Lord of the Flies Timed Assignment

Lord of the Flies Timed Assignment

 

    “Human Nature is evil, the goods are false”. There is no doubt that the future of mankind is bright, but it is not certain that there is no darkness on the way to it; The future of mankind can be optimistic, but the blind optimist is not better than the serious pessimist. Lord of the flies is a book that may enlighten people that what is humanity and what is evil and kind.

    The conch and the piggy’s glasses symbolize civilization. The conch represent the voice, the voice of civilization is what people expect to hear all the time. The glasses represents the light, because glasses can bring fire, they can bring light at night, they can also be a symbol of civilization, not a return to the primitive and barbaric

    The story begins by a group of boys who was left by the airplane on the island. The kids without parents are hard to survive in the harsh climates, unadapted environment. The kids would change their humanity easily by lack of education and family embracement.

    At first,  the boys had a concerted effort, but then they split into the fear of the so-called beast, and ended up with a reversion to the rule of instinct over a sensible democracy. At first, the conch was the signal, the white conch had the supreme authority to convene meetings and discuss important decisions on the island, but gradually different voices began to emerge.

    Therefore, the author compares these children, as well as real people, to flies without brains, and everyone wants to compete for the "Lord of the flies". In the process of fighting, it is inevitable to encounter "boar" such "monster". In this film, "monster" actually refers to the inner demons of children, which is also a trigger. The children gradually split into two groups because of the controversy over the monster, which is also the cause of the death of the first child, Simon.

    In fact, in many cases, people do not do evil in the name of evil, but under the banner of good, in a false mask, lie downward evil. Lord of the flies and boar's head not only represent evil, but also tell us that there is always evil in human nature, which is inevitable, and we should timely reflect on ourselves when problems occur, adhere to their own right, so as to avoid the occurrence of war, bring world peace.

 

 


Lord of the Flies Final Metacognition

Lord of the Flies 

Final Metacognition

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"Maybe there is a beast, maybe it is only us"

~Simon (Book)

 

    Written in 1954, Golding tells the story of a group of children who lose their restraint on an island in a suspended time. The story abstracts out the ugliness of human nature, remind people to avoid their own instinct, do not inadvertently wake up the “Lord of the Flies” from their inner heart.

    The definition of the humanity has been discussed over thousands of years; we still cannot tell what humanity exactly is. However, “Lord of the Flies” could enlighten us about the approach meaning of humanity. “Maybe there is a beast, maybe it is only us.” In the reading, the beast are the flies on the dead pig’s head, but I believe the real beast is the inner mind and heart of their own. The kids led by Jack were trying to kill the beast, but they had neglected or did not even realized that the beast that can cause a huge impact on them was the mind and humanity of their own. They had forgotten the conch, the rules, their identity, and their purpose.

    There are three characters that demonstrated the whole book. “Ralph is the protagonist of the book, rational and brave, charismatic and leadership. He urged small fires to be saved, and the conch he held became a symbol of democracy.” People usually love to give Ralph a positive comment like this. In my eyes, even though he expressed a quality of leadership and justice, but he had lack of courage. His power was too fragile even he could not sustain a survival fire. Ralph's heart also had the shadow and darkness, he involuntarily participated in the persecution of Simon, and he eventually failed to grasp the situation, the group on a lonely island to light, watching piglet son killed, oneself also is caught, he could not escape almost died. He was going to give up on the chief, it was Piggy who supported him to insist on what he was doing.

    If Ralph represented the positive character, then Jack was the one who represented the real darkness, violent, and negative. He brings all the evil aspects of human nature to an extreme level. Probably he instinctually possesses a personality of strong and tyrannical. In my eyes, he was a real British gentleman at the beginning, but he disappointed me when time had elapse gradually. He started to lead children to being evil, to being savage. Although, he had the most courage among the all, but he had lack of thinking.

    Piggy is a representative of rational thinking and science, but he was not respected or valued. Although almost all the infrastructure on the island was built from piggy's suggestion, no one thought much of him, not even Ralph, whom he always trusted and loved. Ralph was a friend to Piggy only when Ralph got surrounded by the rebels. Piggy was extremely smart, and he knows what to do; He also knows how to think, but he was not a man of action. His body, his twisted personality and even his Asthma made him became the “laughing stock” of many children. If there was one character I admire in this book, it's definitely Piggy. I liked his reason, sympathized with being ridiculed, and was outraged that he had been brutally killed before the final rescue. Perhaps, without piggy, the children would not have survived so long. But it was piggy's brain that killed him. When he screams out his views, he becomes the victim of the island's first violent incident -- he is beaten by jack and loses a piece of his eyeglass.

