English Final

For most of my life reading never came easy to me. At a young age I realized that I struggled with reading and writing and had a hard time keeping up with my classmates. It started to become rather clear that I had a problem when my grades started suffering and my self-confidence wavered. When I was six years old, my mother made the decision to hold me back and have me repeat the first grade. She realized too that I had a problem and felt it would be good for me. This is when the school district started testing me for dyslexia. Over the years I was tested for dyslexia twice. Both times the results were negative, however, it was determined that I do have a reading disability which affects my ability to read, write and comprehend literature. Due to this I was placed under the special education umbrella and received accommodations. Some of my accommodations were to receive extended time on tests and exams, small groups and the option to have a teacher or peer read material to me.

In the sixth grade I was admitted into The Ann Richards School For Young Women Leaders. The school has the reputation of having one of the hardest curriculum in the nation. To say I was a bit nervous is an understatement. In one of my middle school classes we were given the assignment to give a presentation to the class about an object that we have created. My partner just thought that I would do the whole project. So when it came time to present everything that I have learned, it seemed to have escaped my mind. Every sentence that I said was grammatically incorrect and the audience started to laugh and thought that it was funny. After I finished I cried and told the teacher that if I could redo the assignment because I knew that I was much better them some mispronunciations. She understood that I honestly tried my best and didn’t slack off. This was just one example of some of my saddest moments.

With all the help I received from my teachers and classmates, I am able to say that I have built up my self-confidence and I have kept up with my peers. Over the years I participated in the school’s cheer team and choir, I was a service ambassador, I was a member of the student council and I will be the student body president. Through all these activities I have learned how to manage my learning disability by becoming better at reading, writing and public speaking.

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is an African American women novelist who has written a plethora of books but is greatly known for The Bluest Eye because it was her first novel, published in 1940 when she was 40 years old. When Morrison was in the planning stage of writing the book, she remembered a time as a young child when one of her closest friend told her that she didn’t believe in God. Morrison asked her friend why she didn’t believe in God and she proceeded with saying that she has been praying for blue eyes for two years and that God has not answered her prayers. As a young African American child it was normal to be made fun of for being too black or for having standard brown eyes, while young white children with blue eye were the ones who seemed to be praised by all. Her experience with her friend helped with the base of this story. She then went deeper into the story and created a book about a person who accepts rejection as a legitimate as self evident.  She knew that writing this way could damage a person because some turn into the bully or others consume the rejection and turn into a target for others.

The ones who are most vulnerable to this crippling rejection are the youth. During the time frame the book was set in, young African American women were the most vulnerable. Pecola Breedlove, the main character of the book is knocked down by her family, friends, and world. Her parents have problems of their own and reflect it onto her. Having friends like Claudia and Frieda, who had supporting parents made it hard for them at times to to understand how to help Pecola. Claudia and Frieda were sisters; Frieda is ten years old and is one year older then Claudia.

You would think the book would be from the point of view of the main character but it is not. The book is told from Claudia’s perspective. Claudia is clueless of the revolting ways of the world. When Frieda was touch inappropriately by a man named Mr. Henry, Claudia was asking Frieda questions about how it felt and if it nice but she didn’t understand the real danger behind his actions- Pecola didn’t know either.

Pecola was the girl praying for the impossible to possess the blue eyes. She thought with having the blue eye she would be the one everyone wanted. She would rather be a freak then who she already was.  She thought that if she had ocean blue eyes like Maureen Peal (the new white girl at school) she would be beautiful too.  She meet Pecola when the black boys were calling her ‘Black e mos’. (p. 75) Maureen saved her from them but just to turn back around and call her by those racist words. Pecola doesn’t know how to stand up for herself- she never had the guidelines from her parents.

Both parents neglected her when she need them the most. Her father, Cholly, took advantage of his role of her father. He ‘ ruowen “ Pecola and she was never able to have a say. And when Pecola was in this dark place she could of tried to find some comfort within her mother. Polly she had more love for her cat then for Pecola and Junior.  Pecola became a tool for their malicious uses.

