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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Senior Project: A Reflection of Life

I've been doing so much thinking lately, this is what my brain thought I should do before I graduate.

Imagine reading a journal topic that's says, "Reflect on your life. What has made you who you are? Who are you?"
Coming to the end of a chapter in our lives, I took it upon myself to ask this question. I've had a lot happen in my life lately that has made me want to think about why I've done what I have and where I'm going. First, it's important to know where I've been.

Family background:
My mom and dad divorced when I was two. He was an addict and not worth my moms time. I don't remember it. He was in and out of my life from the time I was seven until I was 15. I haven't heard from him in over two years.
When I was 5, my mom married Jeff. I was given a brother (same age mind you) instantly. Later I was given two little brothers. My step dad and I usually get along well, but we've fought a lot in the past year. I recently moved out because of it.
My mom and I are super close, and always have been. It was really hard on her knowing that I wouldn't be living at home anymore. My little brothers took it pretty hard too.
My family has always been pretty tight knit. I am very close to my nana (that I live with) and I have a very loving and supportive family. It's good knowing that. My family is the unit that I have the most respect for in this world.

Friends: I used to bounce around between groups of friends. As I've gone through life, I've realized that I have found who my real friends are. I know that these friends can be counted on at all times. I could probably count my closest friends on 10 fingers or less, but I've realized that it's better to have a few real friends than many fake ones.
(Brittany, Maddie, Cheyenne, Erika, Tanner, Abby)

School:
I've realized that school is the place where you'll meet the people that you'll remember forever, and the people that you'll want to forget. Many of my teachers have impacted me, while others haven't. The ones that will be remembered are the ones that matter. (LeClair, Rucker, Preston, Greeley, Nesper)

Work:
Working now for over a year, I've realized that I work too much. It has effected my school work and social life, but I do make great money. I've learned a lot. I've learned responsibility, respect, and other skills that will help me throughout life. I've also learned that the customer is NOT always right, and that most people are idiots. I've also made many new friendships from work. We're like one big Jocko's family.

How I feel as I graduate:
I'm nervous, anxious, excited and terrified all at once. I picked the right school for me. I'm happy to stay local with family, since they mean do much to me, and attend a good school. I'm hoping to find a new job and branch out from such a comfortable environment (that I grew up in). I'm glad that my brother and I are walking together at graduation. I feel like it means something to both of us. Im just ready to be independent. I want to go forth and tear shit up. Life is ahead of me. I have developed into an independent, strong-willed, intense person with a big spirit. Life is ahead of me.

Thank you's:
To my mom, for giving birth to me, and keeping me alive.
To my teachers, for giving a shit whether or not I'm set for the future.
To my friends, for having my back. At all times. Even when I think I might be in serious trouble.
To myself, for hanging in there.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Senior project in progress...

I'm currently working on my visual collage on canvas. The narration, thank yous, etc. are also in progress for the digital aspect of the project. This is an amazing yet hard process for me. It's a definite reality check on what's happened and what is happening in my life.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Gridlock

A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allen Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?


TPCASTT

Title: the title is questioning whether or not our perception of life is real or if it is a false reality and just an idea

Paraphrase: in parting, I'm starting to question if everything has been real in life or not. As I stand on the shore and feel the life around me I start to wonder what I can do, if anything can be done at all.

Connotation: reality seems like it may be an illusion

Attitude: (tone) somewhat pensive as well as doubtful

Shifts: 2nd stanza, 7th line; he brings this idea from his mind and relates it to life

Title revisited: I feel like the title means what I said, even after analysis

Theme: questioning reality

Seventh Reading

A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allen Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?



Being that Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite poet and short story author, I absolutely love this piece. The perception in this poem of life as a dream is very deep. I find Poe's writing so dark but highly impressive. This work leaves me skeptical and contemplative.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lit Circle Responses: Carrie Prose Essay Practice

Prompt: Novels and plays often include scenes of weddings, funerals, parties, and other social occasions [PROM]. Such scenes may reveal the values of the characters and the society in which they live. Select a novel or play that includes such a scene and, in a focused essay, discuss the contribution the scene makes to the meaning of the work as a whole.

(the first page is the second scrolling)

(another essay is on its way!)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Carrie Multiple Choice Questions

1. Based on your knowledge of the book, Carrie can be classified as
   A. Romanticist
   B. Postmodern
   C. Modernist
   D. Gothic
   E. Classicist
 
2. The tone of Carrie can be classified as
   A. morbid
   B. whimsical
   C. distant
   D. sad
   E. both A and D
 
3. A major theme of Carrie is
   A. insanity
   B. power
   C. alienation
   D. fear
   E. religion

4. Carrie's powers are an outlet for and (a) __________ of her torment.
A. Extended metaphor
B. Metonymy
C. Symbol
D. Paradox
E. both A and C

5. What does Chris think is possible on prom night?
A. That people will not have a good time since she won't be there.
B. That Sue will help her get her revenge against Mr. Morton.
C. That she will be allowed to go to the prom.
D. That Tommy and Carrie would be crowned king and queen.
E. That a catastrophic event will fake place.

6. Who goes to prom with Billy?
A. Some friends
B. Sue
C. No one
D. Tommy
E. Chris

7. What do Carrie and her grandmother have in common?
A. Their looks
B. Their power
C. They are both outcasts
D. Their stature
E. Nothing

8. What does Carrie ask from her mother?
A. understanding
B. to leave her alone
C. punishment
D. forgiveness
E. help

9. What is Carrie doing as she waits for her prom date?
A. Singing
B. Reading
C. Watching the clock
D. Practicing dancing
E. Admiring herself in the mirror

10. What does Carrie think her date is doing?
A. Nothing important
B. Having second thoughts
C. Playing a joke on her
D. Taking someone else to the prom
E. Being a jerk

11. Who does Billy decide must pull the string to dump the pig's blood?
A. Miss Desjardin
B. Himself
C. Mr. Morton
D. Tommy
E. Chris

12. Where is Sheriff Doyle when everything starts with Carrie?
A. At the jail
B. At home asleep
C. Out of town
D. In the bathroom
E. In the State capitol

13. Where does Carrie go when Tommy is killed?
A. Outside but then back inside
B. To the hospital
C. To Tommy's house
D. Home
E. To the police

14. What is Carrie's path of destruction?
A. from school to Billy's house
B. from school to Chris's house
C. from school to home
D. from school to Tommy's house
E. from school to Sue Snell's house

15. What does Annie do during a game?
A. Cries
B. Gets upset easily
C. Nothing
D. Gets anxious
E. Makes the playing pieces levitate

16. How does Annie's mother feel?
A. Peaceful
B. A little scared
C. Terrified
D. It is not mentioned
E. Happy

17. What is the overall consensus of the town?
A. That many people were at fault.
B. That Carrie was mentally unstable and cruelty pushes her over the edge.
C. That Carrie White is a devil and the murderer of their children.
D. That Carrie knows exactly what she was doing at the time.
E. That Carrie did not have any control.

18. What is on the White residence?
A. A sign
B. Nothing
C. A banner
D. A plague
E. Boards

19. Who wonders if she had reached out to Carrie she could have made a difference?
A. Miss Desjardin
B. Carrie's aunt
C. Sue
D. Carrie's grandmother
E. No one

20. Where is Carrie buried?
A. She is cremated
B. Under a tree
C. She is buried beside her mother and father in an unmarked grave
D. She is sent to be buried where her grandmother lives
E. It is not mentioned