Personal Response to “An Inspector calls

“An Inspector call” is a fascinating piece of drama that helped me truly understand the impact of structure in storytelling. I partially enjoyed the irony in the end when the parents acted all amused, claiming that it was all a hoax,then the phone rang and realize the girl is indeed died. The cliffhanger at the end raises few question such as “were they all the same girl?” and “what connection, if any, does inspector Goole have with this girl?”.

Inspector Goole is presented as this all-knowing person that have come to teach this family a lesson. Through some of the speech I get the impression that he might be slightly “mystical” or “godlike”. As we wouldn’t know his true identity, we can’t uncover how he knows the chain of events or did he planned this whole scheme.

Another aspect that I enjoyed is that the elderly parents failed to realize their mistake in the girl’s death, while the younger two are more shaken by what have happened. I also noticed that the younger siblings are more genuine in answering question as they truly felt the guilt.

After watching this play a second time, I’ve noticed quite a lot of small phrases that are placed that foreshadow the ending. For example, Mr. Berling laughing at him being able to keep out of scandal. Another part that really show how wrong Mr.Berling words , was when he talks about only looking out for himself, which is followed by the doorbell. During one scene that I’ didn’t noticed the first times was when the inspector is leaving, he gave this powerful speech, that i believed is the theme of this play. The speech goes ” We don’t live alone were all member of one body,we’re responsible for each others, and i tell you this when the time will soon come when if man don’t learn that lesson and they will be totted in blood and fire and anguish. ” Behind all the structural genius and storytelling, this is the message the drama is trying to get across. We are all the same, we need to start to take responsibility of each other’s life.

I enjoyed this movie as it has many thought provoking moral and lesson we can learn. Furthermore, it has an interesting yet not complicated plot-line that is intriguing to both the past and the present generation.

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‘An Inspector Calls’ – Personal response

The action of the play is set occurs in a British City where a young girl (Eva Smith) commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family are subject to routine inquiry connected to the death. An inspector comes to interrogate the family, and throughout his questioning, all members of the group are implicated in different ways, lightly or deeply in the girl’s undoing. The family is shown as selfish, or self-centered; a little full of themselves. In the End however, it is the inspector that becomes a surprising revelation.

At first, I thought everything looked normal, until the inspector become quite suspicious in the case. The head of the family couldn’t recognize this inspector from the department, which came as a bit peculiar since he appeared to know everyone quite well. Another thing: Mr Birling (the father) asks the inspector if he knows Colonel Roberts and he simply replies with “I don’t see much of him” which also seems skeptical because if he really was from the police he probably would ‘see more of him’. I really liked how the inspector knew so much more than everyone else in the room, he was like a ghost in a way, seeing everyone and getting more information however still present. The inspector came off as dubious when he started showing the family members a photo of the girl. He shows them separately and not altogether, which is also what the Birlings suspect of him after he leaves. Sheila and Eric seem like the only responsible ones around the house, they were the only ones who were actually saddened because of the poor girls death. I have to say, the whole family were a little full of themselves and selfish. They couldn’t bare the responsibility at they all contributed in some way to the girls death. However they all share some guilt, I also thought they kind of turned on themselves, to find out whose fault it really was (or who contributed the most which I personally think was the mother).

I think the mother was the one/should have been the one to carry the most shame and guilt, she was one of the last people Eva Smith went to for help and she simply denied her the right to be assisted. I have also come to think that Gerald  (Sheila’s ex-fiance) might have loved the young girl in some way. When he talked about her it didn’t seem like a ‘summer fling’ but more like something a little more serious. I have come to conclude that most of the blame falls upon the mother, the girl was lonely and desolate, she needed sympathy, help, advice, and Mrs Birling slammed the door to help on her face. Like she was  unworthy of asking for help, and just unworthy in general. When Eric finds out about all this he becomes furious. He points all the fingers at his mother without hesitation and say she killed her. In fact the whole family starts to turn on each other the instant the inspector leaves. I find it odd that such a high profiled family would act like this, however it is expected since they seem spoiled.

The play leaves us pondering in the peculiar aroma the inspector leaves. We are left to answer our own questions and question our answers. It starts off with an answer and throughout you have to find the questions, its like it’s turned around. I felt bad for Eva Smith because all of the people who were involved in her undoing knew what they did but couldn’t bare to believe it, no one consumed the responsibility. I also felt really bad for Sheila and Eric because the people they loved had to be removed from their lives.

Overall, the inspector connotes a very peculiar cloud around him. Inspectors don’t act like he did, gentle and all, especially in his last monologue where he becomes really warm hearted towards the deceased.

“Eva smith is gone, you can’t do any more harm, you can’t do any good either. You can’t even say ‘I’m sorry Eva smith. just remember this, one eva smith’s gone but there are millions and millions and millions of eva smiths, and john smiths still left with us, with their lives and hope and fears, their sufferings, their chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives and what we think and say and do. We don’t live alone. We’re all members of one body, we are responsible for each other. And ill tell you this, that the time will soon come when if men will not learn that lesson then they will be taught it in blood, and fire, and anguish. Goodnight,”

Everything in life has repercussions, the Birling family unfortunately didn’t know that every little ripple matters in life.

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Stumped by ‘An Inspector’

I was very interested in the film ‘An Inspector Calls’. The movie ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a very old movie, so it was very interesting to see how movies have changed over time. The movie was based mostly in one scene with the odd change in location.

When the Inspector came into the house to ask some ‘questions’ he changed the mood in the movie. He came in to tell the family that somebody they have known has died. The inspector wanted to ask some questions, and it turned out that apparently the family had done something to cause her death.

The inspector started accusing the family that what they have done to her just in day-to-day life had made her commit suicide. The Inspector was very persuasive and made the family members believe that they where responsible for her death.

When the inspector left he had made the whole family feel guilty about what they have done to this lady. Later on the family worked out that the ‘inspector’ wasn’t a legitimate inspector.

They discovered this by ringing the funeral house to see if any one had come in with death from drinking poison. They said no there hasn’t been any one in with that death. But later the funeral house had rang them back saying that someone has just come in with death of poisoning.

Some of the questions that the movie had made me think about is that what if the ‘inspector’ had something to do with the death or was it just a horrible joke gone wrong. It also made me ask question e.g. why are the family being blamed with her death. Everybody gets fired and rejected its not like it’s their fault.

I really enjoyed this play because it had a very big plot twist at the end that really stumped me.

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Personal Response to ‘An Inspector Calls’

‘An Inspector Calls’ is truly an intriguing and intricately structured play that raises numerous thoughts, feelings and questions regarding society and the interrelationship between individuals. I personally enjoyed unraveling the twists and turns along with the characters in the play as the storyline progresses. The cliffhanger leaves the audience in suspense, in fact it has taken me by surprise and makes me ponder over the real identity and intentions of the queer ‘inspector’ Goole, who turns out to be a hoaxer. The play further makes me contemplate about the possible chain of events that could take place when the actual police officer arrives at the Birling’s household – would each of the individuals accept their responsibilities and confess the truth? How would the characters handle the situation? What penalties, if any, might be imposed on the individuals?

Furthermore, ‘An Inspector Calls’ emphasises on the concept of class division during the time period before the First World War. For instance, Eva Smith was a working girl who belonged to the lower class, and therefore could be disregarded by the prosperous middle-class Birling family as being of any significance. Moreover, Mrs. Birling can be regarded as her husband’s social superior and equally, Sheila’s fiancé Gerald would be her social superior if they were engaged. As the storyline progresses, the dramatic background music complements to the build-up of tension and foreshadows the impending plot twists in the play.

When Mr. and Mrs. Birling come into realisation that the girl’s peculiar death may not be connected to them in any way, they refuse to accept the responsibility. On the contrary, the two younger members of the family, Sheila and Eric, have accepted the responsibility, in which Sheila speaks up for the girl and protests that “these girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people”. This play arises the question of whether we all have the responsibility for other individuals in the community, as ‘inspector’ Goole has stated, “We do not live alone. We are members of one body.”

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‘An Inspector Calls’ – Personal Response

The mysterious, yet alluring ‘An Inspector Calls’ really captured my attention. I think this play is a morality play with the theme of responsibility towards others. We need to be responsible when it comes to other people and not just care about ourselves.

