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Nov. 28th, 2006

UCLA conversation

I can't believe what this poor student went through only because he was not wearing a student I.D. I think the police officers were too cruel with this student.

Nov. 27th, 2006

Extra Credit!

Out of the three projects that we did, which one did you liked more?

In my case, I think the project that I like the most is the one that we are doing right now. This project asked us to recall on an event that not only affected one's life, but also other peoples one.

The memoir project is helping me realize how much damage the 911 attack did to the United States. While reading one of the articles about Osama Bin Laden, I was shocked to read that his attacks to the U.S. are because he thinks that we are all EVILS and that we are trying to put down Allah words; therefore, ALL Americans should be killed.

If it was not because I am doing this project, I would had never guessed that Bin Laden's attacks were do to his religion beliefs. I think this man is Insane!

Nov. 16th, 2006

(no subject)

For this assignment we are to read two memoirs and look for symbols that contributed with the development of the story.Here are the links for the memoirs:
http://www.tricorpress.com/world_war_rollercoaster.htm ("Laughter Wasn’t Rationed") and http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/074343966X/ref=sib_rdr_ex/103-2639678-9047847?%5Fencoding=UTF8&p=S00E&j=0#reader-page (Still Waters excerpt)

The article "On the Roller Coaster of Life" introduces soldiers at the beginning of the memoir to give the reader a sense of violence and power. For example, the author says that they were forced to live their home with only their personal belongings. Another symbol is all the furnisher that the family had. This shows the reader that the family was wealthy. The last two symbols are the eggs and the rabbit that the narrator had to carry with her even though it was against the East German border patrol will.This opposition from the narrator shows the reader that she is very rebellious, but at the same time she is a careful young lady.

The second article uses the girl's pink trunk to symbolize the starting of her new life in a different environment. The trunk contains all the memories of her family. This shows that she is very close to her family. The heaviness of the baggage symbolizes all the work that she had had through out her life. It seems that she is use to hard work. The grandfather symbolizes love and strength for the girl. He is the one that will help her start a new life.

The symbols of this memoirs helped me understand the narrator more in depth. Now I realize the importance of symbols on a story.

Nov. 14th, 2006

Blog 11

The article "Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art" explains the different between The term memoir and memoirs or autobiography. the author of the article says that "memoirs was used to describe something closer to autobiography than the essay like literary memoir." She supports her explanation of memoir and autobiography by giving examples of some very known authors works.

According to the author of this article, a memoir "requires that the reader feel spoken to." A memoir don't just throws ideas to a reader; it needs to persuade a reader to take action in the topic. The reader has to be willing to be "entertained by the story itself and interested in how you now, looking back on it, understand it." A memoir could be compared to a good personal essay because it concentrates on a theme, and explains it from the narrator view. Something that needs to be in a narrator's mind when writing a memoir is that the voice (formal or informal) depends on the situation of the event being told. If the theme is about a disastrous Hurricane, than the tone is going to be more formal. If the theme is about a successful Super Bowl, than the tone is going to be more informal.

On the other hand,an autobiography is "sometimes limited by dates but not obviously by theme." An autobiography requires the author to recall events from his/her own personal life. Autobiography is expressed by Gore Vidal as something that requires "history,research, dates, and facts double-checked." An autobiography incorporates a variety of themes. The article compares an autobiography with a travel writing. In other words, an autobiography needs to include the author's (only the author's) experiences.

The link for the site is:http://www.judithbarrington.com/writingthemem.html

Nov. 1st, 2006

Blog 9

A current event that exhibits dystopian characteristic is the Australian compulsory voting. This mandatory voting method was introduced since 1924 in Queensland, and ten years later in the country's national parliament. Before 1924, voter turnout was below fifty percent; after the passage of the bill voter turnout is more than 95 percent.

If the country's citizens don't vote, they are charged with violating the electoral laws and are given a fine. If they are found to be persistent offenders, they will be imprisoned.

This voting policy reflects dystopian characteristics because the country's citizens are forced to participate in something that they don't want. Australia's obligatory voting is saving "billions of dollars spent in time and effort to ensure that people register to vote" but it is also taking away the people's right to vote or not vote.

Here is the link: http://vnweb.hwwilsonweb.com/hww//results/results_single_ftPES.jhtml

Oct. 30th, 2006

Blog 10

I can not wait for Christmas! Right now I'm working on decorating the christmas tree. I'm not creative, but I will try.

I know it is too early for the Christmas tree, but I can't way any longer. I like how the tree looks in the living room. I think it makes the house look prettier.

But what I most like about Christmas is all the gifts. I don't know if the American culture plays the "Amigo Secreto" translated to the "Secret Friend" for christmas, but most of the Hispanic countries do. For this game, you put all the names of the persons that are going to play on a piece of paper, and then you fold the paper and you put it in a basket. After all the papers are in the basket, each person draws a paper from the container. This game is done a month or so before the fourth of December. You are then suppose to buy a gift for that person. Whom ever you got, you are not to reveal his/her name until the day of the celebration.

