Category: English 9

Mistress of Once Lover

Rationale

The short story “Mistress of Once Lover,” is my interpretation of Rosaline’s thoughts on Romeo based on the primary plotline of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. The central idea is about regrets, where Rosaline mourns her decision of leaving Romeo.

I wrote in first person point of view to decrease the complexity of the shift from past tense to present tense. The first paragraph is written in the present tense and then gradually shifted to past tense after the phrase “It feels.” This is where Rosaline reminisces about her last encounter with Romeo, followed by a background story, an introductory to her internal conflict about Romeo, characterization, and setting. I included personification, such as “heart flutters” and “welcoming the unwanted visitor”, personifying darkness as the unwanted visitor in Rosaline’s life. Following this section, there’s a change setting and a shift to present tense. I used “déjà vu” to foreshadow the misadventures Rosaline will encounter when she attempts to reconnect her and Romeo’s love by going to the masquerade, where she finds herself seeing Romeo kiss the hand of Juliet.

In this piece, I portrayed the protagonist, Rosaline, as a character who grew up in a strict and high profile family, who molded her to become a confident character. Creating this as Rosaline’s background allows her reaction of disbelief in seeing Romeo choose Juliet over her, more appropriate and understandable.

The ways I connected this short story to the original play, were by using phrases written by Shakespeare, such as “frowning night” and “Romeo, o Romeo”, borrowed from a shared dialogue between Romeo and Juliet, but in this case, it’s from the thoughts of Rosaline. I also included foreshadowing and used dichotomies as motifs—light vs. dark, such as “lightening the dense atmosphere.”

In the end, I used multiple rhetorical questions and finished it with ellipses to present Rosaline’s incredulity and derangement, which further displays the impact Romeo had on her character development.

 

Mistress of Once Lover

                  “Rosaline! Rosaline!” the muted calls ring in my ear.

I stare blankly at the winking chandelier while sprawling over my velvet duvet. It feels as if it was yesterday at twilight when the piercing whispers dissolved my quiet evening. I sat up at once, adjusted my nightgown and glided towards the balcony. I remember gazing down arduously upon the dimmed garden, only to see Romeo reveal himself under the oak tree. Not again, I had thought. He gallantly ascended over the balcony of which I stood on and greeted me with a kiss. His presence fatigued my winsome, nevertheless, even after he left that night, the aura of security and assurance he carried, lingered, lightening the dense atmosphere of this prison of a home.

Since a young age, my sisters and I lived under the stringent rules of our mother. My every movement were taught to precisely articulate the family’s power. Every second of the day, whenever visible to an outsider, our mother perpetually told us to show poise.

Romeo allowed me to feel the real sense of being notable, a significant disparity from the shallow acts of my mother. I’d jilt and disappear, but his heart remained faithful. A sense of déjà vu washed over when he departed, welcoming the unwanted visitor back into my life. The hollowness Romeo left behind devours my enduring poise. I once believed he would stay evermore; not once had the thought of Romeo forsake me for another damsel trespassed my unwavering mind.

I cannot endure the emptiness any longer. I refresh my beauty with the charm and elegance Romeo had once fallen in love with to the masquerade ball. My heart drums in my ears; at every pulse, I feel the frame I built up gradually shatter. I pause in front of the gold-rimmed mirror. Maybe I should turn back before I make a fool out of myself…but what if Romeo still loves me? These ambiguous thoughts go back and forth in my mind as I tried to wipe off the bewildered expression I wore with serene. I know his love is unfazed. He told me himself that he would love me for eternity, and be the guiding star during my darkest nights. I recollect my grace and saunter towards the main room, with my classic pair of red stilettos clicking on the polished marble floor. I survey the grand hall for my dear Romeo with assurance. I spot him in the corner. Inspecting his stance, I regain a sense of familiarity. When his glance falls in my direction, my heart flutters as a smile creeps onto my face. As quickly the aura of hope rushed over, it departed. My vision blurred once I realized our he was never looking at me. His soften gaze fixates towards the youthful girl with silky blonde locks.

The frowning night drew near. A muted hum rings in my ears, as everything freezes as I see my lover kiss the hands of his formidable foe. Incredulity rushes in. It wasn’t long before since the twilight of our last encounter. I reminisce about our enchanting memories I know I must omit, but my mind circles back around to Romeo. Had I not meant anything to you? Could I be forsaken so soon? How could you abandon me? Do I not compare to Juliet? Have I lost my grace? O Romeo, why Romeo?…

 

3 Secrets Ari and Dante Discovered about the Universe

#1: “Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer morning could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder” (261). The author uses a simile to compare the pain to a sudden storm; portraying that feelings are unpredictable and can come unexpectedly. Even the good days can turn into bad ones when pain exists.

