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3 Things You Will Love About Crazy Rich Asians

3 Things You Will Love About Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  1. You will love how this book is split into different chapters narrated by different characters. I love how Kwan did that because it gives a different perspective on the situation or problem that might’ve occurred in this novel. An example is Rachel Chu, Rachel is one of the main protagonist in this book. She is considered an outsider and peasant to her Fiancé (Nick’s) family of the filthy rich. When reading this novel you also get to compare the thoughts and feeling of different characters. Furthermore, each chapter emphasizes on the difference between different social classes.
  2. You will love the new vocabulary in this book. When you read this book you will notice many symbols around certain words. Mostly the symbolized words were Singaporean/Malaysian slang, which I thought was very interesting. Along the way when you’re reading. you will also pick up some new and interesting  words and slangs.
  3. You will love the extravagantness of this novel, this novel provides many scenes of  

Marry? Or Not?

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is a novel that is based on three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the dirty gossip that blows up when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his “unfit” fiancée for Singapore’s biggest wedding of the season. The main protagonist Rachel Chu goes through many obstacles and conflict when she decides to travel with her fiancée Nicholas Young to visit his family. Rachel’s envision of the humbling relaxing trip is demolished as she steps into Nicholas’s world- a world where mansions, limousines, jewelry, maids and being served spoiled rotten was just the norm. When Rachel shows up to the biggest party of the year, to Nick it is just the norm, but in Rachel’s point of view she is overwhelmed. When she arrives to the biggest part of the year, she knew immediately that she was being judged, gossiped and criticized about for every little thing about her, the way she dressed, spoke and even the way she ate! Because of all of this she is overwhelmed, and as the days go by she starts to conflict whether or not Nicholas is all what he seems to be. That’s when the internal conflict arises for Rachel: Marry Nick? Or not marry Nick? These two questions also become major dramatic questions throughout the novel. I can personally relate to Rachel’s internal conflict, because the feeling of accepting a wedding proposal to the guy that you think you know about, turns out to be wrong, must be very overwhelming. . Especially when it comes to Nicholas Young’s family, I can relate to Rachel’s feeling  overwhelm by Nick’s extraordinary lifestyle.

Girl Meets True Maya

Will Maya become her normal self again? Or would she carry on her act of being “bad”?

The protagonist goal is to show how all her friends pushed her over the edge, to become their idea of Maya. A liar, theif and edgy girl which is very stereotypical. Maya may seem like that from the view of outsides, even her closest friends, but Maya is more complex then that. She is smart, loyal, witty and sensitive, but she covers that side of her because she feels that those traits make her “weak”. The internal conflict is very prominent throughout this particular episode. It deals with Maya’s insecurities, which she lashes out to Riley by running away, trespassing and vandalism. The external conflict for Maya is nearly getting charged for vandalism by the local police. Yes, the major dramatic question is answered in the resolution. The scene that answered the major dramatic question is when all of Maya’s closest friends and family members rescue her from the police, and when Maya and Riley have a heart to heart conversation of why Maya is lashing out. Maya expressed her feelings very well to Riley about how she felt betrayed when everyone thought she stole from a local cafe, so to prove everyone right, her only move was to lash out. At the end, Maya and Riley hugged it out, and the normal Maya came back again.

Cheque? Check.

 

Can cheques really explain someone’s story?

