Book Quote & Deconstructionism

“So my subconscious had called out Pero, demanding that he show remorse, forcing the reconciliation that was possible for us to have while he was alive. I’d crossed him off my list, crumpled up the page, and left it in the ashtray the last day of my trip, right before I’d left my old country. And yet I couldn’t help but feel that a Pero was sorry, so he’d returned to my dream, offering me a better finale to our shared tragedy.” (292) One is aware of the conscious thoughts even if they can be blocked out and subconsciously some are not but can be remembered. Subconscious means having thoughts in the mind that one typically cannot control. In this case, Kenan had no perception of the action taken knowing that Pero had already passed away but really wished to get answers from him. In his mind, Kenan would of really liked to confront Pero face to face and clear things out. He anticipated Pero to come to the conclusion that he had done wrong and so both can clear things out and move on with their lives and have the closure they needed. A feeling of remorse was demanded by Kenan that Pero would have felt. In Kenan’s subconscious mind he wanted Pero to regret the way he acted towards him and his family. He wanted him to repent because Kenan couldn’t believe the type of person Pero became. Kenan could not forget that he was his coach and how special he was to him but at the same time he had too because he had sent his father and brother to Luka and had no mercy for them. The tragedy in all of him came back to his subconscious in a dream. Even though Pero was dead, and it’s something that Kenan did not mind, he did not completely heal. In the end bad things happened to the both of them and subconsciously Kenan wanted a happy ending knowing that there really wasn’t with the disaster in town, the war, and the way things ended with Pero.

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Shooting an Elephant

In the short story “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell demonstrates nonpolitical, beyond political, and political issues. In this short essay there are nonpolitical issues and one of them would be the embarrassment Orwell felt he would have if he did not shoot the elephant. This nonpolitical issue is one that does not relate to or that is motivated by a political issue. This is issue is about one’s own feeling and in this case, how Orwell felt. He did not want to shoot an innocent elephant because he knew that it was wrong. He felt pressured by the groups of colonized people only because he did not want to look like a fool in front of the big crowd. That was the only reason that led him to kill that innocent elephant to please the eyes and desires of others. Beyond this there is a political issue. Orwell dealt with self-worth and being true to himself. He wanted to impress the natives and not be laughed at. Orwell did not stand up for what he believed in and what was the right thing. It seemed like Orwell was not confident with himself in doing the right thing and others would not acknowledge his doings. The thousands of people expected him and expected him to shoot the elephant, and that is what he gave them. One issue that I care about the most is animal treatment and their rights. Animals are being slaughtered daily around the world especially for food and clothes. These animals just like humans, need the right to be protected because just like us, they need to live their life free from suffering and exploitation. Let us put ourselves in their place, how would you feel? How inhuman would it be? How in humane are we to do such things. Animals have a life of their own to live as well.

Journal Response to Literature #1

The short story, “I Stand Here Ironing,” by Tillie Olsen reflects on political views towards social conditions. It follows the life of a young teenager named Tillie, who dropped out of high school at the age of nineteen. Young and reckless taking care of her children as a single parent. Tillie struggled trying to work, managing time to spend with her kids, and providing for them. She made many sacrifices, some were good and some weren’t. Her fist child, Emily, had a tough life physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially. She was a bright child, with issues and her mother was bright as well, with issue. So it seemed that Emily and Tillie felt the same way, acted the same way, and all at the same time, they didn’t. “I was a younger mother, I was a distracted mother”(98). This quote by Tillie Olsen expresses a social condition because of the obvious fact that she became a mother at a young age. She was considerate, finding a job at night to be with Emily in the mornings. Although she left Emily with a babysitter knowing she wasn’t the best option. When she wasn’t doing well she was sent to a Convalescent home. According to others, Tillie wasn’t giving Emily the care she needed. Being there led to not doing well in appearance. In fact she got worse, she was way too skinny because she didn’t like the food. After being released in eight months Emily wouldn’t react to the affection that her mother would give her. The effect of this led teacher’s to say that Emily was a “slow learner”(96) but only due to the circumstances she has lived in. Socially, Emily wasn’t satisfied with the way she looked and wasn’t sure why she didn’t look like the others. She would keep too much to herself, but she was bright. All of this emphasizes the importance of both Tillie and Emily and the reasons why both of them at one point didn’t do well. The story demonstrates a feeling of compassion and irritation towards the mother. A person can care so much, that sometimes whatever is best may be considered otherwise. We all fall and stumble but we can either make the choice to stay there of to get back up.

Research Persuasive Essay Notes

What did Malala’s and Marjane’s childhood have in common or not have in common and how were they affected later in life?

Similarities:

  • Both at a young age were very mature about what was surrounding them, war and problems
  • Both had someone to look up to: Malala had her father as an inspiration and Marjane had her Grandmother
  • Both wanted to be a Prophet when they grew up
  • The cause of Marjane speaking up to her teacher lead her to a different country (France)
  • The cause of Malala defending and speaking up fort he rights of girls to get an education led her to get shot and sent to a different country as well (UK)
  • Both wore a veil
  • Both were In the same religion/culture domination
  • The scene which both young girls face a man at a store claiming to their mother’s for not wearing a veil
  • Both made an impact

Differences:

  • Malala was raised In a poor family
  • Marjane raised in a rich family
  • Malala not having the opportunity to go to school and had to battled to death for her education
  • Marjane having the opportunity to get an education let it pass by and wasn’t very interested
  • Since they both spoke up for something that wasn’t right, they both got sent to two different places
  • Their lifestyle in culture and the way would dress
  • Malala raised knowing that family is very important and that whatever one wants to do, you shall accomplish it
  • Marjane raised a little bit rebellious
  • Malala was proud of who she was and where she came from while Marjane wasn’t
  • Age difference

How where they affected Later in life?:

Malala’s childhood affected her in accomplishing and never giving up for what she always wanted to do and what she was passionate for, an education. this led her to get shot by the Taliban and almost got her killed yet she made a huge impact in the world.

