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.

Refugees (Con)

The debate topic I got was if America should keep allowing refugees into the U.S. My opinion on the topic is that they should allow refugees into America as long as they had an intensive background check. A way to approach this topic is in a logical and ethical way. Since I am the con side I want the audience to be informed about what happens if we bring so many people over. On my side not many emotions should be brought into place because that would make the audience feel bad about refugees and that is not contrary then.

A smile

Initially, I understood the poem. I like that he read it to us in class. I liked that he made us read between the lines of his poem. I appreciate that he helped us understand it. I am not sure if I would have understood it if he didn’t help us. I think it is about how depression can hide behind a smile and you can never tell if someone is depressed or not. I think the music allusions are most important because most people would understand them quicker than the mythology ones.

15 virtues

These virtues were somewhat hard to follow, especially the one resolution one. Even this blog is late. A virtue that was added was sleep in moderation which was another failed attempt. No such thing as sleep. Cleanliness was an easy one. Silence was hard because I argue with my siblings a lot even after my parents tell us to stop. Tranquility was a little tough because I worry about nothing at all. Humility failed because I don’t follow religion. Moderation had also failed because I stayed up to work on homework to were I was tired the next day. Another virtue I made was Typical, don’t break societal norms, and I don’t think I broke any.