When I write the exam practice paper for the first time, I was really lost. I do not know how to start the essay.However, through multiple practices, I get more confident. I really appreciate the corrections from Mr. Macknight, because from the corrections, I am able to know my weaknesses. Every time before I write [...]
When I reread “The Great Gatsby”, I paid more attention to the details in the book. At the same time, I started to know the characters more. I found myself sympathizing Daisy; despite that I dislike Daisy when I read the book last time. The quotation that makes me sympathize her is, “… ‘All [...]
“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe “Things Fall Apart” is a story about the life of Okonkwo, a wrestling champion in Umuofia, Africa. There are two parts in this novel. Part one is the story about Okonkwo and the things happen in his life. Part two is about the change of people’s life after the [...]
The symposium of “Death of A Salesman” is very interesting. It leads me to discover more about the drama, and I was very surprised that a simple story can lead to so many questions. I think the most intriguing part of this symposium is in fact the author of the drama was invited. Very often, [...]
Literature Unseen Passage The Literature unseen passage for the English Exam was relatively hard. I chose poetry for my exam. I think it is true that poetry is easier to write about. First of all, the time needed to read the poetry is shorter, also, there are a lot to talk about for the poetry. [...]
“Cat’s Cradle”, by Kurt Vonnegut I’ve been reading Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” over the winter holiday. I must say this book is the weirdest, yet difficult book to read. In fact, the story itself is not hard to understand at all. However, you need to read more carefully to understand the satirical style of Kurt [...]
9th December 2012 Mr. Will,
I have read your essay, “The Great Gatsby” and the Obscene Word, recently. I am amused by your ideas and analytical skill. Your essay has leaded me to another level of viewing the novel. After reading your essay, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is no longer only a tragic love story. Every [...]
When I finished reading ‘The Great Gatsby’ I feel really sad for Gatsby and moreover, the society. By the end of the book, Gatsby never has a real friend except Nick. No one attends to his funeral. It is very ironic. When he is alive, hundreds of people go to his party, even when they [...]
‘The Color Purple’ written by Alice Walker.
This is a book about a black girl name Celie. It is in a form of a diary, that Celie starts every chapter with ‘Dear God’. From my point of view, Celie is a tragic character. She was bad treated and assaulted by her own father. She [...]
For being a editor… Being a editor helps me a lot from various ways. First of all, it helps my comprehension and reading skill. This is helped because the first question ask you to only read the essay for once. This make you read the essay very carefully the first time. It helps my analyzing [...]
Since human exist on the earth, long before we can make fire, we started to hunt. We hunt animals for meat, in order to survive. Killing animals is perfectly normal at that time, because it is our basic need. However, as the society become more civilized, killing is considered as cruelty toward animals. People conflict [...]
I just finished reading ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ which is written by Stieg Larsson. The whole book has 590 pages The story is thrilling. Although the first few chapters of the book is quite slow, but it builds up the whole story. The major theme of the book is about women’s rights. Although [...]
I just sit. Just sit on an old chair. The chair moans painfully as I swing my legs back and forth without any reason. I’m bored. Which is awkward for such a nice day. The sun is bright. Its warmth smudges on the wall, like freshly whipped cream. I am wearing the blue jacket. [...]
CW2: (draft one) I’d escaped. I had escaped from the cage built by the glorious skyscrapers, cars that crawl tardily and the gray smoke coughed out of the pipes. I was in my mother’s home town Ji-An. It was a small town most people would have never heard about, even some of the Taiwanese. Every [...]
What did you learn from yesterday’s practice paper? First of all I have a clearer idea of how would the test would be. I think the question is very general and it is very hard to answer the question. Following the steps on the paper of analyze a poem does help me to get a [...]
‘Lies We Tell Kids’ by Paul Graham is an intriguing essay about the ‘lies’ that the grown-ups tell the children. As a teenage myself, I found some points in this essay every interesting, and I do agree with some of the ideas. Protection is the main reason why parents lie to kids. “…the most [...]
