English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  














Dear Mr. Joyce,

Hello, I am Tim Mangan, the President of The Prenctice Hall Literature Book company. It is my responsibility, to choose authors to include next years Prenctice Hall British Literature book, for the sophmore class of 2008. Believe me James, this task was not an easy one.

I am sorry to inform you that your works will not be in next years Prentice Hall Literature Book for the sophmore class of 2008. I will come right out and say it James. I hate your writings. This is the main reason for why you will be receiving the big cut. Of course there are many other reasons for why your pitiful writings will not even be looked at twice. For one thing, your endings are quite lame. They end in the most random ways I have ever seen before! Your stories leave us in the greatest amount of suspense, and that is something that a student at Catholic Memorial does not like in his stories. At the end of english class at school, a student wants to walk out the classroom doors ready and excited to read some stories in his British Literature book for homework. Instead after reading your boring stories that shouldn't even begin to be considered stories the students have to walk out the door, miserable and exhausted, realizing they have to read boring literature for homework.  

I went to research for a critic that might have had the same idea about your work as I did. It did not take me by surprise that there were many critics that disliked your work. "It just does not make any sense." A quote from Anthony Burgess in a 1999 review of your book Ulysses. Isn't that the book that was banned in Ireland and the United Kingdom. They might have said they banned for some certain reasons, but I think they banned it because it was so boring and dull, that the minds of young and old readers could not take anymore of this pain. Mr. Joyce if you would like to make in into this textbook or for that matter any textbook, I suggest that you right a story that we would all be interested in. Thanks but no thanks

Sincearly, Tim Mangan


















The United Kingdom is the perfect setting for superstitious story. Many British authors write eerie and unusual stories because they love the thrill of the stories and love scaring themselves and there readers. An inparticular author that shows us this excitment is Joesph Smith Fletcher, a native of London England. Stories he has written that contain superstition are: The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation, The Middle Temple Murder, The Paradise Murder, Scarhaven Keep, The Orange-Yellow Diamond and The Middle of Things. One that I will tell you about is The Murder in the Mayors Parlor. I chose to share this short story with you because it made me feel like I was one of the Characters in the story trying to slove the case.

In this short story, Fletcher leaves us in a great amount of suspense. It is a mystery story where an elected mayor named Mr. Guy Hannington is murdered in a building he owns. Fletcher alos gives us a numerous amount of characters who immediatley become suspects on my list. He wants us to narrow each character down before the end of the story. Still after reading half of the story, we still could not figure out, who murdered the mayor? A quote that shows we will be in a great suspense is from the third/fourth page of the text: "It was, therefore, impossible for anybody who saw a soul enter or leave between half-past eight and ten o' clock. Still there must have been somebody-the murderer- because there is no other entrance." Also, another quote that reveals the suspension is: "Theres the possibilty that the murderer had hid himself somewhere in these old rooms before the mayor came." This quote shows that out of all the suspects, we still cannot figure out who the murderer was. Janet Pininski says: J.S. Fletcher's works sends chills up my back throughout all of his stories. This story is a very good one and I would recommend it to other classmates. It teaches us that we should never go wrong, because, eventually we will get caught. More and more felonies occur in today's world, than in the time Fletcher lived. I think this story should be read more often so people will learn that you can't get away with evil doings. Since Fletcher was not a well known author throughout history, so I do not think that many people will learn a lesson.























We all love getting ready with our families to go the beach and swim in the ocean. But, do we really think about the ocean? Do we ever think about the history that lies all around us as we swim? I know that when I was younger, all I thought about was how much fun I will be having. The car ride to the ocean seemed long and I had plenty of time to think about where I was going. I think that the word ocean helps the world today because without we would not know other places to travel to or know about the other cultures that lie outside of the United States.

Most people do not know this, but ocean is a word that dates way back into the times of the ancient Greeks. When we say the word “ocean,” we are not speaking English, but we are speaking ancient Greek. The strange thing is that the Greeks spelt and pronounced ocean the same way we do. That is kind of interesting. In the first dictionary, called the Websters New World Dictionary, ocean is defined as, “a great body of salt water that covers approximately 70 % of the surface of the earth.” In another dictionary called the American Heritage Dictionary, ocean is defined as, “salt water that is a majority of the earth’s surface.” In the third dictionary called the American Literature Dictionary, ocean is defined as salt water that covers the surface of the earth.” To us English speakers those are three solid definitions that we can agree with. To the Greek’s ocean was just a home to one there gods.

When I wen to to look at another definition for ocean in the Oxford English Dictionary (online), “ocean” had three major definitions. One was, “the vast continuous body of salt water covering the greater part of the earth’s surface and surrounding its land masses.” Two other definitions are, “each of main areas or regions which the body of water is divided geographically; any smaller/ large expanse of sea” and, “an immense or boundless expanse of something. A very great or indefinite quantity.” The third definition is unusual to us, but it is still used in the world today.

I asked people that I am familiar with about what they think of when they hear the word “ocean” in a one word definition. My mother, Patricia Mangan, said “beach”. My father Denis Mangan said he though of “boats”. My younger sister Siobhan Mangan said she thought of “fish” My other younger sister Alison Mangan said she thought of “salt water”. The varsity basketball coach at my high school, Mr. Tobin, has a play for his players called ocean. Joe McGonegal said he thought of Mr. Tobin when he hears the word “ocean”.

On the Oxford English Dictionary (oed.com), I found the usage's in literature. There were many authors that I have studied who used the word “ocean” at least once. The first writer is Geoffrey Chaucer. He used it in tr. Boethius De Consol. Philos IV mer. vi 15 - “The same sterre ursa.. ne coveyteth nat to deeyen his flambés in the sea of ocean.” William Shakespeare used the word ocean in Rish // ii. 146 - “The taskehe vundertakes, Is number sands, and drinking oceans drie.” Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of the most interesting authors used the word ocean in Enoch Arden 584-“The myriad shriek of wheeling-ocean frowl.” Even one of out former presidents used ocean. Thomas Jefferson, out third president, used ocean in Letter 13; August in Papers 244--”Our common people...could not have been so fairly put into their hands of their common sense, had they not been separated from their parent stock by the interdiction of so wide and ocean.”

I have once been to Peru and met some of the natives who live there. I even got some of their e-mails and was able to ask them what they though of when they thought of the word ocean. I first asked Miguel Cortez, who said he thought of “waves”. Next, I asked Maria Jualita, who said that she thought of “sand”.

Overall I think that English, whether it hurts the world or not, should be an official language of the United States. The reason is because we have been speaking the language for over the 200 years that we have been in existence and a civilization! English is used in and on everything we read in our country! Why should we not have English as our official language?! We are now required to learn a second language in school, because more and more cultures are entering the country and bringing their language. Since English is not our official language, we might be ridding the world of English by not having it as our official language. However, people throughout the world are learning our language, so they will know how to get around if they ever visit or live in our country or any other country that speaks English fluently.

















2 weeks left

That's it

School is out for the summer
It's been a short but difficult year
I am becoming more responsible for my own actions

I have to start thinking about college and stuff
I know it is going to be soon

People are selling there books

People are throwing away their books

It is sad but then again it is rejoicful

I am not going to worry about the difficult stuff
Because is summer is pretty much here