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English 10 Romeo and Juliet ‘Puppy love’

In William’s Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it is claimed by a critic, Jo Ledingham, that what they are both participating in is no more than ‘Puppy love’, and I disagree and agree with that statement. As speculated by Robert William, “[w]e know too that it can’t be any later than 1596, or any earlier than 1591” (William, Robert). This idea of it being set in such a time raises the question of whether or not the two, Romeo of 18 years and Juliet of 13, were qualified as adults, or if they were even capable of real love at such an age.

  1. The idea of Puppy love being true: Seeing as Juliet and Romeo originally fall for one another based merely on looks rather than what they are on the inside, it is clear to see that they are not necessarily experienced in love, and instead follow an idea of love at first sight. Romeo, more than Juliet, has this one quality shining through him more than anything else, lustful and depressed when what he wants does not come his way, but also quick to change when another beauty catches his eye. After lamenting over his lost Rosaline, and being forced to go to a party, seeing Juliet for the first time, and then immediately describing her as “beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear” (1:5 47). Juliet, likewise falls for the son of her enemy, but with a hint of logistics and understanding of the issue that could be their relationship, realizing the stress and anger could boil over in to an all out family feud war. As she stands on her balcony wondering “O Romeo, Romeo! [Why] art thou Romeo?” (2:2 33), she realizes that her love is doomed to fail due to her lover being Romeo, and not one of another name. This shows that Romeo follows the path of puppy love,while Juliet can think more deeply, for certainly looks would not compel the intelligent Juliet to cross a lifelong family rivalry.
  2. In another perspective, it can be seen that Romeo and Juliet have seen through just beauty and looks, but have established a fate-like connection bonding the two for life, till death do they part. Romeo instantly strives to do all he can to win over his love, marrying almost immediately, and while Juliet may have her doubts, she agrees to marry Romeo if “[He] purpose marriage, send [her] word by to-morrow” (2:2 144).  This shows that they have found the connection, and thus would like to secure it before it is found out by their parents who would immediately destroy the relationship and punish their kids for participating in such a relationship. This shows their true commitment to one another, to the point of where Romeo asks Friar Laurence to marry them, and follows through in a very short period of time. During the end of the play, they even die for one another, and as a result, break up their families long bitterness.

So, in a way, I agree with the statement, but in another point of view, I would rather back the opposite. Overall, I would say that at the beginning, their love is merely a physical looks-based love, but as it progresses, I am certain that it has evolved past the point of poultry love, but one of understanding and willingness to end oneself to be with their loved on forever.

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Zip D.O.L. #1

After careful consideration, I realize that my original plan was a little bit to relaxed, and that I should be more focused on zip, rather than leaving it as a side project. This will mean that I will watch, and examine films during weekdays prior to the main weekend, allowing my self to prepare for the writing or directing of my project.

Revisions to the original plan include:

Increasing viewing and evaluation time of films

Increasing film selection time

Filming/writing during Christmas break

Asking others for their film ideas before the 16th

These revisions will be put into place starting on the twelfth. Any other possible revisions will not be posted, but added in the background, allowing for posts about progress rather than edits.


*edit: I am also going to be broadening my horizons from modern comedies, to films made after 1970, as there are some really well made films that hold open better than the modern ones made in that period of time

Document of learning 1: Eminent

Thus far, I have successfully strung together a series of ideas and works in which I believe will allow my notable to truly shine through as the remarkable man he was, and the interesting life he lived. Although it is nearing the end of the project, I have come across some major breakthroughs via studying and absorbing the data and information given to me.

