Westminster Bridge. What questions are raised for Nature?

During the period of time, of which the class has been reading Upon Westminster Bridge and hearing the discussions which have been unveiled in the process, has arisen many questions about nature and What is beautiful in the world around us? Also in our discussions we came up with the point of many of the objects around us are copy’s of nature or it is an artificial product or thing, their to be convenient for us humans. An example of this is if we lived in a natural world and we wanted to get some food to eat because we are hungry, we may have to walk for miles to get to the food source. However, if we lived in a artificial world  there will be a supermarket down the road and it will be a 5 minute walk to purchase a ready meal or cleaned and prepared fruit and veg waiting to be eaten. In the poem William Wordsworth describes the city of London, in the early hours of the morning, as being beautiful a, but why? I think that city’s can be beautiful however depending on how the creator has designed it. But surely nature has a creator as well god! God didn’t create the city’s however William Wordsworth thinks that the city of London is beautiful and i think that this is because he see’s the city as a convenient place to be, because all he needs is right in front of him. God didn’t create nature to be convenient for humans but to be convenient for all of the species on earth. that is why God didn’t create 30 story sky scrapers. But why do humans make copy’s of objects. Humans make copy’s of things or Nature because then they can improve it to make it suit our benefit to make it convenient for ourselves.

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My Review of the Sonnet

I am going to be explaing the ideas and questions raised on the topic: Beauty.  The question that were raised by Wordsworth’s poem is that is beauty a natural thing or an   artificial thing? The idea of the poem is that Wordsworth who was brought up in the outdoors most of this life thinks that the city is beautiful.

The question that is brought out from this poem means if beauty is just naturally there or if it is made by mankind. The answer to this question is very hard especially because there is a different answer for each person to this question. I did a survey which asked if beauty is natural or man made there will be a 50/50 response.

The idea of the poem is that beauty isn’t just naturally made, but also man made. Wordsworth lived in the lake valley most his life and he thought that nature is beautiful then he went to the city and appreciated that beauty.

In my opinion the answer to the question, is that beauty is in both naturally made and man made.

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dear post:lost horizon

The lost horizon is all about passengers on a plane which get kidnapped,but the problem is they have no idea where they are going.They end up crashing in the platue of tibet to then soon find out that they are in shang ga ri la of china where in the past it is said to be a valley of everlasting youth with people who live up to 100 years old.”a full moon rose,touching each peak in succesion like some celestial lamp -light,until the long horizon glittered against a blue-black sky”(65)i like this quote because it tell you a lot about the scenery of this magical valley and the atmosphere in this situation.it can also tell how far away from any modern civilization from “the long horizon”

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Fahrenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451” describes a dystopian world in which everybody lives purely for pleasure. Books are outlawed as they create conflict, and firemen are not employed to stop fires, but to start fire and burn down books. People do not bother spending time to read books, enjoy nature, or take time to think about the world around them. Instead, they enjoy pure entertainment with giant television sets all over their homes.

 

The title refers to a rough estimate of the temperature paper catches fires and burns in, which I think is very interesting, as the idea of ‘burning’ becomes a very important theme later on in the story.

 

Below are some quotes I liked (They are all from chapter 1, close to the back. I won’t write down the page number because I read an e-book and the page system is different.):

 

“It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thought down, looking around at the world and life and then I come along in two minutes and boom! it’s all over.”

 

“I want to be happy, people say. Well, aren’t they? Don’t we keep them moving, don’t we give them fun? That’s all we live for, isn’t it? For pleasure, for titillation? And you must admit our culture provides plenty of these.”

 

“Colored people don’t like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don’t feel good about Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Burn it. Someone’s written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book.”

 

“Funerals are unhappy and pagan? Eliminate them, too. Five minutes after a person is dead he’s on his way to the Big Flue, the Incinerators serviced by helicopters all over the country. Ten minutes after death a man’s a speck of black dust… Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.”

 

 

These quotes left me many questions to think about. Can living for pure enjoyment really make someone happy? The novel describes a society where everybody lives “for pleasure, for titillation”. Anything that’s disfavored is burned, anything that does not provide enough pleasure is burned. People in that society live get entertainment from watching other people’s lives, but they do not realize they live in a world full of fantasy, of imaginary characters they might never meet and will never become. Plunging themselves in a sea of pure pleasure, the residents do not know anything about their own culture or, most importantly, themselves. They never take time off their ‘busy schedule’ to reflect on themselves. In a society in which precious wisdom and experience is burnt and forgotten in seconds, can people really become fully happy? What does it take to be happy? What actually is the definition of being happy?

 

The idea of fire is also mentioned throughout the story — “Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.” However, can everything disappear just by burning them and pretending that they never existed? Can burning physical objects really help us forget things that are hidden deep inside our heart? Are we doing all this to create a better world, or is everything plainly an excuse to run away from the things we dislike, from the realistic and brutal side of the world we loathe? I believe nobody will ever find the complete answers to these questions, but reading this book can at least leave us pondering about the world in which we live in.

 

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Icefire by Chris d’Lacey

Icefire by Chris d’Lacey is a book set in the 21’st century with mythological dragons made out of clay. The main character is a geography student living in a house with a lady and her daughter their profession is making dragons out of clay and selling them. While making a new dragon David (the main character) says, “They are out of proportion surely?” “he looks like he is wearing baseball gloves. Why are they so big?” (10) I really liked this quote because it shows a bit of humour and it has descriptive words. It also sets the thought for the rest of the page as well, it has reappearing occurrences throughout the book.

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Gone- Lisa Mcmann

I am reading the book Gone by Lisa Mcmann which is the third book in the series. In this book someone significant comes into her life changing everything and she finds out many things about her family that she never knew before. “Henry Feingold. Janie says. the name sounds empty. It has no meaning to her. It doesn’t sound like what she imagined her fathers name would be.” This quote is on page 32. I think this is important to the book because it shows you about how much she knows about her father and the significant figure who comes into her life but she doesn’t even know. When she says “it doesn’t sound like what she imagined her fathers name would be” she thought he was a completely different person; that she thought he didn’t look like that but over time she starts to think more of him and who he is so he does become a significant figure to her.

