World of Peace

Under the silky moon light,

As the soft breaths call from

another land with cotton candy delight.

Quietly, under the soft blanket

Where the child lies, mind drifting through the peaceful night.

Such innocence and hope, held shut in the casket,

Unaware of the chaos and bloodcurdling sight outside…

 

Run! Run! Hurry to the safe house!

Cluttering footsteps rushing with fear;

Scream and panic mingled with gun gear clicking,

Once so subtle, now floods with the blood and tears

Of a million lives – homeless, hopeless…

 

Her soft weeping – enclosed by the cold dead arms

Of someone she once relied on.

The devil sings, with twisted tongue,

Accompanied by an alarming explosion,

She cries – anger burning at the top of her lungs

As ashes fly through the flesh red town;

Collapsed, like the pushed over building blocks.

 

The scene hunts me in the sleep

Like shrieking souls, clenching my skin;

Scorching voice begging for peace and vengeance…

If in some ferocious dream, you too could hear

The dreadful pleading, the bullets piercing

Through furious men, cold and apathetic,

My friend, you would not be so keen

On the modern society

For the world is not so peaceful

With bliss and luxury,

For the Lord is eminently a man of War.

 

I am proud of my figurative language used in the poem, they turned out to work great with my theme, the rhyme gave the poem some rhythm, so it was more vivid.

Image citation:  Russ Mills. “Byroglyphics Beauty in Chaos”. Between Mirror. Retrieved: Nov 24, 2017, http://www.betweenmirrors.com/2013/05/russ-mills-byroglyphics-beauty-in-chaos.html

Paper Stutter

Have you ever struggled in life? Being left out by others or simply avoiding interactions? Feel like you’re being judged? Why am I so different? Paperboy tells the childhood story of the author – Vince Vawter – himself, written as an eleven-year-old newspaper boy who struggles with the ability to speak, as stranger events keep on breaking the peace of this small town, his life took a huge turn through the course of this one summer.

Victor Vollmer the Third – the protagonist of the book – lives in a small town of Memphis with his family and babysitter – Mam. In the beginning of the book, Victor is shown to be feeling very self-conscious about himself and doesn’t fit in because of his stutter: “…when I open my mouth I turn into something else. Most people don’t take the time to understand what’s wrong with me and probably just figure I’m not right in the head.” (Vaw 20). In his opinion, people doesn’t understand him, and he is having trouble with communication and feels like an “alien” when interacting with other people, causing him to feel self-conscious. Because of this, Victor is certain that others are almost constantly judging him of his actions where ever he goes.

Not only is Victor shown to be self-conscious about himself, he is also scared to make friends and avoids social interactions with them. When he was being “trapped” in a social situation during a family dinner, his nervousness literally made him threw up: “My mother looked at me like I should do something quick but my mouth jerked open before I could grab the red cloth napkin in my lap. Spaghetti and everything else inside me—the whole shootin’ match as Rat liked to say—was set free with an air that wasn’t the least bit gentle.” (36). This proves the point of that Little man has social interaction difficulties, being surrounded by people made him nervous and uncomfortable to the point of feeling sick. With such fear for sociality, Victor could be considered as a sociopath, making it almost impossible for him to accept interaction with strangers.

Even with difficulty interacting with others, Victor was still able to overcome his sociopathy and became a more bold and optimistic person with an open heart that is able to accept others and doesn’t care for their judgments anymore: “I stuttered about the same as always with all the gigantic pauses and funny sounds coming out around the words but I didn’t pay any attention to how my classmates looked at me and didn’t try to figure out what they were thinking. And I said exactly what I wanted to.” (41-42). This truly showed how Victor became more mature and how his personality changed over the course of one summer. After all the things that happened around him, it had caused him to change his view on life: even if he couldn’t speak like a normal person, there is no point for him to care so much for it. Instead of worrying about what others think of him, Victor focused more on his own life and did what he wanted.

I believe that nobody should be afraid to be themselves, fight off introversion and be socialized with other people, there are nothing wrong to be unique and different. We all have difficult times and struggles in our lives, avoiding them is no way to solve them. Self-consciousness could lead to a lot of negative thoughts, sometimes, communication is the best way to express those thoughts.

Picture citation: Viva Sarah Press. “New tech approach to stuttering”. Israel21c, May 25, 2015. Retrieved: Sep. 24, 2017 https://www.israel21c.org/new-tech-approach-to-stuttering-2/

‘Rules’ of Waverly

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From the short story “Rules of The Game, we explored the interesting life of a young Chinese girl called Waverly Jong, through Amy Tan’s use of characterization, we acknowledged some her struggles and had a further look in her personalities.