    The kids started to hunt and kill and had lost their gentleness. Why was the situation becoming so grave at the end, because they had lack of education, lack of “courage” Every kids had their own advantages and disadvantages, we cannot find out a perfect character. However, whatever they had done, I would feel no surprise. After all, they were just a group of kids.


The Power of Tradition

The Power of Tradition

Chinese New Year

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”In the sound of firecrackers, one year's spring breeze brings warmth to Tusu”

— Wang

     “Let burn joss sticks for worshipping first, and then buy the fireworks and dumpling wrappers”, such comfortable recalling words form my dad three years ago often ring in my ears, and the scene of celebrating the Spring Festival frequently leaps before my eyes.

     With thousands of years’ cultural sedimentation in China, the cultural traditions and festivals have come into existence, one of which is the Spring Festival. It's usually at the end of January or the beginning of February. It marks the beginning of the lunar year in China. 

     My family has many things to do to celebrate the Spring Festival. Before the Spring Festival, my family usually clean and decorate our houses and buy a lot of stuff, which is called “Nian Huo”, for celebrating the new year. On the eve of the Spring Festival, my father and I, a boy but not a girl, must have the red antithetical couplets on our doors in order to keep out evil spirits and welcome the good luck in the coming year. At eight o’clock on the eve evening, my family must get together to eat dumplings, which are made by ourselves. If someone is lucky enough to eat them only one dumpling with one coin, it symbolizes that he will make a big fortune in the new year. At midnight, with firecrackers shot off, there is a great feast for children, that is, “grab red envelops” where there is a different amount of lucky money usually from parents,grandparents or even great grandparents. We children all enjoy the very moment with excitement and expectation when opening the envelope to see how much money will be in it, regardless of little money or even there is no money in it. 

     Although celebrations of the Chinese New Year vary, the underlying message is that the Spring Festival should be an occasion for family reunions and the exchange of best wishes of the peace and happiness for the family members and friends. No matter where you are in the world, no matter who you are, no matter what you are doing, you should return your parents at home and get together with your friends during the festival. The world's largest human migration is underway in China when the new year is around the corner. We all share a common goal: to return home for the Spring Festival Chinese people value most. No amount of busywork is worth a blue train ticket or a plane ticket to home and a family reunion smile.

     I wish you warmth, peace and happiness, and all the joys of the New Year Spring Festival.


Soccer Season

The Beauty of Soccer

Who do you play for? EACH OTHER!

-- Star

   

With the ringing out of the last whistle from the referee in Eaglebrook tournament. Fenn varsity soccer officially ended. At that second, I recalled the whole experience of playing soccer at Fenn…

 

 “I don’t know what the soccer season going to be like this year at Fenn.” I remembered I stared at my soccer shoes and told myself in the locker room. As a new student and senior, this is my first “soccer career” at Fenn and the last one. My teammates are all skillful and talented with no fear. As the biggest guy of the team, I noticed that the heavy responsibility that I will take. Big kicks, header, Marking the best forward of the opponent team…However, the thing that I really enjoying in is the soccer spirit and the kindness of Mr. Star, our coach at Fenn.

 

From the point of a few little detail, Fenn's sportsmanship is the best of all schools. The virtue of Fenn is incomparable. Never arguing with referees, going to congrats the goalie right after the game, saying “good luck” to the opponent team from coaches when starting, shouting out the opponent school name after the game…Those little details are all composed in my eye. On the field, we never give up the ball and play as the hardest as we can, just because our sonority slogan, “ Who do you play for, each other!” Yes, we were playing for each other. When one feels tired and can’t run anymore, we always heads up again because this phrase kept in our mind.

 

Mr. Star, probably the best soccer coach I had every seen. On the field, he is always the loudest and the person worried the most. He always think we lose the game not because we didn't play well, but not coaching well. Of course, he made us run frequently and got pissed off our practice play every single time. However, we still gave us the best respect to him. At one practice, the weather was freezing, I was trembling with my freezing body. When mr. Star saw me, he asked, “You cold?” I responded, “Yes coach.” Then, he took out his jacket right away and put it on me. He then said, “You know this is the biggest difference between me and other coaches. Stay warm!” He walked away afterward. From this little action. It embodied the demeanor of a good coach. I was extremely touched.

