Thursday, October 1, 2015

Act 4 S/R-Tina Hayes

Summary:
Topic Sentence: Act 4 of William Shakespeare’s Othello demonstrates how revenge is a useful tool for someone who is looking to cause chaos.  
Supporting Ideas: Iago uses Othello’s abnormal behavior to further his plot for revenge.
Explanation: Iago continues his plot to take revenge on Othello by placing vivid images of Desdemona and Cassio having an affair into Othello’s mind. Othello quickly becomes angry at Desdemona and his anger messes with his judgement and reasoning. Othello acts on his anger and attacks Desdemona in public and in front of Lodovico, who traveled to Cyprus from Venice.
Concluding Sentence: In Act 4 of Othello by William Shakespeare, Iago continues his plot of revenge on Othello by using Othello’s behavior to cause chaos.

Response:
Topic Sentence: Act 4 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly portrays the power revenge has on the creation of chaos and distrust.
Claim: Act 4 shows both Desdemona and Othello’s perspective on Iago’s falsities, but Othello appears to be more affected by the rumors. Iago continues to make Othello believe that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. The more Iago talked to Othello, the more certain Othello became that Iago was telling the truth. Othello became increasingly suspicious of his wife and he questioned everything she said to him. A friend of the couple’s, Lodovico, even witnessed Othello slapping Desdemona and verbally attacking her in public. Othello, fueled by his anger and Iago’s vicious lies, exclaims, “Lie with her? lie on her? We say “lie on her” when they belie her! Lie with her—that’s fulsome. Handkerchief—confessions—handkerchief! To confess, and be hanged for his labor. First to be hanged, and then to confess—I tremble at it. Nature would not invest herself in such shadowing passion without some instruction. It is not words that shake me thus. Pish! Noses, ears, and lips. Is ’t possible? Confess!—Handkerchief!—Oh, devil!—” (Shakespeare 4.1.43-52). Iago’s plot seems to be working in his favor. Othello’s trust in Desdemona is gone and Iago even has Othello planning to kill Cassio, which will provide Iago with the opportunity to be Lieutenant. Othello is creating chaos all over the place with his unusual behavior and anger. Desdemona is very upset because she doesn’t know what is going on with her loyal husband, and Othello refuses to believe that Desdemona is innocent, no matter what she tells him. Iago will stop at nothing to get the ultimate revenge on Othello, and by creating chaos in Cyprus and showing Othello that Desdemona has a bad side, his plan is going very well.
Counterclaim: However, Iago could truly believe that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio. Otherwise, Iago has no reason to create chaos by telling Othello what is going on in Desdemona’s life. Since this is the case, Othello’s actions are justified now that he has a reason to attack Desdemona and act out. His wife is supposed to be faithful to him, but she then goes and has an affair! Lodovico simply witnessed a marital feud about a private subject. Iago explains his views to Othello by saying, “ Good sir, be a man, think every bearded fellow that’s but yoked may draw with you. There’s millions now alive that nightly lie in those unproper beds which they dare swear peculiar. Your case is better. Oh, ‘tis the spite of hell, the fiend’s arch-mock, to lip a wanton in a secure couch, and to suppose her chaste. No let me know, and knowing what I am, I know what she shall be.” (Shakespeare 4.1.79-87). Iago knows that Othello will not be the first man to be cheated on by their wife, and he attempts to reassure Othello of this. Iago provokes Othello into finding out the exact truth of Desdemona’s affair with Cassio. So Othello handles the situation by striking out at Desdemona in public because he is so angry at her. Iago put these thoughts in Othello’s head because he doesn’t want his friend to be ignorant when it comes to his wife like most men in the world are.
Rebuttal: A common view is that Desdemona is in fact having an affair with Cassio and Iago is just trying to keep Othello informed so he doesn’t appear to be a fool. This position seems reasonable because, Cassio does have Desdemona’s prized handkerchief. However, we should look closer at Iago’s motives for telling Othello about Desdemona’s “affair.” So far, Iago has not shown Othello any concrete proof of the affair. He appears to be speculating because Cassio now has Desdemona’s handkerchief in his possession. This calls into question whether or not Iago has an ulterior motive to take revenge on Othello by creating chaos and distrust.
Conclusion: Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare portrays how the creation of chaos is beneficial to someone who is taking revenge.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Act 2 S/R Redo- Tina and Anna

