The Room

There once was a room, in a house, somewhere just outside a city. It was a piece of history because it was very old and no one lived in it. Mainly because strange things happened in that house a nobody wanted to live in it. Then one day a new person arrived in the city, and all the apartments were either taken, or too expensive. All of the hotels were full, and he still needed
a place to stay. So he found the house and decided to stay there. It started raining hard, he closed the window. Soon he heard strange noises coming from outside. Then a giant gorilla crashed through the walls and ran into the bedroom. The gorilla was soon followed by an army, and they chase it around the house. The army knocked down a picture of a lady on the wall. She got up out of the painting and yelled, “I’m free!!” And ran out the window. Then green liquid started dripping down from the chandelier and the house lit on fire. Then a meteor crashed the scene and blows the house up. The man just sat there on the couch, witch was untouched, and pretended that nothing happened.

Morning Surf

The following day, I returned to the beach. I carried my Rip Curl surfboard to the crashing waves and jumped into the water. It was 7:30 am and I was feeling fresh. I paddled out into deeper water and I saw a radical wave. It was 4 feet tall and it was motoring in right behind me. I paddled hard and rode it. Standing up took a little time, but when I stood it felt sensational. The fair, cool sea winds blew my hair to the side and the water was numbing to my feet. I dared to stand on the front end of my board and tip-toed to the back end. I pulled it off and smashed into the clear, shallow water that housed an eerily enchanting coral reef. My next wave was a big bomb and I sped through the tube for 15 seconds. After that, I did an epic tail grab 10 feet in the air and did a judo kick into the water. My family joined me and we had a lot of fun trying out different tricks. I didn’t even know that little Timmy had such an aptitude for flipping! I was wiped and ready for a hot shower and a big breakfast.

Improving the Standards of Life

Imagine a world where people did not live beneath the poverty line or that there were no such things as third world countries. But unfortunately there are.

With emerging technology things are becoming cheaper to produce and manufacture. And because of this I think things are going to start to get better. Developing countries will be able to improve their infrastructure, making access to things like water and food easier for people. Clothes will become cheaper to make so that people can spend that money on other things.

Soon fossil fuels will be replaced with renewable sources of energy making shipping around the globe cheaper. And with that switch there will be less natural disasters resulting in less money spent on rescue and rebuilding of things lost. I also see many conflicts avoided because eve

 

ry country would be able to produce its own energy and we would not have to fight over resources.

With the emerging technology we will be able to produce and manufacture better and we can stop relying on dirty fossil fuels. And with these changes we will be making a step in the right direction.

Example of Student Writing: The Man in the Desert

I stroll through the countryside, scuffing my feet against the sand. My eyes linger across the beige sea of terrain. They wander up until they reach the blazing sun. It boils its way through my skin and envelops my muscles. I scan the deserted area of land, coming across a dark lump planted a few metres ahead. I squint through the desert storm to see a man; sitting on a cold charcoal rock, with a battered cane and a slumped, ragged sack.

I slowly approach the man, curious of his existence in the countryside. Just a few feet away, I see the details of him. His worn, brown, coat is draped over his shoulders, and his hands peek out through the long tattered sleeves. The onyx trousers that hang from his bony hips carry holes and stains. Scraped leather shoes grasp his feet, with only withering laces to keep them on. He holds a cigarette and a large dusted jar with bare raunchy hands. I could see the bones through his scraggly fingers. A thick band of reddish-brown hair has latched on to the lower part of the man’s face; and his lazy grey eyes sit open, waiting for hope to come. Now standing directly in front of him, I peer under his coffee brown, plaid bonnet, to find the once lazy grey eyes, to be a fierce, angered stare.

KT (Grade 9)

‘Dramatic Irony’ in the play Macbeth

Dramatic irony is when the words and actions of a character in a piece of literature has a different meaning for the reader as opposed to the character. This stylistic device plays an important role in the play Macbeth through emphasizing deception, corruption and conspiracy.

