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El Patron : The Stalin of the Country of Opium


“There were eight of us,” said El Patrón, “and only I lived to grow up. Don’t you think I am owed to those lives?” (Farmer 233). El Patron, a 140-year-old drug lord is the main antagonist in The House of the Scorpion. It is a story set in the country of Opium ruled by him. Matt is a clone of El Patron but being mistreated as an animal, however, he leads the keepers in a rebellion and becomes the new ruler of Opium. In The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer reveals many aspects of El Patron’s fascinating characterization; we gradually recognized him from the “light” in Matt childhood to a man with a twisted soul of the most feared devil.


Throughout the story, El Patron was depicted as Feeble old man, a ruthless and manipulative drug lord, and a ruler that Tam Lin thought as two-sided and enthralling. El Patron was an old man that “was extremely thin, with shoulder-length white hair neatly combed beside a face so seamed and wrinkled” (Farmer 54). From his appearance, we could clearly tell that he was extremely old and frail that it almost seemed like he “was part of the wheelchair” (54). However, his weak appearance distinguished with the aura of his dominating presence. Since evil antagonists are usually portrayed as monstrous, El Patron grabs our attention because he just seems like a mysterious and quite likable old man. This contrasts with the tremendous power he holds and his existence as the greatest antagonist Matt will face. Furthermore, we could see that El Patron has twisted mind from his brutal actions: “Before the next minute had passed, they had all fallen to the ground…he was adding to his Dragan hoard, and he wanted to be buried with it…Unfortunately, the dragon hoard included people” (375-376). El Patron has planned this all out to poison his family members with the wine so they could be buried with him together. His creates a cult of personality that can manipulate Tam Lin even after his death. El Patron’s cruelness might be caused by the tragic death of his family members in his childhood. El Patron could not live out of his past, in fact, it caused his sick view on conquering death and obtaining the ultimate power. Even if he dies, he wants his family to die so they could “be together forever” in his tomb. Finally, Tam Lin thought of El Patron as a person with darkness hidden behind his warmth when he told Matt, “El Patron has his good side and his bad side. Very dark indeed is his majesty when he wants to be. He grew large and green until he shadowed over the whole forest, but most of his branches are twisted” (70). Tam Lin knows all the dark sides of El Parton and believes that his “branches are twisted”. Tam Lin refers to El patron’s “shadow” as his supremacy and control over the country. His twisted branches signify the misuse of it. Despite Tam Lin recognized El Parton’s immoralities, Tam Lin still believes that dictator “had an instinct for who he could enslave” while his “power is a strange thing, lad. It’s a drug and people like me crave for it” (Farmer 243). Tam Lin considers El Patron as charismatic, having the ability to manipulate others and gain loyal followers, including himself. He is trapped and “enslaved” by El Patron’s power. Therefore, he warns Matt about El Patron‘s dark side and twisted branches to guide him towards a different path. In conclusion, El Patron’s fragile appearance contrasts with how he uses his power for inhumane actions, and Tim Lin believes that enthralling leader is misusing his power.


In history, many leaders and dictators have similar personality traits like El Patron. The word “El Patron” even means boss or lord in Spanish. For example, Stalin from the Russian revolution also has a callous personality when he uses his power to raise fear in his country. He sends people to labor camps for reasons like being late for work and ends up killing millions of Russians. On the other hand, El Patron turns people into eejits to enslave them for work and planned the murder of his family members. However, they both have massive groups of follower who worship them. People think of them as some who is respectable and would follow their orders without much question. That is a way they keep people under control and manipulate them with their power. Therefore, El Patron and Stalin are very similar in their ruthless personality and how others view them.


Citations: “El Patrón.” Villains Wiki,

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Forge through the American Revolution


No one can give you freedom, you must SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY andrTETREIVE it with your own hands by Joyce Jiang

The graphic organizer I created above supports the theme of Forge using evidence and reasoning. In Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson, Curzon and Isabelle were runaway slaves that tried to forge their own paths in the middle of the American revolution. When Curzon enlisted in the continental army and experienced desperate situations at Valley Forge, he developed from a boy to a young man. In the end, Isabelle and Curzon sorted out the knots in their friendship and escaped from their evil master.

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American Re-evolution or a 360-degree Turn

For a long time, I was a just bystander too timid to be involved with any conflict. They once called me many names: Alden, farmer, young man, or a coward. But now, I am known as a glorious continental soldier fighting for America’s freedom and independence. As you read my journal, you will see the war from my eyes while vividly experiencing the tumultuous events and key turning points of the American revolution.

As a result of the American revolution, unprecedented changes have occurred along with things that stayed the same. For example, it was unfortunate that slaves were not equal as others while Native Americans still have no rights. Unfortunately, Women cannot vote or own property. They were still considered the property of their fathers. Therefore, after the revolution, society is still ruled by elite white males like my friend Gideon. I had I feeling that this constricted with our core idea of freedom and equality. However, it was different from before that the British Despot was not controlling America anymore!  There was religious freedom where anyone could believe in what they wanted to. Meanwhile, the constitution was created and opened voting to more people. This revolutionary Idea that no American is better than another and birth does not decide status had spread acrosses our blesses homeland. I hope this idea would eventually influence the world.