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Paper Towns

Paper Towns by john green is a fiction novel with bits of many different genres, like: mystry,adventure,love and comedy. It is written in the main charactor Quentin’s point of view, there fore the language used in the book is casual and rebel teenage like.  I started reading paper towns because i just finished reading another book  ‘the fault in our tars’ by the same author, John Green. And his books are not just more high school cliche love stories. I have only read half of the book but it is pretty amazing.

Till where i’ve read, this is what the book was talking about: Quentin, who has crush on his classmate/neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman. She(margo) always like to disappear and leave clues for her parents to solve, which lead eventually to a dead end. Margo broke into Quentin’s bedroom through the window at midnight and told him that she needed his help with an eleven parts plan whcih involves a lot of trespassing. Quentin later found out that the plan was to get revenge on the ones who lied and cheated on her. Jase, Margo’s ‘boyfriend’ is actually cheating on her with her best friend Becca. Also to thank the ones who helped and told her the truth.( this sounds so much like a highschool cliche, but it’s really not…) After they finished all parts to the plan, they went home, the sun is already up and the new day of school would start in a few hours. Quentin was hoping to see Margo at shcool but she never showed up, instead like she always does, she disappeared and left clues ,this time , for Quentin to solve.

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DEAR Journal Entry

The book is called The Turning by Tim Winton. It is a collection of short stories.

The following quote is from a story called On My Knees, about a maltreated housewife from the perspective of her son. The “she” in this quote is a member of the family hiring her. From page 104, paragraph 8:

Actually, this is about a woman, Mum. What kind of person accuses you of stealing, gives you the sack and then asks you back for one week while she looks for somebody to replace you?

I chose this quote because it emphasizes the irrationality and injustice present throughout the story. It also shows the dependence of the house owner on the main character’s mother. These themes have a lot of importance in life nowadays, since they teach us not to be so dependent or jump to conclusions. The story has a constant theme of the mother knowing she’s worth more than what her employer is paying her, and staying optimistic and composed through cruel times.

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Little Brother

Little Brother is a book, written by Cory Doctorow, about a 17 year old hacker (marcus) from san francisco that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. After a bomb blows up the bridge, him and his friends are suspected of playing a part in the attack. So far this book is packed full of excitement and tension, also the hacker side of things is really interesting – It is more for people who like explosions and action in general. “Finally, i was peed out and cryed out and the guy was pounding at the door.” This quote is on page 56 and enables the reader to empathise with marcus and get an idea of what the scene around him is really like. In this part of the book, Marcus and his friends are being held against their will in a homeland security prison because of their suspected involvement with the terrorism.

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Angels and Demons – Dan Brown

Angels and demons by Dan Brown is a book based on the secret society called the illuminati, religion and science. The scientist Leonardo Vetra and his daughter, Maximilian Kohler found a way to find and contain antimatter in a vacuum tight container that works with electricity, I’m not exactly sure. If the antimatter touches any normal matter it will explode with the force of many nuclear bombs, the more antimatter, the more power the explosion has.

The illuminati end up killing Leonardo to allow access to the anti matter and because he was a man of God. His daughter and a symbologist named Robert Langdon are summoned to a Swiss research facility where Leonardo worked to research the missing antimatter and the dead scientist.

They then find out that the illuminati are planning to blow up the Vatican city on the day of the re-election of the pope. The 4 preferiti (cardinals most likely to be elected pope) had been kidnapped and the illuminati are planning to kill one every 12 hours (I think) in a church.

That is as far as I got in the book. So far it has been very confusing and I don’t think I will finish it because I have no idea what is really going on. I think that people that like scientific and more difficult to read books.

 

 

 

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Dear Journal Entry Part Two

The book I am reading is Percy Jackson; The Titans Curse. I have read up to the 70th page and it is an exciting book so far. “I’d never seen camp Half-Blood like this before, and the snow surprised me” (53) this sentence makes me wonder how the snow got there. In the camp the climate change is controlled, normally it is sunny and warm but its not, which means that the new leader isn’t such a great guy.

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Dear Journal Entry

The book that I’m reading is called Percy Jackson, so far it’s about Anna beth has gone missing and Percy is getting worried. The son of the sun has came to help the gang of Demi gods and he brought them back to camp half blood. I think in the future they will go on an adventure to go find her

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Dear journey entry

Friends forever

 

I started reading this book a week ago and i am a third of my way through this book. Friends forever is written in the third persons point of view about these kids who met on the first day of kindergarden. As the story progresses, the writer talks about all the kids as they grow older. I believe many people will be able to relate to the story because the book includes many typical points of view. There is six kids who are all best friends and stuck together throughout all the tough times. They all grow up to be very different people but still managed to stay together as friends. No matter how you view yourself, there will be one person in the book that you’d be about to relate to. Either athletic, nerdy, musical, artistic or a computer geek there will be at least one, if not more people the writer will talk about that you can relate to. Hence, the book is is basically about the life of six best friends and all the difficult/troublesome times they had to go through.

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Early purges

in my opinion the early purges shows how humans are influenced by how they and their family live e.g. if you lived in a city like london today death would be un-natural however if you lived on a frm death would be natural thing because of how you have grown up to be with your type of enviroment. it also shows how humans adapt to occasions when theyhave committed or have seen them happen such as the young boy only being 6 years old death was un-natural to him but as he continued to watch dan taggart kill the pests he developed no emotion for the pests anymore, instead he thought of it as natural.this also shows how humans adapt to things even if they dislike it at first but then they get used to it. another thing shown in the early purges is that pests is a living thing which is slowing down or obstructing a human to complete a task therefore thy are killed or relocated. but if thats the case what are humans to animals, since we destroy their homes and the build ours or to suit our personal needs. because if we put this situation into perspective we are the pests not the rats for example us.

