Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Plum Plum Pickers

In "Plum Plum Pickers" by Raymand Barrio, he suggests that when you work hard for something, never let anyone take it frome you by haveing Manuel refuse to give Morales two cents. Even though two sents isn't a lot they still worked hard to get their money and no one should just take it from them. The story demonstrated some literary techniques, pride, happiness, and honesty.
       The author uses many literary techniques in the story. He uses metaphor when he says, "...just like the blackest bars on the jails of hell." He uses the metaphor to demonstrate how trapped he felt, locked in a "cage" in hell. He also uses repitition to get his point across, because if something is repeated it is supposed to make the reader feel a connection to what is being said, he also uses imagery to connect the reader to the story, "... He was trapped in an endless maze of apricot trees, as though forever, neat rows of them..." The quote gives a clear image that ther are several apricot trees and he jus feels trapped between them. He uses a lot of tone to give off exactly what he is feeling at the moment. Lastly, he uses allusion. When he says, "... drank the holy water..." it is clear he is talking about a baptism. Barrio uses great literary techniqyes, but also shows pride too.
       Sometime pride isn't always a good thing, but in the story Manuel's pride is very good. Manuel is a hard-working man, slaves in the hot sun to get the job done and to make money. When Morales comes and tries to take two cents from every bucket, Manuel was the only one who spoke up. Even though it was only two cents and pretty much nothing, Manuel saw it as someone trying to take what he worked hard for. Manuel took a stand and kicked his bucket of fruits over, and his actions provoked the others to do the same, but Morales gave in. Manuel's pride in this story was a very effective thing, along with his happiness.
       Manuel definitely deserved to be happy with himself at the end of the story. Morales tried to take something that was rightfully Manuel's, so he took a stand, and also encouraged the other workers to do the same. By all of them taking a stand, Morales finally saiid, "All right. All right, men. I shall take nothing this time." Making Morales back down, Manuel felt very good and happy with himself. "Manuel felt a thrill of power course through his nerves." He felt powerful for not letting Morales take from him, or anyone else, which goes to show that honesty is very important as well.
       Honesty is one of the most important factors in life, and Barrio shows it in his story. Morales lied to the men and said he wouldn't take anything from them. "You promised to take nothing!" Manuel heard himself saying." Morales replied with, "I said two cents, hombre. You got a problem or what?" Morales was not honest with the guys and tried to just take from them what was theirs. If Morales was honest from the start and really said that he was going to take the two cents from the beginning, the men wouldn't have put up a fight. In result of him not being honest, and trying to do something against his word, the menwould not put up with it. Instead, for Morales lying, he had all these men taking a stand against him, and making him take back his word, and they all got what they wanted in the first place. Being honest can get yu very far in life.
       The story " Plum Plum Pickers" by Raymand Barrio teaches a good life lesson through his story of literary techniques, pride, happiness, and honesty. He teaches never give someone something that is rightfully yours. Also, stand up for yourself or peope will walk all over you. The story was an interesting way to teach an important life lesson.

College Essay

           My whole life money has been an issue in my family. My parents both finished high school, but never made it to college, so jobs never came easy to them. I remember the one thing I've always wanted was to get my lisence because I felt like I would have more freedom. Driving school is a lot of money, and my parents didnt have the money to pay for it, so my friend's father paid half, and my older sister paid the other half. But, with money being an issue, I've learned to work with whatever I get, and never take anything for granted. With money always being an issue, im devoted on going to college and being a nurse, my dream since I was a little girl. I don’t want money to be a struggle in my life.
           Ever since middle school, math has been my favorite subject. I never knew much about chemistry until my junior year of high school and I really enjoyed it. I also really enjoy taking spanish, I’ve taken it since middle school,and all four years and high school. I chose to take anatomy my senior year because the human body is really interesting to me, and it will bring me more knowledge and a step closer to being a nurse.
           Diversity is also very important to me. As a little girl , I remember the other kids constantly asking me, “ How does it feel to be half black and half white?” I dreaded this question. It always made me feel like I didn’t fit in because I wasn’t just one race. Many of the kids also called me a “half-breed” which hurt me even more, because it made me feel like “half” a person. Another thing I had to go through was constant questions about my older sister. My mom has three kids, my older sister is full white with a different father than my younger sister and I. When I was younger, I remember crying to my older sister, and my parents saying, "Why aren't we normal? Why is Ashley a different color than me? Is Ashley even my real sister?" I was too young to even understand the concept of what was going on. I always got asked, “Is that your older sister, why is she white and your not?” I also got told, “ That is not your older sister!” I used to get really upset because color never mattered in my household. Even though she wasn’t technically my full sister, she was my full sister by heart, and that is all that mattered to me.
           Considering in the past when slavery , the Halocaust, racism, and all the prejudice issues that went on makes diversity even more inmportant. I can’t even imagine going to a school with one race of people, one religion or gender. Diversity brings knowledge other than just education, and it gives me an opportunity to learn something new from a person who is so much different than me. It also gives me a better opportunity to relate to people.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ovid DJ's

