I felt that this book was hard to follow and didn’t really go anywhere. It seemed like the basic structure was of something that I have already read. This structure was when someone get lost or abandoned at the beginning and the rest of the book was about their adventures trying to get back home. In this books case, Adam was on a trip to the west coast with his parents and his parents died after hitting a deer on the why home to the east coast. The rest of the book was a mix of memories of the past and the adventures that he was having trying to get back home without being able to talk. As the reader, I did not learn much about Adam’s physical characteristics but it seemed like he was a relatively sensitive person before the accident. He had a girlfriend that he cried with for some different reasons. After the crash though, he became mute and very unemotional about pretty much everything. He thought to himself about how he is a little consierned about what will happen to some of the people he meets, but that it emotionally. I didn’t like the way the author wrote the book in two different viewpoints. For me it made me confused and it made me lose interest in the other view while this view was happening.
I have chosen to read Aftershock by Kelly Easton. This is a realistic fiction novel. I have only read about 25 pages but I think that I found out the main problem or conflict. The book starts out by describing the event that lead up to the start of the main problem. This pre-event was an anti-war rally on the west coast that turned violent. So the small family left to head back to their home on the east coast. But they never made it. They hit a deer and the two parents leaving only the son alive. This tragic event made him speechless for many years. I think that the son is going to start recovering and talking again. I also think that there will be something he will do or someone that will help him with that.
The book I am reading for quarter two is Subject Seven by Justin A. Moore. I think this book is in the genre of science fiction. I have read the first three chapters and it seems to jump right into things. The beginning of he story start as Seven, one of the subjects that this secret company is doing tests on. After going into to some disturbing details on these test, Seven begins his escape from the compound. He ends up killing most everybody, including one of the main leaders or scientists. In the compound, the subjects had a mental connection between each other and a mysterious person called the Other. I stopped right before Seven was about to meet the Other for the first time. I think that the Other is going to tell Seven about what is going on with him and the other subjects, and based on what the book has been like so far, use this information to get back at the people who kept him captive for so long.
I read the book Subject Seven by James Moore as my second quarter novel. This book is mainly about a subject, number 7, controlled by a group named Janus. After just a little background knowledge of the setting and what is happening then, Subject Seven begins his escape. After five years of living on his own, he begins to look for answers about why he is the way he is. Throughout the book he keeps talking about this Other character that is in his mind, which we find out later is the other half of Sevens personality and memory. He learns how to control both halves and learns that there are more subjects that are like him. Sevens gathers the other abandoned subjects and informs them what is causing them to have two different personalities. Now all together, the subjects begin to find a way to banish their Other.
During pretty much the whole book, I was confused and was not completely sure who the point of view was from. This was caused by more than two main characters and each character having two different personalities or points of view. The book was written in short chapters, each being from a different persons or personalities point of view. It also seemed to me that the time in the story was not in order, which also does not help with my confusion. Right at the beginning, the story started of with a bit of action, but after that it became very slow and uninteresting. It seemed to me that it never really picked back up after the first half of the book. I don’t think I would recommend this book to an of my friends, but if you could follow the story line and you liked kind of slow action books then Subject Seven would be a good choice.
I am reading Ricochet by Julie Gonzalez. This book is a fiction novel. I have read about half of the book, and it seems like I haven’t read much at all. This book skips around from flash backs to actual present to details about characters that come up in the story. The main event that effects the rest of the book is, as other details are provided in between, a game of modified russian roulette that ends in the death of a character. After the murder, the story follows the main character through his court and legal issues, and his friend and family issues. His only escape to all this is to play his violin and guitar and let the music take him way. I think that this is a similar way that I would react if this happened to me. I predict that through the rest of the book that he will use his escape to help him through his difficult time. And by the end of the book, he will be close to back to normal because of it.
“Rain-rotted shingles drooped over the eaves of the veranda ;…)” (Lee 8)
This is an example of personification. It is giving the rain-rotted shingles the human characteristic of drooping. This passage help describe the setting, which happens to be the Radley’s house.
“The old fire truck, killed by the cold, was being pushed from the town by a crowd of men.” (Lee 69)
This is another example of personification. It is giving the fire truck the human characteristic of dying or being killed. This passage is being used to describe the situation that the fire truck is in and what is being done to deal with it.
