I thought that “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was a rather funny short story. It was very satirical and fun to read. I thought it was funny how they stereotyped westerners as stupid people, and easterners were stereotyped as snobby, smart people. For the way we did independent reading this year, it was a nice mix up from the regular quiz’s we had to take. it didn’t really affect how i read my book, because i was interested in it either way. As for Huck Finn, i can tell by the first chapter it’s going to be satirical and interesting to read.
I’m the type of person that will read any book, but i wasn’t too thrilled when i found out we had to read Huck Finn. I’ve heard only bad things about this book, that it’s boring, its not interesting, it’s too long, etc. But i have to admit that I’ve actually enjoyed the first 5 chapters of the book. I think it’s pretty interesting and it’s definitely better than i expected it to be. One thing about this story that i thought was ironic was how the father of Huck Finn was taken in by the Judge and promised to be a better person, but snuck out that night and sold his coat to get some booze. One thing about the plot that i didn’t enjoy was how Toms Sawyer’s band of robber’s made it sound like the story was about to become action packed, with killing and robbing, but they only pretended to do it rather than actually doing it. I also didn’t like how Ms. Watson was always rude to Huck Finn and always picking at him. Another thing I thought was odd was how Jim “talked” to a “magic hairball” that would tell Huck Finn’s future. I dont really have much else to say about it, but i do have to admit i’ve enjoyed reading the book so far.
I am very familiar with satire, as i use it all the time. i have a rather dark and edgy sense of humor that probably isn’t school appropriate, but oh well. i would add my favorite example to this blog, but it has swear words, so i can’t. i dont really know much about mark twain, to be completely honest, let alone his style of writing. After doing some “extensive” research, i learned that mark twain was born two weeks after Halleys comet appeared in its closest approach to earth. Woo..
Halfway through the movie, i’ve really come to enjoy this film so far. At first, i didn’t think id enjoy the film. I thought it would be boring because of how old it is, but once i started watching it, i was hooked on its plot. What i enjoyed the most about this movie was the fact that the wife wasn’t really the wife the entire time. It really added to the mystery factor of the entire film. Another thing i like about the film is that they use the color green to signify Madeleine. They also use a lot of symbols and it also adds to the film. One thing i didnt like is how scottie tried changing judy to look Madeleine once Madeleine had “died”. it was really creepy and offsetting to me. Another thing i didnt like is just how creepy scotty was in general. He just had a very creepy vibe to him the entire film. Another thing i didnt like was that scottie let “madeleine” die, which was completely unavoidable. I dont care if you have vertigo or not, if someones about to JUMP OFF OF A CLIFF, you should have the common sense to do something about it instead of WATCHING them fall. that part was very irritating to me. i personally think the film went above and beyond on the successful factor. I personally really enjoy the movie so far.
I gotta say, i’m loving the deep and thoughtful excerpts we’ve been reading. I’m probably the only one who’s said that, but nonetheless i still think its interesting. One connection between Emerson and Thoreau’s thoughts that i immediately noticed is the nature concept. They both look at nature in a spiritual manner.The main idea of the first portion “Where i lived and what i lived for” is that the land he wishes to build a house upon already has a history of previous owners with their own lives and struggles. He also mentions seeing future inhabitants who will live their lives there. The conclusion is how Thoreau comes to the realization that a person who confidently strides in the direction of their dreams will succeed much better than they had originally imagined. The benefits of Thoreau’s experiment include a simple break from society. After living so long in society’s conformity, it must be satisfying to break away and live in the rule-less woods for a while. I personally don’t think i would miss anything. Living in the woods away from society seems like such a peaceful and stress-free life. I would definitely be able to do it. Some things a reader should take out of transcendentalism is that some of its concepts should be taken and implemented into some of our lives, especially the nature concept. We should better understand that we all should be sharing the nature and planet, rather than claiming territories.
While reading Civil disobedience, i began to question things in our society, mainly in regards to the government. I personally believe that the government shouldn’t be as involved as it is, but i still believe it should at least exist. The role of government is to control us, its citizens, and keep us under its control. That’s also its role to each individual citizen. to control things and keep things in order (even though they fail at that half the time). i believe that a government that commands my respect is one that is a constitutional one. they make the rules, and they expect us to simply obey them. the role of civil disobedience in todays society is to obtain things without violence, such as marches. its meant to disrupt people’s daily life so they become aware of the thing the people are marching for. i believe that its effective because people are going to notice if their day is being disrupted because of civil disobedience. it makes people listen, and consider.
