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May
23

Easily manipulated love

Rationale: In our group, I contributed by preparing the props and part of the costumes, I also enrolled in the acting as a character, Oberon. The props were used to reflect certain characteristics and theme. For example, the PS4 is used as a tool to demonstrate how mindlessly Lysander and Demetrius changed also the central theme of our play. Oberon is viewed as the mastermind behind the planning. As my group brings the story into the modern day, Oberon transform into a teacher who has absolute power over students similar in the story, where Lysander and Demetrius don’t have any power or plan to stop Oberon’s action. His clothing choices also show his role in this play. Shirt and tie suggests that he has power over certain people in the school. Through his actions and language, he is portrayed as a mysterious figure as he manipulated the love of the young couple. In the scene where Oberon as sent to fix the mistake done by puck, he acts mysteriously and quite worrisome. This is to foreshadow the chaos occurring soon. Oberon actions of changing the minds of the couples demonstrates how easily love can be manipulated and unpredictable. This is also a link back to the theme my group have chosen to develop, love can be easily changed and manipulated. In the conclusion, through my acting of Oberon, he is portrayed as a mysterious force manipulating love connects to the central theme of our play.

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Create Project

May
16

Towards the end of the year, we had the freedom to create something we are passionate about. In this case, I have read multiple books on wars to come to a conclusion of the central theme of these books. Behind the love and heroic stories, lies the cruelness of war. The war is wanted by no one, which will be my theme for the following poem. This shows a reading standard of understanding themes and such through books and literature. Throughout the poem, I have also written with a rather formal/serious tone to convey a suspense mood and affect the emotions.  The vocabularies used are also tied with the theme I have developed, “war” “bullets” etc. explains the deadliness of war. In the end, each stanza of the poem all ends with “a war no one wanted” to link back to the main idea of the poem.

 

 

One day after another,

The end is distance.

Bullets scream across the sky,

Far and close,

Tearing up soldiers’ life.

Bodies of flesh,

Stood in front of bodies of steel.

Cries of the wounded,

Brought death’s footstep,

Brought war that no one wanted.

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A Star-Crossed Story

May
6

As William Shakespear’s plays are known as great literatures ever written, I find them boring and difficult to understand at the same time. Even though that Shakespear’s plays are written long ago, its popularity in the world of literature has remained. The stable popularity is not only caused by the descriptive writing and attractive plot, but also the well-planed characters that reflected the people both from the 15th century and modern day.

Lysander, a main character of the play, has multiple similarity with me. His characteristic of being definite towards love, or the goal of marrying Hermia, is very similar of a personality of mine. I would fight for a something of my passion even the risk is high and I would never give up until I reach my goal. Shakespear describes Lysander’s personality of constantly pursuing love with “Ay me! for aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth.” (11) Even after the unfortunate decision from Theseus, Lysander still pursuits his love by saying “the course of true love never did run smooth.”(11) Later on in the story, Shakespear writes “And to that place the sharp Athenian law Cannot pursue us. If thou lov’st me, then Steal forth thy father’s house tomorrow night, And the in the wood, a league without the town There will I stay for thee,” (13) to describe his plan of escaping the Athenian law. Here again, he risks everything for love which is similar to me in something I am passionate about. His appearance, however, wasn’t briefly described in play. We can assume that Lysander is a young and wild man for his desperate pursuit of love and his careless decision of dueling to death over Helena as written by Shakespear in “If thou say so, withdraw and prove it too.” (83). This is somewhat similar to me, as my occasionally careless decisions brings out the immaturity.

He differs from me with his experience of his tragedy and his hopelessness of being romantic. He is a lot like Romeo from Romeo and Juliet where they both are star-crossed lovers. This feature is different from me. In the end, Lysander was very determined to guard his love with his life and pride, which I can not say I have such courage.

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Monologue

March
24

This is my monologue from the perspective of Max Vandenberg to convince Liesel to not feel depressed of Max leaving. The story is based on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

 

Liesel, I have something really important to tell you. After all the days and nights we spent together, the time to say goodbye has finally come. To be completely honest with you, I could have just left without telling you. That way, it would probably be easier for both you and me. Just gone, into the mist of Himmel Street. But I just wanted to stay and tell you not to cry, and not to be sad that I am gone. You ask why I am leaving? I have to leave, not for myself, but for your family.

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Propaganda Poster

March
18

Propaganda Poster Finalized

This is a poster I created using Photoshop. It utilizes the propaganda technique of demonizing the enemy to send fear into the audience’s mind. The logo of “What you are saying, is what he is HEARING!!!” affect the audience through patho. The saying of Know what you are saying Keep out boys sailing!!! reminds the american audience the multiple incidents caused by lose talks and german spies.

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Trees: CREATE Project

November
30

We live our lives everyday, but how many of us appreciate the precious life each of us was given. My poem, Trees, describes a dying tree in autumn. I used imagery to reveal the theme how precious life is and we should pay more attention to it.

We began by taking photos and editing the photos we have taken. Then we chose the photos connecting to our theme, nature. Thirdly, we constructed our poem of nature and edited the photos to demonstrate the standard we chose. Lastly we combined the poems and put them all in one keynote. My group demonstrated understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings and interpreted figures of speech in context and analyzes their role in our poem.

