Cultural Literacy Assignment Week 12 Period 4 (Go to Room 71 on Monday during 4th)


Posted on April 18, 2015, in AP Language. Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. NaTalia Johnson

    Article#2: Peering through the Haze-Joe Nocera, NYT

    Joe Nocera, author for the New York Times,in this annual study informs the public that teenagers “smoking habits gives us a reason for optimism, not alarm.”throughout the piece he explains how teens have actually been smoking cigarettes less. More teens have started using e-cigarettes.The purpose of the story is to tell us that more smoking and bad for public health but in the long run e-sigs are less harmful.He assures us by saying”Invariably, teens do things they shouldn’t; that’s part of growing up. For decades, smoking cigarettes has been one of those things. The fact that they are doing less of it than ever before is not a cause for dismay. It is a cause for celebration.” The audience are the parents/adults who worry or know that their kids are smoking.

    My Commentary:
    It feels good to know that even the teens who are making bad choices, such as smoking, are still in some way making a good choice at the same time. Adults always say that health is everything. NOw with this new information parents know that we are still doing things we shouldn’t but it won’t kill us. Im not saying i’m going to go out and smoke or anything but if i would i would take the e-cig.

  2. In the film, Jaws, actors Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss collaborated to play the roles of a distressed small town sheriff of Amity Island, a marine biologist, and an insane fisherman. The plot begins when a series of shark attacks which occur off the coast of Amity Island. This causes sheriff Brody(Roy Scheider) to call for help from a specialized marine biologist, Hooper(Richard Dreyfuss). Hooper is there to find out what kind of shark attacked and killed all those people. When they find out that all the deaths were the product of only one shark, they set out to find someone to help them kill the beast. This is when they find the “grizzled” fisherman, Quint(Robert Shaw). Once the three of them get together, they go out to find the shark and kill it. In the process the three become some what friends and learn new things about the shark. Unfortunately, Quint gets eaten by the shark towards the end of the film, but Brody is able to kill the shark after the horrific death of Quint. This results in Hooper’s and Brody’s safety. The purpose of this film is to frighten and excite the audience about the deep blue sea. There isn’t exactly a specific audience for this film.

    Personal Commentary:
    In my opinion this is one of the best movies I have seen, because it is thrilling, exciting, and interesting all at the same time. This movie has the ability to open ones eyes about swimming in the ocean. Even though sharks don’t eat humans it is possible to get bitten when the color of your swimsuit is too shiny or bright, when swimming too close to fisherman, when splashing, when losing blood or when surfing. This movie just brought peoples fear of the ocean to life.

  3. James Wan, well-known director, emphasizes the fact that we take life for granted in his movie “Saw”. This thesis is supported throughout the movie, beginning most importantly with a brief intro to its main characters, their lives, what they take for granted in them, and those things being taken, then John Kramer’s (Jigsaw) life falling apart due to his spouse’s miscarriage and being diagnosed with cancer, and the tests the other characters undergo to make them realize they must “cherish your life”. Wan aimed at getting his audience to see that many things and people in your life can be taken for granted in order for us to cease that and acknowledge how lucky we truly are. He develops a regretful and suspenseful relationship with his large diverse audience.

    Ever since the first movie, i fell in love with this “series”. Its plot twists have never failed to leave my jaw dropping and brain melting, wishing i had caught a hint at the beginning. Personally, i love gory movies. The message that these movies have, plus the blood and guts, are my favorite combination.

  4. Fernando Velasco

    (Rhetorical Précis) (movie :Chinatown 1974)

    The film was inspired by the California Water Wars, a series of disputes over southern California water at the beginning of the 20th century, by which Los Angeles interests secured water rights in the Owens Valley. The Robert Evans production, a Paramount Pictures release, was the director’s last film in the United States and features many elements of film noir, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama.

    (Personal connection)
    I don’t connect this to my life I connect it to the world because of all the violence between rival gangs or just people in he cartel killing people for no reason and all th corruption in the government just having power over the people and can do anything and not have any consequences.