My thoughts on this matter are quite astonishing. Firstly, i couldn’t get over the fact that the ending doesn’t tell you what happens to and who is Inspector Goole. But on the other hand, I really liked the ending. Because the writer doesn’t explain what actually happened, the ending is quite opened; anyone can come up with their explanation and ending. There were 7 characters in total (not including the maid). I think this is a good number of characters to have in this particular play because although there are only a few characters, all the action is intertwined between the characters; they all relate to each other without even knowing until the end. I though it was a really smart idea for the writer to set out the characters in this way. He used one person, Eva Smith, tho show the audience how our actions and what we say affects peoples lives dramatically. He taught us a lesson by using the characters’ mistakes.

The movie made me feel quite mysterious in the middle of it. The resolution of the play sort of gives you a satisfactory feeling, even though it doesn’t give you an explanation of what happened; you feel relieved but yet at the same time shocked at what the ending tells you. The ending really made me feel spellbound. At the beginning and middle of the play, you think you have everything figured out because of what each of the characters say about their relation with Eva Smith. But the twist at the end catches you off guard. I quite like that sense of feeling, where the revelation proves you wrong, but yet you feel excited about it.

At the end of the play, it really got me pondering  about all the questions raised. For example, who was Inspector Goole? Who really was Eva Smith? Were they all accomplices in the one girl’s suicide? Or where there 4 different girls? How did Inspector Goole know about what the Birlings family did before it even happened? Did Sheila ever end up marrying Gerald? But the question that really stuck to my mind was, why did the writer just leave the ending hanging? The  play ends unexpectedly where a phone call takes the who Birling family by surprise. This not only takes the family by surprise but also the audience. Priestley’s ending provokes questions that are left hanging in the air because the end of the play dies not fill us in on the details and answers as to who was Inspector Goole.

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The Inspector Calls

I really enjoyed watching ‘An Inspector Calls’ in English for the last 2 lessons. It was interesting to find out that the inspector wasn’t really apart of the police. It made me think of how he knew all the people’s affairs. When the inspector knocked on the family’s door and wanted to ask questions, he changed the mood of the family. The family were relaxing have a peaceful dining to celebrate a engagement then when the inspector came to inform them about a girls death; from suicide in an infirmary by drinking disinfectant , the mood changed vastly.

The inspector fully convinced each and every member of the family that they took part in killing the girl. Even though the girl died by committing suicide they were dumbfounded in believing that it was their own fault. The inspector was very calm and extremely persuasive in convincing that her death was on their hands

Close to the end of the movie, we find out that the inspector who said he worked for the police actually had no record of working for the police whatsoever, and the girl you was supposedly meant to be dead by drinking disinfectant was all just a hoax. They found this out by calling the factory and they had no evidence or proof of a dead girl.

The question that I came up with after watching the film is if the inspector actually played apart in the death of the young girl or if it was just a joke gone wrong. It made me question the ‘inspector’s’ questions, how could anyone have played a part of killing a girl due to suicide.

I enjoyed watching this movie because throughout the movie I wasn’t sure what was going to happen but then at the end the movie was like a puzzle, all the pieces came together. The plot became much easier to understand.

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“An Inspector Calls” Personal Response

The captivating play “An Inspector Calls” made the opening scene a very adequate one. The family’s fancy dinner seemed very enjoyable, bringing out a very positive atmosphere. It made want to take part in it. But suddenly, a turn of events make me glad I haven’t stood in a situation like that before. The tone becomes very different. Also, once the story has progressed into the conflict, the author brings out Gerald’s cleverness very well. At this point, Gerald visualizes the girl (Eva Smith) as potentially different girls; taking into account that the ‘inspector’ mentioned Eva had changed her named and hadn’t shown the same picture to the family members.

As I watched “An Inspector Calls”, many feelings came about. Most importantly, this detective play brought out a sense of mystery in it, and it made place for confusion. The way the characters were presented in terms of their personality, it made me confused as to how the characters had been linked to the suicide of this girl. They seem so charitable. For example, the mother takes part in a women’s help association which contrasts what the ‘inspector’ is accusing them of. Another tought that comes to me is sympathy, sympathy for the whole family. I feel that situation that presented itself was uncalled for. Each character had only done so little to contribute to the character’s death. To them, the actions they’d taken regarding her stood so unimportant to them. For example, Sheila didn’t think that a simple complaint to her employer would later lead to Eva Smith’s suicide. Sheila had no idea of Ms.Smith’s background and had not a clue her actions could drastically affect her life.

I came to realize that this play raises question of identity. In the end, one asks himself: Who is this ‘inspector’? Was it the same girl that the Burnings family had kept bullying?. The raising of questions is critical to the play. A sense of mystery makes it much more interesting.

 

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Gabe Kapler

Gabe Kapler is a former Major League baseball player who is now in charge of the L.A. Dodgers’ minor league operations. He has lots of interesting thoughts about health, diet, exercise, and workplace relationships that he shares in brief snippets on this blog. Worth a look. (Note: Kapler does, very occasionally, use salty language that may offend some people.)

http://kaplifestyle.com

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Poetry practice: Water – Eric Macknight

The poem Water describes a meet between a men and women, pursuing had just ended their relationship. The atmosphere between the two seemed to be uncomfortable as they were ‘not looking at each other (5).’ Though they were ‘sat facing each other across the small wooden table (3-4)’ they were not looking at each other; making the situation seem unsettling. Though-out the entire poem there is not a single rhythm expect for the last two lines; (water/coster). This conveys the idea that the two people sat in the cafe no longer have anything common between them apart from the ‘untouched glass of water on its paper coaster (17-18).’ Creating the idea that they had ended their romantic relationship and were not sure what was to come next between them. ‘The small hands he had so loved (7)’ created the idea that the relationship between the two was indeed romantic and ‘so much behind them but nothing between them anymore (15-16)’ hints to the readers that they had ended their relationship.

The men and women both seemed to be lost within their own thoughts, attempting to think about anything but the person in front of him/her. The poet did not include the age or any background information about the people within the poem hence the reader has to be imaginative and assume certain things. Such as the fact that the pair would be aged anywhere between twenty-five to thirty-five. Seeing as they both seem to give off an young vibe. As the the fact that they were not completely immature like many college students; partying. However their relationship was not as serious as a marriage,hence, the two can both look past it and move on with their life. Also the fact that the cafe is an ideal place for young people to meet up and have a conversation.

The poem was written in third person, thus, the readers aren’t able to understand fully what is going on within the characters head. The speaker has painted the image of an uncomfortable meet up, however, to the characters it may not have been as uncomfortable as the speaker has painted it to be.

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love (|||) by George Herbert

In the Poem love (|||) by George Herbert. George Herbert is talking about if the speaker disserves love again. The whole poem is about if he can love again. At the end the speaker finally decides that he can. At the start of the poem it talks about how the speaker is worried about god’s punishments of love. “Guilty of dust and sin” (line 2) It feels as if the speaker has had this sort of feeling before. Love has three stanzas with six with an ABABCC rhyme scheme. As the poem is set out like this is slows the poem down and allows the reader to really get a feel of the poem. This poem makes me think about love and how you cant get taught it. You have to learn from your mistakes. Even if it may be a very embarrassing or sad. The only way to understand and feel love is from your mistakes.

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Jan 15 DEAR post

At the moment I have been reading the book, the making of a SAS solider, which I have been really enjoying. The previous book I read was also about a SAS solider, but I am enjoying this one a lot more.

The previous book I read had a lot more content of the writers family life. But this book is really based on how he got into the army and how he prepared and coped with his new living environment.

The reason I enjoy reading these kinds of books is because it is based on a true story. It’s a little bit like an autobiography. To be honest I don’t really have an interest in reading books that are not based on a story. They just don’t interest me.

In the book that I’m reading at the moment, the writer is telling us that how work pays off. When he was younger he didn’t have a strong will to get into clubs etc. But in the books shows that different ways that he made himself have more of a will power.

This book has the making of a SAS solider has shown me what it is like training for the army and higher levels of military training can be like. I will try to read more of these kinds of books in the future.

