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The Legend of Red Fern

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“I know it is still there, hiding its secret beneath those long, red leaves, but it wouldn’t be hidden from me for part of my life is buried there, too.  Yes, I know it is still there, for in my heart I believe the legend of the sacred red fern” (Rawls 282) This is a beloved classic about a boy who lives in the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma, the story gives an incredible adventure which revealed the whole life of Billy’s, the protagonist’s, finest hunting hounds.

The book unfolded with Billy, dreaming of having two hounds every day, he decided to save money himself in order to full fill his dream.  Working hard for two whole years, Billy finally got his dogs through a journey to the town —- Tahlequah.  He named his dogs Little Ann and Old Dan from a special bark and began to train them.  To achieve Billy’s dream, he even won the championship of a professional competition which allows him to get an education in the future for his parents.  Until one day the happiness finally ended, he went hunting like a normal day.  But then he heard the scream of a mountain lion, he started to run but it was already late.  Old Dan howls defiantly and fights against the giant cat with Little Ann.  Eventually, the dogs defeated the mountain lion, but Old Dan was badly wounded and died in the next day.  Inconsolably heart-broke and grieved, like a knife piercing his heart, God still didn’t get softhearted to this pitiful boy.  Little Ann, the best friend of Old Dan’s, lost the will to live and ultimately passed away right on top of Old Dan’s grave.  “I called her name.  She made no movement.  With the last ounce of strength in her body, she had dragged herself to the grave of Old Dan” (269).  During the next following spring, the family left Ozarks with a final glimpse for Billy to say goodbye to his dogs.  At the time he arrived at the grave, an unbelievable miracle appeared —- “There between the graves, a beautiful red fern had sprung up from the rich mountains soil.  It was fully two feet tall and its long red leaves had reached out in rainbow arches curved over the graves of my dogs” (278).

“With a heavy heart, I turned and walked away. I knew that as long as I lived I’d never forget the the two little graves and the sacred red fern” (275)

This sorrowful but warm story captures the reader’s attention when it revealed the most powerful relationship between a boy and his dogs.  There’s always an invisible bond that demonstrates the tale of unconditional love. This continues through their adventures together and it ends in the ultimate account of unconditional love.  Billy never leaves his dogs behind, he chops down the biggest tree in the woods for them, and he even swears to lay down his life for them.  Though, the dogs still ended up laying down their lives for him at the end of the book.  Billy’s hounds seem to have more than just loyalty to their owner; they also love him deeply.  This love affirmed throughout in the novel and contributes to the mournful ending.  Throughout the adventure, we can see how love enables the man and man’s best friend to survive and succeed.  Deep love, strong will power, and their sacrificial intimacy that the dogs and Billy illustrated the mystical qualities of the red fern. In the events that happened in the last few chapters, the author —- Wilson Rawls land a poignancy that becomes unbearable to the protagonist, as well as the reader in the penultimate chapter as Little Ann’s loyalty to Old Dan, leads to her losing the will to live.  Even the title of the book, Where the Red Fern Growscan tell and symbolize the sacred love and loyalty of the characters and also suspended interests to the reader.

In conclusion, I believe the love and loyalty power bond between the story’s protagonist, Billy, and his dogs, Little Ann and Old Dan, can touch every reader’s heart deeply with grief and happiness at the same time.

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A Dream Adventure of a Boy

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It was in the setting of Ozark Mountains on Cherokee land in the northeastern Oklahoma in a novel called Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.  Billy, a 10-year-old “hillbilly” who lives in the countryside and blessed with coonhound puppy love.  Losing weight, dreaming dogs, lying on the bed for hours just thinking about dogs, the food didn’t taste good anymore, these are all very normal for Billy who’s eager to have two coonhounds.  However, God seems unfair to him, Billy’s family don’t have enough money to buy him two hounds, so he decides to save the money himself.  In order to earn all the money, he tried all different jobs including dairyman, fishing man, helping in the barn and finally, he earned all the money.  Eventually, he got his dogs in town and went through an unbelievable hunting journey with his dogs until the end of the book.

