I went to the Oakland University library yesterday to find my pieces of criticism. I found six pieces that I printed off and brought to Mr. Kreinbring this morning in AC. He approved all six of the pieces and said that three of them were very very good. I have begun to read them and I have realized that I do not write in a scholarly manner at all. Hopefully by the end of this project my writing will be much closer to that of a literary scholar. I will be ready to start writing my abstracts within the next day or
I have now completed Empire of the Sun. This was a great book and I am very happy that I have chosen it for this project. There are several main themes that J.G. Ballard uses throughout this novel. The theme of airplanes is used throughout the novel to show the progression of the war and also to symbolize Jim’s physical and mental condition. Jim’s confusion with which country he is a member of is another theme that continues throughout the novel. Jim wants to be a Japanese pilot, but he also wants to be an American. The only race that he doesn’t connect with at all is being British, which is what he actually is. This internal conflict reveals a lot about Jim’s character and the traits that he admires in people. Over all this was a very good novel and I enjoyed reading it very much so.
I am now on chapter 31 of my book. I like this book more and more after every chapter I read. The theme of airplanes has continued to develop. Different types of airplanes seem to symbolize different things to Jim. There is a contrast between the Japanese aircraft and the American aircraft. Jim uses the condition and amount of aircraft from each side that he sees to illustrate the progression of the war. He also uses the different types of aircrafts to show the progression as well. Jim continues to be torn between the two different Jim’s that he sees within himself. He has a major internal conflict between being British and not having anything in common with the rest of the British citizens he meets and wanting to be Japanese or American.
I am now on chapter 21 of my book. The themes that I discussed in my last blog are continuing to be developed. The symbolism of airplanes, specifically American airplanes, continues to come up a lot. It is brought up about every other page. Seeing airplanes is used as a metaphor for being extremely hungry and being on the verge of starvation. The main character, Jim, keeps discussing how he sees American planes fly over. He always discusses it when he is starting to lose hope because of hunger or something else. At this point in the book Jim is 14 years old and is past the world of childhood. He is beginning to mature and he is being guided to maturity mainly by Basie and Dr. Ransome because of his lack of parents. He has excepted that he and his parents are never going to see each other again and he hopes that they are peaceful and dead. Many changes are starting to appear in Jim.
I am currently on Chapter 15 of my book. Several common themes or ideas are starting to become apparent. There is the metaphor of a mirror that has appeared three times now. I am prediction this metaphor to continue to appear throughout the rest of the novel. There is also the idea of airplanes and there symbolism of hope to Jim. There is also the idea of there being two different Jims within Jim. This idea has appeared twice so far and I predict that it will continue to be developed by Ballard later in the novel.
I am currently on chapter 7 of my book. So far the book is pretty good. The first couple of chapters were slow because they were just introduction chapters. The last 2 chapters have started to have more action in them and the book keeps getting better. I am happy that I chose Empire of the Sun as my book. I think that I have made a very wise decision. I am actually learning to enjoy reading. I never thought that would happen.
I went home and researched Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard. I typed in the title on Google Scholar and found a ton on really good scholarly criticism on the book and the author. I read a couple reviews of the book on amazon and it sounds like a really good book. I have made my decision. I am going to read Empire of the Sun for my final AP Lit project.
I was completely lost when Mr. Kreinbring said that we had to choose a book for this final assignment. I didn’t know where to start. The only thing I knew was that Mr. Kreinbring knows a heck of a lot about books so I figured that i would start with talking to him. I went to see him in AC once morning and asked him where I should start looking for a book. He asked me what kind of books I like to read and I didn’t have an answer. He then asked me what kind of movies I like to watch and I told him war/action movies. He then used his iPad to look on amazon and gave me several suggestions of books that I should look into. One that he kept telling me about was called Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard. I am going to go home and research it and see how much criticism there is on it and then make my decision about it.
One reason that The Patriot is an Anti-war movie is that it shows the horrible brutality that occurs against innocent people that get caught up in the war. In the movie Mel Brooks’ family gets caught up in the war by helping wounded soldiers from both sides of the war when a battle occurs right outside their house. One of his sons is killed by a british officer and his house is burnt down. Another reason that The Patriot is an anti-war movie is that it uses Mel Brooks and the British officer as examples of how bad war can truly be. Mel Brooks’ character shares stories from a past war that he fought in that shows unbelievable things that soldiers do during a war and the British officer works as a living example of those horrible things.
