Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I fall by Lauren Oliver


Actually Sam for short. A soul filled with greed, and hatred. A mind that kicks others down when they rise up. And a life controlled by her 3 friends. 17-year-old Samantha was found dead today. Her body was found in a car at the bottom of a small cliff along with 3 of her friends. Many suspects think that the girl that was driving (Lindsay) Had lost her mind from the party others think that she simply didn’t look where she was going. Numerous people knew that life was not going to be the same without the 4 girls. Many could describe Samantha as cruel, respected, and a dreaded person.

Throughout Sam’s life she has shown many incidents of her cruelty, For example, the day of the party. Juliet has been a victim of the girls bullying for many years now, However, on the day of the party, she decides to stand up for herself. It wasn’t too long before she was getting pushed around and getting food thrown at her. Yet it seems like Samantha only contributed to a fragment of this bullying, But she actually played a bigger role than many can see. Sam explains that she was so infuriated and embarrassed when Juliet confronted her, But the only thing she could think of when she sees Juliet is: I never knew you were so pretty. Why would she do that to a girl she thought differently about?  Would her friends be disappointed in her? “Lindsay’s gorgeous, but the rest of us aren’t that much prettier than anybody else.”(Page17) Lindsay was the ‘leader’ of the friend group. Samantha emphasizes this by explaining how looks matter, and because Lindsay is the prettiest she is highly prestigious not only in the friend group but also in school.

Samantha is a highly respected student of the school. She once said, “It’s a good feeling knowing you can basically do whatever you want and there won’t be any consequences”(Page 18) So is Samantha respected for the right or wrong reason? All students respect her, Surprisingly teachers as well! The life of Sam is a really complex one, Possibly complex enough everybody wanted to live like her. Once during a test, Samantha cheated off this girl, But at the end, the girl was the only who got told off. But that couldn’t be fair at all to the girl. However, at the end of the day, Even the teachers show a little bit of fear towards Samantha. Not only that, Samantha has a way to get teachers to prioritize her. Like cheating isn’t enough, Samantha usually ditches class to meet up her friends in the bathroom.

Lastly, Samantha showed how dreadful she could be in many ways, The reason people fear her is because of her power. Although, She has a charisma that no one likes or appreciates (Other than her own friends) No one has the nerves to get up and confront her. This is mainly because of their fear towards her. Teachers don’t expect much of her, And she gets away with everything. Like EVERYTHING.

Furthermore, Being cruel, respected, and dreaded, does not make Samantha any less of a person. Her dynamic way of looking at the world really interests a lot of people. Or maybe it’s that she still hasn’t found her true self yet.           

Independent Reading Exposition

Connect with the conflict. Write a text-to-self response in which you connect with the protagonist’s struggle to overcome one of the conflicts listed in the definitions above. Who or what is the main character struggling against? Ask yourself if you’ve also struggled in the same way. Your first paragraph must explore one type of conflict in your independent novel and provide MLA formatted quotes to show your understanding of the type of conflict. Your second paragraph should be a much longer paragraph, in which you describe your own struggle to overcome the same type of conflict that the protagonist struggles to overcome. Include specific examples from your own life.

xposision ILLUMINAE


I’m doing an analysis on the book “ILLUMINAE” Written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. In my analysis, I am focusing on the element of fiction, Conflict. In the book “ILLUMINAE” There were various conflicts that took place. After reading the first couple of pages it had become evident that this book is based more on a man to Society plot. After reading a couple of pages it has also come to my attention that this “World” that they are(The characters) living in is dangerous. Because in our real-life world it would be highly unlikely to one day go to school, then get attacked by flying spaceships. Moreover, I believe that Kady (One of the main characters) Is a generous girl. Because even though she broke up with her boyfriend that same morning, She still decides to help him out and escape with him. We can see that there are many conflicts in just the exposition. But what we could also see is the character traits, and how they change based on the situation or conflict that is going on.

A couple of conflicts that Kady and or Ezra have to overcome is the adjustment to a different society. Everyone has gone through this one point or another. For Kady and Ezra, it’s joining different ships and getting separated. I remember when I was young I had to go through this a lot. When I was younger a lot of my friends would leave each year, and It was sometimes hard for me to cope. Although I could send mail to them like Kady and Ezra, It still wasn’t the same. Another change for me was moving to ISB, this was definitely a different move, And although at first I completely disagreed with this idea, It turned out that a lot of opportunities opened up to me. I’ve noticed that “After rain always comes a rainbow”, Meaning for anything negative that is happening there is a positive reason and it could somewhat beneficial at the end. Another Conflict that Kady and Ezra have been going through is friendship issues. This is a very common conflict that everyone has probably gone through. In the book “ILLUMINAE” The main friendship conflict was lack of communication. On pg. 2, you could see that Kady explains her struggles with Ezra in the form of an interview. I deeply connected with this part because friendship issues has happened a lot of times in my life. Such as when some people misunderstand and assume things about me that aren’t true. A quote that interested me was when Ezra said “But there was another guy that looked like me, and he was laughing” Ezra said this when he was retelling his dream to the interviewer. He had dreams and thoughts that spoke vividly by themselves. We could also infer about the doubt that Ezra has about His and Kady’s future friendship.

“The Monkey’s Paw” Explanation

The poem “The Monkey’s Paw” is a story by William W. Jacobs.

Throughout the poem, there were many different emotions presented to the readers. As I chose to focus on the climax of the story I could almost immediately notice that the moment was full of tension, nervousness, and uncontrollable fear.

I chose to use a fire as my background because it represents the moments when things get heated, and escalated. You might also notice that the fire is not just orange but red at the middle and black on top. Each of these colors has connections that tie into the story. For example, the black represents the death of Herbert (Their son) The red represents when Mrs. White goes ballistic and loses her mind. And as for orange, this gives you an idea that there isn’t a certain ending and that if we were to visualize a mountain for this story, we wouldn’t see it come down to how it started. Instead, we will see the mountain stay up Because we know that things will never be the same, as the beginning of the story. You might also notice that in bold white words is written the quote “He was our only son”. Out of all the different quotes in the story, I chose to write this one because it demonstrates how Herbert is an only child and how since he was an only child he had a closer rapport with his parents. When Herbert passed it was a great deal since Mr. and Mrs. White had only one child to love and give their full attention.

Even though the climax is the peak of the story, the moments that lead up to it could be quite important. For example the rising action. On page 1 paragraph 25 We can see this “Outsider” comes to change the plot of the story. When the Monkeys paw gets introduced to the characters, The White family got excited because they could make wishes and get away from the dread their living in. But like always there’s a plot twist, and that paw changes the family’s life. It’s quite clear that the setting of this story was located made great influences on the characters decisions. Because If this family were wealthy and had the power to live in a mansion somewhere in the city, Then we can infer that they wouldn’t have needed 200 pounds. On page 2 paragraph 110 when Mr. White was about to make a wish Herbert says “God we’re going to be rich, famous, and happy!”. Maybe this could show the excitement of Herbert seeking a better life.

Overall, The setting plays a big role in the story “The Monkeys Paw”. It is noticeable that certain aspects of their(The characters) lives cause for them to make choices. I would have to say that this story is mostly based on a man to man or man to society. I would say man to self because Mr. White is fighting an inner battle about the paw and whether or not to continue making wishes. I would also say man to society because even though there is no direct connection, as stated before the setting of the story plays a big role in all their decisions.