English 10: Writing Portfolio    
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 When I had found out that I disagreeignment was to find the oldest text in my family, the first person that I went to for help to find this was my mother. When I had asked her for help, she said "I have a very old copy of your Great Great grandmother's death certificate from 1901". I had helped her search for hours to locate this document, which was stored away safely. When I had found it, I looked over its contents.  
     The old document was dated April 16th, 1901, which was the very beginning of the 20th century,  My Great Great grandmother's name was Charlotte Davis. She was born in Nova Scotia, which is a Canadian province north of the United States. Her current occupation, according to the document at the time of her death was listed as "Housewife." It states that the cause of her death was "Paralysis," which at the time was most likely either a stroke or failure of the muscles to function properly, also known as being paralyzed.
     One of the only people in my family that did not know about this document was my Aunt Claire, whom I had just told that the document existed. I asked her if she had known who she was, she said "yeah, I think she was my Great grandmother." Then I had asked "when did you think that it was made" she said "uhh 1910?", I said "no, it was made in 1901." The final question that I had asked was "Is this the oldest document you have seen in the family?" she had said "yes!, by far." I think that my Aunt Claire was very surprised to know that a document had lasted this long in our family, until I showed her that text, she thought that the oldest text in the family was her old work from high school.
     To this day, this is the oldest known document in my mother's side of the family. Although very old, the original document is still intact and is held by my Aunt Marion. This document is important to my family because it tells in detail, part of my family tree, and the early roots of my family in North America. This is why this document was kept to the present day.












Captain Aubrey: It Is no small pleasure to me to receive the commands of the court to have the honor to preside at, that in delivering to you your sword, I should congratulate you upon its being restored by both friend and foe alike; and hoping ere long you will be called upon to draw it once more in the honorable defense of your country.” This quote is from the 2003 movie “Master and Commander of the Far Side of the World” written by Patrick O’Brien. The statement was made by Captain Stirling , a court officer in the trial of Captain Jack Aubrey. Captain Aubrey was a daring and talented seaman who had a strong desire for adventures on the high seas. He was acquitted from the damage done to the HMS Sophie during battle.  
 Captain Aubrey , accompanied by his friend Steven Maturen, ship’s surgeon, and his crew of dauntless seamen endeavored to do battle with numerous ships in the French and Spanish navies in the time of war between  Britain and  Napoleon’s France.
The final battle of the HMS Sophie, the weaker ship which Captain Aubrey commanded, involved a mighty clash with the more powerful Spanish frigate. The cannons roared loudly and cracked the mainsail of the frigate. Most of the crew and her captain were either killed or injured.
 A brilliant plan , which Captain Aubrey conceived, involved making his ship Sophie into a derelict, which appeared to be floating  uninhabited on the high seas. This disguise fooled the captain and crew of the Spanish frigate and resulted in the ship’s capture by the British. Many of the crew were young teens or even children who were sent to sea to do battle, as was the custom of the time. One young boy lost his leg, but bravely survived having to use a wooden leg.
 Patrick O’Brien’s writing style is direct, intense, and contains numerous alliterations i.e. “commander of the court,” “you your,” and “friend and foe.” O’Brien engages his audience by appealing to its taste for adventure and bravery on the high seas. The cinematography is brilliant. One feels as though one is right there in each battle.
 The movie was very well done, incorporating loyalty, lust for victory, and mighty combat into its plot. This was the time when Britain ruled the seas on the “far side of the world” and elsewhere. The contrast between winter and summer during Sophie’s journeys made for variety and interest to the audience. The nature scenes on the Galapagous Islands added richness to the movie plot.















    The Shakespearean tragedy "Othello" is very unique literature. It departs in several ways from Shakespaere's other tragedies and the tragedies of other writers of the day, Othello is a black or "Moore." He became involvesd in a diabolical struggle with his subordinate, Iago.  
     There are several characteristics of this play which sets it apart from other plays. Most Shakespearean and other plays are full of action. The charcaters are in conflict and are moving about in many different places and in many different circumstances. "Othello" happens in Venice and Cyprus only.  
     There is no use of comedy (comic relief ) to counteract the pain of tragedy. Most tragedies have a lighter side. This lighter side helps to draw the audience away from the darker realities of the plot. It creates a contrast which is pleasing to the senses of the audience.  
     The attention of the audience moves only toward the simple plot of the all-too-human jealousy of Othello concerning his subordinate, Cassio. The plots of both Shakespearean and other plays of the time were usually more complex. There was always something that draws the audience away from the main plot.
     Another unique characteristic of "Othello"  is that this tragedy is a dispute between a man and his wife. Not one that has a universal quality to it. The plot involves the home front, which most tragedies are not concerned with.    
     The unique characteristics already described concerning "Othello" revolve around the diabolical dealings of the infamous Iago. Iago engages Roderigo to warn Desdamona's father, Barbanito, of his daughter's plans to marry Othello. Barbanito, however, permits the marrriage because he desperately wants Othello to defeat the Turks in Cyprus. Iago and Roderigo persue Othello to destroy the marriage. Iago subsequently manipulates Roderigo and Cassio into a fight; then Iago kills Roderigo and wounds Cassio.  Othello kills his wife, Desdamona, in jealousy; and Iago stabs Emilia, Desdamona's friend. Othello then wounds Iago and kills himself.
     What appears in the play "Othello" is not reality. Iago, who appears to be a good person, is devious. Desdamona, who appears to be unfaithful, is realy innocent of infidelity. The perception of Othello's being a black man and subject to racial slurs, was the opposite of what Shakespeare intended.Shakespeare intended for Othello to be a romantic figure like the black Magi in the Christmas Story. Othello contributed to his own demise by the all-too-human flaw of jealousy toward another man concerning the man's "affair" with Othello's wife. Desdamona.
































