English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2005-2006

   
   
   
   
   
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Dear Patrick Marber,

My name is Richard Wingert, I am a sophomore at Catholic Memorial, located in Boston MA. I am a solid B+ student, I am very active in many sports, and actually not really a constant movie-goer, but when I saw that you wrote in comedies I just had to look you up. If you hadn’t guessed yet I love to laugh, nothing makes me feel better, and since you have been a stand-up comedian I hope you won’t mind coming to speak to my class.

I knew you had to of been a successful man when I saw you went to Wadham College, Oxford. By all the awards you have won I can tell you care a lot about what you do, and I can’t help, but admire a man who stops at nothing to get things done. When I found that you were in the episodes of “Coogan’s Run.” (1995 T.V. series) I couldn’t tell you how well that would portray any of my friends. You are one funny man. I tell by the other movies you produced like: “The Closer,” that you can really put romance and drama into your movies, with a restless serenity about it. “I will look upon your eyes, as I will look upon the sky never knowing how it will end not caring, for this moment you and I are here. For I am who I am and you are who I am.” – Letter from “The Closer.” I love this because you really can grab a person and bring them into the story, although I only saw a trailer of the movie, I felt captured by it.

Watching the movies you have directed, the productions you have produced, and the plays you have written, with a little acting on the side, that you are a very successful and busy man. So, that is why it would mean so much for me and my classmates for you to come and kindly visit us. We can’t possible understand most understatements of British writing if we can’t understand what it means to be a British Contemporary Writer, someone like yourself. Thank you, for reading what I needed to write and please keep Catholic Memorial in mind.

Sincerely,

Richard Wingert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
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This song was written by James Lynam Molloy, a composer of British songs for many years. One great and profound song known today in Britain is “Love’s Old Sweet Song,” written in Ireland around 1884. People look upon this song at a wedding, presenting a dignifying cultural experience through the people who are getting married and those affected, including the family.

To remind themselves who they love and who they are happy to be with, it’s a just feeling to know who makes them feel what they feel when they are with that certain person. “Love’s Old Sweet Song” shows us what we can accomplish with someone’s love, and what can never be, without the love of that certain person, to carry us through the worst of times. Molloy was born a true prophet, leading his own county, County Offaly, Ireland, to better and greater things. He had royal blood, once belonging to the princes of Fearcall, and had an image of peace throughout their country. In past records the O’Molloys were a warlike people, but always remained hospitable toward others.(According to Desmond Moore-Love’s Old Sweet Song)

 Raised a son of a doctor, Molloy was a very intellectually gifted young man. Loving to play and to listen to music Molloy captured all life out of every song. As Molloy grew he realized so much hate was arising and so little knew what was going on, and so he wrote, and played songs influenced to make sure the menace that was terrorizing their lands would forever cease.

In the song it describes how a person finds true love, and how love becomes aware to Molloy in generations passing but doesn’t realize it until it is almost too late and “When the lights are low and the flick’ ring shadows softly come and go”, James truly finds himself alone missing what he though could have been his one and only. Only realizing it when it had all past him, “Even today we hear love’s song of yore.” He even today misses what could have been, with that person it could have been with. James made the mistake and cries for everyone to hear that, “Love will be found the sweetest song of all.”

James’ song, “Love’s Old Sweet Song”, was introduced into the public in 1894, the song that “charmed the dying years of the nineteenth century.” Although in World War 2 led to the destruction of Molloy’s published books, and copies nowadays his song is rarely viewed. Molloy is a crowning achievement to those who have lost hope.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In September of 2005, a man by the name of Jyllands-Posten spoke against the endless suicide bombings, in his own creative way. The way, well cartoons, 12 caricatures as a matter of fact, of Mohammad and the lampoon of the prophet with a terrorist bomb as a turban. What better way to create even more violence right?! A month ago the Danish consulate had been burned, embassies had been raided and all the Danes in Iraq were fleeing. They were all leaving through the West Bank, where mobs were attacking Christian churches as well. Was this a signification of his power over the media? Or did he just want to get a lot of people mad?

The Shiites and many other Muslim groups live by the Quran, more literally than others. Through the act of this one Danish cartoonist, they used his ignorance to commit crimes of belligerent consequences, a one full of arsons, murderers, and rioters. One completely irresponsible “juvenile idiocy” is the reasons why these Muslims do the things that they do to get their point to the people. I understand that these people don’t have the type of open media as we have, but these people take these actions out against them and find any person or building that belongs to the action and bomb it.

A man by the name of Guy Fawkes was a 17th century rebel who attempted to blow up the Palace of Westminster, today known as the Parliament building, to promote his own Catholicism in a Protestant religion of England. Some would recognize this as the way Muslims pursue their point. One hot topic statement made by this man was “A penny for a penny.” What was he meaning? Was there a point to his lunacy?

The Muslim groups use crimes as a source to get power. “The power”, simply put the fear into the person to never act out against “the power” ever again. There for giving the group or the individual groups, enough awareness to grow bigger, and how can a person deny that a certain group is there knowing that their group is making such atrocities. It’s obvious that these groups are power hungry to the point that their own military can’t even stop them. That’s why, besides from other things, other militaries are over there, To Stop Them!

No individual people can be presented to the law enforcement. Why? Well, the individuals are not the problem it’s the groups that give reason for the violence. I’m not saying that the people have all the influence by the groups by any means, but just enough to spark with their own beliefs in the Quran, leading to catastrophies.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language has embraced the English ethnicity in so many ways. It is a type of charismatic endeavor in which people look to for communication. Still out of 800,000 words there are in the English dictionary, “redundant” seemed to jump out at me the most. “Redundant” is a word first used in 1604, even now it’s considered modern. Through repetitious anxiety and ongoing attributions to life the word “redundant” is there. Without the word “redundant” how could we ever show the modesty of a person, or the exceeding achievements one person can make, or even the continual growth of a person’s stock. So, do I believe the word “redundant” has changed the world for better or worse? Maybe not to that certain extent but it certainly has given us a new prospective on how we look at life as we know it.