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personal thought on poem

my thoughts on early purges is that it tells us a lot about how people have different perspectives when they live in different places.for example when people where in the city they believed the subject of animal cruelty,and while in the farm they do even care.in the farm they believe these animals are pests but this may differ when people have kittens or other “pests” as pets.but this can become really complicated when u ask someone how far they are willing to go to stop animal cruelty

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Game of Thrones

over the summer i have read the noval a Game of Thrones. this book consists of many genres e.g. adventure action and even romance. so it is a good book for anybody with a good range of vocabulary. in the first book two of the familys collide with each other due to the execution of the father of the stark family king edd who was serving as head of the king, and he was executed by the lanasters starting a brutal conflict between the two familys. But other than war the book contains mythical creatures such as dragons and white walkers and the dragons in the later books cause many exsplosions. but in my opinion any reader with a good range of vocabulary would enjoy to read this book and even series. i rate the book at 9/10 because of myself personally enjoying every book in the series and cant wait for the series to com out.

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The Poem

The poem is about the six year old boy who witnessed kittens being drowned. In the beginning I thought that it was wrong to drown kittens. But in a farmers perspective it might be the right thing to do because kittens are considered as pest where as in a city citizens perspective kittens are kept as pets. The poem is about the different peoples perspectives.

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The Early Purges

The Early Purges is a poem about a little boy who saw a kitten drown by Dan Taggart at the age of six. At the time, he was frightened and the image of the kitten drowning stayed with him for days. When the memories were finally forgotten, it all came flooding back when Dan trapped big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows and pull of the heck of old hens. But as time passed, and the narrator got older, when pups were killed brutally in front of him. All he would say was, ‘Bloody pups’ and feel no remorse.

In my opinion, the poet was trying to show the readers through the poem that peoples perceptive and feelings towards things can change dramatically through-out time if it is given. Though not all people may be influenced as easily, it is hard to keep your own beliefs when everyone that surrounds you and the environment has a different belief or point if view.

The people that surround you and the environment you live in really effects you as a person. In the last stanza, the poet talk about how ‘prevention of cruelty’ had persuaded in town, however, on well-ran farms animals(pest) was still being killed. This shows the readers the difference between different environments and how the environment can effect how a person acts and their perspective/opinion on different things.

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My thoughts on “The Early Purges”

The Early Purges is an exemplar of the difference that a different up bringing or different environment and actions from what we consider to be a norm may affect a person life or beliefs as well as behaviour. This is evident as the writer expresses his strong disapproval during the first stanza while he shows no remorse only the thought of doing whats best on a farm during the last stanza. I believe that we cannot define what one does as correct or incorrect but whether or not they have a strong enough reason as well as a way to prove morale reasoning and a logical approach to what they are about to do. The word pest is a animal that has no use for us. A kitten is a typical household word as well as presence that we daren’t hurt but a stray that may take food from your livestock or cause havoc would be considered in that sense. As well the environment that the writer grew up in was in a farm and in farms, death is always around giving a dulled moral compass in that sense. Ultimately I believe that the actions and descriptions in the poem are justified for reasons none of then the environment, their logic and the understanding of their points and their beliefs can be explained and understood.

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My Response to “The Early Purges”

I think the poem ‘The Early Purges’ means and tells me that people can get influenced by other people and depending on where you live or where your from have different opinions on things. in this poem the person who is talking, first thinks that animal cruelty is bad and like Dan Taggart, killing the kittens, the things they do on his farm to animals but as he grows up he starts thinking differently about what he thought before since in the end of the poem he starts killing animals like Dan does so his view changed. I think he got influenced by the people around him, how they think and what they believe is good and told him it is good  so he changes his mind and has a new opinion on the same thing. Also in the poem it says that: “‘prevention of cruelty’ talk cuts ice in town where they consider death unnatural but on well-run farms pests have to be killed.” He lives on a farm and not in a city where they have different views. in the city they say that animal cruelty is bad but the people on the farms they think its fine to kill animals. so they have different opinions. So depending on where you live your environment influences you too.

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Personal response to the poem.

The Early Purge’s writer Seamus Heaney, in the poem described how his opinion has changed over the years.

Contrast between the two charactors is extremly obvious in the first 4 stanzas. Dan Taggart represented the farmer’s point of view on killing animals. can tell from the descriptions ‘ When Dan trapped big rats, snared rabbits, shot crows. Or, with a sickening tug, pulled old hens’ necks’ that farmers feel no guit or pity for the animals as they are being brutally killed. The oppoiste point of view comes from the write as a kid. He was horrified seeing the kittens die and pities the animal: ‘Suddenly frightened, for days I sadly hung round the yard, watching the three sogged remains, turn mealy and crisp as old summer dung’ . The write used 3 stanzas to describe the scene of kittens being killed and just being tossed away in detail, this shows how vivid the memories are, even it had been decades since it happend.

But as time passes by, the writer started to think that ‘ living displaces false setiments’ and his reaction to seeing animals being killed has changed too: ‘now, when shrill pups are prodded to drown, I just shrug, ‘Bloody pups’. It seems to me that the writer has become very cold-hearted and more like the farmer dan taggart. In the last 2 stanzas, the poem sounded like it is written in dan taggart’s point of view but is actually the poet’s. Although the ‘prevention of cruelty’ talk cuts ice in town’ , it does not amongst the farmers. This tells us that our surrounding environments can be influencial to our opinons on all sorts of things. In this poem, while people in town want to prevent cruelty, and think death is unnatural. farmers think ‘on well-run farms pests have to be kept down’. This poem brings up questions like, which point of view is more reasonable and why. If animlas are put to death by euthanaisa when they are suffering, but why are human to kept alive in the same situaltion, etc.

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My Thoughts On “The Early Purges”

This poem brings up many questions about our world, of which I believe the most important theme to be the difference between how people view the world and how these visions might be caused or affected by the environment.

The contrast between the attitudes of people in town and rural areas is an example of different views from people. People in town, who grew up in an environment in which most people care for animals as pets, and probably in a family with a stable income, would think that killing is cruel. On the other hand, people in the countryside, who fully rely on crops or livestock for a living, and are used to other animals roaming around destroying things, would most likely view the animals as pests and try to get rid of them. As the poem states, “living displaces false sentiments” — the reality often takes away many ‘useless’ emotions. Perhaps you would think a kitten is cute, but if it starts harming crops that you rely on for a year’s living, you would probably forget about your fondness for it. Because of the environment, these animals regarded as ‘pests’ are treated the same way city people treat insects such as mosquitoes. They are killed for good, and not an extra thought is wasted on them in this busy world, where there are much more important things to care about.

