Grade 12

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William Blake Poetry Photo

This is my photo of William Blake’s poem “Night”

The reason why I chose this photo was because in the first line in the poem it says  “The sun descending in the west” and as you can see this photo is of the sun slowly descending.  In the second line, he also says  “The birds are silent in their nest” obviously you cannot hear the photo but during the photo, it was very quiet and peaceful.

Lego stop-motion: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Act I, Induction Scenes I and II

Christopher Sly, a local drunk, is mislead by a lord to believe that Sly is actually nobility. While passed out, Sly is carried to the castle where he is cleaned, dressed in fine clothing and placed in bed. When he wakes up, the fun begins!

Taming Of The Shrew

Act I, Induction Scenes I and II

Christopher Sly, a local drunk, is mislead by a lord to believe that Sly is actually nobility. While unconscious due to his intoxication, the Lord’s servants carry sly to the Lord’s castle.  He is cleaned, dressed in fine clothing and placed in bed. When he wakes up, the fun begins!

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

In the novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, the narrator played a immensely important role in the telling of the novel. Dr. Sheppard the narrator, had the motive and opportunity to commence with the murder.

In the novel, the narrator starts by letting the reader into his mind. By being let into the narrator’s mind, trust is being built up. This is key because it makes the reader believe in what the Dr. Sheppard is saying. Leading up to the murder, there is a lot of information in his head that he is expressing to the reader except for parts of planning the murder. During the night of the murder, it is crucial that the trust is built up between the reader and the narrator in order for the mystery. When Dr. Shepard leaves out the fact that he indeed killed Roger Ackroyd, it makes the reader think that Dr.Sheppard had left the house already, adding to the importance of making sure that people knew he had left.

The narrator did show signs of being unreliable because of the fact that he left out important information. However, he did not directly lie to the reader but only that he left out where he had been and what he had done. For a narrator to be unreliable they have to offer little insight which Dr. Sheppard did not do. He let the reader into the investigation but merely hid his own actions. As Dr. Sheppard was narrating from his own perspective, he was able to bend his own picture of reality, but did not bend it for others. After comparing Dr. Sheppard to a unreliable narrator, he fits in with creating a distorted view and creating a false insight on the murder and would be considered an unreliable narrator. However, just because he leaves out a few pieces of information, it does not make him unreliable. He still tells the story in detail and you get a true sense of what is going on, making him reliable. The narrator in the book could be classified as a reliable narrator but to take everything he says with a bit of suspicion.

The role of the narrator also played a big part in the framing of Ralf Patton. When reading through the eyes of the narrator, it is very suspicious that Ralf left his hotel in a rush and has not been heard from or seen of since the time of the murder. If Dr. Sheppard were to have been entirely truthful, the readers would have known that Dr. Shepard involved himself with Ralf to make him seem like the murderer.

Overall the narrator’s role is necessary to mystery of the novel as without it, the book would be very different or not as interesting and exiting.

At Long Last

The ship crashes through the water. Pots and pans are flying around, no land in sight, only one boat on the water. The last thing that anyone would want to happen is to fall off the boat.

The twin-towers plane crashes had happened just two months before and she still cannot shake the memory.

 

A woman named Simone is one of the only survivors on the plane. She is trying to deal with her PTSD by going on this relaxing cruise, but somehow she just can’t relax. Maybe it’s the bad weather. She is feeling very uneasy. Her PTSD medication doesn’t seem to be working.  

 

Simone stood on the ship watching the wind and waves and she shivered.  She pulled her sweater closer.  This night reminded her of the night her brother James was taken away in a straitjacket with that look in his eye. Why did he hate her so much? They told her he was a psychopath and would never have real emotions and had to be institutionalized. That was four years ago.

 

She is cold now and wants to go inside.  Walking into the lounge area, she orders a coffee and sits down to watch a show.  She still can’t shake this uneasy feeling. She looks at her coffee when it arrives and feels nauseous. She suddenly has to leave. She runs up the stairs and out onto the deck, gasping for air. The cold air feels good. She senses the man even before she turns around.  As she sees him, she knows his name before he pulls back his hood.  “Hello, James,”  she says while silently pulling out the knife that she has been carrying around with her for years. She swiftly stabs him and pushes him overboard with strength that she never knew she had.

Not Again.

