DOAS Monologues

I am a mother of two grown sons. I believe my sons are not doing much with their lives and with that, they cannot criticize my husband for daydreaming occasionally. I am an old woman with grey and white hair, as a stay at home mother and wife. I am very mellow, because I try to be the best wife I can be to my husband, Willy. I know more than other believe I do, as I am very good in math, better than my husband is in math. I also have known for the last few weeks that my husband has being trying to asphyxiate himself with gas using a plastic pipe attached to the radiator, however I am too scared to remove it, with the possibility that it would humiliate him. I am very loyal to my husband and I believe he can do no wrong, and I am more loyal to him than either one of my sons. My husband lies to me about his financial earnings, and I act as if I did not know, because I am worried that it will push him to the edge and he will suicide. That is why I am very timid and anxious towards my husband. I spend most my days worrying about him, wondering if he will get in another car accident.

 

 

Blackout Poem – “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”

The poem, I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou can be interpreted as a poem about freedom of the oppressed people. The speaker talks of two birds: one free and one caged. One bird can roam through the sky as he wishes, taking any route, whereas the other bird is caged “his feet are tied”, “his wings are clipped” and “The caged bird sings”, this bird cannot do as he wishes, and all he can do is sing, (Angelou 12-13). The connotative manner to interpret these stanzas is that the bird, whom can fly anywhere he wishes, is Caucasian people in the US of A, whereas the caged bird is the African Americans of the US of A, whom can only talk to express their oppression. The thematic statement apparent throughout the poem is that even if one cannot moved, no one can oppress your voice or your opinion, “The caged bird sings/ with a fearful trill/ of things unknown” and “his wings are clipped and/ his feet are tied/ so he opens his throat to sing” (Angelou 15-17, 12-14). These two quotes represent the thematic statement, because they are stripped of all their physical rights, but there are no ways to take away someone’s opinion. Repetition or refrain can be seen in the poem to emphasize the multitude of the situation that African Americans feel. There is also various moments where we can see personification, “his shadow shouts” (Angelou 28). Maya Angelou uses a lot of imagery throughout the poem, “free bird” and “caged bird”, are the two most obvious uses of imagery, each signifying people with no restrictions and people with restrictions. I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou is very informative on how oppressed African Americans felt towards the way they were treated before they had the same rights as everyone else.

Lord of The Flies – Morality Podcast

 

WORK CITED

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. Penguin, 1983.

 

James, Wendy. Personal interview. 8 Nov. 2017.

 

Rosenfield, Claire. “‘Men of a Smaller Growth’: A Psychological Analysis of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.” Literature and Psychology 11.4 (1961): 93-101.

The rest of the group, however, shifts its allegiance to Jack because he has given them meat rather than something useless like fire.

 

Crosser, Sandra. “Emerging morality: How children think about right and wrong.” Excelligence Learning Corporation. http://www. earlychildhood. com/articles/index. cfm (2014).

Gilligan’s point can be seen in children’s free play. When boys are confronted with a conflict involving fairness they tend to argue it out or take their ball and go home. On the other hand, girls faced with conflict over fairness will try to resolve the issue through compromise. But if compromise fails, girls will generally change the activity rather than disband the group (Cyrus, 1993).

 

Service, Indo-Asian News. “Herd Mentality: Even Kids Know to Agree with the Majority.”

These results indicate that children as young as age three and four are able to recognise and trust a consensus. In addition, young children are good at remembering who was and was not a part of the majority group, said a Harvard release.

Baumrind, Diana. “Parental disciplinary patterns and social competence in children.” Youth & Society 9.3 (1978): 239-267

How Piggy had no parents, so he was really shy and did everything that the other boys did to fit in with the group.

 

“Peer Pressure in Preschool Children.” Max Planck Society,

Of 18 children 12 conformed to the majority at least once, if they had to say the answer out loud.

“Lord of the Flies” – Island Description

(The following are quotes based on the setting of the “Lord of the Flies”)

  1. Island shape

“It was roughly boat-shaped: humped near this end with behind them
the jumbled descent to the shore. On either side rocks, cliffs, treetops
and a steep slope: forward there, the length of the boat, a tamer descent,
tree-clad, with hints of pink: and then the jungly flat of the island, dense
green, but drawn at the end to a pink tail. There, where the island petered
out in water, was another island; a rock, almost detached, standing
like a fort, facing them across the green with one bold, pink bastion” (38).