Based on the given cheques, I can conclude that this story is based upon the major life events of Lawrence Exeter and his son. The story first starts off during August of 1903, when Lawrence heads to the baby shop preparing a gift for the baby, who was going to be born three days later in the Hollywood Hospital. In six years, the child is sent to the prestigious Palisades School for Boys. When Lawrence Exeter Jr. turns seven, his father thought it would be best idea for him to start learning to ride a bike. At twelve, Lawrence Exeter sends his son to the Columbia Military Academy, determined that it would help his son get into the top colleges in the world and turn his son into a bright young man. Well, that academy was perfect, his son Lawrence Exter Jr. at age eighteen was enrolled in to the prestigious Stanford University in the fall of 1921.  When Lawrence Exter Jr. graduated from Stanford, he spent most of his time discovering his passion, and his purpose in life. During his time of discovery, he met the love of his life. As their love grew, Lawrence Exeter Jr. eventually decides it was the perfect time to propose to his girlfriend, with a seven-hundred-dollar ring.  Luckily, she said yes! Lawrence Exter Jr. and his fiancé then embark on their journey preparing for dream wedding and their honeymoon in France.  To please his fiancé, Lawrence Exter Jr. spent most in their money on flowers, sweets, boots, lingerie. They were also on the hunt for the perfect wedding gown. Later on, they realized that planning a dream wedding was too difficult for them, so they decided to hire a wedding planner named Tony Spagoni. A year later, in the year 1930, Lawrence Exter Jr. and his wife sealed marriage in the Wally & Smith Attornys at Law Court. Another year later, Lawrence Exter Jr.’s fiancé gave birth to their very first child in the same Hollywood Hospital.

A Fly’s Perspective: A Reinterpretation of a Poe Passage

      When interpreting this section from the short story, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, I realized that instead of a third person omniscient narration my interpretation sounded more like a third person limited narration. I changed my point of view because in my interpretation, the reader only understands the feelings of the fly but not the old man. When interpreting, I  changed the pronouns from “I” to “He” for example, “He flicked the fly of his shoulder.” If I used  “I” it would have sounded more like a first person narration. When writing this interpretation I  thought of the distance of the author and the reader. The distance in my interpretation is very close he perspective of the fly and reader. The distance is close  because the fly does not understand the feelings and actions of the old man, just like the reader. Therefore, the distance of  fly and reader is close. Overall, my interpretation is to let the reader have a sense of imagery of what is happening in this particular section from the perspective of a fly.

 

My interpretation:

He flicked the fly of his shoulder. “SPLAT!” The fly landed it’s back on the cold, hard concrete wall. As the strange man paced around the room examining the dead  man, he later placed his hands upon the stone cold man for minutes that felt like eternity. The fly stared at that man eyes from the high wall, it troubled the fly even more. So it flew away from the madness.

Hope. A Found Poem.

 

Have you ever felt being at home, but not feeling it’s your home?

My found poem focuses on how Rearden affects  Junior internally and externally, changing the way he thinks and behaves,  An example that show  the  internal conflict Junior experiences in the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie  is “He was the loser Indian father of a loser Indian son living a world built for winners” (Alexie, 55). This quote shows how whereJunior lives affects his self-confidence,  inputing the belief that being Indian was equivalent to being a loser. As well as inserting a mind set that white people were winners.

Beside internal conflict, Junior also experiences external conflict; Alexie writes, “One bully, Micah, made me beat up myself. Yes, he made me punch myself in the face three times. I am the only Indian in the history of the world who ever lost a fight with himself” (63). This quote really brings out Junior’s external conflict because it shows how weak and vulnerable Junior is when bullies like Micah bully him.

Will I Be Cured?

“Love: It will kill you and save you, both” (Oliver, 186). Lena Haloway a seventeen year old girl who lives in Portland, Maine, in the year 2091. Lena is waiting for her eighteenth birthday where she can finally have the procedure to stop her from falling in love. In her world love the totalitarian government teaches that love is a disease, named Amor Deliria Nervosa, commonly referred to as “the deliria”. A surgical cure for the deliria has been developed and all citizens 18 years old and over has to be cured, or else the disease, will kill you. But first she must fall in love with an invalid, Alex. Alex, one of the rebels living unaltered in the Wilds outside civilized cities. Lena discovers that much of her life is a lie, including the supposed suicide of her mother, and runs off to the Wilds, but in the process, Alex sacrifices himself for her.

The resolution of Delirium By Lauren Oliver is when Lena realized her whole life was a lie and that love was not a disease. Just seven days before her procedure to cure her disease, she ultimately decided to leave with Alex to the Wilds. Joining the rebels who oppose the procedure and the totalitarian government. Although Lena struggled with the thought of leaving her life behind she knew it was the right decision to do that. Knowing that the procedure curing Amor Deliria Nervosa was dangerous, the fact that a person could not feel emotions after the procedure scared her.