I believe that all people should respect other’s beliefs regardless of if they agree with them or not. Just because I do not agree with someone’s beliefs does not mean that I can not respect them. Obviously this moral has its limits like if somebody’s beliefs involve killing or injuring people, but within all practical bounds people should respect other’s beliefs. This applies to religious beliefs especially. A large number of religious people get very angry with people who do not share their belief system. I do not believe in God and i have had many people become angry with me when they find this out. I respect the beliefs of everybody no matter if they are backed up by logic or if they are not (like religion). I find it ridiculous and unfair that somebody who believes in a mystical being, who is not backed up by any evidence, is going to tell me that my beliefs are wrong when my beliefs are backed up by evidence. I have the politeness to respect other’s beliefs and others should have the politeness to respect mine.
Bound, flogged, tortured Brought from Africa to the Caribbean’s sandy shores You fought back Viscously, Fearlessly, Relentlessly Victory, freedom at last! Slave no more – Haiti, first free black republic
Only to have your back bowed again Poverty, dictatorship, violence, unrest You fought…
This school picture of me from my junior year shows almost nothing about me. This picture doesn’t show that I am in AP classes or that I am a varsity wrestler and football player or anything about my life that is significant in any way. The only things that this picture shows is that I am a white kid named Grant Sharkey who is supposedly happy during this picture. It doesn’t show that that was a fake smile and that I wasn’t happy at all while taking this picture. It doesn’t show anything about my personality or my life. It shows that I might be a preppy kid because I’m wearing an Abercrombie and Fitch shirt, but this isn’t true at all. Most school days I just wear comfortable athletic clothes and I don’t act or dress preppy at all. So pretty much a school picture show almost nothing about who a person is.
After watching “Rebel Without a Cause” I think that the family lives of the characters are very believable and accurate. Each kid had his/her own family problems that they had to deal with at home and these problems directly influenced their actions. Each kid needed help from their parents, but the parents were little to no help. All of the characters’ family problems made them each rebel against their families. The characters’ family lives are the only believable thing about this movie. I thought that the plot was outdated and unrealistic and I thought that the characters themselves were also outdated and inaccurate. This outdatedness of the movie is reasonable due to the fact that it was not made recently and the inaccurateness of the movie could also have something to do with when the movie was made.
I guess it all began when I was around ten years old. It was a Sunday morning at the Kirk in the Hills, the Presbyterian church my family attended. While there, I started to think of how I knew that what I had been told was true. I had only been told that it was truth but had never personally…
I went through a similar experience as Ryan when I was about 8 years old. I am a person that thinks logically and in my head there was nothing logical that proved religion to be true. Ryan said that he became more charitable after he stopped believing in God. I believe that it is a common misconception that people of strong faith are more charitable and more ethical than people who do not believe in God. My Mom’s side of my family is very religious and they rarely give back to people and the quality of their morals is much lower than that of the majority of strongly religious people who ” live their lives for God”. When I returned from my mission trip to Haiti the only person on my Mom’s side of my family that was happy for me (excluding my Grandma) was my Uncle Tom and he is not religious at all. I can relate very closely with the experience that Ryan had.
“Once I found the strength to be myself, I had no need to act myself.”
When I went to Mission Of Hope Haiti over the 2011 Spring Break on a mission trip it changed my life in many different ways. At this point you are probably thinking that this is going to be another generic story about someone going on a mission trip and finding Jesus and God and becoming best buddies with them, but that is not the story that I am about to tell. On my mission trip I did discover who God and Jesus are, but not in the sense that the large majority of people who go on mission trips do. I did have a revelation about religion, but not one that strengthened my faith in any religion or in any God. On my mission trip I realized what I believe to be the true meaning and the true power of religion.
When I was inHaitiI saw many things that sickened and depressed me. I went to many places where children were not taken care of the way that they should be and where these malnourished children could not even enjoy the simplest things in life, like having a family or going to school. The child in the above picture was one of these children. He was to poor to go to school and he had little family to speak of. This child has almost everything going against him in life and he still has faith in a better future because of his religion. There were many things inHaitithat gave me hope for a better life for children like him and all of the people ofHaiti, one of these things is the Christian faith. Before going toHaitiI was not religious whatsoever. When I was younger I went to church occasionally and my mom’s side of the family is very religious, so it isn’t like I have never been exposed to religion. I have made an informed decision about my religious beliefs.
When I was inHaitiI witnessed first hand the major impact religion can have on a community. Religion can unite a community and give its people a system of unified ethics and beliefs. It can give a child who has no parents to look up to a positive role model (Jesus in the Christian faith). It can teach children from a very young age that there is someone (God) always watching you, so if you misbehave even when there is nobody around someone still sees you misbehaving. It can give an entire nation full of impoverished and desperate people hope that the future will be better than the present. It can inspire people to donate their money and time to helping these people who are in desperate need of assistance. It can even inspire people to donate their entire life to helping the people of a nation that is diseases ridden and full of unstable political situations.