  5. Jerald Quintos


    Rhetorical précis: The mystery novel “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie suggests that not everyone can be trusted even those who appear to be innocent. Christie supports her suggestion by creating events that have the characters question what truly is going on, and also by having all characters have a dark past which creates a suspicious setting which leaves the reader question who really is the true killer. The author’s purpose of her book is to show that in our own lives not everyone can be trusted especially when we think we should because in this day and age there are people who either trust many people or don’t trust anyone she suggests this purpose in order to prevent the feeling of betrayal. The author creates a dark and gloomy tone throughout the book for the audience, the intended audience being anyone who enjoys suspense and mystery novels.

    Personal Commentary: I have never been creeped out reading a book until I read this one. This book was very good, and I enjoyed reading it the whole time. The build up was not boring at all and the character development was well done. I have seen several adaptations of this book done on t.v. and am glad to have read the book.


    Rhetorical Precis
    The article “The Roaring Twenties” the author asserts that during the 1920’s America went through dramatic social economic and social change thus creating a consumer driven society. The author develops its assertion by organizing the changes in each social difference such as “the new woman”, the “cultural civil war”, prohibition, and etc. The purpose is to provide information about the stereotypes of the 1920’s to assert the realization of it. The author establishes a broad audience with its organization and simplistic explanations.

    Personal Commentary
    I found this article interesting because I enjoy learning about the 1920’s and the creations of the “roaring twenties.” I usually learn about history from textbooks but I enjoyed reading it in an article format because it made it easier to read and come to the conclusion that it was not as it is usually portrayed.

  7. Francis Ford Coppola, in his American epic crime film, The Godfather part II presents parallel dramas that show the danger, brains, and struggle of an italian gangster. Coppola does this by going back and forth showing two different stories, the story of Michael Corleone, the new Don of the Corleone crime family, protecting the family business in the aftermath of an attempt on his life, and and his father Vito Corleone from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family business in New York City. He does this to show how the business was started, and what those foundations led to. The audience is anyone who enjoys a good crime movie.

    I love this movie more than the first one. The parallel stories make it all the better. I find myself thinking how difficult it would be to film a movie like this. Its pure genius, and I hope everyone gets a chance to see it in there lifetime.

  8. Rhetorical Précis
    George Orwell’s satirical novel, Animal Farm, aims to attack the Russian Revolution and Russian Communism in the new totalitarian regime that the revolution established. Orwell satirizes the Russian Revolution through the use of allegory in which the animal characters in his book are parallel to those leaders of the revolution and the events that took place in the book are also parallel to those that happened in the real revolution. For example, the leader of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Lenin’s counterpart in the book is Old Major, the pig who initiated the revolution on the farm. The author’s purpose is to ridicule and indirectly criticize the Russian Revolution. The irony in it is that although the revolution claimed it would make Russia a better place for the people, the system remained the same nonetheless. The main audience of the novel is people who lived in the time period when the Russian Revolution took place and also those who criticize the event as much as Orwell did.

    Personal Commentary
    I think this was a well-written novel in that Orwell was able to draw parallels to the Russian Revolution using animals as his main characters. This is probably one of the best satirical pieces that I’ve ever read. I really enjoyed it because it is very different from the regular novels that I read; this is the first time I’ve read a book about a topic that I am not familiar with and with animals as most of its characters. I might read over it again after some time because I think there are a few things that I did not pick up the first time I read it.

