Looming Fate of Death

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In Wilfred Owen’s poem, Anthem for Doomed Youth(pg 161), Owen describes the terrors of young girls and boy. These children are scared and have no idea what is to come of them. As of now there is nothing that they can do to change their fate that has been bestowed upon them. With eyes that “shine the holy shimmers of goodbyes.” these innocent children show their terror in a situation that they cannot control. Much like the Over the Top, 1st Artists’ Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917, by John Northcote Nash, enthralls the notion of being put in situation that sets their fate and is out of their control. The men in the piece of art are climbing out of a trench to fight their enemy. These eighty men do not know that their fight was a distraction so that a bomb raid could take place elsewhere. Out of these men that put their lives on the line for their country, only twelve returned home, including John Nash.

Work Cited:

“Anthem for Doomed Youth” by William Owen, (pg 161)

“Over the Top, 1st Artists’ Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917” by John
Northcote Nash, (C3)


Alice Who?

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Alice Liddell is “The Beggar-Child” by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Alice from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in chapter two is struggling with her identity and finding who she is. She wonders what is different about herself today from yesterday. Alice tries to answer some questions that she would know, and falls short of the correct answers. She says, “four times fives is twelve, and four times six is thirteen,and four times seven is– Oh dear!” (pg724). Alice thinks that she is this girl named Mabel who she know to not be too bright. Such as Alice Liddell looks lost in this photo. She looks like she is trying to find out who she is just like Alice is confused about who she is. Alice Liddell is wearing tattered clothing and no shoes, which is a statement that she does not have a place to go, or shoe is “lost”.


Work Cited

The Beggar Child (C3) by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, and
one or more excerpts from Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (724-26)

Love’s Destruction


Both The Daemon Lover and The Garden of Love show the struggles that these two faced when if comes to love. With love there comes strife in some cases. They both have their joy and desires briared up in some way. Blake talks about how the place that he used to know as a child as a happy place is now a place full of sorrow, with a chapel, graves, and priest watching everything that is around you. Such as the choice the woman in The Daemon Lover makes to leave her family for another man. She was thinking that this new adventure is going to give her happiness, when in the end she realizes that she was being tricked. The devil then destroys the ship and sinks them under the sea. I think that both of these characters have had bad experiences with love in these writings, which come from their own decision making.

In the first stanza, Blake talks about him going to The Garden of Love and seeing that there is a Chapel built where he used to play as a child. This is somewhere that he has never gone before, at least not with it looking this way. He had not seen this place since he was a child, before the chapel was even build. Just as the woman in The Daemon Lover goes to the ship with the devil, which is a place that she has never gone before. She has never gone off on a daring adventure with another man, leaving her husband and two children behind,leaving them feeling betrayed. Blake says that this was “Where I used to play on the green” (line 4). This was a happy place for him as a child, before the chapel took its place. Such as the woman’s happy place was with her family, before she was misguided to follow the devil to his ship.

In stanza two, the gates of the chapel are shut, much like the woman’s chances of going back to her family after getting on this ship are very slim. The fact that Blake says, “And Thou shalt not writ over the door;” (line 6) shows that this chapel is not a welcoming place, there will not be any change to this place. The woman in The Deamon Lover is not able to change her fate once she made the choice to step on the ship. The woman and Blake “turn’d to the Garden of Love” (line 7) to try and find happiness, where as the woman’s “garden of love” was the thought that leaving her family for another man to go on a “great adventure” would bring her happiness.

Both the woman and Blake saw that their “garden of love” was filled with “graves” or things that did not bring them joy. This woman had chosen the wrong path and realized when “she espied his cloven foot” (line 51). The “Priests in white gowns” (line 11) who were walking their rounds symbolize the sadness and strife that both Blake and this woman are surrounded by during this time. Both the priests and the devil for these two are “binding with briars (their) joys and desires” (line 12).

The story The Daemon Lover and the poem The Garden of Love show that life and love do not always go as planned. In both of these writings, the characters go through their own struggles in making decisions that are based on love, which do not always go as planned. Sometimes going after what your heart wants is not the best decision.


