May 16, 2016 - Communication    1 Comment

How does the Yellow Palm show ideas of how conflict has affected place?

The Yellow Palm expresses the sacrifices of war and it’s outcomes. It shows us how the sun searches for amistice whilst man effects nature through Conflict affecting religion and places of worship. The story takes us down Palestine and reveals different pieces of evidence of conflict. For example whilst he walks in the mosque he sees the walls with blood prints all over it.


May 16, 2016 - Communication    1 Comment

Mockingbird revision

Scout learns about courage through maturity and development. She learns that the whole situation is childish and she shouldn’t be offended by it. She also learns through Atticus how to build self confidence to prove others wrong and stand out.

Jan 27, 2016 - Communication    No Comments

Controlled Assessment: How is love and hate shown in Julius Caesar and other poetry.

Love and hate. Two words that greatly oppose one another and yet result in each other. These binaries always conflict and the two writers (Shakespeare and Browning) expose them in various intelligent ways.

For example, In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare presents love and hate through many scenarios. Take Caesar’s death as an example, Brutus killed Caesar for the “freedom” and love towards Rome as he thought Caesar was taking advantage of his power and people. Brutus disagreed with Caesar’s mindset and goals for Rome as he thought they would affect Rome and he wanted something to be done about it before it became too late. That’s when Caesar’s death took place. Brutus and the other men decided that their love for Rome results into hate towards Caesar. As Casca’s dagger entered the soul of Caesar, he yells, “Speak hands for me!” This is where love and hate collide and result to Caesar’s death. Casca’s quote shows us his actions (The stabbing) will show its meaning and will deliver justice as he slides the dagger into Caesar. The motion of the dagger slicing through the surface of the skin was the mark of freedom to Brutus and his men.

Shortly after the death of Caesar, Anthony confronts Brutus and says, “Thou wast the forest to this hart …the heart of thee”. He uses this metaphor to show us how Caesar was a “hart” and how people and Rome were the “forest” to Caesar, explaining that Caesar loved everyone. At Julius Caesar’s funeral, Brutus expresses how the death of Caesar is the symbol of how he accepts both Rome and Caesar. He says, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more”. Referring to his actions being caused by his love towards Rome. He also says “As I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself whom it please.” He says this to change the mindset of the public. For those that disagree with his actions on Caesar, they have the right to get up and take Brutus’s life. showing the public his willing to die for the love of Rome as all actions were made for Rome.

By the end of the play, Brutus decides it’s time for him to take his own life as he has realised he was wrong of his actions and he decides suicide is his only way of offering mercy to Caesar. Whilst he managed to persuade Strato into holding the dagger for him whilst he runs into the dagger, Brutus’s last words were, “Caesar, now be still, I kill’d not thee with half so good a will.” Brutus’s intention of saying this was to show Caesar that he wasn’t half as good as a man as Caesar and that he doesn’t have to haunt him any further.

Overall Julius Caesar allows us to explore how love and hate result to one another and how the two natural emotions have a big impact on people everyday lives. That’s why Caesar death allows us to gain great knowledge on the range of ways love and hate take its toll.

Conflict between love and hate is also shown in Robert Browning’s poetry. Take “The Laboratory” as an example. In the Laboratory, we have the narrator, Pauline who has figured out she’s being cheated on. This has caused Pauline a lot of stress resulting in her possessing suicidal thoughts. On stanza six, Pauline says,”Soon at the King’s, a mere lozenge to give, and Pauline should have just thirty minutes to live! But to light a pastile, and Elise, with her head and her breast and her arms and her hands should drop dead!” The quotation shows us how Pauline’s anger builds up whilst using repetition of the word “and” by saying different body parts will drop dead that are attractive to men purposely from her hate.

She also wants to take her own life because of the amount of love she had towards her lover. A lot of hate has been caused towards both her lover and lover’s lover (which goes by the name of Elise). Pauline aims to take down Elise to hurt her Lover the same way he hurt her. She plans to do this by taking Elise’s life as she knows it’s no longer possible to be with her lover. She does this by poisoning Elise then taking her own life to give her lover a lot of pain from her hate towards him. This is another great example of conflict between love and hate and it shows how they both contradict each other or result to one another.

