BC: The End
FC: By: Steven Sartori | Commonplace Book
1: 1) American Dream- Hope 2) Colonial Literature- Together as one 3) "The Crucible"-Manipulation 4) Arthur Miller's Why I Wrote "The Crucible"- Hunting Nothing 5) Benjamin Franklin's The Autobiography- Perfection 6) Longfellow's "Cross of Snow"- Melancholy 7) Bryant's "Thanatopsis" - The Healer 8) Hendrix- Copy Cat 9) Eisenhower- Militarism 10) Hitler- Trickery 11) Rockefeller- Monopoly 12) Lee- Control | Table of Contents
2: "This is a place where you can make it if you try" - Obama State of the Union Address | "Hope"
3: I decided to call this quote "Hope." The American Dream is the theology of succeeding in life and finding happiness. Obama addresses that in this statement by emphasizing that any average American citizen can work hard and embrace a great life. I agree with this quote seeing as how in America you can almost control every aspect of your life based on personal decisions. Every American can look to this quote for hope and inspiration to try and accomplish the impossible.
4: "We must delight in each other; make others' conditions our own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, as members of the same body." - John Winthrop from "A Model of Christian Charity" | "Together as One"
5: John Winthrop in his sermon aboard the Arbella really showed the importance of working together and unifying the Puritans. I personally think that Winthrop was a great speaker and knew how to get his message across. Throughout his sermon Winthrop uses words like "together" and "we" to show how they all must work together as one. As I read Winthrop's writings i feel a sense of purpose or pride for his words inspire me to do great things. I really enjoy reading his work and I respect the courage they had to accomplish everything they said they would.
6: "Let you beware, Mr. Danforth. Think you to be so mighty that the power of hell may not turn your wits?" - Abigail Williams, "The Crucible" | "Manipulation"
7: Abigail Williams, from "The Crucible" is one of the most manipulative characters i have ever read about. Abigail, a mere eighteen year old girl is able to gain complete control of the town Salem. In this quote Abigail is speaking to Judge Danforth who is participating in the Salem witch trials. During the trials suspicion turns toward Abigail so she used her manipulative power on Judge Danforth by saying that quote. Abigail is quite the cunning teenager as with that statement she gains complete control over the highest authority in Salem. I admire Abigail in a way for saying this because it shows how intelligent she is and she knows exactly what to do to win.
8: All things grow better with love. | "But by 1950, when I began to think of writing about the hunt for Reds in America, I was motivated in some great part by the paralysis that had set in among many liberals who, despite their discomfort with the inquisitors' violations of civil rights, were fearful, and with good reason, of being identified as covert Communists if they should protest too strongly." - Arthur Miller, "Why I Wrote The Crucible" | "Hunting Nothing"
9: I chose to name this excerpt "hunting nothing" because Miller based "The Crucible" off communist hunting. During the 1950's it was almost impossible to prove that an American was a communist or not and that represented the accusations of witches in Salem. I feel that Miller made an accurate connection between hunting communists and hunting witches and proved to the public how ignorant communist hunting was despite the fear of it. I admire Miller by explaining how protesters were thought to be communists, for example labor unions were thought to be associated with communism for going on strikes. I personally respect Miller for writing about a great conflict that occurred during his time.
10: "My intention being to acquire the habitude of all these virtues, I judged it would be well not to distract my attention by attempting the whole at once, but to fix it on one of them at a time; and, when I should be master of that, then to proceed to another, and so on, till i should have gone through the thirteen; and, as the previous acquisition of some might facilitate the acquisition of certain others, I arranged them with that view, as they stand above." - Benjamin Franklin, "The Autobiography" | "Perfection"
11: I decided to label Franklin's idea as "perfection" because of the reasoning and idea behind it. Franklin at the time was in the age of reason and he used a logical approach to attain his personal goals. His task at that moment was moral perfection, which at the time was something that could be done through self improvement. He set the virtues in a specific order to achieve them more easily and to become a more "perfect" human being. Franklin, as one of the more well known leaders behind the age of reason at the time shows how they emphasized more reliance on thought than religion.