The change in the author’s attitude throughout the poem also shows how a strong influence the environment might be. Similarly, I probably would not ever kill a kitten in my lifetime, but if I’ve grown up in the same environment as the author, when there are more urgent and realistic problems I would have to face, then perhaps I would someday.

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The Early Purges

The early purges is a poem about how “pests” were treated at a farm. It starts out with a young child witnessing someone drown kittens in a bucket. At first he is surprised and sad but as he becomes older, he gets used to the deaths of unwanted animals at the farm.

At one point he says,”Still, living displaces false sentiments.” Here he is saying that his own life and wellbeing is more important than the unwanted animals. Some people believe that this is wrong, me included. The whole poem is about moral judgment and how it changes as you grow older.

Some people, such as the man who killed the kittens, would feel completely justified killing these animals because they are considered pests and there is no point for them at the farm. He called the kittens, “scraggy wee shits.” This also allows people to feel more at ease killing the animals because they don’t feel as though they are pets but as unwanted creatures.

Finally, the end of the poem is about how the city people think differently about killing than people in the farm. The people in the city believed that “death is unnatural” and cruel while the people from the farm believe that killing the unwanted is the right thing to do, even if it is painful and cruel.

 

 

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the early purges

The early purges, for me, is about a young boy/girl witnessing a scene that is classed as disturbing for him, yet to dan taggart it is like he is doing them a favour “isnt it better for them now?”. This is portrayed in modern society via euphanasia, and is it right to kill one animal but not another? For example, if your frail old dog was suffering excrutiating pain every day, you would probably put it out of its misery, however, if your grandpa was your dog in this scenario would you try to keep him alive for as long as possible? Similarly, another moral debate is: Is it right to kill one animal over another based on, looks for example. I believe that if an animal serves a purpose that is useful and isnt a pest then it should not be killed unless it has a greater use when dead, e.g. Cows, pigs.

Moving forward, the young child grows up to become much like dan taggart (probably due to the fact that they have grown up in an environment  where this is considered normal. Also, the last stanza states that the people in the town consider death unnatural, which brings up the question: Are natural things always good? I think that most natural things are essential, growth, reproduction, death, the list could go on. What i think Heaney is trying to get across is that people adapt to certain environments and come to think of them as normal, then when an opposite belief comes along it seems extreme to them, like in the poem. The last line of the poem however, unites the difference of opinion and says something that is true for most situations: But on well-run farms pests have to be kept down.

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The Early Purges

I was quite surprised about the topic of the first few stanzas: drowning some kittens. This section and the rest of the poem raise many moral questions; some about whether it is acceptable to kill certain animals and others about the definition of “pest” and species-ism (compare racism). In class we were introduced to the idea that marking something using the word pest made it somehow less than human and acceptable to kill.

Death and morality are both quite touchy subjects, because they allow us to question the beliefs of ourselves and other people. Deciding what animals and plants are worthless enough to kill is a common dilemma that most people don’t think about. On the one hand, killing a human or letting a human die is very bad. On the other hand, we need to kill living things in order to survive, for our energy.

Another dilemma resulting from being close to death is when it would be kinder to keep a being alive or to put it/he/she down. One example given in class was an old sheepdog, who has grown old, weak and very sick. In most cases, the dog would be put down. However, if the same thing happened to a great-grandfather or great-grandmother, who is also very sick from old age, he or she would be kept alive as long as possible.

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Wake

Over the Summer holidays I read a book called wake by Lisa Mcmann. Nothing is scarier than being pulled into someones nightmare. Thats whats happening to Janie now she’s 17 years old and goes to a school called Fielridge high school. She has an alcoholic mother who is never there for her therefore she spends all her free time in an elderly home. Her best friend  is called Carrie, they do lots together and is there for her more than her mother is. Carrie has another best friend called Melinda. Melinda is rich and hates Janie without a doubt.

If a door or window is left open over a certain amount of distance she gets drawn into their dreams. She gets paralyzed and blind. She was eight this all started. when She gets sucked into people nightmares the distance usually increases. She keeps this all a secret because she thinks this is crazy having this ability and seeing their dreams and fears. At school she meets a boy named Cabel and they fall in love. Cabel is a loner and supposedly a drug dealer but is in much further. He starts suspecting something when she starts to act weirdly. As she grew up her powers have been getting stronger and stranger. In her dreams people keep asking for help but she doesn’t know how to help them. As they were falling in love on a class trip in Cananda he finds out about her abilities. Their relationship doesn’t last very long because he starts eeping secrets and hanging out with Melinda.

Although he keeps working in the drug business they still love each other. Janie then finds out how to help the people in their dreams and learns more about herself. She also finds out that Cabel is actually an under cover cop helping with a drug bust which he actually achieves with the help of  Janie as she gets pulled into the dream of the eager of the drug business.

Janie Discovers she is a dream catcher and starts helping others. In the end of the book Cabel’s boss gives her a paycheck for her help, a scholarship offer and a contract to help out the police.

I like this book because I like the concept of her being able to catch dreams. The book was also really interesting to read through as it was more like a diary. I couldn’t stop reading as I got further into the book. This book captivated me.

