Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Part 2 of The Stranger

            In the passage of part 2 , chapter 5 when Meursault had the conversation with the chaplain who came to advice Meursault keeping his mind on hope, but he still didn’t care anything and say nothing else about escaping this case. Meursault thought that no way to escape death and his ending will be death whatever he did. Albert Camus suggests that name of meaning or purpose existence stands for real human life in general. The eventually ending of human is death whether in accident, crime or in the natural death. Camus reflects the society is existed with hopeless and absurd to impact people stay into the meaningless life.

            According to the passage, Meursault though that he “didn’t want anybody’s help, and he just didn’t have the time to interest himself in what didn’t interest him.” Meursault seems to be a representative of all lonely man, and he plays a role around a “self-world”. It shows that people who feel alone don’t have any confidence on others and they like to close themselves in small space which no one can come in. Meursault just hides his real mind to cover his emotion and lonely, because he thinks that is not important or purpose to others, even himself. When the chaplain said “if you don’t die today, you’ll die tomorrow, or the next day. And the same question will arise. How will you face that terrifying ordeal?” Meursault answered that “I would face it exactly as I was facing it now.” It narrates the position of Meursault is a criminal, and then he will have execution anyway. That represents a natural law of death. People will eventually die, no matter execution, accidents or natural death on old age. At that time of World War II, the social background created a hopeless situation to people Camus brings a message that people are careless about the death. The society and country have been huge influence to people’s life.

            When the chaplain mean that “The God can help you”, but Meursault was totally disagree what he believed. This expands the different an two generations. The old generation is posted as living with belief in hopeful and wish. The opposition is the young generation as Meursault who represents as hopeless and meaningless in essentials.  

Thursday, November 18, 2010

part 1 of The Stranger

            In the passage that Meursault showed up to his mother’s funeral, but he looked like a cold man at other’s death party. Everything was meaningless for him. Also, Meursault seemed to care nothing about his mother, even she had died. Albert Camus suggests that a man who is indifferent of emotion acts as selfish and doesn’t care about other person or thing to explain how the essentials of society exist with moral standards. It represents human condition into young generation have been changed to purposeless with invisible love.

            When the passage begins, Meursault thinks that he is an outsider of the funeral; he says “I don’t remember any of it anymore.” (p17) He had no reaction to the fact of hi smother’s death, such as sadness or sentimental, but he doesn’t. Instead of this, Meursault memories what the nurse tells him “if you go slowly, you risk getting sunstroke. But if you go too fast, you work up a sweat and then catch a chill inside the church.”(P17) Meursault may want to find out a best way to finish waking to church in his mind. This reflects Meursault is self-central and selfish to react over death. He may think that death is death, but life is alive. “Sun” can be a symbol of new beginning or restart something; it reveals a wish and hope. In the quote, they talk about they should not walk neither fast nor slow, or they also get the bad result. This seems to symbolize the reaction of Meursault to mother’s death. He can’t be too sad or happy, so that he stands for no emotions, and Meursault’s response is “there was no way out.” He is totally agreed what the nurse says. In his opinion, new beginning is standing at a point without anything. The “sun” shows a goal of young generation is standing for invisible love but not into the moral standard as grieving over death. They represent different altitudes in situation of interpersonal and careless about the value judgment of their acts.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The essay of book ( The Kite Runner)

In the Khaled Hosseini’s fiction The kite Runner, the character Amir who is from a richest family in Afghanistan has passion for making better relationship with his father conflict directly with the antagonist Hassan, who is Amir’s friend, but also a servant in his house, ultimately resulting in Amir lost many thing and guilt fulfills his life to revealing that a love, honor, cherish between a friendship, father and son. 

Amir, a first person character in this book, recalls his memorial in past of twenty years. When he was still a boy in Kabul, Afghanistan, he lived in a nice house and has a rich life with his father, Baba. They had two servants Ali and Hassan, who were Hazaras, an ethnic minority. Rahim Khan was Baba’s best friend, who always did nice to Amir. One day, Hassan and Amie were playing when they run into three boys, one of named Assef. Assef threatens to beat up Amir for hanging around with a Hazara, but Hassan uses his slingshot to stop Assef. Hassan always did everything to protect Amir because he looked Amir as his best friend. Hassan was very good at kite running. He usually could know where the kite went and catch it.

