For the past few lessons in class, we had been doing some practice on some exam style question on the poems on “Song of ourselves”. “The Great Gatsby” and “Death of Salesman”.
From the feedback that I got back from these practice papers, I got to know some of the mistakes that I made. One [...]
Once again as I reread the Great Gatsby, I deicide that this time I would try to focus on the minor character, to see if I would be able to find something that I had missed, that would be revealed more about the other characters.
The first time read the book I hardly paid any [...]
Catcher in the Rye
Catcher in the Rye tells a story of Holden Caulfield as he wonderer around for couple of days after he have been once again expelled form the school that the was attending,
One of the themes of the story is Holden perspective of the grown ups. He believes that [...]
Catcher in the Rye
“Catcher in the Rye” written by J.D Salinger. The story stats off with Holden Caulfield (the protagonist) recalling the events that causes him to be admitted into a hospital. Holden had been expelled from his school, Pencey Prep. Due to frustration with his school, Holden left Pencey Prep a [...]
The Symposium of “Death of a Salesman” consisted of many different authors discussing about Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”. In this Symposium, they included Author Miller into the discussion. I believe that this helped provide more insightful perspective of the novel.
One point that was brought up in the Symposium would be the discussion [...]
There are altogether three papers for the English examination. This mock exam helped me realize the mistakes that I made on each of the papers.
The first paper that we did was paper3 (the unseen paper). I found it hard to organize all the points as well as the assertions. The point that I was [...]
This is a story about a 5-year-old boy and his mother being held captive in a Room. For all of his life Jack has never gone out from the room and has no knowledge of the outside world.
One of the major themes in this story is the strong love of a [...]
Dear Mr. Boyle
Recently, I read your essay about the “Unreliable Narration in The Great Gatsby”. Your essay shows me a new insight towards “The Great Gatsby”, but most of all it reveals to me a new perspective of Nick Carraway.
To start off, I agree the point you made about the [...]
I truly enjoyed reading “The Great Gatsby ”. From this story, Fitzgerald shows the illusion of the American Dream through Gatsby.
I have mixed feelings about Gatsby. Form the beginning to the end of the novel I constantly change my opinion about Gatsby. When the novel mention reveals Gatsby schedule when he was working for [...]
In the last two lessons we have been given the task of evaluating our peer’s persuasive/argumentative essay. This really helps me as an author as well as an editor.
Having someone else read my essay helps me a lot. Reading the feedbacks that I got from my peers, it reveals the strength and weaknesses of [...]
Growing up we most likely have heard of fairytales like Jack and the beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstlitskin, the little mermaid, the ugly duckling, and many more. Most of these fairytales teach children moral, but are all the things said in the story consist of good principles? I believe not.
Some of these fairytales ends [...]
After Jack and his mother manage to escape form the room, they need to ad to the life outside of their room. This is especially hard for Jack, the world that he knows of only consist of him, his mother, and the entire objects inside Room. Once he got out of Room, [...]
The refreshing breeze of wind blows onto my face as the leaves from the sycamore trees danced around me, I zigzagged around the big almighty sycamore tress, noticing that the hem of my dress was dragging on the ground, collecting dirt and dust I quickly pull my dress upward making sure that I would not [...]
This story is told in the perspective of Jack, a five years old boy that lives his whole life in a 12-foot-square room with his mother. Seven years ago, a man; who Jack calls ‘Old Nick’ has abducted Jack’s mother to the Room, keeping her captive in there. Jack was born in [...]
Personally I found that yesterday’s practice paper was quite challenging. Although it was not hard understanding the general story in the poem, I found it hard for me to structure the essay; this may be due to the fact that we have less then an hour to complete it. Before I start writing my essay [...]
There have been many debates about the idea of a school having a school uniform, but like everything, there are pros and cons. I believe to some extend that school uniforms are indeed a good idea.
The first reason I believe that school uniform is a good idea is because school uniform unites the student [...]
After reading Paul Graham’s “Lies we tell kids”, it revealed to me the most common lies that parents tell their children, and the reason that led them into ling to their children. Reading “Lies we tell kids” makes me reminisce about the times where I would ask questions that would consider inappropriate for my age, [...]
My second impression on “Death of a Salesman”.
My first impression of Willy was that he was an arrogant man. Willy would exaggerate about his sales and boast about his son’s (mainly Biff) achievements. Although reading it the second time, I focus on the part which Willy shows his insecurities In front of the other [...]
Dear Mister Walt Whitman,
Recently in class we read your poem “Song of Myself”. I really enjoyed reading it. I like your reference to nature, and how you expressed that everyone is equal .In your poem you showed traits of Romanticism, for example individualism; which is shown from the title “Song of Myself”. In our [...]
Joe Simpson sand Simon Yates had set off to climb the west face of Siula Grande, it started off well but as they descend Joe slipped off and ice cliff and end up with a broken leg. In order to get Joe down, Simon use a rope to tie himself to Joe, slowly lowering him [...]
For the past weeks we had been learning more about Romanticism. We were paired off to do some research on how our chosen Romantic influence the later generations.
