Literary Analysis Mid-Year Exam Piece

Jack Moskow 

Mid-Year Exam

Ninth Grade Fitz English

A Children’s Imagination

A Child’s Christmas In Wales Literary Analysis Essay

 

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge”

— Albert Einstein 

          The imagination of Christmas sparkles in children’s imagination and in families’ love when they come together.  Dylan Thomas’s heartwarming tale, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, paints an unforgettable picture of Christmas through a young boy’s recollection of the holiday.  His vivid imagination and playful sense of wonder drive the story, reminding readers of the innocence and enthusiasm with which children approach life, and the importance of enjoying simple pleasures at Christmas and beyond.  By choosing a child narrator and highlighting only children’s experiences in the story, Thomas sends his readers a message that the playful perspective of children is equally important to that of adults and should be an opportunity for reflection for how we approach life.

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Narrative Writing Mid-Year Exam Piece

Jack Moskow 

Mid-Year Exam 

Ninth Grade Fitz English

The Power Of Tradition 

The Jewish Tradition 

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Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” 
— Gustav Mahler

 

          Mfather has always had a strong, positive influence in my life, despite the fact that I lost him as a daily presence when I was just three years old. A decade after he died, when I became a teenager, I decided to become a bar mitzvah in his honor because he felt very strongly about his Jewish heritage and having me follow his example was very important to him. Judaism had not been a prominent part of my life since my father died (my mom is not Jewish), but when we celebrated Hanukkah we always lit menorah candles for him and read stories from journals he wrote to us when we were little.  He was always there in spirit, and I knew that when I became a bar mitzvah, I wanted him to be recognized along with me.  

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Moskow Sarcastic Narrative Week Of School Story


A Inspiring Week

A Long Week Of Assignments

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“He who reads this quote is bored.” ~ Anonymous

         Of all the weeks this term that I could have been assigned to write about, I would not have selected the past seven days.  To be honest, trying to find something remotely entertaining or interesting from last week’s Fenn experience feels like a cruel assignment.  Who wants to relive what could possibly have been my most boring and tedious week not just in 9th grade but 6th, 7th and 8th as well?

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Narrative Story Moskow

The Growth Of a Team

Seventeen Boys And There Growth In A Season

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“It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” -Bear Bryant


     It was a day to remember and the end of a great season that proved to me how far we had come as a team and above all it was a day of memories. We knew the challenges that were ahead of us, but we were ready to take them on together. The Eaglebrook tournament was the final hoorah, the end of our season, which we would test what how we grew as a team.  

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Odyssey Team Literary Analysis One and Two

Glory And Honor

Honor And Glory In The Odyssey 

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““The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.”
Homer, The Odyssey 

     Glory and honor are two major qualities in the people of Greece. In books one through six of The Odyssey, by Homer translated by Robert Fagles the people of Greece believe that glory and honor are two major qualities found in man. The people of Greece believe that people like Odysseus have glory and honor flowing throughout them. He has honor for what he does and the people he serves. The people of Greece take pride in these types of people and what they do. In Greek culture the act of laying down ones life in a battle for Greece is honorable and glorious. In the book Odysseus fantasies about the glory and honor he would have received to had he fallen in Troy for Greece. At the will of Poseidon’s terrific onslaught of waves Odysseus wishes he had a heroic death on the battle with the Trojans then he would have received a honorable and glorious death on the battle field fighting for Greece. Then he would be remembered for the glorious feats of strength and cunning he would embody.

“Three, four times blessed, my friends-in-arms who died on the plains of Troy those years ago, serving the sons of Atreus to the end. Would to god I’d died there too and met my fate that day the Trojans, swarms of them, hurled at me with bronze spears, fighting over the corpse of proud Achilles! A hero’s funeral then, my glory spread by comrades — now what a wretched death I’m doomed to die!” [The Odyssey Book Five Lines 338-345]

The reason Athena and Telemachus are trying to locate Odysseus and save him is because he posses honor and glory. In those times people would kill someone if they were jealous of them. Telemachus could easily leave his father and move on but his father is glorified within the people in Greece which means he is important. Without the traits of honor and glory possessed within Odysseus, no one would try and save him from the island. To the people of Greece honor and glory are what makes a man.



The Power Of Gods

Gods And The Powers They Hold

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“No guts, no glory.”

     The power of gods is unmatched. In the book, The Odyssey, by Homer translated by Robert Fagles the Gods and Goddesses posses great power and influence over the Greek population. Gods and Goddesses like Poseidon, Athena, and Ino have made it evident they are the powers of the book. The Gods and Goddesses are the main conflicts and solutions of the overall plot evolution so far in The Odyssey. Hermes came to the island that Odysseus was trapped on by Calypso the Nymph and helped him leave in his raft. Poseidon, the God of the sea, made it hard for Odysseus  to get to his destination, Scheria. Poseidon almost made Odysseus drown because he caused him to fall out of his raft, but Ino, goddess of the sea gave Odysseus a scarf that made him immortal so that he could comeplete his journey to the island Scheria.

