Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Final: It Started With A Seed


Here is a link to what I talked about in class, please if you are still interested let me know if you would like to get involved to help our idea come back to life. The date for Music Arts Festival is still undecided but its going to happen!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Battle of the Bands/ Masterpiece

Our location that our masterpiece will be taking place at will be Waller Park. We originally started with the idea of it being a school event but we wanted to reach out more to the community. The proceeds from the event are going to my fellow classmate Jasmine's idea of making goodie bags for homeless people who are struggling and in need. We still need more artists for the line up so if you know anyone let me or Jasmine know. We are also looking for sponsors to get shirts made for the participants. If you'd like to help see me at school or email me.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Love is blind

When Lady Macbeth hears of the prophecy for told by the witches she becomes enthusiastic. She personally wants to kill the current king herself if she had too to get her husband into the thrown. If you're in the audience you see her as an evil, cruel woman who just cares about being powerful not being honorable. Macbeth though thinks she is just trying to do the best thing for him blinded by her love. He's convinced by her to then become the king of Scotland but she still worried that he couldn't kill the king himself. Macbeth doesn't have the courage to stand up to her either so it makes him look weak to her.   

Look at my brain

I think my masterpiece reflects the way my mind thinks in many ways. My idea for my final project is kind of split into two ideas that have one of my main passions involved in it; music. The battle of the bands idea to me is amazing and is the classic way to bring people who love music together. If I can get that started with my fellow classmate I think we can start an amazing non-profit fundraiser that goes towards her idea for homeless nessecity bags and maybe even money towards local music programs. My other half was my app website idea which like my mind is music oriented, I want and app where a local artist can promote himself and also promote the artists they love and figure when and where they will be performing. There is an existing sight but I feel it could be a little better for people who are unknown or are trying to make the next new genere of music. It will take me a while but I think an improvement will come to mind soon.

Literary Analysis #5: The Stranger


1. The novel begins with Meursalt's mother dying and this starts the plot of the book. The main plot though is when Meursalt kills another man and is sent to prison. I felt like this was really unfair for Meursalt because it was for his friend Raymond. Raymond's ex-girlfriend cheated on him which caused him to assault her. When he did this he didn't think about what her brother would do to him when he found out. Later in the book Raymond runs into the brother and they get in a fight. Because Meursalt was with Raymond the brother attacked him which caused Meursalt to shoot him because the brother had a knife and it led Meursalt to go to jail.
2. I think the theme of the novel is that life is in a way pointless if we all die in the end. He realizes this when he is in prison about to die and remembers his mom died so that there was no purpose in life.
3. The author's tone was kind of emotionless. The main character seems as if he has no feelings or emotions at all. He wasn't emotional about his mother's death and he wouldn't ever say that he loved his girlfriend. When his girlfriend asked if he wanted to marry her he told her that it didn't matter to him, but that they could if she wanted. Finally he had no emotion about killing a man when he should've at least felt sorry.
4. The actions of Meursalt  were done in a way that he knew what he did, but didn't exactly feel bad. For example when he killed the brother he thought it out again after it happened and was more concerned that he ruined his day instead of him taking someone's life. He also uses flashback when he rethinks of his mother's death and funeral. This only happens a couple times in the book when he explains why he put her in an old people home. Also the dialogue because this is how you feel Meursalt's sense that he doesn't care about anything by the way he talks to other people. I noticed this a lot when people told him sorry about his mother and he would reply like it was nothing to him. Another element is that the story is told through first person. Albert Camus tells his story through Meursalt and the whole story is focused on him as the main character. With him being the main character all of the point of views are through him. You can hear into his thoughts and what he thinks. For instance you can read his thoughts of why he doesn't want to go in Celeste's because he doesn't want to hear them ask about how he is dealing with his mother's death.


1. The author uses mainly indirect characterization in this story. I didn't really notice any direct characterization. He uses indirect characterization though in showing that Meursalt has no emotions. It is shown in him not caring about his mom's death and not caring if he married the girl he really liked. It's never stated that he doesn't care just shown. There's also indirect characterization when Meursalt realizes life is pointless. He thinks of how people just die in the end so whatever he did wouldn't even matter.
2. I didn't really notice a change in syntax or diction because the main character is so plain to me so the diction is just normal the whole time.
3. The main character seemed to be static because he never forms emotions for life. He just realizes his life is pointless, but he pretty much seemed to know that fact all along.
4. I felt like I'd met a person after this book because I truly felt for the guy. He seemed like he didn't fully enjoy life and it made me think from his point of view which caused me to also think what's the purpose of life. Hearing his thoughts is what brought me to think this because I felt as if he was trying to explain it directly to me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Literature Analysis #4