When the kite competition began, Amir hoped that he could win the race because Baba was once a champion kite fighter. He wants to get more love from Baba. At last, Amir got his only kite flying in the sky, he asked Hassan to run that blue kite for him. When Hassan ran the kite which falls at last in the competition for Amir, Hassan tried to do everything he could do to protect the kite, and then he is been raped by Assef. Amir sees what happen to Hassan, but he choice to run away. Amir felt guilty by him because he knew what he did was sorry to Hassan, and he hoped Hassan could fight or argue with him to instead say nothing. In weeks, Hassan and Amir drift apart. Amir thought the only could solve problems was either he or Hassan must leave, or there is nothing being end. So Amir stuffs money and a watch under Hassan’s pillow and tell Baba that Hassan stole it. When Baba confronts them, Hassan admits to it, though he didn’t do it. At last, Ali and Hassan move away. At the meanwhile, the Afghanistan was invaded by Russia, so that Amir had left with Baba and move to California, America. They got a new life over there.

After twenty-six years, Amir became a writer. He received a call from Rahim Khan that he was asked to go back Pakistan. When they met each other, Rahim Khan had told Amir the things during those years about him and Hassan. Amir knew that Hassan was his brother with same father and he had a son alive. Amir decided to bring the boy back to America with him.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Plum Plum Pickers

In the passage of Plum Plum Pickers, Raymond Barrio suggests that the life of immigration has been view of illustration to show what they really stand for into the society from past to now. It talks about the opinion of existence between the lowest and highest social class with kind of allusion and repetition. He describes character’s personality by substance of setting to irony the exploitation existing as very seriously.

According to the first section of passage, Barrio set up the image of a character named Manuel “was trapped in an endless maze of apricot trees, as though forever, neat rows of them, neatly planted, row after row, just like the blackest bars on the jails of hell.” It’s an amazing image to emphasize the character’s mood and create serious feeling of farm works, and then it shows the immigrations are plum pickers. Maybe plums mean the goal of dream or excellent thing. In the meanwhile, Manuel’s name can interpreted as man or Mexican, even of manual labor. And also the passage’s tone seems to represent as sad and lonely. It shows many images how the worker’s lives being, such as their plum picking and lunch time. There takes an important position to create a background of workers, which they work at the bad place, hot dry day and short lunch time and so on. Barrio narrates the existence being in the lowest working class, which stand for unfair benefit and rights. He used repetitions to emphasize farm worker’s situation.

In the middle of passage, the author describes another character that named Roberto Morales. According to Roberto Morales’s name, it’s antagonist of the story can be represented as moral less. Morales is not a good man, but he is looked as a kind of clever criminal and seems to be a lead of farm and the group people named gueros, which have no concern to everything with crime by their conception and religion. So there shows that they stand for an unnormal conception into their lives with moral less, loveless and selfish. They play a role of upper social class to enjoy the unjustifiable acts to last more distance during different social class people.

At the part of end, there’s an announcement to workers by Roberto Morales that he will take two cents from every buckets, and then Manuel comes out and insists his thought that Morales ever promises them to take nothing. Manuel says to against this unfair offer. For workers, those are the unjustifiable exploitation. As Maxist definitions, working class is individuals who sell their labor power for wages and who do not own the means of production. This is the situation what the farm owner does and the immigration always takes position as this working class with less skill to become the target of exploitation leader. It represents the unbalance society being with unfair creative existence in modernist.

College Essay

My name is Lihua Li, and I come from southern China. This is my fourth year living in Boston, since I immigrate to the United States of America. For all newcomers, language is the most difficult and challenging task in our everyday lives. Therefore, more reading, writing and talking are turned into essential acts in our lives. A strange city, an unfamiliar life and all unknown people surround me all the time. Always, I hope those things will disappear one day and everything will become easier. I know it should take a long time to become accustomed to my new environment. Now that I am starting my last year of high school, it is time to think about college and my future.

      Many people think a good college and diploma is the basis of a high quality future and the way to lots of money. In my mind, those are just the first part of future.