Marjane’s childhood affected her because she went on with a careless life and advice that she wouldn’t put to practice. The decision of taking her away for speaking up to her teacher led her to a different country facing many and endless obstacles in life.

Persepolis Film

Top 5 Notes:

  1. As a young child, Marjane would already tell her relatives that she would grow up to be a prophet. Even though she is little, her character shows that she is very smart and her actions show it. She acts older than her age and comprehends every discussion that the adults have.
  2. The grocery scene in the film where Marjane’s mother was approached by a man because she wasn’t wearing her veil (the right way). He calls her a women and she defends herself by saying she is a “ma’am”. The man gives her a scary look and proclaims that he kills women just like her. this reminded me of the scene in the Malala book where Malala is accompanied by her mother at the store and a man approaches them as well but Malala’s mom defends herself as the women she is.
  3. Marjane’s uncle (I believe that his name is Taher?) gets injured when they shoot him (?). Marjane’s family know that he wont survive the injury because he needs to be sent to England to get better help. they need his passport to send him so it takes a while. This also has a similarity with the Malala book. Malala gets shots by the Taliban and since her country does not have the technology that is needed for her recovery, she has to be sent to be sent out of the country to the US. Which she now lives in England with her family.
  4. The cause of Marjane speaking up to her teacher hens hew as in class led to a phone call to her parents about it. it then led to her parents sending Marjane away to Vienna (France). She was sent very young ands pent her teen years there where she faced a lot of obstacles in her life.
  5. She lives in Iran during the Islamic revolution where the new government adopted more laws and where she actually lived through wars and saw people die. Just lie in the Malala book where she faced destruction in her own country.

Questions: 

  1. What is the reason that Marjane’s parents sent her away for talking back to her teacher?
  2. Marjane spent years in France, in the scene she calls home and asks if she could go back home and her parents say yes. What took her so long to go back home? Why did she wait?

Cause & Effect Final Draft

Having to take the position to be the Sabbath School Director for a yearlong at my church was influenced by my own decision. I have been going to the same church since I was a little baby and was born as a Seventh Day Adventist. Everyone in our church participates in every way to keep the church programs going throughout the whole year. Whether it is the same people over and over being in charge of the same position, or a different member from the church. There are different departments in my church like the kinder class, primary class, junior’s class, teen class, youth class, and adult class. Throughout my teen years I noticed that once I turned 15 I was eligible to be in the youth class which changed everything. Being part of the big class got me excited because it meant that I was with the big kids now and would do fun outings but still learn about God. I was more active and would participate more throughout my teenage years and even more after I graduated from high school. The process on how to get any of these positions is that the church votes on a few people to take a role for the whole year. It was not until I got asked to become the Youth Sabbath School Director. This position is always a yearlong (so for me it would be from January 2014 to December 2014). As the Sabbath School Director I am in charge of the youth class program on Saturday morning’s which starts at 9 to 10:30 a.m. The church elder came up to me and explained how my name was voted and what my answer was. At first I was hesitant and made excuses in my head that I would not be able to do it because I had school and work. Then I decided to take this position and run the Youth class because I knew that I would be capable of doing it with God’s help. Personally for me and my beliefs, it was a calling to work for the Lord. I just needed to believe in myself and I motivated myself. It takes a lot of responsibility because I have to be prepared just in case someone is late or would not be able to make it, and I have to have a backup plan. All in all, this is a privilege because I learn as I go and since this is my first year being the Sabbath School Director, I ask Jesus for guidance so He can help me every step of the way. In the end, the best person out there to motive you is yourself.

Cause & Effect Rough Draft

Having to take the position to be the Sabbath School Director for a year long at my church was influenced on my own decision. I’ve been going to the same church since I was a little baby and was born as a Seventh Day Adventist. Everyone in our church participates in every way to keep the church programs going throughout the whole year. Whether it’s the same people over and over being in charge of the same position or a different member from the church. There are different departments in my church like the kinder class, primary class, juniors class, teen class, youth class, and adult class. Throughout my teen years I noticed that once I turned 15 I was eligible to be in the youth class which changed everything. Being part of the big class got me excited because it meant that I was with the big kids now and would do fun outings but still learn about God. I was more active and would participate more throughout my teenage years and even more once I graduated from high school. How you get any of these positions is that the church votes on a few people to take a role for the whole year. It wasn’t until I got asked to become the Youth Sabbath School Director. This position is always a year long (so for me it would be from January 2014 to December 2014). As the Sabbath School Director I’m in charge of the youth class program on Saturday morning’s which starts at 9 to 10:30 a.m. The church elder came up to me and explained how my name was voted and what was my answer. At first I was hesitant and made excuses in my head that I wouldn’t be able to do it because I had school and work. Then I decided to take this position and run the Youth class because I knew that I would be capable of doing it with God’s help. Personally for me and my belief’s, it was a calling to work for the Lord. I just needed to believe in myself and I motivated myself. It takes a lot of responsibility because I have to be prepared just in case someone is late or wont be able to make it, and I have to have a back up plan. All in all, this is a privilege because I learn as I go and since this is my first year being the Sabbath School Director, I ask Jesus for guidance so He can help me every step of the way. In the end, the best person out there to motive you is yourself.