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Short Story Inspired by Romeo and Juliet

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“Idiotic” is a short story that explores the internal conflicts of the nurse when she is told to convey the news that Juliet wants to marry Romeo to him.

The nurse in the original play Romeo and Juliet is told as a realist, whereas Romeo and Juliet are idealists, so throughout this short story, the factor of her realistic thoughts appear consistently. The conversations between the nurse and her servant Peter show her thought process of whether or not she should help Juliet marry Romeo, who is apart of her rival’s family.

Describing the morning sky at the beginning of the story with words like “vibrant” and “delicate” helps paint an image of the setting in the audiences’ mind, and set the tone of the rest of the story. The contrast in words: “delicate” and “hectic” also foreshadows the conflict that the nurse will the experiencing later on in the story. Another way contrast is shown in this short story is the distinction of age between the nurse, Peter, and Juliet. When the nurse is describing herself, she uses words like “old” and “undesirable,” however when it comes to the rest of them, she uses “naive,”  “blooming” and “young,” this depicts the nurse as a motherly figure to both Peter and Juliet. Peter, the servant in the story, is portrayed as more of a friend than a servant to the nurse since the way he talks is in a very casual way, but at the same time, he still shows respect to her.

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Vibrant rays of the sun began warming the day before the clock even struck noon, soft green leaves danced on the trees while the delicate summer breeze carried them into the hectic streets of Verona. The young Peter hurried along with his master, taking a love note from the elegant, blooming Capulet, daughter.

“Peter, do you believe in ‘true love’?” The fair lady blurted out.

“Yes, of course.”

“I’ve never understood the concept of ‘true love.’ Maybe it’s because I am now old and undesirable, but even when I was at your age, I never found love compelling.” The nurse remarked with a sigh, “how come after one short night they could fall so deeply in love? Is Juliet’s beauty so mesmerizing that Romeo would fall so profoundly in love with her, or is it just puberty toying with his emotions.”
“Juliet is still a naive child, I’m sure that she will overcome her irrational thoughts as soon as she meets another eligible young man.”

The nurse murmured under her breath, “But what if she doesn’t.” Images and ideas rushed through her mind as she slowly shuffled through the crowded main street. The two most potent families in Verona, the Montagues and the Capulet’s only descendants falling in love with one another, could bring nothing but harm to their families.

“Whatever shall I do Peter, if I allow Juliet to follow through on her idiotic idea of getting married to Romeo, then the streets of Verona will be drenched in the blood of both families.” She cried, “But if I don’t act, then Juliet would have to marry that rich fool Paris and will never be happy.”

“Having her marry Paris might not be a bad idea, after all, it would not only save her a heartbreak, but it could also save the families from breaking out into war again.”

“Still, letting her fall in love with Romeo could be the more superior option for both families,” The old nurse simpered, “their love could overcome the astonishing amount of hatred their families have had for each other for all these generations!”

A smirk stretched across Peter’s face, “My lady, considering the years of rivalry that the Montagues and Capulets have had, two children’s love for one and another won’t make a difference in their battle.”

The brunette woman’s eyes wandered across the area and pinpointed three dark haired men. “Well, it’s too late now.”

Slowly, the nurse and her youthful servant walked to the three men.

“Good morning, gentlemen.”

6 Reasons Why I Would NOT Recommend the Book “Girl Last Seen” by Nina Laurin

  1. The Characters are VERY Stereotypical

    The main character was a typical lost, abused and broke drug addict, while her mother neglected her and was an ex-druggy as well.  Although her desperation was very apparent in the book, the choices that she makes, makes the readers annoyed and disappointed.

  2. The Writing was Mediocre

    The author did an excellent job with the suspenseful atmosphere, but the vocabulary and words she chose to use were simple. There wasn’t a lot of pizazz, and after reading the book, I didn’t feel the urge to pick it up again.

  3. The Characters weren’t Likeable

    Although I did pity the Laine, the main character, and her experiences, I found it hard to like her. Most of her actions weren’t justified by her traumatic past but were just because of her terrible attitude and personality. The Shaws were nice, but their characters weren’t explored that much. I always felt unpleasant with Detective Ortez, his actions were inconsistent and some of the decisions he made just made me angry.

  4. The Pace was too Slow

    The exposition of the book was lengthy and tedious. Not much happened and it felt like the story would never end. In a 352 pages book, the climax only began at around 300 and lasted 5-6 pages.