Within ten seconds to dusk, I stood in front of it. There it was, the place I worked so hard to get to, right before my eyes. I entered without a noise. It’s dark and gloomy inside, like a ancient closed down hospital accompanied by destructive vines and glorious moss.

I pulled out my camera to admire different perspectives and out fell a flyer for ghost evacuations. Bizarre considering my location at the moment. I’m think about the things that could be in here hoping to get some on film. Continue reading

The Black Powder Mystery

Gerald approached the palace gates. As the guard begins to open the gate, he almost pushes over several guests to reach the front. This is the moment he had been waiting for -the coronation of Frederick the 1st.

In the palace, all the guests find their place. As Gerald looks around the ballroom, he locks eyes with Gotthard and Otto. “Is everything set up?” asks Gerald. “Yes, we are prepared,” responds Otto, with a brief smile. Gotthard wanders off.
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Mistaken Identity

It was a dark rainy day in Germany. I came into the world not knowing anything. Our town was bombed three months ago by the Americans. As a baby boy, I was named Liam. Being born into World War II was not a good time to join humanity. I was always on the run and starving.

Growing up, I never felt like I was in a family that I loved. Neither did I look like any of my family, so I felt I wasn’t with the right one. Even strangers would never believe I was related to my parents and siblings. I remember, I once was separated from my family and I asked someone to help me find my family. When we finally did, they didn’t believe that they were my family so they had trouble letting me stay with them.

I lived a normal life, believing I was with my real family. Until one day, I wondered if I was switched at birth as I learned about it in school that day. I was in grade 7 and I was curious, so I started doing research about how you can find out if you, in fact, were switched at birth. I found out that I actually was, but I didn’t know what to do or if I was happy or sad. I did feel sad but it wasn’t just sad; it was the most complex feeling I had ever experienced. I then had to make a decision on what to do so I decided to talk to my best friend because I was so confused. Neither of us knew what to do, so after a couple weeks of thinking about this, and questioning it, I finally worked up the courage to talk to my family. Continue reading

Tuning into Cartoon

It was late that night and I was still watching the television and I remember thinking to myself that I’m going to be tired for work. Suddenly the program changed to a white screen with perfect round circle which I’m assuming is snow but it was falling from bottom to top as if there were a fan that blew the snow that fell overnight but it was consistent. Afterwards I turned of the television with that tiny red button on the remote control which in my opinion is too small. Any who, I poured a glass of water and headed off to bed. I had quite the sleep that night, tossing and turning. The next morning, I woke up feeling different, but I had just suspected I slept funny. It was then I realized everything was in cartoon form. I rubbed my eyes as if I were imagining it, but it was now reality, my reality. Continue reading

The enchantress

The enchantress just wanted her kissss without failure. She is not the most important character but is required for the story. In this essay I will describe her physical appearances and why I think she is required.

The enchantress had different “looks”, such as the following.

The enchantress takes on multiple appearances starting of with David’s mother:

“Her skin was very white, but there was a hint of pink at her cheeks, and her lips were full and moist. Her red hair glowed like fire”. When David saw her, he heard her voice but her lips did not move (198). Then her eyes opened and she started to mutate into Rose but it wasn’t Rose:  “These eyes were black, devoid of color, like lumps of coal set in snow.[…] (198). Her hair was black, not red, and it pooled like liquid night. Her lips opened, and David saw that her teeth were very white and very sharp, the canines” (198). The enchantress wasn’t just an image she also had personality.

The enchantress was the voice of David’s mother that he heard. She was testing him when he reached her castle. When David awoke her with a freezing kiss (198) she asked what I think is, a trick question: “ “Am I not beautiful?”. Her head tilted slightly, and her face looked troubled. “Am I not pretty enough for you? ” (199). I find this troubling because there is no right way to answer the question. She was repeatedly asking a twelve year-old boy. When David killed her she thanked him as if she was tired of killing for a living. The enchantress was happy for her way of life to finally be over. This concludes her personality.

These past two paragraphs conclude my opinions on the enchantress. The fact that she was the voice of David’s mother proves that she was vital to the story. If the voice of David’s mother was not resolved it would have left the question of why he heard her unanswered which leaves a sense that is incomplete. Without the confirmation of what the voice was, we may assume that it was just a trick that the crooked man played on David or could keep us in a state of curiosity. In this case I think that resolving where Davids mother’s voice came from help bring the book to an end, what is a book without resolution?