Work Cited:

Blake, William. “The Garden of Love.” The Norton Anthology of British Literature: The


“The Daemon-lover.” The Norton Anthology of British Literature: The Romantic Period. 10th ed.

Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor. W. W. Norton, 2017. pp. 37-39.


Temptations of Hell

In the artwork, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by William Blake, it shows the contrast between heaven and hell through figures of heaven and hell, and natural things that symbolize death and life. There are two figures at the bottom of the page that are perceived as beings of heaven and hell. They are touching arms and look as if they are struggling to reach for each other because they are worlds apart from each other. Such as in the ballad The Daemon-lover, which tells the tale of  a woman who is sucked into love with someone worlds apart from her. She is convinced to leave everything that she has ever known to experience something with someone that is completely new to her. She risks her home and family by going off on a scandalous adventure. Her fate is set, she gets on a boat with the mysterious man, realizes that he is the devil, and then the ship sinks to the bottom of the sea.

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Work Cited

Jackson, Shirley. The Daemon-Lover “The Romantic Period 1785-1832.” Period Introduction Overview. The Norton

Anthology of English Literature. 9th ed. Vol. D. Gen. ed. Stephen Greenblatt.

Norton, 2011. Web. 20 Mar. 2012. pp. 37-39.

Yes and No’s of Technology

Done as a Group: Adam Findley, Jose Rodriguez Cruz, and Mady Thomas


In Jean Twenge’s article, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation, the health effects on smartphones are discussed and summarized. “It also affects mood: People who don’t sleep enough are prone to depression and anxiety” (Twenge), this statement made us curious about the health and mental effects on humans. Compared to my parents who sleep 8 or more hours at night, the use of smartphones has made insomnia and depression much more accessible. So, do smartphones actually affect us as much as we think or are we taking it out of proportion? This question leads us to become more fascinated with the connection between smartphones and human health.

The three other bibliographies included two that did research and experiments on smartphones and one online newspaper article. One of the research articles discusses the personality changes and facial queues and how smartphones affect those while the other research article discusses how smartphones affect the circadian rhythm due to blue light. The third article discusses how counseling centers are using smartphones in their treatment. Together, these articles discuss how smartphones change and affect human behavior, mood, and health.


Annotated Bibliography

Twenge, Jean M. “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media

Company, 19 Mar. 2018, www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/.

In the article by Jean M Twenge, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?, it talks about how kids now are so involved with technology that it has become a factor in affecting mental health. Social media has been a big step with kids, but it has positives and negatives. A positive to this is that kids can be more involved with their friends and talk to them from wherever they can. But, kids can also feel left out of a group, or even be treated badly on social media, something such as rumors or trash talk. Kids are now less involved with people in real life, so their communication skills have plummeted. All in all, the bring up of technology for kids has had positive and negative effects.  

“Technology in 2017: What Impact Does It Have on Mental Health?” In What Ways Can School  

Counselors Positively Influence the Lives of Students? | Bradley University Online, Bradley University , 28 Mar. 2017, https://onlinedegrees.bradley.edu/resources/articles/technology-in-2017-what-impact-does-it-have-on-mental-health/.

In the article Technology in 2017; What impact does it have on mental health?,  it explains the positives and negatives of how technology is used for counselling of mental health. There are plenty of online facilities for counseling where you can even facetime someone for counseling. But the downside to technology with mental health is the fact that it makes people less involved with people in real life. Cyber bullying is also a big problem today. This article mainly explains how technology affects mental health counseling.

Ji-Won, C., Choi, J., Jin-Young, K., Cho, H., Kook-Jin Ahn, Jong-Ho, N., . . . Dai-Jin, K. (2017).

Altered brain activity and the effect of personality traits in excessive smartphone use during facial emotion processing. Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 7, 1-13. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-08824-y

In this research paper, not only does it try and prove a point on how smartphones affect the emotional process of a person, but it also makes the reader view things in a different way instead of just smartphones are bad for you. The use of smartphones not only does it affect emotional processing but it also might connect to emotional processing during social events or interactions.

