In Nikki's diary, written by Rachel Renée Russell, Nikki very much wanted a new cell phone, the one everyone had. But her mother wouldn't let her have it because she said it was too expensive and that she was too much to have. She didn't understand it because all her friends had it and wore and use it in to school, and they were already in high school and she felt old and mature enough to have it and use it. "Getting what you want is as difficult as not getting it. Because then you have to figure out what to do with it, instead of figuring out what to do without it". Her mother gave her this advice to make Nikki appreciate and value what she has. And teach him that all humans are very nonconformist. When we get what we want, we want more. I chose this phrase because I liked the reasoning, because it reminded me when I wanted a phone when I was very little, and my parents told me the same thing they said to her and it made me reflect and remember my childhood.
I’m going to talk about the part about when Richard worked a lot and was changing jobs because of how racists were the families where he worked and he just wanted to read and in fact read the newspaper that he sold from when he still did not realize that that newspaper He was very racist and he also told his family about his dream that he wanted to be something related to books and they just ignored him and never supported him and the phrase is…
“Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books…
I chose this phrase because I like how even though Richard never supported him, he always got ahead, whatever it was, he always found a way out and never gave up and I feel that that gives me something to learn from this book and It is that I never give up despite the situation that I am living, I continue forward and the truth is that I feel that this phrase speaks a lot about the whole book in general since the book only talks about how Richard always found a way to get ahead and that motivates enough for the reader to continue reading and apply it in everyday life that is why I put that phrase.
This story written by Markus Zusak, was developed in Germany, Liesel grew in Germany, during the World War II, she was adopted by a family, who tried to protect her, she and he friend Max, wnet to the library, and spent almost every day together, Max, looked Liesel as more as a friend, he was in love with her.
“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.”- Mark Zusak, The Book Thief´s
This text shows a part of the story,when both guys were playing outside in the snow, and Max confesses Liesel she loves her, later, he is killed by the Jews, she could never confess him her love.
In the book Black Boy by Richard Wright in the first chapter, we can see that Richard is very young and he lives with his parents, brother and his grandma that is sick and he’s bored, he wants to play with everything he has in front of him, one day he was playing with his brother and their mother went to tell them to be quiet because their grandma was sick. Richard started playing with fire by burning some broom straws and then his brother had a discussion with him because he wanted him to stop what he was doing.
“Don’t do that,” he said.
“How come?” I asked.
“You’ll burn the whole broom,” he said.
“You hush,” I said
“I’ll tell,” He said.
“And I’ll hit you,” I said.
I chose this quote because it is an important moment of the story because if Richard had listened to his brother he wouldn’t have burned the whole house. Also, this moment remembered me when I was younger with my brothers and we used to fight a lot about all the things and how we thought they could end up bad, either way, no one listened to anyone and we always ended up in a bad situation.
In The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, impatiently awaits the promise of the fox, that secret that this animal, his friend, would have to share with him before leaving, but unexpectedly and skillfully he takes the time to go to the garden to see the flowers.
And he returned with the fox.
“Bye,” he said.
“Bye,” said the fox. Here’s my secret, which couldn’t be easier: only with the heart does it look good; The essential is invisible to the eyes.
“The essential is invisible to the eye,” repeated the little prince to remember.
“It is the time you have wasted on your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“It is the time I have wasted with her …” repeated the little prince to remember it.
“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox, “but you must not forget it.” You are responsible forever for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose …
“I am responsible for my rose …” repeated the little prince to remember him. (p.24)
The rose represents pure and disinterested love, that love that is above one’s own interests. For the Little Prince, the rose is unique because it is HIS rose. She knows there are many other roses, but this is the one she dedicates her life to. This phrase leaves us a lesson that sometimes we spend so much time on things that are not important and we leave out what is really important.
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.
From what I was able to see from the movie, I liked that it was a different thing from what I used to watch on TV on streaming services normally (the movies that I normally see are about superheroes, mystery, murder but not about romance in general), and also I thought it was nice to see the movie because I like musicals a little bit and I want to get more into them, but I haven’t got myself into doing it.
I can’t address something that I didn’t like about the movie, because by the time that movie was made I believe was good, but if there is a way that I didn’t like at all is the way that it was shown that Tony killed Maria’s brother, because it looked a little bit stupid how that happened on the scene and also I didn’t like how the story happened so fast, given that is shown to us that everything happened in 2 days approximately.
In general, I liked the movie a lot since it has a good plot that makes it interesting, but specifically speaking, one of the parts that I liked the most about the movie was when Maria and Tony met, because they both felt empty at the begining of the story, but when they met, everything made sense to them, and they were very happy because that was love at first sight.
