Category: Humanities (page 1 of 2)

Escapism

If I Leave

“‘It’s OK,’ [Grandpa] tells me. […] ‘I understand if you go. It’s OK if you have to leave us. It’s OK if you want to stop fighting’” (Forman 161). After a tragic car accident, nothing will ever be the same for Mia. Many people wanted her to stay, but the most important people made her want to leave. In the novel If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Mia has to choose between her family and her own future.

The discrete individuals who visited Mia made her realize, not all decisions have to be altruistic. After registering the fact that none of her family members survived, “[Mia’s] not sure this is a world [she] belongs in anymore. [She’s] not sure that [she] wants to wake up [from her unconsciousness]” (146). Mia thought that leaving would help everyone become stronger because of what they’ve lost today, but thinking about leaving, that made her a hypocrite. So, “shouldn’t [she] stay? Soldier through it?” (195). Even though Mia’s being egocentric, she just wished that everyone would understand the way her Grandfather did, that she can’t stay. She’s not ready “to handle what [she] has to handle if [she] were to stay” (196).

Throughout the entire novel, Mia was debating between whether or not to stay; she tried to see the light in both situations, but the doubts pulled her down. However, during Mia’s time laying on the hospital bed, Adam was the person she wanted to see the most. He was the one that helped Mia make the final decision. Though, Mia never truly understood why Adam chose her; Mia always saw him as someone from a completely different world from hers. Nevertheless, one thing she did know was if she left and still “[remembered Adam [, it] would be like losing him all over again, and [she’s] not sure [she] can bear that” (194). *SPOILER ALERT Then when Adam came and began to talk to her lifeless body, Mia knew staying was the moral decision.

Mia always thought relief was what she needed; to hear someone say they “‘understand if [she goes]. […] It’s OK if [she] want to stop fighting’” (161). However, after hearing Adam’s simple words, “‘Stay.’” (207). she realized those were the words she wanted to hear all along. Those were the words that meant the most.

 

Citations:

Solomon, Amelia. “If I Stay (2014).” MovieBoozer. N.p., 24 Aug. 2014. Web. 03 May 2017.

 

 

The Inception of the French Revolution

Over the course of learning about the French Revolution, I compared the novel The Bad Queenwritten by Carolyn Meyer, with an article called “The French Revolution” by Martin Dickins. While both pieces have standard diction, they used a variety of word choice to create contrasting tones. The novel used a contemplating and critical tone; while the article had an objective and factual tone. For sentence structures, both novels consisted of simple sentences; however, the novel had compound-complex, while the article used compound sentences. Although, both writings were about the French Revolution, they used irreconcilable styles to elucidate the factors that led France in debt in the 1780’s.

 

Citations:

Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software – Canva. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2017.

Life Under the Bankrupt Monarch

I was born twice: first, as a circumspect youthful boy, fighting for survival under the bankrupt government; and then again, as a valiant, matured man who’ve fought for justice.

There are countless debates when it comes to answering whether the French Revolution was effective. During the 10 years, insurrections occurred one after another; meaning that there were continuities and changes in laws.

In 1799, was the year Napoleon Bonaparte rose to power. During this time, many alterations were made. France became a constitutionalized monarch where people of all classes were given the privilege to vote. Education was established nation-wide, the estates and the taxing laws were abolished, and the churches were under the government’s rule. Even though, everyone seemed to have equal rights, citizens who were once in the third estate were still living in poverty, while the first and second estates were living in wealth. As for the established laws, many of them didn’t apply to women. They weren’t allowed to vote, get an education, and own any land. Women were seen as machines on expanding the population. At this time, censorship was also in use. Many of the media were censored and controlled by the government and their undercover police force. Once the French Revolution ended in 1799, there weren’t immense changes from the life under the Old Regime and the constitutionalized monarchy.

Liberté, Fraternité, Égalité!

