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ENGLISH REFLECTION

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ENGLISH REFLECTION

 

  “The Necklace”

 

The diamonds sparkled, glistening with the afternoon light, but yet they were gone, totally and completely gone.  The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant is a memorable short story due to its plot, conflict, and theme.

            The Necklace’s plot is just like any other stories plot, but it has an unexpected resolution, which makes it unforgettable.  Mme Loisel, who is the main character, gets an invitation a ball. The invitation was given to her by her husband and it took a long time to get, so she will feel bad if she does show up.  She gets upset because she does not have enough money to buy a dress.  She finally gets the money to get the dress, but she does not have enough money to buy a necklace.  She goes to her neighbor’s house and asks for a necklace.  Her friend gives her a diamond necklace.  When she goes to the ball, she has a great time and then she comes home. When she goes home, she realizes that she has lost the necklace.  She repays her friend by buying her a new diamond necklace, without letting her know that she has replaced it.  Ten years later, while she is walking in the park, she sees her friend who gave her the necklace. She goes up her and tells her that she had replaced the necklace.  Her friend then tells her that the necklace had not been that much money in the first place.  So Mme Loisel had spent all this time in poverty, when she could have just told her friend that she had lost the necklace.  The end is unforgettable because it ends when her friend tells her that the necklace was not that much money. 

            Mme Loisel faces many conflicts in The Necklace, most of the time she does not handle them the right way. Her choices in the book make the story have an interesting twist to it.  One of the problems that she faces is human vs. society.  She has pressure from the society to have the right clothes, class, and economics.  She is not the richest woman in the world, but she has enough money to keep her fed and sheltered.  The one thing that she certainly does not have enough money for, is luxury.  When she gets the invitation, she wants to go but she is sad because she does not have enough money to get a dress. Mme Loisel faces many conflicts within her self also.  She has no clue of how tell her friend that she has lost her necklace.  In the end she ends up doing the wrong thing – she replaces the necklace instead of telling her friend the truth.  Instead of replacing the necklace she could have gone and told her friend that she lost it.  Since she had no idea that the necklace was fake she could have gone up to her friend and asked her if it was possible to replace the necklace.   Another conflict that she faces within herself is, how can she be happy with who she is? Mme Loisel always doubts herself about how she looks, or if she could not do something or not.  She always is wishing that she could be a different person, someone who had a nice house, fancy clothes and expensive jewelry.  Never did she think about whom she is and that was how it was going to be. 

            There were many themes in The Necklace, but there was one theme that a reader will never forget.  A reader learns that it is better to communicate difficult information then try and cover your tracks. If Mme Loisel had told her friend that she had lost her necklace, then the story’s resolution would have been completely different.  In other words, if you do something wrong, then go right up to the person and confess up. Mme Loisel loses her friends necklace and then goes out and buys her a new one.  The new necklace cost her a huge amount of money; it took away from her life style and food. She becomes even more poor then she use to be.  She had to live the cheapest way possible for ten years until she paid off the debt.  When she tells her friend that she had to go through all this hardship to pay back for the necklace, her friend tells her that the necklace actually did not cost that much money.  If she had told her that she had lost the necklace then the resolution would have been totally different.  The theme would not stick so much in the reader’s mind if Mme Loisel had told her friend that she had lost it in the first place.

            In conclusion, the plot, conflict and theme make The Necklace a memorable short story.  The plot has an unexpected twist in its resolution that makes the story more interesting.  Additionally, the conflicts that Mme Loisel faces stand out because of the choices that she has to make.  The theme is very useful because it helps the reader understand that by not telling the truth one can make things worse and more difficult for oneself.  Sometimes, people make mistakes and so this book will teach them to tell the truth and confess what they did wrong.

