Thursday, April 28, 2016

Evil Triumphs over Good

        When good people are placed in an evil or uncivilized place, evil triumphs. Usually there's two sides, both with conflicting ideas on the situation at hand. There's usually a good and bad, the problem is the bad thinks that it's doing good. An example from Lord of the Flies is at the end when two twins, Sam and Eric, are forced to join the tribe of savage boys that has lost all sense. They resist and something bad happens to them. "[They] lay looking up in quiet terror. Rodger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority"(182). It doesn't directly say what Rodger did to them but he did do something bad to them. The evil almost won on the island until someone came and rescue them. An example from the Stanford Prison experiment is how the prison guards made their own rules and started to abuse their power in how they treated others. The prisoners were treated poorly and were beaten by the guards. The heads of the experiment didn't stop this from happening until later outbreaks. That is why evil always wins when good people are in bad places.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mob Mentality

         Both positive and negative effects of mob mentality apply to Lord of the Flies. A positive effect would
be that the boys working together. Although some have gone savage, they are still working together to hunt and survive. But they are still killing a pig, which is something that anyone of the boys wouldn't do by themselves. Mob Mentality creates deindividualization, the loss of common sense and/or self awareness. It also causes people to lose their personal identities. Going hunting caused this because the boys were excited and has adrenaline. They get so worked up about things that it causes them to lash out without noticing, or really even caring.
         An example is the boys were talking about hunting the beast at the feast. They kept yelling, "Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!"(152). As if that wasn't bad enough, the boys get even more riled up and get worse. "At once the crowd surged after it, pored down on the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of the teeth and claws"(153). They boys were so fuled by everything that was going on that they didn't see that the beast was really Simon. If they had then they never would've killed them. But because the "mob" or "beast" took over them they murdered someone without really even realizing it. And they never even cared about the fact that he died.
       Those are the positive and negative effects of mob mentality in Lord of the Flies.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lord of the Flies Ch.6 Response

"Far beneath them, the trees of the forest sighed, then roared,"(98).
       This quote is an example of personification because the trees are doing human like things. They "sighed" and "roared", which are things that trees don't normally do. Golding used personification at this time to add some imagery. He also uses it to describe what's going on, and why the twins were scared. He wrote it like the beast was controlling the trees. He also wrote how the trees were sighing. They were sighing because they were tired; kind of like the kids on the island. And, the trees probably don't want to sigh, they don't want to be tired.

       I choose this image to represent this quote because the trees in the quote are moving. They are sighing, and people sigh they usually put their heads down. The trees head would be the top of the tree, it's branches. The branches would be tipped over like in this photo how the tree is leaned over. When all of the trees in the forest do it all at once, then it would make a loud sound. This is what the trees would've looked like.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016


Kayla Everett
English 9


               Most people have empathy, but that doesn't mean that people use it in everyday life. Empathy is a needed personality trait. It's used to understand how other people feel by looking at the world from their point of view. But, it's hardly used everyday. While some people go along with their everyday lives, they don't stop to notice, for example, homeless people, or other people they can take advantage of. I believe that we can teach people empathy through curiosity, simple exercises, and stories.
               Empathy can be tought through curiosity. By becoming curious and interacting with the world, we can open people's eyes and teach them new things. By talking to a homeless person you could possibly learn about a lot of them, and it might be surprising. "It's about recovering the curiosity everyone had as children, but which society is so good at beating out of us" (BBC Mag.). Society influences can lead to certain prejudices and assumptions based on what we think people look like or act like. People don't realize that there's a whole other side to the story than what they can see or observe. There's a reason for everything, but sometimes finding it is hard. If anything being curious about people..."opens up our empathetic minds"(BBC Mag.). By talking to new people and being curious, we can become more empathetic.
                If people can put some more effort into their empathetic minds then teaching people empathy is possible. If they want to learn and are eager, then teaching them is possible. They can be tought through curiosity; which would be talking to new people and exploring new things, they can be tought through simple exercises; such as listening and looking, and they can be tought by stories; being able to walk in some else's shoes.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mental Illness and Murder

Kayla Everett
A Period English
                                                          Mental Illness and Murder

                   One-fourth of Americans suffer from mental illness. Hollywood has different ways of portraying mental ill characters. They can be comical, weird, crazy, or murders. An example of this is the crime show Criminal Minds in which detectives solve cases that involve murders, kidnappings, and usually mental ill people committing the crimes. There's both negative and positive views and outcomes about this TV show. It shows how mental ill people can commit murders, some of which can be very gruesome, and make people believe that most mental ill people are crazy cereal killers. But, mental ill people aren't in every show but they are in some. In some episodes, it's not said if the murders have a mental illness or not, but the viewers can most likely guess and see that there's something wrong with them. People also forget that not all mental ill people are cereal killers. According to the article Mental Illness sans cliches, by Susan Brink, " mentally ill people were commonly portrayed as homicidal maniacs, evil seductresses and assorted buffoons. Sometimes, they are still. But they are also lawyers, doctors, mobsters and detectives-- not always lovable folks, but increasingly understandable human beings."  Mental Ill people can still live lives and have jobs although they are mentally ill. But they're some positives about this show. A detective on the show had a photographic memory, which makes him not understand emotions correctly. It's a mental illness, but he is still very smart. Although, this TV show does show how mental illness can make people smarter or make them killers, it misses that fact that everyday mental ill people can live normal lives.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Suli Breaks Response

Suli's message is that education is a good thing but is not put into action in a good way. I agree with this because some parts of school are not needed and the things we learn aren't as important as other things that we need to learn. For example, learning how to balance a check book or how to pay rent is more important than learning how to speak a language you'll never use again or spending everyday in class that you don't want to take but you have to. Kids should be able to choose most of their classes in high school such as which language to take and other electives. Certain subjects should also be optional like gym, science, history and language  because most of the things you learn in those subjects are useless, unless you get a job as what you took in high school. If a kid wants to take science but doesn't want to take biology and wants to take chemistry, then the person should be allowed to. Those are thoughts on the Suli breaks video.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hitler Youth Response

Kayla Everett
A period

                                                                      Hitler Youth Response

Life was hard for a teenager in Nazi Germany.  Nazi propaganda was everywhere brainwashing kids into hating Jews and other Nazi beliefs.  The Hitler Youth Program taught kids how to fight, and to love Hitler. Nazis took over schools and taught kids that Germany was the best and rewrote history books. Teachers also encouraged children to tell the Nazis if their parents spoke against them in any way. It was also hard to understand what was going on when parents say one thing and schools says another.That's why life was hard for teenagers in Nazi Germany.