What child would want to feel like that? Pecola thought that if she wasn’t black or if she had blue eye that her parents would be like that.  If she had the blue eyes the boys and girls would stop and fall in love with her blue eyes. Pecola didn’t know how to be in her own skin. So she took it to the next level by going Soaphead Church. Who said if you feed this dog poison that god with take the sacrifice and her will give you the blue eyes you pray for? But Soaphead knew that wasn’t true and that Pecola was needing anything to make her prayers. She was content after killing the dog and getting her ‘bluest eyes’.

Toni Morrison did a really great job by taking her own childhood experience and turning it into a book because it shows the person who is easy defeated and sheds some light on the this type of person, which is what we all need sometimes.

Work Cited-

“The Bluest Eyes.” Good Reads, 2017, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11337.The_Bluest_Eye. Accessed 19 Apr. 2017. The web page Good Reads gave me a deeper understanding of the book by giving me a summary that wasn’t on the back of the book.

“Michael Finocchiaro’s Reviews.” Review of The Bluest Eye, by Michael Finocchiaro. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, Knopf ed., Michael Finocchiaro, 2016. Good Reads, Michael Finocchiaro, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1700151827?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1. Accessed 19 Apr. 2017. Toni Morrison is one of his  favorite authors. He felt like in The Bluest Eye, she looks at the intersection of racism, self-hatred, poverty, and sexuality with realism and her beautifully descriptive writing style. 
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. Knopf ed., New York, Random House, 1993. The Bluest Eye was Toni Morrison first novel. The book was written from the point of view of a young African American women learning that the stander beauty norm is blue eyes. The book shows how a young child is affected by adult content such as rape and abuse within relationships.

Professors and Students are in Danger Because of Campus Carry Laws

Dear Edwin Dorn, Ph. D,

Recently, Governor Greg Abbott, signed off on the Senate Bill 11, which allow anyone who has a Texas Concealed Firearms License are able to carry a weapon on state university campuses. The bill went to effect on August 1st, 2016. There has been a lot of confederation due to the passing of the law both locally and nationally. Students and professors shared their opponents about how they feel as if having weapons on campus is putting their lives in danger.

By having this bill it allows anyone attending the college to always have a handgun on them. How is this safe? If a college campus is said to be safe in the first place, why would someone need a handgun to stay safe? Students attending the college should feel in a safe environment as is and not have to carry a handgun to ensure their safety. There  possibility of the person carrying it to pose a threat to other people. There is no way to notice whether or not the person has mental problems, anger, or instability in which can come into effect.

When interviewing Dr. Barbara Lewis, whom is a strong African American women who has had a hard life trying to support her family and get a higher education.  She has been a professor for 25 years working at UT-Austin, ACC Riverside, Rio Grande, and Round Rock. She teach English Comp. and she is also an  Asst. Dean at her current job.

Feather more, she told me her teaching style is incorporating life experience and not taking any nonsense from any of her students. She said that she doesn’t really fear for her life at her school campus. Because she says if any of her students try to do anything to here that she knows that the campus police or the actual police will take care of her because she is so respect at her campus. But she does have unstable students sometimes and has to be aware of the accommodations and knows of there limits.

Another professor quit from UT-Austin after 20 years of teaching. Daniel Hamermesh was very upset that a law like that was passed. And shared his opinions about how he doesn’t feel safe or protected with having more guns on campus. He says that having more guns will actually bring more harm than good. Report have showed that there are 11,208 about not reported firearm-related homicides, 21,175 are suicides, and 505 are accidents but these are to to having firearms on campus.

Dennis McCuistion says, “There was one thing I agreed with in Mr. Crisp’s column. He suggested that college professors take up weapons.” If this is a way to guarantee safety, then it is a bad idea. Again, concerning safety, if a professor has to take up a gun then how is that a good definition of safety? If it was safe in the first place, why would it have to be taken up? Professors should honestly not feel safe and someone safety shouldn’t be in jeopardy of their life.

In conclusion, I feel like firearms should not be allowed on college campus. And having guns or any weapon on campus on school campus are causing greater problems. Having the law go into effect in Texas is just a another reason why someone in another state to say that they should be allowed to have a gun on them.

