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It was about 1991, and my father
missed his 8 year old daughter and his 3 year old son exceedingly. He was living 750 miles
away from us. We lived in Nova Scotia, and he lived in Boston because of work. He saw us
rarely, and the only way of communication was by phone or by writing us a letter. The
piece of writing I chose was in fact a letter. This letter was to my sister mostly,
because of the fact that I couldnt read. I miss you so much Meagan, my
father wrote in the letter. He talked about coming down and visiting us.
This is definitely dad, said my sister when I asked. My mother said the
same thing. She could tell because of his hand writing. I wrote it I guess,
said my father. He didnt remember writing it, but he could tell by his writing. The
only word in there that isnt heard of today was hunny bunny. I
dont even know if it was said often back then. Maybe it was just a word my dad used.
Why it was saved? I dont know. I guess my mom saved it so she could look back on how
we used to live, and be thankful its not like that anymore.
Atticus Finch, in the novel
To Kill a Mockingbird, was standing in front of a court jury down south,
claiming Tom Robinson, a Negro, his innocence. The words in his speech had a great effect
on the jury in the book, and the reader in a way that no other book has. His words were
just so powerful. They are so powerful mainly because back then, racism played a key role
in society. This speech caused many emotions, and was written with some tricks, and this
speech is certainly ahead of its time.
As you read this speech, there are many emotions that you,
as the audience, can be feeling as you read. She must destroy the evidence of her
offense. But what was the evidence of her offense? Tom Robinson- a human being. She must
put Tom Robinson away from her, was said in the speech that causes anger mostly,
because Tom Robinson, who was clearly innocent, was brought to trial for kissing a white
girl, and he was accused of raping her. It just wasnt fair, and therefore the
audience may have pity for Tom as they are reading this. She tempted a black
man is a piece from the speech that could cause you to feel sorry for Tom Robinson.
It may also give you a motivation to act, which it did too many people. It motivated
people to stop racism; it showed how unfair and corrupt society was. She did
something that in our society is unspeakable. She kissed a black man was what Finch
said to the jury to try and prove a point. The author of the book, Harper Lee, wanted the
reader to feel pity for Tom Robinson, because this books morals are focused on the
way black people were treated back then.
Harper Lee used some clever tricks throughout this
speech. Repetition with guilt was being used. It was an effort to get
rid of her own guilt. Now I say guilt, gentlemen, because it was guilt that motivated
her. He is emphasizing guilt because hes explaining to the jury the young
girls motive for accusing Robinson of raping her. Their is also repetition in the
word Negro. Tom kissed a white girl, and he was brought to court because of
it. He was black, which a black man kissing a white woman was not acceptable. She also
accused him of raping her, which the evidence shows he didnt do so. She
tempted a Negro, She was white, and she tempted a Negro
. She kissed a black
man, was a line that was repeating Negro.
This speech is ahead of its time because society was so corrupt
back then, and people like Atticus Finch, who fought against racism, were the ones who
changed our social system today. Today we know that everyone is equal, white or black. If
it werent for people like Finch, we would be living a lot differently today.
William Shakespeare was a very
influential, intelligent and original poet and playwright. He has a huge impact on our
society today because we still perform his plays, read his work, and study his life. None
of our modern literature has ever emulated or matched up to anything he wrote. He became
the most popular playwright in England and the part-owner of the Globe Theatre.
Unfortunately, he has never lived to see his fame. Shakespeare is known for his one
hundred and fifty four sonnets, poems such as Venus and Adonis and It
Was A Love and His Lass, and of course his plays. He wrote 37 plays which included
Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer nights dream, and Romeo
and Juliet. Irony tragedy and the theme love were what he wrote best. Romeo
and Juliet had both clever irony and the theme love and it was a tragedy and was and
still is very unique because of Shakespeares style of writing and creative ideas.
Juliet and Romeo fell in love with one another but a feud between
their families forced them to keep their love secret, their fore Juliet and Romeo couldnt
get married. This was very devastating to both of them. Juliet drinks a potion to put her
to sleep to appear dead in front of her and Romeos parents to avoid marrying Paris
(the man who her parents are forcing her to marry) to be with her true love Romeo. Her
family is convinced of her death and puts her in a Tomb. Romeo was supposed to
get a message from Friar Lawrence, who agrees to marry the young lovers in secret since he
sees in their love the possibility of ending the age-old feud between Capulet and
Montague, stating that Juliet isnt really dead. Unfortunately, Romeos best
friend sees her get put in her tomb and goes to the next town Verona, where Romeo was
exiled to because of a murder, and tells him that she is dead (really thinking shes
dead). Romeo rushes over to her tomb where he sees her lying there dead. He
drinks a cup of poison, and drops down dead. Seconds later, Juliet awakens after the
potion worn away, and sees her love Romeo dead on the ground with the goblet of poison
next to him. She takes the dagger he was holding, and fatally stabs herself with it.
I'll be brief. O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die
(Act 5, Scene 3) is what Juliet says before she kills herself. Shakespeare uses
irony very well in this story because the whole time we, the audience, knew Juliet wasnt
really dead, while Romeo remained unaware of the situation.
Love and tragedy are very powerful themes, and in Romeo and
Juliet Shakespeare defines them well. Romeo and Juliet had true love and ardent
feelings towards each other. They would go out of their ways just to be with each other.
