I think that Conor is tired of being treated differently. He wants people to “see” him instead of “seeing” the his mom’s condition. I think he is angry with himself for being embarassed about his mom. I also think that he just doesn’t know how to cope with all these feelings he has bottled up. I think that he feels like no one understands how he feels, that no one truly “sees” him. I think it hurts him to think that those closest to him don’t “see” him, so he pushes them away. If Conor was punished that would mean that it was finally normal, that every thing was good again. It would mean that he really was being “seen”.
Everyone deserves to be “seen”. I think that sometimes when bad stuff happens to people we become cautious around that person, maybe because we don’t know what to say. I think that this makes that person feel isolated. Really, these people who don’t feel “seen” just need a friend. Escpecially one that treats them normal. I think that when a person feels that way they should talk to someone they are close to. They should tell them its okay to treat me normal even if life doesn’t feel normal to me. That way they have a little normal in all the challenging things happening to them.
Belief is staying true to something even if you don’t know for sure if its true. Belief is staying true to yourselves and the things you believe in. To believe in something takes a lot and thats why I think the Parson was a “selfish” believer. He was only believing when the times shined upon him, as soon as a bad thing came he let his belief be knocked down easily, without a fight. To stay true to your beliefs takes a lot of grit and hardwork, you can’t be easily swayed. I think that it applies to the characters in this for hope. I think they need to maintain hope, not that his mom will live, but that he can find happiness again. That life is not over, there is still good things that will happen in life.
Whether a story has a lesson or not, we gain things from stories that we read. We still learn from the character’s experiences and we can get inspired from them. Simple things the characters do can change something in us. Well, most of the time we read stories for fun. I don’t usually look for a lesson in a story. I think we read stories to take a step into someone elses problems to get away from our own for a bit. We can see what they do to cope with their problems and apply it to our own.
I think the monster is telling Conor stories to prepare him for the worst. I think these stories are to shine on the qualities of humans. I think that subconciously Conor keeps calling the monster back. He knows he needs the monsters help even if he won’t even think why.
My dad is a firefighter and he used to leave and fight wildfires. It was a few years ago and he was gone for the longest time yet fighting the fires in California, Oregon and Washington. It was really hard to have him gone for that long because he is one of my best friends. I was pretty worried about him because it gets pretty dangerous sometimes doing that. I know its not as hard as people who have family members who are in the military and leave, but for me this was still really difficult. He came home after a couple months and luckily he ususally doesn’t do wildfires anymore.
What I did to get through that is I focused on the positive things that happended with my family and friends. I also focused on helping my mom. I’ve realized for me to get through hard things I need to look to others needs and not focus on myself.
What the Movie Did Well: I thought that the movie did a very good job portraying the struggles of people in Germany during that time. I also thought that they did a good job showing the mixed feelings of the German Citizens.
What the Movie did Poorly: I felt like the movie didn’t do a good job giving a lot of personality to the characters. I thought that most of the characters were a little bland and did not represent how they were in the book.
Ways the movie was like the Book: The movie had the majority of the characters in it that were in the book. It also had a lot of similiar events in the plot.
Ways the movie was not like the book: I felt like the movie was from a different perspective then it was in the book. In the book we mostly see what Leisel sees. In the movie it was a lot more broad perspective. I felt like the movie didn’t have as good of characters as the book. In the movie they weren’t as built up well. Also there was a couple different events that happened in the movie. Also it wasn’t in order for a lot of it.
What I thought of the movie overall: I did not see the whole movie, but I thought the book was way better. The movie just didn’t have enough of the inspiring parts that the book had. I felt like the movie was a bit bland and just didn’t capture me the way the book did.
Source:Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell,page 217
Quote: “He got why Eleanor tried so hard to look different. Sort of. It was because she was different – because she wasn’t afraid to be. (Or maybe she was just more afraid of being like everyone else.)
Context: Eleanor is way different from everyone else. One day when she is over at Park’s house, his mom decides to give her a makeover. After it was done, Eleanor finally looked and was super upset and started crying. Later after Eleanor went home Park is trying to figure out why it made her so upset.
This Makes Me think: This made me think because I think most people try to be similar to everyone else. I think the majority of us think that people who are super different are just weird like that. I guess it just gave me a new perspective. I never thought that people purposely want to be different. That they are afraid of being like everyone, because they don’t think it would work. I think we should take this perspective to treat everyone with respect.
Source: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, page 210
Quote: “You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I’m yours.”
Context: Some bad things have happened and because of that there are some not so good consequences. Eleanor is trying to tell Park what he did for her. How he changed her life. But she is so caught up in emotion she is unable to. He didn’t save her life like rescue her from drowning or anything. He saved her life by being her friend, by making her feel loved.
This Makes me think: This made me think because everyone has the ability to do that. I think that by being a friend to someone, no matter how different they are, we can save them. We all know how hard it is to be friendless or feel lonely. People without friends can do things that have permanent consequences. If we just try to reach out to people we can prevent this. I think that everyone deserves a friend. Most of the time we don’t know what people are going through. Being kind or being a friend to someone helps people in ways that we don’t even know about.
Source: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, page 301
Quote: “What were the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? He wondered. Someone you could lobe forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away?”
Context: Some big problems have come up that are getting in the way of Park and Eleanor. This is making Park think about he and Eleanor’s love and his parents love. He looks at his parents and thinks that they are so lucky that his parents were able to find each other.
This makes me Think: This really made me think because it was really deep. It makes me think about how we know when its real love. Everyone deserves someone who loves them like that. Its so sad when people are in harmful relationships, they deserve more. They deserve to find real love. I feel like the first thing to real love is respect. Real love is important for people to find. As humans we need to feel love. I think that its different for everyone, but hopefully we all can find that love someday.
Source: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, page 32
Context: “Like they’d ever let her into honors gym. Eleanor would get put in remedial gym first.”
In Their Words:
intended to correct or improve one’s skill in a specified field:remedial math.
In My Words: A correction, a cure to a problem.
Source: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, page 204
Context: “She realized she was holding on to the silver pansy.”
In Their Words:
noun, plural pan·sies.
a violet, Viola tricolor hortensis, cultivated in many varieties, having richly and variously colored flowers.
the flower of this plant.
In My Words: A type of flower.