Civil Disobedience

From Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”, there is something about the quote,  “that government is best which governs least” is something that I don’t quite agree with or totally disagree with.  Though I do agree with that there should be citizen opinions within our government’s decisions, I believe there still should be restriction and control over the country’s/state’s government so total chaos breaking out. The role of government is to facilitate the well being of the countries/states citizens. It can help maintain financial stability, safety, the rights of citizens,  and maintaining laws. The role that government has in relation to the individual citizen is to protect human rights and individual rights. Each individual’s human needs are meant to be meet, this can include healthcare, social programs, food banks, and education. The citizen’s lives should be held at high importance. When Thoreau states, 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. . .”,  a government that would obtain my respect would be one that takes the citizens’ opinions into consideration. The government should still have laws in place to maintain peace, but they shouldn’t have too much control over the citizens, so they have the freedom to live a fulfilling life. Civil disobedience has a tremendous impact on today’s society. There are laws that the citizens want to be put in place so they can have the freedom to do as they will. And this is still effective even today with many protesting in the streets for their cause they believe in, fighting for their rights with their voices. With these protests, many new laws have been put in place to expand the rights that we can have within our country. The whole idea of Transcendentalism and how this excerpt ties in is really interesting to me. I’ve been enjoying this section quite a lot, which was something I wasn’t expecting to happen when I saw all of the work we had gotten in the beginning. I can’t wait to dive into the next assignments for this topic and learn more and more about this social movement.

Some songs that I listened to when typing this blog:

  • I’m Still Standing by Elton John
  • Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
  • Rock’n Me by Steve Miller Band
  • Cold as Ice by Foreigner
  • Barracuda by Heart

Readings on Transcendentalism

The main connection that we see between Thoreau’s and Emerson’s thoughts is that we can live a fulfilling life with nature. In Emerson’s work, he talks about how we can find this delight within ourselves or within the harmony of man and nature. We would be able to break the chains of society and become one with God. In Thoreau’s work, when we live within nature for a long period of time, we can disconnected from our society and live the life we were created to. Are lives would become more simplistic and we wouldn’t have to worry about the pressure of society. The main idea of the first portion of the excerpt, “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”,  is  the positive side of living within nature. We can create a new life that would be free and uncommitted unlike in society where we would fall into the fads that have been put in place for us to follow.  The main conclusion of the excerpt, “The Conclusion”, is the downside to living in a natural setting for so long. Thoreau stated that he had developed routines as time passed on and the life he was living became committed. The benefits of Thoreau’s experiment of leaving society behind is that people will be able to see how it has affect someone and benefits and downsides to what would happen abandoning your normal lifestyle. I would probably miss the people I would usually be surrounded by on a day-to-day basis. I feel that I would start to become lonely being out there by myself, just like Thoreau had done. Even though I would have that worry, I would be down to try this out sometime in my life. It has always been a dream for me to live out in the middle on the woods and not be surrounded by the hustle of the average lifestyle. I think that modern readers should take from this that its not necessary to have all the newest things. We live in a society surrounded with new technology and trends that everybody tries to follow. Transcendentalism teaches us that we don’t need everything to live a fulfilling life.

Some songs that I listened to when creating this blog:

  • Lavender Blood by Fox Academy
  • Horticulture by Maxx Marshalll
  • Wolves by Phosphorescent
  • Smother by Daughter
  • The Cold by OH!hello

