My name is Chloé Bourgeois, aka Chloé bombshell

This journal follows Chloé Bourgeois, a bratty 15-year-old daughter of a French aristocrat, through the french revolution. Watch as Chloe fights her inner self, and how she changes throughout the three journals from her self-centered, sassy, old self, to someone new.

The French revolution left an indelible mark in history, but was the 10 dreadful years of terror really worth it? Did it change anything?

Well, what stayed the same after the revolution was the absolutism government France had. Before the revolution, during King Louis XVI’s reign, France was ruled under an absolutist monarchy. The main goals of the revolution were for everyone to be equal and that everyone had their natural rights and freedom; yet, after 10 atrocious years of the revolution, when Napoleon put an end to the bloody revolution, France still remained to be ruled with an absolutism.

However the revolution cannot be considered useless, some of the main goals were still achieved. Like when Louis XVI was executed, the old regime died with him, and with the help of the new governing system, peasants gained back a lot of their freedom as well as liberty; however, many nobles lost their priveledges and was stripped off of their titles along with many riches due to the new constitutions.

 

The Gory Endgame

This short animation was created by Christina and Amy.

An Overthrown king, the rise of the revolution, end of the monarchy, fighting for equality, heads rolling, blood dripping, and a corrupt government. All hopes fell upon one man. Would he be able to save the fettered citizens of France from all the terror and the absolutism? Or will he become a dictator just like the rest…

The French Revolution, a bloody end to the long-lasting monarchy in France, was a period of constant change in governing where people lived under terror and suppression. Friends denounced friends, neighbors denounced neighbors, people went to bed fearing if the heads rolling off the guillotine tomorrow would be theirs or not.

My main takeaways from learning about the revolutions are that all revolutions often require scarification which results in many innocent people’s death, and those who support the revolution would give up and do anything for the “better good” and success of it. Revolutions also go in a cycle, the end usually trails back to the original idea (like how the French Revolution was supposed to put an end to the monarchy, but in the end, Napoleon crowned himself and became a dictator, and absolutism was brought back after all).

Looking into an “Unpunished Murder “

Unpunished Murder by Lawrence Goldstone is a book that details the aftermath of the Colfax massacre which happened in Louisiana, eight years after the civil war, in 1873. Illustrating the unjust journey, the blacks went through fighting for racial equality, as well as seeking justice for more than 100 black men that were murdered by the white supremacists — during the massacre — who were then left uncharged under the protection of the supreme court. This unpunished murder aroused anger amongst many people, they declared equality for all races, no more racial segregation, and fought against the American law. One theme of the book is how racism was wrongly reinforced by American law.

The ‘Black codes’ were confining laws initiated after the civil wars which limited the freedom of African Americans and black people, restricting their rights to own property, conduct business, and forcing them to continue working hard labors for little to no money, as well as allowing employers to beat their workers (goldstone pg. 42); Moreover, “Under black codes strict racial segregation was also required in school, public buildings and cemeteries.” (goldstone pg. 42) Under the help of the American laws — the black codes — racism was once again fortified.

Two reasons why I recommend this book are 1) it reveals some of the dark secrets of American history, some fun and sad facts about racism, segregation, and widespread discrimination during that time; moreover, this issue still abides by America nowadays (#BLM). 2)this book also indicates a spirit of fortitude and determination, how the blacks did not bend down to the whites and let them gain supremacy over them, and how they fought for their freedom and rights, despite the numerous amount of failures and trouble they have been through, and alas achieved their goals — in 1870, the 15th Amendment granted Black men the right to vote under the law. I was touched by this sad and inspiring story, and I’m sure others will be too.

Something I learned from this unit was to look more into the past history and learn from their mistakes; therefore, to prevent something similar to happen in the future. As to how people are already protesting and standing up for the “Black lives matter”, which could save many people.

The Boxer rebellion and their history

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The Boxers Rebellion was a secret society/group of Chinese people that went around China killing Christians and foreigners with Kong fu, they named themselves the Righteous and Harmonious Fists, however, the foreigners (The British, Germans, Japanese, etc.) were not familiar with the way they fight — Kong fu — so named them “the Boxers” instead. The boxers deserved a bad reputation, they not only slaughtered and murdered innocent foreigners who probably had no idea why they were killed because they didn’t even do anything that harmed nor even have conflicts with the Boxers, and Christians (or whoever believed in Christianity) not even giving them a second chance, moreover they even cut the railway roads and telegraph lines to stop the surviving people to communicate and beg for help with the outside world… Therefore, the boxers deserved a bad reputation.