The French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790’s. This time period was packed with countless insurrections and creation of new laws and regimes, these revolts were all to end the monarchy. In the 1780’s, France was in debt caused by the careless spendings of the royals, and the arrears were paid by the Third Estate through taxes. Arguments and uprisings took place as the country went bankrupt. Bankruptcy and inequality were the main causes of the French Revolution, however, this was only the beginning of the reoccurring difficulties.

The Natural Wanders of Finch and Violet

 

This heart wrenching novel is regarding two protagonists. A girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

In the novel, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, the two protagonists, Violet Markey and Theodore Finch bonds after they met on the bell tower at school, where it’s debatable who saved whom. When they were partnered for a class assignment, Finch takes Violet around the natural wanders of an Indiana town, while Violet is forever haunted by the aching grief of Eleanor’s death. From being in the spotlight, to struggling with depression, Violet has been through multiple phases which made her become a dynamic character. Finch, on the other hand, struggles with a bipolar disorder, persistently persuading himself to find the reason to live. Together, Finch and Violet helps each other overcome the worry in their lives and learn to live and appreciate the moment.

“Worthless. Stupid. Those were the words [Finch] grew up hearing. They’re the words [he tries] to outrun, because if [he lets] them in, they might stay there and grow and fill [him] up and in, until the only thing left of [Finch is] worthless stupid freak” (63). Finch was always diverse. His appearance didn’t always blend in, especially his personality. At times, he would say and do things without processing, “people don’t like that” (62). He had said. Finch would also constantly need to find an active reason to stay alive by regularly pushing himself to physical exertion. To “break free from the slow, regular pace of everyone else” (132), to feel his heart beat right through him. On the other hand, Violet was a cheerleader who was always in the popular crowd, “she’s a girl who would date guys like Ryan Cross, baseball star, and sits with Amanda Monk and the other queen bees” (6). You would never imagine running into a person like Violet on a ledge, six stories above the ground.

This enthralling novel is about Violet and Finch, where Violet, who learns to live from Finch, who intends to die. The two protagonist, Finch and Violet, has contrasting characteristics, yet they complement one another. Finch prevents Violet from letting her grief take over while Violet is the only reason why he is still breathing.

 

Citations:

Pinterest. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2017. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even the Truth Won’t Be Able to Heal the Lies

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The book Witches! by Rosalyn Schanzer is a fascinating narrated story about a small colonial town of Salem Village. In the village, two girls called Betty and Abigail began to “twitch and choke and contort their bodies into strange abnormal shapes” (Schanzer 19). They were the first ones with the sign of having fits. Many people thought this as ‘the Devil’s work’, which means that these girls were bewitched. Numerous people getting the fits speculated around the village. Allegations were made, accusing  people of being witches. This soon led to many deaths of innocent people and the village was in the state of disarray.

For this Multimedia post, I used the website Canva. For this post, the quotes I chose are following the book’s format, in chronological order; while explaining how each of these statements supports the theme statement. The theme statement is about the effects of telling lies; explaining how when a lie is told, even the truth won’t be able to bring people out, instead, it will only make them believe the lie even more, setting them deeper into falsification. This theme statement can also be interperated as how lies can lead to consequences that is out of reach.

Citations:

Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software – Canva. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.

“Yahoo.” Yahoo! Yahoo!, n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.

Were the Boxers Justified in their Actions?

The Thing About Jellyfish

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The magazine cover I created is based off the novel The thing about Jellyfish written by Ali Benjamin; the quotes I used displays the relationship between protagonist’s development and the central idea of the theme of learning how to get over tragic incidents. This book is about Suzanne learning how to get over the death of her best friend, Franny; and how she changed as a character because of it. Many of these changes impacted the way other people thought of her. This novel shows flashbacks of Franny, showing the way Suzanne and Franny acted and what their friendship was like. *spoiler alert. After constantly reminiscing about the past, Suzanne finally understood that “sometimes, things just happen” (Benjamin 17). And that there’s no way to change the past, the only way is to accept what happened.

