Characterization Red Scarf Girl

The book Red Scarf Girl. By Ji-li Jiang. The story talks about her own experience during the Cultural Revolution that took place in China. And throughout the story, her characters traits were shown by how she reacted, and how she would 99.

Ji-li is a very smart and hard-working girl as she is towards the top of her class in studies. People also would look at her and be jealous of her grades and intelligence. “So I stretched out my arm to show Dad my da-dui-zhang badge.”(Pg. 9) Ji-li is kind and respectful, she would respect her elders and parents. She also shows responsibility from being able to care for her siblings, and help out when she can. She would help buy groceries when the ayi (Song Po-po) is fired, as well as help her siblings when they are bullied. She showed leadership by being able to lead her school during a period of time, and also by taking care of her family. Ji-li is a girl with many characteristics, and also with lots of experience of during the revolution. With that, she deserves the respect that she can gain, as all of her characteristics are kind hearted.

Commoncraft In Plain English Chinese Revolution

This commoncraft video is about the Chinese Revolution that took place in of course CHINA!!! The events that we had chosen to show were the years 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1976. We had chosen these years since they were the years that included more events, we had also included the beginning 1966 and the end 1976. For the video what we had done was just to add stop motion in with a plain video where we would move pictures or items physically. The Chinese Revolution was lead by chairman Mao. And was carried on by the Red Guards, the revolution was meant for China to get rid of the old and establish the new. They would try to become like what Russia had done, and make themselves more independent and have a bigger industry. The Revolution had ended and died when Mao had passed away.

 

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Animal Farm Resolution

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The book Animal Farm by George Orwell, the story is based on Russian history. The book talks about the revolution of the farm animals as they take over a farm in England. The cause for their fight for freedom was that they only had limited freedom and had to work for someone. If not the animals would be punished with less food or even death. One day the smartest of the animals started to plot against the farmer, named Mr. Jones.

For this blog post, I had chosen to make another book cover for Animal Farm. What I had done with it was that I made a border on the outside with green. “But when the animals saw the green flag flying and heard the gun firing again… it did seem to them after all that they had won a great victory.” (Pg. 110) The green represented the green grasses of England. It was also one of the main colors of their flag. As the green represented freedom to the animals. I had cut the symbol for communism and animalism in half. So each side would have one-half, that way it could show that there was almost no difference and also that it represented the same idea. The red was to represent the communist flag, and also the blood that went along with the loss of animals on the farm. The quote that I had chosen to use was “All animals are equal” (Pg. 43).
This had shown what the animals had wanted before the leadership of Napoleon (Stalin) had occurred.

This book shows the history of the Russian Revolution but in a simpler and easier way to understand. The book uses animals as the peasants of Russia, and the Humans as the nobles and higher classes. That is one main reason why this story might be considered a fairytale. But as the book continues it shows that even though the leadership has changed, it doesn’t always mean that things will change for the better.

Exposition Animal Farm

In the book of Animal Farm by George Orwell, the author. The story events are truly based on the Russian revolution, and also of the history during World War 1 and 2. In this story the setting takes place in a farm, in England. The animals are mistreated, and tired from working a hard life. The humans had ruled over them and forced them to work for only the humans. After a while the animals in one farm are tired of this and want to begin a new life.

 

At the beginning of the story the author introduces a farmer named Mr. Jones. He treated his animals unfairly, as they were kept as slaves, and only given as little as needed to sustain their lives. In this story Mr. Jones represents Tsar Nicholas from Russia. In England, during the day, all the animals needed to work for the farmer Mr. Jones. During the night when Mr. Jones had fallen asleep, the animals had all gathered into the barn to listen to a speech from one very respectable Pig. His name was Old Major, in the book he represented the man behind communism called Carl Marx, he had also represented Lenin, as he was the leader of the animals. After his speech and dream, he was able to give wisdom to many people, as well as hope for others. The one thing that stuck to the animals was the song Beasts of England, where the meaning of that song was freedom and peace.

First came the three dogs, Bluebell, Jessie, and Pincher, and then the pigs, who settled down in the straw immediately in front of the platform. The hens perched themselves on the window-sills, the pigeons fluttered up to the rafters, the sheep and the cows lay down behind the pugs and began to chew the cud. The two cart-horses, Boxer and Clover came in together, walking very slowly and setting down their vast hairy hoofs with great care lest there should be some small animals concealed in the straw. Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal. Boxer was an enormous beast, nearly eighteen hands high, and as strong as any two ordinary horses put together. A white stripe down his nose gave him a somewhat stupid appearance, and in fact he was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work. After the horses came Muriel, the white goat, and Benjamin, the donkey. Benjamin was the oldest animal on the farm, and the worst tempered. He seldom talked, and when he did, it was usually to make some cynical remark—for instance, he would say that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner have had no tail and no flies. Alone among the animals on the farm he never laughed. If asked why, he would say that he saw nothing to laugh at. Nevertheless, without openly admitting it, he was devoted to Boxer; the two of them usually spent their Sundays together in the small paddock beyond the orchard, grazing side by side and never speaking.

