Louis Vuitton Introductory Blog Post

“In the blink of an eye he exchanged the cloth frock and hobnailed shoes of a worker for the courting outfit of the day. The transformation was spectacular, but it required all the know-how of the store’s department manager, since Louis’ shoulders were much larger than those of Parisian bureaucrats.”

– Henry-Louis Vuitton (describing Louis Vuitton)

Louis Vuitton was a well-known bag and trunk maker who founded an incredibly successful high fashion brand. However, Louis didn’t start as a high fashion designer, he an innovative box maker and packer. He was the first to make rectangular trunks, for easy stacking and transport on railroads and cars, the first to make a water and odor proof trunk, and lastly, the first to make a light, hand carried trunk made of canvas. Now we can see Louis Vuitton’s legacy every day. The brand ‘Louis Vuitton’, started by Louis Vuitton, is the world’s leading luxury fashion retailer. Even though Louis died almost 150 years ago, his brand’s bags, clothes and even his original designs from the 19th century are owned by most prominent celebrities. Nonetheless, Louis Vuitton’s rise to become a well-known designer was not easy. He was born in a small French village called Anchay. There he grew up with his father and stepmother, but at the age of thirteen, Louis grew bored of the provincial life in Anchay and decided to run away to Paris. This was no small task, he didn’t have a form of transport and Paris was 292 miles away. What did the determined and headstrong Louis Vuitton do? He walked to Paris. It took him three years, but once he was in the capital of France, he was taken in as an apprentice by Monsieur Marechal, a renowned box maker and packer in Paris. Seventeen years later, he became the French Empress’ personal box maker and packer, which opened a door to an entirely new rank of elite and royal clientele allowing him to open his own workshop another three years later. Louis Vuitton’s challenges didn’t end there; when the Franco-Prussian war broke out and resulted in the siege of Paris, he was sent out to fight and had to abandon his beloved business. When Louis returned from the war, he found his staff dispersed, his equipment stolen, and his workshop destroyed. Once again putting his determination to use, he only took several months to build a new shop at a new location. This new address was near the prestigious Jockey Club, which once again opened a door to the elite of Paris. This is how Louis Vuitton created one of the longest lasting luxury brands in the world, which is why I am very interested in researching him. I think Louis’ perseverance and drive to follow his passion is a good lesson for everyone about how following your dreams and working hard can make anything possible.

Louis Vuitton is an interesting person for me to explore in this year’s eminent because I am interested in fashion design, and I think that Louis’ life is a remarkable story of perseverance and success. Louis was known to be a very determined person, who wouldn’t stop working towards a goal until he achieved it. Louiog-trunk-low-ress was also a very independent person, running away from his small French village at the age of thirteen to travel 292 miles on foot to Paris. I can’t match Louis’ determination and independence, but they are also some of my most prominent traits. Louis’ independence also relates to my goal for TALONS: To become a more independent and autonomous learner. Louis Vuitton started a fashion empire on his own, due to his personal interests and passions, and not because someone pushed him to, which I think is an excellent example of autonomy. One of the main barriers that will impair my connection with Louis is that he lived in the mid-19th century and I live in the 21st. The perception of the brand Louis has created has also changed over time. Back in the 19th century, it was a brand that specialized only on box and trunk making, and only catered to royal and elite clientele. Now, the brand still retains its roots of luggage-making, but it is also a colossal fashion brand that isn’t as exclusive it was in the 1800’s. Due to this, when it is time for speeches, I will make sure the audience understands that the life of Louis Vuitton in the 19th century is very different from the glamour of the Louis Vuitton brand we see today.

The Danger of a Single Story

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche warns us about the danger of the ‘Single Story’ in her TED Talk. I think her main point in this talk is that multiple perspectives are necessary to create a full story and much more perspectives are required to create an unbiased story. First, Chimamanda showed an important example of how everyone that she ever read about was “white and blue eyed, they played in the snow, and they eat apples,” (00:39). This is important because it shows that through the many books with only one perspective that Chimimanda was reading as a child, she came to believe that all characters in books should be white and blue eyed, play in the snow and eat apples. A ‘single story’ was forming. Chimamanda also showed great examples with people only having a ‘single story’ towards her and examples of ‘single story’ situations throughout history. The most impactful example, however, was when she went to Mexico for the first time. She talks about how when she went to Mexico, she had been living in the USA for some time. During this time, there were some tensions along the border and the Mexican people had been shown on the media and by the government “as people who were fleecing the healthcare system, sneaking across the border, being arrested at the border, that sort of thing,” (08:21). When Chimamanda went to Mexico for the first time, she was surprised to see that Mexicans were ordinary people, just like her. Then she realized that she had been influenced with the ‘single story’ of the government and the media. This last example clearly shows that anyone can be a target for the ‘single story’. Someone will always have a ‘single story’ about you, and you will always have a ‘single story’ about someone. It is almost impossible to live life without bias. However, I still think that we should try and reach out to all stories, to gain the different perspectives of the world, and see it as it really is.