Summary:
Topic Sentence: William Shakespeare’s Act 2 of Othello displays betrayal through the eyes of a doomed couple.
Supporting Ideas: Othello and Desdemona’s relationship brings upon many betrayals by even the closest of friends.
Explanation: Othello and Desdemona both arrive in Cyprus and they are informed that the Turkish ships have been sunk. Iago continues to develop his sinister plot to get revenge on Othello in Cyprus. He then convinces Roderigo that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Iago purposefully gets Cassio drunk at a party to celebrate the Turks drowning, and a fight occurs between drunken Cassio and Iago’s minion Roderigo. Othello hears the fight from his room and takes away Cassio’s lieutenant ship, just as Iago had hoped. The next part of Iago’s plan is to take advantage of Desdemona’s kindness and use it to convince Othello that she is unfaithful.
Conclusion: Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare shows what is happening to a couple that is being betrayed and manipulated.


Response:
Topic Sentence: In Act 2 of Othello William Shakespeare, correctly portrays how a couple is betrayed because of jealousy and revenge.
Claim 1:  Act 2 of Othello is all about Iago’s twisted plot of revenge against Othello because he is jealous of Cassio. The Turkish ships have all been wrecked, so, the people of Cyprus throw a party to celebrate! At this party, Iago is completely set upon stripping Cassio’s title and honor from him as an act of revenge, and also make himself look good and honorable at the same time. Iago has previous knowledge of Cassio’s bad reaction to alcohol, so naturally, he gets Cassio drunk. With the help of faithful Roderigo, Iago successfully puts Cassio in a drunken stupor that will end up costing him his reputation. After multiple drinks, Cassio finally attempts to return to his lieutenant position, “Let’s have no more of this, let’s to our affairs.—Forgive us our sins!—Gentlemen, let’s look to our business. Do not think, gentlemen, I am drunk. This is my ancient, this is my right hand, and this is my left. I am not drunk now. I can stand well enough, and I speak well enough.” (Shakespeare 2.3.114-119). Cassio is much more drunk than he originally thought, all because of Iago, and causes a cataclysm when he eventually attacks Roderigo and Montano. Iago purposefully got Cassio drunk because he knew Cassio would act this way due to his low tolerance for alcohol. Later on, Othello has no choice but to strip Cassio of his title because Cassio was supposed to be responsible. This is exactly how Iago wanted the evening to turn out, in his favor and upsetting to Othello.
Counterclaim:  However, Cassio could have put himself in this situation. Iago meant no harm by offering Cassio a drink, he was simply happy and wanted to have a good time with his friend. Due to the sinking of the Turkish fleet there is a celebration going on in Cyprus. Everyone at the party was drinking and making merry, so why shouldn't Cassio? Even though he is Othello's lieutenant, a few drinks wouldn't stop him from doing his job right?  Cassio comes to the party having had a little to drink beforehand, even though he has stated that he has a bad reaction to alcohol. Iago sings Cassio a song to get him into the celebrating mood, “Some wine, ho! (sings) And let me the cannikin clink, clink, And let me the cannikin clink. A soldier’s a man, A life’s but a span, Why then let a soldier drink. Some wine, boys! (Shakespeare 2.3.50)” Clearly Iago just wants to have a fun night of celebration with his friend and he demonstrates this by inviting Cassio to drink with him and singing merrily. Although the night gets out of hand later on, that is most definitely Cassio’s fault for drinking too much when he knows how he reacts to alcohol. How could Iago have known that Cassio would get so angry at Montano when he intervened in Roderigo and Cassio's violence? There is no way that Iago could have prevented Cassio from getting in a fight and publicly humiliating himself. Cassio chose to take the drinks therefore he did this to himself.
Rebuttal: It always appeared that Iago was the villain of the story and all he ever wanted was to take revenge on Othello. Now, after Cassio gets drunk and starts a brawl with Roderigo, Iago doesn’t seem all bad. It cannot be denied that Cassio made a serious mistake that has very life-altering consequences. However, Iago is still a jealous man who has proven on multiple occasions that he is out for revenge on Othello. Iago formed an entire plot to take advantage of Cassio at the party, betray Cassio by getting him drunk on purpose, act innocent when Othello confronted him about the incident at the party, and plot to use Desdemona later on. Not only does Iago form these plans, but he carries them out and ruins Cassio’s reputation and Othello’s ability to trust his closest advisors.
Conclusion: Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare describes how a couple was betrayed and manipulated.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Summary/Response Act 2-Tina and Anna