 

#2: Ever since the accident which occurs towards the climax of the novel, the inseparable duo, Ari, and Dante, has a small fall out. Ari struggles with self-doubt, constantly feeling confused about what he wants. Ari’s mother senses his internal conflicts arise, and said to him that  “‘you’re fighting their own private wars’” (170).

 

#3: Ari and Dante went through a process of discovering something about themselves they never knew was hidden. They looked at the darker and lighter sides of being alive, which helped them become an individual. Together, Ari and Dante discovered the secrets of the universe.

 

Choosing Carefully

In the novel Abarat by Clive Barker, the protagonist Candy Quakenbush encounters a consequential internal conflict of choosing between her home, the colorless Chickentown, and the Abarat—an archipelago inhabited by fantastical creatures. In a short amount of time of contemplation, she “leaped into the air, committing [her life] to the frenzied waters of the Sea of Izabella” (93). The phrase “committing her life” used in this sentence not only has the meaning of putting her faith in the hands of the sea, but another, which signifies Candy is committing to her decision and is accepting that she will leave her family behind and start a new life on her own in the Abarat. This section of the novel not only reminds me of the countless times I had to make important choices under a short period of time; but also taught me to devote myself to my final decision even though it may not have been the most rational option.

The Hooded Murderer

In the small town Riverdale, danger seems to always linger in the shadows. Season 2 episode 4 of the TV series Riverdale, “the angel of death had come to Riverdale”. As tension begins to build between the North side and the South side serpents, Archie, Betty, Veronica, and the former Riverdale High student, Jughead, are digging deep to discover the identity of the Black Hood who shot the protagonist Archie’s, father, and murdered Ms. Grundy, a former music teacher who Archie was romantically involved with. The two victims shared one distinct similarity—they both have a close relationship with Archie Andrews. Through the rising action, the four main characters were struggling with different internal conflicts. At first, Archie didn’t know how to protect his father but decided to “fight fire with fire, fight terror with terror” under the guidance of Veronica’s deceitful father. Betty wanted to know the Black Hood’s motive. After receiving a letter from the murderer himself, she realized his actions were inspired by her speech which took place in the previous season (season 1). He followed as Betty said, to cleanse the town from sinister. However, his solution was violence. Betty was conflicted about whether to report to the police about the letter because it will possibly lead to the end of her valuable friendship with Archie. This episode ended with a cliffhanger, showing a short scene of Betty receiving a phone call from the Black Hood.  Even though the resolution of this episode didn’t answer the big dramatic question, multiple supporting questions were answered along the way, which will piece together and answer the big question of who is the Black Hood?

 

 

Ideal Ordeal

This is my interpretation of the short story “Ordeal” by Cheque. This is a life story of Lawrence Exeter Jr., the son of the wealthy Lawrence Exeter Sr. told by using checks. Throughout the exposition and rising action of this short story, is characterizing the protagonist, Lawrence Jr. to prepare for the climax and resolution of the short story, *spoiler alert* where he dies in the hospital he was born in.

It was September 2, 1903, when the wealthy couple Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Exeter had with a child—Lawrence Jr. who they named after his father. They were especially careful this time after having an unsuccessful child a year ago, so Lawrence Jr. was often spoiled with expensive toys and bikes. Once he was 7 years old, he was educated in the prestigious all-boys school, then in a military academy. On his 18th birthday, his parents bought him a sleek black Cadillac and paid for it every time it was wrecked. Even though Lawrence Jr. was spoiled and often missed school, he still had excelling grades and was accepted to Stanford University later that year.

The same year Lawrence Jr. went to college, his mother’s parents were seriously ill, so she flew back to England to look after them. Lawrence Sr. now is living alone in his mansion. Being an attractive and wealthy businessman, he needed countless ways to keep himself occupied whilst his wife and son weren’t in Hollywood. He became infatuated with his neighbor, Miss Daisy Windsor, who always wanted to go to university and become a teacher.

Lawrence Sr. often wrote Daisy notes and bought her luxurious gifts, though, she never paid much attention, and whenever he tried to show his affection, she shields away, explaining that she respected Mrs. Exeter too much to become a mistress. Lawrence Sr. thought of a solution and gave her a check of $25,000 to pay for university. Daisy couldn’t refuse the opportunity, so she accepted Lawrence Sr. and together, they traveled to France in exchange for her education.