1/3 Lord of the Flies Response

One of the most impressive things about Ralph is that he has retained a leadership role throughout the book and during my scene. This scene shows that Ralph can maintain his aura of leadership even when he is very close to losing his temper. He displays this when he was confronting Jack about letting the fire out: “’I was chief, and you were going to do what I said. You talk. But you can’t even build huts–then you go off hunting and let out the fire—‘ (pg. 111). However, this scene also shows that Ralph can sometimes let his emotions get in the way of leadership: “(…) his voice came again on a peak of feeling. “There was a ship–,” (pg. 111). In this scene, Ralph wants to get off of the island by signaling the ship with a smoke signal. However, the smoke signal goes out, and Ralph fears that he will never get off this island if he doesn’t re-ignite the smoke signal in time for the ship to see it. He demonstrates this by screaming “Come back! Come back!” at the ship (pg. 107). In this scene Ralph is facing the internal conflict of dealing with the fact that their only way off the island was gone due to the mistake of the people he was trying to lead. An external conflict that he was facing was him trying to get up to the top of the mountain and lighting the fire in time to signal the ship. The development of Ralph so far is believable. Ralph entered the story as an overall ‘Mary Sue’ character, mature for his age and a good leader. However, even though he quickly recovers from it, this scene shows Ralph have the frustration and desperation of a child. We can also see the leadership position wearing his maturity away, which is very believable. I am not so critical with Ralph’s behavior because in this scene the fault of the fire going out is not on him. I also understand his frustration because the other boys’ mistake was quite devastating to him and the other boys. I am pleased with how the development is going so far because Ralph started as a ‘Mary Sue’ character, which means that he will either have a dip in character development or have a complete decline as a character. Both options are plausible because we can see Ralph’s leadership start to wear out which could mean that he continues to diminish to an imperfect character reveal himself at the end of the book as a great leader. I think that we should not look up to Ralph. Even though he is a good leader so far, only one third of the way through the book we can see his flaws start to show and we can see that he is wearing out as a leader. In this scene, Ralph is failing to lead the group of boys that he was named ‘chief’ of because nobody is following through with orders and most boys don’t care much about doing work. I can relate to this because there are times when I have had to lead a group, but they do not listen or do not do any of the work that is assigned to them. I think that I would have approached the situation in the same way as Ralph. He was first desperate to light the fire again, and then he confronted Jack about letting the fire go out, which I would’ve handled the same way.

Stuart McLean’s “Emil”

Stuart McLean’s “Emil” offers readers a look on different perspectives of the debate on whether or not to give money to homeless people. It mostly focuses on Morley’s perspective, which is that homeless people are just as human and needing for human necessities and comforts as she is. She realizes this through becoming friends with Emil, a homeless man living in her neighborhood; while her family, neighbors and friends outcast him. Having a homeless man in Morley’s life makes her more understanding towards people with different or ‘unnatural’ lifestyles. It also helps her understand that sometimes people with these lifestyles don’t want ‘help’ to change the way they like to lead their life. One of the first signs of this in the book can be seen when she asks Dave “What is his name?” (pg. 110). This shows that Morley thinks of Emil as a regular person and wants to find out who he really is instead of isolating herself from him and trying to keep each other’s lifestyles separate. Another time she opened up to Emil’s lifestyle is when she caught him stealing flowers from the Shellenbergers garden, but “Instead of getting angry, however, she said, ‘Is that for your garden, Emil?’” (pg. 115). This quote shows that instead of getting mad at Emil or criticizing him for stealing flowers, Morley calmly tries to learn about why Emil is taking the flowers and learn about how he uses them in his lifestyle. Through talking about the flowers, Morley starts to understand that Emil is happy with how he is and how his life is, and that the flowers give him that happiness. Lastly, I think Morley shows that she finally accepts Emil’s lifestyle when she says “I don’t care what he does with the money,” (pg. 115). This last quote shows that Morley has full trust in the way Emil wants to lead his life. She now understands that Emil is maintaining this lifestyle for a reason: it makes him happy.