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Eragon

I have read a wide range of books and series however I have only gone back and re-read 3-4 of those series. Eragon is included in one of those series. It is written by Christopher Paolini and is set in a mythological place named Alagaesia. The genres of this book are almost identical to the ones that would be ideal to me. Fantasy, adventure, action, mythological and a bit of dungeons and dragons. Ironically that is part of the plot. A small village farm boy, Eragon, who lives in the remote area’s of a mountain range called the Spine, one day finds a stone magically appearing in front of him. However, the stone is unlike any he has perviously  seen. It is harder then diamond but hollow and it seems to be made of more then pieces. One morning when Eragon is getting ready to tend the fields, the rock begins to wobble and finally cracks. Out emerges a dragon. When he touches the dragon’s snout a jet of pain like a flame flies through his veins. Waking up he sees a silver symbol on his hand. It is used to mark dragon riders. He is the last of its kind, except for the king who has used arcane magic to twist his dragon and his subjects to do his wishes. When strange men arrive in the town asking questions, Eragon flees with Saphira, the name of his dragon, into the Spine and in the process removes almost all skin from his legs by riding her without a saddle. Returning the next morning he finds his uncle dead and with the help of a local story teller goes out to seek revenge. Through their travels Eragon learns more about the abilities of a dragon rider and the changes that occur. They travel city through city, Eragon growing stronger and Brom, the story teller, revealing more and more about his past. However in some unfortunate events, Brom is killed and Eragon barely escapes with the help of Murtagh. To find out more you can read the book. I believe most readers would enjoy the book and series because it has a bit of everything from romance to explosions. It is not long to the point that you cannot continue reading but not so short that detail and a thorough plot can be established. I believe those who would not like this would would be people looking for a one book thriller and not a series that can take a while to read. I have enjoyed this book for a multitude of reasons. First it goes perfectly to what I look for in a book. Secondly, the language and structure is more advanced as well the length is more appreciable as I do not finish the book in 1-2 days as I would normally and lastly, the book is very captivating and demands focus and attention from you. There are parts for example: when Eragon has his fortune read by herbalist and the prophecy that is told plays a part till the last page of the last book. I really urge many people to try and read this series as well to try and read a similar book by the name of Belgariad by David Eddings. The books are very similar and yet have a completely different plot.

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dear presentation

ungifted

Over the summer i read Ungifted;is a book about a boy named Donavan Curtis.Donavan is preserved as a very naughty and mischievous kid.He is also portrait as quite stupid until one day he is accidentally moved to the gifted students program by the headmaster who was actually giving him into trouble.In the end he is caught and is given into a lot of trouble.

i think this book is targeted at people my age because most of the characters are my age and is in a school-like setting.i would recommend this book to readers who are less experienced but still want an interesting book and would not recommend it to experienced readers because there is no challege. as a overall rating i would give it 8 out of ten

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The Maze Runner review.

The maze runner by James Dashner is a dystopian fiction novel, also contains bits of romance and adventure. It is written in the third-person’s(narrator’s) prespective. This is the first book in the triology, although there is a fourth book. I would recommend it to people who are  into fiction writing, and will not be EXTREMLY disappointed by a tragic ending. The story has lots and lots of twists and the plotline can sometimes be unclear, because there are many things going on all at once. But overall it’s a great book.

The storys talked about a bunch of boys who got sent to a place called the Glade, a square area sorrounded by 4 giant gates that leads into a enormous maze, one on each side, that would close at night to protect the boys from nocturnal robotic creatures called Grievers. Every month on the same day, a new boy would join the others in the glade. Non of the boys knew the purpose of being here, how or when they got here, the only things they remember are their name and the Glade is going to be their new home. But they want to know the answers to all the questions they had and to escape back to their normal life. There is a group of atheletic boys who call themsleves the runners, they would run into the maze during daylight and trying to find an exit that will lead them back to reality.

Thomas was one of the runners, his friend Minho and him discovered an invisible hole near the cliff while throwing rocks down the cliff for fun. The news got spread around the glade and soon the leaders decided for all the boys to go together to the griever hole( they called it that, because grievers come out of the hole..) But when they got there, they found out that all the grievers are gathered around the whole , ready to attack. It’s a bloodbath, but eventually most of the group made it down the griever hole.

Thinking they are back in reality and could go back to live their normal lives. They are wrong, there is no reality. The book ended with a suspence, telling parts of the truth and leaving some left to be explained in the second( The Sorch Trial) and the third (The death cure)

 

 

 

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Of mice and men contains four topics: American Dream, racism, women’s right and migrant workers. During Steinbeck, the writer’s time, everyone believed in the American dream that rarely came true. Racism was at its worst, women were treated as property and mostly used for sexual pleasure and the amount of migrant workers could have filled up the whole of china.

 

The novel is about two migrant workers who moved around and tried to get a job. The story was based during the Great Depression; thus the two migrants, George and Lennie, believed in the American Dream. George and Lennie’s American Dream was no different from others during their time. They believed that one day they would be able to save enough money and buy a farm of their own. Lennie loved hearing George telling him what their future could be because Lennie loved stroking soft things hence when George tells him what their future could include, he would always ask about the rabbits George promised they would get.

Lennie is presented as an extremely large and strong person meanwhile George has the brains.

 

The two migrants ended up on a ranch were most of the novel was set. Lennie and the owner of the ranch got off to a rough start. Curly, the owner, had thought that Lennie was hitting on his wife (which during their time, she would be counted as something the ‘belonged’ to curly.) Throughout the whole story, curly and lennie got into two fists fights both ending with curly being severely injured. After the fight, many sided with curly thus almost everyone on the ranch disliked Lennie.

 

The rest of the novel is about the conflicts Lennie and George had with the people on the ranch. Also lennie and George continue to plan their own American dream. It is a very simple novel and it is worth the read. Though it may not seem like a page turner book, it does contain a twist that is not expected by the readers.

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The Fault in our Stars – John Green

The fault in our stars by john green was a sad yet enjoyable, realistic-fiction book. It is about two cancer patients, Gus and Hazel who meet in a support group for other cancer patients. As the book progresses, they begin to fall in love.

At one point, Gus gives up his wish (a “gift” from the make a wish foundation which allows them to get one wish, it can be anything)  for Hazel to go to the Netherlands and meet her author however, it doesn’t end well.

Later on, Gus begins to become more and more sick. Eventually, he dies and Hazel is extremely broken up about it, of course. She becomes very depressed which makes this book even more sad.

I enjoyed this book at the start but as it became more and more depressing, I began to dislike it yet I liked how good the writing was. I would give this book an 8.5 out of 10.

I would think that most people would enjoy this book if they enjoy love stories that are different from your average love story. People that don’t enjoy reading sad books or books about love won’t like this book.

Overall, the fault in our stars was a great book.

