Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2nd Reading Response "Red Scarf Girl'

I finished my first coming of age book and now i am reading another.

"Red Scarf Girl"

In this book the main character Jiang-Ji-li is a young girl who experiences the hardships of a cultural revolution. It starts out with her as an innocent young child who is a smart educable girl then classmates hear and tell things about her families status. In their world being a landlords relative is a curse. She is subjected to bullying but also shame. She is forced to grow up as a child who is being discriminated against because of her grandfather.

In this book Jiang-Ji-li goes to a school during the CRC (cultural revolution of China). As a girl she goes to school to get an education. Her life turns around as in class she slowly gets bullied by the Red Guards . They bully her and talk bad things sbout her family, the students become instigators and mean when they are assinged to write a dao-zoa-bo. They write one about her and thats when events turn around.

She as a character journeys into knowledge from ignorance when she learns about her families past. Dhe goes through conflicts with children at school. She experiances so much hate and anger from others that she caves, and is about to change her name when she realizes that clearing her " black family name" wont do anything besides tear her family apart, and bring her family shame in their daughter.

In conclusion this book reflects coming of age because it shows a young person develop into a teen with a myriad of different things that may effect the character over time.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by : Sue Townsend

    " The things which the child loves remain in the domain of the heart until old age. The most beautiful thing in life is that our souls remaining over the places where we once enjoyed ourselves”

     As I read a coming book really explains grow up over a period of years. It takes account of one characters age progression. The author uses the character to relate to the reader. I think that in " Secret Diary of Adrian Mole". Adrian is a symbol that represents todays society of men in an allegorical sense.
    In the book Adrian says " I measured my thing, it grew 1 cm." This quote shows how in puberty when males grow up the experience many physical changes, but also one point in their life he grew up, he developed acne, which everyone gets at one point in their life. But the way the author uses Adrian to relate to male readers or teenagers in a general sense. It shows how he is slowly journeying from a small young boy into an older more mature male. The way he matures is by dealing with dissapointment from his parents seperation, but also from " love" with Pandora. He becomes sexually attracted to her.

   Another quote that the author says " I was racked with sexuality but it wore off when I helped my father put manure on the rose bed." this quote shows that the author is trying to tell the reader something imporant about how Adrian is a typical male whose sexual attraction is to females. It also is a huge clue to what may have spiked his interest in sexuality. It allows the reader to think more about the book and what might have happened earlier on. What could have caused his endocrine system to produce sexual hormones in his brain. It allows everyone to understand the book in any way they want to.
   Finally he said " I am in love with Pandora, I can't sleep a wink without thinking about." This really shows how in schools today and outside schools how kids interact with each other. They maybe become " BFF's" or maybe may end up going out with each other but it shows how he isn't much different from guys today. He uses his perception of how Pandora has a " bustling figure and she might have to wear a bra soon" who does that? There are things that are different between the two time periods that are being compared. 
In this quote I think that he journeys from being kind of close-minded, wierd, aloof from others. He sees himself as an "intellectual" and he may not really even know what that means. A journey from ignorance to knowledge. 

 In conclusion it shows how reading a coming of age book can really help the reader relaqte to the book and others.  

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Writing Prompt #2

There are many questions adolescents have today about themselves that are really never-ending. We ask ourselves are we what we think. Do we know what we will grow up to be. how do you know when you have fully grown up becauase know when ever tells you to grow up. It comes from experience and living life and learning lessons.

Some questions:
- do you know what you what you want to be when your in college ?
- do your skills define you ?
-How do you know when your fully matured ?

When answering these questions I hope i really get the full extent of my life as a matured women

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Writing Prompt # 14

Usually many teens are concerned with what they are expected to do as they grow older. And I see that as I mature and grow many questions seem to flood my mind about what to do, how to do things adults do. But when are you really counted as an adult. Many people have their own perceptions of what an adult is but it really matters what you think.

Some questions I had about being an adult was :
- Does it matter the career you chose to pursue ?
-Do peoples childhood memories or nightmares affect ho they turn out later on ?
-Does raising kids cause alot of stress ?
-How long can you live, can you surpass the life expectancy ?
-Does love come naturally to everyone ?
-If you don't get married does that mean no one loves you ?
-Finally, do kids grow up to be like parents or like their siblings ?

In conclusion my questions focus on does life as an older person slowly change you or do you always stay the same but mentally or spiritually different. Never changing physically.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Everyone looks at me like I'm ugly
I may be different and I know
But I'm not afraid to show it
Not afraid to stand out

Everyday people talk about me
I feel like I have done something wrong
I am tortured at school
And I hate the fact that I'm gay

People say to me
Appreciate your life
I feel like I could die
I want to run away

My emotional change hurts
My head is confused, and I can't see
People corner me and beat me
I'm afraid for my life

Help! Help! as I cry out
No one helps me
I run and run
But I can't hide
The torment is around me wherever I go

Addition to my poem
After "The torment is around me wherever I go" i add
A shallow pool of life
No one really gives a thought to me
Sprawled on the floor with a scared look in my eyes
I get up and run away from the
Pain, Hate, Sadness, and Dissapoinment
My dad looks at me like I'm some germ
Says things to me I've never thought would happen
I cry but he doesnt comfort me


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chicken Soup For teens

I really think this book is kinda perfect and amazing because it is so straight forward with all the problems that we as adolescents go through. And it really y focuses on all the real focus points we pay attention to. I kind of relate to it because now we are all going through our phases and I am also. In the book it shows real life people going through real life situations. It is kind of easy to read and easy to relate to. REALLY RELATABLE. It is really amam-zing book to read.  i think that everyone that read it would have/ will enjoy it because we are all going through the same period as the stories so we can kind of use that and our insight to help solve out teen problems.