Over the past 50 years, much literary and artistic influence has come out of Great Britain.  
That is why I have decided to write about various authors/ artists in five different areas.  
These areas include poetry; music; short stories, the novel, and the theatre.
In the field of poetry , I chose  Seamus Heaney. Seamus was born on 4/13/39 in  
Casteldown, County Derry, Northern Ireland. He earned a teacher’s certificate in English  
at St. Joseph’s College in Belfast and in 1963 took  a position as a lecturer in English at  
the school. While at St. Joseph’s he began to write, joining a poetry workshop with Derik  
Mahan and others under the guidance of Phillip Hobsbaum. In 1965 he married Marie  
Devlin and the following year he published the Death of a Naturalist. a poem which  
described a flax dam, rotting in the Irish sun. Seamus Heaney is a Foreign Member of the  
American Academy of Arts and Letters. And held the chair of Professor of Poetry at  
Oxford from 1989 to 1994. In 1999 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Heaney has  
been a resident of Dublin since 1976, but since 1981, he has spent part of each year  
teaching at Harvard.University, where in 1984he was elected the Boylston Professor of  
Rhetoric and Oratory.
Mick Jagger stands out in the area of music. He was born on 7/26/43. His father was a  
senior lecturer in physical education. Mick attended the London School of economics. He  
worked as a physical education instructor at a U.S. service base ay 18. To most people, he  
in enigmatic; pretty cool with a sharp wit. In the 1960’s he was a breath of fresh air.  
Commentators joked about Mick, calling him “Neanderthal”, but they later regretted it  
because the “Stones” became very successful. Mick has a great feel for black American  
music. The band played the old Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters music to American kids.  
This brought the British and black cultures together. One of the band’s earliest songs is  
(Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. Central to the Stones’ music is its dancerability. Nick’s a  
great mover, in contrast to the nailed-to-the-floor outfits. Musically, Mick is basically  
about fun and he has never seen music as anything much more.
Sean O’Faolain impressed me as a great short story writer. Sean was born on 2/22/1900  
in County Cork, Ireland. And died on 4/20/91 in Dublin. His original name was John  
Francis Whelan, an Irish writer best known for his short stories about Irish lower and  
middle classes. He often examined the decline of the Nationalist struggle or the failings  
of the Irish Roman Catholicism. His work reflects the re-awakening of interest in Irish  
culture stimulated by the Irish literary renaissance in the early 20th century.  
On of Sean’s short stories: The Man Who Inherited Sin (194Cool showed his increasing  
maturity. This short story depicted everyday Irish life in a lyrical yet unsentimental way.
In the realm of the theatre, Martha Keltz is an important contemporary. Martha was born  
in London in 1941. She wrote three one-act mystic dramas concerning the life and  
esoteric work of Wellesly Tudor Pole, the founder of the Chalice Well Trust and creator  
of the Silent Minute. Wellesly Tudor Pole was involved in the psychic-spiritual aspect of  
the ‘war effort’ in Britain during WWII. He was also involved in the evolution of  
Glastonbury.  Through his connection with Winston Churchill, the Silent minute was  
instituted- one of the largest scale intentional consciousness exercises of the last century.
These plays hover between this and the other world, politics and human character,  
exploring a theme of world events and the role of consciousness. In Keltz’s play, The  
Chalice, the errors if misled modern man are addressed.
Finally, E.M. Forster has stood out as a noted English Novelist. Edward Morgan Forster  
was born in London on 1/1/1871 as the son of an architect, who died before his only child  
was 2 years old. His mother and his aunts dominated Forster’s childhood and much of his  
adult life. His years at Tonbredge School as a teenager where difficult.  – he suffered  
from the cruelty of his classmates.  Forster attended King’s College, Cambridge where he  
met members of the later formed Bloomsbury group. After graduating, he traveled to  
Greece with his mother and on his return, he began to write essays for the liberal  
Independent Review. In 1905 Forster tutored the children of Countess von Armin in  
Germany. Forster wrote a biography, which was noteworthy, called The Hill of Devi, a  
portrait of Indian wit in 1953.  
In conclusion, there were many talented British authors, playwrites and artists during the  
last 50 years. The invidivuals mentioned above are the ones who impressed me the most
as a student.