“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

In one swift movement, the firing squad raised their guns. If they were to kill Walter Mitty, they were not going to have the satisfaction of seeing him grovel. Walter had moved so that he was leaning against the wall in an almost careless way and stood tall as the guns began to fire. One by one he felt the bullets hit him.

“Sir? Are you alright?” Bewildered, Walter Mitty looked up to face a tall, lanky man dressed in a long overcoat.

“I…” he began, before realizing that he could not possibly explain the reason he was lying against a stone wall being pelted by the hail that was coming down.

The man extended his arm to pull Walter Mitty to his feet. Slowly, they walked under the cover of a large umbrella back to the drugstore entrance.

“Thank you,” muttered Walter Mitty.

“Of course,” was the man’s reply before he spun around and swiftly walked away.

Walter Mitty stood in the cover of the drugstore entrance, watching the hail slowly turn back to rain. He glanced occasionally at the door, wondering when his wife was to come out of the store.

“I got it,” announced Mrs. Mitty as she came out of the store. “You will not believe the amount of people that were in the store. Honestly, it is like people have nothing better to do than shop.”

Nodding absentmindedly, Walter Mitty fell in step with his wife as they walked back towards the parking lot. As they walked, he half-heartedly listened as his wife talked about the neighbourhood gossip.

“Oh, Walter. Look at those children. Are they not adorable?”

Walter glanced up to see a group of children hiding in a large metal tunnel on the playground. Each one had an assortment of building blocks that they were using to build small guns. A dark haired boy caught sight of Walter Mitty and aimed his gun in his direction. …

“Keep walking,” a voice snapped. The cold muzzle of a small handgun pressed against Mitty’s bare neck.

“The captain wants the guns and missiles built by tomorrow morning. I would not disappoint him if I were you,” another man growled.

Mitty walked along the empty corridor with his head down. His heart heavy with guilt. He knew that if the weapons were built, there was no way that the United States would remain untouched. They rounded the corner and the guard pushed open the heavy metal door. He shoved Mitty into the room and turned on the solitary lamp before slamming the door shut behind him. Mitty sighed and faced his large metal creations. He knew that in about an hour the missiles could be finished. He also knew that the guards were very aware of this fact. Ignoring the missile, he walked to the far corner and uncovered a small tin boat. Mitty threw one last glance over his shoulder before opening a hidden compartment to pull out a large motor he had built two days prior. He carefully attached the motor to the back of the boat and placed it on a makeshift trailer. He then grabbed the only gun that was fully functional and tucked it into his belt. All feelings of distraught had vanished as he polished off one weapon at a time, making them appear as though they were complete. Almost on cue, the door swung open to reveal two large men.

“I have finished,” Mitty declared while gesturing to his work.

“Evidently,” replied one of the men in a disdainful tone.

Mitty nodded and watched as they shut the door and marched towards the upper deck to retrieve their captain. Not wasting any time, Mitty knelt in front of the door and with a couple decisive movements he picked the lock. Heaving the door open, Mitty pulled his boat out of the room and as quietly as he could, he made his way towards the ship’s deck.

“What do you think you are doing?” shouted a guard.

Without hesitation, Mitty spun around and pulled the trigger on the gun. The gunshot echoed through the ship, and the previously calm crew erupted into pandemonium. Walter Mitty heard the hundreds of men come rushing towards the sound. He pivoted his boat trailer and ran it straight into the nearest door causing it to swing wide open.

“Walter Mitty, you have nowhere to run!” thundered the ship’s captain.

Mitty turned to face the crowd, a derisive smile playing on his lips. Each guard was holding a gun Mitty had made. The guns that were not made to shoot.

“Actually Captain. I do.”

And with one powerful motion, Walter Mitty pushed his boat off of the edge of the ship, following it into the crashing waves below.

Socials 11- Political Party group assignment

Group members: Lindsey, Henry, Iman

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References:

“160708-Policy-Sm.pdf.” Web. 22 Feb. 2017.

