Huntsman, Wizard, Pooh Bear or Eowyn?

Which Character Are You?

I decided to make a quiz for the November Multimedia Post because I wanted to do a Characterization multimedia post (I’ve always done Written Characterization before) and decided that maybe I could just make a quiz, and make the post more interactive with the audience. It is a five-question quiz that will tell you if you’re Huntsman, Wizard, Pooh Bear or Eowyn, and in the results, has some of their background information, memorable quotes and just who they are. I think this was the best option for the Characterization post for the sole reason that it’s more interactive. It shares an understanding of this novel with people that might not have ever read this book but could connect with the characters with their own traits.

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Family Bond Stronger Than Titanium

The time had come. There was no way that the smaller countries would prevent Europe and America from getting their hands on the ancient Capstone. The top of the Pyramid of Giza that when restored on the top of the pyramid, would give the beholder’s country absolute power for 1000 years. The particular sunspot (Tartarus Sunspot) occurs every four thousand to five thousand years, and when reaching earth, will raise the temperature up to heights beyond imagination. The last sunspot was prevented with this Capstone, and now each piece is hidden at each and one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. To prevent the Europeans and the Americans from obtaining every part of the Capstone, a small team led by Jack West Jr, began the preparation of more than a decade. Just to stop the greatest powers. As the years went on, the bond between each member of this team grew stronger, a family that was formed from people of different backgrounds. In the 7 Deadly Wonders written by Matthew Reilly, he takes us on a journey filled with history and myths, but its most prominent message would be that family will always be there for you, no matter what.

Animals have been part of families for a long time now, dating back several centuries. Jack West Jr.’s mission team might not be an ordinary family, but it definitely still was a family. The family pet, so to speak, goes by the name Horus, a falcon. “Horus, it seemed, only cared for one person. Jack West.” (Reilly, 147). Jack West Jr. rescued Horus when she was under the brutal care of Cal Kallis. That was life-changing for Horus because Jack always treated Horus with kindness. It was the actions inflicted upon him that Horus lay his loyalty at rest to the service of the Minnow’s team leader. This bond of loyalty seems almost cliché if you think about all the novels out there in the world that has this type of relationship between two characters. In just the first book of The Hunger Games alone, we can see the acts of defiance influenced by loyalty. Just like how Horus was abused by Cal Kallis, making the falcon devote his life to his savior, Katniss Everdeen vowed to win for Rue when she was killed. In both situations, both characters always had each other’s backs, until the last minute. From this, we can clearly see that not only is it a theme in the Seven Deadly Wonders, it is also a consistent theme in many books.

The feeling of bond and loyalty lies so strong within the group that; they would risk their lives for each other. This was shown when Big Ears sacrificed himself for the safety of Lily, willing to die for the cause and the family if it meant saving the baby of the family. “The bullet passed through Big Ear’s skull, exploding out the other side and he fell instantly-crumpling like a marionette whose strings have been cut-falling to his knees midway between the generator wagon and the airstairs, dropping Lily from his lifeless hands.” (354). In real life situations, we see sacrifices among family, because their bond is so strong that they are willing to give up everything they know, everything they are just for that one person. In the Syrian Civil War that is still taking place, many men gave up everything they’ve known just to fight for what they believe in and trying to keep their families of becoming victims of war. The mothers of refugee children gave up their happiness to attempt to find happiness for their children, hoping that they would be growing up in a place that fosters hope. It all came down to that family bond and sacrifice. In the case with the 7 Deadly Wonders, Lily and Big Ears had such a close bond, the close bond of family that made this sacrifice possible.

Throughout the entire novel, the reliance on teamwork could be seen, in each of the Ancient Deadly Wonders as they tried to retrieve the pieces of the Capstone. Without this teamwork and sacrifice, they wouldn’t have been able to stop the Americans or the Europeans. These missions were not easy, and they lost people along the way, but they kept going, because they had one common goal, and their trust in each other was enough to make them lay down their lives if it meant accomplishing their end goal of frustrating the progress of their opponents. Therefore, we can see that the main theme is that family always being there for you no matter what to be the driving force of this novel, one that cannot be ignored.

