Creative Written Response to Julius Caesar

The movie Julius Caesar is a story about the real life of Gaius Julius Caesar that was betrayed by his friends in the Senate that he thought were true friends. Julius Caesar has a trustworthy friend and companion, Marc Antony which he chooses to win the race during the ides of February. Cassius planned the killing of Caesar with all of the other senators Cinna, Casca, Decius, Trebonius, Metellus, Legarius, and Brutus.

This movie was mostly about different kinds of leaders than heroes. Julius Caesar was a narcissist kind of leader he thinks about himself more than he thinks of the republic. Marc Antony wins the race during the ides of February and wins a crown. Marc Anthony offered the crown to Caesar thrice but refused it all the time because the crown was not enough for him because his ambition was to become a God.

On the other hand, Marc Antony was a different leader compare to Julius Caesar. He is the kind of leader that Brutus or Cassius would not want to play poker with because he is a good liar. He is the type of ruler that does not admit that he is guilty and pretend that he did not do anything wrong. Also, a person or a leader that does not keep his promises like his promise to Brutus not to blame any of them in his speech during Brutus’ funeral but he did, he showed the citizens of the republic where the senators stabbed Caesar.

Brutus thought of Caesar’s murder as a sacrifice not being a butcher’s action. Politicians are bad liars except for Marc Anthony because their lips twitch or move when the lie in public.Brutus is one of those politicians that can be easily read when they are lying. Bad leaders are those people who tell everyone that he killed his friend because he loves Rome more than he does to his friend.

There are various kinds of leaders, for example, a really smart leader, and a completely foolish leader. A dangerous leader is like Marc Antony because he can fool everyone with his talent of a good liar.

By the Glacier Mountain of Antarctica

Three days have passed since my neighbor, Nilo, and I began our trip through Antarctica.

I felt the cold breeze of wind on my face and through my hair when Nilo was coming out of the store to get us coffee to start us on our hike.

“ Have you heard of the sunken yacht here in Antarctica?” – Nilo

Showing me a little brochure, that she probably got from the tiny store.

“No, Is it far from here? Maybe we could go visit it tomorrow after our hike up to that mountain over there” – Me

I pointed at the gigantic and snowy glacier mountain in front of us, Beardmore Glacier.

“I’m not really feeling like hiking up the glaciers today and also I heard from that gossipy cashier from the store that the weather is going to be colder for the next few weeks to come, starting tomorrow.”

“ Alright! I guess…” – Me

“So it says here that its 26 kilometers away and we have to walk about 2.2 kilometers to the sunken ship.” – Nilo

We called a taxi and waited inside the store. It took about 10 minutes for the taxi to pick us up. While we were inside the car we were quiet and suddenly a strong wind outside captivated my attention. As the strong wind is picking up, a snowstorm started occurring.

As we were going up a small hill to the ship we were throwing snowballs at each other and would giggle every time it hits her or my face.

“Wow!!! That is an enormous lake. And the water is so clear as ice like a thousand diamonds shining.” – Nilo

“Yeah!”

The water is so tempting. It’s so clear that we can already see a little bit of the ship underwater. I was busy taking pictures when I heard the water splashed. I looked back and saw Nilo in the freezing cold water.

“I’m good,” she said

So I continued what I was doing and after three minutes I couldn’t hear anyone swimming anymore so I looked back at the water where Nilo was and didn’t see her.

“NILO!!! Where are you??”

I kept screaming her name to find out if she was okay but there was no response.

I looked a little bit further ahead and saw a floating body so I ran fast as I can, but the body was moving towards the center and the deepest part of the lake. She is unconscious and not moving. Is she dead or is she alive?

When I reached where she was I quickly jumped with no hesitation and quickly swim to her. When I got to her, I quickly held her, and it felt like I was holding a frozen fish.  I pulled her and swam her back to the surface.

I ran back to where we left our backpacks and took all the clothes and blankets I could find and ran back where Nilo was and quickly put her clothes on and wrapped the blanket around her. I checked her pulse and her breathing but I didn’t feel anything so I decided to do CPR with her. It took me 3 tries to get her to gain her consciousness back. I quickly hugged her out of happiness that she is alive. But the thought of her almost dying today still bothers me.

