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Sep 5, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Theme Study Journal Entry 6: Charles Darwin(Newspaper Article; New York Times)

This Lengthy article talks about how Charles Darwin is still Influential after 200 years and explores his theory in detail.

At First, Darwin’s theory was Largely accepted then challenged, in fact, it has been challenged many, many times, A large amount of people believed that Darwin’s theory of Natural selection between animals was absurd, however, this theory was Accepted by a very large number of scientists, the fact remains that Darwin was the first man to publish Detailed and Large amounts of evidence supporting his theory instead of publishing various articles as new evidence arises.

Darwin, instead of brushing off challenges to his theory, became obsessed with them until he found a solution, which made him a rare individual and Genius, Darwin has influenced Science(mainly Biology) by a great deal because of his advanced thoughts and the Vast amounts of evidence backing up his theory, there is likely to be Hardly any theories that might greatly disprove  his theory as many theorists don’t find enough evidence to support it.

Darwin was a Rare individual because of his intelligence, in a time where there wasn’t many Equally Intelligent people, Although many religious people will dismiss Darwin’s theory as Absurd, they will likely not find substantial evidence to back up their claims.

He Changed the way animals are studied forever, and will likely not be forgotten for a while, his theory will likely be added onto by Scientists and some parts might be proved wrong, it does not change the fact that Darwin changed the Entire World.

Sep 5, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Theme Study Journal Entry 5: Abraham Lincoln(Newspaper Article; New York Times)

This Newspaper Article talks about Lincolns life from Birth To Death.

Surprisingly, Abraham Lincoln was born to a Poor Family in Kentucky, where he was Self Educated, A Self educated Person who grows up to become very powerful is known as a ‘Self Made Man’ because they usually get their authority by themselves, this makes Abraham Lincoln a Rare kind of man.

Lincoln served in the Black Hawk War for a While and Taught himself  law, where he eventually moved on to have a seat in the Illinois state Legislature as a ‘Whig Politician'(A Whig is Recognized as Someone who Openly apposes Tyranny).

Lincoln opposed a Highly recognized and popular senator called Stephen Douglas for a place in the US Senate, Lincoln lost the election but gained a lot of respect for a good performance against Douglas, this Eventually led to Lincoln becoming a Contender for the US Presidential Elections of  1860.

After Lincoln was Elected, 7 states left the Union and Formed the Confederate States of America, these States consisted of South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama , Georgia, Louisiana and Texas and soon after, 4 other states(Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina) Joined the Confederacy, The War between the the North(Union) and the South(Confederacy) lasted a Brutal 4 years, but what really made Lincoln stand out was the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Emancipation Proclamation Freed All Slaves in the Confederacy and in the Whole of North America,  All the now Freed slaves could begin to live normal lives, This Dramatically Increased Lincolns Popularity(at least in the Northern States) and within the African American Community.

Although Lincoln was killed by an Assassin a week after Confederate forces Surrendered, Honest Abe was Remembered as a True American hero and is widely respected even today by many Americans and will likely be respected for years to come, This Article clearly supports my theme Idea of One man changing the World.

Sep 5, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Theme Study Journal Entry 4: Stephen Kings ‘The Running Man’ (Fiction)

The book is set in North America in the year 2025, in Co Op city (Not the real Co Op city) in the Fictional state of Harding west of Detroit,  with the state being an Authoritarian police state, the Book follows Benjamin Richards, a Working class man from ‘South of the Canal’ which is Shown in the book to be the bad and Crime ridden section of the City, Ben himself is not a Criminal but that doesn’t change his social status at all, The Book is laid out in a 1st person Format with Ben being the Narrator.

In the beginning of the Book, Ben is talking with his Wife about his sick and dying 3 year old daughter while watching the 2025 era televisions called ‘Free Vees’, these TVs are much like the Telescreens in George Orwell’s 1984 Except the Free Vees were allowed to be turned off and weren’t watching the citizens, however it was compulsory for every household in North America to have one.

