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it wasn’t quite what i expected, but I would return

Explain the Resolution. Write a response in which you explain the resolution of one or more of the conflicts you explored in your rising action response. In your second paragraph, explain why you are either satisfied or unsatisfied with the resolution.

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Spoiler Alert! (Everything in here, is a spoiler, as I’m literally describing the ending.)

Oh praise the lord, I thought this book was going to go down in flames, but I’m pleased with the resolution of Miss Peregrine and Her Peculiar Children. It transitioned well to the next book in the series, though a sequel wouldn’t have been necessary. A brief description of the ending sounds completely insane. Observe.

A brief summary of the ending!

“Jacob and his peculiar friends try to stop ugly three-tongued mutated monsters that have captured birds (who can control time), while they are seconds away from being blown up by an American fighter plane’s bomb.”

Ahem, uh well. Let’s clear some stuff up. Ugly mutated monsters (called hollowgasts), as I so wonderfully put it, are on a demented quest for eternal life. Their life is filled with “constant physical torment, of humiliating debasement-feeding on stray animals, living in isolation-and of insatiable hunger for flesh of their former kin, because our blood is their only hope for salvation” (Riggs 260). The birds, otherwise known as ymbrynes, are the controllers of time, they can time loop any moment in life. Wights are the hollowgasts that can resemble a human body, but do enjoy a good serving of raw flesh. If you kindly prance on to my other blog post here, you’ll infer the concept of what I mean by seconds away from being blown up.

The book tackles Jacob’s conundrum of choosing between time intervals; whether it’s staying with his parents and ordinary life, or being exposed to children who conjure fire and regenerate dead bodies ranging from rats to strange men. As we’ve got all that covered, I give you a much clearer description of the ending.

Jacob meets Miss Peregrine and her Peculiar Children, who all have special powers. Miss Peregrine’s power is to transform into a bird and control time. Dr. Golan (stalker-ish to the max and Jacob’s shrink), captures Peregrine and tries to get back to the homeland, but is stuck in the lighthouse waiting for a boat. Jacob and some more children, try to get her back. Bullet firing commences, dramatic handling of the gun ensues, Jacob grabs hold of the gun and shoots Golan (shocking!). They have to leave the island as they are not safe, and they have yet a larger battle to fight.

Obviously, all the details of the ending aren’t listed here. It would take me ages to describe the full resolution, ranging from each one of the children’s role to understanding the reaction of them leaving. But as I stated before, I’m satisfied with the ending, solely on the descriptive wit that the author has sprinkled on each line of the story, and that there is another book to read more on the style. When, I came across parts like, “…so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn’t become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I’d been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated” (59), I kept hearing this voice in my head saying, damn, that’s some mad writing skills, he’s got there. I mean, I felt it was that good, but the actual story however, takes much to long transitioning from each important plot point, and while the plot is somewhat interesting, the slow uptake takes the interest away. The photographs were sort of wedged uncomfortably into the story, even though the descriptions individually were beautiful.

Reading the book, made me feel as if I was aboard the rollercoaster of emotions (whether the emotions were good or bad). Examples of some of the emotions that were clearly displayed on my face, are described here in this video, the most occurring would be “the this book isn’t what I thought it was going to be face” and occasionally “the I just inhaled a bunch of feelings and the tears are coming face”, my views on the book are a bit contradictory, yes, I’m aware. But in the end, If I do get a chance to read the second book, I will. That’s got to mean something, right? If I feel as if I’m interested in reading the next section of the story, then the resolution did a pretty good job, which is why, I decide that I’m overall, satisfied.

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Bibliography:

“A Little Mixtape – Posts Galore”.Blogs.isb.bj.edu.cn. N. p., 2016. Web. 31 Oct. 2016.

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. New York, NY: Yen Press, 2013. Print.

“THE MANY FACES OF A READER”.YouTube. N. p., 2016. Web. 31 Oct. 2016.

two column chart; missionaries

Source A. Source B.
Position: Author (Fei Ch’i-hao) is a Chinese Christian during the rebellion(1900).

1. Thought that the people of Shansi were timid and gentle, so they would be in no harm. (They felt hopeful for themselves.)

2. The Hater of foreigners; Yu Hsien, was appointed governor of Shansi. (deep apprehension.)

3. (EXTRA) boxers had supernatural powers and were true patriots? (No opinion on that, did they think that was true? or what?)