I’ve Got Gloria – Responding to the Story

a.) The argument between father and Scott is because of Scott, he did not take responsibility of his actions, he did not admit his mistakes, and also his thoughts about his father being cruel towards him. When he flunked his math test Scott just shrugged it off and move on, he did not try to increase his grade but instead he thought that Mrs. Whitman, the math teacher, hated him so she flunked Scott on purpose. Also, Scott did not admit to his parents that he is wrong and did not take his responsibilities because he didn’t study for the math test.

b.) On the first day of Scott’s summer school with Mrs. Whitman, he will have courage to clean up his act. There will also be signs that shows that Mrs. Whitman already forgives Scott for example when Mrs. Whitman called Scott’s mom and told her that she expects Scott at the summer school it was already a sign that Mrs. Whitman forgave Scott. Scott will also show signs of him taking responsibility like bringing his notes, and his tests that he failed. Scott will probably have apologetic emotions and will probably apologize to Mrs. Whitman.

c.) Last year in the Philippines, I went to a fair late at night. Fairs in the Philippines are dangerous especially during the night because there has been an incident that involved people with empty liquor bottles hitting other people. There was also another incident where a man died in the fair. I went to the fair late at night with my friends without telling my dad. So they were looking all over for me and when I got home he shouted at me ,for not telling him my whereabouts, in front of our relatives. Then, In the morning the embarrassing moment was resolved when I admitted my mistake and said my sorry to my dad.

d.)In the beginning of the story we see Mrs. Whitman as a ruthless and have favoritism kind of a teacher in Scott’s eyes. When Scott failed his math test, he build up anger towards his teacher without him knowing that it was actually his fault. But at the end of the short story Scott realized that his accusations about Mrs. Whitman was not true, he realized his mistakes and he apologized to Mrs. Whitman and also became accountable.

John Goddard – Responding to the Profile

a.) John Goddard mentioned his partner in the story, Jack Yowell, that died during their adventure together in Congo. One of the reasons that motivated him to spend his life trying to do everything on his list is to fulfill his promise to his partner that he will finish the exploration they both started and also his promise to himself that he will accomplish everything on his list.

b.) At the age of sixty four I probably won’t be as adventurous as John Goddard, and I would not have accomplished so many things in his list like he have. I would be on my rite of passage, retiring from my job.

c.) Before I’m forty I would like to accomplish:

  • Have a degree in university
  • Go to a European Cruise
  • Travel different countries like France, Korea, and Hawaii with family or friends
  • Learn how to fly a helicopter
  • Have a stable and high paying job
  • Work out and eat healthy
  • Learn a European language
  • Have my own house from my earnings
  • Learn how to do surfing
  • Buy a brand new car

Realistically, I’m going to do my best to achieve a degree in a university for my parents sacrifices for me, I will pay them back with a good education and later on money from working. Most of my goals cannot be achieved without being financially secured, if I have a good education then I will have a high paying job to fulfill my life goals.

d.)  I would rather stay in one place with friends and family instead of spending my time alone in a far off adventure because I’d rather spend happy memories with my loved ones instead of spending it alone. Also, it is better to remember memories with people with happiness.

e.) John Goddard’s exploration in Congo with his partner was the hardest adventure he probably had. It was hard for him to move on and continue their journey because he was still mourning for the death of his partner, Jack.  

Hanna Written Response

     The movie called Hanna directed by Joe Wright is a journey of a teenage girl about finding her real identity, and throughout her journey, she encountered Marissa Wiegler which brought danger. But, despite the dangers, she also encountered deus ex machina that was able to help the protagonist throughout her adventures like Sophie and her family. Deus ex machina is a person or a thing that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty. Marissa is referred to a witch, or the big bad wolf in the children’s fairy tales like Baba Yaga, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel. The witch, Marissa Wiegler, will go after Hanna and Erik Heller, Hannah’s father, on Hanna’s journey.

