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Happily, Ever After. How iconic. How clear.
Features an old man sitting in a single left chair.
Unlit Cigars and unfinished poker memories,
Sprinkled across the boarded floor,
Laying down a timeline, a story for the bore.
His facial muscles speak,
At an attempt for happiness,
But within speaks the truth.
The way the background flower coat
Shines with regret.
The middle empty chair kept in fair condition.
A spot where usually a queen would be thought of sitting.
A spot kept for the soul.
A spot kept,
To welcome back.
A forced unnatural burden.
Influenced by man’s nature to stay strong.
A child’s lunge for the words
Even when they’re not.
His entwined hands,
A comforting style,
To derange in order to not feel,
Hidden away like Rapunzel in a tower,
By red glorious, boxing tape.
As if trying to contain sorrow on the inside,
And inside only.
Oh, but it is a Happily, Ever after.
A dream in exchange for a lover.
Prioritized before the not so clandestine smoker
Now, only a single wisp of smoke
Climbing in with the angels.
Oh, but it is a Happily, Ever after.
Christopher. McCandless. The great adventurer who saw nobility in poverty and liberty, who believed that wealth was shameful to a degree of corruption and evilness. Who wanted to find personal liberty and discover the truth of mankind, is a character hidden behind layers and layers of traits that we need to peel back. The book, Into The Wild, by John Krakauer, is a non-fiction about the true story of Christopher McCandless. From the book, the main character was one that was portrayed with a complicated mind. To this day, it is still unclear why he did what he did, as only someone with such a unique tick would do such a thing. Furthermore, I wanted to create a multi-media that would give the audience a peak into the fascinating mind of C. McCandless, and show his characteristics. Throughout the collage/poster, I wanted to use the drawings and cutouts to symbolize his scattered thoughts and the way he thought about the world. The drawings showing both his values and wonders, flawing him even through all his experiences. I wanted the quotes on the outside to create a kind of “talking to myself” attitude, as he is always asking questions, and attempting to answer them. The multimedia, overall, showing his strong sense of opinion and his willingness to go out into the wild.
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In this modern society, it is almost impossible to ignore the long-lasting revolution, the Arab Spring, and the Syrian War. Since it started seven years ago, it seemed like the protesters were certainly going to initiate a change of politics and power in their regions. However, what has changed has been for both better, and for worse. Since the beginning, many regions broke out strong willed protestors whom are still actively spreading and seeking out help for the corruption of their leaders and governments. Many of these areas have been significantly improved (Tunisia), however, other areas, (Libya, Syria etc.) have their situations worsened. Thousands of homes and protestors were killed, with chemicals bombings and open fires occurring. The importance of this revolution, no doubt, shines as the Syrian War is counted as one of the bloodiest wars in history, with its increasing deaths, and exposed corrupted leaders. It’s also important, as it is still continuing today, with no signs of ending any time soon. We can only hope, that a resolution can be agreed upon, before it’s too late.
August 25th, 1939
Yesterday, a non-aggression treaty was signed with Germany.
The others say that it will be a new start, and there will finally be peace. But that’s what they always promise you. That’s what they have been promising for the past 20 years, yet, I am lying in this cold bed of lies, with permanent soil buried under my fingernails, and sweat engraved in my cheeks. I’m lying here, wondering about all the years I have missed of my sweet Polina’s upbringing. I am wondering how long it will be, until the last breath of air escapes my lungs.
It all started that October in 1928, when the blueprints of the Five-year plan became a reality. I worked hard, enough to feed both Polina and I, and for her to attend school. As my farms produced well, the punishments never struck me as reality, and neither did the upcoming “command economy”. Not until 1929. Three things happened that year.
It started when Trotsky was expelled from the Politburo, and Stalin became the supreme leader. He wasn’t the same as the generous Lenin. He only cared about himself, and the government. So with our great efforts in the first five years, Stalin announced that he now wanted to change the plan to 4 years. But the worst was when Stalin announced that “farms were to be ‘collectivized’, which meant the end of small individual farms owned by us peasants. We now had to pool our fields and work on a “collective farm”, or Kolkhoz. Food production wasn’t as easy to be done, and the government now offered a lower price for it. Polina had to quit school.
When we complained, Stalin said that to slacken would be to fallen behind, and those who fall behind get beaten, which encouraged some workers. But the words were not the only thing that quickened the pace, as “uninterrupted weeks” emerged. We now had to work 7 days a week, without ever being late. My work friend Boris had a stomach bug one day and came 30 minutes late to the farm. He was evicted in a flash without giving a chance to reason.
One day in February 1930, a string of several farms finally had enough. We destroyed the farms, and killed animals, a pure blood bath. But it was the worst possible mistake. The sudden drop in food production resulted in another famine. Polina and I shared at most of half a piece of bread a few days a week.
In 1937, when I merely mentioned the name of Stalin while cursing under my breath at a shift at the farm, I found myself a few seconds later, tied up, hands behind my back. I was captured by the secret police, NKVD, being denounced as Trotskyite. They told me that they were sending me to the Gulag over the crying and screaming sounds of Polina, and I knew that it was going to be the end of me. Perhaps it was the frozen piles of corps outside every tent, or the everyday meals of thin soup and 400 grammes of bread. But most likely, the everyday work of digging in the ground and removing huge rocks by hand. Every day, the sweat burns onto my bloody cuts as every rock I move is a step closer to home.
When they finally sent me home in 1938, my daughter didn’t recognize me. She yelled at me to get out of the house before she called the police. Until I told her about Irene, her mother. I dropped to my knees as she put me in her arms.
If I looked at myself in the mirror now, I wouldn’t even recognize who this wrinkled, scratched old man is. So much has changed. But not really. We peasants did, as we went through the most. But the government is still the same as it always has been since 1917. All the revolutions we ever went through, was for the life we always had.