The two horses had just lain down when a brood of ducklings, which had lost their mother, filed into the barn, cheeping feebly and wandering from side to side to find some place where they would not be trodden on. Clover made a sort of wall round them with her great foreleg, and the ducklings nestled down inside it and promptly fell asleep. At the last moment Mollie, the foolish, pretty white mare who drew Mr. Jone’s trap, came mincing daintily in, chewing at a lump of sugar. She took a place near the front and began flirting her white mane, hoping to draw attention to the red ribbons it was plaited with. Last of all came the cat, who looked round, as usual, for the warmest place, and finally squeezed herself in between Boxer and Clover; there she purred contentedly throughout Major’s speech without listening to a word of what he was saying. (Pg. 26-27)

The way that everyone had sat during the speech was a way to identify the groups of animals, and also who would stick or help who. It would also show the positions everybody would have later on as well as the actions that the animals would take. This passage shows the characteristics of every animal and also how or what the animals would become like in the future.

We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength; and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty…The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth. (Pg. 28)

During  Majors speech he talks about rebellion and about making everyones lives better. But to do so they would need to get rid of all the humans that have made them do the tiring work that they do everyday. It was the animals against their ruler, and also everything that had to do with Mr. Jones. Just like the theme Person vs Society, Old Major was talking to everyone about the revolution that would need to happen before they would be free.

“All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.” …… Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. What ever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. And remember also that in fighting against Man, we must not come to resemble him. (Pg. 31)

During the speech of Old Majors one of his quotes was that all men are enemies and all animals were friends. Then also in fighting against man, they must never come to resemble him. This part about resemblance to humans was the most forgotten part about Old Majors speech later on, and it keeps on coming back in later times to haunt the animals. The only part of the quote that most animals had remembered was “Two legs bad, four legs good.” Which showed that they were determined to overthrow Mr. Jones, and receive their freedom as a victory. To overthrow Mr. Jones, the animals needed to prepare themselves for the event.

 

The animals had all hated Mr. Jones and all wanted to be free, Mr. Jones had treated them all badly, and was considered a monster. But then after a few days Old Major had died, the other pigs (as the smartest animals on the farm) had taken it to be their job to prepare everyone for the revolution. The animals all had new leaders, Napoleon, a pig that is not very intelligent and always gets his way. And another pig named Snowball, a smart thoughtful and creative pig. Napoleon in this story is based off of the historical character Stalin, while he is not the smartest he is the most respected for doing things no one would want to do, or volunteer to do. Snowball on the other hand was based off the historical character Trotsky, he was a war general, and well respected by everyone. He was smart, bright as well as creative and energetic, but was known to have tempers and be very disrespectful at times. One miraculous day after the animals were not fed for days, the animals invaded the store shed to get food, the store shed was next to the barn. When Mr. Jones and his men came the animals hungry and fed up, butted and kicked the humans until they ran.

One of the cows broke in the door of the store-shed with her horn and all the animals began to help themselves form the bins. It was just then that Mr. Jones woke up. The next moment he and his four men were in the store-shed with whips in their hands, lashing out in all directions. This was more than the hungry animals could bear. With one accord, though nothing of the kind had been planned beforehand, they flung themselves upon their tormentors. Jones and his men suddenly found themselves being butted and kicked from all sides. The situation was quite out of their control. (Pg. 39)

This part of the book as the revolution is an event that can be based off many other historical events from Russia. As like Bloody Sunday where the people had just wanted to protest peacefully for food, but then ended up where many were shot dead. It can also relate or be based on the Bolsheviks and their one day revolution to take over Russia. Another connection is to the civil war in Russia where the war was between the Reds (Bolsheviks) and the whites (Richer classes and supporters of the tsar). The animals would represent the protesters, Bolsheviks, and the Reds.

The Seven Commandments

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend
  3. No animal shall wear clothes
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol
  6. No animal shall kill any other animal
  7. All animals are equal

(Pg. 43)

The seven commandments were made for the animals to acknowledge and respect the rules. This way every single rule could enforce the habit so that the animals would not come to resemble their tormentors, and their foes. This way the animals may stay united, together, and at peace.

Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! Sure, comrades,” cried Squealer almost pleasingly, skipping side to side and whisking his tail, “surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?” (Pg. 52)

As time drags on the pigs have lots of power and are corrupted. They needed to reinforce the rules just so that they would be able to gain more and make the animals all work while they get more luxuries than the others. The pigs would use Squealer as their speaker and he would persuade the animals to let the pigs take the luxuries swirling around the farm, as they are the brain workers, and also are the most hard working in the whole farm.

 

I can connect to the animals on the person or People vs Society. Since one of the big problems nowadays are about corruption within the governments. The corruption would enable the people in the government to feel like they should get more back in return while everyones else’s days still stay the same. The exposition of the book talks about rebellion, the events and outcomes of the rebellion. The reason behind all of this would be that the government was not stable and working properly to the conditions where everybody is equal.

Cause Course Consequence Russian Revolution

The cause of the Russian revolution was because of the lack of resources and industry. In the 1900’s the people’s rights in the country were unfair, and those who rebelled and had tried to defend the peoples rights were prosecuted. The Russian society at that time was divided in terms of working class on the bottom, capitalists next, then the army with its soldiers, after that there is the church, right on top of that is the royal family. 4 out of every 5 people in Russia were peasants, and about 1 percent of the people there were nobles, the nobles had owned about 25 percent of all the land in Russia. When peasants went to work they would sometimes work longer time periods, longer than the time that the law let it. But the peasants couldn’t quit or rebel since there were always more people that could replace you at any certain time. The peasants had a hard life since they had to provide for they’re families, and also pay back their landowner. At a time sometimes 3 to 4 people would stay in the same room, which made it harder on the peasants.

 

When Russia had tried to go to China and other places to get the resources they needed. Russia had built a railroad to go to the areas that they wanted to get the resources from. The peasants and the people in Russia all expected that things would get better once they had gotten the recourses that they needed. But another country had also had the same idea, that country or place was Japan. Japan wanted other resources other than rice, so they had also wanted to get more industry and resources. To fight over the resources the two countries fought each other and went to war. Russia would end up losing to Japan after it sunk both ships that Russia had sent. After Russia went back in defeat people rebelled since they were not getting the needed resources and food to live with, also many people had also died in the war against Japan. Father Gapon a priest went to factories and began to tell people to rebel, as they weren’t getting the food and payment they needed to support their families. As the army began to begin there voyage to another battle on a ship called the Potemkin, the soldiers take over the ship after they realize the food is not good and isn’t healthy for you. The soldiers join the rebellion as well after that event on Potemkin.

 

The consequence of the Russian revolution after the war against Japan was bloody Sunday. Where there would be a prosecution where in about 200,000 people 500 people had died. Bloody Sunday was lead by Father Gapon for the people to ask for the tsar’s help like for raises and food. But the reaction or the amount of people made the royal family panic so they shot people to shoo them away. But after a while the tsar Nicholas the second made a decision for people so that there would be another power for the people, so he made the duma. The duma is a type of government and the people voted its leaders. But the royal family still had a bit of control over the government, so who ever the tsar didn’t like he would push them out, the people he tended to like listened to his orders. But after a while the people decided that having a government was the same and didn’t help much so there was a guy named Stalin who had liked the idea of what a german writer named Carl Marx had written about in 1848 called the Communist Manifesto, in this book Carl Marx thought that communism would allow people not to be selfish and to work together with others. Then they would get paid the amount they need to be. With that Stalin had brought the royal family into a basement and had murdered them all. So there was no more royal blood and other things. That way Russia could have there own elections and choices of leaders.

Fahrenheit 451 Resolution

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In the resolution of Fahrenheit 451 I had chosen to rewrite the book and make it a children’s book. The main events are all taken into the book and are rewritten in an easy way to understand, another detail that I had added into the book was that the items on the characters shirts are representatives of what the character values the most. As on Montag’s shirt he had a firefighters logo, and as the story had progressed it changed into a book logo. Another way that Montag had changed was when he had left the river, his shirt had changed from white to gray as it shows the change of character once he arrives to the hobo camp. When Montag had the fireman’s logo onto his chest his job was to burn books as books where illegal in this place. “Do you ever read any of the books you burn?” He laughed. “That’s against the law!” (pg 12) But as the story progresses his logo changes towards a confusion between books and his duty as a fireman. Montag gazed beyond them to the wall with the typed lists of a million forbidden books. Their names leapt in fire, burn down the years under his ax and his hose which sprayed not water but kerosene. (pg 37-38) Montag’s own choice had lead him to become a criminal and a book lover, the books theme is choice as Montag chose his path between his duty as a firefighter and his curiosity for books.

