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The Final Decision

Did you know that trackers send signals when they get damaged? Unfortunately, Tally the protagonist of the book Uglies by Scott Westefeld didn’t know that. The conflict started out as person vs. self because Tally wasn’t sure either to betray the smoke city or stay ugly for life, but as she got to know David better, she made her decision.

Westefeld writes, “Yes. What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful” (258). Tally falls in love with David as they got to know each other better which was one of the biggest reason she made her decision. Westefeld writes, “Our data showed that everyone has the lesions after their first operation” (250). The second reason was after hearing about the truth of being pretty. David’s parents used to be doctors in the city until they found out the plastic surgeries they were giving were bad for the people, but Dr. Cable didn’t care so they escaped the city and started the Smoke and accepted only uglies until they found a cure. Westefeld writes, “She opened her hand and threw the necklace into the centre of the fire” (251). When she finally made her decision on staying at Smoke forever with David, she throws away her pendant but she didn’t know the pendant would send a signal when it gets damaged.

The following day they were attacked by the Special Circumstances and Smoke was destroyed, all the Smokies were captured and sent back to the city. Westerfeld writes, “You had to betray the whole Smoke!” (277). Tally felt very bad about her betrayal so she decides to go back to the city and rescue everyone. Westefeld writes, “You made it!” (294). Luckily for David, he wasn’t at Smoke when the Special Circumference was there so the two of them decide to head back and rescue them. Westefeld writes, “It was Shay. She was pretty.” (350). Unfortunately when they got down the prison to rescue people, Shay was already turned into a pretty, and because of the lesions her brain was messed up. Tally, David, Croy, Shay, and Maddy(David’s mom), the five of them escape the prison and got to safety. But Az(David’s dad) passed away when he was tested by Dr. Cable with their new surgery.

Maddy(David’s mom) finally found a cure for the lesions but Shay didn’t want to cooperate because she thinks she’s happy the way she is right now. Maddy was fine with Shay’s decision because there is still a chance of failure. Westerfeld writes, “I’m the reason she’s like this, pretty and brainless” (385). Since Tally was the reason Shay became brainless, she decided to sacrifice herself and make herself pretty and then take the cure. Westerfeld writes, “Make me pretty” (392).

Even though her conflict ended when she threw away the pendant, she still sort of betrayed Smoke when she activated the pendant when she burned it. To pay back for what she had done to Smoke, she sacrifices herself to test the cure to save everyone.

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Magical Powers

Do you believe in magic or super powers? Through out the rising action of the book, Gone, we discover many characters in the book have super powers. The conflict of the book, person vs. society, intensifies through out the rising action because we are given a ton of information. Grant writes, “I know it sounds like I’m crazy, but sometimes this light just comes shooting out of my hands” (155). The main character, Sam, reveals his secrets to his friends about his super power where he could shoot lasers when he becomes nervous. Not just Sam, but, Astrid’s brother, Caine, Diana, and Lana all have their own super powers.

When Sam and his friends were searching for Astrid’s brother, older members of “Coast Academy” arrived at FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) and took control. The leaders of Coast Academy were Caine and his helpers Drake and Diana. They seemed like good leaders, however, that was only the beginning. They slowly show their real side and become dictators, “That’s saying Caine and Drake can do whatever they want, anytime they want” (211). In the rulebook they created, it basically only benefits them.

Around a few days later, many problems start to occur, one of the biggest was the resource they had. Food, supplies, was running out tremendously fast, the children were all depending on the older ones. When Orc killed another person just because they disobeyed a rule, older kids knew something had to be changed. Except the problem was “You want to go demand justice from Caine?” (223). Grant writes, “I know what you want, okay? I know you want me to be the anti-Caine. You don’t like the way he’s doing things and you want me to go kick him out. Well, here’s what you don’t know: even if I could do all that, I wouldn’t be any better than him” (224). When Astrid tried to convince Sam to fight back, Sam tried to deny, because he was worried he would hurt others with his uncontrollable power. Just like how he burned his father’s hand off with his laser beam. Sam was undecided until Astrid said, “and reason number two: you have me” (225).

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“Poof” And Your Gone

Would you like a world without adults, nobody telling you what to do? In the book, Gone, by Michael Grant, all the adults are gone in a blink of an eye. Here is a fake newspaper I created explaining the conflict of the book. In the exposition of the book, we are introduced to a fourteen year old named Sam and his two good friends, Astrid, and Quinn. Since they are currently one of the oldest on Earth, the children are depending on them. Grant writes, “Sam hesitated. If he showed them, crossed this line, he wouldn’t be able to make them forget it. They would keep at him till he told them everything” (44). However, no one knows, it’s different for Sam, he has and knows a little more than the others. In my opinion, the  conflict is person vs. society because Sam is deciding on whether he should tell the others what he knows and could do, in order for his friends to understand the problem.

