English 10: Writing Portfolio    
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It was a cold Friday night my mother, and I were looking trough a bag with old written material. We finally stumbled upon an old play dated November 24, 1976. The play was writtened by my mother Jena Baskerville while she was a 10th grader like me.
 
The play was for drama class her teacher was Mr. Hall. She was attending Jamaca Plain high school which is now apartments for people. She wrote the paper while she was in study hall. The names of the characters in the play were Jena my mother of course, Roger, Mark, Jessie, and Eddie all freinds of my mother.The opening scene my mother is in her apartment alone. (Act One)(Scene) "It is Friday night. I am alone in Apt F on the third floor at 2897 washington St. the time is 10:00 Pm in Roxbury, the phone rings ( Brrrrrrring)."
Jena: Hello
Jessie: Jena it's Jessie
Jena: Hi, how are you doing
Jessie: Oh I'm doing fine
Jena: Thats good
Jessie: I'll be over in a hour and a half okay
Jena: Alright
Jessie: By
Jena: By
Jena: shoot
(Act two)(Scene) Jena is in the Din with a young man named Mark they are alone Jena is restless because Jessie is on his way in a half an hour and she has to get rid of Mark. Throught the play the problem is my mother has all these boyfreinds, and she is trying not to get caught. Does she suceed you try to figure it out yourself.
 
Later on that week I gave the letter to my mother’s next-door neighbor Ms. Shirley. She is 63 years old. After she had read the letter I decided to ask her a few questions, and record her response word for word. How old do you think this person is? "In this play, um, 17." How do you know this person, I asked. "How or what, oh, next door neighbor." I asked her what the text looked like to her? "Someone, um, someone, um caught in the middle of trying to decide which person to choose." Curious, I followed up.  Are there any words you do not understand, I asked. "No, no." If this was seen in a museum, I queried, what do you think the tour guide would say about it? "Um, if it was seen in a museum, that it was a dramatization he would say it was a drama. A suspense drama.” Did anything shock you, I wondered. "Yes, how a person could date four people at one time." Do you have a different impression of the person now, I asked. "Do I what?  Didn't I say yes, she is more concerned with family values now."  Indeed, showing this text to someone else really opened my eyes to it.
 
I decided to read the essay for myself. I realized that even though My mother had wrote this letter in 1976 I did not find anything different. She went through the same problems I'm going through now as a 10th grader. I myself is caught in  relationship trauma. The writing of my mother compared to me are both very alike, and we both share the same writing tecknique. That writing tecknique is we involve our emotions in the story, and that is what makes a good writer.  
 
My mother was not shy at all to show me this paper. I think it was only because this paper was graded a B+ also written on it was excellent. Showing how great of a student my mother was.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the movie The Great Dictator Charles Chaplin delivers one of the most inspirational, unfearful speeches I have ever heard. Charles Chaplin said this speech to a send a slap to the face of people like Hitler, and racism itself. The effect the speech had is affecting our lives today, because racism has declined and there are no longer dictators. He says in his speech" dictators will be defeated, hatred as we know it shall leave, and all races shall come together.  
 
What this speech does is send inspiration to the oppressed races, and fear to the people who are committing these acts. One part from the speech that is a perfect example is" I should like to help everyone if possible: Jew, Gentile, and black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others' happiness, not by each others' misery. We don’t want to hate, and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone." In this speech he has anger, and total hatred towards people like Hitler, and pity for people who have to deal with racism verbal and physical. That line inspired me because I would love to help the whole, and have peace on earth but as long as I reach some people I know I have done something good.  
 
Throughout the speech he made most of sentences represent revisions. One of the lines he does this is "Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work." In that line he is repeating let us which is triong to reach the people, and is putting in a different subject each time which are all the things we as people need to do to make life better for the people.  
 
In his speech he uses excerpts from the Bible which was a great idea because people would involve God for their reasons of why they hate this certain race. One Bible excerpt that he uses is from St.Luke 17th chapter. “In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke it is written that the kingdom of God is within neither man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you!" That line is expressing that those who think that God does not like that certain race, and should be destroyed are wrong. God loves all he doesn't love one person more than the other he loves all religions.  
 
The speech is ahead of it's time because it is for telling the day when segregation, slavery, and all other hatred among races will cease to exist. And living now in the year 2003 it really has.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Wordsworth is one of the main writers who would be considered the pioneer of romantism. His poems were written for the common people, and in a common language. That is why his writing was that of romantism. Romantism was not candlelight dinners, but everyday stuff, science, and everyday people. One of his works is " She Was A Phantom of Delight." This poem is expressing how we all want that perfect woman, and if Wordsworth had one this is how she would be.
 
In life we all want that perfect woman. In this poem the morality is William talking about his perfect woman, but like so many of us he just sees her and never gets to have her. Look at this line " I saw her upon nearer view, A spirit yet a woman too..."(1). Through the rest of this poem he goes on, and on of how this woman looks and the emotions it causes him to have but never even encounters her. It makes us think if we ever see our perfect woman would we really know what to do or just look at her, and not say a word.
 
The form of this poem is one of the most difficult ways to write poetry, and that is couplets. A pair of end-rhymed lines of verse that are self-contained in grammatical structure and meaning. A couplet can have the rhyme scheme of aa, bb, cc, and go in that order for the rest of the poem. In this poem an example is "She was a phantom of delight  
When first she gleamed upon my sight..."(1). That is aa. Right after that he says " A lovely apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament..."(1). That is bb. William does this throughout his whole poem something I have trouble doing with the first two lines of my poetry.
 