*Spoiler Alert* Love is worth everything. Everything.
(And there are also actual spoilers for the book.)
Have you ever felt that aching pain calling from your heart, longing an overwhelming desire for the safety of your loved ones? Do you still remember those hot tears of memories streaming down your cheeks as you scream into your pillow, knowing you’ll never get them back? Perhaps you wanted to build a wall of safety for your own relief between them and the real world, coming so far as to fabricating lies.
Deep down, it’s our thoughts that control us, but there’s one thing that drives our impulse, and that’s love. Love makes people crazy. Loss of love makes people crazy. And that’s because, love is worth everything, everything, a beautiful theme that is conveyed by the New York Times #1 best-selling book Everything, Everything, an absolute teen heartthrob written by the one and only, Nicola Yoon.
It all starts in the beginning. Madeline Whitter, the main protagonist in this story has been kept indoors for all 17 years of her life. But the reason for that is something you wouldn’t dare to imagine. After losing her husband and her son, Madeline’s mother, Pauline, decided to lie to her daughter about her having a rare disease (SCIDS) to keep Madeline within her reach at all times. She was so afraid of losing her that she dared to take the risk of losing her daughter’s trust for her safety. “I had to protect you.” – (Yoon, 267). Her desire for her daughter’s safety overpowered everything else in her world. Forget about Madeline rooming around the world, living her life. She’s mine, and I can decide her every move. Thus began the everlasting flame of love crazy.
Eventually, completely shutting her daughter off from the world became unrealistic. The evitable happened. She met someone, and as their bond grew stronger, so did her affection. This special someone was Olly Bright, a new next door neighbor. After she realized her diagnose malfunction, she was told that it was possible for her to have myocarditis, a weakened heart by past infections, and a weak immune system as she was not exposed to any viruses in her lifetime. Even with all these setbacks, she still wanted to visit the world, to find Olly. She didn’t understand in the beginning, but she slowly realized why her mom did what she did. It’s the same reason why she wanted to find Olly. “The smile he gives me is worth living for.” – (Yoon, 305). He was worth her life. His love was worth it, and she couldn’t bear losing him, because he was worth her everything.
Even though one might think when we say love makes us crazy, we’re only talking about relationships between people, however, Madeline is not only head over heels for Olly, but she is also for the exploration of this world. After being kept in for all these years, Madeline can’t help but wonder what life is beyond glass windows and fluffy clean pillows. By meeting Olly, she has discovered her true desire to step outside into the wild. “Ever since Olly came into my life there’ve been two Maddys: the one who lives through books and doesn’t want to die, and the one who lives and suspects that death will be a small price to pay for it.”– (Yoon, 167). She realizes that she is willing to give up her life, her everything, to experience what truly living meant, even if it were for just one day. “The second Maddy knows that this pale half-life is not really living.” – (Yoon, 167).
Moreover, the love we dedicate to the people and wonders around us have a way of paying back, whether it’s in a bad way or a good way. Our love and passion for dreams, exploring and truly living define us. And we would all go out of our ways to achieve or to experience what we love, because in the end, it’s really all worth it.
Everything Everything, by Nicola Yoon, is a fictional romantic novel that is based between the ideas of forbidden love, and truly living your life. “Life is a gift. Am I wasting mine?”-(Yoon, 152). The main protagonist, Madeline Whittier, is a girl who has SCIDS, or a disease where she is allergic to the outside world and must stay inside at all times. Then enters Olly Bright, a young male protagonist who moves in next door, and the two hopelessly fall in love. Forbidden love. Throughout the story, they then struggle on how to keep their relationships and emotions together, and finding out the price to truly live your life. “I can’t do this anymore. No more IM. No more e-mail. It’s too hard. I can’t go back.”-(Yoon, 245). I chose to do a Facebook page for Olly, because I felt like social media were a big part of their relationship. That it would be a very realistic thing to portray the content of the story. By doing so, I can mark the different plots and stories that happen, and how Olly feels about it, eventually leading up to the climax.
Tomboy, is a memoir written by Liz Prince that reflects on her life as a tomboy. All her life, Liz Prince was looked as an outsider because she was a tomboy. Society didn’t understand what the term really meant so they didn’t accept them. That’s why for her entire life she felt like she couldn’t do anything, or be who she wanted to be without judgement from others. “Frank’s friends with a girl?” – (Prince, 50). However, as Liz Prince carries out her high school life, she realizes that she doesn’t need to be living her life on society’s terms, but her own. She wanted to tell us that by identifying yourself through your own terms, you can be thriving in life, which is what everyone should be aiming for. I chose to do a movie trailer, because the story sets as a school girl, which is easy to film since I am also one. Usually a movie trailer would share the best clips of the movie and the most important message, which is what I did. I wanted to talk about the theme with the trailer, which is that “people should live by their own terms, and not society’s”- (Prince, 171), through a series of scenes that happened in the book. A movie trailer would highlight the most important message through powerful music and a strong ending, which is what I aimed for. Some complications were the filming, since there were limited resources, time and people. However, with help and support from my friends, I was able to finish the trailer.
After the Opium Wars in the 19th century, another war called The Boxer Rebellion changed everything, for foreigners, and China. It all started with a group of rebellious Chinese people called “The Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists”. They were referred to as the “boxers” by the westerns because they would perform martial arts and rituals, because they believed that it would give them invulnerability against the foreigners. They thought of foreigners as a threat to their culture, and hence the boxer rebellion was born. On a school trip to the Boxer Rebellion sites in the capital of China, Bejing, we saw many important sites that was a reflection of some of the major events that happen through out the war. In this video, I will be talking about some of the significant sites.