  9. Category : Movie

    Forrest Gump

    The main character of Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks is Forrest Gump. He is born with a low IQ and is somewhat handicapped with foot braces. Forrest is a young kid when the movie begins and when he gets on the school bus, no one wants him sitting next to them except Jenny Curran, who soon turns out to be his best friend. Throughout the movie, Forrest is always thinking of Jenny. Whenever Forrest gets bullied, Jenny tells him to run and surprisingly he is able to run quickly and his foot braces aren’t needed anymore. This also happens again in high school and he runs through a football practice. The coaches are amazed and they put him on the team; he is then drafted into the college football team. After graduating college, he joins the army to serve in the Vietnam War. He meets his new best friend, Bubba, who has plans to open a shrimp company with Forrest after the war ends, but unfortunately, Bubba was killed by a bullet wound. Everyday during the war, Forrest would write letters back to Jenny. Forrest keeps the shrimp dream alive and he is now a millionaire. He has a sudden urge to runs across the country and makes headline and others soon join him; he has no particular reason for doing this. However in the end, all he cares about is his sweetheart, Jenny. Jenny introduces Forrest to a kid, who turns out to be their kid. Forrest is in tears filled with happiness, but worries that his kid might have a low IQ, but is thrilled to find out that his kid is smart. Jenny passes away due to sickness and Forrest takes care of his son alone. The movie ends where the movie began when Forrest’s son steps onto the school bus. Coincidentally, the setting of this movie occurs in a historical moment of American history, the 1950s. The movie’s message was that people were too blind to see what was happening around them and supports this message by illustrating that Forrest was unaware of all of the events that was happening around him such as not realizing his heroic events in the war saving few of his team mates. The purpose of this movie was being content and happy with one’s life; his life was simple and all he needed to make himself happy was to just run and he did so and to chase after his love, Jenny. The audience for this movie is young adults and adults because they’re able to understand the message and historical time events of this movie; it’s also a little glimpse of life of a veteran and what was happening in the 1950s, an era of civil rights movement.

    Forrest Gump contained humor, action, and drama which was very enjoyable to watch. This movie was touching and sad, while being very educational at the same time. The friendships Forrest develops with Jenny and Bubba is heart warming. There were many instances in the movie where historical time events and people were shown in the movie such as the Black Panthers, Vietnam War, assassination of the Kennedys’, and more. A message was to not to be blind of the significant events happening around you. The message I took away from this movie was to do what makes you happy and have true friends.

  10. Rhetorical précis: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” a horror/thriller film, showcases the lost of innocence in Hollywood filming by its theme of the battle between good and evil.. The dark film commences with Marion Crane and boyfriend Sam. They converse on marriage and the financial complications that prevent it. When Tom Cassidy, Marion’s employer, is introduced the audience’s compassion for her is elevated due to his boorish, crude manner. Marion’s theft of his money than triggers a justified response from the audience because of his flagrant statements that money can buy happiness. Although theft is an act usually identified as unacceptable the audience is compelled to sympathize for Marion stealing the money. Also Hitchcock makes it a point to use clothing as representation of good and evil. In the scene with Sam Marion wears a white bra to signify her innocence. Later on after stealing the money she is shown wearing a black bra which represents wickedness. With this example Hitchcock proposes the concept of split personalities. Another conflict the audience faces is the judgement on wether to sympathize for Marion or Norman Bates. Marion meets Norman when she stops at his family owned motel, Bates Motel, while on the road to meet Sam with the money. Hitchcock masterfully intrigues the audience with Norman’s shy, quiet personality and dedication to his mother Norma Bates. The audience begins to shift their compassion to Norman from Marion but continue question their decision. The battle between good and evil is evident in this situation because now Marion is portrayed as bad but Norman is still suspicious. At the end the audience realizes they sympathized for a psychotic, dangerous person than a reasonable one, which causes morals to be questioned.

    Personal Commentary: Psycho is one of my all time favorite films and watching it again while looking for a theme made me notice certain elements like the color of Marion’s clothes to represent her persona at a specific scene. Also Hitchcock is one of my favorite film directors and in this film he used creative, imaginative shots. He uses staircases in many of his films and there is usually always a blonde that is violently hurt which still is mystery to me why. Hitchcock introduced a whole new thriller with Psycho that was different from other films during that time and it’s intriguing that he made a dark plot into a moral questioning moment for the person watching it.