2)Scar

“Beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were
the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm
between the scar and the sea. There, too, jutting into the lagoon, was the
platform” (39).

3)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”(77).

4) Lagoon

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

5) Fire

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

6)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)

7)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)

8)Scar

“All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat” (Golding 6).

9)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)

10)The coral reef

“the coral reef and the few stunted palms that clung to the more elevated parts would float up into the sky” (Golding 81).

 

 

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

Valentin Paciotti Iacchelli

English 11

4, October 2017

Mr. Barazzuol

 

Sixth dream of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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. Walter Mitty shouted, “I think I have coreopsis”. The youngest soldier, who had never been in the firing squad, looked puzzled by this statement, watching his fellow comrades as they also were unware of what this meant. Nonetheless, hundreds of bullets flew through the air killing most of the firing squad. Walter Mitty opened his eyes and saw that his planned had worked; all his comrades were waiting for the special phrase, because half of the firing squad were not Germans, they were part of Walter’s platoon. They untied Walter, and he and his comrades quickly changed swapped their attire with the dead soldiers’ uniform. Walter Mitty wore his uniform rakishly and ran around the corner crashing into a man. “Be careful Walter, you almost tripped this young gentleman”, said Mrs. Mitty. Walter excused himself and kept walking with his wife down the street. “You must be more aware of your surroundings”, she said. “Yes dear”, he answered.

As they travelled through the busy streets of Waterbury, Mrs. Mitty saw an adorable mini shop hidden in a dark alleyway. “Walter, I’m going into this shop”, she said, “I’ll meet down by the train station”. Walter kept walking until he arrived at the Waterbury Central Station; it was very busy with executives arriving from work and children returning home for supper. Walter idly passed through the mess and found a bench fully unoccupied, and sat on it waiting for his wife to return. He watched the clock as it ticked and ticked and ticked“tic tic tic toc toc toc tic tic tic”, said the machine as Walter decrypted the message. “The Germans a..e… pl..ing…at..ac.. 0…00”, said Walter as he wrote it down. This message is inscrutable; there must be a problem with his Morse code transmitter. The M-4 has one of the worst distance broadcasting”, told Walter Mitty to his compatriots. Walter put his headphones back on and returned to decrypting the message. After a few minutes, he finally decrypted the message and sprinted through his compatriots as if they were not even there. He ran and finally found a tunnel which was still intact and which lead to the front lines. When he arrived, he could not believe what he saw. Dead bodies everywhere most were fresh and were being eaten by huge rats. The smell was more gruesome then he could ever imagine, he had stories of the frontline, but he had never seen it with his own eyes. Explosion were occurring every minute, however when one hit fifteen meters from him, he got back to his mission and ran to the closest sergeant, Sergeant Smith. “Sir, I’ve just gotten news that the Germans are planning an attack at 0900, in approximately three hours”, informed Walter Mitty to the sergeant. “Excuse me, what?” asked the old man sitting on the bench. “Sorry, I was talking to myself”, said Walter Mitty as he stood up from the bench.

 

Part 2:

Plot Point Photo Compilation

This project is matching plot points to the short story Father and Son, by Bernard MacLaverty. In the story one can see the conflict between a widower father and his teenage son. There is a no communication between the father and son. This short story is set in Ireland during a time of conflict, which is why the father does not want his son to go out at night. One later finds out the son has had some drug problems in the past and now he hides a gun under his pillow. They used to have a good relationship, but now they hardly speak to one another. This short story ends drastically with the death of the son. He does not die outside as the father predicts, he dies inside of the father’s house. In this project, plot points will be matched with quotes and pictures, to better understand the story.

 

1) Exposition

Quote: “He climbs the stairs and stands breathing through his nose… looking at me” (page #165).

Explanation: This quote introduces the setting.While also introducing the hatred, the son feels towards his father. The reader learns that the father worries about his son and always checks on him before leaving for work and that the son does not sleep, and rather than talking to his father he prefers staying in bed acting as if he is asleep. The setting and the characters are the two main things needed for an exposition.

