The First Reflection (Band)

The first three weeks of school was surprisingly challenging. There were two major factors to my difficulties; responsibility, and memory. After having a fairly laid-back summer break, I suddenly had to adapt back to the school lifestyle. Band was especially challenging as I had to have a lot of material ready for class. Of course, having my trombone ready for class wasn’t hard as it was the fundamental part of band. However, printing music and bringing a pencil were much harder and challenging. For example, “Dusk”; I literally printed it 5 mins before band class. Nearing the end of the second week, I was finally able to adjust back to the normal school life. My responsibility of bringing music, pencils, and instruments were coming back to me.

Forbidden Love

 

It was like any other night in a small side street pub in Verona. Customers flowed in and out like the wind breeze, drunks lay on the shaggy wooden tables, jolly men clinked their shot glasses, the smell of heavy alcohol was drilled into the four surrounding walls. Everything portrayed the aspects of a regular pub. However, on the corner side of the bar sat a familiar face that splashed a black spot on the white wall. As the cheery pub rose with excitement and ear-splitting singing voices, the deafening silence of that one corner drove away any visitors looking for a place to enjoy. Tybalt raised his arm, signaling to the bartender to bring another round. He was long past his tenth round. The groans of the drunken men, the slamming of the half pint glasses, were all cacophonies that were drowned out by the misery of his burning heart. “Here’s your drink sir, is there something bothering you, you’ve been drinking an awful lot.” The bartender stood there waiting for a reply, but Tybalt had no intentions of giving him one.

 

As he began to recollect the atrocities that took place today, a thought that he had been suppressing for many years submerged. Deep down, Tybalt knew he possessed none of the characteristics of a straight male stereotype. Chasing young women, and trying to be coolheaded seemed to be rather perplexing for him. Tybalt would always stand from afar as boys his age squawked at pretty girls, pondering over what they all saw. Covered by his well-built figure, and tall physique, Tybalt hid his secret of his one sided love for Mercutio. Since he first set eyes upon Mercutio many years ago, he had known that not even the Sun and Moon could take his love for him. Unfortunately, being accused of having desires for another man was punishable by hanging, and he would stop at nothing to keep his secret guarded.  No one could know, no one should know, and no one will know that Tybalt Capulet, was in fact a monster from an uncharted domain.

 

Lord Capulet trudged into the bar. Seeing Tybalt alone in the corner, he sat down a few isles beside Tybalt, and began to observe his actions. “I wonder what’s bothering him this time, he’s always been rather peculiar when left unwatched.” Lord Capulet beckoned the bartender over, “How long has that young man been residing there?” “A good three hours.” The bartender replied.

 

After a long session of frozen movement, Lord Capulet forced on a smile and approached Tybalt. “What are you pondering on, is everything in the norm? I have been here an eternity and you still remain a statue.” Tybalt looked up at him, thinking to himself, “Little do you know.” As Lord Capulet took a seat beside him, Tybalt’s mind began to flow back to the thoughts of Mercutio. He didn’t know what to do. How he wanted to just run up to Mercutio and confess his vibrant love for him, yet he couldn’t. It was suicide. Mercutio was from a rival family, any hint of injustice and the Montague’s would go straight to the prince. This would end not just Tybalt’s reputation, but the entire Legacy of the Capulet’s. There was no option for him, he was stuck in a catch22 that not even Jesus himself could solve.

 

“What are you thinking about?” Lord Capulet asked him again. Tybalt had completely forgotten that his Lord was sitting there beside him, and it caught him off guard. “Get rid of that melancholy expression and come join me to a drink.” Offered Lord Capulet. Tybalt gazed out one last time at the thick Verona fog and got up to follow him. As he walked the prospects of everything still haunted him, and would remain engraved in his darkest nightmares.

3 Ways Social Classes and Money Appear in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn:

 

 

  1. When you’re broke, picking trash could always get you a few cents.

– The protagonist would go and find recyclable items and sell to make some money. The money she makes can be used for her temporary happiness, such as buying small cadies at the candy shop, Cheap Charlie.