Robert Browning’s “Porphyria’s Lover” also allows us to explore how love and hate can conflict each other and is another great comparison to Julius Caesar and Browning’s other poetry. In Porphyria’s lover, we have a scenario of a girl named Porphyria and the speaker who remains unnamed. Porphyria expresses all of her love towards the speaker and obsesses over him. The speaker then explains to us his story of murdering Porphyria. He says, “She shut the cold out and the storm, and kneeled and made the cheerless grate blaze up, and all the cottage warm; which done, she rose, and from her form withdrew the dripping cloak and shawl, and laid her soiled gloves by, untied her hat and let her damp hair fall. And last, she sat down by my side and called me. When no voice replied, she put my arm about her waist…” Porphyria continues to shows her love towards the speaker and begins to seduce him. In surprise, The speaker wraps Porphyria’s blonde hair around her neck three times then strangles her.

He also says in the last four lines, “Her darling one wish would be heard. And thus we sit together now, And all night long we have not stirred, And yet god has not said a word!”. This indicates that Porphyria has died. Throughout the whole scenario, the speakers actions, were all actions of hate however he truly did love her. Even though he doesn’t mention it, the speaker hints out his love towards her and he felt that he shouldn’t be lucky enough to have such a person for “himself” causing him to punish himself by killing Porphyria. This is another way Browning has shown us how love and hate contradict each other.

Robert Browning also wrote a poem called “A women’s last word”. In A women’s last word, browning gives us a scenario a bit different to our normal structure of he’s poems. Instead of Love eventually leading to hate, in a women’s last word hate has led to love. A women’s last word is about a women speaking to her partner trying to end their tensions and arguments. Her aim is to revert all the hate standing in between them into love.  She says in stanza two and three, “what so wild as words are? I and thou in debate, as birds are, Hawks on bough! See the creature stalking while we speak! Hush and hide the talking, cheek on cheek!”. The speaker is explaining to her partner how all their arguments and disagreements are as wild as birds are, “hawk on bough”.

She expresses how she wishes to exchange all the hate into love from arguments to kisses, teaching eachother how to love and for her partner to be a charming man and hold/possess her only through love. Robert Brownings intentions throughout all his poems is to show us how love and hate have a major link and how unrecognisable it is. However in a “women’s last word” he shows us that it’s not only love that results to hate, but hate can lead to love.

This is how love and hate is presented in Julius Caesar and Robert Browning and how it either results to one another or how it conflicts each other.

Jan 12, 2016 - Communication    1 Comment

Response Piece

Dear Mr Humphrys,

“They are destroying it: pillaging our punctuation; savaging our sentences; raping our vocabulary and must be stopped.” I truly understand your frustration and hate towards the way the English language is “progressing” and the new unpredictable way of communicating in today’s modern world. However you must understand it’s been an ongoing process through the past years. The language you think is original and “English”, quite truly isn’t. For decades the way people communicate and interact with people has been changing from sign language, to Latin, to English but that doesn’t mean the language is getting any worse or getting out of hand, it just means the English language is progressing for the better and trying to fit in modern society.

You complain about “shortened” language such as “LOL” (laughing out loud),”OMW” (On my way), “CBA” (Can’t be asked) and etc when really, it actually has a positive effect on the method of communicating with someone by fastening the time of communicating, however I know you’re too afraid to leave the past and advance your own method of communicating, aren’t you? I acknowledge your opinion on the way “shortened language may not have an  effect on communication within literature but has an effect on spoken language” however I’d be surprised to see someone say “LOL” instead of laughing…

 As you may have noticed, my response to your opinions on English language has been typed up through many devices with auto-check enabled and various more advance-tech features. That doesn’t mean my English literature is poor or needs assistant. It just regulates and fastens the speed of my typing and allows me to write with less worry of grammar and spelling mistakes. That doesn’t mean the English language is being destroyed! Not in any way, it’s just another feature of modern technology and its *advancements* on our method of communication.

English language is one of many other languages that are also experiencing “modernisation” and is advancing just like any other. Due to technology and new positive impacts, languages such as Chinese have developed and adapted their whole alphabet, grammar and literature just to fit the needs of new generations. They’ve decided to make a new language which is now known as “modern Chinese” to become China’s default language to sooner or later get rid of “traditional Chinese”. They’ve done this to free people from the hassle of time being wasted on communicating and to create a language that will be able to fit society and its needs. This doesn’t result to China’s “traditional Chinese” to become inexistent, it just allows people to fit in and advance as a race.

