DOAS Monologue

I am a woman who works hard to provide for my family, but gets nothing in return. I am treated like a servant, and for some reason, I put up with it. My support for Willy seems to be ineffective, and now I fight to keep him alive. No one helps me… help him. I know that I have potential and that I can be successful, but my life is spent in that house, where I am invisible. Family always comes first, but I never do.

Blackout Poem – “The Stranger”

Today people are encouraged to celebrate their differences, to never change who they are for someone else, but it was not always this way. In the poem “The Stranger” written by the late Gord Downie, the audience is given a view of the hardships Natives peoples faced due to the Europeans. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Native children were forced to attend Residential schools where the Caucasian peoples attempted to erase who they were. The kids were also victims of harsh abuse, causing many of them to attempt escape. The piece shares the chilling story of Chanie Wenjack, a young boy who lost his life fleeing the torture he experienced at residential schools. The speaker describes the journey that Wenjack took, and his frequent repetition of “stranger” throughout the poem emphasizes the narrators’ struggle to recognize himself after being at the school. He also mentions a “Secret Path” that he travels, this path symbolizes freedom, something he died trying to acquire. This type of poem is important because it teaches people about what kids like Chanie had to go through. The treatment given to First Nations people back then was unacceptable and unforgivable, especially when young children are torn from their homes. Many Canadians are unaware of this dark past. Today’s society tends to not pay attention to things such as articles, but when they are put in a creative way they become more interesting to the reader. Downie’s poem teaches and makes the reader think and see a deeper meaning.

Lord of The Flies – Morality Podcast

“Morality.” AllAboutPhilosophy.org, www.allaboutphilosophy.org/morality.htm.

  • “Author C.S. Lewis are: (1) to ensure fair play and harmony between individuals; (2) to help make us good people in order to have a good society; and (3) to keep us in a good relationship with the power that created us”.
  • “Those rules are the boys personal laws”.

Dr. Wendy James, Ph.D., www.drwendyjames.com/biography/

  • “one dog may bark at you but it is more likely that the pack will attack you”.

“Why We Comply.” Conformity and Group Mentality, www.personalityresearch.org/papers/lumbert.removed.

  • “In a group setting people are more likely to do things that they would not usually do…”
  • teenagers tend change their opinion just to fit into a crowd”

James, Wendy. Lord of The Flies Interview. 8 Nov. 2017

 

“Lord of the Flies” – Island Description

1.) Site where Ralph and Piggy find the conch

“little breezes crept over the polished waters beneath the haze of heat. When these breezes reached the platform the palm fronds would whisper, so that spots of blurred sunlight slid over their bodies or moved like bright, winged things in the shade” (Golding 17-18).

2.) Beach

“The shore was fledged with palm trees. These stood or leaned or reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air” (Golding 10).

3.) Platform

“Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape; a great platform of pink granite thrust up uncompromisingly through forest and terrace and sand and lagoon to make a raised jetty four feet high” (Golding 13).

4.) Fruit Trees

“He picked his way up the scar, passed the great rock where Ralph had
climbed on the first morning, then turned off to his right among the trees.
He walked with an accustomed tread through the acres of fruit trees” (Golding 77).

5.) Fire

“we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire” (Golding 51).

6.) Lagoon

“banked sand inside the lagoon so that there was a long, deep pool
in the beach” (Golding 14).

7.) Stream

“[while on the mountain, Jack says] and bathing water in that little stream along there” (Golding 47).

8.) Island shape

“It was roughly boat-shaped: humped near this end with behind them the jumbled descent to the shore” (Golding 38).

9.) Pig Trails

“They were in the beginnings of the thick forest, plonking with weary feet on a track, when they heard the noises—squeakings—and the hard strike of hoofs on a path. As they pushed forward the squeaking increased till it became a frenzy. They found a piglet caught in a curtain of creepers…” (Golding 40).

10.) Coral Reef

“the white surf flinked on a coral reef, and beyond that the open sea was dark blue” (Golding 10).

 

Lord of the Flies – Island Description

(The following quotes describe the setting of the island in “Lord of the Flies”)

1.) Site where Ralph and Piggy find the conch

“little breezes crept over the polished waters beneath the haze of heat. When these breezes reached the platform the palm fronds would whisper, so that spots of blurred sunlight slid over their bodies or moved like bright, winged things in the shade.” (Golding 17-18)

2.) Beach

“The shore was fledged with palm trees. These stood or leaned or reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air.” (Golding 10)

3.) Platform

“Ralph sat on a fallen trunk, his left side to the sun. On his right were most of the choir; on his left the larger boys who had not known each other before the evacuation; before him small children squatted in the grass.” (Golding 43)

4.)

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the undefeated, inscrutable to the last. “You’re ours Mitty!” said a fire squad member. “Not on my watch! You cannot kill me!” Walter stood in front of the squad insolently, no one could bring him down. He began to walk away from the firing squad. “You trying to make this easy for us”, the squad leader asked? Walter just smiled and continued to look back at the firing squad until his face was met with a pistol … “Give me all your money, now!” A rakish looking child yelled anxiously. Walter didn’t move, he just continued to stare right into the eye of the gun. “Now! Before I shoot you”! “Is this really what you want?!” Mitty stammered, something felt so familiar to him …

“I swear I will not hesitate to pull the trigger.” A young Mitty yelled. He looked past the man seeing his father cheer him on. Walter was turning the age of twelve next week, this meaning that he would learn the Mitty family ways. This was not how he wanted to live but they could barely feed themselves, what could he do. His mother died and the last time his father was sober was at the funeral. The man who Walter had mobbed finally gave up his belongings, a watch and a wallet. Walter grabbed the valuables, leaving the man distraught. He quickly ran away from the scene and thought to himself, “how can I escape this world?”

