Category Archives: Humanities

WHO CAN HELP ANGELA…

This video reflects the problem of youth employment and education training. Many parts of China contain problems for not enough money to support their children to go to school. This video is a story about a girl called Angela that her parents do not have enough money to support her to go to school.

 

 

Salt to the Sea Themes

In this book, the main theme is that fate is held on your hands not others. This book Salt to the Sea written by  Ruta Sepetya. This book is a historical fiction book, it is about WWII, and there are different sections of the book, separated by different main characters in this story. There are four main characters and four different perspectives. The main characters are Emilia, Florian, Joanna, and Alfred, they all have a very different identity. But they have one thing in common it is that they are all affected by WWII and affected from the Nazi’s.

In World War II, people were determined by their race, religion, sex, and health. At the start of the book, Nazi’s racial prediction of the people’s fate has been internalized by many characters. Joana claims that “Our papers determined our fate.” (p 104, Sepetya). Therefore, it has been proved that individual will to survive is more powerful than the death penalty approved by the state. “He wanted to leave me. His race was his own. Who was this German boy, old enough to be in the Wehrmacht, yet dressed in civilian clothes?” (p59, Sepetya) This is said by Emilia which supports the theme of this book that fate is held by ourselves.

Throughout Europe during WWII, the fate of individuals during wars depends on the specific symbols of their identity – a fact that a lot of people sense of despair and helplessness for many who believe they are doomed to failure. As one of the main characters Emilia. She endured the Nazi murder of her family, rape and got pregnant, and found it difficult to survive. Which resulted in her to become superstitious and she thinks everywhere has hints for her death. Her mother died in childbirth and so she believes that she too will die for giving birth to her child. But later on in the story, these things did not happen and she killed a Nazi soldier and saved her child. Therefore, fate is held in Emilia’s hand, not in other people.

In conclusion, this book, Salt to the Sea is trying to tell the reader and audience that fate is always held in our hands and nobody else can control it. In this book every character survived from WWII had been through a lot and they must take care of their own destinies. “Death, it seems, has a mind of its own” (p135, Sepetya)

 

 

 

 

Salt to the Sea Character Analyze

The book Salt to the Sea written by Ruta Sepetys, it takes place in 1945 during the final days of WWII. In this story, it is written in four different perspectives and as four different main characters. This is a character analyze multimedia. It analyzes differently personalities for the four main characters in the book, Joana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred. In this multimedia, it had added 2 quotes from the story supporting two main characters.

Uglies

The book Uglies written by Scott Westerfeld. Scott Westerfeld wrote several series of the Uglies. In this book, the main characters are Tally, Shay, and government. The main plot of this story is the people who have better looking was treated better. Also, the pretty people created a system that when people turned 16 they would get an operation to turn pretty. The whole setting of this story takes place in a broken down civilization thinking that people with better appearance was the best.

Tally is one of the main characters in this book and her life was ugly. She had to wait until she was sixteen to receive the “pretty operation” when she gets pretty she can be normal and be treated better. Tally is one of the people that was born ugly and wants to turn herself into pretty.  The other main character is Shay. Shay is a person that is satisfied with her look and does not want to turn pretty. Shay wants to rebel against the pretty system, but Tally just wants to become pretty and they became good friends with each other. “You’re all brainwashed into believing you’re ugly”(97, Westerfeld). In this book, it is mostly the social situation that takes control over people. Where Special Circumstances as in control and tried to brainwash the uglies that they were ugly, and when people rebel they would hunt them down and kill them.

The theme of this book is appearance is not the way to judge people, it is the inner beauty to judge people. This theme shows through during conflict, plot, characterization and scene setting. For example, Shay and Tally have a different perspective and opinions of appearance. “What you do, the way you think makes you beautiful” (249, Westerfeld)This quote is said from David at the latter part of the book, in this scene David tells Tally about what is true beauty. It also means that people cannot be judged by the way they look, but by their actions. Tally and Shay at the final of the story where the main plot

This connects to the world today, such as in this book the pretty system is like the government who takes control over people. Also connecting to the past, whites and blacks were treated differently which relates to the book Uglies, where Pretties was as if the white, and the Uglies was like the black. Furthermore, Tally and Shay were like the rebels of the pretty system they were like the people that protested against the white. Connecting back to the modern world, there is a huge difference between the rich and the poor, such as the rich people can do almost everything and the poor are just like the Uglies, who does not have any choice to change, but only to get better and connecting to the story it was as if the Uglies need to have surgery to become as equal as the pretty.

 

 

 

 

Red Scarf Girl

Red Scarf Girl: Is A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution written by Ji-li Jiang. In the story, Ji-li’s classmate started to write Dazibao to the teachers, and everyone threw away the old school supplies. Everything had changed when she knew her grandfather was a landlord, which had changed her life since then. Everyone avoids her family. Red Guards came to Ji-li’s house and took items from them to teach them a lesson. Soon, her father was arrested and imprisoned for no reason.

A family needs to trust each other, and face difficulties together. The cause of Ji-li to hate her grandfather was because they all lied to her about her grandfather, and no one in the family told her that her grandfather was a landlord until that day. “Until that spring I believed that my life and my family were nearly perfect.”(Ji-Li Jiang,19). In this quote, it explains that Ji-li used to believe that her family had trust between each other, but they kept a secret of her grandfather being a landlord, and her father considered as a rightist. “If Grandpa was a landlord, they could confiscate all his things. But I was not a landlord.”(Ji-Li Jiang, 108)  this part, it shows a lack of trust and help between Ji-li and her family, because she should help and figure out how could she help to her family, instead of complaining that she was not a landlord.

