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A Sound of Change

What would you do when you meet a Tyrannosaurus rex during time travel? Would you bravely fight with the dinosaur, or would you run away just like Eckels, the protagonist? Eckels, after seeing the vast Tyrannosaurus rex, disobeys the rules on not going away from the path and receives a consequence that could be never thought of. In “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury, small actions can result in great consequences.

Before going on the time travel, Eckels is warned by Travis that if a small change happens in the past no one can guarantee that the present time stays the same. Travis warns Eckels: “’Stay on the Path… We don’t want to change the Future… Step on a mouse and you crush the pyramids’” (Bradbury 225-227). The author emphasizes through Travis that a small change in the history can lead to consequences that cannot be altered back. Throughout the story, Travis constantly warns Eckels to stay on the path and do not modify the history. This explains the danger to the present times when the past is adjusted slightly. Another example of the theme is seen in the resolution of the story. Eckels becomes aware that he has changed the past. Eckels has only killed a little butterfly, but it resulted in the change of language and the presidential election. When Eckels come back to present time and he notices a change to the office, he cries, “’Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly!’” (Bradbury 236). Eckels realizes the change of the English spelling and the result of the presidential election. The spelling of the signpost in the office changed, and the president became Deutscher instead of Keith.  A death of a little butterfly has caused a significant change in the history. He realizes that he cannot change the result of his misbehavior, and receives the consequence of death from Travis. Ray Bradbury constructs the theme of changes leading to consequences in the course of the story. It is the life lesson the Eckels learns after the time-traveling journey. This was warned from the exposition of the story, but he fully understands the meaning until he receives his consequence.

This theme could relate to dominos in real life situations. When building dominos, the slight touch of one block can result in the fall of myriads of other blocks. In “A Sound of Thunder”, the slight touch on the history from the butterfly has made the history fall and change. On the other hand, dominos could be rebuilt, but the history that has been already changed cannot be rebuilt. Do you think the time travel to the past was worth the danger to change the history?

Image Citation: Team, Glogster. “[2015] Edrea Low: A Sound of Thunder.” Www.glogster.com, edu.glogster.com/glog/a-sound-of-thunder-47370992/22gc2vp2be4?=glogpedia-source.

Hello Humanists

You Could be a Genius if You Want To

Imagine yourself having a daughter that does not follow what you have her to do. Jing-Mei, the protagonist, was the type of daughter that only followed what she thought was right. This was a great frustration to her mother since she had an image of what she wanted her daughter to be. Jing-Mei always had opposing ideas with her mother. She wanted to be an ordinary child, while her mother wanted her to be a genius that has a talent. These opposing ideas established the conflict between Jing-Mei and her mother. What characteristics does Jing-Mei have that generated the growth of the conflict? In Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds”, Jing-Mei, unlike me, is a character who lacks confidence, and a character who is not determined to do activities that her mother has arranged for her to do.

Jing-Mei is shown as a character who has low sef-esteem. In a negative way, she says, “‘I’m not going to play anymore, … Why should I? I’m not a genius’” (Tan 7). In this situation, it is shown that she had set her expectations to be an ordinary child that does not have a special talent. This shows that she does not have certainty in her own abilities. On the contrary to her thoughts, her mother had high faith in Jing-Mei’s ability on playing the piano, and she believed that she could become a skillful pianist. Even with her mother’s support, Jing-Mei insisted that she does not possess the talent to become a pianist, and refused her classes with her piano teacher. She did not just have shortage in her dignity to herself. In addition to her self-esteem, she denies to show effort in her activities that her mother has suggested for her. Jing-Mei’s mother believes that she can be famous: “‘You have natural talent. You could be a genius if you want to’” (8). Towards the climax of the story, she refused her mother’s beliefs and says, “‘No, I couldn’t’” and declined to play the piano (8). Even with her mother’s thoughts about her, she claimed that she does not have a talent. She made mistakes during practices and did not correct it, and in fact, she ignored her mistakes. Thus, she ends up being neglectful in finding her talents, and finds her parents disappointed about her unsuccessful performance. Undeniably, Jing-Mei needs to increase her faith in herself, and strive to find her talents to become the daughter that her mother wants her to be.