Of the breakthroughs, the one I am most proud of is my learning center design. After reevaluating my options time and time again, I settled on a scene from one of Charlie’s films, Gold Rush. During this film, The Tramp (played by Charlie) and Big Jim McKay (Mack Swain) are trapped in a cabin after they rushed to the area to secure their share of the gold rush occurring. Little did they know that a snowstorm would come along and ruin their intent, forcing them into a tight space in which they must work with one another to survive the storm. This lead to them eating a shoe, in one of the scenes which inspired multiple comedy scenes in modern day productions. Another example was when they had the entire cabin tipping back and forth in a unique idea in which they added hinges to make it appear as though the cabin were truly tilting off the edge of a cliff. I hope to incorporate both of these into an interactive learning center with multiple activities and other items to increase the attention drawn to my station.

Another addition to my learning was to compile all of my eminent criteria and progress into a single google document, keeping me up to date on anything that I did not have the sheet on hand to deal with. This idea of a “Master Document” allowed me to continue working diligently on my project with the pros of a lighter bag, less stress as to whether or not I forgot any sheet or information and remain at maximum efficiency.

Overall, the project is becoming an overwhelming success and I hope to see each and everyone of my ideas through. Until next time, thanks for reading!

Charlie Chaplin Introduction post: Eminent

As eminent comes round once more, another notable figure must be chosen, and after some hard thought and time, I have settled on Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, or Charlie Chaplin as he is more commonly known.

What led me to making my final selection was a series of influences, the main one being the field in which we both excel at, Theatrical arts. Telescoping forward, I can see myself following a similar path to him, acting and directing films, but I also have a great interest in engineering. The reason as to why I believe I will follow a similar path to Charlie is due to other complimenting me on my acting capability and idea of how the industry works. However, this particular field is filled with wannabe actors and directors, unlike Chaplin’s time, which will increase the difficulty to achieving said eminence myself

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Regarding likeness of Charlie and I, there are some barriers between our upbringing and life thus far. Charlie was brought up without a father figure, went bankrupt after his mother lost her voice, as she was a singer, and had to support his entire family, bringing them out of poverty, employing his brother, and taking care of his mother who developed mental health issues, none of which I have been burdened with. There were other things that he did later on in his life, such as marrying and divorcing 3 wives before eventually settling on his true love Oona O’neill; these actions do not resemble something that I would do in the foreseeable future, so I am including them as well.

In regards to overcoming these barriers, I believe that I should maintain a firm understanding that he wasn’t always middle or high class, but had his hardships when he was young, and he had to work through those; when portraying Charlie, I will attempt to include those hardships into his character to best simulate his likeness, as there isn’t another clear workaround.

I intend to learn how we are identical, and how we are completely different, utilizing the extremes of both sides of the spectrum to best grasp the character I should be portraying and studying. I also hope to gain insight as to what I may follow in the future, as my options are open now, but as high school passes, will become more limited.

After visiting the library, I had managed to research my character’s persona, sadly without taking notes, but to the point that I would be able to accurately simulate Charlie to somebody who knew who he was, and they would know that I was portraying Charlie. I had also come to a conclusion as to whom my eminent person should be, as I originally had two ideas. Both this year and last year, I struggled with finding an eminent person, but I came up with Genghis Khan both times. After a stroke of luck, I found somebody much more intriguing in grade 9, but this year, I wasn’t sure that there would be any alternatives. After a lot of thought, I had another option being Charlie, via a suggestion from Mr.Morris and connections to myself as well as a basic idea of what he did. The library trip secured my decision as it made me realize that I had to choose, as the book limit was quite low, and I had to split it between the two of them, limiting my take away from the trip. I calculated the similarities between them, and I mostly resembled Charlie, while not even relating to Genghis Khan. I realized that the only reason I wanted to study Genghis was out of curiosity, and the fact that he was an amazing military strategist. After coming to this conclusion, I lept to Charlie and secured him on the list of notables.

Overall, I would say that I agree with my choice and will have some enjoyment in researching and learning about my notable, as it may shed light on myself,my passions and my future.

Thanks for reading!

Plan for speech: Eminent 2017


-Looks back from Oscars chair

-Problems with mother, having to leave her at the asylum.

