Monday, February 16, 2009

The Secret Life of Bees

Love can be found in the strangest places. Lily Owens in relation to our theme "Taking a Stand" took a stand against her father and the legal system in this heartwarming story. When Lily found the house of three beekeeping sisters, that took her in like family. What Lily did not know is that they held the key to her mothers past. Her mother was killed when she was little. I absolutely loved this story. This inspired me greatly. This story also taught me that every cloud has a silver lining. Lily went through very tough times but never gave up.

Call of the Wild Review

Life just is not fair!! Living it up in the sunny Santa Clara Valley then being forced to pull a heavy sled for thousands of miles is not fair at all but Buck made the best of this adventure. Through thick and thin Buck held his ground and took stands for what he believed in even though lives were taken. I enjoyed this adventure story immensely. Some parts in this story were a little hard to understand but other than that this book was great! I am a dog lover so this story touched me in some ways. I am against animal cruelty so when Buck was abused I wanted to show the people who abused him what that felt like to be hit with a club and to see how much they liked it. Seeing the soft side of Buck come out when John Thorton took Buck in was admirable especially after being treated cruelly by other people. This showed me that even though times are tough there is always a better outcome.

Antigone Review

In this play, Antigone was denied the right to bury her brother which in Greek times was an honor and one of the very few rights women had. I really enjoyed this play by Sophocles. I admire Antigone for standing up for what she believed in. In our society today standing up for what you believe in is becoming very difficult. I also greatly admire Haemon for standing up to his father. That takes great courage. I felt sorry for Creon at the end of the play when Creon realized that he was responsible for Antigone, his son Haemon, and his wife's death and that he would carry that excruciating guilt for the rest of his life. That would be enough to put me over the edge.