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Period of Turmoil: the French Revolution

Antoine Dupont is a young French male priest. After attending the National Assembly as a representative of the First Estate, he finds out that he has a neutral opinion regarding the government. Later in the journal, Antoine becomes affirmative about Napoleon and develops positive viewpoints for the future. “Antoine Dupont’s French Revolution Journal” covers from the National Assembly to the rise of Napoleon (1789~1799).

Personally, the French Revolution was not worth it. One continuity of the French Revolution was the government system. Before the revolution, King Louis XVI had the ultimate power to rule over the country. Moreover, that government structure stayed the same for Napoleon Bonaparte as he was an Emperor of France which signified that the French government was a monarchy. However, one of the Third Estate’s goals was to reform the government with a novel system, which did not really succeed. Some experts state that the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, one change in the French Revolution, has rendered the French community to be equal by demolishing the Estates system and demonstrating the thought of democracy. Conversely, I deem that the cost of people’s death during the Reign of Terror is much more valuable than a dim sign of equality. Lastly, France’s territory eventually continued to stay equal because later the European states interfered with Napoleon’s plans and reclaimed all the land that he gained during his campaigns. Therefore, it was not worthwhile to slaughter thousands of people and gain a little equity.

This video, which Takumi, Alex H., and I dedicated our weekends, briefly give an explanation of the French Revolution that occurred between the year 1789 and 1799. Throughout the video, Takumi and I clearly describe the French Revolution’s main events, such as the Tennis Court Oath, the Reign of Terror, and more, in a comprehensive manner. In the latter part of the video, we share our opinion about this revolution, whether it was worth it or vice versa. Our group hopes that the conclusion of the video provokes viewers’ profound thoughts regarding the French Revolution and render a genuine opportunity for them to ponder the value of our topic deeply.

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How Did An Ordinary School Project Become Google?

The book “Google It” written by Anna Crowley Redding is primarily regarding the development of Google company and the story of two co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin. This book’s theme is that everybody has their thinking of success, and people do not have to follow the “successful path” that society has shaped. Throughout the story, the author establishes her opinion by demonstrating how the founders of Google enhanced their reputation and progressed their company although they dropped out of Stanford University, which was contrary to the ideal way to success. On page 42, the author writes that Larry and Sergey had to make an awkward phone call home to drop out of school. This act was contradicting to the ideal path by society. However, on page 111, the author describes that Google found its new home–a three million-square-foot office complex located in sixty-eight acres in Mountain View, California. Eventually, Google succeeded but by a differentiated method.

I deem that” Google It” should be read by numerous readers due to the two principal reasons. Initially, appreciating the course of how an ordinary school project becomes Google is utterly intriguing. Furthermore, the book’s contents are abundant with Larry and Sergey’s experiences; those descriptions are indeed beneficial to innumerable people.

One thing that I learned during this nonfiction unit is that organizing notes in a way that helps track the various categories, subtopics, or points is immensely practical. Since “Google It” comprises many additional explanations between passages, arranging notes truly benefitted me when reading and comprehending the book. Therefore, I will continue to utilize this method when reading other books.

Boxers’ Protests Were Too Aggressive

In my opinion, the Boxers deserve a bad reputation due to their horrific and scandalous violence they operated on to the foreigners in China. “Kill the foreign devils! Kill the secondary foreign devils! (Christians). Kill! Kill! Kill!” the Boxers marched uproariously on the 15th day of June. “It was a horde of Boxers going through their rites, burning incense, crying,” Luella Miner, a devout Christian who dwelled in China, described. These testimonies state that the manner the Boxers chose to retaliate against the foreigners was immoral and unethical. The cause for the Boxers’ outrage was instigated by their delusion that having foreign churches constructed in their country was profane and blasphemous. Moreover, the Chinese deemed that Christianity annoyed their gods and rendered the phenomena of drought, which continued for two years. On the other hand, some experts argue that the protests of the Boxers are justified and was a rightful thing to do because their aim was hindering and deterring the Christian missionaries’ goal of Christianizing China and inaugurating trade with western nations. Conversely, I consider that the Boxers overreacted to what the Christians actually did in China. Although it is not acceptable to resume trading opium with foreign countries, their thoughts and actions were exaggerated by misbelieves and delusion about the gods. Besides, there are numerous interesting similarities and differences between China and Britain’s relationship and the relationship with Japan and Korea during the Imperialism in the 20th century. The fact that both Koreans and the Boxers objected to the foreign forces to be exiled from their own country is accurate; however, the ways they utilized to protest were contrasting. The Koreans objected peacefully to render the Japanese forces to leave Korea. Oppositely, the protest of the Boxers to the Christians was perilous and full of violence. Unlike China, which has been negatively influenced by their aggressive actions with unequal treaties, Korea could get rid of the Japanese forces without damaging their society anymore. Thus, the Koreans deserve a positive reputation; however, the Boxers deserve a bad reputation.

