English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|If you were to pull something out
of a Hat, but if it were anything it would be magic. Magic is
the use of ritual activities or observances which are intended to influence the course of events or
to manipulate the natural world, usually involving the use of an occult or secret body of knowledge;
sorcery, witchcraft. Magic is what it is, although, people often perceive it as real dark work, but
it is all illusion of the eyes. The word has changed alot since i was first used in 1387; 620 years
ago, but I believe that people do not understand it to a widened perspective.
Many common dictionaries use mainly the same definitions. Merriam-Webster Dictionary says
"magic-the use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural
forces." In The American Heritage Dictionary it says, "Magic-The art that purports to
control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking the supernatural." In
Cambridge University Dictionaries, it says "the use of special powers to make things happen
which would usually be impossible, such as in stories for children."
The Oxford English Dictionary gives many definitions for the word magic, but not everyone might
know that it was that important or that exciting, some people might have thought that it was just
entertainment. Magic is the use of ritual activities or observances which are intended to influence
the course of events or to manipulate the natural world, usually involving the use of an occult or
secret body of knowledge; sorcery, witchcraft. Also this is practice as a subject of study. The
relationships between magic, religion, and science are central to the history of the term in
English. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, magic, and esp. conjuration, are regarded as falling
outside the province of religion proper. However, those areas of magic which stemmed from the
Hermetic and Neoplatonic traditions were widely regarded in the medieval and early modern periods as
legitimate and necessary fields of enquiry, as was much of the field of ‘natural magic’.
Subsequently, with the spread of rationalistic and scientific explanations of the natural world in
the West, the status of magic has declined.
The Word Magic was first used in 1387 by Geoffrey Chaucer in "Canterbury Tales
Prologue", "He kepte his pacient a ful greet deel in houres by his magik natureel."
The word magic was also used by Charles Darwin in 1839 in "Robert Fitzroy & Charles
Darwin", "It immediately fell to the ground, and like magic caught one hind leg of my
horse." The Word Magic was also used by Shakespeare's "Winter's Tales" in
1616, "Oh Royall Peece: There's Magick in thy Maiestie."
Many common magazines and newspapers have also used the word magic, the word magic was 1st used
in the New York Times in 1981 says, "Well, if I had a magic wand, I would like everyone to be
able to feel that they really counted, I guess." By Dudley Clendinen. In the London Times the
word magic was recently used in an article on "Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire"
where it said, "Rowling has even invented another wizard sport: much of the plot revolves
around a gloriously complicated inter-school magic contest, complete with points-systems, conundrums
and tests of ingenuity."
In conclusion, magic is used today as pop culture, entertainment, whereas not as it used to be
when it was used in the terms of a study, art, mystery, and evil, never telling what might pop out
of the hat next.
Dear Mr. William Shakespeare,
|Formula One also known as F1, is
the most dangerous sport in the world. It is also the highest class
of open wheeled auto-racing, claimed by the International Automobile Federation, better known as the
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, or FIA. The Formula is a set of rules and
regulations that are listed by and created by the FIA. Formula1 was created in 1946 and the first
race was held in 1947 and the first world championship was held in Silverstone, UK in 1950,
according to the FIA. Formula1 is very popular in all the continents except for our own, North
America because of America's Nascar Association.
In the year 2005, the F1 World Championship had 600 million viewers worldwide, according to the FIA,
but as far as Britain goes, Formula1 is not number 1 it is number 3, in sports news behind
Football(Soccer) and Cricket, as shown by list of popularity in The London Telegraph and The London
As exciting as Formula One is, it is also extremely dangerous, sometimes even fatal, such as the
fatal accident of Tom Pryce. Pryce, a marshal who was struck by a car driving well over 100 miles
per hour was killed. Pryce was attempting to help a driver whose car had had malfunctions. Another
tragic moment was during the dramatic death of Roger Williamson whose car flipped over and burst
into flames after skidding 200 yards down the track upside-down. Only one man held on to hope and
that was a fellow rookie, David Purley, who vigorously tried to save his friend, while others had
lost all faith. So one could say that rookies and pros both get their fair share of experience and
race time, seeing as how rookies are thrown right into the frying pan with the pros once they make
it into Formula One. But it is actually the rookies who put up the good fight in Formula One,
rookies such as Kazuki Nakajima. Kazuki Nakajima, son of ex-Formula One driver, Satoru, will work
with drivers Nico Rosberg and Alex Wurz during winter testing of the Williams FW29 car, according to
the Daily Mail. If Nakajima can keep the pressure on pros like Lewis Hamilton he will be able to
win in the best timed lap competitions and get further up the standings.
Formula One is also mentioned and spoken often about in literature, for example Peter Wright's
novel "Ferrari Formula One: Under the Skin of the Championship - Winning F1 - 2000." It
gives a clear view of the technology and power of a modern F1 car, according to Car and Driver
How big will Formula One be in years to come? Minute by minute, F1 makes its way to the last
reserved place on earth, North America which isn't crazy about Formula One yet. Will Formula
One ever overcome Nascar? Maybe some day, once Formula One hosts some races in America which can
very well cause it to be number one in the minds of everyone.
First of all, I would like to say Good afternoon
to all my fellow students, Mr. President, and the