As the school year continues, I will be posting a wide variety of assignments given by my English I teacher. The compositions range from my own personal creativity to prompts off of texts read in class. Enjoy the site!

Authority: The Path Towards Infidelity

As Telemachus disperses along with his mother’s suitors after an argument, he strolls down to the beach to pray to Athena. He admits to her that he displays visible signs of weakness in comparison to his father’s authority and Athena replies in return, “Few sons are the equals of their fathers; most fall short, all too few surpass them,” (Homer 102). She then continues to discuss how Telemachus differs from other people, and how he only has a lack of confidence but, however, does contain the traits to surpass his father.

In this scenario, Telemachus realizes that his word has little effect over the judgment of the suitors, and when he prays to Athena, he calls them “pernicious bullies” as an outward sign of his disgust at them. He really wants to have the influence over them so that they would obey his commands, but he learns that he lacks confidence so he must go on a journey to find his father and that internal conflict.

When I read this quote in The Odyssey, at first I found myself caught off guard by that statement. Many adolescents in today’s society find it annoying to be second hand to someone else, especially myself. We think of ourselves highly and find it difficult to accept the fact that because we are younger, we have less power than our elders. Some sit down and accept the truth of the fact, but some fight and struggle for their equality with those older than them.

Sometimes children find it confusing when our sense of power is overthrown by an elder’s opinion, and how our pride overwhelms our judgment to distinguish when it is the right time to argue our equality. However, some cannot bear the thought of being inferior and thus engages in a power struggle between themselves and everyone else. The influence is guiding our thoughts today, and people have become hesitant at who has authority in our society.

When Dinah is raped by Shechem and is asked to marry him after, Simeon and Levi only would let him marry her under the condition that all the men in the city be circumcised to follow God’s commands to join his covenant. After, Jacob scolds Simeon and Levi for murdering every man in the city about ruining their family name, all they could say was, “Should our sister be treated like a whore” (Gen. 34.31).

Now many people in modern society today values the courage an older sibling partakes to keep their sibling safe. However, killing others to keep one person safe does not pass because of the havoc it could reap among the family or community. People find murder as a sinful and destructive way of life, but people still continue to do it, whether with reason or not.

Simeon and Levi found it just to murder the men, including Shechem and his father because of their pride about “going into her”. However, does one action always call for a reaction, or even revenge? Even if so, why does killing everyone in the entire city justify their means about Dinah? Sometimes people do not think past their own plans, and because of human nature’s common misconception that all will be well after our actions, people fail to think through the possible effects it can have. Because of blind hope, people often find themselves in a deeper hole than originally.

Has God promoted lying ever since the beginning of humankind? He has clearly shown his support behind Abraham’s fibs about Sarah being his sister, and what has resulted to those who married her unknowingly? God has threatened to them, “You are about to die because of the woman whom you have taken” (Gen. 20.3).

Abraham knowingly stated that Sarah had been his sister to save his own skin and would rather provide God with the final judgment rather than he making ethical decisions that does not involve lying. However, because of his inadequate disposition, he allowed God to juggle Sarah’s life.

God seems to be very selective about who he chooses to support and how far he would go to help them. Abraham lied twice to both the Pharaoh and King Abimelech about his marriage to Sarah to avoid an untimely death. God’s willingness to help Abraham led him to plaguing Egypt and threatening Abimelech with death unless they released Sarah back to Abraham. God’s decisions are biased towards those whom he chooses, especially those whom he makes a covenant with. I believe that God’s choices sometimes do not necessarily make sense, but there must have to be a reason, although I cannot find one related to the extent of lying.

God’s choices are never always right, but sometimes those choices are interpreted as biased and wrong because of the ironic part of how he wanted us to be perfect. He has apparently changed his opinions and leaned towards a new direction, guiding those whom he chose strong enough to carry his message.

As I concluded reading Genesis 11, I was given the impression that the God had purposefully changed the workers’ languages as a sign of his overwhelming power while they constructed the Tower of Babel. More specifically, he “confuse[d] their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech” (Gen. 11.7). And after his choice to change their primary language, he scatters them around the world as to never try to reach the heavens again.

God’s constant decision to retain his control over humankind has hindered him into making rash decisions such as preventing the completion of Babel. I have always viewed God as a being who takes pride into his innovations and  would want them to roam freely. However, I have noticed that whenever a situation presides over him that he does not approve of, he manipulates it until the possibility of revolt cannot prove to be a threat any longer.