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The Spell of the Monkey’s Paw

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Have you ever imagined having a little paw that can make your wishes come true? Do you think that you will probably become a greedy person if you have one? Throughout the story, ‘The_Monkey’s_Paw‘ written by William W. Jacobs, Mr. White and his family attain a unique little paw spelled by an old fakir, which allowed a person to wish three wishes from it. Mr. White wished for two hundred pounds of money to pay for the house. Although their family got two hundred pounds, Herbert, Mr. White’s son, got trapped in machinery and dies the next day. It was an exchange. Mrs. White could not endure her loss and wished Herbert alive again with the paw. Soon as she wished, she heard a knock on a door. Mrs. White tried to open the door for a stranger outside the home; meanwhile, Mr. White wished his third and last wish. When the door powerlessly opened, there was no one, but only the streetlamp shone the road flickeringly. When reading the passage, I have noticed that there are approximately 32 words of ‘wish’ written in it. This is a motif that implies how greed the characters are in the story. So, I regard that a big idea and the main theme topic of the story is greed.

In the story ‘The Monkey’s Paw,’ by William W. Jacobs, the author believes that greed often corrupts people and renders them to determine imprudent choices that negatively affect them. Earlier in the story, Sergeant-Major Morris warns Mr. White to throw away the little paw: “Better let be burn… Be sensible–throw it on the fire!” (Jacobs 2). However, Mr. White ignores Morris’s advice and wishes two hundred pounds: “I wish for two hundred pounds” (Jacobs 3). The next day, Herbert, Mr. White’s Son, gets trapped in a piece of machinery and dies. In this piece of evidence, even though Morris alerted about it, Mr. White behaves greedy and makes an unwise wish for money. As a result, the little paw’s spell brings a negative effect to Mr. White’s family, which is Herbert’s loss. Further in the story, Mrs. White could not resist the sadness of losing his son and seek for the little paw. Although she knew the aftermath of her action, she shouts, ‘” Wish! Wish! I wish my son alive again'” (Jacobs 5). By observing Mrs. White’s actions, I can know that her greed has made herself ignore the consequences which will occur after it and got control of her body, which caused Mrs. White to make an imprudent choice.

In conclusion, the author, William W. Jacobs, metaphorically wrote ‘wish’ as greed and described how desire could negatively affect a person’s mental health. Mr. and Mrs. White could not resist their avarice and wishes with a little paw in a shortsighted way. As a result, it provided their family a misery for the cost of being greedy. What do you think was the best choice for Mr. White’s family?


Works Cited

Cambridge Dictionary. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/imprudent. Accessed 30 Sept. 2020.

Jacobs, William W. The Monkey’s Paw. England, 1902.

W.W. Jacobs. 4 Sept. 2020, www.britannica.com/biography/W-W-Jacobs. Accessed 30 Sept. 2020.

Being Old.. (‘The Last Kiss’ Found Poem)

‘Being Old’ Found Poem, June P. pdf

I used some of the words in the story ‘The Last Kiss‘ written by Ralph Fletcher. During the story, the main character encounters a challenge with his father. Because the writer has been kissing his parents since young before going to bed, he went to his father to get a goodnight kiss from him as usual. However, his father did not kiss the main character and just uttered, “Good night.” And, this was the time when his father became the antagonist in the story. The main character was stunned and he determined to try him one more time the next day.  Nevertheless, his dad only spoke the same two words that he had said last night and kept doing his own work the next day. Subsequently, the writer understood and accepted that he is too old to get a goodnight kiss from his father.

When creating this found poem ‘Being Old’, I have mostly focused on internal conflicts in the story ‘The Last Kiss’. For example, there is a sentence ‘I merely watched with a sinking heart’ in the story, and this is inferring how the character was nervous when waiting for his father. In addition, by using the phrase ‘I was stunned’, I was able to guess that the writer was mentally wounded when his father refused to kiss him. My design of the found poem helps the reader to understand the conflicts in the story by sticking an icon of a broken heart, black pieces of paper, and coloring the page in black which is implying the main character’s mind.



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