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I came home looking for material I
could use for this assighnment. I struggled finding written material in the beggining, for
finding ancient ancestory text is diffucult. Now I don't know if this text is
"ancient"but I do know that its an important piece of written text in my familys
history. My mother found a blue faded "Baby Fresh" box. Used for me when I was a
lil' kid. Inside the box had pictures of me and my sister at christmas and halloween and
other holidays. Also in this box was old drawings from me in kindergarden. I also had
writings on power rangers and stupid stuff like that. What I found next was what I needed.
It was a piece of paper that felt lighter than a regular piece of paper. It did'nt have
lines on it either. It is in blue ink and written in cursive.
The writing was very bad. Not bad english, but hard to read. My mother read what it said.
The letter was from my grandfather in 1947. His girlfriend at that time, Mary Hill, lived
in Roslindale,and was recieving the letter from Nebraska from Eugene Corbett. He was 19
yrs old at that time. They would get married in 1950. 22 and 19 were thier ages. My
grandfather was still training for WWII. The war ended in 1945. Still, he was afraid of
anymore dangerous attacks like pearl harbor. It was a time of uncertainty and a time of
true love. To basically sum up this letter written from my graandfather to my grandmother
is that even from long distances away, he still found time to write to her and inform her
on what was going on.
I asked my dad some questions sice this material was on my mothers side of the family. I
asked " Where do you think I found this text." He answered " I really
did'nt think you would find anytext from grandpa." My next question was " What
do you think it is about." "No clue. Maybe an important thing that he did in
his, uh, life."
My last question was " When do you think this was written." He answered "
Maybe, um, 10-15 years old.
Since my grandmother is in Cali right now, I could have asked her some questions about
more letters written to her. But I am content on what I have found and am grateful to find
an important piece of literature written in my family. This piece of literature was
written in modern english. The only old word that won't be around for much longer is
record player. My grandfather said he would buy her a record player when he gets home.
know, maybe well learn to play this game like men. This is a line from 2000 in
the movie Remember the Titans. The line was spoken by Coach Boone who is played by Denzel
Washington and is written by Greg Allan Howard. The line was spoken deep from the heart to
somehow motivate his team of white and blacks, which was unheard of in the 1960s, to
play together as a cohesive unit.
This speech was to try to motivate both races of players to come together and be one
whole. In the movie leading up to this speech in Gettysburg, there are fights and
disliking of the players on the team. These scenes may cause tension in the audience about
what might happen next or maybe if someone will be seriously injured. In an act by a
strict African American coach, he brings them to Gettysburg. There in Gettysburg, Coach
Boone tells them that If we dont come together right now on this hallowed
ground we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I dont care if you like each
other or not, but you will respect each other. This line made me feel a tingle down
my spine. Such strong words were used there. He used the past as an example to try and
bring something to the present. Along with me, I dont think a person in the audience
was not moved by what he said to his players in a foggy, musty, old field.
The way Coach Boone says This green field right here, painted red, bubblin
with blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through the bodies. You listen
and take a lesson from the dead. This line is using an analogy because the civil war
is being used in the same way as a team. the team is also like the United States. Slavery
and blacks are also being brought up.
Another type of writing style he uses is alliteration. "Fifty thousand men died right
here on this field, fighting the same fight we are still fighting today. The writer uses
the "f" sounds five times in one sentence.
I think that this movie was excellent because it was moving, true, and motivational. The
whites and the blacks being molded into one was a great plot and this foreshadowed things
to come in the United States. I think by using the battle at Gettysburg as a reference to
a country in a civil war stirred emotions in the audience. This speech was definitely
ahead of its time. Not in the sense most people would think of but in a different sense. I
think of it as the words being ahead of its time. Today both races live together equally,
the way it should have been a long time ago.
The time period is
from 1950-2004 in Britain, a time of uncertainty, changes, hatred, and
metamorphoses'. And with all these going on, there were other things to try
and keep people occupied. These such things are sports, watching plays or
movies, reading, and listening to music. But religion I believe has declined
in importancy in our lives. Don't you agree? From the 1900's untill 2004,
geneology and evolution have started to make points and to overpower God and
his creation of the world. These next five works will not be focusing on
alot of religous ideas as previous ones to this era once did.
The song that I have chosed is called "Come Together".This song was produced
by the Beatles in 1970, a time of again, uncertainty, changes, hatred, and
metamorphoses'. "Come together...right now...over me" is a popular saying
even today. Some commercials even use this song. The Beatles became a
sesational hit, topping all the charts in the U.K and the United States.
This young group, evolving from Liverpool, England, had emerged into the
talk of the world. They were seen on late night shows, movies, and had
interviews in every magazine. Everyone knew who the beatles were, making
this song "Come Together" a classic. The critics said some things like:
"Everyone loves The Beatles, and those who do not are merely reacting
against them, like people who see No Smoking signs and conspicuously take up
pipes and cigars." ~Jim Emerson. And: "White rushes of guitar and melody
that still sound like nothing else - neither the Motown and rock'n'roll that
inspired them or the feeble Merseybeat and jangly Byrds pop that came
after." ~ David Quantick. (Q4music) The language of the English has not
changed. Some words like "groovey" and "far-out" were used in the every day
language but not anymore.
