Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Summary Response

After reading the quote by Ben Franklin in 1759, the point that he is trying to get across is that the people who are okay with extra security do not deserve freedom or safety. When reading 1984, and Little Brother there are signs of people gaining security like telescreens that watch them every hour of the day. After reading the quote, by Ben Franklin in 1759 the extra security that is added to society takes away the freedom of everyday life.

The quote, by Benjamin Franklin, correctly portrays that at the point in life when there is a threat and extra security is added to society, the freedom is taken away from both the willing and unwilling. The unwilling people who do not want extra security are not able to to live their way without their daily habits being monitored. When living in a fear controlled society, certain people are willing to live their life without the fear of others but the fear of the government. Mike Meyer a famous canadian actor, once said “People are more aware of security issues, but now they are saying ‘Hey I need an extra layer.’ It used to be that you had to sell the idea of security, [but] not anymore,” (Mike Meyer). When examining this quote by Mike Meyer, it is easy for the audience to see that when people were more aware of what was happening in society they were more concerned. When security measures were taken up a step people began to believe that it was simply a way of living.

However, some people believe that extra security, and the lack of freedom is good for society. When there is threat on the way of life, people would rather feel safe than losing freedom. This allows people to feel safe without worrying about feeling like someone is going to blow something up.As Don Hambidge, a civil engineer, stated “Safety is more important than convenience,” (Don Hambridge). Don points out that security is not completely a horrible thing when there is fear around the world. People would rather have safety than convenience or freedom.

At first glance, many may believe that that the security is more important than freedom. We cannot deny the fact that when there is a terrorist attack, having extra security makes everyone feel safe.However, it is more complicated than that because when extra security is added, the freedom on living life freely is taken away. Freedom is a valued concept and when something seems to threaten the concept people feel frightened. Freedom is more important than security because it allows people to live their lives the way that they want to without constantly looking over their shoulder afraid of being judged. As Ben Franklin stated “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” (Benjamin Franklin), clearly shows that the people who want the extra security do not deserve freedom nor security.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Summary Response Act 5

The fifth act of Othello by Shakespeare, allows the reader to really consider how much one should think about what their actions will cost them if they act too rationally. Iago makes it seem like Cassio and Roderigo got into a fight, and Cassio killed Roderigo. As well as Othello then smothers Desdemona in bed ending in her death. Both Iago and Othello’s actions were acted upon before thought was put into them. The reader is shown how much one needs to really understand their reasons before acting as shown in the fifth act of Othello by William Shakespeare.

Othello, penned by Shakespeare, acknowledge and correctly portrays that actions have their consequences because of actions that Othello and Iago took. When Iago is able to convince Othello that Desdemona is cheating without any real proof, his wife has to stand up for her mistress. Iago is called in and is confronted with all the lies that he has told. Due to all the horrible and  untrue actions that he has committed, he has nowhere to hide. All things that he has done bad do not equivalent to all the good things that he has completed. While arguing with his wife Emilia, Iago tells only half of his story. Iago simply tells Othello that he simply had a suspicion but then placed the blame on Othello for finding out the truth. As Iago argued, “I told him what I though and told no more Than what he found himself was apt and true,” (Shakespeare 5.2.12-13). Iago was able to tell half the story without telling all the facts or the whole story. Iago would rather see others blamed for his mistakes and actions then taking the blame himself. Because of all of Iago’s actions and lies, he has to take the consequences of torture for the rest of his life. However, some can argue that Iago is very thoughtful about his actions and he is very well planned. When Iago plans for the fight to happen between Roderigo and Cassio he thought that he would get rid of Roderigo for spilling the beans and get rid of Cassio to completely earn Othello’s respect. Iago doesn’t want Roderigo to go the Desdemona and have him telling her all the Iago had committed. So Iago comes up with a plan to get rid of Roderigo so he doesn’t tell and get rid of Cassio to make Othello happy. Iago has only used Roderigo for his money and for his uses. Iago sees Cassio as a simply inconvenient problem that needs to be taken care of. Iago states, “O murd’rous slave! O villain, (Shakespeare 5.1.73). When Iago calls Roderigo a villain he is simply covering his tracks. The reader can say that Iago has planned this to happen when and if Roderigo felt like telling Desdemona about all the Iago had done. At first glance, people can believe that Iago is very well thought through and everything goes exactly the way that he needs it to go. The audience cannot deny that Iago does everything for a purpose. Every action that Iago does is to get back at Othello, by using one of his many pawns. The interpretation then raises an important question that makes the reader ponder. When the reader really thinks about what Othello did to his wife, they have to think about the reasons. Othello killed his wife because he believed that he had all the facts that he needed. Othello then found out that Desdemona was true to him and Iago had lied about everything he “saw”. Not everything every goes Iago’s way. Iago hadn’t planned on Roderigo telling Desdemona. Iago had believed that Roderigo would simply be someone that Iago could easily play. When Iago found out that Roderigo had plans of his own that didn’t match up to his he simply got rid of the threat. Iago also hadn’t planned that his wife would see through him and least of all disobey him in front of higher ranking. When she did, Iago simply got rid of her by stabbing her with his sword. Iago was able to manipulate Othello’s mind because he was so jealous but Iago wasn’t expecting Othello to also turn on him. Not everything goes the way that Iago would like it to go, even if it might seem like everything is going to Iago’s plan. Clearly, as shown in Othello by William Shakespeare, the audience can see that actions have their consequences if they are not thoroughly thought through.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Othello Act 2 Summary Response (Tessa Duryea and Mallory Gueller)

