Blog 21

What are your thoughts on the novel so far? Better or worse than expected? Interesting? What do you like or dislike?  My initial thoughts on Huck Finn is that the novel is actually more boring than I expected but then again it is only the beginning of the novel. I like that the chapters are short and it does not take about fifteen minutes to read a chapter. I think that it is a bit harder to read with the southern dialect and trying to figure out how to pronounce some things and figure out what each strong southern word definition is.

Blog 20 (?)

   My  first impressions of Huck Finn is that I feel like I should have read The adventures of Tom Sawyer before reading this book. My thoughts on the short story were Simon Wheeler is smarter than you think if he was able to fool someone that is supposed to be more intelligent. The point this short story was trying to make is not to just trust everyone and don’t belittle people for their background. I liked the way we handled the IR reading during the third quarter because you had to be more creative and I usually always forget to take an AR test until the last minute. Plus if you knew what you were doing, making the trailer took as long as taking an AR test.

Satire

Humor I enjoy the most is surprise humor. You never know what the person is going to say and you’re surprised at what they say so you laugh and then you realize that they are a terrible person. Like YouTube comedian Brandon Rogers. My type of humor is a mix of surprise and dark humor and then just something stupid to make people laugh. Like observational and self-deprecating humor. I tend to say self-deprecating things around the wrong people and they think I have issues. Some things I found out about Mark Twain is how he got his name. Mark means measure and Twain is two. It is a riverboat term to measure both names in 12 feet depth.

https://youtu.be/FZUcpVmEHuk a self-deprecating vine

Blog 18 2.0

My initial reaction to this movie was that it seems weird. Like sketchy. Scottie is weird for continuing to stalk Madeline after her husband called it off. Midge is weird for seeming obsessed with Scottie. Madeline reminds me of  Phoebe in season 2 of Friends when she believes that Mrs. Adelman possessed her. . My predictions is that Madeline died a while ago and jumped into the river to repeat her death which brings Scottie with her and he dies and now Midge is suffering the loss of Scottie imagining that he is still alive. The film doesn’t seem successful yet because of it’s many plot holes so far, but as the film goes on and more questions are answered it should be appreciated more. Another theory of this is that Scottie died from the fall and is just thinking he is still living like the hitchhiker book by Roald Dahl I think. Ryan is wondering how Midge can see Scottie still after the second theory and we came to the conclusion that she is crazy.

Blog 15

What connections can you make between Thoreau’s thoughts and Emerson’s? Thoreau seems to be more calm and not trying to tell you your life is a lie like Emerson is doing. What is the main idea of the first portion of the excerpt “Where I Lived and What I Lived For? The main point of the first part is that Thoreau is telling us how his life was like and how he handled it in the nature. What would be the benefits of Thoreau’s leaving behind society to live in the woods experiment? What would you miss? Could you do it? The benefits of leaving behind society would be that you are less stressed and more calm by the woods atmosphere. You would miss big news stories and entertainment. I could probably live off the land but not for long because once I was left alone with 4 dogs for 16 hours and had a never ending existential crisis.

Blog 18

Song of myself reflects in society today because we are struggling with society and how we lead ourselves. Where do you see specific elements of the poem reflected in our society today? This poem relates to us today because of how everyone tries to do good but doesn’t put forth the effort. Which section, other than your own, did you find the most interesting? Why? The most interesting section other than my own is section 6 because we ask ourselves the same questions and get asked the same questions and most often we have no answer to these questions.  What questions/thoughts/concerns do you still have about the work?  Questions and thoughts for this poem is wondering if Whitman was going through an all time crisis throughout his life. Because people who are going through existential crisis’s ask the same questions.

Blog 17

It depends on the government and how well the government is. If the government can move forward easily while keeping the citizens happy, then that government should stay in place. Thoreau states that “Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. . .” What kind of government commands your respect? Why? This would make a government that someone can make a step towards obtaining. I don’t like politics that much so no. Thoreau’s essay has influenced major figures such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the way they approach protest, which has in turn become the guide to modern protest movements. What is the role of civil disobedience today? Is it still effective? Why? This is still effective today because everyone needs civil disobedience or they won’t function in a social environment, (my brother, Michael).

Blog 13

The way I argued was constructing like an informative speech. I used what I heard from other informative and persuasive speakers during my first forensics competition to set up my argument. It failed because I spoke way too fast. The best debate in my class was the legalization of marijuana, because one side had more information then the other and was easily prepared. The way adults construct arguments is they tend to usually be louder than the other and use their superiority to win against the child. (Just how my mom does it). Some people are just better at arguing unless it is against someone who is very stubborn (M.T.T.). 

Blog 14 #1

I stand on the belief that man needs to be balanced out, too much darkness will swallow us but too much of the light will blind us. Man is naturally good when they are born, it is how they are brought up which leads on how they will do as an adult. Sometimes society is a bad thing, you’re suppose to be different but not too different or you’ll be out casted. But with the law, it usually keeps people in place with the threat of fines and prison. I would argue for my side by using facts and statistics on how man is born good until society gets to them.

Blog 14 #2

The purpose of independent reading is to help us grow. The more we read the more we learn. The book I chose for my first independent reading assignment is Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. After reading the first chapter of my book I think Aza and Daisy are going to find Russell Pickett for the hundred thousand dollar reward. For the book trailer, I am going to use my favorite excerpt from the book. The excerpt relates to the title. It took twenty-two chapters out of twenty-four to figure out what the title has to do with the book.