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FC: The Common Place Book!

1: Daniel Myung Honors English 3 Spring 2011 :)

3: Table of Contents | 1)The American Dream 2)Colonial Literature 3)The Crucible 4)Arthur Miller's "Why I wrote the Crucible" 5)Benjamin Franklin's The Autobiography 6) Henry Long Fellow's Cross of Snow 7) Henry Long Fellow's The Tide Rises, the Tide Fall 8) Henry Long Fellow's Nature 9)William Cullen's Bryant's Thanatopsis 10)Inspirational Quote 11) Nelson Mandela Quote 12)The Crucible Entry 2 13)Mulan 14)Lion King

4: We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans. - Reubin Askew | The American Dream On individuality

5: The American Dream is defined in many ways. Some believe it is finding the perfect job. Others believe it is being happy. But this quote basically says instead of trying to figure out THE American Dream, the dreams of each individual citizen should be heard. This is a very meaningful quote because it should be applied to the people who believe in just THE American Dream. Each individual should have their own goals and dreams instead of following the bandwagon American Dream. The abstract idea is based on the fact that the quote refers to the individual dreams of the citizens.

6: Colonial Literature On Role Model | "For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world." - John Winthrop from "A Model of Christian Charity"

7: The city on a hill picture is just a simile comparing to setting a good example for others. The role model, the city, would be on the hill for all the follow and watch. So the abstract idea is Role Modeling or setting a good example. Just as the quote states, mistakes shouldn't be made and a good example should be set so that the others can follow and also because everyone is following. This quote reminds me of how parents always tell the oldest sibling to set a good example so that the younger siblings will follow the good example and set better examples. Just as the city on the hill, a good role model is followed by many and sets good examples.

8: The Crucible | "Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and i will come to you in the black of some terrible night and i will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you." -Abigail Williams | On Intimidation

9: This quote, said by Abigail Williams, is a straightforward threat to the other kids. It creates fear so that the other people will not confess to their crime. The quote shows Abigail's dark and dangerous side instead of her acted innocent side. The statement truly does create intimidation to the audience because of it's such specific description of the time and the item. Often times intimidation is used to restrict victims from doing certain things, but just like in The Crucible, the consequences will be dire.

10: Arthur Miller's "Why I wrote the Crucible" On Simile | "In those years, our thought processes were becoming so magical, so paranoid, that to imagine writing a play about this environment was like trying to pick one's teeth with a ball of wool"-Arthur Miller

11: This quote has very literal meaning. It means that writing about such a hard topic was like trying to pick one's teeth with a ball of wool, which would be very challenging. So basically writing about the topic was hard. This quote can relate to other expressions such as: trying to find a needle in a haystack, or trying to eat a bowl full of nails. It is just referring to the difficulty of the task. | "LIKE" "AS"

12: Benjamin's Franklin Autobiography On 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. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other."-Benjamin Franklin

13: These statements made by Benjamin Franklin are very powerful words. It states he wants to live in perfection, without flaws, and that he could always choose the right choice. Of course, this sounds like common sense and sounds like everyone should act according to these quotes. But in fact, Ben Franklin accomplished much more perfection then anyone else. It's very hard to act without flaw and always choose the right choice. That's why the abstract idea for these quotes is Perfection. With past experiences, making the right decision isn't always the easiest thing. In fact, it can be the hardest thing to decide on. Whether it's choosing between doing homework or not doing homework, or from deciding on whether to steal an item or not, it is a very tough thing to do. Even after choosing the right option, one can't always do the perfect thing. This quote is also very inspirational in a way to make good choices.

14: The Cross of Snow On Sorrow | "Such is the cross I wear upon my breast these eighteen years, through all the changing scenes and seasons, changeless since the day she died." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

15: From Longfellow's The Cross of Snow, this quote exemplifies sorrow the most. The author of the passage is mourning the loss of his loved one even after many years. That makes it very sorrowful and sad. To me, this quote makes me feel very sympathetic. The author obviously dearly loved his wife and cannot stop thinking about her. To carry that heavy burden of his loved one's passing for 18 years is a very hard thing to do. To hold any burden or emotion for 18 years would be a very hard thing to do.

