The Future is now

April 13, 2016

2 Empty Societies

Ever wonder what the future may look like? Is it dark, is it bright? What are different takes? Two dystopian books, Fahrenheit 451 (by Ray Bradbury) and The Giver (by Lois Lowry) share many similarities on the topic. The settings of both take place in a society where one common, now-a-day aspect is outlawed. The Protagonists of both books, Montag and Jonas, stand up to their unjust, Antagonist societies, after realizing the tyranny that suppresses the population. They executed the actions that were required to change for the better, and showed examples of taking charge and doing the right thing.

 

In Fahrenheit 451, the prominent trait of the world, is that fire-men burn books, as Montag stated, (before his epiphany) “It’s fine work…burn ’em [the books] to ashes then burn the ashes. That’s our [the fire department’s] official slogan.” (Bradbury 38). Later, however, Montag begins to comprehend why the society despises books, after consulting an old friend, Faber, who concludes a conversation by asking, “So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces…” (Bradbury 111).

Then, they decide to undermine the societies’ anti-book system, however, once Montag publicly acts against the societies’ rule, he is hunted by what is called, the hound. During his flight, he doubts himself, he tells himself repeatedly he won’t make it, and the author taps into his mind, “Would he have time for a speech As the Hound seized him…clenching him in its metal plier jaws…” (Bradbury 160). However, Montag continues and persists through his flight, and in a million-to-one odds, encounters a group, that is independent from the society, amongst them, a man called Granger, who recalls his own flight, “I struck a fireman when he came to burn my library years ago. I’ve been running ever since. You want to join us, Montag?” (Bradbury 176). Despite how impossible the task seemed, despite everything that happened, Montag still made it through, and pressed himself further.

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In The Giver, Jonas (the protagonist) is, like Montag, a (mostly) obedient member of society throughout the beginning of the book. In his world, memories of the past are forbidden, however, they could not be completely destroyed from society (for practical reasons), so a special person (the Giver) would hold these memories, and advise the leaders of the society. As Jonas is trained for this undertaking, his teacher (the Giver) and him agree that the memories should be shared; much like the books should be shared in Fahrenheit 451. Jonas decides to escape to the boundaries of the society, which would release the memories upon everyone. At the end, he reaches the edge of the border, and proceeds to a cottage nearby.

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Both books demonstrate how necessary responsibility is to individuals. Both protagonists see a major issue, and they show the character to fix the problem, unlike the majority of the population, who don’t even try, as Faber said, “I saw the way things were going, a long time back. I said nothing…Now, it’s too late.” (Bradbury 110). These protagonists teach us that to make something happen, you must take charge and do it. If you do something that you know is right, and follow through, you will succeed and make a real-world impact. Go and make your change to the world, one person at a time.

Bibliography:

“Faber.” Studymode. N.p., n.d. Web.

“Fahrenheit 451.” Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web.

“The Giver.” Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web.

“Granger.” Studymode. N.p., n.d. Web.

“Jonas.” Shmoop. N.p., n.d. Web.

“Montag.” Studymode. N.p., n.d. Web.

“Ray Bradbury.” Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web.

“Fahrenheit 451.” N.p., n.d. Web.
“The Giver.” Panam Post. N.p., n.d. Web.

January 29, 2016

One Last Broken Rule

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

Ever wondered what consistency has to do with anything? Equilibrium is always needed for everything. Knowing where to start, and where to stop maintain this crucial state, which is necessary for anything.

I think the book, Crown of Vengeance is a terrific example. Throughout Crown of Vengeance (written by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory), Vieliessar (the protagonist) disobeys the Covenant of magic (which states magic cannot be used to fight) and codes of war to defeat her foes, something which terrifies her opposers, “I believe she [Vieliessar] means to break the Covenant,” (Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory 178). At the end, an opposing magic-user breaks the most important law. He was fueling his magic with blood, something which leads to darkness, “The power of Huthiel’s death coursed through Ivrulion’s veins like..the gateway to power…And the dead answered his call…For mile upon mile across the sprawling battlefield, dead flesh, blank eyed and shambling, rose…” (Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory 587).

