Thursday, March 21, 2013

Julius Caesar Summary

Act 1 Scene 1; [A street in Rome] Murellus engages a cobbler about his profession, the cobbler’s punning replies, Murellus grows angry with him. Flavius interrupts to ask why the cobbler is not in his shop working. The cobbler explains that he is taking a holiday from work to observe the triumph. Murellus scolds the cobbler and attempts to diminish the significance of Caesar’s victory. Scene 2; [A Public Place in Rome] Caesar enters a public square with Antony, Calpurnia, Portia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, Casca, and a Soothsayer. The Soothsayer calls out from the crowd, telling Caesar to beware of the Ides of March (“ides” refers to the fifteenth day of March). Brutus says that he is scared that the people want to make Caesar their king. Scene 3; [One month later in Rome] Casca explains to Cicero that he has seen terrible things in the natural world. Casca wonders if there is strife in heaven or if the gods are angered by mankind. Casca also says that he saw a man with his hands on fire, but his flesh was not burning. Casca tells Cassius that the senators plan to make Caesar king was the following day. Cassius draws his dagger and swears to the gods that if they can make a weak man like Caesar so powerful, then they can empower Cassius to defeat a tyrant. He declares that Rome must be merely trash or rubbish to give itself up so easily to Caesar’s fire. Act 1 Scene 1; [ The ides of March in Brutus’s garden] Brutus paces back and forth in his garden. He asks his servant to bring him a light and mutters to himself that Caesar will have to die. He knows that Caesar will be crowned king. Brutus’s servant brings him a letter that he found close to the window. Brutus reads the letter, it accuses him of sleeping while Rome is threatened: “Brutus, thou sleep’st; awake, and see thyself! Shall Rome, etc. Speak, strike, redress!” “Brutus, thou sleep’st; awake.” Cassius and a group of men called the “the conspirators” come to Brutus’s house and talk about whether they should try to bring the esteemed Cicero into the conspiracy, he would bring good public opinion, but Brutus points out that Cicero would never follow anyone else’s ideas. Brutus says that they would only be sacrificers, and never butchers, to common eyes they should be called purgers, not murderers. Scene 2; [Hours later at Caesar’s House] Caesars wife has had three nightmares calling out about Caesar being murdered. Caesar sends his servant to beg the priest to sacrifice and to come back and tell Caesar the results. Calpurnia insists that Caesar not leave the house after so many bad signs, Caesar refuses to give in to fear and leaves. Scene 3; [ shortly after, in a street near the capitol] Artemidorus comes onstage,reading the letter that he wrote to Caesar to himself, warning him to be carful of Brutus, Casca, and the other conspirators. Scene 4; [ immediately after in another Roman street] Portia sends Brutus’s servant to the Senate to checkout events and report back to her how Caesar is faring. Act 3 Scene 1; [The ides of March at The Capitol of Rome] Artemidorus and the Soothsayer wait for Caesar in the street. Artemidorus goes to Caesar with his letter. Caesar responds, “What touches us ourself shall be last served”.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I Fu Tuan, The City and Human Speech

The Speech and Speak are relative because Melinda had frustration and resentment build up in her because no one would listen to her and sometimes act like they were listening.

Speak

The book Speak is written by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is about a young girl named Melinda that moves into High School and looses all of her friends from Middle School. She is a very depressed quiet person and no one knows why. She makes a “Friend” and her name is Heather. Throughout the story Melinda tells us the first ten lies they tell you in High School, describes the teachers, all the classes she goes through and what she does in them, her homework, all of the holidays and all the clicks. Also through the story she tells you about the the friends she lost from the transition from Middle School to High School and how they have all they change. The chapters are marked as Marking Periods and at the end of every marking period she tells you her report car. Melinda has to make a project in art and her project is a tree she has to make a tree and put her feelings into the tree. Valentines Day is here and Heather has put a valentine letter on Melinda’s locker and was saying they couldn’t be friends anymore and Heather gave the necklace back that Melinda gave to her for Christmas. As the story goes on eventually she tells us about “A Night To Remember” the night that changed her life. The reason Rachel (Her Middle School best friend she lost in the transition) does not communicate with her anymore. eventually at the end of the story Melinda finishes her tree and made a A+. She was crying the whole time she was making the tree in Mr. Freeman’s Class and when the bell rang to leave he saw that something was wrong with Melinda so he asked her “You’ve been through a lot haven’t you” her reply was “Let me tell you about it”.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ten Lies

1. Our football team will win the championship this year. 2. We are here to help you. 3. These will be the years you look back 4. Your schedule was created with your needs in mind. 5. Guidance counselors always listen. 6. This is the best school in the County 7. The teachers are here to help you. 8. Our campus is bully free. 9. We have a friendly facility and staff. 10.You will be ready for college when you leave this school.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Suicide

I think someone would want to commit suicide because they hate their life. Maybe someone bullied them to the point where they just didn't want to put up with it anymore and kill themselves. I know someone who committed suicide a while back he was not a teenager he was a grown man. He was my uncle and he did it because he couldn't see his wife. He really loved her and never wanted anything to come in between them. To be in the same place with him when he did it was terrifying I was only a little girl and to see something like that scared me for life. I can't stand to see people fight like grown ups or any of my family because it just brings me back to the night. It's really hard to know someone and have that nightmare stick with you for life.