Philippe R.

7th grade English Portfolio

My Portfolio Reflection

1. How would you describe your writing at the beginning of the year and how would you describe it now?

My writing is much more cohesive and does not just focus on one aspect of my thesis.

2. What do you consider your writing strengths? Explain.

Being able to understand the topic on which I am writing about while I am writing it, because it makes me feel proud of my essays and it makes me want to write more.

3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.

I would like to be able to keep my work more organized on first draft because it would make me spend less time on editing the paper on the first and second drafts.

4. What piece of writing from this year best captures your growth as a writer and thinker? Explain why.

The Hero's journey reflects my growth as a writer and a thinker the best because I was really trying to get the deep meaning instead of just writing about the story.

5. What piece of writing from this year are you most proud of? Explain why.

I am most proud of my Walrus and Carpenter Essay because I feel I have very good arguments and my word choice is good.

Hero's Journey

Sometimes it is painful to change the world. Ponyboy wants to understand himself and what is happening around him and embarks on a great journey. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a monomyth because Ponyboy’s adventure follows the structure of the Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy continues to experience The Initiation when he becomes one with his view of the world. Cherry had cried a little and Ponny, to cheer her up, asks about sunsets; at her response, he thinks, “No it wasn’t Cherry the Soc who was helping us, it was Cherry the dreamer who watched sunsets” (86). In the Hero’s Journey, the second part of the Hero’s Journey is when the hero vanquishes his greatest challenge. He then dies and is reborn with the satisfaction he was seeking. In the Outsiders, Ponny recovers from all the challenges he was facing, such as saving children from a fire and the possibility that he would be separated from the only family he still had. His view of the world was very black and white: Socs are bad and greasers are good, I am a greaser and I will always be a greaser, and Darry hates me; He then developed a more complex comprehension of those around him; he discovers that: Socs have their own sets of problems and pressures that make them act in a certain way, but it isn’t always how they feel, that Darry loves him, and that he had his own future he has to fight for. He learns to accept the injustices of life such as the major advantage that socs have over them because of their wealth, and to see the great and golden things such as sunrises, even though they never last long.

In conclusion, Johnny embarks on the Hero’s Journey. He suffers from many challenges, but learns to stay gold and to understand those around him. Everyone wants to see the good things of life. Getting a better comprehension of the world is a good place to start.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

Walrus and Carpenter full poem

Do not trust anything unfamiliar. Something unfamiliar can be good, but the probability of getting something bad or gimmicky is much higher than to get something beneficial. When a person wants something new he can always try it out and see for himself before committing to it. Through this process the object, idea, or belief is familiar and accustomed. In “the Walrus and the Carpenter” the naive oysters get lured in a new and unknown situation and as a result surrender their life. Lewis Carroll, accentuates the theme of not trying anything unfamiliar, by applying personification and ethos.

First, Carroll uses personification to make his poem comical and good-natured. When the Walrus and the Carpenter are attempting to convey an old oyster to stroll on the beach with them, the oyster refuses in a human approach; Lewis Carroll states that, “The eldest oyster winked his eye / And shook his heavy head” (39-40).When the reader pursues his reading the feeling he extracts is that the oysters got eaten by the Walrus, but it’s no big deal. Although in reality the oysters symbolize, us the humans. So while the oysters and getting cruelly murdered, we are being robbed and bamboozled. This matters because Carroll manages to conceal this brutal truth in a writing accessible to all.

Second, Carroll utilizes ethos to mirror reality. When the Walrus attempts to convince the oysters that they should walk on the beach with him, he utilizes ethos to make himself appear credible; the Walrus says, “O oysters come and walk with us! / [...] / A pleasant walk a pleasant talk” (31-33). This is ethos because the Walrus is making himself trustworthy to walk with the oysters on the beach. This convinces them he is not malicious and it is relevant because many of the Walruses in the world we live in, like the media or politicians do not use brute force to get what they want, but actually lure us into their deadly plan.

The consumers are the oysters and they always get eaten by the Walrus. Lewis Carroll shows them the ugly truth under the disguise of personification to make it appear as a light-hearted and friendly poem. The media continually uses ethos to lure us into uninteresting propositions. Always think your decisions through before committing.

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