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Migrant Workers: Working Towards a Better Life

Summer Reading List 2019

Reading List by Daniel

My summer reading list consists of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, and How to Think like a Fish by Jeremy Wade. The reason I chose To Kill a Mockingbird, is because it is an American classic. I have been recommended to read this book several times so I am sure it must be good. Next, I chose to read The Old Man and the Sea because one of my favorite hobbies is fishing, and a great way to learn is by reading, so combining the two into a classic book must be promising. Another book I have chosen to read this summer is A Walk in the Woods, I have decided for this to be one of my reading books this year because since I was a kid, I loved the wilderness. As was intrigued in this book as soon as I read the summary that it is about hiking the Appalachian Trail. Lastly, I chose to read How to Think like a Fish, the author for this book is Jeremy Wade, he has been a hero to me since a kid from when I started watching his TV series River Monsters. He has been my idol for very long and that is the main reason I chose to read that book. My goal each night for the summer is to read at least 30 minutes. This way I have a steady and constant rate of how much I’m reading so I can continue to push myself to finish reading my book list.

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The Momentos of Memory


Memory, emotion, and experience are all factors in our lives that influence us to be ourselves. But what if nobody had those factors in their lives except one? In the dystopian novel, The Giver, Lois Lowry’s characterization of Jonas, shows us how he believes that a life without memory is a life without living. Jonas, the pale-eyed protagonist, is seen through the eyes of the community as an ordinary bland child given the honor of becoming the receiver; however, as Jonas experiences memories and the emotions they emit, he soon comes to disagree with the ways of the community.

To start, Jonas is unique and special in a way that separates him from everyone else. All children in Jonas’s community are genetically modified and educated to be as similar as possible, except for him, who has shown time and again how he appears to differentiate from everyone. For example, at the beginning of the story, it was unveiled that he, unlike most other citizens, has pale eyes: “…The pale eyes. Almost every citizen in the community had dark eyes. His parents did, and Lily did, and so did all of his group members and friends. But there were a few exceptions: Jonas himself, and a female Five who he had noticed had the different lighter eyes” (Lowry 20). And also Gabriel, Rosemary (The Giver’s daughter), and the Giver himself. This quantitatively proves that Jonas is special, and was not chosen to be the receiver randomly. In addition to that, the gift of pale eyes directly relates to his sudden flashes of change objects he sees from time to time: “But suddenly Jonas and noticed, following the path of the apple through the air with his eyes… the apple has changed” (Lowry 24). Just like the way the chief of the community described Jonas with the ability to see beyond.

Equally as important, Jonas is perfect for his duties as the receiver. The citizens of the community chose Jonas because he had traits that the elders did not see in anyone else. During the ceremony of the twelves, the chief elder said, “Jonas was identified as a possible Receiver many years ago. We have observed him meticulously…He has shown all of the qualities that a Receiver must have … intelligence … integrity … courage … wisdom … and the capacity to see beyond” (Lowry 62). This proves Jonas is a very special person, he has the ability, intelligence, and endurance to take in memories that come with heavy burden and pain. Nobody in the community except for Jonas and the giver has had any real memories, this indicates that they are the only two that have true emotions, individuality, unique personalities.

Furthermore, Jonas is very daring and lionhearted when it comes to the good of the community. As the story progresses with Jonas as the receiver, he obtains the full experiences of memories, the good ones, the bad ones, the emotions they emit, and the knowledge he gains from it. Despite the pain and horror from past traumas in history, he experiences feelings that have never been felt before: Happiness, joy, and love. It was that point when he saw the major flaws in his society. Everything was fake, his relationships, his family, and even his beliefs, it was life without memory. He truly believes that the life they were all living was pointless: “’Things could change, Gabe,’ Jonas went on. ‘Things could be different. I don’t know how but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors. And grandparents,’ he added, staring through the dimness toward the ceiling of his sleeping room. ‘And everybody would have the memories” (Lowry 128). After, he runs away with Gabe, releasing all his memories to the citizens as he searches for “elsewhere”. He sacrificed everything he had to the good of the community and with his power of memory, his last action was him emitting memories of happiness to Gabe and him as they slowly freezing in the icy tundra.

I think Jonas has a very strong connection with many other protagonists. For example, Harry Potter, he like Jonas grew up in a “normal” society in their eye, but gotten plunged into a new life. They are different from the rest as Harry has his scar and Jonas has his eyes. They excel in the true values of life and finally, their courage comes to test as they sacrifice themselves for the good of everyone else.

In the final analysis, Jonas wasn’t the ordinary obedient schoolboy everybody saw him as, but a courageous and wise hero that saved the community from the continuous void of sameness. Through memory and emotion, he created a life for everyone with memories… a life truly worth living. “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
― Lois Lowry, The Giver



Flying into Freedom

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margarita Engle is a poetic book meant to relay the experiences of a mixed-blood Cuban American family between the 2 countries, America and Cuba, during the Cuban Revolution. The author deeply expresses how the protagonist feels about the revolution, and about the two countries. You can see her discover new things about herself and see her personality shapen into something new as she becomes more courageous and brave when she feels free. This multimedia post will explain to you the theme statement of this book.

The Blaze of Rebellion

Call me Pablo Diaz. I have experienced two lives in my existence on god’s green earth; first, I was born a young fisherman, a simple life in the surrounding seas of my great homeland Cuba, who spent their time riding the waves of the underwater life sailing from sunrise to sunset not caring about the world around; and another as a revolutionary, one where I joined a revolution to make change, to help, to have purpose. I sided with Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution. I fought with strength and will, alongside my brothers and sister to create a better place for all. Together we would fight until we would win, we would fight until we were all dead, we would fight until a better world was forged from our suffering. If you too would like to experience a life of peace and war, I invite you to read my journal.

Over the course of the Cuban Revolution, many things both changed but also stayed the same. Initially, Cuba was colony of Spain, after the Spanish-American war it was a democracy, and then a socialist country. The creation of universal health care and better education rose up in the ashes from the Cuban Revolution. Also, from friends to enemies Cuba eventually lost diplomatic relations with the US as well as solidified a relationship with the USSR; however, many things stayed the same as well. After the long 10-year revolution, there were still only male leaders, we still had many limited rights, and the proletariats like me were still poor.

Viva Cuba – Patria O Muerte!

Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me” — Fidel Castro, Oct. 16, 1953.  The actions of Fidel Castro and his group of revolutionaries forever changed life in Cuba.

The Cuban Revolution was a very important chain of events that happened in Cuba that turned it into a socialist country. This video explains all the important events and turning points that lead to and ended the Cuban Revolution.      Before the revolution started, Cuba was a colony of the Spanish imperializing power. The Cubans survived through many tough times of mistreatment and poverty. It was long after when Cuba became independent from both Spain and America. To Govern their country they set up a republic democracy that lead many greedy corrupt dictators into power. The first major event happened when Fulgencio Batista, a former president took over the country’s government by force. With what began as a pure act to help citizens turned into what corrupt dictatorship. This lead to the many revolutionary events that were lead by Fidel Castro, who with only a small group of rebels, defeated an entire government power with no more than weapons and the urge to help their country. “Homeland or Death!”-“Patria O Muerte!”


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