Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lord Of the FLIES!

Hi, I'm back again! So I haven't really been able to read as much as I'd hoped to and I wish we wouldn't have had to return all our books by May 16. I'm reading another AP book named The Lord of The Flies by William Golding. I'm doing well on goal to read more AP books, but I'm not so sure about increasing my reading rate. I think it has improved, but there aren't many opportunities where I can test this out towards the end of the school year, I have to worry about AP tests, finals (including my Sunday School final), and most importantly my course selection for my junior year. Usually, I don't read much over the summer, but I'll start to go to the library more often.

Currently, I am reading The Lord Of the Flies by the Nobel laureate William Golding and first published in 1954. The story begins with a plane crash on a deserted island which leaves the survivors stranded without any immediate prospect of being rescued. But, in this eye-opening tale, the survivors are young schoolboys! They quickly adapt to their new environment by imitating the civilization that they know of. The boys group together and elect a leader from amongst them, make fires hoping somebody would rescue them, hunt for meat, and even explore this new uncharted island. All in all, they begin a colonization pf their own on the island. Ralph is elected as the boys' leader bu it is Jack who leads the hunters and is hungry for more power. Jack is the antagonist whose greed to have complete control over the group of boys eventually leads to the story's unthinkable climax ( read the book to find out :) ). As the boys attempt to tame the savagery they see around them, it becomes obvious that the true savagery lies within them. This is prophetically envisioned (not really, just a hallucination) by Simon who's "talk" with "the Beast" explains how "the Beast", (the OG savage of the island), lives not on the island or in the ocean as they believed, but in each one's hearts. This tale describes the loss of innocence that comes and how a failed attempt at civilization leads to savagery instead.

A very powerful quote that captures the essence of the book is when  Piggy said “We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?”

This quote tells us about how all the boys attempted to act like civilized folk even when there weren't any adults but they just weren't able to do so.They set up an election to appoint their leader, they had set up rules such as using the conch to come to gatherings and talk. They had different jobs set up such as the hunters and those who went exploring. They went wrong however in that they weren't able to deal with the problems of the adult world. When Jack went off on his own, he created his own group against Ralph. In today's world, there are many rivalries in politics but they usually end up shaking hands as a sign of peace rather than holding on to grudges and trying to overthrow they government to get what they want. In the adult world, they don't have to be full of fear of dome monster which is different from these little boys who were afraid every night. The young boys (especially the littluns) just want to follow someone so when a new leader comes offering free food, they easily turn to the new guy's side (poor Ralph). No matter how hard they tried to act like adults, they would have both their child minds and other children who could complicate the whole mission of trying to be civilized such as Jack and the littluns (and everyone else). Jack seems to be the most problematic with his lack of morals when dealing with Ralph (no spoilers allowed). As young children, we don't seem to have much responsibility which causes us to think of the job of adults as easy, but in this book, the children struggle when they are forced to do things they haven't ever done before. This story shows us how we should appreciate the adults in our lives since there are things that children can't do but they are supported by the adults in their lives who can help them out. The boys in the story had to make huts, hunt for food, make group decisions, and many other tasks without fighting amongst themselves. There is the saying that "No one is perfect" but adults seem to be more capable of handling these kinds of situations presented rather than children.

Friday, April 21, 2017

And the Mountains Echoed trial#3

I'm back again! So my reading is going smoothly. I was planning on reading more this weekend but I had a few events that kind of got in the way. Based on when we had first checked our reading rates in class, I know that my reading rate has increased.  I've been reading And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, and so far it's pretty good. It's about family bonds, and it focuses mostly on siblings. The main character is Abdullah and he lives with his father Saboor, his stepmother Parwana, his step brother Iqbal, and his sister Pari. He is closest to his sister Pari who reminds him of his beloved mother whom he misses because she died. (It's not really a spoiler since you learn about it from the very beginning of the book but it is pretty important to understanding the situation of the main characters.)

In chapter 2 "Fall 1952," the author talks about how Abdullah wanted to love his stepmother but he just wasn't able to when he says, "He wished he could love his new mother in the same way. And perhaps Parwana, he thought, secretly wished the same, that she could love him"(page 22).

In this quote, I saw that the author wants to love his stepmother like he loved his own mother but he isn't able to because the idea in their minds that they aren't actual mother and son had sprung up in their minds because they weren't related by bloodline. They are both good people but they have certain ideas in them that are keeping them apart. Don't you just wish they'd get over these thoughts that only cause for them to grow farther and farther away, or is it just me? What is the point of this feeling of separation from someone that you will be spending much of your time with? This isn't just a problem from Abdullah or a problem from Parwana but it is caused by both of them. Sometimes, it's important to let go of these barriers we've put up between ourselves and someone else, especially in the case of family. Our family is a constant, they will always be there so no matter how hard someone tries to block off another person, it usually hurts both parties involved. We might put up one of these barriers/walls because we hate someone, but the hate we feel is just momentary while the pain we cause from blocking off a person in our lives could take forever to fix. Moral of the story: Don't hold grudges. Abdullah wasn't really holding a grudge but his emotions about his mother dying and his stepmother taking care of her baby boy more caused him to act in a way that hurts his relationship with his stepmother for maybe the rest of his life (but hopefully he gets a connection with her and doesn't mess it up anymore).

Till next time,
Kennett (KindDragon) Paramban ;)

SECRET MESSAGE:(By the way, at first I had tried to connect this book with  my previous book TKAM because I found many ways to compare and contrast them but the words didn't come out that easily so I saw this topic popping out and decided to blog about it.)

Friday, April 7, 2017

About Me

Welcome people who want to know about me,

I am Kennett, a sophomore at Hebron High School. So far, I'm still 15 but I'll catch up with the rest of my peers soon. I have an almost perfect attendance streak and am almost never late to class. I mostly focus on academics over athletics although I do like to play sports at times. I am interested in computers and plan on going into the tech field (and probably become something like an IT technician). I am not sure which college I want to go to because there are many factors that determine it, such as scholarships, staying nearby my family, and even going to an IV league college (let the poor boy dream), and in the end I would like to get a good combo of all these criterias. How well I am doing in school is all about perspective. It isn't the best but it isn't the worst either. I didn't have the best start ( because I was introduced to something called procrastinating) but I aim to do better and (hopefully) get into the top 10%. Sometimes I feel like telling myself it's ok to not reach that far since it's too hard, but most of the time I try to keep hope that anything is possible.

When I came into high school, my reading habits got worse since I was being shot at with homework and tests from all directions. I have realized that I am good at reading when I am given a good book that is required for me to read. For some people, being forced to read a book makes it less interesting for them but I treat it like every other book I might read (except that I actually read at a steady pace). Now I am thinking of taking on more AP books because of 2 factors. The first being that I want to be better prepared for my English AP classes and the second being that I realized that AP books aren't all boring so I can look smart without being bored! I am currently reading And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini which is also an AP book (yep, I'm getting started already). I plan on reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan because a friend of mine recommended it to me. Other than that, I am not sure what to read but I'll probably figure it out the next time I go to the library. An important reading related goal of mine is to increase my reading rate. I am not that fast of a reader but I hope that by reading more, my reading rate will also increase. I like fiction over non-fiction and specifically science fiction/fantasy and young adult. I heard that reading improves your writing and I hope this is true because I want to improve my overall english score in class (or at least keep it this high), and also improve it for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.

Hope you liked my first post, will be back with more,
Kennett (KindDragon) Paramban ;)