 

  1. When that tiny bit of cash reaches your hands, it’s like feeling gold.

– The protagonist could go into a shop and touch all the things she felt like getting, and when the clerk asked her if she was going to buy something, her response could be simply purchasing something. She enjoyed this feeling because it gave her relief from the poverty that she was living in.

 

  1. Being poor was not half bad, the bakers took pity in us and sold stale bread for half the original price.

– The protagonist lives a proletariat lifestyle, so that on most day her and her family could not afford a meal, and usually skipped lunch.  When the local bakers found out that their product had begun to go bad or stale, they sold it only to the poor for half the price. The reason they didn’t sell it to the rich was because the rich had money, and the bakers knew that they had to defend their reputation.

 

A Lifetime Being Cheque

It was a dark  and gloomy day, Lawrence Exeter gave birth to a young baby boy. For him money was never an issue, and having a baby was just another place to use his prosperity. Life for Lawrence Exeter Jr was a dream, between fan and fiction.

With money being equivalent to oxygen, it would have been expected that the life of the baby boy would be filled with joy and luxury. But no, behind the family walls lay a dark secret. The father, Lawrence Exter Sr, was a infamous philanderer. Throughout his life he was married four times, and every marriage ended the same way. Cheating.

The Exeter family was a hidden tragedy, the darkness that lay behind the family business of Property Investment shook even the bravest men to the ground. In order for his son to not fall into the same trap door of depression, he was sent off to college at the mere age of 17.

College was never a good decision for Lawrence Jr. He did everything from mere robbery, to arson-age. But these were mere compared to the one fatal addiction the son had. Two months into college, gambling began to play a role in Lawrence Jr’s life. The prospects of making so much money was a dream for him. At his very lows he borrowed a large loan from the school, forcing his father to pay $339.00. After being expelled from five different Universities, not even bribery could get him in.

Life at this point was no longer bearable. His second wife had just caught him cheating, his properties had dropped in price, and his only son was in the depths of despair. To find a source of ecstasy, he began to visit Tony Spagoni, a corrupt pharmacist. He prescribed the “harmless pill” , TCA.

The pill did miracles

The Tell Tale Heart: Third Person Omniscient

 

Explain My Thinking:

I chose this paragraph due to the overwhelming suspense which I felt while reading it. “I knew that he had been lying awake…had been since growing upon him.” (Poe 121) The depiction of this passage was portrayed in such a way that the reader could feel the emotions and thoughts of the protagonist. I tried to copy this, and elaborate in areas in my own way, while also excluding parts which didn’t seem relevant to the picture that was being drawn in the reader’s head.

 

The Rewrite in 3rd Person Omniscient:

 

Presently he heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror. It was a sheer beauty watching struggle, knowing that the fate of the old man was close to gone. The objects in the room shouted trying to warn him of the murderer that awaited his prey, but no, not a pin drop could be heard. He was up in bed, trying to comfort himself: “It is nothing but the wind in the chimney-it is only a mouse crossing the floor,” or “it is merely a cricket which has a made a single chirp.” It was frightening as death steadily approached him, step by step, wielding his scythe in both hands.” There was almost an eerie sadness in the room, as there was irritably tragic ending for the mortal soul.

