t start that sort of thing. That’s Tony’s job.
- The whole “there’s only one God, ma’am” thing. It just seems so proper and Steve isn’t really proper or good with women, especially ones he’s just met. He doesn’t call Peggy ma’am when he’s conversing with her, he fumbles over “dame, woman, agent.” He also doesn’t seem the kind to bring God into things, even when Schmidt was “harnessing the power of the gods.” The whole line/situation irked me, and that just might be more subjective than objective, so you can ignore this point if you think it has too much fallacy in it.
- Steve always comes up one quip short with Tony. Continually. That might just be a nit-picky thing, but I don’t like it. Smart-mouthed Steve Rogers doesn’t keep playing into somebody’s hand the way he does with Tony. Steve is used to bantering with people- with Bucky, with the people who beat him up - he doesn’t back down with “one more wisecrack out of you” or any of that.
If you like Whedon’s characterization of Steve, that’s fine. You are welcome to your opinion, just as I am to mine. I wouldn’t say his characterization is poor more than it is wrong.
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Portrait of Juana at age fifteen, painted in 1666.
Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695) was the daughter of a Spanish Peninsular captain and a Creole woman. She was born in San Miguel Nepantla, Mexico on 2 December, 1651. For a woman of her time, Juana was well educated—and almost entirely self-taught, at that. She could read by age three, she mastered Latin, and she even learned Nahuatl, the Aztec language. She read many books and collected them for her library, and she wrote music and poems and became known throughout Mexico and Europe for her poetry. Juana asked for permission to dress as a man and enter the University of Mexico, but she was denied.
At age seventeen, the Viceroy Antonio Sebastián Álvarez de Toledo, the Marquis de Mancera, arranged for a jury of theologians, philosophers, and university professors to question Juana about a variety of scientific and literary subjects in order to test her knowledge. Juana answered their questions so brilliantly that she not only stumped these educated men, she also gained a reputation for her intelligence. She received several marriage proposals at the viceregal court, but she turned them all down. Rather than marry and devote her life to a husband and children, as was expected of most women in her day, Juana chose to enter a convent.
Sor Juana, as she was called as a nun, strongly supported women’s right to education. Many of her poems even criticised patriarchal social mores. When Sor Juana published an intelligent response refuting a famous biblical scholar, the leaders of the Church told Juana to give up all her scientific and educational pursuits, which they said were “unnatural” in women and told her to focus on her religious duties. Sor Juana finally agreed to go through penance, and she stopped writing and sold her library as well as all her scientific and musical instruments. She called herself la peor de todas las mujeres, “the worst of all women.” A few years later she died taking care of her sisters during a plague.
Fortunately many of Sor Juana’s writings have survived. You can read her poems here in Spanish, with English translations.
Ann Marie Bone is a freelance artist / painter with a passion for vibrant colours. She paints mainly in oils and acrylic on canvas, in a wide variety of sizes but she also paints in watercolours and does pencil drawings. If you love landscape illustrations … make sure to scroll through.
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