English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|When I first saw it I didn't think
much of it because all it was was a jewelry box. It had no
meaning to me at all. It wasn't in my room it wasn't mine. I didn't wear jewelry.
But never once did I consider it had much more meaning than just being a box, a jewelry box.
I think it all goes back to the origin. The box was dated 1618. Made in Nassau, Bahamas. I
didn't know much about the 1600's but that it was really the age of exploration especially
the sea and new worlds. When I started thinking about this and brainstorming I realized that their
was a picture on the bottom of a ship and a skull. Immediately my mind started racing and I knew
their was a story to this box just I couldn't find out how to uncover it.
The next night a man wearing old shaggy clothes came up to my door. My first reaction was fear
because there was a creepy man standing at my door in the middle of the night. The man was looking
for the jewelry box. I was confused when he asked me for it, but I wanted to know more about him
and if he knew about the jewelry box.
|As I look I see that Kerriscadia
has morning dew across the grass today from the harsh cold night
that we had last night. The weather is beginning to take a toll on the ground as the leaves are
frozen solid together so there is no sound except the early, cold wind, which would freeze inside
your nose but had the pleasant smell of fresh air. The animals were all gone, hiding away from what
the winter is going to bring. The grass is still green and the flowers are still there, except they
were not budding and had no pedals on them. Everything is dying. Everything is running from nature
like we run from our problems. Nobody knows what each others problems are because people won’t let
friends or family help because they think that they can do it themselves. But does nature do this?
Or does she welcome the sun’s help in the spring time and does she not welcome the wind on a hot
day, or snow for the kids to play. But isn’t this like us? Hiding away from what we fear instead of
stepping right up into it and taking it head on.
|Stephen Crane has a great gift of
giving grave detail into what he brings with his story. Although
he only lived 29 years, he still managed to publish over 20 short stories and 3 novels. He was born
in 1871 and died in 1900, but wrote of the grave horrors and reality of the Civil War. The way he
writes make you really feel how strong a bond is between a group of people, whether soldiers
fighting a war, or sailors in a ship wreck.
The subject of Stephen Cranes books are never far from the title. In books such as The Red
Badge of Courage, we see the profile of some of the men that fought in the Civil War and what they
did for one another. For a man who never served in he army, or had a large family, he enjoys
writing about brotherhood and what it means.
In, The Red Badge of Courage, Crane doesn’t use much dialogue because the young boy that is
running from the enemy has nobody to talk to but himself. The dialogue Crane uses resembles what
most people would call modern. He uses short fragments in places of sentences for instance, "No
water here," in reference for the boy talking to another comrade of his when they were in the
woods looking for water. The dialogue is good for the people he was writing to. Although they hadn’t
hit the period labeled as “modern”, people were surely starting to speak differently.
The character portrayals in Cranes books are pretty evident, like the plots, with the title of
the book. In The Red Badge of Courage the main character is a soldier and with the time period he
writes in you can see that the war this soldier is fighting in is the Civil War which was fought in
the 1860’s. In The Open Boat, you can sense the story has to do with sailors and that is exactly
who are in the story such as the Captain, Oiler, and Correspondent. Also in another short story of
his, The Little Regiment, he writes of more soldiers. For a man who never served in the army, or had
a large family, he enjoys writing about brotherhood and what it means.
Stephen Cranes use of the military is very evident in most of his short stories and novels. He
uses them to get across the brotherhood aspect of all of his stories. In The Red Badge of Courage he
uses the two sides to show what each other will do for the other. In The Open Boat he shows that
these ordinary sailors, not in the Navy, will help each other survive. In smaller less known stories
of his such as The Lost Regiment he speaks of a regiment of men who had been lost for an extensive
period of time but grow closer together through all of the combat that they have to face and what
living conditions they go through and in the Red Badge of Courage it shows just the same the bond
that these soldiers all make together.
Although Stephen Crane did not live to what he should have, he was truly one of Americas
greatest novelist. He can use such things as the military and brotherhood in stories better than
anyone else of his time. He is a great American author that speaks of his time and the real
beginning of modern America after the Civil War.
Tennis and its roots can be traced back to
almost 1500 B.C. with the invention of games played with
A professional interview of Andre Aggasi finds the pro saying “I feel that