4. Peking growing worse, local officials were powerless against the Boxers (No opinion stated, but obviously scared.)

5. No communication with Peking, as people with foreign letters were killed (helpless, un-resourceful?, regretting?)

6. Boxers spread over Shansi, school was dismissed before the end of June (feeling of alarm deepened).

7. Governor stated…(everything to do with scared.)“foreign religions inflamed men to do evil”, Heaven’s legions (Boxers) had been sent to exterminate the foreign devils.

8. Governor offered money or titles to all who killed foreigners. All who boxers had a grudge were killed.

9. People passed mission gate due to rumors, ranging from the foreigners fleeing to smearing gates with blood.

10. On 28th of June, mob stood outside gate, saying “kill the foreigners, loot the houses.

Position: Author (Luella Minor) is a professor at the American College at Tungchau.

June 15. This would definitely make the Christians feel frightened.

At ten o’clock twenty to fifty thousand voices (the Boxers and more), yelling to kill the Christians.

Boxers looted a Mohammedan bank, then the mob dispersed.

Lines of defense extend to all streets, al missionaries and Chinese are on guard duty, barbed wire barricades at end of street. (A bit more assured, they are living in the securest environment possible at the time.)

They would however, as it has been said feel more safe if they had a Gatling or machine gun.

June 18.

No word from foreign troops who left Tientsin a week a go yesterday, cut off from the world.

They hope that communication will be open again, vast numbers of boxers attacked the railroad station, rumors that relief army is close. (At this point, a few different emotions, hope, helplessness, scared, intense desire etc). They live in the little church, left on short rations because of siege.

August 13.

At least six distinct attacks (fearful).

August 14.

“The sweet music for which they have been listening for” has arrived, the relief army is there. (described with wild rush, faces beaming with joy when the Indian, English and American soldiers came in.)

the three c’s of boxer rebellion history

The boxers disliked the foreigners with a passion, they went through great lengths to get rid of the foreigners from the country. Mostly composed of Chinese peasants, they started to fight against the foreigners as they believed that Catholicism was a threat to their own culture and traditions. Several people supported the reign of the Boxers, as they encouraged the killing of the foreigners. Muslim troops, Chinese Royalty joined in as well to start a siege against the Legislation Quarter where thousands of Catholics had sanctuary. As a result, the trapped foreigners were prey to bullets being potshot at them, limited food supplies as well as being exposed to dysentery and small pox. Waiting desperately for the relief army to save them, many were killed; the foreigners and the innocent Chinese Catholics. On August 13, the relief army did arrive and lifted off the siege. A few days later, though, the troops went on a looting rampage and started murdering innocent civilians.

Note. The paragraph goes through the basis of the three C’s (Cause, Course and Consequence).

a little mixtape

{Jacob Portman’s Lit’ Mixtape}

Spoilers ahead.

As the embedding tactic isn’t working, here’s a link to the playlist~~~~  here!

Hopefully I’ll get it on here, if the blog cooperates.

 

i. Mad World – Gary Jules  

“All around me are familiar faces, worn out places, worn out faces.”

I never believed my life was extraordinary. It was plain. Boring. Utterly and inexplicably dull. I, Jacob Portman, would never have the privilege to experience anything interesting other than grandpa Portman’s stories and photographs of his past.

Or so he thought. Jacob’s introduction in the book, is in the simplest terms is; mundane. However, Ransom Riggs has written it in a way that leaves me to admit that it’s my favorite part. I would imagine that this song describes his thought process perfectly. Like Gary Jules enraptured me with this beautiful song, I’d imagine that he would be able to do the same to Jacob Portman as well.

ii. Last Hope – Paramore

“It’s just a spark, but it’s enough to keep me going.”

This is the last chance I’ve got. I’ve got to get on that island. It’s been eating me away, what if Ms.Peregrine is there? Surely, not after over a century. No, I’m going to try. I’m definitely going to try. 

Jacob discovers that he’s the only one that can actually see the hollowgasts; slimy tentacle mutated creatures that are found at the scene of the crime of his grandfather’s murder. With an image of the worst possible creature that could ever exist and a few parting words from his grandfather hinting at the island that is miles away. All he has left is the mystery of the island and his grandfather’s rotting corpse that’s covered with prominent blood red gashes. Following several weeks of fear and depression, he’s got one last hope and he’s definitely going to find out what happened.

iii. Why Can’t We Be Friends – War

“Why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends.”