The Life Transition

Has the world ever crumbled under your feet throwing you down a one-way path? In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie creates two Native settings which cause the protagonist to change and adapt to his new surroundings. As a kid growing up in the Rez, Junior always wanted to be a cartoonist as he believes, “it is the only way [He] can become rich and famous.” After living in the reservation Junior realizes that in order to achieve his dreams he must move away. Alexie writes “90% of the deaths have been because of alcohol.” In the Rez, all the adults were drunks, many who had a bright future, but all diminished at the foot of alcohol. Junior could see that if he was to carry on his life at the Reservation, he would be in the exact same shoe as the others. So in order to achieve his dreams, Junior courageously left the Rez and went to Reardan. Arriving at Reardan Junior faced a new set of problems. Although drinking was no longer prevalent, the theme of bullying and racism appeared. A tall boy called Roger began to pick on him as Junior was the only native American at the school. “Did you know Indians are living proof that niggers fuck buffalo?” This was the most racist remark made by Roger, which provoked Junior to punch him in the face, as this was the only method of solving conflicts which Junior knew about. Immediately after arriving, poverty became eminent to Junior. “[Junior’s Family] doesn’t have money for Oscar.” At the beginning of the novel, Junior’s pet dog was sick and eventually died. The author showed how poor the family was by portraying the price of a bullet as two cents, while the vet fee as a number which Junior’s parents could only dream of. Being poor was a large problem for Junior since “Poverty doesn’t give your strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you to be poor.” Surrounded by wealthy friends, Junior has no choice but to lie about his financial dilemma. Like money, Junior at first lacked friendship. Alexie writes “So I stood on the sidewalk and watched my father drive away.” The theme of loneliness was conspicuous since the protagonist is alone at his new school with no one there to welcome him. This was the first time anyone had left the Rez to go learn at a school filled with white children.
Junior’s plight can even be observed at our school. Every year, ISB takes in many new students, bringing new faces and new cultures. Like Junior, all the students struggle in one way or another to not only keep their identity while also satisfying the needs of the community. As Junior moved to Reardan he realized that certain things that worked in the Reservation did not work in Reardan, which caused him to adapt and change to his surrounding environment.

 

 

Wonderlust-ive


This project was a great learning experience for me! I am proud of the amount of effort that I put into this piece of work. For example making the info-graphic took a lot of time. I wished that my writing for my magazine could be slightly longer and more informative, I also spotted some grammar mistakes. I learnt that when I go to a field trip, I should pay attention to what is going on, on previous years I realized that I went on trips purely for playing with my friends, this year I just tried paying attention. This made putting the information into my infographic easy to make. I feel that I greatly improved my collaboration at the end of the project.

The Periling Pearl

Imagine your life after winning a huge lottery, or getting three cherries in a Casino, The Pearl written by John Steinbeck is about a pearl hunter, who found the pearl of the world. Kino the main protagonist finds the pearl of the world, a glory that one could only dream of. The main theme in this book is greed as an oppressive force.

 

In the book, Kino’s baby boy Coyotito got stung by a scorpion. Unable to pay for a doctor, Kino went to hunt for a Pearl that could cover the cost of the treatment. “All manners of people grew interested in Kino- people with things to sell and people with favors to ask. Kino had found the Pearl of the World.” (Steinbeck 22) After Coyotito, Kino’s baby got stung by the scorpion, they went to the doctor in hopes of treatment. After a long period of time, the servant of the doctor notified them that the doctor was not home and was called away. This was a lie since the doctor was at home resting, Kino was turned away because he was a poor native, who could not offer treatment. Later that morning, Kino and his wife Juana, took their family canoe to go diving for Pearls. Juana’s prayers for finding a large Pearl was answered. Kino surfaced the largest pearl that either one of them has ever seen, also at the presence of the Pearl, Coyotito’s sting disappeared. The word that Kino had found a Pearl of great worth spread like wildfire. Everyone came to congratulate Kino, who let them gaze upon his amazing find. That evening the local priest came over to bless him for his fortune, and reminded him of his position in the church. Shortly after two dark figures approach the house, Kino identified them as the doctor and his servant. The doctor claimed to be busy at the time, but rushed over as soon as possible. At first Kino, enraged, attempted to get rid of the doctor, but was soon skeptic, when the doctor mentioned the possibility of an infection. The doctor prescribed a white powder, laced into water, which was given to the baby. An hour later the doctor returned to Kino’s house, at the time the baby was growing violently ill, and fed the baby a potion which calmed it’s squirming. After all the treatment is done, the doctor slyly inquired on how he would be paid. The next morning Kino and his wife headed to a pearl dealer, where they planned to get a great sum of money from selling the Pearl. Kino’s cousin warned him that the dealers would try to cheat them and get it for a cheap price. At the end of the day Kino was unable to find an honest dealer, who would offer him a good price. This passage shows greed in a negative way. The doctor who was at first turning a blind eye towards Kino’s dying baby, suddenly was concerned and worried about its wellbeing after the discovery of the pearl. Also the Priest, an individual who was supposedly pure, and treated all the poor and wealthy equally, also went over to Kino to baptize his baby, marry him and his wife, and give him blessing. The pearl dealer, only had money on their minds and was willing to do anything to get the pearl from Kino. It is not only these individuals who are greedy, every person has a natural instinct, that allows them to have a desire to receive an item. “I had not heard of it. Do you keep this pearl in a safe place? Perhaps you would like me to put it in my safe?” (34) Although now stated directly, it is very clear that the doctor wants to find a way to gain access to the Pearl. Greed has impacted the main protagonist in a very negative way. Kino had a lovely family going, until the arrival of the Pearl. The Pearl itself is a very pure object, but human greed pollutes it. In order to protect the pearl Kino become very defensive, and no longer shows the love and care to his fellow natives.

