Twilight: The End And The Beginning

Here is 4 of photos originally made by me. It surrounds the theme of Twilight.

Bitten Hand

Bella’s hand got bitten by James, a vampire tracker who thirsts Bella’s blood. Bella is a human girl, but she has a fragrant scent, attracting vampires for her blood and also trouble. When a vampire’s fangs enter the flesh, so does the venom, and it makes an intolerable pain to the victim. Here, Edward is forced to make a tough decision between trying to suck the venom out of Bella’s body or not. Leaving the venom will make Bella into a vampire, which gives her a body of immortality, but she will have no soul. On the other hand, although having the venom out of Bella’s body will save Bella back to human, Edward fears that he will be unstoppable once he tastes such delicious blood, drinking it all down, which will kill Bella. Edward once promised: ‘“Don’t be afraid,” he murmured, his velvet voice unintentionally seductive. “I promise…” he hesitated. “I swear not to hurt you.”’ (264) Will Edward be able to save Bella and continue this forbidden love?

Edward x Bella

This is a portrait of Edward and Bella in the last scene – the prom where the two talks about their love for each other. Bella and Edward look into each other’s eyes closely. With hearts indicating love in the background, the scene also describes the two main characters’ physical features. Edward is pale with messy hair. His eyes are yellow when he’s no longer hungry, after feeding on animal blood, and he is abler to control his emotions. Bella is with long brown hair and has a pale complexion too, but not as pale as Edward, since she is a human.

The Meadow

The meadow is where the confessions happen. Edward and Bella are holding hands, with the sun beaming on their skin, and the couple tells each other their secret and facts about themselves. Edward shows Bella how he looks like under the sun. “His skin, white despite the faint flush from yesterday’s hunting trip, literally sparkled, like thousands of tiny diamonds were embedded in the surface.” (260) Shown in the photo too, Edwards hand on the left is shimmering with light. In the meadow, the sparks of their love develop further too.

Baseball

Vampires love playing baseball too! With a thunderstorm as the weather, the vampire family uses the lightning to play a tense and thrilling baseball game. As the Edward and Emmet take vigorous strides through the field on the edge of the forest, and Alice throws a perfect arch of the ball, three human predator vampires approach to them, they soon smell an appetizing, mouthwatering odor of the only human upon them, Bella. However, under the protection and support of the Cullen family, Bella is temporarily safe. The Cullens really agree with Edward and Bella’s love for each other and they try their best to help this relationship lead to happiness. ‘“She’s with us.” Carlisle’s firm rebuff was directed toward James.’ (Meyer, 379) Edward taking Bella to play baseball with the Cullen family was the cause of the following danger Bella encounters.

The theme of Stephanie Meyer’s book Twilight is that forbidden love could be successful with an understanding between the two and a family’s support. “About three things I was positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him – and I didn’t know how potent that part might be -that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.” (195) The lovers seek hope in the darkness of their love. The Vampire Cullen family unites together, and together they help a family member’s lover, human Bella. Also, Vampires are supposed to hunt for humans, but Edward resists his hunger, and Bella isn’t afraid either. The lovers had to understand each other and acknowledge and accept their differences.

A connection between Twilight and another story is The Shape of Water, which is about the love between a human being and a half-fish-half-human creature. The creature is supposed to be for experiments, but when the human falls in love with the creature, the love is faced with many barriers. The two main characters understand each other and help each other in the forbidden love they hold.

Siting: (The baseball in the air)

The Chinese Cultural Revolution Common Craft Video


This revolution was so important, millions of lives were never the same after the revolution, and it even influenced China up till today.  Everyone was brainwashed about Chairman Mao as a god-like figure, whether if people liked it or not. The revolution also established a base for China’s communism. Today, due to the influence of the cultural revolution, many families are scarred. At that time, everyone stopped working and became revolutionary. Some workers no longer had to continue their labor. Students couldn’t receive education at that time, leaving them uneducated. Many intellectuals were repelled. Those who stayed in China were humiliated, others fled to foreign countries. Some were even humiliated to death or killed because of their “bad” background. For example, the girl in the book Red Scarf Girl was a hard-working girl, destined to be successful. But because of the revolution, she was humiliated by students in her school, and because of her “bad” social status, she wasn’t able to enter the High School she’s been longing to enter. With a father in prison, she lived in fear during that time. Her life was never the same, and she left China after. China would’ve become a developed instead of a developing country today if it wasn’t the revolution. What stayed the same, though, was that the end of the revolution did not change a single bit of the communist party ruling China today. Chinese people cannot vote for their desired leader, they are still limited in what they could do politically.

The Journey to a Dream

 

Brown Girl Dreaming, written by Jacqueline Woodson, and the winner of the Newberry Honor, National Book Award, and Coretta Scott King Award, tells the story of the author’s childhood in the form of lyrical freestyle poetry. While facing the loss of family members, a brown skin, and the how people disregard her, she still holds her dream tight. The theme of Brown Girl Dreaming is that her story is like a complicated journey, where every single memory of her brings her one step closer to her dream: becoming a writer.  “And somehow, one day, it’s just here speckled black and white, the paper inside smelling like something I could fall right in to live there- inside those clean white pages” (Woodson, 164). While dealing with the ups and downs of childhood, Jacqueline gains confidence not only from family and friends but also through writing. “Every dandelion blown, each star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight. My wish is always the same. Every fallen eyelash and first firefly of summer… The dream remains. What did you wish for? To be a writer” (313) For every wish, Jacqueline hopes for the only thing – to be a writer. Jacqueline’s story reminds me of Woodrow Prater, the boy in the book Belle Prater’s Boy. The Woodrow’s mother had disappeared from town, and he had to live with his aunt.  People in town talk about him a lot because of his mother, and he had a hard time during his childhood.  But he eventually found himself friends with his cousin, just like how in Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline found herself friends with paper and pencil.  My movie trailer represents the theme of the book, while in the beginning the trailer gives descriptions of the memories that the author had encountered, the story slowly evolves and the theme and main point uncovers. I put in the extra sound effects, and the background music to show the deep emotions into the story.