Also it is really funny, the author is a great one to know about all the stuff we do without sounding like some old tired person who is reminiscing on the best times of her life. So I think that other people should read this book because they will feel the same way. The author probably used her memories plus stories from others who were once tweens to .

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Respond 2 Responses

I was reading Kamilah's blog and I really noticed how she payed attention to detail, plus she breaches into topics others don't want to talk about mostly. I think that in her blog posts she really captures the essence of what the assignment was and describes it with many sensory language tools. I think that is why her blog is so interesting to read.

i liked Melody's blog because the way her titles are straight to the point + I think her writing has a sense of humor 2 it which makes me laugh. The background of her blog shows kind of her personality. Like how she is quite expressive, and fun to be with as a friend. Her writing reflects how she pays attention to detatil.

Finaly I like my blog because it is all bieberized plus it adds some flare to it to show my favorite things. My writing is expressive with big words with some side captions which add some humor to it.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fire: Sonnet

The bright flourescent glare of the fire
Is burning down the redwood and cedar
Crackle, crackle never stopping to retire 
The orange, and red is your feeder 

Snap, cracking, burning fury, fiery
Screaming life has ended here in this place
No sadness, revenge of the diary
Never to vanish or to be chase

The rain pouring down to slow you to a stop
Agitated you revive back to life
Trees dead, you all slew, now its time to chop 
your anger is sharp, a sting like a knife

Smack, swoosh, fire gone, vamoosh but not totally dead 
Your wrath is not unkindled but merely widespread.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Papa Waltz

The whiskey on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother's countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one knuckle;
At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.

You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt,
Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt.

In this poem there is a large amount of description. the poet uses sensory languge to help the readers visualize what is going on. Also the poem is about a little boy who is dancing with his drunk dad. I think the poem is from the view of the son. He is "waltzing" with his dad. The dad to me percieves to be drunk, and kind of stumbling around the kitchen. Whiskey is on his breath which to me means he has been drinking. The child is short, I think and when his ear scrapes a buckle it means the dad might be pushing him along to go to bed. Doesn't nessacarily mean the dad is abusive, but means that he gets drunk, the mother hides, and the son is stuck in the middle of drunken clumsiness and a scared mother.

Finally it may seem like the dad is a bit abusive when he is drunk and the mother is to scared to do anything. Because maybe when the father is drunk he may be full of rage if you say the wrong thing.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Somethin a Brewin

Skippin through the streets of Cali
Looking in the summer breeze
A gazin down the long coast
Hair rustling in the breeze

A sigh of relaxation
solo per rilassarsi: just to relax
Take a deep breath of the fresh air
Surf, try new things

Walk around a corner
Made a wrong turn
To late to run back
I've been noticed
Men running after me

Suddenly I was snatched
The breath washed out of me
Suddenly my silent scream can be heard

Police come
Help me

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Globalism Strikes

"Tearing Down the Blockade"

We cheer as people in front
Hammer away at this wall
Standing in front of me
Thousands of cheers resounding from behind
Doing something right for once
Satnding up for justice
Cries of joy resound from left, right, and from my mouth
Finally as the wall
Crumbles to its demise
We see a new horizon

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

" Church calling"

Blue skies above us with the white clouds
Painting of beauty
The church is calling for me.
Beckoning with its tall pillars of white .
The focus is on me full of people
Deep in conversation in San Isidro
1788 was the time .
the detail on our facial expressions shown deep in context
All the people that look at us .
Think they understand .
Frozen in a time capsule .
With the late Victorian era still around
The writer writing this
gets us, someone finally gets us.
So now we can be understood for more than just a painting

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Francisco De Goya

            This painting is by Francisco De Goya. The first time I saw this painting I was curious about what the inspiration was. But now that I look into it, I can see how he pictured life.

In this painting you see many people gathered together, but also I see a man talking to a woman. They seem to be in a deep conversation because the are more detailed and separate from the crowd of people.  Also many people are crowded in front of the church which to me means that something important must be going on inside or in front of the church. There is also a group of women in the bottom left corner sitting down on the ground with their fans, also deep in talk. They are all dressed fancily and classy. The style of clothing looks kind of the late Victorian era, where every woman wore dresses everywhere. Also the men are dressed in the best with the suits with the long backs.

My conclusion of this painting is that everyone is flocking towards the church. A mass of people going to the San Isidro. Pilgrimage to the Church of San Isidro 1788 was the paintings name. Many people are coming together to either see something or do something. See he blue pure sky and buildings behind the people.

I think he was trying to show us an important event or issue in the area of the world in 1788. Literature means a way of expressing what he was trying to say, or show to us. A work of art is a painting or any way of expressing what the artist feels.