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Here is where I created my fake newspaper.

Here is where I found my featured image.

 

Life is Confusing

Are there times when you begin to dislike your passion? In my point of view, the conflict of the book Damage is person vs. self because this book is about a high schooler named Austin Reid who started to dislike his life. Except, the problem was he could not figure out what was going wrong.

Austin Reid was a football star in high school, he enjoyed this sport very much, but recently he could not figure out why he even likes this sport. Jenkins writes, “Coach seldom gives compliments, so you should be pleased. But his words skitter on the surface and float away, meaningless” (48). When Austin scores the first touchdown of their first game of the season, it should have been one of the best moments of his life. However, Austin didn’t feel like it was anything great, he thought it was just a typical touchdown. Jenkins writes, “You’re not as focused as you usually are” (9). After several football practices, his best friend, Curtis, notices Austin is not trying as hard as last year. Austin is usually day dreaming in practices and he is usually the slowest to complete drills. I can sort of connect with Austin’s situation in practices because sometimes I will also day dream in the middle of soccer or basketball practices because I have got other things on my mind to worry about.

Through out the exposition, Austin meets a very beautiful girl named Heather. Heather was in the same high school as Austin, she was known as the most beautiful girl in the grade. Austin’s best friend Curtis didn’t really like her, in his mind, he thought of her as a selfish person. However, Austin and Heather happened to really like each other and they moved to the next level (dating). Jenkins writes, “The tape rolls on. The screen becomes a blur of swaying lines battling bodies again. Faceless, like ants. Not one of them is as real as the tickle of Heather’s breath in your ear” (52). After they started dating, in his mind, all Austin could think of was Heather. Austin finally has found something he really cared about and he felt like his life became more interesting. Is Heather what Austin was looking for all along?

 

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Collage Explains: The Wonderful Ending

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Would you forgive your Dad after he has done so many terrible things? In my point of view, the conflict of the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is person vs. person because this book’s conflict is only resolved if Christopher forgives his Father for lying to him about what he has done. To explain how Christopher’s conflict was resolved, I decided to make a collage with key moments that shows how Christopher has forgave his Father and how his life got better.

Now I would be explaining why I chose the specific pictures in his happy collage. Haddon writes, “But it was OK because Sandy slept on my bed so he would bark if anyone came into the room during the night “(220). As you can see there are many pictures of a dog with a boy, the reason I put it in is because the dog was a big reason Christopher is less frightened of his Father. Sandy(dog) lived with his dad so he started to enjoy the times to go to find his Father because he could also play with Sandy. Haddon writes, “Christopher, I would never, ever do anything to hurt you” (219). There are many pictures of his Father hugging him because I found it very important because his Father wanted him to know he loved him very much. Haddon writes, “And I got the results of my maths A level and I got an A grade” (220). I included a few pictures of him with the math test because he always wanted to take it, and because of this test result, he felt very happy. Haddon writes, “We moved into a room in a big house that was made of red bricks” (216). There are a few photos of him with his Mother living together because of course knowing his Mother is still alive is like the greatest thing he will ever know. Haddon writes, “…Father made a vegetable patch in the garden and I helped him. And we planted carrots and peas and spinach and I’m going to pick them and eat them when they’re ready” (220). I put 2 photos of Father and son playing in the garden because this quote shows Christopher decided to forgive his Father and was no longer scared of him. Since this was a fabulous ending, I decided to put a happy face in the middle to express his feeling, happy.

I used Word to create my Collage.
I used Google Images to find the photos.

 

 

Gifs Explain: Montag’s Encounter with the Girl in White

Before you meet Clarisse, (8)

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You always wink at yourself in the mirror, feeling good, (8)

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and you live your life in oblivion…(13)

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But when you talk to Clarisse… (14)

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You realize that you burn books and don’t even know why you do it… (53)

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…and that’s when you realize what she’s saying. (54-55)

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Have you ever discovered something huge? Something so mind blowing, mind bending, that it could change your life forever? Well, in the exposition of the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character Montag discovers a detail of this level of importance. Montag lives in a future America where no one can take even a second to think, nor own any books. Montag burns these books for a living, but after meeting a mysterious girl dressed in white named Clarisse, he begins to question his job, and this is where the conflict is revealed. One of the major conflicts has to do with his encounter with Clarisse, and is a person vs. society conflict. To explain how the conflict is revealed throughout the book, my partner Evan and I created a series of GIFs to show that we could also identify the conflict.

