The Boxer Rebellion’s Map of History

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The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald

 

This is a warning because this paragraph might include some *SPOILERSSS*

The website I used to make this book cover is Canva.com

A quick summary of The Great Gatsby: https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Great-Gatsby

 

I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and created a book cover themed around the thwarted love triangle between Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, and Jay Gatsby. The relationship at the core of The Great Gatsby is, of course, Gatsby and Daisy, or more specifically, Gatsby’s tragic love/obsession of Daisy, a love that drives the novel’s plot.

Five years before the start of this novel, Jay Gatsby (who learned from Dan Cody how to act like a wealthy person) was stationed in Louisville before going to fight in World War One. In Louisville, he meets Daisy Fay, a beautiful young heiress, who took him for someone of her social class. Gatsby maintained the lie he told her, which allowed their relationship to keep going.

Gatsby falls in love with Daisy and the wealth she had represented, and she with him (though not to the same extent), but he had to leave for war, and by the time he returned in 1919, Daisy had married Tom Buchanan.

Determined to get Daisy back, Gatsby falls in with Meyer Wolfshiem, a gangster, and gets into bootlegging and other criminal activities to make enough money to be able to provide for her finally. By the beginning of this novel, he is ready to try and win her back, ignoring the fact she has been married to Tom for three years and has a child.

In my book cover, I mainly focused on the love that is pulling Daisy in two directions, Tom or Gatsby. I used this problematic decision by drawing a woman ( Daisy ) and a man. The reason I did not specify who the man is, is that I decided to keep it a mystery, the man could be Gatsby or Tom because of this decision Daisy has to make in the book.  I also decided to add the quote “There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice” to show how in the beginning, Gatsby, and Daisy had a special kind of love, but after Gatsby had to leave for war, Daisy had already moved on.

Tom Buchanan is seen as having a strong presence. He was a great athlete at Yale and is restless after his years of playing there, “…had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven-a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax” (page 10). Tom seems cocky and seems to believe that he can have anything that he wants. Even though he has a wife and a child, he has no problem with having a mistress on the side, and it does not matter that others, including his wife, know about it. Also, Tom is incredibly self-absorbed and cares only about his desires. Tom was what Daisy’s family considered being suitable for their daughter. Along with his money, that is mainly why she married him.

Jay Gatsby has a seemingly more simple presence than Tom and acts more like a child with a desire for approval. Gatsby stays hidden at his parties and remains mysterious to his party guests. Jay grew up poor in North Dakota and reinvented himself into the person that Nick meets because he has never been satisfied with his life. Unlike Tom, Gatsby does everything with his true love, Daisy,  in mind.

“I never loved him,” she said, with perceptible reluctance.

“Not at Kapiolani?” demanded Tom suddenly.

“No.” (page 108)

Throughout the novel, both Tom and Daisy enter and continue affairs, pulling away from each other instead of confronting the problems their marriage holds. However, Gatsby forces Tom and Daisy to confront their feelings in the Plaza Hotel when he demands that Daisy say she never loved Tom. She gets the words out, and then immediately rescinds them – “I made love [Tom] once, but I loved you too!” – when Tom questions her. Here, Tom – usually presented as cocky, indecorous, and unkind – breaks down, speaking with “husky tenderness” and remembering some of the few happy moments in his and Daisy’s marriage. This is a crucial moment because it shows despite the dysfunction of their marriage, Tom and Daisy seem to both seek comfort in happy early memories. Between those few memories and the fact that they both come from the same social class, their marriage ends up with multiple affairs.

Since this story might be complicated for some, and just a wonderful logical tale for others, I tried to make my book cover as simple as possible so that everyone could most likely understand the main concepts of this book.

 

Glossary:

Indecorous – Impolite, Improper

Bootlegging – illegally selling alcohol and other goods

 

 

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Hippolyta

In this magazine, I wanted to aim for a more realistic vibe. I did this by adding more realistic topics like immigration, stickers with discounts, and the marriage of an important person. I also wanted to appeal to the play and movie, I did this by adding the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta and the conflict of love ( Lysander and Hermia)

The Power by Naomi Alderman

 

Write a fake obituary for the protagonist that shows understanding of your character as you see him or her: round, flat, dynamic, or static. See the blogofdeath.com and the NYTimes’ Portraits of Grief for some exemplars.