This is apparent when the three haggard, old witches enter the scene and offer the protagonist, Macbeth, life-altering prophecies. Although he does not realize it yet, Macbeth’s ambition is fueled by the foretelling that he will become the Thane of Cawdor, and later, the King of Scotland.  Ultimately, this leads to his downfall.

It is not only Macbeth that is influenced by the dramatic irony.  Duncan’s fate is also influenced by his relationship with Macbeth. He is unknowingly making decisions which will lead to his own death. When Duncan decides to spend the night at Macbeth’s castle, he feels that there is a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. He drops his guard and is not on the lookout for danger; but is in actual fact providing them with the ideal opportunity to kill him.

Dramatic Irony creates tension, which allows us to sense the events unfolding before our eyes. In the opening scene of the play, the witches reveal the terrible events that are to follow (the battle, the deception and the murders). Meeting the witches and hearing their prophecies, Macbeth’s greed is revealed (which, ironically, will result in his downfall).

Macbeth is now set on a path of increasing greed, need and reliance on power; he is becoming a power hungry person. The changes are remarkable: in the beginning of the play, Macbeth served the king; yet, later he is the one that murders the king. The changes in Lady Macbeth’s character are also due to his influence on Lady Macbeth.  When we first meet her, Lady Macbeth is kind, but turns evil. It is also ironic that she is the one that mainly influenced Macbeth to go on a murderous rampage.  It is also ironic that the king arrives at her castle to stay for the night.  However, she ended up committing suicide because she could not bear the burden of all the bloodshed.

Armin, Ali and Shant

‘Dramatic Irony’ in Macbeth

Dramatic irony is when the words and actions of a character in a piece of literature has a different meaning for the reader as opposed to the character. This stylistic device plays an important role in the play Macbeth through emphasizing deception, corruption and conspiracy.
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This is apparent when the three haggard old witches enter the scene and offer the protagonist, Macbeth, life-altering prophecies. Although he does not realize it yet, Macbeth’s ambition is fed by the foretelling that he will become the Thane of Cawdor, and later, the King of Scotland.  Ultimately, this leads to his downfall.
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Dramatic irony is not only reflected in the character of Macbeth. Duncan’s fate is also influenced by his relationship with Macbeth. He is unknowingly making decisions which will lead to his death. When Duncan decides to spend the night at Macbeth’s castle, he feels that there is a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. He drops his guard and is not on the lookout for danger but is in actual fact providing them with the ideal opportunity to kill him.
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Dramatic Irony creates tension, which allows us to sense the events unfolding before our eyes. The first scene of the play roughly depicts the motives of the witches. With each prophecy mentioned, it is evident that Macbeth is slowly becoming more greedy. When he meets with the witches for the first time, they reveal the horrible events that are to follow (the battle, the deception, and the murders). The earliest example of dramatic irony is when Macbeth is named the new Thane of Cawdor. When the message is delivered to Macbeth, we await the reaction he has to it. Thus, one can tell that part of the witches’ prophecy has been seen already.
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With each event that passes, the suspense builds up and the tensions tighten. Dramatic irony plays a key role towards what happens with every event. Due to Macbeth’s power-hungry attitude, it is clear to the audience that he is greatly influenced by dramatic irony. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth was faithful to the king. Yet, his faithfulness soon fades when he decides to murder the man who is before him; King Duncan. When all is said and done, it is easily noticed that dramatic irony is one of the main reasons leading to Macbeth’s actions.
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As well as Macbeth himself, dramatic irony can also be found in the actions of his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is a crucial influence on Macbeth because she manipulates events to bring about the plot to kill Duncan. Thereafter, she committed suicide because she could not handle all the bloodshed from her husband’s murderous rampage – dramatic irony as she brought about her own downfall through her actions.

