In A Monster Calls, Conor is desperate to be seen. Harry, Conor’s bully, hurts him by deciding to refuse to see Conor. I think that Conor wants to be seen, not just literally, but as a normal person. Everyone around him is treating him funny because of his mom’s cancer. His mom, dad, and grandma refuse to come to terms with reality with him. Harry was the only person who treated him normally by bullying him. Conor pushes Lily, his only friend, away. I think that he did this because he knew that she would want to talk about his mom and try to console him, but he wasn’t ready for that yet.
I think that it is important to be seen in all forms of the word. You can be seen as you really are, you can be acknowledged, you can be recognized, people can see your struggles, and people can simply see you. I think that it’s really important to see people from different perspectives and to have friends who can see the real you.
In Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence asks Romeo and Juliet to love moderately. This means to not be super aggressive all of the time, but to find the middle ground. I think that Romeo and Juliet are really extreme characters and that they will not be able to do anything moderately. I think that this principle is very important in everybody’s life. Too much of a good thing can be very harmful. For example, when you eat too much candy then you can get sick. I think that it’s important to learn to not do too much. That way, we can be a lot happier with what we do have instead of always wanting more. I think that because Romeo and Juliet don’t know how to live this way, it will lead to their messy end. People need to learn how to find the middle ground more often so that they can be happier.
Belief is when someone chooses to hope for something or accept something as fact. In English, we talked about belief windows. Belief windows are the lenses, lined with your beliefs, that you see through. A lot of the time when things get hard, we are able to rely on our beliefs for comfort. In A Monster Calls, the monster says how he punished a man for giving up on his beliefs. I think that this story applies to Conor because he is going through something really hard and it’s probably going to get worse. I think that Conor needs to find beliefs to hold onto in this time.
I think that sometimes people hate because it’s easier than being understanding. When I was younger, I was bullied by a group of kids who I sometimes see in the halls. Even though it was a long time ago and they could have changed, I still find myself angry every time I see them. I think that it’s hard to try to understand the other person’s perspective, especially when they’ve hurt you in some way. It’s so much easier to just say that they’re mean and they can never change, because that justifies the hurt and anger you feel. Putting this kind of hatred behind you is extremely hard. You have to make the conscious decision to put the past behind you, and to choose to be kind. I’ve found that it’s easier if you just let yourself forget what people have done to you, and instead choose to focus on what good they might be doing now.
Source: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Pages 288 and 289
Quote: “‘You stand where you do because of a brutal determination to do what had to be done. It is because of that trail of corpses that you have the luxury to uphold some lofty, nebulous code. Well, it might make you feel better about your past, but morality is not a thing you can simply doff to put on the helm of battle, then put back on when you’re done with the slaughter.'”
Context: Dalinar is talking to a man who betrayed him and lied to him. Dalinar is confronting him and telling him he should pay for what he’s done. This was his response.
This makes me think: I think that this man has a really good point, even if he is a bad person. People shouldn’t be able to just put on morals and take them off when it suits them. I, however, believe that Dalinar has really changed and that the man who said this is simply being a hypocrite.
In A Monster Calls, the monster tells Conor that there aren’t always good guys or bad guys in stories. That most people are actually in between. In our world, most of the stories we tell have a good guy and a bad guy and that’s it. Most stories also have morals or a lesson to learn. Why would we tell stories if our story doesn’t have any of that?
I think that we can still learn from a story, even if it doesn’t have a set moral. You can learn about the world, about people, and about consequences in almost every book. Stories can also just be for entertainment and not have any moral to learn. Also, I have read books where the good guy makes bad decisions and the bad guy has a logical reason for doing what they do. There are even stories told from the ‘bad guy’s’ perspective and some people love the villain more than the hero. In life, good guys and bad guys aren’t always clear, and I think stories can help you to understand where you stand when you are unsure of what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
Source: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Page 283.
Quote:”Finally, I will confess my humanity. I have been named a monster, and do not deny those claims. I am the monster that I fear we all can become. -From Oathbringer, preface”
Context: This is a little quotation from a book that exists in the book world. There is a quotation like this at the beginning of every chapter. I don’t know where the book came from, who wrote it, or how it ties into the story.
This makes me think: I think that this is a very interesting idea, that everyone could become a type of monster. I think that this type of monster is more of a moral monster, like if everyone where consumed by hatred or immorality. These beginning quotes are very interesting to me. I am intrigued by the character who’s writing this, and wonder what they could have done that is so bad. I also think its interesting that the person who is writing this knows that they’ve done something wrong and is aware of their own corruption.
Source: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Page 243
Quote: “‘I remember, as a child, listening to an ardent pray to the Almighty on my behalf as glyphwards burned nearby. I remember thinking… surely the sorrows can’t be past us. Surely the evils didn’t actually end. If they had, wouldn’t we be back in the Tranquiline Halls even now?’ He looked toward Dalinar, and surprisingly there were tears in his pale grey eyes. ‘I do not think you and I are destined for such a glorious place. Men of blood and sorrow don’t get an ending like that, Dalinar Kholin.'”
Context: Taravangian, a king in another land, is meeting with Dalinar. He is talking about all the scary crap that has started happening.
This makes me think: This passage is sort of depressing. At this point, the reader knows parts of the background of both of the men in this scene. The last line is really depressing because both of these people have killed, and both of them have to deal with the problems of the world. It’s kind of hopeless, the perspective Taravangian proposes.
This is kind of what the future looks like according to Taravangian.
Source: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Page 252
Context: “Floors strewn with only the occasional bit of civilization’s detritus, like rusted hinges or an old boot’s buckle.”
In their words: any disintegrated material; debris.
In my words: debris or garbage
Source: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Page 243
Context: “An unscrupulous family would have removed him by assassination.”
In their words: not scrupulous; unrestrained by scruples; conscienceless; unprincipled.
In my words: Not constrained by morals