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DEAR: BLOODS OF OLYMPUS

I have just recently finished reading The Bloods of Olympus which is the fifth book in the series, “Heroes of Olympus”. The author is Rick Riordan who is the author of the popular series, Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles. The series is a sequel to Percy Jackson. It falls under the category of mystery, adventure, coming of age. It is the final book in the series. The 7 hero’s, Annabeth, Percy, Leo, Frank, Piper, Hazel and Jason, go on their final journey to battle the Giants in attempt to stop the mother earth, Gaea, from waking/rising from her slumber. The beginning part of the book picks up from where it last left off. However, when the plot seems to slow down and (without knowning how many pages were left, e-reader) the author makes it seem like it is cliff hanger for the next book however, the new problems creates a major twist in the book with the gods finally agreeing to help and the sacrifice of one of the 7 heroes. I would recommend this book to both boys and girls between the ages of 8-16 mainly due to the fact that some parts seem more mature while the level is the book is aimed for younger readers, in my opinion. I believe that people who are looking for a romantic or more none fantasy genre will not enjoy this book. To conclude, I really enjoyed this book as it closed the series and stopped keeping me on edge, however it disappointed me to see a cliff hanger at the end of the book.

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”The Perks of Being a Wallflower” DEAR entry

After quitting the book “Leviathan” because of its lack of humour and a storyline I found to be very uninteresting, I turned to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. I have only read about a fourth of the book, upon which I came across a humorous and important section. In this part, the main character Charlie, described as a wallflower is at a party thrown by his high school peers. On page 35,  an amusing conversation occurs after accidentally eating a drug-containing brownie:

“What would you like to drink?”

“A milkshake.”

And everyone in the room, except Sam, erupted in laughter.

I chose this dialogue because it highlights the main reason he is considered a wallflower by everyone else. The term ‘wallflower’ means to be an introvert, someone who tends to stay away from social life and doesn’t fit into such environments. The phrases I quoted are a direct example of his introvert personality. His reply to the question asked was considered odd by the people surrounding him. Most students his age would ask for an alcoholic drink in such occasion, rather than a milkshake; this is the reason to their laughter. “Except Sam” I think indicates that the character Sam appreciates Charlie, it foreshadows a future relationship between them. Sections like these help the reader further understand the characters’ situation.

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Paul Graham: “What Doesn’t Seem Like Work?”

Another nice little essay by Paul Graham. As always, he is interested in what typically goes unnoticed. This one may help you—if you are young enough—think about what sort of career would suit you.

http://www.paulgraham.com/work.html

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DEAR January 15 – The Scorch Trials

The sun is getting closer to the Earth.

Earth’s civilians were getting infected by a disease named the Flare.

A lethal infection.

Notice – Spoilers ahead

The Scorch Trials is the second installment in James Dashner’s award-winning Maze Runner trilogy. The book describes the Glader’s survival through their adventure into and out of the Scorch. Thomas, a 16-year-old teenager suffering from artificial amnesia, leads the Gladers through the blazing Scorch along with Minho and Newt.

Before they embark on the journey, a man, known as the Rat man, reaches out to them. Threatens them, and uses the cure for the Flare in exchange of crossing the Scorch.

My favorite quote from the book was a thought from Thomas:

Hunger. It’s like an animal inside you.

This shows the hunger they’re experiencing. They are willing to kill for food, they are willing to turn into cannibals for food. This thought, although simple, vividly shows their hunger, so the readers can relate to the hunger they’re experiencing.

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january 15th dear post

recently i have been reading a book called ‘mud,sweat and tears. the book is a autobiography about a man named bear grylls. it starts off at his childhood talking about where he grew up and his family, then onto when he was a young adult and then his career in the Sas army.this book tells us a lot about his life and how he became famous for it.it is a very interesting book and isn’t very complicated but hard enough for a challenge making it a good read.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns – Journal Entry

Written by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a daunting novel that gives its reader an insight into the barbarous lives of the Afghans – the discrimination, social inequality, gender inequality, political issues and countless more. It unravels the simple nature of human beings; that life circumstances may alter people’s characteristics, thoughts, and social standings. The book spans a period of over fifty years, from the 1960s to 2003 and focuses on the lives and relationships of two Afghan women – Mariam and Laila. Albeit Mariam and Laila start off being the worst of enemies, after living under the same roof for months and together weathering their husband’s harsh criticisms, they become intimate friends that are more like sisters.

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” This refers to the thousands of Afghan women who are trapped and estranged from the society in which they live in. They are constrained to remain inside their homes and can only leave if escorted by a male family member. Moreover, they have to succumb to men’s every desire and yearning, as if their only existence is to satisfy the nation of men. On the flip side, this quotation encourages women to see the splendour and hope in their lives beneath all of the confinement – the moons that shimmer on the rooftops and thousand splendid suns that hide behind the walls. I would recommend this novel to readers who wish to read the complexities of life in Afghanistan and the vulnerable role of women. However, this might not be the best pick for readers who take pleasure in reading fantasies, science-fictions and thrillers, since it consists of real-life situations that mirror the harsh reality.

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January 15th DEAR Journal

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger tells the tale of Clare and Henry, a time traveler. Henry suffers from a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Clare believed that Henry and her are destined for each other despite the fact she never knows when they’ll be separated.

Clare met Henry when she was six years old in a clearing near her family home, however, Henry only met Clare when he was twenty-eight and Clare was twenty. Due to him being a prisoner of time, Henry was very confused as to how an gorgeous librarian would know about his abilities to time travel when he has never told another sole. Slowly as the story progresses, together, Henry and Clare slowly begin to develop a romantic relationship. It was extremely difficult considering Clare has known Henry for most her life and he has only known her for a few short months.

In the beginning, Henry was convinced Clare was a mentally insane but Clare, who believed that they were destined to be together kept on telling and showing him evidence that she was not. Despite the fact that Henry could disappear anywhere and anytime for god knowns how long, Clare continues to desperately try and build a life with her one true love.

The story jumps and shifts with Henry, and every time he returns to the original place he would be shocked by how long he has been gone for. At times, he could have been gone for months though it may have only felt like days to him.

A little later down the story, Clare and Henry gets married. However, their wish to create a family of their own was not as easy as it would be for others because of the genetic anomaly Henry may pass on to his unborn. After six miscarriages Henry wished to safe Clare from more pain he has a vasectomy. Though it seemed like the best plan to Henry, Clare was very upset by his decision and storms out one night. While she was sat in her car, an old version of Henry comes and visits her. The old version of Henry and her made love and she became pregnant. She then later successfully gave birth to their daughter, Alba. What they feared most has happened, Alba carried similar genes with Henry that caused her to shift within the timeline. However, unlike Henry, she has power over when she shifts and her destination.

Due to an unfortunate accident, Henry dies at the age of forty-three. Clare who was devastated by Henry’s death had completely broken down. The only thing that kept her going was the letter she found shortly after his death. In the letter, Henry tells Clare to ‘stop waiting’ for him but describes a time in the future where she’ll see him again.

With a fairy tale like ending in the last chapter, when Clare is eighty-two, Henry who was forty-three meets again in the place they first met; the clearing near Clare’s family home. She waited, as she did most her life, for her one true love. Though she wasn’t even sure if he’d ever show up.

This book is a classic with a twist. I really enjoyed reading this as I really enjoyed seeing Henry shift around within the timeline, but always manage to find his way back to Clare. His soul-mate. It is a truly touching and inspiring book.

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DEAR – Looking for Alaska

January 15 blog post

In ‘Looking for Alaska‘, John Green constructs a world of love, suffering, and friendship. It is the story of a sixteen/seventeen year old boy who, Pudge, who goes to boarding school “to seek a great perhaps”. Back in his old school, Pudge did not have any friends, so he had no hope for himself in his new boarding school, Culver Creek. When Pudge gets there, he finds hope after all when he meets his roommate, the Colonel, who becomes his best friend. He also becomes friends with Takumi and Alaska, the Colonel’s friends. Pudge finds that he is madly in love with Alaska, but she is madly in love with her boyfriend, Jake, who lives much too far away for Alaska’s liking, but she wouldn’t give him up for anything. Since Pudge can’t have Alaska, she sets him up with a Romanian immigrant, Lara, who becomes pudge’s girlfriend, and shortly after his ex-girlfrined. The main characters in this book drink, smoke and use explicit language (Pudge, the Colonel, Alaska, Takumi, and Lara). Pudge picks up these habits from his friends; he did not used to do any of these things back in his old school.

