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Night by Elie Wiesel Journal Entry: 4

¨I had no right to let myself die.¨

At this point in the book Elie was running from Buna to a destination yet to be determined. All around him people were running, some where falling. Those that fell were shot by the SS… if they were lucky. If they were not shot they had a longer and I would assume more painful death. They were trampled to death by the thousands of prisoners who were running to avoid death. Elie had begun running next to a young boy. The young boy was in such pain he thought his stomach was going to burst. He fell. He fell behind first and then he fell to the ground. Soon Elie began to think about what it were to be like if he were to fall. He felt a relief. He wanted to disappear. To cease existing. The only thing that stopped him from falling  was his father. Elie was the only reason his father was continuing to try. Elie knew that if he went down he would be the reason for his father´s death. Elie´s father wouldn´t die because he became to weak. He wouldn´t die because he went against the SS orders. He would die because his only reason to live is no longer living. Elie couldn´t give up on his life because he didn´t want the weight of his father’s death upon him as he died. Elie´s fathers death was just enough weight to bear.


Night by Elie Wiesel Journal Entry: 3

¨And most important, don’t be afraid¨

Elie´s Blockakteste gave Elie and his comrades the most useful advice you can receive in life. Don´t be afraid. Unfortunately  this was the most useless advice at the time. Elie was just told that he would be going through a selection. If they did not seem healthy enough they would be marked down and then transported to the crematorium. If they did not pass this test they would be transported to their death. As if running naked infront of a group of judges isn´t nerve racking enough, your life is dependent on it. Some of you might be thinking if their life is so miserable why would you want to stay? Many of them chose to stay alive because it would be less painful than the death that would acure. But don´t be afriad, whether you are going to burn to death or get beaten with out mercy a while longer will all come down to how fast you can run….

Night by Elie Wiesel Journal Entry: 2

¨At this moment in time, all that mattered to me was my daily bowl of soup, my crust of stale bread. The bread, the soup– those were my entire life. I was nothing but a body. Perhaps even less: a famished stomach. The stomach alone was measuring time.¨ (pg 52)

Elie had just been told that the dentist office was closed. It was closed because the dentist was extracting gold crowns for his own benefit. The dentist was about to be hanged. Elie didn´t feel the least bit sorry for the dentist. The soldiers had already dehumanized Elie and his comrades by shaving their head, stripping them of their clothes and their possessions, giving them little food, replacing their name with a number, separating them from their families, and beating them senseless. Why would Elie have pity for someone who was dehumanizing them again, for a profit?  Elie felt so dehumanized he felt like he was less than a body. He felt like he was a stomach. And the stomach wasn´t even full. It was starving. Have you ever felt so hungry that you couldn´t move? That is what Elie was feeling. That feeling was normal for him and millions of others. They felt a feeling much worse than that. All day. Everyday. Hunger was the strongest feeling they had.

Night by Elie Wiesel Journal Entry: 1

¨Most of the people thought that we would remain in the ghetto until the end of the war, until the arrival of the Red Army. Afterward everything would be as before. The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was ruled by delusion.¨

Most. Most of the people thought things would return to normal. The people, well most of the people continued each day with hope. With hope that after the war people would could continue their everyday lives. That´s what the the ghettos ran on, hope. The Jews hoped that the Red Army would save them. And the Germans hoped that the camps would no longer be needed because there would be no Jews left. I believe when Elie said that ¨it was ruled by delusion¨ he meant it was ruled by hope; more specifically false hope. Both parties hoped for something that did not have a strong chance of happening.


To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis – Miss Caroline Fisher

This year in sophomore English we completed the book To Kill A Mockingbird. One of the famous quotes from the book talks about seeing things from another persons perspective. To get a better understanding of that quote we each drew a character and were told to make/ design a pair of shoes that represent that character. We also had to write an essay further explaining the character and our shoes. This is what the final project looked like.