Work Cited-

Crisp, John M. “Arms in class too risky for one prof.” Arms in class too risky for one prof. Originally published in Dallas Morning News [Dallas], 10 Dec. 2015.

Dorn, Edwin. “Dallas News.” Pro-con: Should college campuses restrict concealed weapons? Originally published in Dallas Morning News [Dallas], 23 Oct. 2015.

“Legislative Session: 84(R).” Texas Legislature Online, 13 June 2015, http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB11. Accessed 28 Mar. 2017.

Lewis, Barbara, Dr. Interview. By Jurnee  K. Jackson. 26 Mar. 2017.

Analyzing the Inaugural Address from Governor George C. Wallace

On January 14, 1963, in Montgomery, Alabama, Governor George C. Wallace gave his inaugural address to the people of Alabama saying why they made a good decision for voting for a fit man to run the great state of Alabama. Wallace states that he will fight for a better education for the youth, and keeping segregation. Wallace used different rhetorical strategies such as reputation, facts, and diction to enhance his argument.

To prove his point, Mr. Wallace compared our educational system to one of Hitler’s. In 1939 through 1945, World War 2 was happening and that was when Hitler committed genocide on hundreds upon thousands of people and had no really reasoning behind it. Post World War 2 was still affecting many Americans and for a long time there were threats that the Geremy would come across the ocean and destroy them; although prior to the World War 1, countless nations looked up to and admired the great architectural and social structure of Germany. Wallace states, “Not so long ago men stood in marvel and awe at the sites, the buildings, the schools, the autobahn that the government of Hitler’s Germany had built…” (p. 6) Then he goes on further states that the education system is not benefiting their children if anything it is reusing them. “In encouraging our fear of educational development it demands we place that education and the minds of our children under management and control of government…”(p. 5) Wallace is trying to change the education process and say that it’s not really helping; that the government is controlling what the children learn and do so they are being brainwashed into a sense of nationalism by being forced to perceive everything the United States does as good and correct.

Then Wallace goes on goes on about how the government is trying to integrate school. He supports the idea of keeping segregation by stating, “ I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny… and I say… segregation now… segregation tomorrow… segregation forever.” (p. 2) and before this election he ran as a third-party and lost because he didn’t take a stance on segregation. But Wallace’s opponent John Malcolm Patterson took a stance on segregation, and along with being supported by the KKK, he won the 1959 election. Wallace believed strongly in the separation of races between the inferior African-Americans and other “undesirable” races compared to the naturally superior whites. Then he says, “so the international racism of the liberals seek to persecute the international  white minority to the whim of the international colored majority…” (p. 6) By saying that white people are minority it makes the colored people fighting for their rights not important and that loses meaning for the word minority.Alabamens would be all for it because they were apart of the south and didn’t want colored people to become citizen.

By  Governor George C. Wallace talking about his  states that he will fight for a better education for the youth, keeping segregation, and addressing the audience religious values really got his Inaugural Address to the people of Montgomery, Alabama. With used different rhetorical strategies such as reputation, facts, and  direction which made for a really compelling argument.

Citations-

“John Patterson.” PBS, 1996, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/people/john-patterson. Accessed 7 Mar. 2017.

“Ku Klux Klan.” Encyclopedia.com, 2005, http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/united-states-and-canada/us-history/ku-klux-klan. Accessed 7 Mar. 2017.

Wallace, George C. “The 1963 Inaugural Address of Governor George C. Wallace.” HUIS 3611 Veiwing Americam, 14 Jan. 1963, viewingamerica.shanti.virginia.edu/content/1963-inaugural-address-governor-george-c-wallace. Accessed 7 Mar. 2017.

TOM BUCHANAN IS GUILTY…THE GREAT GATSBY

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The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald that covers a group of wealthy people living in a town called West Egg in the summer of 1922.  The story is about a young mysterious millionaire named,  Jay Gatsby who has a mission to be reunited with his long lost love Daisy. Daisy is a glamorous woman with up to date fashion and money all around her. She meets Gatsby at a young age when he was not yet a millionaire. Daisy then had to marry Tom Buchanan, a man who had the amount of money, which is what she was looking for. Sadly I believe that  Gatsby’s life was taken at fault of Tom Buchanan’s character flaws.