There are parts where the content of book deals with sexually explicit situations, (but not too many). This is because the novel is intended for young adults. This book is quite heavy, not just in its content but in its metaphors. I would recommend this book to people who like action, but not the typical action where it’s all agitated, more like the type of pranks and love action.

There is a big twist in the middle of the novel, but i won’t tell you because i don’t want to spoil it. But Pudge uses this twist as a theme when he  writes his final exam school paper.John Green uses many metaphors in this novel. at the beginning of the novel, he talks about a book that Alaska is reading, which is about a labyrinth of suffering. At first, i thought this was useless information that the author had just put in so as not to make the novel with one scenario. But later on as i read, i realizes that the whole book actually revolved around this metaphor about the labyrinth of suffering. Alaska’s school paper was based on the book she was reading: How can we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering? This quote/question really touched me because that was she i fathomed that the labyrinth of suffering was actually life. Life is the labyrinth of suffering that no one can escape. And at the end, you learn that there is a way out of the labyrinth; there is always a way out of  suffering, and you learn that the best way is forgiveness.

 

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The Maze Runner – Dear Post 15/1/15

Lately I’ve started to read “The Maze Runner”. A book about a boy who has entered Glade filled with only boys. Glade, is a small area protected by large walls that open in the morning and close at night to protect them from Grievers out in the Maze. Thomas, the boy is about 16 years old and has no memory of his past life, how he got there, he remembers nothing apart from his name. Each month a new boy appears just like Thomas did each week food supplies appears, but the Gladers; the name of the people living in Glade just survive of food that they make in the farmyard. Everything is normal until Thomas arrives, then the next day after Thomas arrives another person arrives into the glade. This has never happened before, and thats the least of it, the new person is a girl. “Things are going to change” this is my favourite quote from the book, it was on a message alongside the first ever girl to appear in the Glade. The letter was right, this did start changing.

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DEAR- The colossus rises

The colossus rises is first book of the Seven Wonders series, it is about a group of kids that have connection to the mystical ancient civilization of Atlantis, they are physically and mentally better than the average human , however they have a short live span. In order to prevent them from dying they are forced to go on mission to find clues about their heritage. The book contains slight humor and mystery just like other adventure series.

Although I quite enjoyed this book, I wouldn’t read the rest of the series as it isn’t challenging. For casual reader that wants to pass time, i would recommend this book as it has a appealing, though not original,story line.For those who are interested in a more challenging and complex plot, then i would ask them to go find something else.

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DEAR – Where She Went

I have recently finished reading Where She Went by Gayle Forman. It is the second and final book after If I Stay (the story being from Mia’s point of view). In this second book, it is narrated by Adam, Mia’s boyfriend, who was left to pick up the pieces of his broken heart. (Spoilers) nevertheless, they get back together as always. Adam Wilde is now a rockstar in the band Shooting Stars. They were always close friends but because of one mistake, everything was washed away. I did not like the ending of this book however, it terminated in the middle of one of his shows; I thought it should have ended with something a little more deep. It keeps you pondering about what happens next and if there should be a third book.

Is this what I’ve become? A walking contradiction? I’m surrounded by people and feel alone.

I really love this quote because when Mia left him (which happened in the gap between the two books), Adam was completely shattered under a cloud of grief (and a little inquiry). What makes this poem relate back to the book is that even though Adam had another girlfriend, a few friends and his band, he felt completely abandoned. His girlfriend never really understood him (or his past), the whole band turned on him and his friends, well… the band was all he had. I love the irony (and metaphor) of this quote; how can you be alone in a room full of people? Well, only the experienced would know. And that was exactly Adam, he didn’t care for all the people surrounding him… only for Her. 

Readers who like a lot of fantasy and action would not enjoy this book so much, it is more for people who like love stories, and a little less action. I would recommend this book however, to people who are fond of a little bit of both. It doesn’t have the murder-suspicion kind of action rather a more realistic kind of drama. I extremely like this book and I do recommend it to less-action-more-reality kind of readers .

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The Fault In Our Stars

I am currently reading the book “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green. This book is about a 16 years old girl named Hazel who has lung cancer goes to a cancer support group and meets the love of her life: Augustus Waters. The book includes love, romance, sadness and heartbreaking events. My favourite quote of this book is

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once.”

This line was said by Hazel. I love this line because I think this is the most creative way of describing someone falling in love. How write the author wrote this line made me very impressed and also because I believe this line is the most accurate way of describing falling in love. This line create a feeling like massive waves are hitting you and it said “all at once”.

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Cell by Stephen King

Cell by Stephen King is a thriller about Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, attempting to reunite his son after an apocalyptic event. It started when a mysterious signal called ‘The Pulse’ is sent around the world through the cell network, causing anyone with a phone in that moment go insane. The streets become chaotic as the so called “phoners” become animalistic from the mysterious signal.

Riddell wasn’t near a phone so he was fine however the phoners in Boston were attacking anyone they could get their hands on, including the non-infected. Amidst the chaos, Riddell joins up with two others, Tom McCourt and Alice Maxwell, as he attempts to return home to his son in Maine.

On their way to Maine, the three of them pass through New Hampshire.They discover a prep school and find two more survivors, Charles Ardai (a teacher) and Jordan (a student). By now the phoners have collected in groups and seemed to become a hive mind (meaning they all work together through one “combined mind”). A large group of phoners seemed to be “turned off” in the center of the school’s football pitch. The newly formed group of five decided that if they wanted to escape they would have to destroy the “flock”. They did so with two propane tankers.

As they were escaping the last remaining phoners, Ardai falls back. Everyone attempts to help the old teacher except Riddell who tries to get the other members of the group to leave Ardai behind. The phoners use their psychic abilities to force Ardai to kill himself.

As the story continues, it gets more intense and occasionally quite raw. The book was a bit outdated since it came out in 2006. Overall, I enjoyed this thriller but I wouldn’t recommend it to people who enjoy a lighter read.

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Heart and Mind By Edith Sitwell

In Heart and Mind by Edith Sitwell, the male lion is “talking” to the lioness, telling her that we don’t last forever in our bodies. However, we can live on together forever in our memory. He is saying even after death, we will continue to live on in our minds. No matter how powerful you are, there is no escape from death and you will become dust lost in the wind. The lion was very philosophical.

While reading Heart and Mind  it brought many thoughts to my mind. At some point we will all be nothing but memories, or even less than that. The lion wishes for him and his lioness to remember each other even through death. I find this very sweet but quite depressing as thinking about death and future generations forgetting you ever existed after you built up a whole life for yourself.

At first the poem is slightly depression, thinking about dying and knowing you will most likely be forgotten. But later on the main message becomes more clear. Heart and Mind is saying that your legacy will carry on with the ones who are closest to you even after death which is a very powerful message.

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DEAR: Leviathan

An alternate-universe epic trilogy set pre-WW1, Scott Westerfield crafts two perspectives to the battlefield – Aleksander (Clanker) and Deryn (Darwinist). The alternate-storyline and alternate-universe duo for a great and thrilling adventure throughout alternate-Europe. Did I mention alternate? Yes, I believe I did. Although geographically faithful to the past, technology wise could not be anymore different. There are the Clankers at one end, reminiscent of the Axis despite the that fact they wage war in giant high-tech war machines. And on the other end of the theoretical spectrum lies the Darwinists, believers of Charles Darwin who somehow magically wove intricate ‘life-threads’ of DNA from different animals into one. Basically, they wage a war using animals spliced together, like, and I kid you not, a spider-dog. Two vastly contradictory ideas can only spell one viable outcome as history suggests, and of course that’s what happens. An Archduke and Princess murdered gave way for an excuse for Germany to start a the Great War. From there on out our hero and heroine set foot on a grandiose journey of unseen spectacles of war and all that it brings. And it just so might be that Aleksander is really a Prince and heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, and that Deryn might actually be a navy soldier who happens to be a girl in disguise, masked by her pseudonym Dylan. The stellar thrill of just them two trying to hide their costly secrets is enough to set a one two punch, leaving most readers yearning to turn a new page.

