Argumentative Reflection

My understanding of arguments has only changed slightly because of the inclusion of logical fallacies. In recent years I’ve always used logical reasoning and somewhat factual statements in my arguments in daily life. My thought process is usually which way is good or bad, a way around the problem, compromise, and if I should just avoid the whole problem. I am a pretty neutral person when it comes to most things so I never have much of a drive to argue a point. The experienced I had building a persuasive speech was a bit hard but only because of the research. Most of the sources I could find that had any relevance to my topic were mostly six to ten years old, some even older. Another thing, for some reason I have a hard times figuring out what to write when it is on a computer. At times in the past I would stare at the screen for such a long time and not a single idea would pop up in my head. Once I started to plan and write things out on paper the process of bringing everything together was a whole lot easier. While watching the other debates of other students in my class I saw that most of them were only reading off what they wrote. In my opinion, debates are more spontaneous and require one to adapt to conversation and use the points of an opponent against them. In my own debate I have to be more receptive and be able to counter ideas brought up by the other side. I think the debate about a gun ban was the best because both sides had a strong constructive which gave good evidence on why we should or should not have a gun ban. In one of their rebuttals they restated the opponents points and tried to use them against their opponent which I found to be the most important.

The End of Poetry

My first read though of the poem, I could tell it was comparing two worlds. I found it interesting the author was comparing a model train set “world” to the real world.

In regards of theme, the structure of the stanzas alternate between rhyme and rhythm, and free verse.  When speaking about the static, perfect, simple model world the stanzas have rhyme and rhythm. When the stanzas are in free verse, it’s showing that the real world is chaotic and random. The stanzas about the model world are simple with no underlying meaning. While the stanzas about the real world has many interpretations and meanings. An example of the real world stanzas is “The wait is heavy,” which could mean different things depending on perspective. Ranging from waiting on a late date which can cause one’s mind to race on why they’re late to waiting for death, the days go by and no mater what one does, they will die.

I feel that I have a firm grasp on The Dodo’s Conundrum? because it’s between straight forward and hidden meaning. Being able to see the difference made it easier for me to analyze and understand. The sound and sense questions were easier to answer because I knew where to look for things like metaphors, imagery, symbols, etc. In comparison to Eldorado, I felt more confident in doing the questions because I understood it. Eldorado seems very broad in my opinion, therefore it can have a wide variety of  interpretation.

Writing poetry has not effected the way I read and analyze poems besides making it more confusing

The Wolf – Characterization

The Wolf is a ruthless killing machine. He is six-foot-two Russian who can carry 240 pounds with ease. Every victim who meets him, and his associates are terrified of him because of how much power he holds.  He was in a meeting with two Philadelphia Flyers and a contact of his who is a wealthy cable operator. The hockey players asked for more action and without hesitation the Wolf took a lead pipe from behind a couch and wacked both the of them, causing them to bleed. He took his gun out and pointed it between the operator’s eyes. He threatened that if the Flyers don’t lose, everyone will die. His violent tactics is how he gets what he wants.

The Wolf’s role in the story is to be the bad guy. His position allows him to take “contracts” from people, and makes people in his organization follow through with it. He does this for a large amount of money, in which he leads a luxurious lifestyle of big houses with parties filled with high-end people, sports cars, and fancy clothes. No one at the party knew him by his real name, Pasha Sorokin, nor by the Wolf. He is known by different aliases which helps him hide from the government. In Fort Lauderdale, Florida he was known as a wealthy businessman from Tel Aviv named Ari Manning. He walks around the party always smiling and joking but it was not because he was having fun or enjoying the company of the people. The Wolf actually despised most of the people for being pretenders who never took any real risk. In the midst of the whole party, the Wolf was selling very expensive cars, all of them stolen.

His personality creates the conflicts in the story. Always a man of mystery, hiding his true intentions. He is the mastermind behind all the kidnappings that occur. I believe sometimes he is a bit worried because at one point he creates a super complicated site that only his associates have access to. It gave them a way to communicate securely without physically being in the same room.

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The Big Bad Wolf

Set around late 1900’s America, there was a Russian who goes by “the Wolf.” He had a meeting with the don of the Red Mafiya to unite them with the East Coast’s Palumbo family. The meeting was held in a Florence, Colorado supermax prison, in which a guard was bribed $75,000. The Wolf is reckless, hands-on, and involves himself in every operation, big or small. Just to prove the point he snapped a gangster’s neck who was in the room with him and the don. The next day Augustino of the East Coast’s Palumbo family, was found dead in his cell with every bone in his body, broken. This boldly stated that the Wolf was now the godfather. The Wolf would accept contracts in which women are bought and sold, his job being to abduct them and deliver them to crazy rich people who had a desire to fill their wild sexual fantasies. He is the antagonist. The protagonist is a newly recruited FBI agent, Alex Cross. He already had a reputation from being a street cop in Philadelphia with the nickname Dragonslayer. FBI director Ron Burns made many allowances for Alex such as being over the max entrance age of 37, training only lasting 8 weeks, higher starting rank, assignments as a consultant, which had a higher salary, and resources to get jobs done. His eventual goal; taking down the Wolf.

I chose this book because I have had it for years and never read it. The only reason I originally got it was because it said “Bad Wolf” in the title. At the time I was into Doctor Who (well still am) and “Bad Wolf” was a reoccurring word that kept appearing wherever the Doctor went.

I think the Wolf is pretty cool, in the way that he easily made his way into top tier criminal ladder. He makes a huge amount of money and had a large scale of skill sets. Obviously what he does is bad, but the world will always have Good and Bad. I think Alex is going to be an interesting character to see develop throughout the story. Going from ex-Philly street cop, to working in the FBI and going after one of the highest criminals out there is going to be rough.