 

In my opinion, the spirit of a sport is always over the skill of it.

 


Adam Presentation Reflection (Culture)

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Culture is the name for people who interested in, the thoughts, the models, the book they read and the speech they hear.

—— Walter Lippmann 

Last week, our English had a special guest who introduced the importance of being familiar with a totally different culture with a class long presentation. Culture, a habit or tradition that recorded with the country’s history. It introduced the background of a country, as well as it’s image. However, it is important to learn the culture of a country before a person get on to the land of the that country. Therefore, people will act the way of the country usually act, with properly, culturally and politely. Mr. Adam, the teacher from Sudbury who studied economics in his university time gave us several examples of his traveling experience from all over the world. 

After the presentation. Mr. Adam shared an activity with us that fully express the importance of knowing the culture of the country. First, he split us with four groups with separate goals. Second, telling us another country is coming to us and giving us goods and trying to occupy our culture. Therefore, we need to defend them and refuse for the goods in order to stand the culture of our own. However, they seemed very disappointed under our strong refusal. After the activity, they thought we were stupid of not receiving the goods and help. But the key was they didn’t know our purpose, our culture. Finally, Mr. Adam told the culture and purpose of each countries, and we finally know that we didn’t know their purpose and culture as well, therefore we didn’t act of accordance. It showed the importance of knowing the culture.

Again, the importance of not knowing a culture, that is able to led to confusion, disagreement, anger and misunderstandings. Just as the kids have to know each other’s habit in order to be friend with each other. When one is trying to approach someone else, he wants the latter to feel enjoyment being together with him, and that led to the person to find the habits and likes to the person he tries to approach. Undoubtedly, when a country tries to be familiar with another country . They have to learn all the history of that country too. Coming back to the activity. The third point, one of the three takeaway for me, is that the act in front of the person that you are socializing to. In the activity, the other group seemed not really polite. Therefore, it made us feeling anxious and nervous. However, acting politely is also important. When yu are pursue somebody with polite mood. It will make that person have a sense of safety.

When I first came to America at third grade for traveling. I felt a strong of unadapted . The culture here was way different than the culture in China. The people are kinda and open. Therefore, I used  the American way to interact with them. We can see how important the culture is.

From this activity. I learned three takeaways. The importance of culture, the important of knowing a culture, and the importance of acting politely


 

Book IV Reflection

The book IV of the Odyssey mainly narrates the story of Telemachus, it starts with the feast of celebrating the separate marriage of king’s son and daughter. Then they invited the strangers to join the feast to honor the hospitality he received from strangers during his travels. The book basically is talking about the commemoration of Odysseus. From “the tears of Telemachus went down.” We can discover that how deep the Odysseus family miss him. The people narrates the story of Odysseus being cunning and smart and how shameful the suiters are. It shows that people still can’t forget him.

Later, the king told Telemachus that his father is at an island. Therefore, Telemachus tried to find him and went out with ten comrades. Then, as the suiters notices, started rage. They planned to kill Telemachus as his way back. People heard their plan, and told Penelope. The latter were worried and beg Athena for help. A day later, Athena told Penelope in her dream that she will protect him is son. But she said nothing about Odysseus. I felt this situation is kind of chaos. They tried to find the Odysseus, but the suiters are being indecorum.


How can we make 9th grade Better?

 

Try and fail, but never fail to try

—— Jared Leto

A successful ninth grade, an essential year of students’ future development. We, as students at Fenn, should think of a solution to make this year’s experience better. However, it is my perspective that students and faculty members collaborate together to create an excellent and warm community. In order to do that, student ourselves, giving a supportive and trusting environment to each other is necessary.

To be more specific, when somebody else are having difficulties, we should give our hand out, when somebody else are having trouble with works, we should give our hand out, when somebody else needs you, we should give our hand out as well. Sometimes, this little movement can make others feel a huge sense of “warm current”.

Ninth grade, the senior year at Fenn, the eldest grade of whole school. We need to set up examples for lower grades. They can see every moments of ours, as well as they will even imitate what we do. Therefore, in order to give them a good example, we should help others and support others in anytime, anywhere. When others get benefit from you, will have a strong sense of accomplishment.

Take myself experience as an example, when coming to Fenn at the first two weeks. A lot of things that had been struggled with me, iPad systems, different apps, school schedule...