I quite liked the book. It was thrilling, and although not cleverly written or outstanding in anyway, I looked past that by the sheer awesomeness of machines battling a giant warship whale. Needless to say, the book by itself lacks the refined sophistication that makes a good novel, but either way, it still holds traces of perplexing plot sure enough to satisfy your average reader.

 

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“Lovers’ Infiniteness” Poem Analysis

The poem by John Donne explores love with a whole new concept. What if the Lover is tired of loving the Lovee? This thought alone negates all that I have thought to believe – the cliché, ever faithful and devoted Lover. Throughout the poem, the Lover (from this point on I’ll say John) complains that the Lovee (let’ say Jane) does not love him as much as he loves her. John wants to have complete and total affection from Jane, and if the contrary were to happen, he would give up on her. He’s tired and generally fed up with Jane’s unloyalty, suspecting traces of other men, all of whom have spent equally the amount of time, effort, money, letters, sighs, and tears as our poor fellow John. Without the complete totality of affection from Jane, John will not lover anymore.

“Lovers’ Infiniteness” contains a rhyme scheme of ABABCDCD, save the last three lines in each stanza, with end words rhyming with ‘all’. It’s a rather long sequence with partial rhymes but nonetheless effective in bringing out emotion conveyed through the text. There’s also two stanzas, 22 lines between them.

After I was done reading the poem, I began to contemplate whether or not John was delusional. Not crazy and insane or drug induced delusion, but one brought by the shortcomings of love, or lack thereof. The delusion would be the ‘other men’ that he so fondly details and loathes. Of course, what I really mean is, is his reasoning justified? Is he not just coming up with excuses to not love Jane anymore? He states that he once was a dedicated, conventional lover, chasing Jane and trying to swoon her, but to what extent? Letters and gifts met a reaction he wasn’t so keen on, consequentially driving him to a heart broken and tears flowing, but persistence, does he not have any? The length of time is not specifically mentioned, but it could be interpreted as pretty long, as it would only be reasonable that John didn’t give up on his first try. Then again, maybe he did.

I felt a pang of genuine sadness, just a dim flicker, but enough so that I could be emotionally moved, although at a molecular level. “Lovers’ Infiniteness” would have to take the prize as the first poem to have any impact emotionally on me in the Set Poem booklet, seeing as it portray a more realistic character who is not ever-loving and persistent. This would also account for the fact that, persistence, is something not common in everyday people, like me. Simple-minded people don’t really enjoy something they have to work hard for, like love, so after maybe the second or third try, they’d give up. But who am I to judge love; I’ve but had a taste of what it truly is. Either way, this is particularly more emotionally moving than your everyday lover clinging on to a long moved on lovee, as John Donne’s poetic version of it seems to me like the harsh, stark and true reality that the lovee won’t love you back.

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She was a Phantom of Delight – William Wordsworth

This piece by William Wordsworth talks about a speaker’s perspective of a woman through his life. This perspective is change through time as he starts to see different qualities and capability in his wife. In the starting stages, the speaker saw a beautiful woman in his life using the word “Appreciation” to describe his thoughts on her.The second stage/perspective the speaker saw her as is a good wife/mother,he saw a capable female that takes care of the family.The final stage that is presented is a woman capable of holding her own, against other people in term of skill, strength, endurance…

This poem has a simple AABBCC rhyme scheme where the last syllabus of each paired lines rhymes. The poem contains numerous metaphor, such as “eyes as stars of Twilight fair”. When i read the poem, I imagined the tone being very calm and passionate.

The thoughts provoked by this poem is mainly philosophical thoughts about our view points. The speaker in this poem viewed his wife life a perfect being, without any flaws.I tried to relate to how the speaker would feel and think to decided what he felt, I would imagine that he think got lucky to find his “perfect” soul mate as this poem really shows his affection, as he view her as a perfect being. The feeling that are provoked are the speaker’s longing and sanctification with his life and his wife, it truly identify how passionately and wholesomely the speakers love toward his wife is.

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Love (III) – George Herbert

Love is that kind of poem that can be interpreted from three different perspectives. Either on the literal meaning (being a conversation between a d guess and a host), a metaphorical level (love/god communicating with the speaker), or on a more religious level such as a ‘conversation’ between God and a pilgrim (or their soul. The most usual way to look at this poem is through the metaphorical view. The poem is really just a conversation between two people, one who is shameful of sins and one who is forgiving and loving.

At first the poem confused me a bit as to what were the characters here and who were they. This poem made me think about all the repercussions we have in life, what made this man so ashamed and discomfited. It also made me think about what triggered the poet into writing this poem with such old language; which does suit the poem as a whole. It also made me feel a little sad at first, but then as I read further, I realized it wasn’t meant to be a depressing poem, rather the opposite actually. It shows just how someone so loving can be forgiving.

The poet uses a variety of literary devices such as the main metaphor: that Love is actually God. The rhyme scheme for ‘Love’ is ABABCC, which gives it a good flow and works well with the rhymes used. The fact that the poet doesn’t use modern language messes with the whole understanding and makes you contemplate on what he actually is trying today. The poem employs profusions of metaphors and genuine emotion. ‘Love’ is a metaphor that can bee seen as love itself being kind or as God being forgiving. The theme changes from fear of penance to the acceptance of God’s remission. ‘Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin’ shows that God is accepting the speakers fault even if he feels unworthy of his presence. ‘Love took my hand,and smiling did reply, who made eyes but I?’ portrays the fact that God made humans and he does not expect them to be perfect. When Love says: ‘You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat’ he is inviting the speaker to communion, then when the speaker says: ‘So I did sit and eat,’ he finally has accepted Gods forgiveness (which is ironic because God should be forging him from his sins) and has respected Gods death to die for all sins.

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Father Returning Home – Dilip Chitre

The poem, ‘Father Returning home’ tells a tale of a lonesome man who has been depressed and isolated by his loved ones. Three-thirds of the poem describes the fathers journey home from work. The language and sentence structure the poet had chosen has successfully made the journey sound uneventful and lacks interest. It seems as if the journey home for the father is similar every single day. However, the father seems too depressed and lonely that he doesn’t see the values of life anymore. Phrases such as: ‘late evening train’ (1), ‘black raincoat’ (4), ‘eyes dimmed by age’ (6), ‘grey platform’ (10) creates a negative atmosphere. The colours and tone of light used to describe the father and setting helps the readers understand how depressing and boring the fathers life is. Its as if his life was a film in black and white. It lacks colour and hope.

Rejection from his family is show through the phrase, ‘His sullen children have often redused to share Jokes and secrets with him.’ (20-21) and ‘He will now go to sleep Listening to the static on the radio…’ (21-22). This makes the reader feel sympathy towards the father. He has been isolated by his own family and leads a very uneventful hopeless life. The father doesn’t even try to make his life more interesting. As if he has given up on life itself. Like he has numbed himself from his feelings and walks through life like an robot. However, even though he shows no sign of happiness and seems as if he’d prefer to just walk away from everything; he’s still here. This shows that even though he has given up on hope, he hasn’t given up on humanity. There is no mention of his ‘wife’ or ‘mother of his child’ within the poem. Hinting that the mother may no longer be in the family picture. Hence the only reason he is still leading his lonesome life is to ensure that his children would be safe and be able to create a life for them thats much better then his. He still cares for his children even though they no longer look at him the same way as they did when they were younger. Showing that the father does not wish his plain on anyone even thought it means he’d walk through life unloved and feel empty inside.

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“Father Returning Home” – Dilip Chitre

In ‘Father Returning Home’, the poet’s choice of words create imagery. The imagery in this poem depicts the loneliness of the man as he travels through the city and returns home. To convey an appearance of the father, the poet describes the father’s eyes as ‘unseeing eyes’. This implies that the father isn’t really noticing what is going on around him. ‘His bag stuffed with books is falling apart’. Here we can see that the father’s belongings aren’t replaced when they get ruined. This may imply neglect, as he has to eat stale bread when he gets home.

The weather and atmosphere is also conveyed through descriptiveness. The father’s ‘shirt and pants are soggy’ which suggests it is a cold and rainy day. The ‘yellow light suburbs’ conveys a feeling of a twilight atmosphere, which may suggest a gloomy and depressed night.