“Now I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie” (207). The theme of Delirium by Lauren Oliver is growing up and making your own decisions. Throughout this book Lena faces with conflicts that she eventually overcomes and she starts making her own decisions on what she believes in, and not get persuaded by her society’s ideology of whats right.

Amor Deliria Nervosa

“For all the people who have infected me with amor deliria nervosa in the past

– you know who you are.

For the people who will infect me in the future

– I can’t wait to see who you’ll be.

And in both cases:

Thank you” (Oliver, 178).

I chose to to make a book cover to represent the book., which is about a young girl, Lena Haloway, who falls in love in a society where love is seen as a disease. The disease is called “Amor Deliria Nervosa” it has four major phases.

PHASE ONE:
-preoccupation; difficulty focusing
-fits of dizziness and disorientation
PHASE TWO:
-periods of euphoria; hysterical laughter and heightened energy
-periods of despair; lethargy
-paranoia; insecurity

PHASE THREE (CRITICAL):
-difficulty breathing
-complete breakdown of rational faculties; erratic behavior; violent thoughts and fantasies; hallucinations and delusions

PHASE FOUR (FATAL):
-death

Not only is it a disease, it is also a crime. The main treatment for Amor Deliria Nervosa is the cure, an operation which results in the person unable to feel strong emotions. This is the conflict Lena faces herself throughout this novel is: prisoner or prisoner? If she chooses to get cured she wouldn’t feel any emotions, and would be a prisoner in her own mind. But if she doesn’t choose to get cured, she will be an actual prisoner in her society. Which option will Lena choose?

Hard Times Will Always Reveal True Friends

Friendships last forever. The theme of friendship was woven throughout the novel. Despite all that has happened, especially after Bridge helps her friend to get over her depression and forgives every fight they had before. The three friends ultimately fall back on their promise not to fight and find forgiveness for one another. Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead also highlights the importance of friendship when tackling the hardships that comes with growing up.

 

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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead resolution is when Bridge finally finds out that middle school is not the end of the world and love, trust and friendship are the most important. Throughout this book Bridge was going through a lot of hardships during middle school, she always thought it was never going to end until one faithful incident. By the time Valentine’s Day approaches, the girls have begun to question the bonds—and the limits—of friendship. Can they grow up without growing apart?

“Hard times will always reveal true friends as so they say” (Stead, 172). The hardships throughout this book for Bridge are realizing her true friends, understanding the meaning of fights and finding her purpose in life. Throughout Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead , Bridge was conflicted because of all the hardships that was knocking her down in school, Trust? Love or Friendship? But at the end Bridge reunited with her true friends and had finally found her purpose in life after her traumatic accident. “But Bridge understood that life didn’t balance anymore. Life was a too-tall stack of books that had started to lean to one side, and each new day was another book on top” (189).

Trust? Love? Friendship?

“Thirteen broken bones and a punctured lung. You must have been put on this earth for a reason, little girl, to have survived” (Stead,2). When Bridge was a child, she nearly lost her life after being in a horrific car accident. As she recovered in the hospital, people kept telling her how extremely lucky she was to have survived. But what Bridge remembers most clearly is what a nurse said to her on the day she was discharged. “Thirteen broken bones and a punctured lung. You must have been put on this earth for a reason, little girl, to have survived”(2). 

Growing up comes with friendships, love, loss, mistakes and tackling the hardships that come knocking you down in life. The climax in Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead is when Bridge tries to solve her own Rubik’s cube of feelings of whether or not she’s alive for a reason — whether anyone is alive for a reason — or was her life just one big accident. Back in grade five, Bridge, Tabitha and Emily made a pact. Never to fight, ever. Now, two years later, they’re still best friends, but things are changing. All of Bridge’s best friends are now going down their own paths.

Trust? Love? Friendship?  I chose to draw these three symbols to symbolize the three main conflicts that Bridge had to tackle with during the climax of this book.

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