Over the course of this entire debate, my views of argument have changed drastically. Instead of mindless bickering back and forth, i have learned that an argument is much more complex than i had originally thought. It taught me how to better form an argument, even for small things. Instead of just coming up with a weak argument, i can better formulate one. At the beginning of this unit, ill be honest. I thought it was stupid, pointless. When i found out we were actually debating one-on-one, i panicked. I hated the fact that it was one-on-one, because i instantly felt pressured to not embarrass myself. I didn’t really take the debate seriously until my turn to go was around the corner. Thats when i really started to get it together and prepare. The experience of debating in general has helped me become better at it, and it kinda helped my social anxiety, too. Now, coming up with everything in the actual debate was rather difficult. Im the type of person that prefers knowing whats going to be said, and whats going to happen, but i didnt have that choice in this debate. So writing the debate was kinda hectic for me. But overall, this entire thing has been an experience. Its taught me important elements to an argument, whether it be one in everyday life, or its a professional debate.
i think that the purpose of independent reading is to try to show students just how fun/interesting reading a book can be. to encourage students to read, you could expand your online ebook selection, because some students dont get books simply because they lose them easily. For my second quarter book, i chose the rose and the dagger. i chose this book because i personally like the series. after reading the first chapter of the book, im not sure what exactly is going to happen. the first chapter is just a flashback. i liked the book as soon as i started reading it, and i couldn’t put it down. As for the book trailer, i don’t really have any concerns, except my lack of ability to create videos (im assuming the book trailer will have to be in a video format.) Otherwise, i don’t have anything else to say about it in regards to concerns.
i’ll admit, i actually enjoyed reading this excerpt. It was incredibly deep and meaningful, albeit hard to understand at times. i believe that man can naturally be good without rules of society. half of the time, society is the thing that causes people to misbehave. Without the norms of society pressuring people, people wouldn’t be so evil. most of the time, it’s society around them that causes them to act evilly and violently. For example, a kid at school may do something violent to a fellow classmate who had previously bullied them. if people weren’t confined by the laws of society, the bully wouldn’t have bullied him. i know this because a lot of people who bully or injure people have been hurt themselves, whether it be emotional or physical. if humans weren’t forced to follow the rules of society, the world and people around them wouldn’t have been treated so harshly. people are influenced by the environment around them, which may pressure people to become violent, like some are today. the rules of society are to blame for this happening. its created judgement and bias throughout the world, the very things that cause people to lash out and be violent, and act in evil ways. thats how i would argue that man itself is not evil, and that society rules have played a large factor in shaping people to be the violent and evil people they are now.
Throughout the entire debate process, i don’t believe my views on gun control have changed. It hasn’t because i just always personally believed that there should be more gun control. The most interesting piece of evidence for my side of the argument, which is pro gun control, is that people still deny it works, although other countries implement it and it works for them. It should be interesting to others because its a common argument with this entire subject, that gun control doesn’t work. Its interesting because although people have evidence to show it does indeed work, they still deny it does. I didn’t know this fact too well before i did research, because i was uncertain on whether or not it actually worked. One source that i always went to was procon.org. There are a lot of sad and depressing emotional elements in my topic, the big one being that children are getting killed every day for no reason. My topic activates these emotions for the audience because its a very real situation. Anybody at any time could be shot dead for no reason. This topic is obviously emotionally charged for reasons iv’e stated above. The debate about my topic is important because it happens often, an innocent person died because the wrong person got a hold of a firearm. Many ethics factor into this debate, in particular right vs. wrong. We are giving dangerous people access to these harmful weapons, and that is wrong. There is only one ethical topic that goes against my debate topic, which would also be right vs. wrong. I personally believe the most important appeals in my argument is the emotional appeal. Emotional appeal is probably the most common on both sides of this debate. i think the most important thing iv’e learned about creating a valid argument is that you need time, and a lot of research. You can’t just waltz in there with nothing prepared and expect to win the debate. it’s a tedious process. this will affect future debates/arguments i have because now i know how to properly form them.