Thursday, December 1, 2011


  Satire is any piece of writing that uses a meaning such as irony, understatement, exaggeration and the like to attempt to correct human in a good sense. While satire can be funny, it's okay is not to amuse, but to fix bad behavior. Being satirized means a manner of writing that mixes a critical attitude with humor in an effort to improve the corrections.An example from my life that can be satirized is usually when I'm on my phone I misspell things in a funny way so I always have to go back to make corrections in fixing what I misspelled. Another example in my life of satirized is when I'm talking way too fast that a word comes out funny and it was not that what I meant to say.

  In the essay of "The the impotence of proofreading" what's being satarized is the spell checker, the way he's writing the essay doesn't really make sense because it gives several meaning towards the words he might want to use and it's wrong because he doesn't proof read it. For example, in the first paragraph he makes a lot of mistakes. I corrected them so it could be easier to read but he had different words with different meanings where they didn't belong:

Has this ever happened to you?
You work very horde on a paper for English clash
And then get a very glow raid (like a D or even a D=)
and all because you are the word¹s liverwurst spoiler.
Proofreading your peppers is a matter of the the utmost impotence.

Has this ever happened to you?
You work very hard on a paper for English clash
And then get a very low grade (like a D or even a D-)
and all because you are the world's worst speller.
Proofreading your papers is a matter of the the utmost impotence.

This has happen to me several times while I'm on my phone and I think what I'm writing is right and then when I have sent what I wrote is all wrong, words mixed with others.

 In the article "Pearl Harbor"it talks about what happen 70 years ago in Hawaii and how the country was being destroyed. In this article what's being satirized is the country for example the journalist that wrote about Pearl Harbor "Josh Harnet" who had watched the film about "Pearl Harbor" said "Of course it affected the whole country, but I have to live with it every day of my life," said Hartnett, surveying the place where a cruel and delusional egomaniac directed the disgraceful attack on American culture". The reason this is being satirized is because is criticizing the country America and the disgraceful attack they attempted to do. I think the changes expected would be changing everything that happen in that tragedy that day for example Josh expressed himself by saying "Josh then fell to his knees, started sobbing, and screamed "Why?" after the sight of a hangar reminded him of the calculated and brutal inhumanity of Pearl Harbor's insipid love triangle" In my words I think he's so angry he would want to change everything that happen back then and the film really affected him. My reaction towards this is really depressing because it caused a lot of damages to people who were innocent and were only young, I think this was a really sad tragedy. This is just like what happen in 911 but it was worst because thousands of people lost their life really unfairly and in a cruel way.

In the article "Advice to youth"by Mark Tawain what's being saterized is the concept of advice. Is being saterized because he's giving other people advice when people don' even listen to advice or take them. because is not like anybody listens to advice now an days.

Monday, November 7, 2011


  The definition of "irony" is to use words to portray something that is the opposite of what the literal meaning of the phrase is. It is a statement or language when used in writing it can mean when something we don't expect to happen, happens. An example of a ironic situation might be "you see someone protesting against McDonalds, while eating a Big Mac. "I wouldn't expect someone who is against McDonalds to be eating there".Or "Let's say you are talking about going away to Florida, and out of nowhere somebody just hands you a Florida ticket" That can be another example of an ironic situation. A way irony has existed in my life is when different events happen. Let's say I'll be talking about a person that I have a long time without seeing them and out of nowhere I bump into them for some ironic reason. Verbal irony occurs when the writer says one thing but conveys an entirely different meaning. An example is "The best defense is a good offense." Dramatic irony is when the words and actions of the characters of a work of literature have a different meaning for the reader than they do for the characters. This is the result of the reader having a greater knowledge than the characters themselves.

  The poem "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson describes how Cory was rich and was admired as a king. People thought he was everything and had a great life for example in one of the quote from the poem it says "And he was always quietly arrayed,And he was always human when he talked" this example explains how specific he would talk and how they admired him. Richard Cory was very rich so therefore he dressed in a way that caught people's attention. An example from the poem that helps us see that is when the author says "He was a gentleman from sole to crown,Clean favored, and imperially slim". The way he behaved might have been kindly because in the poem it says "But still he fluttered pulses when he said,Good-morning,and he glittered when he walked" meaning he always would be kind to people and greet them. People reacted to Cory as if he were a king and as a very wealthy man and honorable. The last line of the poem is surprising because it says "Richard Cory, one calm summer night,Went home and put a bullet through his head". This line is surprising because I would've never thought such a wealthy man and honorable man would just take his life away out of any where.  This poem shocked me in a way that it was very strange how a man can have so much money and be happy, and all of a sudden he takes his life away for no reason. In this poem irony is created in  the sense that Cory lived such a great life and appeared to living well and the outcomes were that he just put a bullet to his head, when I thought he was living good he just killed himself.

