Broken Butterfly

2018-09-19

“When a butterfly flutters its wings in one part of the world, it can eventually cause a hurricane in another.”- Edward Norton Lorenz. The course of destiny can be blown in a new direction by the beating of a butterfly’s wings. In “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury, the author conveys a theme of the importance of all events and actions.

The story teaches us that events are interconnected with one another. For example, in the rising action of the story, Travis informed Eckels: “‘Say we accidentally kill one mouse here. That means all the future families of this one particular mouse are destroyed… you annihilate first one, then a dozen, then a thousand, a million, a billion possible mice!’” (Bradbury 5). This shows an example of how events might be interlinked together, killing one mouse could possibly lead to the killing of billion possible mice, of foxes, of lions, and finally a single caveman because of the lack of prey which leads to starvation. That man could be the hope of the future human generation. Thus, in the story, Travis stated an example of a possible interconnection between events; the killing of a mouse could possibly lead to the killing of the entire future human generation because of how events are linked together.

Furthermore, this relates to the importance of actions that might seem minor. Since events are interlinked with one another, a small difference can possibly change the subsequent events. Therefore, a small difference can have an enormous impact on future events. When Eckels noticed the abnormal sign in the room, he shouted “‘Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly! … Killing one butterfly couldn’t be that important!’” (Bradbury 14). By stepping on the butterfly, Eckel altered the path of history; the spelling on the sign was changed, and a new man was elected president. When Eckels questioned the importance of the life of a mouse, Travis answered “‘The stomp of your foot, on one mouse, could start an earthquake, the effects of which could shake our earth and destines down through Time, to their very foundations’” (Bradbury 5). Travis insists that interrupting any of the natural processes in the past is unacceptable because it could have an irreparable repercussion for the future. This story reminds us of an idea called the “Butterfly Effect”. The Butterfly Effect states that a very small event can have large unintended consequences. One small choice, although it might seem minor, can affect not only the course of your future but others as well. In conclusion, the story delivers the idea that sometimes little things can create a big difference because events are interconnected with each other, thus, one should also pay attention to choices and actions that might seem trivial.

 

Citation:

Jimhenshaw. “The Legion of Decency.” Lazy Sunday # 241: The Butterfly Effect, 1 Jan. 1970, the-legion-of-decency.blogspot.com/2012/10/lazy-sunday-241-butterfly-effect.html.

 

Historic Humanists

2018-09-06

Imagine this, you are learning piano with a teacher that is deaf, you don’t even own a piano. However, your mom thinks you have talent and set high expectation on you. You know you can never reach your mom’s expectation in such condition and that it is almost meaningless to try. How desperate will you feel? That is Jing-Mei’s life. Jing-Mei, the protagonist, is regarded as an ordinary child with a self-abased personality in Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds”.

 

In the story, Jing-Mei is characterized as an ordinary child. Jing-Mei’s piano teacher was deaf and she took advantage of it, she learned how to :“be lazy and get away with mistakes” (Tan 4). Jing-Mei is not one of those children that are extremely self-controlled and has amazing, innate talent. She’s not a prodigy, she’s like most of us, just ordinary. After her catastrophic playing in the talent show and several other failures, Jing-Mei begins to show the diffident side of her. She lost faith in herself: “I did not believe I could be anything I wanted to be, I could only be me” (7). This shows Jing-Mei’s lack of confidence because her failures have already crashed her. To sum up, Jing-Mei is characterized as an ordinary and self-contempt child.

 

Like Jing-Mei, I also get diffident when facing an unfamiliar situation and challenges. For example, my English wasn’t really good when I was just got into an international school. One time when the English teacher was picking someone to read out loud a story, I got really scared. I can still remember how hard my hands were sweating, and be praying for not getting picked. I didn’t like English class back then because of the pressure. Even nowadays, I will more likely to repel a subject I’m not so good at than a one that I consider as “easy”. After taking a test on that subject, I will think that I have failed even if I did a pretty good job because of the subliminal influence of the lack of confidence.

 

Picture citation:  “Meme Center – Largest Creative Humor Community.” Memecenter, www.memecenter.com/search/piano.

 

The found poem above was taken from page four of the short story “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” by W. D. Wetherell. It demonstrates internal conflict, man versus self, within the protagonist. In the rising action of the story, this conflict illustrates how the protagonist struggles to make the tough decision between catching the biggest fish he has ever seen or pleasing a girl, Sheila Mant, who considers fishing as dumb. Making the decision between he’s biggest passion and the girl he’s in love with propels the story forwards and shows the climax of the story. It also implies the theme and main idea the author is trying to deliberate through the story. Poor Sheila! Before the month was over, the spell she cast over me was gone, but the memory of that lost bass haunted me all summer and haunts me still.”(Wetherwell, 4). The story educates us to stay true to ourselves and our own passion than giving that up to please others.

Do you know the difference between a coordinating conjunction and a subordinating conjunction? Do you know what FANBOYS stands for?

Welcome to gram cram-conjunction!

By Stella Li and Oscar Hamada 6-2

For One Day, me and my friend Christina decided we would work together to make marshmallow fondant, since every time when we tried to make marshmallow fondant, the marshmallows always burn when we melt it in the microwave, so our goal for One Day is to find the perfect timing for melting the marshmallows without burning it. Also, to make successful fondant to decorate 2 iced cakes and some cupcakes.

We learnt that the perfect timing is about putting the marshmallows in the microwave in 20 second bursts,until the marshmallow fully melts. Something that went well was that our whole plan was successful! And the result is amazing!

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Next time, we will hope to get in the kitchen so we could bake the cakes and not pre-bake them the day before.

This is my One Day Process Journal:

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…..And my One Day Video:

Are you the type of person who likes books that are SistersAWESOME AND FUN?! If yes, I highly recommend this amazing  book, Sisters, by Raina Telgemeier! This book tells (our main character)Raina’s childhood… Raina always wanted to be a big sister! But things aren’t quite how she expected……In this book, there is fight, there is tears and there is…… Love