Summary:
Topic Sentence: William Shakespeare’s Act 2 of Othello displays betrayal through the eyes of a doomed couple.
Supporting Ideas: Othello and Desdemona’s relationship brings upon many betrayals by even the closest of friends.
Explanation: Othello and Desdemona both arrive safely in Cyprus and they are informed that the Turkish ships have been sunk by a violent storm. Iago continues to develop his sinister plot to get revenge on Othello in Cyprus by telling Roderigo that Desdemona won’t always love Othello. He then goes on to convince Roderigo that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair. Iago purposefully gets Cassio drunk at a party to celebrate the Turks drowning, because he know that Cassio has a bad reaction to alcohol. A fight occurs between drunken Cassio and Iago’s minion Roderigo. Othello hears the fight from his room and takes away Cassio’s lieutenant ship, just as Iago had hoped. The next part of Iago’s plan is to take advantage of Desdemona’s kindness and use it to convince Othello that she is unfaithful.
Conclusion: Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare shows a couple who are being betrayed and manipulated by a supposed friend.


Response:
Topic Sentence: In Act 2 of Othello William Shakespeare, correctly portrays how a couple is betrayed because of jealousy and revenge.
Claim 1:  Act 2 of Othello is all about Iago’s twisted plot of revenge against Othello because he is jealous of Cassio. The Turkish ships have all been wrecked, so, the people of Cyprus throw a party to celebrate! At this party, Iago is completely set upon stripping Cassio’s title and honor from him as an act of revenge, and also make himself look good and honorable at the same time. Iago has previous knowledge of Cassio’s bad reaction to alcohol, so naturally, he gets Cassio drunk. With the help of faithful Roderigo, Iago successfully puts Cassio in a drunken stupor that will end up costing him his reputation. After multiple drinks, Cassio finally attempts to return to his lieutenant position, “Let’s have no more of this, let’s to our affairs.—Forgive us our sins!—Gentlemen, let’s look to our business. Do not think, gentlemen, I am drunk. This is my ancient, this is my right hand, and this is my left. I am not drunk now. I can stand well enough, and I speak well enough.” (Shakespeare 2.3.114-119). Cassio is much more drunk than he originally thought, all because of Iago, and causes a cataclysm when he eventually attacks Roderigo and Montano. Othello hears the rowdy officers from his bedroom and when he arrives at the scene, Montano is injured, and Cassio is to blame. Othello has no choice but to strip Cassio of his title, taking his honor and reputation with him. This is exactly how Iago wanted the evening to turn out, in his favor and upsetting to Othello.
Counterclaim:  However, Cassio could have put himself in this situation. Iago meant no harm by offering Cassio a drink, he was simply happy and wanted to have a good time with his friend. Due to the sinking of the Turkish fleet there is a celebration going on in Cyprus. Everyone at the party was drinking and making merry, so why shouldn't Cassio? Even though he is Othello's lieutenant, a few drinks wouldn't stop him from doing his job right? Cassio comes to the party having had a little to drink beforehand, even though he has stated that he has a bad reaction to alcohol. Iago sings Cassio a song to get him into the celebrating mood, “Some wine, ho! (sings) And let me the cannikin clink, clink, And let me the cannikin clink. A soldier’s a man, A life’s but a span, Why then let a soldier drink. Some wine, boys! (Shakespeare 2.3.50)” Clearly Iago just wants to have a fun night of celebration with his friend and he demonstrates this by inviting Cassio to drink with him and singing merrily. Although the night gets out of hand later on, that is most definitely Cassio’s fault for drinking too much when he knows how he reacts to alcohol. How could Iago have known that Cassio would get so angry at Montano when he intervened in Roderigo and Cassio's violence? There is no way that Iago could have prevented Cassio from getting in a fight and publicly humiliating himself. Cassio chose to take the drinks therefore he did this to himself.
Rebuttal: I used to think that Iago was the villain of the story and all he ever wanted was to take revenge on Othello. Now, after Cassio gets drunk and starts a brawl with Roderigo, I believe that Iago isn’t all bad. We cannot deny that Cassio made a serious mistake that has very life-altering consequences. However, Iago is still a jealous man who has proven on multiple occasions that he is out for revenge on Othello. Iago formed an entire plot to take advantage of Cassio at the party, betray Cassio by getting him drunk on purpose, act innocent when Othello confronted him about the incident at the party, and plot to use Desdemona later on. Not only does Iago form these plans, but he carries them out and ruins Cassio’s reputation and Othello’s ability to trust his closest advisors.
Conclusion: Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare describes how a couple was betrayed by one of their supposed friends.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

