“Flower’s for Algernon’s” Narrative Power

Published January 10, 2013 by flyingren

Flower For Algernon’s Narrative Power

 

The author’s remarkable use of first person narrative is perhaps the most important source of “Flower’s for Algernon’s” narrative power. The story takes you through the main character Charlie’s journey from an IQ of 68 to almost three times as high, and fall back to his subnormal intelligence. Everything is told in the form of “Progress Reports” written by Charlie for a group of scientists working to raise his IQ. Reading the story from Charlie’s point of view help the readers to understand the story and get to know Charlie very well. “Flowers for Algernon” wouldn’t have been a great short story if it wasn’t written in first person.

 

Reading a story that uses third person narrative makes it hard to understand a character, especially if he or she is mentally challenged like Charlie. It’s not easy for a normal person to know what’s really going on inside a mentally disabled man’s head. A perfect example is when Charlie took the inkblot test, the scientist were trying to figure out what Charlie was thinking. Although it might be hard for them to understand, the readers get to know exactly what he’s thinking because it’s from he’s point of view. Through his eyes, the readers understands his struggles and the way Charlie explains everything makes the story come alive.

 

Charlie’s way of explaining the story made it feel realistic. It’s exciting, funny, and emotional at times, something that wouldn’t be the same if it was written in third person. When he was going back to being subnormal, the readers can really feel how emotional it was for him. If it was written by someone else, it would be just normal because to them it’s just an experiment but through Charlie it’s easy to understand how emotional it was.

 

“Flower’s for Algernon” is a great story, partly because it was written in first person as this unique and different man. Most people don’t know what it’s like being mentally challenged, but “Flowers for Algernon” takes the readers there and shows them that it’s not easy being like Charlie. This story shows that the written perspective of a story is very important, and first person narrative can bring stories to life.

" An amazing short story that changed my way of looking at disabled people."

” An amazing short story that changed my way of looking at disabled people.”

How Is the Golden Ears Bridge Affecting Us?

Published December 1, 2012 by flyingren

This project is about whether the Golden Ears Bridge is affecting us in a positive or negative way. I’ve listed the pros and cons below as well as a conclusion. The Golden Ears Bridge is in British Columbia, Canada and connects the cities of Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Langley, and beyond. It runs across the Fraser River, a long river that stretches across British Columbia.

PROS:

Saves Time

One of the nicest things about the Golden Ears Bridge is that it saves time for people to cross the river. Before the bridge was built, it took about 40 minutes for cars to get from one side of the river to the other. Now with the bridge, it takes very little time. For people who have to cross the river on a regular basis, the bridge is very useful and convenient.

Boosts The Economy

The Golden Ears Bridge connects the communities of Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Langley, Surrey, and beyond. Allowing people to travel fast and easy to different areas attracts people who may want to live here. The bridge gives people opportunities to apply for jobs on the other side of the river, which means that more people can have work. As the population of our community and the number of people with jobs grow, our economy will increase gradually as well.

Less Pollution

Everyday, we create greenhouse gas while driving. The Golden Ears Bridge is actually helping us to keep our environment clean and green, which is what Pitt Meadows is recognized for. Since we can reach our destination in a shorter period of time using the bridge, it shows that we are driving less and creating lesser pollutions.

Healthy Life Styles

The Golden Ears Bridge is not just for cars. The bridge features bike-pedestrian protected lanes on each side. This will encourage people to walk and bike instead of to drive. Also, more people might want do it because it’s free and it creates less pollution.

CONS:

Pollution

Driving cars create green house gas, which is a kind of pollution that’s very harsh for our environment. Since the Golden Ears Bridge makes traveling over the Fraser River a lot faster and easier, then it’s also encouraging more people to buys cars.

The Fraser River

The Golden Ears Bridge runs across the Fraser River. As cars drive by, the river is being polluted by gasses and chemicals. The Fraser River is one of the most important rivers in British Columbia because we use it for many purposes. We drink water from the lake, we eat crops that grew by, and many salmons spawn in it. As you can see that if a part of the river is strongly polluted, it will travel into the sensitive areas and our agricultural land, which will be a big disaster for our community.

Cost of the bridge

The Golden Ears Bridge had a fixed total construction cost of $808 million (CAN), well over the initial budget of $600 million. Instead of using all that money on the bridge, the money could have been used for something else in our community. Imagine what 808 million could have done! We’re not saying that all of the money went to waste; it’s just that there are people who are homeless, hungry, and dying in our community.