2) Rising Action

Quote: “No more than pickings for four weeks. Your face is thin. Your fingers, orange with nicotine” (Page #166).

Explanation: One can see the tension is very stiff between the two, the father worries for his son’s life, whereas the son does not care for his life, because he smokes and rarely eats to stay healthy. This is rising action, because conflict starts to occur between the main characters.

3) Rising Action

Quote: “Son you are living on borrowed time” (Page #167).

Explanation: The father reminds the son that not long ago he could have died. This quote is rising action, because it illustrates more conflict between them.

4) Rising Action

Quote: “I had to collect you like a dog” (Page #168).

Explanation: For two years, the father had heard no news of his son, and when he does it is not from his son, but from doctor. The father had to go get him in London. This is rising action, because it furthermore increases the tension and conflict between the main characters.

5) Rising Action

Quote: “The door swings open and he pushes a hand-gun beneath the pillow… Perhaps i did not see what I saw. Maybe I am mistaken ” (Page #169).

Explanation: Here the reader can see a gun, and instantly know that the situation is turning for the worst. However, because of the miscommunication between the father and son, he does not act upon this. The father is very cowardly, he wishes for the son to talk to him, but he does not even talk to the son. This quote is rising action, because it is develops the tension between the father and son.

6) Climax

Quote: “There is a bang… My son lying on the floor, his head on the bottom stair, his feet on the threshold” (Page #169).

Explanation: A gunshot in the house, the son has been murdered right in the entrance of the father’s home. The father did not want for his son to leave the house, because of the dangers, however he was murdered at home, where the father thought it was most safe. This is the climax, because this is what all the conflict has been leading up to, a death.

7)Falling Action

Quote: “They have punched you and you are not badly hurt. Your nose is bleeding. Something cold at the back of your neck” (Page #169).

Explanation: The father cannot believe his son has just died and tries to make up excuses for all this blood. This can be categorized as falling action, because we are still learning information about the climax.

8)Denouement

Quote: “My son, let me put my arms around you” (Page #169).

Explanation: This quote is the  father’s last words to his son. He holds his son in his arms. The son leaves this world the same way he entered it, in his father’s arms. This is the denouement, because we get an explanation of the climax and it concludes the story.

 

Character Sketch – “Two Fishermen”

Valentin Paciotti Iacchelli

English 11

18 September 18, 2017

Mr. Barazzuol

 

Character Sketch – Two Fishermen

            Michael Foster is round character in the short story Two Fishermen, by Marley Callaghan. He is a young reporter working in a small town. Michael Foster is a tall, long-legged man. He is a reporter for the local newspaper, “the only reporter on the town paper” (Marley Callaghan 1). However, Michael Foster wishes to move out of this small town and move into the city, and work for a larger company which influences a bigger audience. Michael is eager and passionate about his job, and will do anything to get where he wants; even become friends with a hangman, and betray him. One might say he is cowardly, for having not done anything while his friend, the hangman, was being attacked by the town. Nevertheless, it can also be speculated that he is very hesitant, because this decision can affect either his friendship or his career.

His peers consider Michael Foster as a smart person, “you’re a smart young fellow,” (Mr. Steadman 2). Michael Foster is also very unreliable, because he believes his job is more important than relationships with others. Michael believes that doing nothing while his friend is being assaulted is an acceptable response, and that it would not get him in trouble with neither the town nor the hangman.

Capital Punishment in “Two Fishermen”

Capital punishment also known as the death punishment is the practice to kill someone as a punishment for a crime. Capitol punishment began in 1865 for crimes of murder, treason and rape, however over the years it changed to premeditated murder and murder of a police officer or prison guard. In 1976 capitol punishment was abolished for the Canadian Criminal Code, but not for military offenses, such as treason or mutiny. If Two Fishermen was based in Canada, it would have probably happened during 1865 to 1961, because after 1961 capitol crimes were only premeditated murder and murder of a police officer or prison guard.

I believe Thomas Delaney, should have been hanged. He acted in self-defense for his wife, who had just been raped by this man. Yes, he should be going to jail or do some community work, because what he did was a crime, however i believe it was more man-slaughter than first degree murder.