Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Passage Explication #1

In the passage when i told her it didnt mean anthing but that i didnt think so Albert Camus suggest that people who dont show others respect will have a hard time getti ng along with others. He explains how when he shows the way raymond acts towards his wife. He doesnt show his emotions so we all dont know how he really feels about her or anything. When the passage begins marie didnt have a clue that her and raymond were going to get into a fight which it said in the last sentence. When Mersault tells marie that they would have lunch together that probably made her happy since he dosent really say much. He actually went to the store and brought some meat so this was a good lunch im guessing. They never really did anything like that before and if they did marie was the on preparing the food and making decisions. When the passage starts mersault and marie eat lunch and they hear Salamano yelling at his dog. He says '' lousy stinking basatrd '' then they just go on a walk. After a while Mersault starts telling stories and they are laughing together having a good time. she loved the way he had kissed her. when she asked him if he loved her he basically said it didnt matter and that it didnt mean anything to him. To me thats just disrespectful and a slap in the face and i dont understand why marie is in love with a man who cant even answer a simple question. People like him are meant to be alone with nobody around them. Mersault just takes up space and says things that arent nesseccary. He just doesnt like to show his emotions and maybe he has a reason for that but we dont know. When he does something to her that makes her mad he makes it up to her by kissing her and then gets away wit it.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Independent Reading Essay

Lound lived a privlieged life in the Cambodian capitol of phnom Penh until she was five years old. At the age of five she basically had to act like an adult and raise her little brother and sister while her mother had to keep an eye on the Khemer Rouge Army. Eventually their life was in danger when the army decided to storm into the city and forcing her family to flee and disperse. They were doing good until the Khmer Rouge came and changed everything. In the next few paragraphs i'm going to explain how it all started.

In the beginning it was Ma,Pa,Meng,Khouy,Keav.Kim,Chou,Geak, and Loung. Their mother had 7 childrenand they lived in Phmon Penh. They weren't poor or rich but they had enough food and money to survive. Loung's mom stayed home while her father worked for a secret agent in the next city. The kids didn't go to school but they were there to help their parents when it was necessary. In phonm penh they had many opportunitys and could go anywhere without being questioned by the army. Loung's family always went out to eat and they would always explore. To them they had the best life and didn't think anything wuld of came in the way.

In the climax everything has changed. What i told you in the beggining didn't last very long. In april 1975, the Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army invaded the whole Phnom Penh city. Everyone had to leave or they would die. Loung was trained as a soldier in the camp that she was at while her older siblings were sent to labor camps. The army would roam the city everyday looking for men to recruit in the army. Loung's mom didn't want her son geting recruited so she forced him (khouy) to get married and by the way hes only 16. Khouy married Davi and moved to their own house. After the army invaded, they decreased the food rations so they wouldn't have much to at everyday.

Everyday the Ung family had to struggle toget food. Sometimes Kim (one of the girls) would steal it but the father would punish her so it didn't really work out. Their father still worked as agent but his family had to hide it from the others in order to keep the family safe and to keep pa alive. They had to act like they weren't educated or the people in the camps would get suspicious and rat them out. One afternoon ma sees some of the soldiers walking towards the house and at that very moment she knew her husband was going to get killed. She immediatly told the kids to go inside and told her husband to come outside ith tears running down her face. Loung keeps asking her mother what's going on but she was to young to understand according to her parents. As two soldiers take pa the kids ask when is he coming back they didn;t reply. Pa hugs and kisses the family goodbye and they just sit on the steps watching pa lave. They sat their until they couldn't see his shadow anymore. Since then pa hasnt returned. Eventually they found out pa died and it took the a while to get over it especially loung.

In the resolution kim,chou,and geak are sent away to Me Bong in order for the rest of them to stay alive. Since the khmer rouge amys killed pa for being a secret agent they would come after ma and the rest of children for lying about their life. The only thing good about met bong is that they increase the food rations so they weren't hungry. There was plenty of kids that they can play with so they weren't bored. Towards the very end of the book all the people who lost their husbands and children got what they wished for. One of the khmer rouge soldiers got executed and everyone got to watch. They were discussing which tools to use to crack his skull and to slice his throat. He died because he has killed plenty of innocent people. He died painfully and slowly.

Kim,chou, and loung kept moving to different camps and at one point they had to leave cambodia and stayed in vietnam. Her oldest brother meng was sent to Lam sing refuge camp where se met up with him and her mother . Overall the story is a tough book to read they went through so much just to protect their famliy. People say famliy comes before everything and that is true family always have to stick together even through hard times.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Collge Essay

