In English, it is a commonality that point of view is always discussed. How does the point of view reflect what the author was trying to get across? How may the point of view show a bias? How may the point of view of the character lead to a certain action? I’ve reached a point in life where I started to look at everything differently. I don’t know if it’s an increased sense of sympathy towards people but I find it odd how I begin to side with the antagonists. Well, not all but there are times where we are made to believe in things and forget everything else. We forget that antagonists are also people (well, depends on the plot) but they have motives. I believe that there is a reason for everything and that people don’t naturally intend to be horrible. In their own minds, their actions are justified. I’m not saying that what they’re doing is morally correct or even humane, but not everyone is just pure evil. Here’s a not so serious example of what I mean.
One of the questions we always hate to see in school is “Explain your answer.” or “Why?” And what is the reason why we hate this? It’s because we don’t like to think about what we believe. We believe what are told and we keep it that way. I know I hate it when we’re reading a novel in English and one of the questions is “Why do you think the author decided to use the number 32 in this instance?” All I’m thinking is, “I don’t know. Why should I care? It’s just a number!” But after research, you find a whole new meaning.
This is a post that’s going to be hypocritical of me and also a wake up call. Why do you believe what you believe in? When I’ve been so involved with my belief in God, I’ve noticed that the people around just don’t seem to care about religion. As time goes on, more and more people are finding no need to have a religion or belief. They live in the here and now. More often than not, I meet Christian, Catholics, or Buddhists that are really just believing in a religion because of their parents. It’s what they’ve been told all their lives.
My English class has been going through the book, The Count of Monte Cristo. One of the major themes of the book is vengeance. Edmond Dantes has been wronged and forced to suffer in prison. When he finally makes his escape, he’s off to seek his revenge out on those who betrayed him. As the reader continues to experience more encounters with the Conut of the Monte Cristo, we see his horrifyingly dark and mysterious side. My class has these competitive team Socratic Seminar called B.R.A.W.Ls where we create our own questions and answer them. One of the questions used for the B.R.A.W.L was this,
Dantes is set for life. He has the wealth, the influence, and the power to live far into his late years with great comfort and luxury, yet puts all of that at risk for to seek a vengeance fueled by hatred upon those who wronged him within the past. Is vengeance/ revenge something worth potentially losing your life/wealth/friends for?
In English class we recently watched a little film called Rocky. The movie has received a vast amount of fame and popularity throughout the years and I was able to watch it for the first time. It follows the rags to riches journey of Rocky Balboa, a debt collector and club boxer who gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. So what is it about the “Italian Stallion” that has captured the hearts of millions?
Hello friends it is Earth Day! It’s been 84 years since the first Earth Day but for the average person, what impact has it made? Not to sound like a Debbie Downer but could you remember what you did on Earth Day a year ago? Two years ago? Three? But it’s easier to remember what you did on Christmas or New Year’s 5 years ago. Earth Day is not a time many people remember or know is even happening.
However, today during Earth Day my English teacher decided to take us on an interesting tour of the school. He brought us around to areas we may have never visited before and spoke of a story for each spot. Although each spot was never anything special, he had some way of thinking of a greater meaning behind them. We were told to walk in silence and spent a moment sitting in a big circle in silence, backs toward the middle. The closest thing to nature for me is the local park but I’d hardly consider that a place to get some fresh air. Sometimes, an adventurous escapade into the woods wouldn’t seem like a bad idea.
On Monday, a vast amount of students wore black or rasta in memory of a fellow peer who suddenly died in a biking accident. I remember that day I was sitting at my usual spot at lunch and looked out at the scene of students eating. There was a sea of black on a gloomy day in sunny California. There is an overflowing amount of school pride at our school and the death of one of our own can really bring up some feelings.
In English, we’ve been reading All Quiet on the Western Front. While I was reading, I couldn’t help but sense the narrator describes himself with some OP characteristics. When on the battlefield, he’s killing, outrunning, hiding, jumping. I realized, well that’s exciting. If he wasn’t brave, the whole few pages of him killing people would be reduced to a paragraph of him hiding in the trenches. This idea prompted this post.
In the words of my cousin, “OP characters” are the words you use to call those main heroes of a story that pretty much overpowers everyone else. It is the typical plot line for the average Shounen anime. Naruto, One Piece, Shingeki no Kyojin, SAO, Fairy Tail, and Fullmetal Alchemist just to name a few. Although they’re so typical, why is it that we always love them?