Task C: Final Response

The best lens to watch George Lucas’ Star Wars: A New Hope is through the Social Power lens. This is due to most of the movie being about the conflicts between different social classes and two parties with different political views. Watching the movie through this lens provides an insight on the struggle of revolution and political change. Examples of social power can be seen all throughout the movie. One of the most prominent examples of the difference in social classes is seen through the characters of the movie. Only the characters that are in military or political positions of power lead a prosperous or opulent life. Most of the other characters either join the rebellion against this oppressive regime, end up farming like Luke, or turn to crime like Han Solo. This could serve as a look into real life, and show that only people in power live ‘safe’ lives without having to struggle for finances or survival. Another example of power differences between social classes is seen when the Empire destroys a whole populated planet. They commit this genocide without any question or confrontation from any regular civilians that are not rebels. This shows that the Empire can do basically whatever it wants without any opposition or confrontation, which could be showing us how people in power can do questionable or suspicious things without being confronted or questioned. My last example is when the Millennium Falcon is allowed to escape the Death Star, but only because it had a tracker on it. The author could be showing that a person can only do something or go somewhere in life if the government or person in power lets them; and even if the person does do something, the government still keeps an eye or ‘tracker’ on you. From these three examples, I see that this film might be about the division between social classes and political views, and the struggle of having an opposite political view than the overbearing current government. From watching Star Wars: A New Hope I can say that having an overarching government for every person in the world wouldn’t work because people around the world have different political views and the single government would spark resistances as seen in Star Wars.

New Brunswick Final Address

To conclude, our colony wants to confederate. We think that we will be a great province for the Dominion of Canada because currently, we are an economic powerhouse, and with your help we can continue fueling the country with our powerful economy. However, as a small province with a small amount of taxpayers, we cannot assume other provinces debt if we want to continue to sustain our current economic state. We would also require imported raw materials from other provinces, due to most of our economy relying on us producing products out of raw materials. This would work great because our colony has a lot of port cities to export these products. To get these raw materials to New Brunswick, the cross Canada railroad would have to be extended to our main port city, St. John. The railroad will be also put to use on the way back across Canada, as we have raw materials like timber and potatoes to export ourselves.

Now, onto our second point. Britain has the finest navy in the world, and one of the finest armies. If we confederate, it will no longer be obligated to protect New Brunswick in cases of invasion. New Brunswick is a province with lots of coastal area, which is a weak point against assailants, and it also borders America, which as we know from the Fenian Raids, can invade the future Dominion of Canada. Due to these threats, we have to be guaranteed protection by the rest of Canada from invaders.

As New Brunswick is a colony with a smaller population, we want to be fully represented in government, which means no representation by population. New Brunswick is also a place where there are many minorities like Irish, Scottish, and Black settlers, and we would like government to be open to and to represent these minorities. We feel that it is important to hear these people’s voices in government because, if we confederate, a large population of the country will consist of these minorities.

That concludes the final address of New Brunswick. Thank you.

TED Talk Final Science 9 Project

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My TED talk question is “To what extent does extended cell phone use connect to negative genetic mutations and cancer?”. In this video I talked mostly about how the RF and EMF waves emitted from cell phones can affect our health. Here are my sources:

 

