Posted in 9th Grade, English 9

Tokyo Ghoul Episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1 starts off with a female binge-eater ghoul desperately eating a group of humans and then escaping after another ghoul wants to take her alive. In a coffee shop, a young university boy named Kaneki drinking coffee with his best friend Hide, talking about Kaneki’s date. Kaneki goes on the date the next day, only to find that his date, Rize, is the binge-eater ghoul causing trouble in the beginning part. Just as Kaneki is about to get killed, bars crash onto Rize, killing her. A doctor transplants the Rize’s organs into Kaneki but turns him into a half-ghoul. Unable to live like a normal human anymore, he wanders around helpless and is almost killed by another ghoul, claiming the area to be his feeding grounds. A girl appears, which Kaneki recognizes to be Touka, a waitress he met before, and saves Kaneki, but in a cruel way, which kind of results in a Deus ex Machina ending for episode 1. Three major questions form in the one episode and two were already solved in that one episode, which were first, who is Kaneki going on a date with? Second, what will happen to Kaneki after the date? We already know that Kaneki’s going on a date with Rize, the binge-eater ghoul and that he becomes a half-ghoul after the date. That then leads to the ultimate major question: will Kaneki be able to live as a half-ghoul? The first season of Tokyo Ghoul focuses on Kaneki struggling to embrace his ghoul side because of him living as a half-ghoul, which Kaneki finds messed up because he never wanted to be a half-ghoul and live his life like a normal human. His main goal is to be able to live a normal life despite being a half-ghoul, which is sort of a concrete goal because it’s what Kaneki wants the most throughout the season and cries all the way through about it. Of course, there are some external conflicts and internal conflicts. First of all, there’s the CCG, the Commission of Counter-Ghoul which is an organization dedicated to driving all the ghouls out of Tokyo. Second is the Aogiri Tree, an organization of ghouls trying to suppress humans and prove that ghouls should dominate the earth and are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way, including ghouls who want to live like normal humans just like Kaneki. Third, which is an internal conflict, is Rize. Because Kaneki has Rize’s organs transplanted into him, he can always feel Rize’s presence around him, pushing him to succumb to his ghoul side and eat all the humans he can, just like her.

Posted in 9th Grade, English 9

The Tale of Money

Money. It can be seen as beauty. You can trade it for many things such as diamonds, purses, Cadillacs and other stuff. It can be seen as evil. It can make you become greedy and selfish. It can be seen as hope. You can buy food with it. But in this tale, you will see it become a strange story, in the form of cheques.

One day, a woman and her husband are shopping in a place named Yoosie Yandere Baby Shoppe. They’re about to have a baby, and the woman is due in about September. Very typical scene. Every couple that gets married has to have children, at least that was what they were told. That fateful day soon arrives and a little boy named Lawrence Exeter Jr. is born, with the help of Dr. David McCoy, their doctor. The young boy lives happily as a cheerful boy. His parents take him to a California Joyland theme park on his birthday and buy him a nice bike with cute training wheels. 6 years later, his parents send him to school on October the 6th. Oh, that feeling of watching your young boy leave for his first day at school, knowing he has a future ahead.

When he’s old enough, his parents send him to a military academy. As celebration that their son is going to a military school, they buy him a Cadillac, only for it to be broken. The young boy fakes a smile and pouts in apology but it’s still broken and expensive to fix. As he grows older, he attends Stanford University. But even though he’s in a fabulous university, his performance isn’t up to standard. To help him, his father pays for a private tutor named Miss Daisy Windsor. Lawrence Exeter Jr. falls in love with his private tutor and wants to take her out on a date but needs to ask for money from his father to take her out on a very nice date. Soon, the young man buys a nice diamond ring from Beverly Diamond Gift Shoppe and proposes, to which Daisy accepts. Lawrence Exeter Jr. and Daisy Windsor have a nice wedding and go on a lovely honeymoon to Hawaii and Daisy goes out to buy new clothes for herself such as boots, lingerie and others.