“She pitied Odysseus, tossed, tormented so — she broke from the waves like a shearwater on the wing, lit on the wreck and asked him kindly, “Ah poor man, “why is the god of earthquakes so dead set against you? Strewing your way with such a crop of troubles!”   [The Odyssey, Book Five Line 370-374]

Gods are the authors of The Odyssey. They are what make up this book. Odysseus is being tormented and challenged by a God, Poseidon, which is making it hard for him to get to the island. The Goddess Ino is the one who helps him get to the island and peruse through Poseidon’s obstacles. The Gods and goddesses are the ones running this story, they are the conflict and the solution of the problem. Gods are ultimately the creators; they have the ability to do more than humans and it is evident in The Odyssey. Without gods and the power they contain the world wouldn’t be the same.

 

 

 


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 Glory and honor are two major qualities in the people of Greece. In books one through six of The Odyssey, by Homer translated by Robert Fagles the people of Greece believe that glory and honor are two major qualities found in man. The people of Greece believe that people like Odysseus have glory and honor flowing throughout them. He has honor for what he does and the people he serves. The people of Greece take pride in these types of people and what they do. In Greek culture the act of laying down ones life in a battle for Greece is honorable and glorious. In the book Odysseus fantasies about the glory and honor he would have received to had he fallen in Troy for Greece. At the will of Poseidon’s terrific onslaught of waves Odysseus wishes he had  a heroic death on the battle with the Trojans then he would have received a honorable and glorious death on the battle field fighting for Greece. Then he would be remembered for the glorious feats of strength and cunning he would embody.

 

“Three, four times blessed, my friends-in-arms who died on the plains of Troy those years ago, serving the sons of Atreus to the end. Would to god I’d died there too and met my fate that day the Trojans, swarms of them, hurled at me with bronze spears, fighting over the corpse of proud Achilles! A hero’s funeral then, my glory spread by comrades — now what a wretched death I’m doomed to die!” [The Odyssey Book Five Lines 338-345]

 

The reason Athena and Telemachus are trying to locate Odysseus and save him is because he posses honor and glory. In those times people would kill someone if they were jealous of them. Telemachus could easily leave his father and move on but his father is glorified within the people in Greece which means he is important. Without the traits of honor and glory possessed within Odysseus, no one would try and save him from the island. To the people of Greece honor and glory are what makes a man.

 


Team Literary Anyalsis - Moskow, Cook, Stevens

     

 

The Power Of Gods

The Scribes Who Craft The Odyssey 

 

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“A small rock holds back a great wave.” - 
Homer

 

     The power of gods is unmatched. In the book, The Odyssey, by Homer translated by Robert Fagles the Gods and Goddesses posses great power and influence over the Greek population. Gods and Goddesses like Poseidon, Athena, and Ino have made it evident they are the powers of the book. The Gods and Goddesses are the main conflicts and solutions of the overall plot evolution so far in The Odyssey. Hermes came to the island that Odysseus was trapped on by Calypso the Nymph and helped him leave in his raft. Poseidon, the God of the sea, made it hard for Odysseus  to get to his destination, Scheria. Poseidon almost made Odysseus drown because he caused him to fall out of his raft, but Ino, goddess of the sea gave Odysseus a scarf that made him immortal so that he could comeplete his journey to the island Scheria.

“She pitied Odysseus, tossed, tormented so — she broke from the waves like a shearwater on the wing, lit on the wreck and asked him kindly, “Ah poor man, “why is the god of earthquakes so dead set against you? Strewing your way with such a crop of troubles!”   [The Odyssey, Book Five Line 370-374]

Gods are the authors of The Odyssey. They are what make up this book. Odysseus is being tormented and challenged by a God, Poseidon, which is making it hard for him to get to the island. The Goddess Ino is the one who helps him get to the island and peruse through Poseidon’s obstacles. The Gods and goddesses are the ones running this story, they are the conflict and the solution of the problem. Gods are ultimately the creators; they have the ability to do more than humans and it is evident in The Odyssey. Without gods and the power they contain the world wouldn’t be the same.

 


Adam Aronovitz Reflection

The Lessons Found In Life

The Life lessons Adam Aronovitz Taught Us All

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“Every fiction has its base in fact.”
Gayle Forman,

 

     There are always lessons to be found, and when Adam Aronovitz came to Fenn, he reminded us all of this. In the short time we were with him, the exercises he ran taught us valuable lessons that can be related to many aspects of life and were even applicable to understanding books like the Odyssey.  He reminded us of the importance of being a leader, of being patient with others and ourselves, of recognizing the viewpoints of others, and of being productive in different life scenarios. 

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Ninth Grade

The Ninth Grade Journey 

How To Create The Best Environment For Growth

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“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” - Artistotle 

 

      Ninth grade feels like a new path on my journey through Fenn. Becoming seniors has been a very different experience and I am still adjusting to it, but overall life has been running smoothly. There is still room to grow and create a better ninth grade experience, and I am confident that together we can work toward a better experience.

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