 

 

 

REFLECTION 

    "The Necklace" was a really fun story to write a short story about. I worked really hard.  Also, since I want to be better at writing, it challeged me to be better.  One of the things that I did not know how to do before we did this short story assignment, was a conclusion paragraph.  I learned to make a detailed paragraph and conclude my writing.  If I had more time to work on my short story I would definitely change a couple of things. First, I would change how I edited. My writing has a lot of errors in it. I would spell check it on the computer, then I would print it and edit it a couple of times.

 

 

 

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REFLECTION FOR INDEPENDENT READING LETTER

 

 

     For me, writing is challenging. It does not come naturally to me. I have to really work at it to make it good. In this letter, I felt like I acomplished my goals.  My goals were to edit for run-ons sentences and homophones. Also to make my writing smooth, not rocky or similar to a list.  I felt like I was pushing myself to be better. During the time that I was writing this,  I learned that I needed to make my writing flow, I had always known about transition words but I never included them in my writing.

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH REFLECTION LAST QUARTER

 

 

Review of The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender

     “A world full of people will not be silent.  We will not perish in vain.” (4). These are the words that Riva and her three brothers and many other Jews lived by.  Riva has lived a happy life with her family until the Nazis tear her away from everything she owns, including her mom.  The Cage is a memoir of Riva, who lived through the Holocaust.  She faces the loss of family, friends and belongings, but she holds on by courage, strength and hope.  Her mom always said “When there is life, there is hope” (author’s note). One would not be able to live through such hardships if they did not have the help and support of their family and friends.  There will always be someone that will help them or stand up for them. Throughout the book, there are many times when Riva becomes sick, but she manages to hang on because of hope and courage.   The Cage provides a sense of the horrible lives the Jews had to go through because of its inspiring characters, memorable theme; its only weakness is its rushed ending.

     Riva holds on to every jovial memory and hope she has, even through the toughest times.  Riva is just thirteen when she experiences one of the worst nightmares.  She is running an errand for her mom when she is swept up into a crowd of Jews.  The Jews are all being herded by the Nazis.  Many people are shot and killed.  All Riva is thinking about is her mother.  Her mother has taught her to be brave.  Riva’s mom is the bravest person she knows, her mom is always telling her to “Be brave, my child, be brave” (19).  Throughout the march, Riva uses these words to encourage her to not worry and be brave.  Riva has kept this message along with the message that her family could not live without her, with her for that long endless march.  She is eventually freed and she goes back to her family.  Riva would not have survived if she had not had hope.  Riva is always searching for ways to help her family and protect them.  She always puts her family first.  Her mom is the inspiration for Riva.  She is always finding ways to help Riva and her brothers.  An example of that is when her mother hides Riva’s brother, Laibele, who is sick, in the cellar.  They are risking all their lives just to hide him.  “’They will not take you, my child.  They will not take you.’  Mama says with determination.  ‘Motele,’ she calls frantically, ‘open the trapdoor to the cellar!  Rifkele, get blankets! Moishele, bring pillows! We are hiding Laibele” (35).  Her mother, Nacha is so inspiring because no one could have the courage to hide a member who would soon be dead in there house.  She risks the whole families lives, not just her own.  No matter what challenges their family faces, Nacha is always ready to take them head on.  Riva is desperately trying to fight her disease, malnutrition, but somehow she manages to come up with enough energy to go to work.  She works in bed, with Laibele at her side. She is braiding rugs, this is enough work for her so that she does not have to be put in a infirmary, where she will eventually be killed.  She never gives up, not once, and she eventually gets better because of this.  Her brothers find enough courage to sell their bread for a week, to get vitamins that will help Riva.  This is another example because her brothers are putting the family first.  They are giving up their bread, for a whole week, and getting vitamins for Riva.  In bed, Riva is always picturing and trying to find more happy memories, and happy thoughts so she will not start to get depressed.  She is always thinking on the positive side, and what good things are going to happen in the future. 

