Romeo and Juliet Analysis

In Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, two important characters that share opposing views and thoughts are Romeo, the Montague, and the royal-blooded Mercutio. In the story, Romeo and Mercutio are very good friends, giving each other advice and caring for each other. What makes these characters so different are their views on life, their personalities, and the way they add arguments to one of the story’s main motifs: Fate versus Chance. While the hot-headed and witty Mercutio believes that dreams and visions are childish, Romeo would disagree and state that everything is up to fate. After he kills Tybalt, Romeo exclaims, “O, I am fortune’s fool!” When Romeo tries to explain a vision of fate he saw in a dream, Mercutio retorts, “True, I talk of dreams; Which are the children of an idle brain.” Both also have conflicting emotions and personalities. Their views on love defer. Mercutio believes that people’s tendencies to be infatuated with others only leads to bitter ends and it is best to be tough with love. Romeo provides a counter argument saying his love with Juliet was fate and she is the one he will always love. These characters play off each other in such a way that it is easy to distinguish what views each character has.

Romeo and Mercutio are extremely important to the plot of the story. They have the most plot critical argument in the story, with Romeo going for fate in the fate versus chance motif. Romeo is cool tempered and believes that what will come will come. Although this makes him passive, it is negative because it encourages him to do nothing. Mercutio was leaning toward chance. He gives advice based on doing and not waiting. He believes that life is there, and you must do the work in order to achieve what you desire, and that events that happen are coincidence or brought on upon man by the downfalls of human nature. When Romeo commits acts of violence or something terrible happens, he blames it on fate, as if it was not his fault and instead this was supposed to happen. All events in his mind are brought upon by a higher power and all events are supposed to happen in that exact way at that exact time, that all things are fated and unavoidable. Mercutio gives the alternative hypothesis and states that everything is chance and the future cannot be determined through visions or prayer. Romeo and Mercutio add to the meaning of the story with their commentary on the fate and chance dilemma. Without them the story would lose most of the information on this topic.

Connor’s Cube

Sticker-less Dayan Zhanchi Cube

A few days ago my friend brought his Rubik’s Cube to school. The day before I pick up my brother’s cube and started to try it out. When I show my friend how much I could do (which wasn’t very much, only 1 semi-completed side), he was impressed. When I got home that day I went straight to my computer to try and solve the Rubik’s Cube. I relearn the first side correctly that day. When I showed it to him at school the next time I said soon I will be able to solve it. The next few days I learnt new steps and soon (Friday the 26th, 2012) I solved my first Rubik’s Cube from memory. Now I am working on my speed solving skills. My current record is 2 minutes 34 seconds. I really love to solve it over and over and work on my speed. I keep timing myself and I’ll post if I improve any great time.

Post World War I Booklet

This is a project I have recently done in Social Studies. It is called the Post World War I Booklet.

The Great Depression

  • When: 1929-1940
  • Where: The Great Depression spread  throughout the whole world.
  • Who: Most of the world was affected, but countries like the U.S., United Kingdom, and Germany were affected the most.
  • What: The Great Depression was a time when most of the world was in an economic crisis. In the U.S. the stock market crashed and people lost everything they had. It was know as the longest economic downturn in America’s history
  • Why: People were making too much product to sell and there weren’t enough buyers. Banks were loaning all of their money to people who didn’t pay it back. One of the biggest reasons of the Great Depression was the Stock Market Crash when people had lost thousands of dollars of investments.

Treaty of Versailles

  • When: It was signed on June 28, 1919.\
  • Who:The Treaty of Versailles was signed by Georges Clemenceau (French), David Lloyd George (Britain), and Woodrow Wilson (USA).
  • Where: The Treaty was signed in the the Palace of Versailles in France.
  • What: The Treaty of Versailles was a statement that was signed to end World War I. This treaty said that Germany had to take all responsibility of the war. They also had to get rid of their army, release, and pay all the countries they invaded.
  • Why: The Treaty of Versailles was made because Germany had been invading and attacking the Allied countries. The Germans then surrendered and the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

The Russian Revolution

  • When: Early 1900’s
  • Where: The revolution took place in Russia.
  • Who: The war was between the White Russians and the Red Russians (Bolsheviks).
  • What: This a revolution between two different classes, the nobility and the poor. One of the goals of the Bolsheviks was to get more rights, more land, and better working conditions.
  • Why: The Bolsheviks started the war because they had very few rights and they had terrible working conditions. The Bolsheviks got mad after Czar Nicholas II forced 11 million peasants in the first World War.

The Rise of Nazism

  • When: It started in early 1918.
  • Where: The rise of Nazism started in Germany.
  • Who: Adolf Hitler was the founder of the Nazi party.
  • What: The Nazis were a group of prejudice Germans who hated Jews and other minorities, and thought that these people were the reason for all of Germany’s problems.
  • Why: The first World War had just ended and Germany was in a major economic crisis. So Adolf Hitler promised the German people that he could help them, and he converted most of Germany to Nazism.

The Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

Hello everyone! I am writing a book review about my favorite book series, How to Train Your Dragon. I started reading this series after I watched to movie and I thought it would spoil the book alot, but believe me it didn’t. The first book was completely different from the movie, for example you know Hiccup’s big black dragon named Toothless? Well, in the book Toothless is a small, green, common or garden dragon, and in the book he is actually toothless. In the first book Hiccup is trying to become part of the Hooligan Tribe, so he has to steal a dragon from a dragon cave. His wiry friend, Fishlegs, sneezes and wakes up all of the millions of dragons in the cave! What will they do? Go read to find out!

