Wednesday, April 26, 2017

AP prompt 2

Write a persuasive essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies the assertion that "For in much wisdom is much grief, and increase of knowledge is increase of sorrow." (Ecclesiastes)

"For in much wisdom is much grief, and increase of knowledge is increase of sorrow." (Ecclesiastes) Ironic right? You would think that being wise and knowing more would mean you were happy, right? Well, having wisdom can make you happy because you've already gone through that stuff but knowing more can make you unhappier due to knowing more

Wisdom and knowledge are undoubtedly two great things to possess but with them come sadness.
The sadness in what you've experienced and the sadness that the world will give to you. Wisdom is sought by many and the ones who possess wisdom are glorified in a way, seen almost as leaders amongst the people. Knowledge is something we want more and more of, but eventually, we end up learning too much and just can't see the world as we once used to anymore.

"Wisdom comes from living."- Anthony Douglas Williams. That line is very true. Why? Because the wisest people I know have gone through a lot. For example, my parents have had to go through some hardships such as not having much when they first came to the U.S. and they teach me to appreciate the way I'm living. Also, as we see in movies and books the wisest seem to be much older than the rest of the group. This does come from living  because they've already been in similar situations much of their life

"Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life." - Lord Byron. This is saying that by digging deeper and learning more you will be exposed to the truth. I can say that this is true because I myself have dug deeper and found out a lot about the government and other stuff which we are fooled by. For example now, in history class, I feel as if the class is pretty much BS because we don't really talk about the real stuff. By the real stuff, I mean history not tainted by Americans, which we paint ourselves in good light in

In Conclusion, it seems as the more you know whether it be knowledge or wisdom the more downs there seem to be in your life at a point. The wisest seem to be more at peace due to them knowing how those struggles are making them humble. The more knowledgeable the more disappointed with the world because they know too much and see through the lies. So, yes, wisdom and knowledge might be different in a way but still you will eventually feel the same emotions, just at different times.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

AP prompt 1

Analyse both the good and bad effects of a change in society that has occurred or that you would like to see occur

Society has truly come a long way from the stone ages. From writing on a stone to typing on a few keys or speaking to a computer to write full essays. From having to go to someone's house to talk to them to being able to send each other messages in a second. Well, social media has been introduced since then. Sure, it has its positives but it also has cons. Some positives are our ability to find anything quickly, being able to socialise without leaving your house, and the ability to find many new things online. Some cons are that we can be exposed to stuff we shouldn't see, face to face socialisation is slowly going away, and it can be addicting.

Remember when we were younger in elementary and in order to find something out we had to go get books? Well, social media allows us to see anything with a few clicks. It's cool because we don't have to go to the library to look something up now we just type it in in the search box and voila there it is. The bad is that social media can expose us to bad things. Things we shouldn't be seeing. For example, websites that contain adult content or dark content.

Social media has also changed the way we interact with each other. Now, social media allows us to connect with others easily. Simply by going on Snapchat, Instagram, facebook, or twitter we can communicate with one another. The bad though is that face to face interaction is slowly going away. Pretty soon everybody will just be communicating through their gadgets and we won't be able to truly communicate, leaving us lacking is socialisation skills.

Social media can also help us in exploring new things. By going online you can discover new things you didn't know before such as how to design something, how to do something, or how to be better at something. A con in that is the addiction that can come with it.Sure, you can be looking at something, but then you get so immersed in it that you lose track of time. I mean I'm pretty guilty of discovering something new and then end up using up an hour or two watching something about it and then it leads to me watching some dumb video.

In Conclusion, Social media is both a good and bad thing. Yes, there are many ways it can help us such as making communication easier, making our lives easier, and teaching us new things. But, it can also expose us to the bad side of the internet, take away from time to spend with friends and family, and it can be addicting. So, with social media being a big leap in the technological world it can lead to us, the humans taking a step back life-wise.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fahrenheit 451 essay

OPTION 1: Describe the difference in Ray Bradbury's tone with regard to Clarisse & Beatty. Support your analysis with examples of Bradbury's diction and detail.

   Have you noticed that when we talk about someone we strongly dislike we describe them and talk about them in an angrier tone? Yet when we talk about someone we are cool with such as a friend or someone we like we talk in a cheery mood and seem happier? Yes or no? Well, yeah it's true. Ray Bradbury changes the tone every time a certain character has a part. For example, Beatty and Clarisse. Two totally different people and Bradbury shows how different. With Clarisse, the tone and diction seem to be supportive, but with Beatty the tone and diction seem to be an irritating type of calm.

    Starting with Clarisse, Bradbury's tone seems to be supportive of her role in the story. One reason is the way Bradbury introduces her and describes her. For example, when Montag meets Clarisse he describes her in a calm way as if she is an angel or godsend. Another way is how when she is in a part of the story, the tone and diction change. For example, when Montag is leaving home or going home and he sees Clarisse, the tone and diction become more relaxed and you can feel a sort of calm in those parts. With this change for Clarisse, you know that she's more of a supportive character.
    On the other hand with Beatty, the tone changes pretty fast. It goes from normal to a sort of dislikeable one. For example, when he is first introduced in the book he is made to seem arrogant with the way Bradbury describes him and the way the story was told with him in it seemed angry-ish. Another reason is in the way Beatty is brought into a part. He always appears around the same time something bad is happening, where the tone seems to be angry or in danger. For example, Beatty is there when the Hound growls at Montag, when he gets sick, and of course when Montag's house was reported of having books inside. From these reasons, the tone seems to revolve around him, in a way.
    In Conclusion, there seems to be a pretty obvious change in tone when it comes to certain characters. Especially around Clarisse and Beatty, from calm and cool to irritating. Almost like the calm before the storm. This change is used to convey to the reader who the supportive and the antagonistic character are, through diction and tone. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017


PAGES: 123-132
1. What did Montag do at the Blacks' house?
2. How does Faber describe the war?
3. Describe Faber's TV.
4. What was on TV while Montag was on the run?
5. What was Montag running for when everyone looked out of their houses?