12: "Melancholy" | "There is a mountain in the distant west, That sun-defying, in its deep ravines, Displays a cross of snow | upon its side. Such is the cross I wear upon my breast." - Longfellow a "Cross of Snow"
13: produces can no longer reach his cold heart. The depression he carries from her death is a great burden which he "wears upon his breast." I feel sympathy towards him in the respect that his life seems to be consumed with sorrow and darkness. | Longfellow uses imagery and symbolism to describe his mood. He is reacting to the death of his wife with gloom and depression. Longfellow's eccentric writing shows how the warmth that sun
14: "When thoughts of the last bitter hour come like a blight over thy spirit, and sad images of the stern and agony, and shroud, and pall, and the breathless darkness, and the narrow house, make thee to shudder and grow sick at heart;-- Go forth under the open sky. and list to Nature's teachings."- Bryant, "Thanatopsis" | "The Healer"
15: "Thanatopsis" shows the ideals of the time period known as romanticism. The ideals on nature greatly show this. I decided to label this quote The Healer because Bryant greatly emphasizes the importance of going to nature to allay and pacify yourself. The personification from this poem almost entrances the reader to believe that nature is almost like a person. I was also surprised to learn that a sixteen year old created one of the most famous pieces of poetry through great imagery and by using extensive emotion that reaches the reader.
16: "I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes"- Jimi Hendrix | "Copy Cat"
17: I would like to name this Copy Cat because many musicians copy each other and reuse melodies. During the 70's, Hendrix came up with his own style of music which was imitated by others. This quote significantly shows the persistency of copy cats while also giving some people a laugh. I like how Hendrix admitted to the public that he also made mistakes as he was a great musician. This quote also has some irony for the people who copy him may not be playing it correctly.
18: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. " - Dwight D. Eisenhower | "Militarism"
19: Dwight Eisenhower was a five star general and the 34th president of The United States from 1953-1961 while America was involved in the Cold War against communism. Eisenhower spoke these words against the industrial-complex which he warned about in his farewell address. He warns that the government is spending too much money on weapons and not enough for the people which is a "theft" from them. The former general warns America from expanding the military. In a sense I agree with his statement and I do believe that after his farewell address the spending on the military decreased substantially.
20: "All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach."- Adolf Hitler | "Trickery"
21: This was named trickery because Hitler, who was a German dictator made Germans think certain thoughts to gain more power. He tricked a whole nation into thinking a specific way through the use of propaganda. Hitler designed his influence to be "popular" and reach citizens with the lowest intelligence to gain the most allegiance. His method worked for he took complete control over a vast area and incorporated terrible and monstrous polices but he was still in power and well liked by his people. This quote is interesting because it shows how World War II would start, by controlling others.
22: "Competition is a sin."- John D. Rockefeller | "Monopoly"
23: John D. Rockefeller was a very successful business man of the Guilded Age in America's history which ranged from 1877-1900. This time period was full of trusts and monopolies in which the owners would take control of the workers and abuse them into working more for less pay. Rockefeller and his Standard Oil company would take over smaller businesses and forge them into a giant trust and ask for outrageous prices. The United States government did little to stop these corporations but they did pass one anti-trust law. In his quote Rockefeller compares competition to sins in the sense that competition made him lose money and profit.
24: "I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself."- Robert E. Lee | "Control"
25: Robert E. Lee was the general for the confederacy when the southern states decided to break off from the union. Lee was a great tactical general that was wanted by both sides. In "Control" Lee talks about how he cannot place his trust and faith in someone else if they are unable to control themselves and if they make bad decisions. This quote should be followed out by all for the Union had a general named McCllean and he was a poor general who could not control or lead others which lead to many of the Union's defeats. Lee followed this quote to its full extent and became a well known, famous leader.