Category Archives: world literature

What Constitutes our Identity?

There are a lot of things that constitutes our identity. It is not just our name or our birthday but it has much more to it. It can be our nationality, religion, family, friends, environment, and so much more. It is really just what has shaped us to be the person we are. To learn more about this idea, we read a short story called “The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. In this story the main character, Francis Macomber, is shown as a very affluent person that has never actually seen many hardships in his life. All of a sudden, when he goes to a safari, he sees a lion and runs away because he was too much of a coward to face the lion. This is not actually his fault because he was probably brought up as a person who was very spoiled and never faced any of his fears. When all of a sudden he had to face something, he became a coward because it was not something he was use to. Through this, one can see the relevance to identity because one of the things that constitutes your identity is facing fears and your environment. Because Francis Macomber was brought up in an environment where everything was done for him and he had no hardships, he never faced his fears until he was in the safari. Facing fears is really important for someone to become more confident with themselves and the world and more brave, something that Macomber never did. However, as the story goes along, when Francis starts to hunt bulls, all of a sudden he transitions from a man running away from lions to a man excited by the fact of hunting bulls. This changes his whole identity because from a coward, he becomes a brave man comfortable with the idea of facing his fears.

The idea of identity effects me in many ways. Discussing ideas that constitutes our identity and reading the short story of Fraancis Macomber, I figured out that I am in a way similar to Francis Macomber. I haven’t really faced any hardships in my life. I have lived a pretty comfortable life because I receive a good education and have a great family that takes good care of me. However, the only hardship I have really faced in when my grandmother passed away. This was a fear that I didn’t get to choose if I wanted to face it or not but I have never faced something where I deliberately put myself in a position of fear so that I can overcome it. I think that doing this would be a good idea because if I ever come across this again, I would be ready to face that fear again. One of my biggest fears is public speaking. To overcome this, I think that I will join a speech club so that I can overcome this fear and be able to emerge myself in a uncomfortable situation. Learning about identity has definitely taught me a lot about myself and my surrounding.


What are the Pieces of a Well Developed Body Paragraph for a Commentary

The Nine Tailors- Body Paragraph #1

In the first paragraph of this passage, the start of Wimsey’s extreme tension is introduced. Through the use of similes and word choice, Sayers creates images to give a sense of the apprehension Wimsey is feeling. The simile “bells fell about his ears like the blows from a thousand beating hammers” is used in line 4-5.  By using “blows from a thousand beating hammers”, the audience receives a vivid image of what Wimsey is going through and gets a feeling of the intensity of the noise. Sayers also uses words such as “frenzied” (line 2), “drenched” (line 6) and “drunken” (line 6), “rocked” (line 6), “reeled” (line 6), “staggered” (line 6), “stunned” (line 7), and “shaken” (line 7), to give a sense of the confusion and alarm that Wimsey must be feeling. Through the literary devices such as similes and word choice, Sayers initiates the start of Wimsey’s anxiety as well as other moments as well.

To make a good body paragraph, there needs to be a topic sentence, supporting sentences, explanations and it needs to be sophisticated. The first sentence of the body paragraph should be the topic sentence. This sentence should be directly related to the thesis and explain what the rest of the paragraph is going to be about. The next sentence should introduce the first point. Then, there should be a quote with a line number that is an example of the first point. The quote should not be a sentence on it own and instead, should be introduced. Following the quote should be the explanation of the example and how this particular example creates an effect. Then the next point should be introduced and should follow the same format as the first example and this same format should be used every time a new point is introduced. The last sentence of the paragraph should restate the significance of the paragraph and should also transition to the next paragraph. This paragraph should use sophisticated language. It should not have a sentence beginning with “the next example is…”, but rather something that makes the paragraph sound interesting to read and refined. If all these steps are followed, the outcome will be a excellent body paragraph.


My Learning Style

I do not really have a strong point for my learning style. However, my highest is verbal linguistic and logical- mathematical. I think that this is true to some extent. I am pretty verbal because I really enjoy reading, word games, and I have a pretty decent memory. However, I do not enjoy writing that much. Also, I think that I am a bit of a logical mathematical person. I do not enjoy math that much but I do organize things and I do wonder about things that most people wouldn’t. My lowest learning style is musical. I also think this is true because I like listening to music but I don’t really like singing or writing songs. Overall, I am pretty satisfied with how my results turned out.

