November 29, 2004

November 27, 2004

legend of John Henry

The legend of John Henry is about a man named John Henry. He made a bet with the captain and salesperson of whether or not he could beat the steam drill. John accepted the challenge, and it turned out John won the race. However, he died because of exhaustion. It was man power vs. machine. At the end the story, man power overcame the machine, but the machine came out anyway.
In Katie's presentation, she mentioned that websites may were not really accurate, because some people believed that John was either a white or black man, and the place where he grew up either Alabama or West Virginia. Whether or not the story was real or fake, these were the conclusions made by Katie. It's really up to the person who believes if it's a legend or not based on other's observations. The point is the story makes us to discuss and spur us to respond.
In my point of view, it doe no matter whether or not the story was real. Actually it is the legend that makes the reader involved in this story. Some people may just believe it's a legend, others believe it is real. I think as long as the story is good enough and spur people’s mind to reflect on it, then it's valid to be either one.

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Wildcard: Night @ SHU

On November 12th, it was second our floor program night. It was held in the lounge of the second floor Maura. We had different games available for the students. For example, poker, blackjack, pool, etc. me. We also have Pizza and beverages served. I enjoyed playing blackjack, but I was beaten out by the dealer all the time. I thought I was good because I always played it in cell phone. I remembered that I wrote a program for Blackjack for one of the computer assignments. I guess it was just not my day. Later on the pool table, I played with Jaime and Saif. I am pretty good at playing pool and seldom lost. I never thought I would play pool again because I did not see any people playing pool here. It was fun and hilarious. Normally, it is nothing to do here during the break, p. s it was holiday break, most of people left for home. It was nice to have something to entertain and relax. We stick around about 11pm, and then three of us headed off to Bowling. Bowling is so much fun. The most impressive thing would be I beat Mike out in the last three rounds by making 3 straight full scores. Before I made the first straight full score, Mike was leading by 108 to 71. When I dropped the last ball, I came up to the top and led by 158-150. Everybody was amazed by my performance and I was “the one”.
What an awesome night!

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November 22, 2004

The Role Model in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Huck is a good role model for several reasons. First, he believes that slavery is wrong. He believes in treating people equally regardless of color. When Huck sees the widow's runaway slave Jim on Jackson's Island, he has mixed emotions about what he should say and do. He feels badly that the widow is going to sell Jim and separate him from his family. Huck decides against better reasoning to help Jim escape down the Mississippi River to Cairo.
Another example of good role modeling is Huck's faithfulness to those he loves and cares for. Huck lies to protect Jim on several occasions. Lying is not the best thing, but to Huckleberry, the truth is not always a black and white issue. He is faithful to his friends and chooses friendship instead. An illustration of another positive side of Huck shows us that he has a good and true heart, and the best intentions even though they may not turn out right. For example, the widow tells Huck to pray for the dinner they are having. Huck's interpretation is, "God thank you for the meal and if you get the chance, please let me catch a big catfish." The widow tells Huck that he shouldn't pray for material things. Huck disagrees because his Sunday School teacher teaches him to pray to God for what you want, and it will be granted. The widow tells him that the teacher is talking about spiritual things. He still disagrees, and is sent to his room. Even though his intentions are the best, he still comes up short; but he keeps on trying.
Finally, Huckleberry Finn thinks life is precious and shouldn't be wasted. This is the most important lesson he can teach today's young people. He and Jim find themselves in a situation as they are floating down the Mississippi River. All of a sudden, they see a ferry boat and Huck jumps off of the raft to avoid being hit. He swims to shore and meets a family named the Grangerfords. Huck stays with the Grangerfords and gets to know them. The Grangerfords have been feuding with another family named the Sheperdsons.
One day a fight breaks out over love between the Grangerford's daughter and the Sheperdson's son. Huck watches from a tree in terror as the two families fight each other to the death. He realizes from this awful experience how easily life can be taken away, and that people should try to come together and work out their problems before they get out of hand.
Throughout "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," there are many instances of positive role modeling behavior for young adults in my view. At first sight Huck's actions look questionable to many. I choose to look at Huck as a kid without a lot of adult supervision and support who tries to make his way in the world. He is only human and makes mistakes, but I think he learns from them, and that is all that any of us can try to do.

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November 07, 2004

The Yellow Wallpaper

In my point of view, I think the woman in the Yellow Wall-paper is seriously suffering form some sort of depression and nervousness. Her husband has no consciousness about his wife’s loneliness and mental condition though he is physician. He treats his wife like one of his ordinary patients, and he doe not realize how he is important to his wife as he plays in a husband role. With the ignorance of her husband and his sister about her feeling, plus there is nothing to to do in that room expect staring at the yellow wallpaper. Even a normal healthy man could get depressed. Obviously it led her condition to be worse. As her husband, he should put more care on her wife’s feeling and try to change their location to a new and refresh environment that make her feel less depressed and lonely.

Posted by HuiLin at 10:26 PM | Comments (2)