15 Virtures

After looking at my results from the end of the week, I’m not surprised to see my most violated virtues are Silence, Order, and Loving Yourself. Throughout the process of logging each and everyday day, I got to see some stuff that I would have never thought I would have violated. I realized that I start many projects and abandon them, never really touching them again. It’s like I get this spurt of motivation to start the project but it slowly fades away over time. This is a problem that I’ve had  for awhile but I have never truly fixed, because every time I tried it would end up like every other ending: untouched. Two of the original virtues that I violate on a day to day basis is Silence and Order. I’m usually a quiet and reserved person when I’m alone or surrounded by people I normally don’t talk to. But when I’m with friends or family…I change into a completely different person. I become a lot more bubbly and talkative, and the subject in those conversations can vary; from an important discussion about colleges to how I saw an incredibly adorable German Shepherd puppy on the way home from school (and it cocked its head in curiosity as it watched me walk away and it made my heart break in two from happiness).  Most of the time the conversations I start aren’t quite important so I’ll try to cut back on those a bit (though they are enjoyable). And Order. Oh boy. This one it a doozy. From my schedule of plans to my room, I am very disorganized. I never try to fix it unless there is a motive; either someone is coming over and I have to clean or there is a form that I have to turn in and I have no idea where I had placed it. I’ve been like that from a young age though, so its something that I would have to work on relentlessly to fix. A virtue that my group had create and I had broken everyday was Loving Yourself. I believe this is a very valuable virtue, but at the same time I struggle with following it. There is always something about myself that I want to change, but most of the time it centralizes back to the same theme: I’m not good enough. No matter how hard I try to change myself I feel like I’m still not up to par with people’s expectations. But it’s okay if you have quirks or things that make you different from others, because that it you. You are a person who is completely unique and should show your own personality and style. That’s something I’ve had struggled with for a long time and still do, but I know now that it’s okay to be a bit different from everyone else.

Songs Listened To When Typing This Poem:

  • Tranz by Gorillaz
  • Rhinestone Eyes by Gorillaz
  • Fire Flies by (you guessed it) Gorillaz
  • Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett) by (I wonder who) Gorillaz
  • Feel Good Inc by (the best band in the universe) Gorillaz

 

Back To Analyzing Poems

When I read “The Dodo’s Conundrum” for the first time, lets say I was more or less confused. The poem switched between free verse and the structured stanzas and there was a different feel to them every time they switched. After rereading the poem a couple times I started to understand what the theme was for the poem. It’s about the author looking over his own model world and seeing how perfect it is, while in reality the world is chaotic and broken. When the stanzas have form, it represents the structure of his own model word and how uniform it is. Then when the stanzas are free verse, it represents how disorganized the real world is. They only thing that I’m still quite stumped about is the title of the poem. I know that the Dodo was a flightless bird that became extinct due to the sailors killing it because of it being a easy source of food (I only know that because of a project I had to do on a extinct animal in first grade). It also is used as a slang word for something being outdated or dead. I believe that the title could be referring to how in a perfect world we don’t have to adapt to our surroundings. While in a disorganized world, we have to fight and adapt to the changing world around us. This is a very similar thing that happened to the Dodo bird. It had no threat of predators surrounding  it so it didn’t develop the skill of flight needed as a source of escape. When the sailors came, they didn’t feel threatened and if they sensed harm they couldn’t fly away to escape. It would try to waddle as fast as it could instead. I don’t think the questions in the Sound and Sense were easier to answer than the ones for “Eldorado”. At all. I was finding myself putting “no example” for a couple of my answers, even though I did try to look for them over and over. I don’t think writing poetry has helped me much in analyzing the poem. Even though I quite enjoy writing poetry, I think I’ll always dread when I have to analyze any poem.

Songs listened to when creating this blog:

  • Fine Without You – Madson Project, Ok2222
  • Coliseum – omniboi
  • Your Soul – H.1
  • You’r In My Head – moow, Lotte Kestner
  • Sundance – Frad

A Weight Off My Shoulders

It’s a relief to not have to write anymore poems for now. I would always be stressed if the rhythm was off or finding the right wording so I would have an easier time rhyming at the end of each verse. They way that I look at poetry hasn’t changed too much since the beginning of this lesson. Though is do enjoying reading them, it can be a pain to analyze some of the poems that are given. When given the requirements for our poems, it gave me a whole new respect for many of theses poets. Some of the rhyme and rhythm within these poems are so complex that I don’t understand why someone would put that stress upon themselves but they probably quite enjoy writing these complex works of literature. The way I approached the second poem that was different from my first poem was that I chose a topic that was easier for me to put into words. The first poem I struggled with the topic I choose and how I wanted the layout to set within the poem, and it just turned out terrible. The second time I chose a topic that was fresh in my mind that I was quite excited about, and it became a lot quicker to come up with ideas for the layout. And that topic was, of course, the Christmas season. For some reason when Christmas comes around it feels like this mood of warmth and comfort sets in even though I’m not fond of the shorter, darker days. It perks me up and distracts me from day-to-day stresses. I’m not sure why but it does. Anyways, I think imagery is an amazing thing to pair with poetry. It can help the reader visualize and interpret what is happening within the text or give them an idea of what they can comes up with themselves. I can help paint the story if the reader is struggling to find the deeper meaning within the poem itself. Another interesting thing would be to see illustrations from different artists to see how they have interpreted the work of poetry themselves.

