Elie Wiesel, is part of a close-knit family. Elie Wiesel the protagonist of the novel “night”. He is a young Jewish teenager, living in the holocaust of the second world war, but despite everything, he tries and decides to stay with his family. Even if he and his family are running in the middle of the chaos, they try to stay together(pg.19). Another clear example of how they want to be together is when they are separate, in that difficult moment; they still try to support each other (pg.29). but the clearest example of their union is:
“The ghetto was not guarded.one could enter and leave as one pleased. Maria, our former maid, came to see us. Sobbing, she begged us to come with her to her village where she had prepared a safe shelter.
My father wouldn´t hear of it. He told me and my big sitters. “If you wish, go there. I shall stay here with your mother and the little one…”
Naturally, we refused to be separated” (pg.20).
I am not completely sure if Elie know where is he is going, but he definitely knows that is not a good place. Probably he knows that he and his family are going to an awful place. He has the opportunity to scape of that awful future, but he refused to be separated of his family.
Thwaites is Ronald Dahl´s friend from when Ronald was 7-9 years old, He was a kid who liked to mess around with the people around him making jokes, pranks and lying to people as well, as He did with Ronald telling him that some candies such as Liquorice Bootlaces were made of dead rats, as well that the Gobstoppers changed of colour while you lick them because “It´s your spirit that does it”(p.32), which of course, what Thwaites said in a normal basis was false but he even thought that it was true just because as it is stated in the book “As the son of a doctor, he considered himself to be an authority on all things that had to do with the body.”(p.32).
The most unique and strange girl in Mica High. Star Girl’s personality is indescribable. She plays the ukulele for special occasions and makes everyone feel good about themselves. Even though people find her strange and don’t want to be her friend. she remains herself despite all the insults. She is the one who dares to be different.
“She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music. She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school. In her answers in class, she often spoke of sea horses and stars, but she did not know what a football was
Leo Borlock finally realized how special is Stargirl for him, and how different from others is she, so he realized how important is her.
In the book “Mice and Men” written by John Steinbeck, we are presented the life of Lennie and George. They both start working on a farm in Califronia during the great depression period. George and Lennie aspire to open their own farm, but first they have to collect a certain amount of money. They tried working in several places before, but they don’t last long. Lennie is mentally retarded, and people usually don’t have any patience towards him. Our main characters get to make some friends in the farm, which eventually start aspiring to be part of Georges and Lennies dream.
“George has to take care of his big, special friend Lennie, he keeps his bus ticket and work card, because he knows Lennie would lose them.” (p.4)
“I thought you was mad at me, George.”
“No,” said George. “No, Lennie, I ain’t mad. I never been mad, and I ain’ now. That’s a thing I want ya to know.” (p.82)
I choose this quotes, because I consider the most important meaning of this story is friendship. Through out the story we’re able to appreciate besides all the things Lennie does, George never leaves him alone. He supports him, and helps him develop in a society were people would judge him because of his mental disability.
Kate and Anderson have been friends for a long time, Anderson is such a quiet and shy person, she is a bit more outgoing, they are of those friends who are together the whole time, and it would be weird to say the feel something else for each other, until they kiss, after that kiss, a tension began to be felt between they both.
I could tell him I´m not interested in Matt. I could offer to be Andy´s wingwoman. I can´t make Matt Olsson like boys if he doesn´t, but at least it could stop feeling like a competition. Everything could just be normal. Like a normal crush and a normal lovesick Andy and a normal best friend Kate.
Apparently, he liked the kiss with Kate, that when they were watching a movie together he asked her for another one, but he was weird, it looked like if he hadn´t like it, and she realizes that she has a platonic love on him, but there was a problem, he confesed her that after that kiss, he realized he is gay, and that was not the worst part, he had a crush on Matt, but Kate also has a crush on him, she gives up.
When Leo was 12, his family moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona. At his high school in his new state, Leo and his friend Kevin are the creators of their school’s popular TV program, Hot Seat. Leo is the producer of the show because he is shy, and he is much more comfortable coordinating behind the scenes than being in the spotlight. In the book, he doesn’t share much about his interests, other than his interest in Stargirl herself
“I had never realized how much I needed the attention of others to confirm my own presence.”
The phrase speaks of the fact that Leo needs validation from other people and that he is quite insecure with himself, that is why he needs the approval of other people. He also talks about how he is a person who wants everyone’s attention.
Holden has a distracted, angry, and escapist personality. He derides most other people as “fake”, but longs for closeness with another person. Instead of facing his problems, he prefers to run; tragically, running doesn’t solve his problems. However, Holden is also sensitive and caring.
“I’m just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don’t they?” (p. 15)
Holden says this phrase. He has experienced very strong things since childhood. One of the strong things that he experienced as a child was that his brother died of cancer at a very young age, and since then he has had many humor problems, and he’s been through a lot of hard phases.