 

 

 

Sewol: (1994-2014) Sunken

 

Citation: Ap, Raphael Ahren and Alexander Fulbright, Tamar Pileggi, Stuart Winer, Sue Surkes, Times Of Israel Staff, Ilan Ben Zion, Times of Israel Staff and AFP, Raphael Ahren, AFP And Raphael Ahren, Niv Elis, and Judah Ari Gross. “Fears Grow for 283 Missing in Korea Ferry Disaster.” The Times of Israel. N.p., 16 Apr. 2014. Web. 02 May 2017.

 

In the real world thousands of people’s lives are jeopardized due to the greed of others. Based on The Times of Israel, over a 110 people die annually, due to accidents caused by not having proper material and funding. Based on an CNN article 283 innocent ferry passengers died, due to the greed of a private business company. “Yonhap news agency said the 146-meter (480-foot) -long ship, which travels twice a week between Incheon and Jeju, was built in Japan in 1994 and could carry a maximum of 921 people, 180 vehicles and 152 shipping containers.” Based on later statistics, Sewol was carrying almost triple of what it was authorized to contain. Eventually, when the ferry was sinking, specialist analyzed that the time taken for the boat to sink was 54 minutes, but due to overload of weight from shipping containers and humans, it took under half an hour to submerge the entire boat.

The greed of others has yet again caused the death of a total of 297 people. People who are higher in the economic status, take of advantage of others to make money. In this case both the owner of the Ferry and the private business owner, allowed the overload of shipping crates in order to save time and money. Human greed is one of the largest enemies known to man kind, it corrupts many, and endangers others, do you know any others?

John Steinbeck Nobel Prize

The Pearl Review

 

 

 

 

The Ways of the Revolution

I compared pages 22-24 of the novel Red Scarf Girl, written by Ji Li Jiang, with an article from the book China’s Cultural Revolution, called Red Guards Smash the Four Olds. The two articles that I picked were both mainly about Smashing the Four Olds, but it touched on the major turning points such as, “The End of the Revolution.” Although the subject was the same, the non-fiction article stated more in-depth information about specific actions taken to destroy the Four Olds.  To conclude, through all the analysis of the text, the two passages have many similarities, but much more differences. Overall, “Red Scarf Girl” was still written to mainly tell a story, while “China’s Cultural Revolution” was written to give information to the reader.

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The Throwback of The Century

Call me lonely. Perhaps I was, an single man, living in an run-down apartment with no means of company but my romantic novels. As a professor teaching in the Beijing University, I was one of the oldest, with the strictest, and most amount discipline. Knowing my treacherous students bad mouthing me behind my back, I was strong mentally.

      

The Cultural Revolution, led by Mao Ze Dong, brought dramatic changes to China. China was fully united into one strong nation after the Revolution, rebelling outer powers such as the United States of America, Japan, French, and Germany. Secondly, the general behavior of the people of China had been heavily affected by the revolution. To this day people are still haunted by the prospects of being caught by the government if they denounced Mao or any of his ideologies. Lastly, the goals of making a profit in China changed majorly to their industrial side, instead of relying fully on their agricultural means of profit. Due to this monumental change, China began to reach out to other country’s reestablishing many trading routes.

Although there are many changes, lots of things also stayed the same. Although after the Revolution China remained as a communist country, meaning their core ideas for ruling a country did not alter, and many of the citizens remained to respect Mao as a historical figure. Secondly, China is still relying heavily on their agricultural profits, although the government is working assiduously to turn the country into an industrial country.

 

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