     My occupation will carry the most importance and last a lifetime. I need to look at what my talents are and interests. They will be adventurous to me. I have been interested in Interior Design for many years. It’s a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. Every day in our lives, we spend time in many different places, such as home, office and school or some else public places. How to create a nice environment is very important and necessary for all of us. A house is the warmest place for everyone, at least for me. It is a dream of mine that one day I will be able to design my own house; a house that will provide happiness for my families; a place where we can share both good time and bad time together. That is amazing and special. My grades in the past were not great, but that is mostly due to my lack of English when I first moved to the USA. Now, I can handle my studies better.

       The New England Institute of Act is a very professional place to study. The college owns the excellent offering, form arts, culture and sports to outstanding internship and jobs opportunity. Meanwhile, I believe that I can be a conspicuous student there. After researching about your institute, I have become extremely impressed with the education you provide. That is why I would be honored to be a student at The New England Institute of Art. There I foresee my dreams coming true.

Friday, October 1, 2010

In Class Essay -- Red Shift

In the poem Red Shift by Ted Berrigan suggests that the change of emotions to show the society has been become different effects in fact. According the title Red Shift, there is one of definition is that it happens when light seen coming from an object is proportionally shift to appear more red. And otherwise, red is a symbol to label love, blood and anger. It means the emotions of people or the whole community will be disappearing without any lights coming.

From the beginning of poem “The air is biting, February” and the middle “eyes penetrating the winter twilight at 6th & Bowery in 1961”, it shows the setting of poem that is at the middle of 20th century in New York, America. At that time, the Great Depression impacted the whole American’s life. Many people were unemployment, and New York stayed at the conditions of high crime rates and low-income family. Berrigan set up the winter in New York as background to show that he was no any hot emotions for this society. In the quote “the streets look for Allen, Frank, or me. Allen is a movie, Frank disappearing in the air”, Allen and Frank are his friends, but Berrigan said they have no been appearing. He may doesn’t mean that they die. In fact, he thinks the real of Allen and Frank have changed by society, and they are not the same mind with before any more. “To breathe &who will never leave me, nor for sex, nor politics, nor even for stupid permanent estrangement” shows that he feels very lonely because there is no one can know he think and has same mind with him. He looks very sad and less hope. He also talks about the song “California Song” which sings the cold man was longing the warmth of California. “But no, I won’t do that I am 43, when I will die? I will never die” shows Berrigan want that people have no only longing , but also make the acts to change the situation which were they have. He doesn’t want to give up and he is strange to face that sadness. That is the society of less hope, less love and more anger in America. His mind is that it can change, but no with himself, and it should do with whole society.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

1st In Class Essay , "landscape with the fall of Icarus"

According three sources from Ovid, Brueghel, and Williams which are the story of Daedalus and Icarus, the painting and poem of landscape with The Fall of Icarus, human beings are selfish and jealous in an older and lower class society by they using different effects to show Icarus’s death.

In the poem of “landscape with the fall of Icarus”, William Carlos Williams suggests that human selfish being had got into people who lived in a simple lower life. At the beginning, it talks about the season in the quote of “when Icarus fell. It was spring”. “Spring” is a warm and wonderful season, which symbols for new life. But at same time, Icarus is felling into the sea. Therefore, it makes the effect of Irony to preview Icarus’s ending. By the second part, there’s “a farmer was ploughing his field; the whole pageantry of the year was awake.” There is a framer working with his field, and he should see what happen. In fact, he doesn’t talk any actions to save Icarus, who he can see that dropped into water. The thing he only does that is farming. Here reflects the people think working becomes to more important that saving a life. This is the sight of people only act for themselves by nothing except. At the end, the quote of “a splash quite unnoticed” shows the dreary and desolate to surround Icarus’s drowning.

In the painting of “landscape with fall of Icarus”, this was created by Pieter Bruegel. The yellow part seems that is the sun rising or falling, then it described as a new life or a life has been end. Looking at the all picture, the background looks like the Era of 19th century. On the top of left side, there’s a flourished city build between the ocean and huge mountains. It’s totally different and for away from the village on the front of painting. Then, there are some people’s feeding, farming and fishing in the small village. Meanwhile, it shows most of mountains are without lots of plats, just have few tree which are not really exuberant growth. There is a man who looks a middle-age, and many animals around him. It raises his head and looks up to the sky, when he’s feeding. In addition, the picture has another man stay at the edge sea and he’s fishing. Both of them should see what happened to Icarus, but they still continue their job and ignore Icarus. As the some thesis, the farmer and fish man are alive in the some class of society. Their minds are created that working is more important for them to save another life. They need to work for life, but they also posted as selfish because of life. That’s one of effects that Williams Carlos Williams suggested that life is complicate.