     Riva searches for happiness, holding onto memories and lessons she has learned from her mother.  As a teenager, we take having a home, food and a family to take care of them for granted.  This is not the case for Riva, who is alone in the world taking care of herself and her brothers at a very young age.  Riva has to give shelter to her family.  They have no stove, no heat and no food.  In this quotation, “With his hot tears pouring over my face, I know I am no longer a sixteen-year-old-girl.  I am a mother now” it shows how young Riva is when she has to become the mother of her three younger brothers.  Her mother has gone to a death camp and her father died when she was young.  Now, she has no mother to look after her when she is sick.  She has to face those challenges and make the best of them.  As kids, we take food and water for granted.  That is not the case for Riva, who has little water and food.  Many of the people in the ghetto have so little water that they become dehydrated.  At home, many of us can go to our sinks and fill up a glass of water.  Riva has to go outside to a pump to get the water.  This is a big risk for her and her brothers because they could easily be hurt or killed by the Nazis. Even a small task in the ghetto can turn into a dangerous one.  Her brothers would only get a small cup of water per day, and that is not a lot compared to how hard they worked.  The one thing Riva does to keep her alive is, she imagines all good thoughts.  She seeks happiness to give to her brothers.  “We play games, tell stories, crack jokes.  Our favorite game is What If? ‘What if the war came to an end today, Laibele? What would be the first thing you would do?’”  (49)  Riva is always trying to cheer Laibele up.  The family is tightly nit.  Riva’s family is always protecting and caring for the others in the family.  “He makes funny faces at me until he sees a smile on my face” (49).  Riva also has some down days.  In this quote, Laibele is trying to cheer Riva up by making jokes and faces. 

Even though Laibele is successful with cheering Riva up, Sender is not successful with bringing the book to a halt.  The only flaw in the book is the ending.  The conclusion of the book is very fast paced.  The book wraps up in a few sentences.  It explains how Riva is digging a grave for herself, and then she is walking into the woods.  The book comes to an end here.  It does not explain what she did after she lived or who she went to.  In the conclusion of the book, Sender really does not explain anything.  She uses not a lot of detail, which leaves the reader on the edge of their chair.  “There are stretches of woods in the distance” (256).  In this quotation, Sender gives the reader little detail of what the woods look like.  She could explain her fear a lot better, or how she felt, what kind of questions she was thinking as she was walking to her death.  She only writes one paragraph on what is happening and how she feels.  Sender does not use enough detail.  The reader does not get a full view of what happened to Riva after she survived.  The book gives little background and not enough detail.  It gives you a sense of what she did after, but not right after she was freed.

     In conclusion, the inspiring characters, memorable theme gives the reader a sense of the terrible lives the Jews had in the 1930 through 1940s; the only flaw of The Cage is its fast ending.  Overall, The Cage was one of the most heartfelt books one could ever read.  Through the books and monuments of information, the lives of these Jews will never be forgotten.  They will be remembered and honored as brave and inspiring people.  The Cage will always show the true story of Ruth Minsky Sender and unforgotten family.

 

 

 

REFLECTION OF THE BOOK REVIEW ESSAY 

 

     I think I did really well on the book  review.  I tryed really hard, and I thought that it reflected.  The conclusion part of a multiple paragragh essay has always been challenging for me.  I have never got it quite right, or I have not had complete ideas.   I think this conclusion paragraph is much better then past conclusion paragraphs because I made it flow and had complete ideas.  Another thing that I had had a hard time with in privious essays is, my paragraphs did not flow.  I have not been good at transitions.  Even though some of my transitions were not as strong, I still put them into my writing so it was better with than without them.

 

 

 

FOUND POEM

 

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FOUND POEM REFLECTION

 

     I really liked the book Daniel's Story, so I was excited to create a poem about it.  I love learning about the Holocaust because it teaches so many lessens and we can really learn from it.  Another thing I found fasinating is how so many Germans who were not Nazis, just watched the Holocaust happen; no one did anything.  This poem reflected the pain of millions of people even though it was based on Daniel.  I tryed to be descriptive and really describe pain and misery of the Holocaust.  I felt like I did a better job of being descriptive and showing instead of telling.  Overall, I think this was one of my best poems. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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