During the week that I spent inHaitiI had a revelation about religion, specifically Christianity. I realized that religion is simply a moral/ethical code that is shared by all members of the religion/community. Religion is a tool used to organize and unify the people of a community. One Christian person alone in a community will have absolutely no affect on the crime levels or the ethics of that community, but when an entire community is unified under one religion and one moral code it becomes an unstoppable force of good. The community becomes self enforced and the crime rate drops dramatically. Religion also gives the people ofHaitia better future to look forward to. The churches inHaitipreach that through faith in God the lives of Haitian people will become much better. There are many reasons whyHaitiis in the condition it is in and I don’t believe that God has control over any of them: corrupt politicians, earthquakes, lack of jobs, little to no infrastructure, exedra. While I was inHaitiI discovered that God is really just the maximum amount of faith that the people are able to put into having a better future. I also discovered that Jesus is the amount of work that the people are willing to put toward reaching this better future. People put their faith in God and Jesus as a way of searching for the path to improving their lives and the lives of the people if their community. When strong faith in the overall religion, God and any prophets of that God is adopted by an entire community it is an amazing unifying force. On my mission trip toHaitiI discovered what I believe to be the ultimate power of religion and that is the unity that it can create in a community and the faith that it can give a community for hope in a better future.
The voice inside my head tells me that I am for helping people. This may sound stupid and very general but that’s what the voice inside my head tells me. I want to become a doctor not because of the reason my dad wants me to (because they make a lot of money), but because I want to help people and I feel like being in the medical field is the best way to use my talents to do this. When I went to Haiti on a mission trip I went because I wanted to help people, not because I felt compelled by God or felt that it would be a good way to earn browny points with Jesus. Everything I do in my life I do because I feel that it will help me toward my goal of helping people. The reason I take AP classes and put up with all of my parents shit is because I feel that eventually it will get me closer to my goal. I dream about one day being able to go on medical missions and helping people all around the world. To some people, like my parents, this may be a dumb idea, but I don’t care what other people think, especially my parents.
I agree with Tannen’s assertion in the concluding paragraphs of her essay. Tannen’s assertion is that women are less free than men because all women are marked in some way. I agree with this assertion because women have to many options when it comes to clothing, jewelry and make up. No matter what decisions a women makes about these topics she will inevitably mark herself with each decision. Men have relatively few choices to make when it comes to fashion and because of this lack of variety men have the freedom to be unmarked. As a man who marks women unintentionally, any time I see a women I unconsciously mark her based on her personal style. If a girl is wearing clothes that are baggy and she has her hair in a pony tail that means that she does not care much about her personal appearance. If a women is wearing a nice dress and has her hair styled that means that she cares about her appearance and that she is probably from a good family. There is no unmarked women.
I believe that fashion allows people to enforce the role in society that they have chosen for themselves. Fashion is a way of expressing to society what their role is. I believe societal roles are determined internally in each individual and fashion is how people express the roles that they have chosen for themselves. I have never felt confined by what I wear. The clothes I wear create an image of me that shows what my role in society is. I dress like a high school student who is into sports and cares a lot about his body and that is what my clothes/fashion express to the people around me.
The effect that certain people have on public space is determined by the perception that the other individuals in that public space have of the people/person. For example, if a group of teenage boys are walking around together in a public space people jump to conclusions about why the group is there. Most people would assume that the group of boys are up to no good and are looking to create trouble. The way in which people perceive other individuals makes them jump to conclusions about why someone is in a certain place which gives that individual the power to change public space.
The best idea of this millennium is the idea of sharing information. This idea has made almost all information in the world is available at a few clicks of a mouse. There are many new mediums to share information and these accelerate the speed at which information is being shared globally. There are countless benefits of information being shared in this manner. A real world example in which the idea of sharing information has had positive effects is the recent case in Florida where a young African-American boy was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman. In order for the case to be reheard in court the parents of the victim had to gain 10,000 signatures on a petition. They used the internet and social media networks to spread the petition to as many people as they could to try and gain the 10,000 signatures that they needed. The idea of the rapid sharing of information is by far the best idea on this millennium.
Wrestling is undoubtedly a form of high art. Wrestling has a great value to society because of the values, like perseverance, teamwork and many more that it teaches. This means that it should be shared with the world. People benefit from witnessing wrestling because they can observe how the hard work and years of training that the wrestlers have put into their art form come together. Wrestling is an incredibly technical sport that takes years and years to master. It is extremely complex due to the massive amount of technique, but it has very simple rules which keep it organized and easy to comprehend. Wrestling should undoubtedly be respected and envied by all. Wrestling has a very broad audience. Males and females of all ages can participate in and observe many different styles of wrestling. People need to respect and appreciate wrestling as an art form. Wrestling is definitely a form of high art.