In the story of Daedalous and Icarus, which written by Ovid’s. Daesalous is exiled in a small island how to fly I a right way and got out there. But eventually Icarus fails to fly because he gets too high to melt his wing by sun and fell down into the sea until being dying. At the end of story, it shows why Daedalous would exile, because he killed his nephew. His sister sent a son to Daedalous as apprentice. The boy is very clever, and learns new thing very fast. There is a quote “and Daedalous in envy, hurley the boy” showing that Daedalous doesn’t want the boy can take over him. He killed the boy because of jealous. Meanwhile, he was exiled because of being killer, the Icarus died in escaping island. This seems a recycle of life by their actions. It’s irony that Daedalous should have the consequences to face his act.

Through those three sources, it makes the symbol of human selfish being to ironic the moral at old society. It reflects the life always goes into complicate, and there is not a absolute way to solve the action.  

selection from the Ovid D.J.S.

" some shepherd rests his weight upon his crook, some ploughman on the handles of ploughshare, and all look up, in absolute amazement,at those air-boren above. They must be gods!"
    -- Icarus falls down from sky, because of his wings were melting and fail to fry. when people are watcning Icarus's falling, they didn't know who they are and plan to help him. so just think as the Gods.

"And Daedalus, in envy, hurled the boy."

   -- he doesn't like the boy. why?


Hi! This is your new student of period 1 English Class. My name is Lihua Li, but actually you can call me Lily, my English name. I came from Guangdong, southern of China. I have been here for 3 years. All senior are starting the last year of high school, including me. That makes me feel so amazing.

            I like to read all the time- any books, but except for study such as the major subjects we learn at school. Chinese is my first language, so I always read the Chinese book, even through I have been here for few years. I feel that I can find more fun according reading. The other reason that is I want to keep my Chinese well. Meanwhile, I also improve my English usually in reading.

            We are student, but also a writer at the same time. I am not a good student, who likes to go to school. Holding the book whole day, writing, test and exam, those are not my favor in life, which makes to feel no freedom. I always can’t write a long page essay in few minutes like others in English class, and my writing skill is still not perfect in my mind. That’s why I hate to write all the time.

            I remember how I happy, exciting and nervous at the first day I came in Malden High School. I was afraid about all the surroundings, but also I was exciting to know new friends. During a month that I had been America and it still was summer, I don’t need to school and there is no any where I can go. The life just became boring and lonely. Most of my friends are from the same place, but we met at the other side of globe. That is the friendship worth to cherish.

            I always think about my future life such as college, jobs even of family. No one know what will happen in next second, but at least we all should realize that to do at this moment. Don’t be a latecomer in our life.

            I hope, all of us will have a funny and unforgettable senior year.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

landscape with fall of Icarus

In the picture of “landscape with fall of Icarus” ,which was painted by Pieter Bruegel, there are many shapes in the sky, such as yellow, light green and some blue. The yellow part seems to show that is the sun rising or falling. Also, the blue color may descried cloudy and the background looks like the late of 19th century, because the boats are the old style of creating and people’s feeding, farming and clothes. On the top left side, I see a small city build between the ocean and the huge mountain. It’s flourished and far away from the village on the front of painting. Approaching the front of image, there is a woman who wears some old clothes and field machine which is tied by a house. They are going other where through the way with some big trees. Meanwhile, it shows most of mountains are without lots of plants, just have few tree which are not really exuberant growth. In addition, there’s a man who looks a middle-age, and many animals surround him, maybe those are sheep. The man raises his head and looks up to the sky and he has a dog beside him. He maybe is a farmer, and pat attention to sky that seems to have something special happened. When I turn eyes to the right side in the bottom, I see a big sailing boat and the water waves higher because of a person who drops into the sea. Furthermore, there is a man stay at bank edge to try helping. I think he want to save that person. At last, I also see the large area with painting green and some boats that are different sizes and direction. Those are the things what I see in this image.