The resolution really teaches us rules are there for reasons, and breaking them leads to drastic consequences. Throughout history, we have needed to change our ways, change laws, just like Vieliessar, however, there are times when enough is enough, and knowing when to stop is very important. To maintain ourselves, and a functioning society, we must balance change and traditions.

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Websites:

v“Analytics and Intuition: Finding Equilibrium.” MIT Sloan Management Review RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2016.

“Mercedes Lackey: Crown of Vengeance.” Mercedes Lackey: Crown of Vengeance. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.

“Mercedes Lackey.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.

January 22, 2016

The warring states of the Elven lands

The book, Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory is a  fantastical world in which the society of Elves is in constant warfare, in which “…the lost and forgotten nobles of Amrethion’s Court quarreled…” (page 185 Mercedes Lacery and James Mallory), with a special system of rules for warfare, “In Sword Moon the princes rode to war…Harvest Moon marked the end of War Season” (page 38 Mercedes Lackery and James Mallory).

The story demonstrates how important innovation is. Throughout the book, Vieliessar (the main character) uses innovation to make tactics to defeat her enemies in non-traditional methods.

The objective of Vieliessar, “…is to be High King.” (page 227 Mercedes Lackery and James Mallory), recover her family’s lineage and unite the clans that are fighting over the land to fight a greater evil, “…the doom that lay over our race…Darkness,” (page 164-165 Mercedes Lackery and James Mallory). Throughout the book, Vieliessar uses unheard of tactics (for that world) to conquer the land, like when she fought a rival house, “against all sense and custom, Oronviel was attacking…The Code of Battle demands challenge be made…Not a random attack the moment you catch sight of your enemy!”. And simply ruling, she uses innovation to come up with ideas that assist her in achieving her overall goal, that are even strange to her commanders, such as, “to take territory without warfare…it is an interesting idea,” (page 229 Mercedes Lackery and James Mallory), and that assists her tremendously in gathering land, and, “By Frost Moon, the land Oronviel controlled was twice again what it had been…” (page 243 Mercedes Lackery and James Mallory)

I have used innovation as a weapon, much like Vieliessar. In countless projects I used innovation to make mine outstanding, eye-popping and successful. Such as when I turned a presentation about uranium and its uses into a story. That was something no one else in the entire class did. It was certainly something that every remembered, and it made me stick out of the class.

Nearly every inventor/thinker used innovation to make their great breakthrough. To do a job well, you need to do it differently and uniquely, as demonstrated through the book, Crown of Vengeance.

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Bibliography
“Google.” Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.
“Mercedes Lackey: Crown of Vengeance.” Mercedes Lackey: Crown of Vengeance. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.
“Mercedes Lackey.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.

January 14, 2016

Crown of Vengence: Before the War

I do not know, spirit of future days, if you are male or female, great prince or humble servant.

Today my beloved, my queen, my Pelashia presented me with our firstborn.

To secure his safety and that of my kingdom, she has set upon me a great spell, that I may prophesy of things yet to come.

She will die.

You will die, your lords will rise up against your children.

There has been war from you day to mine.

It is well I shall remember nothing of this when I wake, I could not bear it.

You must remember!

If it has not yet happened, you can change it.

You can save your Queen and your realm-write plainly of the danger so your children will know, and fear, and prepare-

To name it plainly would be to summon it before we could defend ourselves against it.

How can you say that?

We aren’t ready!

There is no High King, just a hundred jealous princes quarreling among themselves!

If you love us-your people, your children-please!

Tell me what comes!

Darkness. Darkness. I have done-I will do-all I can.

You’re afraid of it.

Whatever it is-Whatever you say I must face-you’re so afraid of it you want to hide and hope-hope!-that I can do what you cannot.

I do hope, I-we-hope we have made the right choices.

I remembered this moment out of time and acted upon my knowledge-the alfaljodthi would be destroyed.

And so she remains silent.

You will understand when you confront Darkness.