However, it was my classmates who helped me to walk out from it gradually. They gave me help that where to go, fixing the problems,  finding resources... I had been seeing it in my eyes. Therefore I told myself that time, “Maybe I should start to help others too.” I started to carrying the bags for coaches, for lower grades, pushing the door for people. With the regards to this example, it is my classmates that gave me the lesson of helping others, and it is clear that the influence of a good example standard by somebody else is tremendous.

To conclude, a perfect ninth grade experience at Fenn required the work of everybody. When you help others a little bit, the experience will be a bit more colorful


Power of the Hard Time

 

Believe in your self and all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. — Christian Larson

The power of hard time, this phrase is not new to people. It might be a mountain in front of you, or an obstacle a step away. Anyway, when you overcome it, you really become a strong person. 

I clearly remember the time at seventh grade, I first went to the international school from the Chinese school in Qingdao. That was the first time got in touch with English. New environment, new studying concepts, new inhuman teachers and Different type of students. It makes me a bit of tedious, a bit of agitated.

Sometimes I wish I could go back to my amusement park. But, this is only a dream that cannot come true. I know that I have to suffer from it. I picked up my books and my laptop. “Hue” I took a deep breath and went in the gate of the school. I told my self, “ Yes, Gerald, there is no fear in front of you. You have to adapt to it. That’s the only way in order to become a great person. You can do it!” 

Recall back, I really overcame a lot. However, it’s a good memory that I will never forget. Right now, I came to a new school. Although it’s hard for me to adapt to it, but I had no fear. Because I knew I love  this school, I will adapt to it one day. 

Again, hard time, it might be a mountain in front of you, it might also be an obstacle a steep away. Keep in mind, when you overcome it. You will step on a different level!



Have a Meal of Dumplings!

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An incomparable dish in China

Soup dumplings, sitcoms, one-night stands--good ones leave you wanting more.

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Picture this! A pot of a fragrant dumplings came out of the kitchen and put it on your table. You grab one and try to dip the dumpling in a little vinegar and mashed garlic. Then open your enormous mouth and put the dumpling in it. Now, close your eyes and feel the tasty stuffing in the dumpling as you chew it. “Ah!” the blazing dumpling is in your stomach fully right now, nothing left except a little hot gravy. Having the dinner with dumplings will be so great and all the stress of the day will disappear immediately. Additionally, if you share the dumplings with your family. That will be incomparable!

Dumplings is one of the traditional meals in China, it is also called the “Year Meal” Everyone in China will have dumplings at the New Year Eve to celebrate all the word people had done in the past year. Dumplings are kind of similar to the Chinese bread “Baozi” Their shape is similar but not the size and the way to cook them. Baozi usually cooked with steaming, but dumplings are cooked with hot water just like ramen. Therefore, the process of boiling dumplings is extremely simple and efficient. What’s more, if your family is boiling the dumplings together for dinner, how content it will be!

Dumplings are basically constituted by the different kinds of gravy, such as meat gravy, vegetable gravy... In order to make a dumpling, you have to roll the paste and hold the side of the paste. Then put the gravy inside of the paste and grab the four edges one different sides to one vertex. Using your full energy to pinch it. The dumpling will be made afterwards.

The dumplings are extremely mysterious and greasy. You may feel a dense of Chinese atmosphere if you have a meal of dumplings. Why don’t you try it now?

Picture this! A pot of a fragrant dumplings came out of the kitchen and put it on your table. You grab one and try to dip the dumpling in a little vinegar and mashed garlic. Then open your enormous mouth and put the dumpling in it. Now, close your eyes and feel the tasty stuffing in the dumpling as you chew it. “Ah!” the blazing dumpling is in your stomach fully right now, nothing left except a little hot gravy. Having the dinner with dumplings will be so great and all the stress of the day will disappear immediately. Additionally, if you share the dumplings with your family. That will be incomparable!

Dumplings is one of the traditional meals in China, it is also called the “Year Meal” Everyone in China will have dumplings at the New Year Eve to celebrate all the word people had done in the past year. Dumplings are kind of similar to the Chinese bread “Baozi” Their shape is similar but not the size and the way to cook them. Baozi usually cooked with steaming, but dumplings are cooked with hot water just like ramen. Therefore, the process of boiling dumplings is extremely simple and efficient. What’s more, if your family is boiling the dumplings together for dinner, how content it will be!

Dumplings are basically constituted by the different kinds of gravy, such as meat gravy, vegetable gravy... In order to make a dumpling, you have to roll the paste and hold the side of the paste. Then put the gravy inside of the paste and grab the four edges one different sides to one vertex. Using your full energy to pinch it. The dumpling will be made afterwards.

