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“I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.” The theme for the movie If I Stay is living is about sacrifices and choices. There are three things that best show and the theme of the story are the setting the characters and most importantly the flashbacks

After going through a horrific car accident and is put into a coma, Mia Hall is faced with the choice to either dying and being with her family or living and pursuing her music. The setting of the story is always at the ICU at the hospital. She is fighting to live and completely comatose, but her spirit is walking around and going through flashbacks. Multiple times in the story the one hallway she goes down gets very bright and everything gets loud signifying her about to die. She starts to scream and says she doesn’t want to die yet. The main character of the story is Mia Hall. She is an high school student  on her senior year and is an amazing cello player. During her time in the ICU she gets accepted Julliard School of Music which was her dream. While in her coma Mia realizes how many sacrifices were made for her to achieve her dreams, for example her dad was a drummer in a bang till he quit and sold his drum kit to buy Mia’s first cello. The most important literary device in my opinion is the use of flashbacks. While she is in the coma she reflects on her life and the best times in her life. Most importantly her time with Adam (her boyfriend) and trying to find the reason to live. If she stays she will be an orphan but have her friends, music and Adam. If she goes she can leave all the pain and be with her family . The flashbacks foreshadow her sacrificing being with her family and choosing to stay for her music and love.

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.” Living is made up of sacrifices and choices is main idea for If I Stay.

Week 2/Notes

Spending the whole week taking notes wasn’t the most fun thing that we could of done but it wasn’t the worst either. Truthfully I didn’t mind it because there was a lot of stories, it was very relatable, and the basic notes were there but you can also add in things to be over and above. One thing that I learned was that the protagonist isn’t always the “good guy”. The protagonist is the person the book is centered around and the antagonist is the person or thing that opposes his goals. I have thought about some stories and movies i’ve read or seen like MegaMind or Suicide Squad that has a typical bad guy as the protagonist, I thought that the story was just told in the viewpoint of the antagonist but now I know they are the protagonist because they are the main character. I also learned the principle of Milieu “The specific feeling of a specific people at a specific time”, for example in Salem, Massachusetts a forward thinking woman or any woman with an opinion was thought to be a witch but in this era that would be completely acceptable. In early American years people had African-Americans as slaves that were owned the European settlers. The Slaves were seen as property not humans, and treated as livestock. Their opinions didn’t matter and they had no rights. Now the whole idea of slavery seems repulsive and terrible (which it is) but at the time it was socially acceptable.  

My second week of school was pretty good. The workload is definitely piling on, but I can handle it… for now. We (the boys soccer team) had a tournament on Saturday ad didn’t do the best we could of. It was also very cold, dreary, it rained all day, and we played very aggressive teams and everyone got a little beat up. Then I got sick that Saturday and was asleep most of the long weekend. Ugh