“B.C.’s Greens Win First Provincial Seat.” CBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.

“Christy Clark’s ‘Forget Everything’ Budget Can’t Erase Years of Neglect, Says Horgan.” BC NDP Caucus. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

“Our History.” BC Green Party. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.

“Rafe: Weaver, BC Greens Should Quit Backing Private River Power Sham.” The Common Sense Canadian. N.p., 29 Mar. 2016. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

“RCY Report Shows Christy Clark Is Still Failing Children.” BC NDP Caucus. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

“The Global Greens.” BC Green Party. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.

Provincial, legislative, and federal government assignment

The five responsibilities that present issues for the provincial government are education, environment, transportation, general negotiation with the federal government, and health care and welfare. People throughout all of Canada want a higher level of education, which is causing an increase in the cost for education each year. Since education is funded through taxes, the provincial government must attempt to provide a well-rounded education for the citizens, while not creating debts for future generations. The environment is another issue that the provincial government must worry about because they must try to provide as much natural resources as possible to benefit their province, while still preserving economic growth, employment, and the development of vital industries. The third issue that the provincial government is concerned about is transportation. They have to try to expand their transportation system as the population increases, however, they also have to coordinate the development of public transportation, airports and railways with the federal government. Healthcare is possibly the biggest cost in provincial government and because the federal government has made cuts to the provinces health care budget, it has become harder for the federal government to prevent provinces from charging for different services and not privatizing different parts of the health care system. The final problem that the provincial government faces is that they have a strained relationship with the federal government due to their separate goals. Their conflicts are centered around which level should provide specific services and the amount of revenue each should receive based on those services. If their conflicts are not being resolved, the Supreme Court gets to make the final decision.

Photo Compilation Project for “Father and Son”

Our assignment was to gather eight quotes from the short story “Father and Son”. Once the quotes were gathered, we took pictures that best described the quotes we’ve chosen, then turned the pictures into a comic book strip. “Father and Son” is as the title describes, it is about a father and son whose relationship is complicated in the sense that the father tries to talk to and support his son but the son won’t let him in. The story also switches from each person’s perspective, allowing us to better understand the characters’ thoughts and emotions.

Exposition:

1) “This is my son who let me down. I love him so much it hurts but he won’t talk to me.” (MacLaverty 1)

The father feels like his son won’t talk to him and doesn’t know why, he tries to but the son keeps pushing him away, the son let him down because of his issues. The father is always there and really tried to help the son throughout the story but the son wouldn’t talk to him. Instead he would talk to the other people which could be considered his friends and that made the dad jealous because he didn’t have that type of relationship that he wanted with his son.

 

Rising action:

2) “I want to know if you are in danger again.” (MacLaverty 2)

Towards the beginning of the story, the reader is not aware as to why the father is constantly interrogating his son regarding his son’s whereabouts. After some context is set however, it becomes evident by the father’s thought regarding his son’s safety that his son has been involved in criminal actions in the past and he could be once again involved in these illegal activities. This impression helps drive the story towards the fate of the son.

 

3) “By your bed a hatchet which you have pretended to have forgotten to tidy away” (MacLaverty 3)

The father is extremely nervous due to his son’s history in criminal activities. This leads him to be distrusting towards his son’s judgment and so he keeps a hatchet next to his bed in order to have the ability to defend himself against people that may be brought into his house. The son is disgusted by his father’s lack of courage and the mutual distrust only drives a further wedge between the two characters.

 

4) “The door swings open and he pushes a gun under the pillow” (MacLaverty 3)

At this point the story, the father has decided to comfort his son, however, when he walks into the son’s room the father sees the gun. This makes the father worry about his son even more and the reader gets the strong impression that the son will not make it. This event hints towards the climax of the story.

 

Climax:

5) “There was a bang … My son is lying on the floor, his head on the bottom stair, his feet on the threshold.” (MacLaverty 3)

After dropping the dish or cloth whilst hearing that, the father goes after his son to find him dead, which he tried to prevent. The father heard the bang and went after his son.