She is possibly the weirdest girl I’ve ever met. I only want to know what’s going on, but she keeps running away. The strange thing is, she’s been in the photographs, carrying a white glowing ball. The only possible hint towards the past, and she’s running away! Hey, hey come back! 

I have to admit I love this song, it’s hilarious. Jacob definitely has a sense of humor judging from the sarcastic remarks placed throughout the book. While he is trying to catch up to the strange girl, after rummaging through the broken down nightmarish house that his grandfather lived in, he gets to have a bit of fun in between. Also, the dynamics of this song fits in well with his character. When he describes Emma’s photograph in the book she seems to be holding a “flickering light, which wasn’t a lantern or a candle but seemed to be a ball of raw flame, attended by nothing more than her bare skin ” (Riggs 58), which is the first time he’s seen this girl but doesn’t want to admit that she is able to conjure fire and that it is merely a figment of his imagination.

iv. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

“And I don’t want the world to see me, ’cause I don’t think that they’d understand.”

Wow. The photographs are real. They are real. There are these children who can do all of these amazing things, and they’ve been stuck here for as long as they can remember. Oh lord, what we do if we saw these peculiar children out on the streets? 

When the book does progress toward Jacob meeting all of the peculiar children, he understands why they would be hidden from all people. Why they have to be stuck in a time loop, right before they supposedly died. To leave, kids with powers of invisibility, superhuman strength and the capability of summoning fire into their hands just wouldn’t be safe. Intertwined with deep tones of the cello, and bright strumming of the guitar are lyrics that describe, internally, what the children must be feeling. Arguably, on the other hand, normal people would probably feel frightened, considering the kids do have powers. The girls and boys with powers do look a tad creepy, to show you what I mean, watch this video to see what it might be like if a supernatural kid could appear with powers, you’d obviously think they’d have malign intentions? Wouldn’t you?

v. Another Day (xKore Remix) – Modestep

“All your worries leave your side, free your mind. ‘Cause tomorrow is another day.”

So we’re sat here, reading stories. In the middle of a bomb raid. Delightful. I could almost imagine the crisply burnt flakes of red falling down, hurtling towards the ground, in time with the fighter planes that glided over us. What compelled me to notice was, they were all laughing, cheering. Washed away with pure delight, that they were never going to actually die. The next day would always come, there would always be another day.

As the Peculiar Children pay no mind to the bomb that in the end, is the so called “cause” of their death, Jacob is clearly dumbfounded. In fact, they laugh at him when they see him huddling for safety. It’s not because they are dimwitted. No. It’s clearly because they are wired to think that way. Modestep gives Jacob a chance to realize that they simply don’t need to worry.

 

vi. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

“This could be the end of everything. So why don’t we go. Somewhere only we know?”

What I failed to understand was that, the moment we were out of that sheep dung, it was over. Even if we managed to escape the swinging tongues of the hollowgasts, Golan’s ruthless sneer by Bronwyn’s impeccable strength and our quick thinking, it’s worthless. Miss Peregrine is gone.

I couldn’t possibly deny that there was hope. Of course there was, but I doubt that the character’s were feeling they had much luck regardless. Keane does a fantastic job of channeling the feelings of a dead end into a melodic song, that it’s almost therapeutic.

 

vii. Unsteady – X Ambassadors 

“Hold. Hold on. Hold on to me, ‘Cause I’m a little unsteady. A little unsteady.”

This is miserable. I feel miserable. I wondered what would happen if we just decided to reside here, if the effects of doing nothing, would lead to a larger than life explosion. Wouldn’t that be ironic, the act of doing virtually nothing would lead to everything being blown apart?

I don’t think Portman really would ever wail dramatically to anyone about his problems. However, like all humans he can feel overwhelmed by helplessness. Unsteady by X Ambassadors, has relatively simple lyrics, but reflects his helplessness well.

 

viii. Heroes – David Bowie

“Though nothing will drive them away, we can beat them, just for one day.”

We beat him and at that moment I swear, we were infinite, but Victory isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. Millard’s bleeding. Miss Peregrine is stuck in her bird form. But Golan has a bullet rooted deep in his body and there’s only more to come. 