Romeo being a Montague and Juliet being a Capulate causes the two to have their love in
secret because of their families being enemies. Romeo and Juliet is the first
real love play written. Shakespeare defines love as the feeling of affection and
solicitude toward a person, unlike many other plays during his time. Thy purpose
marriage, send me word to-morrow, by one that I'll procure to come to thee
(Act 1, Scene 5). Juliet says this in her orchard at night after she and Romeo met. She is
in love with him, and wants to marry him! The feeling is mutual for Romeo. Shakespeare
really moves the audience emotionally because when you mix love and tragedy, it usually
doesnt end up being a happy play. Tragedy comes in naturally during fighting scenes.
The main tragedy is when Romeo kills Tybalt, Juliets cousin, and then he is exiled
out of the town. As I said before, this causes Juliet to fake her death to go marry him
without her family getting involved, but Romeo takes her death literally and ends up
drinking poison. Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die
Scene 2) is when Romeo consumes the poison. Tragedy is when the main character suffers
extreme sorrow or moral weakness, and both Romeo and Juliet did just that. Like many of
the Shakespeare plays, Romeo and Juliet contained this particular theme.
Romeo and Juliet revolutionized tragedies and
the theme love. It gave people a whole new perspective on irony as well. No other writer
has ever done what Shakespeare has done in Romeo and Juliet. This play does
something new, different, and extraordinary. Besides being the best writer of all time,
Shakespeare inspired and still does inspire other writers tremendously. Romeo and
Juliet is truly one of a kind.
It was Virginia
Wolfe, James Joyce, and Will Yeats who had a transformational impact on the
world during “The Modern Period”. The new unit that will be published in our
textbook should be memorable for all. This unit will be called “The Age of
Transition” due to the rapid changes the societies faced during the
twentieth century. Houses, jobs, cars, styles, and even the people changed
so drastically. The invention of the computer changed everything. That is
why I call this “The Age of Transition”. It is a period of change. J.K.
Rowling, Ronan Noone, Siegfried Sassoon, George Orwell, and the Beatles had
a huge impact on the world during this period starting from nineteen fifty.
There was no band better than the Beatles. Their lyrics were touching,
their melodies were catchy, and the whole world during the twenty-first
century knew most of their songs by heart. They were Britain’s icon. The
Beatles became recognized very quickly world wide as one of the best bands
in history. Throughout the 21st century, many artists became inspired by the
Beatles music and redid their music. The song “yesterday” was written in
1971 by John Lennon. “Yesterday, all my troubles seem so far away” is the
first line in the song. John Lennon is looking back and seeing how much
better of he was then. He wished he could go back. “Suddenly, I’m not half
the man I used to be” is the first line in the second verse.
The best play during this period is defiantly “The Lepers of the Baile
Baiste” written by Ronan Noone, an Irishman. Daithi O’Neil returns to Baile
Baiste (“Town of Rain”) "to bring up dirt that don’t need risin'." The
police want him locked up, the lads want him to shut up and the priest wants
him to leave. But stirring up the past has tragic and violent consequences.
This is a powerful, though often humorous, play about abuse and repressed
guilt. “Noone has an ear for dialogue and the tension that can build beneath
the everyday comings and goings of one small town” says Terry Byrne (Boston
Herald.com). “The Lepers of Baile Baiste” was the 2002 winner of the
National Playwriting Award in America. This play has a very simple setting,
but complex dialogue.
The short story “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell helps the reader
understand the corruption that was occurring during this time period.
Questioning his own privileged upbringing and education, he went out to
Burma at the age of nineteen and for the next five years served as a
colonial policeman. Orwell was witty and outspoken. In this Short Story,
George was in Burma and was forced to shoot a living healthy elephant
because of tradition. He is a high ranked officer and shooting an elephant
is something every officer must do. He didn’t want to do it, but if he
didn’t, he would be looked down upon by the people. This is truly the best
short story I have ever read. It kept me glued to the screen as I was
reading it. “I did not want to shoot the elephant. I had never shot an
elephant and never wanted to”(eighth paragraph). That is how Orwell felt
about shooting the elephant.
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is J.K. Rowling’s fourth “Harry
Potter” book out of the series. J.K. Rowling offers up equal parts danger
and delight, and any number of dragons, house-elves, and death-defying
challenges. Now 14, her orphan hero has only two more weeks with his Muggle
relatives before returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Yet one night a vision harrowing enough to make his lightning-bolt-shaped
scar burn has Harry on edge and contacting his godfather-in-hiding, Sirius
Black. Happily, the prospect of attending the season's premier sporting
event, the Quidditch World Cup, is enough to make Harry momentarily forget
that Lord Voldemort and his sinister familiars--the Death Eaters--are out
for murder. J.K. Rowling was once on welfare in Scotland, and was the first
Billionaire author after her fourth book, which is 752 pages. This exciting,
action filled book is a must! “The most creative and original novel out
there” (The New York Times Book Review).
“Does It Matter? –losing you legs?... for people will always be kind,
and you need not show that you mind” is part of the first verse in the poem
“Does It Matter” by Siegfried Sassoon. As you read on, you will find out
Sassoons views on life. He is saying that it doesn’t matter if you lose your
legs, or lose your sight, because people will always be kind to you. This
should be in our textbook because it teaches you great morals.
It was Virginia Wolfe, James Joyce, and Will Yeats who had a
transformational impact on the world during “The Modern Period”, but it was
J.K. Rowling, Ronan Noone, Siegfried Sassoon, George Orwell, and the Beatles
who got the people out of the ‘Modern Age”, and began “The Age of
Transition.” Novels became more imaginative, poems became more free verse
like, and plays became more realistic. Things have changed. Change is good.