Ben and his family(wife and Daughter) are poor, and the only way to get a decent amount of money in the film was to compete in Game shows run by the Government/Telecommunications company known as the Network, these Game could range from simple  Treadmill Time Trials to the Ultra Dangerous Hide and Seek(Kill) Style game show called ‘The Running man’.

Ben makes the decision to Go to the Network Headquarters, which is based in his own city to take part in the games, The lines of people hoping to get chosen are tested Physically and Mentally, Ben Richards is intelligent by Co Op city standards and also quite physically fit despite(as stated later in the book) being exposed to large amounts of radiation from a past employment, Out of the many hundreds, Ben and another man are chosen for the Legendary but Equally Dangerous and Lethal game show, ‘The Running Man’, although the President of the Network is not mentioned in the book, it is clear that ‘The Running Man’ Producer Dan Killian has quite a lot of Authority in the Network.

Ben is told about ‘The Running Man’, it’s prize and how to ‘Play’. At the Game start, Ben is Given a 12 hour head start to Leave the building and hide wherever he wishes(Any part of the World), While the Game Show’s host, Bobby Thompson Slanders his name across North America through the Free Vee(which is always tuned to Game Show Channels, ‘The Running Man’ being the most watched by the population), Ben must survive as long as he can and is awarded 50 New Dollars(New Dollars are worth around 300 Normal or ‘old Dollars) Every Hour he survives, During this time, he is hunted by Elite Assassins known as ‘Hunters’, If ben is killed before the 30 day period in which the Game show runs, his winnings will be given to his family, if He survives a month, he will win the Grand Prize of ‘N$1,000,000,000′(I Billion New Dollars).

When the game starts, Ben Wastes no time, because if a Civilian Sees him they can report him, a Confirmed sighting is worth N$100, a Sighting that results in a kill is worth N£1000, he makes his way South of the Canal and get’s Fake ID and a Crummy Disguise from a Pawnbroker, He travels by Shuttle(Low Capacity Jet) to Boston and stays in the YMCA, Ben has a Camera and has to Post 2 tapes to the Network Headquarters each day or he forfeits his payment, while in the YMCA, he becomes increasingly paranoid and believes that everyone is watching him, after 3 days staying in the Hotel in the Disguise of a Blind Priest , he comes into contact with the Hunters and the Local Police, who raid the hotel in an attempt to Capture and kill him him, he evades them by climbing through pipes in the Basement and blowing up the Power Generator and Oil Supply in the Basement with Newspaper and Matches.

After escaping the YMCA and walking through the Suburbs of Boston, he meets a 7 year old African American boy who agrees to take Ben in(in return for New Dollars), when Ben meets the boy’s older brother, he discovers a National Conspiracy to kill off the Poor Population of North America(Or rather, save the rich) by letting the rich buy nose filters to save them from the Unimaginable scale of Pollution and let the poor who can’t afford it die off.

Ben Decides that he needs to do something and Records himself on tape talking about the Pollution, but the Network edits his voice out and in place of it makes Ben seem to swear and spread hate to the Viewers.

He Decides that it is unsafe to stay in Boston and get’s Bradley, the boy’s older Brother to take him Out of Boston and into Maine, where Ben makes his own way, Ben, having got his hands on a Revolver from Bradley Hijacks a Car with a women inside, telling her to take him to the airport where he Makes it publicly  known that he has a Hostage, soon enough, News crews arrive and a Large crowd gathers near the airport, to Keep the Police and Hunters from shooting him, he states that he has a Very Volatile and Large Explosive called ‘Black Irish’ which could destroy the Entire airport if it went off, but he was bluffing and had only stuffed the woman’s purse into his Pocket, After gaining access to a Large jet where he demands that the Chief Hunter come with him along with the Pilots and his Hostage, After take off, Dan Killian Contacts Ben through a Free Vee and congratulates him on his Record Breaking Survival time and offers Ben the chance to take the Current Chief hunters place, He also tells ben that he knows that he only has the woman’s purse, and how his wife and daughter were slaughtered by a Biker gang a few days before, Ben Tells Dan that he wants to think and Switches the Free Vee off.