16: The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls On life | "The morning breaks the steeds in their stalls Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls The day returns, but nevermore Returns the traveler to the shore, and the tide rises, the tide falls." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

17: This passage by Henry Longfellow has lots of abstract ideas and elements contained in it. The idea from the quote listed is based on the cycle of life. Like the tides that rise then fall, life is made then it eventually ends. This makes me feel that life is short and that it should be enjoyed and cherished. Even when the traveler falls, the cycle goes on. This shows how that the cycle of life will go on even after the "tide falls".

18: Nature On Gentleness | "So Nature deals with us, and takes away our playthings one by one, and by the hand leads us to rest so gently.."-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

19: The mood of this quote is very gentle, thus the abstract idea for this quote. Just the way the author describes Nature as a mother like figure gently guiding one to their "rest" or death. Even though the "rest" isn't the most pleasant thought, the rest of the quote is so calm and gentle that it doesn't pop out. The display of Nature as the mother like figure is very calming and makes one feel like they will be guided by loved ones to rest. This quote reminds me of my mother who is very caring and kind. When in need, Mama leads me in the write path and helps alot.

20: To him who in the love of Nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language; for his gayer hours She has a voice of gladness, and a smile And eloquence of beauty, and she glides Into his darker musings, with a mild And healing sympathy, that steals away Their sharpness, ere he is aware. -William Cullen Bryant | William Cullen's Bryant's Thanatopsis On Beauty

21: This quote is very descriptive and is full of bright diction such as beauty, healing, gayer, love, etc. That's why the abstract idea for the quote is based on Beauty. The quote is basically explaining the beauties of nature and how it is healing and calming. This quote makes me feel like Nature is very soothing and can be a good way to vent and deal with the stress of school, work, etc. Also it helps show how nature can be very beautiful and should be enjoyed/appreciated even when it's not very affective.

22: Inspirational Quote On Extra Step! | "Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work." William Ward

23: This quote is the perfect example for inspiration. It basically says take the extra step and do it right. It says instead of just doing the minimum do more and take that extra step to achieve more. This quote reminds me of what teachers always say about instead of meeting the easy, minimum route; take the worthwhile route with better outcomes. That statement is very inspirational because with just a bit more effort so much more could be achieved. | Minimum | Extra Step

24: Nelson Mandela On Inspiration | And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.-Nelson Mandela

25: This quote is very deep and has many meanings. One basic meaning is that when one does something, others find it acceptable to do it themselves. My interpreted meaning is that when one sets a good example, others are inspired and unintentionally follow. This quote inspires me to do good deeds and then others will follow and help. These words of wisdom ring true in any situation and are inspirational.

26: The Crucible On Underestimation | "I am not some preaching farmer with a book under my arm; I am a graduate of Harvard College."-Rev Parris

27: This quote is a perfect example of judgment. It shows how Parris is being judged as just a lowly, dumb farmer who doesn't know what he's talking about. This certain judgment can also be called underestimation. This quote reminds of exactly that, underestimation. People underestimate others just because of position, job, appearance, etc. That underestimation can lead to conflicts and arguments. Just like Parris, one could be in the position of a preacher and worker and still be an intelligent graduate of one of the best schools in the Country.

28: Mulan On Well-Rounded | You must be swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon, with all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon. - Mulan

29: This quote from Mulan can be comprehended in many ways. In literal terms, it means that a warrior must be swift, strong, courageous, and cunning. But in a more depth comprehension it describes a well-rounded person. That's where the abstract idea comes from. Just as a good warrior should have those characteristics, a well rounded person should also have good characteristics. Of course, the characteristics wouldn't be the same as those of a warriors, but they could be along the lines of kind, caring, respectful, sharing, trustworthy, etc. This quote not only can represent a well rounded person, but it can also help teach that quotes aren't always based on literal meanings and that they can have more meaning in depth.

30: The Lion King On Mistakes | The past can hurt. You can either run from it or learn from it. - The Lion King

31: This quote is one that is repeated many times. It basically says even if the past is bad, the future can be improved based on it. In other words, learn from MISTAKES. (abstract idea) Of course mistakes aren't wanted, but sometimes mistakes help fix future problems. For example, countries learn from past conflicts such as wars and whatnot. If they didn't learn then there would be more World Wars. This quote helps me learn that instead of always stressing over the past, I should use the past to an advantage and learn from it.

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