-Has to provide for himself


Early buildup:

-Gets a minor show

-has to take on multiple jobs to support himself afterward

Late buildup:

-Secures a job after performing and catching a directors eye

-job offers 150$ a week


-Creates the tramp from the costume bin

-Becomes a star

Falling action:

-makes tens of films

-hugely successful

-becomes quite famous as well as his character


– Films from his past with the tramp finish

-Back in the Oscars

-smiles and leaves the stage

Blog response #4: Harrison Bergeron and 2081

“Harrison Bergeron” and “2081” are two very similar stories with minute differences that alter the emotion and purpose of Harrison’s actions, and my personal preference would be the film’s telling. In the short story, everybody is handicapped down to the perceived norm. People still have the traits that make them unique and special, but they are suppressed by weights for strength, masks for beauty and an emitter which interrupts thoughts with sharp, loud sounds, lowering their thought capabilities. This however, does not necessarily continue in the film, as George, Harrison’s father, appears to remember him being taken in April, as opposed to Hazel, his wife, whom of which had no recollection “Forget sad things, I always do”(Hazel 2081). As the sounds hit George’s eardrums, Hazel can hear what sound is described in the novel, but George, only in the movie, recollects what happened on the fateful day their son was taken away. This difference between the two shows that the mentally handicapped aren’t necessarily unable to think and remember, but are more conditioned to not even try out of fear. That, I feel adds another entire layer on top of the already deep satirical piece by Kurt Vonnegut. Another reason why I find the film superior is that is adds a ‘bomb threat’ that is later shown to control the television network, adding more drama and drawing the audience in further. The presentation of the characters is spot on in my opinion, although the cinematography could use some work. Each character matches the description in the story, and truly expresses what they believe, and want to accomplish in an entirely different dimension than the original with body language, physical cues and tasks all being portrayed in a much clearer and well defined way, visually. If I had to give the film as well as the book ratings, the short story would reach a firm 7.5, while “2081” reaches a 9.57 out of 10. Overall, I would greatly recommend this tale of a communistic future, which poses deep questions of society and the self.

English Blog response #3: Racism

I think that the thesis of David Suzuki’s “Racism” is that racism has worked it’s way into society, becoming a normality, but we should realize that these words still hold weight, and treat them very sensitively.

In this short letter, we get to view a horrible truth through the eyes of somebody directly affected by this, being racism, hence the title. A quote from the short story near the beginning shows us exactly how unexpected and hurtful these racist comments are, “‘But he’s a [c****]!’ my friend blurted out. I didn’t know whether to laugh or be mad because he had used a racial slur”(17). This specific quote was from Suzuki’s childhood, which shows how it’s worked it’s way into the youth, and also into a firm place in society. From that point on, Suzuki goes in-depth explaining to his grandchildren how horrible it was to live with the fact that some people had a predisposition to immediately hate you, just based on nationality or skin. He shows us examples in his own life that “If we witness an act of discrimination but do not speak up or intervene, then we [technically] support it” (30). Had this letter been written to myself, it would have a massive impact on me, especially should my race not change for I have never experienced racism, and I probably never will, but with Suzuki’s first hand experience, I would be able to better understand, sympathize and support people affected. I do appreciate what he is bringing up in his letter. He is adressing a point which is rarely seriously adressed in literature, and sharing his insight and guidance on how we can improve ourselves from what we were back then, and that is what we should take away from it all, and what we should implement into our own lives. For we do not know what others may have experienced, and by not using these words, but adressing the impact and seriousness of them, we educate others on how to make the world a better more accepting place. I don;t know about you, but that sounds awesome to me.

