Romeo and Juliet

I really enjoyed the movie Romeo and Juliet. I think it is a great story that, although it is somewhat illogical that Romeo and Juliet fall in love instantly; the performance of the characters makes their love very believable. I liked how the story is told, since the way they talk makes everything much more romantic. The place where the film is set, that it shows the landscapes, colors, architecture, and clothing of that time; it’s something that caught my attention, that helped me get into story and enjoy it much more.

In my opinion the ending is very sad. But the way they loved each other, so much that they did not want to live in a world where the other was not, makes me believe that their love is so strong that they will meet in another life. Likewise, the ending proves that the film is not only about love, but also about the hatred that the two families had. It could be that that hatred ended his love, but something tells me that rather the only thing it did was make his love stronger. Strong enough to end the fight.

 

 

Personal Memory

This is the story of when we had to stay at Animal Kingdom until 10pm because we lost our car keys. Last summer I went with my family to Orlando on vacation. One day we went to the Disney park, Animal Kingdom. We had a great time all day, but by the time we finished riding the roller coasters we were already urged to go back to the hotel because it was very hot, and we were very tired.

Since my grandfather always drives the car, he keeps the keys and is a very responsible person, so he never thought he could lose the keys. We walked the entire parking lot to get to the car and when we got there, my grandfather couldn’t find the keys. We began to worry, because the car was rented, and we did not have spare keys. We searched all the bags we brought and nothing. We were all very desperate, but nobody said anything because my grandfather was very angry with himself; I’ve never seen him so angry.

We decided to go back and ask in lost and found, but they didn’t have them. They told us we could wait for the park to close, to see if someone could find them. We stayed because the other option was to take a taxi, go to the airport for a spare key and return for the car, because they would not let us leave it there.

After waiting for hours, a lady arrived and told us that they had found the keys in a cart from a roller coaster. We couldn’t believe it! After they gave them to us, she told us that due to the delay in finding them they were going to give us 3 free passes to another park. So, we ended up getting the keys back and 3 free passes.

Llagas De Amor

Federico García Lorca

Llagas de amor

Esta luz, este fuego que devora. A
Este paisaje gris que me rodea. B
Este dolor por una sola idea. B
Esta angustia de cielo, mundo y hora. A

Este llanto de sangre que decora A
lira sin pulso ya, lúbrica tea. B
Este peso del mar que me golpea. B
Este alacrán que por mi pecho mora. A

Son guirnaldas de amor, cama de herido, C
donde sin sueño, sueño tu presencia D
entre las ruinas de mi pecho hundido. C

Y aunque busco la cumbre de prudencia D
me da tu corazón valle tendido C
con cicuta y pasión de amarga ciencia. D

MEANING

The sonnet “Llagas de amor”, written by Federico García Lorca, tells us about the sufferings of heartbreak or an impossible love. In the sonnet you can see the anguish and suffering of the poet for this love. He has a negative view of love.

Carmen

We saw the movie Carmen and something that I liked was how they show the two social classes that existed in Seville at that time. A scene that I especially liked is when the high social class, the nobles, come out first and show that their way of having fun is being in a quiet room watching a Sevillana dance. You can see that there are adults, but also children and neither of them seems to be having much fun. On the other hand, the lower social class, the gypsies, even though they had no money and lived on the streets, show that they enjoy their life a lot. As Carmen said, they were free and lived their life as they wanted. I really liked that because I don’t think either of those lifestyles are good or bad, they are simply two ways of living and seeing life.

What I didn’t like about the movie is that it was an opera. In my opinion Opera movies are very boring because most of the interactions between the characters are very loud singing, which becomes very tiring. Likewise, the songs being in French and with such a deep voice, you have to be very attentive to the subtitles and that is something that also becomes tiring. You can’t take your eyes off the screen for a second, because you can get lost. There were scenes, like the one at the end, in which so much happened at the same time, between the bullfighter, Carmen fighting with José, everyone singing, and then suddenly José kills Carmen. I didn’t even know what to pay attention to and that stunned me a lot.

“Because, Yes, I Am Emotional.”

In “The Crown” of “The Selection” series, by Kiera Cass, Illéa’s heir to the throne, Eadlyn Schreave, fights against all the pressures that come with being a princess. With her mother in a coma and her father taking care of her, Eadlyn becomes the temporary ruler of the country. When her advisor, Coddly, advises her to go to war over her brother’s sudden and secret wedding, she refuses and Coddly ties her decision to the fact that she is a woman.

Coddly lowered his chin and squinted. “Don’t you think you’re being too emotional about this?”

I stood, my chair screeching behind me as I moved. “I’m going to assume that you aren’t implying by that statement that I’m being too female about this. Because, yes, I am emotional.” (p.17)

Eadlyn had the courage to confront her advisor and put him in his place. Her answer gave me goose bumps, because she showed that not because she is a woman, she is less capable and that being emotional is not a bad thing, rather it is a strength that will make her the queen Illéa needs. All women should do the same, never remain silent, make their place known and not let anyone take that away from them.

 

West Side Story

We watched the movie West Side Story, and one thing that I really liked about it was the fact that it was a musical. I love watching musicals because I think that it is a great, fun, and different way of expressing ideas and telling stories. I think musicals are a great way to talk or raise awareness about problems in the world, but in a more subtle and entertaining way. For example, when they sing the song ‘Gee, Officer Krupke!’, they talk about all the stereotypes and prejudices that people have towards poor people and how society itself prevents these people from seeking something more in life and realizing that they are all human and worth the same. Although they do it with a fun and “happy” song, the meaning goes beyond that, and musicals still make that work.

However, one thing I didn’t like about the movie was the ending. In my opinion, the ending was a bit violent, and I didn’t like that it didn’t have a happy ending. I don’t deny that the fact that the gangs stopped fighting was a good thing, but in the end Maria was left with nothing. She lost her brother and later the love of her life. I think the death of Bernardo and Riff should have been reason enough for the gangs to stop fighting.