So far there are 9 books released in the U.S. I have books 1-8 and I have read them all in one day each. I wanted to get the 9th book, so my Dad helped me order it on Amazon. We saw there was a 10th book coming out on April 23rd, 2013. I couldn’t quite wait for that book, so later we found out that the book was already out in the U.K. I ordered that one too, but I have to wait a long time for it to ship. According to e-mail the 9th book is coming today! See you later!

These are only 5 of the 10 books so far…

Orchestra Concert : October 2012

Last Thursday, on the 18th, I had my first orchestra concert of the year. This year we got a new music teacher. His name is Mr. Yackley. He gave us some really cool and exciting music for our first concert. The first song is Rite at Stonehenge. It a fantastical song by Elliot del Borgo which brings you back thousands of years ago to a ritual perform at Stonehenge. It’s my favorite because of it’s mystical sounds from each instrument which go so well with each other. We played this fairly well at the concert, although it was not our best. Our next song was America the Beautiful, a well known patriotic song. It was written, as you well know, by Samuel A. Ward. I really love this song for it’s slow, slurred high notes. We played this one very well (I think). Finally our last song was Dragonhunter! This is fun exciting song that makes you feel as if your in the middle of a dragon hunt. It is by Richard Meyer. I thought this was our best piece although we made one or two major mistakes. Overall we had pretty decent concert!

 

Creek Cabin Fireplace

Over a three day weekend my family and I went to the North Carolinian mountains and rented a cabin off the main path. It was a very cool experience because it was just hanging out in nature, which is always fun. The cabin we were staying at was a two bedroom small house with a porch out back leading to a large backyard with a fire pit and a creek. the creek was very aggressive. We spent most of our time there outdoors and next to the fire. The creek was so loud that I could hear it in my bed during the night. I really enjoyed hanging out at the cabin and I would definitely like to go there again to hang out around the fire at night and go jumping about in the forest at day. Out of it all though I have to say my favorite thing about the entire journey was hanging out in the fresh, mountainous air. I love the mountains, and luckily our cabin was at just the right mountainous, homey, spot. The sounds at night were nice because there was a lot less cars and a lot more animals and bugs. I would love to go back again.

Review of Literature

In my Chemistry class I am working on a paper that is supposed to address an interesting science topic. I chose the Higgs boson, because although everyone has heard of it, not many people know what it is. It’s going to be a hard topic because all research on it is in extremely technical writing so I’ll have to decode it. Here is one of my annotations on an article I read.

Oda, I. (2010). Higgs Mechanism for Gravitations. Modern Physics Letters A, 25(28), 2411-2421. doi:10.1142/S0217732310033724

This article explains how the Higgs boson particle functions in normal space and how it particles use the Higgs field. It explains that the Higgs mechanism should cause massive gravity in “a flat Minkowski spacetime without non-unitary propagating modes”. Minkowski spacetime is the universe that fits with Einstein’s theory and includes 3 spacial dimension and 1 time dimension. The three space dimensions are up and down, forward and back, and left and right. Time is the progression of matter along the three space dimensions. Higgs bosons should work in normal space time. Non-unitary propagating modes are methods of boson transport that are not similar to each other but build of of one another. It is a common term in quantum physics. It basically says that bosons give mass without the process affecting the boson itself.

I could use this quote, “As a future work, we wish to construct a di?erent sort of new massive gravity models and explore its physical implications,” because it explains that we still do not know the full extent of this action. Page 2420.

Perfect Paragraph

In Language Arts class I had to make a “Perfect Paragraph.” This is what I made of the topic.

  Idling by the stream, the bulky coffee colored heap of fur and muscle stalks the nearby trout. He gives a soft growl to show his eagerness to jump into the … SPLASH!! The Grizzly leaped into the water. The fish struggled to break away from the Grizzly’s fierce grip – it failed. Satisfaction spread across the massive bear’s face. He had caught the trout. He gulped down the pinkish-silver creature with one bite as he admired his find with pride. When his stomach was finally satisfied, what could be better than a long winter’s nap.

FIRE IN THE SKY

This is an interview narrative I did for LA class. Here it is!

It was the morning of January 28th, 1986. Everything was going great, the astronauts were loaded on the shuttle and was ready for takeoff. But little did they know a terrible event would take place. The American space shuttle, Challenger, exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. The truly horrible thing about this was that students all over the country, and even the world were watching the liftoff. They were watching the first ordinary American citizen, High School Social Studies teacher Christa McAuliffe, along with the other six astronauts launch for a mission into space. Her students and very own children were watching.

My mom, Laura Kreitz, was a college freshman at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California at the time of the event. She was walking by the student lounge when she noticed a crowd around one of the TV’s. As she stepped closer, confused and worried, people whispered around her. On the television was a rerun of the disaster played over and over again. She did not see the event take place but it still had a huge impact on her. “We’d grown up with the space program and it was shocking because before then we had thought it was completely safe,” explained Laura. Because this event was so extensively covered by the media, an hour after it had occurred 80% of the country knew about it.

Christa McAuliffe

I asked, “Why was an ordinary American citizen going into space?” She replied, “Well, the launch was the first of the Teachers in Space Project and all the teachers who applied were narrowed down to McAuliffe.” Christa McAuliffe went through months and months of training and preparation. “Why weren’t her friends and family worried about the launch,” I asked. She then told me “Since she was accepted as an astronaut teacher months earlier meant her friends and loved ones were used to the idea and very excited about her going into space. That is why it  was such a shock to everyone that the launch all went wrong.”

After 26 years, people still remember that horrible day. There are many memorials to the deaths of the Challenger astronauts. Although Christa had a terrible fate her children went on to be great teachers. You have to be very brave and lucky to go into space for it is a very dangerous place. Christa McAuliffe was one of the five hundred or so people lucky enough to be called an astronaut.