Sunday, April 9, 2017

Option 1 Essay

In the very beginning of the school year, we read “The right to your opinion”, in which we learned that we don’t exactly have the right to our own opinion. I translate opinion to the word tone seeing as they both resemble each other in a way. Ray Bradbury wrote the novel Fahrenheit 451, the main character in the novel was Guy Montag yet there were other characters such as; Clarisse McClellan, Beatty (the Firemen Chief) and Guy’s wife Mildred. Bradbury had different tones with each of his characters, with Montag it was a motivational type of tone. It resembled a sort of “Come on Montag! You do you!” For Mildred, it was more of a snobby tone, seeing as Mildred thought she was better than others and only her life mattered. But for Clarisse and Beatty? What was Bradbury’s tone for those two?

First off, Clarisse and Beatty are complete opposites throughout the entire book. We, the readers, only met Clarisse for a few pages but we noticed how she was different than the rest of the characters. In the very beginning of the book, Clarisse and Montag were talking and she said something like, “I’m different than the other students. While they ask how something is done, I ask why it is done.” Bradbury’s tone with Clarisse was professional and clear. I believe that Bradbury wanted Clarisse to act like an adult but he didn’t want to make her an adult, seeing as the adults in the book seem brainwashed by society. Bradbury’s tone for Clarisse was very friendly because, I believe, that he wanted the readers to enjoy listening to her so that she would be a great role model to Montag to get him out of his enclosed box. No matter how much Bradbury’s tone was pleasant towards Clarisse, he wasn’t pleasant to other character.

Bradbury's tone with Beatty had a different route. The tone with Beatty seemed as if it were foreshadowing to something evil, how right he was. The tone was meant for us to be cautious of Beatty because Beatty was the main source of the book burning in the book. We, the readers, were meant to not trust him so the author's tone was very much welcomed. Beatty liked to confuse Montag with his strange riddles and reciting poetry. Beatty was the true version of an antagonist seeing as the way he was brought into the story seemed to get us with shivers of disgust. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017


1. Why did the Hound attack Montag?
2. How did Montag defend himself?
3. What did Montag realize about Beatty?
4. Where did Montag go?
5. What happened when Montag crossed the street?

1.The hound attacked Montag because it was commanded to, in case Montag ran away, yet I feel that now the hound attacked Montag because not only is Montag running but he killed Beatty.

2. Montag defended himself by attacking the hound with the fire gun! He burned that thing to ash.

3. Montag realized that Beatty wanted to die, if he didn't want to die then Beatty would've shut his face up and pleaded for Montag to let him go.

4. Monag first went to the backyard to find SOME books (stupid Mildred didn't find all of them) and then limped his way away.

5. When Montag crossed the street he could hear sirens going off so he 'ran' to the alley. He heard footsteps so he planned to stay there shortly. He checked his pockets and found money and his seashell. In the seashell he heard the alert to look for him.

Monday, March 27, 2017

1. Mildred is acting more like a spoiled brat who doesn't want to eat her vegetables, yet in this problem she doesn't want to understand books. Montag, however, is acting like a little kid on Christmas, he wants to understand books and read! Faber is Cindy Lou and Mildred is the Grinch/Grouch.

2. There is a war happening so something big will happen. I honestly feel that it's just a background to make the story feel real but the bombers will show up later in the story.

3. Professor Faber is a man Montag met at the park who has books. However continuing on with Part 2, Faber is a new friend that Montag has. Faber is going to teach him about understanding books.

4. Montag felt that his boundaries weren't being respected, the commercials were invading his thoughts and he didn't have his peace and quiet. 

5. Faber makes  3 important facts on books; quality texture of information, leisure to digest it,  and the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two. Faber compares books to life. Books are just the difficulties of life out to paper, but his society doesn't want difficulties of life. His society wants everyone equal and all things 'evil' gone.

6. The small green metal object is a two way earpiece. It is sort of like a Bluetooth earpiece that lets you speak and listen, even when you're not in the same room.

7. I believe that the television shows in their society is sadistic. The white clowns chop each others limbs and people laugh. Their television shows are very bland and it's trying to find humor in pain.

8. I felt that Mrs. Phelps cried because "Dover Beach"  was talking about true love and she doesn't have that. She understood poetry (once, this one time) and she felt her emotions understand the words because that's her life, not true love.

9.At the end of Part II, the firemen end up at his house because Mildred called in the book fiasco! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

College/ Universities Rally?

Today the juniors (class of 2018) went to a college day for higher education week in the Wilson gym. I honestly feel that most people only went to it so they didn't have to be in class. I saw most of the kids just walking around the booths and playing on their phones. They just wasted their precious time by doing nothing instead of looking for potential colleges.