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
In the second act of the play Othello penned by William Shakespeare, causes the reader consider the fact of how jealousy can rule one’s life and actions.
  • Supporting ideas and explanations to prove main ideas
Iago, one of the main characters is portrayed as someone who is able to manipulate people into thinking the worst of everyone. He does this because Othello who is a “moor” had made Cassio, a great arithmetic who isn’t a soldier, his lieutenant. As the audience later sees, Iago uses Roderigo, and his wife Emilia as chess pieces in his master plan to get revenge on Othello. Iago is not willing to stop until he has made not only to remove Cassio from his position, but to make Othello’s wife look dishonest and unfaithful.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
After watching and reading the second act of Othello drafted by William Shakespeare captures the fact that jealousy is able to rule one’s life and actions if they allow it to.

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb,correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays___________ because ___________ .
The second act of Othello written by William Shakespeare, precisely identifies that jealousy can rule one’s life, because Iago wastes all his time destroy everyone’s life using exact detail.  
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up Once everyone is in Cyprus, Iago and Cassio are assigned to guard-duty. They have time before they are expected to report, and Iago plans how to get Cassio to ruin his reputation. Before he left, Cassio had just revealed to Iago he is a lightweight drinker.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (Shakespeare 1.2.13-17). Iago plots, “ If I can fasten but one cup upon him, With that which he hath drunk tonight already,  He'll be as full of quarrel and offence   As my young mistress' dog. Now, my sick fool Roderigo, Whom love hath turn'd almost the wrong side out, To Desdemona hath tonight carous'd  Potations pottle-deep; and he's to watch:    Three lads of Cyprus, noble swelling spirits, That hold their honors in a wary distance, The very elements of this warlike isle,   Have I tonight fluster'd with flowing cups,   And they watch too. Now, 'mongst this flock of drunkards, Am I to put our Cassio in some action  That may offend the isle.—But here they come:If consequence do but approve my dream, My boat sails freely, both with wind and stream” (Shakespeare 2.3.49-66).
This explains to the audience that Iago means to embarrass Cassio in front of everyone by using his alcohol weakness. If his plan goes correctly Iago’s dream of becoming lieutenant will be fulfilled.
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim: explain quote, connect to claim
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
However, one can argue that Iago cares for the people and has a feeling of remorse.
    • Set-up
After Cassio is removed from his position people can clearly see that Iago seems to be trying to help Cassio find a way to regain Othello’s praise.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
As the audience can see, Iago is able to care for Cassio and is trying to help him get Othello’s praise back. As Iago speaks to Cassio he says “I protest, in the sincerity of love and honest kindness” (Shakespeare 2.3.346-347).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: explain quote, connect to claim
This quote shows that Iago cares for Cassio and believes that he is honest and loving. Iago can be seen as remorseful and caring for the people that he tries to ruin their lives.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? (use rebuttal progression language)
1st step: Describe a "naive response" or an opposing interpretation of your position. A "naive view" is a view that you personally disagree with or a view that misses something important. But don't use the word "naive." Say something like…
At first glance people may think that Iago is having a prick of remorse for those that he is trying to ruin.

2nd step: Briefly explain the logic or reasoning of this "naive view." Answer the question, "Why would someone think this way? Why would they find their answer or solution logical or reasonable?" Why did I think this way? Say something like...
We cannot deny that Iago is called honest and good, so some may say that Iago is not as evil as he may seem.

3rd step: Provide a transition that indicates that you are going to contrast this "naive view." Say something like...
However, it is more complicated than that. When the reader closely examines the facts, they can see that Iago has many “masks” to wear when around a certain person. For example, with Othello he seems to speak only the truth and manipulates Othello into thinking the worst of Cassio by his words. Cassio believes Iago to be good and honest because he honestly thinks that Iago is trying to help him gain Othello’s praise once again. Iago’s jealousy for Cassio, drives Iago to using everyone he sees as a chess  piece and how he can use them to ruin everyone’s life.

  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
William Shakespeare’s “Othello” Act 2 demonstrates how jealousy can rule one’s life.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Othello Act 1 Summary Response (Tessa Duryea and Mallory Gueller)

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
The first act of William Shakespeare’s “Othello” undoubtedly illustrates that not everyone is who say they are.
  • Supporting ideas and explanations to prove main ideas
In the first act, the reader clearly sees that Iago’s only purpose in the story is to get revenge at Othello for making him an ensign instead of a lieutenant, like Cassio.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
In the first act, William Shakespeare depicts the masks  that Iago wears around different people, in order to get revenge from the perceived betrayal from Othello.