REDO Act 1 Summary and Response- Anna and Tina

Summary:
Topic Sentence: Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare attempts to portray betrayal through the story of a biracial couple.
Supporting Ideas: Othello and Desdemona’s relationship tests the boundaries of betrayal especially when close friends and family are involved.
Explanation: After Iago and Rodrigo discover the elopement of Othello and Desdemona, they hurried over to Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, and explained the situation. Brabantio is demands that the matter be taken up with the Duke of Venice. In the end, the Duke sides with Othello. Brabantio disowns Desdemona and she decides to follow Othello to war. Meanwhile Iago is secretly planning their demise because he believes he was betrayed by Othello. Iago convinces Roderigo to follow the couple to war and unknowingly carry out Iago’s evil plan.
Conclusion:  In Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare the issue of betrayal arises around a biracial couple and their loved ones.


Response:
Topic Sentence: Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly displays the power of betrayal because it can have lasting effects on friendships and relationships.
Claim 1: Betrayal can influence relationships greatly as shown in Act 1 when multiple relationships were affected in a negative way. Othello and Desdemona are seen getting married at a secret wedding by Iago and Roderigo. They immediately rush off to tell Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, what they witnessed. Iago and Rodrigo claim Othello has stolen Desdemona away from her father and they say crude comments to fuel Brabantio's anger. Brabantio is already furious with his friend of many years, Othello, and his beloved daughter Desdemona. But Iago takes the situation to another level by using racism to manipulate Brabantio’s emotions and make him hate Othello. Iago felt he was betrayed earlier on by Othello when he did not get the position of Lieutenant, and now he wants revenge for the supposed wrong committed against him. Iago exclaims to Brabantio, “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise!” (Shakespeare 1.1.97-98). All Iago wants is for Brabantio to hate Othello for ‘stealing’ his daughter. He does this by using race to create a visual image and add more drama to the situation.
Counterclaim: However Iago may not have been so much as betraying Othello as he was being loyal to a senator of Venice, Brabantio. Iago could’ve felt that he needed to make the situation known to people with power like Brabantio, because at the time, a biracial marriage was sinful and wrong. He just thought that he should explain what he saw to someone who could do something about it, like a Senator. Whether Iago was betraying Othello is besides the point. Iago believed that Brabantio needed to know about his daughter and the Moor. Not only because as a father, he needs to know that his daughter got married, but also as a Senator with power, he could do something about the sinful marriage. Iago cried to Roderigo, “Let’s shout up to Desdemona’s father… However real his happiness is, it will vanish in light of this.” (Shakespeare 1.1.3). Iago simply believes he is doing the right thing rather than concocting an evil plan to get back at Othello for giving away his position, which he considered was rightfully his.
Rebuttal: A common view is that Iago is loyal to Brabantio and is not being purposefully deceitful to Othello. One might think this because Brabantio is a Senator of Venice and deserves respect. However, it is it more complicated than that. Iago knowingly created more anger and tension between Othello and Brabantio, and Brabantio and his daughter Desdemona. He created visual images, explained dramatic scenes of betrayal by Othello, and formed a newfound distrust of Desdemona and her decision making. He also makes a point of bringing up Othello’s race and makes several crude comments that would make any father angry, especially Brabantio. Brabantio took all of this information given to him by Iago and worked himself up into a rage that would only be satisfied by forcing Othello to talk to the Duke about his crimes. Brabantio felt that Othello had stolen Desdemona away from him, and he needed to be punished. This all happened because of Iago, with help from Roderigo, and his evil plans to force himself back into the Lieutenant position. His plans appeared to be working too! He was turning Desdemona’s father against her and her new husband, despite the fact that the two had been friends for years.
Conclusion: Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare portrays the effects of betrayal on relationships and friendships by telling the story of a biracial couple.  

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Act 1 of Othello Summary and Response- Anna and Tina

Summary:
Topic Sentence: Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare attempts to portray betrayal through the story of a biracial couple.
Supporting Ideas: Othello and Desdemona’s relationship tests the boundaries of betrayal especially when close friends and family are involved.
Explanation: After Iago and Rodrigo discover the elopement of Othello and Desdemona, they hurried over to Brabantio, Desdemona’s father, and explained the situation. Brabantio is enraged when he finds out and demands that the matter be taken up with the Duke of Venice. In the end, the Duke sides with Othello and declares that the state will have no influence in the matter of this frowned upon relationship, much to Brabantio’s dismay. Brabantio disowns Desdemona and she decides to follow Othello to war. Meanwhile Iago is secretly planning their demise because he believes he was betrayed by Othello. Iago convinces Roderigo to follow the couple to war and unknowingly carry out Iago’s evil plan.
Conclusion:  In Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare the issue of betrayal arises around a biracial couple and their loved ones.