During the time spent on research I learnt a lot more about the Romantics. One of the things that I particularly notice Romantics like Mary Shelley and [...]
Touching The Void (in the middle of reading) Joe Simpson “Touching the Void” by Joe Simpson. The story how he and his partner Simon Yates climbed the West Face of Siula Grand, which many had failed to do.
“The camp disappear from view and immediately I because aware of the silence and the solitude of [...]
The Cardturner is a story about a card game call Bridge. Alton is forced by his mother to spend time with his rich blind uncle, in hope of getting some money from his uncle will. Alton’s uncle is an experience player, during the time that Alton spends with him; he needs [...]
Zhang LiJia is the author of “Socialism is Great!” which is a memoir of her life. It was really interesting to meet her and to learn more about China in the late 80’s and her life during that period. Since youth she always wanted to be a writer and was very passionate about learning English. [...]
‘The Merchant of Venice” is a play written by William Shakespeare.
An issue that was raised was the prejudice against the Jews. The Jews was portrayed as someone who is inhuman and not capable of emotion. On the street they are forced to wear a red hat, which symbol for the Jews. It was obvious [...]
Goldilocks Fartale, 22, of Fairytale Land, died on Friday 13th 2012.
She was last seen exploring in the nearby woods, only to be found a few miles outside a rundown house, dead from a heart attack.
Goldilocks was born in, December 23rd ,1989 in Wonderland. She’s the daughter of Peter and Wendy Fartale. Goldilocks graduated [...]
Q&A with Mama Bear
Q: Mama Bear, what were you doing before Goldilocks had sneaked into your house?
A:I was preparing our lunch, that day I decided to cook some porridge since it was Baby Bear favorite.
Q: What made you leave the house then?
A: I just finished cooking [...]
What is a “good life”?
How do you measure how “good” your life is? Is it by the amount of money you possess? How successful you are? Social Status? Prestige?
Throughout the play Willy would talk about go on about how being success is important and would pressure, Biff, his son to do something important [...]
In the beginning I though that the story processing on slowly, but later on as the story progresses I notice that some part of the dialog in the beginning actually hinted the events that would take place later on in the play.
In the beginning we understand that Willy tends to have hallucination about the [...]
“The Carturner” by Louis Sachar. This book is written in Alton Richards’ (the main character) point of view.
“This is embarrassing.
Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve been with someone for a while and you don’t know the person’s name? It’s too late to ask, but you know the longer you go [...]
My first impression of “Death of a Salesman”
The book started off with a page and a half of specific stages directions; this gave me the impression that the book might have a complex plot.
Willy (the main character) is an old man who just came back form work, and he talks about the hallucination [...]
“Pygmalion” is a play written in 1912 by George Bernard Shaw. It’s a romantic comedy about Henry Higgins a professor of phonetic who (along with Colonel Pickering) had taken the challenge to pass Eliza Doolittle, a common flower girl with a distinctive cockney accent, as a Duchess by only teaching her how to ‘proper English’. [...]
From the literature exam during November, I notice a couple is mistakes take I commonly made:
Firstly, when you start off answering the question, you need to firstly answer it clear, brief and specific, and only after that you start to put in your quotation to support your answer and explain how these quotation supports [...]
The Medici Seal
The Medici Seal is an historical fiction base on Renaissance Italy. The story is about the life of an orphan boy, Matteo that is taken in to the household of Leonardo Da Vinci and serve him as his Meastro.
The story started with Matteo escaping a murderer, while escaping he [...]
The poet choice of words (diction).
In the beginning of “Hunting Snake” Judith Wright it gives you the feeling of a perfection with the “sun-warmed ”during the “late season’s grace” and “autumn’s gentlest sky”. “Sun-warmed” gives you a cozy feeling. “Late season’s grace”, the word “grace” can normally be connected to the word beauty. Lastly [...]
Stress can be good for you.
Stress: pressure or tension exerted on a material object. Most of the time you’ll hear people claiming that being stressful would damage your health and it does not do you any good. Although not many people actually know that having some stress is actually good for you. The “fight [...]
“Poets often use unusual images that force us to think in new ways about familiar things” This makes you think twice, about what the poets are actually trying to convey to the readers. Some examples from poems would be:
“A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti,“peacocks with a hundred eyes” (which can be found on the second [...]
“A Birthday” is a beautifully written poem by Christina Rossetti, which contains a good deal of outstanding features features. The most obvious features that is shown in this poem is the rhymes; the rhymes in the poem creates a rhythmic beat when you read it. From the first stanza, it is noticeable that the poet [...]
When I read a book of interest I would be absorbed in the story and would have the urge to continue reading the book until the end, I don’t enjoy when I need to stop in a middle of a page since to me it would feel like it had ruin the effect of the [...]
From the first week of English, I now know poetry can be studied differently, instead of thinking what does the poem mean when you read it you can firstly “listen” to the poem by reading it out. Not all poems need to rhymes it but for some people they like it better since it have [...]