The issue of whether pupil should wear their uniform everyday is argumentative. Especially to whom has to wear the uniform everyday, for example, I myself. As a student, I dislike the fact that we have to wear the uniform every single day. However, I do understand the purpose of the school to make us [...]
I think Paul Graham’s ideas are very interesting. Think back to my own experience, I realize my mother told me those lies too. However, most of the time, my mom is quite ‘honest’ most of the time. I realized my mother is more honest to me than my brother, who is 4 years younger than [...]
The second time of reading the ‘Death of a Salesman’, I noticed something I had missed last time while I was reading. First of all is the flute. The book started with a large portion of background introduction. ‘ A melody is heard, played upon a flute’. Later, in the book Willy mentioned that his [...]
April 23, 1812
Dear Walt Whitman
I have been reading your poem, ‘Leaves of Grass’, in your ‘Song of Myself’.
I am especially interested in you concept of the men’s consciousness. ‘I CELEBRATE myself’ you wrote for the first line. ‘I loafe and invite my soul;’ As human beings, our own consciousness is so complex, [...]
I am currently reading the Holy Bible. Surprisingly, the language in the bible is much easier than I thought it would have been. I choose to read this book because a lot of books have elements from the bible. Therefore, it makes me really curious that what is written in the bible, and how it [...]
The Romanticism is the period of time that is full of natural, amazing, yet unrealistic dreams. William Blake, who was the father figure of the romanticism, the pre-romanticism. While he was alive, he wrote a lot of poetries, in very simple form with comprehensive words. He’s regarded as the most important people during the romanticism [...]
“Joy Luck Club” is a book about the Chinese American. Inside the book, the author wrote about some traditions of a Chinese family. For example the Shim-pua marriage, concubinage extra. This is a quotation of Jing-mei Woo’s mother. (Jing-mei Woo is one of the Chinese American children in the book.)
‘It’s not that we [...]
I respect Zhang Lijia and her experiences in the factory. I am really amazed by her bravery, although she doesn’t consider it as bravery. Also, I couldn’t imagine, how, someone who lives in the great pressure under the government, could stand up for human right and unafraid of the danger. I try to find Zhang [...]
“Merchant of Venice” written by Shakespeares normally is considered as a comedy. However, “Merchant of Venice” has a much complex, deeper meaning than an ordinary comedy. Shylock is my favorite character in the play. I like him not because he has the best characteristic, but he has a very interesting personality. Shylock is a character [...]
“Down the Mine”, written by George Orwell. The author didn’t use strong emotional word to criticize the condition of the mine, neither did he show his personal feeling towards the working condition. The only thing he had done, was to present the truth. This piece of writing is written in such a way that [...]
February 25th, 2012
Yesterday morning, 7:30, a house located in the Fairy Forest had been broken in. The housebreaker is still not under arrested.
The break-in was found after the Bear’s family returned to their house after they picked up their youngest from the lessons. The Bears family asserted when they went [...]
Goldilocks Silvia Toffee (Jr.), 98, of Candytown, died Monday.
She was born to the late Jonathan and Goldilocks Toffee, Oct. 05, 1950, in Candytown, Fairy Land. Goldilocks married the late Amber Johnson in 1978. Goldilocks did not change her last name to her husband’s. She kept it as Toffee. They did not have any children. [...]
15 May 2005
Goldilocks, the most famous, yet, the most horrifying criminal in the world, who’s still beyond the arm of law.
Who can ever imagine, this despicable criminal, was once a cute little girl? Who, was raised up in a wealthy and loving family? The development of Goldilocks’s as a criminal [...]
Although I am still reading the ‘Grape of Wrath’, I read the other book at the same time. From both books, I can feel a really strong contrast. ‘A Prisoner of Birth’ is a mystery novel by Jeffrey Archer. The author is really good at writing the emotional and psychological changes of someone. This is [...]
I start to read the ‘ The Grape of Wrath’ because I really like John Steinbeck. In John Steinbeck’s book, there are a lot of quotations that write the sceneries of the nature and the countryside. His words create a very rich imagery, which is the part I like the most in the book. [...]