My Personal Literary History

The Kite Runner

Of all the books I have read in my life, only a few have truly impacted me. For instance, The Kite Runner by Khalad Hosseini, a book I read in 9th grade, really taught me about friendship. At first, I was a little hesitant to read this book because I didn’t find it that interesting. However, as I got on with this book, I realized how inspiring this book is and how much it taught me. This book shows the relationship between Amir and Hassan. Hassan and his father worked for Amir’s family for a long time until one unfortunate day when Hassan gets raped and Amir does nothing to help him though he was near him. After this event, Amir could not face Hassan anymore and got him fired. As the years went by, Amir was always overcome with the guilt of betraying his best friend in his time of need. One day he gets a call from his father’s business partner telling him that Hassan and his wife were dead and their son was now an orphan. Amir, trying to get rid of his guilt, decides to adopt Hassan’s son. Through Amir’s experiences and mistakes, I learned about friendship. After reading this book, I learned that one should do anything they can to help a friend when they need help. Before I read this book, I didn’t realize how big the consequences of one secret could be. Amir kept the secret so long that he was never able to get rid of the guilt of betraying Hassan. Now I know that if my friend is in danger, I should help them no matter what because that is what true friendship is. I can relate to this book because we are around the same age as Amir and Hassan were at the beginning of the book when they friendship started to collapse.

Book Review for The Kite Runner

The Harry Potter Series

Other books that changed my life were the Harry Potter series by J.k. Rowling. I was inspired to read these books when I was at a bookstore on the day the last book had come out. I always knew that these books were popular but I never bothered to read them. After watching my friends and cousins buying the last book, I decided to give the series a shot. Reading these books was a really good idea because it taught me about life and trust and really changed my perspective on the world. In this series, Harry Potter risks his life multiple times to save others. For example, in the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry decides to give up his life because it is the only way Lord Voldemort could have been destroyed. Doing this, Harry showed a tremendous amount of courage. He was willing to give up his life to save others around him and finally destroy Lord Voldemort. Reading these books, I realize that I should do whatever it takes to help the people I love.

Harry Potter also taught me to trust and give second chances. Harry always doubted whether Snape was actually trying to help him or whether he was still on Voldemort’s side even though he knew Dumbledore trusted Snape. In the end, Snape did turned out to be a good person who was helping Harry the whole time. Through Harry’s mistakes and doubts, I learned to trust others. This changed me because though people may not look trustworthy, it doesn’t mean that they are not. People make mistakes and deserve second chances to be able to fix them.

Book Review for Harry Potter

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The last book that inspired me was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I read this book when I was in 5th grade in school. In this book, Willy Wonka, the owner of a chocolate factory placed five golden tickets to his factory in five lucky chocolate bars. The main character, Charlie, was one of the winners. As he goes to the chocolate factory with his grandfather, he meets the four other winners, all of which were very spoiled and greedy. Because the other four characters were very greedy, while visiting the rooms of the factory, they all had something terrible happen to them. The only child who stayed normal was Charlie because he was the only one who was not greedy and was content with what he was given. This book changed me because it shaped me as a person. I learned that you should accept what others give you. When I was little, I used to be very greedy and was never satisfied with what my parents gave me. After I read this book, I realized that I should have just accepted what I was given.

Book Review for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My G10 English Expectations

My expectations for English are to improve my essay writing. I hope that I will be able to improve my writing such as being able to use more vocabulary words and being able to write concise sentences. I am excited about this class because I really want to improve my English and this class allows me to do so. I learn best from in class discussions. This is because it allows me to communicate with my peers and learn through their opinions. I think that reflecting on my learning helps me improve because I can see where I have gone wrong and improve on that next time.

Land of the Freaks

A history of rock icons: Land of the Freaks
After meeting while creative writing majors at their college in Los Angeles, Land of the Freaks rose to the pinnacle of the rock scene in 2008 with their debut album, Freedom is Chaos. The band’s latest album, Unafraid of Change, combines Javeri’s blue-collar anthems with unhinged power chords to evoke a record full of heart-pounding post-punk. With standout tracks like “Out of Our Hands,” look for Land of the Freaks to be a major leader in the rock landscape for years to come.