Literary Reflection

The Power of Humor 

How Humor has Helped me

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I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.

-Excert from The Catcher in the Rye

 

 

       Humor can alter any situation, no matter what. The Catcher in the Rye surprised me, it made me laugh to an extent that I never would’ve thought. I thought that this book was supposed to be sad and depressing, but it’s humor along side it’s depressing theme has made enjoy this story of sad times.

 

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Naruto Uzumaki

What a True Friend Should be Like

A friend should never give up on you 

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While you’re alive, you need a reason for your existence. Being unable to find one is the same as being dead.

-Naruto Uzumaki

 

Naruto is one of the most famous Anime cartoons of all time. Naruto is about the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a naive 12-year-old ninja. The creator of Naruto is Japanese, and I’ve become interested in Japanese Anime since I was thirteen. Naruto is a confident but an immature kid, and it’s easy to laugh out loud at what he does because of his immense ego but not so great interpretation of situations. Throughout the first five seasons Naruto faces a powerful ninja called Orochimaru. At first, he was amused by Naruto’s actions since they seemed harmless, but he was more and more  shocked by Naruto’s overconfidence. You’ll never know what the overconfident Naruto will do next, for Naruto has a dream to become Hokage.

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Lord of the Flies so Far

 

A New and Unique Read 

Reading a New and Different Book To What I’ve Read In the Past

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We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

-Walt Disney 

 

In my life the books I’ve read have been by mostly the same author, but William Golding writes in different manner than any other author I’ve read. William Golding writes in a way where he can describe the scene in a way that is so new to me, and sometimes the reading can get a bit confusing. To better understand the reading I use litcharts before every chapter, and I believe it’s helping me a lot understand this book. Compared to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Lord of Flies is a much different read, but I can see many similar themes. Like the themes of Adventure or boyhood. I do think that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was a much easier read even though it was written a century before. Now that I’ve read over half of the book, and I’m starting to see the true meaning of this book. I’m starting to see that the boy’s nature is starting to change for the worst, and their savage ness is starting to frighten me a bit. I feel as if Jack will do something to hurt the others, and I believe that he will become savage and try to kill someone to prove that he is superior to Ralph. To start the book I thought it was really confusing but good since instead of introducing the characters we were immediately dropped into the book with little information, and I found that very unique and different to every other book I’ve read.


Literary Analysis

Literary Analysis Essay on Short Story

Edoardo Takacs, Literary Analysis

Fitz English 8th Grade

December 17th, 2018

 

 

Listen, because you can


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Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.

-Michel de Montaigne


       Our arrogance and scarcity of imagination will be our downfall. In the short story, To Build a Fire, by Jack London, An unprepared and arrogant man—who is accompanied by his dog—travels through the Yukon not imagining of the dangers that lurk ahead. The man travels through the Yukon trail, and not even a temperature of fifty below makes him question his journey. It is the man’s arrogance and lack of imagination that later hurts him.

 

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Narrative Essay

Narrative Essay on Culture

Edoardo Takacs, Narrative Essay

Fitz English 8th Grade

December 17th, 2018



Culture and Tradition

 

A Story of my Experience With a New Culture


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A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

-Marcus Garvey

 

       Cultures have shaped the identity of billions around the world. The many different cultures I’ve learned about have shaped me into what I am today. When I knew little about the world; when I knew nothing of the countless treasures life has to offer, I knew that the many different cultures of the world would teach me so much. I was about to embark on an adventure to Japan. I knew little about this vastly different land, for their culture was truly something different. I wished to go Japan to experience something different compared to other European cultures, for I wanted to learn about the culture of a small yet fascinating island.

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A Tell-Tall Heart

Edoardo Takacs

8th grade English , Mr.Fitz

Literacy Analysis and Reflection Essay

December 7, 2018

 

A Literary Analysis and Reflection

 

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Guilt is pherhaps the most companion to death

-Coco Channel 

 

       No matter how hard you try to hide, guilt will find you. In the short story, A Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan, he writes the story of crazy man who has been troubled by his guilt. In ways I and many people can relate to this man, for many of us have been troubled by our doings of the past. While reading this short yet plot twisting read you feel a sense of disgust and shock, for Edgar Allan perfectly depicts this confusing protagonist.