English language will never be destroyed no matter how technology advances. The new features as time progresses that’ll be inserted into our language is still English no matter how unknowlegable and silly it seems. The same way we keep up to date with fashion and trends, is the same way English language has to adapt to fit in society. This is why I believe our English language isn’t being destroyed or overthrown.

Oct 16, 2015 - Communication    1 Comment

IGCSE COURSEWORK- Descriptive Writing

It’s an average summer morning. Birds are tweeting. Sky like blue waves are splashing. Children are playing. Shop stalls awaken. That includes me. I open my rose red colored stall.

The stall contains fresh fruits and veggies. From mouth drooling banana to sharon fruit and watermelon, To the everyday pure sweet British apples and potatoes. As soon as my sale sign is up, people from all ages come to see whats in store. From people the age of 10 to elderly couples. From 2 sales a minute to 6. As the sun progresses its trip across the sky, so do my sales. Families ahead in the distance are sun bathing in beautiful rainbow bikinis whilst i’m in my death defying heat attracting apron and jumper. Sweat pours down my palms and scalp through every sale. Small gusts form havoc to the dessert like sand. People complain about getting a foul fruit however no one knows the journey and effort it took for that one fruit to get to the counter on the stall. Looking into the distance you see stone houses with great history and delicacy made in the middle 1800’s yet people still complain about the resources and possessions they have. What is this society made up of? There are males and females from all different places around the world, like Caucasian, African american, Eastern Europeans, Asians but still do I only see the normal domestic travelers at my stall.

The day has progressed and it’s time to pack-up. The Sun is making it’s last appearance for this day. This day is the 18th of August 2011. This day will never awake again. As the seagulls make their last sight for today, so do my customers. The final sale is complete. Once I’ve packed and locked my stall, I head down the streets made out of cobble and begin walking through the dim yellow street lights. Every 2-3 steps a hear a howl from the left, a howl from the right and a howl from every direction. I guessed they were Owls. In the dark I see the cheese look alike moon giving out reflection of light from the sun hitting my surface giving me my own very shadow. The streets are pure silent with only the Owls to hear. It was a erie Town like no other. All I had was me, and my reflected shadow. This was an everyday thing. As I finally reach my white metallic Door step, I enter pulling the painted gold handle in order to do so. As the day drew into a close I knew I would have to get ready for the new journey made available for tomorrow. I slip into my Army camo pj’s and slip in to my King sized bed and pull the fluffy red blanket up to my chest. I take a deep breath and allow my body to sink into the white double lining duvet. I look up towards the Ice White Ceiling I let my eyes kick into rest enabling me to get ready for a new Day. The new day will be soon to come…

Oct 13, 2015 - Communication    No Comments

Scene analysis A3 S2

In the beginning of this scene, Brutus steps up on the podium to try and justify the murder of Cæsar by persuading the audience that they did the killing for the greater good of Rome. Antony then speaks and proves to the audience that Cæsar was a trustworthy leader and was one not to be misjudged. In Antonys speech, he uses sarcasm and repetition is a smart manner to attract the audience to his side.

Sep 17, 2015 - Communication    1 Comment

How is Ceasar’s hubris used against him?

There are many instances where you can find how Caesars hubris has been used to his disadvantage. For example Caesar mentions ,” Ceasar shall forth: The things that threatened me never looked but on my back; when they see the face of ceaser, they are vanished.” This gives us an example of the many ways he uses hubris however Calpurnia retaliates to Ceasar by saying, “Ceasar, I never stood on ceremonies

Mar 5, 2015 - Communication    1 Comment

How is Calpurnia shown in ch12 in TKAM

In this chapter we learn that Calpurnia in fact lives a double life. Jem and scout figure out she actually has a family of her own. This shocks us because we always knew Calpurnia as the mother like figure to Jem and scout and we didn’t know she has a son called Zeboo. When Calpurnia was at the church with Jem and scout, we were suprised at her reaction to her own son. In actual fact there wasn’t a reaction at all knowing she doesn’t go home until late at night and she comes back early. As scout mentions, ” That Calpurnia lived a double life never dawned on me. The idea she had a separate existence outside our household was a novel one” this brings us the information of her double life.


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