WW Fenn

No mans life would be fully complete if they did not take on a challenge. Challenges force us to expand our mind and leave our comfort zone, which is exactly why I choose a challenging WW Fenn piece. While everyone was looking at many different websites, constantly searching up “best poems of all time” I stayed loyal ti the site Fitz recommended. Man this was the right choice in ten minutes or less I found myself reading an extremely powerful and well written poem by an all time writer in Jack London. After reading it and showing it to Fitz we both decided that this would be the price I’ll be performing on Friday, February fifteenth. Although I was and still am confident about my piece I had my doubts about being able to perform it well. My doubt we’re for two main reasons- 1. The poem has many complicated words and it is a little dense- 2. Being able to perform a writing piece by Jack London is always a challenge regardless of who you are. I would be lying to you if I said these challenges haven’t been laying in the back of my head while reciting the poem. Yet, for some reason these challenges are inspiring me to not only do this piece, but do it well. Every time I get discouraged and say why am I doing this, why don’t I just do something easier. I will remind myself of the first line I just wrote, which is No mans life would be fully complete if they did not take on a challenge. This is why I will be doing an excerpt from The Iron Heel by Jack London.

   Be Positive

"Be positive even when times are tough" - Bill Nye

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    All people, no matter who you are should take the glass half full point of view and apply to your long and arduous lives. While all of us have probably taken this approach at one point in our lives; however, it is hard to continue being decisive when people are bringing you to your whits end by reminding you to be a constant and concise leader. A perfect example of this when me and my twenty five fellow virile classmates ventured to crystal clear water of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire for a class trip; this trip was meant for us to bond and get to know each other better as not only as fellow student, but as friends. Little did we know that we were going to be peppered with statements about leadership and how we can apply these statements to our daily, casual, and humdrum lives. Once you hear these long statements a heaping amount of times the already monotonous statements become more and more counterproductive. Due to this camp being infused with constant “quotes” about being at the top of the food chains in terms of amongst the fellow students and how we must always act like such; however, as a class we decided we were not going to put up with this for the whole entire year. After much with our teachers and advisors the whole ninth grade experience at Fenn changed for the better. We continued and even improved on acting like leaders, without being constantly reminded to be a virtual leader all around the large, gorgeous, white buildings that makes up the Fenn campus. This whole experience that I just bestowed upon you show that if you are positive and advocate to better yourself and those around you who you deeply care about the beautiful ninth grade experiences you hear about from alumni will soon become reality; this reality can and will change your life forever, which is why I continue to emphasize: “be positive and your own personal advocate;” and if you are your life itself will change forever— and the memories you make will change forever. 

Moby Dick Essay

     Keep Trying

Conor MacLean

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      In life we all face challenges. In order to get through these challenges we must power through them and work hard. These experiences have came up in my life many times; however, there is one experience I will never forget. Back when I was in First grade my favorite part of the day was recess. During recess I would always head over to the play ground and attempt the monkey bars. After attempting and eventually failing the monkey bars for over a week I called over some of my friends who were playing soccer the try them. Not only did all of my friends complete the monkey bars on their first try, they did it all in under 10 seconds. Not only was this frustrating to me, it discouraged me and dug me into an even deeper hole. Although I was sad I kept trying and trying. Before I knew I completed the monkey bars. I was ecstatic, I immediately called over my friends and forced them to watch me do the monkey bars. However, they were not impressed one bit, but instead of getting discouraged like the previous time. I used it as fuel to do the harder set of monkey bars and show all of my friends I can do it too. Unlike the other set of monkey bars this set took me no time. It took me no time to complete because I was even more motivated and I worked even harder. This experience is exactly how I am going to approach Moby Dick. Once I complete a few chapters I will not be satisfied I will read even more and force myself to understand this dense, confusing, and long book. Not only is this how my experience with Moby Dick is going right now this is how it will go until chapter one hundred thirty five.

Happy and Ignorant or Wise

     The Trait I Seek

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

Conor MacLean


  The ultimate goal of life is to be happy. When everything is said and done if you lived a happy life, you lived a good life. That is why I would want to a happy and ignorant person over being wise, when I am happy I enjoy the little things in life that make my day and motivate me to keep working hard. This shows that being happy would overpower your ignorance, so people would only see you as a happy person, not a happy and ignorant person. If you are a wise person it does not mean you are happy. For example, every Christmas Eve I have my whole entire family over and my cousin Andrew always comes. Andrew is one of the happiest people I have ever met he light up the room when he walks in and he is always positive. However, Andrew is not the smartest person. he isn’t quite sure what is always going. But it doesn’t matter because Andrew is always having fun and making sure all of us are having just as much fun as him. Along with Andrew my Uncle Greg also comes to my house every Christmas Eve. Greg is one of the smartest and wisest people I have ever met, yet he never seem happy, or looks like he is having much fun. He is always over to the side sitting alone not talking to any of the other adults in the room. By these two comparisons it is obvious that being a happy and ignorant is far better than being wise. That is why I also believe being happy is better than any other trait that exists.

