Here is an essay I wrote on Gatsby just over three years ago, in high school. I am publishing it for comparison purposes- it’s interesting to see how my style has changed over the years. I think I’ve gotten a lot better since then. (: But if you’re curious how I wrote essays about the book when I hated it, read on.
Here is an essay I wrote for an English class in college. It basically explains how I saw Gatsby and Daisy and why their relationship would not have worked. The assignment limited me to chapter 3, but obviously I had to use more than just that.
This essay will be my thoughts and opinions on certain concepts presented in Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper. These issues include one similar to that of “designer babies,” medical emancipation, and how far the human right to life goes. I understand these issues are controversial. You do not have to keep reading if you do not wish to. I expect all debate over this to be polite, considerate, and calm. Thank you! So I just finished reading My Sister’s Keeper, and it’s funny because it reminded me so exactly of an issue we just covered […]
At least, part of the point. This was originally an assignment for school where I had to analyze a certain passage. I went a bit further. The particular passage I am discussing begins on page 183 and goes on through page 186. These pages contain Bilbo’s first conversation with Smaug the dragon, in which he flatters the dragon hoping to gain information. He makes a lot of vague reference to his travels so far in order to confuse the dragon into not eating him as well as make sure he doesn’t give Smaug too much […]
Warning: this essay is going to be more personal than usual. So while this story is pretty good, it’s only almost there. It’s not quite there. And by this I mean Hannah’s experience wasn’t entirely reasonable, from my view. And it’s certainly not the only sort of experience someone dealing with suicidal thoughts can go through. Sometimes, people dealing with things don’t feel the need to reach out. Sure, Hannah didn’t exactly reach out to many people, but she certainly didn’t hide the signs. The anonymous note in that class about considering suicide. The […]
What I think Tolkien was really good at is taking a common idea and turning it on its head. Like the beginning of The Hobbit. Here we have a society that discourages adventure. The whole society looks down on it. It takes the idea of a ‘reluctant adventurer’ to a whole new level. It’s not something to be celebrated. If you come back from an adventure, you are hated, a social pariah. That’s why when Bilbo did come back, everyone was auctioning off his stuff (after only like two years!) and he had to go to a […]
Foreward: In a Lord of the Rings read-along about a year ago, Stephanie at Chasm of Posts questioned the importance of Tom Bombadil. And so I decided to write an essay on it, even though I never finished my re-read of The Fellowship in order to review it. There is much debate on the need for/purpose of Tom Bombadil. It is my personal belief that not only is he crucial for the hobbits’ navigation through the Old Forest, but he is also structurally necessary to the story. Setting-wise, I should say. So you have an […]
After seeing the movie today, I have a few things to say. Not all of them are exactly very pleasant, so read on at your own risk. It’s actually more of a rant really…and there’s probably a lot of controversial stuff down there so be aware that thoughts demand to be expressed just like pain demands to be felt. Note: This was originally going to be either a movie review (which I don’t do) or a book/movie comparison, but after seeing it, it could only be an essay. Besides, I summed both of those up […]
My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations. I wished I was Hazel because then I would die and finish the story properly. We know she’s going to die from the beginning. Of course we do. It’s a cancer story. She’s going to die. But it’s not about her. It’s about Augustus. You know how I know that? Because he dies. He gets a conclusion. Unlike Hazel. Isn’t it ironic how those who want to live get to die and those who want to die get to live? I’m still not sure whether […]
Note: This essay was inspired by a conversation with a friend about me always bringing in food to school. He inquired how I have time, and I said there are a lot more factors involved, thus, this essay. I also thought it would be interesting to note that I used the much-neglected second person point of view. Remember when you were in elementary school, and on your birthday your mom baked cupcakes for your whole class? That was the day you looked […]