  11. Andy Han...Go A's...@h.an_dy.nasty

    Category: Opinion-Editorial Article

    Rhetorical Precis:
    Zeynep Tufekci in her New York Times Op-Ed piece, explains the rapid advancements in technology and arrival of such technologies in the workplace that may possibly take over job carried out by humans. Tufekci further develops her claim by explaining the advantages of machine over man to the employers and also by citing a personal anecdote involving a machine stealing a job from a customer service representative. Her purpose of this article is to encourage people to stay motivated within their career although they may feel threatened by technology, because it is the value of humans amongst themselves that will continue or end relationships including an employer and employee relationship. This article is aimed to target working people and young adults hoping to find a job to educate them on growing technological capabilities and fear of that should be avoided.

    Personal Commentary:
    This is very interesting. It is also funny,because scientists are trying to perfect a state of artificial intelligence where a computer can basically operate on its own without human input. This is simply adding a machine-wired brain to technology. This is when we as people should fear technology, because it can run on its own. I agree with the author, because machines may have similar capabilities as us but they do not express the concern and emotions that we humans have. There should not be fear. However, I do see machines taking over jobs especially within the customer service department. I called in to Kaiser to make an ophthalmology appointment and I literally spoke to a machine that sounded like a fake woman. My appointment was set. This job is an example Tufekci was speaking of. I love technology but I hope it will not get overhand as such.


  12. Rhetorical précis:

    The band, The Beetles, was a famous band that came from the U.K came out with the album “Abbey Road” in 1969 tells a different story in each and every song in the album. The members of the bad came up with the songs about the event that were happening and also their life experiences. The purpose of this album was to share the experiences of each of the members of the band. The way the album was established made it so it was for anyone in the public to enjoy.

    Personal commentary:

    I had to listen to the songs a second to really understand what each song was about but after the second time I could make something about it. I really liked this album because it was really different from the type of music I usually listen to but I don’t see myself listening to this again anytime soon.

  13. Rhetorical Precis:
    John Steinbeck, in his book Cannery Row, highlights the lives of people in the lower classes inhabiting Monterey, California. He both heavily stereotypes the characters he writes about and describes the violence and debaucheries they experience in their rough little town. Steinbeck uses his realistic utopia in order to not only emphasize the lives of the lower class, but to also show how people seemed happy and cheerful even it somber times. With this book, the author shed light on the lives of the misfortunate who were still suffering from the Great Depression after WWII.

    The odd and peculiar events happened in the book, like finding dead bodies, peeked my interest from time to time and I did enjoy the change in perspective. However I did not really enjoy this book because I am more into adventure, fantasy and sci-fi books. I don’t think this book was really for me because it just seemed so ordinary.

  14. Précis:
    Harper Lee, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, emphasizes the existence of both good and evil, innocence and corruption in the world which affects everyone. To explain the existence and impact of the coexistence of good and evil, Lee amplifies the positions that Scout and Jem take on what constitutes as good and bad as they grow up and shed their innocent perspective of people and their intentions; Lee also uses the misunderstood recluse, Boo Radley, and the moral and wholly good attorney, Atticus Finch, as examples of persisting goodness in the face of evil and cruel intentions. Lee’s purpose is not only to display the often blurred lines between good and evil and to use symbolism, in the form of a mockingbird, but also to show the contrast between forms of education in order to further magnify the importance of receiving a moral education and acknowledging social issues to become more prepared and conscious of adulthood and the inevitable evils of society. Lee entices the reader to unconsciously soak in many lessons through the use of the innocence of Boo Radley as Lee keeps him a mysterious figure (and often a the focal point of games played by Scout, Jem, and Dill) throughout a large chunk of the novel and the heroism of Atticus Finch by allowing him to be the constant “good-guy”.

    Personal Commentary:
    This is the second time I’ve read the book, but the first time was in 7th or 8th grade. And while re-reading, I picked up on many details that I didn’t the first time around. But re-reading the novel reminded me of how much I truly adore Atticus as well as how much I admire Scout. Atticus is definitely up there on my list of favorite fictional characters (which includes Hermione Granger, Scarlett O’Hara, Lizzy Bennett, Beatrice, Holden Caulfield, Helmholtz Watson, and many, many others) and Bob Ewell is definitely part of the most disliked literary characters (along with Daisy Buchanan, Bernard Marx, Professor Umbridge, and a few others). Also, the use of the mockingbird as the symbol of innocence is, in my opinion, absolutely, undeniably, genius. I enjoyed and understood To Kill a Mockingbird so much more the second time reading it.