“Father and Son” Photo Compilation Story

In this project, they explained the plot points of a story using greater detail. By working with pictures and quotes; the person will get a better understanding of the events leading to the climax, and those after ending with the denouement. The story used in this project, “Father and Son” by Bernard MacLaverty, is about two family members who have a broke relationship. The son has been caught up in gang; the father does not know how to talk to him about it. Eventually it the father runs out of time to help his son.

Exposition:

“I know that in a few minutes he will come into in to look at me sleeping” (MacLaverty 165)

The father cares a lot about his son, but does not have the confidence to confront him about his issues. Meanwhile, the son is bothered by the father’s frequent attempts to be involved in his life. His attempts include checking in on him before work to make sure he had come home safely. This is the exposition because this gives the reader an introduction to the unhealthy relationship between the father and son. It also introduces the setting which the story takes place in.

Rising Action:

“’Wake up son. I’m away to my work. Where are you going today’ [says the father] ‘What’s it to you?’” (Maclaverty 165)

Evidence of an unhealthy relationship is brought to the reader’s attention. The son feels that his father should not have to tell his father where he is all the time; he just wants to keep him out of trouble. While the father wants to know that his son is safe, there is a lack of communication and respect between the two. This is rising action because it shows their relationship deteriorating and the tension that rises.

Rising Action:

“’Then on the radio, I hear he is dead… I cry. But he comes in for his tea” (MacLaverty 167)

He hears a description of his son on the radio, hearing that he is dead.  He assumes the worst and predicts that the description he heard is in fact his son. While in great despair, the son arrives home safely for tea. Even though he came home safely he is starting to stay out later and not tell his father anything more frequently. This is rising action because it foreshadows his sons death.

Rising Action:

“’What’s that under your pillow?’ It’s none of your business’” (MacLaverty 160)

The son had been caught with a handgun, which he hid under his pillow. The son is becoming more and more secretive and sketchy. He is turning to violence with dangerous weapons and still shutting out his father. He is going down a dangerous path. This is rising action because it’s showing the trouble that the son is getting into and the secrets he has been hiding.

Rising action:

“There is a bang. A dishcloth drops from my hand and I run to the kitchen door” (MacLaverty 160)

While washing the dishes the father is startled by a loud bang. Knowing his son owns a gun; he senses danger and reacts quickly to see what has happened.  This is rising action because it is leading up to the most intense part of the story.

Climax:

“My son is lying on the floor, his head on the bottom stair, his feet on the threshold” (MacLaverty 160)

The father is in shock when he sees his son on the ground. This is the climax because it shows what happens to the conflict. All the bad things that the son did had finally caught up to him.

 

Falling Action:

“’Are you hurt?’ ‘Blood is spilling from his nose” (Maclaverty 160)

He checks his son’s consciousness and notices blood around his nose. The father realizes that his son is more injured than he previously thought. This is falling action because this is when his father realizes his son is hurt and unconscious.

Denouement:

“I take my son’s limp head in my hands and see a hole in his nose that should not be there… My son let me put my arms around you” (MacLervarty 160)

While taking his son into his arms he realizes that his son is no longer with him. This is the last time he gets to embrace him. This is the denouement because the father shares his last moment with his son and his last thoughts of the story.

 

Character Sketch – Two Fishermen

The character of Smitty from Two Fishermen, is described as a middle-aged man who very much enjoys to fish. He is a short in height, but is extremely friendly and has a huge heart. Though shy and quiet, he warms up to people pretty quick. Being a middle-class citizen, he lives a pretty comfortable life where is able to support his fishing hobby and his family. His wife and he have five children together and are very close; even though he has to travel a lot for his job. Every time he travels he says that he always looks for a river or lake to fish at and sometimes brings his wife along. Despite being a lovely person, he is often misunderstood and hated by everyone for his career. Smitty has worked as a hangman for a long time. While being a hangman is not a pleasant profession, Smitty sees past the work and understands that somebody has to do the job. The stress of the job may have caused Smitty to seek comfort in alcohol. His poison of choice is Scotch which he drinks by himself while alone.

Capital Punishment in “Two Fisherman”

When someone has done something illegal, they are punished for their actions. In Canada people convicted of major crimes are sent to jail and some are there for the rest of their lives. It was not always like this as 41 years ago, serious offenders were executed. Capital Punishment was abolished in Canada in 1976. If “Two Fisherman” took place in Canada it would be before the mid-1960s. In 1966, Capital Punishment was limited to those who murdered police officers. In the short story Thomas Delaney killed the man who sexually assaulted his wife.

Thomas Delaney was sentenced to death for killing the man who attacked his wife. Although he was trying to defend and avenge his wife, he did kill a man. Hanging Delaney was wrong because even though he killed, it was to protect his wife. He should have been sent to jail to pay for his crimes instead.