- Did Daedalus know Icarus was going to die?
- If Icarus doesnt know that he's looking at his downfall, and Daedalus does, then why would he carry on with the trip?
- Daedalus is a horrible father
- Daedalus didn't even give himself time to grieve about his son
- Why id Daedalus such a jealous person
- Daedalus pretty much killed two people in his family!


My birthday is April 13th, 1993. When I read, I have to actually like the book to comprehend what I'm reading. I love writing. I'm a good student, and try my best to get good grades, but i could also try harder. I'm a good friend, I'll do anything for  my friends.

Red Shift

           In the poem Red Shift, the suthor Ted Berrigan suggests that he has many emotions by the tone of the poem. He gets his point across by changing his tone. The poem means means he has some sort of anger, depression, and even some curiosity.
           In lines one through twelve, he seems depressed. It is a cold February day and nhe is just sitting around drinking "poison liquid air which bubbles" which is referring to alcohol. Also, the way he says,"... and smoke to have character" in line five, reminds me if a mellow person that cannot have any type of emotion without smoking. "The streets look for Allen, Frank, or me, Allen is a movie, Frank disappearing in the air..." gives the impression that he is walking alone. Allen is gone, Frank disappeared, and now the streets can only "look" for him.
           In lines thirteen through twenty-eight, his mood lightens up , then seems to shift to anger. At first, he started talking about, "Love, children, hundreds of them, money, marriage-ethics, a politics of grace..." (line 15-16), which is all happy things. But then he goes on to talk about "Up in the air, swirling, burning even..."(line 17), which is where it turns dark.

500 words on Bruegel

In the picture, "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by Bruegel, the sky is the thing that pops out to me the most. The sky is a gray-ish color, but the sun is such a bright yellow. In the left corner, it looks like there is a little city. I also see the mountains in the right corner of the picture, it looks kind of foggy. The water is a nice blue-green color, and the water is very calm. I see boats going towards the sun, or maybe even towards the city. There is also another boat in the bottom right corner, it has a big sail. It appears that the boat is packed with a lot of stuff, probably going to sell things to people in the city. Right beside the boat I see feet splashing outside the water, which looks like someone drowning. I also see a fisherman fishing, kind of just watching this person stuck upside down in the water, and he isn’t doing anything about it. Closer up, I see a man in a blue, long-sleeved shirt, with a large backpack on. It looks like he has a big stick in his hand and a dog by his side. Also, there are many sheep’s surrounding this man. He probably has a sheep dog to help him. He is looking up towards the sky, maybe he seen something unusual in the sky, or maybe he was just enjoying the site, and thinking to himself. Then I see another man who is wearing a red-orange long-sleeved shirt and a green dress-looking thing over it, and brown tights. He looks like he is planting crops, and a horse pulling something making lines in the ground. The line this horse is making is probably the lines for the man to grow his crops. The trees look like they are starting to get their color back, so maybe it is the spring time since they are starting to plant again, and get the animals together. I like how this picture just comes together so nicely with the colors. The picture looks so vibrant, but the title gives off a different story. "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" sounds mellower, like the colors should be darker. I think the bright colors might be used to convey a message, like teach us something. It may be used to teach us even if you fall, get back up. It also may be trying to tell us you can't rise if you don’t follow directions, even if they are directions you think you don’t need to listen to. Bruegel put this picture together so well relating to the poem “The myth of Daedalus and Icarus” by Ovid. It demonstrates a perfect picture of when Icarus wings melted because he flew to close to the sun even though Daedalus told him not to. It also shows that there is always a reasoning behind what people tell you to do even if it isn’t something you want to do, and sometimes you have to risk the fun in doing whatever you want, and do what you have to do.