This is found in the book, Crown of Vengence, by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, in which the main characters speaks with the last king of the Elves, before the kingdom collapses in civil war, (page 163 James Mallory and Mercedes Lackey). The king realized that there was darkness on their doorstep and unraveled a prophecy stating the main character could defeat the darkness. The story is mostly man vs. man, this poem foreshadowing the battles the protagonist fights to unify the kingdom, and preparing for the war later on. There is also a degree of man vs. society, for the civil war was organized between the nobles. There was a way to fight, a time to fight, and the character has to break both to succeed.

Bibliography

“Mercedes Lackey: Crown of Vengeance.” Mercedes Lackey: Crown of Vengeance. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.
“Mercedes Lackey.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.

 

October 26, 2015

Insurgent: Betrayal

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Evan @ 6:44 pm

SPOILER ALERT!

 

 

 

From one foe to another. The original self vs. person conflict, being Tris fighting Jeanine finally ended, “And Jeanine’s eyes turn into glass.” (Veronica Roth 500).

It almost seems like the conflict in Insurgent would never end, turning from one enemy to another. First Jeanine, then, “I [Evelyn] instructed my half of the army to relieve your half of the army of their weapons…” (Veronica Roth 520). First, the Dauntless trust Evelyn, to help keep order, then they are betrayed by her, later they trust Evelyn to help them over-throw Evelyn, and again they are betrayed.

It seems like the lesson learned from this book is keep an eye on your allies. In the first book, Jeanine developed a syrum to control people. If Dauntless kept an eye on them, they couldn’t have done that. In this book, the factionless took all the weapons, if the Dauntless would have kept some of theirs, they wouldn’t have issues with Evelyn.

This book connects very well with the real world. Be wary of your friends.Betray Yoshi

Insurgent Tris’s letter to mom

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Evan @ 5:08 pm

Post card Insurgent

October 18, 2015

In the Surge of Insurgent

Filed under: Humanities,Story posts —Tagged , , — Evan @ 9:26 am

In Divergent, (written by Veronica Roth) Tris discovered a secret plot for the leader of the technological, innovative branch of society to establish herself as the head of the city. After freeing the military from a trance, in which they wiped the government, Tris, instead of leading them to kill the bad-guy, decides to hop on a train bound for an anonymous place. This is the transition from Divergent, to Insurgent.

Similair to the Hunger Games, the Divergent Triology is a distopia. They both have a corrupt government that doesn’t take care of all of its citizens, tempting war. In both Triologies, the main character is forced to align themselves with an unknown power to dereat the government. In Insurgent, it is the factionless. In the Hunger Games, it is district 13.

Divergent and the Hunger Games are quite similiar triologies.

August 27, 2015

Ray Bradbury Made A Twist To The Past

I know that there are all of these new time-twisting, happy-ending stories, but lets get down to  the one that started them all of, the one, that doesn’t end so happy. In “The Sound Of Thunder”, Ray Bradbury creatively explores time travel through writing. In the story, Eckels (the main character) travels through a time machine, to go from the United States to the Pre-historic age to hunt a dinosaur. After hunting the dinosaur, Eckels discovers that he stepped on a butterfly, and after going back to their time-line, they realize their entire world has been changed.

“The Sound of Thunder” is a truly unique book. Its extremely interesting concept, and incredible details truly reflect on how well it was written.

“The Sound Of Thunder” is where the term, the butterfly effect came from. It is best explained by Travis, explaining to Eckels how stepping on a mouse effects everything, “And all the families of the families of the families of that one mouse…Well, what about the foxes that’ll need those mice to survive? For want of ten mice, a fox dies. For want of ten foxes, a lion starves. For want of a lion, all manner of insects, vultures, infinite billions of life forms are thrown into chaos and destruction…Eventually it all boils down to this: Fifty-nine million years later, a cave man, one of a dozen in the entire world, goes hunting wild boar or saber-toothed tiger for food. But you, friend, have stepped on all the tigers in that region. By stepping on one single mouse. So the cave man starves. And the cave man, please note, is not just any expendable man, no! He is an entire future nation.” (page. 226 Ray Bradbury). The “Sound of Thunder” is a true trailblazer, in how it introduced the butterfly effect.