In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout and Jem learn many lessons. Most of lessons begin to take place after Scout begins school. Scout’s first day starts of rough,    she´s  ¨…starting of on the wrong foot in every way…¨ in the words of Miss Caroline Fisher. Scout’s 1st grade teacher is new to Maycomb and is fresh out of college. Throughout the day Scout kept trying to explain Maycomb ways to Miss Caroline but Miss Caroline miss understood and Scout would in trouble. When Scout came home from school that evening she tried to convince her father that she was sick and she didn’t need to go back to school. Atticus saw right through the lie. After Scout was done explaining why she didn’t want to go back to school Atticus gave Scout and every reader the best advice a person can learn; ¨You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–  –until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.¨ What I noticed when I walked around in Miss Caroline´s skin was that she is a young hardworking women just trying to get a grasp on her life.

Miss Caroline was beautiful. You didn’t need to see to be inside her skin to see that. ¨Miss Caroline was no more than twenty-one. She had bright auburn hair, pink cheeks, and wore crimson fingernail polish. She wore high-heeled pumps and a red-and-white-striped dress.¨ (page 21) This would be why the pedestal is red and white striped and a bottle of nail polish sitting on top of it. l¨She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop.¨ (page 21) Hopefully you can still smell the drop of peppermint extract I put on the shoes, if not maybe the smell of the peppermint candy will be strong enough. ¨She boarded across the street one door down from us in Miss Maudie Atkinson´s upstairs front room, and when Miss Maudie introduced us to her Jem was in a haze for days.¨ (page 21) Jem was awfully fond of Miss Caroline, however, Scout was not as thrilled about her.

Scout wasn’t pleased with Miss Caroline because she wanted Atticus and her to stop reading. Miss Caroline was trying to teach with hands-on learning, not out of the book. Miss Caroline was afraid that if Scout and Atticus continued to read Scout wouldn’t be able to learn the proper way. During the school day Scout and Miss Caroline have multiple quarrels about various subjects. These quarrels are represented by a cootie bug, a quarter and a ruler on edge of the pedestal because Miss Caroline becomes exhausted with dealing with Scout and ¨whips¨ her with a ruler. The quarrel that set Miss Caroline off was when Scout tried explaining to Miss Caroline why Walter Cunningham did not have a lunch and why he would not accept her quarter. The quarter on the box represents the first piece of Maycomb knowledge Miss Fisher received. Custom number one was that the Cunninghams didn’t take anything from anybody if they couldn’t repay them. Custom two she learned was that the Ewells only come to school for the first day and that they are a force to be reckoned with. She learn that after a cootie crawled out of Burris´ hair and she commanded him to go home and wash his hair. While Burris was leaving the school he said some very hurtful words to Miss Caroline who began to cry for the second time that day. The first time Miss Caroline cried was when Miss Blount came to the 1st grade room to tell them they needed to keep it down because they were laughing. The bell rang and the kids left for lunch. Scout was the last one to leave and she saw Miss Caroline bury her head in defeat.

Luckily Miss Caroline´s second year of teaching was better than her first. Her second year of teaching was full of laughter. Miss Caroline was finally able to get a grasp on her new life at Maycomb and now hopefully you have a grasp on who Miss Caroline is.

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Reflection on Identity

Laughter, what an enjoyable sound. From even the smallest chuckle to having stomach cramps because you laughed too much, everyone can agree laughter will always be bound in our memories.

I remember laughter. When I was six my dad was having a conversation with one of his friends and I remember looking up at just the right moment to hear the sound of his deep laugh that became less deep as the laugh grew on. I remember seeing his face in the widest smile I´d ever seen and the hairs on his chin move with his mouth. I remember when I was twelve my cousin and I were rolling around in laughter in my grandparents basement. Neither of us could remember what was so funny, we were just laughing at each others laugh. I would start laughing because she was laughing and she would start laughing because of the sound of my laugh. My laugh has been, and probably always will be a laugh that others can laugh to.