This poem is a monologue. Through out the whole poem William is speaking to himself. A line that shows he just watches her, and keeps all of his thoughts to himself is. " I saw her upon nearer view, A spirit, yet a woman too..."(1). A monologue is when the speaker is speaking to himself. William wants to confront this perfect woman, but the lovely words he has of her in his head wont come out of his mouth. I'll sometimes see an attractive girl say things about her to myself, but never say them out loud.
 
The final impressive trait of William Wordsworth poem is it's a lyrical ballad. William wanted to write the way everyday people talk. This poem clearly expresses the way men talked than, and now. In this line he says " A perfect woman, nobly planned, to warn, to comfort, and command..."(1).
 
Since this poem was written no other writers have even come close to writing such great lyrical ballads as Wordsworth. No writer has been able to touch the hearts, and write so well of how the every day people talk. No age of writing has been better than romantism it was one the greatest age of writings this world has ever read. William will always be considered the pioneer of that, and even though he has passed, no writer will be able to do what he had done or better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the late 20th century many great pieces of literature were written. In the forms of novels, plays, poems, songs, and short stories.The names for these great forms were novel Harry Potter. Play The Homecoming by Harold Pinter by J.K. Rowling. Poem The Crow Blacker Than Ever by Ted Hughes. Song Beatles title "Help". And short story Shooting An Elephant by George Orwell. During this time as well the world was in a crisis of hate, and war that is why I'm calling this the age of immorality.
 
The song help by the Beatles was released in the spring of 1965. This song was released at such a perfect time. During the 1960's you had the Martin Luther King I have a dream speech, Kennedy's assasination, and the vietnam war where many people thought was the inoncent killing of thousands of koreans by the americans. The whole world was being affected by these actions, and needed a song to help that. Look at some the lyrics. "Help! I need somebody." "Help! Not just anybody." These two lines are expressing that the world is in caos, and needs guidance. Other people like Bob P. wrote " I have an ancient interview with John Lennon on a reel to reel tape. He says that the song was written after a recording session while on LSD." This is showing that Bob. P. thinks the song help was about imaginative objects, and drugs. Another person Michol Hoffman says " I estimate that to write the LSD-oriented song"Help" Lennon must have had around 3-7 LSD-sessions." Saying this song is about drugs nonthing with the real world. Music changed dramatically during this period because all of a sudden you had music being based on drug usage like Puff The Magic Dragon.
 
The novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1998 by J.K. Rowling. During this time the world was focusing on publicity like the Monica Lewinsky scandal or Jerry Springer. They weren't focused as much on books. Innocence once again needed to be placed in the world, and that is when Harry Potter came in. There are nearly 80 million copies of the book in print. It has broken records with its first print run of 6.8 million copies. The book expresses mischief, and magic. The type of materials that most kids like. Look at the reviews USA today says " You dont have to be a wizard or a kid to appreciate the spell cast by Harry Potter.” Newsweek said, " The true hero of this summer's reading season is likely to be Harry Potter.” This book changed the world. Kids became more interested in reading it, and did not rely on T.V. as much.
 
The play that I decided to choose was The Homecoming by Harold Pinter written in 1964. This play to me was the most important play in the late 20th century. The play was complex, confrontational, and brutal about human nature. The play is about a an eldest brother who returns from the United States to visit his family, and introduce his new wife of six years. The  family is an uncouth bunch of London working class, everyone in the family are men. So when this son brings home a beutiful wife to show these guys who throuhout the whole play have problems what do you think happens. This play challenges moral behavior, and climax and resolution that can still generate a varying response of a generation. Look what critics have to say Linda Eisenstein says " The Homecoming manages to be as disturbing, dark, enigmatic, and appallingly funny as its 1965 premiere." Philip Fisher says " This is the perfect introduction to the two generations of bickering men." Once again this play was perfect it was the perfect model of the late 20th century which was nonting but immoral behavior.
 
The short story that I decided to choose was Shooting An Elephant by George Orwell. Orwell was a very outspoken writer against socialism. His writings had futeristic meanings, and political uprisings, in which only the true reader could undestand through the lines. In Shooting An Elephant Orwell is a officer in Burma. He is hated by everyone because he is a european. He tries to win them over, but it never works until a elephant is runing lose and he has to kill it. " I had got to shoot the elepahnt, I have already committed myself to the rifle." (1) He already said he was going to kill the elephant so if he backed down the people would hate him even more. In the end he kills the elephant but describes the long agonising suffering of it."In the end I could not stand it any longer and went away."(1) This describes how he was disgusted with himself, but the people were happy and took all the skin off the animal for money. The story symbolizes how in certain cases you might have to make a sacrafice for a gain.
 
The poem that I decided to do The Crow Blacker Than Ever by Ted Hughes, and was written in 1970. This poem is prfect because in the late 20th century there was nonthing but death. And this poem is an embodiment of vitality that challenges the spremacy of death. Look at the lines themselves both expressing death and afterlife. " When God disgusted with man, turned towards heaven."(1&2) This line is expressing the disgust of God, and is contumplating should he end the world right than and there.Another line "Nailing heaven and earth together." (Cool This line symbolizes the death of Jesus Christ, and how he died for the sins of the people.People like Ann Skea say " There is ample evidence of Hughes intentions and of his belief in the power of myth." Ted Huges was a great poet because he wrote about what the world was afraid to talk about death.
 
English language changed dramatically during this time period. At first english language wasn't revolutionary or less controlled. But during this time period the english language changed into a form of expressing yourself, and bringing fourth a change. That is why I call it the age of immorality people were saying, and doing whatever they wanted to do rather it be right or wrong.