  5. A lot of Things were Left Unexplained

    A lot of the important scenes were left explained, and what happened the Olivia was never described in depth. For example, how and why Valerie, Laine’s mother, killed herself and why she did what she did.

  6. The Ending was Terrible

    After finishing the book, the ending left me feeling uncertain and empty. Just like the ending of this post.

Not Everything Is as It Seems

“Ordeal by Cheque” by Wuther Crue is an enchanting story which uses only checks to tell the story of Lawrence Exeter Junior’s life. Below is my interpretation of this fascinating short story.

*spoiler alert”

1903 was the year when everything changed. Lawrence Exeter, the wealthiest man in Los Angeles,’s wife had finally given birth to a baby boy, who they named after the father. Ever since he was born, Lawrence Exeter Jr.’s parents spoiled him with the best toys and clothes. He had even gotten him a brand new Cadillac on his 18th birthday (which he crashed five days later); his father had also sent him to the most prestigious military academy, the Columbia Military Academy, for a better education. Thankfully, none of this went to waste, since Stanford University accepted Junior in 1921.

 

However, in July of 1923, the family’s peaceful life was disrupted by one person -Miss Daisy Windsor-. Lawrence Exeter Jr.’s nanny, Daisy, had been with his family ever since he was born, but Junior’s father and Daisy had also been having an affair during this time. Lawrence Sr. had promised to help pay for Daisy’s college tuition once his son had enrolled into Stanford, but he had also asked her to go on a trip to France with him before she leaves as well. During this short get-away to France, their relationship blossomed even further.

 

Three years after their rendezvous in France, Lawrence Sr. proposed to Daisy using a 678 dollar ring, a 78,000 dollar mansion and a honeymoon to Hawaii, little did he know the plans Daisy had in store for both him and his son Junior. While Senior and Daisy were on their honeymoon in Hawaii, Senior had discovered that Daisy was indeed a gold digger, and to prevent her from inheriting all of his money, he decided to hang over his business to his now 23-year-old son Junior. Not knowing what to do with all the money his father gave him, Junior went to a massive haul around town, buys clothes and lingerie from top-notch shops like Parisian Gown Shoppe and Anita Lingerie Salon.

In return, this had caught the eyes of the famous Italian gang leader, Tony Spagoni. Kidnapping the young man, Tony demanded more and more cash from Lawrence Sr. to release his son from imprisonment. In November of 1930, Senior had caught on to all the shady business and hired the leading lawyer in town to prepare for the return of his son. The sneaky Tony Spagoni decided not to release the billionaire’s son and continue to hold him for ransom, but Senior had soon found the location where his son was and made an attempt to save him. The three years of captivation had deteriorated Junior’s health, and the effort to release him had only injured him more. Even after his father’s many tries to save his life, Lawrence Exeter Jr. still passed away on July 15, 1931.

A Bullet Only Costs Two Cents

What if you had a chance to leave your old life and start off again in a new place. Would you take it?

In the novel The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie’s creates two drastically different settings that affect the protagonist, Junior’s, actions and thoughts. Junior was born and raised on the “Spokane Indian Reservation”, and is bullied everywhere he goes because of his disabilities. Due to being bullied all the time, Junior has a much stronger desire to become better and change his life around, and that’s when he decided: “I must go”. Living in the ‘rez’ makes him feel like a “retard”, it made him feel “angry” and “miserable”, but he thought “Reardon” was a “world built for winners” and that he would be able to find hope there: “more hope the farther you walk away”. Although Reardon was not that different from the reservation, Junior proved that there was something he could do, challenging what he once said: “nothing you can do”. After attending Reardon, Junior still felt like an outcast and an alien. Once again he was left alone, but this time in a brand new environment and no Rowdy to protect him.

Adventures in the Pages

This quarter, Evan, Nicky, Angela and I designed a magazine that included different articles on minorities we wrote about. I was extremely proud that I made the front cover and  works cited page and contributed to the magazine. If I had a chance to redo the prokect, I would try to write a longer article on my minority and try to take more photos at both the ethnic park and pinyao. While working on this project, I learned how important communication is while working in a group, because while we were each making our own sections we didn’t communicate much so we had to remake our pages many times. Overall, this experience was both fun and educational.

Love

In this magazine cover I designed for the book FEED by M.T. Anderson, although Violet is on the cover of the magazine, the main idea of this magazine cover is to show the dynamic character of Titus, the main character.