The magazine cover was created using Canva. I decided to call the magazine using this name because the two  names are two important aspects of the novel.*spoiler alert Many conflicts occurred are also caused because Suzanne’s obsession with the death of Franny. The whole time, Suzanne thought it was the Irukandji jellyfish that caused incident.The quotes I used shows the relationship between Suzanne’s character development and the theme, where it is placed at the bottom of the cover. The jellyfishes in the background shows the conclusion to Suzanne’s theory of Franny’s death while portraying that Suzanne’s life is scattered and chaotic whereas the jellyfishes are placed in different sections of the cover.

 

Citations:

Pinterest. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016. 

The Thing About Irukandji

In the novel The Thing About Jellyfish, Ali Benjamin develops an intriguing protagonist who goes through dynamic changes from the cause of a heartbreaking incident.

In Suzanne’s life, she has gone through myriad obstacles dealing with friendship. Franny was Suzanne’s only friend at school who truly understood her, they shared a close bond for years. However, as they entered the 7th grade, their friendship between them began to shift. Franny got pulled into a different crowd, a crowd she used to despise. As time passed, Suzanne and Franny began to drift apart as if they were strangers. During one summer, Franny went on vacation in Maryland, Suzanne heard the news of Franny drowning days after. Suzanne never truly understood how she could’ve drowned. *spoiler alert. From that day on, Suzanne spends countless hours on the web researching, convinced that her best friend’s death was caused from the “ghostly and transparent, [Irukandji]” (Benjamin 180).

Many of these situations changed the way Suzanne faced her classmates, and in life in general. However, before all of the conflicts began, Suzanne’s personality was entirely different. She was a loquacious character, who enjoyed communicating and sharing her knowledge with others, especially Franny. Suzanne’s mother would constantly need to remind her that “‘It’s not a conversation if you’re constant-talking’” (51). Suzanne is filled with random information and energy; she knows that “rabbits’ teeth never stop growing, […] and that the longest rabbit ears ever seen were thirty-one inches” (51). Not many people know these facts, or even care, but Suzanne does. Suzanne’s curiosity and loquaciousness makes her stand out.

Being different than others don’t necessarily help Suzanne with her situation. When her best friend Franny said, “‘You’re just. So. Weird’” (132). Commenting, saying how Suzanne’s interest in facts is a strange hobby, where Franny was the one who loved hearing them the most. Overtime, people do truly change. After reminiscing about the memories they shared, there was a question that stood out to Suzanne. It made her wonder, “if [Franny cared] about the things I don’t understand, and [she doesn’t] care about the things I do understand, what will we have to talk about anymore?” (115). If there’s nothing to talk about or relate to in friendships, then why does it still exist? This began to make Suzanne truly understand that their friendship won’t ever go back to the way it was. Even after all the reminders Suzanne gave, nothing had changed.

Suzanne is obsessed about finding out the verified reason behind Franny’s death; unconvinced that she just drowned. After weeks of research, Suzanne was certain that the cause was from the Irukandji jellyfish. Days after Franny’s death, Suzanne began to be more detached to her school life. After a presentation about the Irukandji jellyfish, her classmates started calling her ‘medusa’. Suzanne was very passionate about the subject and all the events that happened in her life made her go a little derange, which was part of the reason why the nickname was made. After what everything had happened, Suzanne “had already decided: [she] wasn’t going to make conversation. Not that night, and maybe never again” (70). The loss of her best friend caused depression and made her close off the whole outside world. This was such a big problem even her parents started to lose hope. They brought Suzanne to “Dr. M. Legler, child physiologist” (54). Even these sessions couldn’t help Suzanne, she still refused to speak. Each session was exactly the same, silence.

A devastating incident will change the way people act. Suzanne used to be a bright, bubbly character, but she had become depressed and deranged, too determined to find out truth. The fact that Suzanne decided to not speak isn’t that big of a problem, she is still the same person she used to be on the inside. The only difference is that she is obsessed with the death of her best friend, Suzanne is not able to let go of the reality of what had happened. “They are moving silently, endlessly, all of them, through the darkness of the sea” (111) The incident changed Suzanne’s life, and so did the new discovery of the Irukandji.

 

 

 

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