I am a student who shows effort in activities unlike Jing-Mei. On the contrary to Jing-Mei’s uncertainty of her abilities, I always believe that I can do what I want to do. During the rock climbing unit last year in PE class, it was a great challenge for me to climb up and ring the bell on the wall. I knew that I had a safety equipment on, and that my peers were there to help me, but I did not have the courage to climb up high. I was stuck on the middle of the wall, deciding on whether or not to give up on climbing. It was the last chance that I had to ring the bell, but the height of the wall has made my determinations diminish. Hearing my peers and my teacher cheering for me to climb, I calmed myself and decided to climb up. I have set my goal to ring the bell, and did all I could to climb up. On the contrary to my actions, Jing-Mei discontinued on playing her piano, and had an ineffectual performance. Certainly, it was not my case. I made a success in climbing the wall, and rang the bell. Therefore, unlike Jing-Mei, I am a student that who strives to achieve my goal.

Image citation: “Two Kinds Summary.” Enotes.com, Enotes.com, www.enotes.com/topics/two-kinds.

Stop Tugging on My Heart Conflict

 

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 shows the man versus self conflict on deciding to choose from the bass or Sheila Mant. In the climax of the story, this conflict shows the protagonist’s choice between his love with Sheila and his own passions on fishing. The protagonist is shown as a dynamic character where he chooses his love over his passions, to choosing his passion over his love. Even though he decided to cut the line in half, he later realizes that being true to himself is better than trying to impress others. Although he has decided something that he regretted, but he “never made the same mistake again” (Wetherell 4) because of this experience.

Where is your SUGAR?

In the past few weeks, we have been doing a project that includes Sugar-Free or No-Sugar week. This week was about having a week with little sugar (manmade, not natural) as possible or even no sugar in our foods we eat. The purpose was to know what nutrients each food have, and ow much of each food group we should eat more or less. Before the Sugar-Free week and after the Sugar-Free week was very different, having to take photos of each food we eat. It was different from snack all the way to dinner. We needed to find the “hidden” sugars, for example, glucose, which we learned about. Shopping was a great deal, as well as cooking it. When I first started it, it was exciting and was very looking forward to thins week. However, when the Sugar-Free week occurred, it was hard to take care of what I am eating, and what I should eat.

If we ever do this week again, I would change many things from what I did that week to meet a more HEALTHY CHOICE in my diet. I, personally will change how I am paying attention to the nutritions in each food. I usually didn’t even had a look at Nutrition Facts table on the package of the food. After the Sugar-Free week I noticed that I changed to looking at it carefully and deciding which company’s food is better. I think we need to change what we are eating as a family. During the Sugar-Free week, our family didn’t change their food pattern as I change mine. So I would like my family to look back at their food and find the most healthiest food they can find and eat them constantly. I think that the schools should change the drinks they sell in the cafeteria. Ice Tea, Juice, etc. has too much sugar in them, so I think they should be changed. I would prefer the foods in my home and in school should have low sugar, low sodium, low fat, low sodium, more vitamins, more minerals, etc.

My experience of Sugar Week was fantastic and challenging for me. Learning what are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, etc. and what is a healthy food and a healthy choice for ourselves were fun, but also challenging as well. We learned the change between having sugar everyday and having no sugar everyday. What surprised me is that even though the calories we consume is the same, we can have different weight and nutritions in our body. I learned that making fruits into juices and drinking them is not as good as eating them fresh without anything else. I am interested in how many people are paying attention to what they are eating and how the 7 days without sugar can change our lives.

The MYSTERIOUS Benedict Society

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My favorite book that I have ever read is The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  I enjoyed this satisfying book because there are tests, schools, people, and problems that are unimaginable!  There are secrets in every “adventure” that the main character, Reynie Muldoon and his friends gets, which they find it unexpectedly.  I like to guess about the secrets, before I read on to make my reading interesting.  I think people that likes mysteries, will most likely to be attached to this book.  In this book, when one problem gets unfolded, another problem occurs and gets unfolded again. So I think people who love mysteries will probably enjoy this book.

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