What’s a good life. I think that is an question no one can ever answer. This is because everyone’s definition of “life” is different. In ‘Death of a Salesman’, Willy thinks, ‘money, admiration,fame’ are the things what makes success. But what is success? I don’t agree with Willy’s definition of “good life”. But if [...]
I like the book “Holes” a lot. This book is very interesting, people who likes adventures will definitely like this book. Though “Holes” is about the adventures a boy, Stanley, meets in Green Lake, there are a lot of other themes in the book. In the book, the main character’s name is Stanley. He [...]
Despite the fact that Willy has such a unlovable personality, at the end of the movie, the audiences have sympathy for this character. Each one of the character has his own unique qualities. All of them are not perfect. The imperfectness make this play very realistic. The truth is, no one is perfect. In [...]
I read “The Catcher in the Rye” during the holiday. I think this book has a very unique style. I like this book very much, I guess it’s probably my favorite book so far. The book is written in first person. In the first person’s point of view, the author shows Holden’s, the main character, [...]
My first impression to the death of a salesman is this play is a true portrayal of life. It is a play about a common, or rather an unsuccessful man and his life. From the name of the book, we can tell the salesman, Willy Loman, would die eventually. And then we started to watch [...]
I think the movie, “Pygmalion” is very interesting. This movie really makes the audience to understand the power of speech, also how the language is related to ones culture background. I personally like the character of professor Higgins in the movie. He talks in a very intriguing and humorous way. Due to his great knowledge [...]
I think the practice exam is a really good thing to warn me the things I should and I shouldn’t do in the really exam. This is what I learnt: 1. You should always write the essay in present tense. 2. Though grammatical and punctuation error doesn’t matter in the IGCSE exam, the errors could [...]
“The Perks of Being A Wallflower”. by Stephen Chbosky. When I first read this title, I didn’t really understand the meaning of it. I had no idea what does “perk” and “wallflower” means. And I actually go online to find the definition. Perk, means “an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if [...]
The book I read was “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier. There are 253 pages in total. The book is very memorable, and the theme the author chosen is very simple but intrigue at the same time. The whole book is just talking about a “chocolate sale”. Notwithstanding the extreme ordinary setting the author made, [...]
The quotation I have chosen, is this:
“His anger was so deep and sharp in him that it drove out sorrow. He wanted to bellow at the world, cry out against her death, topple buildings, split the earth open, tear down trees. And he did nothing except lie awake in the dark, thinking of her [...]
Body Paragraph for “Pike”
The Poem “Pike” uses special word choises to create a violent imagery. In the first Stanza, “pike in all parts, green tigering the gold”. The word “tigering” give us an impression of violent preditor. Because tigers are the most powerful animal in the jungle, and it is also an animal at [...]
Can people become successful just by working harder??
People can be successful by working harder, but there are still difference between all the successful and the most successful ones. There was a word said that “success is from 1% of inspiration and 99% of perspiration”. Of course if you want to achieve something, you must [...]
Poets often use unusual images that force us to think in new ways about familiar things. In the poem “The Planner” the author writes, “… The blemishes of the past, knock off useless blocks with dental dexterity. “ The phrase “ dental dexterity” gives us an impression of the houses on the street are the [...]
The feature I like about this poem is that Christina Rossetti uses a lot of similes in the poem, that in the deeper meaning they represent love. Like what Mr. Macknight said, “Poets are the people who play with word”, “Boughs are bent with thickset fruit”, “Paddles in a halcyon sea”, “Raise me a [...]
What I have learnt about poetry is that NEVER ask ” What does it mean” to a poem. I strongly agree with that. I think any article shouldn’t be ask to that question. Since everyone’s experience is different, they understanding of things are different, there will not be a “meaning” to a poem or any [...]
As a reader, i think i am very irresponsible. If one day, the books came back alive, the first thing they would do might be hunting me down.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t like reading. I love reading, but some awkward things happen while I was reading.
Have you ever heard anorexia? It’s a [...]