candide- PR

Candide is a satirical novel that was written by Voltaire and was published in 1759. It is the story of a man who desperately believes that he lives in “the best of all possible worlds.”  It brought many questions to mind. Candide traveled the world, while looking for the love of his life, Cunegonde. Along the way he learns that optimism, or a belief in the perfect order of things, is absurd. 

I found the book a little fast paced, the development in the characters was too much and too fast to follow. I would enjoy it more if it was slowed down rather than one detail directly after another. I was also wondering why Voltaire decided to kill off Pangloss and the Baron, but then bring them back later. Pangloss was hanged because the grand inquisition saw him as a heretic. Candide was beaten because he listened to pangloss. What was the purpose of “killing” them just to bring them back to life again later?

“This world being the best of all possible worlds”(pg43). Pangloss says that to Canddie as if he wants Candide to believe their world is perfect and hide all the imperfect things. In my opinion there can never be a perfect world because there is always going to be something to improve.

Reflection- “Let Evening Come”

Writing an essay on the poem “Let Evening Come” gave me a better understanding of what I needed to work on to further improve my writing. My most common errors were using the present tense, omitting needless words, and comma errors. I will improve my errors by remembering to use such as had, or was rather than present tense ones. One thing I have always done when writing is adding extra words into my sentences to fill them up but sometimes It makes the sentence harder to understand so I need to omit those words that are not needed. I will also make sure I re-read on how to use commas properly so when I do write again I don’t make this same mistake.

I find that when I’m writing in a specific amount of time I often forget to write properly and I just rush to get all the words down on the page. Next time I will make sure to leave more time to proofread so that I can fix the mistakes I notice.It will take time to improve these errors but once I fix them my next writing assignment won’t have as many errors.


I enjoyed reading both Oedipus and Antigone and I liked them equally. In the play Antigone, it had quite a bit of deaths and tragedy. I noticed that by the end of the play almost all of the important characters were dead which I was not expecting in the beginning. Out of all of the characters that faced death, each one died in a different way. Examples of that is how Antigone, Eurydice, and Haemon all commit suicide. It must have been really hard for the people who were close to everyone that died and the feeling of loss is hard to get over. Antigone changed a bit throughout the play. I find it really weird that she is engaged to her cousin Haemon.

In the play I noticed that I see myself like Ismene for a few reasons. Ismene is a kind character who is known as a good daughter to her family. She also has blonde hair and I would also say that she is afraid of death. I relate to Ismene because in my family I am the  good daughter. I also have blonde hair, just like ismene.  

Oedipus – Personal response

        Oedipus the King by Sophocles, was the first class novel we read. When I started reading it I was very confused about what was happening but by the second section of reading it started to make a lot more sense and it became more clear. It was also hard for me because there were many new words that I did not fully understand at first and I found it hard to understand parts of the old fashioned writing. I have never read a long play like this and it was very different but fun to read. I enjoyed reading this for many reasons but one of the main ones is that I learned about a new style of writing. My thoughts at the beginning were that it seemed like a very boring book and that I would not enjoy it but I realized near the end that it turned out to be a play that I enjoyed reading. While the story progressed we found out that the protagonist is Oedipus. I noticed that Oedipus’ personality changed multiple times throughout the course of the story and it was fun to follow along with those changes.

        Oedipus’ character had many parts to it but I also found it a bit confusing at some points. The story got me thinking about how much the world can change so much because tons of years ago when Oedipus was written, it was known for books and plays to be written in this type of English but now we refer to it as old english. Something I noticed was that Oedipus didn’t really admit when he was wrong and he mostly blamed others for his own mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes and that is just part of learning but if you always blame other people you will never learn how to admit when you’re wrong. There have been times in my life where it feels like too much to deal with and my brain automatically thinks it will go away if iI blame someone else but then I realized that it only makes it worse.

        This book was overall a very fascinating and challenging book in a good way. In the future I think it would be really cool to read more plays because I learned a lot from Oedipus. I learned many new words that I have never heard of before reading the story. Oedipus taught me many important skills such as how to read and understand old english but it also opened up more vocabulary.

Hello! – Summer

Hello, I’m Summer I’m 16 years old. I was born in Victoria and have lived here my whole life. My dads side of the family is French and German and my moms side is from Poland. I have a younger sister named Asia and she is in grade 9 at this school as well. Some things I love are horses, baking/cooking, hanging out with friends and spending time with family. I have loved horses since I was 5 years old and they are now a huge part of my life. A few years ago I bought my horse named Brave and I love to spend my free time with him.

This year in English I hope to improve my writing skills.