Waverly is a young Chinese American girl who lives with her mother and two older brothers in San Francisco’s Chinatown with a plain typical life: “Like most of the other Chinese children (…), I didn’t think we were poor. My bowl was always full, three five-course meals every day…” (Tan 1). as shown in the quote, Waverly lived a peaceful and ordinary life in this tolerable environment, she enjoyed the plainness and did not seek for any wealth, this shows that Waverly is demure.

Growing up in the plain provincial neighborhood, Waverly had found her own joy in life and is shown to be a naughty kid sometimes: “‘Guts and duck’s feet and octopus gizzards!’ Then I ran off with my friends, shrieking with laughter (…), my heart pounding with hope that he would chase us.” (2). This passage tells us about Waverly being silly and childish by pranking a stranger with silly words, suggesting that she is an adventurous and playful child; running away afterwards to avoid being punished and hoping to be chased is probably because she is naughty; but by doing so, it also suggests that she is fairly brave to have the courage to do this in front of a stranger. Then again, that is just the nature of a kid having fun and enjoying the best time of their lives.

Apart from the silly and meaningless childhood pranks, our protagonist is also found to be a curious person who takes interest in new things: “‘Why?’ I asked as I moved my pawn. ‘Why can’t they move more steps?’ ‘Because they are pawns,’ he said. ‘But why do they go crossways to take other men? Why aren’t there any women and children?’” (4); This is the part where our protagonist had her first encounter with chess, from the conversation between Waverly and her brother – Vincent, it is obvious that she is very interested and excited about this new thing, in the quotation, she asked a lot of questions to her brother, who appears to take annoyance in her and thinks the questions are stupid, saying: “‘Why is the sky blue? Why must you always ask stupid questions?’” (4). This tells us, that from other people’s opinions, one character may appear with different characteristics, here, Waverly is being seen by her brother as annoying.

Through the curiosity and interest brought by chess, our protagonist appears to be a quick and independent learner: “I found about all the whys later. I read the rules and looked up all the big words in a dictionary. I borrowed books from the Chinatown library. I studied each chess piece, trying to absorb the power each contained.” (5); To show Waverly’s true passion for chess, the author described her as a determined learner who instantly fell for the amazing art of chess after her brother left her with the rulebook, Waverly went on a ‘hunt’ for books about chess only to learn more about this fascinating board game. The fact that she is willing to spent time and energy on learning about chess truly showed her love and passion for it and how determined she was.

During a chess competition, we are presented with a detailed description that suggests Waverly as an imaginative and smart person. “‘A light wind began blowing past my ears. It whispered secrets only I could hear. ‘Blow from the South,’ it murmured. ‘The wind leaves no trail.’ I saw a clear path, the traps to avoid. (…) The wind blew stronger. ‘Throw sand from the East to distract him.’ The knight came forward ready for the sacrifice. The wind hissed, louder and louder. ‘Blow, blow, blow. He cannot see. He is blind now. Make him lean away from the wind so he is easier to knock down.’” (7); Here, the voices, Waverly’s imagination, tells her the moves during the competition, with her mind being able to see the steps before the game links back to when she was learning about the rules and strategies in which she “…discovered that for the whole game one must gather invisible strengths and see the endgame before the game begins.” (5), which tells us that her knowledge is actually being taken in by her brain, and used in the right place. This shows that her studies are very effective and suggesting Waverly is a smart person.

In conclusions of analyzing Waverly Jong’s characterizations through the short story of Rules of The Game, we acknowledged from the start that Waverly is a demure, adventurous, and outdoor kid who likes to do naughty pranks, but as the story developed, she turns into a more mature person by showing curiosity and determination while learning. While reading through the short story, I’ve found some similarities between me and the protagonist, I am also a curious person as between me and my mom’s conversations, I often find myself asking a thousand questions until she got annoyed, sometimes our conversation goes way out of the topic only to leaving the original question in another universe.

Picture Citation: Mind Sports Academy. https://www.mindsportsacademy.com/Chess

The Bass and the Girl Conflict

This found poem above was taken from page 4 of the short story “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” by W.D. Wetherell. It showed the Man vs. Self conflict between the protagonist (the narrator) and himself. In the rising action, the narrator had to make a choice between catching the biggest bass that he had ever fished or Sheila Mant, a beautiful 17-year-old girl that he has a crush on. People often sacrifices the things they hold dear for love, in this scenario, the narrator is willing to do anything to impress Sheila, so when he had to make the choice between his passion and desire, love overcame his mind and he gave up the bass. In conclusion, when we’re facing situations like this, it is best to think and be true to ourselves.