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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“And maybe…I don’t know, maybe we’ll 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 1960’s, 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 don’t come together right now on this hallowed ground we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don’t 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 don’t 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 that.
 
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 Writing"
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.