Love Moderately

I think that Friar Lawrence is trying to tell Romeo that if he doesn’t love moderately, then his love will be over too quick. He’s trying to explain that even something that you love or something that is good for you you can get sick of. It will be too much and you won’t want to eat it. I think that this is amazing advice, he’s obviously older and trying to explain that you need to not just rush and get things over with, that you need to take it slow so that you don’t regret any choices you’ve made. I personally don’t think that they are going to take the advice. They’re teenagers for crying out loud! They aren’t going to want to take it slow. They are no where close to being moderate, for them to be moderate, they would need to actually stop and think for once in their lives.

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Hatred

I think that people are capable of hating each other so deeply because they just want something to hate. At least, that’s when it’s an irrational hatred. If they have a true, and legitimate reason, then it can be because they don’t want to hate something about themselves or they just want a reason to not like them. I STRONGLY dislike crowds. Like, if I’m walking down the street and then a big crowd comes walking, I’m gonna turn the other way. I especially dislike it when I’m talking with my friends and a group just talks over us and right next to us. No one can ever hear each other, and usually the other group walks WAY too slow and you can never get to where you want to be. It is slightly irrational, because I really have no reason to dislike them that much, but still. People have to realize that things aren’t going to work out perfectly or be the way they want it to be. They have to be the bigger person and try to put irrational hatred behind them. I mean, it can be fun to have a reason to avoid certain occasions or people, but it isn’t worth it. Everyone should just grow up and deal with it or be nice at least. (Yes, I know the picture is cheesy, deal with it.)

Should Schools Still Teach Shakespeare?

I think that schools should continue teaching Shakespeare to their students and not stop. Shakespeare is a different kind of literature that we need to be exposed to so that we can understand other kinds of literature that may be similar to his writings. It will most definitely help us when we are just reading something and don’t understand a phrase because we will have the ability to work it out. It also takes a lot more thinking to read Shakespeare and understand it, so that will help us to think through what we’ve read and to be able to figure other confusing passages in the future.

What I Don’t Know About My Fellow Students

One of the things I have learned about people around me is that they are a lot deeper than they appear. I would’ve thought that I wouldn’t get along with some of the people because I don’t know what they have experienced or what is going through their heads. I really don’t know much about other students’ personal lives. I know about mine and what struggles I have because it’s the life I’m living. I wish I could more easily know how to talk and interact with others without looking like a dork, because, the quiet kid doesn’t usually have a bunch of “cool” people walk up to them and want to talk. This assignment has given me the chance to make a new friend, and it really helped me to know what the other person likes.

Work Will Work When Wishy Washy Wishing Will Not

At the start of this year, I wanted to get really good at my responses to articles. I have most definitely accomplished that. I can now easily write a response that makes sense and shows my ideas. I think that I have done really well at reading and understanding what I read. I also have done well in my essays. I have struggled a little bit in annotation though, I’m not the best at making super smart comments. I would like to be able to annotate a lot better and have it make sense by the end of the year. I’m going to work hard and think a little more instead of just trying to get it done.

 

What Makes a Person Great?

Great qualities that I think any person should have to become a greater person include, but are not limited to: Kindness, humility, loyalty, strength, and courage. If no one were to have kindness, then our world would consist of cat fights everywhere, that’s why it is so important to have kindness. Everyone usually remembers those small acts of kindness that people do for them. A person needs to have humility. It will help to show what kind of character they really have. Loyalty, if no one were loyal then everyone would be paranoid. It’s good to have a loyal friend who will not go behind your back bad mouthing you. Strength is also a good one. If one does not have the strength to go on, then they never really had a fighting chance, you need to have enough strength to go through with all that you want to do in life. Lastly, you need to have courage. You need to have the courage to go and sit with the person sitting alone. You need to be able to have the courage to stand up for yourself too. I don’t know, those are just some qualities that I think that any great person must have.

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To Kill a Mockingbird Review

The Book-

It starts off with Scout explaining how Jem broke his arm. As the book goes on, the plot thickens as more characters are added in. We get to know Dill, Miss Maudie, Miss Dubose, and many others throughout the book. Readers have thought it is an amazing book throughout the years, though recently it has not been taken well for people find it too “harsh” for young readers. I think that this book definitely lives up to it’s reputation. It can sometimes be hard to understand with the way it is written. There is a lot of digressions and lengthy humor throughout the book. I didn’t always like how the author went off on “tangents” of sorts, it was just a lot of information that I didn’t need to know exactly. I did like most of the rest of it though! There were a lot of good chapters and it made you understand the book better. I would recommend this to everyone it is a great book and is worth the read.

The Movie-

The adaption from the book To Kill a Mockingbird is fairly good. It isn’t exact, because it is an adaption, but it gets most of the main and key points in my opinion. I feel like the film did really well with casting good actors, it made it feel like it could totally be a part of the book! In a way it strengthened the book by not leaving it to everyone’s imaginations, and if one doesn’t want to read the book, it is a decent representation to the point where someone could suffice with just watching the movie instead of reading the book, if they really wanted. My favorite part was the trial scenes. They did a really good job with filling the part, if felt like it was actually going on and the people were actually feeling how they felt. The movie did get some of the characters wrong, but it can be overlooked without any trouble unless it means that much to you, it’s fairly obvious who they were supposed to be. I would recommend watching. After reading the book of course.

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Good Stuff

In To Kill a Mockingbird, on page 243, it says, “They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it–seems that only children weep.” That’s pretty messed up. However, it makes a good point. The adults are so stubborn and have hard hearts and don’t really care anymore. They could see him have a death sentence and they wouldn’t make a noise. The children, however, care. They know that no matter what, you have to do the right thing, even if they are all going to judge you on it. The adults don’t care whether he is innocent or not, they just never find a white man guilty against a black man. The children, see the good point of view and they are going to be the future. I think that Atticus told them that they would do it again because he maybe had a thought that if they knew how bad it was maybe they could change it in future times, I mean, didn’t Jem want to be a lawyer? He could have enough sway in the courtroom to make things right. I don’t know, those are just my feelings on it.

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An Authority on Courage – Steve Irwin

(I would deeply appreciate it if you would read this in an Australian accent. Thank you. Also, I don’t know what he would say so yeah. RIP Steve Irwin.)

I once had a hard decision. It was deciding what career to go into. I didn’t really know at the time. I really like working with animals, but I also like to surf. I also wanted to find the love of my life. One day I met this wonderful lady. Her name was Terri. I started to hang out and go out with Terri. She started advising me to do what I really wanted to do. I decided to go into surfing. A few months later I learned that that just wasn’t for me. I then realized that I really wanted to work with animals and have a TV show. Now, a few years later, I know that working with animals was the best decision every. I didn’t die trying to catch a totally tubular wave. I got to have 2 children, Robert and Bindi. My point is, sometimes you need to make a wrong decision in life to know what the right one is. It isn’t easy, believe me, but choosing what you think is best will pay off in the long run.

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Real Courage

Atticus’ definition of real courage is something along the lines of: If you know you’re going to lose, then you try anyways, because real courage is trying to do the right thing no matter what. My definition of courage is to do something right or hard, no matter what. Even if everyone else is against it or judges you. His definition isn’t really that different from mine, they get the same point across. You have to try to do the right thing no matter what even if you’re going to lose because that is what builds character and shows how courageous you really are.

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