- Connect with the protagonist. Write a text-to-self response in which you compare yourself to the protagonist. Show understanding of characterizationby identifying passages in which the author describes the character’s physical appearance, personality (speech and action), and what other characters think about that character. Support your words by including MLA formatted quotes from the text. Then compare yourself to the protagonist using specific examples from your own life.
This blog post is focusing on characterization of the character (protagonist) Anne; from Anne of Green Gables. I focus on Anne’s physical appearance, personality, and what other characters think of her. I also refer my opinions into this post, to emphasize how I feel about the character herself.
Dolce, thin and ugly is what she is; or at least that is what was described of her on page 13. On page 20, Anne said, “yes, it is red”; referring to her hair. On the front cover of the book you can infer that she is very reserved; as most people were in the 1940’s. She is wearing a blue shirt with a white overall. On page 13 the book mentioned that ‘her face is freckled, small, white, and thin, her eyes and her mouth are large, and she is wearing a sailor top hat’. Although, I find it quite difficult to connect with her appearance; but I think we are both reserved in our everyday dressing, and my mouth and eyes are also large, and my face is white. From the description that was given and by the portrait on the front of the book; I think she is a fine young lady. In my opinion, I find that it was quite rude for Matthew and Marilla (her parents) to call her ‘ugly’. Anne was an orphan; so, calling an orphan ugly can very much scar her feelings. Her clothes may be ugly, but regardless of your opinion you should love, and care for the child you adopt, not ridicule them; especially on the first day.
Friendly, and enthralled is what I consider her to be on the very first day she meets Matthew (‘father’). Anne is friendly teenager, as shown on pg.14, she says, “I suppose you are Mathew Cuthbert of Green Gables”, and, I am very glad to see you”. Even I consider myself to be shy, I am very friendly once I get to know someone. Anne is very friendly in the sense that when she met a complete stranger, she acted as if she had previously known him (Matthew). I think this experience is similar to when I went to a youth group one night, I talked to no one and I left the youth group. The second time I went, I was friendlier, and talked to a number of people. But never do I ponder that I will ever be that friendly; especially in her kind of situation.
People think of Anne as being as inquisitive, and precocious. I believe that Anne is very inquisitive, and curious; but not everyone appreciates Anne’s inquisitiveness. On page 21, Anne asks, “which would you rather be if you had the choice – divinely beautiful, or dazzlingly clever or angelically good”. Matthew responds, “Well now, I-I don’t know exactly”. Matthew’s reaction to her question shows that he was surprised that Anne would ask such a question; he responds with hesitation. After his response, she keeps going on about her statement. I think from this the reader can infer that Matthew and Marilla (the wife), finds Anne to be quite inquisitive. (enter in quote that shows that Matthew is irritated).
I can relate to this when my mother and I go out to watch movies. I always ask her why a character is doing a certain thing, or why people are laughing at such a lame joke; since I don’t understand Hollywood. My mother usually responds irritated by saying I don’t know. Anne and I have a similarity in terms of being inquisitive.
Daniel’s Found Poem: “Everything Has a Price”
My found poem is inspired by the tale, “The Monkey’s Paw”, by William W. Jacobs.
I used Keynote and free Google images to put my visual poem together.
One day as a family was sitting down in a usual manner, son and dad playing chess, mother knitting by the fire. But then, a knock was heard on the door. It was Sargeant Major Morris, he had brought something abominable, something that would be soon known, as wicked; “The Monkey’s Paw”. Granted wishes, it did. But the wishes came at a delusional cost, DEATH! Horror, scariness, greed, and vile satisfaction were only some of the emotions and realities of this tale. It started with a voice, “wish for something reasonable”, and he did. The dad wished for money, 200 GBP. The next day, a man from the company Maw and Meggins, where Herbert (the son worked, arrived). He had some bad news, “He became trapped within the machinery.”
He had died. So they thought, for good. “In consideration of your son’s services, they wish to give you a certain amount of money for compensation,” he said. Herberts’ dad asks, “How much?”
“200 GBP,” he said. The old man smiled faintly, “putting his hands out like a blind man, and fell to the floor unconscious.” Greed had conveyed this family over.
My found poem carries an important message of, “The Monkey’s Paw”, theme; he gained something, but and lost much more. All because of satisfaction and greed. “Everything has a price”.
My found poem emphasizes this message by showing the greedy face of the son’s dad, oodles of money shown in a picture, and with the woman screaming behind a translucent window. All of these things tie in with the black background and the eerieness of the other elements in my found poem. The black background expresses emotions such as horror, scariness, and evil. The moon, as well as the candles, express a great deal of eerieness, and it gives my reader a feeling of mystery and sorcery. The woman behind the translucent glass gives an emotion of horror, that something terrible is going to occur. That acquiescizes with the caution sign right beside it. It tells the reader to be cautious, to be warned and alert.
But then the dad gives in, and that’s when something happens. The picture of a murderer walking up to the door signifies both when the man came to the dad to tell him that his son had been killed, and it signifies the mysterious knock on the door at the end of the story, we don’t know who it could have been. But in my opinion, I think it was an evil ghost who came to try to kill the parents so that “The Monkey’s Paw”, did not have to fulfill their wish. Lastly, the book with the candle signifies that this story represents emotions of horror, eerieness, sorcery, and mystery; nouns I used to describe the feelings of this story. The way I organized the text boxes had really no motive, only to make things seem different. Greed, a word I used 7 times was really to emphasize that greed was the main source of why he lost his son, Herbert. But the theme of “The Monkey’s Paw”, is that “everything comes at a price”; and also that greed is a wicked thing. Knowing these things can help you to make better decisions in your life.
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and Oppressive ;
All over, I go,
To fulfill, and enjoy my
But never do I forget,
who helps me
along the way.
The special words used in my poem:
Conservative, in a way that does not restrict
expression, but rather in a way that is positive.
for myself and others.
Being able to portray myself in a way
that I think best represents me.
Off center, purposely being unique from the rest
and not hiding it.
Not afraid to be punctual and take necessary actions
whether they are good or bad.
To enjoy every moment in life whether
It is good or bad.
This word I left by itself because I really
wanted to emphasize that I learn
from EVERY experience.
I left anyone by itself because I really wanted to emphasize that
If anyone helps me, whether my family, friends, or even strangers; I will always
I have presence being alone because I believe that the presence of a
living being is a very powerful and touching thing.