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In Chamimanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story”, she brought up the idea that every body is subject to and perpetuates a “Single Story” about one another. Throughout our discussions of the TED talk, we applied this principle to our own lives as well as current events. An example brought up was that all people in TALONS are exceptionally smart in all things related to school, and should thus be the best students in each class. This however, is, to quote Chamimanda, “not wrong, but incomplete”, as each gifted student inn our program has their own strengths and weaknesses. As we dove further into this talk, we discovered that this idea went beyond our own lives, spreading into other cultures and countries worldwide. This broadened Chamimanda’s original example of the “Single Story”, which was in her home in Eastern Nigeria, stating that all people that were from there were poor, uneducated and tribal. We expanded that with Donald Trump’s single story of Mexico, spreading the incomplete picture of immigrants across America. Another example brought up were of Alexander Hamilton, who was going to be removed from the 10 dollar American bill before Lin Manuel Miranda gave the world more information about him through an award winning musical. What Chamimanda stated after giving her examples was that we all participate in this single story, and should work to eliminate them, that is the take away.

However, the take-away alone is not enough, you must put it into action in your life. For example, when you see yourself broadcasting a stereotypical figure, try to add other points of view. Be skeptical of what others tell you, and check the facts and other resources before making up you mind. After all, we are all humans living on this earth, and respecting one another’s culture and countries is one step closer to a very peaceful planet.

English novel study

Celia, the main character of The Night Circus, has a fairly static character persona, and is relatively flat. She shows a sense of cowardice, mixed with the stereotypical characteristic of ‘hidden power’. This character show independence once her father passes, and develops the only change in the first third of the book, the ability to think for herself. The character, again and again has been tortured ‘Her father looks up, annoyed. He lifts a heavy glass and brings it down hard on her hand, hard enough to break her wrist with a sharp crack’(p.50). THis sets up a second layer, not quite making her round, but showing that she has another side to her entirely.The main fear she has is who she is ‘competing with’ would be the person she is ‘competing’ with, as they are unknown as well as threatening, using the father as a cross reference point to identify what this challenger might be like. To make this even more memorable, it is shown with a scar made from a ring put on her finger when she was quite young. They way she handles her battles are passive, and are in no way close to how I would react, given the abusive scenario she is placed in “‘And for christ’s sake, stop crying,’ her father calls after her” (p.50).

Sucked up in the vast amount of time, John Michell was forgotten and frequently mistaken for one of the other thousands of John Michells out there

A late seventeen hundreds astronomer and geologist by the  name of John Michell had taken inspiration from his predecessor, Issac Newton. Because of the time in which he lived and the abilities he gained, he welcomed more well known people in to his house for philosophical and scientific discussions, such as Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Preislty (discoverer of oxygen) and Henry Cavendish (discoverer of hydrogen). I personally find him to be an amazing and incredibly intelligent person from his day and age, proving that in even older societies we were all still capable of wondrous things.

The key element that drew me towards him was his ability to theorize what nobody else thought had a ghost  of a chance existing, after all it’s pretty hard to find something that nobody can see, hear, touch or smell. Thus was the astounding discovery of what he called


We still have theories and evidence of these dark stars, but they are more commonly known today as black holes. Using many facts and minuscule pieces of strong evidence. This is why I found him to be eminent and also why I knew he would be the person I needed to research. When I was young, I hated instructions and manuals because they took to long to read and understand, I preferred having pieces of evidence and properties that I would collect and experiment with until I came to a conclusion on how to use it. John Michell did the same things with larger things like science and seismology.

I enjoyed experimenting with things i knew nothing about and learning how to use them, exploring the unknown has always been a passion, from outdoor trail blazing to codes and the cosmos. Each of us have been brought up and educated in a similar fashions, nothing out of the ordinary or life changing. My future is still unclear, but he continued on the path that he had paved. Graduating from a good college, he continued to learn more about his passions, experimenting and theorizing often. He figured out for the first time how to create artificial magnets and was the founder of seismology.

Using his knowledge of seismology and the theory of Issac Newton that light is made up of particles, their must be some form of gravity that is strong enough to hold light particles, thus came his theory of dark stars.

To this day not much is known about John,  people only have vague descriptions of what he may look like, some people believe that he looked like the man in the photo below, but his description by another is

“a little short man, of black complexion, and fat.”

A man of mystery, who solved many, John Michell.

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