 

10 Years of the Great Cultural Revolution in China

This video is about the Cultural Revolution in China, that happened from  May 6, 1966, to 1976. In this video, it talked about the relationships of the government in China and how the power was used. Also about the struggle sessions, and Red Guards and how the took action to the old society and education, and how they used Da Zi Bao to attack some of the officials and educators, and also the little Red Book that everyone needed to have and memorized in their brains that are written by Chairman Mao and Lin Biao. In the video, it gives information about the important people that changed China, and what changed us. The important people were, Mao Tsedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Lin Biao, Deng Xiaoping. In conclusion, it talked about the changes in China and the importance of the revolution.

Money behind us.

What is behind the money we spent every day? In the book Naked Economics written by Charles Wheelan. This book talked the basics of economics with a clear understanding, and examples of success and fails of the economy, also about what are the markets and how do the markets work, and also the roles of the government and how does it affect the economy.

In the first chapter of the book begins with a question of who feeds Paris? It first started talking about the markets and how powerful it influenced us. For example, the market price allocates the resources and how scarce the resources are and how markets are self-correcting. In the book, it gave examples of success in the economy and fails in the economy. For instance, the fail of the Soviet socialist economy caused by the bureaucracy of the government controlled the economy. Bad economics is imposed on inferences preferences on an individual who has a different life compared to the rest of the majority.  An example of good economics is that the Coca-Cola company in 1989 had a really bad result, but at the end of 1995 the results were extremely good. Later on, Coke was famous. “We just shaped our hands like the bottle, and people understand.” (3) Douglas Ivester, head of the Coca-Cola and later CEO, he made a decision, to give out free coke to everyone. This is an advertising strategy because everyone knew what it was and what it tasted like and people would buy it. This is the power of the markets.

Why do people kill black rhino? For the same reason they sell drugs or cheat their taxes.” (30) In this quote, it basically is a reason of incentives matter. Black rhinoceros are endangered, because of the black markets started to raise the price of a rhinoceros and correspondingly it makes a vicious cycle. The idea behind this is that the scarcity of resources would affect the value of the resource and that is why a black rhinoceros are endangered because hunters would hunt down them and sell it to the market and make huge money by it. In a result, black rhinoceros are endangered.

The roles of government and how does it affects us as a consumer of the economy. First, the government should not be the only provide a good or service if there is a decent reason to think that the individual part will fail in that role. The government will only be allowed to take attention to things that need to be certainly run by the government. There are things that the government should not be doing because when it arrangements with that, it will be uneconomical and not worth it. The government plays a character, but in the U.S. it is a capitalist society, it is mostly the large and small businesses that control the economy.  Even if the government creates plans and makes a lot of key choices, it is the people they govern that control the economy in the extensive course. They decide to buy, sell, invest, and volunteer and that maintenances the economy.

In conclusion, the economy impacts us in a variety of ways, for example, the global economy, interest and rates, taxation, and inflation. In the book, Naked Economics gives a deeper understanding of the economy and the money behind us, the big power of economics. Also, what character does the government plays behind us and how it impacts us in a positive or a negative way.

 

 

Character Analyze for The Wave

The Wave is a book written by Tedd Strasser, it is about a teacher Ben Ross having an experiment that went too far, and caused a lot of problems. In this multimedia I made a character analyze poster that analyzed some characters in the story, For example, a character called Robert was an outcast and then he turned into a leader. Also the teacher Ben Ross was the teacher that had power and took control over the students. ““I know what they’re saying about me. That I’m crazy with power…that I’m on an ego trip.” In this quote, this is Ben Ross saying about his power. Laurie Sanders in the story she grows and changes throughout the story. She is very popular in her school. “Honey, just remember that the popular thing is not always the right thing.” This quote is Laurie Sanders and her mother having a conversation that popular is not a good thing, but popular is Laurie Sanders personality. Also, another character called Robert he used to be an outcast and after the experiment, he turned into a winner.

Character Analyze for The Wave By: Todd Strasser

The Wave is a book written by Todd Strasser. In this book, there are a variety of themes: education, power, and identity. In this book, it talks about the main character Lourie having a conflict with the wave. Also in this book, it includes some background history, about the German Nazi, the Holocaust, and also World War II.

The major theme inside this book is education. During the eight days of the experiment from the teacher Ben Ross, and the student at Gordon High School. This book explained the perspective from the teacher and how hard it is to control the students, and so he started with the experiment that went a bit too far. “Ben’s students spoke of his intensity – the way he got so interested and involved in a topic that they couldn’t help but be interested.” In this short quote from the story, it analyzes that Ben Ross loves teaching history, and using his way of experiment forcing the students to get interested into the topic, which connects back to the main theme education.

Another main theme is power, in this book teacher was teaching about Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. But while teaching his students about this famous history, he was exposing students to dangerous experiment by abusing his power and taking control over the students. Identity is an important theme in this book. The students at Gordon high were changing their identities under a drastic undergo just in a short period of time. For example, one of the character Robert he goes from a total outcast and turned into a leader of the pack. Also, the student that has a strong sense of personal identity such as Laurie Sanders, she resists to joining The Wave. “As they got into the correct order, they couldn’t help noticing that Robert was at the head of the line. “The new head of the class,” someone whispered […].” In this quote, it supports the theme of identity, because The Wave can be a new opportunity and a new identity for Robert. Connecting to the real world, if this happened there could be devastating consequences.

In conclusion, this is one of the best books I have ever read. In this book, it includes some important lessons and decisions that had a huge impact on me. Also, this book had some background information that guides the reader to know more and understand more about this book. Mainly, the major themes education, power, and identity, are really good themes, it had impacted me, and made me think of the education inside our school, and also connecting to the real world who has the power now?  Also connecting to the people that have more than two nations, and how does the identity influence their personality trait and behavior.