DECONSTRUCTIONISM

The Bosnia List

Quote: “I wanted to take my time and relish returning to my favorite spot, where Dad took me swimming as a kid.”

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Thesis: By analyzing deconstructionism in The Bosnia List we discover the story of Kenan’s childhood experience and his inability to forget about his past.

Explanation: When Kenan went back to visit Bosnia he created a list of things he wanted to do while he was there and one of the things was to visit the river and the boat where his dad would take him as a child. As a kid experiencing a war at a young age Kenan did not have a good childhood; he lived under constant fear of loosing his family especially his father and brother since they were older and could now go to war or him loosing his own life. The three words that stood out to me in this quotation were relish, spot, and kid. These three words are all signifiers that demonstrate that he has not yet let go of his past but still remembers about his happiest moments during his childhood experience. The word relish signifies that he really wanted to take a moment and enjoy the view and reminisce about when he was young and happy when he would go swimming with his father. The word spot refers to the river and when someone considers a place a spot it most likely means they visit that place frequently, so maybe Kenan wants to change his mindset and think of the positive side of his memories as a kid and think  about the river. Last but not least the word kid represents that he keeps on seeing the world from the lens of a child rather than the present him.

Realization: What I realized from analyzing this quote was that  although Kenan has issues  forgetting his past and holding grudges on people who contributed to his devastating childhood he is somehow also trying to relish and reminisce about the things and places he would enjoy as a kid.

SHOOTING AN ELEPHANT

There are many issues that we face in out daily lives that are considered political but some issues can be personal rather than political. In the short story Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell the main characters encounters himself in a tough situation where he is expected to kill an elephant by local civilians while deep down inside he does not want to, so he says “Early one morning the subinspector at a police station the other end of the town rang me up on the phone and said that an elephant was ravaging the bazaar. Would I please come and do something about it? I did not know what I could do, but I wanted to see what was happening and I got on to a pony and started out. I took my rifle, an old 44 Winchester and much too small to kill an elephant, but I thought the noise might be useful in terrorem”.  I think this issue is nonpolitical because its not mainly about him killing the elephant because that is what the people want him to do but more of a personal or internal issue because he feels bad killing the elephant and he just wants to do it to give the people a good impression of himself. An issue that this policeman faced was the pressure he experienced as soon as he knew he was expected to shoot an elephant and how he felt inside committing a sin like this just to build a better reputation.  In this short story the reasons that makes his situation an issue and is important to me is the fact that he rather impress the people that don’t even really like him and in fact even hated him and be their “hero” and is encouraged to make him do something he doesn’t really agree to.  The narrator  says at the end of the story ” I often wondered whether any of the other grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool,” which gives us evidence that he did do it to impress the other people.

I STAND HERE IN IRONING JOURNAL RESPONSE

In the short story “I stand here in ironing” by Tillie Olsen, we discover a young mother who wishes she could of raised her oldest daughter differently. This story is an interesting scenario because today we have a lot of females with the same situation. The attitude shown in the story is about how difficult it is to be a single mother. In the beginning of the story it says “Except that it would have made no difference if I had known. It was the only place there was. It was the only way we could be together, the only way I could hold a job”, what she is trying to say is that there was no way that their situation could of been different because she really needed the job to support her and her daughter. The author claims that her daughters father left them before her daughter was one year old.  Not only did she become a hardworking mother at 19, but she also needed a babysitter for her daughter since she had to work, therefore as her daughter Emily grew up she did not spend sufficient time bonding with her mother. In the text the author reveals that she had to work in her daughters first six years, so she had to send her with her fathers relatives, which proves the lack of time spent between her and her daughter. In the text the author also says “there were years she had care she hated”, which I think means that her daughter hated the years where her mother was not there to experience those years of her childhood, so that might of made her feel neglected from her mother. This story is important for people to understand because this scenario of the story can occur to anyone especially now a days that women give birth at a young age, also because if this was someone current situation there is other things you can do such as putting your child in a daycare so they can at least be in a happy environment and get more assistance from the government. Maybe being a young single mother can be the toughest job after all, but if you can use a little of the government’s and family’s support maybe your life can be a little more at ease and you wont have to worry about your child being an outcast.