There are people in the world who have it all: a beautiful spouse, unlimited money, they’re attractive, and have physical strength. “That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a -”(p. 12), how Daisy was describing her husband. It would seem like they would be grateful for where they were at in life. But Tom Buchanan is one of those people that seemed to have the whole world in his hands. Unfortunately, he took advantage of the blessings he had; he talked down to others and cheated on his wife. He was born into a wealthy family, has a lovely wife, beautiful estate, college education, has experienced success as an athlete, and possesses strength and vitality.

Tom has been having an on and off again relationship with a woman named Mrs. Wilson. Nick said, “Then I heard footsteps on a stairs, and in a moment the thickish figure of a women blocked out the light from the office door. She was in the middle thirties. And faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can.”(p. 25)  Nick was talking about Tom’s mistress was coming to meet them and all she did was patient to Tom and was bossing her husband around. And he spoils her with fancy things and lets her spend his money.  But one night after they have been drink and Mrs. wilson was talking about Daisy to Tom. “ Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand. Then there were bloody towels upon the bathroom floor, and women’s voices scolding, and high over the confusion a long broken wail of pain”.(p. 37). And when she when home her husband was wondering what happened but he didn’t do anything about. For years Tom has been miss treating women and the women he had would do anything for him.

Tom had a connection to Gatsby because of Daisy. One evening when Gatsby was trying to impress Daisy and by the end of the night Tom was knew something was up. Daisy and Gatsby spoken out to talk for hours with Daisy’s cousin Nick to be on the lookout. And when it was time for them to leave the party Tom wanted more information about Gatsby, “‘I’d like to know who he is and what he does,’ insisted Tom.’ And I think I’ll make a point of finding out.’[“  and Daisy was quick to reply with, “‘ I can tell you right now,’ she answered. ‘He owned some drug-store, a lot of drug-stores. He built them up himself.” (p.108)  Daisy was in amazement with Gatsby way of life and start to fall deeper in love with him again.

Daisy invited Gatsby and Nick to her house and Tom approved. It was a really hot summer day and Daisy wanted to do something so she suggest to go to the town. Tom knew something was up and he told Gatsby to drive in his car and he will take his. The night got even or heated when Tom and Gatsby were fighting for her. “‘Your wife doesn’t love you,’ said Gatsby. ‘She’s never loved you. She loves me.’ ‘You must be crazy!’ exclaimed Tom automatically.” (p.130) And Daisy didn’t knew how to tell Tom that she didn’t love him any more but she just freaks and hopes into the car and Gatsby follows. Then when she was driving she end up running and killing Tom’s mistress how thought that Tom was coming down the street in his car. When Tom found out he pretty much lost it every and wanted to get back at Gatsby. So he told Mr. Wilson that Gatsby was driving that car but really it was Daisy.

A crazy Mr. Wilson killed Gatsby and took his own life too. A strong feel like these evidences show that Tom is at fault of Gatsby’s death. But I can complete understand it some one were to say, Daisy character faults are the cause of Gatsby’s death. Because she was the one who hit Tom’s mistress and she didn’t tell Tom that she was the one driving the car. So she could be one to blame as well.

Rhetorical Analysis on Michelle Obama’s Speech 

November 8th, 2016 is going to be a day that will go down in history. We as Americans will be electing either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to be the next presiden. Both candidates have political ideals on how to run this country. On October 13, Michelle Obama gave a speech trying to convince the great 
state of New Hampshire to not vote for Donald Trump cause he has no respect for women. And she use different techniques to get her message across by using facts, anecdotes and her own thoughts about this matter.

Starting at the beginning of Michelle’s speech she opens up with thanking everyone there. And then thanking individual people, “Let me start by thanking your fabulous governor, your next U.S. senator, Maggie Hassan. I want to thank her for that lovely introduction.” In paragraph 1 and 2, she tried to make them seem more important than her. She is opening up to the audience and inviting them into her opinions about the election.