I like this game because I don't have to spend all my money buying gifts for everyone. Obviously that I give my "close" family a separate gift!

Oct. 19th, 2006

Blog 8

Anthem by Ayn Rand thesis statement:

The key to a dystopian society is that it always starts as a utopian community and ends as a dystopian one. A perfect example of such behavior is Anthem, a novel written by Ayn Rand. The use of setting, irony, imagery, conflict, and theme cooperates with the development of the novel.

In this thesis statement I mentioned five literary terms that are well illustrated in the novel.

When writing about the setting, I will consider the author's idea for choosing to write the novel, some conflicts that
she could had been facing with the society, and even her beliefs about the human society.

For irony, I will write about the knowledge lack by the city's scholars and leaders, the vocation given to Equality 7-
2521, the idea that the society believes that by having others' monitoring and controlling will save them from a
dystopian society, and of all the sinful ideas that Equality 7-2521 thinks he has. To develop a better essay, I will
include examples from the novel that supports these ironic ideas.

For imagery, I will describe the senses that are transmitted by the narrator when describing a subject. For example, the
picture that might comes to a reader's mind when Equality 7-2520 describes the tunnel, the old looking scholars, the
different characteristics of the palaces' and homes, etc.

Two conflicts that I will consider are: man versus nature and man versus self. I will support my ideas with examples
from the text. One of my examples will be the persistant conflict that Equality 7-2521 has with his mind. Also the
society's idea that a utopian society can be achieved by controlling everyones life.

The theme I might say that it could be the idea that the human being mind is too complicated for a group of people to
contol. That it is impossible to have every ones' ideas to be the same, and that a people's mind is meant to have
individualistic ideas.

Blog 7

The novel Anthem by Ayn rand uses three main literary terms to narrate the story of a dystopian society; irony, conflict, and theme. The use of these elments helped developed a sense of what the novel wants to persuade.

The novel itself is ironic since the society was intended to be a utopian society, but ends up being a dystopian one. With Equality 7-2521 secret thoughts, the whole idea of a perfect brotherhood community was destroyed. He tried to followed the society beliefs, but was always betrayed by his mind. He discovered that the perfect society he thought he lived in, did not existed. Every individualistic idea was abolished by the councils, the leaders, and the scholars. The World Council of Scholars were, according to the society, "the wisest of all land". To contradict this idea, Rand ironically gave Equality 7-2521, whose vocation was Steet Sweeper, the knowledge to discover electricity (an invention that was foreigned by the scholars).

There are two types of conflicts faced by Equality 7-2521 in the novel; man versus society, and man verus self. Through out the novel, Equality 7-2521 conflict with the society is that he does not follow the laws set by the wisest men. The values and customs by which everyone lives are being challenged by Equality's 7-2521 idea that the scholars are hiding something to the community. With this in mind, he starts having secret thoughts. He begins seeing things that others have not or were afraid of seen. No matter how hard he tried, he was always fighting with his mind.

The theme of this novel is the Idea that a perfect united society does not exist. A human mind can not be controlled by a group of scholars. Men are set to have individualistic ideas. The world will always have different characteristics of people. There will always be different classes, societies, and ideas.

Oct. 15th, 2006

(no subject)

For this assignment, the classroom was assigned to write about an incident that happened to themself or someone else at school using cliches. The teacher gave us the following web sites to pick cliches from: http://www.copydesk.org/cliches.htm and http://www.westegg.com/cliche/random.cgi.

I remember that the first day of high school I told my self " keep body and soul together." I felt Nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. In the blink of an eye I saw the teacher coming at me. To my surprise, she just wanted to give me an advice. Before living, the teacher told me that the secret was "just between you and me." After her advice, I realized that life is not all fun and games and that it takes one to know one.Life is what you make it, don't wait for things to happen, make them happen. If at first you don't succeed, try try again that your turn is going to come.

(no subject)

My English class assigned their students to read a dystopian literature novel, poem, or song. For this project, I decided to analyze "Anthem" a novel written by Ayn Rand.
I chose this novel because it is a great example of a dystopian society. The main character is Equality 7-2521. He is rejected by the society because of his Intelligence and strength. As common in a dystopian society, the Council of Vocations decides on the profession of the people. When the turn for Equality 7-2521 to decide on his vocation came,he was assigned to be a street sweeper instead of a scholar. After that day, Equality 7-2521 started to see that the scholars were hiding something from the society.
The overall theme of the novel is that a dystopian society tries to dominates the peoples way of thinking, but sooner or later, someone rejects to follow the laws and discovers the undiscovered world. That was what Equality 7-2521 did; he went against what the society wanted him to think and do.

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