When Friar Lawrence tells Romeo and Juliet to love moderately I think it is great advice. He wants their relationship to last. He thinks they are moving too fast and if they are too over the top then it won’t last and it will end violently. I think that most likely Romeo and Juliet will not follow this advice because they have already created habits of being very dramatic and over exaggerated in their love lives and so they will most likely continue to do so. They will either have to learn to love moderately or their love will die. In Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence says, “The sweetest honey is loathsome in his own deliciousness, And in the taste confounds the appetite.” I think that what he means by this is that now that they found one another they will only want for each other no one else and nothing else will compare to the sweetness of their love.
Sometimes people have irrational hatred towards each other. A lot of times, when somebody hates another person it is because of some small reason that can be easily forgiven. I have a few people that I feel like I hate, but probably should just get on with my life and stop being annoyed by them. One of these people really bugs me because this person ALWAYS hovers over my shoulder no matter what I’m doing. If I’m texting a friend then this she reads my conversation or if I’m writing on something or doing my work then she is always looking over my shoulder and it is so annoying! I also really hate people that are mean to my friends. It’s probably irrational to be so annoyed by someone always hovering over me, or to hate someone that is mean to a friend, and I think a good way to put this kind of irrational hatred behind you is to first realize that it is irrational and then just decide to focus energy on something more important and something that will make your day better instead of being stuck in a mindset of hatred. Or if you can’t put it behind you then to just hate the things that the person is doing or has done and not hate the person.
When you meet someone, that doesn’t mean you know them. Some people wear their heart on their sleeve, and others you have to get to know them a bit better. I have learned that every person has something that keeps them going in life, for me, it is music. I like listening to music and also performing music. People may not think that they have something that keeps them going or something important in life, but they just haven’t realized what it is yet. Everyone has something, for someone it could be their sibling, maybe they want to grow up as a good example, or it could be the future, they want to make good decisions so they can have a good life in the future. For some people, maybe it is a role model, but everyone has a purpose. However, when you meet someone, you might not know what their goal is. You have to actually get to know someone, not just make fake friends that won’t last, once you get to know someone, you could be making a lifetime friend so make a good impression and show who you really are, not who the world wants you to be.
I think that I have done pretty well in English this year. However there are things that I could have done some things better. I could work a little bit on my essays. I feel like I incorporate quotes fairly well but I could make them a little more interesting and fun to read. I started the year off pretty well, but as the year progresses my work has gotten a lot more like I’m just doing it for the grade rather than I’m doing it to learn the skills. My main goal at the beginning of the year was to read more, which I have kind of done, I’ve read more than I did last year, but I could spend more of my time doing that. I think one of the main things I need to work on is the inner voice and annotating. I try to do those things well, but I am not very good at them and could use a little more practice. One thing I could do to kind of work on that is to focus more on what I’m reading and ask more questions as I go along and try to focus on what I’m thinking. Hopefully by the end of the year I will be a little bit better at each of these things.
I think that there are many attributes to a great person. A great example of a great person is Atticus. He is very patient and keeps pushing through even when everyone else has given up. He roots for people and supports them even if his friends will hate him for it. Win or loose he keeps on working and he takes care of his kids and he fights for people. He is kind to everyone and stands up for people. However, he is not the only great person, and you don’t have to be exactly like him to be great. I think that the main ways to be a great person are to be reliable, to be patient, and try to be friendly to everyone and not think of yourself better than anybody else.
Overall I really liked To Kill A Mockingbird. This book is about two young kids, Jem and Scout Finch. They are siblings and they have a neighbor that comes in the summer: Dill. They have exciting imaginations and play crazy games and get in trouble. It is also about the trial of a wrongly accused Negro. Tom Robinson was accused of something he didn’t do and Atticus defended him in court. During the summer, the kids look for Boo Radley, and during autumn, winter and spring they start to attend school. This book has had very good reviews ever since it was published. I think this book definately lives up to it’s reputation. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I didn’t think that I was going to like it very much because it was an assignment and it was required to read it, but if there was any required reading book that I have ever liked, it would be To Kill A Mockingbird.
However, the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird was also very good. I think that the movie portrayed Atticus very well which is very important because if you get Atticus wrong, the whole movie could just crash and burn. They did a very good job of getting the important things into the movie, although they did alter a few things. For the most part, the movie was very accurate. There were some things left out that I noticed, but that could be because movies are usually only around two hours long and they could not fit every little detail into the movie. One thing I didn’t like that much was Boo Radley, I pictured him much differently in the book than the actor they used in the movie. I would definately recommend the movie and the book to anyone.
In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus is talking to the kids, and he says, “There’s nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s ignorance. Don’t fool yourselves–it’s all adding up and one of these days we’re going to pay the bill for it. I hope it’s not in you children’s time.” This trial seemed to hit Atticus very hard. It definitely brought out the worst in most and the best in him. He definitely gave it his all even though he knew that they were not going to let Tom go. Atticus believes in being kind and just to everyone, not just to white people. He says, “…let me tel you something and don’t you forget it–whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.” This is a very strong passage, because you never see Atticus get mad towards anyone and he is always calm and collected, but this trial really upset him because he wanted everyone else to treat the Negros how they deserve to be treated, just like everyone else. He knows that they deserve all the rights and everything if not more than what everyone else has. He strongly believes in truth and justice, and he wants it as much for the Negros as he does for himself.
I think that Walt Disney is an Authority on Courage kind of person. If he were giving advice he would say, “Honestly, I think that you should do what you think is right. When I was young, I had to make a decision whether to sell my mouse, Mickey, to someone, and it didn’t seem like that big of a decision at the time, but look what came from that decision! Everything turned out just right from making that decision and going with what I wanted, not what anyone else wanted. If you are going through making a hard decision, make your own choices, don’t do if for anybody else, and take good care of yourself. If you’re not sure that you can do the right thing, then just do what you think is right. Don’t give into pressure from others or anything.” Walt Disney make a great and huge impact on the world, just by making a very small decision, but one that he thought was right. If anybody has to make a decision, he would probably say something that might sound kind of cheesy, I think he would say, “Follow your heart.”
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the ladies in the book; Mrs. Dubose, is a very courageous person. She fights through all her problems all the way up until her last minute. She may not have always been nice, but she was a very strong woman. Atticus’ definition of courage is, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” I love Atticus’ view on courage because he is saying that it is someone that when they start something, they don’t finish until they’re done, they keep pushing through even if they know they are going to lose. For me, courage is getting up in the morning to the start of a new day. It is helping those in need and being kind to them and everyone else. It is smiling to people in the hall and waving to people you don’t know. Courage is important and it should be part of our everyday lives.
In “To Kill A Mockingbird” When Scout asks if they are going to win the Tom Robinson case Atticus says, “No, Honey,” and then goes on to say, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is not reason for us not to try to win.” He is talking about persistence and trying to help as much as you can even if you are not going to win either way. I think it is a good motive, to try your best even if you will not succeed. However, Atticus should not go so far as to loose something important to him. I think that it is good that he is trying to teach Scout not to get angry over anything that is said about him, and trying to teach her not to fight, but he shouldn’t sacrifice too much. I think that it is good that he is going to put in his time and effort to help this cause even though it is not going to succeed, but maybe he shouldn’t put his family through more than they can handle.