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     Traditions Never Die

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    A tradition is a wonderful gift that can be passed from generation to generation. My family tradition takes place on Christmas Eve and is one the most special nights of the year for me. Every year my family hosts a Christmas Eve party for both sides of our family and close friends. By 5 o clock at night our house is filled with more than 60 people, music and tons of food. Our Christmas Eve party is the one time of year I get to see all my cousins and we always have a knee hockey battle. It doesn’t matter how old or big we get, we still drop to out knees, squeeze into the little nets and play as if we were in the Stanley Cup finals. Each year it is always the same teams, my cousin Andrew and I are always matched up as teammates. Once we go over the familiar rules, we start the game. Andrew and I are lucky enough to get into the first game. In order to continue playing, we had to win. Since the game is a sudden death game we must play on our toes and make all the right moves. We did just that, after I win the face off, I drop the ball back to Andrew, he takes a bomb of a slap shot and scores. Once we see the small, worn out, rubber ball soar into the back of the net we begin celebrating. I know it is only basement knee hockey, but it is the best feeling to celebrate, any size victory, with your family. Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year and playing knee hockey has created some of my fondest memories. I hope some day I will be able to watch my kids and their cousins square off in a knee hockey game.



A Child Christmas in Wales

An Inner Child we All Possess

“Everyone has a child inside of them"- Micheal Strahan

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“This was better than all the cats in Wales standing on the wall in a row. We bounded into the house, laden with snowballs, and stopped at the open door of the smoke-filled room.”

    In order to make a great writing piece you must relate with the reader. In Dylan Thomas’s, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, he relates with the reader by expressing the child inside of everyone. He executed his mission by using similes, metaphors and muscular verbs. All of the techniques Thomas used led to a captivating story and a story everyone feels they have experienced on Christmas.

      Everybody has a child like personality inside of them. In the story the narrator continues to tell short little stories about the silly action he did and silly actions he always thought about doing. For example, when there is a small fire in the kitchen of, the narrator and his cousins bolted into the house with snowballs peeking every chance they got at the small bursts of smoke. Another childish action they committed was going caroling p the “mysterious” persons house, anxiously waiting for the creeper the answers the door. 

“We stood close together, near the dark door. Good King Wenceslas looked out On the Feast of Stephen . . . And then a small, dry voice, like the voice of someone who has not spoken for a long time, joined our singing: a small, dry, eggshell voice from the other side of the door: a small dry voice through the keyhole. And when we stopped running we were outside our house;”

    The theme of doing childish actions for joy and always possessing an inner child is extremely important to the story, for two overarching reasons. One, the theme reoccurs time and time again, if nobody identified this theme all the fun they had would present itself as a motif. Two, along with the first point, it would almost seem as if they were just doing these fun, entertaining, silly actions just to do so, and not to add on the the storyline, or inform the reader on traits and the personalities of different characters. What Thomas did beautifully in his story was use different techniques to express his themes, and add on to the plot

     This theme is so important, yet it would almost much more challenging to identify without Thomas’s great use of Similes and Muscular verbs. His use of such allowed the reader to once again relate and really feel what he message he was trying to send. Like when he do,pared a regular old house in the winter to an igloo, or when he discusses the cold cats in a winter in Wales.

“...Ever since Wednesday--that we never heard Mrs. Prothero's first cry from her igloo at the bottom of the garden.”

“December, in my memory, is white as Lapland, though there were no reindeers. But there were cats. Patient, cold and callous, our hands wrapped in socks, we waited to snowball the cats.”

     In these two quotes Thomas used similes, metaphors, and most importantly muscular verbs. Using Therese’s techniques not only make the sentences sound better, they make add power and diction to the sentence. While similes and metaphors are important, the use of muscular verbs are the most important, because they add detail to a sentence in a fashion no other technique could do. That is the use of theses are important to expressing a theme and adding great detail to a sentence.

      The theme in this story of having an inner child is very important, because it develops character and adds great detail to Thomas’s story; however, this theme would never be expressed without similes, metaphors and muscular verbs, which is why all of this material and information is so important.











The power of a place



How a place changed my life


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 "The world is not perfect, you need to find a place that is perfect for you."- Unknown


      A special place can change life forever. The special place that changed my life is Bingham Falls in Stowe, Vermont. Bingham Falls is a beautiful place with ginormous rocks, colorful trees, and touching views; however that isn’t what makes it special to me. I learn a lesson and relearn a lesson at Bingham every time I go there. The falls are not easy to get to. You have to hike down a long, windy, and at time dangerous path to get to the falls. I often stumble down the moss covered rocks while rushing to get down to the falls. While rushing down to the water my Mom screams at me “be careful”.  I nonchalantly wave her of and keep going towards the water. As soon I touch the water my skin goes numb. I slowly make my climb up to the the rock that I jump off up. Once I reach the top of my rock my feet start to shake I start telling myself not to jump, but then I say to myself what is the point of coming here if I am not going to jump. Without thinking I leap off the rock into glassy clear water. When I reach the top of the water I realize that I have done it. I feel incredible and I would not have felt the feeling I just had if I did not jump. With being here, jumping off the top rock makes me realize you need to live your life to the fullest to get the most out of everything in life. I live my life to the fullest everyday and I never would have been able to do it without the experiences I have had at Bingham Falls.