This article could be useful because like Jean Twenge’s article, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation,  it talks about smartphones and the connection they have with behavior and emotions. Twenge’s article talks about how teen behaviors have changed over the years due to smartphones. This is similar to the research paper, Altered brain activity and the effect of personality traits in excessive smartphone use during facial emotion processing, this is because the research paper talks about how smartphones can be connected to the emotional processing of people.


Oh, J. H., Yoo, H., Park, H. K., & Do, Y. R. (2015). Analysis of circadian properties and healthy

levels of blue light from smartphones at night. Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 5, 11325. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep11325

In this Scientific Report, discusses how the blue light produced off of a smartphone can affect your sleeping pattern (Circadian Rhythm) and your health. The use of a smartphone at night in a dark room can directly suppress your melatonin and affect your circadian rhythm, but depending on the type of smartphone displays and the brightness of the phone can lower the effect of the blue light.

Two smartphone displays, OLED and LCD, are used in the majority of phones. The displays don’t affect you but the blue light that it produces can. You can significantly decrease the amount the blue light levels by using the phones at a distance and with the correct brightness setting. Fine tuning the blue light levels in a phone can greatly decrease the effect on your health and circadian rhythm.

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A Rose for Emily

In the story and film adaptation “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, Emily Grierson’s life story is being told, explaining certain reasons why Emily became the crazy lady everyone in the town of Jefferson, Mississippi had heard of. It tells the story of how her crazy life turned out.

When Emily’s overbearing father passed away, that’s when she started going mad. People did not find it surprising that Emily went crazy, because she had a crazy old aunt Wyatt.  When Emily’s father passes away, Emily ends up leaving the corpse of her earlier deceased father in the house for a while. Maybe it was because she felt lonely after her father had died, or she had never really had anyone else to interact with other than their butler. I think that she felt the need to keep him there as if he was still alive, hoping that even after he was gone, leaving his body would make things feel the same as if he were alive so that she wasn’t lonely.  As people start to complain about the smell, the townsmen eventually come to her house to retrieve the body before the odor gets any worse. Miss Emily eventually stops interacting with others. For example, Emily used to give paint classes. She completely shuts herself out from the rest of the town.

Emily eventually meets a young yankee named Homer Barron, who she ends up falling for. Homer and Miss Emily would be seen riding around in a wheeled buggy on sunday afternoons. This made the town feel happy for Emily, think that things were finally looking up for her. But eventually, the town just started to feel bad for her, and were saying things like, “poor Emily”. They started to judge her for being with a yankee out of jealousy.

Out of the blue, Emily ends up going to the druggist and asked for some poison. Everyone in the town thought that she was going to kill herself. They thought she had been through enough in her life to drive her to that point.  She specifically asked for the best they have, no matter the kind. She specifically asked asked for arsenic, and if that was a good poison to use. The druggist said that the law requires him to ask what she is going to use it for, which in turn, Emily just gives the man a glare. The druggist goes to the back to get the poison, and a delivery boy comes back to give it to her. The druggist does not come back out from the back room. One afternoon Ms Emily invites Homer Barron over to her house and the butler lets him into the house, and that is the last that anyone ever hears from Homer Barron, or Emily Grierson for a long time.

According the the story, the next time that anyone sees Emily, she had gotten fat, her hair had turned iron gray (pg 810). In the short film, it says that she was getting thinner, not fatter. She only got grayer and grayer from there on out. She eventually dies at the age of seventy-four.  Once she is buried, and her cousins have a funeral for her. Some of the towns ladies that had always been curious about what was going on in that house decided to go look. As soon as the ladies were let in the house by the butler, he leaves out the back door. There is one specific room that no one had seen in forty years, the door had to be broken down to get in. There was dust covering every square inch of the room. Once they were inside they saw the corpse of a man on the bed, with a strange indentation beside his deceased body, along with some strands of iron gray hair.

I feel that she does all of this because she has never been able to interact with people the way others could. Emily’s father was really the person that she was most companioned with. One he died I think that she did not know what else to do. She felt lonely and did not want to lose him, even though she had already did. Once she finds Homer Barron, she feels like she does not have to be lonely anymore, but when she realizes that he will not stay with her, she keeps him there with her forever, by poisoning him with arsenic.

