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.