Everybody has their own opinion about why we fight. I believe that we fight because our economy is heavily reliant on the jobs that the military industrial complex provide. Therefore when the US enters a war the government floods the defense industry with money which creates a higher demand for labor in that industry. When the US is not in a war this money is not put into the economy causing the economy to decline. This was apparent during The Great Depression when the start of WWII boosted the US economy and pulled it out of the depression.
When I was in 4th grade my class had to write an essay about what we learned that week in class. I worked very hard on my essay and couldn’t wait to get my grade back. We turned the essay in on Tuesday and on Friday the teacher announced that she was done grading them and that we were finally going to find out our grades. I couldn’t wait to find out what my grade was. The teacher walked around and passed out the graded essays to all of my classmates. I didn’t receive mine. I began to be worried that my teacher had lost my essay. I went up to the teacher’s desk and told her that i hadn’t received my paper. She asked me if I had put my name on it. I realized that i hadn’t. She told me that I would get a zero if I had forgotten to put my name on it. I begged her to not give me a zero; I almost started crying. She told me that she wouldn’t give me a zero this one time. I was ecstatic! I promised to always put my name on my papers from then on. I learned a very important lesson that day that I will never forget: always put your name on your paper.
I chose to add this hyperlink because I feel that this image is a perfect depiction of how determination applies to wrestling. The explanation under the picture also helps give more information on how determination applies to wrestling.
I chose to use this hyperlink here because I wanted to add a video to illustrate to the readers how wrestling is an extremely complex and sophisticated sport. I also wanted to show the reader that technique is the key to success in wrestling, not just athleticism and brute strength.
I chose to use this hyperlink here because I feel that the pictures help give the reader a clearer idea about the evidence there is to show that wrestling was present in these ancient cultures. These pictures show statues, carvings and hieroglyphics that all prove that wrestling was present in these ancient cultures.
"A Modest Proposal" is political because it is about gaining a solution to the massive amount of poor people at the cost of eating the babies of the poor. This is similar to the situation of the Apple workers in China because we are getting cheap Apple products at the cost of the suffering of the workers. An article from Manufacturing and Factory News puts the average hourly wage of a rural Chinese worker at $0.41. This enables Apple to maintain a large profit even when they sell their products for the price they do.
I am now on chapter 19 and there are 25 chapters in the book. I am on part III of 3. Geoffrey Canada is an amazing author. The way he shares his story and the stories of the people that he has know is extremely powerful. I like his writing style mainly because it is very straight forward. He doesn’t use a lot of figurative language which I feel is overused by a lot of writers. In chapter 18 Canada discusses how the government plan to increase the number of police officers will do nothing to change the amount of crime and violence in urban ghettos. He says that the problem isn’t the number of police but the type of police that are being used. The current police officers are primarily white and are not from the areas that they are patrolling. These officers know nothing of the type of community and culture that they are patrolling. They end up ruling through intimidation, not respect. This is a recipe for disaster. The people of the community dont trust the police and the police cant protect the people of the community. It is a lose lose situation. This book is amazing; its gets better every chapter.
I am now on chapter 13. This book is extremely interesting!!! I would highly recommend it. This book is giving me a whole new perspective on the origination of violence in young people specifically. I am noticing some of the behavior Canada is talking about with violent youths in people at Avondale. I am also understanding why certain people behave the way they do when they’re around different groups of people. Can’t wait to finish this book and see what the end is holding.
Wikipedia uses hyperlinks in numerous ways. It uses hyperlinks to move from one page to another within Wikipedia. It uses them to move to pages outside of Wikipedia too; for example when sourcing another website. Hyperlinks are also used occasionally to move to a picture or video.
I found this image online I think that this image states a very true life lesson that wrestling, as an art form, teaches you. In wrestling you face obstacles everyday at practice and in every match. Wrestling teaches you to push through and overcome these obstacles when they stand in your way of success.
This hospital featuring 6 operation theaters, 320 beds, a NICU department, an emergency department, and more is costing 16 million USD, which is less than 1% of the money initially pledged as emergency international aid to Haiti’s relief efforts.
“The amount of money either pledged or flying around out there is substantial,” Farmer says. “If it were marshaled into a coherent system of hospitals, health posts, you could see some big, big improvements in health indices in Haiti, and that’s what we expect to happen.”