The poem evokes various feelings, all which relate to each other, such as isolation, depression and neglect from the father’s sons. This can bee seen trough the quote, ‘his sullen children have of the refused to share jokes and secrets with him’. Here we can see that his children are bad-tempered and bitter.

While reading the poem, it made me contemplate about how will the father ever get out of his suffering soul? Is there a way out? Will he have to live with his sulky children who don’t love him? There’s always a way out from suffering, and this poem raises those questions to me.

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heart and mind

In the poem  the lion represents the mind and the lioness represent the heart.This poem elaborates the argument that the mind and the heart are not similar the lion docent see the difference between the heart and mind.We do not hear anything from the lioness because it is a dialogue where the lion is telling the lioness.A skeleton then speaks and uses a metaphor: the sun is the heart and the moon is the mind , where the sun can consume the moon or block it showing that the heart can cloud your mind judgement.Before the poem had begun where the lion and lioness had been in the middle of a conversation meaning that they were probably talking.In this poem there is four stanzas which break the poem.The emotional curve on the poem may be where the lion, lioness and skeleton are in a conversation or a shape of a circle with three dots,each being a character.the main character in the poem is the lion because he starts a conversation.

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Father Returning Home

In this poem, there is a lot of negativity and depression is provoked towards the father that waits every evening at late hours, and who’s children don’t really consider about. Loneliness is showed in the poem, it is represented as the family, an example to show the loneliness“his sullen children have often refused to share jokes and  secrets with him”

An example for the depression created in the poem is easily notified by the description of dark imagery such as “stained with mud,” “eyes dimmed”, “grey platform”, “sticky with mud”. The phrases I’ve selected all have something to do with being dark or have no emotion, black or grey are the colours that represent no emotion. The writer creates a sad feeling from the word choice selected.

While reading this poem I had no trouble identifying words that seemed unknown to me, although I did have troubles with the word ‘contemplate’. But i found out by linking the words with the sentences. Contemplate means to think, “the man goes into the bathroom to Contemplate man’s estrangement from a man-made world” It would make sense if i changed contemplate to ‘think about’, that is how I linked the words together. 

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‘Love (III)’ – George Herbert

On the literal level, ’Love’ can be perceived as a dialogue between a guest and the host of a feast, however metaphorically, it can be deciphered as a conversation between a pilgrim’s soul and God. Two entities are present in the poem – Love and the guest – which Love greets the guest in his house and amiably offers an intimate feast for the two. Feeling sinful, the guest hesitates and as if sensing his hesitance, Love reassures him that he is worthy and inquires if he needs anything. In the last stanza, Love emphasises on the fact that the guest is always welcome regardless of his wrongdoings, in which the guest finally accepts the offer and remains to dine with Love.

‘Love’ consists of three stanzas, six lines each with the rhyme scheme of: ABABCC. This plain and tender structure allows the reader to sense the serenity of the poem, and simultaneously complements it through the addition of rhymes.

After reading the poem, I began to ponder over the underlying personification of love, which I have perceived that Love resembles a concept more than an actual human being in this context. Furthermore, this metaphor can be interpreted on a religious level: in which Love is God. By personifying love, the poet establishes a connection between the truth of love and the intricate concept of God.

Numerous emotions are provoked by those thoughts, which they mirror the forgiveness and acceptance conveyed in the poem. “Love bade me welcome” shows that God accepts the guest’s faults and sins even when he hesitates, feeling “guilty of dust and sin” (2). Furthermore, “‘who made the eyes but I?’” (12), illustrates that God created humans and does not presume humans to be flawless. I personally perceive the climax as the turning point of the poem, when the guest eventually accepts the dinner invitation in the last stanza. In ‘Love’, the poet employs a profusion of metaphors and authentic emotions that assist to convey the alteration of theme from the fear of penance to the acceptance of God’s forgiveness.

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” Father Returning Home” Poem Analysis

While exploring Dilip Chitres poem, the only words that I had difficulties with were “chappals” and “chapati.” However, the footnotes clarified the meaning of them. If the footnotes were not to have been there, I could have assumed the general meanings of these words by analysing their context. You can assume the word “chappals” is a clothing accessory, because “his” indicates they belong to him. “But he hurries onwards,” specifically “but,” tells us his “chappals” are a key item to him being able to move forward,  which is usually a clothing accesory’s function. The other word,”chapati,” evidently implies that it is a food because of the word “eating.”

This poem evokes many negative thoughts such as depression, loneliness, rejection and boredom. The father’s returning routine described seems lacking of interesting aspects. It’s a tedious journey. Depression is clear due to the dark imagery created. For example, the poet uses the phrases ” his black raincoat, “stained with mud,” “the humid monsoon night” and “greying hairs.” Loneliness and rejection are portreyed in the relationships within the family; “his sullen children have often refused to share jokes and  secrets with him” is an example of this. The character’s  boredom is evident when it comes to the activities he takes part in when coming home. The speaker says “listening to the static on the radio,” which indicates the father has not much more to do than that. The thoughts which this poem brings about stimulates a sad feeling. The writer has done so by creating a quick, flowy passage; which presents sastatements, one  after another another. He also used powerful words.

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For My Grandmother Knitting

While the grandmother knits, her hands move as though they belong to a young woman. Her family tries to persuade her to stop knitting but the grandma would not stop knitting. Her family said there were no needs of knitting from a former wife who took care of her husband and raised 6 kids. They said they have too much knitted clothes to wear.

There are three parts to this poem. The first stanza describes the grandmother when she was not as old. The second stanza describes the grandmother as she is getting older by the movement of her knitting. The third stanza describes the grandmother’s relatives convincing her not to knit anymore. They think she is too old to knit.

Her family persuades her to stop knitting but the thought of doing nothing for her family scares her. When she is busy it makes her feel younger. However time passes and now her hands tremble but she keeps on knitting complicated patterns from her memory. The poet uses simple language to describe the daily life of an ordinary grandmother. She used the contrast between the past and reality to describe the grandmother’s life.

The grandmother seems lonely in this poem and I feel emphasise her. All she needs is more visits from her family and more care and love. She clings on to knitting because that is the reminds her of her happy life when she was young.

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No Rest For The Wicked

No Rest For The Wicked is an unpublished book which I read recently. The author wishes to stay anonymous.

It starts with a Sam, Dean’s brother, joining the FBI. In celebration of him solving his first case, they go out for dinner with the rest of the team. Dean decides to leave the restaurant to start up the car and let it heat up. However, when the rest of the team follows him a minute later, they see him getting dragged into the back of a van. They are too late to save him.

As the story continues, Sam and the rest of the team find out that his brother was kidnapped by a cult bent on breaking the seals from the book of seals and opening hell on earth. The very first seal is to “break a righteous man”, Dean being the righteous man.

Dean is tortured for weeks in the cult’s very on version of hell on earth before he breaks. They give him a knife and tell him to kill an innocent man but is unable to and is put right back on the rack. It takes another three years until he gives up again and this time he gives in. Here the first seal is supposedly opened.

As the book continues, the story takes many unexpected turns. The style of writing is bit on the darker side which was a bit shocking in some scenes but overall, it was a great read.

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DEAR December 15 – The Giver

The Giver is a book I’ve been reading recently, written by Lois Lowry. In this “utopian” world, everybody is equal. During birth, every baby will be checked for anomalies, as soon as they discover it, they would be “sent”away; every day, everybody will inject themselves with a dose of chemicals, that makes everybody unable to dream, unable to see in color, unable to sense fear, love, guilt, or jealousy.

People in this world does not understand fear, they do not understand war, they do not understand love. But one. The person who knows is known as the Giver. Each year, they elect a new giver, or Reciever of Memories, these memories of war, love, massacres, fear, are all stored in one person to give wise suggestions in case a war happens.

When Jonas, the new Reciever of Memory is on his way to release all of his memories of war, love, fear. He was stopped by his best childhood friend, Asher. By now, Ashe is already a pilot, one responsible for scouting the outside world and keeping things in place. One of my favorite quotes from the book is when Asher catches Jonas as he runs away from his house to the outside world. When Jonas meets Asher, he stops him and says, “why are you outside in the middle of the night?” Jonas says: “Something good.” Asher, a kid who always disobeys, says: “If it is something good, why is it against the rules?”

