Blackout Poem-“When I Consider How My Life Is Spent”

The poem “When I Consider How My Life Is Spent” by John Milton has a deeper meaning that readers need to think about. The poem is telling the story of a man who went blind in this vast world, his talent are dead or considered useless. However, he still wants to serve God and tell his story. He was considering about that does God care if a person work when he/she can’t see. A person called Patience told him that God does not care about if people work or carry onw load, it is how people carry their life. Although this person’s present is powerful, the speaker still believe that people should stand in a state of readiness until they are needed though they can not use their gifts. The theme of this poem would be that people should always believe that they are useful for God, though they are disability. This poem gives people power to life especially the people who is disability. The author used personification, for example, “But patience to prevent”, patience can not prevent, he imaged patience as a person. “in this dark word and wild”, he used imagery to describe a image of darkness which after he went blind. “His state Is kingly” this sentence was in two line, the author used enjambment.

Plot Point Photo Compilation

The goal of this project is to provide photos to represent the quotes from each plot points of the short story “Father and Son” by Bernard McLaverty. This story is talking about the relationship of a father and his son. The father lost his wife, which means the son lost his mother. The father wants to take care of his son, but the son doesn’t want to talk with him. In this story, the relationship of the father and the son is totally broken, and they have no chance to fix it.

1 )Exposition

Quote: “Because I do not sleep well I hear my father raising to go to work. I know that in a few minutes he will come in to look at me sleeping.” (pg. 165)

Explanation: This quote reflects that the father is trying to protect his son, but the son thinks that his father is monitoring him. Tells that there is some contradiction between them.

2 )Rising Action

Quote: “‘If I know what you’re doing I don’t worry as much.’ ‘Shit.'” (pg. 165)

Explanation: The son doesn’t want to communicate with father, so the father doesn’t know where the son goes. This is rising action because it created a depressive mood and shows how broken their relationship is.

3)Rising Action

Quote: “Your fingers, orange with nicotine. I pulled you away from death once and now you will not talk to me.”(pg. 166)

Explanation: This quote shows that the son took drugs before, and he nearly died. This is rising action because it gives the background of son’s life, showing one of seasons of their contradiction.

4 )Rising Action

Quote: “The door swings open and he pushes a hand-gun beneath the pillow. Seen long enough, black and squat, dull like a garden slug.  ‘What’s that? Under your pillow?’ ‘It’s none of your business.'” (pg. 169)

Explanation: When the father is going to apologize to his son, he find his son is hiding a hand-gun into his pillow. This is rising action because it creates the further depressive mood between father and son. It does foreshadowing for following content.

5 )Rising Action

Quote: “Voices in the hallway.” (pg. 169)

Explanation: The father hears the voice during the son is answering the door to some friends. This is rising action because it leads to the gun-shoot as the climax.

6 )Climax

Quote: “My son is lying on the floor, his head on the bottom stair, his feet on the threshold.” (pg. 169)

Explanation: His son died from falling down on the floor. This is the climax because it takes the story to the most interesting part and it indicating that the story is about to end.

7 )Falling Action

Quote: “‘Are you hurt?’ Blood is spilling from his nose.” (pg. 169)

Explanation: The bloods comes out shows that the son is about to die. It is falling action because it helps readers to guess what happens in the end.

8 )Denouement

Quote: “I take my son’s limp head in my hands and see a hole in his nose that should not be there”(pg. 169)

Explanation: The sentence “a hole in his nose that should not be there”, tells that the father finds his son is died. It is denouement because readers get a completely conclusion of the story.


“Character Sketch” based on Smitty form “Two Fishermen”

Peiran Qi

English 11

Mr. Barazzoul

18th September 2017

“Character Sketch” based on Smitty form “Two Fishermen”

Smitty is a middle age hangman who always travel from place to place. Smitty is a mild, harmless-looking little guy. He is very short, even his fourteen years old son is taller than him. Smitty has a big family, includes he, his wife and 5 children. He has a low-income, so he has to catch fish in his spare time. Although he is very poor, he is responsible for his promise. Smitty told Michael that he promised his wife that he’ll catch some fish, and he truly worked on it till dawn.

