Thursday, February 28, 2008

NHD reflection

This years NHD was much easier for me. My partner and I did a project on The Great Compromise we presented our project in an exhibit. This year our biggest obstacle was finding certain primary sources such as the New Jersey Plan and The Great in document form.What made our project much easier was the fact that I did not have to search deep for answeres they were all there in all of our resources. NExt year I think I don't want to do an exhibit I think I may want to try a documentary on a life altering event that happend in the United States such as "Pearl Harbor" or "9/11". Hopefully it will be fun

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Is It Really Their Fault?

Last week I was walking in predominantly African American neighborhood why, don't ask. I saw two young males smoking cigarettes looking up at a plane in the air; I heard one of them say "I could fly one of them things if I had a chance". That made me think what would happen if they were given the chance to learn how to fly a plane or whatever else they wanted to learn. Would they still commit mischief like most African Americans their age in Chicago, or would they be good citizen and not stand around and smoke cigarettes all day. Could they become doctors or become successful enough to make change, I think so. Many people say that African Americans and Caucasians are separate but equal but thats not true Caucasian get much better opportunities than African Americans,this deprives African American from being all that they can be. So the next time you see a African American standing around, committing mischief, or anything else that is not constructive just think, is it really their fault?

What do you know about Native Son?

Q. What happened right after Bigger and Buddy killed the rat?
A. After Bigger and Buddy killed the rat the mother called on the lord to have mercy hysterically, then Vera goes to comfort her reminding her that the rat is dead now. While Bigger and Buddy stood over the dead rat and spoke in tones of awed admiration.

Q. Can you write in your own words what Bigger's mother think about Bigger?
A. Bigger's mother thought that Bigger was stupid and lacked judgement or sense. She also believes that Bigger has a responsibility to be the man of the house.

Q. Besides when Bigger came into contact with white people in what other instances did you notice fear in Bigger?
A. When Bigger, Gus, Jack, and G.H. were talkin about robbing old Blum and once everyone but Gus agreed to do it. Bigger decided to cover his fear by trying to manipulate Gus to do it by calling him a coward but at the same time secretly hoping that Gus would not give in so he could get off the hook.

Q. Can you compare African American experiences from the time of Native Son to African American experiences?
A. Well racism never died, but African Americans are seen as equal more than they ever have since the 1930's and alot more African Americans do not feel intimidated by white people anymore. However I do believe that racism still exist its just not as strong.

Q. If you had access to all resources how would you help Bigger deal with being intimidated by white people?
If I had access to all resources I would get Bigger the best education, get him better clothes and I would introduce him to poor white people and successful black people.I think this would really work for him.
Receiving the best education would help Bigger alot. If Bigger was to have the same or better education than the white people he associated with this would help him not to feel inferior compared to white people. If he had the best education he would in fact feel equal or better because there would be nothing that he did not know. Bigger would be eloquent, knowledgeable and confidence, so there would be nothing for Bigger to feel inferior about.
Getting Bigger better clothes would help Bigger to be proud of his appearance and it would help him to fit in so he would not fell like the black sheep. Eventhough I do believe Bigger should get better clothes so he can fit in better I still think he should buy clothes that he likes and not what white people like.
I also would introduce Bigger to poor white people such as poor southerners who could not afford to send their kids to school, or had their homes taken away due to insufficient funds. Then I would introduce him to smart successful black people such as Jack Johnson the man who broke the color barrier in boxing and had quite a few white wives. This would help Bigger to balance out African Americans and Caucasian Americans because he would meet white people who are facing the same problems as him and black people who are just as smart and rich as the whit people he knows.
In result to doing all these things Bigger would not be intimidated by white people anymore. He would feel like he was their equal.
Q. Can you defend your position about Bigger killing all those people?
A. Bigger killed quite a few people. I don't think he is completely guilty considering the way Bigger was brought up, Bigger could possibly have lots of mental issues which could cause him to have problems with dealing with certain emotions that could possibly make him kill someone. Bigger had no father, His mother did not make anything better, and he also had no good role models.Youth in the world need at least one of the three and Bigger had none.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

English chapter Analysis

Chapter #1
Pages 1-13
Title: "You Can't Win"
Summary- An alarm clock goes off in a one room, rat infested apartment. A mother yells for her oldest son to wake up, her other son, and then her daughter. After they all wake-up they look away from each other so they can get dressed and not feel ashamed. While everyone going threw with their morning routine a rat comes on to the scene. The mother and daughter freaks out because of the rat. They start yelling for the boys to come and kill it. After a good fight with the rat and after the oldest son bitten by the rat the boys manage to kill it with a skillet. After they kill the rat the, other and sister are still hysterical. The oldest son makes it worse for his younger sister by swinging the dead rat in her face. She continues to freak out but worse than the mother start go on and on about the oldest son talking about how much of a fool he is and then she starts crying and the younger sister runs to the mother trying to comfort her. The mother continues to nag claiming she doesn’t know why she had him the oldest son while he basically ignores. She then goes in cooks breakfast and lights up a cigarette. When she finished cooking breakfast they sat down and ate bacon and drank coffee. Once again the mother starts nagging to the oldest son about how bad he is and how ashamed she is of him and starts to force to take a job that he doesn’t want to take in fear that they may lose the little income that they get. He get madder than he already is he storms out the apartment and goes down to the vestibule. While he down there he sees his sister leave and then he see a sign that he doesn’t know if it is symbolic or just concrete it says “You Can’t Win”
Analysis: This chapter is basically telling bigger that he just can’t win.

Chapter 6-“Finishing the Job”
Pg. 81-93

Bigger brings Mary home from a night out with her boyfriend, and she is really drunk. He took her to her room by carrying her up the steps. He asked her which room was hers because he wasn’t sure. So it was the right room but as he started to lay her on her bed they started kissing. As they were kissing her mother walk into the room. Since she was blind she couldn’t see Bigger in the room but called out for her daughter. While calling out for her daughter Mary, started to make noises so Bigger put his hand over her mouth to keep her quiet. Mary’s mother was walking towards them and smelled the alcohol on Mary and thought she was drunk. After the mother left he noticed that Mary was dead. With panic he stuff her in the suitcase and carried her downstairs to the furnace. He pushed her in but she didn’t fit so he put newspaper on the floor and cut off her head and put it in the furnace also. He also put the newspaper in the furnace to leave no evidence. He left the car in the driveway and was going to blame everything on the boyfriend when the time came around. Then he just went home because his job was done …..for today.

Finishing the job means that Bigger was finishing his job in more than way. By dropping off Mary and killing her and leaving no evidence.

An Argument That Reveals a Coward
pgs #24-27
Chapter 3
In this chapter Bigger and Gus are at the pool haul and Jack and G.H. meets up with him. Bigger asks his friends who he often commits robbery with to rob a white man for the first time. All his friends are reluctant to answer at first and then Jack and G.H. pretty much just say why not and agree to it even though they have some doubt about it. Then all eyes are on Gus to agree to it but he tries to hold his ground and is not so quick to agree. Even though Bigger is on the same mindset as Gus he thinks that their mindset is scary and will take away their manhood so he conceals his fears and tries to manipulate Gus into going but secretly hoping that Gus doesn't agree so he can call it off and blame Gus for them not going through with the robbery. Gus calls him on it and agrees to go through with the robbery along the others just to spite Bigger.

This chapter shows that Bigger is a coward but he is just on the down low. He tries to make other people feel like cowards so he can feel somewhat superior even though he is inferior.