Ben uses his gun to kill the Crew and the Hunters that were aboard the Jet and Throws his hostage out of the plane with a Parachute, After the shoot out, Ben Realizes that he is Fatally Wounded and takes control of the Jet, He turns the Jet around and Flies into the Network Headquarters(Skyscraper) much like the Terrorist attacks of 9/11, this would kill many inside the tower and bring and end to the Network.

Clearly, Ben has tried and failed to Tell the Population about the Pollution Conspiracy but after failing to do so, he realizes that the only way to at least stop the Network was to Destroy them, Although we don’t see what happens after he Crashes into the Tower We can Tell that Ben had Nothing to lose and wanted to do his last greatest deed, the book clearly supports my theme Idea of ‘1 man changing the world’.

Ben was Almost Entirely on his own During the Game show, and After uncovering the Pollution Conspiracy, acted alone to remove the Leadership of the Network, the Masterminds behind this conspiracy.

Aug 30, 2012 - Uncategorized    3 Comments

Theme Study Journal Entry 3: Eragon (Fiction)

This story is about a young man called Eragon, A peasant farmer’s boy who was adopted by his uncle after his mother died, Eragon is introduced as a normal farmers boy who seems to be an adept hunter, Eragon lives at a farm near the village of Carvahall, The village is described as quite average, housing around 300 villagers, The book starts with a woman being chased by large men with grotesque faces, she runs into a clearing in a forest and uses magic to transport a large blue object from her hands to somewhere else, she is then captured by the men, the first few pages were brief and not very descriptive but the event which was happening was easy to understand, The book then jumps to Eragon, who is said to have an arrow ready to fire , it is evident that Eragon is hunting, he is being very patient and is about to release his arrow at a large deer when a bright blue glow and a thunderbolt scares the deer away, more thunderbolts and lightning light up the sky and a bright blue light shines on the clearing, and the blue object that the woman mentioned in the first few pages carried appears in the clearing, stuuned and frightened, Eragon takes this object to his home but doesn’t tell his uncle about it, the forest in which Eragon hunted was called the spine, which is hinted in the book that it is cursed, Eragon does not believe this however and hunts there regularly, When Eragon tries to sell the stone to a butcher, he is ordered to leave when the butcher finds out that this stone is from the spine, Eragon decides to keep it and returns home, during that same night, the ‘stone’ hatches, it turns out to be a Dragon egg, stunned, Eragon takes care of this baby dragon in secret, not daring to tell anybody, A man in the village, Brom the storyteller, is visited by Eragon who is curious about dragons, asking subtle questions about them, Brom tells him the names of the Old Dragons and how only 1 is still alive, and that there are 3 eggs remaining, Eragons questions led to Brom being suspicious that Eragon had stumbled upon a Dragon, The Dragon, Eragon found out, could speak to Humans through telepathy, and this established a connection between Eragon and the Dragon.

When Eragons farm is attacked by a mysterious Species of Assassins known as the Ra’zac, Brom susses out that Eragon has a dragon and takes him on a journey to find the Rebel group fighting the Evil King, the Group is called the Varden, Eragon soon finds out that there is VERY high expectations of him in the future, from the Varden and Brom….Eragon is taken to various cities along the way to the Varden, he Is taken to rescue the Elf woman from an Evil mastermind called Durza, Durza is possesed by evil spirits intent on serving the Evil king, Eragon escapes with Brom and the elf woman, and finds their way to the Varden, However Brom is killed on the way and Eragon needs to get to the Varden as soon as possible, When he finally reaches them, He is viewed as hostile until the Varden finds out he is a Dragon rider, by this time news of a new rider had spread throughout the Land, making Eragon very famous  with the people of the country, Eragon is made even more famous after the Evil king finds the Hideout of the Varden, sending an army to defeat them, Eragon confronts Durza, the one leading this army and kills him, winning the battle for the Varden, this Creates more Respect and fame for Eragon as he single handedly kills this Evil being, giving the people of the country new hope in escaping the reign of the Evil King Galbatorix.

