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The Mysterious, Magnificent, and Marvelous Truth

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The thing about the truth, however unwanted it is, is that it can never be hidden for too long. The truth will always rise to the top eventually, and when it does, it can change a person significantly. If only one of the protagonists of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by the talented Agatha Christie, knew this very important theme beforehand…

Hercule Poirot, the esteemed detective, introduces this theme by saying, “‘Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it’” (Christie 145). Poirot was talking to a few of the witnesses and suspects involved in the case of the murder of Roger Ackroyd. One of the witnesses, Flora Ackroyd, Roger’s niece, said that she did not like where all the evidence was pointing, as the suspect was someone very close to her. She hinted at wanting Poirot to look in another direction; however, he was very persistent on finding the truth, and nothing but the truth. This a respectable action, as he cared about finding out what actually happened more than he wanted to have a bias to protect someone. Not many of us are able to do that. Using this very well-put together quote, Hercule Poirot introduced us to the theme that the truth can never be hidden for too long.

Dr. Sheppard, one of the protagonists of this novel, only realized this theme when it was too late, after he killed Ackroyd: “A strange end to my manuscript. I meant it to be published some day as the history of one of Poirot’s failures! Odd, how things pan out” (283). All along, he believed that his murder of Roger Ackroyd was brilliant (which it was) and smartly planned out. He played along as a witness and thought no one would ever guess it was him, as he was a good friend of Roger Ackroyd, and he had no direct motive. However, he did not realize that the truth would always rise above, sooner or later, especially with the help of Hercule Poirot. After this, Sheppard learns that it was useless to try to conceal things, as the truth will be figured out eventually. It’s safe to assume that he learned a valuable lesson after this, although it would be of no use, as he ended his life soon after.

The theme of this story has applied to me, multiple times. There have been times when I’ve lied, or done something morally wrong. I thought I would get away with it, but the truth has always found its way to the top. There was one significant time about 7 years ago when my friend and I ganged up against a girl. We forced her to give us her stuff, like her toys or jewelry. She did give us her prized possessions, and we took it without a second thought. I thought I had gotten away with it; however, my mom figured out, and even though I kept denying it, she knew that I did bully the girl. Because of that one time, I’ve learned that the truth will always be known eventually, and now, I try my best not to do many things that I know I’ll regret.

Agatha Christie shows us this theme, and how this affects the character, repeatedly, through the suspenseful and chilling story of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. ‘The truth will always be uncovered in the end’ is a concept that many of us should remember to live by, before we do anything irrational, from saying something somewhat mean to murder.

Surprising Styles

For this multimedia post, I decided to compare and contrast page 72 of a graphic novel called Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and page 37 of the informational article called Iran Through the Looking Glass.

Although they are both talking about the American Hostage Crisis, Persepolis is much more biased, and in a very angry and abhorring tone, while the informational article is more objective. The two pieces both have simple sentences, but because Persepolis is a graphic novel, it cannot have sentences that are too long, while Iran Through the Looking Glass has longer sentences with sentence structures of both simple and compound. The word choice of Persepolis is quite casual, and it includes some swears and prejudiced language. Iran Through the Looking Glass has a neutral diction — it does not include any really difficult vocabulary, but still is written in a way so that we will understand clearly what they’re trying to say.

It was interesting to see a part of the Iranian Revolution in two different ways: one that is biased opinionated, and another that plainly states the facts. After comparing Persepolis and Through the Looking Glass, I not only understand more about the American Hostage Crisis (and the revolution), but I also understand more about why historians would want to analyze multiple sources about one topic.

Sources: www.canva.com

The Interesting, Intriguing, and Important Iranian Revolution

 

Our country was made to educate others on the Iranian Revolution. Before the revolution, Iranians were mad because there were a lot of countries influencing Iran, and the government was quite corrupt. The reasons so many countries wanted to be involved with Iran is because Iran is a country with a lot of oil, and oil is extremely valuable. They did not have the power at that time, though. All they wanted was to get rid of all outer influences and actually have a say in what’s going on in their country. At that time, the society was quite unstable, as there were sporadic protests all around Iran. Also, the shah (the name for their ruler) made a secret police to opress anyone who opposed him.

There were people who supported the shah, too, and thought that he made Iran a better place for everybody. However, most citizens of Iran were poor and the victim of the shah’s reforms to make Iran a ‘better’ country. Eventually, large-scale protests broke out and the revolution started.

The revolution was only about a year long, though, but Iran has been indirectly controlled by other countries since 1905. During 1905 to 1980, there were six main leaders of Iran and four countries involved with Iran. Obviously, the citizens have been dissatisfied since, about 75 years before the actual revolution, so when they had the chance to end this once and for all, they went all out.