In “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck. A short story, with a great plot. Today I am going to talk about Juana, one of the main characters. She is the mother in the family. Composed of her husband Kino and her son Koyotito. I also haven’t mentioned that he’s my favorite character. I define Juana as a brave person. She becomes very important at various times in the story because of her courage. For example…
Juana quieted him as she would quiet a sick child. “Hush,” she said. “Here is your pearl. I found it in the path. Can you hear me now? Here is your pearl. Can you understand? You have killed a man. We must go away. They will come for us, can you understand? We must be gone before the daylight comes.”
“I was attacked, ” Kino said uneasily. “I struck to save my life.”
As we can see, Juana would do everything for her family, and to save it. This is a clear example of one of the qualities that this character has, and how he develops it during the story. I liked the book a lot, and I admire the role they gave Juana. Great Book with Mexican development.
Stargirl is a very strange girl. She has a different personality than everyone else. At every game, she would cheer for every team no matter what. She would also play her ukulele at lunchtime and sing people happy birthday whenever she could. At first, everyone thinks that Stargirl was the coolest thing that ever happened to Micah High, but as time moves on everyone starts to realize Stargirl isn’t a “miracle” anymore. People start to stop wanting to be friends with her, and everyone wants to exclude her. But even though everyone has put down Stargirl she doesn’t get upset and she doesn’t stop her daily routine.
“The earth is speaking to us, but we can’t hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then–maybe-the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper.” (p. 91).
Stargirl says this because she thinks that sometimes we think way too much about what makes sense and that we do not focus on what is around us and what is important to us. She also says this because she is able to understand some things we don’t and she thinks we should become more connected to nature. Also, Stargirl noticed that anything bad that happens to her she does not pity herself. This girl is a Tigger meaning she is always happy looking at the positive. She never seems sad.
Anne Frank is a girl who despite the circumstances, she was always cheerful and positive about the situation she was passing through. She always hope that one day everything would be fine. She is a girl who was becoming a teenager who just wanted to have fun and live her childhood as any teenager want.
“Would anyone, either Jew or non-Jew, understand this about me, that I am simply a young girl badly in need of some rollicking fun?” Friday, 24 December, 1943, pg. 111
The Quote we see here shows that Anne Frank mentions how she really needs her life to be the way it used to be, she wants to live like any other girl of her age, because she wants fun since she is Jewish, she cannot have it.
In the book, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Mateo Torrez is kind, when he was with Rufus they saw a homeless man on the street asking for money and Rufus didn’t want to give him money, but Mateo did he said they were dying anyway. He thought they could do good actions for people who need them, after giving the man the money he smiled and thanked them, Mateo said it seemed a lot of people acted like he was invisible, but they didn’t and that made the man really happy, that’s why Mateo said:
I think we made his day by not pretending he’s invisible.
When he said that, you can see how caring he is for others, even if he doesn’t know them, that reminds me of when you’re having a bad day and some random people can make your day by doing little actions, by just smiling or being friendly and polite. In the same way, everyone can make a day better if it’s just doing those kinds of simple things.
Last Saturday, I went to Vancouver, I could say it was my first time, walking, knowing all around the city, I bought some things, I think I made an inecessary waste of money, but anyways, I don´t regret about it, that day I woke up at 5 to get ready and leave the school at 6:30 and be on time to the ferry station to take the second ferry of the day, we spent the whole day there, was such a tiring trip, but i think it really worth, it, cause it´s part of the experience of being in Canada, I wish I could have stayed there more time, cause I liked the city, it´s what I´m used to, since Vancouver reminded me to my home, that is Mexico City, both are big cities and they have similar things.
If someone would ever get to ask me if I hate or if any music band would annoy me or I would delete from history probably I would select The Beatles, a lot of people don’t understand or don’t get why do I get to hate a band such successful or great that always talks about happiness and peace and things that generally goes around “happiness” and “good vibes” when from my side, it is that it gives me a “too good to be always like that” feel, that instead of making me feel great makes me feel with an enormous want of puking colour orange in a radioactive level (even if this is not possible) as most of the members of the band are some people that I identify as not very good people to hang around as also they were highly toxic with the ones that were around them (especially John Lennon).
This weekend we went on a Day trip to Vancouver with some friends, and we got up very early because we were going to take the ferry at 8 in the morning, so we all got up at approximately 5:30 am since our taxi passed for us at 6:30 am, because the way to the terminal is very long so it takes time to get to the station so that’s why we left very early.
We arrived at around 9:40 in Vancouver and went to a restaurant to have breakfast and it was really good, then we were walking on Robson street and we were buying clothes in the stores and it was nice because I got some nice clothes. After that I went to see some friends from Mexico who study in Vancouver and I had a very good time time with them. At the end we got back on the ferry at 9 pm and arrived at Brookes at 11 pm at night to sleep.
