English 10: Writing Portfolio
|Essay the first: Origins|
|Essay the second: Literature|
|It was one cold night, only I and my mother were in the
house. I was watching a movie called "THE FULL 8 MILES". My mother was
fixing up her hair getting ready to go to the next door neighbor’s house.
She was always competing with the lady next door about hair. I was very
anxious so I ask "why are you always competing with Mrs.Geniveve. She
answered me by telling me a story that became my most funniest family story.
She began the story telling me that she was at a high school party, which she never used to go to, but when seeing her face I knew it was a lie. She said that if she entered parties she would always wear her best clothes so the boys will say "Whoo...Whee...”. I stop her there saying "Mom you if dad hears this you will be saying "Oh...! No...!” she slaps me up side the head saying "What if Dad hears about the story about the wrong trip to school". I begged for forgiveness saying "NO DON'T TELL HIM ABOUT MS.PRETTY", she looks at me confused and continued. She continued saying their was always one girl or woman to ruin things up "Mrs.Geniveve". The reason why the students called her "Mrs.Geniveve" wasn't weird. She was a teacher for ten years in the school, but she looked like she was a student for two. When I heard this I laughed at my mother saying "Your competing with a 50 year old women, who has no husband. She said "Shut up their Dozie, she has a husband, but she was doesn't want to be answering her husbands name (even the husband is answering her maiden name. Who do you think that man in her house”?” I though he was her maid". She said that she was so evil she; use to throw my mom out of parties. So this time she said it was enough, she told her "If you want to hit me, then hit me".Mrs.Geniveve said "okay" and knocks her out. My mom cried home to my grandmother and told her that “A....dog... bit ....me on the butt". My grandmother was confused because the wound was on her face, but my mom had nothing else to think of. She said that the only reason Mrs.Geniveve doesn’t bully her any more is because she has children (and she doesn't).
My mother said that this story taught her that she can always count on her children to be their for her (in sickness and in health. I told her "This is not a wedding ceremony". I learned not all mother and father stories can be boring. I also learnt that my brother and sister's and I are always a pat of my parent’s life. The last thing I learned is that I to can tell my children childhood stories and maybe they will learn what I learnt. That is the most funniest family story of my life. I hope you laugh as much as I did.
Out of all the poetry and prose I have read there is only one author that has caught my eye of failure for next year's book edition. That is you, Robert Browning. I am Chidozie Gusiora from Catholic Memorial High School writing back to you why you could not be in this year edition of Prentice Hall Literature. My decision was very difficult to confirm. I noticed that other writers seen there was something wrong with your work. Like Eileen Gillooly from Mas Ultra – School Edition which reports “Robert Browning is one of the most beloved English poets – and one of the most difficult to read."
One reason why I could not put you in this years edition was you liked to talk about death in your poems. For example the character “The Last Duchess” (line 46-47) which says “there she stands as if alive”. This tells us sophomores that you are a killer and a poet which does not mix. Another reason I can’t let you in this year’s edition because you write about lost happiness. For example in “Love Among the Ruins” (lines ) which you write “ the site once of a city great and gay”. I think that sophomores already go through this when they are broken up with there exboyfriends/exgirlfriends. You are just bringing painful times to them. The last “but not least” reason you can not be in next year’s book edition because you put words that match perfectly in sound between an unmatched words. For example in lines 11-13 of “ Home- Thoughts, from abroad”. Sophomores are already confused with the book they are reading. Why confuse them more? I think not! I hope you’ve understood and realized the reasons why you could not make the cut for next year’s edition. I also require you to work on these problems for next year. You have great potential.
Do people believe in superstition? Do or do not I know they can recall many superstitious authors and their works. For example Shakespeare who had Hamlets father plays a ghost after being killed by his brother, in “Hamlet”. Or in the tragedy of Macbeth where Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo which he killed. Another example is William Wordsworth who has the speaker mock and criticizes his wife in a painting. One of the many poets people have not heard about superstition is Ronald H. Buchanan, the great unknown poet who wrote the story Grandfathers Ghost in 1956.
Judging by the title people can notice this story can get people to believe in ghosts. It also gets people to believe that ghosts come in different descriptions, not only the ones on television (white and gloomy). For example he writes “There was a man standing at the door with a long-trawled coat, a beard and a hard hat on him” (4-6). The story also gets people to believe that ghosts come to those they want to or are trying to see. For example Buchanan writes “When my parents went down to the room together, they could see nothing” (11). Here Buchanan uses the typical invisibility of ghosts to make us believe in its ability to be secretive.