ABOUT ME

My name is Mayra Chavez, but a lot of people call me Marty. I earned my nick name Marty in the eighth grade, I remember I got it when I met a friend and for some reason she would call me Marty, next thing you know everyone started calling me Marty and it has followed me since then. I come from a family of eight people, which include both of my parents, my older brother, me, and four younger sisters. Out of all of my family I am the first to graduate High School and the first to go to college. This is my second semester in college and I have two of the same professors that I had last semester which are Nidzara and Thu, and my two new classes are library 100 and math 60. I am in this class (English 101) because I thought that  it would be a good idea to have the same professor that I had last semester since I kind of already knew her and feel more comfortable around her and encouraged to succeed in English 101. My goals in this class this semester are to pass the class with an A or B, improve my writing, and also improve my reading skills. I will try to improve my reading skills by reading regularly the assigned reading and annotating my readings. My goal in terms of college in general is to get good grades in all of my classes so I can get a good GPA and complete all of my general education so I can get accepted to a Cal State. My goal in life is to of course graduate from Santa Ana College, then possibly go to Cal State Long Beach, and after I am finished with school I want to pursue a major in whatever I end up deciding what I want to major in. My preferred learning style is when we have a discussion as a class so we can understand the material better, also that way the lesson will be less boring and it will seem more like a conversation. I do well in an environment where me and my classmates collaborate and work hard together, and I want to work with students that put in effort and are friendly. As a student in college I need to be motivated to succeed in all my classes, and in order for that to happen I would want support from an adult such as my parents or teachers. Outside of class I think I am kind of the same. I am friendly and humorous. Outside of class I really don’t do much but babysit my little sisters and hang out with my boyfriend. I would say that some of my hobbies would be doing makeup, bike riding, and reading horoscopes. I like to eat a lot, I eat a lot of Cheetos, I think I eat Cheetos every day, I also like to eat Chinese food, and seafood. I dislike roller coasters, I have always been afraid to ride one. Well those are just some of the things I want to let you know about me I hope this semester I get to get to know Ms. Pecenkovic and Ms. Nguyen a little more and also some of my fellow classmates.

Cause and Effect Final Draft

Reasons why I am in college

I was not always considered a wise or influential girl to my peers, but now I am in college and I have set higher expectations for myself in order to grow more than I already have. After I graduated from high school I had to make a choice and decide what I wanted to do, so I decided that going to college would be the best thing for me because I did not want to procrastinate and end up doing nothing with my life, I wanted to be successful. Since I am the oldest girl in my family I realized that if I go to college, that would be a great motivation for my sisters, and I have seen that now they have became more interested in me because they constantly ask me questions about college such as “how is college like” or “are your classes hard”. Also, since one of my sisters is coming here next year she practically asks me questions everyday and I think my advice to her is very helpful because she has her mind made up and has an idea of what classes she is going to take. One of the most important reasons why I am in college it’s for a better future for myself. I know I am good where I stand right now and I know that I am on the  way towards success and eventually I will have the lifestyle I wish to have, I will be able to provide for a future family, and I will be financially stable. Last but not least, another reason why I am in college is to step out of my comfort zone and  to learn more things. I do think I am smart but I want to expand my knowledge even if it consists of me being intimidated. I am not the type of person that likes to step out of their comfort zone, but I am officially an adult now and I think going to college will be a good first step to overcome this barrier. I admit I am proud of myself and surprised of how far I have come because a few years ago I did not visualize myself making this far but I proved myself and others wrong.