I still remember my first personal writing, and how strange was to make it. When I was in Mexico all my writings were very specific; most of the time they were essays, and rarely I had the freedom to write a short opinion. It is not a surprise that at the beginning was very difficult to make a personal writing, but with time it started to be easier and more enjoyable. Now I really enjoy the personal writings, it is like a great freedom feeling, and they are excellent to reorganize my mind. In multiple occasions I have written about concerns or thoughts in my head, that kind of thoughts that do not let me sleep, and after writing about them, they disappear of my mind. In conclusion I am very happy for start to make personal writings, they have helped me to think and concentrate. I hope that they will become a habit, and that I will keep writing them in Mexico, because they are one of the most helpful things that I started to do in Canada.
On Friday I went to a jumping park with my friends. I was so excited because it was my first time in one of those, but at the end I enjoyed it. On Saturday I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but Fernanda came to my room and she invited me to downtown. At first, we didn’t have a plan, so while we walked downtown we were deciding what to do. First, we went to dinner in nubo, and then we went to throw axes. When we arrive at the axes place I was so scared because it was a new thing for me and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be good at throwing, but it turns out that I´m good at doing it. I enjoy my Saturday too. Finally, on Saturday I decide not to go out, I only walk to London drugs to buy something that I need and then I walk to thrifty foods to buy some strawberries and cheese. In conclusion that was my weekend, I have a really good time and the most important thing was I tried new things.
I have a big love for Cancun, not only because I was born there. Because of how beautiful it is and for the good time you spend there. To begin with, the beaches in Cancun are one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Especially for the incredible views, you have of the sea. The sea has a mixture of blue colors, for example, turquoise blue. The weather is something that I love too. It has a very hot climate, but I love that so I really enjoy the weather. Other things that Cancun has are clubs and beach clubs. There you can meet more people, make new friends and have a good time.
I love fat dogs, since I was little. I have had a great fascination for dogs, but the dogs that most attract my attention are fat dogs. My fascination with fat dogs arose at my grandmother’s house. My grandmother is a dog woman, she has 5 fat chihuahua dogs. Being honest, I don’t like chihuahua dogs, but if the dog is fat I’ll love it. The only bad thing about this love for fat dogs is that dogs can get sick if they are obese and that is really sad. In conclusion I love fat dogs.
My stay in Canada is about to finish. I’ve concluded this school year with lots of experiences, memories and learnings. It’s impressive to make a mental feedback, and think about all the stuff I’ve gone through meanwhile living in Canada. When I first arrived here, I wasn’t sure what sort of path was waiting for me crossing the Brookes Westshore gate. To be honest, the first two months were tough. I was taken away from my accustomed Mexican lifestyle. Taken away from my family, friends and girlfriend. For instance, my feelings were broken, and only thought about homeland. Until I switch the situation and began living the experience. Enjoying stuff I eventually could not do in Mexico. Like, play soccer in a a school league, go hiking into the woods, go snow skiing, go with my friends alone to Vancouver, improve my English by speaking to natives, etc. To be concrete, I took advantage of the nature beautys Canada has to offer. I definitely feel proud of my self about concluding the school year. Besides only taking academic learning, I’m also taking life learning. Sort as living alone, and the cultural mixture. But most importantly the domination and fluency of a second language sort as English.
In three weeks I’m going to Mexico, it’s my graduation. school in mexico and i’m also going to go and invite sergio to my other graduation so i’m going to see him a week after i leave canada. I am very sad because I do not want to leave here, I am having an incredible time and I feel that I do not take advantage of it enough, I feel that I need more time here to process that this experience of coming to study is over. I remember my first day here vomo its was yesterday and I feel like it was a very short time but the truth is that it was a year. This year I met too many people that I want to have in my life forever and that I never imagined the friendships that I would have here, that is the most beautiful thing about coming to study, the people you meet, the places you know, the language you you learn and the differences of cultures that exist.
This weekend I had a lot of fun. But the main reason why I am writing this “Personal Writing”, is because I want to talk about what my first experience in Canada was like playing paintball. So on Sunday I woke up, to have breakfast and regain strength, which I would need later. I went to my bedroom, changed my clothes and brushed my teeth. To then be ready to take the bus and move to the Paint-ball area. When we got there, my friends and I got really excited, just being there and having fun. While there they explained the rules to us, they gave us the weapons (compressed air gun, bullets, mask and vest). To then be able to enter the battlefield. The teams were divided into two, blue and yellow. I was part of the yellow. Pretty happy to be able to be with my friends. At the end of the first game the yellows had won and that put me in a good mood. And so it went for another three games. Since the school had bought a lot of bullets, he gave us money for more games. At the end of the day, honestly I ended up full of bruises but I felt that every second was worth it as I had so much fun.