Finally, the Iranians took back what was meant to be theirs all along and everything was fine again. The Iranians were glad because they finally lived in a country where instead of being pushed around, they had an actual voice.

Personal Reflection – Semester 1

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An Extremely Stiff Blog Post

stiff-blog-postIn the multimedia post I’ve created for the non-fiction book Stiff, by Mary Roach, I used many examples to show the central idea: You can help people – even after death – by donating your body to science. I found three quotes that perfectly matched this idea, so I marked them and wrote a description about why I thought it supported the idea. The book itself was about what would happen to your body if you donated it after death, and each chapter was a new example. The chapters had a wide variety, from doctors practicing surgery to human cadavers being eaten to prevent illnesses, and it was certainly interesting to read. I still can’t believe a book as intriguing as this exists.

Resources used: padlet.com.

Secrets of the Universe

aristotle-2-secrets-of-the-universe-2-picIn the magazine cover for the novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I’ve shown how the theme relates to the plot of the story. The theme of this story, obviously, is to accept yourself for who you are, because at first our protagonist, Ari, doesn’t accept himself, but then learns to, and we also learn through the eyes of him. The plot of this story is showed by the two quotes I’ve chosen. Ari is first ashamed of being gay but then learns that it’s okay. This clearly shows that the theme relates to the plot. I think the two quotes I used are well chosen because even though they are both located at the very end of the story, they correctly summarize the plot. Over a span of time, Ari understands more about himself, and comes to peace with it. He knows there is nothing he can do to change the fact that he’s gay.

The Misleading Match

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In this text message conversation I’ve made, you can see how the climax is resolved in Matched, by Ally Condie. Towards the middle of the book, the problem is introduced to us: Cassia has to choose between following her heart or following the rules. Cassia contemplates the decision carefully, and after knowing what was at stake, she makes an informed decision to follow her heart. I chose to make text messages, because I think this is a very clear way to represent the ‘antagonist’, the society, in the series. Cassia makes statements for what she believes, but the officials kept waving it away, showing the society does not think much of an individual’s idea. This proves that in this ‘utopian’ world, the government wants to be in control of everything, and being different is highly frowned upon. Cassia is the only one ever to think maybe the community isn’t perfect, and this thought shapes her character, and the choice she makes will resolve the climax.

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“Create Text Conversations.” Fake IPhone Text Messages. N.p., 2012. Web. 28 Sept. 2016.

Waverly and I

Many who’ve read short story “Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan have looked at me and decided I was nothing like Waverly. Well, I’d beg to differ – the similarities between protagonist Waverly and I don’t just end at our ethnicity.

Amy Tan’s characterization portrays Waverly Jong as hardworking. She takes initiative to learn, as “[she] borrowed books from the Chinatown library. [She] studied each chess piece…” (Tan 5). As her interest in chess grew, instead of asking her brothers or mother like any other seven year old would do, she took the initiative to go down to their library. She studied all different tactics and played with the community chess players until she improved. This proves that she’s persistent, and when she wants to learn something, she won’t stop until she does. Even though her brothers often discouraged her, she never gave up. It is hinted that they always insulted her: “‘Why is the sky blue? Why must you always ask stupid questions?’ asked Vincent” (4). As seen, she’s the one in the family who’s always thought of as ‘dumb’ and ‘annoying’. His brother not only dismissed her question but also insulted her and her curiosity. The ‘always’ proves that her brothers (specifically, Vincent), see less of her, and always thinks her interest is annoying. If it weren’t for her inquisitive nature, she would’ve given up. This, again, proves her persistence.

I, too, am hardworking. Even though I’m not one that wants to acquire all the knowledge I can, I still will research about a topic I’m interested in. For example, a few years back, when my family went to Singapore, I was persistent on learning all about the tourist stops, and spent two days collecting all the information I could. I taught my family all about the history and acted as a tour guide on the entire trip. My curiosity didn’t stop there. I can spend multiple afternoons researching about a topic I’m suddenly interested in. Just last week, I suddenly wanted to learn all that I could about my favorite TV show F.R.I.E.N.D.S cast, so I spent three hours researching them, their families, and other shows they’ve acted in. Now, I know countless trivia facts about them, thanks to my interest.

Finding a Conflict

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The concept of this found poem is about internal conflict – between the protagonist and himself (man vs self). He has to choose whether he should choose the fish or the girl, because he loves both. At the rising actions, this issue wasn’t as important, but during the climax, it become obvious it’s either the girl, or the bass. My poem shows this by highlighting words that showed confusion and indecisiveness. My artwork isn’t particularly meaningful — it’s just the canoe this whole scene happened in. This poem originated from page three of “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant”The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” by W.D. Wetherell.

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