English 3 Junior Paper Final Lesson

Lately I have been having computer troubles with the program I used to write my Junior paper for English 3. Although it has been completed and graded, I am still in the process of trying to format it correctly to post it here. Many apologies for the delays/inconvenience. (I originally used the laptop, but then switched to my iPad for convenience, which is why it will not format correctly.) Thank you for all your patience!

Dystopian Future (Erewhon Related Video) (L130)

Although there is no writing assignment for this week, I did have a video that I wanted to share with you all! After the last class (130) I was thinking a lot about utopian and dystopian societies and I remembered a short film titled 2081. I decided to watch it for the first time again today since the first time years ago, and I couldn’t help but share it for you all to watch. It is only about a half-hour, and I would consider it educational. If you have the time, or even need a little break from class – watch it! You won’t regret it!

Junior Paper 2015 (L110) ROUGH DRAFT (INCOMPLETE)

Please keep in mind while reviewing this piece, that it does belong somewhere in the middle of my essay. As of this week, the outline was due, but I have already completed about 1,000 words of the paper and decided to post the incomplete fraction. I chose two different books to support my thesis, Macbeth being one of them. I find I write best when I am mentally comfortable, and for me this means going out of order. Sometimes things don’t fit and I move them around, sometimes I delete sentences altogether. This is my first rough draft on the sections of my essay pertaining to Macbeth. I will continue to construct it into a more fitting essay form once everything has been compiled. This piece is lacking an introduction, and a conclusion, as well as the sections pertaining to the other book. It is incomplete, but it is a start; feedback is more than welcomed, I would love to begin shaping this up before it is even finished. Thank you for all your input, patience and understanding – I understand that this is somewhat awkward to read in its current form. 

How important has the theme of optimism been in the development of western literature since 1493?

 Lillian’s Junior Paper

Robinson Crusoe: A Creature of Habit (L85)

Why did Crusoe take the coins off the ship?

Crusoe took the coins off of the ship even though he didn’t need them because, at this point in his story, he remained a creature of habit. The coins, a symbol of organized society, were what kept him tethered to civilization. With this, they could have been a glimpse of future hope; that he kept them in case he would one day escape the island. They also could have been a memento, of where he has been, where he is, and where he is going. The coins represent both the life he was chasing, one of material success and artificial happiness, and the life he was bound for, one of spiritual enlightenment. The coins are the difference between free spirituality and rigid reason.

Robinson Crusoe, Redemption & Broken Vows (L80)

How important for the narrative are the descriptions of the storms?

The descriptions of the storms are vital to the narrative because of their gripping intensity, both for the reader, and the characters. These storms are what brings Crusoe to his breaking points; the first storm pushed him to vow to return home if he survived, and yet with the clearing of the storm came the clearing of his prayers. He soon forgot his pleas, and returned to his passions. Again, the storms hit and brought him to a religious foundation; they brought him back to his family and life of ease, but once it passed he went on with his adventure. The storms symbolize each turning point in his life, and his conviction in destiny; he is following his heart. Not only did the storms bring him opportunity, but they also took it away, and their long detailed descriptions captivated the reader to continue on almost as much as they captivated Crusoe.

Mandeville’s Darwinism (L75)

In what way did Mandeville lay the foundation for Darwinism?

Mandeville has been speculated to have laid the foundation for Darwinism through his ideals surrounding social order, which blended nicely into Darwin’s understanding of natural selection. (Natural selection is the idea that those smart enough to survive will, and those who are ill equipped for life will not.) Mandeville insisted that the wealth of nations was based solely on vices including avarice (greed), and prodigality. He also went on to say that frugality was a negative factor in the economy. He firmly believed that every man acted only to pursue his own self interest, but that this was crucial to society and the economy. Darwin’s spin on this is that people acting in their own self interest will eventually lead to a survival of the fittest type society/economy.

Satan’s Rebellion (L65)

After Satan’s rebellion, Satan was motivated more by his envy of God than his jealousy of God: true or false?

Following Satan’s rebellion, his motivation to do bad was fueled purely by envy, and not jealousy. This is true because, Satan was never making decisions to allow himself God’s position; he did not want what God had, that would have been jealousy. Rather, he simply did not want God to have the throne, and power that he possessed. He decided to use the humans as a way to hurt God because he was envious; if he had been jealous he would have gone directly for the power of God’s kingdom.

Francis Bacon: Persuasion Power of the Essay (L60)

Would any of Bacon’s essays have been more persuasive if he had talked about his own experiences? Which ones? Why?

I believe that personal experience, while being a strong testimony, isn’t everything. People all experience things differently, and one person may get different results than another when attempting to accomplish the same goal.
That being said, I do believe that had Bacon included more personal experience into his essay Of Expense, he would have been able to build a stronger case for his argument. What he stated in this essay, while being true, lacked ability to stand it’s own ground; he didn’t include explicit proof, which he could have, considering his past mistakes. He could have taken this as a chance to provide heart-panging recollection of the ties to money and reputation. More specifically, the deterioration of reputation once one has abused power, money, and the power of money; taking bribes, offering bribes, and bringing debt upon ones self. Providing personal testimony of indulging in the abuses of power would have sent a much stronger and lasting warning to the reader.

Comprehension: Shakespeare vs. King James Bible (L55)

Is it easier to read Shakespeare or the King James Bible?

Although Shakespeare’s writings and the King James Bible are both quite difficult reads due to the language use, I find that Shakespeare is much easier to comprehend. I believe that this is most likely due to the break down of the text into play format. The dialogue makes the language easier to decipher, because the context is more clear when broken up into small sections (as spoken by characters). The King James Bible however uses slightly simpler words at times, and the sentences are generally more like today’s English than Shakespeare’s plays are. This makes it easier to read, but slightly harder to understand, because it isn’t in the form of a story like a play; The King James Bible is harder to follow.

Covenant Sanctions: The King James Bible (L50)

The idea of covenant sanctions is crucial to understanding the key messages of the King James Bible. There are both the positive and negative sanctions of man, and god. Man is to practice what he preaches, and what Jesus preaches. Upon either doing or not doing so, man undergoes the wrath or grace of god, as well as the wrath or grace of himself. Every decision has consequences, both of god and man. It is not enough to live inwardly holy, it must be put out into the world around man as well; should a man continue on the path of righteousness throughout his life, he should prosper after perseverance. The King James Bible is a call for righteousness and subordination, and however man decides to respond, he shall in turn be responded to as well.