wizard of earthSea: the styLe of writing

What stood out the most about Le Guin’s overall writing style in Chapter 1 of the novel?

In Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, I notice how concisely she jumps from scene to scene, leaving only the essential portions of the story to be heard. She describes Duny’s life by only describing certain events in detail and filling the void in the timeline with a few sentences of description. For example, when the entire learning of magic scene from Duny’s aunt was summarized with “she taught him honest craft;” the book went into no detail about how the process happened or any character development between the two characters, but merely that the event had occurred (7). Another instance of this happening is when we see that “the witch was one who fled, hiding alone in a cave,” we have only the essential bit of information that we need, which is the location of the witch. Ursula Le Guin wastes no sentences to describe the events of the internal conflict of the witch or any hesitations she had, but only focuses on crucial parts of the story which progress the plot (10). One of the most obvious uses of this technique is right at the start of the story where Le Guin foreshadows the plot by saying “His life is told of in the Deed of Ged and in many songs, but this is a tale of the time before his fame before the songs were made,” which provides us with something to look forward to even though it is vague and short. Consequentially, I notice Le Guin enjoys telling a story by giving in-depth segments and short lines to fill in the blanks, which adds a sort of mystical feel to the readings.

the wise man is not so wise

Statement: The wisest person is the person who admits he knows nothing.

I disagree with this statement because the wisest person would know that he does know something. How can you even admit to knowing nothing if you know nothing? If you knew nothing, that would mean you could not speak or even comprehend thought because you do not know how. It is not possible for someone to know absolutely nothing due to the nature of knowing something. Even seeing a picture allows you to know that there is a certain colour in front of you, a certain shape, and even a certain pattern. The person who claims to be a person who knows nothing is either overly modest or pretending to be modest. Truly believing that you know nothing is not wise, but foolish because you misinterpret fundamental laws of knowing that society has established.

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There are often tasks required by your job that people don’t tell you.

It is often important to adapt along with change for your client and superior’s satisfaction.

The satisfaction of a client is often a satisfactoion for you as well.


Harrison Bergeron Blog Posté

Although I am someone who appreciates fine literature, is text always the best way to portray ideas and themes? Regarding Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” I believe that Charles Tuttle’s film adaptation helps enliven and visualize the true depth of the story better than the short story does. For example, in the short story, Harrison is yelling “I am the Emperor” to everyone who is in the studio or watching the live broadcast (3). Meanwhile, in the film adaptation, Harrison doesn’t have this sort of tantrum and instead reveals how he has been a “prisoner of the state who was sentenced without trial” (Tuttle & Halvorssen, 2009). Although both interpretations show an upset and angry Harrison, the film takes the idea in a more realistic and fluid manner. In the film, Harrison tries to get his message across and provide entertainment, while in the short story, Harrison seems to want to show his dominance and have fun with the stage crew and audience. Additionally, in the short story, Harrison and the ballerina he chose to be his empress “leaped like deer on the moon” when they were dancing in the air (4). Meanwhile, in the film adaptation, Harrison and the ballerina that came forth to be his volunteer danced elegantly on stage to the music in a more realistic manner (Tuttle & Halvorssen, 2009). The two interpretations both share a common theme of Harrison dancing with a ballerina, but the former takes it in a more mystical and fantastical tone, while the latter is much more realistic and serious. Finally, in the short story, Diana Moon “[comes] into the studio with a double-barreled ten-gauge shotgun [and] fired twice” at Harrison and his empress (5). However, in the film adaptation, Diana Moon walks into the auditorium and takes a gun from one of her subordinates before aiming at the duo. The former displays a more sudden and unexpected action which may catch the reader off-guard and also provide a feeling of dissatisfaction, while the later shows a slow and suspenseful event which keeps the viewer on their toes. The film adaptation allows for us to watch clearly as events go by, instead of the short story which has less believable plot advancement. Due to all these factors, I believe that the film adaptation 2081 is a better medium for viewing and understanding the story of “Harrison Bergeron.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eminent Introductory

