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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.



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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.

Semester 1 Reflection


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.




The Bargaining


The book cover is based off the novel The Bargaining by Carly Anne West; it is filled with quotes that shares the theme of the thrilling adventures of the protagonist, Penny. This novel is about Penny and her stepmother April needing to repair an abandoned house known as the Carver House. This house is set deep in the forest of the North Woods where haunting memories and secrets are revealed. The theme of the story is to make things right when you get the chance, don’t dwell on the past and live in regrets. In the story, Penny has myriad regrets in life; letting an innocent girl get beaten up for something she didn’t do, choosing to be Rae’s friend then causing internal pain. These memories haunted Penny, made her see things and hear whispers calling her name in the woods; getting herself stuck in a hole of guilt and fear. So by musing over the past won’t change anything, the only way is to make things right because it’s never too late. *Spoiler alert Penny soon learnt this lesson as written letters and reappearing hallucination begins to appear.

The book cover I created was made on the website Canva. For the cover, I used a picture of a forest as the background because the most of the story is set in the North Woods and this information is vital. This was where the theme starts to unravel and where Penny’s thrilling adventures begins and ends. The locks I added to the branches of trees portrays the hidden secrets that each character withholds, then adding the phrase “The secrets behind the Carver House” shows that the main situation that needed to be solved was the history behind the house. The selected quotes are phrases from the novel about the relationship between Penny and Rae. The quotes also represent the theme of regret and guilt which are also the conflicts Penny encounters throughout the captivating novel.

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Behind the Secrets

“The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny” (West). She pushes through, ignoring the reoccurring conversations her parents have. This situation does not affect how Penny lives her life. Penny is a courageous, independent and percipient character who has numerous characteristics and complication she faces that makes the novel “The Bargaining” by Carly Anne West, captivating throughout the haunting mysteries of the Carver house.

In the novel, Penny’s parents recently got a divorce and she currently lives with her dad, her stepmother April, and her stepbrother Rob. This situation forces Penny to be able to learn how to survive on her own; being more independent.  The exposition of the story was when Penny was forced into going on a road trip with April during the summer. When they took a break from driving, Penny lost sight of her, “[she looked] back towards the jeep. Still no sign of April” (West 58). In this scene, Penny began to search for her April in the woods; hearing voices in the forest of trees frightened her, yet she still continued to look for her. To remember the paths, Penny “[used a tube of lipstick and drew] a daggered red X across the bark of the tree” (West 59). When people are alone and are feeling anxious, they tend to forget about basic skills. However, Penny controlled her emotions and focused on finding April using her existing knowledge to help guide her. This part of the story shows us that Penny is a percipient character who knows how to take care of herself independently; also showing the reader her compassion for helping others in need.

Not only is Penny a brave and diligent character; she is also curious. When she and April arrived at the Carver house, they were subliminal to the true secrets the house hold’s. Soon they began to explore the property they were going to construct. The rising action of the novel is when the hidden details begin to show and Penny soon begins to reveal them. Penny walked to every floor, to every bedroom and began taking pictures. When she lowered her lens, “a smudge on the window [caught her] attention […] [she noticed that it was] less of a smudge and more of a print. An upside down hand print. [she held her own hand] up to it and covered it” (West 84). Penny is very deliberate, she didn’t only just take pictures, she inspected every component of the rooms, even more than April. In this scene, Penny touched the print, cautiously inspected in different angles and was aghast to find out how the wrist needed to bend to create the print. Every little aspect of the house was understood by Penny.

In these scenes, there are many conflicts Penny needed to face. She had to be more independent due to her family’s situation, showing man vs. man. Afterwards, she faced many frightening events during the trip. Penny had to use her inner strength the conquer the fears, showing man vs. self. All of these situations needs a character with a strong inner strength to be able to face these situations. Because of all the characteristics Penny has, this contributed to the way she handled the past events. Penny is a courageous character who has countless characteristics that makes the adventurous events captivating.


Behind the Black and White Tiles

The crammed mysteries of Waverly’s daily life soon became an adventure through the knowledge of chess, “[withholding the] great [advantages] one should store for future use” (Tan 5). In the short story “Rules of the Game”, Amy Tan created Waverly as a diligent, dynamic protagonist with countless characteristics I was able to relate to and made her mother the antagonist where future conflicts began to rise.

Waverly has many different characteristics which make her stand out. Waverly lives in San Francisco’s Chinatown where her passion for chess began. Waverly listens to her mother but occasionally, she would get into trouble: “‘Bite back your tongue,’ scolded my mother when [Waverly cries] loudly” (1). Her mother would constantly say this because she wants perfection and wants her daughter to be like her. This was also a way for Waverly’s mother to keep Waverly obedient. If Waverly talks back to her mother, she would be scolded; as time passed, Waverly started to understand and kept her mouth shut by keeping her thoughts to herself. With “two tightly wound pigtails” (2) on the side of Waverly’s head, she would seem as if she’s obedient and quiet. However, this goes against to who she actually is. At times Waverly would “[trick others, running] off with [her] friends, shrieking with laughter as [they scamper] across the alley, [her heart pounding with the hope that [they] would chase them]” (2). Waverly is adventurous and seeks action whenever her mother isn’t watching; always wanting thrills in her life. However, because her mother believes in the Chinese way to do things, their lifestyle and attitudes towards events start a conflict between them. Later in the story, Waverly ameliorates in the game of chess. Once Waverly began to win competitions, her mother drives for perfection and fame by limiting Waverly’s choices. After hearing her mother constantly bragging about her achievements, Waverly finally stood up for herself, accusing her mother saying, “‘Why do you have to use me to show off? If you want to show off, then why don’t you learn to play chess?’” (9). This was the first time Waverly stood up to herself, finally letting go of her tongue and speaking from what she believes in. After hearing this, her mother was speechless, never even thinking that her daughter would talk back. In this story, Waverly’s mother uses others to make herself look good, thinking that no one will say anything. After this incident, Waverly’s and her mother’s relationship began to shift as a conflict between them was created.

Waverly has uncountable characteristics including ones I can relate to. I enjoy traveling and adventuring around places I’ve never been to. I always want to find exciting activities to do. When I went to Hawaii, my brother and I went kayaking in the ocean and got a chance to hold a snake at a zoo we went to. In the story, every day, Waverly would walk around the alleys around her neighborhood, seeking adventure and thrills in her life. Discovering new knowledge is another characteristic we share. Whenever something is unclear, I would search for ways to understand it, this applies to science class. When Waverly doesn’t understand the game of chess, she was determined to find out the answer to all of her questions; going to the library searching for books, studying each chess piece, memorizing all the steps and tactics leading to success. Through constant studying, Waverly started to understand in the game of chess “[She] should never reveal ‘why’ to others. A little knowledge withheld is a great advantage one should store for future use” (5).

Through constant studying, Waverly started to understand in the game of chess “[She] should never reveal ‘why’ to others. A little knowledge withheld is a great advantage one should store for future use” (5).




Haunting Regrets


This poem is from page 4 of the short story “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” written by W.D Wetherell. This story is set in summer of the 1960’s on a river in the East Coast. In the story, the protagonist asks Sheila Mant on a date, and brought her to a festival in Dixford. While canoeing to the festival, the rod caught a Bass. The protagonist would have brought the fish on the canoe, but Sheila doesn’t like fishing so the protagonist has to choose between Sheila and his passion for fishing. In the end, the protagonist chose Sheila and let the fish go, cutting the string in half. After that day, the loss of the Bass haunted him all summer. The protagonist learnt that in life there will be other Sheila’s and other fishes, so he never made the same mistake again.

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