Rhetorical Analysis – J.K. Rowling “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination” The author of the famous Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling held this speech during a graduation ceremony at Harvard University. The speech was to the Harvard graduates from June 5, 2008 and was held outside in the famous ‘Old Harvard Yard’ as a tradition. The purpose of the speech was to celebrate and congratulate the graduating class.
He wouldn’t tell his parents that Erik was a bully. After a while in the book Paul’s confidence had grown to enrage, determined, and a little bit Fearless. He had new friends at school and his confidence grows when he stands up for Theresa when Joey gives attitude about Theresa walking him around. At the end of the book Paul’s confidence changes dramatically. Paul went from a wimpy, Troubled and Anxious little boy to a Brilliant, Cool, and Fearless boy.
His friends started talking about college and he would have none of that. A lot of people especially adults were displeased to find out he had no plans to pursue higher education. He wanted to take a break and do something meaningful. He moved into a tiny apartment in New York as soon as he hit eighteen and would do community service and help out in orphanages around the town. He wanted to be the hero of someone at
After a few weeks, I received an unexpected text from my teacher. I opened up the text message and found out that the founders liked our presentation and funded my organization for $75! This instantly made me feel content with my high school life. Reminiscing about this makes me really happy. It makes me feel like I actually have had an impact in this world.
Teachers, parents, my peers, I welcome you, this fine morning. In addition, I want to congratulate all of my peers because today we graduate and move on to high school. Additionally I want to say that It’s an honor for me to deliver this speech for all of you, on a day that we will all remember, especially me. Not to mention, that today is a joyful day, and just like Joseph B. Wirthlin said ¨ Some memories are unforgetable, remaining ever vivid, and heartwarming¨ and if you did not realize it yet, this memory is under that category.
When it was my first day of school it felt weird going in there and not knowing everyone. Another solution is to face my shyness because my shyness has affected me to not hang out with people. When my friend left to Glendora I felt sad. Because he taught me so much that will not be forgotten. The lessons that I have learned is to go out there and try to make friends.
At the beginning of the novel, Changez shows a modest amount of love for his new home in New York. “I was, in four and a half years, never an American; I was immediately a New Yorker” (Hamid 33.) As the main character progresses, he starts to see the concealed, unsatisfactory point of view of American society. Consequently, his dislike evolves through many events, which ultimately leads him to smile after seeing the twin towers implode from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I stared as one-and then the other-of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center collapsed.
I wanted to be them. I loved hearing the crowd as they would lose their composure at the announcement of the Homecoming Queen. It invigorated my emotions, and filled my heart with confidence and acceptance. I was amazing. Upon entering high school, I strived to make new friends and acquire everyone’s approval, even that of my teacher’s.
Book Reflection #2 Selp-Helf I finished reading “Selp-Helf” by Miranda Sings, which is about her giving advice about being the most fabulous person that any human can be. Since she is a comedian, she is making up humorous ways to do everyday things. Such as ways to do your eye makeup and how to get a boyfriend. This book was hard to put down once I started it because I loved how I could hear her voice in my head saying all of these things. A question that I had while reading this book was, how does one person think of all of these creative ways to do everyday activities?
Unwind by Neal Shusterman -a New York Times Bestselling Author of The Schwa Was Here- is an interesting read. It’s about a boy, Connor, whose parents want to have him unwound. Unwinding is when a person between the age thirteen and eighteen is cut apart, but is still alive; these parts are given to people in need of a new body part. The novel covers Connor’s journey as he runs from the police to avoid being cut apart by the government. This book has many things to like, things to dislike, and connections to discover, although in my opinion few would enjoy it.
Auggie had a positive experience at school because he got smarter and made new friends. An example of this is Jack and Auggie’s spud lamp science fair project. Jack and Auggie got an A on the project, and Jack was “psyched” because it was the only A he had gotten all year. This shows that Auggie can learn and do things like normal kids. This also made Jack and Auggie closer friends.
In the novel Wonder by R.J Palacio, a number of symbols help to show Auggie's journey as he goes through the struggles of school. The different symbols and how they represent Auggie's journey are referred to throughout the novel. Auggie's masks, his Padawan braid and the universe are all used to symbolise his journey. Along the story line, Auggie wears a range of different masks.
The book Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a story about a ten year old boy named Auggie with a facial birth defect, and his experiences going to a private school after being homeschooled. Auggies parents made the decision to send him to a private school as they felt it would be good for him. Auggie discovers that going there are many hardships when going to school and at some points even getting bullied. But along with the hardships he also finds many great things when going to school that help him change as a person. Auggies parents made the correct decision when sending him to school as it helped him for the better
In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Darrel “Darry” Curtis appears cold-hearted, but he is not. First, after Ponyboy sleeps out in the lot and Darry slaps him, Ponyboy narrates, “Darry looked at the palm of his hand where it had turned red and then looked back at me. His eyes were huge” (50). The part that says “His eyes were huge” shows that Darry really didn’t mean to hit Ponyboy. Darry isn’t really cold-hearted and cruel, but he hit Ponyboy because he was worried about him and didn’t know what to do.
ANALYTICAL RESPONSE Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy tells the touching story of Arjie Chelvaratnam, a young Tamil boy living in Colombo Sri Lanka, struggling to understand his homosexuality. Throughout the story’s six chapters Arjie makes many discoveries about what it means to be a homosexual, however, this analysis will focus on the last chapter of the book, “Riot Journal”, in which Arjie is suddenly thrust into a whole new world which comes with fear, sadness and realization. Within “Riot Journal”, Arjie’s life takes a sudden turn when the riots occurring near Colombo reach him and eventually lead to the destruction of his home and in turn, his immigration to Canada. The main themes discussed within this chapter are immigration and becoming a refugee.