English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
All of us use the word 'problem' in real life very often, as "What's the problem
with you?" or "Is there any problem?" In common, people use the word
'problem' meaning as "A matter, situation or wrong." There are many other
meanings concerned with 'problem'. However, there are not much dfferences between real
meaning and common perception for general people. Most English vocabularies have their history and
references. Some of them are from Greek and Old English. The word 'problem' s from
classical Latin, and it had spoken about 600 years in modern English. Then what the word
'problem' means and how it used over the time?

In regular dictionaries, we can easily define the word that we do not know, include
'problem'. this meaning is from the 'Merriam-Webster Dictionary'. "A
question raised for inquiry, cosideration, or solution." And also from the paper dictinary
'Collins Cobuild'. It says a 'problem' is "A situation that is
unsatisfactory and causes difficulties for people." "A situation, person or thing that
needs attention and needs to be dealt with or solved" is from 'Cambridge

In Oxford English Dictionary (OED), ther are nine meanings about the 'problem.' First, it
defines 'problem' as "puzzle; a riddle; an enugmatic statement." Second meaning
is "metaphorical fable, an allegory, a parable; an analogy." "A phenomenon or
situation to be physically explained or mathematiclly described or sloved" is also stated in
OED. But now, more usually the word 'problem' is used with this definition, "a
difficult or demanding question; a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome, harmful, or wrong and
needing to be overcome; a difficulty." And there are some more definitions for the word
'problem.' As you see it has many meaning, and they have wide usages.

One of fable of Aesop which is teanslated by R. Henryson stated "Wrait this parabole... Quhais
problemis(problem) bene veray excellent." In this statement, 'problem' means "an
allegory, a parable; an analogy." J. R. Green, who is short historian, used the word
'probloem' in his book as "Elizabeth had
hardly mounted the throne when she faced the problem of social discontent." as means "A
difficult or demanding question." Also a historian and philosopher named Tasmania Stanley wrote
"all disputation is of things controverted either by problem or proposition." In this
sentence, 'problem' means "the question involved in a syllogism, of which the
conclusion is the solution." Many historians, philosophers, writer, poets...etc used the word
'problem' in their books or pems since the word was created and still authors are using

In the London Times, article says as "He urged Turkey to solve the problem through
dialogue." In this situation, word 'problem' means "situations that is
unsatisfactory and causes difficulties for people." And another article form the London times,
it mentions "There is a little bit of catilage causing hime a problem." "A matter or
situation regarded as unwelcome, harmful, or wrong" could be the meaning under this statement.
We can find the word 'problem' in article very easily, and it is used with general

As I search the word 'problem', I knew that there are many meanings than what I know
before. Also, in different situation , words can be used in various ways. 'Problem' is one
of the most common words American use in general conversations and they will use it till Earth
disappears. Many language professionals predict that Chinese will be the most important language,
but I think English will keep its position eternaly because now English is standard language in the
world, and many people is learning modern English.














Dear Mr. William Shakespeare

Hi, I am an editor of Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes (The British
Tradition). I am really sorry, because I think I have to omit your work such Macbeth, Sonnets, etc,
this year. It was a hard decision for me, and I wish you can understand me. Actually I like your
works, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet. However, because of some reasons made one of your works,
Macbeth, rejected from this season of book. Following statements are reason why I reject your work;
first of all I think your work, Macbeth, has too much violence or murder, and there are too many
characters that are greedy. Finally Macbeth has too much deceit.

At first, the reason why I reject your story is that it has too much violence such murder. Beginning
of the story, Macbeth killed a King Duncan, and Banquo. Macbeth says “Hear it not, Duncan, for it is
a knell that summons thee to heaven, or to hell.” (p.323) and after murder he says “I have done
deed.” (p.323) “Ay, my good lord: safe in a ditch he bides, with twenty trenched gashes on his head,
the least a death to nature.” (p.345) this statement was said by murderer who killed Banquo by order
of Macbeth. Also Macbeth sent murderers to kill Macduff’s wife and his children. “What, you egg!
[Stabbing him.] Young fry of treachery!” murderer says, and the son of Macduff says “He has killed
me, mother: Run away, I pray you! [Dies.]” I do not want none of violence, but too much of violence
in story can make story heavily.

Secondly, in the story, there are too many greedy characters. One of the greedy characters is
Macbeth. Macbeth was normal soldier but after the prediction of the witches and the murder of King
Duncan, he became very greedy. I found statement that Macbeth says,

“There the grown serpent lies; the worm that’s fled
Hath nature that in time will venom breed,
No teeth for th’ present. Get thee gone. Tomorrow
We’ll hear ourselves again.” (p.345)

right after the murder of Banquo. Macbeth was only worried about the Banquo because he knows the
true, so he killed him so that he can be the king safely. Also Lady Macbeth is avarice.

“ Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full
Of direst cruelty!” (p.312)

Because Macbeth hesitated to kill King Duncan, she wants to kill him instead of Macbeth by becoming
female to male.

Third reason is that there are too many deceits. Representatively, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
dishonored to two officers of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth says “What cannot you and I perform upon th’
unguarded Duncan, what not put upon his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of our great
quell?” (p.317)

“Your face, my Thane, is as a book where men
May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
Your hand, your tongue: look like th’ innocent flower,
But be the serpent under ‘t.” (p,314)

Lady Macbeth says, she inspired Macbeth to kill a King Duncan. She made Macbeth to think himself as
the great king so that he could be ambitious. I do not want a fake, deceit, in the book.
I am not saying that your Macbeth is not good. Basically it was good, but some points make your work
failure on this edition of textbook. Nevertheless I believe that your will not disappoint to this
result and you will make a great work. I am really sorry and thank you for your assistant for
Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes. I hope I can see your works next edition
of the textbook.

Sincerely Younjae Yoo