Safety risks

Concerns about cracks on the Golden Ears Bridge are already becoming a problem. Many are saying that because they were trying to finish it before the 2010 Winter Olympics, they rushed through and didn’t let the concrete dry properly. Now small cracks and lines are showing on the bridge which is a huge safety concern. The bridge might be holding on, but what if an earthquake occurs? it may be a good choice to fix it as soon as possible before anything happens.

CONCLUSION:

After we have listed almost all of the pros and cons about the Golden Ears Bridge, we realized that it’s a tough one to decide. The bridge definitely has more cons but we also have some very strong points to support the idea that it’s affecting us in a positive way. For us families that own cars, its definitely a positive thing because it’s so convenient. On the other hand, for our community in general, it’s creating a lot of pollution which is horrible for our environment. So instead of proving my prediction right or wrong, I’m just going to say that it’s a little bit of both but I do think that there is a solution for it.

We thought to ourselves, what’s something that provides easy transportation for us but also creates little pollution for the environment as well? We came up with a solution that might be able to solve the problem. Instead of encouraging people to drive often by building more bridges, we should build different forms of public transportation like sky/air trains, bike lanes, and buses. We got these ideas from the transportation system in Japan. Most people in Japan travel in bullet trains. Bullet train is a high speed train that travels up to 300km/h and it’s also very quite so it won’t disturb any near by neighborhoods. We think creating more public transportation like that can really boot the economy and is also a lot less harsh on the environment. That’s what we like to call “A Greener Golden Ears”

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SAT essay tips

Published December 1, 2012 by flyingren

Three helpful points to transform your SAT essay from good to great

  1. Read the entire prompt carefully

At the beginning of every SAT essay, there is a written prompt. Read the prompt carefully because it gives you ideas about an issue. The purpose of the prompt is to help you understand the question. Use the prompt to help you rephrase the question and to take a clear position on the issue. The prompt is useful when you can’t think of what to say because you can use some of the ideas and phrases in your essay. The prompt often shows two sides of the issue and you can use this to come up with examples to support your position.

 

  1. Argue the topic from more than one side

If you feel confident in writing about the topic and you can see it clearly from both sides, then write an essay that takes a strong position but shows that you’ve considered both sides of the argument. For instance, you can argue that “dreaming for big goals is good because it makes you work hard but don’t let it discourage you if you don’t succeed right away.” You can take a strong position by saying that dreaming big is good but you also acknowledge the risks and the drawbacks of it. If you are not confident in the topic, just think of two examples that directly support your position. If you decide to use this strategy, make sure your position is clear and don’t take more than one position on the main question.

  1. Give specific examples

You should think about your example first before you start writing. Think of the best examples to support your idea. Use examples from your own experiences, books, new, history or anywhere else. You can even make it up if you have to. Use details to illustrate your examples and bring them to life. It may help to think about examples like you are telling a story and make sure they are easy to understand. Remember to connect your examples to the topic issue. When using the examples, try not to repeat yourself. Do not repeat what is in the introduction. Use a transition phrases between paragraphs, such as “In addition,” “Therefore,” “Another key reason,” “ A different news report,” “From a different angle,” “In reality,” etc.

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Tropical Diving (prose poem)

Published November 2, 2012 by flyingren

The wetsuit and oxygen tank feels strangely uncomfortable and heavy on my body as I prepare to jump into the dark abyss. My heart races as I step closer to the edge of the speedboat. All it took was a small step and a jump and suddenly I was crashing through the rich blue waves. As coldness spreads from my toes to my face, my heart stops for a second like someone punched me in the chest. Slowly, I open my tightly shut eyes and I see myself sinking down, floating by familiar and strange creatures. Kicking my feet, I feel the water currents pushing against my legs as I try to gain control of my movements. Schools and schools of rainbow colored fish swoop around me, surprisingly not colliding into my body. I realize the sea floor is full of color and glitter, reflecting the sun from above and creating a magical turquoise blue in the water around me. Curiosity brings me close to the sea floor and I discover an endless world of corals, plants, sea stars, and iridescent shells.

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Morning Beach (prose poem)

Published October 27, 2012 by flyingren

Perhaps the best time to be at Bora Bora Beach is five o’clock in the morning. I find myself standing on the edge of the endless ocean, staring into the far distance. As the sun peeks over the horizon, the sky changes from foggy gray to a light blue hue. I stand close to the water so I can feel the ice cold waves sweep my sand covered feet. The sand looks flawless, as if I am the first person in creation. With my eyes closed, I can hear the waves crashing onto the shore and slowly returning to the ocean in a clam pattern. Far away, I hear seagulls crying and laughing. The fresh and crisp wind slowly creeps up my fingertips, all the way to the top of my head. Slowly I open my eyes to a breathtaking view while the shinning sun stares back at me. A beautiful day, a stunning place, a memorable moment; if only it could last forever.