Many believe that God has allowed us to run our life course with his faith behind us, but over time he has shown, especially in Genesis, that he restricts us more than we believe he does. He created us to be his image, perfect and genuine, but had not accounted that our flaws would be overbearing from his mistakes.

God’s alternate ideology has been concealed within the Church as something that they do not want to express. They believe that by analyzing only the ethical parts God creates in The Bible, they could overlook the ignorance and greed that God may have wanted. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves, do God’s choices benefit us or mislead us?

The Lord’s Creations

Adam and Eve were created as the first man and woman to roam the earth, and they lived a luxurious life in the Garden of Eden under the protection of God. They were provided with everything they could possibly need: food, shelter, and even animalistic friends. However, they had been told by God to not eat the forbidden fruit on the tree in the middle of the garden because their exposure to good and evil would occur if they did. Out of curiosity and inquisition, they devoured the fruit and were banned from the Garden forever for not listening.

This experience teaches us the major moral today that nobody can be perfect, but rather one can have the self-control and discipline to restrain their biggest temptations. Man’s greatest flaw can be described by curiosity, and our impulsive choice to discover things over our sense of security leads us to make wrong mistakes. We choose to eat what lies for us on that tree, and our curiosity ends up justifying our means to be thrown out of the Garden of Eden.

Imagine our lives without sin or blame; just pure, cleansed souls that God had wanted from Adam and Eve. If we did our lives would not have value or freedom because we would have no regrets to build off of. Each of us contains mistakes we wish we never committed, but those situations create how we get through the day, with incentive. Those mistakes allow us to wake up in the morning and give us the encouragement to correct them, but without them, we have no building blocks for our growth. I believe God understood that Adam and Eve would eat the forbidden fruit, but I think he was waiting to see how long they could realize that perfection could never be accepted.

Our common day lives are affected by the massive domino effect Adam’s and Eve’s choices created. Their impurities have lead us to who some have become today, sinners. Our choices may not necessarily be affected by what they have created for us, but it prevents us from reaching the garden ever again. All we can do is to accept our faults and move forward to never repeat those flaws.

Souls: Every Living Thing Ought to Have One

                In all cases, each person has a soul and a personality, and each one of them provide the uniqueness of each person specifically. When Iorek from The Golden Compass states, “A bear’s armor is his soul, just as your daemon is your soul. You might as well take him away and replace him with a doll full of sawdust. That is the difference.” (Pullman 196-197) He basically tries to states that every person provides a different personality and way of life and having it stolen changes the person dramatically.

                Every person or living thing has a basic soul and personality that distinguishes them from the rest of the group. In this case, Iorek’s armor, which has been taken away while supposedly inebriated, basically separated himself from his pride and his soul, figuratively. Lyra cannot understand what Iorek goes through without it because she never has the chance to experience life without Pan, and when she finally is given the chance, the pain and suffering becomes excruciating.

                This sort of relates to the movie, The Fourth Kind, where a woman’s, Dr. Abagail Adams, life changed suddenly when supposed UFO’s abducts her daughter, Ashley. Ashley in this case would be Dr. Abagail’s soul in a figurative sense because she cares so much for her daughter that her willingness to protect her has a strong meaning. However, when aliens abduct Ashley, the result had a devastating effect on her, and in the movie it is clearly evident that her personality and mental aspect changed into a secluded and scared person. This comes to show that even when trying the hardest to protect loved ones, one simple mishap can result in a world full of doubt and distrust.

Proposition: Protecting one’s sanity and trust can have troubles and hard to maintain, but once gone, trying to gain it back is literally impossible.

Continued off IRJ-CP#14

Chapter 5

                I carelessly fumbled around the cell, only waking up about ten minutes earlier. From the looks of the moon shining through the rusty bars 20 feet above me, the time could possibly be four or five in the morning. Although the moon shone brightly, the sober colors of the cell overpowered the mood in it. As I stumbled through the cell, I suddenly came to a halt because a sound of snoring eminated from the far side of the cell. “Father!” I yelled as I ran to embrace him. As if synchronic, the door squealed open as light filled the dark cell which blinded me for a second. As my eyes adjusted, I saw the outline of two stout men walking towards me. Here we go again, I thought but as I prepared for the pain, they both walked right past me and picked up my father, who obviously must have taken a soporific to be able to sleep through all the commotion. I started precipitating a storm as they strolled to the door leisurely but soon hushed as the door slammed right in front of my face. No I felt hopeless; my father, my last source of guidance and help, had left through the wooden door staring right back at me in the face. I slumped to the ground, weeping until I cried myself to sleep.