Ray Bradbury wrote this in a very unique way. The style in which he wrote and the descriptiveness of the surrounding areas and of the characters is incredible, “The Tyrant Lizard raised itself. Its armored flesh glittered like a thousand green coins. The coins, crusted with slime, steamed. In the slime, tiny insects wriggled, so that the entire body seemed to twitch and undulate,7 even while the monster itself did not move. It exhaled. The stink of raw flesh blew down the wilderness.”. (page. 231 Ray Bradbury). He cleverly labeled the story at the point where, “He heard Travis breathe loud in the room; he heard Travis shift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon. There was a sound of thunder.” (page. 236 Ray Bradbury). I think that his style and ending are unmatched in the field of writing

This story teaches us an important lesson. Everything we do in the real world will effect our future, and humanity’s future, so it is best that we do our best, to make the best of our future, and the future of humanity.

The plot was revolutionary in the field of sci-fi, and that his imagery transports you to the side of the characters as they go about the storyline

Sources:

Story, Quotes; A Sound of Thunder

May 27, 2015

The Human-Sacrificing Aztec Empire

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Evan @ 1:11 am

The Aztec empire was located in central America, from 1428-1521, lasting 93 years. During this time. One of their main drives to build an empire, was the constant demand for human sacrifices.

I picked the Aztec empire because I found the Aztec empire extremely interesting, because of their tradition of human sacrifice. I learned a-lot more about their traditions and warfare through conducting the research to make this infographic.

I learned a-lot more about the Aztecs through this research, and I found getting some of this information a little challenging, and hand-drawing some of the pictures took some time.

March 17, 2015

Amphibian by Robert Browning

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Evan @ 7:12 am

Amphibian is a poem written by Robert Browning, a famous poet in the 1800s. Robert Browning was born 7 on May 1812 in Walworth, England and was an English poet. He was an only child, his father a clerk for the Bank of England, his grandfather, a wealthy slave owner, his father (ironically) an abolitionist (against slavery). He wrote many poems, including; By the Fire-side, Count Gismond, The lost leader and Cleon, just to name a few. He married Elizabeth Barrett in 1846 in secret, for her father would not permit it for any of his children. From their time of marriage to her death, in 1861, they lived in Italy and had a son, Robert Wiedemann Barrett Browning in 1849. When Browning died in 1889, at his son’s house, he was regarded as a sage and philosopher-poet.

The poem could be a representation of that if you cannot reach something, reach lower, such as said in the end, ‘Unable to fly, one swims!’. It could also reflect how he thinks about a long lost friend. Using a podcast, I, with a friend annotated the poem and created a podcast. We added in pauses, background music and sound effects to make enhance the poem. We also took turns and in some lines, read together to enhance the quality of the podcast.

I was quite happy with the results and proud of the end result. If I were to re-do it, I think that we could have probably practiced it a few times more, maybe we could have been louder and/or more clear.

The fancy I had to-day,

Fancy which turned a fear!

I swam far out in the bay,

Since waves laughed warm and clear.

 

I lay and looked at the sun,

The noon-sun looked at me:

Between us two, no one

Live creature that I could see.

 

Yes! There came floating by

Me, who lay floating too,

Such a strange butterfly!

Creature as dear as new:

 

Because the membrane wings

So wonderful, so wide,

So sun-stuffed, were things

Like soul and nought beside.

 

A handbreadth over head!

All of thee sea my own,

 

It owned the sky instead,

Both of us were alone.

 

I never shall join its fight,

For, nought buoys flesh in air.

It it touch the sea—good night!

Death sure and swift waits there.

 

But sometimes when the weather

Is blue, and warm waves tempt

To free oneself of whether,

And try a life exempt

 

From worldly noise and dust,

In the sphere which overbrims

With passion and thought—why, just

Unable to fly, one swims!

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