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Author: Matthew

Contemporary Fiction Book Talk

I made this book talk for the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This novel deals with racial discrimination and police brutality while weaving multiple plotlines into a masterpiece of a story. This was part of a unit we did in humanities regarding contemporary fiction, and the book talk was the summative for this project. If you enjoyed this book talk, I would definitely recommend checking out the book!

Humanism in the Renaissance

This is my infographic about Renaissance humanism. Based on the ratings I have given each element, I would say that I am somewhat of a humanist, but not in the extreme way that many people in that time were. I believe it is important for us to have some sense of individualism and shape our identities, rather than just do what society asks of us. This was true during the Renaissance too, as humanists would often go against the teachings of the church. I also agree that it is important to reflect on classical culture, just as humanists did. Experimentation, observation, and curiosity are all also essential skills/traits that we can have to encourage innovation. I do believe it is important overall share some traits of Renaissance humanists, as they can encourage innovation and self-improvement. My rating for myself overall for myself was 16/20, which is relatively high.

Found Poem for Internal Conflict: “Button Button”

This found poem was created with the words of the story “Button Button,” written by Richard Matheson. In this story, a couple is visited by a salesperson who informs them of a button that can provide them with “monetary value.” He explains that if pressed, the button would kill someone in the world in exchange for the couple to earn 50,000 dollars. The main character, Norma, struggles with an internal conflict, debating with herself whether pressing the button would be ethical. At first, she tells herself it is just some trick, maybe an experiment done by some eccentric millionaire. She does express doubts, with her greed fighting against her morality. In the climax, the temptation takes over, and telling herself she is doing it for her family, Norma presses the button only to find that her husband was killed as a result. This is also the page I chose to do my found poem on. I chose a picture of the Grim Reaper (Death) since death is such a huge theme shown in this story. It is the cause of so much uncertainty and raises the question of whether it is ethical to kill someone you never knew. Death could also, in a sense, be seen as an antagonist of the story, although the conflict is still mainly internal. There is also the picture of a button, which is self-explanatory, in addition to a bloody background. This background represents the blood on Norma’s hands that she accumulated due to her greed. The words I have boxed represent Norma’s conflict, the black representing her disbelief that the button really works, and the red manifesting her horror at the aftermath. The kind of crossed-out areas are supposed to look hastily done as well, representative of the way Norma made her decision.

More info about Richard Matheson, the author: click here or here

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