This is an obituary about Roxy Monke in The Power by Naomi Alderman

Oh, Roxy Monke died a peaceful yet horrible death, surrounded by both love and hate before her dreadful suicide at age 16, apparently caused by the ongoing voice in her head. The contumacious, bright, and munificent girl she was created hope. Hope for all young women that struggled with ‘The Power,’ and with this hope, Roxy forged an empire.

 

Roxy Monke was born and grew up in an English household in London. With a loving mother and crime- lord father, her life was tough. With the brutal death of her mother adding on to this, Roxy got closer to her father and eventually got sucked into his mob business. Initially ignored on the periphery of her family’s business, she discovers that the strength of her Power is almost unmatched and as such has an important role to play in the new order. Her story is that of dealing with suddenly being valued, and whether she allows the influence, she gains to change her fundamental beliefs and character.

 

“Roxy says, “We should kill him.”  Terry laughs, his dad gives him a look, and the laugh cuts off halfway through a breath” (page 52) Roxy was contumacious, ruthless one might say. In this part of the book, Roxy had begun to feel her power surging through her, and would do anything to disobey the voice in her head and kill. This says a lot about the innocent girl she once was to what she had become.  This trauma, together with her supernatural talents, leads to her helping out the Monke mob she’d been kept at a distance from formerly—initially in an isolated quest for revenge, but before long in a more widespread sense.

 

Roxy was also a bright young woman, with the brute and the brains to show it. “Some of the girls in the convent want to spar with Roxy, practice their skills. She’s up for it. They use the big lawn at the back of the building, leading down to the ocean. She takes them two or three at once, sidesteps them, hits them hard, confuses them till they jolt each other.” (page 120) This strategy and energy she brings are why she was loved, why she was honored as a fantastic warrior and an amazing woman in general. The role model she played for all those younger and older girls created a standard, and this standard lives on today, where women are gaining more and more power than ever before. This moment also brought out how generous Roxy is to give this people experience and knowledge for the future.

 

Speaking of generosity, Roxy Monke was known fondly as a munificent woman. She passed her knowledge on to the ones who needed it most, being one of the first people to experience the power. “ Roxy thinks when she reads that text, of the different firms that could have it in for them, and what “hurt” means. If it’s war, they need her home for sure.” (page 216) This moment Roxy had been messaged by her brother, that she had not seen in years. Roxy, the worry some and munificent person she was, decided to leave everything she had that moment, and go to help her brother in need.

 

A Funeral Service in memory of Roxy will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m., at the Oliver’s Funeral Home, 10005 – 107 Ave, Grande Prairie, with Rev. Jannet Malcolm officiating.

 

Forever remembered by the women of the world, Roxy Monke was the symbol of power and hope in the raging fire that was the world around her.

 

Setting in Exposition of The Power

 

 

I analyzed the setting in The Power by Naomi Alderman. In The Power, setting is a very important part of the story and plot. Since this is a type of story that has different perspectives in every chapter, there are numerous settings that really bring forth the theme and conflicts of “the power” that is electricity.

The Power is a book about how young women start to develop a sense of power, this being having the power to generate electricity.

 

The first sign of the power is when one of the protagonists Roxy and her mother is being assaulted by grown men in their home, “Roxy feels it start to build in her then, though she doesn’t know what it is. It’s just a feeling at her fingers’ ends, a prickle in her thumbs” (pg 8). This scene is set in a below average home in America. I feel this is the perfect way to start the story off; since it is placed in America which is a country all about freedom independence, yet women get separated and split only because they cannot control this power.

 

On the other hand, Riyadh is one of the settings that is the exact opposite. This is where thousands of women stood up for what they believed in and had the power to do so. They exploded cars and electrified anyone that came in their way. “ She squeezes his hand more tightly. He can feel the crackle of power across her shoulders, like the feeling in the air before a storm” (pg 63). This gives us the feeling of power and strength that the women feel here at this moment. Since Riyadh is a country that does not give women a lot of rights, I feel this is an amazing moment to seize the opportunity to show off “ The Power” and how, in this book, it can change things that quick.

 

The whole exposure of this book gives off a feeling of edginess. Throughout the beginning, all that has happened is that the power has started to spread all around the world. Girls getting more aggressive and more powerful day by day, in this modern age, this is something that is portrayed terrifically throughout the setting. The power seems like it is just the tip of the ice berg, and it will only become more and more intense from here.

