English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|Dear P.D. James,
My name is Kevin Halsey. I would like to invite you to come visit my school. I go to Catholic
Memorial in Massachusetts in the United States. I would like it if you would come and visit my
school and maybe talk to us about writing.
I understand that you have been writing for more than 10 years. To me it seems that you really
enjoy writing a lot. You may also be a very good writer seeing as how long you have been writing
for. I also like to write sometimes too. I thought that it was very interesting that you have been
writing for so long and that we both like to write.
I read that many of your writing has been novels about crime. I also read that
many of you novels have included the Scotland yards mystery commander Adam Dalgliesh. I have ready a
summary of your book Death in Holy Orders. It seemed like a very good book that I would like to
hopefully get around to reading it sometime. An excerpt from the book that I liked was “After he was
killed, the army sent me back all of his belongings and there was a bundle of letters among them.
Not every one I had written, he couldn’t have kept them all, but he did keep the longest.” I enjoyed
reading line because it showed me that in your book this woman’s son had really loved her and kept
all of the letters she had send them.
I had also read that you had spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil
Service. I would like for you to tell my class and I about this if you do come to visit us in the
United States. If you can not come and visit us I will understand, I would still like for you to try
and come visit us.
William Blake has written many stories and
poems. He has also written many
|Many crimes are committed each day,
in this case an innocent man has been
sentenced to prison. Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman is a 22 year old college student, or
at least he was before he was expelled from al-Azhar University for criticizing his
own religion. The motive behind this crime was just to simply state his thoughts on
the month of Ramadan in an internet blog. Nabil was first arrested in October 2005.
He has been sentenced to four years of imprisonment “insulting Islam and defaming
the Egyptian president, Mubarak”.
Many people across the world are upset about what has happened to kareem
because of his own personal thoughts. “Kareem is being used. A perfect example
that freedom of expression is not in safe hands with the Mubarak regime, which can
turn things on and off” said Mona Eltahawy. Other protestors of what has
happened have created a website called www.freekareem.org to show that they have
the respect of Kareem and that they are upset about what has happened to him. I
don’t think that the crime is that this man has spoken against the government, I feel
that the crime here is that an innocent man has been arrested for his thoughts.
Kareem’s blog was found by his college on the internet. When the school found
out what Kareem really thought about Islam and the government they immediately
told the police. Even before he was arrested Kareem was being punished by people
sending him death threats over the internet. After being harassed by the police and
undergoing surveillance he was condemned to serve four years in prison. Even after
Kareem is released from prison he will still undergo punishment. He will be looked
upon differently by the people of his community and will be disliked by them for his
feelings about the religion that is so sacred to them.
This crime can somewhat relate to the book animal farm. A scene in animal farm
was when some of the other animals thought that what was going on was bad and
one of the leaders (squealer) had some of the other animals kill them. I think that
relates to this crime because the animals in the story were standing up for there
belief as well and they were prosecuted for what the believe. Just as Kareem was
prosecuted for stating what he believes on the internet.
The reason that I believe what the government has done here is wrong is because
I live in a country where people have the freedom of speech. I think that in every
country people should be able to say what they really think and not be sentenced to
four years in prison like Kareem was. The government has too much power in
Egypt. They shouldn’t be able to put a person in jail for not agreeing with the same
religion as they do. I think that the government used there power in this crime just
to show everyone else what they’ll do if the people of Egypt don’t listen to them.