Violence and a Primordial Beast

How Buck Changed with Violence and the Primordial the Beast



“Adaptation is a profound process. It means you figure out how to thrive in the world” - Anonymous 


Author: Jack London


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“At a bound Buck took up the duties of leadership, and where judgment was required, and quick thinking and quick acting he showed himself superior even of Spitz, of whom Francois had never seen an equal" [The Call of the Wild, Chapter 4]



     Gashes cover Bucks body, he is cold, tired, and covered in blood; however he feels better than he ever has before. Buck has killed spitz after a long and gruesome fight with the vicious lead dog. After winning the fight Buck is now the top dog and the lead sled dog for all the other dogs around him. In The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, Buck releases his Primordial Beast and uses violence to kill , survive, and become the leader of the dog pack. 


       All humankind and animals possess a Primordial Instinct. In The Call of the Wild, Buck releases his Primordial Beast when he is torn away from his life and forced to adapt to another way of life. Buck’s environment changed when he was taken from the warm, sunny weather in California and forced to live in the Klondike’s, a cold and harsh environment. Bucks also now  treated in a manner that he is not used to. In California, he had an easy life and was treated well. Once he arrived in the Klondike’s the treatment he received changed significantly. He was beaten by his owners and attacked by his fellow dogs. Even though Buck didn’t want to be like the other dogs he eventually grew to want to lead them.


It was inevitable that the clash for leadership should come. Buck wanted it. He wanted it because it was his nature, because he had been gripped tight by that nameless, incomprehensible pride of the trail and trace—that pride which holds dogs in the toil to the last gasp, which lure them to die joyfully in the harness, and breaks their hearts if they cut out of the harness [The Call of the Wild, Chapter 3]. 


When Buck arrived at the Klondikes he was just trying to survive, but as time went on thePrimordial Beast inside of him came out. The situation he was in and his environment had changed him. Surviving for Buck was not enough anymore. He wanted to be on top and lead the pack. His Primordial Beast had taken over and he was no longer the Buck he was in California. Bucks Primordial Beast brought out other characteristics in him that we had not seen before. 


       Often humankind and animals need to act a certain way in order to lead. Buck learned he would not be able to lead the pack without using violence towards the other dogs. From the moment Buck was kidnapped, he saw first hand that violence was a way of life and would now be a part of his. He was beaten by his masters to a point where he could barley breathe. This abuse continued on a daily basis. Buck also saw the other dogs attack and fight each other constantly. Some fights between the dogs even ended in death.


Buck was beset by three huskies, and in a trice his head and shoulders were ripped and slashed. The din was frightful. Joe was snapping like a demon. Once, his teeth closed on the fore leg of a husky, and he crunched down through the bone... Buck got a frothing adversary by the throat, and was sprayed with blood when his teeth sank through the jugular. The warm taste of it in his mouth goaded him to greater fierceness [The Call of the Wild, Chapter 3]. 


Overtime Buck embraced and thrived on violence. He began to enjoy the taste of blood and winning fights against the other dogs pleased him. He took pride in using violence to become the leader of his fellow dogs. Buck was once a scared and lost dog, who did not want to be in the position he was in. Now Buck was surviving in the violent environment he use to be afraid of. 


     Even though Buck is a dog, and this story is fictional, Jack London finds a way to show how someone has to adjust when they are put into a new situation. Best of all he finds a way to make this story relatable to the reader, which drives them to keep on reading. Throughout this whole story, I understood how this change for Buck was difficult. He had to get used to a new routine, find new people he could trust, and find a way to survive. Essentially Buck has to adapt to a completely new life. Sometimes as people we are pushed to behave a certain way based on the environment we put into. This is similar to how Buck feels he needs to become violent in order to survive and lead all the other dogs. All this detail led to a great experience for me. Reading The Call of the Wild was one of the best reading experiences I have ever had; however it was a challenging one. Although the story is fictional the themes that were displayed in the story challenged me to think, and question every sentence I read. Even though my experience with this book was challenging it was great for me because I learned how to think deeply about little things in literature. This is a skill I can use for books I read in the future. All of this comes back to how Buck learned new skills in the Klondikes and how he can used all of the skills for challenges he faced. 


       My experience with this book taught me skills I can use for everything I read in the future. It is similar to how Buck experienced change, good and bad. This change brought out Bucks Primordial Beast, which helped him massively with challenges he faced throughout the whole story. The Primordial Beast in Buck came out through violence. Buck had to act in violent manner towards the people and dogs to get through challenges and lead his other dogs. Even though Buck did not choose this life, going through difficult and challenging times made Buck stronger, smarter, and a more complete dog.