Response:
Topic Sentence: Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare correctly displays the power of betrayal because it can have lasting effects on friendships and relationships.
Claim 1: Betrayal can influence relationships greatly as shown in Act 1 when multiple relationships were affected in a negative way. Othello and Desdemona are seen getting married at a secret wedding by Iago and Roderigo who immediately tells Desdemona’s father, Brabantio. Iago and Rodrigo claim Othello has stolen Desdemona and they say crude comments to fuel Brabantio's anger. Iago is using racism to manipulate Brabantio’s emotions about the situation and make him hate Othello. Iago believes he was betrayed earlier on by Othello and he wants revenge. Iago exclaims, “Even now, now, very now, an old black ram is tupping your white ewe. Arise, arise!” (Shakespeare 1.1.97-98). Iago wants Brabantio to hate Othello for ‘stealing’ his daughter. He does this by using race to create a visual image and add more drama to the situation.
Counterclaim: However Iago may not have been so much as betraying Othello as he was being loyal to a senator of Venice, Brabantio. Iago felt that he needed to make the situation known to people with power like Brabantio. Whether Iago was betraying Othello is besides the point. Iago believed that Brabantio needed to know about his daughter and the Moor. “Let’s shout up to Desdemona’s father… However real his happiness is, it will vanish in light of this.” (Shakespeare 1.1.3). Brabantio simply believes he is doing the right thing rather than concocting an evil plan to get back at Othello for giving away his position, which he considered was rightfully his.
Rebuttal: A common view is that Iago is loyal to Brabantio and is not being purposefully deceitful to Othello. One might think this because Brabantio is a senator of venice and deserves respect. However, it is it more complicated than that. Iago knowingly created more anger and tension between Othello and Brabantio. He created visual images, dramatic scenes of betrayal by Othello, and a newfound distrust of Desdemona and her decision making. He also makes a point of bringing up Othello’s race and makes several crude comments that would make any father angry, especially Brabantio. Brabantio began to feel that Othello had stolen Desdemona away from him, and all because of Iago and his help from Roderigo. Iago’s evil plans appeared to be working. He was turning Desdemona’s father against her new husband, despite the fact that the two had been friends for years.
Conclusion: Act 1 of Othello by William Shakespeare portrays the effects of betrayal on relationships and friendships by telling the story of a biracial couple.
Bully Summary/Response-Tina Hayes and Anna Hall

Summary
Topic Sentence: Bully by Lee Hirsch attempts to portray the effect bullying has on kids’ lives by diving into the lives of 8 kids and their experience with bullying.
Supporting Ideas: Bully displays not only the life of the bullied child, but also their parents and siblings.
Explanation: Ja’meya, a 14 year old who struggles with bullying, finally had enough one day and she threatened her bullies with a gun. Alex, one of the kids in this video who has struggled with bullying, has a large family and the film shows how bullying affects them too. Even his sister was bullied for being related to him. The kids at her school say that Alex is ‘creepy’. Hirsch shows Alex’s parents when they find out how bad the bullying really is. Alex’s mom never knew it was so bad and this affects the way she feels about herself as a mother.
Conclusion: This documentary Bully by Lee Hirsch explores bullying's effects on people's lives.
Response
Topic Sentence: In the documentary Bully by Lee Hirsch, Hirsch correctly displays the impact of bullying on an everyday lifestyle because it can have extreme effects and lead to violent actions.
Claim 1:
Set up: It’s impossible to know when someone is reaching their breaking point until it’s too late. Tyler Long, a 17 year old boy, killed himself after years of torment and harassment. His parents held a town meeting after his death to spread awareness.
Evidence: At this meeting Tyler’s classmate said “It’s a shame Tyler had to do what he did to get anyone to notice.”
Explanation: Tyler had reached his breaking point but no one knew until it was too late and he had already committed suicide. Other kids who have been bullied know the struggles that can come with it. But Tyler’s death brought immediate attention to each child’s individual breaking point.
Counterclaim: However, one could argue that Hirsch is over exaggerating the extremities of bullying and that it cannot be stopped.
Evidence: After Tyler’s death, his parents approached the school and spoke with the principle and members of the board on multiple occasions. One of the administrators that they spoke with denied all responsibility for what happened to Tyler. She told them, “We can’t stop kids from saying bad things.”
Explanation: The administrator is explaining that bullying cannot be completely stopped by adults and that kids should take action by standing up for themselves.
Rebuttal: At a first glance it would seem that no action should be taken towards bullying because it goes unnoticed and the kids should stand up for themselves. However, it is more complicated than that. Tyler’s administrator may be correct but that doesn’t mean actions shouldn’t be taken to prevent future violence kids commit against themselves. If even one kid had stood up for Tyler or Ty Field or Ja’Meya, their lives could be so different now. Parents wouldn’t have lost their kids and a 14 year old girl might not have spent any time in jail. If more people learn to speak out and stand up for fellow classmates, friends, or loved ones, kids won’t feel like they have to commit suicide to get away from the people who pick on them. Especially in the case of schools where kids are supposed feel safe, bullying is a problem. Changing the education environment could be the savior that students who are affected by bullying need to change their mental attitude towards themselves.
Conclusion: Bully by Lee Hirsch obviously shows a direct connection between bullied kids and childhood violence, especially when children reach their breaking points.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bully Summary Response-Tina Hayes and Anna Hall