To unfold the rising action plainly, I decided to make a trivia quiz to show my understanding of the develop path to the climax point of the book.  I made this trivia quiz using Playbuzz, the creating part is challenging due to the facts of how the story had pushed into its climax.

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Good Always Defeats Evil

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How would you feel if you were involved in a contest of good and evil?  This splendid book is called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by author C. S. Lewis.  The author weaves various themes throughout the characters’ adventures in Narnia; one of the most remarkable themes that unfolded in my mind is the right of good and the power of evil.  When the children discovered a wardrobe that could enter another world called Narnia, the third child in the family, Edmund, who had been misled by the white witch, wonders how they can decide whom to trust.  At this point, it’s clear that the white witch is evil enough through her actions of turning others into stone and even kidnapping Edmund through a deceitful promise of Turkish Delight.  The white witch has taken control of Narnia, only until Aslan, the symbol, and power of good, comes back to fight against her, gain it back, and bring Narnia from the cruel, dreadful, and stark white winter back to spring. “Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written” (Lewis 176).

Good and evil are unequivocal and undisguised.  The resolution is obvious that the good side had won, but they truly did accomplish a victorious and glorious achievement through a numerous of difficulties.  Evil is a very necessary content in a story and in the world, but good is permanently more powerful than evil.  The truth is, the good side always enjoys a happy forever ending; nonetheless, people who are good may still have to suffer and make difficult choices.  Even people who make serious mistakes can be redeemed and rejoin the side of good.  If a person is destined to be on the side of good, even he/she can make a serious and huge mistake; he or she can be redeemed and rejoin, just like the Pevensie children.  Creatures who are truly evil–for example, the white witch–who are surely evil will eventually be vanquished and destroyed in the end.  In the book, both good and evil are limited by certain constraints on the ways the universe and morality work.  Although Aslan is good, he’s still fearsome and unpredictable; nobody can know what he wants to do in the next second, and nobody can know how he could manage and arrange dozens of business and matters in just a few minutes.  “As soon as the Witch had gone, Aslan said ‘We must move from this place at one, it will be wanted for other purposes.  We shall encamp tonight at the Fords of Beruna.’  Of course, everyone was dying to ask him how he had arranged matters with the witch” (198).  Through this quote, it showed that the good is not always doing the things that people had expected.  However, as the story moves towards the end, which is the resolution, the white witch died in the battle of good and evil; she intended to demolish the goods completely and make the whole world to a frightening hell that no life can live through. Nevertheless, she didn’t achieve her well-planned goal; instead, she lost her hope entirely and all of her life.

To sum up, good always beats evil; sometimes evil seems to be right at the moment of time.  People who are good ultimately will win evil, even though they have to make complicated and difficult choices and get through different obstacles on the path of achievement.

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Good vs Evil

For this month’s blog post, I choose to create an infographic which I wanted to do a long time ago.  I really enjoy doing this infographic because of the remarkable book: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, book 2), written by an extraordinary author: C. S. Lewis.  An infographic can easily show the conflict of the book —- the Pevensie children vs the white witch since it can compare and contrast two conflicts in a very clear way to let the reader understand the conflicts straightforwardly.  But on the other hand, one of my hardest challenges was to find the most important differences between the two conflicts in order to show more understanding of the book.

The book tells four children discovered a wardrobe that leads them to another world called Narnia.  They found out that the world had been taken over by an evil witch —- the white witch.  She, the extremely cruel and brutal woman, uses her power and cursed a spell that made the world always winter but never spring.  “‘It’s she who makes it always winter.  Always winter and never Christmas‘”(125).  When she discovers that four children had entered the world, she becomes nervous and worried that the children will take over the world.  “‘When two Sons of Adan and two Daughters of Eve sit on those four thrones, then it will be the end not only of the White Witch’s reign but her life, and that is why we had to be so cautious as we came along'” (Lewis, 161).  At the highest climax of this book, the thing that the white witch is worrying come true, the four children defeat the merciless beast.  There’s is a big conflict already unfold in my mind as I read the first few chapters, the four Pevensie children are destined that they will face the white queen when they first entered the wardrobe.  As a result of the white witch’s death, it shows not only that the children are brave and kind, it also shows how they are fated to become the great kings and queens of Narnia.

