неделя, 24 януари 2010 г.

Reflection

To be honest, when I heard from my teacher Ms.Potash that we had to do an internet portfolio and keep working on it throughout the whole semester, I was very skeptical. However, now that I finished it , I have different views about it. Even though, I had to work very hard to organize it and complete all of the assignments , the sense for accomplishment that is engulfing me while I'm writing this reflection is priceless. I had a lot of fun while creating it and I had the chance to interact with people outside of my school -mostly with Joshua , who's poems I really liked. I often found myself reading other people's portfolios and comparing my work to theirs or simply admiring which has been both educational and amusing.

Othello Reputation Video Clip

english project Audrey- Iago Natalie- Brabantio/ Othello/ Montano Gianna- Cassio Christie- Desdemona This project shows the themes of reputation and nature of honor in Othello. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB6wygsM11M

To be Great is to be Misunderstood

“To be Great is to be Misunderstood”


True greatness could be interpreted in many ways. Different people with their different values give different names to what they think exceptional. Some consider beauty equals greatness; others may think a graceful mind and soul is what really matters. People often believe that greatness is found where money, power, and fame exist. However, there is always one thing in common: great people seem to always end up misunderstood and lonely.
Greatness goes hand by hand with loneliness. People love to stand out, they long for others’ approval and attention. In the presence of an overpowering personality, however, ordinary people feel insignificant. They either worship or mock those who rise above the ordinary. Most frequently, they simply envy them.
True greatness tends to have its ups and downs the way everything does. It is all about taking sides. Sometimes people have the opportunity to choose between being average and therefore fitting well in the society they live in, or being more than that and lonely. Those who have the courage to want to be different simply live with their choice all along the way.
In the presence of a great person, all these ordinary people start feeling insignificant with their little imperfections that make them feel as if out of place. Nobody wants to feel small and neglected. People are only human at the end. They want it all: to be pretty, smart, rich, sometimes even famous. But since they cannot have it all, they eventually involuntary punish the ones that posses these qualities by simply isolating them, and leaving them alone and misunderstood.
People are only human. It is naïve to expect heroic deeds of them. It is unfair to them to expect to be understood. Being great in itself is supposed to be enough. However it is not. It will never be: that is the price of being great. In life, it all comes with strings attached.

To be Great is to be Misunderstood

“To be Great is to be Misunderstood”


True greatness could be interpreted in many ways. Different people with their different values give different names to what they think exceptional. Some consider beauty equals greatness; others may think a graceful mind and soul is what really matters. People often believe that greatness is found where money, power, and fame exist. However, there is always one thing in common: great people seem to always end up misunderstood and lonely.
Greatness goes hand by hand with loneliness. People love to stand out, they long for others’ approval and attention. In the presence of an overpowering personality, however, ordinary people feel insignificant. They either worship or mock those who rise above the ordinary. Most frequently, they simply envy them.
True greatness tends to have its ups and downs the way everything does. It is all about taking sides. Sometimes people have the opportunity to choose between being average and therefore fitting well in the society they live in, or being more than that and lonely. Those who have the courage to want to be different simply live with their choice all along the way.
In the presence of a great person, all these ordinary people start feeling insignificant with their little imperfections that make them feel as if out of place. Nobody wants to feel small and neglected. People are only human at the end. They want it all: to be pretty, smart, rich, sometimes even famous. But since they cannot have it all, they eventually involuntary punish the ones that posses these qualities by simply isolating them, and leaving them alone and misunderstood.
People are only human. It is naïve to expect heroic deeds of them. It is unfair to them to expect to be understood. Being great in itself is supposed to be enough. However it is not. It will never be: that is the price of being great. In life, it all comes with strings attached.

Harry Potter Series Book Review

Harry Potter is the protagonist in J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter series, an English author famous for her children’s fantasy literature. He along with his friends, Hermione and Ron, possess magical powers and are a part of a secret society of magicians. Harry’s parents were killed by a dark magician called Voldemort or “"You-Know-Who", a pseudonym acquired thanks to the fear and terror he unleashed. Only an ancient spell fueled by the love of Harry’s parents was able to protect him and accidentally put an end to Voldemort’s reign. Forced to live with his revolting muggle, or ordinary people without magical powers, relatives, Harry felt left out and desperate until the Hogwarts School of Magic contacted him and allowed him to be a part of the secret society. The plot is mainly organized around Voldemort’s return and lust for revenge. However, the simple “hero versus villain” routine is intertwined with morals and stories disguised by enchanting magic which makes these books unique and great. J.K. Rowling has made a perfect job in recreating a world and presenting the problems of the real word in it. From the beginning of the first book until the last sentence of the last book, I was completely lured by the magical connotation and felt a part of a different, yet realistic world. The series are in chronological order illustrating Harry’s transformation from an ignorant child to the most capable and famous wizard alive, the only one who could stop “You-know-who”.
I identify the story of Harry to be an allusion to the life of a teenager struggling with life which; even though veiled masterfully, makes the book entertaining and helps the addressed audience-namely that of children and teenagers, identify their problems with those of the characters.