1. At the Blacks' house Montag placed the books in their house
2. Faber described the war as remote
3. Faber's TV was one of the small 1980s TV
4. While Montag was on the run, he was on the TV
5. Montag was running for the river


PAGES: 114-122
1. Why did the Hound attack Montag?
2. How did Montag defend himself?
3. What did Montag realise about Beatty?
4. Where did Montag go?
5. What happened when Montag crossed the street?

1. Montag attacked the Hound because he had killed Beatty
2. Montag flamed it
3. Montag realised that Beatty wanted to die
4. Montag ran to get to Faber's house
5. When Montag crossed the street he was almost run over by some teenagers in a car who he thought might have killed Clarisse

Monday, March 27, 2017

What does "Sieve and the Sand" refer to?

1. In the scene where Mildred and Montag read books together, what are their separate reactions?
2. What is the effect throughout sections I and II, of the bombers flying over?
3. Who is Professor Faber?
4. Montag’s reaction to the commercial on the subway is a turning point in his life. How does he react and why?
5. What argument does Faber make for books?
6. What is the “small green metal object”?
7. What does the White Clown show lead you to believe about television programming in this society?
8. Why does Mrs Phelps cry when Montag reads “Dover Beach”?
9. What is Montag’s destination at the end of section II? Why?


1. Montag is actually interested in reading them, and Mildred is scared of reading them
2. The effect is that they treat them as normal 
3. Professor Faber is an older man, who was an English professor
4. Montag reacts by getting annoyed by it and screaming for it to stop. He did this because for the first time he actually tried to concentrate on something
5. He says that 1.
6. It is a sort of mic where people can listen in from
7. It shows that things are really simple and stupid
8. Mrs Phelps cries because poetry is sad, 
9. At the end, Montag arrives at his own house because one of the ladies reported him for the books

Sunday, March 19, 2017


1.The novel Fahrenheit 451 begins : “It was a pleasure to burn.” Why does Ray Bradbury start the novel in this way? Why might it be more pleasurable to burn books rather than read them?
2. In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds?
3. Discuss the difference between Montag and Clarisse’s lives.
4. Montag’s television includes headphones called “seashells.”  The “wall to wall circuit” allows Mildred to enter the “play” and, therefore, the television programming. How does the technology within the novel compare to our current technology? In the first pages of the novel, does technology improve the quality of life for Montag and his wife, Mildred? Why or why not?
5. Why does the narrator introduce us to Montag at this time of his life, when he encounters Clarisse and confronts Mildred’s overdose?
6. Why does the author introduce the character of Clarisse before Mildred?
7. Why are all the houses fireproof in this society?
8. Why does Mildred require emergency service? What service is provided?
9. What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?
10. Why does the society consider Clarisse “anti-social”?
11. When the woman’s house is raided, why does she light the match?
12. Describe the relationship between Montag and Mildred.  
13. What is the purpose of Beatty's visit? 
14. Reread Captain Beatty’s monologue (pp.57-59). Discuss his view that school cultivates anti-intellectual sentiment (p.58). In your opinion does it accurately depict your high school? Do books violate the idea that ”everyone is made equal” (p.58)?
15. Why does Montag feel “fat”?

1. Bradbury started the book off with it as a "hook" to catch the reader's attention and it has something to do with the book
2. Books are compared to birds because birds are basically a symbol of freedom in how they can just go anywhere they want and aren't restrained by anything and in books, you can find a type of freedom such as birds have, well at least in my opinion
3. The difference between Montag and Clarisse is that Clarisse seems to be more exposed to the wonders of life, making her actually happy, while Montag has the sort of happiness that isn't really real
4. The technology described by Bradbury is pretty similar to earbuds, which is pretty freaking crazy. Technology definitely doesn't improve Montag's relationship with his wife because they are in their own worlds making them distant, which seems to happen more and more nowadays
5. I guess we were introduced to Montag's life at those moments to bring forth how his life truly is, filled with deception and mystery.
6. The author introduced Clarisse first before Mildred because it makes Mildred look bad compared to Clarisse
7. Houses are fireproof in the book because only the books are meant to be burned not the house
8. Mildred required emergency service because she overdosed on pills. I think she might have got her stomach pumped, it was weird, though.
9. The mechanical hound is I guess to be sort of like a police dog which chases the people who might not want to burn their books.
10. Society considers Clarisse to be anti-social simply because she isn't like the rest and is just being herself, self-reliant, and not what society wants her to be like, 
11. When the woman house is raided she decides to burn the books because she'd rather do it herself than let someone else do it, kind of like George deciding to shoot Lenny himself in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
12. The relationship between Montag and Mildred can be described as a 2017 love, distant but just there to feel normal
13. The purpose of Beatty's visit is to basically check up on him