6th grade year was the year my laugh really began to affect other people. You remember 6th grade, the year of embarrassment. Instead of choosing to get mad or sad about being embarrassed, my class chose to laugh. We laughed our way through 6th grade. We laughed at my friend Taylor for asking ¨is a tree a plant?¨ at myself for being unable to catch a tennis ball, at Gracie for being unable to open a skittles packet with out them flying everywhere, and at our teachers because they thought they could keep us from laughing. We laughed hard and in long. My sister who was in 5th grade at the time was ¨embarrassed¨ because you could hear my laugh in her class room and every time I would start her class would turn and look at her. Ashley wasn´t every embarrassed but it was that jokingly embarrassment people get.

My family and friends are never embarrassed about my laugh and I will never be embarrassed about it either. There is nothing to be embarrassed about quite frankly, laughter is the sound of happiness. The sound of memories. Laughter is the sound of me.

Laughing is more than just the sound of me. It´s my reaction. It is my reaction to almost everything. You would think laughing is a good thing wouldn´t you? I can tell you it’s not always what it seems. I laugh when I am happy, when I am frustrated, when I´m shocked and when I am sad. I don´t mean to laugh when I´m shocked or sad I just do. Laughing is my first reaction, no second, no first, I´ll just let you decide.

Last summer my best friends grandpa died. She was devastated. When this happened she was on vacation. After her vacation we were to go to the lake together to catch up because we hadn´t seen each other in a couple of week. Later that afternoon I had to tell my mom that she wouldn’t be able to come with us because her grandpa died. My exact words were ¨…. she isn´t going to be able to come with us because her grandpa got hit by a semi.¨  At the end I was laughing. Not the type of laugh you have when something is funny but the type you have when you can´t believe that actually happened. I hated myself for it the moment it happened. To this day I will always hate that I laugh, but I will always love that I laugh as well.

Respect the Flag

Red, White, and Blue. These colors have never looked so beautiful. Unfortunately we have some ungrateful people who live here in this beautiful country that doesn’t know how to respect the flag. In case they aren’t aware how to respect the flag here are the basics.         1. Stand and remove your hats when you hear the Pledge of Allegiance or the Star Spangled Banner.  2. Don´t let the flag touch the ground. If you aren’t able to stand because of an injury or medical condition sit tall and still.

You should respect the flag because your live in this country, you might not like who´s the president, or some of the events that happens in this country but you are still American. When you disrespect the flag you disrespect every single American. Everyone who lost their life for it. Who put there lives in danger for the safety of others. You disrespect every single American. Every single one. You disrespect the criminal, the teacher, the miner, the fisher, the engineer, the dancer, the actor. You disrespect your family, your friends, your co-workers, your boss, you even disrespect yourself. The flag represents a population as a whole.

You as a person should stand up for the flag because any one that looks up will do the same. If you disrespect the flag those who look up to will also disrespect the flag. But they will be disrespecting a flag simple because the one they idolized disrespected it. They wont be disrespecting the flag because they think that country/organization has done something wrong.

Even if you believe you have a legit reason for disrespecting a flag I can tell you that you are wrong. So Colin Kaepernick your ¨reason¨ for not standing for the flag is wrong. If you are not aware of Colin´s reason for not standing I’ll tell you. Colin said ¨I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.¨ I get it Colin. You wanted to show people you were not in favor of the many racial issues going on in PART of our country but did you realize you also offended every one of all shades while doing so.

More recently than athletes disrespecting the flag we have American citizens disrespecting the flag. Why are they disrespecting the flag? Because they didn´t like the outcome of election. How does burning the American Flag help get your opinion across that you don’t like the president? How? I really do not understand. What does it show others? I dont know about everyone else but hen I see people burning the flag I see an ignorant, selfish, low-life.

I would like to think that you aren´t a ignorant, selfish, low-life so please respect the flag.

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