Lysander Characterization — A Midsummers Night Dream

The Midsummers Night Dream, by William Shakespeare, is a comedy play based on four rebellious teenager’s love and jealousy for each other. Lysander and Hermia is a couple, but their love was disapproved by Hermia’s father — which later causes them to elope. Demetrius on the other hand, is smitten for Hermia, has her father’s consent, but hated by Hermia. Meanwhile, Helena, Hermia’s friend, is in love with Demetrius, therefore is jealous of Hermia.

Lysander, a young man fighting for his love, is a caring and persistent person. Lysander was trying to get Theseus and Egeus consent for Hermia’s hand in marriage, and arguing how he was as good as Demetrius. He said: “I am, my lord, as well derived as he. As well possessed. My love is more than his. My fortunes every way as fairly ranked, (if not with vantage) as Demetrius’. And—Which is more than all these boasts can be— I am beloved of beauteous Hermia. Why should not I then prosecute my right?” (lines 99-110) This shows how he is persistent because he is trying to obtain permission for his and Hermia’s marriage, even if he knows it’s going to be hard and has probably failed a lot of times, he didn’t give up and kept on trying.

He is also caring because noticing the color on Hermia’s face dimmed, he asked her what’s wrong and started to cheer her up. “How now, my love? Why is your cheek so pale? How chance the roses there do fade so fast?” (lines 128-129) This shows he is attentive to his love’s needs and wellbeing.

According to Egeus, Lysander is not now or ever will be as good as Demetrius, he says: “Scornful Lysander, true, he hath my love. And what is my love shall render him. And she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate unto Demetrius,” (lines 95-98) In his eyes, Lysander is a snotty and disrespectful man, and that he will never beat Demetrius and get his consent for Hermia’s hand in marriage. To conclude, Lysander is a caring man who would do anything to attain what he wants.

 

Theme – The Aged Mother

Love is powerful, moreover, the bond between the two is strong and won’t be broken easily. The short story “The Aged Mother” by Matsuo Basho, is set in a time when the cruel ruler issued a rule that all old folks are to be abandoned on the “Obatsuyama”— a tall mountain, and left to die, and Basho tells a story of the love a mother and her son have for each other.

In the story “The Aged Mother” by Matsuo Basho, the author believes that Love grows when it encounters obstacles or challenges. The mother said to Shining when they reached Obatsuyama — the mountain of abandoning the old, ‘“Let not thine eyes be blinded, my son.” She said. “The mountain road is full of dangers. LOOK carefully and follow the path which holds the piles of twigs. They will guide you to the familiar path farther down”’ she left a track of twigs on the way to the top of the mountain for shining, fearing he would not know his way back down the mountains. You can tell that the mothers love for her son is powerful, and that even after she knew her son was about to abandon her, she still wanted and gave what was the best to him.
After the mother told her son about the track of twigs ‘“The son’s surprised eyes looked back over the path, then at the poor old, shriveled hands all scratched and soiled by their work of love. His heart broke within and bowing to the ground, he cried aloud: “oh, Honorable mother, your kindness breaks my heart! I will not leave you. Together we will follow the path of twigs, and together we will die!”’ The son decided he was going to take the risk to hide and bring his mother back down with him, and not abandon her anymore, even if it is against the cruel ruler’s law. It took both the mother and sons strong love for each other for them to overcome this challenge, and now the bond and trust between them is even stronger.

Found Poem – Thank you, M’am

I am reading a short story called “Thank you, M’am”, by Langston Hughes, and wrote a found poem based on the conflict in it. The story features two main characters, Roger and Mrs. Jones.

They meet when Roger tries to steal Mrs. Jones’s purse but failed, then Mrs. Jones took Roger home to get him cleaned up. Roger sat there awkwardly, not knowing what to do, thinking if he should run, or not. That’s where I think the internal conflict is at, Roger needs to decide if he was going to make a run for it or stay with Mrs. Jones and not betray her trust again, and that’s what I aim to show in my found poem.

The reason I choose a door to be my background is to let the reader understand more and to picture the scenario in their mind, of Roger looking at the door, deciding if he should make a run for it, or not — that’s what the two thought bubbles represent. I choose keywords that I thought best summarize and show the internal conflict, “not knowing” shows how roger doesn’t know what to do, “he could” “run, run, run!” that’s one of the options he has, either to run or not.