Cecilia

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Category: Humanities

Book talk about ‘The Sun is Also a Star’ (Very interesting!)

‘The Sun is Also a Star’ by Nicola Yoon

This contemporary fiction novel is a love story about a Korean boy named Daniel and a Jamaican girl named Natasha. The book discussed many important issues such as racism and deportation. In the book Daniel and Natasha went through a lot of conflicts together and the author weaved the issues into the story very cleverly. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone into romance but still wants to learn something from the book. The novel is overall very interesting and Nicola definitely captured my interest. The theme of the book is that insignificant decisions can often change more important things resulting in benefits and/or consequences.

Aspects of Humanism

Aspects of Humanism by Cecilia

Escape the Other June

Found Poem

 

My found poem is based off the words of Norma Fox Mazer in the story “Tuesday of the Other June”. The conflict in the found poem was the Other June (antagonist) bullying June (protagonist). When June joined a new swimming class, she found out that there was another girl with the same name as her (the Other June). The Other June was not happy at all about them sharing a name and started bullying June and gave her insulting nicknames. June did not like the Other June’s bullying, but her mum told her to not get into trouble. In June’s opinion, fighting back would cause her trouble so she took in the Other June’s bullying silently. I used short phrases where it showed the Other June physically bullying June, words such as punch and pinch are verbs that showed the physical aspect of the Other June’s bullying (“The other June shoved me into the pool.”). I also included a phrase about June’s internal struggles, Character vs self, (“I didn’t know what to do.”). This showed that the Other June was torturing June both mentally and physically which was a major external conflict between the two characters (character vs character) and an internal conflict showed June struggling to decide whether she should put up with the Other June’s bullying or fight back. Towards the end of the poem the conflict was resolved through the falling action. June’s mother decided that they were going to move to a new place where she found a better job and June finally escaped the Other June. The last two sentences showed June’s excitement about leaving the Other June, (I ran past her, singing, “Goodbye…goodbye…goodbye, good riddance to bad trash!”). The last sentence summed the whole poem up and, in the end, June escaped the Other June, both internal and external conflict was resolved. The background of the swimming pool indicated the setting and the two signs on top signified the Other June pushing June into the pool when she was not meant to and bullying June when she shouldn’t.

 

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