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The Boxer Rebellion: A War of 55 Days

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Praying For A Dove In The Sky

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The Universal Language

I created an alternative book cover for 12 Years a Slave because I wanted to show a prominent theme, but not a cliche theme that was evident, for example, the horrifying truths of racial segregation. Instead, I decided to choose a theme that I could, on a personal level, connect with: The power of music and its effects on people. Throughout the novel, he sought comfort in the music that he produced, one of the many factors that kept him going during the harsh 12 years. With this theme, it showed that music didn’t just help himself, but it helped those around him. The symbolism that the violin has throughout the story tells us that it’s the Power of Music that could connect everybody regardless of skin color, the language that everybody could understand, and the sounds that everybody could relate to. Therefore to me, the Power of Music made the most sense to include on the book cover since it showed something greater than slavery, and on a deeper level, something people could connect to.

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12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

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Father Clad In Armour

You would think that a free man, father to several children in the North would never be enslaved. Then again, we were told that anything was possible. But to embrace and accept the things that happen out of the ordinary, it takes a certain mindset, a belief that everything would be okay. The faith and countless of helpless self-talks in the morning to get up like the sun in the deep south glared down at the slaves. For hours each day he toiled, from dusk to dawn, wincing each time as the whip came in contact with his skin. Through this memoir, 12 Years a Slave highlights the importance of human rights; hope, the courage that eventually brought him home to see his family. The never-ending faith helped him survive slavery for 12 years, and he lived to tell his story for millions to hear.

Would they ever see their children again? Would they ever see their innocent face smiling back at their mother with fondness found only within a mother-daughter relationship? Clinging on to their children, their loved ones, they begged the next buyers who showed interest to buy their loved ones as well. Their worst fear was to be separated from their children. The hope of possibly seeing their families again in the future hung at the back of their minds, knowing that it was only wishful thinking. The hope of possibly being free, to be safe in the North where they would be free from the beating inflicted upon their backs. It was the hope that aided those who were on the verge of giving up. There were so many times where Solomon saw how hope has been ripped to shreds in front of him. ‘“Don’t leave me, mama-don’t leave me,” screamed the child, as its mother was pushed harshly forward. “Don’t leave me – come back, mama,” she still cried, stretching forth her little arms imploringly.’ (Northup, 87) This was an example of a time where he could’ve felt like hope was overrated, and that he wouldn’t be able to make it out there alive. In such horrifying times, holding on to hope would be their lifeline gleaming in the dark, the only concept that made sure they did not let go. This characteristic of Solomon really reminded me of how the world could be. People always say that the world could be a cruel place, and to a certain extent, it’s true. There will always be times when one will feel like they are stuck, and that there is no right way out. The thought of giving up has appeared in each individual’s minds, no matter how old. However, it takes a mind like Solomon’s to hold on to the hope and believe in a brighter future.

Although Solomon was a slave in the eyes of his merciless owner, he was still a free man at heart. Even after the days of submission, he still firmly stood up to what he believed was right. None of the slaves would ever dare to disobey their masters, knowing that their lives were on the line. He fought for a place among those who were truly recognized for their work. Over and over again, slaves around him, including himself were abused. Forced to do extra work on menial food, water and rest. When his friends were abused, he stood up for them. When he was abused, he stood up to himself. ‘“Master Tibeats,” said I, looking him boldly in the face, “I will not.”’ (110) Somebody who had the guts to stand up for himself under the oppression of such a harsh master took a lot of courage. Although being so bold got him in trouble, and almost lynched, the courage he had was simply astounding. Without this kind of courage, he wouldn’t have ever dared to leave the plantations where he worked, and without the risks that he would take in those 12 years, he would’ve lived and died in the South, never thinking to risk his life to see his family again. The quality of courage wasn’t just shown in 12 Years a Slave, but in many other novels as well, such as Shawshank Redemption. Courage was also essential to the storyline because if Andy Dufresne never had the courage to embark on the journey towards freedom, he would’ve died in the prison of Maine. Other literary works like 7 Deadly Wonders, if Jack West Jr.’s team didn’t have the courage to pursue the Capstone even though they were the underdogs, the Americans or the Europeans would’ve had the power for the next 1000 years. This just goes to show that courage shines through in most books and that it is one of the many things that makes a book/memoir so appealing.

