Carrie by Stephen King


I finished Carrie about two days ago and it was a really deep book. It shows the current situation about school bullying and how over protection from a mom can ruin a child. Carrie’s mom is really protective of her and doesn’t want her to see how the real world works. Her mom knows about her special powers because Carrie is a baby that her mom had with a demon. Her mom protecting her at the same time is protecting the world from her. She is also bullied at school because she is always seemed to be very lonely which is a reason why she is being picked this situation at school is ruining Carrie bit by bit. Although, superpowers may not exist in real life but bullying does exist and it should be looked into more by schools.

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

Title: Everything I Never Told You

Author: Celeste Ng

Page #: 56

When reading this book I thought about myself. The character Lydia reminded me a lot about myself. She lives in a Chinese family and has been given a lot of pressure by her mom. Her mom Marilyn has been really strict on her and then in the beginning she went missing. I can really relate to her because sometimes I also feel a lot of pressure in life but might not take the same mistakes she made. I predict that further on in this book her mother will start to realize why Lydia went missing and think about how much pressure she put on her.

The Great Change

My character’s name is Vera. In the first journal entry her father died, and she witnessed the mass murder during Bloody Sunday. This made her oppose against the Tsar. In the second journal entry, she talked about how she stole bread from the bakery during the famine and about Lenin rising up. But in this journal entry, she will talk about how Lenin’s death will affect her.

The Boxer Rebellion

The boxer rebellion does not deserve a bad rap. Although, the boxer rebellion is brutal and killed 100,000 people, they are just of group of misunderstood Chinese peasant trying to gain rights for their lives. The boxer rebellion was formed when a group of foreigners entered China. These foreigners are trying to bring Christianity into the Chinese civilians’ everyday life. The boxers were angry about taking over control by these foreigners and were just trying to protect their own beliefs and values but misunderstood when the war between the boxers and the foreigners began. I can understand how the boxers felt when they had to bomb their way through the French legation. The only reason they did that is because outsiders from different places of the world just suddenly barges in and takes over land around China. Therefore, the boxer rebellion does not deserve a bad rap.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Characterization of Helena)

In the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” written by William Shakespeare Helena is a lovestruck and envious girl. Helena is in love with this man Demetrius but however, Demetrius is in love with Hermia. Even though Demetrius is in love with Hermia, Helena is still faithful that Demetrius will still love her when she betrays her friend Hermia during line 246-248. “I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight. Then to the wood will he tomorrow night pursue her.” This can show that she is also really stubborn to think that by telling Demetrius about Hermia will make him like her. Helena can also be shown as envious of how beautiful Hermia is. This can be shown in line 181-184, “Call me ‘fair’? That ‘fair’ again unsay. Demetrius loves your fair. O happy fair! Your eyes are lodestars, and your tongue’s sweet air. More tunable than lark to shepherd’s ear.” This can show that Helena is commenting about all the beauty of Hermia to compare herself with no beauty. Since Demetrius likes Hermia more than Helena, Helena will be envious of everything Hermia has. Also, by saying “Call me ‘fair? That ‘fair’ again unsay.” Shows how Helena isn’t agreeing to the fact that she is beautiful which shows that she is self-conscious about her looks.

Therefore, in the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” written by William Shakespeare, the character Helena is displayed as a girl who is lovestruck which leads to her stubbornness, and also envious which leads to her self-consciousness.

Man vs Society: Conflict of “Carrie” by Stephen King

Carrie by Stephen King is about a shy teenage girl which is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic power when humiliated by her classmates at a senior prom.

The conflict of this story is a man vs society. It is about the bullying and exclusion of Carrie White by her classmates. This can be defined when the gym teacher Ms. Desjardin called out the girls who bullied Carrie in the shower: “‘Did any of you stop to think that Carrie White has feelings? Do any of you ever stop to think? Sue? Fern? Helen? Jessica? Any of you? You think she’s ugly. Well, you’re all ugly. I saw it on Friday morning’” (King 62). This can explain that on Friday that morning the girls embarrassed Carrie in the shower about getting her first period at age 17, because of this Carrie is even more confused of who she is and tormented about why her mother haven’t told her about these things.

Following on later when prom is just around the corner, Sue Snell gave the away with her boyfriend Tommy Ross to Carrie. She said to him, “‘A lot more than that… the mean tricks have been going on ever since grammar school. I wasn’t in on many of them, but I was on some. If I’d been in Chris’s group, I bet I would have been in on even more…’” (King 81). When Sue said all this the guilt from inside her blew up, calling her a “big dumb pudding” (King 7) and laughing at her with Chris’s group made her feel horrible. This was all she can do. Giving up the chance of prom and giving it to Carrie White.

All in all, the conflict in this story is a man vs society. We can conclude that throughout the book Carrie has been a target of Chris Hargensen and the people around her. It was all then let out when Chris and her boyfriend poured a bucket of pig’s blood on Carrie when she was announced prom queen (King 165). Carrie White eyes widened and her powers finally giving justice to her by vanishing the people who laughed and tormented her forever. What I got from the story was never look down at anyone and never underestimate who they are. They can be this invisible and an easily bullied person today, but you will never know what kind of power they hold within. Although, superpowers don’t exist in real life, we still have to treat everyone with the equal amount of respect.

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