Second Book of the Quarter

So originally I had wanted to read The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, but as I got half way through I couldn’t find the motivation to read the rest of it since I could not get into the story. So I decided to pick a book that is the total opposite of my original  choice.  Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini. I really wanted to read this since I have already read Vizzini’s other book, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and I really enjoyed it. Another reason why I was excited to read this was because of the musical based off the original book. I was wondering if there was going to be a difference between the original and the new musical’s story. I became obsessed with the music and the plot of the musical that I hoped that it would be similar to the original work of the book. Just like Vizzini’s other work, I had enjoyed reading this from beginning to end. During the start of the book, the story was set up the same way as the musical. Our main protagonist, Jeremy Heere, is a nerdy student struggling to stay alive within the school ranks. But as I got to the middle of the book, everything is completely different then the musical. In the book, Jeremy meets Rich at the school dance and learns about the Squip. He finds out about the dealer so him and his best friend Michael go on a hunt to buy it. In the musical, Rich is still the one to mention the Squip to him but the process is completely different. The biggest difference is the complete ending of both stories. In the book, the Squip ruins Jeremy’s chance with Christine and they write the Be More Chill book to hopefully make up for the Squips mistake. In the musical, the Squip ends up taking control of the whole drama club and Jeremy has to stop it before it takes more victims. The character that empathized with while reading would have to be Michael Mell. He has the same interests as Jeremy does but has a completely different personality. He is a caring friend who would drop anything he is doing to help out Jeremy when he is in need. Even though Jeremy uses him throughout the story and ends up ditching him, Michael comes back to help him no matter what. I really connected with that trait Michael has for caring for others even though they might not be in the best of spots. This is definitely another book that I would recommend for someone else to read. It’s a book about being your true self instead of trying to change yourself to fit in with everyone else.

First Book of the Quarter

For my first book of the quarter, I had chosen The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I was inspired to read this book after finding out that the 1963 movie was based on this Gothic fiction. I was always into reading horror books by Stephen King and I would refuse to read any other authors’ works due to the fact that at a young age I only ever heard about Stephen King from my dad. I never really delved into many different authors and I would always stick to the same few. I heard about Shirley Jackson after my sister read The Lottery and she loved it. I became curious about the author and decided to find out more about her. Then I finally made the connection of The Haunting of Hill House movie with her 1893 novel. After also hearing about Netflix making a remake of it (which I finally got to finish and its amazing), I was convinced that I would have to read it after all to compare it with the film and show adaptations. After reading the whole work I have to say that it is probably one of my favorite books that I have ever read. Being a fan of Stephen King’s works, this was definitely a breath of fresh air compared to all of  stories I had read of his. Jackson twists the way standard Gothic novels are written with each and every member of the main cast in this book. One of the most interesting characters that differ from the standards would have to be Luke. Luke Sanderson is not the stereotypical Gothic hero that you would see in most books of this genre. He is a liar and a thief who is only at the Hill House due to his aunt wanting him to be away from her for a little bit so he doesn’t spend her whole wallet. In the end her does save Eleanor from falling to her death, but he can’t save her from herself and how the house has effected her. He could be considered the hero in the book but there are some things that he just couldn’t do to truly save the protagonist. When I started to read the book, I already had an idea of what to expect from it since I had watched the 1963 movie awhile back. Throughout the chapters, most of plot was still the same except for maybe some of the little things were adjusted for the movie.  A character that I had empathized with while reading the story was the protagonist, Eleanor Vance. When she got the invitation to go to the Hill House, she decided to go to celebrate her new founded freedom. But since she finally left the house, she still has some of her childlike characteristics due to cutting them off at a young age to focus on taking care of her mother. She worried about making a fool of herself or that the others wouldn’t like her,  which is something that I know too well. I feel that many young adults could feel the same connections with Eleanor too. I truly believe that others should read this Gothic novel. It’s a story that is completely different from any other horror book that I have read. The book takes twists the story a completely different way that you wouldn’t expect it to end up as. Also with the new Netflix series that had just came out, I feel that anyone who enjoyed it should definitely read the book to see the inspiration that helped create the show. It is a really quick read that will leave the reader on the edge to see what happens next.

