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There are different decisions that we have to make in our lives. Something we can choose or something that others choose for us. When we are making our decisions, we often face different conflicts. In the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, there are different conflicts that Harry Potter experiences. The conflicts include internal conflict, which happens in Harry himself, and external conflict, which happens between others who cannot understand Harry and Harry.

Harry asks himself and others again and again. “D’ you think I should have told them about that voice I heard?” (Rowling, 145) When Harry heard a mysterious voice that anyone else did not hear, Harry does not know what to do. He asks his friend, Ron, whether he should tell Professor Dumbledore for this but Ron says that hearing voice is not a good sign, therefore, he keeps it to himself. “Harry, whether there is anything you’d like to tell me,” … “No… there isn’t anything, Professor…” (209) However, one day Professor Dumbledore, the headmaster of the school, asks Harry if he has any concerns in the school but he decided to not tell the mysteries that he experienced in the school for last days. In there, Harry’s choice was to not tell what he was experiencing but though that decision that he made, Harry meets the conflict. Also, in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone, the Sorting Hat would like to put Harry in Slytherin but Harry would like to choose Gryffindor but not Slytherin. “The Sorting Hat told me I’d – I’d have done well in Slytherin.” (332) Even though the Sorting Hat put him in Gryffindor, Harry still asks himself that where is the correct dormitory for him.

The people different from Harry have conflicts with him. The Dursley family, the Muggle (non-magical people) family who do not like people using magic, hate Harry. They feared Harry thus locked him alone in a room and did not want to show others that someone who can use magic is staying at their house even though they did not know much about magic. In addition to the Muggle-related conflict, Muggle-born students start to avoid and hate Harry. “I told Justin to hide up in our dormitory. … Of course, Justin’s been waiting for something like this to happen ever since he let slip to Potter he was Muggle-born…” (198) In the battle with Malfoy, when a snake showed up, Harry spoke to the snake. Speaking to a snake is the characteristic of Voldemort, the last heir of Slytherin, and it is a rare gift. And if Harry can speak Parseltongue (snake language), people will think that Harry is the next heir of Slytherin. The establisher of Slytherin did not like Muggle-born students and each time when the Chamber was opened, Muggle-born students were in danger. When there was a sign that says, ‘the Chamber of Secrets had been opened’, Muggle-born students were attacked.

Harry has different conflicts throughout the story like internal conflict and external conflict. However, conflicts can be solved. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” (333) The choice that Harry made is the key of the difference between him and Tom Riddle. Although Harry has the trait of Slytherin, Harry chose to go to Gryffindor for that reason, Harry went to where Harry belongs to. Harry finally realized that he is a true Gryffindor student when professor Dumbledore said the true Gryffindor student can pull the sword that has a sign of name ‘Godric Gryffindor’ out of the Sorting Hat. Also, the other conflict between Harry and Muggle-born students is solved by Harry defeating Tom Riddle. Justin, who doubt if Harry was the heir of Slytherin and harming Muggle-born, kept apologizing for suspecting Harry.

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The Rule

Have you ever did not follow the rule that you are supposed to? The book Rules of the Game by Amy Tan shows a girl who did not follow the mom’s rule. The protagonist of the story Rules of the Game, Waverly, is a chess player who was obedient at the beginning but started to disobey the mother even though she did not want to. The brilliant chess player Waverly is a curious, intelligent, and disobedient girl.

“”Let me! Let me!” I begged between games…” (Tan, 2) A curious girl Waverly wanted to play chess when she saw the chess set for the first time. Even though she did not know what exactly ‘chess’ was and how to play, she begged her brothers for her to play chess. ““Why?” I asked…Why can’t they move more steps?” (3) Also, she was curious about the rule that already existed from the very past. People do not ask a question about why the rule is like that but Waverly asked and to find out the answer, she borrowed books from the Chinatown library, studied each chess piece, and tried to have the power of one piece of the chess had to win the game.

“By my ninth birthday, I was a national chess champion.” (4) Waverly, an intelligent chess player, won all the games that she played and became a national chess champion by her ninth birthday. Even though the time that she learned chess is not very long, she was so smart enough to win the games and become a national chess champion in young age.

“I wish you wouldn’t do that, telling everybody I’m your daughter.” (6) Maybe it is the first time Waverly was disobedient and actually spoke her opinion towards her mother without hiding. Even though she was smart and she knew that she should not talk like that to her mother, but the words came out and she could not stop. Waverly felt embarrassed and ashamed by her mother. After she said this to her mother, Waverly ran away from her mother and stayed outside for few hours.

In conclusion, Waverly is a curious and intelligent girl who wanted to know everything about chess, studied all things about chess, therefore was successful on all games. However, she was disobedient towards her mother and being disobedient can be the violation of mom’s rule. Then, what is the rule of the title mean? Can the ‘rule’ of the title be the rule of mom? Or, can it be the rule of herself since she was so tired that it is hard to even control herself from the words?

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A Day With Bass

From The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant  by W. D. Wetherell

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My First Week

The first week was better than what I expected. The first day of school, my class suddenly changed from 8-5 to 8-4 so I thought the first week would have some changes to my schedule but there was none other than core subjects. I like class and teachers of the different subjects and the enrichments that I got in the first trimester. The new students were very nice and I think I made a friend that is new to ISB. I like the longer lunch time too. Also, I like the changed cafeteria. But the light is brighter than it used to be so I prefer the previous light.  I didn’t come to ISB for two months and my grade 7 class was in second floor so it is hard for me to go up to third floor in the morning but I think I will be alright when one month is past. I feel like I should be more mature since grade 8 is the oldest grade in Middle School.

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First blog post

  1. What are you looking forward to learning in grade 8 Humanities?
  • In grade 8 Humanities, I am looking forward to learning more about how our world was and how it will be in the future. I do not know about them that much right now.
  1. What challenges will you face?
  • I think the challenge will be that learning and understanding them will take me longer than others because I do not know events that are happening around the world.
  1. What is your plan to meet those challenges?
  • I should take time to watch news or read books that can teach me what happened in the world.
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