Lawrence Exeter Sr. pays an eccentric and weird architect named Tony Spagoni to build his son’s new house and then finds a midwife for the pregnant Daisy named Miss Flossie Wentworth. Then something goes wrong in Lawrence Exeter Sr.’s relationship with his wife, Lawrence Exeter Jr.’s mother, and pays a divorce lawyer named Caleb Peno Municipal for a divorce. He must send his ex-wife money or else he’s looked down upon in society. Because this man is too focused on his divorce, he runs out of money for his divorce and all the process. Lawrence Jr. sends him some money to help and needs to pay for Tony Spagoni to fix up the last of his new house, but he’s sick and cannot write properly. Just as he sends Peter Ventegi, his friend, some money because he owed him money a few years ago, he collapses and is taken to the hospital, only to be diagnosed with cancer. Lawrence Sr. begs the Hollywood Hospital and Dr. David McCoy to help but he cannot. Lawrence Jr. has died.

Posted in 9th Grade

Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe – Reinterpretation

In this assignment, we were asked to read The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and find a passage and change it into a different perspective or point of view. What I did was that I changed the first person perspective of the madman to a third person limited perspective limited to the Evil Eye: “It’s not its fault that it looks the way it is. It’s not its fault it looks like a vulture’s eye. Nobody seems to care, but one man. It knows he puts on a fake smile when he’s around. It can tell that he hates it, just because it looks like a vulture’s eye.”  I did this because the eye was what the madman was afraid of the most and wanted to destroy the most but the protagonist of the story was also kind of the antagonist because he was a psychopathic murderer. To me, murderers are more frightening when you can’t predict what they’re going to do next so I chose a third person limited perspective to put some distance between the reader, the eye and the madman: “When the darkness comes and all the eye can see is the bottom of the eyelid, it knows the man comes. He is careful since the eye can see almost nothing, but it can feel the presence of a wicked being.”

“It’s not its fault that it looks the way it is. It’s not its fault it looks like a vulture’s eye. Nobody seems to care, but one man. It knows he puts on a fake smile when he’s around. It can tell that he hates it, just because it looks like a vulture’s eye. He takes good care of the man who owns it, making sure he’s safe. But it knows his hidden intentions, it can see it. It knows he’s mad. It might not seem like it’s possible, but it can see it, for it is an eye, a pale blue eye with a grey film over it. He acts as though he’s not mad and it knows, and that’s probably why he wants to get rid of it. It can see the madness boiling inside the madman, the madman who claims to be perfectly fine. When the darkness comes and all the eye can see is the bottom of the eyelid, it knows the man comes. He is careful since the eye can see almost nothing, but it can feel the presence of a wicked being. He would undo the lantern so carefully and so slowly just so a single ray fell upon the covered eye. For seven long nights, he did this, and this it knows for it stays awake during the night. Even so, the eye can tell that he’s being careful. For seven long nights, the eye sees the light shining but the source of the light doesn’t do anything. He stays there, not moving, and not reaching out for the kill. It knows why he won’t move. It knows why he won’t kill. For it was not the host that vexed him, but the Evil Eye.”

Posted in 9th Grade

Hope…?! – a Found Poem

“I was born with water on the brain.”, or so that’s what he said. Here stands a fourteen-year-old outcast from society with a hidden ray of hope buried deep down under pain and sufferings.

In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie creates a round, life-like, complex character. Sherman Alexie shows a lot how setting affects the character. Examples include such as Junior’s physical health (his stutter and lisp, his forty-two teeth, his glasses, his disproportioned body), the environment he lives in and the way he’s treated affects the character himself. Junior is a character who yearns for the world to hear him: “I draw because I want the world to pay attention to him.”. Because he’s an Indian, his family isn’t so rich and he wouldn’t be complaining about his family situation and he might actually have a clearer brighter future like all the other white kids. He might not like drawing and he might not be bullied as much.