Essay the third
Essay the fourth
about to be much harder than I expected looking for an old text from someone
in my family. I didn't realize that not only my parents spent all their
lives in Lebanon but their parents, brothers and sisters did as well. I, my
brother, and my sister are the first generation of my family to live in
The earliest text in English I found was one of my sister's reports. I
could only find one of my sister's reports that she did when she was
younger. It turned out to be a report she did on the Wife of Bath. My sister
Julie wrote this on the fourth of December 2000.
This was interesting to me because we are doing this right now and it
was the only thing she wrote that I could find. This report isn't only about
the wife of Bath, however it also includes a little bit about the Prologue.
My sister wrote this when she was a sophomore at Fontebonne, right now she's
a sophomore at Boston University.
I showed my brother my sister's writing and he knew right away it was
from her. He also said that he didn't understand what my sister wrote about.
He had no idea who the wife of Bath was or what the Canterbury tales is. He
asked "Did Julie make that whole thing up?"
When I looked at what my sister wrote four years ago, it was basically
the same thing as something I would have written. Every sentence in her
report made sense and I would use it now it I was in the position to. My
sister ended up getting a ninety-five on her report. She is a really smart
person, I wish I was as smart as her.
The speech I am
writing is from the movie Pearl Harbor and it is Franklin Roosevelt’s War
Message. Franklin directed this speech to the joint session of Congress to
inform them of the position held by the US government after the premeditated
attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941. The purpose of the
address was to formally declare a move to war with Japan. This speech was
written by Roosevelt to convince the congress to support him in his decision
to enter the war. It showed how it was an attack that killed many people and
has been well thought out, “ It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii
from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many
days or weeks ago.”
This speech was intended to bring anger into the people. When I heard this
speech, it also made me feel anger toward to Japanese because it was a cheap
attack. It almost made me want to go into the army myself and help fight the
Japanese. One person next to me started crying because she was so sad.
One method the writer used was the trick of stressing words. He stressed
the word “attacked” and words like “sudden” and “unannounced” to remind the
people that Japan used deception and premeditated their attack. With
confidence and his powerful position of Commander-in-chief of the army and
navy, Franklin stated his decision for war. He talks on behalf of the people
of America and the US congress, stressing that the war goal is the people’s
goal. The screenwriter reinforces these words by making them louder than the
other words he said.
Another method Roosevelt used in his speech is an allusion to God.
Roosevelt uses “so help us God.” In his speech as a motivational technique
to further persuade the people in Congress and the United States that the
move to war is just in God’s eyes and therefore right. In this perspective,
the move to war appears like a retribution for wrongs done, and it takes
away from the aspect of war being cruel. This is also an allusion from the
constitution, which also has “so help us God” in it.
This speech is ahead of its time because the United States has gone through
similar conflicts recently. An example of this is what happened on September
11th 2001, and what we did after the suicide bombings. Also the title for
Time Magazine about the suicide bombings was “A Day of Infamy.” This was
obviously taken right out of this speech and it was written over 50 years
after Franklin’s speech. This is what makes this speech ahead of its time.
writings were one of the most famous of all that were written during the
romanticism ages. He wrote in the sixteenth century and had some very famous
plays, sonnets, poems, etc. Some examples of those are Romeo and Juliet and
sonnet 29. Shakespeare is my favorite writer of the romanticism ages and is
the most popular. In Sonnet 29 he shows his best works of a simile and rhyme
The first form of writing I saw was his use of a simile. I found two
simile’s in this sonnet, “Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,” “Like
to the lark at break of day arising.” In this sonnet Shakespeare seems
lonely and upset and he shows us this through his simile’s as well as the
first two lines of his sonnet. “I all alone beweep my outcast state.”
Shakespeare’s rhyme scheme in this sonnet is very much like his regular
rhyme schemes. It is ABABCDCDEFEFGG. This is almost an iambic pentameter,
but lines 3, 9, and 11 have an extra syllable in them. Shakespeare does most
of his sonnets this very same way.
In conclusion, Shakespeare was the best writer of his time to use rhyme
schemes, similes, and iambic pentameter. Shakespeare made 154 sonnets and
did them all mostly the same way. No other writer has been as consistent
writing sonnets as William Shakespeare has.
I felt that the late 20th
century was the "Age of Entertainment." I have found five texts that help
support that name. They are a short story, poem, novel, song, and a play.
They are what I felt the best of the time as well. They are The Spice Girls
"wannabe"(song) Ian Flemings "The man with the Golden gun"(novel) Seamus
Heaney "The cure at Troy"(play) James Joyce I Hear an Army Charging upon the
Land"(poem) and Andre Dubus Jr. "The Fat Girl."(short story)
The song "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls showed the most entertainment out of
all at other songs around this time. It caught England and the whole world
by surprise and they just couldn’t resist in singing the lyrics. They have
a quote in this song that goes "If you wannabe my lover you gotta get with
my friends" saying that friendship is the most important thing. Also "If you
want my future forget my past" which means that the past is pointless and
the present is where it's at.
The novel the man with the Golden Gun is the best of the Best. It was
written by Ian Fleming who created a whole series of James Bond Movies which
were all successful at the time. Few will argue that The Man with the Golden
Gun is the silliest of all the James Bond motion pictures (Casino Royale
excepted.) Not only was this novel full of action it is also very funny as
well, that is why I thought this was the best to have for this age fo
The play "The Cure at Troy" was one that I felt had a lot of entertainment
and excitement in it. It also teaches you about Troy and what happened. "The
Cure at Troy," translated by Seamus Heaney offers a delightful translation
of Sophocles "Philoctetes." With a compelling tale from ancient times laid
out before him, Heaney applies colloquial speech diction to the play. This
accessability offers the audience a window into the basic moral struggle
occurring at the heart of the work. A finely crafted story draws the reader
to the characters. A worthwhile read." It is obvious that this reader
thought it was a great play as well as I.
James Joyce's "I Hear an Army Charging upon the Land" seems to be very
artistic. "I HEAR an army charging upon the land, And the thunder of horses
plunging, foam about their knees" Nobody does this as well as Joyce and that
is why he is the best poem writer of this age.
Andre Dubus Jr's "The Fat Girl" is a controversial short story. Some people
love it while others simply hate it. I think it shows how exactly people
were at that time and a great short story to put into your textbook. He also
has a weird rhyme scheme, "Dubus' stories tend to follow the same D-A-B-C-E
line. That is, he will introduce the character, summarize the position they
are in, and then build up their history to what is often a very powerful
conclusion." Although this seems to be controversial I think it will work
During this time there has been a little change, the people of this time do
not use the same proper English as the earlier generations have, Also people
are nto as polite as they were before. I really hope you chose my five
pieces of work for "The Age of Entertainment" because I have spent a lot of
time and effort looking for these 5 texts that I felt are the best. I also
feel that I picked the most different pieces of literature out there and put
them here, ranging from "The Fat Girl" to "The Spice Girls." I appreciate
you taking the time to look at this.