Book/Quote & Deconstructionism

“He had a point. And if I returned everything and Igor didn’t, they might know he’d kept more of the loot. I didn’t want him to see me as a wimp or Goody Two-shoes. Then he’d never include me in another feat of bravery again. So I retrieved the shovel, flashlight, and backpack, and left the bandages and gas masks behind.” (31) Some things are easier said than done and choosing to do the right thing may not be an option many have. Loot known as goods taken from a enemy in war. Igor was smart enough not to take more than he wanted too. He was careful not to be noticed in the goods he took therefore only gave back selected items so they would not be suspicious. Igor was clever even though he knew very well they would get in trouble. He seemed to not care for the outcome, which made Kenan intrigued by him. He was willing to take the risk regardless. In order for Kenan not to be seen as weak or cowardly he decided to pair up and steal with Igor. He did not want to come off as weak because Igor personally invited him. It made Kenan feel part of his gang and honored because he felt wanted. Kenan looked at it as if he did not accept Igor’s invitation he would not get invited ever again. Kenan likes to think it took a lot of bravery for him to accept Igor’s invitation. He was scared of the outcome that would happen if he agreed but felt it took a lot of courage from him to agree to do so anyway. Kenan thought he was the bigger person for accepting to steal but little did he know it was Igor because everyone seemed to follow his commands.

Shooting an Elephant

In the story “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell a non political issue would be embracement. He did not want to seem like a fool because of the choices he would have to make. He knew what he was going to do was not right but he knew he would gain the respect of others if he made the decision of killing that elephant. Even if Orwell knew this was not okay because this animal was innocent he still killed the elephant out of peer pressure. Instead of choosing the right thing he decided to go with the rest of his people. This is where doing what is right and what should be done falls into place. A political issue would be killing the animal. He could of not killed that animal but he still went on to do so. It was an issue of moral beliefs versus what other people thought was the right thing to do even if you didn’t agree yourself. A beyond political issue would be self worth. Killing that animal would only give him satisfaction for a few moments but its defiantly not worth it. You did what was expected of you but that did not mean you had to do it because others expect you to. It is better if you go your own way, out of the box than to go with the crowd. it is okay to be different its better to make your own mistakes than to later regret things you shouldn’t of done. Animals have rights too just as humans have them as well. They  have a beating heart and feel the same pain we feel. I could not be able to live with the fact that I killed an innocent animal. It is not okay an it better to be your own person than to follow others.

I Stand Here Ironing

In the narrative I Stand Here Ironing, by Tillie Olsen emphasized the political views towards social conditions. It talks about a young troubled teenager [Tillie] who endures a some struggle through out her life. From dropping out of high school to being a single parent and trying to raise her first born [Emily]. Emily was so beautiful, such a bright child as her mother had said but her mothers burden followed her. In the quote ” “Who needs help.”… Even if I came, what good would it do? You think because I am her mother I have a key, or in some way you could use me as a key?” (92). To my understanding she tells us yes she is a mom but she is not going to have the answer for everything. She is far from perfect so people shouldn’t think other wise. While that is partially true she should make positive actions that will make her know she is doing all she can and the best for her daughter because why do just a part of what you are supposed to do and not the whole thing. Give it all you have, go all the way, fight for what you believe and it will work out in the long run. In the quote ” Can’t you go some other time, Mommy, like tomorrow?” (94) Emily really needed her but her mother did not stay. Those are the kinds of actions you shouldn’t do. You children will look back and remember you didn’t stay when you needed them the most. It is not easy being a parent no one said it was going to be but don’t do actions you will regret. They remember everything. You have to be careful because even when you think you are doing all you can for them and “what is best” might not be.

Who was a better influence malalas father or marjanes grandmother?

• Malalas father taught her to follow her dreams.
• in malalas country it was frowned upon if girls had an education.
• despite of what others said or even the Taliban her father still encouraged her to pursue her education.
• he did not want her to stop going to school.
• despite of getting shot and reseving threats it did not stop Malala from doing what she does.
• malalas father had high expectations for her.
• in her country girls were supposed to live very controlled lives but her father did not want that.

• marjane live a very interesting life. She was very out spoken.
• most parents arnt like marjanes they were open minded and saw what was going on around them.
• marjanes grandma was also outspoken. She spoke what came to mind and wasn’t afraid.
•she always wanted the best for marjane.
• she didn’t want marjane to settle for less she had big hopes for marjane.
• she wanted marjane to leave and be free away from the wars going on.
• she always encouraged marjane to say what she felt and to be a better person.
• the grandmother was very humble and realistic.
• when marjane was wrong she didn’t hesitate to let her know.
• she was a strong woman like marjane ended up as well

Top Notes:

  • The little girl speaks her mind and isn’t afraid. Like if she has an opinion on something she doesn’t care what other people think.
  • She is just a normal girl she likes things we like and is no different despite the events going on where she lives.
  • Her parents and grandma are the same. They have their own views on the world around them and what’s going on.
  • People are being killed and imprisoned just like in Malala for having their own views and beliefs.
  • At such a young age she was sent away and lived on her own.
  1. Why do the men there think its okay to verbally abuse some women in the streets?
  2. Where did she go in the end? will she ever meet her parents again?

Cause & Effect Final Draft

Jumpstart

I had made the decision of attending college around middle school. I’ve always had that idea in my head ever since I could remember. I usually try and find the easy way out of things. I’m never out there or work beyond my expectations. I want to get out of my comfort zone and set goals for myself that I know I’m able to make possible. I am going to college to be able to find a career, pursue my dreams, and help my family out. The person who really made me realize things was my mother. She had arrived to California a little after marrying my father. She was tired of relying on people for almost everything because she was new and didn’t know how things worked here. She decided to take things into her own hands. She started off small and took English classes at night, and before I knew it she was enrolled at a community college. I saw that and I admired her so much, still do actually. Here is a woman, mother of five, working, and still being able to fit going to school I’m her busy schedule. I figured if my mom who as more things going on and more things to worry about. If she can do it, so can I. All I have to worry about for now is work and school: it is not too bad compared to her worries. It’s not going not be easy. I know that already but I’m willing to go for it. In order for me to succeed and get to where I want to be in school, I’m going to have to want it bad, as bad as I want to breathe. So this you can say sparked that desire to go to college.

Cause & Effect Rough Draft

I decided I was going to attend college around middle school. I’ve always had that idea in my head ever since I could remember honestly. I wanted to better myself. I want to be able to study a career, pursue my dreams, and help my family out. The person who really made me realize things was my mother. When I was younger I saw her struggles. She had arrived to California a little after marrying my father. She was tired of reling on people for almost everything because she was new and didn’t know how things worked here. She decided to take things into her own hands. She started off small and took English classes at night and before I knew it she was enrolled at a community college. I saw that and I admired her so much, still do actually. Her is a woman, mother of five, working, and still being able to fit going to school I’m her busy schedule. I figured if my mom who as more things going on and more things to worry about. If she can do it so can I. All I have to worry for know is work & school not to bad compared to her. So this you can say sparked that desire to go to college and be able to one day succeed. Make my own good money and be able to repay my mom for all she’s done and being my motivation.