The play that I have chosen is by an Irish playwrite, Samuel Beckett.
Beckett was born in Foxrock, Ireland, in 1906. After his sad childhood, he
graduated from college and moved to paris. In Paris this man started writing
poems and prose. One of his most known plays is called "Happy Days". It's
very comical because it is about two middle aged married people who are
buried in a dirt mound and every time a bell rings they are buried deeper.
Throughout the burrying, they continue to have conversations. Winnie, the
main character does most of the talking and Willy has short satiristic
responses.A quote by the optimistic Winnie:"Ah well, what matter, that's
what I always say, it will have been a happy day after all, another happy
day." The main theme of this play is lonliness and a need for companionship.
Phillip Fisher writes: "For those willing to open up their minds to Happy
Days, the reward is a memorable performance in a wonderful labyrinthine set
designed by Lucy Hall. Given time, Beckett also creeps into odd parts of the
brain giving strange illuminations of the human experience." And another
critic says "A comedy that can be thought of as a drama, great piece"
~Jackie Fletcher. Nothing in the English language changes except our
thoughts on what the diffrence of drama and comedy really is.
A jurastic change in popularity of the writer started in the year 1998. Her
name was J.K Rowling.She was born in Chipping Sudbury, England.She is a
woman and started writing "Harry Potter and The Sorecers' Stone" when she
was riding on a train over mountain tops. "The Harry Potter figure just
popped into my head." she said. This book took several years to be written.
When she completed this book, the manuscript was turned down. It was finally
published in the U.S and now kids and parents alike can read this book
together. After the success of this book, a second and third book were
published in 1999. This writer is something special because she broke the
all-time sales record in 48 hours by selling 3 million copies of "Goblet of
Fire". This critic says: "Rowling’s work invites children to a world where
witchcraft is "neutral" and where authority is determined solely by one’s
cleverness. Lewis invites readers to a world where God’s authority is not
only recognized, but celebrated — a world that resounds with His goodness
and care." ~ John Andrew Murray "If you think it’s bad now, in a year or
two, there may be no avoiding the Harry Potter craze." This story has been
written to recently to have any new real words come into the english
language. Only words such as Abra-kadavra and other wimsicle words such as
A famous British poet by the name of Graham Greene will for sure be put down
in text books to come because of his bleakness on the world and his first
person perspectives. Henry Graham Greene was born on October 2, 1904 in
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The fourth of six children, Greene was a shy and
sensitive youth.This type of life helped him shape his writing style. This
is a short, concise novel that contains many classic hints of 'Greeneland'-
a 1st person narrator in exile in Indo-China.In this short story, Pyle, a
young idealistic American is sent to promote democracy through a mysterious
"Third Force" A critic says:
"Graham Greene was in a class by himself...He will be read and remembered as
the ultimate twentieth-century chronicler of consciousness and anxiety."
~ William Golding. And:"The most sobering lesson of Greene's fiction is that
sleeping with the enemy is most with us when we're sleeping alone; and that
even God, faced with a wounded murderer, might sometimes feel himself
agnostic."~ Pico Iyer.
And lastly, the poem "From The Frontier of Writing" by Seamus Heaney. He was
born in April 1939, the oldest member of a family which would eventually
have nine children. When he was twelve years of age, Seamus Heaney won a
scholarship to St. Columb's College, a Catholic boarding school in the city
of Derry. At shool, Heaney was taught Latin and Irish, and these languages
shaped what he wrote as a poet. "From The Frontier of Writing" is a
description of what it takes to get the brain power to be able to write
great works, which means by getting by all the obsticles in your way. In
this poem, he uses guards and an army to get in the way of a writer. But
once through, it's like he can breath new life. "And suddenly you're
through, arraigned yet freed, as if you'd passed from behind a waterfall
on the black current of a tarmac road." A line from "From The Frontier of
I twas written in 1987 and is still very popular today. The langage is very
recent and nothing was used that we don't use today.
Over the last fifty years, yes, times have changed. That's a given. People
became popular and fell off the face of the earth in a time of electronics,
war, and new "toys" that are being made every few months. The distraction by
all these new invigorating devices have hooked us into wanting and expecting
smaller and better things to come out, taking thier focus off of what was
important in Britain and in Scotland so many years before. We, meaning the
U.S and Britain both have a common writing of English. The only real
diffrence is the spelling of "colour" and "color". And now since the world
is so connected with the internet, newspapers, and television, all writers
can write about things all over the world instead of only writing about
fiction or non-fictional things going on in thier little world. And speaking
of world, Britain was a world in its-self. Writers used to write about only
thier country, but now they cant write about anything, making the English
language culturally diverse.