Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Beast Inside

As this nine weeks continues, I've been lacking a tad bit on my readings. Maybe it's the fact that summer is very near and I'm wanting to lack in school. Either way, I've been reading about twenty minutes in class and that's about it. I havent been reading throughout the week as I used to but I am still keeping up in my books. Lord of the Flies by William Golding has been keeping me interested, rather than losing my attention, so thanks to this book, I've been keeping up in school with my reading. I feel like a challenge for me is reading any sort of AP book because the AP books are more difficult and very unique in their own ways, so it'll be a slight challenge for me in the future.

The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about a small group of boys who land on a island from a plane crash and are the only survivors. The boys are split up into two factions, the "littluns" and the "bigguns." Ralph is an rational and intelligent boy who is elected as the group leader and as he leads the boys, he tries to forms tactics and ways to survive and get rescued. As time goes on, the boys live onto their savagery life and start to follow a boy named Jack, who is brutal and ruthless. Eventually, majority of the boys are drawn into savagery and Jack's tribe is after Ralph. In the end, a naval man comes to their rescue, saving Ralph and the rest of the boys from their insanity and savagery.

The boys are frightened by a terrible beast in the ocean which was encountered by a littlun. This brings chaos and madness into the boys which makes the boys split up and go with Jack. Jack is able to manipulate the boys minds into believing that there is a beast which will create fear in them. This fear will allow the boys to be more powerful and savage-like. This ruins Ralph's chance at getting the boys restored and back into order. The boys are starting to become more and more overwhelmed by their own fear and savagery. "Maybe there is a beast"(125) is an example of Simon mentioning that there may be a beast that lies deep within the boys. "Maybe it's only us"(126) serves the idea that there is a beast in every single person deep within themselves. Although Simon is laughed at, it is true that there is a beast in the boys because they become so fearful of the "beast" that they become savages.  I also believe this is true. Every person may seem optimistic and kind but may have a inner spirit of being cruel. In this book, there are many connections to the real world which I'll have to take very good note of as I continue to read this book.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Protecting Your Country

During the past nine weeks, I've been reading for about twenty minutes in class and occasionally read at home when I have time. I read about fifteen pages per twenty minutes and depending on how good a book is, my reading time varies. Right now, I am currently reading around 95 pages a week, including the weekends, which i believe is a suitable goal for me. I've been challenging myself by trying to read non-fiction books that are above my level. Although there are many interesting and eye-catching fiction books, I am willing to challenge myself to enjoy reading a non-fiction book.

In the book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff is about a terrorist attack in Syria on a CIA station and a US State Department Special Mission Compound. Six men fight off attacks in Benghazi trying to protect their country. The story is based on Mark, Kris, John, Jack, Dave, and Tyrone, who are known as heroes for putting down their lives to protect Americans and attempting to save the ambassador, Chris Stevens. In the end, they fiercely defend the station and three of the men lose their life by mortars, including Chris Stevens, but the rest finally go home.

The Libyans had attacked the CIA station and the place in which the ambassador was staying. The night of defending themselves and the lives of other Americans was terrifying and a extremely difficult task for retired men who once served the army. The description of how much of a struggle it was to defend the base is unreal. Defending a base, filled with many other Americans, for 13 Hours is absolutely tragic. The men are worried and afraid that they may lose their life while defending themselves and the lives of other but they stay strong during this battle and fight until the very end. They understand the reality that they have no support nor any help from any other American units, so they fight the good fight and make themselves heroes, protecting all those whom the men are suppose to protect. A perfect example of "a hero is someone who has given his or her life to something than oneself"(40) which Dave believed was true. This idea is very intriguing and interesting for men who serve their country. Heroes aren't made by force but are made by fate and these men are known as heroes because they fought for justice. The small things of this book catches my attention and make me continue reading this book.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

UNDERSTANDING - About Me + Reading Goals

Hi! My name is Eugene, I'm a student at Hebron High School. I don't necessarily like reading books until it comes to science fictional books. Certain books would draw me in and make me very interested. As long as I can remember, I never read books in my free time and always doze off to sleep while reading. The first books I've probably read is the Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne. I probably read majority of the series but stopped reading them because the level of the books were too simple. I started reading many science fiction books such as the I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore (that's his pen name). Nowadays, I'm reading many nonfiction books such as 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

My reading goal for this year is 6 books. I don't read as much due the little amount of time from me being caught up with band and school work. I read about 20 minutes in class and I barely read out of class, but when I do read at home, I read for a extensive amount of time. I read digitally, even at home, so it is very convenient for me to pull out my phone and to read, wherever I am and whenever I'm bored. For this nine weeks, I'm planning to read either Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison. Even though these books may be challenging and difficult, I look forward to these books in which I'll have to analyze and understand. It'll be a great nine weeks!