Through the many dictionaries I have looked upon these two I am about to show you has given me the best definition (in my opinion.) From the American Heritage dictionary it describes the word “redundant” as an adjective, “exceeding what is necessary or natural; superfluous” (702). That is just one of the definitions; the other one is “needlessly repetitive; verbose” (702). Another great dictionary to use is the Webster dictionary it provides two main definitions which can describe “redundant” perfectly as an adjective and they are: “Great amount, too much of. Exceeding many boundaries or limitations” (704). Certain dictionaries give the impression that they know what they are talking about, but a lot of them have been inadequate with their stability of giving a “definition” and following through with the comprehension of the word being defined. One great example of this is dictionary.com they give a great definition don’t get me wrong, but it truly can’t be a reliable source until it is written down and published.

One of the best sources to find the definition of any kind of word is the Oxford English Dictionary. In this case I used the Oxford English Dictionary to find “redundant”. It says that the word “redundant” is an adjective and a noun its definition is “superabundant, superfluous, and/or excessive” (2458). Also it can be also used as “a showing of copious, fullness, or abundance” (2458). There are a couple of definitions that are no longer in use today for example; “redundant” is used as “In swelling of waves” (2458), something that will never be said again to describe how sore the waves can really be.

I had a survey of about 10 people to see what the word “redundant” means to them and this is what some had said: Ricci Regan, a junior at Catholic Memorial, who has a grade point average of a 3.6 said that “redundant” means “you repeat something a lot.” Another junior at Catholic Memorial who has a grade point average of a 4.0 whose name is Craig Carpenter said that “redundant” means “boring”; when I asked him to put that word in a sentence he told me “At this time of the year, school is redundant.” A teacher I asked, Bill Hahn, said that “redundant” means “overly; excessive repetitive.” I then asked my grandfather Alwyn Mercer what “redundant” meant to him and he said “habitual”, when I asked him to put it into a sentence he told me “In recognition, doing chores are redundant.” Out of all the people I asked 20% were female who actually had a better sense of the word than did the males that did participate even though there were more of them, 80% in fact were male. 70% had at least middle/high school education, which of course had a smaller span of knowledge of the word because they haven’t seen it as much, while 30% had college education. 70% were aged from 0-18, although as young as they were, some prevailed to give an accurate definition of this word. 10%were 25-34, 10%were 34-56, 10% were 56+, and actually this person alone gave the best definition of the word “redundant”, it’s not surprising because this person has been living longer than any.

I then asked three foreign language speakers of what the word “redundant” means to them, how they came across this word, and how hard it was to learn. My first foreign language speaker by the name of Cante Silverio, fluent in Italian, a prodigy of Catholic Memorial, said that “redundant” means “a continuous out put.” When I asked him how he came across this word he said “When I saw it in the paper over viewing the stock market.” Then I asked him how hard it was to learn this word? He told me that “It wasn’t as hard as you think I saw it and then I just asked my grandfather.” My next foreign language speaker I used was within my own family coming by the name of Rosalind Wingert, a 61 year old mother of my father and fluent German speaker, when I asked her how she came across this word she said “Oh Richie I was just a little girl……” finally we got to the point and she told me “….I actually heard it when I was watching my mother cook her stews.” Then I asked “what did you think of the word?” and she told me “Honestly I thought nothing of it, but I was promiscuous and so I asked her, and she told me “redundant means ongoing and never ending” that’s how I know.” “How hard was it to learn I asked?” and she said “not that quite difficult as I grew I found that using the word “redundant” reveals no true belonging.” Finally I got to the end and found my last foreign language speaker, his name was David Foller, a man who does construction work for Boston and looked to be a Hispanic, when I asked this man what “redundant” meant to him he said “NO Comment!” Sternly I told him I wasn’t any mediated press or anything, but just a humble student looking for a good grade on my assignment. He didn’t buy it, instead he picked up his construction helmet and said “Main I need to coe” and with that he left. Tell you the truth I don’t blame him with all the hot topics of illegal immigrants now I would of probably would of done the same thing.

The first time the word “redundant” has ever been used in literature was in 1604 when written in a poem written by Dryden and called “Virginia George” where it said “When the latent vice is cur’d by fire, redundant humours thro’ the pore expire.” Amazing enough there was another piece of literature used in 1763 written by Emerson called “Meth. Increment”there it said “To expange any redundant factor, put in it’s stead any other factor equivalent to it.” Finally the last piece of literature I found was used in recent years in 1863 written by Abbott called “Shakespeare grammar” there it had said “A somewhat different case of redundant object.”

An absolutely great article I found and only article I could get my eyes on that gave such a different way to put the word “redundant” was titled “A phone that thinks its laptop is making downtime redundant.” Here it briefly explains all the different imports and exports a regular phone can do, just as any computer. It shows that the word “redundant” can be used recently as a gateway to have a phone/computer in one hand. (Globe, A16, May 4, 2006).

I can see why people act the way they do, if they don’t know a certain word that should be obvious to understand then they act bewildered, but try to be very opinionated, especially those who have known the word and heard it in movies or has seen it in papers. I have noticed that although the word “redundant” isn’t used that commonly it still is looked upon as a modern English identification in which if a person knows it then you can assume he/she is intelligent, but if the person tries to not look stupid and guess then the assumption is that he/she hasn’t been taught that well. I can truly argue that the word “redundant” has most definitely helped our economy to rise, but it has deprived us from our humbleness and find that we can truly be redundant, ourselves, without ever knowing when to end.