Cell Phones and Cancer Risk. (2018, February 16). Retrieved from https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/cell-phones-fact-sheet
Do Cell Phones Emit Radiation When Not In Use? (2018, May 03). Retrieved from https://emfacademy.com/cell-phone-radiation/
Garbarino, V. R., Orr, M. E., Rodriguez, K. A., & Buffenstein, R. (2015, June 15). Mechanisms of Oxidative Stress Resistance in The Brain: Lessons Learned From Hypoxia Tolerant Extremophilic Vertebrates. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4843805/
Glucose Metabolism. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.caninsulin.com/glucose-metabolism.asp
A. (2013, July 29). Heavy cell phone use linked to oxidative stress. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130729133531.htm
How Do Cell Phones Work? . (2018, April 2). Retrieved from http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/cellphonetech.php
Mandal, A., Dr. (2017, August 03). What is Oxidative Stress? Retrieved from https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Oxidative-Stress.aspx
Mihai, C. T., Rotinberg, P., Brinza, F., & Vochita, G. (2014, January 8). Extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields cause DNA strand breaks in normal cells. Retrieved from
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3897901/
Salivary Gland Cancer Treatment. (2018, May 11). Retrieved from https://www.cancer.gov/types/head-and-neck/patient/adult/salivary-gland-treatment-pdq
Vian, A., Davies, E., Gendraud, M., & Bonnet, P. (2016). Plant Responses to High Frequency Electromagnetic Fields. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4769733/

Independent Investigation #2

Inquiry Question: To what extent did Tecumseh’s military and leadership skills affect the outcome of the War of 1812? 

A: Historical Significance

Outline the focus of your inquiry and provide background knowledge. Why is this an important and significant question to ask about the past? Provide evidence from primary to secondary.

The main focus of this inquiry was learning about how First Nations people, led by Tecumseh, were important in the forming of Canada. This is an important thing to learn about because we rarely learn about important First Nations figures in the forming of Canada and Canadian identity. However, First Nations people are an extremely important part of Canada and Canadian heritage, and we should learn about important figures like Tecumseh.

So, to what extent did Tecumseh’s military and leadership skills affect the outcome of the War of 1812? Tecumseh was a Shawnee leader of a Pan-Indian confederation between 1807 and 1813. He, alongside his brother, was the voice that lead the Indian Confederation. The Indian Confederation was a confederation planned by Tecumseh and his brother, Tenskatawa, that was supposed to unite all First Nations in North America against the rapid expansion of the newly founded United States of America. The two brothers were quite successful too. By 1811, the confederation involved over twenty-five native nations. However, in 1811 Tenskatawa led his followers against American forces at Tippecanoe Creek, which led to a crippling defeat. This forced Tecumseh to lead around 350 warriors of the confederation into an alliance with the British. This is where Tecumseh’s role in the War of 1812 began.

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Tecumseh was known as one of the great military leaders of the War of 1812 for his decisive actions. The Shawnee leader especially liked working with General Isaac Brock. The two had an important appreciation for each other’s military prowess, providing a good source of friendship between important First Nations and British figures. Brock even said that “A more sagacious or more gallant warrior does not, I believe, exist.” In a letter to the Prime Minister Lord of Liverpool. Tecumseh also admired Brock, proclaiming “This is a man!” when Brock decided to attack Fort Detroit against all of his advisors wishes. In the Battle of Detroit, Tecumseh’s involvement was key to taking over Fort Detroit. He intimidated General Hull (the American general in charge of defending Fort Detroit) to the point that the general surrendered the fort without a single shot fired. Brock and Tecumseh worked well together until Tecumseh became seriously ill later in 1812.

However, this did not stop Tecumseh. He returned to fight more under the command of General Proctor in the Battle of Lake Erie and the Battle of Thames. By now, over a thousand First Nations warriors were under Tecumseh’s command. The British were defeated in the Battle of Lake Erie and were forced to retreat along the Thames River. General Proctor’s retreat plan was well constructed, but his execution was incompetent. Proctor couldn’t decide where to make a stand against the American forces and changed his mind three times. In the end, Proctor’s soldiers were hungry, tired and disheartened. Tecumseh was enraged by this, comparing Proctor to “a fat animal that carries its tail upon its back; but when affrighted, it drops it between its legs and runs off”. As you will see later, this description fit General Proctor well in the Battle of Thames.

In the Battle of Thames, Proctor had 600 soldiers under his command, and Tecumseh had a thousand warriors. However, the American General, William Caldwell, had 3500 soldiers under his command. After the first volley was fired on the British soldiers, Proctor fled the battlefield, resulting in the rest of his soldiers to lose formation and become an easy target for the American forces. Tecumseh stayed behind, urging his warriors to keep fighting against the American soldiers. However, even Tecumseh couldn’t win a battle outnumbered two to seven. Tecumseh died in that battle in 1813.

After the death of Tecumseh, the Indian Confederacy fell apart.