Fahrenheit 451 Rising Action

When something occurs, an incident problem or many people would change they’re perspectives or decisions. Inside the book of Fahrenheit 451, Montags decisions and perspectives change, as he encounters a woman willing to burn with her books. Montag is curious and questions where he belongs, he feels guilty as well since he with the law or against it. He will rebel against the law and would read as well as ignore all the other rules that he had learned during his career as a fire fighter.

 

Montag’s occupation is a fireman, they are the police in this dystopia, the firemen keep the law and order. But one day after meeting one girl named Clarrise all his thoughts and attitudes change. One particular event happens and snaps him out of his happy go life. “We burn a thousand books. We burnt a woman.” (pg. 53) After doing what his job was meant to do, a woman chooses to die with her books, so the firemen with him just light her on fire as well. That one event changes his entire perspective on life itself in this world.

“You weren’t there, you didn’t see,” he said. “There must be something in books, things that we cant imagine to make a woman star in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” ……… “You ever seen a burnt house? It smolders for days. Well, this fire’ll last me the rest of my life.” “Last night I thought about all the kerosene I’ve used in the last ten years.” ……… “It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down, looking around at the world and life, and then I come along in two minuets and boom! Its all over.” (Pg. 54) The quote this fire’ll last me the rest of my life shows that he is haunted and also curious of why the woman would want to stay and burn with her books. He thought about his job and what he had done for the world, to find that he only was harming and destroying what took people many days or even years to make.

 

Montags decisions slowly change after secretly stealing a few books over the course of his career; he comes in sick after killing the woman with her books. He also gets a surprise visit from Beatty. “Well, then, what if a fireman accidentally, really not intending anything, takes a book home with him?” ……… “A natural error. Curiosity alone,” said Beatty “We don’t get over anxious or mad. We let the fireman keep the book twenty-four hours. If he hasn’t burned it by then, we simply come burn it for him.” (Pg 66) This quote shows Beatty knows that Montag has books hidden inside his house, but not how many. The quote also shows that Beatty has had this situation before with almost every single fireman, where they take a book, and call in sick. Montag changes his decision to go against the law was when he realizes that he was not helping the community in any way.

“Without looking at it he dropped it to the floor. He put his hand back up and took out two books and moved his hand down and dropped the two books to the floor. He kept moving his hand and dropping books, small ones, fairly large ones, yellow, red, green ones. When he was done he looked down upon some twenty books lying at his wife’s feet.” (Pg. 69) The books that he has taken were all stolen from the course of his career; this quote shows that Montag actually had an itch of curiosity for the whole course of his fireman occupation. Montag would choose to rebel and his decisions change as the books in his house increases.

 

I can connect with the protagonist (Montag) since with everything you do you would or might get an irritating feeling, or you would feel that you have made no difference in your whole life. I have had this feeling when doing or playing sports. I feel like I have made no progress and am not improving. The itch is that no improvements are made. This is like Montag where he feels that he has made no change in society. But once you become the change or feel it everything would be better and you would live differently as it shows in the book later on.

Fahrenheit 451 Exposition

In the book Fahrenheit 451, the main character is a fireman named Guy Montag. The conflict in the story is Person v Society, in this dystopian place everything is opposite from our own. People fear firemen and curiosity, books and any type of literature is banned, and the meaning of social is to not speak or to think.

 

The firemen are the police in the book, where they catch the criminals and punish them for breaking the law. The firemen would start the fire and burn the literature and books as well as the house. But the house is fireproof so it would look like there is no damage done to the house from the outside. “So many people are. Afraid of firemen, I mean. But you’re just a man, after all. . .” (Pg. 11) Many people are afraid of the firemen because of the fires that they start or the stories and history that they burn. The firemen are different from the world that we know of and the one inside the book. “Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of starting them?”

“No. Houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it.”

Strange. I heard once that a long time ago houses used to burn by accident and they needed firemen to stop the flames.” (Pg. 12) The fires are all started just to prevent the people from even thinking or considering breaking the law.

Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin.

 

Rule 1. Answer the alarm swiftly

  1. Start the fire swiftly
  2. Burn everything
    4. Report back to firehouse immediately
  3. Stand alert for other alarms

(Pg. 38)

The rules or code of the firemen is to burn, they don’t stop and burning until all the books and the people that are rebelling are all gone or obeying the law. Reading these rules you can tell that there would be resistance since the last rule stand alert for other alarms shows that people are constantly going to rebel against the law and government, as they would think that the law isn’t fair or isn’t right to everyone.

 

From Montags point of view he sees all the burning and destruction as normal until he meets a 17-year-old girl named Clarrise. She changes his point of view about everything, as she is very curious about everything. She is an example in the book as the odd one out. She is very social, which in the book shows as antisocial.

“I’m antisocial, they say I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social doesn’t it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this.” She rattled some chestnuts that had fallen off the tree in the front yard. “Or talking about how strange the world is. Being with people is nice. But I don’t think it’s a social to get a bunch of people together and not let them talk, do you? An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know we never ask questions, or at least most don’t; they just run the answers at you, bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more hours of film teacher. That’s not social to me at all. It’s a lot of funnels and a lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom, and them telling us its wine when its not.” (Pg 33)

This quote from the book in page 33 is when Montag is talking to Clarrise. She describes a normal day at school inside that book, it shows that the school is trying to teach that you don’t need to talk as much to learn and grow. “Sometimes I sneak around a listen in subways. Or I listen at soda fountains, and do you know what?”

“What?”
“People don’t talk about anything.” (pg. 34)

People grow up to be used to not talking or communicating as much so they become less social. Men and women walk around without talking or any type of communication. After talking to Clarrise and becoming more curious Montag feels different and has a feeling of realization about the place he lives and works in.

 

I can connect to Montag about his feeling, as people are less and less social everyday. Since technology is beginning to take over the world giving us the answers and goods to every problem we would every have. Can’t calculate or solve this? Use your phone and find the answer. But as technology is increasing our social time is also rising bit by bit. But slowly it is beginning to fall behind, as many people have other “things” to do now. As well as books are beginning to lessen, people buy and have literature in technology, downloaded or torrent. But printed books, and other types of literature is less used now, libraries are sometimes used. Our civilization is beginning to become similar to the book. But instead we don’t know who is rebelling or is wrong in our world.

The Magician (Nicholas Flamel Series) By Michael Scott

In the book the Magician by Michael Scott. The moral or lesson of the story is that you should not feel unappreciated or left out as you are always going to be more important in the future.

“I can distinguish the different locations of the sirens.” “You can tell them apart??” he asked. He found himself wondering, yet again, at the full extent of his sister’s senses.” (Pg 16.) Josh is Sophie’s brother, as they are twins. Until a few hours ago Josh has never felt so apart from his sister, because his sister has “unlocked” new powers that makes her more different from Josh since he hasn’t gotten any. Joshes feelings for this are sad, useless and alone. As everyone with him had magical abilities, and are all risking their lives for the world, even his sister.

His feeling change his perspectives and also his attitudes to other people or things, like the alchemist Nicholas Flamel. He used to respect the alchemist as a smart kind and generous man. But after a few days that man he had respected had put his and his sisters lives in danger. With also the feeling of being alone and by yourself.

But among the other problems there is a man called Niccolo Machiavelli, the head of the French Secret Service. Niccolo is one of the servants of the Dark Elders. They will stop at nothing to achieve one thing, to kill Nicholas Flamel, and also to retrieve the final pages of the Codex book. Niccolo was called by John Dee (another servant of the elders) to help him track down and kill Nicholas Flamel. But after failing the first time in the church Niccolo is furious. Using every resource he can to get what he wants, or needs. “I am making this a DGSE matter,” Machiavelli interrupted softly. “My powers come directly from the president. I will shut down this entire city if necessary. I want these people found. Tonight, a catastrophe was averted.” (Pg. 48.)

Both these men have felt different emotions throughout this story, but the one thing that they don’t know is that they are going to be the most important in the later future. Even I have felt left out for sports, as people don’t pass to me or show me what we are supposed to do. But later after that saddening event has passed I carry on and show that I am and can be more important in the future. That way you can leave the sad and unhappy parts out of your life and move on feeling more appreciated and respected.

Breaking News!! Church Broken into in Paris! (Paris Daily)

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The book I have read for this blog post is called “The Magician”. It is the second book of the Nicholas Flamel series, by Michael Scott. For the multimedia post I have chosen to make a newspaper, I have put a man named Aleron Anatole as the writer of the story. He has written it from the perspectives of himself and also of Niccolo Machiavelli. As of what he had smelled, saw and the number of people there. “He knew that they were talking about the strange fog that had suddenly descended over the church.” (Pg. 41). Another quote is “And beneath the portico of Sacre-Coeur in Paris, the air turned chill and moist , rich with the odor of vanilla ice cream.” (Pg. 34) These two quotes show the parts of the smells and looks of the night of the break in. This way when people look at the article they can feel or imagine what is talked or explained in the article.