Revolutionary Voice Journals: French Revolution

My revolutionary journal is written from the perspective of the Third Estate during the French Revolution. The journal includes three turning points during the revolution: The Tennis Court Oath, the Storming of the Bastille and the Execution of Robespierre. I chose these three turning points because the Execution of Robespierre marks the end of the French Revolution. In contrast, the Tennis Court Oath is the catalyst of the French Revolution while the Storming of the Bastille depicts the end of King Louis XVI’s absolute monarch. While studying the French Revolution I learned that the revolution didn’t happen suddenly but different reasons slowly built up the anger of citizens.

French Revolution in Simple English

After being filled with the knowledge of the French Revolution for two weeks, our project was created in the style of a common craft video. The video includes four turning points throughout the French Revolution: Tennis Court Oath, National Assembly, War against Austria and the execution of King Louis XVI. Stop-motion was used in order to create this piece, after, squandering time from several failed attempts at making it live.

Boy V. Girl?-George Abrahams, Ph.D. and Sheila Ahlbrand

Gender is a word that carries connotations that can be divisive. The book Boy V. Girl? By George Abrahams, Ph.D. and Sheila Ahlbrand clearly depicts the theme of sexism that exists behind the title of being a girl or a boy. “If gender is based on the way people see the differences between the sexes, it’s worth taking a look at what those differences are. A lot of fuss is made about how different boys and girls and men and women are from each other. But what exactly is different? And what’s the same?” (Abrhams and Ahlbrand, 18)

The quote above delineates that people judge others by the gender they are. Society makes a category that they expect people to fit in according to their gender and if they don’t, there can be a range of labels that seclude an individual that doesn’t fit in the cultural norms. For example, in a survey taken from the North American students, “Girls said: People think I’m weak and ditzy. Boys said: Boys always have to be tough.” (Abrhams and Ahlbrand, 9) These are a few answers from a survey asked to both genders on the question of what the best and worst things about are being a girl or a boy. Many of them are already living within these stereotypes and feel trapped.

When people talk about sexism, they usually link it to girls having unfair treatment. While this is extremely true, in reality, boys also experience prejudice and sexism. They are told not to show emotions, that they have to act tough and be manly. Children are already being educated to fit into the box that doesn’t actually exist. Even subconsciously, parents nudge their children towards expected gender norms, ranging from color choices to toys.

In my experience, living in modern Korea, in family gatherings girls are expected to be in the kitchens and schools have restricted clothings for girls. I’m also often told to act like my gender. But, what does that actually mean? There is no set rules or laws that I have to follow and there clearly isn’t a handbook containing instructions on how to be a boy or a girl. There are many gender equality activities going around in the world and gender equality is what both genders have to work on, for the next generation and for a better future.

In the book, the authors clearly portray that gender is just an excuse and a name to differentiate not a rule to follow. Boy V. Girl? Is a book that shows the world’s bias in both genders that we might not acknowledge until it’s written and stated.

http://www.understandingprejudice.org/links/sexism.htm

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/sexism

Substance abuse and Body image

There many different drugs that are illegal and dangerous to use. For example, Fen-Phen, DNP Burner, Ephedrine, Clenbuterol, and Meridia. The dangers of using these substances to alter body shape are heart disease, shortness of breath, eye problems, tremor, chest pain, confusion, depression, suicidal thought and sudden death. Some healthier alternative is to workout instead of using drugs to enhance body and to go on a healthy diet instead of using dangerous drugs to make you feel satisfied.