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I sought after Franklin Roosevelt as an eminent person for “Night of the Notables” after hearing that Roosevelt the only U.S president to have served more than two terms. However, this was merely a morsel of Roosevelt’s vast array of achievements. Franklin Roosevelt was a charismatic and revolutionary man who rescued the U.S from the brink of economic collapse, built the New Deal Coalition, spearheaded wartime alliances, and redefined the federal government while being unable to walk. Roosevelt is an international legend and hero who I aspire to be as great as. Image result for franklin roosevelt ww2

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Male Male
Caucasian Descent Asian Descent
Upper-Class Middle-Class
Born in Hyde Park, New York, United States Born in Maple Ridge, B.C, Canada
Born in the year 1882 Born in the year 2003


I believe that I share the quick-thinking, charismatic, ambitious, and headstrong qualities that Franklin Roosevelt. These qualities are some of the many defining characteristics that lead to Roosevelt’s continued success and vigorous perseverance. Roosevelt used these qualities to influence the people around him into a change and ushered in a new era after the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s journey is similar to my goal in TALONS, which is to make a difference among my peers and hopefully influence them in some positive way. Although Roosevelt was a stunning and cunning man, it may be hard to relate to him because he had more opportunities as a person than most people. From young, he had lots of connections to important people, such as his fifth cousin who was president of U.S before him. I may be able to exemplify his ambitions and goals, but his upbringing is different to mine in many ways.Image result for franklin roosevelt ww2

Franklin Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States and entered office during the worst economic crisis in history. He helped millions of Americans by building the New Deal Coalition and bringing the federal government into a new perspective. After building a much more stable economy, Roosevelt led America in one of the worst wars in history. He led successful wartime meetings with Britain and the Soviet Union during World War II and helped build the atom bomb which ended up saving thousands of Americans. Franklin Roosevelt is someone who has been recorded in the annals of history and will continue to be an inspiration to people in the future. However, his journey was not a smooth rise to success. Roosevelt woke up one day to find that he could no longer walk, but that did not stop him on his road to success. The small setback had only ignited his desire to keep moving on forward which is why he is someone who everyone should know about. Franklin Roosevelt is a man who achieved a lot, while facing off with even more. We should all learn a bit from him and understand that setbacks are merely whetstones to consolidate your ambition.Image result for franklin roosevelt ww2

danger of single story

Stories help us view the world and portray a certain meaning and idea into the things we see. But what happens when the story only paints half the picture, only shows one side of the coin, or gives us the wrong information? In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, we see how she has firsthand experience with the danger of a single story. The idea that a story can drastically change our perception and our understanding of the world. During the TED Talk, I learned that it is often important to collect information from a myriad of sources before synthesizing it into a picture that you base further discoveries upon. When Chimamanda says “their poverty was the only story I had of them,” she hadn’t realized that Fide’s family could be something more than poor. Chimamanda had limited her perception of Fide’s family to poverty and nothing else due to the ‘single story’ she heard from her mother about how poor his family was. When Chimamanda says “I didn’t know there could be people like me in story books,” she expresses a newfound understanding that the characters in books didn’t always have to be blue-eyed. Chimamanda’s understanding of literature was limited to blue-eyed characters who talk about the weather because that was the only type of book she had read. When Chimamanda reads her first “African book,” she learns about a whole new side of literature that was out of her understanding. This shows how we should always explore all sides of the story before consolidating your knowledge into your perspective. I believe the way to combat the danger of a single story is to search for more information from the topic and coagulate all sides of the story together. It should not be a single story, but instead multiple stories which contribute to your understanding of the subject.

Novel Study: Part 1

In George Orwell’s 1984, I was impressed by the way Winston managed to carry himself and integrate his behavior into the crowd around him during the “Two Minute Hate.” The quote “Winston found himself shouting with the others” shows how he carried himself amongst the emotional disarray which displayed his strength of being able to assimilate into the surrounding culture even against his own beliefs. However, the way he had to keep allocating his hatred to different people expresses how he had difficulty matching the fervor disgust for Goldstein that everyone else had. The quote “Of course he chanted with the rest […] but there was a space of a couple of seconds during which the expression in his eyes might conceivably betrayed him” shows how Winston wants the event to be over as soon as possible and fears being caught for his true intentions and lack of worship to Big Brother. Winston faces a terrible external conflict because of the surround members of his party having their eyes on him as well as the unknown factor of Big Brother and the Thought Police watching his every movement. The development of Winston seems very believable, especially when you consider the amount of stress and external pressure is being placed on him. He is in a constant war against himself on what he can do and what he should do whilst being frightened at every moment by the possibility of the Thought Police catching him. I am satisfied with how Winston has developed as a character and believe he is someone who should be looked up to. He is very easily adaptable and can make the best out of any situation. Even with all his inner turmoil and external advances upon him, he has managed to keep his true thoughts secret from the Thought Police and Spies. The way Winston is always on edge and always must keep his guard up around everybody makes me feel a sort of connection because I also feel like I must hide my true thoughts from other people sometimes. If I had the same conflicts as Winston, I would handle them in the same way. I believe he has handled them in the most reasonable and mature way possible. The only thing I wouldn’t do is risk my life to keep going into the prole district since it is another reason for the Thought Police to catch him.