    The story "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl is an example of irony. The story is about a woman named Mary Maloney and how she's waiting for her husband to come home from work after he arrives he says he needs to tell her something which was that he had another woman and he was leaving him. After the husband told her the breaking news she was acting surprised still insisting to make him some dinner , she had brought a lamb and while he wasn't looking she beat him with the lamb and then she went to the grocery store to buy some vegtables as if nothing had happened  "She carried the meat into the kitchen, placed it in a pan, turned the oven on high, and shoved it inside. Then she washed her hands and ran upstairs to the bedroom. She sat down before the mirror, tidied her hair, touched up her lips and face. She tried a smile. It came out rather peculiar. She tried again". When she came back from the grocery store and saw that her husband was still laying on the floor she called the cops and said her husband was murdered she was sobbing on the phone pretending like she wasn't the killer after the cops arrived they saw that the husband was hit with something on the head an example from the story would be "Her husband, he told her, had been killed by a blow on the back of the head administered with a heavy blunt instrument, almost certainly a large piece of metal. They were looking for the weapon. The murderer may have taken it with him, but on the other hand he may have thrown it away or hidden it somewhere on the premises". As the cops looked for evidence she offered them some dinner which was the lamb she had killed her husband with little did they know that the evidence they were looking for, was being eaten by them. The ironic situation in this story is that the woman killed her husband and she called the cops and the cops ate the evidence. This is ironic because the cop says they can smell the evidence right under the nose but the ironic part is that it is because they are eating it.

  In the article "The House that Slaves Built" it explains how the White House was built and how many slaves helped build it. Back then slaves were not allowed in the White House because of slavery until one day that Franklin D. Roosevelt's wife include black people on the guest list for them to go to the White House.  Bess Abell who was the White House secretary found one of the black women crying and had asked her why she was crying and she replied "There's nothing wrong. This is the most wonderful day of my life. When I first came to Washington, I couldn't get a hotel room, and tonight, I danced with the President". The black women was more happy to dance with the President then instead of getting into a hotel room. The ironic situation in this article is that back then black people weren't allowed to be in the White House and they were treated badly, but now the outcomes are that our President is black. Barack Obama and his family live in the White House now, which some people from history would've probably never thought that.

   In the article "Is it ironic that so many don't understand irony?"  many people make several comments about irony, one of the people that stated an example said: "2. Is it ironic. that the name of Britain's biggest dog was Tiny?" . I think this is quite ironic because people wouldn't usually name a big dog Tiny. It's an ironic point of view because a dog being big and his name being Tiny is rare that it happens. An example that another person gave about irony was "A Nebraska teenager - dressed as a mobile breathalysing unit for a Halloween party - was pulled over on his way home and arrested for drink-driving".  This is ironic because it's surprisingly how a teenager would get dressed as a breathalysing and then get pulled over by the cops and get arrested because he probably would've never imagined that happening to him. Another example is "Tim Schrader, an Australian convicted in Thailand for heroin smuggling and sentenced to death, received a Royal pardon on medical grounds after contracting HIV as a result of sharing needles during his heroin use while in prison" I don't think this is ironic though because of the fact if we kept using heroin and sharing needles with people the chances are we will catch something eventually, but being pardon to death was his only choice because eventually he was going to die being sentenced or not.  The other example somebody posted up was "if you have a phobia of longs words you have to tell people that you have Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia?"  This is ironic because if I am scared of long words there's no point on saying the whole long word on why I have a phobia for it. One of the examples of irony would be "there is a song about the phobia of music" I think this is ironic because if I have a phobia for music I wouldn't even make a song for it just because of the fact I have a phobia for it.