From this, we can see how Tecumseh served a very important part in the war of 1812. He assisted multiple generals in battles and was a great leader to the First Nations people in time of war. Another important thing that he did is establish alliances between the British and the First Nations. He was also friends with General Isaac Brock, which was one of the first genuine friendships between First Nations and British leaders.

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2: Cause and Consequence

Why did your researched events happen the way they did and what were the consequences?

The reason my events happened the way they did was partly because of fast American expansion in the 1800’s, which caused Tecumseh to create the Indian Confederacy, and partly because of Tecumseh’s own personal goals and talents as a military leader.

Without Tecumseh and his skilled warrior’s involvement in the War of 1812, the British would have lost multiple battles. Due to this, Canada’s borders could be different today, or, Canada wouldn’t exist at all, we would all just be part of America. Without rapid American expansion, the War of 1812 might have never even happened. This could mean that Canada would still be a British colony, without a sense of identity. It could also mean that Canada’s borders could be different, and that Canada could be even bigger than it is today.

3: Historical Perspective

How was/were your researched event(s) viewed by historical actors at the time? What specific values or standards did they hold? Explain.

Having aboriginal warriors fighting alongside European soldiers was not something new. In fact, it had been done before in the Seven Years’ war. To the British, Tecumseh and his warriors were essential to winning the War of 1812. Britain desperately needed the additional resources offered by the First Nations as both defenders and combatants. The British also really admired the combat skills of the First Nations, Tecumseh’s military and oratory skills. On August 9th, 1812, John Richardson, who was a British soldier and future writer said, “that ardour of expression in his eye… that could not fail to endear him to the soldier hearts of those who stood around him” about Tecumseh, which I think shows a great representation of what the British thought of Tecumseh and his warriors during the War of 1812.

However, American soldiers greatly feared and disliked First Nations warriors. General Hull was so scared of the warriors, he surrendered Fort Detroit after seeing Tecumseh lead his men towards the fort. The American general feared a massacre of his soldiers after hearing stories of ‘First Nations savagery’. America was also expanding very fast at the time, and First Nations people ‘got in the way’ of Americans manifesting destiny. Due to these reasons, most American people did not like First Nations people, especially when they were on the opposing side of a war.

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B: Social Studies Inquiry Process

What conclusions can you reach about your question, based on the research you conducted?

I can reach the conclusion that Tecumseh played an enormously important role in the War of 1812 and in the forming of Canada. Without Tecumseh’s help, Canada could have different borders and maybe wouldn’t exist at all. Tecumseh also showed Britain and future founders of Canada that the First Nations people are an important nation to Canada that shouldn’t be outcasted or pushed out of its territory.

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Sources:

http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/user_assets/documents/HM-Feb-2012-ENG.pdf

https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-the-Thames

https://www.shmoop.com/war-1812/tecumseh.html

http://www.pbs.org/wned/war-of-1812/essays/native-nations-perspective/

https://sites.google.com/site/blodgetthistoricalconsulting/tecumseh

http://www.canadahistory.com/sections/eras/british%20america/Tecumseh.html

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/tecumseh/

Crossroads Chapter 3

 

Ecological Footprint Assignment

My ecological footprint came out to 7.45 hectares after I used the Ecological Footprint Calculator. I then did some research and found that Canada’s average ecological footprint per capita is 8.18 hectares, which means that my ecological footprint is 0.73 hectares below Canada’s average.

 

Some of the things that currently drastically increase the size of my footprint are:

  • flushing the toilet every time I use it
  • Taking 10+ minute showers
  • Not using a water saving device or toilet
  • Not washing my clothes in cold water
  • Having brand new clothes
  • Having a large house for a relatively small family
  • Traveling with just my family in a car
  • Having a medium sized car
  • Spending more than an hour using technology
  • Eating dairy products

 

Some things I can do to have a smaller ecological footprint are:

  • Not buying as much new clothing and trying to use more second-hand clothes to save clothing materials.
  • Reduce my shower length to 3-6 minutes by making sure to wash quickly and keep an eye on the time to reduce water consumption.
  • Take more public transit and use my bike more instead of traveling in the car to reduce greenhouse gas emission.
  • Cut down on technology time by doing more outdoor activities to reduce electricity consumption.
  • Washing my clothes in cold water to save water.