     Little Red Riding Hood is about a little girl that encountered a wolf on her way to the forest to visit her grandmother, and because of gluttony the wolf ate the grandmother and also plans to eat the little girl but luckily a woodsman came to help them and killed the wolf. Hanna was part of a program to make babies stronger and to reduce fear and pity in their system. She represents Little Red Riding Hood because they were both brave when they both faced the witch and the wolf, and also they were both on a journey but for different purposes. Also, the deus ex machina in the story is the woodsman, in the movie Erik, and Claude served as the deus ex machina for Hanna. Marissa Wiegler symbolizes the wolf because they were both selfish, and consist of the 7 deadly sins including envy, pity, and greed. Marissa’s favorite color is green which symbolizes envy, she feels envious towards the grandmother and also Hanna.

     Furthermore, the cruel experience that Hansel and Gretel went through from their stepmother and the witch in the forest is also the same as Hanna’s wisdom. The stepmother was similar to Marissa because of her determination to get rid of Hansel and Gretel. Marissa is also the same because she disposed 19 children, killing them. Hanna had been put on a frequent camera obscura, dark chamber, like when she hid in the camper van of Sophie’s family. When Hansel and Gretel got locked in a dark room by their evil stepmother, the stepmother felt wrath towards them because they outsmarted her by dropping pebbles on their tracks to lead the innocent children back home. Another essential point is the fairy tale story called Baba Yaga, this story is related to the story of Hansel and Gretel because the children in both stories are sent to the forest by their stepmothers, and both encountered a witch. It is comparable to the movie Hanna because of the similarity of numerous scenes, concepts, and ideas. In the story, Baba Yaga the children encountered a cat which served as the salvation of the children from the hideous witch by giving them towel and comb that brings out special purposes. When one of them threw the towel, a river appeared out of nowhere when Hanna heard music for the first time by women doing laundry on the coast of a river there was a towel laying down in the middle of the river.

     In addition, a lot of people faces problems and wants to escape from people that is bothering them. Sophie escaped through water from her brother Miles in the pool, and also Hanna when she heard music for the first time she escaped through water from the dessert. Like the biblical story of Moses and Noah they also escaped through water by splitting the water into half, and by sailing in the ocean. Moses was a good Samaritan because he saved the people of Israelite from the Egyptians when he split the water and all of the Israelite crossed the water, and Noah used an ark to save his people from a flood. Despite the fact that Hanna was part of a program that reduces a human being’s capacity to show fear and pity and yet, she still showed fear. Both Moses and Noah also showed fear just like Hanna. What do you believe in? The only difference between the three of them is that Hanna believes in nothing, but Moses, and Noah believed in the word of God.

     Like all of the fairy tales, the protagonist goes through a journey, and through an abyss. Hanna went on an adventure about her true identity, and also an abyss like most of the children stories, Baba Yaga, Hansel and Gretel, Moses, Noah, And Little Red Riding Hood. Every character in the stories, and in the movie, Hanna showed fear and pity which makes everyone a human being and also the freedom to express their emotions as humans.

 

Writing about “War”

                                           Home

     My sister, Ruby,  and I were kids back then when our papers got approved by the immigration officers allowing us to migrate to Canada. That was 5 years ago, I was ten years old and my sister was 11. The memory is still fresh in my memory I even remembered what my grandma said before I left.

      My grandma said “ mag-ingat kayo don at mag-aral ng mabuti” ( be careful and study hard), she said it with a big smile on her face but I saw her face trying to hold back her tears.

      When the car drove far away from our house in Apayao, I lost control of my emotions my tears continuously fell off of my eyes. The hardest part of migrating to an unfamiliar place is saying goodbye to my family, friends, and to my neighbours.

     It was August 15 at midnight we arrived at Edmonton International Airport. The first thing that my dad do was hug us. The emotions I felt after arriving in my new freezing home was not excitement but instead it was mostly the feeling of heartache, longing, and fear. At first I did not like it here, and my parents and I would have conversations about us going back home to the Philippines.

Me: “Gusto ko ng umuwi” (I want to go home)

Father: “ Mahal ang ticket” ( The plane ticket is expensive)

     I won’t talk for a long time after that and I would just go to my room. I knew to myself that my dad is happy for us to be with him, for his family together. But he is also sad because of our urge to go home. Our first vacation together,that may entertain us and make us happy for a little bit, in Canada was in Banff with some friends with us. This vacation might entertain us and make us happy for a little bit and it did.

     After 3 weeks of our stay in Canada school finally started. I found friends and they helped me cope up , they taught me about the Canadian culture and English language, and they also made me feel happy and welcome.