I can't rememer what I was watching , what time it was, or the day it happend, but when she told i felt like my life was over. It was around night time a little after dinner i was sitting in my moms room laying on her bed watchin some catoons. byth way i was 12 at the time. Then my mother comes in her room with a ig grin on her face so i thought what she had to tell me was important. So she sat next to me on the bed and told me that wer'e moving to florida. The only thing i could think of was leaving my friends and my father behind just made me want to yell at her but i didn't have the guts to. She knew that i was ging to be upset and i didn't know why she chose that exact moment to break the news to me. In my head i was just thinking about how can my mother could decide to move somewhere without even asking my siser and i for permission even though that sounds a little silly but we are llowed to hav a say in this. My sister didn't really care she liked the idea of seeing new people and meeting new friends but i'm more difficult and i had friends in cambridge. i told my mother that i wasn't going to move to florida.. I told my sister everyones going to look the same nothing i going to change so why don't we stay in cambridge. Out of all 50 states she chose florida. Just because it's sunny everyday doesn't mean i am going to like it . but when i think about this today i feel like a whole new person. I livd in a different state and me some new cool people tht act and dress the same way as i do. I noticed that i can make frerinds easily. I'm outspoken and not shy at all. I sually say what's on my mind and tell you like it is. in life people are suppose to explore and discover something. buy in my situation i'd rather stay in one place with the pople i knew and grew up with. In the end i fixed my attitude and thanked my mther for moving. it turned out that i actually liked florida in a way. also my grandfather, aunts, uncles lived there so i got to spend alot of time with them. After a while we realized that this wasn't going to work for us so we moved back to massachusetts. Instead of going to cambridge we landed in malden which i dont like tat much but i'd rather be hee thenn florida. Malden isn't tat bad i new a few people out here and my cosin lived here for a while so i got use to it. Overall i think this happend for a reason and made me realize not everything is about me and i have to put others in front of me for a while.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Red Shift (in class essay)

In the poem Red Shift by Ted Berrigan he author suggest that that this guy is dissapointed. The way his tone it seems like he's imagining what's going on. He can maybe be dying who knows but the way he describes his surroundings seems pretty boring. It's like hes stuck somewhere he can't escape. However there is somethings he says that catches my attention and changes my opinion on how i feel about him.  To this poem is about a 43 year old man and his life is going through some changes. Its like a shift of emotions it will always change. he eplains how he knew some girl and didn't even recognize him because she grew up to fast. He's just so sad and depressed that he can never be happy. So he drinks all his problems away like it' nothing. His feelings are always changing. He's probably confused or crying about something ut he never explan why he feels this way if he did maybe he can feel a different way. The poem is staying that this guy seems to be talking to someone. I think so because he mentions how he has entered in someones life and that they can't escape him. He also says " I came into your change it and it did so now nothing will ever change that and that's that". He's trying to tell us theres been a change in is life and he has to accept it. This shift happend for a reason and only god knows why this why he said he didnt ask for this you did. You is referring to god.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Landscape Of The Fall Of Icarus ( in class essay)

In the poem Lanscapse Of The Fall Of Icarus, the author william Carlos williams suggest that theres more than one meaning for this peom. An example would be life goes on. Which means no matter what happened you have to live through it and keep doing you. He also suggest everything has a purpose in life. This is actually true because everything you do theres a reson why you do it. Life is complicated nowadays you don't know what to expect. Theirs always going to be consequences for our actions. Like daedalus's son iarus he tried to do something that was impossible and look now hes not even alive. Huamns are very selfish when it comes down to theirselves. They're willing to try new things but won't let anyone esle try either. in the picture brueghel relates this to the poem becasue he shows Icarus drwoning with his feet up in the air. The author mentions the farmer plowing his field and that's exactly what's in the picture also. to me it seemed like this picture represented the spring since the sun was shinning really bright and the farmer was plowing his field.

500 words on Brugel

The background of the painting is lighter colors. The sun is shinning so it probably in the morning. There are big boats and a city, this may be an ocean or a sea. In the background on the top right is an iceberg. The sky looks very weird it has different colors like blue yellow and white. It is blue and the land rises sharply. The sun looks very low in the sky. The sun is in the middle of the picture maybe to the right a little. On the left side I see a city where people live and beside it looks like huge rocks. In the middle of the sea there is one boat and it looks like its going somewhere. On the right side there is another boat but it’s bigger. Next to the boat I see trees and another island. Next to the trees there’s a guy holding a stick with a lot of goats near him. It looks like he’s going hiking. The goats are just picking t the floor probably looking for food. The goats are surrounded by little trees or bushes. The guy is looking up at the sky wondering where he is. In the sea Icarus is drowning with his feet up in the air. In the front on the bottom I see another guy sticking his hand in the water. He is sitting on the grass searching for something or maybe he is going fishing. In the very front there is a farmer plowing his field. He’s wearing a red shirt but the brown thing on him looks like a dress. His hair is cut short and his shoes look a little fancy. While he’s plowing there is a horse that’s making the plough work. The man and the horse are also surrounded by some bushes and some rotten flowers. The most thing that I see is that the farmers face is hidden so that must mean something. The farmer is trying to go somewhere from the way he horse is leading him. Next to the city it looks likes there’s more icebergs all the way in the back. Where the farmer is plowing its looks like there is cracks on the floor or on the side walk. I see a dead bird on top of something. It looks like it was on that for a long time. The water in the ocean seems to change colors. In the middle it’s clear but near the side its pretty dark. On the side the water has waves in it. To me the water looks black which could resemble the death of Icarus. In the water there is a mini island with tress around it. The boats shouldn’t be in the water because the rocks could be dangerous for them just in case they hit it. There seems to be some wind because the sail looks like it’s going to fall off. The farmer is also plowing downhill that may be a little difficult.

Ovid D.j

Why is Daedalus homesick?
Who exiled him?
Is crete the place where they sent him away to?


Dear Mr. Gallagher i was born and rasied in Cambridge, Mass until i moved to malden my sophmore year in highschool. After i moved out of cambridge my mom decided that we should live in florida. I didn't want to leave my friends behind but i had no choice so ended up doing my freshmen year in florida. we didnt really like florida that much so we moved back to boston but we landed in malden. I speak two languages english and creole. As a reader i would say i'm not the best but i only read when i get to choose the book not when it's an assignmet.