DOAS Monologue

Howard Loman

I am in life that is overshadowed by my older brother Biff. I love him, but my parents only care about him. I even tried to tell my parents that I am having a baby and they didn’t care. That is not the only problem with my family, my dad is crazy and he has weird flashbacks all the time, I’m embarrassed to be with him in public. I also still have to live with my depressing family, because I cannot keep a good job. The only thing I got going for me is that I’m sweet with the ladies and lie about my real life. I can get with chicks that are dating my bosses, and then I go to their weddings. Overall my goal in life is to move out west and start a farm with my brother, so I can work a real mans job. PS my nickname is Happy.

Blackout Poem – “The Stranger”

“The stranger” Analysis

The poem, “The Stranger,” by Gord Downie has a deeper meaning than what the reader may consider. From reading the poem with no background information the reader would think it is about a lonely man walking down a path. However, the poem is actually telling the tragic story of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. This poem is one of a collection of poems from Gord Downie’s Secret Path that have been formed into songs, a book and an animated film. The collection of poems are all about Wenjack’s story. A theme for this poem would be that people run from their problems when there is no outlet to communicate them. Gord Downie uses many helpful poetic devices to convey his message. For example, he uses repetition of the line, “I am the stranger,” to try and emphasize this mood. He uses an allusion to a stereotype by saying, “My dad is not a wild man,” to try and show that not everyone follows this stereotype. Another poetic device used is imagery of, “On a secret path,” to show the reader the feeling of Wenjack being alone and nobody being there to help him. Also, “Let me catch my breath,” is personification, because you can’t actually catch your breath. In this poem Gord Downie reflects on a part of Canadian history that not many people like to talk about. Canadian Residential schools were a shameful way of treating First Nations people. The country had a 130-year practice of ripping aboriginal children away from their families on a thoughtless mission to assimilate them, force Christianity upon them and destroy an entire culture that had walked these lands for generations. The story of Chanie Wenjack is painful and unsettling, but as Canadians we need to learn from this and about the thousands of others like Wenjack.

“Lord of the Flies – Morality Podcast”

Worked cited

• Barazzuol, Brian. “Herd Mentality.” Teaching, Nov 1 2017.

Herd mentality can also be known as mob mentality, this is described as people being influenced by peers to adopt certain behaviours.

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

Dr. Wendy once said, “In adult society riots are violent”.

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

Page 168, “kill the beast, cut his throat, spill his blood.”

• Richard Crutchfield. Conformity – Majority influence, 1955, Accessed 6 Nov. 2017.

Crutchfield once said in 1955, “Conformity can also be simply defined as “yielding to group pressures”.

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

Page 19, “Every hand outside of the choir except Piggy’s was raised immediately. Then Piggy too.”

• Van Mieghem, Jan A. “Coordinating investment, production, and subcontracting.” Management Science 45.7 (1999): 954-971.

By definition, “Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.”

• Morality, 2016, Accessed 6 Nov. 2017.

Morality is related to your morals People can learn morals from religion, parents, friends, school, or reading a book. People that teach or follow morals are called moralists.


“Lord of the Flies” – Island Description

(The following are quotes based on the location of Lord of the Flies.)

1) Sea

“That is a reef out in the sea”(2).

2) Lagoon

“On the right hand was the lagoon, troubled by the open sea”(144).

3) Island

“He was surrounded on all sides by chasms of empty air, nowhere to hide, even if one did not have to go on… the sea would make an island of the castle” (144).

4) Beach

“Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape; a great platform of pink granite thrust uncompromisingly through forest and terrace and sand and a lagoon to make a raised jetty four feet high. The top of this was covered with a thin layer of soil and coarse grass”(6).

5) Mountain

“His eyes and followed the jagged outline of the crags up toward the mountain.
This part of the beach was nearer the mountain than any other that
they had seen.”(33)

6) 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” (39)

7) Rocks

“Pink tumbled boulders with guano layered on them like icing; and a steep slope up to the shattered rock that crowned the bastion” (115).

8) 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.” (43)

9) Jungle

“All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat. He was clambering heavily among the creepers and broken trunks…”(6)

10) Shape

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

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

Anthony Van Hulsen
English 11
3, October 2017
Mr. Barazzuol

Expressionism vs Realism

                “He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then with that faint, fleeting smile playingabout his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last.” Bang, a bomb had killed the entire firing squad, and the jail broke into pandemonium. Walter Mitty had planted C4 into a sewage pipe under the jail. Walter Mitty was not going to die that day. He escaped out of the jail using his stealthiness; and now he is the last hoodlum standing.

                … Cough cough, he choked on the cigarette smoke. Mrs. Mitty came out of the drugstore and said to him, “Why didn’t you go in the car you got soaking wet in the rain.” Walter said confused, “I was just waiting for you here.” They started walking to the car, so they could go home after a long day of shopping. Mrs. Mitty said excited, “look at those kids playing street hockey, don’t you like hockey?” Walter replied, “Yeah it is my favourite sport.” Walter glanced over at the kids playing hockey and heard the slashing, and banging sound of the hockey sticks. Once Mr. and Mrs. Mitty got in the car to drive home the rain started turning into snow. Mrs. Mitty said, “Be careful the roads are slippery!”

