I definitely think the subject of the story is about the fear of the unknown. When you swim in a pool you can see the bottom and everything else that is in the pool. But why are so many people afraid of swimming in open water? Humans fear what they do not understand and cannot see. In a lake or an ocean you do not know what is out there and you start to go crazy fearing the unknown. The main character in the story was terrified of open water. She did not know what was all in the open water or where bottom was so she feared the open water. She could swim for miles and miles in a pool but as soon as it came to open water she was too afraid of the unknowns to go in. The main character did face her fears of the ocean but would not go out far enough for the water to get above of her head. She was still afraid of the unknown, where the bottom of the ocean was. The author foreshadowed a couple of times in the story. The first time was about how the main character was terrified of the open water and would not swim in it anymore. You could figure that, that might be important later on and she might have to face that fear head on. The characters farther had also told her that if she moved to California with this guy, it will end badly and you will be stuck down there with nothing. Her father was absolutely correct, the guy was just having a mid-life crises and as soon as he got over it, she was no longer needed in his life and they got divorced. There was also symbolism with colours throughout of the story. The colour yellow to the character meant home, it was the colour of towel her dad wrapped her in and it was the colour of macaroni and cheese, which her dad always made her. Blue is also a really important colour, it symbolizes comfort, she is comfortable in clear blue water of a pool but not the murky waters of the ocean. The lines on the bottom of the pool can be seen as a metaphor for guidance throughout her life. When she can...
...A Long Way Gone ReadingResponse
By: Jesica Thambipillai
The memoir A Long Way Gone reveals the heart-wrenching story of an individual’s struggle to reclaim his true self after serving as a child soldier in the civil war. The horrifying events of the war retold in the novel remain present in mind. I cannot recall how many times I felt nauseated when I read about the gruesome battles and bloodshed. The author, Ishamel Beah explains, “My squad is my family, my gun is my provider, and protector, and my rule is to kill or be killed” (52, Beah). Before the war, Ishamel lived a life of contentment. But during the war, Ishmael lost his family, and he was robbed of his childhood, causing him to become resentful and cold. Beah was a child soldier serving the army force, and he was responsible for several massacres; however, during battle there was no time to show remorse or to display morality. The only options were to kill or be killed. Ishamel Beah was brutally honest with the acts of violence he had committed. Beah’s level of honesty inspires me. At age 12, he was handed a gun and was told to kill. Beah was traumatized from the war, but fortunately, he was given the opportunity to rehabilitate himself. I commend Beah for writing this beautiful memoir, for it has allowed him to leave behind a legacy that makes readers aware of his cause. He persevered to give hope and advocate about the struggles faced in Sierra Leone by child soldiers. Beah...
Response to The Wonders of the Invisible World
The Wonders of the Invisible World, by Cotton Mather, is one of many examples of how the devil has always been involved in the mortal world. He attempts to persecute Christians as well as God’s angels, whom Mather accurately stated, “He has wanted his incarnate legions to persecute us, as the people of God have in the other hemisphere been persecuted” (556). This passage was about how the devil was angered by the new settlers coming in bringing new religion focused on God and taking what he thought was his land, so the devil basically takes it up a notch and decides to release his own army of demons into the world to do his work. Mather goes on to provide an example of such through the trial of Martha Carrier who was indicted for bewitching people.
Martha Carrier had many cases built up against her proving that she was a witch and signed a deal with the devil. Many people, including her own children, plead against her and confessed what they believed all the misfortunes happening to them were caused by Martha. I believe Mather used her case and all the testimonies by everyone to illustrate the pain and anguish people went through during this time period. Mather scrupulously described the paranoia and fear of the people in the community and anyone anywhere else that had to deal with witches. Rightfully so, demons taking over women’s bodies after offering them these promises, or as...
“Prison Studies” By: Malcolm X
In my response to the reading of “Prison Studies” Malcolm X was basically an heroic man who took a lot of time out while he was in jail to educate himself and build his vocabulary. Malcolm did this everyday as his penmanship improved so did his knowledge. What I was really impressed about Malcolm was that hes studied the whole dictionary. A lot of people can’t do that . As an author, Malcolm or course made it possible not only for an African-American male to overcome but for anyone. In the story I agree with the author Alex Haley in what she wrote about Malcom. In the whole interview Alex had with Malcom. Malcolm tells him his life story while he was in his last years of his life. Malcolm is the main person of the whole story and interview. As he tells Alex the story he speaks in first-person, focusing on his action and thoughts at each point of his life. However, in each chapter he does include some opinons based on his current perspective late in his life. At this point this makes him a very open man and also this will make him good as an Islam. While I was reading the story a quote came out to me in chapter 3, “America needs to understand Islam, because this is one religion that erares from its society the race problem”. What that means to me is that Malcolm has continued faith in Islam as a potential source of change in America, but also...
...Ian had become the item of value and protection in “TouchingBottom”, when she let him go she tried her hardest, pushed harder than she had been pushing, to save him. She found “no time to breathe, no need to breathe.” She allows Ian to claw at her legs, shares her protection of a towel with him when she reaches the shore, and she cradles him and loves him. The flowers and the child are both strong symbols of value, the utimate goal to protect.
