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  1. Kimmi Weiss Says:

    The Life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
    I choose to read the article, The Life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), to discover how Shakespeare became so successful as a playwright. I also was interested in what was taking place throughout his life to inspire him to write the plays that he wrote. This article is related to what we are learning in English class, because we are currently memorizing and presenting monologues written by William Shakespeare.
    William Shakespeare is often known as the best playwright in the English language. He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two narrative poems throughout his lifetime. However, he was not always this successful and never seemed destined for greatness when he was younger. Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and was the third of eight siblings. He grew up in England and attended a grammar school called King’s New School. At age 18, He married a woman named Anne Hathaway and had three children named Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith. After his children grew up, it did not take him long to write many famous plays. Between around 1590 and 1595, Shakespeare wrote and presented Henry VI series, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Merchant of Venice. Now wealthy and well-known to all of England, he established the Globe theatre. When King James came to throne in 1603, he organized Shakespeare and fellow players as King’s Men. During this time, Shakespeare wrote many accomplished plays including King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. With Shakespeare’s health declining, he passed away on April 23, 1616.
    The article, The Life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), was very interesting to me as a reader. Before reading the article, I had thought that William Shakespeare had been raised to read and write poetry and plays as a living, however that was not the case. Shakespeare was raised in a very poor family and did not even have the money to attend university, nor did he have a senior artist to mentor him. He just had a passion for poetry and used that passion to his advantage. I think this is very inspiring, because even though no one really believed in him, he pursued his dreams of becoming a playwright anyways. Shakespeare is now the most performed and read playwright in the world. I enjoyed The Life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), because it taught me that you can achieve greatness by working hard and following your dreams.

  2. Jordan Collins Says:

    *Sorry this took so long to post, I was having trouble figuring out where to place it on this new website, and I could not seem to figure out if I had to register and then where the comments section was…*

    Jordan Collins
    Mr. Pores
    Honors American Literature, Period 5
    19 March 2016
    Racism Still Exists
    In the past two hundred years, we have seen America go through some immense changes; socially, technologically, and even cognitively. It can be seen almost everywhere, both physically and in the interactions between people. However, there is still a problem that has kept America chained to a darker part of its history—the lurking issue of racism. Racism has been the subject of much controversy over the years, and has been especially evaluated in many works of literature and other media. Huckleberry Finn, for instance, is a prime example of Mark Twain’s commentary on racism, and specifically slavery. Although there are key differences between the racism that once thrived in the nation and that of today, the same discrimination is still prowling in society today, and it is this reality that has prompted some people into action.
    In one article, Professor Elwood D. Watson of East Tennessee State University asserts his similar belief that America has a long way to go before racism isn’t seen as marginalized across the nation. He lists various events that all indicate that America’s struggle to overcome racism has not ended in the least. From the shootings of “suspicious-looking” people who simply “happen” to be black, to what Watson calls “macroaggressions” that many black Americans experience on a daily basis, there are too many instances of injustice that have all manifested into a dangerous situation. Watson claims that the tensions between people has been masked by denial, and that these issues are ones that cannot continue to be ignored.
    Watson reports on the event where Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks, encouraged baristas to initiate conversations about race with customers. Watson applauded Shultz’s attempt, even though it lead to eventual failure and the operative was ended. In a continuation of his argument, Watson states that more than just an effort at conversation will be required to mend this disparity between the races. He concludes that the major discrimination that is happening against blacks and other colored people requires some introspective thought on the part of the persecution, and that it should be solely their responsibility to make amends.
    However, I believe that this issue will take more than a reflective thought on the part of white people; this is going to take some collaboration. Not compromise, but simply a variety of open-minded conversations as well as a projection of a plans for the future. Nonetheless, as Dr. Watson said, this will not end all of our racial issues. There are too many people who came from a generation insensitive to racism and who are teaching the new generation the same principals. The only way of preventing this spread of desensitization, is to educate and inform, and this is where those conversations among people of all races can benefit America and its future—possibly brightening its outlook against detrimental consequences.
    As it connects to Huckleberry Finn, this issue of racism is evident throughout the book. Huck consistently refers to the runaway slave, Jim with derogatory language, and it is not until later in the book does Huck begin to see Jim as more than just a slave. “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it” (Twain 115)… Throughout the book, Huck’s moral dilemmas that contradict the accepted prejudices of 19–society’s provide him with an ongoing source of conflict. Eventually, as Jim and Huck travel down the Mississippi, they open conversation and eventually become friends. In fact, Huck even determines that he should cherish their friendship in spite of the consequences he may face later from the judgement of a racist society. I believe that through the time that they spent together and the conversations they shared, Huck was able to overcome society’s expectations and define his own commitment to his friendship with Jim.

    Watson, Elwood D. “It Will Take More Than a Cup of Coffee to Address the Thorny Issue of Race in America.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 27 May 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. .

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