Friday, May 20, 2011

Lord of The Flies.

What is the Irony in Lord Of The Flies? Well, I'm thinking that I am going to stick to one object thing, (not really sure what to call it) and that would be the irony of the verbal irony expressed through-out this novel.
Jack was the one who spoke, he said "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages." The ironic thing about this, is that in the next chapter, we are told that they need to forget about civilization, and act on instinct, to help stay alive. Throughout the book, we see them go from normal English School Boys to savages, which is exactly what Jack says they aren't.

Another small example of irony would be Piggy. Throughout the book, the boys hunt and eat Pigs, and not only that, they enjoy eating them.

And another example, is when Piggy says that adults meet to talk about things. This is ironic, because had the adults been able to meet together, the boys wouldn't be in the current situation they are in. If the adults where able to sit down and actually discuss the boys, they probably would have never fled the school and would have never ended up shot down and eventually ending up on the island.

I am sure there are more examples of irony, but those are some that I had noticed, or I had pointed out to me when discussing the book with friends, or my Mom.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Assignment: Blog Entry #3

For your blog this week, choose one of the following approaches to use to respond to this week's reading (chs 15-22) in To Kill a Mockingbird. At the bottom, I have made a video explaining things further. Post your response in your blog.
Your answer should be 250-300 words long (no more than 400 words, please!) and should be proofread. If you choose the ARTISTIC option, please just write a couple of sentences explaining the meaning behind your creation; you do not have the same word requirement, since your effort will go into your artistic creation.
To qualify for an A, include at least one passage from the text in your writing or as a "preface" to lead into your writing.
To submit your assignment, click EDIT MY SUBMISSION and paste a copy of your blog post.

Blog Entry:
" Judge Taylor broke in. “He’s answered the question three times, Atticus. He didn’t call a doctor.” "

I was sitting there, in the court room. Things hadn't really started yet. I remember observing the people and surroundings around me. I noticed that Mr. Tate had dressed in a normal suit, it made him look different from the normal boots, jacket, and vest, that he wore. I couldn't see my family, I wasn't even sure if they were there. I sat at a table, my back faced to everyone.
"I asked her who hurt her and she said that it was Tom Robinson..." At this, I noticed that Judge Taylor looked slightly different then he did before. I still listened to the speaker of the moment, and then, a question was directed at me, from Judge Taylor. "Any questions, Atticus?" I leaned back in my chair, and replied with a yes. I then directed a question at the Sheriff. "Did you call a doctor, Sheriff? Did anyone call a doctor?" He replied with a no. I wasn't sure to believe it or not, so I asked again. "Didn't call a doctor?" and he confirmed again. "No, Sir". Slightly annoyed, I asked another question. "Why not?" I then varied my question a bit, but trying to verify that he infact didn't call a doctor, when Judge Taylor broke in, telling me he had already answered the question three times, and clearly, had not called a doctor.
The trial continued, and I asked more questions, got more answers, had some slight confusions, trying to defend what I went there to defend as best I could. There where times, where I would think about asking a question, and decide against it, and then I would wonder if I should have or not.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Assignment: Blog Entry #2

Directions: For this week, post the answer to one of the following questions to your blog.
To submit the assignment, click on EDIT MY SUBMISSION and paste a copy of your blog entry.
Your answer should be 200-300 words long (no more than 400 words, please!).
Who is your favorite character thus far in the book? Why do you like him or her? What are you learning from him/her? Describe the childhood world of Jem, Scout, and Dill and their relationship with Boo Radley. How does Part II (beginning with chapter 13) shift away from childhood and into the adult world? Pick one of the following characters and describe what she tell us about Maycomb society: Calpurnia, Miss Maudie, Miss Stephanie Crawford, or Miss Caroline Fisher.

Blog Entry:

To Kill A Mocking Bird is a book full of characters, as is any book, therefore, it gets difficult to choose a favorite character, but if I must choose a favorite character, it would have to be Scout. I would pick that character, mostly because I can relate to her, kind of. I mean, I don't narrate books, but I do love to read. I am defiantly NOT smart for age, (not saying that I think I am not smart, I would put myself as average) but reading is one of my favorite activities (especially if it involves Harry Potter in any way, shape, or form).
In this book, so far what I have learned, is probably the fact that no matter how old you are, you can do a lot of things, and maturing is just one of them. The book being written in her Point of View, I enjoy how she comments on the fact that she wasn't sure that she understood everything she was told, or what had happened during the time the book takes place, but now, the fact that she is older, she does understand them more.
Scout is truly a wonderful character, and the book would not be very good without her(considering she is the one who is narrating it).

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Assignment: Blog Entry #1

Directions: This week you will post your first lit blog! This week's blog is a freewrite, and should be 200-250 words. "Freewrite" means you just write: get out your initial thoughts and reactions to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and don't worry too much about perfection. (As the weeks go on I will make the requirements more specific and more difficult ... yikes!

Blog Entry:

To Kill a Mocking Bird. If you took the literal definition of this book, you would think that this book is about how to kill a Mocking bird. Well, if we were sitting in a classroom, and you answered the question "What is this book about?" with this answer, your teacher would slap on your desk, and say: "Wrong, sir!(or Madame) This book is not about a Mockingbird, or murder of said bird!"
If you ask anyone who has read this book, odds are, that they would say they loved it. That is the impression that I am getting right now. I love this book. This will be the second time that I have read it, and I will probably read more into this time around, than I did last time, and work through the words a lot more, to understand it better, and to get more out of it.
All in all, this is a wonderful book, and I can't wait until we get farther into it. In all honesty, it was rather difficult to get into the first time around, because it starts out sort of boring. Everyone I know recommended me this book, so I borrowed it from one of them, and it took me a month to finish the first three chapters.