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DEAR: Presentation

Over the summer I read a series of books. My favourite book that I read is Percy Jackson: Lightning thief. It is about Percy who’s father is the God of the sea. His mum is a human, which makes him a demi-god. I enjoyed reading this book because it has my favourite genres; Fantasy and adventure. Readers that would like this book are readers who enjoy reading about fantasy and adventure because Percy and his friends go on many adventures through out the book series. Readers that wouldn’t enjoy reading this book are those who like reading about romance or comedy. I would rate this book a 8.5/10 because it kept me flipping pages over and over again.

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As a writer

As as writer, I don’t really enjoy writing about topics that require researching. I prefer writing about my previous  experiences in life. Once when I was in the third grade, my class went on a school trip to a Zoo. After the trip, I really wanted to write about what i saw, smelt, and heard. That was my favorite writing experience. I hate forced writing, where I am forced to write about something that I don’t want to write.

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DEAR book task

I’m sorry it’s late.
During my holidays, I read very little but I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan. The book I liked most was Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, the second in the series, but I am trying to read through the full series.
The idea used throughout the Percy Jackson series is that various places and concepts from Greek mythology move with the centre of Western civilization, which in the book is the United States. In Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Percy ventures through the Sea of Monsters, a.k.a. the Bermuda Triangle, to recover the Golden Fleece. It is the only thing which can repair the magical borders of Camp Half-Blood, a sanctuary for people like Percy who are the sons or daughters of a god.
I think people who know a bit about Greek mythology are more likely to enjoy the book, because it makes interesting, yet somewhat obvious links between modern culture and Greek mythology. An example of such a link is that instead of the gods living on the top of Mount Olympus, they live above the Empire State Building.
I knew a bit about Greek mythology and some of the links made were funny or shocking. Examples of these that I went over were the Sea of Monsters being in the Bermuda Triangle and the home of the gods being above the Empire State building. Also, Hermes, the messenger god, owned a mobile phone with two snakes around the antenna and claimed that he invented the Internet. I think the majority of people will like this book.

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Wool

“Wool” by Hugh Howey is a book I enjoy a lot because of its very interesting dystopian themes used throughout the book. The book belongs in the genre dystopian fiction, as it describes a future dystopian society in which people live in a giant underground silo.

The environment outside the silo is polluted – the atmosphere is toxic and and the land is ruined by human activity. The 144-story silo is roughly spit in to three parts, the mechanics and farmers at the bottom, the IT department in the middle, and important people such as the president on the top. This presents a typical dystopian theme of the difference between social status.

There are strict regulations throughout the silo. Working-classes wear their special color-coded uniforms. Energy is limited. People are confined by rules that limit everything from the kinds of pets allowed to the number of children someone can have. In a society which the main goal is to survive, freedom is not important — in fact, it is regarded ‘useless’. This is where another theme comes in with contrast between the attitudes of people. Some people don’t wish, don’t dream; they just do the work they’re supposed to — and most people are like this. Yet, some are curious. There are always those who dare to hope, who dare to dream. They are the dangerous people, the ones who cannot be controlled, the ones who should be eliminated before further ‘contamination’.

Therefore, a new law was formed. The punishment for anyone who speaks about the outside is simple — they are sent outside, with a suit the IT department designs, meaning to protect them from the hazardous air. But the suits always breaks apart and nobody ever survived — until a bright woman from the mechanical got elected for president, and became curious as soon as she traveled up top. She investigated things. Piece after piece of the puzzle was found, containing secrets of the IT department… and then it all came together. The materials that were meant to break. The murders. The speech. The suit. The discovery. The decision. Then the riot.

‘Wool’ is the beginning of a series which consists of three books. People who might enjoy the series are those who like the genre ‘dystopian fiction’ or ‘adventure’. Readers who might not enjoy it are people who like books that talk more about relationships and the world in which we live in.  I would rate this book 8 out of 10 and would strongly advise someone to read it if they’re interested.

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My Summer Reading

One Seriously Messed-Up Week: in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite written by Tom Clempson. This book is often compared to the inbetweeners series however i found this book surprisingly tamer than the Inbetweeners, which is a good thing, because I don’t think they should be compared, as they are both different and originally brilliant in their own ways. Our hero of the book Sam Taylor, who has renamed himself Jack Samsonite for his school project, has three aims for the week. Firstly he needs to study to pass his GSCE’s which are coming up soon. Secondly, he really wants to go out with the girl of dreams – Eleanor Wade – a girl he spends many hours a day dreaming about. Lastly he wants to survive the week without getting his head kicked in by the nastiest bully in the area. What do you think his chances are of achieving all three in a week? This doesn’t sound like a particularly exciting plot, but luckily tom clempson makes up for that with witty humour and dialogue that is appealing to most teenagers, much like in the inbetweeners. This book is not for people that prefer a tension filled, high intensity storyline, nevertheless i would say that it is a great introduction to reading due to the fact that the book flows neatly from beginning to end. The only real concern i have for this book is the title, because it doesn’t do the book much justice, (with the use of the words mundane and uneventful) and it is particularly long. But in all, it is a hilarious book that even adults enjoy to read involving a dramatic twist at the end, i really do think that Tom Clempson has a great writing career ahead of him.

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What I Think About Writing

The atmosphere is a very important aspect for me as a writer. When I write stories or imaginary descriptive writing, I prefer dark and cool environments because they leave area for creativity. Essays and speeches are nice to write in quiet areas such as the library, while poems fit for writing outside when the weather is perfect.

Despite my captious preferences for atmospheres, I am not a big fan of descriptive writing. Essays and speeches are things I can cope with, but descriptive writing and expressive writing are areas I do not like. This is probably because I am not good at it.

When it comes to expressing emotions, I enjoy music more, as writing is not as interesting and expressive. Writing is too narrow — it is only for those who understand a particular type of language, while music is for everyone around the globe, regardless of ethnics or country background. Although literature such as poems can be read aloud or transformed into music, their meaning still cannot be fully understood by people who do not use that language. Writing is valid and precise, while music is symbolic and abstract. Words have specific meanings, while music does not. Words are limited, while notes are free. Writing is used to communicate ideas, while music, on the other hand, is used to express feelings.