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays) because
The first act in Othello written by William Shakespeare correctly acknowledges Iago’s revenge plot against Othello, because he is truly himself only when he is alone.  

  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
When Iago is by himself, his true self is clearly visible to the reader.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
As the reader sees Iago’s true self is revealed when everyone left him alone at the end of act 1. Iago express his true feelings when he says “He holds me well. The better shall my purpose work on him. Cassio’s a proper man. Let me see how: To get his place and plume up my will. In double knavery-How? how?- Let’s see. After some time, to abuse Othello’s [ear] That he is too familiar  with his wife. He hath a person and a smooth dispose To be suspected, frame make women false. The Moor is of free and open nature That thinks that me are honest but seem to be so, And will as tenderly be led by th’ nose as asses are,” (Shakespeare 1-3-433-445).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
This shows that Iago is able to pretend to be his true self with Rodrigo to use him for both money and someone to place the blame on. Iago is also able to make Othello believe that he isn’t a bad person by acting like his best friend.
  • Counterclaim 1: However,  some may insist that Iago shows his true self around Rodrigo.
    • Set-up
As Rodrigo obtains the knowledge of Othello’s union to Desdemona, he seeks comfort with Iago.    
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )Iago informs Rodrigo of his woes, claiming that, “O sir, content you, I follow him to serve my term upon him…” (Shakespeare 1.1 44-45).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim  Iago essentially lets Rodrigo in on his rebuttal to this treachery.
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? (use rebuttal progression language)
At first glance many believe that Iago is genuinely interested in Rodrigo’s love life. We cannot deny that he does indeed help Rodrigo out, but it is more complex than that. Iago is putting on many masks around different people in order to be able to use them. At the end of the first act, he gives a long monologue about how he made a fool his purse.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea
The first act play Othello by William Shakespeare, confirms that when Iago is alone, it is the only time in which he is truly himself.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bully Summary Response

After watching the movie Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch, the movie presents the idea that bullying can lead to thoughts or actions of suicide. All the victims interviewed were tired of being bullied day by day that they had many thoughts of suicide and those thoughts were transferred into actions for few. The parents of suicidal children illustrated that their kids had dealt with terrible bullying before they took their lives. Throughout the movie, the director visibly shows how children and teens can be driven to try or commit suicide due to bullying. Not all of the children were physically bullied; however all of them were verbally bullied. After watching all the interviews of the children and the parents, the director Lee Hirsch is able to show the audience how bullying can lead thoughts or actions of suicide.

Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch, portrays that bullying in fact can lead to decisions to take one’s life because of the verbal abuse that they endure day after day, and the children or teens are tired of dealing with it. Bullies want to make others feel bad about themselves to make the bullies feel better. During the interview with Ty Smalley’s friend, the people that are trying to fight in become the bullies. Alex sees his friends are the people that bully him and call him the “b” word and try to strangle him. Alex even dictates, “They punch me in the jaw, strangle me, knock things out of my hand, sit on me, and take things from me­”. As the audience sees a scene on the bus with Alex, the other children push him around, knock things out of his hands, sit on him, take things of his, and strangling him. The bus driver sees everything through the mirror and does nothing about it. The people that bully others, they are only doing it to feel good about them and to show others that they are stronger than the kid that they are bullying. However, some kids understand that they are bullied are willing to stand up for themselves and not allow the bullies to win the fight. Kelby, one of the students interviewed, came out gay and she is made fun of daily at school. Her friends are also made fun of because the other kids think that they are gay as well. Each one of the students is not willing to give up easily on what they believe to be correct. Devon was able to end the bullying by standing up for himself for the bullies to leave him alone. As Kelby was interviewed she made the comment “If I leave, then they win” (Kelby). Kelby and Devon are able to stand up for themselves to not allow the bullies to win the fight. Both of them were able to stand for themselves and for what they believe. At first glance, many may believe that that the bullies actually care for the people that they bully. We cannot deny the fact the Cole’s bully, shakes hands with Cole because the principal told him to. This shows that the bully is indeed willing to shake hands over a disagreement.However, it is more complicated than that because each bully only shakes hands or says things to satisfy the teacher or principal's wants.  With each student and parents, the school should have a safe and fun atmosphere. No school can be perfect; however for the two students that committed suicide the teachers do not think that bullying is the reason that the student committed suicide. The movie Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch displays the idea that bullying can lead to thoughts or actions of able to show the audience that bullying others can lead to thoughts or actions of suicide.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


My goal is to be able to give an oral presentation or talk normally through a discussion without mumbling, fumbling, or speaking quietly. I do not enjoy speaking in public so I find that this goal is a good goal for me to reach. I personally do not like to be up in front of crowds and trying to either speak my mind or talk about an assignment. When we are able to have paper in front of us I find myself looking down at the paper that up at the audience.

My commitment is to start to speak up for myself and not let others tell me what to do. This way I would be able to practice speaking and not mumbling. This way I would be able to speak to others while being able to practice not mumbling or speaking quietly.