 

Falling action:

6)”Blood is spilling from his nose. They have punched you and you are not badly hurt.” (MacLaverty 3)

Right after the son is shot, the father sees his son lying still. He sees the blood and is perhaps misled by hope to momentarily believe that his son is going to be alright. This hope, although mirrored by the audience, is not realistic and the central conflict between the son and the father is abruptly ended.   

 

7)”I take my son’s limp head in my hands and see a hole that should not be there.”(MacLaverty 3)

At this time the father knew that he had to be there for his son, he tried to keep him safe by telling him to stay home but he ended up dying anyways. During that time the father knew that, it was going to be the last time that he would be able to hold his son, as he didn’t let him before.

 

Denouement:

8)”My son let me put my arms around you.” (MacLaverty 3)  

Once the father has come to the complete realization that his son has passed away, he embraces his son. Throughout the entire story, the father wanted to comfort and support his son, however, their relationship was quite strained. The embrace wraps up the story by reassuring the reader that the father loved his son and even in the son’s death he still wants that connection with him.

Preferred political position- Legislative and Executive Branches

Five positions ranked:

  1. Member of parliament
  2. Senator
  3. Governor General
  4. Minister
  5. Prime minister

If I were to ever get involved in politics my most preferred position would be senator, followed by member of parliament, then governor general, next would be minister, and the role of prime minister would be my last choice. All of these positions make a fair amount of money, so I will not be taking that factor into account for my decision. The reason that member of parliament is ranked first is because this is the position where the most discussion regarding different bills occur. I also like the fact that they are voted by the people in Canada because it helps ensure that each member’s opinion is actually valued by the people they are making laws for. Senator is my second choice because, although they also have the power to purpose bills, it seems as though their main job is to verify that the members of parliament are  doing their job correctly, which is not as appealing as discussing policies and laws. Senators are also appointed by the prime minister which means that it is not the actual people that think they are best for the job. Governor general and minister are both positions that I would not necessarily like to be. The deterring fact of being governor general is that it is mainly a ceremonial position. Even though, he or she appoints the senate, has the final say in mobilizing troop and is the approval needed to pass a bill, the governor general does most things under the advice of the prime minister and, according to the unwritten constitution, will always sign off on laws. The position of minister holds no appeal because, even though they make bills, they are appointed by the prime minister and most of the time they should all agree on the different proposed laws, in order to present a united front. Prime minister would be my least favorite, mainly because he or she is blamed by the public for anything that they don’t like regarding the government. The prime ministers job consist of appointing judges, senators and ambassadors, selecting a balanced cabinet, assigning cabinet members, and they are generally the leaders of the most favored party.

Character sketch- “The Two Fishermen”

(This is the closest picture I could find to someone who resembled how I envisioned Smitty)

K. Smith, from the short story “The Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, is a small-framed, middle-aged man, whose job is to travel from town to town carrying out public hangings. His birdlike neck is attached to an overly large head, which is covered in little grey curls. Smith is married with five children, however, due to his profession he has few friends. His general loneliness, leads him to be quite trusting towards Michael Foster, an aspiring big-time reporter, who was the only person to be friendly to him in the town where the story takes place. Foster and Smith meet along the lake, when Smith was partaking in his hobby of fishing. During their outing, Smith captivates Foster with his animated story telling. At the site of the hanging on the following day, Smith is no longer shy and animated, instead he is “carrying himself with a strange cocky dignity” (Callaghan 3). His ability to switch into character for executions is his largest strength because it helps him eliminate the guilt of taking someone’s life.

Capital Punishment within the short story, ‘Two Fishermen’

Capital punishment is the act of killing someone legally due to the crimes they committed. It was formed in Canada, in 1865, for people who committed murder, treason or rape. It was reserved for people who were believed to be a danger to society. Over time it became evident that this was a drastic form of punishment and in 1966, capital punishment was limited to the killing of a police officer or prison guard before being banned completely from the Canadian Criminal code in 1976.