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As a writer

as a writer i enjoy writing murder mystery books because of the feeling of adrenalin pumping around my body as i create the scene of a murderer edging ever closer towards his target, ready to strike with his sharpened knife.But being a writer and having wrote pieces of work that i thought that have been worthy of a good mark have just made me miss out on a good grade  for example, because of stupid mistakes such as grammar which is annoying indeed especially when it is a simple spelling mistake or a missed exclamation mark. But there is also positives to being A writer such as receiving a good mark for a small paragraph. Also the other positive of being a writer is that you get to write about things that you enjoy, so in this case murder mystery.

 

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Describe yourself as a writer

I only write when it is necessary , like when it is an assignment. In my spare time, i don’t like reading fiction or classic novels. When i read, sometimes i’d search up the vocabulary  but most of the time, i just ignore them.

I can’t think of a topic or what to write about when i’m just told to write anything. I’d sit there and watch TV or do whatever that might give me ANY idea about what to write about. When I TRY to write, other things distract me, ALWAYS. Because everything seem more fun than writing. Instead of writing, i draw very random things to tell stories instead of writing, i just find that so much easier and fun. Also, I make grammar mistakes ALL THE TIME !

Writhing is much easier if it is statical, because we don’t have to think about what to write, just have to put statistics into your own words.

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I admit that I am not good at fiction writing, but I write computer programs and their documentation. The reason I am not good at writing fiction is that I cannot come up with enough content to fill more than about two pages. Incidentally, I can also hide content, so any amount of it can fit on a page. I can also be quite secretive, and I enjoy seeing that I have a unique skill (programming) in other people’s incomprehension. I also like helping people, so I often try to explain my code to them. For another example of text hidden in this way, see http://imaninja.com . For your information, I did not make that site.
My, that was a long paragraph break; or not?

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How I like writing

I like writing occasionally. Depending on what I feel like I start writing about what comes to my mind; Not like a diary but more like writing stories. I don’t like writing Essays cause most of the time they give you a topic to write about and i like writing my own stories. I always start writing stories but most of the time the stories just end because I don’t know how to continue. In year 9 my teacher gave a writing assignment on the book “Of Mice and Men” where we had to find quotes from the book and explain them in  T.S.E.X.T structured paragraphs. This was quite difficult but I got it done and got an ‘ok’ grade for it. The next time I will have an writing assignment like that I will know how to write it.

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Describe Yourself as a Writer

There are many people that like writing however I am not one of them. I am more of a reader than a writer, I mostly read online books written by individual writers, not actual,published books.

I usually don’t write but when I do, it’s usually for school. Even so, I think that writing is a good way to convey messages even if it just is threw an unpublished, online story to a text message.

When I write, I prefer writing fiction over non-fiction so I don’t have to do any research. Research is difficult and it is very easy to mess up statistics and stuff. Fiction is more creative and you can think of everything yourself, which know I’m realizing that those are the same things.

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As a writer

I prefer to write short stories rather than essays or poems. Short stories allow you to be imaginative and there is close to no limits as to what you can and can’t do. I find writing poems the hardest out of all of the different catagories. Last year we had to write a T.S.E.X.T structured essay on Macbeth, we had to have quotes from the play for each body paragraph. The dead line was after spring break; being the genies that i am, i left all my homework to the last day of the holiday. Thus, on the day before we had to hand in my work, i rushed the entire essay. Surprisingly i had more then a 1500 words in my essay. I didn’t think id do well on that assignment but it ended up getting me an A.

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My writing experience

As a writer, I prefer to write creatively, as in: Narratives, poems etc; Compared to non – fictional topics. Usually i write about some sort of mystery that takes place, this is the foundation on which i build my stories. My main weakness is probably, planning what to do in the time i have, e.g. Sometimes when writing i may rush the ending of a story, or not be consistent in my analysis of a text. At my old school i completed three or four controlled assessments, and either getting an A or A* on each one, this would probably be my greatest achievement in english. On the other hand, speaking and listening activities i do not excel in quite as well, however collaborating with others is very enjoyable for me.

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As a writer

As a writer, I like to write many different genres but i only mainly write for assessment.I prefer to write short stories because they are easier and take less time.my favorite genre is comedy, it is funny and tends to have less complicated words.I have not had many experiences in writing because i don’t really like to write.one experience would be that i we had a descriptive writing exam but i had no idea what to write,i then decided to write a short story because they are easier and tend to be more interesting.

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Me as a writer

When I would see myself writing I would see myself explaining a diagram or a describing a process like in science or math. Creative writing is not something I enjoy and neither writing by topic for example letters, poems, essays, creative stories and those criteria. My best experience is during math and science exams when the questions ask of us to explain and I will have no problem to put my thoughts on paper while my worst experience would be when I am asked to create a story during English exams when I have no thoughts and when I think of something I do not know how to put the pen to paper. This is me as writer.

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Descriptive Writing About Portrait

As I walked into the courtroom I laid eyes on George Seaborn. He appeared exhausted. He had a thick yet elegant beard in the form of a goatee. It was a unique part of his appearance, however so were his piercing maroon eyes and his aggressive nose. His skin was pale and looked tired from the stress of being a judge. His skin was wrinkling and was no longer youthful. His worn out robes reveal that he had been a judge for some time. He did despite being filthy rich not purchase a new robe. But he wore his judicial robe with great pride. He had a faint shade of crimson in his round cheeks. George had long lustrous hair that flowed down his back. His ears were petite, but he had a stout nose. When George spoke his large lips would make him stumble on words, forcing him to repeat them. However even whilst frowning his plump red lips were still alluring. George walked with a limp which was quite visible. I have heard many things about George one of so many things is that he is a true gentlemen. He is known for being the fairest judge on the New York bench. This was the most important case of my life. If I could prosecute this felon then I would be looking at a large promotion.