  15. Salvador Melchor

    Rhetorical Precis

    “The Color Purple”, the color purple begins with a girl writing of her continuous

    rape by her father. Celie is brought out as a powerless person with low self- esteem.

    The color “purple” is emphasized in the reading, Shug tells Celie that the color

    purple is one of the many simple things god does in order to make us humans

    happy. Signifying that the color purple means “happiness”, which Celie lacked

    in the beginning, which later changed with her meeting of the relentless Sophia

    and Mr.’s sister alike. This was clearly shown later in the book, Celie began

    to express happiness through decorating her room in the color purple.


    I’ve actually read this book before, but nothing actually stuck to me, i didn’t

    understand any of the hidden meanings. It wasn’t until i read it this second time

    that i understood the meaning behind this book, the oppression of women and

    the struggles of the African American people.

  16. Nathaniel Hawthorne, in his novel – “The Scarlet Letter” – claims that revenge should not be used to deal with situations as it can not only make the situation at hand even worse, but also alter a person’s perception and personality. The novel utilizes characters such as Roger Chillingworth to encompass this theme through his actions towards Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester Prynne’s boyfriend and the father of Pearl. When Arthur fell ill, Chillingworth tortured Dimmesdale for seven years psychologically as a result of his need to seek vengeance on both Dimmesdale and Hester. The purpose of this novel is to convey the message that everyone sins; even saints such as Arthur Dimmesdale who is Pearl’s illegitimate father and a minister and kept this incident and his identity a secret, which makes him a hypocrite. Hawthorne’s literary work appeals to a large audience: those who enjoy literary classics or enthusiasts of the time period and Puritan lifestyle.
    “The Scarlet Letter” is a literary classic that I have grown up hearing many good things about. When I saw the title on the list of books, I was ecstatic and went out to purchase a copy immediately. Although I am not a huge fan of classics, as they are not my top choice of books to read, I can say that I very much enjoyed it because it was written well and kept me entertained. In addition, Hawthorne develops many symbols and themes in the novel which makes the story filled with a lot of material to analyze as the reader gets further into the book. All in all “The Scarlet Letter” is an excellent read and has made me reconsider reading more classics in the future.

  17. Movie – Forrest Gump – Robert Zemeckis

    Rhetorical Precis

    Robert Zemeckis, in his 1994 American romantic-drama film Forrest Gump suggest that “life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get”, but you should try your best in every situation presented to you. Zemeckis develops his thesis through the main character Forrest Gump who encounters many life changing and unexpected experiences throughout his life which includes playing on a football team, being drafted to fight in the Vietnam war, and the death of his mother. Zemeckis’ purpose is to show that life is full of surprises and you can never anticipate what’s going to happen next so you should try your best because you might be talented at the things you do like when Forrest discovers his talent for running and playing ping-pong. This movie is for a general audience of all ages because it includes experiences from all stages of Forrest’s life.

    Personal Commentary

    I really enjoyed watching this movie. I felt many emotions throughout the movie. I was surprised by all the historical references in the movie like the assassination of John Lennon and President Kennedy. The depictions of the Hippie movement and the Vietnam war was also interesting. Since I am learning about all those stuff in Ap U.S. history, it was a good refresher of all the important historical events of that era.

    – Guan Li

  18. Zachary Katzman

    “The Giant Rats That Save Lives” by Nicholas Kristof

    Rhetorical Précis: Nicholas Kristof, in his article “The Giant Rats That Save Lives”, explains a new technique of using rats to sniff out mines and tuberculosis positive patients. He begins by describing how he learned about the rats, called HeroRats, then illustrating how the idea came about, and finally detailing its expansion from mines to tuberculosis. Kristof aims to inform the reader of this new technique in order to show how effective using animals may be for the more tedious human tasks. He directs this article towards people that view rats simply as pests.