Summary
Topic Sentence: Bully by Lee Hersh attempts to portray the effect bullying has on kids’ lives by diving into the lives of 8 kids and their experience with bullying.
Supporting Ideas: Bully displays not only the life of the bullied child, but also their parents and siblings.
Explanation: Ja’meya, a 14 year old who struggles with bullying, finally had enough one day and she threatened her bullies with a gun. Alex, one of the kids in this video who has struggled with bullying, has a large family and the film shows how bullying affects them too. Even his sister was bullied for being related to him. The kids at her school say that Alex is ‘creepy’. Hersh shows Alex’s parents when they find out how bad the bullying really is. Alex’s mom never knew it was so bad and this affects the way she feels about herself as a mother.
Conclusion: This documentary Bully by Lee Hersh explores bullying's effects on people's lives.
Response
Topic Sentence: In the documentary Bully by Lee Hersh, Hersh correctly displays the impact of bullying on an everyday lifestyle because it can have extreme effects and lead to violent actions.
Claim 1:
Set up: It’s impossible to know when someone is reaching their breaking point until it’s too late. Tyler Long, a 17 year old boy, killed himself after years of torment and harassment. His parents held a town meeting after his death to spread awareness.
Evidence: At this meeting Tyler’s classmate said “It’s a shame Tyler had to do what he did to get anyone to notice.”
Explanation: Tyler had reached his breaking point but no one knew until it was too late and he had already committed suicide. Other kids who have been bullied know the struggles that can come with it. But Tyler’s death brought immediate attention to each child’s individual breaking point.
Counterclaim: However, one could argue that Hersh is over exaggerating the extremities of bullying and that it cannot be stopped.
Evidence: After Tyler’s death, his parents approached the school and spoke with the principle and members of the board on multiple occasions. One of the administrators that they spoke with denied all responsibility for what happened to Tyler. She told them, “We can’t stop kids from saying bad things.”
Explanation: The administrator is explaining that bullying cannot be completely stopped by adults and that kids should take action by standing up for themselves.
Rebuttal: At a first glance it would seem that no action should be taken towards bullying because it goes unnoticed and the kids should stand up for themselves. However it is more complicated than that. Tyler’s administrator may be correct but that doesn’t mean actions shouldn’t be taken to prevent future violence kids commit against themselves. While the school environment cannot be changed completely it should be changed just enough to keep these kids safe and from reaching their breaking point.
Conclusion: Bully by Lee Hersh obviously shows a direct connection between bullied kids and childhood violence, especially when children reach their breaking points.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

When I walked into Smith’s class on Monday and looked around, I didn’t see any familiar faces. So this semester, I am going to make it my mission to not only succeed in Smith’s class but make a whole lot of new friends this semester. Before December 14th, I am going to accomplish my goal by talking to everyone in class, working with them on projects and essays, and maybe even spending my unscheduled hours and lunch time with them. My hope is, that freshman year will be fun and not a minute of it was wasted. I think that making some new friends will help me achieve my dream of how this year will end up.