The book shows the Rise to power of a simple farm boy, to a legendary Dragon rider, inspiring many thousands of people to take up arms against Galbatorix.

This is another example of 1 man, changing the world, even if it is fiction, it clearly supports my theme Idea.

Jun 19, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Extract From Out Of The Blue

This Extract from ‘Out of the Blue’ Is about a victims perspective of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it shows the emotions that were racing through a victims mind amidst the Chaos.

A language Feature I identified in the text was Rhyme, it is the most prominent feature as it appears in every Paragraph,  however every word that is rhymed in the poem  are actions, this creates a small amount of emphasis on the words and draw your attention to these particular parts of the poem, by paying attention to all of these words we can almost create an entirely new poem, this new poem would be based completely on the what thoughts of actions to take would be racing through the Readers head, and what the victim observes from his position in the building.                                                                   Another thing I have noticed about the words being rhymed is that some of them are associated with falling or actions your body would be doing while falling like Spiralling, wheeling wind-milling or waving, all of these words have some sort of relevance to falling. Other than emphasis, another effect it has is that we can properly associate words with thier possible meaning rather than viewing them as unrelated actions, for example in the first paragraph, it says- ‘You have picked me out through a distant shot of a burning building, you have noticed now that a white cotton shirt is twirling, turning’, we can easily associate the twirling and turning part to signalling and trying to catch attention rather than saying’ a white cotton shirt is spinning around’ which may seem to be an unrelated or pointless action.

Feb 7, 2012 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

Of Mice And Men: Predjudice Paragraphs.

There are many predjudices in Of mice and men which show what life was like in 1930s America.

One of the most prominant predjudices is Racism, specifically against African-Americans

This Predjudice is mentioned throughout the book where many white characters use the word ‘Nigger’ to Describe Black people, or Crooks, the Negro stable buck.

The extent of this Racism is revealed by crooks, Crooks explained it when Lennie stumbled into the Barnhouse trying to pet his Puppy, Crooks revealed how he is mistreated by the other white workers on the ranch, maybe not physically, but how they passively abuse him, I.E not wanting to be around him, not letting him in the Bunkhouse, not sharing food with him or sleeping or eating near him, all these things resulted in Crooks being very Independent and Defensive when it comes to talking to other people, Crooks shows The extent of this Racism by answering Lennie when Lennie asks why he wan’t wanted in the Bunkhouse, he says: “Cause I’m black. They play cards in there , but I can’t play because I’m Black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, you all of you stink to me.”

The author uses simple, quick statements to explain the the Racism involved in the book, ‘Cause I’m Black’ is an example of this, it shows that The other workers did not socialize with Crooks solely because of his skin colour.

Lennie does not understand the concept of Racism because of his Incapacity to Learn, His disability is Cleverly used by the Author to give Crooks a reason to explain how the other white workers are Racist towards him , Lennie’s disability means that he cannot grasp the concept of Racism, therefore he does not hold any hate for Crooks or anyone else.

Crooks is very protective of his Pride and his protection is described by the author as the ‘terrible protective dignity of the Negro’ which he can ‘retreat’ into should he be insulted, Because Lennie is Mentally challenged and does not have the capacity to use insults, Crooks lowers his defences and brings out his inner side which is somewhat friendlier that when he is in his ‘Protection’.

Jan 29, 2012 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

What was life like in the Great Depression?

The Great Depression: 1930s America

When the Great Depression Hit, money became very hard to come by, manual labour was required to earn even a slight amount of money and almost every able man in the country had to toil to get a salary.

Many american men and boys lost most of their possessions and money due to the great depression, All around the country people had to pack their bags and look for places to work. For the average american man, this was on a ranch where they earned next to nothing and couldn’t afford to buy a place of their own.

