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BC: THE END | English III Honors Keith Walsh Mrs. Geist 1st Period

FC: Commonplace Book Keith Walsh English III Honors

1: Pride in Ones Land............................................2 - 3 Truly, What A man Wants...............................4 - 5 Coveted Marriage............................................6 - 7 Confusion of Generations................................8 - 9 Living in Perfection........................................9 - 10 The Erasing Waves.........................................12 - 13 Eternal Grief.................................................14 - 15 The Burden OF Death.......................................16 - 17 SOmeone is Always Listening..........................18 - 19 Walking In SOmeone Else's Shoes....................20 - 21 Friends Can Make You Shine...........................22 - 23 Me, Myself, and I..........................................24 - 25 I sit Alone....................................................26 - 27 In the Eyes Of A CHild.....................................28 - 29

2: The American Dream | "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." - Abraham Lincoln | Pride In One's Land

3: You have to treat your land the same way you would want to be treated. If the land you live on could speak, you would want it to say good things about you. America is an amazing place and most people are proud to be an American. However, some areas are very polluted from human interactions. The land would not be proud of man in these areas, and you cant really take pride in it either if it is polluted.

4: Colonial Literature | “To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here” - Jonathan Edwards | Truly, What a man Wants.

5: Often man gets confused about what they really want in life. We get obsessed over money and possessions, and forget what is really important in life. Edwards says going to heaven and "fully to enjoy god" is better than anything on Earth. I agree with him in that you cant expect to be happy by just getting new possessions. There are so many things in this world that you cant buy, like a family and love.

6: The Crucible | Coveted marriage | “She thinks to take my place.” – Elizabeth Proctor

7: Elizabeth Proctor thinks Abigail wants to take her place in John Proctor's marriage. This shows Abigail's obsession over John Proctor that she would go to such lengths as trying to kill her just to be with him. When I was reading "The Crucible" this quote made me feel angry at Abigail. She is trying to break two people in love, and it would also take a large toll on their children's lives. This is just one of many examples of how Abigail is conniving and evil.

8: Why I wrote The Crucible? | Confusion OF Generations | "What terrifies one generation is likely to bring only a puzzled smile to the next" -Arthur Miller

9: This quote means that as generations move on they don't understand the previous generations problems. For example during World War II people were scared of Adolf Hitlers speeches and what he was saying. Now people look at it and and chuckle because of his over exaggerating, and even for his looks. This just shows that the next generation isn't putting themselves in the previous ones shoes. If they actually were living in the World War II era and knew what Hitler was saying, they would be scared as well.

10: The Autobiography of Ben Franklin | Living in Perfection | "I wished to live without committing any fault at any time; I would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into" -Benjamin Franklin

11: Ben Franklin was the only founding father to sign the Treaty of Paris, US Constitution, and Declaration of Independence. Before this he had a quest to become morally perfect. This task is extremely difficult, and takes a lot of dedication. If he was successful it would make him look angelic in the eyes of the average person. He made a list of virtues that would help him achieve his ultimate goal. If anyone today were to attempt this, I think it would be very hard to achieve.

12: "The little waves, with their soft, white hands, Efface the footprints in the sands" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | The erasing Waves

13: This quote is a sad ending to the poem " TheTide Rises, The Tide Falls". It is about a traveler who dies and his foot prints along the beach are erased by the waves. This shows that time always goes on, but people are eventually going to die. The travelers last piece of existence is being erased and people won't know who he was after the foot prints are gone.

14: The cross of Snow | "And seasons, changeless since the day she died." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Eternal Grief

15: This quote is describing the grief of the man in the poem. His wife died and he has never gotten over it. He is saying that it feels like it is always cold and miserable since she died. The significance of the seasons not changing is that his grief is never changing and he is always cold like winter. I feel the man in the poems pain, if I was married to someone that I loved very much and they died, I would also grieve over it for a long time.

16: "That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines Displays a cross of snow upon its side. Such is the cross I wear upon my breast" -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | The Burden Of Death

17: The man in the poem has to constantly bear the burden of his wifes death on his shoulders. Just like the snow in the deep ravine will never go away, his burden will stay with him forever. He loved her so much and will never love another. The comparison of the sun not touching the snow in the ravine is very symbolic. He is saying that the snow cant melt if the sun never touches it just as the light will never touch him. He will never be able to "melt" his grief.

18: Thanatopsis | "Go forth, under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings, while from all around" -William Bryant | Someone is Always Listening

19: This quote means that even though life can get very stressful and difficult, you can always run to nature. You can get away from the annoyances of life and sit down and listen to nature. You would be surprised what it could teach you. If you think about it nature even affects your mood. If it is sunny then it makes you happy, however if it is raining and cold, it can make you gloomy and sad.

20: Walking In Someone Else's Shoes | "you'd have to walk a thousand miles In my shoes, just to see What it's like, to be me I'll be you, let's trade shoes" -Eminem

21: This means that you cant really judge someone until you look at the world in their view. They may have a hard life and you may not know it. You shouldn't judge them if they don't have the things you do like clothes or phones. This quote could also mean that Eminem would like to trade lives with someone else, "Ill be you, lets trade shoes". He could be tired of the fame and drama that goes with it.

22: Friends Can Make You Shine | "I remember the first time my bulb burned out. I thought, "That's it! I'm burnt out! Eighty-sixed! To the showers!" And then the master gave me a new bulb... and I glowed" -Lampy, The Brave Little Toaster

23: This quote means that friends can really help you. You can think that if something bad happens then thats the end, but your friends can come help you out and make you feel better. Lampy talks about him thinking his life is over when his light burns out and his master replaced it and he was better than ever. This means that if you mess up and your friend helps it can actually make you a better person. That making the mistake and your friend helping you really shows what kind of person they are.

24: "I don't wanna be anything other than me" -Gavin DeGraw | Me, Myself, and I

25: The song is saying that he doesn't want to try and be anything else besides himself. He doesn't want to try to be something he isn't. This is reflecting transcendental ideas because it's focusing on the individual. A lot of times in life people will act differently around others to "fit in" or "be cool", but they aren't who they really are. I believe this quote is fighting the peer pressure of fitting in and just being yourself to make friends like yourself.

26: Henry David Thoreau's Walden | "I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." -Henry David Thoreau | I Sit Alone

27: This quote means that the man in the poem wants his alone time. I believe that every person in the world wants their time where they can be alone. No matter where they are, if its in dirty or clean, small or big, they want to be alone. In the poem he says "I would rather sit on a pumpkin" and be alone than be on a crowded velvet cushion. Even though he could be on something more comfortable, he chooses the pumpkin because he would be alone.

28: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature | "The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child" -Ralph Waldo Emerson | In the Eyes of A child

29: This means that as we grow older, we start to lose our sight on the beauty of nature. As a child you appreciate how every tree was once a little plant and grew so bi.g. As an adult you just take it for granted. As a kid you get sad when you see the trees being cut down for construction. When you are older you get happy that new stores or businesses will be opening. A normal adult will start to lose their appreciation of nature as they age.

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