Monday, March 21, 2011

Hamlet video critique

Hamlet video critique

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Charles Saint Jean  
Gallagher Ryan  

12 Cp Senior  
November 18,2010  
                                                               The Stranger      
In the passage when Salamano goes to his room and cries after he loses his dog.Albert Camus suggests that in life some people care about animal as much as human,because once the dog is missing he got worried.He also suggests that people can easily change in life.The author shows that by describing the feelings of Salamano and his reaction to the situation.  
When the passage begins,Raymond tries to make him feel better y telling him that the dog is coming back .The second sentence,it represents a proof to Salamano that his dog might come back.A little further in this section,Salamano starts to predict what could happen to the dog.For example, he said "but they'll take him away from me,don't you see?" He's starting to ask himself some questions.  
In the next section,Raymond tries to give him some advices about where he could go to look for the dog. Instead of listening he got mad.That shows how Salamano is a kind of person that doesn't like to take advices from people and he always want to do stuff on his own.    
Finally,in the first sentence of the last section,Raymond keep kind of giving him the same idea,that makes the passage repetitive.It makes the text slowly.And the last sentence of the passage Salamano goes to his room and cries.That action symbolizes death and separation.It's like to him the dog is dead.He's deseperated.    
 The idea of this passage is important because it shows that the relationship between animal and human is really important and valuable.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Independent Reading Essay

Charles Saint Jean
Ryan Gallagher  
12 Cp Period 1
 November  4th 2010    
   In Henry David Thoreau's memoir Walden,the character which is Thoreau is a simple person who suggests that it is better when people live a simple life.He makes the readers wonder if they have chosen the kind of life that will really offer them happiness.The author wonders if the truly valuable elements of life are being taken advantage of if a person isn't living simply.    
  As he states in the beginning of the book,"most men even in this comparatively  free country ,though mere ignorance and mistake,are occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that is finer fruits cannot be plucked by things."This is to me means that people care more about the good things in life and easier work instead of nature's gifts and hard work.Thoreau draws a parallel between others preoccupation with money and his own enjoyment of non- monetary wealth.    
    He told of the villagers how he spends his days with them chatting until everyone is gone or just listening to the gossip whether it comes from people or the newspapers,in which he thought was the refreshing in its own way.When he had "worn out all his village friends"he would go for walks in unfamiliar woods and new pastires and eventually end up back at the cabin in his home of solitude.He  would take to hold on life and spend the day more as the animals do.The protagonist is the environment.      
   Thoreau was a period in the history of the individual when the hunters were the best men.A boy who has never  fired a gun is so more inhumane but his education has been sadly neglected.The young man introduction to the forest is the most original part of himself.Thoreau believes that hunting is a stage of man's development.He believes that every man is the lord of realm besides which the earthly  empire the Czar is but a pretty state ,a hummock left by the ice.Some car be the patriotic who have no self respect.  
   Thoreau left the woods for the same reason that he went there which to me is because he had more to do in life and more dreams to fill ,and did not want to waste anymore time on Walden Pond ,there's so much to do elsewhere.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Final College Essay