The exhilaration of succeeding at a task is very pleasing. Even if it is the smallest task. The needle in the haystack. If there was ever a song that displayed the joy at that exact moment of victory and also, the pain that there were many more battles to be won, then this would be it. If anyone noticed the “We Were Infinite” reference,  I salute you, we can now be friends.  it’s from one of the best books I’ve ever read “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”, which in a totally different way portrays being different. Read it, and after you do, please enjoy this tumblr post that cracks me up due to the quote.

 

ix. Rule The World – Take That 

“You’ve saved my soul, don’t leave me now, don’t leave me now, ohhhh. Yeah, you and me, we can ride on a star, If you stay with me, girl. We can rule the world.”

In that haze of cheers and cries while returning to the island, Horace, Fiona, familiar faces surrounding us the reassurance of safety and wide smile; In that moment, I felt the happiest. Didn’t last long though, but I embraced the feeling while I could. With Emma by my side, and my decision to stay with them I had the smallest spark of hope.

 Rule the World is one of my favorites, simply because it makes you feel happy. Elated, even. As the pieces of Jacob’s new life fits together, Rule the World mirrors the satisfaction of having someone there.

 x. Walk On – U2

“Walk on. What you got, they can’t steal it, no they can’t even feel it.”

The end of the story is all in all, as good as the beginning. The take on leaving the island because there was never any way they could stay, is very intriguing. Walk On, is basically a mellow inspiring anthem for moving on and traveling to a new part of life, which is exactly what the end of the book is suggesting.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, is entertaining. Jacob Portman’s dialogues and inner thoughts are most amusing and the style of writing is worthy of praise. The integration of the photographs to the story are creative and the house is definitely interesting. I especially liked the way they changed the depiction of the house to show an allegory that being happy doesn’t last forever, there will always be a downfall. When Jacob talks about the house, he explains that, “grandfather had described it a hundred times, but in his stories the house was always a bright, happy place—big and rambling, yes, but full of light and laughter. What stood before me now was no refuge from monsters but a monster itself, staring down from its perch on the hill with vacant hunger” (116) describes it perfectly.

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Bibliography: 

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. New York, NY: Yen Press, 2013. Print.

“Ritual”. Ritual. N. p., 2013. Web. 25 Oct. 2016.

“THE UPSIDE DOWN – Stranger Things Art”. YouTube. N. p., 2016. Web. 23 Oct. 2016.

i’ll admit, making these slogans was more entertaining than expected

This post is based around drugs.

Specifically, opium. I never thought I would be saying that here.

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Recently, our humanities class has been venturing through the events of the 1st Opium War, which consisted of a staggering amount of indecency from the British Empire and a large amount of humiliation surrounding the Chinese. In this task, we’ve been asked to create slogans on both countries’ perspectives. Later on in the class though, the task modified itself into making memes for the perspectives. Though, mine doesn’t really end up looking like a meme.

I hope I’ve met the standard of meme-making, as well as depicting both countries’ perspectives.

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In this picture, there are three nails that are screwed on wood and fancy font to go with the picture. This in fact is China’s perspective, the government’s perspective, as the caption is “When your people ‘can’t get off the grass’ and can’t fight back”. The phrase “get off the grass”, essentially means to stop doing drugs, so ‘can’t get off the grass’ would mean that they can’t stop using the drug that Britain is illegally smuggling into their country. The second part of the caption, says they “can’t fight back” which is true as most of the Chinese military inhaled the fumes of this drug daily, making them physically incapable of being a forceful army against the British. Which then means that China, is quite doomed. This is persuasive, but not as an ad would be, as it describes the situation the government is in, and that is why they should start banning opium and fight back against the British, else the country wouldn’t be in such a great state. Also, I’m really living up to my bad pun obsession aren’t I.

 

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In this picture, the American Idol Judge, Simon Cowell who is British holds his thumbs up in agreement. The caption says “smuggling opium into china for tea” which is quite literal and then he says “It’s a yes from me!”, which therefore means that he approves of the idea. This one is pretty straight-forward. As tea is generally the motive for the British fighting with the Chinese, and because they have the advanced technology and a grand empire, they are willing to go into war with them, regardless of how insignificant tea is in the larger scale. It’s clear what the British cared about the most back then.