This picture is ironic because, the patient  is going to surgery and she's scared of needles but yet she has tattoos and many piercings, so the fact that she scared on going to surgery with needles seems ironic because besides all she has tattoos and piercings.

   In the song "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette, it gives many example towards how irony works. One of the verses of the song says "An old man turned ninety-eight,He won the lottery and died the next day" this explains irony because if a old man wins the lottery you expecting him to have fun and live more but out of nowhere he dies the next day so it's pretty ironic for soemthing like that to happen.  The other verse says "Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly, He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye" this ironic because if somebody is afraid to fly and they take a flight to leave it's ironic and the verse finishes saying how the plane crashed, this is pretty ironic because the day he got on a plane being afraid the plane crashed the same day.  In the last verse it also says "A traffic jam when you're already late,A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break" this is also ironic because when we're late we are hoping there won't be any traffic but instead we bump into more traffic. If we smoke and on our break we want to do it right there we see a sign of no smoking. It's ironic because you wouldn't expect these things to happen.

  As I watched a short video it talks about how a girl says that older people are becoming more anti-social but during a pause they show older people are ridding bikes, and driving cars. She also says that the way of her living is by making a Facebook page, and she had made one for her parents she had 687 friends and her parents only 19  so she finds it fun to be on Facebook while older people are being active. This seems ironic because the way of living good is not by being on a Facebook page.

   Irony is very  important and how is part of our daily lives. Irony is important because it's a situation we might be in and we won't expect whatever we have on our mind that happens right in the moment. Many of us experience irony everyday because it frequently happens to us in a way that we thinking about something and it just so happens that the situatuion we was thinking about occurs, and that's something people find surprising. These are my ideas on why I think irony is important in our lives.

Monday, October 17, 2011


  A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. There are many different metaphors.A regular metaphor could be “I had fallen through a trapdoor of depression" the example compares how sudden the depression hit the person.

    There are also many specific kinds of metaphors like simile, personification, anthropomorphism, hyperbole, parable, fable, and analogy. Simile means the comparison of one thing to another thing for example "Music is like a taco it can be hard or soft" the example is explaining there are many different type of music. Another kind of metaphor would be personification meaning making a human characteristics to something nonhuman. An example for personification would be"The basketball told me we were late for lunch" the example given is demostrating how it brings a basketball life . Another kind of metaphor is anthropomorphism which is giving an animal human characteristic or an object it is closely to personification for example, "The dog in Bathoven was playing basketball and wearing sneakers".The example is describing how the dog could play ball but in reality we can't really see a dog playing basketball. Another metaphor is hyperbole which is exaggeration for example "I am so hungry I could eat a horse." It is an exaggeration, because nobody could eat a horse. A parable would be another type of metaphor. The parable is a simple story used to teach us a lesson. An example of a parable could be "The boy who cried wolf",which is about a kid who a farmer tells him to cry wolf if he see's one he says it the first two times joking around, and the third time there was actually a wolf but nobody believed him and the wolf ate him.  Another metaphor can be a fable describing a short story, typically with animals as characters, giving a moral to the story. An example could be"The donkey and the Lap dog" which is about a farmer who has a donkey and a dog, the famer sits the dog in his lap then comes along the donkey and tries to do the same an kills the farmer.A metaphor would be analogy which is  a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation an example could be "hot is to cold, like fire is to ice". These are some examples of what metaphors are and how are they likely used.

Understanding metaphor let's us appreciate poetry, in many different poems like in "Joy" it gives an example of hyperbole in the sentence which says "Just when you thought winter will be here forever that it could never end" it sarcastically exaggerates by saying "winter will never end" when it does end. Another quote of the poem that gives  us a metaphor of anthropomorphism is when the author says "first blade of grass, the messenger of spring" the example showing it says the messenger of spring but there can't really be a messenger for spring. In another poem called "Play" it gives us an example of personification in the line "Random raindrops on the window pane.Touch them with your finger tip -but there's the barrier of glass" it is making us think we can actually touch the raindrops and the raindrop is a wall of glass, which in reality that can't be possible. In the poem "Treasure" it gives us a plain example of a metaphor, "child raised the lid of the battered box to reveal a small feather,a stone and a piece of ruby glass". This is a metaphor because in a treasure we'll usually find jewelery and gold but the kid is comparing the jewelery and gold to small feather, stones and a piece of ruby glass.  In another poem called "Creativity" it helps us identify an example of personification, one of the lines that gives is a clue to that is when the author says "there is a shadow of a branch outside.It moves and it is dancing.It writes its story and the ink is living light". It gives an example of branches supposedly dancing and the reason is because humans usually dance not branches, also gives an example writing a story in the daytime because is the only way you'll be able to see the shadows in the daytime so it gives an example on how they moving and how we can see it. In another poem called "Peace" it gives us an example of animism "The wind is now a roaring, smashing monster of destruction, raking all man's work"  this is an example of animism because it is turning the wind into a monster and giving it life.