My outline: ‘Dramatic Irony’ in Macbeth

Introduction:
Dramatic irony is when the words and actions of a character in a piece of literature has a different meaning for the reader as opposed to the character. This stylistic device plays an important role in the play Macbeth through emphasizing deception, corruption and conspiracy.
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This is apparent when the three haggard old witches enter the scene and offer the protagonist, Macbeth, life-altering prophecies. Although he does not realize it yet, Macbeth’s ambition is fed by the foretelling that he will become the Thane of Cawdor, and later, the King of Scotland. Ultimately, this leads to his downfall.
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It is not only Macbeth that is influenced by the dramatic irony. Duncan’s fate is also influenced by his relationship with Macbeth. He is unknowingly making decisions which will lead to his death. When Duncan decides to spend the night at Macbeth’s castle, he feels that there is a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. He drops his guard and is not on the lookout for danger but is in actual fact providing them with the ideal opportunity to kill him.
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Dramatic Irony creates tension, which allows us to sense the events unfolding before our eyes.Opening scene of the play on the beach is a perfect example of dramatic irony. The witches reveal the terrible events that are to follow (the battle, the deception and the murders)When Macbeth meets the witches and we see his greed for the first time. This is one of the first situations related to irony. Macbeth is known as the all great loyal soldier and ends up getting advice from witches who have always been known for sinister, evil related aspects.
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Dramatic irony encourages Macbeth on becoming a power hungry person. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth served the king. Yet, later he is the one that murders the king!

Lady Macbeth is kind at the beginning but turns evil. It is ironic that the king arrives at her castle to stay for the night thinking he’s in safety when in reality he’s in a lot of danger of Macbeth. She is the one that mainly influenced and convinced Macbeth to go on a murderous rampage. Though, she ended up committing suicide because she could not handle all the bloodshed. This is a perfect example of Dramatic Irony, it presents the the main plan of Lady Macbeth and ends up turning it against her.

Conclusion:
Dramatic Irony is a vital component in Macbeth. It had a large influence in changing the mindset of the audience and also of the characters within the play. At certain points it could easily switch the mood and presentation of a certain scene. Whether its making a Macbeth type character believe he is doing something to benefit himself only to find out its the road towards his death, Dramatic Irony will always have a role to play during famous plays such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth.When doing a recap on how when Duncan thought he was safe when he was not, when lady Macbeth was so enticed with the idea of murder only to end up committing suicide due to the mental impact of killing another, without Dramatic Irony the play of Macbeth would not have been so intriguing and interesting as it was developed to be. This is why Dramatic Irony was important in creating an intense conclusion to the play.

Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth

Why is it bad luck to say Macbeth in a theatre?

Shakespeare used real witches’ curses in his text and this is where the bad luck came from. Many things have happened to people who said the word; for example heart attacks, death, suicide and fainting. Some person in the audience was sitting and said the word and the actor’s sword slipped out of his hand and had killed the person watching.

If you want to break the curse there are two things you can do. The standard curse breaking methods are to recite a line from another Shakespearean play usually something with a reference to heavenly powers. Another way to break the curse is to spin around three times, say a curse word and spit over your shoulder. Or you can leave the theatre, turn around three times and wait until you’re invited back inside.

Corporate War between Apple and Samsung

Notes:

  1. Apple sues first =  Apple Win against Samsung (1.05billion in damages)
  2. Samsung counter suing apple = Copying their products
  3. More than 250,000 patents up for grabs
  4. Apples second lawsuit is to prohibit sales in the U.S od eight samsung mobile devices.
  5. To be brought to court
  6. Samsung suing back at apple and if they win apple must pay royalty to samsung (2-2.7 %)

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Vocabulary:

Patent – the act of having a invention under your name that legally cannot be copied.

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Theme :

The large corporate lawsuits and rivalry between Apple and Samsung

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In this article, Apple and Samsung are described as large rivals. Samsung, as a smaller, but aggressive corporation, has the mentality that they will one day defeat Apple; but Apple does not want to make that dream easy, or even possible, for Samsung. This has resulted in large corporate lawsuits.

Both of the corporations in this article have their reasons on why they deserve the
“Temple of Plenty”. Samsung wants royalties of 2-2.7 % against Apple, while Apple wants to
ban eight Samsung mobile devices from the U.S. These kinds of lawsuits could damage both
corporations in a serious way and it could even lead to a stall in the progress of technology, and just technology in general.