    Personal Commentary: I thought this was a very interesting technique. Often, we hear about how machines are taking over many human tasks, but I have not heard of many taken over by animals. What seems most intriguing to me is that these rats are so reliable. They are faster than humans and don’t even require humans to operate them as machines do. It’s interesting how Kristof wrote the article to include his own experiences but not have the focus be on him but on the project itself.


  19. Jonathan Swift, author of the novel Gulliver Travels, implies that you don’t know everything that is coming towards you and your brains will only limit the amount of knowledge you can hold. Swift supports this by showing how gullible Gulliver is when a farmer puts him in a cage and brings him to the market where spectators look at him in amazement and how easily he can be taken advantage of from going into peoples war and helping them. His purpose of this book is to show that there is a certain extent of knowledge that people can contain in order to not be easily tricked. The intended audience for this book is young adults and teens because they are still at a age where they believe a lot of things that are being said to them.

    I enjoyed this book a lot because it was adventurous and fun to read. It showed me how naïve people can be at time and not realize it. It made me realize why I can be so gullible sometimes. I would recommend this book to a friend in middle school so they have a early start of knowing how gullible they can be.

  20. Thomas Mallon, the author of the article “Are Grand Historical Events Better Fodder for Fiction Than Everyday Life?”, argues that amazing historical feats are much more interesting of a read than any recent news article happening around the world today. Mallon developes this article by using the novel. “Watergate” as an example. He claims that this book, “moves with ease from the twittering of minor functionaries to the brutal swagger of the high command.” thus enticing the reader into further examination. He then later compares the great achievements of Napoleon Bonaparte to “Vanity Fair” and you can see where he goes from there. He focuses on keeping everything he writes short and to the point making sure the article is easy to understand and know he is completely biased on this opinion. The article is intended for the younger generation because they are usually the ones who are not in touch with historical events.

    I personally thought this article was so biased to the point that this guy would not even listen to another person’s ideas to the matter. I guess that’s also what makes this article an opinion article. The article was really an interesting read, it kept me involved by talking about events I’ve never even heard of such as the Watergate scandal. Its amazing how you could get such a wow factor from old events even more than new ones.

  21. Book: Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers (pt. 2)
    Rhetorical Precis
    In the Two Towers by J.R.R., he continually uses the themes of Friendship and Duty. Friendship that the Fellowship carry is what binds them together, as Pipin and Sam had strongly upheld back in part 1 when they revealed knowing the ring all this time and persistently staying with Frodo to this harsh journey. Even Gandalf, the unofficial leader, does not order the hobbits around knowing he needs them and instead gives guidance. When Pipin gave Gimli his pipe, it strengthened the sense of trust in the group not only because he knew Grimli loves to smoke, but he’s willing to give up his precious pipe to another friend. Duty on the other hand stands firm as the hobbits do not question returning the ring, even through the destroyed civilizations towards Mordor. Tolkien upholds the Natural World through a depictive diction of scenery, also threading the destruction of civilizations by Sauron as the Fellowship treks through devastated land. The Song Singing brings about the strength of the hobbits, not because they take their journey lightly, but how they revive the morality of the group to continue on in this horrifying trek. Finally the symbols of the two towers physically represents the external, elemental force of evil that occurs throughout the land, and the internal turmoil that evil seeps into the mind, causing vast chaos and the sense of depravity.

  22. Precis
    The story The Old Man and the Sea by Ernst Hemingway shows that one can use their weakness to motivate them, thus turning it into a strength. The old man exudes pride in his fishing craft, as showed in his determination to hold the marlin. He uses his pride, usually seen as a character flaw, to motivate him to continue on his quest, thus turning his flaw into a strength. The story centers around the old man and his battle with the marlin, then the sea and its other creatures. The audience is people interested in Hemingway or fisherman’s tales. It’s purpose is to show that character flaws can be more than just a flaw.

    This book resonates with me because it has always been a center of conversation in my household. A family friend sculpted a piece inspired by the story that sits in our living room, thus always an easy topic of conversation. Though the story has been around me, I have never read the book until now. I picked up the dust covered, neglected novel from my shelf and read it cover to cover. I really enjoyed it and have a deeper appreciation for the sculpture now.