   A simile can be used as for an elephant, for example "He eats like a pig, Vines like golden prison" the example is trying to say he eats a lot because pigs eat a lot and can hold us like someone on a prison because a vine can be like a rope and hold us tight with his trunk.  In this link it gives us many different examples of simile and how they use the elephant to identify it. As in the link it can show us many different examples on  how it relates to a simile, it gives you quotes to describe what a simile can be.

   A personification is when we are giving an object life, personifications are used in many different stories and poems. In the poem "My Town" it gives us an example of how is being used. "The leaves on the ground danced in the wind, The brook sang merrily as it went on its way" the way it uses personification is because is giving an example of how the leave is dancing in the wind. The author is trying to say the wind is moving the leave but they  make an example as if the leave was dancing. The other example given is how the brook is supposedly singing  as it kept going on it's way, which means the water kept flowing as there might of been sounds in the air.

In the fable "The bat and the birds" they use a meaphor in an example that the bat is alone, then a group of birds show up and ask him if he wants to join them and he replys and says "No, I am a beast" then he they leave and another group of lions and other animals show up and ask the bat to join them ane he says "No I am a bird". After a while the bat seemed lonely so he went of and asked the birds them and they denied him on joining him, then he went of to the other group to the beasts and they replied as well saying no. The metaphor giving is that the bat uses other animals to make believe he's others because he didn't want to be bothered.

 In two of Emily Dickinson's poem there are different metaphors being used in one of the poems called "I took my power in my hand" It gives an example of hyperbole in the line " I took my power in my hand ,And went against the world"the reason why is a hyperobole is because it's an exaggeration nobody can really get power from their hands and go against the whole world. In the other poem called "The wind" there's a different type of metaphor being used and it's a simile in the line that indicates "The wind tapped like a tired man,And like a host, Come in" The reason why this line can be a simile because it's using like and i's comparing the wind to a tired man, and to a host giving an example of how the wind will say come in just like the wind.

 In the poem "(a leaf falls) loneliness" is using a simple metaphor because is describing how when a leaf falls is loneliness, which means when a single leaf falls down a tree it might mean loneliness because it's falling down by it'self and is just like a person when they don't have nobody.

  Metaphors can work in many different ways in our life, we use it everyday as examples to the way we talk and write as well. As we keep growing the world keeps developing and it shows us many examples and experiences in life that we can relate them as metaphors. The way we speak everyday in exaggeration is an example of metaphor and also fables that teaches us lessons are examples or changes that cause in our life that can be seen as metaphors. A metaphor that can apply to me would be "A Battle - Everything is a competition or a struggle.  We are always either winning or losing". This could apply to me because in life we don't always get what we want we either learn the hard way or the good way, and even though things may be going good at a moment everything could go to end you have to struggle in order to succeed, this would be my opinion towards this quote and why it applies to me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Linear Text

The video "Digital Text" teaches us and helps us see how interesting writing can be and within time how writing has been able to develop in such a unique way. In the past all we had was a pencil and eraser. Now we have technology that has advanced and helped us guide with faster writing then just using a plain old pencil and eraser. By only highlighting text on a computer we are able to backspace and delete everything we wrote or edit writing without rewriting.Digital writing has had text grow all over the world it illustrates the art of writing and how many varieties of writing we can be able to do. As we use our computers to write it's amazing how digital text can correct our writing and check our spelling or check our grammars in sentences and if we have errors it could rapidly fix it. As digital text keeps evolving around the world, we've had more advanced work then the usual. We can get things completed faster and better.