For our visual argument we chose the theme racism. We thought this was an important part of the book because it’s what determined the whole outcome of the book. Its why Tom Robinson lost the court case. We put a black mocking bird in our visual image which represents Tom Robinson and the black branch which shows the rest of the black community supporting him. We colored all of the leaves red except one because it shows the anger the white community had towards Tom Robinson. The one blue leaf symbolizes Atticus and the white people that support the blacks. We have the red sun symbolizing the dominance of the whites that are against the case. And the one blue ray stands for the small amount of white people stretching towards the black community. The gavel is white representing the white judge they had that is pounding down on the black community which is represented by the black disc under the gavel. We have a white jail imprisoning a black prisoner; it shows the white community locking up Tom. The noose represents the death of Tom Robinson through a lynching even though he was shot.
I think that most of the characters were well portrayed. There were just little thing that I had pictured in my mind that were different. And they weren’t anything worth mentioning.
There were small differences from the movie to the book. In the book, the tree hole had little toys and gum. But in the movie it only had little toys. Also in the book when the hole was being filled, Jem and Scout talked to Mr. Radley. And in the movie there were no words exchanged
I think that the character that was best portrayed was Jem. From the book I pictured him pretty much the same ways as he was show in the movie. He is taller than his playmates and wears overalls. The only difference that I had between the book and the movie is that I thought that he would be much taller than Scout for the age difference. I thought that
My favorite scene form the movie was the part where Jem and Scout get attacked walking through the woods. This is my favorite because it’s like the only part with any action in the whole movie. I haven’t really liking this movie because I don’t like movies where nothings going on.
The movie was very close to the book in all of the major events. One of the examples that were good was the way the court case was done. But one example that was not right on was when Jem and Scout ran into Mr. Radley when he was filling the tree hole. There were some parts that were right with the book and there were other parts that were kind of like the book.
What is the setting(s) of this section?
Courtroom the balcony (with the AA’s)/ town square/ in the past- Bob Ewell’s house
What are the most important events that happened in this week’s section?
There was only one big event in this section which is the court trial.
Why are they important?
It is important because this event is all throughout the whole rest of the book. Also this event tells a lot about how people are. In this section, we could learn how people from both races can be together. With that, it shows what racism can do to a society.
How do these events influence the plot or the characters involved?
This event resolves the main conflict in the story. Also it restores complete pride to Finch family by winning the case for an innocent suspect, even if that person was black.
What was the tone or mood of this section?
I think that the tone of this section is suspenseful in the fact that the court session in going on and the characters are all wondering what is going to happen to Tom Robinson
In our discussion we talked about how none of us could really connect to any of the events in this section. The only way that we could connect is from watching some kind of court case on TV. We also talked about how we thought that Tom Robinson is like a mockingbird. He did nothing, or never does, anything wrong and all he does is help with things that need to be done. Just like Atticus described a mockingbird in an earlier section. Through this event, the Finch family name’s pride has been restored. This section didn’t have many events but the one that did happen was one that was throughout the whole rest of the book.
I found my self thinking about how scout is changing in the ways she’s thinking and acting. It seems to me that she is being more affected by the older people around her like Atticus and Uncle Jack. I also thought about how and why Mrs. Dubose was acting toward Jem and scout. I though it was kind of random until I found out the she was a recovering drug addict. I do wonder why reading was part of her recovery.
(1) “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something”- I picked this one because I thought it was a symbol about boo and how he is like the mockingbird. He doesn’t hurt any one but he leaves treats for Jem and Scout.
(2) “Scout,” said Atticus, “when summer comes you’ll have to keep your head about far worse things… and the way we conduct ourselves when the chips are down.” I think that this important because she seems to be affected by what other people are doing around her. In recent sections, her brother Jem has done some bad stuff because of his temper. Atticus knows that Scout is a follower, so he tells her to be careful not to always do what other people are doing; And to do the write thing.
I think that the most important ideas were that scout is growing up and becoming more mature. She is trying to listen to her elders. Also I think that she is learning not to write people off from previous experiences.
One question that I would ask the author is “why did you add the part about the shooting of the dog?” I just think that this event was kind of random and un-needed. It didn’t really have anything to do with the other chapters or previous events.
We talked about how the characters are changing. Like how Scout is starting to become more influenced by the people around her. Atticus actually has to tell her not to be this way or she’ll get in trouble. Also her aunt thinks that she should become more of a lady by no wearing over-alls or pants. Now days, girls wear pants all the time and it’s not bad or un-lady like. I learned that Scout is not doing what the normal is by not dressing properly. In the past, girls weren’t supposed to wear pants and play outside in the dirt. I think that this shows how sometime you have the break the un-written law to either start a new trend or to do what you think is best for you.