Friday, October 1, 2010

"Landscape with a Fall of Icarus"

           While many people would describe humans to be selfish and hard-headed individuals, Ovid, Bruegel, and Williams demonstrate this. Ovid's "The Story of Daedalus and Icaruse" and Bruegel's "The myth of Daedalus and Icarus" give a clear picture behind Williams' "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus." In "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus", William Carlos Williams suggest that there are comsequemces to our actions, and life goes on by making Icarus' wing melt in the sun, and no one helping Icarus.
           Williams' poem "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" uses allusion to show that there are consequences to our actions. in the fifth stanza, it says,"sweating in the sun that melted the wings' wax." thr quote give a clear picture that there are these wings, made of wax, and the sun has melted them. Also, the last stanza says," a splash quite unnoticed this was icarus drowning." The quote gives this picture that Icarus was using these wings to fly, the sun melted the wax, and Icarus fell in the water and drowned. The poem also uses irony to show life goes on.
           Williams' "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" uses irony to demonstrate that life goes on. In the first stanza iy says, "when Icarus fell it was spring." Spring gives a picture of new life, like the flowers and grass growing, people planting crops, and beauty. Then by the last stanza, " a splash quite unnoticed this was Icarus drowning" Icarus was drowning. It is ironic because in the beginning of the poem there is a picture that there is new life, and beauty, then the poem ends with death. Not only did Williams' demonstrate that there are consequences for your actions and life goes on, but Ovid's myth did too.
           Ovid's "The Story Of Daedalus and Icarus" shows there are consequences for your actions. Daedalus was making wings for him and his son to fly away from Crete. When Daedalus finished making the wings out of feathers and wax, he warned Icarus," middle course: Don't go too low, or water will weigh the wings down; don't go too high or the sun's  fire will burn them." Daedalus made sure Icarus knew what could happen if he didn't fly in the middle, and also told Icarus to follow him. Icarus was getting the hang of flying and thought,"This is wonderful." Icarus left Daedalus, flew higher and higher until eventually the wax melted from being too close to the sun. He lost his wings, fell into the sea, drowned, and died, which goes to show there are consequences to your actions.
           The myth, "The Story of Daedalus and Icarus" also shows life goes on. Daedalus burried Icarus, and was all upset. Then he  moved on and just started teaching his sister's son. Daedalus moved past his son's death and started teaching his sister's son to be inventive. It is weird that Daedalus really has this "life goes on" attitude and gets over his son's death so quick. The myth gives the impression that there are consequences for your action, and life goes on, but a picture is worth a thousand words and also gives off this impression.
           Bruegel's painting, " Landscape wiyh the Fall of Icarus" shows there are consequences to your actions. The picture shows a man getting the sheep together, and another man making even lines to plant crops, which gives off it is spring. The picture shows a big sun , a sea with bluish-green water. The big picture is the sun melted the wings was, and now Icarus is drowning.
           The painting also show us that life goes onb. While Icarus is drowning, the sun is still shining. The guys are still paying attention to their animals, and getting ready to grow crops. The guy is fishing right near where Icarus is driwning, but he's focused on catching fish, probably for dinner. The boats are still moving. No one is paying any attention to Icarus for the simple fact that life goes on.
           In conclusion, nothing in life that you do wrong goes unpunished. Life goes on, and there are consequences for your actions. Ovid, Bruegel, and Williams all demonstrated that in their myth, painting, and poem.