So, this weekend I made a day trip to Vancouver. In the beginning, I thought it was going to be hard to get my parent’s permission and the school’s permission, but my parents said it was fine if I did it with friends so I asked two friends from the dorms and they said it was fine and Miss Thia was so helpful talking with Miss Bayes so we could get authorization from the school, she said yes. On Saturday morning I woke up at 5 in the morning so I could take a shower and get ready with no pressure. We left in a taxi at 6:30, we went on the 9:00 am ferry, we arrived at 10:30 so we went downtown and had breakfast, I meet a friend from Mexico and we separate from my other friends she showed me a pretty park, we sat there and talk. Then another friend from grade 12 from Brookes who was staying in Vancouver for a week, came. My friend from Mexico left and I stayed all day with my other friend, we went to the aquarium and Stanley park, then he showed me one of his favorite activities to do in Vancouver, after a long day it was time to go on the 9 pm ferry, so I said goodbye to my friend and we left, everyone was really tired, we arrived at school at 11 pm so we all went to sleep.
Harald Dahl from Boy (Ronald Dahl,1984) is a hard-working man of ingenuity because he broke his arm and had to amputate it to the elbow, having to work with the other arm, but because of his ingenuity, he managed to transform objects so he could use them in a more efficient way as it is says in p.12.
“…So they simply amputated the arm at the elbow, and for the rest of his life my father had to manage with one arm. Fortunately, it was the left arm that he lost and gradually, over the years, he taught himself to do more or less anything he wanted with just the four fingers and thumb of his right hand. He could tie a shoelace as quickly as you or me, and for cutting up the food on his plate, he sharpened the bottom edge of a fork so that it served as both knife and fork all in one. He kept his ingenious instrument in a slim leather case and carried it in his pocket wherever he went. The loss of an arm, he used to say, caused him only one serious inconvenience. He found it impossible to cut the top off a boiled egg.”(P.12).
Stargirl is a new girl who arrives at school who is noticed among people for her peculiar personality, way of dressing and thoughts.
That makes everyone in the school realize that she exists since she is not like the rest of the other students and she doesn’t care what others think of her.
The truth is that he is a great character since he teaches us a beautiful life lesson, and that is that it doesn’t matter what others think about how you look, act, and think. Because the only thing that matters is your own happiness, and it is very foolish to want to change your way of being to want to fit in or be liked by a certain group of people. Stargirl is a very positive person who never sees the bad side of things, and she is a kind-hearted person. And due to not being like the rest of the people little by little she gained the affection of the people and then everyone wanted to meet her and get along with her, that is why Kevin and Leo wanted to invite her to their program and that is why Kevin insisted a lot to Leo to invite her and that’s when he says …
What do you mean, no? Don’t you want to sign her up? (page 13)
In Catcher in the Rye, a character that caught my attention was Mr. Antolini. In his first encounter with Holden, He was surprisingly kind and considerate with him. Even though he was in his free time he invited holden to his home to chat, showing that he cared for him and wanted to see what was up with him. In that period of time, in a way, he acts like the parent holden wished he had.
“Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now… You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
He gives holden thoughtful advice and encourages him to feel important, not like his parents who always made him feel like a failure or a lost case. He shows kindness towards him and ultimately helps him get through all the trouble he endures through the story. I feel that he impacted me the most for this support that he gave him and showed few instances of kindness and true care for holden that the novel has.
In my previous IRJE I have talked about more characteristic of Holden, and they were not precisely good, but is evident that he is a good big brother. In all the book Holden has an impulsive attitude and being rude with most of the people, but he is nice with his little sister. Some examples of his nice attitude to her sister are: he invited her to dance, and he accepts that she is a good dancer (pg. 193). Think that is weird because we can see him criticizing people’s dancing in all the opportunities he has (pg., 82). Another beautiful example of Holden being a great brother is when he tries to make his siter happy and forgive him (Pg, 229). There are many more examples of Holden being a good brother, but in my opinion the most important is when his little sister stops him of making an impulsive decision.
“Please, Holden. Please let me go. I’ll be very, very, very- You won’t even- “
“you’re not going. Now, shut up! Gimme that bag” I said. I took the bag off her. I was almost all set to hit her. I though I was going to smack her for a second. I really did.
She started to cry (pg.227).
I have a complete IRJE talking about how impulsive Holden can be and how nobody can make him stop, and is unbelievable how a little girl stops him without even trying. His sister was trying to join him because she loves him, and he leaves his crazy idea of run away because he loves her. Holden is impulsive, rude and has a big necessity of attention, but we can not deny that he is a good big brother.