Monday, December 17, 2007
- Furrowed(pg180):A deep wrinkle in the skin, as on the forehead.
- Befallen(pg182):to happen to, esp. by chance or fate.
- "...big as a pony,". this is a simaly because it compares the size of a loup to the size of a pony by using as.
- " their shields shattered like broken glass." simaly because it compares using like.
- "It stank of sour berries." Imagery because it helps us imagine what the crooked mans breath was like.
- "David spent all of his time with Roland, sleeping beside him during their periods of rest and walking the perimeter with him when their time came to take the watch."
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
- discern(pg 68): To perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend.
- crevasse(pg69): A fissure, or deep cleft, in glacial ice, the earth's surface, etc.
- "The deer was as dead as my mom." This is a simaly because it compares the death of his mom to the death of some deer girl.
- "The apple was an ocean of flavor." This is a metaphor because its comparing the amount of flavor in an apple to the size of an ocean without using like or as.
- "The dwarves were like walking stools." This is a simaly because it compares the hight of the dwarves to that of stools.
- "And then the animals fell upon her, tearing and biting, ripping and shredding, as david turned away from the grisly sight and fled into the forest."
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
- encroaching(pg 62): To take another's possessions or rights gradually or stealthily
- murmuring(pg60): A low, indistinct, continuous sound
- "Like the beanstalk in the Fairy tale that led jack to the giant, the ivy seemed to know precisely where it was going." Simaly because it uses like.
- "David saw its fingers extend into the air, as if Georgie were hanging before it like an apple ready to be plucked from the tree." Simaly because it compares two things using like.
- "It had been a long tense summer." Personification because summer cant really be tense.
- "The choice had been made for him. David could not hesitate. He forced himself through the gap in the wall and into the darkness just as the world that he left behind became an inferno." I thought this quote was significant because it describes why he went through the gap in the wall.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Australia-Asia debating, British Parliamentary Style, Classic debate, Comedy debate, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu debate, Leaders debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, NFA-LD , Parliamentary debate, Policy debate, Public debate, Public forum debate, Socratic method, and Spontaneous argument are all the forms of debate i found. They all take place in some sort of room and their purposes are either to prove something, change something, or critique something.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
- Crooked (pg 34): Not straight; Bending; or Not straightforward; Dishonest; or Askew; Awry
- Ill-fitting (pg 33): Not fitting well
- "His smile was mocking." this is a personification because a smile cant really mock.
- "If he said something of which they disapproved, they would mutter insults at him." this is another personification because they is referring to the books on a shelf.
- "They tasted wrong." this is imagery because it refers to the sense taste.
- "You know how sometimes a story seems to be about one thing, but in fact it's about another thing entirely? there's a meaning hidden in it, and that meaning has to be teased out." this quote is by David's dad and i think it's important because it might be foreshadowing something to come. Also it might be stating that there's a hidden meaning in this book.
A theme in this book i think is emerging is that it's fairy tale-ish.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Solemnly(pg 4): Grave, sober, or mirthless, as a person, the face, speech, tone, or mood
- "His mind filled with dactyls and pentameters, the names of those like strange dinosaurs inhabiting a lost prehistoric landscape.
- " this is a simile because it uses "like"."Stories were different though, they came alive in the telling." this is a personification because it is giving stories the ability to come alive.
- "Death had made her small." this is a metaphor because the writer didn't use like or as.
A theme I see in this book right now is that its sort of gloomy.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
- Published in 2006
- 352 pages
- My evidence that this book is challenging enough for a high school sophomore is that it wouldn't be on the list of recommended books if it wasn't.
- I chose this book because to me it was the most interesting one out of the recommended books list.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I believe that Augusten Burroughs wrote this book because he wanted to show us that life isn’t always perfect. I think he did a pretty good job at it too. He does this by his use of a humorous tone, his word choice, and figurative speech. By using all those elements he paints a great picture of how screwy his life was.
The first element Augusten uses to prove his point is a humorous tone. This shows that his life was so strange to the point of being funny. A quote that proves this would be the one I used in a previous post. "I am not gonna watch my sister scoop my dad's shit out of the toilet so she can put it outside to dry." To me that’s strange enough to be somewhat humorous.
The second thing he used to write this book would be word choice. He swears a lot when he writes and I think that just adds to how real this book really is. “You are a monster, he said. You are fucking evil monster. You’re no innocent fourteen-year-old. You’re a fucking psychopath.” If he had gotten rid of fuck in that quote it would’ve been less real. Also it would have created less emotion.
The final thing he uses to his advantage would be his figurative language. He does a very good job at using metaphors and similes. In fact the name of the book is comparing his life to running with scissors. He's saying that he's living his life as if he was running with scissors.
Augusten Burroughs wrote this book to prove a point. That point would be that life isn’t always perfect, and when it isn’t you’ve got to just live through it as best you can. He did a good job proving this point by showing us his childhood and by his use of a humorous tone, his word choice, and figurative language.
Friday, October 26, 2007
I believe that this book's tone is somewhat humorous. I also think that the above quote is proof of that. It's as if Augusten is showing us how his life was so messed up to the point of being funny.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Augusten Burroughs was born in 1965. He lived in Massachusetts. He is the best selling author of many books including running with scissors. He now lives in New York with his partner Dennis Pilsits.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
- Augusten's mom, the psychopath, starts to go to a psychiatrist who is very strange. Dr. Finch,the psychiatrist, and his family live in a rundown old house where anything goes. In this house Augusten meets an old lady/Patient of Dr. Finch with a similar obsession with cleanliness. At the end of this section Augusten comes home from school early to find his mom having sex with the local church minister's wife.
- Loaded words:
-Scrambling(pg 49): I think its negative because he uses it to describe the cockroaches in the Finch house. I think he chose this word because it does a good job describing how cockroaches move.
-Homicidal(pg 51): Its negative because its being used to describe Augusten's dad. He uses this word to show that his dad really wants to kill his mom.
-Freak and Faggot(pg 54): Both negative because they're words used to make fun of Augusten. He didn't chose these words they were yelled at him by his classmates.
-Wonderful(pg 58): Positive because its a compliment. he used this word to show us what he thinks of Joranne. Jorrane is a patient of Dr. Finch who lives in their house.
-Obsessive(pg 59): Negative because its describing a mental disease. He uses this word to describe joranne.
-Exotic(pg 59): Positive because it describes a disease that Augusten says that he wants. He chose this word to show us that he wants the disease because it would give him attention.
-ick(pg 86): Negative because he uses it to describe what he just saw. he uses this word because its what he felt like saying after he saw his mom and the pastors wife.
Stammered(pg 87): Negative because it's describing how he's yelling at his mom. he uses this word because it shows how shocked he was.
-Brilliant(pg 91): positive because its a happy word used to describe smart things. he uses it to describe the day as a good day.
- this book is very interesting and im glad i chose it. I am very suprised at how messed up this kids life was and somehow he didnt end up as a drug dealer.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
- -Penn Jillette
- There is no God
- He believes that there is no god.
-"Believing there's no God stops me from being solipsistic. I can read ideas from all different people from all different cultures."
-"I'm beyond atheism. Atheism is not believing in God. Not believing in God is easy..."
- Favorite passage: "it seems rude to ask the invisible for more..."