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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 (
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
(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 mothers 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
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
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 dont 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
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
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." (
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