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Poetry Multimedia: Fire and Ice

This was a poem multi media animation I made featuring the poem Fire and Ice by Robert Frost. Enjoy!

Here is where I made my animation.

 

 

The Odd One

Have you ever heard of a fifteen year old that could possibly do this? Mark Haddon writes, “I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057” (2). In the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, the boy, Christopher John Francis Boone had no trouble doing it. Christopher was different compared to others his age, he was not in  a normal school, he was sent to a school that deals with social/behaviour problems because he could not understand people’s emotions. After reading the exposition of the book, the word best describes Christopher is, odd.

I found Christopher odd because there were many different situations showing how he is really different compared to people his age. Mark Haddon writes, “Then the police arrived. I like the police. They have uniforms and numbers and you know what they are meant to be doing” (6). Have you seen some one not run away from the police when they are about to arrest you? When the police officers were going to arrest Christopher, he was still thinking about if he did liked the police or not. Mark Haddon writes, “I didn’t like him touching me like this. And this is when I hit him” (8). Christopher was also a very sensitive person, he did not like touching people too close or else he would hit back, his father couldn’t even hug him. “I held up his right hand and spread his finger out in a fan. Mark Haddon writes, I held up my left hand and spread my fingers out in a fan and we made our fingers and thumbs touch each other “(16). This was a very odd way of showing love, but because they could not hug, this was the way to represent hug with his dad. Mark Haddon writes, “I wonder if the police will find out who killed him and punish the person” (21). Christopher had different feelings to animals, in his mind, animal and human are equal. After getting into some trouble with the police, his dad tells him to stop caring about the dog and just let it go incase of more trouble. Mark Haddon writes, “I decided that I was going who killed Wellington…” (28). Even after his father insisting, Christopher still feels this is very important so he had to find out the mysterious killer.

Looking over the exposition of the book, you can notice how all the actions Christopher had done was very different from normal teenagers. Normal teenagers would be hanging out with friends and maybe dating the opposite sex. But for Christopher, he does not like people too close around him and he spends days or weeks trying to find out a death of a dog. Christopher is the odd one.

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Featured Image was from here

 

No More Pressure

 

Do you have the nerves to ruin your own family’s name? In my point of view, the conflict of the book (un) arranged marriage is person vs. society because this book shows how people could be different from what family or culture they were born in.

When Manny was living in Punjab, he meets a very special uncle, uncle Jag, who was also like Manny, did not want to have the future all his family members had, which forces him to end up deciding to leave his family and discover his own path outside of Punjab. Rai writes, “Then he slapped me across the back of he head with his huge hand, sending me crashing into the side of the stairway” (224). This quote occurred when Manny walks into his house after returning from Punjab, his old man beat him up because he had sneakily come back from Punjab which was disobeying what he said. His old man did not care about how Manny felt after the fact that they all tricked and ditched Manny then left him alone in Punjab with his relatives, all he cared about was Manny shouldn’t have left Punjab so early. When reading parts where Manny gets beaten up by his old man, I think his old man is very crazy because he doesn’t even have the reasons to hit him. When my parents hit me, I must have done something very bad that will make them very angry, but Manny’s old man gets angry and hits him for small problems. Rai writes, “Harry, the wanker, had even gone and fitted a new lock on my bedroom door just so that they could keep me prisoner” (228). This quote explains how no one cared how he was feeling. Even his brother, Harry, did not feel sorry for him, but actually locked him up as a punishment. Rai writes, “No more hanging about with that monkey and all them goreh” (254). This quote happened in a party before the wedding, one of his brother’s friends started to tease African Americans, which he was referring to Manny’s best friend Ady. When Manny hears this, he becomes really furious and wanted to beat his friend up for being such a racist.

After meeting Jag who helped him a lot with his future and returning to England to live with his family, Manny realizes he hated the Punjab culture and he could no longer live in the culture. Manny also hated his family; there was no one who cared about him or even acted normal. His dad beats him up for no reason, his brother Harry can’t stop teasing him, his mother does not even talk to him, the only time they talk is at dinner, and lastly his oldest brother Rajit acts friendly but actually doesn’t care at all. Manny certainly wanted to revenge after what his family had done to him and acted like it wasn’t a big deal. Rai writes, “As I pulled the door shut we drove off, wheel spinning down to the bottom of the road as Busta Rhymes kicked the ballistics” (263). To revenge, Manny ditched his arranged wedding, the wedding his old man was so proud of and spend so long to arrange. Manny ditches the wedding just like how he was ditched in Punjab, leaving his family in total embarrassment. After leaving his family, Manny has finally solved the conflict he had and got the life he always wanted, an ordinary life. Now he lives with Lisa’s parents, who are the most caring parents Manny could ever have. As a reader, I’m really thankful to live in a family who care about how I feel, listens to what I share, cheers me up when I’m feeling down, and hit me for my bad actions because they care about me. Lastly, they let me choose my path.

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Here is where I got my image.

 

 

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]