  23. Megan Erickson

    In rapper his 1999 album, “The Slim Shady LP”, Eminem conveys that no one should want to be like him regardless of how his current life situation may be glamorized. Eminem does this mainly through two songs on the album, “Brain Damage” and “Role Model” where he tells about the drugs he was involved in, family tragedies, suicidal thoughts and attempt, and the loss of many of his friends. Eminem tells his life stories briefly and graphically through the lyrics of the songs on this album to -ironically- positively influence listeners to follow positive influences. Eminem targets youth, as young people have the time and opportunity to make bad choices and fix them and their situations.

    As famous and popular as Eminem is, I have never brought myself to listen to his old albums. The two songs I mentioned in my analysis really stood out to me out of this entire album, and I think Eminem intended for this. His message of not glamorizing horrible lifestyles is deep and meaningful, yet he maintains his tendency to use sarcasm, humor, and violence to make fun of everything the public thinks, believes in or says about him. Also, another thing that intrigued me about this album is that you can really sense the self-hatred in the lyrics and emphasis on lyrics that reflect lack of confidence and animosity in and toward himself.

  24. In the movie, Wizard of Oz, informs us about how to find hope in the most mysterious ways and to not give up. The movie is developed first off by the dog and the girl getting swept by the cyclone and then meets a tin man and a lion following a gold brick road; then they go get what they want. The purpose of this movie is to show that if you keep going and believing that you will achieve what you want then you will get it if you keep going for it. The intended audience would be for children.

    Commentary: The movie for me was pretty boring to watch but my baby cousin liked it so we kept watching it until the end and he said that it was a good movie. Overall, the movie was okay.

  25. Rhetorical Precis: In the novel, The Adventures of HuckleBerry Finn, Mark Twain implies that friendship can be weighed more than the reality and social morality during the time of the 1800s. Twain does so by ironically have Jim, the escaped slave, sacrifice his freedom to help Huck’s friend, Tom, who was seriously injured. His purpose is to have readers realize that African Americans slaves like Jim aren’t that different from any other person in a community. His intended audience are white citizens of America.

    Personal Commentary: After reading this book in the middle of the night, I actually like the con men a bit more than the main characters. This is because they intentionally plan all of their schemes rather than just doing it on the spot, which shows their wits.

    On this page of pivotal history, Michael Yates argues affirmatively that although Randy Shaw wrote a good book on Cesar Chaves, “Beyond The Fields” it was written with many dubious claims. Yates goes on on three main points that were incorrect in Shaw’s book, points out two small flaws, and one large flaw, he explains how points made in the book such as how the church, and religious groups had a very strong hold and influence on Cesar Chaves and his actions, which were not very truthful, Chaves and the Church had very different viewpoints on many aspects, plus, Yates appears that he worked with Chaves in some allocations. Yates purpose for this writ was to make it clear the inconsistencies and flaws in Shaw’s book about Cesar Chaves and to straighten out the lies into the truth. The intended audience for this book is not only anyone wondering on this claims about Chaves but mainly anyone who has read the book, “Beyond The Fields.”
    My mom actually read the book that Yates talks about, so this page he wrote immediately grabbed my attention, at first a little skeptical by all he was saying because I myself don’t know the complete story of Cesar Chaves in full detail as it seems he does. But I did my research and it checks out. I like this page he wrote, very intriguing and great explanations in his claims.

  27. Rhetorical Precis

    Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison created the movie icon E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, showing the true meaning of friendship. Mathison shows their connection in the movie by giving both characters a psychic connection between the two, they experience a true emotional connection as Elliot mirages ET’s emotions. The author’s purpose is to present the idea that friendship does not matter whatever the reason. The main audience is kids as one of the authors inspiration was from him having an imaginary friend.

    Personal Commentary
    I remember watching it as a kid but not really remembering much of it, I wanted to see it. Also the amazing reviews it got me interested.

    Movie:E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

    -Ulysses Gonzalez

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