A New Love Hate Relationship With Writing

Yeah, I had a hard time finding the motivational to write this short story. Even though I haven’t really changed the plot of the story, I had to shorten it down since I had originally put so much detail into it. At first the rough draft was longer than I expected but I was able to bring it down to five pages. Honestly I do not like how  my original story came out since I wanted to put so much more into it. Writing stories usually takes me awhile to write and think about how to word what I want to say so writing this story kind of put me out of my comfort zone. I think the things that I still like about the story is that I still have the same original characters that I had from the start. Other than that I’m not really happy how this short story came out to be.

So I finished Haunting of Hill House a couple days ago, and I have to say that it might be one of my favorite horror books in my collection. It’s different from the new modernized horror books and movies that you see today so it’s nice to have something with a new concept. For my second book I’m choosing The Fifth Seasom by N. K. Jemisin. My plan is to read the whole series of books over the course of the year since I’ll have a push to actually complete a whole book series. Rather than my first book Influensingy second choice of book, my short story actually was what made me decide to read is. Still I haven’t read much science fantasy in the last couple of years I feel like it might be fun to get back into it again. Hopefully I’ll enjoy the series as much as others have.

The Gothic Ghostbusters

When I first heard about The Haunting of Hill House I’m always reminded of the 1963 film, The Haunting. I fell in love with that movie and I always wanted to read the book when I had gotten older. I’m a huge fan of horror and mystery books so this has been on my list to read for a long time. When I start to read books in general, it take me awhile to start getting into reading the story, which was true when the author stated Dr. Montague’s plan for renting the Hill House for the summer. Though when I came across the first assistant, Eleanor, I had an instant love for her. Since her mother had gotten ill, she had to put her childhood on hold to only focus on care taking for eleven years. When her mother finally died she was able to become “free”, in reality she wasn’t really free but only dreamed to be. I have many similar child characteristic that Eleanor still hold in her thirty-two year old self. She is always worried about making a fool out of herself by what she says or does. Another thing is that Eleanor is also constantly worrying about not being liked by the other Hill House guests. I also really enjoy Theodora as a character along with Dr. Montague, but probably my least favorite character has to be Lucas. I don’t feel like there is really nothing special to his character. I’m happy that he isn’t the standard Gothic hero, but I just feel that his character isn’t that interesting compared to the others. After getting over half way through the book, I don’t think I have any experiences like the ones in the story except for the times Eleanor  worries about being liked by others. Since I have already seen the movies (though the one for 1999 was awful), I know that Eleanor dies from crashing her car into the same tree Mrs. Crain had crashed her carriage into years ago. I still wonder if there will be anything different in the story between the story and the 1963 film.

Deals with the Devil

When I was at home still sick from the night before after getting heat exhaustion from playing tennis, I wasn’t very thrilled when finding out that there was a short story waiting for me when I opened Google Classroom. I usually dread reading short stories since they are outdated most of the time and their also not very entertaining. Even though The Devil and Tom Walker is outdated, I really enjoyed the story itself besides some of the old English. There would be spurts of dark humor spread through the story that had gotten a good laugh out of me and it would help motivate me to continue reading. To be honest, I have never read a novel or a short story quite like The Devil and Tom Walker, though I might have read something else similar but it had been some time since I have read it. All of the stories I have read are about a protagonist’s deeds for good not a protagonist’s deeds for evil like Tom Walker. The society that the author depicts in the story is swallowed in despair and the only glimmer of hope the townspeople of Boston have is when Tom Walker comes into town with money. Though it is quickly taken away from them by Walker after building relationships with his clients. I believe that Irving wrote this story to show that there are people in this world that are greedy and will sacrifice anything they have to get money. The trees in the story depict that even though someone seems nice and well kept but the inside is rotten. It also can be about the consequences one could have from doing evil and abusing others.

To make this work appeal more to a modern audience, I would change the setting to modern day Boston instead of the 1727 Boston. There would also be a change in how it was written so it would fit how modern writing is today. I wouldn’t change the plot of the story at all, I love the message Irving is sharing within the story and it shouldn’t be changed.

Some songs about the devil/ making a deal with the devil:

  • Tribute by Tenacious D
  • Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones
  • Runnin’ with the Devil by Van Halen
  • Beelzeboss by Tenacious D