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The weak and the strong
In every part of life, there are the weak and there are the strong. In the book Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, the theme the weak and the strong is found constantly in each chapter. Right from the very first chapter, it is clear that the weak and the strong would have a major impact on the story, and it certainly has so far. In chapter one when all the boys gather on the beach for the first time, Ralph and Jack take control of the situation. The group decides to take a vote and decide a leader, everyone votes for Ralph except the boys in the choir who voted for Jack.
This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself. None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy, while the most obvious leader was Jack. But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out; there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch.[Chapter I, page 22]
This quote is one of the very first examples of the weak and the strong. It is used when the author starts talking about the appearance of Piggy, Ralph and Jack. He talked about how based on his size, handsomeness and the fact that he was the one who blew the conch that Ralph could be a great leader. I think the author made a really good choice by constantly pushing this theme in the book because it relates to almost everyone. Gene Wolfe said, “Weak people believe what is forced on them. Strong people what they wish to believe, forcing that to be real.” The theme of the weak and the strong can be found in most books, but it can also be constantly found in each of our lives.
Writing a big story for the first time can be very difficult. There are so many different factors that go into being able to write a long story, so here a few to help you get started.
- Make sure you chose a good topic. Choosing a good topic is one of the most important parts of your story. If it’s a boring topic the reader won’t be intrigued and will stop reading. You have to make sure that the topic you chose is something you’ll be able to write a lot about, not something that you have one really good idea for, but when you have to write everything that happens before and after it you have no idea what to write.
- Making sure you give enough detail. Not giving enough detail in your story can lead to confusion for the reader and that’s never a good thing. Although you may know what’s going on in your head doesn’t mean the reader knows exactly what your thinking. Imagine you have a main character and thought the story he’s referred to as Tom, no detail about what he looks like, whether he’s young or old, there is no way for the reader to tell unless you write these things down.
- Find a spot where you can write. Trying to write a story in the middle of a busy and loud street, not the best choice. Writing a story in a quiet room on a nice soft couch, that’s a much better place to write. Loud noises and lots of distractions can cause you to lose your train of thought. Imagine your writing a chapter in your story and all the sudden you have a great idea for something to write, all the sudden someone walks into the room screaming about something random and you get distracted. There you are a minute later after having an Albert Einstein type thought and you got so distracted that you lost your train of thought and now have no clue what you were going to write. Don’t let this happen to you, find a good place to write. Also don’t be the guy who walks into a room that people are writing in and start shouting, it’s annoying.
- Try not to jump around in the plot. Jumping around in your plant can make your reader confused. If your constantly changing scenes and not saying how a person got there or when they got there it can leave the reader wondering how they got there, maybe they can teleport, all they can do is guess because you never told them.
- Revise your story. Revising your story is one of the most important parts of writing. Your story could be about some dude named Jack and by accident you write Jacki by accident and it autocorrects to Jackie, now to the reader you got some random character named Jackie who never gets mentioned again in the book, never a good scene. Im usually the guy who never revises their story or essay, but that’s besides the point. It’s fine if you slack of when revising a small paragraph, but if it’s a whole story, that ain’t it chief. Don’t be that guy.
There is a lot more then five things that are important to remember when writing a story, but these are just a few things to remember when getting started.
Traditions define a family. In my family every Christmas morning we have certain things that we do every time that crate this tradition. For most people when they think of Christmas the first thing they think of is presents. In my family there are a lot mor traditions then just presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. These two days for a lot of families are built around traditions.
The power of imagination
“It was on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and I was in Mrs. Prothero's garden, waiting for cats, with her son Jim. It was snowing. It was always snowing at Christmas.” In A Child’s Christmas In Wales, by Dylan Thomas, he explores the theme of the power of imagination. He writes about an adult reflecting on his memories on Christmas Eve in Wales as a kid. It brings us through every little detail that he could remember from the day.
The three themes
”A mighty book requires mighty themes.”
The first twelve books of The Odyssey give us a look into the ancient Greeks; it teaches us a lesson about everything they live by at the time. We are introduced to powerful themes like the power of the gods, glory and honor and disguise. These three themes are what defines The Odyssey, they are part of the reason the book is so well known around the world.
The power and importance of disguise
Disguise is the key to success. In book seven of The Odyssey, Odysseus uses the power of disguise to help get him through the city with a little help from Athena. Athena uses her “powers” to disguise Odysseus in a cloud of mist and transform herself into a little girl. Because of their disguises they are able to hide from the Phaeacians. Athena had disguised Odysseus in a cloud of mist and turned herself into a little girl. Athena showed him the way to Alcinous’s palace then when they got there Odysseus was removed of his disguise.
But the famed Phaeacian sailors never saw him, right in their midst, striding down their streets. Athena the one with lovely braids would not permit it, the awesome goddess poured an enchanted mist around him, harboring kindness for Odysseus in her heart.
[The Odyssey, Book seven, lines 36-41]
Odysseus has used the power of disguise to hide himself one or two times already in the book. One of the most well known scenes from The Odyssey is when Odysseus disguises himself as an old man and kills the suitors that were bothering his wife. This comes to prove that disguise is one of the most powerful and important things for all of Odysseus journey. I have really enjoyed The Odyssey so far and will definitely expect to see the power and importance of disguise more.
Halloween night 1995
”Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
The night of Halloween, 1995. Four boys, Johnny, Ronny, Donny, and Lonny were preparing for a long night of trick or treating. They were at Johnny's house as his street was one of the best spots to trick or treat in town. They were dressed as a gang of zombies, they had ripped shirts with red face paint. Johnny pulled out four pillowcases for their candy, for they were almost ready to trick or treat. 6:30pm.
“Success is no accident it’s hard work.”
Tomorrow is the big day. That was the only thought that was running through my head the night before our big soccer tournament at Eaglebrook. Eaglebrook is a big soccer tournament that about twelve private middle schools from New England compete in at the end of the fall. Suddenly my mom gets a email from Star that Eaglebrook had been canceled because their fields were completely flooded.
Glory and Honor
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. Honor and glory are primary parts of the people in Greece.
The power that gods contain
The power of gods is unmatched. In books one through six, 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, Lines 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.