The anti-war message behind War of the Worlds

Published May 29, 2012 by flyingren

A Martian with many tentacles like an octopus.

In the introduction of War of the Worlds, written by H.G. Wells in 1898, the author describes how the British military was invading other countries at the time. The British people thought of themselves as a powerful and strong country that could control weaker nations. H.G. Wells wrote this story for British audiences to put them in the shoes of the poor and innocent people who are being invaded by British armies. He wanted the British to stop invading other countries so he wrote a book that shows the fear, pain, and helplessness of those who are defeated in wars. To do this, H.G. Wells describes the sadness and pain of losing loved ones, the experience of being abused by a stronger force, and the feeling of total powerlessness in the face of a ruthless enemy.

H.G. Wells did a great job in illustrating the panic and pain of losing loved ones by having the soulless Martians attack the British. For instance, Wells describes the separation of the narrator and his wife. Throughout the story, the narrator tries desperately to survive and to find his wife. Meanwhile, he comes across countless dead bodies and faces of people he once knew. Many scenes in the story take place in London, where Martians have destroyed parts of the city. People are running away, hiding, and trying to protect their loved ones. H.G. Wells decided to set his story in London because he wanted his British readers to imagine what it would be like to have their home invaded and destroyed by a much stronger and smarter enemy. He gets his British audience to see war from a different point of view, where they are the innocent people trying to survive and to protect their loved ones.

To show what it is like to be invaded by a much stronger enemy, H.G. Wells creates a Martian army with a superior technology, strength, and size compared to the British. He describes the Martians as creatures with a large head that stands on tentacles without a body. They build large machines that can kill countless humans in seconds with their heat rays. The Martians rely on this advanced technology to kill humans and to take the resources from the planet. This is similar to how the British once relied on guns to invade weaker countries and to take away their natural resources. H.G. Wells uses these examples to convey the injustice of war when one side has an unfair advantage.

The Martians have no relationship to the British families so they show no mercy in killing them. The Martians had a plan and they never tried to communicate with humans. Right after they landed in a rural part of England, they started building their machines night and day. They immediately took over the land and killed anyone who came near them. The Martians treated the humans as if they were small and powerless bugs. The humans brought in their armies and weapons, but the Martians used their heat rays to destroy them in minutes. The humans were totally helpless and began running away. Since the British thought of themselves as a strong nation with advanced technology, H.G. Wells shows how they may not always be the most powerful military. The story shows that the British should not be too arrogant and abuse their power.

Therefore, H.G. Wells wrote this book to show how war is not a good thing. He tries to get the British to stop viewing foreign people as powerless animals that can be killed. The central theme is that people should not be too arrogant because there will always be someone smarter and more powerful. The story tells people to be more humble. In the beginning of the book, humans thought the Martians were not intelligent but instead they were far superior. This led to the death of many people in the book. H.G. Wells wanted his British audience to see what it is like to be invaded, because the British were invading many other countries at the time.

 

Tripod machines bult by the Martians, taking over London.

 

 

How I deal with the hardest part of golf

Published May 15, 2012 by flyingren

      It may look easy, but golf is about 70% a mental game that requires calmness, concentration, and a great strategy plan to become a great golfer. While putting, it is hard not to think about missing a put or the score. To do well, you have to clear your mind, relax, and do your best. Even if you had a horrible hole, you have to stay calm and face what you have in front of you. You have to approach each hole like a new round, forgetting everything that came before.

To train my mind, I read books on the mental part of golf. I try to learn from the good golfers by listening to their experiences.  I read about pro golfers who learned to deal with the uncertainty of the game. Anything can happen until the game is over, so it is important to stay focused from the beginning to the end. In pro golf, nervousness and pressure can set in on the last day of a tournament, especially if you are in the lead. That is when you need to stay strong and stable while continuing to play with your actual skill.  A big part of golf is practicing everyday as if it is a tournament. This way, when a problem occurs in a tournament, you know how to take your time and compose yourself before each shot.

This mental aspect of golf is not only handy for playing golf, it also teaches you to stay calm and determined no matter what you do. This is what I love about golf, because it is not just about golf, it also teaches you important life lessons. Sometimes, if I can’t control my shaking hands in a highly competitive game, I will sprinkle some of my  colourful and sparkling “stay calm” potion all over my body. Suddenly, I will feel really relaxed and at ease with a big smile on my face.  I highly recommend this potion, which can be found at any fairy supermarket or drugstore!