According to his legal record he had recently gotten a divorce from his 15 year wife. George was a very wealthy man after marrying a distinguished wall street broker which had added millions to his name. With this money he purchased a luxury apartment on one of the most expensive apartment blocks in Manhattan. George at the age of 40 frequently visited the Sports club LA gym. George’s wife was called Jane Seaborn she was a tall and elegant women. She had long brown hair that was often curled. She was not a quality wife. Jane was very self absorbed. The only subject she was able to discuss with any interest was her job. Her career was plastered all over the internet. I could only assume that living in such a large home by himself could be lonesome. Jane had grown close to another man called Caleb Jones. Caleb had spent many evenings at clubs and parties with Jane. George must have assumed that they were having an affair. Judge Seaborn was a person who did not let his reputation get dragged through the dirt. This resulted in him filing for divorce.
Judge Seaborn was the most important judge I have faced in the courtroom. I found out everything about him, his likes his dislikes, his social media posts. For example I know that George likes apple pie but despises raspberry pie. I know that he likes dogs but dislikes cats. All of these small details. Could be the swaying factor that decides if I am in the higher income bracket or the lower. It decides if I buy the silver SLS AMG Mercedes or if I purchase the navy blue Volvo V60. For over 5 year I had worked at the same position. If I prosecuted the man then a promotion was definitely in order.

In Manhattan a persons reputation was everything. The biggest thing that me and George had in common was that we both understood this fact very well. Knowing that most people were relying on a good reputation was a powerful weapon. Going to and from work I made sure that me and George were always on the same subway. We had some brief conversations about cases but non about the case that we are both working. Because of his judicial position judge Seaborn rode the subway for free. George of course did not have to ride the subway however was an economical man that disliked wasting money. I spent hours tweaking my speeches, my responses and my clothing. I included that the suspect had a cat. I wore a blue suit that is similar to one that he owns. I drank a double expresso identical to the one of judge George. Winning a case for me was everything no matter how much work I had to put in. But it always paid off. As soon as I walked into that courtroom I could not have been more prepared. I knew exactly what to say and how to say it. After studying George for such a long time, I became close to him in a way. We got the sort of connection that I had never experienced before.

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Life of Alfred Avtandil Juansheriani Bobokhidze – Portrait

The portrait that is a painting involving young middle-aged man. The portrait symbolizes the mans life in just one portrait of him. This is not just a regular man. This man has a vast amount of impactful background.

This man must have a name. But what is it? His name with first name, middle name, surname and second surname is Alfred Avtandil Juansheriani Bobokhidze.The man in the portrait has a unique appearance. His long dirty blond hair straying down his shoulders. His skin as pale as if he had just been frightened from a ghost. He is pale because he lacks nutrition. Although he looks obese to be lacking nutrition because he does not eat healthy. He is also pale from not going to sun and staying indoors. His hazel eyes looking as if they were the trunks of pine trees. His pupils looking massive most probably because he is in a dark room. Usually where he spends most of his time, explaining why he is so pale. His nose was ginormous for a ordinary looking fella, it inherited from his father. His face has barely any wrinkles meaning that he is quite young. Maybe around his late 20’s. The man is obese. You can tell by his broad shoulders, fat arms, fat face, skin hanging from his face, round and expanded cheeks, and much more.

Alfred has a very high voice for a grown man. This is because as a young child he attended the Vienna Choir. You know what they to children in the Vienna Choir to remain their voice high pitched. Until this day his voice still remains like he was a child. He will use very long and sophisticated words, since he was very well educated. For example, instead of saying, ‘Pass me the tea’, he would say, ‘Well GoodMorrow, young sire, I shall be delighted if you hand me the relaxing and nutritious tea. That would be all, thank you, and have a pleasant day.’ Since Alfred has lived in France the most he has a French accent. Alfred speaks quite fast because he wants to get the words he is saying quickly out of his mouth.

Since Alfred was well educated and raised by very well educated people. His behavior is very mature. Although he does have some disrespectful habits and disorders. Alfred can act like a prince, he will be polite. When it comes to talking, walking, and greeting. Although when it comes to food, he will never share and be extremely greedy. He will hog up all the food and eat it all. That explains his obesity and weight. That is his disrespectful behavior and disorders. He can also get very defensive. If you insult him in any way even if he thinks you insulted him, he will get hurt. When he gets hurt he will say insult you in any way possible to the maximum. Even if your his mom, me. This is another disrespectful habit and behavior. When Alfred walks he walks very awkwardly. This is because all his weight is holding him down and he rarely walks anymore. Since he has back spasms, low bone density, terrible knees, arthritis, and very common muscle strains. Although he is in his early years and still has these problems is because as a child he would break his knees, ankles, and wrists very common since he has low bone density. The wounds never heals properly therefore the outcome was arthritis. He has back spasms because once he fell back first to the ground out of a running horse. The muscle strains are from not doing enough exercise.

As a child and now Alfred was not fond of having mates. He was more of a solo-kind of man. Until this day he does not regret not having any friends. Also Alfred is not keen in a relationship with a woman nor man. Although his mother insists for him to ask the woman across the street to a ball, he refuses every time. He has no siblings and his father was murdered when he was 3 years old. It has been and his mother alone ever since. Till this day lives with his mother. All his mother says about him is described above. Alfred is in a difficult situation in life. With all his body problems he will probably not live very long, and even less since it is the year 1875. Me, his mother will die sooner or later, I am 46 and I am a heavy alcoholic. Alfred lives with his mother, in France. In a nice apartment since Alfred’s’ father heritage had loads of gold, and it was all passed down to Alfred and his mother. They are trying to spend it all since there is no future in the Juansheriani or Bobokhidze family.

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Portrait: CW2

Please publish no later than Friday, June 20th, your Language Coursework descriptive piece (CW2) based on the painting you chose.

Category: “Lang: CW2 Description”.

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June 15 DEAR Journal

I have started reading a book called Ender’s game by Orson Scott Card. This book is sci-fi novel about things that occur to a little boy named Peter, Valentine, and Enders Wiggin. They are all smart and talented. However they are bit abnormal humans. They get trained right after they are born. Though they are young and weak, they go through all the tough training-just like an army. What they are aiming for is to defeat the creatures from outer space. I thought it was ironical that they did not ever disobey or been rude to their commander. Young kids were acting like grown-ups. I felt a sense of incompatibility about the kids being more and stronger as they get trained.

“Occasionally, false is more reliable than truth.” –page 26

This was the most impressive part of the story. I have never thought that false can be dependable before. I have read only few pages from the beginning, so I did not get the lesson of story and what writer wants to tell us. However I found this book interesting and will continue reading during the vacation.

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