These superstitions reveal a lot about British people in the 20th century. It shows us that the children had greater imaginations that the adults. For example Buchanan writes “I told him what the old man looked like, he shook his head. It was your grandfather” (13-14). Or where he writes “They both went down to the room together, but they could see nothing”, Buchanan uses the description an invisibility of a ghost to make us believe that the older ones in the family had already seen the ghost in there child hood and it passes down to the children’s imagination. This work has not been taken seriously for many reasons. One reason is because it is very short, and people like to occupy themselves with a book they can read for a long time. Another reason why is because most great superstitious stories have at least one scene where someone gets killed and this story has not one. For example in Frankenstein, the monster kills many of Victor’s friend and family. Or in the Macbeth, Macbeth kills many people. This story should be taken seriously because it has valid information that might change your feeling of superstition about one thing or another. For example it taught me ghost don’t only kill people.
There are not many critiques that agree with what I believe about this story. But one critique that believes is Mr. Freeman, who writes “He had a broad command of his literature and his book deserves to be widely read”. I hope that all people will enjoy and notice those works that have been overlooked
French the language of love. This language and considering all languages have unique meanings. English the most common and latest language also falls into this group. English contains the most words (800,000) in the world and these words all have different purposes, some for good others for ill. The word “war” describes dangerous things and is sometimes used for the wrong purposes. “War’ is a word stolen by many countries, first by the Anglo- Saxons, then to the Germans, and now back to England. In the Oxford American Dictionary “war” is “strife (especially between countries) involving military or naval or air attacks.” But in the Oxford Dictionary of English Entomology it means “hostile conventions of armed force.” “An armed conflict between nations or states or between different parties in the same state” is also a definition of war used by Funk and Wagnall’s Dictionary. According to the Oxford English Dictionary there were 13 different definitions to the word “war.” Some interesting ones are “to harass or persecute”. Can you imagine war being used to harass someone? It also meant “a contest between armed forces carried on in a campaign or series of campaigns” Now tell me, have you seen the word war as a contest? “A battle, engagement” was another definition used in the O.E.D for “war”.\ Although the word “war” does not have an effect it had on people in the past, I asked what it meant to them. Joseph McGonagall, a teacher and news editor at Catholic Memorial High School says “that reminds me of the Iraq War (were my brother is fighting), the El Salvador War, and the Vietnam War. I also asked Obinna Nwosu, a student at Boston Latin Academy who says “it means death and hardship! It means fatherless and motherless families. War is not a game, so it can not be won.” Explaining here the fortune of war what it has done to the world. Mike Hechavaria, a student at Catholic Memorial High School says “war” is a bloody array of civilization, gone to heaven.” A majority (33%) of these speakers define war in a negative and bloody way. How do you? A few writers also show us that “war” has not been a helpful word. For example, Chaucer uses it in 1380 in “A Knights Tale” where he writes “Thou mayst make a werre so sharpe on the Citee”, Explaining that war must kill a city. Another writer is Lydgate who used it in” Reason & Sensuality” during 1407 where he writes “For to sette hem at werre.” Explaining here that to keep peace they must go to war, and can not do it any other way. You can see that war is even written in negative ways even in literature to show that one or a group of characters are greater than others. There are people around the world that are using the word “war” in new ways that do not help. For example, Sandra Tsing from “Kiddies Class Struggles”, who writes “THE TRUTH BEHIND MOMMY WARS”, explaining here that war is a secret. So why should she tell the world other peoples secrets. Another example is Drew Christiana from “Of Many Things” who writes “the time is right for moral theologians and other just-war analysts”, explaining that war solution is the solution to all things. War along with all words in the English language should go back to their origins. There should be no superior language. Everyone should speak the language of the country, so there will be no bilingualism. Those who speak two languages just want to prove their smarter and greater than others, and that is cause less equality in the world. If you feel what I feel about the English language I hope you to can send my message further across the world.
My hands were sweaty, holding this celliod roundness.
My body was weak and disabled.
My mind was stressed out from the dizzyness.
I looked at my right the right corner of my eye
I saw those who were fierce and intimidating,
thiking that some will ruin their day.
I looked at the left side of my eye
I saw those who were eager and unpatient wonder
what will happen in a few seconds.
I looked from side to side I saw those unable to stay-put,
like if they were wild mokeys.
Each of them having their wide eye on me.
I shifted my hair from my face
and looked at that space between my hands
so others won't know that I am looking
at my glooing fingers.
I released my fingers in a upward direction
and close my eyes.
When I heard the sound soot of like "Swush",
I brusted in shock.
Even others in shock
seeing my eyering on my left ear.