In conclusion, when you take a look at the product line of Apple and Samsung, you can easily notice that they have both copied different ideas from each other. In my opinion, Apple has noticed that Samsung is building speed and momentum in the growth of the technology business, and Apple is showing fear and, therefore, retaliating. I believe Apple is the heavyweight in this battle, but that does not mean Samsung cannot deliver a few big blows. In my opinion, neither company is going to be KO’D during these large lawsuits; but they will definitely have a big headache to deal with if they don’t settle their differences.

The Fallout of the Apple vs. Samsung Battle

The patent war between the two corporations continues to take a toll on both Apple and Samsung. The complications started when the rival companies began assuming that one had stolen ideas from the other. Firstly, Apple claimed that Samsung had made “a deliberate decision to copy” the ideas of Apple’s iPhone; the universal interface and the user-experience programing. By that, Apple is saying that Samsung stole their general layout plus features like “rubber-banding”, and the voice activated navigation system known as, Siri. To prove that Samsung intentionally copied the design of the iPhone, Apple hired lawyers who brought out many different prototypes to disclose their case. On the other hand, Samsung accused Apple of borrowing its ideas and patents for wireless communication from companies like Sony. Also, Samsung alleged that the iPhone uses a patented intel chip-set brought out by them; not Apple. Though both companies made fair accusations, the results of the first-round turned out in Apple’s favour. The trial jury decided that Apple would be awarded with $1.05 billion in damages because apparently Samsung had violated patents on some of their products. The amount given was between the $2.7 Apple wanted to win, and the $518 million Samsung hoped to pay. Furthermore, Apple asked the judge to temporarily prohibit the sales of eight Samsung mobile devices in the U.S. (including popular products on Samsung’s product line). Depending on the outcome of the patent trial, Samsung may have to remove it’s Galaxy 10.1 computer tablet from the U.S. Market. Samsung will now have to re-make their product line so that it will adjust to the new patent rules. Either that, or they will have to pay heavy licensing fees to cover the infringement. On top of everything, the prices will not only be costing consumers more, but also Samsung. However, Samsung has not lost all hope quite yet. If they are successful in their case, Apple will owe up to $400 million in wireless communications patents. Also, Apple will be forced to pay another 2 to 2.75% if they continue to use Samsung’s technology in their latest iPhone. One of the main issues was that, even though Samsung had to pay $2.2 million for specific actions; the jury had not actually found any evident reasons for those charges. In the future, if everything turns out in favour of Samsung, the prices of the iPhone will ‘hit the roof’. Therefore, consumers will be sent directly towards Samsung’s products. In conclusion, though both companies are battling for their own benefits; they are really just destroying one another’s business.

Respect

We need to make sure individuals who are famous and wealthy still keep to their respectful manners to others of lower status.There are many “Steve Jobs”-types of people who, as they become more successful, slowly lose respect for their employees.

Firstly, to achieve this goal of respect, we must find other individuals who have been successful throughout their lives but have also maintained appreciation for their employees. Next, we must have those individuals try to convince the “Steve Jobs”- types that life is better when you’re a better person yourself. Secondly, we must not give the famous and wealthy the theme of them being godlike because, as soon as people do this, they will believe they are more important than others.

In conclusion, wealthy and famous people who believe they are gods might want to open their eyes because, when the money and the fame is gone, who will they go to for help?

The story of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ success in his company set a positive and a negative influence on young entrepreneurs around the world. Firstly, although Jobs was a workaholic-tyrant who pursued nothing other than his career, he is still one of the most innovative, and accomplished businessmen in all of history. Throughout his life, he built Apple into one of the most valuable corporations of all time. Yet, he was a horrible parent who wasn’t as interested in his family as he was in his company. In conclusion, Steve Jobs’ accomplishments overpower the negative aspects of his life and, therefore, he sets a positive example on young entrepreneurs all around the world.