 

“Once vigorous and luxuriant,

Dominating the landscape,

But now frail and sparse,

Limbs barren and rough,”

 

In this stanza, imagery of a dying tree and personification of the limbs were used to describe the dying tree’s branch and I used multiple adjectives to give the reader a better image of the tree. I also included many words such as “barren”, “rough”, and “frail” to create a depressing mood. Furthermore, I used alliteration such as “hopeless hope” to enforce the negative mood.

 

 

English 9


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Interview – Curley’s Wife

November
13


The wife of an economy wise powerful husband during the Great Depression isn’t always enjoyable. Alice Grayham, was the wife of a powerful man’s son, Curley. Despite of having money and land, sbe had to face loneliness and much more. Through the characterization of Curley’s wife, Steinbeck is able to portray the unequal rights between men and women during the 1930s. The media below is a recording my partner and I have created using quick time. The interview is demonstrated through questions and answers.
Parts of the answers have shown how lonely Curley’s wife was due to being the only woman in the farm. “Well, “It gets lonely” (82). “Awfully lonely” “I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad.” But “I ain’t doin’ no harm to nobody!”(2) Through her answer about the celebrity dream she had, we also demonstrated her lust for attention. “I knew if I’d went, I definitely ain’t be livin’ in this stinkin’ farm no more. “Coulda been in the movies, an’ have nice clothes – all them nice clothes like they wear.” An’ I “coulda sat in them big hotels an’ have pitchers taken of me.” Coulda been as famous as Jean Harlow or Claudette Colbert. Ya get what I’m sayin’? (2)
Multiple historical contexts were shown in the answers. For example, the life before the Great Depression was great. Wealth and living conditions were both in an uprising slope. “Back in the 20s, life sure was great. There ain’t no one beggin’ on the street like now. My parents were much richer at the time an’ life was hella easy.”(1) Also included how a typical American woman’s life was like. “Alla do every day is clean and cook, clean and cook. An’ follow everythin’ Curley tells me t’do. I ain’t no mind of my own.”(2) This was how most women during the depression were treated. They do not have to work and find jobs; instead, they were staying home and doing chores to help the family.

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Spice Trade Analysis

September
6

Spice trade was a major share of the economy during the time of the Silk Road. Spices became the sign of power and wealth and was commonly found in the home of the rich and powerful. Sugar and pepper were the two main part of spices.

The battle between the empires, such as England, France, etc., they all knew the key to boost their economy is to gain control over the production of spices. Therefore, the French people and the English people brought a large amount of their military power to try to get a piece of India. “… Your Royal License to authorize the said United Company to enlist such a Number of Recruits (not exceeding 2500)… Of the Age of 16 Years and upwards to serve them as Soldiers in the East-Indies.” (Morton, secretary) From this request the reader can understand that the British required a large amount of troops inside India to complete their goal, monopolize India’s spices. “Permit me to put You on your guard with regard to the East-Indies – the French are determined to send as many Troops as possible – 4000 men are already ordered;” (Unknown, 1788) Combining the two quotes, the conflict between the two empire has rose from words to bullets. If any of the two empire can gain full control over the spices across India, that empire’s economy will benefit tremendously.

From the example of the British government harshly treating the natives inside their colonies, the reader can assume that other empires were governing their colonies somewhat similar. Which later on, the natives were tired not only from the harsh taxing but also from being treated as properties. The rebellion was slowly evolving under the corrupted government. India was split into different colonies. Multiple european empires all had their section of India. British government, for example, destroyed India’s economy. The methods of benefiting off every single trade made by the native was a sign of full control over their colony in India. “Motorized the trade of all fine and valuable merchandise such as indigo, cloth, and other articles of shipping, leaving only the trade of trifles to people, and even in this they are not without their share of the profits, which they secure by means of customs and stamp fee, etc…” (Shah-Azamgarh, grandson of the powerless Mughal emperor) Although this was almost a poster, which tends to motivate the Indians to join the fallen royal family member to rebel, the believability of the text could be questioned, but some of his lines were facts. For example, from the document, the British did dominate most of the trading in and out of India, and leaving a minimum amount of trading to the natives. This immediately brought conflicts upon the British government. More and more spice farmers, due to the heavy labor, decided to burn down their houses and ruin their spice farm due to the high tax low pay treatment, which ultimately later on develops into the rebellion that almost stopped all spice production for a period of time. The rebellion failed but had a huge impact on the empires, forcing them to take a step back. The way the British government wass treating the natives had a huge impact on the spice trade. The heavy labor and taxing eventually pushed every single spice farmer on the edge which indirectly forced them out of their houses and lived on the streets. Like I have mentioned before, that caused the production of spices to decrease tremendously.

IndiaPolitical1893ConstablesHandAtlas Citations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_India#/media/File:IndiaPolitical1893ConstablesHandAtlas.jpg Strayer, R. W. (2011). Ways of the world: A global history with sources. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s

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The Massacre

September
4

A nursery, in the future, made for every family. To be able to build any situation at any location. Seems quite nice right? If a child ever though about a horror scene, what could happen? It could very possibly become the machine described in The Veldt by Ray Bradbury. This is a creative writing piece I wrote describing my version of the nursery. I created suspense inside an abandoned hospital.

 

The laser beams blocked the iron doors completely. The gates have seal tapes all over them, as if they’re trying to silence the truth. Police cars and vans parked and abandoned on in front of the giant gate, five meters tall, ten meters wide. The screams are still echoing through the tunnel leading to the catastrophe. Corpses quietly lean on the vans and cars staring into the empty night with no moon or stars glazing upon.

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Test

September
1

Asian Studies


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