  1. For the first GIF, we used the part of page 8 where Bradbury writes, “He hung up his black beetle colored helmet and shined it; he hung his flame proof jacket neatly; and then, whistling, hands in pockets, walked across the across the upper floor of the fire station…” (Bradbury 8). This shows that Montag is a man confident and proud with his lifestyle and more specifically, his job… Before he meets the girl in white.
  2. For the second GIF, we picked out the quote, “He knew that when he returned to the firehouse, he might wink at himself, a minstrel man, burnt-cooked in the mirror.” (Bradbury 8). Again, we used this quote just to get the point across that Montag lives a happy, peaceful life in oblivion before he speaks to Clarisse. Could this be related to a possible theme? Hm…
  3. The third GIF we used had to do with the quote, “‘You think to many things,’ said Montag, uneasily.” (Bradbury 13), because it further demonstrates Montag’s state of mind before/right when he started his talking with Clarisse. Clarisse was talking about green and brown blurs that people in that world called trees and grass. But Montag just gave her an uneasy look and said that she thought to many things. This leads to internal conflict.
  4. For the fourth GIF, we used, “What a strange meeting on a strange night. He remembered nothing like it save one afternoon a year ago when he had met an old man in the park and they had talked…” (Bradbury 14). This quote gives a heads-up that the conflict is to be revealed soon, and also gives the heads-up that the plot progresses very rapidly in this book!
  5. For the fifth GIF, we used the quote, “…We burnt an old woman with her books.” (Bradbury 52), and the quote, “We burnt a thousand books. We burnt a woman.” (Bradbury 52). This says something about Montag’s change of heart on his job. For a woman to rather die than to loose her books; how important are they? The conflict has arisen not only because Montag stole a book at this point in the story, but also because he’s starting to question not only his job, but also the entire world he lives in.
  6. And lastly for the sixth GIF, we picked out the quote, “‘You weren’t there, you didn’t see,’ he said. ‘There must be something in these books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.'” (Bradbury 54-55). This is a very powerful quote because it doesn’t only exposes one of the major conflicts of the book, but because it shows the change of Montag, and the questioning of his job.

[We made this GIF story here.]

[I got my featured image from here]

SMS Explains: The Worst Nightmare of Manny

Do you wish your parents force you to marry some one you don’t even know?

Below is a set of SMS I made to show the introduction of the conflict from the book (Un) Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai. I think the conflict of the book is person vs society. In the exposition of the book (Un) Arranged Marriage, because of his culture, the main character Manny was forced to marry a girl he had never seen before.

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Older brother teasing Manny

Because Manny lived in England so long, he did not feel as connected to the Punjabis. The first message is a conversation between Manny and his annoying older brother. In Punjabi, people did not care much about academics, but Manny was different. Rai writes, “What you wanna read for, man? Bloody Dickens- what are you, gorah(white) or something? Read about bloody man’s stuff, innit” (17). Every time Manny tries to study for his school work, his brother always be teases him.

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Manny’s father forces him to marry his friend’s daughter.

Rai writes, “I have told her father that you will marry her after next summer, when you are both seventeen…” (66). The second message shows the worst part of being a Punjabi for Manny. Manny doesn’t get to choose who he is married to, his father arranges it. It didn’t matter which girl his father chose, Manny cannot say no to anything because it’s disrespectful to do that in Punjabi.

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Manny talks about the arranged marriage with his girl friend.

Rai writes, “So just keep on trying until you get through to them. Talk to them” (77). Lastly, in the third message, Manny talks about the arranged marriage with his girl friend. His girl friend, Lisa, knows Manny does not want to marry some one else, so she tries her best to give Manny some confidence.

 

 

Here is where I created my SMS

Tris vs Society, Set of Memes

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Short Description of Meme #1

This is the leader of Erudite, Jeanine, she wants to control all the factions by making different kinds of simulations.

 

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Short Description of Meme#2
These are the factions she wants to take over.

 

 

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Short Description of Meme#3

But Dauntless and Abnegation wants to stop them, in order to stop them, they will need more factions to help(Amity, Factionless, Candor).

 

I created a multi media from the book Insurgent, published by the New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth. Because this is the second book of the series, the exposition of the second book continues from the end of Divergent. The memes shows the conflict of the book by first demonstrating Jeanine, the Erudite leader, wants to control the factions by making different kinds of simulation for different sort of people. The reason Jeanine wants to control factions is because she wants to keep the society under control. But Abnegation and Dauntless, are trying to stop Erudite from controlling the people in each faction. Wroth writes, “We can’t attack without Candor, I think, unless we have the factionless”(223). Just Abnegation and Dauntless obviously can’t defeat an overpowered Erudite. So they are hoping the faction less or Amity would help them.

Created Meme on Memestache.com