 

Reflection:

A change that was easy for me was not buying new clothes and using second hand clothes. This was easy because I have a lot of relatives that had clothes that they could give me. Another thing that was easy to change was using more public transit and alternate forms of transportation. This was an easy change because I spent a lot of time bussing home from school instead of getting picked up. Also, the weather was extremely nice this month and gave me a chance to use my bike or longboard to get around.

Some things that were difficult for me to change was taking shorter showers because I was used to taking long showers and kept losing track of time due to there being no clock in the shower. Another difficulty was cutting down on screen time because, as we all know, we live in a digital age, and I rely on my computer to finish my homework, my phone for communication and other devices for entertainment. It was also hard to try to wash all my clothes in cold water because my family and I share loads, and most of the time, another family member needs the water to be either warm or hot.

Obstacles like my family washing machine needs and no clock in the shower got in the way of me reaching my goal. However, I have noticed that some things are easy to change, like using second-hand clothes and using alternate transportation methods, and therefore I will continue doing those things. I am also determined to try to cut down on my shower length because one of my highest scoring areas on the Ecological Footprint Calculator was the “Water Use” section, specifically because of my shower length.

Hamilton: Hurricane Blog Post / Analysis

A: Character Development

The song Hurricane plays an important role in the musical Hamilton because it shows how Alexander Hamilton develops into a person that understands the importance of honesty. This moves the plot forward because it shows how Hamilton came to the idea of the Reynolds pamphlet by reliving traumatic experiences from his childhood and connecting them to his current situation. This song does not have a clear setting, but Hamilton is reflecting on his past and current self for the majority of this song, which means that the ‘setting’ could be his memories or even his thoughts.

This piece clearly shows Hamilton’s wants and fears. His want is to retain his pride, reputation and legacy. However, he fears that Burr will expose his affair with Maria Reynolds and therefore damage his pride, reputation and legacy.

B: Connections to Historical Elements

In this song, Hamilton can also be relating to the American Revolution as a whole by comparing it with the hurricane from his past. The American Revolution happened as a rush of events, with quite a lot of chaos, especially in the beginning. However, Hamilton also mentions the ‘eye of the hurricane’ and how there is peace in quiet for a moment. In this, he could be referring to the moment when the thirteen colonies stood together and became a lot more organized in fighting for independence. He could also be referring to the Petition to the King, made by the First Continental Congress, that was like a call for peace or the ‘eye of the hurricane’ of the revolution.

Hamilton also repeats the phrase “I couldn’t seem to die” several times in the song. Besides referring to his near-death experiences in his youth, he could also be referring to how the people of the thirteen colonies patriotism and fight for independence wouldn’t fade or “couldn’t seem to die”.

A Big Idea that relates the most to the song is ‘Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events’. This big idea connects to my chosen song because in this song, Hamilton forms a new ideology that he doesn’t need to lie to get what he wants or to be in political power. He realizes this when he decides to write the Reynold’s Pamphlet, and truthfully disclose his affair with Maria Reynolds: “I’ll write my way out… / Overwhelm them with honesty”. This influences society by showing everyone else that it is easier to disclose certain uncomfortable facts about yourself rather than having someone else twisting them and potentially using them to your harm.

C: Thematic and Personal Connections

One thing that I found particularly interesting or intriguing in this song is when Hamilton explains how he wrote his way out of almost every difficult situation in his life. Most other historical figures used public speaking or political skills or military tactics to find their way out of challenging scenarios. However, using only writing skills was new to me and provided and interesting look on how people use their talents in all types of ways.

The first line I think is essential to the overall meaning to the story so far is “I wrote my way out of hell / I wrote my way to revolution”. This line is extremely important because it depicts how Hamilton went from a very low position in life, which he literally describes as ‘hell’, and made his way into being an extremely important figure in the American Revolution and the forming of the American Government.

The second line that is essential to the meaning of the story so far is “This is the eye of the hurricane, this is the only / Way I can protect my legacy”. This ties in directly to Hamilton’s wants to protect his pride, reputation and, as said in the line, his legacy. This mention of legacy also connects to the legacy that he will leave in America in the form of a brand new financial system and The Constitution.

The third line that is essential to the meaning of the story so far is “I’ll write my way out… / Overwhelm them with honesty”. This line relates directly to the Big Idea of this song, because it shows Hamilton’s new ideology of honesty. It also shows the moment Hamilton decides he wants to write the Reynolds pamphlet to make sure Burr does not twist Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds to the his harm.