It was March 10, 1952. Waking up like usual to tackle another day, news spread like mad. The Cuban government was corrupted by a man named Fulgencio Batista. It was told that with great wealth, he took Cuba in no time. Alongside my leader, Fidel Castro, we sunk into the realm of bloodshed, determined to overthrow our wicked dictator. I have covered my life in this devastating period in form of 3 separate journals.
Continuity and Change
The immediate aftermath of the revolution took a turn when Castro took control. The war for power has ended, but people were still unhappy with their new leader. Castro believed in Communism, which scared the citizens of Cuba. Approximately 1.4 million fled to the island of Cuba to the United States from 1959 to 1960. Likewise, the actions were soon recognized by the United States, which was terrified of the idea of Communism. The U.S. would quickly withdraw its support in response to Castro taking the presidential seat in early 1961. To top things off, the U.S. toggled its imagination with plans to assassinate Castro. Castro held no concern against exploding cigars, to flesh-eating wetsuit. The CIA had in total 638 failed attempts to assassinate Castro. Nevertheless, after endless torturing, Cuba remained its high efficiency in sugarcane production. It was known that up to 90% of its crops were exported and sold across the world. This stayed the same even under Castro’s rule.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, a book illustrated the story of Louie Zamperini. The transformation of a rouge child, specialized in stealing and drinking alcohol at the age of 8 into a piolet fighting in World War 1. Louie’s adventure starts when his older brother Pete discovers his ability to run. Along the way, Louie had broken many records and was a track star until World War 1 raged out. Forced to join the military, Louie once again, found himself on the run. Perseverant, courageous, quick thinking, Louie overcame devastating obstacles, fighting for equality, fighting for peace.
The book kicked off as the first few chapters formed the theme – anything can be achieved with determination and hard work. Below is how I tracked my thinking.
In lesson 8, we were told to be careful with parts that might seem stretched out intentionally to help readers gain more understanding. As I read further, when the book is reaching its highlight, the theme drifted off to become – among all the chaos and hate, kind souls will always spark over dark ones. The theme – “Anything can be achieved with determination and hard work” still hot on its heels.
As the book goes on, the earlier themes melted away. The idea – POWs (prisoners of war) captured are strong. They fight for their country and will be willing to sacrifice themselves. Stood out the most. Also having a strong connection with the theme – anything can be achieved with determination and hard work.
Unbroken is an amazing book. I will recommend this book to people that like books with history, adventure, and a bit of thriller.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone is a story about Justyce, an African American high school boy experiencing racial discrimination. He would, in the story, write journals to Martin Luther King about the problems he faces daily. Theme of the novel is hinted throughout the book. Discrimination usually occurs when people misunderstand or underestimate others. Though Justyce is graduating on the top of his class, going to Yale university, he has been running a race that has different obstacles holding him from getting a complete life. As he grew older, all he wanted was to be normal. His actions could result him in bigger consequences. He needs to be careful. In the real world, one wrong move and he could be accused of something he didn’t do. Or worse, death.
The found poem above came from “thank you mam” by Langston Hughes. It shows the external conflict between the protagonist Roger, and the antagonist, the woman. The poem, it showed Roger struggling to escape the large woman and being taken away by the woman.
When I started middle school, I was really looking forward to being in the same class as my friends. But, I ended up with 0 friends.
If I could do e-learning over again, I would ask for more help so I won’t get so lost. I would stop being so lazy and be a good student, be the first one to submit my homework.
I think one of my biggest challenges is e-learning. At first, I was lost, and having trouble catching up with the others. But I overcame the problem with Miss. Sisu’s help. I remember the first zoom class I had with her, I was trying to hide my face all the time. Now, I am a much more open person. Even though she experienced 21 days of quarantine, no matter what, She always has a smile on her face.
Overall, I think I did pretty well this year.
Hopefully, get a meeting grade.
Hey guys! today I am going to teach you about my name! I’m called Eugene because when I’m 1 my dad brought me to his American friend, that time, I don’t have an English name yet so my dad called me “You Zhen” but, his friend doesn’t know any Chinese so he thought my name is Eugene “Eugene?! What a fantastic name for him” said my dad’s friend. And yes, that’s how I got my name. And Eugene also means a wellborn man.