It’s been a while since my last update post. In that time, I have finished Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and read 3 other books in a series by Curtis Jobling. I have concluded that I don’t want to make my literary analysis essay on Pillars of the Earth or Unbroken. I have talked with Ms. Wong about the books by Curtis Jobling, which I read for fun, and I now think that I want to focus my essay on the character development and character himself of P.K in the book, The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay.
The reason I want to do this book is that it is my favorite book. I love how Bruce Courtenay developed PK throughout the book; I found him to be one of the most interesting and inspiring characters I have ever met. I find the story of The Power of One fascinating because it follows a lowly British Boy in South Africa during the Second World War, who grows up and becomes a wonderful person who, through his own wit and innovation, can go to Oxford.
Somethings that I found difficult during the test were finding things that I could use properly and the organization of my thoughts and ideas. I struggled with finding powerful points that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, supported my thesis and didn’t have the overwhelming evidence I wanted to have.
I did well with something that I believe is that I was able to find things that could support my thesis. While I could have done better, I felt good about the literary techniques that I discovered, such as the diction, tone, and appeals to ethos and logos. Something that I struggled with during the easy was the organization of my ideas. This was because the evidence that I found to support my thesis was generally consistent throughout the whole essay, and I couldn’t divide it up into beginning, middle, and end.
Something that I wish I hope to do differently is learning more of the literary techniques, for example, there’s a technique for the repeated use of the same structure that is not repetition, but I didn’t know it. Therefore I would like to know it by the next one.
I would definitely like to improve upon my proofreading and my annotating abilities for the future.
I am still reading the book unbroken, I generally thought that this was a good book while I was going through but over the break, I reached page 345 and I personally believe that it’s dragging on at this point. The book has continued to talk about this guy’s life far past where I think it should have stopped and I personally think it should have stopped. Whereas the rest of the book was about overcoming his hardships and perseverance, the ending of this book talks about things far more depressing including the post-war effect on these men. While this is still important to cover, I would generally have preferred a simple story about someone who survived unsurvivable odds.
Over the winter break, I started to read the book unbroken. This is a story about a soldier during the Second World War that was stranded in the pacific ocean after being a up and coming olympic prodigy. I made it about 100 pages in so far and then I have stopped for a while.
If I was to write this essay, I would make it about I guess perseverance, because it’s about him being resilient and surviving an unsurvivable situation.
I finished reading The Pillars of the Earth a while ago, since then I haven’t really found a book that I was focusing on. I read about 50-60 pages of the book “Brethren” about the crusades and decided to come back to it another time, I started reading the book “How I Live Now” after and read like 50 pages of that as well before getting sidetracked with Guts and Glory which I have read about 100 pages so far. I think I am going to finish Guts and Glory and then go to the library where I am going to check out and finish a book that I thought I read cover to cover but now I realize I may not have finished it.
I was able to finish Pillars of the Earth awhile ago, I very much enjoyed the book. It was one of the best reads that I have done so far, it was by far the longest book I have ever read and I was really intrigued by the time period and characters. I still have questions and including the main villain in this story, William, was made such a terrible character and someone utterly un-relatable. I understand that he was supposed to be the enemy in the story, but he turns from a semi-relatable young man into a rapist who gets what he wants when he wants it. It turns him into a monster which I know is the intended point, but I still believe that it could have been done another way. Over the course of the book he gets more and more far fetched and in the end, is an un-relatable character, though I can still understand his motives and why he did what he did.
I still feel like this will be a good book to write my essay on as I enjoy it and feel that Ken Follett used good techniques and wrote about interesting stuff.
This was me and my partner’s first initial design of what we wanted our door to look like. Our scale for our design was that for every 1 cm on paper, we would do 10 cm on the actual sheet. This design was made by my partner George He, we decided to later scrap his idea of the trees and lanterns at the top and replace it with what I thought but keep the Chinese character at the bottom.
This is what our final design looked like as we inputted my design which was on top with George’s design which was on the bottom, this is what we used for our final design which looked like this.
My biggest success was being able to cut out the door handle and the doorstop because for me those were very difficult to measure and the rounded semi-circle almost like shape at the top created issues for me.
My biggest obstacle was that it was really hard for me to draw my balloons to the scale that I wanted to because they were rounded and not straight.
Overall, I think this product was unsuccessful because I wasn’t able to really do the balloons to my liking as well as not being able to measure them creating very frustrating moments for me.
The book that I read for my resolution multi media project was Rage of Lions written by Curtis Jobling. I believe that the theme of this book is maturity because it shows a boy that has become a man because Drew the main character was once a simple farmer but now he has too rule an entire kingdom. “The dirt in his clenched fist erupted from his hand, flying fast into the Staglord’s face. Manfred staggered back, blinded by the cloud of dust.” (Jobling 31) this comes in fairly early in the book showing that Drew is still using some of the tricks that he picked up during his times as a boy that isn’t really so king like. “Leave my friends? Impossible. I’d die for those people. Where are they?” (Jobling 335) This shows that by the end of the book for the most part Drew has matured to a part where he is noble and instead of using dirty tricks to get what he wants, he is willing to go in nobly and just fight everyone the right way.
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My Biggest Success in this project was how I was able to make something that could be benefical to me. Its already started to come in handy since I now know where my phone is the entire and it is so much easier to keep track of and keep somewhere.
My Biggest Obstacle was probably coming up with a good design as I didn’t really have much of an idea of what I would do for my project but once I was able to find an idea I was able to speed through the project.
One thing I would like to change is to take out the top section entirely so that I could grab the phone a lot easier out of the holder without having to get my fingerprints all over it.
This is my anti-phone project that I was working on for about 2 classes. It’s a pretty basic and limited design but the purpose behind it is that I would be able to create a sort of vending machine that would instead of taking money and giving out food would take in phones and give out things like soccer balls, basket balls, frisbees, and birdies. The only charge for this machine would be that you would have to put in your phone, this would allow you to concentrate on playing the game and not being constantly on your phone. The only way to get back your phone would be to put the ball back inside and enter a code that would unlock a box that contained your phone. You would get this code on the front of the machine when you first put your phone inside of the vending machine.