Charles Saint Jean 
Ryan Gallagher   
12 Cp Period 1   
21 Oct 2010   
Living in a community where I was surrounded by people with mutual beliefs.I felt like I fitted in this society.That’s all people watch most of the time, that’s all they talk about.I felt it is a great thing when people talk about sports or get involved in sports, particularly soccer.   
Throughout my life I have always been a tense individual, even for the little things that life presents.It is hard to explain the anxiety that I have before a game.For some reason I would limit myself within a game.Not because of lack of skills but because of the fear of failure.In my opinion, losing give my opponents  an advantage to talk in a atrocious way about me.I am very self-conscious, therefore I hate when people talking bad about me.That’s the reason why I always try to do things  the way they suppose to be done.In fact,the reason of my losing mentality is my nervosity.However,it is a way of success and motivation for a game.    
I‘ve been playing soccer for the school that I’ve been attending since two years ago.Moreover, based on my attitude, my motivation and my performance.The staff coaches decided to put me as the captain of the team.Therefore, I had a lot of responsibility.Not only the responsibility of myself, but the responsibility of a group of people.So I had to set a meeting with all the players to talk about the future of the team.We had a big game with the biggest team in the competition.  
As I woke up from my dream, I came to realize the importance of this game.All of a sudden,I felt an apprehensive sensation.My stomach was turning,my hand was shaking,and I was sweating.Too much thoughts of failure in my mind.This was the day that I have been waiting for.It was like an anxious eternity for one day to arrive.For us,it wasn’t only a game it was a war.We was dedicated the whole week to this game.They were a good team and even better than us.Therefore,in order to get some respect winning was our only option.We practiced hard for the whole week,we did some solid drills so we could get ready for them.  
The night before the game, I remember I couldn’t even sleep because I was thinking about the game too much.My mom had to give pills so I could sleep.The next day of that night,I couldn’t even concentrate in class.My mind  wrapped itself around the game.When school ended,I was just chilling with some of my friends in front of the school.So I could relax myself a little bit before the game.Then,I headed towards the field which wasn’t far from the school all by myself.Once I arrived,I didn’t say a word  to no one,I went straight to my locker and get changed. Actually, it was fifteen before the game started when I heard the coach said”there’s win out there if you want it, go get it.”That’s all the coach said.As a team,we approached to the stadium,flooded by the voice of the crowd.Teachers,students,parents ,everyone was there to watch the game because there was a big rivalry between the other team and us.A lot of people were there to support us.
Disregarding the bad weather condition, I grabbed my teammates and as a captain I said “don’t forget what we talked each other, talk to each other.”And I was ready to play.Just before the referee blow the whistle; my rushing heart slowed its pace.All of a sudden, all my anxiety and fear gone.Then I notice all of my fright went to my oponents’face.I took a look at the crowd and I say to myself”I got this.”I was really aggressive on the field; all of the players were playing with pride.we won the game by one to zero.  
However, my victory really was something that I couldn’t explain.I think being nervous bring out the best in me or it is a kind of motivation for me.I remained focus throughout my game to give the best of my abilities.I learned a lot form the game.It helped me realize that what you expected isn’t always what you get.It gives the confidence that i don't have  to be scared of others and  no one is better than me.

Final draft Plum Plum Pickers Essay

Charles Saint Jean  
Ryan Gallagher  
12 CP Period 1  
21 Oct 2010   

                                                         "Plum Plum Pickers"  
In "Plum Plum Pickers"Raymond Barrio suggests that there's no right moment for being a hero,He also suggests the struggle of some people to make money.The life of most of  immigrant is kind of the same.They treat all the  immigrants in an atrocious way.They make them work hard,and even try to abuse them.  
The author establishes his point by using some words, short sentences,metaphors.For example, this quote " no matter which way he turned,he was trapped in an endless maze of apricot trees,as though forever,neat rows of them,neatly planted,row after row,just like the blackest bars on the jails of hell."(p91) In this quote, the author is trying to make us understand how the protagonist feels trapped,he uses a lot of comma to make it a little bit slower and repetitive.    
A little bit in the middle of the first paragraph there's an allusion."Drank the holy water in great brute gulps." In this quote water is allusion to Baptism because this water is kind of something blessing and the author uses it right now to show it's like a relieve for the slaves every time they have the chance to drink water.    
Moreover,the author describes the antagonist."His feet straddled.Mexican style.A real robber.A Mexican general.A gentlemanly,friendly,polite,grinning,vicious,thieving brute."(p92) Based on this description the author tries to make us visualize what kind of person Roberto Morales really is.The author starts from nice to mean so he can make the readers understand  that Roberto is not  a decent person ,he just pretends to be.It's like the author want us to understand that based on the job that Roberto's doing,he can't be decent to the labors.He's supposed to be though.    
 "I must take two cents from every buckets.I am sorry.There was a miscalculation.Everybody understands.Everybody?He slides his eyes around ,smiling, palms up."In this quote,the author's trying to make us realize how they treat people,especially immigrant.Despite they work really hard to make money,some other people try to abuse them.It's like the immigrants are the more victim of the society.It's like other people take the advantage to make some decision that's going to affect the immigrants severely.  
Finally, the part that I consider as the climax of the story."You promised to take nothing!"Manuel heard himself saying.(p93)The author tries to make the readers realize there's not really a right moment to be a hero.Among of those labors Manuel was the only who had the courage to express his feeling about the new rule.Basically,he was the hero of the story.  
The idea of this passage is important because it help the readers think about the struggling of other     
people.It also helps us visualize the hard life of the immigrants.It's like every time something terrible is going to happen,there's always someone there to play the role of a hero.