.               … “Come on guys, get your head in the game,” said coach La Flame. “This is the most important game of your lives!” It was all tied up with 5 minutes to go in the Stanley Cup final. Walter Mitty the Montreal Canadians super star got badly hurt mid way through the second period. The Canadians were now getting heavily pressured by the Edmonton Oilers, and it looked like they had nothing left in the tank. Then Walter walked up through the tunnel to the bench. Coach La Flame yelled, “Walty your coming back in the game!” And Walter replied, “Ya, I just got all stitched up.” No one thought that Walter could come back in the game after taking a puck to the jaw. When Walter Mitty stepped on the ice for his first shift back, the oilers fans were distraught. The pressure was immediately switched back onto the oilers. The speed and hands of Walter Mitty were unbelievable; he had no competition. The game was know getting close to the end with only 30 seconds left; Walter had to act now. “Pass!” Shouted Walter. He had gotten a break through the middle, and as Walter skated up ice he pulled an inscrutable move on the last defensive back. Now it was just Walter Mitty against the Edmonton Oilers goaltender. With 2 seconds left Walter didn’t hesitate to shoot top cheese off the crossbar. Everyone in the stadium had froze from the realization of Walter’s goal. He had saved the Montreal Canadians in the 1939 Stanley Cup Final. Walter Mitty was now Montreal’s unbeatable hero.

Plot Point Photo Compilation

Can you imagine losing your mom at a very young age, what would you feel? Lost yet hopeless is what this son feels, affected by drugs and gangs, losing connection with father this short story, “Father and Son” by Bernard Maclaverty has it all. The son is involved with bad people, and drugs; in a rough neighbourhood in Belfast, Ireland. His father wants to know what is going on in his life, but his son will not talk to him. The hardships of the father and his son shown in this story lead to a tragic ending. The, “Plot Point Photo Compilation,” is a project based on matching the various plot points in the story to different quotes, and photos. This post shows the general premise of the story through photos, and quotes.

1) Exposition

Quote: “This is my son who let me down. I love him so much it hurts but he won’t talk to me” (165).

Explanation: The father just wants to love his son throughout the whole story, and his son wants nothing to do with him. This sets up the events to come, and the setting of the story. It also reveals the characters to the reader.








2) Rising Action

Quote: “I had to go and collect you, like a dog” (168).

Explanation: The reader learns that the son has been involved with gangs, or drugs before. The father has also had to save his son before. Tension rises between the son and his father.








3) Rising Action

Quote: “Why do you always spy on me, you nosey old bastard?” (169).

Explanation: At this point, the father is very concerned about his son’s safety. He fears every night that something bad will happen to him. The son is overly annoyed with his father, abusing him, name calling and completely ignoring his dad.








4) Rising Action

Quote: “Today I thought you were dead” (168).

Explanation: The dad is so worried, and stressed about his son. He knows if his son does not change his ways something bad will happen to him. This foreshadowing makes the reader very anxious.








5) Rising Action

Quote: “Your fingers, are orange with nicotine” (166).

Explanation: The father understands his son is completely disobedient, and still abuses drugs. The son does not care what his dad thinks of him and completely ignores him. Their relationship is now completely broken.








6) Climax

Quote: “There is a bang … My son is lying on the floor” (169).

Explanation: Confusion is brought to the father, and the reader. His son’s life flashes before his eyes. This is the most intense part the story; the son is badly hurt almost dead. The father has no idea what had just happened, his son went from happy with his friends to dead in his father’s arms.








7) Falling Action

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

Explanation: The father realizes of his son’s death. All the stress, and tension has turned to pain, and the father has lost the only thing he had left. There’s no getting his son back now.








8) Denouement

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

Explanation: The story is resolved in a bad way. The son’s bad lifestyle has ended his life. All the father wants to do is hug his son for the last time.






Character Sketch – Two Fishermen

Anthony Van Hulsen
English 11
Mr. Barazzoul
18, September 2017

Character Sketch

The character, Smitty in the story, “Two Fishermen,” written by Morley Callaghan is

very multi layered character, who reveals his diversity throughout the story. Smitty is a middle

aged man with a family. He has an odd appearance, “Michael saw a little fellow without a hat,

sitting down with his knees hunched up to his chin, a very small man with little

grey baby curls on the back of his neck who stared steadily far out over the

water” (Callaghan 2). One weird feature of Smitty is his birdlike neck. His occupation is a

hangman, and this is a very controversial job. Smitty does not mind doing his job, even though

he kills people for a living. He evidently believes that capital punishment is right. His favourite

hobby is to fish; anywhere Smitty goes he will throw his line in the water. Smitty is a very

generous guy, ” Then he pulled out two good-‐sized salmon—bellied trout, folded in a

newspaper, and said, ‘I was saving these for you, Michael. I got four in an hour’s

fishing'” (Callaghan 6). Smitty is also very content and calm; he is good at making friends. Smitty

just wants to be happy, and do his job, however many others are angered at what he does.

Two Fishermen

       Capital punishment is a severe way of punishing criminals to their death. It is only applied to certain serious crimes. Canada introduced capital punishment in 1914. The ways the jails killed someone is through hanging, gas chamber, shock chair, guns and injections. Only crimes like killing an officer or arson could be tried for capital punishment. Canada abolished capital punishment in 1976. If the setting of the story “Two Fishermen” was in Canada then the story would have been set between 1914 and 1976.

       Thomas Delaney was hanged by the hangman, Smitty for killing a man who was molesting his wife. I believe Thomas Delaney should not have been hanged. Thomas Delaney should not have been hanged is because he was defending his wife and if he didn’t defend her should probably would of been raped. If anyone was in this situation they would have to take action. Thomas Delaney only killed one guy so the punishment of death is very severe. Also he gave the molester what he deserved, if anyone had a wife who was getting molested I’m pretty sure they would do the same. Thomas Delaney died a innocent man and nothing can bring him back to earth.