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston S. Churchill

The short story Emil by Stuart McLean is a story mainly about a homeless man named Emil who was caught stealing plants in someone’s garden and Morley who is the wife to Dave the owner of the Vinyl Café. The story shows the different ways people view Emil and how Morley manages to take some wisdom and learn from Emil. Morley learns that the position and experience of a person defines the way they perceive the world around them. This is demonstrated when Emil says “That’s too much” in response to Morley’s five-dollar donation (111). In our society, it seems a little strange for someone who needs money to say that, but that shows how Emil doesn’t think the same way as everyone else. In the same respect, when Dave says “If he gets money, he buys cigarettes and lottery tickets. And I’m sure he loses the tickets” he makes assumptions about how Emil behaves (114). Dave makes assumptions about how Emil behaves due to his prior experience and position in life. When Dave noticed Emil standing near his shop, Dave says, “He’s driving away business” (109). Dave seems to be expressing disdain and derision for Emil, while Morley on the other hand, has a different take on the situation and instead asks “What’s his name?” which expresses a sort of interest in Emil (110). In this situation, Morley is showing a sort of compassion and empathy for Emil instead of Dave’s more brutish take on things. This happens again when Morley and Dave’s daughter Stephanie says “He’s retarded” in response to Emil’s idea of making a community garden. Stephanie’s comment doesn’t align with Morley’s empathetic side nor Dave’s patronizing take on Emil. Stephanie has her own experiences which propel her to making a contemptuous comment about Emil. All of this reinforces the idea that position and experience define how a person perceives the world around them.


When viewing Star Wars: A New Hope, I noticed that watching the movie through the gender lens provides the most depth and insight into the movie. I believe the gender lens is important because it displays how the paradigm of masculinity constricts men to behave adversely from their true inclinations. Throughout the film, we see countless examples of this sort of behaviour occurring either internally or externally. For example, we see how Luke only shows a split-second of remorse for his lost relatives before immediately steeling his resolve and following his sort of vow to bring R2-D2 to Princess Leia. Although he may be having an internal struggle full of remorse and grief for his lost family, it is suppressed by the idea of male strength which revolves around being strong and emotionless. This represents how men in the film are supposed to be strong, brutish, and have less of an emotional side compared to women. Another overlooked idea is how Han Solo is constantly condescending and snarky towards Princess Leia, yet when Luke and Han Solo are alone, Han Solo asks Luke if someone like him could ever get with her. This expresses how Han Solo is forced into maintaining the male stereotype façade around Princess Leia due to his fragile ego and state of mind. This also reveals that even though Han Solo doesn’t necessarily want to treat Princess Leia as cruelly as he did, he lacks much of a choice due to the pressure of the model of masculinity. This lens also helped me notice a subtle detail about how Darth Vader immediately attacked Obi-Wan when he discovered him instead of peacefully communicating at all. This shows that Darth Vader is strong, decisive, and radical which is a form of the perfect male stereotype. We also see how Darth Vader immediately tries to choke one of the Imperial Senate members after he teases and makes fun of him. This discovery further reinforces the masculine idea of decisiveness and strength. From this, we can see that male characters are forced into this sort of mold that they should follow in this film. The male characters are depicted as decisive, strong, and powerful with their only weakness being the strength of other men. My conclusion is that all the male characters in the film were created with this masculine mold in mind.



I, Sir Ambrose Shea, will be representing the colony of Newfoundland in the discussion regarding economics. I present my findings: