Liza Donnelly Cartoon Analysis

In this cartoon by Liza Donnelly a child character is shown to be unknowingly feminist which is comedic and impactful due to Donnelly’s use of irony. The cartoon has the depicts a young girl talking to someone who can be assumed to be her mother with the caption “Some kids at school called you a feminist, Mom, but I punched them out.” This caption is ironic because by defending her mother from what she thought was an insult the young girl is herself displaying feminist views. This strong feminist messaging is contrasted in the actual cartoon where the mother is shown in an apron cooking which is not inherently antifeminist but does fit into the traditional gender roles which many feminists appose. Many of Donnelly’s cartoons address feminism and this cartoon may have been made to show that there anyone might be a feminist even if they don’t know that’s what they as shown with the child and that even if someone may seem to exemplify some aspects of traditional gender roles they may not embrace the role as a whole shown through the mother who is said to be a feminist but is seen quietly cooking for her family.


polymer journal 4

Our first prototype was too sticky and did not hold form well enough when we added liquid starch to stretch tactic but when we added borax instead of liquid starch we got all the physical properties we were looking for and worked at reducing volume possibly because of the thickness. Our final prototype (S.A.M.) was made with 15 ml of liquid starch 10 ml of glue and two drops of borax. S.A.M. also returned to the base polymer, stretch tactic, over night so we had to add borax every class.

Polymer journal 3

We want our polymer to be sticky enough to stay on an ear but not sticky enough to stick in hair or leave a gorse residue in a person’s ear.  We also wanted it to be malleable so it could fit to different people’s ears. We started with two batches stretch-tactic slime as the base polymer then we added two drops of borax to one and two drops of liquid starch to the other to see what would give the consistency we were looking for. We found that the starch had a very small effect on the polymer possibly because of the fact that it was one of the ingredients in the stretch-tactic but the borax did work when we added two drops and mixed it in to the slime. We tested our product by covering the microphone on an iPhone and measuring the difference with an app that can measure decibels.

Polymer journal 2

Our polymer is designed to block out sound to help people with loud siblings or to help people sleep like ear plugs but we wanted to make it mold to different ears for more comfort and better quality. It will help people focus by blocking sound it will also heal block sound if you have trouble sleeping because of noise. We used the stretch tactics slime to make our polymer stretchy and malleable then added borax solution to make the polymer lass sticky and hold shape better.

The Death Cure

Do you ever hear something and not completely believe it? I think one of the main themes in the Death Cure is that you should not believe everything you are told.  This is shown threw the main characters’ disbelief that the corporation, WICKED, that had been experimenting on him and his friends was good and trying to find a cure to the disease that had plunged the world into chaos like they had told him so many times. While talking to one of the heads of WICKED the main character, Thomas, asks: “Why would I believe a word that comes out of your mouth? How could possibly expect me to.” This only reinforces that it would not be smart to believe everything you are told.


I think that you should not believe everything in real life either. Some people are not trustworthy and you can’t trust anything they say. There are some people that never tell the truth and when they do tell the truth nobody believes them like the story of the boy who cried wolf, there was a boy tasked with protecting the sheep of a small town or village. One day he got bored and yelled “wolf” but when the people came nothing was there. This happened a few more times the people stopped believing him and when a real wolf came nobody came thinking he was lying. This shows that you need to know when to trust people.

rules of the game

Waverly is an extremely talented young chess player. She started playing chess when her brother got a chess set for Christmas at the time she was ” seven according to the American formula and eight by the Chinese calendar.” When she beat her brothers so much that they refused to play her Waverly decided to play an older man she met in an ally and she soon learned that she could not yet beat an experienced player: “Lau Po as he allowed me to call him turned out to be a much better player than my brothers. I lost many games and many Life Savers.” But Waverly soon got better and started attending tournaments: “A man who watched me play in the park suggested that my mother allow me to play in local chess tournaments”.

I have a hard time relating to Waverly because I do not play chess much and am not very good at it but i admire her want and work to become a better player. When faced with the challenge of chess Waverly persists to become better at the game. When faced with challenges sometimes we want to give up but Waverly shows that if we try we can overcome challenges.