This shows how this society, how the environment can change anyone into someone good, or bad. This is also what this book, the authoer Lois Lowry was trying to show.

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DEAR: Thirteen Reasons Why

Over the holidays i read more than one book, but this particular one caught my attention. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a book that will change anyone’s life.The story is of a 16 year old girl, Hannah, who committed suicide but that’s not the sentimental part; before her death, she recorded 13 cassette tapes of the thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Each reason is about a different person, but some people appear twice on the tapes. The tapes are first mailed to the first person on the tape, Justin, Hannah’s first kiss. Then, Justin had to mail the tapes to whomever is next on the list, Alex. Everyone on Hannah’s list did something to her that made her upset in so many ways. Rumors, lies, stories. Everyone made things up about her and she just couldn’t take it anymore. The book is from the point of view of a student on the tapes, Clay Jensen. But he is the only person on the tapes that didn’t do anything to hurt Hannah Emotionally. Hannah liked Clay, he was probably the nicest person she met. But he was too shy to ask her out because he was afraid that the rumors about her might be true. In the end, he was too late for her.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a heartbreaking novel that changed the way i view at the world, the way i look at the people around me. Even the smallest lies can become a thunderstorm of damage. If a book changes the way you act around others, if it changes the way you view life, than you know it’s not just some random book. I loved this novel. It will make you smile at times and cry at others, and yoyo will never be the same again.

I can’t think of anyone who shouldn’t read this book. I would recommend it to everyone; boys and girls. The novel teaches the reader that anything you do can effect people in the simplest ways. This book is so worthwhile reading.

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Wave – Journal Entry

Written by Sonali Deraniyagala, Wave is a heartbreaking memoir that recounts the author’s encounter of a nearly unfathomable tragedy – losing her husband, sons and parents in the 2004 tsunami – with grief. The memoir further narrates the author’s life before the tsunami, as well as her attempts and failures to cope with the event’s aftermath in the following years. The memoir commences with Sonali’s family vacationing on the coast of Sri Lanka on an ordinary day, only to realize that the ocean looked a little closer to the hotel room than usual. Oblivious to the rising waves, her family gets swept away by the tsunami. Miraculously, Sonal survives the tragedy and gets rescued. Within minutes, her world gets torn apart when the realisation of losing her beloved ones gradually sinks in, like blades that slash at her consciousness second by second, leaving wounds that bleed relentlessly.

“For three years I’ve tried to indelibly imprint they are dead on my consciousness, afraid of slipping up and forgetting, of thinking they are alive. Coming out of that lapse, however momentary, will be more harrowing than the constant knowing, surely.” Every page of the memoir unravels the author’s unbearable loss, pain, grief, guilt, and craving for a different life. The descriptions of her sentiments are heartfelt and pure; her account of events so brutally honest that you cannot help but to mourn with her.

Wave is surely one of the most depressing yet powerful books that I have ever came upon, it is also a page-turner that tempts you to read the book non-stop. This book is certainly not recommended for the light-hearted nor those who seek traditional novels and anticipate happy endings, but for readers who seek to read the twists and turns in life, as well as heartfelt accounts of personal tragedies.

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DEAR- Let It Snow

Let It Snow if in fact three short stories in one book written by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle. All three stories are set in the same place, all happen around the same days and are all winter love stories. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see in cheesy movies. The stories are different yet intertwine with each other. Only at the end things start to make sense, you find unexpected characters in one story then the next is about that one character. The first story is about a senior girl called Jubilee. She finds herself going to see her grandparents because her parents ended up in jail due to a small brawl. The train gets partially submerged under the snow as a consequence of the unexpected snow storm. Little does she know that this storm is what leads her to the hot stranger who will steal her heart. The same snow storm affects Tobin from “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” (story 2). Tobin and the Duke (Angie) are best friends so the most part is expected. They both love each other but don’t know it. Many struggles happen throughout this story but in the end the end up together, hence three holiday romances. Last but nit least, the final story is narrated by Angie, the protagonist. She has recently broken up with the love of her life over a stupid fight. Her best friends think she is a little flu of herself so she tries to help others, and through that she captures her love’s heart again.

I would not recommend this book to people who like a lot of fantasy and action, although there is a lot of drama. I think people who like less action and more romance would enjoy this book. John green is a great author so if you have read previous books from him, this would be a god one to read as well.

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DEAR : Catching Fire

Throughout the holidays I have been enjoying reading the second book in the series “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collin. This book in the victors from the 74th annul hunger games thought they had finally got peace from the capital, but little do they know that they have to enter the Games again, due to the fact that the Capital wants to keep things fresh, so they select all the victors from all the 12 districts.

Snow, the President of the Capital doesn’t believe that Catniss and Peeta’s love is real, so tells Catniss to make him believe that their love is real, because he saw Catniss’s feelings towards Gale. Catniss needs to prove this through the Victor Tour, this is when all the victors go around to the different districts and say what they feel about the hunger games that they attended. But really, they just read from cards that Effie wrote out for them. Catniss could sense a rebellion towards the Capital from the districts.

Before the Hunger Games are taken place all the tributes have a chance to make allies, Haymitch; Catniss and Peetas’ mentor tries to get them allies. Catniss is so stubborn that she doesn’t accept who he wants them to ally with. Effie, district 12’s escort gives Peeta and Haymitch a golden token, because Catniss has here golden Mocking Jay, and she has her golden hair and she thought it was only fair if the boys also had one.

At the beginning of the games Peeta and Catniss side along with Maggie and Finick, Maggie volunteered, she’s around 70 years old. Finick win his hunger games when he was 12. He saved Peeta’s life when Peeta got hit by the force field. Catniss feels betrayed as she looses Peeta. She feels the need for vengeance, so she wants to kill Finick, but she fails because she notices he posses Haymitch’s golden token.

This book is filled with a mixture of Adventure, Action and a touch of romance, so its great for readers that like each of these genres. The book keeps you captivated and brings hope for a good ending. I wouldn’t recommend this book to readers that prefer reading fantasy, sci fi readers or readers that enjoy reading about mysteries.

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DEAR JOURNAL – 1st of January 2015

GONE GIRL

Written by Gillian Flynn, Gone girl is a serious page turner. The story is sickening and shows the darkest part of humanity. Nick Dunne and his wife, Amy, moves from New York City to North Carthage; Nick’s childhood home. They’re marriage was held together by a thin thread, however, they both act as if everything is fine between them. Even Nick’s twin sister, Margo, whom he is very close to did not suspect that something was wrong. Nick finds it troubling knowing that his wife would be dissatisfied with him even before he steps into the house hence he took one of his graduate student as a mistress. As their fifth anniversary came, Amy’s sudden disappearance catches the attention of the entire town and beyond. Due to his lack of knowledge about his wife’s personal life and health information, the police becomes suspicious and starts suspecting Nick to be the possible murder/kidnapper. Amy, who loves riddles and games, left clues behind for Nick to find and follow. As the story progresses Nick, with the help from Margo, discovers an ugly secret; it was all a set up.   Amy, who can be considered as a sociopath, is convinced that Nick had killed her. Not killed as in dead, she meant something must worst. He had stripped her of her value, her social life and most importantly her personality. In order to get her revenge on her husband, she mapped out her own murder/kidnapping. Planning every single detail carefully that the evidence would be strong enough to lead back to Nick and send him to jail. Nick, being framed by his own wife for her murder/kidnapping starts playing along with her game starts a battle between the two. However, as they tried to make the audience like them and dislike the other; Amy saw in her twisted mind the Nick she fell in love with.

This story shows the ugly side of marriage. Which is the fact that marriage is like a game. No matter how twisted the game is, as long as both people involved are willing to play the game it’ll work out. Gillian Flynn points out the idea that marriage is also very similar to being in jail. No matter now much you want to escape, theres sill something holding you back. In Nick’s case, its his unborn child.

I suggest this book to those who are looking for something more challenging to read. However, this book is very twisted and dark. Not a lot of killing is involved but the way the story is set up and presented may make you fell lightheaded.

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DEAR- The Hobbit

I have finished re-reading ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R Tolkien in anticipation of the third and final movie adaptation which has been renamed ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’.