In the short story “The Two Fishermen,” a younger man, Thomas Delaney, is sentenced to hang due to killing Mathew Rhinehart, a man who was molesting Delaney’s wife. This is an unfair conviction because Delaney was defending his wife and not posing a threat to society. As a matter of fact the entire town was outraged by his conviction, which led to them taking part in a riot of sorts after the hanging took place. This was most likely not the only town to be enraged by this extreme measure of punishment, so there is the possibility that other riots would be taking place around the country. If these riots were taking place, the government was very aware of the unhappiness of the people. This combined with the fact that Delaney was not hung due to killing a police officer or police guard, this story would have probably taken place between 1970 and 1976.

(This photo represents capital punishment because the act of hanging someone is one of the five ways to carry out this sentence.)

Affecting Government Case Study

 

Case What are they fighting to change? How did they go about making change? Explain what method they used How will/have their actions affect(ed) your life? Do you agree with their cause and how they’ve gone about it? Explain what you think.
Viola Desmond Viola Desmond was fighting against racism. Viola Desmond used civil disobedience to go about making change. She was refused entrance to a specific section of a theater due to her color, despite offering to pay the difference for the better seating. She decided to take that seat anyway and was imprisoned for it. Viola Desmond’s actions drew attention to the unjust treatment of people with color. Her undeserved conviction inspired the Nova Scotia’s Civil Rights movement. She is one of the many people that has helped make Canada a more accepting and fair-minded place to live and has therefore improved my life along with many others. Viola Desmond took a brave stand against the unjustness of the Canadian system at the time. Her cause is important and I support it whole-heartedly. Breaking the law for a good seat at the theater may seem trivial, however I realize that she was fighting for a much bigger cause, therefore I agree with the way she went about solving the problem. If she had not drawn attention to her case, the state of racism could be different especially in Nova Scotia.
Fight the HST Campaign This campaign was fighting to revoke the HST Tax. In order to make change, a petition was submitted by William Vander Zalm on February 4, 2010 in order to reinstate the PST and GST tax. These actions have affected my life because if ever I were ever to get involved in the service of real estate agents and home appraisals I would only have to pay the GST tax and not the full HST tax. The petition seems like an effective and low risk way of achieving their goal and for that reason I support it, however I have no real attachment to their cause. By getting rid of HST, we have both GST and PST which will generally amount to the same amount of tax regardless. I definitely do not oppose their cause, however, by removing HST some people will benefit and I am not aware of any drawbacks of this action.
Business Council on National Issues and Free Trade Canada The BCNI wanted to remove the tariffs that existed between Canada and the US through their free trade agreement and in the following years they work towards more deeply integrating Canada into the US economy. The BCNI went about making change through pressure groups and lobbying. They began by convincing the public to re-elect the Mulroney government, and then they made a pressure group called the Canadian Alliance for Trade and Job Opportunities who were in charge of campaigning. Once the public and the government were on board, the North American Free Trade Agreement was successfully signed.

In recent years, however, the former BCNI (now CCCE group), were not satisfied with NAFTA, so they pressured the government into agreeing to another proposition that improved the harmonization of the economy, security and military resources of Canada.

 

The BCNI’s successful persuasion of the North American Free Trade agreement has benefited me in an indirect way. This agreement has helped Canada prosper as a whole. If this agreement was not put in place, it is possible that Canada would not be as close the US and many large companies including Albertan oil companies (whose income has soared to 290% of their previous income since the agreement) would not being doing very well. Overall, this agreement has made Canada a more stable and prosperous country and therefore has also improved my life. I definitely agree with the BCNI’s cause, however there is one small thing that I do not agree with in regards to how they went about achieving it. When the BCNI began campaigning, they published an article in a newspaper called Straight Talk on Free Trade where they dismissed the critics of the agreement. I think that if they addressed the critics as opposed to dismiss them, their argument would have been stronger. Apart from this, I agree with the way they went about lobbying for change.