Work Cited

A Rose for Emily. Directed by Lyndon Chubbuck, Performances by Anjelica Huston and John Carradine, Pyramid 1983. YouTube, uploaded by Ashti Abdulhamid, 27 Feb. 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM4SHvHjXZA.

Faulkner, William. “A Rose for Emily.” The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook. 4th ed., by Richard Bullock, Maureen Daly Goggin, and Francine Weinberg, 2016, pp. 803-12.

Portsmouth, Ohio’s Dreamland

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  The preface “Portsmouth, Ohio” of the book Dreamland, written by Sam Quinones, tells the story of Dreamland, and why this pool was such a great place to be. The pool is a reminder that everyone can get along and be the same in one place. It’s the kind of place where you can go to feel a part of something, and not feel judged for where you work, or who you are. The pool was a dreamland to these people. It was the size of a football field. It could accompany hundreds of people. This was where people grew up and got to know others from the community. It was a hangout place for teens, spa day for adults, and funhouse for the little kids. It was the town’s pride and joy.

  Dreamland was where all of the teenagers and kids would hang out while their parents were at work. When families would come, they would sit out a towel, get comfortable, and tan in the sun. It was a well-rounded place where people could sit and relax, or they would go and have some fun. It seemed like the place people would go to get away from all the stress of a normal workday, or struggle of after-school drama. But, there could still be some dramatic times at the pool as well. The insignificant “three foot rule” was never followed as Dreamlands manager, Chuck Lorentez would walk around the pool with a yardstick trying to get teens to keep their distance from one another. It was not very successful because many of the teens got their first kiss, or even lost their virginity in the grassy areas of Dreamland.

  Dreamland was the place that got people involved in the community. There was a swim team for the pool named the Dreamland Dolphins who practiced every morning and evening. Since there was so much space for so many people, everyone could come and enjoy the fun. This pool washed away class distinctions: “in a swimsuit, a factory worker looked no different from the factory manager or clothing shop owner”(pg 2). In Portsmouth, many people did not have to type of money to just have a pool in their backyard, so the pool was the place where everyone could go to be with friends and family outside of their busy lives.

  Sadly, for one small period of time, the pool was segregated. It became a white only pool and the name was changed to “Terrace Club” even though Portsmouth was a “largely integrated town”. This was changed back when a young African American boy who was kept out of the pool, drowned in the Scioto River, where he was swimming. Even after the pool was integrated again, it still didn’t feel the same for the people who were segregated out but came back. Things eventually started to go back to normal. The community was able to be brought back together at the pool again.   

  This place seemed like a dream, people were able to see past their day to day problems and just forget about all of the worries of life for a moment.  You could come to relax with your family or make a new friend with the kid that lives a few blocks away. Either way you look at it, Dreamland was a great opportunity for this town, and was able to bring the community closer.  

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Quinones, Sam. Preface: “Portsmouth, Ohio.” Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. 2015. Bloomsbury, 2016, pp. 1-4.

Mady’s Volleyball Career

Hello, my name is Mady. Ever since I could remember my family has been into soccer, my dad played it, I’ve always grown up playing it, and now, my little brother plays. I really had not found the passion for any other sports I tried other than soccer. It was the main sport I played since i was 4 years old. I had tried gymnastic, cheer, and even karate, but still, I did not love it as much as soccer. When I was 10, I was about to start another recreation season of soccer, when I broke my foot in a bit of a clumsy situation. During that period I was able to think through not being able to play that season. That’s when I got the idea to start playing volleyball. I started out playing at the YMCA. That’s when I realized I loved the sport, sure I was not the best at it at this point, but I still loved it. 2018-08-09 14_56_29.855

Now I am able to play the sport I love with my friends over at ACHS. This has become something that I use to release stress, and just make my days a whole lot better. My go to if I want to brighten my dreary days is to get on the court. I am left handed and play mainly right side hitter, but I also play outside.  I also have the amazing opportunity to play volleyball on a travel team. I hope to be able to continue and play on a college team someday.