Anecdotes are little story that add more emotion and content to a speech. By making the audience feel more attached to the speaker. Michelle’s use of anecdotes was amazing. She places them where she is trying to get the audience connected to any idea she just made. For an example top of the third page, Michelle was saying that Donald Trump words about women are not just hurting women. It is affecting the young boy’s who are looking to learning from role models on what it means to be a man and how they should treat women. A little six-year old was watching the news with his mother and he said, “‘I think Hillary Clinton will be President.’ and his mom said, ‘ Well, why do you say that?’ And this little six-year old said, ‘does the other guy called someone a piggy, and,’ he said, ‘you cannot be president if you call someone a piggy.’” And she said that the little boy understands how adults should act. 

Michelle end the speech calling New Hampshire to action. To stand along side her and use your voice as American and elect some who will fight for you children’s future. “We need to do everything we can do to help her and Tim Kaine win this election. I know I’m going to be doing it. Are you with me? Are you all with me? You ready to roll up your sleeves? Get to work knocking on doors? All right, let’s get to work. thank you all. God bless”, end of Michelle speech.

My Dear Island Girl

The waves crashed onto the shore the day she was born. She was a light brown child. Her skin was soft. Her mother looked at her and started to cry. With a choked up voice she said, “My little island girl.” Her mother was so emotional; she hugged her and kissed her face. The island girl looked up at her mom with glistening eyes, smiled, then went to sleep. 

Art Statement 

I created this piece to show the effects of racism on today’s youth. I wrote the poem and decided that it wouldn’t have the same effect if my brother had not read it.  I feel like it adds to the meaning of my piece. My attended audience is people who are unaware of the iusse. Because it is affecting a lot of peoples lives and I feel it should be heard. I want to this piece to let people know my brothers feelings about it and hopefully other people can relate.

Why?

 

I AM NOT… JUST… BLACK

MY SKIN COLOR DOESN’T DEFINE ME

IT SEEMS LIKE THAT IS ALL YOU SEE
THERE’S MORE TO ME

I… PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORLD

A WORLD FULL OF JUDGEMENT, VIOLENCE AND SUFFERING
WHY?

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

CAN ANYONE ANSWER MY QUESTION?
I SEEM TO GET NO RESPONSE

OR WHEN I DO I GET A SUGARCOATED TRUTH

MOM TELLS ME THAT IS HOW THE WORLD’S

ALWAYS BEEN.

I FIND THAT DEPRESSING.
WHY?

WHY IS NOBODY ANSWERING ME?
I SEE THE WORLD’S ISSUES EVERY DAY
I FEEL THE ISSUES EVERY DAY

WHY ARE MY BROTHERS DYING

DID THEY DO SOMETHING TO DESERVE IT

OR

WAS IT JUST BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN
WHY?

WHY ARE THEY HURTING US?
I LOOK AT MYSELF IN THE MIRROR AND

I AM THE SAME COLOR

DO I SHARE THE SAME FATE?
I AM A GOOD KID.

I AM RESPECTFUL.

I DO GOOD IN SCHOOL.

I LISTEN TO MY PARENTS.
DID I DO SOMETHING WRONG?
I KNOW I WASN’T BORN LIKE THIS TO

CARE ABOUT THE COLOR OF MY SKIN
BUT I HAVE TO WATCH WHAT I DO

CAN’T WEAR THIS

CAN’T  DO THAT

MY LIFE IS NOT MY LIFE

THE COLOR OF MY SKIN IS RESTRICTING ME
WHY?
SOCIETY HAS DECIDED

THAT THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN

DETERMINES WHAT YOU GET,

HOW FAR YOU CAN GET IN LIFE

OR JUST HOW BIG YOU CAN DREAM.
HOW CAN WE CHANGE THIS?
I REFUSE TO LET MY DREAMS BE LIMITED BY THE COLOR OF MY SKIN.
I CAN BE A DOCTOR.

I CAN BE A POLICE OFFICER.

I CAN BE A POLITICIAN.

I CAN BE MORE THAN JUST A STATISTIC.

 

IS THAT SO HARD TO BELIEVE?