     During a video call with my family in the Philippines my grandma said “ sini-celebrate namin birthday niyo dito kahit wala kayo” (we celebrate your birthdays even though you are not here) I was happy to hear that because they still remember our birthdays. I started liking Canada even though it is cold here because there are a lot of nice people that helped me and made me feel happy in Canada.

 

Respond to War

A.) What the author meant about the title is a war between father and son because Neil had an argument with his dad about the father going to war and breaking his promises to Neil. This conflict against father and son involved throwing stones at the father and hiding from everyone because Neil does not want his father to go to war. He also meant a war like World War II that the father is going to in France against Germany.

B.) The way Neil reacts to his father leaving is a typical reactions of a ten year old boy because they are still weak towards their feelings and Neil still does not know the reasoning behind his father going to a war in France. In the middle of Neil’ s argument with his father he threw stones, that are supposed to be gifts for his mother, at his father because of anger and grudges against his father. But the father endured and took all of the stones that were being thrown to him because he is willing to sacrifice. The father went to war so that nobody have to go to war including his sons. Stones symbolizes sacrifice because even though the father knew that there will be more stones being thrown at him during the war, which are bullets, he still went and fought against Germany because he does not want his children to suffer like their uncle Frank who died during the war. For Muslims stones represents evil it is called the Stoning of the evil which is part of their ritual that represents the temptation to disobey God.

C.) The climax of the short story “War” is when Neil hit his father on the stone and he saw confusion on his face. When he saw the confusion Neil felt empathy for his father. Another high point in the story is when Neil and his father was in an existential crisis. They were both sitting in the sun but never said a word to each other. The conflict was resolved at the end by taking pictures together and saying their proper goodbye to the father.

Research a Human Rights Violation: War Against Drugs

The new elected president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a human rights adversity, war against drugs. It’s a government murderous movement against drug users by harassing and persecuting drug abusers all over the country. This conflict started on June 30, 2016 when Duterte became president and this caused a decline in respect for basic and human rights. President Rodrigo Duterte started his war against drugs because he was threatened that the Philippines would turn into a narco state. It means that policies of a certain country would cooperate with illegal drug trade. According to the government data, since July 1, 2016 there were about 7,000 drug users killed by an unidentified gunman and about 3, 116 drug abusers have been killed by police officers. A lot of innocent victims are getting brutally murdered during an anti drug operation. A movement by Senator Manny Pacquiao on September 19, 2016 is a voting movement against Senator De Lima to get removed in the senate because she is a suspected drug lord. The majority of people chose to remove De Lima and to be taken to jail. 

For instance, children are getting shot and most of the victims will be found on the back alleys wrapped in tape and signs of torture all over their body. Kian Lloyd Delos Santos, a 17 year old grade 11 student was murdered during an anti drug operation on August 17, 2017. The police officers that were in the operation claimed that Kian pointed a gun at them but witnesses said that the police officer told Kian to take their gun and run. Kian’s death caused government investigation, public outrage and protesters (video) to stand up and seek justice for him. Furious people and the parents of Kian protested and there were also students that joined the protest.  

I used videos, articles, and Wikipedia to get information and I used a video because it was easier to understand. I used a lot of sources because the articles all have different interesting points and ideas. Most of the articles were about the senate talking about the issue and conflict their facing they never considered and concluded the opinions of the citizens of the Philippines.

Responding to the Story: A Conversation of Birds by Jean Yoon

a.) The theme of the story is about promises, it is about why we have to fulfill our promises. When we make promises we have the responsibility to meet and fulfill their promises to each other. For instance, Sally promised to her parents that she will go to Kwang Joo with them. Even if there were no young people in the funeral ceremony she still went to Kwang Joo because she is reminded of Kent State and it is a sign of maturity to go with her parents to Kwang Joo. The theme also includes when to speak out for yourself and for the sake of others. The students from Kwang Joo protested for fairvote and martial rule. Students from Kwang Joo risked their lives and protested because they want to stand up for themselves and have their rights respected.

 

b.)  In page 44 the title occurred during the dad was giving his speech when he was unfolding his speech, that he wrote the night before they went to Kwang Joo, it was quiet and all they could hear was the conversation of birds. Also, in page 45 the title appeared in different words when the father finished his speech and everyone was complimenting him, the protagonist said that “voices are scattered in all directions”.  

