"What's in the name? That which we call a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet?" This quote is from one William Shakespeare's most famous...more"What's in the name? That which we call a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet?" This quote is from one William Shakespeare's most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet. I remember hearing this quote when I was younger, but I never truly understood what it meant up until a few years ago. That's about all the Shakespeare I understand. I know the story of Romeo and Juliet, but ninety- eight percent of the time I don't know what the characters are saying, unless someone explains to me in more modern terms. That's why I really enjoyed reading Edmond Rostand's play, Cyrano De Bergerac. The language and humor were easy to understand, like when Cyrano makes fun of his own nose. The characters are very lovable, even the ones you don't want to like, and the plot is is still used in movies and books today.
Reading Shakespeare is like reading a book in a foreign language. I understand a few words here and there, but all together, I don't know what it means. Reading Cyrano De Bergerac was different. I was able to understand what the characters were talking about, and I even understood the humor. One of my favorite parts in the book is when Cyrano has to distract a man named De Guiche. He does this by falling from a tree, but pretends that he fell from the moon. Cyrano says to De Guiche, "I swear to you that if you squeezed my nose it would sprout milk!" "Milk?" says De Guiche. "From the milky way!" replies Cyrano.
Something I found interesting about both Romeo and Juliet, and Cyrano De Bergerac is that they are both based on real people. Romeo and Juliet were real people that truly loved and died for each other. Cyrano was a real person and a writer, who really did have an overly large nose. When reading this play it is impossible not love Cyrano. He is funny, witty, and very poetic. Even Christian, who is an a way the bad guy, the guy one does not want to like, is just so adorable and completely lovable. For the most part anyway. One could not read this play and not love both of these characters.
Finally, the plot of this play is very original. It goes a little something like this: unattractive boy with great personality likes beautiful girl, who likes pretty but not-so-smart boy, who also likes the beautiful girl. So, what does Cyrano the unattractive boy with the great personality do? He helps the pretty but not-so-smart boy Christian, get the the beautiful Roxanne. Sound familiar? That's because I'm sure you've heard this plot somewhere before, but Edmond Rostand was the first to use it. A similar situation happens to a young star, named Yvaine in Neil Gaiman's book, Stardust. Not only is there a character in this book named Captain Shakespeare, but in 2007 when the book became a movie, Claire Danes, the girl that played Yvaine is the same girl that played Juliet alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, in 1996.
Overall, Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano De Bergerac, was great to read. the characters were charming and likable, especially Cyrano and Christian. The language was easy to understand. Even when Cyrano sounded like a mad-man, claiming to fall from the moon, and the play has an unforgettable plot that has, and will always come up in movies and book now to come. Even though Romeo and Juliet is a challenging play to read, I would some day like to try and read it. After all, in the words of William Shakespeare, " For never was a story of more woe, then this of Juliet and her Romeo." (less)
HUCKLEBERRY CRIST and JESUS FINN! Wait what? Oh sorry I meant to say Jesus Christ and Huckleberry Finn. I guess because there so much alike I accident...moreHUCKLEBERRY CRIST and JESUS FINN! Wait what? Oh sorry I meant to say Jesus Christ and Huckleberry Finn. I guess because there so much alike I accidentally mixed up their names. You must be asking your yourself, how on earth do you shuffle the names of a lying, stealing, misbehaving, little boy, and a kind, generous, faithful, thirty- three year old man? Well even though it isn’t very obvious, if you pay attention to little details and know the story of both Christ and Huck Finn, you'll find that they a very much alike.
To start with, if your are familiar with the story of Jesus Christ, you know that after his baptism he wondered around the dessert in a humble manner for forty days and forty nights, where he is believed to be tempted by the devil. In Huckleberry’s case, the dessert would be the Mississippi River where he traveled for weeks with his pal Jim, and encountered many devils, such as the Phelps. On the Phelps plantation the family treats Huck well and he is tempted to stay there even though Jim gets captured, and sold back into slavery. However, Huck overcomes his temptation and saves Jim.
Secondly, Jesus was last seen in the company of thieves as was Huckleberry. So if you haven’t read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn let me fill you in. Huck’s last encounter with thieves would have to be his run in with the King and the Duke. The Duke and the King pretend to be the brothers of Mr. Wilks, a man who has passed away and has left everything to his brothers and three daughters, but the thieves are not willing to share, that want everything that Mr. Wilks has left behind, and so they scheme to trick the girls into giving them everything. Huck claims they make him ashamed of the human race.
Last but certainly not least, Jesus Christ and Huckleberry Finn are both very forgiving and self sacrificing. As you may know Christ sacrificed his life for mankind and even though everyone was willing to kill him, he begged god to forgive them. If Jim would have told Huck about his dead father, he could of lived his life the way he wanted to and not have to go through all the misfortunate that he encountered. Nonetheless, when Jim tells Huck his father is dead Huck forgives him. Huckleberry was willing to sacrifice himself for one black man during slavery in the south. To me, that’s just honorable and heroic as what Jesus did.
All in All, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a enjoyable book to read, and I highly recommend it if your in the mood for a good challenge and some adventure. However if you are under the age of eighteen, and your parents wont let you read it because of its reputation for cursing and explicit violence, you could just explain to them that Huck in many ways is just like Christ. And if that doesn’t work you could always read the bible. Its basically the same thing as reading Huckleberry Finn itself.(less)
"My feet are not Bound." In ancient China girls from the age of three to six would have their feet soaked in a warm mixture of herbs and animal blood...more "My feet are not Bound." In ancient China girls from the age of three to six would have their feet soaked in a warm mixture of herbs and animal blood, have her toenails cut back as far as possible,and then each of the toes were broken and wrapped in wet bandages, which would constrict when drying, and then pulled tightly downwards toward the heel. This process was repeated every two days. Every time the bandages were rebound they would be pulled tighter and tighter, and then the girl had to walk around on her feet to ensure the process had worked correctly. Bound written by Donna Jo Napoli, is a cinderella story that takes place in ancient China. Xing Xing or as her stepmother and sister like to call her, "lazy one" is a true cinderella. After her mother and father die, Xing Xing must live with her father's second wife and daughter who treat her like a slave. When the family runs out of out of money the mother must find a husband for Wei Ping, the stepsister, but in order to do so she must bind her big feet. I best things about this book are the characters, the conclusion, and the resolution.
To start with, Xing Xing is my favorite character because I can relate to her. She's very quiet just like me, we both have small feet, and we both would like to travel around the world. Although her family treats her very poorly and my family treats me fairly well, both of our families dont really believe in us except for our fathers. there are many differences between us as well. Xing Xing allows her stepmother and sister to boss her around and verbally abuse her. My stepfather always tries to tell me what to do but I never listen to him. I probably would if he asked me in a nice way but his way of asking you to do something politly is,"Clean the bathroom now, or your grounded for two weeks." Which is somewhat like something Xing Xing stepmother would say to her. I may be queit 90% of the time, but if someone has something ato say about me I'm never afaird to say anything back. Thats the differnce between me an Xing Xing. I'm not afraid to stand up for my self.
Next, the conclusion. i like the conclusion of Bound because . Of course its just like the ending of Cinderella, where the prince comes and trys on the shoe, and of course shes the only one who can fit it because her foot is so small. however, Donna Jo Napoli makes sure to put it in her own words. in the end of Bound