Monday, February 23, 2009

Call of the Wild

Jack London's Call of the Wild is a book about survival and intense emotions. This classic, set in the Klondike during the gold rush, has stood the test of time.

Buck, the "kidnapped king"(pg. 13), was taken from his sunny comfortable life and thrown into a brand new way of life. He was no longer treated any differently than a typical sled dog. Soon the call of the wild was pulling Buck back to the old way of his life, linking him to his ancestors.

To my surprise, I actually enjoyed reading this book. It is not one that I would choose to read on my own, but I would recommend Call of the Wild to others.


Would you stand up for what you think is right no matter what? In Antigone, a classic tragedy written by Sophocles, Antigone is a young woman that does everything she can to stand up for her brother. I had a hard time understanding this play, but I did enjoy reading it.

Being an orphan, Antigone cared deeply for her siblings. When her brothers were killed, one was honored with a burial, while the other was viewed as dishonorable. She stood up to Creon, showing how strong she really was.

Antigone never backed down from the challenge she took on. In fact, she proved to Creon that what goes around comes around. Fate punished Creon for his actions.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Taking a Stand

This year has been filled with difficult decisions and situations. I have many friends that I have kept throughout junior high and this year, but i also have many new friends. When my new friends began making fun of one of my best friends, I knew what I had to do. I began by asking them very nicely to, "please stop calling my friend those ridiculous names." Still the teasing continued. They called him hurtful names. I clearly stated that I would not be around people that treated my friends that way, so they stopped the harassment, and everyone gets along now.