The dumplings are extremely mysterious and greasy. You may feel a dense of Chinese atmosphere if you have a meal of dumplings. Why don’t you try it now?


The Power of a Place

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A small place can be the biggest in your mind

“Makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in this world.”

— Gustav Flaubert

A soccer field, a place allowing my little brother and me to play “home soccer” with only ten square meters big is unforgettable for me. This is the place that attracted me, this is the place that makes me threw all the stress to a mile away, this is the place that made me called it, “the biggest field in the world” and do you know why do I say the ten square meter space the biggest field? Because this is the place that hold on all my memories in my childhood.

 

This tiny space is located in my China home. I played “home soccer” with my brother here since I was in second grade. Sometimes I wonder, how can we play soccer with this tiny space and had fun with it? This place was specially designed for me and my brother. A little sponge ball, two doors each side, had attracted me and my brother to go every single night. 

 

Since the game was played by only me and my brother, it was always one on one. Although I’m way stronger than my brother and way older than him, but I have to pay full effort on it in order to win. My brother had discovered that the side wall can be an assistant for him. I remember one time, he passed the ball to the side wall and then it reflected back. Therefore, he scored the goal with one finger. 

 

With the regards to my illustration. I realized that people may create the bigger space of joy from a small space as long as they investigate it, they like it. 

 

Therefore, I believe that this is the power of the place. Whenever it’s big or small. If it means a lot to you, then it’s always the biggest in your mind!


Camp Belknap Essay

Enjoying Everything!

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Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
—Ruth Reichi 

    September 11th, a shiny day but not hot. It feels like dreaming when I crossed the gate and enter the school. Everyone’s faces became a scarlet apple suddenly. Everyone threw their stress to a mile away. No one was caring their grade, the troubles they made in Mr. Fitz class, and the homework given by their “cruel hearted”  teachers. Instead, students were cheering, giggling, and laughing. At this point, a voice cut through the sky, “Guys, let’s pack our stuffs into the car! We are leaving right now!” students jostled with each other, one after the other. Everyone was way out of patient and preserved the full energy with them. As Mr. Erwin said, “ Let’s get started!” the bus moved. Now, people might guess what we were doing. Ha, you are right, we were going on a trip to Camp Belknap! At camp, I realized that leadership happens in a time even we didn’t notice; I wondered that the key of friendship is to be unity, and I discovered that the meaning of teenager is to challenge or discover. I realized that leadership happens in a time even we didn’t notice;

     I clearly remember the first activity we did in the camp was the swim test. The swimming coach were testing our ability of swimming whether we were able to swim in deep water or the shallow water. When I heard that, I was way out of patient for it because I knew I was going to pass the test. Swimming was not a problem for me and I had confident on it. We were in a line to go to the swimming test. Nevertheless, I got nervous and nervous as it approached to me. Meanwhile, I heard the swimming coach shouted, “Shallow!” One after other and it made my leg shakes as a dancer on the stage. It was finally me and I stared at the water for ten seconds, then I held a deep breath as I jumped in. “Oh my gosh!” no one had considered the temperature of the water. It got colder and colder as the summer had passed. It freezes me body! I drilled my head into the water and started to swim. Later, I found out that the water was so cold that I could not even breath. I stopped several times and remembered what my brother had told me that he could not even breath when he was swimming in the freezing water. I was teasing him about this and now I’m in the same situation. “Shallow!” I walked back with a helpless mood. I whispered, “I will never ever swim in this freezing water again!”

Another activity that I won’t forget in my whole life was paddling with Hudson and Aeoli. It was my first time that I paddling with a board and a paddle in the ocean. I was extremely afraid and could not imagine if I slide down in the freezing water because I already had an experience of being in the water. First, I put on the life jacket and pulled out the board from the stinky shelf. Then I took a double side paddle and tried to get use to it. I imitated what Aeoli did because he seems really good at it. I stood on the board and tried to make the board move with the paddle. However, it did moved but it was not stable and it was really easy for me to fall down. I took a glance at Hudson and he fell down two times already. It made me more nervousThen, Finley told me to kneel on the board. It works! I carefully rowed out of the shore. After five minutes, I got used to it. The board was like a obedient kid, listened to my order. Probably about ten minutes, I tried to challenged my self and I stood up. At first, I was a little nervous. Whereas, the board still listened to me .   

The three days I had spent in the camp was awesome. I wish that we can go there again sometimes.