1. The novel Brave New World begins in London in the hatchery where the Director is guiding students on a tour of the Bokanovskify process. As the Director proceeds to explain the process throughout the introduction of the novel hypnopaedia is introduced. This is the process of teaching the children in their sleep. The children are encouraged to get involved in erotic play. This erotic play is known as obstacle golf and Bernard is first introduced when he does not participate. Lenina is then introduced when she finds interest in Bernard even though she is discouraged by Fanny. Lenina pursues Bernard and yet Bernard continues to feel more hopeless than ever. As the novel continues, characters like Hemholtz are introduced, because of their differences from the others. Many of these differences are shown through the different social classes as well as events such as the alcohol that is said to have been in Bernard’s blood surrogate before he was born. Soma is also introduced as the drug that keeps them going. It is the boost to their system when in need. Bernard continues throughout the novel as curious as ever and takes a trip to the reservation with Lenina in order to humor his curiosity. There he meets Linda and John who wish to return to London with them to see the Director; John’s father. When the four of them return things begin to go south and the Director is humiliated with Linda’s return. As John carries on with life in the Brave New World he is disturbed by the assumptions accepted by the society he sees. It comes to a point where John is so ooberly in love with Lenina but yet is so confused and can no longer take it anymore that as a result he hangs himself.
2. For the theme of the novel I concluded that there is to be no happiness without truth. The people of the Brave New World are so dedicated to their willful delusion that they know no true happiness. They only know what they have been told to be true yet characters like Bernard see that there is more to life and there are truths to which they do not know than what they have been told.
3. Defining the tone of Brave New World is difficult. I would consider the tone to be informative as well as dramatic. The entire novel is about the telling of a Brave New World in which we do not know unless we continue to read the novel. Huxley repeatedly states things such as, “But every one belongs to every one else,” in order to emphasize the attitude of the society of the Brave New World. The extended metaphor used to describe the sexual affair between Lenina and Bernard support the dramatic tone of the novel. The introduction of the novel when the D.H.C. is giving the tour of the hatchery and declares, "We condition the masses to hate the country but simultaneously we condition them to love all country sports," Huxley's audience is informed of the alterations that take place while the embryos are developing.
4. Repetition is used throughout the novel quite often to emphasize the society of the BNW. "But every one belongs to every one else."
Puns are also used by Lenina when she is plotting to seduce Bernard.
Similes like, "Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly--they'll go through anything," help to not only emphasize but clarify what is going on in the minds of the characters of society.
Parallelism is also often used to parallel with past or upcoming events that are to take place. Also parallelism occurs as the novel has resulted in paralleling with present society.
Imagery is a constant attribute to the novel that Huxley projects through statements made by characters like, "But cleanliness is next to fordliness." Statements like this create an image in the readers head that helps in grasping an understanding of the BNW that could not be grasped as well without the imagery.
1. Two examples of direct characterization would be Bernard and John. Two examples of indirect characterization would be Lenina and the Director. Both Bernard and John are both directly characterized through their speech and actions. Lenina and the Director are characterized through the other characters. For example, Fanny as well as Bernard characterize Lenina by passing their own judgement about her actions. 

2.     Theme: “Hot tunnels alternated with cool tunnels. Coolness was wedded to discomfort in the form of hard X-rays. By the time they were decanted the embryos had a horror of cold. They were predestined to emigrate to the tropics, to be miner and acetate silk spinners and steel workers. Later on their minds would be made to endorse the judgment of their bodies. "We condition them to thrive on heat," concluded Mr. Foster. "Our colleagues upstairs will teach them to love it. “And that,"put in the Director sententiously, "that is the secret of happiness and virtue – liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny.” (pg. 11) This quote describes the pre-conditioning/controlled conception of humans via mechanical processes ultimately connoting one of the novel’s central ideas, theme: subjugation thru perfect content, apathy. I.E. Caste system according to the World State.

3.     Allusion: “Bernard Marx,Lenina, Henry Foster etc.” (pg. throughout the novel) Huxley brilliantly incorporates the names of famous historical figures directly into that of his Brave New World characters often to further characterize the themes of the novel. EX. Communist proponent Karl Marx is the derivation of Bernard Marx, Russian ruler Lenin is feminized for Lenina, Henry Ford’s first and last name is similar to Jesus in stature/naming frequency in characters like Henry Foster.

4.     Personification: “The roses were in bloom, two nightingales soliloquized in the boskage, a cuckoo was just going out of tune among the lime trees. The air was drowsy with the murmur of bees and helicopters.” (pg. 37) Huxley at times engages in beautiful bouts of imagery laden figurative language to juxtapose the otherwise cruel and grey atmosphere of the novel. I personally liked the use of personification in this passage with the soliquizing flowers and drowsy air, creates a mood contrasting with the overall foreboding feeling of oppression prevalent in the book.

5.     Tone: “The overalls of the workers were white, their hands gloved with a pale corpse-coloured rubber.The light was frozen, dead, a ghost. Only from the yellow barrels of the microscopes did it borrow a certain rich and living substance, lying along the polished tubes like butter, streak after luscious streak in long recession down the work tables.” (pg. 12) Cold, clinical the tone of Brave New World is sterile in it’s diction, even the similes/figurative language (in bold above) are Huxley’s tool to crafting a tone fitting of a society automated by a hive of machines and identical automatons—I mean humans.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Master Piece

1. What am I passionate about?  What do I want to do?
   -I am passionate about many things in my life but I'd have to say music is my favorite thing. I want to start my life in the winery business until I can establish myself well enough to have a vineyard slash music venue that helps promote local talents and also have big shows.

2. How can I use the tools from last semester (and the Internet in general)?
   -I can use collaboration by talking to people who are in this type of business already and ask them how they got there and many other questions. I can use the Internet to reach out to these people also if I can't reach them in person, any conversation can help you connect dots.

3.   What will I need to do in order to "feel the awesomeness with no regrets" by June?
   - To me honestly not a lot, I just wanna know I did alright on the AP test and that I'm graduating. Also I wanna make sure I keep exploring options of how I can get to where I want to be.

4.  What will impress/convince others (both in my life and in my field)?
   I think the thing that will impress the people in my industry most is GREAT wine, GREAT music, and GREAT food. It can be very hard and expensive to get all these things going and it takes many connections so I think I need to start reaching out and making more connections.

5.  How will I move beyond 'What If' and take this from idea --> reality?
   -I wish I could say it would be as easy as getting a degree and my job is already established but I have to work from the bottom to the top. I'm gonna have to earn money and get loans before I can even start my business but I'm sure after a lot of hard I can get it running.

6. Who will be the peers, public, and experts in my personal learning network?
   - What I love more then anything is I'm not in this alone. I have friends going into viticulture that would love to help me start a business like I want and it will make it a lot easier with their help. This is one of the things that makes me excited for the future.