This video also helps us see how in many different parts of the world digital text has developed in many different languages. Many different cultures remain to use digital text and all around the world because is much easier and it expresses it in a way that people like to use and tend to keep up with the advances of technology. As digital text keeps on going it has had a great impact towards people that leads them to keep wanting on using it. As time goes on technology seems to get deeper and more advanced meaning things change and it's amazing how advance things seem to be all the typing can be lead from the computer and grammars can be fixed automatically. In the video it also shows how digital text is so much more advanced, comfortable and much easier then using pencil and paper to be crossing out everything you do. Digital text has seem to impressed people the way things are used now then how they were us in the past. It's a good thing that digital text has changed many people

As I watched the video Digital Text, I can see things have really changed in a way that is really amazing for instance many changes have been made towards the years and the centuries. The way things challenge to be used now is phenomenal and way easier then it was before. As I saw the video it seemed to impress me that we the people are who manage machines and technology. I learned that without us human beings there won't be any creations or advanced ideas in the world. In this video there are many apps that has helped us provide information that will probably need in the future and in the time being, one of them is called "Way back Machines". Websites are used in html which means they were defined to the structure of a web document. An example that can lead to this is they show us some details on the video how a structure

As I read in the article "Rethink Schools" it teaches you how much school has changed and has developed to be during all these years. Everything has changed from back then to now more attention has been paid to improving standards, assessments, professional development, curriculum, and instruction. Back then in schools we did not have computers and we did not have the knowledge we have now to improve our ideas today. Now things have changed and we have computers, text book, and things that can help us learn quicker and understand things way easier. Community interaction and gathering and sharing of information helps students learn. In the past people were taught way different then now in schools they help you organize with computers and teach you way more importance then before. With that in mind, education leaders should design more learning environments. The way we are taught now is more comprehending then what it was before because technology has advanced and people have improved with their ideas. Now classes are more elastic in other words instead of teaching one class per hour they should make more improvements and expand the learning so we can have greater ideas and more advanced technology then what we have now. As we seen in digital text things also have changed because before we used pen and paper now people have developed the technique for digital text such as “Rethink Schools” with the type of classes we have now, that are more advanced. The more years pass the more we improve our way on technology to rethink more technology and everything in a higher level.

As life goes on people keep rethinking on ways to construct themselves to a higher technique of level.  Till the time we are small till the time we grow up things keep changing and developing in many different ways. As I grow up I rethink many things as possible to grow up to be somebody big.  In the eighteen years I’ve been living life seems to change more and more, things are more advanced then when I was just a little girl in elementary school.  After I kept growing up I kept seeing more changes daily then the usual might be. When I was just a little girl all I did was write in my journal as I grew up I got my own laptop and grew into my own writing which developed into a quicker writing which tend to be more easier to me. As the time keeps going I think technology will keep developing itself and greater ideas will come to other people in mind. While I saw digital and read the article “Rethink Schools”  I’ve learned many things I didn’t know before that made me think differently because now I know how much technology has came to be and how much of impact it has brought to the world.

As I interviwed my grandmother she explained to me how she has rethink a lot of things she's done. While I spoke to my grandmother she told me she has rethink the way to work with people, back then people were treated different then how they were before. She said she has worked for a lot of years dealing with her patience with people but although now and days people are more open minded then back then. My grandmother also said that she has managed to have more patience on how tings happen to be and things are more advanced then when she would work like 30 years ago, meaning a lot of things have changed and have been able to open up to how things would work from 30 years from now.

The video change helps you rethink about things on how everything work so fast. Ideas are more advanced for everything you have to do you have to rethink. When you walking towards your job or school you have to rethink about how things are going to work that day, what are you going to learn and what to establish. As people keep making business and dealing with careers and opening up shops they have to rethink in a way on  how they are going to help people, how will they manage for people to like what they are inventing and what they are making because if not we won't be the people who we are today cause for every step in life we make we have to rethink what are we going to do, what do we have to do, and where is it taking us. For many of us we don't rethink what's going on in our lifes and whats surrounding us so things happen to go not correctly as expected because we don't ask ourselves what are we doing before we do it in other words rethinking for our actions. This is why is important to rethink about everything you challenge everyday and ask yourself if everything you are doing is a value to your life and is it worth it, "RETHINK" is important to our daily lifes cause it directs us on a good leading path and make us be somebody in life.