Most ranch workers earned 50 dollars a month and ended up spending it on liquor or at a Brothel this was because many men were separated from their families because they couldn’t support them financially.

The Initial emotions of People in the depression was literally depression, unhappiness and boredom.

People were depressed because of how bad their life had turned out.

Unhappiness because of the state of them and their families.

Boredom because getting up, working on a farm, getting money and moving onto a different ranch became a routine, never changing.

Evidently life was very hard for an american man, and also for women, many women resorted to prostitution in order to earn money, From 1930s to 1940s the use of brothels by men in america was bigger than in any other period. The social status of people changed dramatically in this period too, Its was very hard to come by an upper class person in society and the working class people were everywhere.

In conclusion: Life was hard and finding money was even harder.

Jan 3, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Theme Study Journal Entry 2: Rise of Hitler (Film)

The film I have chosen that comes under my theme of  One man can change the world is called Rise of Hitler.

I have chosen this film because of the actions Hitler took in the Film that led to his dominance over most of Europe…although the film doesn’t feature the war it shows the actions that Hitler took in the 1920s-1930s.

Hitler accomplished most of his goals on his own and was able to recruit civilians into his own private army…when he was in power…he brought economic stability to Germany and he reduced unemployment dramatically…he also strengthened the German military and stopped paying reparations which further helped the economy…however, he created hate in the German people of  Minorities such as Jews, Gypsies and Coloured people, This changed the world’s opinion of Germany and it’s citizens, Because Hitler didn’t really trust many people in the film…He made himself fuhrer when he could so that political opposition would not affect him, He also got rid of people with significant political power like erhmst rohm who had enough power to oppose him, He changed the view on how to take power in the country by realising that Armed putch’s(Armed political takeovers) fail nearly all of the time and that he needed to appeal to the population to gain power…this is evident in the film as it shows Hitler’s use of Propaganda and his policies on different people like women, young people and workers.

For the above reasons…I chose this film because Hitler’s actions completely changed Germany and the world’s opinion on it.

Dec 30, 2011 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Theme Study Journal Entry 1: MK Gandhi (autobiography)

This Autobiography of MK Gandhi falls under my theme of: ONE  MAN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD because of the actions Gandhi took over the course of his life that eventually led to his political and religious standing in society before he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

Gandhi explored the culture of South Africa and England in his book in his pursuit of becoming a Barrister,

Gandhi was the Political leader of India during the Indian Independence Movement and thus inspired Civil rights and freedom movements all across the globe.

Gandhi First used non violent civil disobedience in South Africa as a lawyer while he struggled for the Indian community’s Civil rights.

When Gandhi returned to India in 1915 he gathered many poor farmers and peasants ect. and campaigned against Large tax sums and discrimination.

He became leader of the Indian national congress in 1921 and he used this post to lead nationwide campaigns to expand rights for women and lessen poverty have economical self reliance.

Gandhi also had a role during the Zulu war when he encouraged the British army to let Indian soldiers and volunteers join their ranks, this was to legitimize Indians full claim to citizenship, though the British did let Indians be commissioned as officers, They were made to treat injured soldiers on the battlefield.

Gandhi achieved all this mainly on his own or in a small circle of people, He was able to influence the lives of many for the greater good and became recognised internationally as a figure to look up to as he was honest, and faithful and completely non-violent in all his protests and campaigns. He changed the way society works Today and without him the world surely would not be multi-cultural and India would probably under the rule of one country or another.

Oct 18, 2011 - Uncategorized    5 Comments

Young Samurai: The way of the sword

This book is about a teenager from England called Jack, based in the late 1800s, He sets sail with his father to explore new lands but unfortunately, his ship is taken over by pirates on the coast of Japan, He is saved by a samurai and barely escapes with his life, but his father is killed by a pirate, a ninja who goes by the name of Dragon eye, The samurai who saves him teaches him the way of the Samurai and Jack plans to get revenge on the ninja who killed his father, This is the second book in the series in which jack enters a tournement to become a great warrior of the samurai and learns how to finally kill dragon eye

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