The protection is relatively related to the changes brought in the story, as both changes were closely placed to the change. In “The Chrysanthemums” Elisa finds change after she changes her clothes, the dress being a symbol of change for herself. While wearing her roughed up gardening attire, she is a strong woman. As soon as Elisa changes into her fancy clothes, she literally changes her whole attitude. She seems as though she doesn’t know what to do with herself; while waiting for her husband she sits patiently on the porch. She changed from the strong woman in the beginning into a sad, little lady who was “crying weakly – like an old woman.” The change in ‘TouchingBottom” is quite contrary. There’s a realization that happens in the woman’s mind as she touches the bottom; she becomes a different, stronger woman. From the beginning of the story we find her to be a weak and fearful woman who is trying to achieve a goal of being an excellent swimmer, and...
In the reading ‘2b or not 2b’’, there are figurative devices that can be identified as used
by the author. Metaphor; the metaphors found in the passage is used to make a compare the text
messages to’ bleak, bald sad shorthand, Drab shrink talk.’ The comparison continues ‘Texting is
penmanship for illiterates’. Another comparisons without the use of the terms ‘as’ or ‘like’ with
unlike things that in this case seems to have similar characteristics, was made when reference
was being made of the level of the usage of text message spelling compared to that of standard
orthography used in everyday life ‘… no more than a few ripples on the sea of language’ was the
The figurative device personification can also be identified, the persons who engaged in
texting or ‘vandals’ were said to be destroying our language ‘pillaging our punctuation, savaging
our sentences, raping our vocabulary…’ The inanimate words were being treated as they had been
endowed with human qualities. The ability to be pillaged, savaged and raped was now given to them.
The statement ‘People seemed to have swallowed whole the stories…’ lends to the device
hyperbole the scenario shows that the persons referred to were accepting the ‘stories’ just as they
were without questioning this was being exaggerated to the point where the persons were said
to ‘swallow’ the...
...Reading is a dynamic, complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning. It involves the bringing of meaning to and the getting of meaning from the printed page. It is developed based on the background, the experiences and as well as the emotions each child possesses. The process of reading looks at a series of written symbols and getting meaning from them. When we read, we use our eyes to receive written symbols such as; letters, punctuation marks and spaces while we use our brain to convert them into words, sentences and paragraph that communicate something to us.
It is no doubt, that reading can be silent or aloud. It is a receptive skill through it we receive information. In fact, it also requires the skill of speaking, that we can pronounce the words that we read. Thus, it is referred to as the third language skill that we learn. It is a productive skill which allows us to both receive information and transmit it.
Reading entails different theories that help to encourage and promote reading in schools. Just like teaching methodology, reading theory has their shifts and transitions. It is based on the control of the manipulation that a reader can have on the act of comprehending a text.
The theories of reading is 'inclusive of the tradition view', according to date etc. al. (1991),...
February 6, 2015
ReadingResponses Colombo Pg. 139-140
1. Moore provides evidence to support his contention that America is a nation of idiots by stating, “There are forty-four million Americans who cannot read and write above a fourth grade level –in other words, who are functional illiterates” (Colombo 122) and also explains how he feels as if America wants to keep individuals “stupid” and “ignorant” (Colombo 123). I do agree with his statement that there are many people who cannot read higher than a fourth grade level, but I do not believe that America wants to keep the public as being “idiots.” Many individuals are college dropouts and even high school dropouts in my opinion, but that does not mean that America is “stupid” and “ignorant.” I do not see any limitations when Moore uses the “question/answer” approach because he uses questions to illustrate and back up his statement on how America is a nation of idiots.
2. When Moore discusses standardized testing, I completely agreed with his statement on how there is a “national obsession with testing, as if everything that’s wrong with the educational system in this country would be magically fixed if we could just raise those scores” (Colombo 132) because even at my own elementary to high school each one of my school made it seem as if students were not to do extremely well it would significantly affect them and their futures. However, I know that...
...ReadingResponse to the Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, is a novel about Detective Sam Spade who is unknowingly lured into finding a seemingly valuable artwork called the Maltese Falcon. Along with is partner Miles Archer, Sam Spade is tricked by Miss Wonderly into tracking a Floyd Thursby who according to her initial story at the beginning was running off with her younger sister. Spade and Archer accepted the job apparently because they felt the pay was good and that they could earn more if they executed the job properly. However, event that unfolded immediately afterwards made it obvious that detective Spade had gotten himself into a serious criminal case. First was the death of his partner Miles Archer, then the allegation by Lieutenant Dundy and Tom Polhaus that Spade is a prime suspect in the murder of his partner. In his bid to find out what happened to his partner and to clear himself of allegations of murder, detective Spade finds out the truth about Miss Wonderly whose actual name was Brigid O'Shaughnessy and her connection to Floyd Thursby who was not running away with Brigid's sister, but was her acquaintance who had betrayed her and perhaps had in his possession a prized Object -the Maltese Falcon. Eventually, Spade is able to obtain the Maltese Falcon and why it was so important. Also, Spade is able to discover the reasons for which...