Love Moderately

Friar Lawrence encourages Romeo and Juliet to love each other moderately. He compares it to a person eating honey. That even if you like honey so much, if you eat so much of it, you will get tired of it and not like it anymore. Friar Lawrence doesn’t want Romeo and Juliet to end up feeling that way about each other. He doesn’t want them to love each other so much that in the end they won’t like each other. He says that the more violently you love in the beginning, the more violently the pain will be after. So it’s pretty much saying, that the more you like the guy before, the harder the break up is going to be. Which is true! Friar Lawrence also says that if you love someone so much at the beginning, you won’t have enough love for later, and you love will run out. “The sweetest honey, is loathsome in it’s own deliciousness.” So in conclusion, don’t love them so much that when it ends, you are broken hearted, and don’t love them so much that your love runs out.

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Hatred

The Montague and the Capulet family hate each other. They always have, and no one really knows why. Their hatred is most likely inspired by events that have happened so far in the past that no one remembers what actually happened. So why do they still hate each other so much? I think, like most conflicts, both sides are too stubborn and proud to admit that they are wrong. It would seem like giving up.

I can relate to this. There is a person I just hate so much. This person just bugs the crap out of me. They don’t know how to do anything for themselves, they need to be told to do it to accomplish anything in life. And the few times I have tried to be their friend, or at least a little friendly, they have been too obnoxious to bear. I think my hatred is based solely on annoyance. My annoyance grew so much that I don’t know if there is any possible way to ever like this person. My hatred probably is irrational. I probably could just ignore them and go on happily ignored them for my whole life. And i probably could put my hatred behind me. But I don’t want to. I hate this person so much that I feel like they deserve my unhappy feelings. But, alas, I must strive to find a Christ-like love in my heart for this, regretfully infuriating person in my life. And although i don’t want to, I will try.

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Should Schools Still Teach Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare is probably the most well known writer of all time. But not everybody agrees that schools should still be studying his work. Some people believe that he is too outdated to still apply to our lives, while others think his words will always apply to our lives. I think that Shakespeare was beyond his time period. He wrote about many things that still apply today, and I think that we can learn from it and apply it to our lives. I think that teachers should make the students read shakespeare. One of my reasons is that reading shakespeare makes you smarter. He uses such big words, that if you actually work to get through it, you will at least learn a new word, if not improve your comprehensive skills. Another reason is that he has been such a big part of our literature society, that it would be hard to just move on to something new. Teachers have been perfecting their way of teaching shakespeare for years, and I think it’s just mean to make them drop that and start all over with someone new.

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Work Will Work When Wishy Washy Wishing Won’t

We were asked what we wanted to accomplish in this class at the beginning of the year. And honestly, I just wanted to get an A. The grade was the only thing that mattered to me. Because i pretty much forget everything I learn at school over the summer, and just have to relearn it the next year. So when I was asked what I wanted to learn in the remaining term this school year, I had to think really hard. But i think the thing i want to improve on I’m almost scared to say. I want to improve on my conclusion writing. I think it’s always just a repeat of what i said at the beginning, which i know it’s supposed to be, but mine are too boring. The reason I was scared to say this, is that I’m afraid Mr. Green is going to make us write more essays if he learns that enough people want to improve on them. So if I doomed the poor eighth graders to writing a ton of essays, I’m sorry.

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What Makes a Person Great?

I think there are lots of qualities. I think every person has their own quality that makes them ‘great’. But in mind one of the most important is just being the bigger person. It says in the poem, If, by Rudyard Kipling, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing their and blaming it on you”. The way i took that is when other people are just being stupid, you aren’t. you be the bigger person. Someones got to do it. Cause if you stoop down to the stupid peoples’ level, no one will be great and our world will go into chaos and despair.

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To Kill A Mockingbird Review

Now that I have finished the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, I am going to write what  I think about it. My teacher told us this book is about social equality. And for the main part of the book I didn’t understand that. There is barely anything even remotely about black people until about halfway through the book. But now that I’ve read it, i realize that lots of the things at the beginning really are about equality, the author just doesn’t hit it as head on as she does late. I really liked this book. Reading it made me think more about what the author was thinking, instead of the story. This is probably because we read it in school and teachers like us to think about that kind of stuff, to go deeper. For example, instead of thinking about what Scout is thinking, I was more thinking about what Harper Lee was thinking. I’m not sure how much I liked thinking that way. I didn’t get into the story as much, but I think I got more insight to what I was supposed to get out of the book.

We watched the movie during class too. I think it was made really well. I think the actors played their parts very well, i may even say, splendidly. I especially like the actor for Atticus. That actor really portrayed what Atticus is in my mind. I think that the movie also got all of the main parts. Normally when I watch movies that are made from a book, I am super dissapointed because they left out all the important pieces of the story, or the plot is completely changed. But in to kill a mockingbird, i think they got all of the right stuff in there and did very well over all.

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Good Stuff

I chose the quote, “We’re making a step.” It’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step”. I really like this quote. Because I think that any step forward is progress. And if you take enough baby steps, eventually you will get where you want to go.

Ok, i don’t want to go all churchy or anything, but i do want to say something that I heard in church the other day. My religious leader said that even if you are not moving backwards, if you are not moving at all, that is taking you backwards. That’s not an exact quote, and I didn’t say it exactly right, but i think you get the gist. If you are not moving forward, even if it is baby steps, you are moving backward.

Another thing he has said is that you are “always becoming.” That everything that you do is taking you down one path or another, based on your decisions. In “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Miss Maudie says that quote. She is referring to the stand against racism. And that even though Atticus is going to lose the trial, it is still a baby step in the right direction.

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An Authority on Courage-Rosa Parks

(Rosa Parks speaking to my friend who is trying to make a hard decision that will take a lot of courage.)

“Ok, man. I had to make a decision that took a lot of courage. I lived in a time where everything was segregated. My courageous act is known as the “bus boycott.” I was forced to sit on the black part of the bus everyday, and the white people have their own, better, side. But when the white side fills up, I have to give up my seat for a stuck up white person to sit in. I have to give up my hard, squeaky uncomfortable seat for some snooty white lady looking down her nose at me like i’m trash. Like I’m nothing. One day, I had had enough. I deserve to not have sore feet for a day! So when I was told to give up my seat, I said no sir! Now, that decision took a lot of courage. And I was even put in jail for a time. But despite that, I am proud that I made the right decision. My one piece of advice to you is, “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” (actual quote from Rosa Parks)

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Real Courage

I think I agree with Atticus’s definition of courage. It takes so much courage to do something when you know you’re probably going to fail. A quote that i have that goes along with that is from the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Dumbledore says, “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”  And I agree. I think that courage is not just being brave, it’s doing something that is even harder. Like trying when you know you are going to fail, or standing up to your friends. That is real bravery. And that is so much harder than holding up a gun, like Atticus says. Because when a man is holding up a gun, I would think he is almost hiding behind it. Hoping that it will protect him. Real courage is when you are depending on yourself.

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Persistance

Atticus know he is going to lose the court case, but says he has to try anyway, what do I think about it? because it is coming at the cost of his family being made fun of.

Well, I think it depends on what point Atticus is trying to make. And the reasons why he is still trying. I would assume that he is the kind of guy that believes strongly in treating people fairly. Many people have said things about him that prove that he is a good person that likes fairness. And he is a lawyer, so he should treat everyone fairly. But I think that everyone else thinks that black people aren’t “people” like white people are. They don’t deserve the same rights and privilages. But Atticus thinks that they do. And that is the point I think he is trying to make. That no matter who you are, you should be given the same chances as everyone else.

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