Boxer Rebellion-Thinglink

Of Mice and Men book cover

The book cover is made from the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and it delineates the theme of the story clearly. The entire story is based on American dream, loneliness, and companionship. Thus, the theme of the story naturally becomes the impossibility of the American dream, loneliness and companionship. The mood of the book cover is bright yet dark, the main background of the book cover is a shade of light red, that makes the demeanor of the book cover bright, indicating hope. Yet, the picture of the house in the background is dark and it looks tattered showing that the house is now forgotten and won’t be accomplished.  Throughout the story, George and Lennie’s American dream is repeatedly mentioned. “We’ll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we’ll just say the h*ll with goin’ to work, and we’ll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an’ listen to the rain comin’ down on the roof–Nuts!” (15) “We could live offa the fatta the lan’.” (57) George and Lennie’s American dream was to live in a house with farms and a warm shelter. In the book cover, there is a blurred house in the background and it is ripped into two. (SPOILER ALERT) The ripped and blurred house indicates that George and Lennie’s dream was never accomplished, portraying the theme of the American dream being impossible. In the middle of the ripped picture, there is a man standing alone. This illuminates Crook’s and Curley’s wife loneliness in the book. “S’pose you couldn’t go into the bunk house and play rummy’ cause you was black. How’d you like that? S’pose you had to sit out here and read books. Sure you could play horseshoes till it got dark, but then you get to read books. Books ain’t no good. A guy needs somebody–to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain’t got nobody. Don’t make no difference who the guy is, long’s he with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick.” (72-73) Throughout the passage, Crook tries to convey how much pain he goes through in being black. He’s rejected by other workers because of his skin color and this segregates him from the entire ranch, making him miss, almost as if he is starving for companionship. Crook even states that intelligence is nothing when loneliness is too big. “Well, I ain’t giving you no trouble. Think I don’t like to talk to somebody ever’ once in a while? Think I like to stick in that house alla time?” (77) Curley’s wife is also one of the characters that feels immense loneliness, she is the only women in the barn and because of her gender, she is belittled by others and is written as an insignificant character, hence the reason why she was never given a name. Throughout the book, Curley’s wife seeks for companionship, under the disguise of finding her husband. The book cover exactly describes the two characters and the theme of loneliness in the book by showing a man standing in white with nothing surrounding him. Even if he is in the picture, he is not part of the house nor is he a part of the background image, he is just standing there, between the ripped picture like he is segregated almost like Crooks. Even in the ripped picture, the man is heading towards a pathway just like Curley’s wife. Even when she was secluded from the ranch workers and was surrounded by loneliness she still searched for a companionship. (SPOILER ALERT) On top of the lonely man, there is a splotch of red, the man also indicates George. At the end, George makes a choice of killing Lennie for the best. In that very moment, George loses a companion and a friend. George himself is now lonely and more importantly, he is no longer clean-handed. By killing Lennie, there is red in his ledger, and the red splotch on the white background indicates the death of Lennie and how George no longer has a white ledger even if the main reason of Lennie’s death was for the best and for the society’s best.

hyperlink:

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/american-dream/students/thedream.html

https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/race_color.cfm

http://civilrights.findlaw.com/discrimination/gender-discrimination.html

Fahrenheit 451

The movie poster is delineating the climax from the story  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The poster depicts the backside of the protagonist when he realizes he had killed people to save books from being burned. “Beatty flopped over and over and over, and at last twisted in on himself like a charred wax doll and lay silent.” (pg 121) “They turned, their faces blanched meat, streaming sweat; he beat their heads, knocking off their helmets and bring them down on themselves.” (122) Instead of showing the face of the main character I placed him to look at the people he had killed. By looking at what he has done, he immediately regrets, but still believes he has committed the act for the best. The whole demeanor of the movie poster is dark in hope to show how much of a dark path the protagonist is walking in to and to show the general mood of the story. In the poster, the protagonist is only in colors while the colors of the victims are gray. In the society of Fahrenheit 451, everyone is indoctrinated by the government, until, Guy Montag meets Clarisse and starts reading books. The victims are gray because they were still under indoctrination while Montag figured out what really was going on with the society he is living in. The shadow of Montag is red to indicate that he now has blood on his hands and the blood is spilled from the victims.

Hyperlink: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-book-burning-printing-press-internet-archives-180964697/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0739rh0

 

 

Sonnet

Freedom

By: Sandy Han

 

Shall I compare thee to a flying bird?

Bird as sweet as nectar yet malicious

Loved but hated, ignored, feared but still heard

Fights that are often violent and vicious

 

Many killed to capture you from others

The innocent birds that fell to save you

White wings covering blood while you hover

Migrating, you always change into new

 

Blood is spilled for you, yet, you are still pure

Vultures that will eat you like carcasses

You are like a siren that will allure

The truth of you still cloaked from surfaces

 

Oh, freedom what a beauty you can be

Yet, a high price we pay, to become free

Letter to describe exposition of Animal Farm by George Orwell

This letter is written by Snowball to me to describe the exposition from Animal Farm by George Orwell.  Snowball is one of the most important characters of the story and also the first victim. The exposition of the story starts in the barn when Old Major delivers his speech of his dream. The part of Old Major speech can be found when Snowball dedicates the battle to Old Major.  After the speech of Old Major, all animals start to dream about freedom and one day when the animals are starved to death they start a revolution. In the letter, the revolution can be seen “we finally kicked Jones out of his own farm!” indicates that the animals rebelled against human and successfully won. The setting is shown when they change the name of Manor Farm to Animal Farm. The conflict for Snowball is person vs society because all the pigs start to distance themselves from Snowball and Snowball can’t help but wonder why. The conflict of the story is shown in the letter when Snowball come to me to consult his problem.

WHO I AM