Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Bugs Bunny has had an impact on our culture because he is unique to Americans. He has an all around type of personality because he can be a "trickster", a bully, or just plain nice. Most Americans could say that all though Bugs does some crazy things, he stills draws in a great audience because most viewers of his show enjoy watching his crazy stunts/actions. Bugs bunny is fasinating because many viewers watch that show, even some older people. Also I think it is somewhat fascinating that every once and awhile he will quote shakespeare. Bugs Bunny can sometimes be misunderstood because he sometimes contradicts himself.
2.). I think that Harry Potter is a very interesting character to me because he is an all around type of guy. Many people, not just me, are inspired by all his adventures. I think that he has an important impact on culture because many people enjoy reading fantasy and the fact that he is a normal person with special powers is even more interesting. Some characteristics that he possess that are intriguing are that he is smart, creative, and entertaing. Harry Potter is important to our society because he is a huge icons to millions of Americans. Also, he allows Americans to open their mind to a different type of fantasy life.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Part 2: People later in life read stories because it plessures the brain. By reading, kids inhance their inteliigence and can explore different styles of literature. These readers get to learn about true stories out of the experience. Older people can learn about inspiring stories that can teach people lessons.
Part 3: Stories are so important to our nation because they inform the public of what is happening in our world today. They inform people and therefor people make different choices in their life. Stories allow the reader to believe in a horrbile/great occurance that may have happened. After reading a true enduring story people can sometimes tend to want to change their lifestyle for the better of them of their country. Stories allow the writer to express inner emotions about an event in their life or somthing that has changed who they are today.
Part 4: One stories that i remember very well is the story, "I Love You Forever". I really liked and still like this story because it makes me want to love my mom and dad the same as the mans' mom did. In the story the mom takes care of his son and holds him until she is too old. When he is older he does the same for her. My other favrotie story from my childhood is "The Giving Tree". I think that these stories stand out to me bacause my mom read them to me so much. I really think that the reason that my mom read those books to me so much as so that I would remember the morals of those books, which I still do to this day. I connect to my mom with all of these stories.
- Good Morals- Morals in a story allow kids to learn from a characters mistake and then know always what the right thing to do is. The author should always include some time of moral so that kids learn somthing from reading the story.
- Creative- If a story is boring, kids won't be into the book and then it will all jsut be a waste. When an author is creative in their story, it intrigues kids.
- Descriptive- Readers get a better understanding of their main character when they can imagine what he/she actually looks like.
- Emotional- When a character shows their strong feelings about something/event the reader can sometimes relate themselves to the characters thoguhts/ideas.
- Interesting- Writers always need to make sure that their story can target a certain age group.
- Understandable- When there is too much going on in a story a reader can get easily comfunsed and frustrated. Especially for kids, they want a straight to the point and easily understandable book.
- Unique- This allows a story to be different from any others. Many readers enjoy something different than jsut the usualy same types of stories.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Then never say what you need to say again
1.) There are many reasons why I selected this song to write and reflect about. First off, I love John Mayer and I like how he connects some of his songs to how he is feeling, like most other artists. I feel like in this song, John Mayer is obviously trying to express that he or somebody he knows couldn't stick up to somebody greater than them and "say that they need to say". The title of this song clearly fits with the main idea because the song is talking about saying what you feel and saying it in a way that you can release all the frustration that you may have been holding in. Towards the end of the song I feel that he changes his thinking about a little bit and is trying to express that when you life somebody you should open you heart up to them and basically "say what you want to say".
2.) In This song, John Mayer doesn't use that much in the way of poetic devices. But John does shows a numerous amount of consonances. For example, when he relates the words head and instead. Also the words broken and open rhyme too. I like the imagery that John uses when he wrote "Even if your hands are shaking. And your faith is broken. Even as the eyes are closing. Do it with a heart wide open". From this you can picture a man who is nervous or week to say what he feels is on his mind and maybe has really been bugging him by how he shakes. You can also see a man who is sad when he closes his eyes. All of these poetic devices influence the poem because they allow the listeners/readers to formulate what this person in the song is going through. From reading/listening to the song one can come to the conclusion that the person in the song is probably shy, has a past history that affected him, and maybe becomes nervous to "say what he needs to say". This song gives me a happy feeling because I feel as is John Mayer is trying to tell those people who don't stick up for themselves in a certain situations to do what you think is right and speak your mind if feel hurt.
3.) I think that the tone at first starts off to be a mad tone because the song talks about being frustrated and dark pasts ("shadows"). Towards the end of the song, the tone changes to a happier and more confident tone when they finally realize to "open up their heart" and say the things they feel bothered them in the past/present.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
2. If I ever needed to give advice to a kid who was 10 years old I would most likely give them advice about my experiences and for sure what type of things to look out for and prevent in high school and middle school. Based on my own experiences, I would advice the 10 year old to travel to different parts of the world so that they can experience different types of cultures and learn about other traditions, etc. When I went to South America for hte first time I was introduced to a whole new culture and it has really open me up to understand what it's like in a whole different place compared to here. Regarding school, I would advice the 10 year old kid to do all their homework and not skip classes all the time. I would also inform him that if you don't try hard in high school, then it will be hard to get into colleges and stuff. It is much easier if you just try hard in school so that choosing a college won't be stressfull or anything. Lastly, I would advice the kid to stay out of trouble in school!
3. I think that there are many things that cause great literary works to live forever. The idea of people being inspired is one thing that I feel allows people to continue to like different works for along time. A story, such as Huckleberry Finn, lets readers feel inspired to have courage and strengh just as Huckleberry developed throughtout the book. Themes in stories also make a story great and therefore people like being able to look forward to reading a book that portrays a specific theme that they enjoy. I don't think that I could ever in my entire life see myself writing a play, book, or movie because I don't feel as is I am that creative.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
2.) One theme that I would consider communicating through my play would be finding you identity. I really think that this theme would be easy to express throughout my play. I feel that the theme, finding your identity, is similar to my life because when I came to Valley View in ninth grade I was still trying to find my identity. Through meeting new people and being at Edina for four years now I feel that I have now found my identity. This theme is important to me because I think that in many stories, most characters are always trying to find out who they are because there are many conflicts in their way that hasnt allowed them to succeed in finding their identity.
3.) One conflict that I could express in my play is self vs. self. I feel that this would be a good conflict to write about because you could really go on and on about a person and their struggles. Throughout my play I would help my character reach their goal of understanding themselves and recognizing who they are. After many conflicts and distractions this character would be able to find out who they are because they would be caught in a situation where there identity is revealed.