Ballad Assignment

On the front of the poster place the lyrics and visual aspects of the poem.

Literal Meaning of the ballad:

The literal meaning of Richard Cory, written by Edwin Arlington Robinson, was about Richard Cory a gentlemen who was very wealthy. People always stared at Richard when he would walk downtown. Everyone wished they could be like Richard, but one day Richard went home and killed himself.

3 examples of imagery from the ballad and how imagery contribute to the literal meaning of the ballad:

– And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head. (Line 15-16)

This line shows imagery to where Richard Cory put a gun to his head and shot himself. People hadn’t recognized him for himself without the value he had.

Clean favored, and imperially slim. (Line 4)

Everyone saw Richard Cory to be well presented and from his looks could ensure that he was a very wealthy man by the way he dressed.

– But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked. (Line 7-8)

This imagery indicates that by fluttering pulses, he knew he wasn’t acting right and was nervous. No one could tell that he was nervous as he talked to people when he walked.

2 examples of the Lyric qualities (onomatopoeia, rhyme scheme, rhyme, alliteration, consonance, assonance, cacophony, euphony) and how they contribute to the literal meaning of the ballad:

– And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

(Quatrain Rhyme Scheme example above):

– The quatrain rhyme scheme contributes to the literal meaning of the ballad because it adds emphasis at the end of the sentences representing the overall point in the paragraphs.

– So on we worked, and waited for the light. (Line 13)


– The alliteration in this sentence shows how everyone noticed Richard Cory but could not see the pain he was going through.

3 examples of the figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, metonymy, synecdoche, oxymoron, paradox) and how they contribute to the literal meaning of the ballad:

– He was a gentleman from sole to crown (Line 3)


Where the crown is representing royalty together. It’s saying that Richard Cory was so presentable that he could be seen as apart of the royal family.

– And he was rich — yes, richer than a king — (Line 9)


The King represents the value that Richard Cory is seen as. The value that a king has because king’s are percieved to be very luxurious and own very expensive items.

– So on we worked, and waited for the light, (Line 13)

The light represents the time in which they waited for Richard Cory to recognize him, but in reality they didn’t realize he needed attention because of the way he was feeling, in isolation.

Theme of the ballad:

– There are a few different things that come to mind when thinking about the theme of this ballad. First off, you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover in saying that Richard Cory was an apparent wealthy man, but you could not realize the struggles he was having.
– Secondly, that money cannot buy you happiness as Richard Cory was a very wealthy man but ended up killing himself due to his own struggles in life.


I am currently reading the story Night written by Elie Wiesel. The story starts off in the life of Eliser a young boy and his family in a town. The families in the town are mainly of Jewish descent. Eliser is a young boy who strives to practice his religion and get a master, but his father says he is too young to get one. Eliser’s father gets news that everyone in the town must be on the street the next morning and only allowed to bring one valuable belonging. They load onto a bus with no idea where they are headed. A pitch black bus moves throughout the night and when they wake up they arrive at a Jewish labour concentration camp where they witness babies and other people being burned to death in the “chimney”.

The story so far has some very interesting parts but also parts that are starting to get repetitive. Some parts that have interested me is where the Jews were forced onto the street one morning with very short notice. Without reasoning they are forced to get on different buses that are headed somewhere no one realizes. Other parts that don’t catch my attention and start to get boring is when we are introduced to the characters lives in the concentration camps.

Water Conservation

1.Explain why water conservation is necessary in Canada.

– Conserving water in Canada is necessary because it can be used for a renewable water source. Although we have a ton of water and take it for granted, other countries are not as fortunate as us. By conserving water not only will our supply last longer, but we could help countries in need. Water is essential to every country on earth. From growing plants, feeding animals, and for human consumption we wouldn’t be able to survive without our vast supply of water. We have one of the cleanest water sources on Earth and we need to sustain that. Water will only last so long being such a clean source.

2. Video:

Socials definitions

Pessimist/Malthusian: claimed that population would soon outstrip food supply, leading to famine, disease, and social disorder. Malthus’s predictions were not realized, since he did not foresee the improvements in agriculture, hygiene, and medicine. Also, millions of people migrated to British colonies to cultivate farmlands there, which eased population pressure.

Neo Malthusian: predict that disaster will overtake populations in the world’s poorest developing countries in the next 50 years due to increasing global warming, shortages of arable land, conflicts over fresh water, declining fish stocks, and the spread of AIDS or other diseases. Africa will be most vulnerable to these threats.

Optimist/Cornucopian: Those with an optimistic outlook on population growth are called cornucopians. They have faith in mankind’s ability to find innovations, such as solar and wind energy, that will increase Earth’s carrying capacity.

Ranking Government Jobs

Rank each of the following positions below in terms of what you would like as a job:

1. Governor General:

I chose Governor General first because it is one of the easiest jobs in government and comes with a garunteed 5 years of work and pay (makes good money). I like the fact that the Governor General represents the crown, ensures there is always a Prime Minister, and gives royal assent to bills passed by the legislative branch. I like that he/she has a huge say in wether the law is passed or not. I dislike that the Governor General has a lot of responsibilities to do with Canada’s Military and is responsibility for many big decisions.