Daisy’s trip to France was filled with expensive outings to dinners, romantic boat and strolls in parks. Then in November, Lawrence purchased an expensive 14-karat, glistening diamond ring and proposed to her, promising to divorce his wife once she returned from England. Daisy was bewildered and tried to refuse, but he threatened to cut the deal and not pay her college tuition, so she reluctantly agreed to marry him. Soon after, they honeymooned in Hawaii. From there, they sent a letter to Lawrence Jr. announcing their marriage. Lawrence Sr. feared his son would tell his mother and disapprove of the marriage, so he also sent his checkbook with a note permitting him to spend the money freely.

Receiving the little package his father sent, Lawrence Jr. was too stunned by the amount of money handed to him to even give another thought about his father remarrying. He began buying some expensive chocolates, delicately crafted gowns for Gabrielle, someone he met while an outing with his friends. Lawrence Jr. also bought himself a pair of thick leather boots with three large diamonds. His life was fulfilled until he encountered Tony Spagoni.

One night, Tony encountered Lawrence Jr. in an alley, pressing a gun to his head wanting $126. Lawrence agreed immediately and wrote the check. They went their separate ways until a week later when Tony returned. This time he encountered Lawrence Jr. after he brought Gabrielle home. Tony was armed with a gun, demanding another $126. Lawrence gave him the money since he had plenty to spare. As weeks turned to months, Lawrence Jr. developed feelings towards his childhood friend, Flossie. He bought her exorbitant gifts and wanted her to become his wife. However, Flossie didn’t like the change. She was afraid her friendship with Lawrence Jr. would fall apart. Lawrence Jr.’s understood Flossie, however, he couldn’t ignore the feelings he has developed. His entire life, everyone surrounded him, from his parents to his female friends; he was the sun and everyone else was the orbiting planets, but Flossie was always different. Lawrence Jr. found a way to persuade her. He always knew she wanted to sell her designs, so he gave her a check of $50,000. Flossie was shocked and couldn’t help but to accept his proposal.

As months passed, Lawrence Jr. and Flossie’s marriage became complicated and together they decided to be friends was the solution. They divorced on June 20. On the same day, Lawrence Jr. proposed to Marie Wharton. Again, he offered her $175,000, and Marie agreed to be his wife.

It was around July when Tony came back into Lawrence’s life. He cornered Lawrence Jr. in the alley of a coffee shop. Tony, once again, threatened him with a gun and demanded money. Lawrence Jr. has previously contacted his friend, seeking help. His friend helped Lawrence Jr. hire people—Walker, and a group who called themselves Wall & Smith, to take care of Tony Spagoni.

Lawrence Jr. laid on the blood-soaked sheets of a hospital bed. His father flew to the Hollywood hospital and contacted the man who reported seeing Lawrence Jr. He was found covered in blood with his checkbook peeking out of his pockets, but no one knew actually happened. As days passed, his health continued to drop. Even Dr. David M. McCoy, one of the world’s most esteemed doctors couldn’t rescue Lawrence Jr. He died on 10 days later on July 15, 1931. Once again, there lived only one Lawrence Exeter.

 

Tell-Tale Heart

When altering the short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, Ashley and I changed the perspective of this passage to the old man’s point of view, written in third person limited.

Upon the eighth night, the old man laid lifelessly on his bed, listening. A watch’s minute hand moves more quickly than it did before. The old man suspected something was wrong. A muffled chuckle echoed across the inky darkness. Never before that night had the old man felt this fear. “Who’s there?” the old man cried, hoping he would scare away the intruder. He stared deep into the pitch as black room, enveloped by the thick, ruby curtains. Searching. Searching for anything that would ease his pounding heart. He laid still, telling himself it was the a tree branch tapping the shuttered windows, or a mouse running around the red carpeted floors. But he knew very well, that something, someone, was standing on the other side of the door.

Vanishing Past, a Found Poem

A change in path, a change in personality, a change in future. In the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie creates a complex character who learns to survive in two drastically different settings.

Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The community was heavily affected by segregation between Indians and Americans, the Americans being taught to “kill Indian culture” (Alexie 35). Junior suffers from “all sorts of physical problems that are directly the result of [his] brain damage” (2). He has lopsided glasses, disproportionate limbs, and a lisp. Junior practically looked like a “three-year-old Indian grandpa” (3). as he described himself as. Because of his disabilities, he often got bullied by the kids at school, who called him “Globe” pointing to where they wanted to go on his skull. Junior’s life soon took a turn for the better after he talked to his math teacher.  Junior wanted a future, so his family moved to Reardan. The place where “the smartest and most athletic kids anywhere” (46). lived. Struggling to fit in, Junior changed his approach. Instead of constantly turning towards violence, he learned a “whole other set of rules ” (65). These minor changes resulted in drastic changes; from “loser” to “winner”.

A change in path, a change in personality, a change in future. Moving to the “hopeful” and “magnificent” (50). Reardan, all Junior can see is “a bright future vanishing the past”.

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