Am I a Humanist? Infographic

“The Monkey’s Paw” Explanation

This found poem was created with clips of the words of William W Jacobs. In the short story, “The Monkey’s Paw”, I decided to describe the conflict. I feel conflict is the main point in this whole story, without conflict, the story would not exist. From Mr. White having inner conflict on what to do with the paw, to Herbert passing away in violent ways, to Mrs. White turning on her husband in crazy ways and wishing for unreasonable things. For example when it says, “Bring him back” twice, and how I flipped the word “Unnatural”, giving the impression that Mrs. White is in a confused or hallucinogenic state. Another example of this is when it says “ Sinister meaning confirming her worst fears” meaning that her only importance in her life was her family and losing her son was just the worst thing that could have ever happened to her. My poem is more about Man vs Self than anything else. This is because all the clips in my poem reflect more on inner conflict and how Mrs. White does not want to accept that her son has passed and how she will do anything to get him back.

I feel one of the most important parts of my poem is probably the background image, graphics, and the word sizes and changes. The background I chose was a drawing of a crazy old lady that I found perfect for this topic, the full white eyes represent how empty Mrs. White feels inside without her son and her ragged clothes representing how she has given up and will do anything to get her son back.

The all-round black and white in the piece represents the old style of the story and the old times that it is set in, it also shows the grim plot of the story. I chose this because I really wanted to portray all these factors.

In my poem I used a variety shapes and sizes with my words to really prove my point. An example of this would be when I chose to write “Bring him back” twice and bigger each time, which represented how desperate Mrs. White was to have her son back and how she would do anything and go through anyone to do it; or when I chose to flip the word “unnatural” to induce mystery, hook and make the reader look twice at the word to understand it.

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

 

coverThis series is probably my favorite series of any type since I love Fantasy and the types of books that put old stories or just regular stories into modern times. So basically this story is based on our regular bed time stories for example ‘Red Riding Hood’ or ‘Rapunzel’. This series is about how these regular stories are actually alive in a different dimension of sorts. These characters are all in this ‘Land of stories‘ which us normal people cannot enter. The only reason why this story exists is because of these two children who were born half human half fairy. All ages can probably read this book since it is very funny at times and is very interesting since we only know the sweet hearted stories and don’t know how these people really look like or behave. For example in this book Jack from Jack and the beanstalk falls in love with Goldilocks who is actually an outcast for crimes she has done against this lands “Fairy” so called government. As a conclusion this book is very fun to read and I would recommend this to everyone I know.

Smoking Impact Unit Reflection

Our impact project was trying to stop people from smoking or at least try, in the end we didn’t affect people smoking but the people around them since we picked up cigarettes on the street and presented to other classes which informed them on the harms of smoking and what it does to your body. We also presented them with an important video which explained the life of a man who died of smoking and lung cancer. I think the best part of our presentation was the video since it touched my heart it probably touched others hearts since he had a family and everything.

I think our impact project went pretty well so to say since we had a lot of children and teachers/parents come on our presentation day to our trifold and watched our video.

A challenge we had was that we didn’t plan that well which concluded in improvising to our presentation and our project which also shrunk our time frame so we didn’t have much time to do more than we really did. The so to say easiest part and most fun part was when we actually did our actions and picked up cigarettes and presented to classes because we knew we had made a difference. Even though we didn’t complete our first idea of our project I think that since all of our group members are still staying at ISB for the next years we could continue our project and even spread it around to other people who are passionate.

One of my favorite parts was presenting since we also got to see other peoples presentation which was fascinating and was pretty cool.

 

 

Reading Journal: April 22, 2016

The book I have been reading and have finished is called Spy School by Stuart Gibbs.

In the end Murray who was the man characters friend turned out not to be his friend and was a double agent working for terrorists, as for Alexander Hale, he turned out to be a total snob and can’t even fight well, he makes other people do his job for him and he’s only very respected because he has people up there.

A connection that I have is I have read another book about spies and things related to that, but I like this book more because it relates to us children and our problems at school but in a cool way.

I think Stuart Gibbs chose Murray’s personality because Murray has a very hung back personality and I think thats actually a really good type of cloaking your inner self to the outer world