Classical Drama

Words from Hermia and her peers show Hermia’s characteristics. From lines 79 to 82, Hermia’s words show her firm decision of marrying Lysander. In the lines shown above, Hermia means that she would rather go to the nunnery than to marry/giving her virginity to Demetrius. This shows how much she wants to be together with Lysander, and if her will is not granted, she would still not marry Demetrius, because she and Lysander are in deep love, and they don’t want to be broken apart. From lines 214 to 217 shows Hermia’s carelessness. These lines are when Hermia is talking to Helena about her and Lysander’s plan. Hermia has told Helena every single detail about her plan, and the location to the exact. Hermia is so excited for her amazing plan with Lysander and simply did not concern about that Helena will tell Demetrius everything. Hermia is not careful and was infatuated with Lysander. From the lines 46 to 52, a speech from Theseus shows that he cannot understand Hermia’s love to Lysander. To Theseus, it is Hermia’s filial duty to follow what her father says. Theseus thinks Hermia is just a rebel and is not repaying her father, who gave her beauty. Therefore, Hermia is strong-willed and careless and to Theseus, she is a reckless daughter.

Friendships May Change a Life

“She could never talk again. Not after what happened…”

 

Winner of Australia’s Book of the Year award, So Much to Tell You is a novel written by John Marsden, filled with vivid characters that provide a vibrant and moving story. Each character – from the protagonist to the antagonist were all well described and helped develop the story. The emotional flow between people artfully built Marina, the main character’s story.

 

After her father poured acid on her and staying in the hospital for such a long time, fourteen-year-old Marina was sent to a boarding school, trying to make progress with communicating with people. Marina was sent to Warrington “because my mother can’t stand my silent presence at home.” (Marsden 1) But not until Marina started writing in a journal for English class, and her life suddenly had a dramatic turn. Every night, Marina would write down her experiences and emotions, and it was a way, and also the only way that she could express her feelings.

 

In the beginning, Marina lived in isolation, not caring about the society, neither aware of other’s care for her. She felt that she is different from others, and her frightening face makes most people reject her. When people try to talk to her, she doesn’t know how to respond, so all she would do is to run away and hide. She stated in her journal “I make people uncomfortable. The kind ones get angry because their kindness doesn’t work. The unkind ones get angry because they think I am attacking them.” (Marsden 11) As she excludes herself from the “eight girls in the dorm” (Marsden 16), her teachers, and classmates, she tries to write from the heart using her journal. Then, she starts to make connections with a warmhearted girl, Cathy, in her dorm, and they soon communicate through objects like gifts or notes. As the two girls get closer through little things, Marina’s desire to show her feelings to others was stronger and starts accept people. And that was when a startling change occurred in Marina’s world again. When Marina decides to give Cathy a gift to show their friendship, she was so surprised by how overjoyed Cathy was. “Cathy cried when she opened it, did you know?” Marina’s roommate Lisa said. Marina’s English teacher, Mr. Lindell, also starts to show concern to her. With their help, Marina eventually struggled through her hardest times and found back her identity. She finally changed her introverted self and became back to her normal self and had a way better relationship with the rest of her roommates.

 

The first friend of Marina in her dorm, Cathy, played a huge role changing and helping Marina. She yelled at Marina in the beginning. Cathy got mad and threw Marina’s undies at her and said, “And don’t think we’re going to keep feeling sorry for you all year.” (Marsden 26) However when Cathy sent a card for an apology to Marina, she starts a unique correspondence between the two girls, and as their association develops, their friendship extends. This connects to me as well. Sometimes having a rough start with someone certainly doesn’t mean that you will not become best friends with her later on. Maybe it was even the conflict between people that started them to notice and finally accept each other.

 

Therefore, Marina was a strong character and illustrated the story with colors. She suffered, was depressed, but she tried hard with many help from her peers and eventually thrived. Without Cathy and the nice girls in her dorm and Mr. Lindell, Marina will still be hiding in a corner of her own world. But Marina was more open in the end and even had the courage to find her dad. Hg Marina’s story, So Much to Tell You, tells how important people around us are. And how one small kind act of a friend, may completely change a person.

 

 

The Imperfect Human

What makes a person? It is to have every single trait of the person and then put them all together as a whole that makes the person unique. In “The Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan, the main character, a child genius, chess champion Waverly had special characteristics that lead her to the success in chess. Waverly was intelligent, but it changed her and made her not as outgoing in the society.

 

First, her body language and behavior show how she achieved to her path to succeed in chess. She was patient and obedient; she would bite back her tongue whenever there was something that was hard for her. She was clever, she would observe what others do and take them as a beneficial tip to herself, like in the story, during Christmas how she “watched the older children open their gifts and realize that the big gifts weren’t necessarily the nicest ones” (Tan, 3). She was competitive, facing her opponent, her breath would “come out like an angry smoke” (9). She is enthusiastic, when it was her turn in the competition, she “leapt up” (6). others, she was also polite, she would “clasp my hands under my chin, the delicate points of my elbows poised lightly on the table in the manner my mother had shown me for posing for the press.” (8) And to her achievements, she was really proud and threw back triumphant smiles to her opponents.

 

However, when dealing with other people, Waverly failed to get along with people around her. Through her speech and her attitude towards others, she was occasionally naughty, as she once tricked a tourist and shrieked with laughter, running away. She won games, but she lost her adversaries. She was inquisitive, but a little over, resulting her brother to be annoyed with her. Like the questions that she asked, “Why? Why can’t they move more steps?” (4) or “But why do they go crossways to take other men? Why aren’t there any women and children?” (4) and it irritated her brothers. This was very relatable to myself, though, because sometimes I just cannot resist the curious over a topic, that I just keep on asking questions, however, if the one being asked is not as patient, then it will be very easy to get them bothered. Nevertheless, at the end of the story, she was acting ignorant and selfish. She disliked how her mother showed off in front of others, but she presented how she felt to her mother in a mean way and made their relationship unpleasant. She told her mother how embarrassing it was to be her daughter and scolded her mother. Waverly was smart in chess, but she was unsuccessful with coping with her peers.

 

Waverly was a very interesting character, and she was an exceptional person, with both good sides and bad sides of her. She was imperfect, but it was that negative side of her that made her a compelling character.