I visited the Cal Poly, UC Davis, UC Merced, University of Idaho, Fresno State and the SBCF. I only visited these schools because I plan to major in Agricultural education and Agricultural business and these schools have agricultural programs. I got to learn more things from the different booths. For example, most colleges make you take 2 years of basic credential such as math, English and science, however Cal Poly doesn't. They let you just dive into the many things in agricultural that you want to. They're motto is "Learning by doing" just like FFA's motto is "Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve." Cal Poly focuses on hands on activities and most of ( I believe all of them) the majors they have always ends up with a job. I loved hearing new things from these different universities and can't wait to see what college has in store.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fahrenheit 451 Notes part 1

  • Guy Montag
    • Firemen
    • 30 years old
    • Married to Mildred
    • Happy?
  • Clarisse McClellan 
    • niece to Leonard Mead
    • crazy and 17 (17 next month)
    • very curious girl
    • next door neighbor to Guy Montag
    • anti-social 
    • didn't want to know how a thing was done but why it was
  • Mildred
    • attempted suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills
    • acts as if nothing happened
    • Is she an actress?
    • She doesn't care about spending Guy's money
  • rain= wine??
  • Mildred is 30 and Clarisse is 16 yet acts older then Mildred
  • Mildred vs. Guy= He wants kids and she doesn't
  • Clarisse's generation is gruesome. They kill or are killed. Kids in her grandfather's time were responsible and were disciplined. 
  • "But they all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else."
    • This is so true! It seems that everyone talks about the same things everyday or everyone talks about the same boring things as the next person. 
  • All firemen have black hair, black brows, a fiery face and a blue-steel shaved but unshaved look!?
  • any man who defies the government is crazy and gets sent to the mental asylum
  • law= no books?
  • Mildred and Guy can't remember the first time they met. Is their love tank over?
  • Clarisse got ran over? Or her family moved? FOUR DAYS AGO
  • "Firemen" job started during Civil War
  • "The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy." Remember that
  • Intellectual= swear word
  • "We must all be alike...Not everyone born equal but made equal."
  • So what I understood was books were burned because they didn't make people happy
  • ^Actually whatever makes people unhappy, burn it (i.e. funerals make people unhappy. Don't have them and just cremate them. Just burn them into ash
  • Happy world? Firemen are the happy boys who are in charge of taking down anything unhappy in their happy world
  • Guy Montag has 20 books he's saved throughout the years and he and Mildred are going to read them at least once
  • Guy seems like a little child on Christmas morning while Mildred seems like the Grouch who doesn't understand anything 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Great Gatsby Essay Question #3

How does Fitzgerald’s characterization create a tone around the theme of happiness?  What is Fitzgerald’s attitude toward happiness?  Does it depend on love, on external markers such as wealth, on repairing or atoning for the past, or on something that is unattainable?

Happiness is the feeling of being mentally/ emotionally positive. While reading Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", none of the characters seemed "happy" to me. Throughout the whole story happiness had to depend on something; for Gatsby it was the past, for Daisy it was money, for Tom it was two women, for Jordan it was Nick and for Nick it was Gatsby's friendship. Fitzgerald tried his hardest through out the whole book to make his characters happy at least once, yet everything comes with a price. In my honest opinion, all the characters tried to be ecstatic, positive but money always got in their way. Money is truly the root to all evil, yet for a few people (Daisy and Tom) it was all the happiness they could ever need.

I felt as though Nick was the reader. He had his opinions yet they couldn't be voiced out just as much as we do. To the readers, Nick was our ray of sunshine/ happiness throughout the whole book. Maybe this is why Fitzgerald made Nick as a character, to relate him to us. The readers dealt with Nick through the whole book and read all the ordeals that occurred.  However a nagging feeling told me that he wasn't happy, perhaps it was because he was lonely. This was then when Fitzgerald gave us Jordan and later introduced Gatsby. Jordan WAS supposed to be the woman to sweep Nick off his feet and be tied down, yet issues like money (Daisy, Tom and Gatsby?) got in the way of that. Gatsby, however, is Nick's muse, his best friend. Nick acted 'himself' with Gatsby and didn't let money,love, the past or something that is unattainable get in the way.

Gatsby is a different story though. Gatsby wanted to live in the past, the past to Gatsby was his happiness and what he attempted to recuperate. However, Gatsby's past was living in the future with a husband and kid. Fitzgerald perhaps attempted to make Gatsby the American Dream but every dream has its flaws and Gatsby's flaw was Daisy. He wanted to finally be happy being with her and, now that I think about it, Fitzgerald wanted the readers to be happy by seeing romance between them. Money got in the way, as usual, for this.

Tom and Daisy are the definition of bad people. Tom had two women to himself yet he was never happy. His happiness revolved around alcohol to push his worries away. Daisy wasn't happy either, she had a cheating husband. Daisy was finally going to be "happy" with the man she "loves" yet I believe this isn't true. I believe that Daisy never loved Gatsby, just like Gatsby she was trying to re spark an old flame. In some way that made her happy, to re spark something long forgotten. Her other love however, wealth and power, killed her beloved. Daisy left on an extended vacation with Tom to be happy. Her love for Gatsby was never real, she must've just wanted to make him happy.

Fitzgerald must've thought that love wasn't true. All his characters believed in it yet in some way it got crumbled. Money was the root of all evil for most of these relationships. Money/greed  and the past killed Gatsby. He wanted the past but his past wanted money. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made" (The Great Gatsby Chapter 9) Tom and Daisy loved nothing more then themselves and money, that was their definition of happy. Maybe that's why Daisy wished for her daughter to be a beautiful fool, because that way she doesn't get hurt, like Gatsby did, and can just be happy and rich and not worry about another thing. Fitzgerald's characterization didn't know a thing about the true meaning of happy, their happiness revolves around the artificial things, money.