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The Terrific Boy

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“A lush tale of magic, betrayal and Revolution…teen readers will eat up.” —- Kirkus Reviews.  This splendid book is called The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner.  Its incredible adventure will change an ordinary peasant boy called Yann Margoza.  It was in 1793, during the period of Reign of Terror, he was invited to a performance which will change his whole life forever.  By chance, he encountered a noble girl called Sido who is later in control by a devil villain “He could not allow anyone to have that power over him” (Gardner 287), Count Kalliovski; however, he knows this is the girl that he will love.  So he needs to find a way to rescue Sido secretly in order to free her.

The main character Yann is really selfless and he would sacrifice himself to protect the innocent people in Paris.  “‘The truth is,’ said Yann after a while, ‘that if I were to come to London with you, I would find it impossible to say goodbye and return here.  But there is so much more that needs to be done, so many people to be saved’” (371).  Yann will help out and at the front even there’s an extremely dangerous task waiting for him to solve.  When he was pretty safe already in London and could stay with his lover and get married soon.  He didn’t choose to live in London; instead, he’s really sure that he dropped this great opportunity so he could prevent the devil —- Count Kalliovski from killing more people. He tried to rescue the people that were stuck in the city, but could not get out.

“Yann knew there was hardly any time.  The only way to get her out was to be bold —- and bolder” (285).  Through this magnificent story, Yann truly showed his nature and personality as the story is unfolding towards the last few pages of the book.  In addition, Yann also showed his feature by his unbelievable courage and bravery.  “‘See if you can find a way out of here.  I’ll keep the door open.  Go!’ hissed Têtu” (29)  The protagonist, Yann, really impressed me that he’s actually more bold from, Têtu’s dialogue that he doesn’t fear to find a way to escape through a huge building for him and other people’s lives.  Also, he knows that there’s turnkey patrolling everywhere in the castle looking for strangers sneaking in, but he didn’t get flurried when a guard comes nearer to him.  Furthermore, Têtu ordered Yann to help them to seek and search for a method to evade because he truthfully trust him and beyond doubt, he knows Yann had enough bravery.  The castle has secret hidden paths scattered in all directions like a massive maze, Yann didn’t fear that he can’t return and get lost; on the contrary, this only stimulated him to find a path faster and quicker.  Lastly, people will get afraid whenever they hear the name “Count Kalliovski”, and he is in the castle when Yann is searching a way to get out, but he didn’t fluster as other people will do.

In conclusion, the two distinctive characteristics and quality of Yann, the main character, reveal for the reader as I am reading the book sentence by sentence.  Also, as it said in the quote in the first paragraph, I recommend teenagers and adults to read this book, especially the people who had learned about the French Revolution before, it would surely benefit enormously to you.  I promise this book will amaze and attract you as you are reading further.  Finally, I want to say that I acquired a lot from this book and not only learned the characteristics but also how to behave superbly as a human being.

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Revolutionary Voices from the French Revolution

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French Revolution — Liberty Equality Fraternity

Why French Revolution is Important?

First, because of the fact that France participating in its revolution gave the rest of the world hope to fight for their freedom and equality.  Second, King Louis XVI, the French monarch bankrupted the French treasury by engaging in American War. He then levied high taxes on the general public to cover the war cost. This is the most common example cited in modern times showing that improving public relation is so much important for politicians.  Last, French revolution was the first incident in Europe where a monarch was forced out of the throne by common public and executed against the country.  The European countries were completely shocked by the event and fearing similar revolution will happen in their countries.

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Revolutionary Voices from the Russian Revolution

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