The Catastrophe Of China in the 1900s

It all started in the 19th century when China lost the two Opium wars and the Sino-Japanese war, when China was humiliated and weak. By the late 1890s, a group of ShanDong peasants, patriotic and loyal, started the boxers rebellion by attacking the foreigners, who the boxers thought to be devils. As the rebellion spread to Beijing, the capital city of China, it was supported by the Qing government, and thousands were killed, churches and railroads were destroyed. Then the eight nations sent 20,000 troops to Beijing, facing such strong enemies, the Boxers were defeated, and the Qing government were forced to pay the consequences by the terms of the Boxer Protocol.

Be That Self Which One Truly Is

“Who am I?” (26)

In the book, The Psychology Book Big Ideas Simply Explained, by Catherine Collin, Voula Grand, Nigel Benson, Merrin Lazyan, Joannah Ginsburg, and Marcus Weeks, the idea of “Be That Self Which One Truly Is”, said by Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was expressed. One of the examples that Kierkegaard used to support his claim was that there was a man who wanted to be an emperor, and if he did succeed, he would be abandoning his old self. This is because of he, himself, is not himself anymore when he is the emperor. In his accomplishment, he “does not possess himself; he is not himself.” (Kierkegaard) and this causes despair. And therefore we should accept our true identity and purpose in life to end the despair and discover the courage behind ourselves. When people’s desire for power or honor grows, the ambition grows and may lead to despair. Søren Kierkegaard shows the concept in an objective tone and tells the approach showing the true meaning to be a true self. He uses multiple examples to support his idea and connects it with leaving despair. “To will to be that self which one truly is, is indeed the opposite of despair,”(27). This theory connects to us in ISB, everyone is able to express themselves in many ways. Every individual is special and differ from another. We have projects to show our identity, and we are able to be who we truly are, and want to be, deep down in the heart. My infographic explains Søren Kierkegaard concept in a thorough way, concluding his ideas with supporting evidence, and with a flow chart explaining visually.

Citations: Infographic made in Piktochart

Once upon a time, there was a small village

“One hill, one valley. One day at a time” (Park, back cover).

Winner of John Newbery Medal, the setting of A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park illustrates a wonderful picture of Tree-ears village, Ch’ulp’o and takes us on a time-traveling adventure to a village in Korea in the middle ages. Set in a small village on the west coast of Korea during the late 12th century, everyone greeted each other with warmth. “The well-fed of the village greeted each other politely…” (Park, 3). The famous potters in the small village live in tranquility with each other, helping and taking turns to cut wood for the kiln. The village is full of resources, with edible wild mushrooms and vegetables for the poor to consume as well. As a poor, the main character in the story, Tree-ear was adopted by his friend, Crane-man, and they have been sleeping, eating, living together under the space under the bridge ever since they met. Although small and damp, the space has been a warming home for the two. “Tree-ear shared the space under the bridge with Crane-man” (Park, 7). Before the Royal emissary arrived the village, life has been simple and unpretentious for all villagers. Then, until one day when the competition arrived, Tree-ear requested himself to help Min send a pot in the capital of Korea, Songdo, he must overcome different challenges during his journey, especially in the city, Puyo, that he will have to pass by. Robbers, dangerous animals are both threats to Tree-ear. The places in A Single Shard helped the story develop in a unique way. On my book cover shows a Korean village in the 12th century, with beautiful sceneries and simple houses. Mist surrounds the place at the crack of dawn, hills and mountains far away in the background and gives us a clearer scenery of where the story takes place.

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.

Changing is a Part of Life

“She could never talk again. Not after what happened.” (Marsden, cover). The theme of So Much to Tell You by John Marsden is to face the unexpected changes in life no matter how hard it is. Marina is a strong character that has been through so many changes physically and emotionally. First of all, in the beginning of the book, right after what happened, her face is different. Not only is she self-abased of her looks, she was also excluded from her peers and they stare at her because of her looks. Marina is scarred, in shock, and refuse to speak to others. Which even leads Marina to a worse state. Also, she despises her father who poured acid on her. However, as the girls in the dormitory and her teachers support her with all their love, Marina is getting better step by step and is much more socialized. She eventually finds her original identity and is more open to others. Furthermore, every time when Marina thinks of her father and the memories of the two, those unpleasant of him feelings fade away. And Marina eventually finds her pathway to meet with her father, and restore their relationship. Although quiet, Marina was tough and accepted all the changes. While in the beginning, Marina thinks that “I make people uncomfortable” (Marsden 11), in the end, she completely changed, “I’m so glad I came here now!” (Marsden 112). This book was deeply moving, and it connects to real-world problems. Just like in the world, every individual is made to face multiple changes and adjust themselves into that estate. Marina’s story shows a girl with harsh conditions but made rapid changes that helped her thrive in her society in the end. In my book cover, it shows Marina walking through a dark tunnel, but she sees light at the other end. Hope surrounds her and she is changing herself back to her bright, normal self.