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The Lesson of Hard Times

 

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart

― José N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

       Sometimes the greatest lessons in life are taught by challenges, for a few of the lessons I’ve learned have been taught by hard times. When my nonno unexpectedly died I was unsure if I would ever be able to recover, for I had no clue of the experience of losing someone dear to me. In my life I’ve faced many setbacks, but the death of my grandfather has been the most appalling of all. His death took a toll on my family, yet surprisingly this misfortune led my mother to teach me a very valuable lesson. I lay in bed feeling glad that I’m returning to school after winter break, but then a din comes out of nowhere. I thought my mother might’ve been happily laughing. For the next thirty minutes I did nothing, but after a while the her “laughing” began to irritate me. I angrily stormed out of my room and screamed, “Can you please be quiet I’m trying to sleep.” After returning to my room I was still in an angry mood, but then I later figured out that she was not laughing rather she was crying since Nonno had just died. For a moment I had no clue what to say, but then a countless amount of tears rushed down my cheek. For the next couples of days I reflected on his death, and I reminisced on the times when we went on car rides together in the Italian countryside. That pleasant memory made me very sentimental, but I always asked myself if I could’ve appreciated him more. A couple of days after his death I talked with my mom about Nonno. She told me something along the lines of, “Life does not last forever, so that means you have to always cherish your family.” That conversation changed my perception on Nonno dying I learned the most important lesson of all—to cherish my family. This is not the last setback will I face, but now I know they might just teach a lesson.


Thanks Coach

A Thank You Note To My Basketball Coach 

 

Great coaches are visionaries. Great coaches instill, nurture, and encourage vision, then model and motivate surrender to it.

-Thomas G. Bandy

           A coach is to a player like a Sherpa is to a climber. My basketball coach was the Sherpa who guided me when I was not sure of the road ahead—when I was unfamiliar to the game of basketball and when my skill was untamed. I knew like a Sherpa my coach would guide me through the journey ahead. Over the last two years coach Howe has given me encouragement and guidance during practices and games. All of guidance has helped in many ways, but there was one instance where he advised me to play in a game I had no clue I would be capable of playing in. It was the day of our first division one playoff game, and I was devastated since I wouldn’t be able to play. The day before I collided my knee into my defenders leg, so my knee was in pain ever since. I texted coach Howe that I wouldn’t be able to play in the game, but I would still attend and give encouragement to my teammates. However, coach Howe told me to bring my uniform, for he had faith in me to play. That little encouragement gave me enough spirit to fight through my injury. At points in the game i wanted to quit, for i had felt the lingering pain in my knee. The pain was too much to bare, and the running about and down the court only made it worse. coach Howe told me to keep pushing through it, but he didn’t say it in an offensive way rather he said it in a nice soothing tone. I stood up and said I’ll keep going, for he had fueled me again with a sense of determination and spirit. That game I put up sixteen points while grabbing eight rebounds. Oh, and we won the game by four since I had hit four clutch free. It didn’t matter that I wanted to quit and it didn't matter that during the whole game I had felt a lingering pain in my knee. It only mattered that my coach gave me his guidance and encouragement to persist through this predicament. Without Coach Howe I don’t if I would be where I am today, so I thank him for all the encouragement and guidance that he has given me.


Languages

 



The Basis of Human Life and Interaction 

 

 

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One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.

-Frank Smith   

     

      Languages helps bring together millions of people. In my life languages have helped me interact with hundreds of people all around the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to learn several languages, for my mom is from Italian. As a baby I was taken care by a caretaker form El Salvador whom I still speak with in Spanish to this day, and till I was nine I attended a French school. Over the last two summers I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to go to French camps in Antibes. There are kids are from all over the world, but some of them don’t speak English. I didn’t turn back from this language barrier, for I saw it as a new pathway. I have met people from Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Finland, Russia, Norway, Czech Republic, and Germany. I have been able to talk to them in Italian, Spanish, and French, and along the way I learned a bit of German.

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