The part that I didn´t like about the movie was that Maria and Tony took things very fast because, despite they barely met and spoken they kissed, and then the day after they met they had already said I love you , and honestly that doesn’t make sense, and in the end I didn’t like that Tony died, because he didn’t deserve to die and it ruined the ending.
West Side Story
What I liked about the movie is the love that Tony and Maria have in the story, even though they have known each other for a very short time, they knew they were for each other from the first moment they saw each other at the dance.
What I did not like about the film is that it is a musical, and I do not like musicals because I do not like the scenes to be interrupted when they start singing out of nowhere, because it leaves me intrigued with what will happen next.
I liked the movie because it remembered me to love, that feeling you feel when you are falling in love with someone, I liked the way Maria was, she was like very cute, and very nice with Tony, I liked how the sang, the sang very good, and that all the songs they sang, fit with each scene, I liked the costumes they were, very original, and very adapted to that epoch, the stages were very cool, I liked Maria´s room, I liked the plot of the movie, I think the movie was very well developed, the actors and actresses acted and sang very good, my favourite part of the movie was when Marie fell in love with Tony for first time in the party.
What I did not like from the movie, though I said I liked how they sang and the songs, I didn´t like that they were singing Almost every 2 seconds, any situation and they sang, it was funny, but a lot of songs were boring, I did not like that I didn´t understand a lot of things they said because the spoke very weird and very quick, I felt bad when Marie did not care a lot when she found out her brother had been killed by his boyfriend, and the caried more about his boyfriend than her brother
Something I liked about the film was that it is a musical and I love musicals, I love the way they sing, since they have a very soft voice. At first I thought the movie was going to be boring but on the contrary, it was very entertaining to see the actors in their role singing.
Something I didn’t like about the movie was that Maria was still in love with Tony after he had killed her brother Bernardo. It makes me something super illogical, since if they had or dating time, it would be accepted a little because then you do not fall out of love in a second. But they had known him for two days.
The west side story is a very good musical movie if we consider the year in which it was made, it has a good plot and a very talented cast that can act, sing and dance, the songs are good just like choreographies, and is impossible not to appreciate the amazing costumes and that most of the performances are very good, so in general terms it is a good musical movie.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph it is a very good movie if we consider that it was made in 1961, but nowadays it would not be, these types of movies don not age well, in these times the plot would be predictable and bored, because lots of movies have the same plot inspired in Romeo and Juliet. Some of the performance are very exaggerated and a couple of scenes look fake, both thinks are very common in old movies like this one, because in that moment was fine, but now it does not, I could talk about the picture and sound quality too, but I consider it would be unfair, since it is impossible to compare them with the current quality, in conclusion the film is quite good only if we consider the year in which it was made, but if it came out today it would be destroyed by criticism.
What I liked the most about West Side Story is that it is a beautiful and impressive film full of emotions, in which the protagonists of the same group treated each other as family, they supported each other, because they wanted to continue with the culture of their country and feel that they were there but without being there, they wanted to continue with the customs and traditions with which they were born and not forget their beautiful country, another thing that I liked is that it was a musical so it is a different way from the movies that I am used to seeing, and In my opinion, as it is a musical, you can express problems in a way that is not as bad as for example through the songs and that makes people understand a little more what is happening in the movie.
What I did not like about the film is that the two groups fought many times and that the fights were violent, also I did not like the end of the film since they could not reach an agreement and the two groups ended up losing, another thing that I did not like is that the songs were going a bit fast and it was not possible to understand clearly what was happening.
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.
I enjoyed watching this movie because the music is original and there’s a lot of dancing and that makes it interesting, also I like that the story is similar to Romeo and Juliet story, you can see the love that’s between Maria and Tony, I like the romance movies and this movie shows the interest of them, that makes me wanna see all the movie to see what happens next.
Some things I didn’t like in the movie was that because it’s an old movie the audio doesn’t have a good quality so sometimes it was difficult to understand the things they were saying, also it didn’t end as I wanted, like the part that Maria’s brother dies and shes like nothing happened, later when Tony dies it looked like Maria told Chino to kill Tony because it seemed like he knew where they were.
The movie in general I really liked the plot because I love the drama and romance that the movie has and the fact that they cannot be seen or that they cannot have a relationship because of the fact that they are two opposing sides makes it more interesting and also It is based on Romeo and Juliet, if I liked the movie and if I would see it again. I liked the movie because I was old and well because I liked the songs they sang. I also liked it because I just saw the new version of that movie and I liked that I already saw the two versions.
The things that I did not like about the film were that it is musical, and I have never liked musicals, I do not like that you sing everything and that every second of the film is singing without reason, apart from that it makes it unrealistic to the film. Also what I did not like about the film was the end that they shot and killed him and Maria reacted like after a thousand time and I feel that it almost did not hurt him that they would kill him if he wanted them to go together but that alone I did not like everything the rest if I liked it.
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