Blog Post #3 Resolution

It was an interesting experience, reading Catch-22. I found reading it both enjoyable and irritating at the same time. It’s not so much a story as a series of things that happen, the timeline skips all over the place, and most of the side characters are infuriating to some degree. Yet it is a really brilliant book and one I would read again.

Catch-22 takes place mostly on the Italian island of Pianosa during World War 2, and our protagonist is Yossarian, a bombardier with the US military. If there’s any central plot, it’s following Yossarian as he does everything he can to get out of any more dangerous flying and preferably be sent home altogether – his main problem being in this regard that his superior officer, Colonel Cathcart, keeps increasing the number of missions his men have to fly. Mostly, however, the book is a series of situations involving Yossarian and the slightly insane characters he shares his base with. It’s not a fully linear story – a character that apparently died in one chapter may reappear in a later one, or there may be references to upcoming missions that we’ve actually already seen – but this only causes occasional confusion thanks to the overall structure.

This book is a black comedy, and has so much absurdity that it sometimes feels like Alice In Wonderland. A theme throughout is characters either exploiting technicalities in the system, or sticking to the system even when it clearly makes no sense. When the titular Catch-22 is introduced, it’s presented as the idea that a man who wants to keep flying missions must be insane and can therefore be sent home – but only if he asks, and if he does ask, he must be sane and therefore can’t go home. There’s also the major who only ever lets people into his office to see him when he’s not actually there, and said major’s father making more money from the government for not growing alfalfa than if he actually tried to grow alfalfa. At one point, we are introduced to an old Italian man who describes how he survives by switching sides whenever necessary; yet I still warmed to him because at least his argument that Italy’s lack of capability in war actually helps the country overall does have some logic in this sea of nonsense.

And yet, when reading this, you never quite feel that this is totally disconnected from reality. The characters have exaggerated qualities, particularly the senior officers, but they still feel human: Heller often goes into quite a lot of gritty detail about how they see the world. Perhaps the real genius is setting this kind of absurdist story in the middle of a war, where normal rules don’t apply anyway. To help understand more what happened in WWII click here

Boxer Rebellion Map

Blog post rising action and climax

In this book The Hunger Games, Katniss the protagonist is in a do or die situation. The conflict in the first book is person vs society for when her and Peeta are going to eat the berries. Dogs are chasing her and Cato, her enemy, is going to kill her. Her mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, is telling her what she should do. In the book when Katniss is asking for help before the battle starts, he tells her to “stay alive”. She does not listen to or respect her mentor therefor she kills Cato in hope that Peeta will still be alive. If you want more about the conflict visit this site. For another look at person vs society have a look at this site.

Nolan

 

Shall I compare thee to the great Beijing

The city of great culture and history

A mass metropolis was called Peking

Its great power is still a mystery

From mountains to forests to lakes and more

The badger state known for many a thing

Baseball and football and yes they do score

All the players have a great baseball swing

They are both amazing but I honor

Them greatly, my preference is to thee

I’m loving them both but it’s time to ponder

I would prefer thee to provide me glee

Although you are such more than a ruby

Your liveliness is striking with beauty

American Stars Shining Bright and the Berlin Olympics!

The United States’ are looking very strong for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. At this year’s Olympic trials, we saw amazing young talent in the stadium. Out in the burning state of New York, where the track and field trials are held, athletes from all over the US we’re getting ready for their event. Inside the stadium the temperate was well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As athletes were getting carried off the track to the hospital, a young man awaited. Louis Zamperini, awaiting his event the 5,000 meter run, his heart racing. This was one of the biggest moments of his life. Going up against people that had done this for years and he has only trained a couple weeks for a run this sort of distance. As the gun crackles the men are off. A tiring 12 and a half lap run in this heat would be exhausting. As he fell behind in the race he waited for his time to strike. During the tenth lap he knew it was time, picking up his pace he pasted person by person as they faded off behind him. Bright, who