It is a 305 page story of a hobbit, a small person about half the height of people, who embarks on an adventure with Gandalf the Grey, a wizard, and a group of dwarves who are on a journey to the Lonely Mountains where a dragon viciously guards a mountain of gold and treasures.

I think it is one of those books that everyone should read once in their lives. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading adventurous and high-fantasy stories and books. Parents could also read it to their kids or for themselves. This book may also be very enjoyable to those who are ‘young at heart’. ‘The Hobbit’ is a ceaseless modern classic and most people would enjoy it although there are many who dislike it. I find that teenagers and people that don’t read very often don’t really seem to enjoy reading “The Hobbit” and find it boring. ‘The Hobbit” does not have much romance (apart from Thorin’s love for the Arkenstone) and may not appeal much to most girls as much. As “The Hobbit” is a high-fantasy book, people who prefer reading more realistic books should not read it.

As to whether or not I like the ‘The Hobbit': yesssss… yessssss we likes it a lotsssss. It’s one of those books that keep you up till 1 o’clock in the morning because of that one lie we would keep telling ourselves- “I’ll go to sleep after this chapter”.It is a combination of a few of my favorite genres: fantasy, action and adventure. I am enchanted by the magical world that Tolkien has created and it makes me want to just enter the book to Middle Earth. I like reading about the elves, dwarves, hobbits, orcs and other the mystical races. There some parts of this page-turing book I really liked; ‘Riddles in the dark’ being one of my favorite chapters.

A box without hinges, key, or lid,

Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

  Eggses. 

  This thing all things devours:

Birds,beasts,trees, flowers;

Gnaws iron, bites steel;

Grinds hard stones to meal;

Slays kings, ruins town,

And beats high mountain down.

Poor Bilbo sat in the dark thinking of all the horrible names of the giants and ogres he had ever heard told in tales, but none of them had done all these things. He had a feeling that the answer was quite different and that he ought to know it, but he could not think of it. He began to get frightened and that is bad for thinking. Gollum began to get out of his boat. He flapped into the water and paddled to the bank; Bilbo could see his eyes coming towards him. His tongue seem to stick in his mouth; he wanted to shout: “Give me more time! Give me more time!” But all that came out with a sudden squeal was:

“Time! Time!”

 Finally, to those who say ‘The Hobbit’ is bad:

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DEAR: The Fault in our Stars

Ah yes, the coming of age action-adventure comedy-drama tragedy-romance realistic-fiction thriller novel that sparked widespread critical acclaim across the globe presented to you by the brilliant writer, John Green. His sixth and arguably best book brings to life a dauntingly real depiction of an everyday teenage life – with a mix of cancer.

Ever since the beginning of the first page, readers are brought into the 16 year-old mind of one Hazel Grace Lancaster – a seemingly normal teenager – save for the fact that she has suffered through a life long battle of thyroid cancer. She’s a ‘professional sick person’, only living to wait until her cancer comes back to finish what it had started, until she meets Augustus Waters. Long story short, she likes him and he likes her and the two star-crossed lovers embark on a finite everlasting journey across love and all its vices. Heart warming moments and tear jerking events are all of which is brought by the paper bound book, creating a lasting image that will be remembered by the readers for a long time. I’ve been reading the stellar novel for the past week and found the inner-monologue and narrative of Hazel to be very intriguing, enough so to become the hallmark of the book. Between her and Augustus’ smart and creative dialogue there’s no flaws standing between the pages of the novel, embracing the readers with a roller coaster of emotion that only goes up, and then down all the way to the ground. I myself enjoyed the book quite much, and think that many others would as well. Though some mildly inappropriate are contained within the text, its suitable for all readers who might want a good nights read, and almost guarantee-ably will bring satisfaction. Better yet, there’s a film adaptation for those who loathe words on a page.

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Odd Hours – Journal Entry

Over the past few days, I began reading the novel “Odd hours”, written by Dean Koontz. The thriller novel is set in an obscure town in Pico Mundo, and the protagonist has the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. While taking a stroll one morning, the protagonist comes across a woman whom he had been repeatedly seeing in his dreams. However, their encounter has been cut short by the pursuit of three strangers, which he is assaulted and nearly gets murdered.

I particularly liked the evocative description of the ocean at the beginning of the novel: “The Pacific was grey and awash with inky shadows, as if sinuous sea beasts of fanatical form swam just below the surface (page 2).” By comparing the pitch-black shadows reflected on the surface of the ocean to the twisting silhouettes of fictitious sea beasts, the writer reveals the stark resemblance between the two and evokes the image of appalling beasts swimming underwater. This description is an instance of foreshadowing that connotes the commencement of a series of unpleasant occurrence, which takes place further on in the novel. The language employed in the novel is captivating and evocative, which grasps the reader’s attention and leaves them yearning for more.

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Peril at End House – Dear Journal

I am currently reading a crime and detective fiction novel called Peril at end House, written by Agatha Christie. Personally, i think she is one of the best detective novel writer in history.Once you think you know who is the murderer, Christie will always find a way to deceive what you think.  The quote i have chosen is part of a discussion between the retired detective, Mr. Poirot, and his “sidekick”, Mr, Hastings.

“What a suspicious old devil you are!” (55)

This quote is quite short, but has a powerful meaning to it. In the situation, Poirot is investigating an attempt at murder at a woman who refuses to accept that it was an attempt to her life. Poirot gets very suspicious of things, and when he does, he doesn’t share his thoughts with Hastings. That is why Hastings called Poirot an old devil, because the devil can be mischievous and suspicious at times. I liked this small quote because it uses the metaphor that compares Poirot to the devil. This quote describes how Poirot acts towards his close friends, we can tell that he is sort of secretive about himself.

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DEAR: Paper Town

I have just finished reading Paper towns by John green and I must say I loved it, just like any other John Green book. He creates such funny and entreaging stories. I would not recommend this book to readers who like a lot of action and drama, although there is some drama going on. This book is mostly for people who enjoy reading stories about ordinary people with not-so-ordinary lives. Paper Towns is about a young mysterious girl who just wants to escape reality, she does this by running away and leaving clues behind, however always comes back. Will she come back from her master plan to be with the ones she loves? I really enjoyed the book because the characters are absolutely amazing, Margo Roth is one of the main characters, what I love most is that she is so mysterious because the book is written from Quentin’s point of view. Paper Towns is the kind of book that leaves people pondering what would happen next. It may not have a lot of action of fantasy in it but it sure is worth reading. It’s also not a very long book, however jaw-dropping.

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The Hunger Games; Catching Fire

Over the holidays, I have been enjoying re-reading The second book of the series Hunger Games, where Katniss Everdeen the winner of last years hunger games has been selected to attend the 75th annual Hunger Games, where participants of earlier winners come together and fight the same arena. The Hunger games is like a reality show where all 12 districts have participants to attend. Peeta Mellark which is one of 2 men that have won the hunger games before, he enters the 75th hunger games with Katniss, they are the participants from district 12. The pair of them are supposed to be ‘in love’ but the just do it for the camera.  “May the odds ever be in your favour” this is said by Effie, she goes to the districts and selects the participants for the hunger games by randomly handpicking names from a large bowl, before she chooses she always says “May the odds ever be in your favour”.

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Vampire Academy

I have recently finished a book called “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead. This book is about two teenagers girls: Rose Hathaway and Princess Vasilisa Dragomir. Rose Hathways is dhampir (half human and half vampire) guardian in training (trained to protect Moroi (good vampires who control special abilities) and kill strigoi (bad vampire who drink to kill). These two teenagers are best friend and developed an special bond. There are enemies who seek to harm the princess and throughout the book Rose protects Lisa and tries to find the enemy.

Readers who like fiction and vampires would like this book. I would recommend it to teenage girls because this book contains unbreakable friendship and endless drama. Readers who are not a fan of fiction would not like this book because this book is unrealistic. I love this book because i find it interesting and I love the how the writer portrayed Rose Hathaway as a reckless, loyal person. The use of adjectives are very detailed when describing a person’s actions and emotions. As if a movie is playing in our heads.

The first line in the book: “I felt her fear before I heard her screams” immediately caught my attention. The first sentence created anxious questions in my head such as: what was so scary that she screamed? How can someone feel fear before the scream? Who is I and who is she? This sentence made me want to read more of the book and I think many other people are thinking of the same thing.

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