2. Prime Minister:

I chose the Prime Minister second because the pay is very high and they hold a lot of power. First off, they can make up to $400,000 for a years work. I like the fact that the Prime Minister gets a lot of power and decisions. I dislike the fact that the PM works exhausting hours and can never make a mistake as they are holding the weight of the whole nation. I also dislike that the PM has to travel a lot for conferences and meetings. This would be very time consuming when there is a lot of work to be done already.

3. MP:

I chose being a Member of Parliament third because you work within parliament and also represent a party you work for. You are responsible for representing the people who voted you in and making sure the citizens are happy with your contributions for their rights. A downside to this job would be the amount of travelling that is done.

4. Minister:

I chose Minister third because you can specialize in different aspects of Canada’s sub departments such as Finance, Innovation, Science, etc. You could really enjoy the position you have or dislike it according to what you specialize in. I dislike that when you become a Minister you are responsible for the mastery of that specific subject and making the correct decisions correlating to that subject for the people of Canada.

5. Senator

My final choice was being a Senator because it is hard to make sure everyone respects your decisions. Although laws must be accepted by the monarch, it is passed through the senate as well. Senators are responsible for sober second thought. I like that senators make a great amount of money yearly and have say in passing laws for their country. As well as that the senate is more powerful than the House of Commons.

Life on the outside

In the story “The Outsiders”, written by S. E. Hinton, there is a mass rivalry between the “Greasers” and the “Socs”. The rivalry continues throughout the story on multiple occasions leading to fights and learning how there can be such hatred between different groups of people. The “Socs” are the rich kids and the “Greasers” are the low-life poor kids. When Johnny was stabbed and slowly dying he wanted Ponyboy to stay true to himself: “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold” (Johnny) He’s telling Ponyboy to stay strong although Johnny won’t be there to guide him any longer he is capable of completing tasks on his own. The greasers were always independent until the Socs came along: “They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.” The “Greasers” were always together, they were there for one another, always had each other’s backs. They looked after Ponyboy since his parents had passed away. The meaning of life in this story is that life won’t always be fair to you, obstacles will be thrown at you such as hierarchy. You won’t always be at the top you have to work for it, work to serve your purpose in life and make an impact on your future one another.

Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders. New York: Viking, 1967. Print.

3 reasons why I don’t like this subject

1. First off, there are too many different views to make an accurate accusation of wether or not people accept being called redskin, or oppose it. From the videos we watched I learned that in one video, everyone was accepting of the Washington Redskins and the name and logo didn’t offend them in the slightest; however, in the other video they listed off names of who they truly were and the name redskin wasn’t accepted.

2. I hate the common misconception that the Washington Redskins are trying to insult the Native Americans. To start, the logo was created by a Native American himself; moreover, before they created the team they went to leaders and made sure there were no conflicts between them. Everyone sees the Washington Redskins to be racist for their name. They were never trying to put anyone down, the name and logo were into be seen as “warrior like” figures.

3. The Redskins have been around since 1971 and there haven’t been any serious actions that have happened so why are we being introduced to this topic now? If they were fine until now this story does not affect us. The Redskins are a loyal team never intending their team as a negative image.


“Blood will have blood” – Response

Do you believe in revenge?

No, I don’t believe in revenge, Revenge can be as crucial as death, and that is too far. Something minor may be acceptable. However, I do believe that someone will pursue to revenge someone who dealt pain to another person. Is it right? No, it won’t resolve any situation. Something which doesn’t involve a great deal of pain should be allowed. For example, if someone stole a personal belonging from you, I can understand wanting revenge on that person by stealing something back. I understand that if someone killed a friend or family member of yours, you would want them dead. Although that approach may seem appropriate it isn’t. It would only deal a greater amount of pain in the end; the outcome, would be horrible for everyone involved.

3 Things I Hate About Lord Of The Flies

1. Lord of the Flies does not intrigue me in the slightest. First off the symbolism in the story is too deep to understand the first time through. The book involves too much thought to thouroughly see the deep meaning. If you were to read the book literally it would be plain and boring throughout the 225 pages. Like me, I couldn’t identify the hidden meanings and points throughout the story. I read the book very literally. For example when Golding described Piggy’s glasses breaking. All I could see that his glasses wear actually damaged; I couldn’t realize that they symbolized the boys being halfway to savagery.


2. Secondly, I didn’t enjoy how wretched and violent the book was when the kids were only 13 years old. The fact that the book was based during WWII didn’t make me want to read the book. I hate to think of war; it brings me into the thought of death. Golding shouldn’t be incorporating violence into a book with children. Although the plot of the book was informative and very detailed seeing the bigger picture was very hard. The plot was scattered and I felt I could never really see the climax in the story. Too many conflicts and I felt as if the rising action carried throughout the entire story. The symbols in the story were mainly dark and the story was very gory. The ending to the story was horrendous; although they were “saved” they were only being brought back to the bigger war.


3. Lastly, the book is very old, in fact my parents read it when they were in school making it fairly ancient. The vocabulary threw me off while I was reading it; half the words I had never seen in my life. I feel as if we should have read a story more relevant to our time and one possibly relating to where we live. Overall I didn’t enjoy the book due to the non-intriguing plot, the violence, and how out-dated the book is.