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The American Dance : Indepen-dance

This video explains the key turning points and events of the American revolution. From the French Indian war to the series of Acts and the Boston Massacre, American colonists were angered by the Parliament and desperately longed for freedom as a country. Therefore, the bloody battles between Britain and America broke off. Meanwhile, the declaration of independence passed the continental congress and proclaimed their decision of liberty to the world. During this period, Washington crossing the Delaware River was a surprise attack that brought a great turn in the war for colonists. In the end, the British surrendered in Yorktown and a peace treaty was finally signed in Paris on 1783 September 3. Portraying these fascinating events using simple graphics and explanations, our video would take you through the American revolution and analyze the changes and continuities resulted from the revolution.



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Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold

Barcode / CustodianNebraska About Tissue /Really FIZZY / EclecticGreek Section / DustyValley Dollar by Joyce

The poster above was made on Canva.

This book cover shows the theme throughout the story in The Outsiders by S.E Hinton. The theme my quotes supported is how innocence and youth cannot last forever. This multimedia piece can show my concept of theme because I used a book cover and the back of the book is usually good for summery and theme. I used quotes that were about the theme in different parts of the story to support the theme throughout the story. Therefore, I used a book cover to show theme in The Outsiders.

Citations: “Figure 2f from: Irimia R, Gottschling M (2016) Taxonomic Revision of Rochefortia Sw. (Ehretiaceae, Boraginales). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7720. Https://” doi:10.3897/bdj.4.e7720.figure2f.

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“One Step” Poetry Podcast

The task was to write a poem about an SDG goal. This poem is about the health SGD Goal and specifically mental health. It describes a girl with depression and how nobody was willing to understand her. The actions we need to take is to stop the stigma on this group of people. Also, we need to encourage them to get treatment from a psychiatrist.



One step


Standing on the top a towering skyscraper,

she gazed down below her feet.

Her hollow eyes blinked limply while her face showed fatigue and numbness.

The pedestrians paced rapidly through the swarming streets.

From her view, they looked like minute ants,

busy for their repetitive and monotonous lives.

The piercing and rigid wind roared,

pushing her closer and closer,

to the edge of death.

One step.

One step it takes for her to fall ungracefully,

plummeting, bumping, and toppling.

Then Bang!

Bones would shatter, gore and flesh would burst!

Her corpse would become a pile of Jam,

surrounded by people and the apathetic clicking flashing sound of phones.


How many lives would it take!

How many lives would it take for this society?

To let go their misconceptions, indifference, and stigma on these victims.

And consider this prevalent disease more than what you call “weakness”.


When this disease struck, it shredded her normal life brutally down to pieces.

It slowed down her time making 24 hours too long to endure.

Each day’s torment felt harder and harder to bear.

She took a step of courage and asked for help.

But all she received were the uncaring words of her mother,

“‘You have so many things to be thankful for,

why are you still unsatisfied!

There are many people worse than you!”’

She wanted to pour out all her cries that she had suppressed.

But all she received after a few minutes were the hasty words of

“‘Do you feel better now?’”.

They considered her depression,

no more than just irrational sadness.



She felt she was drowning in the deep sea.

No matter how she wailed or struggled,

her agonizing pain shall never convey to anyone,

just like words shall never be heard underwater.

Little by little, losing the oxygen of hope and left with the suffocating solitude.

If this was living with depression,

death presents to her as a holiday on a beach.


She stood on the edge of the towering skyscraper.

The sky was painted navy blue.

The boisterous and bustling streets gleamed with neon light.

The world became colorful.

She was still grey.

The piercing wind shoved her with its hand of indifference.

Her heels raised.

Her arms opened wide.

Her body leaned closer and closer….

Abruptly, a hand jerked her back.

It was the hand of compassion and support.

One step.

One step it takes to reach out your hand.

To sooth the wounds deep in their hearts.

To pull them back.

One step.

One step it takes,

For you and I to make a difference.



Figure 2f from: Irimia R, Gottschling M (2016) Taxonomic revision of Rochefortia Sw. (Ehretiaceae, Boraginales). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: E7720. (n.d.). doi:10.3897/bdj.4.e7720.figure2f

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A love story-Helena

This magazine cover is about the characterization of Helena. She is from the play “A Midsummer’s Night dream” written by Shakespeare. I used a picture of a beautiful but frowning women. That is because Helena is a beautiful but jealous and twisted women that who she loves does not love her.

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The Butterfly Effect

“‘The stomp of your foot, on one mouse, could start an earthquake, the effects of which could shake our earth and destinies down through Time, to their very foundations”’ (Bradbury 226). In “A Sound of Thunder”, Ray Bradbury intended to demonstrate that it is essential to pay attention to minor details because they can result in grave consequences.

Initially, Eckels does not understand the consequences of killing a mouse. After Travis’s explanation, Eckels was able to not change the future for now by being more careful with his actions. Travis emphasized, “‘Queen Elizabeth might never be born, Washington might not cross the Delaware, there might never be a United States at all. So be careful. Stay on the Path. Never step off!”’ (227). In this quote, “the path” symbolizes the rules and order. To “step off” means violating the rules by ignoring small details like killing a creature, stepping on grass, or leaving germs behind. These may cause the whole course of history to change by having a chain reaction. Moreover, the importance of paying attention to details is also shown when the sign wrote: “Sefaris tu any yeer en the past. Yu naim the animall. Wee taekyuthair. Yu shoot itt” (236). This English on the sign was weird because he killed a butterfly which caused a domino effect. The butterfly symbolizes a small detail and the bizarre English symbolizes a big consequence. Therefore, this proves that a small detail can cause unexpected and serious results. In conclusion, the theme revealed is emphasized throughout the story by showing domino effects on the future. In “A Sound of thunder”, the theme is to focus on details because it can cause grave consequences.

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