 

c.) When the father ended his speech, Sally asked him what his speech was all about and the dad simply answered that it was “just the same old thing”. The father answered the daughter with the same old thing because he thinks that Sally, his daughter, is not ready for it, won’t appreciate it, and she doesn’t deserve to know the speech yet. Most importantly, the father can’t deliver the same speech twice that has been told from his heart.

 

d.) The author, Jean Yoon, feels that it is important to speak out against injustice and human violation because it is important to defend their rights and others too for them to be treated equality. It is also important to stop human violation, and to get the justice that people want against human violation. Also, to decrease the human rights violation all over the word. To stop human violations all over the world people can protest, learn about the human violation, elect a new government, and serve in the army.

e.) A hero is a person who is admired by many for his/her courage and outstanding achievements. In the story A Conversation of Birds the father is the hero because he showed care for other people like the students in Kwang Joo. Students from Kwang Joo got massacred because of protesting for fairvote and martial rule. The father is from Kwang Joo and he was given the responsibility to deliver a message for the deceased students. His main helpers are his wife and daughter, Sally his daughter promised to go with him to the funeral ceremony even though she did not know what the meaning of the speech. While he was stating his speech in front of a lot of people he started crying and all that they could hear was the conversations of birds in the room. This was the time that the father felt alone and stuck in existential crisis.Although, he cried while stating his message and he was also having a hard time delivering his speech that he prepared he still solved his problem by telling his speech from his heart.

Write a Short Story: The Michelle I Know

                                         Target

Noises from the basketball practice filled the empty school. The sunset was reflecting all over the city and the athletes felt worn out.

    The boys planned to go straight to a birthday party. Everyone was invited except Ian, the clumsiest player in the team. But Ian wouldn’t go anyway because he would rather go home than go to parties. Ian can not hide his feelings, it was written all over his face. He felt alone and felt like he doesn’t belong in the team because everyone is treating him the water boy of the team. Ian began his way home but he decide to stop at the convenience store for a beef jerky. While he was tapping his fingers on the counter, waiting to pay his grocery, he saw two guys chasing after an unease guy that is probably his age.

    Fear was written all over the guy. On the other hand, the other two guys was angry and they were wearing an all black outfit like they were gangsters and they looked mysterious, he thought. But Ian just shrugged his thoughts off of his mind.

    He started his way out of the store and all he can see was darkness and the streetlights giving brightness to the sidewalk.

    Once again he felt drained and exhausted, as he was walking down the streets and he didn’t notice that it was pass his curfew. And he knew that he would get in trouble by his overreacting mom. By the time he reached his way under the bridge. Darkness was all he can see. He heard noises that sounded like guys shouting at each other, as he went nearer he saw a shadow of a guy pointing a gun at his opponent. His eyes expanded like an owl, he was shocked and did not know what to do. He quickly ran to the edge of the bridge to hid from the dreadful event that he had just witness. He saw one of the guys turned his head on his direction. Ian felt at ease that the guy didn’t see him.

    “ You are a traitor, Alex” the armored guy said to the other guy, kneeling in front of the armored guy, with full of hatred and authority from his voice. Ian was tapping his phone to call the police when he heard a gunshot that filled the area and saw blood scattered all over the floor. The short and petite guy was panicking beside the armored guy, leader, with the gun, he looked like he didn’t know what to do and Ian saw sympathy but something is stopping him, the short guy, to help him. “ Let’s get out of here” the armored guy said to the short guy and they started running away until Ian can’t see their shadow anymore. Ian was left there in the middle of the night zoned out of his mind, didn’t know what to do with the guy losing a lot of breath and fighting for his life. Ian went near him and saw the guy losing his breath one by one and tears escaping his eyes that are slowly closing. “Be strong and don’t give up and fight for your life for your family” Ian said but he wanted to tell the guy losing his life to not give up so he can do revenge against the guys that shot him but his conversation with his mother haunt him and remembered what she said about revenge “ Don’t waste your time on revenge, those that hurt you will eventually taste their own dose of medicine”. As he remember the conversation Ian had with his mother he heard sirens of police cars and ambulance coming from the road on top of the bridge.