The sun shone through the opening and juxtaposed with the dark, cold cell it gave off a couple hours earlier. Along with the bright looking cell, a tin cup of water and some stale bread lay in front of me. Realizing that I have not eaten ever since my capture, I jolted awake and consumed the bread in twenty seconds flat. The water did not last long either, although most of it just spilled onto my dirt stained t-shirt that said, “Thank you! Please come again soon”. As I analyzed my hygiene status, I pondered quietly about what they could possible want with my father, the door squeaked open as the bulkier henchmen, whose name is John, stepped in contentedly and glared at me.

“Good morning, cupcake. How you sleep last night?” John taunted.

“Where is he?” I seethed.

“Oh, your father? He had wonderful time last night. Let’s just say that he in pacified mode at the moment,” he bellowed. Apparently also he never attended grade school, so he never learned proper English. As I fumed throughout his little chat, he noticed that I took no interest in his little vignettes. Finally, he said, “Well, you need follow me now. The boss is waiting, and he needs your help to begin operation DOOMSDAY! Yay!” I just looked at him in disgust but obeyed accordingly. I mean, how can you possibly compete against a person who in strength and weight looks thrice as large? I felt like a mouse against a cat, hopeless.

Failure: Steppingstones to a Successful Future

                When trying to recover from a failure at something that should have been done rather than not may have negative effects on people. The mental aspect feels much more degrading than usual and when extreme, some may want to quit and never look at it again. However, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” because eventually past mistakes revert into learning experiences as to not make the same mistake again. Not every try may be successful, but keep getting at it and at sometime something must go right.

                Summary: Learning perspective of keep trying

                Video Clip: Disney portrays a solid way to show that never give up until it is done

                I am sure that almost everyone has experienced some sort of failure over their lifetime that they wish could do over again to do it correctly. Some letdowns seem much worse than others, and the idea of failing again prevents most of us from trying to do it over. There may seem like a point when people realize that the inability to do that thing, but it does not happen the first, second or even the tenth time; it happens when it physically feels impossible to do.

                On Sunday, I played, on my travel team, against an opposing team in a playoff game in my basketball league. We expected to win and maybe even destroy them because that situation occurred last season when we played them. However, our spite and cockiness blinded us when we played them and ended up losing because we thought of the past, and not the present. Now, as a failure, we understand that in order to compete at the highest level, we cannot underestimate anybody, and if we do, our game may be stronger than yesterday’s.

Proposition: Every success derives from a failure, and to make the best each failure we must make sure we are willing to learn from our mistakes and make it our goal to become the best we can possibly be.

Continued of IRJ-CP#10

Chapter 4

I sauntered in through the front door of the tiny little apartment at around 7 o’clock in the morning, and the stench of alcohol hit me like a brick wall as I stepped into the room. My father must have thrown a little get together last night while I worked with some old frat friends, hence the copious number of bodies snoring heavily in the living room area. All the shards of glass and crushed beer cans were strewn across the area and I knew that the cleaning service, me, would spend more time clearing the debris rather than sleeping. Each beer bottle I stared at reminded me of why my father dropped out of college by the third week of his freshman year; each one reminding me of the reason I am working and not studying.

I swayed through the amounts of torpid seniors and quietly sneaked up to my room knowing that if I woke my father or any of his friends, I would endure another gash down my arm like last time. I felt disdained towards myself because no matter how much I tried to please my father, his friends still had a higher importance than his own son. I slipped into my closet and pulled out a little shoe box with all the memories that my mother provided me before her brutal death in the alley. The whole situation seemed a bit murky when I recalled all the details and still does to this day which made me wonder; what incentive did the murderer have when killing my mother?

Suddenly, I remembered that the two henchmen waiting for me outside never tolerated lateness, and so I grabbed the item and ran back down to the doorway. Knowing the consequences when my father awakens from a hangover, stout and determined I shook my father to tell him to not worry about me. And that precipitated his following action. He stood up and stumbled out the door and ran towards the two minions on full on attack mode.  Naturally, the two of them took him down without a scratch and shoved him into the car.  Angered, they both beat me senseless and soon after thrown into the backseat with my dad. Everything happened so fast, and the last thing I remembered before blacking out felt like my body being hurled into the same dungeon with the same cold, brick floor, and it felt so comfortable.