In the beginning of the book, when Titus first saw Violet, he described her as “… the most beautiful girl, like, ever” (Anderson 13). But at towards the end of the story, he said, “[Violet] was crying. It made her ugly… I thought how ugly she was” (274). This contrasted to how he acted in the whole beginning of the novel, how he was trying to impress her and how he was excited and happy he was to be with her. Later on in the book, Titus’ character completely changed. After Violet was rejected by feedtech, Titus began to question their relationship, and slowly, Titus and Violet’s relationship began to fall apart as shown on page 240. Their relationship finally came to an end on page 272 when Titus said, “‘I didn’t sign up to go out with you forever when you’re already dead…”, and the two of them finally parted ways. At the very end of the book, Titus decided to visit Violet for the last time, “And for the first time, I started crying” (297). In this quote it shows how much she meant to him, even after everything they’ve been through.

Comparing Ideas

I compared the style of pages 187-188 of the novel,  Red Scarf Girl, written by Jiang Ji-li and a passage from an article written by Red Guards at Beijing No. 26 Middle School, called Red Guards Smash the Four Olds”. Both the novel and the article were talking about the ‘Smash the Four Olds’ movement, but in the novel, Ji-li was complaining about the aftermaths of a house search conducted by the Red Guards, however the article talks about what the Red Guards imagined the future of China would be. In the novel, the tone was more startled, Ji-li is expressing her anger towards the Red Guards after they searched through her house, her ‘safe place’. But in the article written by the Red Guard, the tone was more cold since he was writing about his idea of the new communism in China. The word choice in both writings are also very different. The novel was made up of simple, compound, and complex sentences, and they were quite short compared to the length of the sentences in the article, also, the article was made up of compound, complex and compound complex sentences. While comparing the two writings, I noticed how little similarities there were, since the perspectives of the two speakers were so different, but one similarity they shared was that both genres of the writings were non-fiction. Red Scarf Girl, was written by and about Jiang Ji-li and the article “Red Guards Smash the Four Olds” was written by a Red Guard at the time of the revolution. In conclusion, since the two texts showed such different view points, there were barely any similarities in the information and the style of writing.

Multi-media by with: Indesign

 

New Life

Somewhere in the capital of China, near the crowded Tian An Men plaza, in the back of a math classroom sat a young boy staring out of a stained glass window, not knowing the terror he would have to face in just a few minutes.

After the revolution, the people of China still trusted and believed in Mao and communism, although many things did change, things still stayed the same. The economy was in jeopardy, nobody could trust anyone, and the younger generation was less educated. As a result of the chaos the red guards caused, China was bankrupt, during the revolution, people were too busy fighting and creating riots to work. Secondly, the fear of being captured and tortured, kept the citizens from trusting people, even family and friends. Finally, because of the ‘down to the countryside movement’ most of the younger people and the majority of the teachers were sent to the countryside, the new generation was less educated than the older people. Even though so much was changed in the revolution, some things still stayed the same. For example, the Chinese people still trusted Mao, and to this day, most people still respect him even after all the terrible things he did. Even after the revolutionary ended, China was still a communist country. The effects of the revolution still effects the people to this day, The Chinese are very sensitive about this subject and most people are still very scared to share their opinions about the government in public.

The Chinese Revolution for Dummies

One Day 2017

Our goal for OneDay was to recreate the Playing with Fire dance by BlackPink.
I learned how easy learning a dance is, and how hard it is to perfect one. My group and I spent the whole day learning the dance, but the final product still looked nothing like the original. It took a lot of time to get the formations and timing right for a lot of the moves, but in the end, our final product didn’t look that bad.

If I were to do this again, I would probably try and learn the dance before the day because then I could use the time in school to perfect and make the dance look nicer.

In the very beginning of the day, we starting out with warming up and refreshing our memory. This process took a lot longer than we imagined, and we wasted a lot of time on this. For the 3 of hours, we continued trying to learn the dance and the formations for each person, but no matter how hard we tried, some parts we just couldn’t learn, so my group decided to edit the music and cut out some parts. Finally, we finished the dance with an hour to practice.

 

Overall, I feel like our project was somewhat of a success. We finished learning the choreography and filmed everything. Even though the dance didn’t look that good, everyone worked hard and we all did our best. The day was very fun.

 

 

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