Smitty is a hopeful and friendly man. Because of his job, Smitty was living in a lonely situation, no one wants to be alone with him. However, he was still pursuing for friendship. When Michael was fishing with him, he was trying to be friend with Michael eagerly. On the other hand, Smitty felt shame for his job, though he did show it external. When Michael said hangman is a disagreeable job, Smitty did not answer for a long time, and he said he just used to this job, he doesn’t like it. Smitty is not superstition. His strength is fishing, also he is a kind and responsible for his family.

Capital Punishment in “Two Fishermen”

The capital punishment (death penalty) is a punishment of killing someone for crime. There are many kinds of death penalty which is inhuman in ancient world. During the development of society, capital punishment is getting more and more humanistic. And now, most of countries canceled death penalty. In Canada, the death penalty started with crimes of murder, treason and rape. In 1914, there was a plan of cancel the death penalty, but it was unsuccessful. In 1962, the last execution took place in Canada and Capital punishment was limited to the killing of on-duty police officers and prison guards, in 1966. After a long period of discussion, the death penalty was abolished in 2001.  In the story “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, Thomas Delaney was hanged because he killed his wife’s molester, assume the setting is in Canada, then it may happened around 1930 because during that time, crimes will be killed for murder.

In the story “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, Thomas Delaney became a murder because he killed the man who was trying to molest his wife. His act showed that his was trying to protect his wife and it is for justice. Based on the context, Thomas Delaney is not a person who will hurt others initiatively, therefore the action of molesting is the reason of he against the molester. I believe that he should be punished and reflect on his mistakes but he shouldn’t be hanged.


To My Grade 11 self

Throughout my English 10 class, I’m proud that I can speak up in front of people, that is a big step I have made. Of course it does not good enough, I will practice more and more in next semester. After this year’s English lessens, I saw how my English have improved. One thing I need to improve is reading, I enjoy to reading stories but I’m not good at analyze them. I should reading more books in free time. Sometimes I’m lazy, therefore I missed or forgot some projects, that is the most problem I ever had, it also is the problem I should deal with in next semester. In conclusion, it is a interesting class and has a awesome teacher.

Shakespeare Reflection

During this workshop, I learned that poem has no limitation. Different people have different thoughts, for example, the last day we matched words in sentences. We switched order and the meaning was changed, even some sentences are not that make sense but we still can feel the emotion. Another example, we read Shakespeare’s sentences in two different tones then showed two different meanings—Romantic and Indignation. I think the emotion is more important than the meaning of words. Therefore we should speak out poetry in our own words.


Inquiry for the “What Do You Remember of The Evacuation

How does extreme racism effect people in suffering?

In the poem “What Do You Remember Of The Evacuation” by Joy Kogawa, the author was experienced suffering from extreme racism in many ways. She proud of that she is a Japanese, before she got hurt from extreme racism, but there are some one discriminated her: “And I remember the puzzle of Lorraine Life who said “Don’t insult me” when I pound wrote my name in Japanese”.  When she was a young child, she saw her parents were in lower status with others: ”And I remember how careful my parents were”, it shows her parents tried to let her avoid from extreme racism, and won’t let her know that Japanese status is lower. After she suffer extreme racism, she shamed with her self, “ I prayed to the God who loves all the  children in his sight that I might be white”. She felt inferior with herself.

When author was young.  She was evacuated from Japan to Canada. During this period, she experienced family broke up, discrimination and  extreme racism. People abandoning everything, leaving pets, after the evacuation, she wanted to be white people despite how wars cruel are and when war is outbreak may lead  extreme racism.

Theme: Despite the horrible experience in evacuation, and the racism after it.