Rough Draft

I was not always considered a wise or influential girl to my peers, but now I am in college and I have set high expectations for myself in order to grow more that I already have. After I graduated from High school I had to make a choice and decide what I wanted to do, so I decided that going to college would be the best thing for me because I did not want to procrastinate and end up doing nothing with my life I want to be successful. Since I am the oldest girl in my family I realized that if I go to college, that would be a great motivation for my sister’s, and I have seen that now they have became more interested in me because they always ask me questions about college such as “how is college like” or “are your classes hard”. Also, since one of my sisters is coming here next year she practically asks me questions everyday. One of the most important reasons why I am in college it’s for a better future for myself I know I am good where I stand right now and I know that is a way towards my success and I will have the lifestyle I wish to have and be financially stable. Last but not least, another reason why I am in college is to step out of my comfort zone, I want to learn more things. I do think I am smart but I want to expand my knowledge even if it consists of me being intimidated.

Cause and Effect

Causes of going to college:

1)  To do something proactive with my life and keep getting education.

2) To be a role model to my little sisters because I feel that I can, because I am the oldest girl in my family. I can be a role model by motivating them to be successful since my older brother didn’t set an example for us.

3) To get to where I want to be and have the future I wish to have by working hard to obtain a career.

4) To step out of my comfort zone and see things in a different perspective and eventually develop knowledge.

Topic Sentence: I was not always considered a wise or influential girl to my peers, but now I am attending college and have set expectations for myself in order to grow more that I already have.

I. To do something proactive with my life.

A. I don’t just want to give up at this point in my life, I want to extend my education.

B. I want to do something that I will be satisfied with and that I actually want to do.

C. I want to be in school and be successful because I know it will benefit me in the long run.

II. To be a role model.

A. Since I am the oldest girl in the family I want my sisters to look up to me and follow my footsteps.

B. My older brother wasn’t a role model to us so I want to step up and motivate my sisters to be successful.

C. Even though me and my sisters argue I want what is best for them.

III. For a better future.

A. To major in criminal justice and obtain a career in that field.

B. To be able to provide for future family.

C. To have a stable lifestyle and avoid to struggle financially.

Cause and Effect

An area in which I have became successful in was graduating from High School and going to college. Entering high school I really didn’t care about school and didn’t have good grades. Up until my junior year I decided to get my life together and and start doing better in school. That year I had the opportunity to go to a continuation school for credit recovery. Since then I started noticing a change and realized I had succeeded. I think the person who influenced my success was my boyfriend.

Why I went to college:

1) Cause: To do something proactive with my life.

Effect: College is the most important and intresting thing going on in my life.

2) Cause: To be a role model to my little sisters.

Effect: My sisters are motivated to go to college as well, and have set high expectations for themselves.

3) Cause: To get to where I want to be.

Effect: Once I get my general education over with I can take classes related to my major. After I complete plan B I plan go to a Cal State and obtain a major and hopefully finally start a career.

Process Analysis Edit

How To Curl Your Hair

Curling your hair may not be as difficult as it seems, but it requires a few steps in order for it to look good. First, you may want to wash your hair; if you curl your hair when it isn’t clean your hair may get a funny odor. Of course, after you wash your hair you should blow dry it, then put hair oil on it for heat protection, and then comb it. After that, process it would be neater if you straighten your hair before curling it. When your hair is straight you put up the top of your hair with a hair clip or a scrunchy, and with the hair you have left over you separate it into pieces. Finally, the hair curling begins. You grab a piece of hair and wrap it around the wand (a type of curling iron), and leave it there for preferably 10 seconds, and then you let it go and you will eventually end up with your shiny, beautiful, and bouncy curls. All of the steps I mentioned are not necessary, there are many ways to curl your hair, but I believe these steps are beneficial if you want your curls to look good.

Narrative Paragraph

On January 31, 1865 and ratified on December 6, 1865 congress passed the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. Protests finally forced the government to abolish the apprenticeship system. Abraham Lincoln was against slavery and also helped protest. The demand for freedom had almost became universal. Olaudah Equiano and Ignatius Sancho formed their own group ‘The sons of Africa’, to campaign for abolition. A wide range of different people were influential in this cause. This law passed at the end of the civil war. I think this situation proves that we should embrace our freedom for which is priceless. Even though it took a while, congress finally took action in abolishing slavery.