Throughout the entire novel, identity played such an important role-it defined Solomon’s road of survival, it defined how he reacted to challenges, but most of all it defined the faith that he had for the next 12 years, believing that if he stayed true to himself, everything would be fine. ‘“Well, boy, where did you come from?” Forgetting myself, for a moment, I answered, “From New York.”’ (59) Even after the countless of whip lashes across his back, he claimed that he was from New York, staying true to where he actually had come from. He was sold into slavery. He was going to make sure that people knew that. However, in the slave owner’s eyes, he was the wild dog that needed to be tamed, the dog that attempted to bark and bite. Even though on the surface, he was Platt, the skillful slave of the plantation, deep down within his heart he was Solomon Northup, the free man of New York. It was his will, his connection with his true identity that brought him out of slavery the same way that he was brought in. He was not just fortunate enough to escape the clutches of slavery, but he believed that he would. Michelle Obama once said, “one of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” What the former first lady learned from when she was just a little girl was proven extremely useful because Solomon’s goal was to make it out the other end alive, and by doing that, staying true to himself and reminding himself of who he was. This quote applies not just to studies, but to life in general. Each individual is made unique, so why change the thing that puts you apart from other people?

12 Years a Slave was a memoir that made me realize the shocking truth that for so long I was perplexed about. Real feelings and names throughout the story expressed how vivid Solomon Northup was able to remember the twelve years he spent in the South. Something as unnerving as this burns its way into the mind, and after reading this book, it gave me a pretty different view on Slavery. It was a serious issue, but it was not just the physical struggles that the slaves had to overcome, but the emotional attacks throughout their lifetimes took a toll on them. Being separated from their children was the last straw to sanity for many, and having witnessed it, it also made Solomon realize how deeply he cared for his family, more than ever before. It was the hope, courage, and faith that made reuniting with his family a reality again.

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Courage Caused By Love

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Volume 3, Issue 7 of the Maine Daily: Guilty or Innocent?

Andy Dufresne, a renowned banker, was accused of the murders of his wife and her lover. Something as big as this would’ve definitely earned a spot in the front page of the daily news in Maine. It ties in with the literary concept of Characterization because it showed what kind of person Andy Dufresne was, a person who stood up for what he believed was right, and what really was right. Creating this multimedia post wasn’t very difficult, considering that I have InDesign on my computer, but I did have to go and search up sample newspaper pages that I could potentially use for my format. Not only that, knowing that in April of 1947, there were only black and white pictures in the newspaper, I decided to put a colored one for my topic, so that it would stand out more on the page.

Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

“I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you’ll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your a** belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.” -Warden Norton of Shawshank Prison

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Curiosity Started It All-Leonardo Da Vinci

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The Limit Doesn’t Exist

Shawshank prison was just like any other state prison. With its looming towers and guards armed with weapons, it was a place haunted by souls from decades ago, screaming with agony. But there was always the one man you could trust with getting you almost anything you want as long as it was nothing lethal in a prison. And then there was the Mastermind. You would think that everybody who gets sentenced to jail is guilty of something, but it can very well be the acts of a bad lawyer, unfair jury or…coincidence and bad luck. Andy Dufresne was innocent, but he was charged with murdering his wife and her lover. Being charged with a life sentence because there was no death penalty in Maine, anybody could have drowned in their own sorrows of being trapped in Shawshank for the rest of their lives. Andy did not. In fact, with the events leading up to his successful escape, Andy fought for what he believed is right, and he used his wits to his advantage. Not only that, he figured out and learned that there was always a flaw in the system.