USC 1938

was supposed to get second could not take the heat. As he took a step off to the side Louis blew right past him, keeping his eyes on the prize, first place. Only one more person to pass. He kept a steady pace and at that last curve, with all the energy that he had left, sprinted. Closing in fast as they near the finish, heat blistering his feet, kept running, full speed. Back at home Louis’ family all crowded around one little radio, waiting for a winner, the announcer screams into the microphone “Louis Zamperini is the winner”. The town goes crazy, horns honking, people cheering, congratulating the family on what Louis achieved. Unfortunately, he did not get first, the announcer made a mistake. He barely lost, but that still did not take away the happiness from his mother. Her son was going to the Olympics in Berlin. We need to get a background check on this fella. Ok, here we go. He was born and raised in the United States of America. He lived most of his life in Torrance, California. His mother Louise did her best to make sure that her four children could eat, drink, and sleep. Louis, having one older brother, Pete, and two younger sisters, Silvia and Virginia, always looked out for his little sisters. He did not start out on a very good note though, stealing whatever he could so that he and his family could eat. Most times he was caught but the store owner could not run after him. He almost every time escaped. He was not usually the smartest person in his class but he did not fail, always getting average grades in school. His older brother Pete was a smart kid who saw something in Louis. He told him to run and that he would be the coach. Coaching him through high school, Pete gave Louis hope, something he had not had in a while. He finally took his mind off of other things like stealing. He finally found a true love. He ran the mile and was given a scholarship to go to the University of Southern California (USC). He applied to college their as a runner. He ran in NCAA track meets and won so many at the age of 19 years. One of the best one ever would stand for fifteen years, it was a two mile race when he won by more than a quarter of a mile. He then entered into the USA Olympic trials for the 5,000 meter run, even though he had not trained enough for a distance as great as that. The months before the trials he spent every morning and night running his heart out. Training harder than anyone just to make it to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Pete inspiring him throughout his journey.

REFLECTION

The task that I had chosen for the exposition was creating a fake newspaper article based on the book Unbroken. The protagonist in this story is 19 year old runner, Louis Zamperini. “Not a good kid” the author wrote about him when he was a little boy, the reason that she added that he was bad was because he stole things and lied and cheated, but this guy was a hero, why would you make him seam bad. I think that the author chose this line because it shows that you can turn your life around and becomes great. The conflict that we are starting to see is person vs person. As the runner is racing he is trying to beat everyone else out on the track. He wants to be the fastest American that there is. For more examples of person vs person watch this video. To learn more about the author of this and why she wrote this exposition visit this site.

Hand and Height

Math is…

Who am I

Found Poem

Outside

Cold and Wet

Wishes were a mistake

As the boy crept closely to the house

 

Stairs creaked

Cold wind was a chill

Shadows pulsating on the ceiling and walls

All went silent

Candle flames went dark

The knocking began

Sent chills up spines

 

Fear struck the man

Scraping came from downstairs

Monkey’s paw

Wiggling

On the floor

Darkness

 

 

This found poem is created by capturing the climax of “The Monkey’s Paw”. In the short story, the setting is very dark and gloomy and makes the characters feel unsafe and scared. It’s then when the undead child creeps slowly towards the house and everything becomes dark. The candle goes out and then the knocking comes and the man drops the box of matches. Then the mother goes crazy and wants her son back so badly that she doesn’t care how he looks and she runs down the stairs and drags a chair near door.

 

I chose the pulsating on the walls because this makes it feel very dark and that the room is closing in on the man. I also chose stairs creaked because this sets the tone for the climax and what is going to happen because the creaking might be mice that scurry away from the knocking.
The images that I chose to represent this poem are a dark street and a candle. The dark street sets the mood as sort of dark and scary. The candle’s flames are not that light and makes it dark and spooky for when the candles go out in the short story. This poem captures this dark and spooky short story.

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