 

Andy was just one of the victims out of many tormented by the ‘sisters’ of Shawshank. The ‘sisters’ were the ultimate high school bullies at Shawshank who roamed the halls of the hellhole as if they owned the place. As soon as Andy came to Shawshank, he became a target of the ‘sisters’. “Their prey is the young, the weak, and the inexperienced.” (King, 32). “or, as in the case of Andy Dufresne, the weak-looking.” So naturally, he got beaten up, but he did not go down without a fight. There were only two choices with the ‘sisters’: 1. Let them beat you up. 2. They beat you up with a fight. Andy chose the second option, standing up for himself. Each time he was beaten up, he did not complain about it, keeping to himself. The bullies always prey on the ones who could not defend themselves, but as soon as Andy proved them wrong, they stopped altogether. Seeing how Andy stood up for himself, it reminded me on how when I was younger, I was bullied on the bus to school every day, and instead of listening to them and let them tear me apart, I tried my best to ignore them, and to focus on myself. At one point I stood up to them, and it made the bullies realize that they couldn’t get to me, so they left me alone. Andy Dufresne showed the world, in this case, the prisoners of Shawshank that he was not someone to be messed with because he was stronger than their bullying.

Each of the prisoners had their own story and they left a whole life behind them to own up to the consequences of their crimes. Andy Dufresne was a successful banker who knew how to avoid taxes and other tricks to save more money. Speaking up against the authorities were dangerous, but Andy used his wits to his advantage. They were working on the roof, and some of the authority members were talking about taxes. Andy, being an experienced banker offered advice that saved him from the clutches of Death. He used his story outside the prison to his advantage. “The IRS allows you a one-time-only gift to your spouse,” Andy said. “It’s good up to sixty thousand dollars.” (45). Dufresne gave the authority members taxing advice, helping them avoid taxes. In return, he got slightly better treatment and managed to get the workers that were working on the roof with his beer. Not only does this show that Andy Dufresne was a smart man, but he also knew how to get things done in a place like Shawshank. He even managed to start a library in the prison. Often, it is the knowledge and the wits that help you survive in life. My dad, being a businessman once told me that to get out of a terrible situation, or to alleviate the situation, always use your wits and intelligence and to spin certain things that could benefit you. To this day, I’m not so sure if it was because he’s a businessman offering me some advice in life, or perhaps just my dad offering some life hacks. However, Andy used his intelligence that made him figure out the way of escaping. Maybe that is what got him out of Shawshank through the walls and not over them.

 

Andy Dufresne thought of things outside the box, seeing a flaw in the system. He knew, like every other prisoner that he was locked in, guarded with towers that had armed guards at all times of the day. It was like the prison was the box, and he thought of things that could take him out of there. He thought outside the fences of Shawshank. In the second book of The Hunger Games, the Districts thought outside the limitations of the arena and decided to blow up the arena altogether, so they all had a chance to live, even though they could be consumed by the fire. They gave it a try, but by thinking outside of the box. In Shawshank however, it was not the normal ways that people escaped, flipping through the fence only to risk getting shot. He made sure his escape was…unique and safe. It took him a long time for sure, but he was sentenced life in Shawshank. Why not do something productive and have a shot of escaping? During the summer of 1948, he asked Redd, the man who could get things (narrator of the story) to “get me a rock-hammer.” (28). It could be lethal, but it was small, only about a foot, and it could not help him if he wanted to escape. At least that is what Redd thought. Andy Dufresne expressed his love for polishing and finding rocks, and that is what he did when he was alone in his cell at night. For nineteen years Andy used that rock-hammer to chip away at rocks he found, but also to form a passageway through the prison with a few more years that eventually got him out.

 

Although Shawshank Redemption is a fiction that has never happened before, it made me realize that there is certainly always a flaw in any system. Sometimes we do not see it because we are limited to what makes sense, and not expand our creativity and risk something reckless. It is usually the craziest ideas that end up working because it can soar like a bird, without having to fear what would tie it down. The idea of making a hole in the wall and covering it with a Rita Hayworth poster seemed genius, never thought of by any other prisoner. Stephen King taught me to not give up and use everything around you to your advantage with the example of Andy. The prison is like the game you have to outsmart and Andy was simply the fox that escaped the clutches of hell.

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