Animal Farm

So, I was gone the day of the discussion on the book Animal Farm, which I would totally recommend you to read. It’s a very good book and has a lot of connections to the Russian revolution. Since I was gone, I want to share some of my thoughts on the book. But first, so visitors aren’t lost if they hadn’t read the book I shall share…THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION PEOPLE CONNECTIONS!!

  • Napoleon, the main pig leader=Joseph Stalin, a man responsible for the death of million. He pushed Trotsky out of leadership and blamed all future problems. Cross his path, disagree with him, or refuse his orders? You’re probably dead. By himself, he managed to turn the new republic for of government into a monarcy, or even a dictatorship. 
  • Snowball, the co-leader with Napoleon until he was banished from Animal Farm on Napoleon’s orders=Leon Trotsky, a man that, after Lenin died, tried to continue the new republic with everything he had. However, his plans were foiled by Stalin who banished him from Russia (later to be killed).
  • Old Major, the most respected pig at the beginning of the book before he died of old age=Vladimir Lenin, a man that started the revolution and got it moving. He soon died from a disease. 
  • Mr. Jones, the human owner of Manor Farm (Animal Farm with humans in charge)=Nicholas II, a man that was a dictator (but was called King). He was overthrown by the people of Russia.
  • Squealer, the pig that lied to everyone to make Napoleon look good and was the speaker of the farm=the newsletter or newspaper that Stalin made everyone subscribe to that made Stalin look absolutely fabulous because it was full of lies. 

Ok, now onto the thoughts on Animal Farm. First of all, let me say this: for a teacher’s pet that’s a stickler for the rules and the execution of rules, this was a hard book to read. Napoleon and Snowball started off by making Seven Commandments that were fairly straight forward; they were simplified to “Four legs good, two legs bad.” Late in the book, after Snowball’s gone, Napoleon changes the rules so much by telling the animals they remembered them wrong. In fact, “four legs good, two legs bad” was changed to “four legs good, two legs better” so that the pigs could walk on their hind legs and not be breaking a rule. The funny thing is, if any other animal tried to walk on their hind legs, Napoleon probably would have found a reason to kill the animal (which was another rule he changed).

Furthermore, whenever Squealer is justifying something that’s bad that Napoleon did, he always ends with saying something along the lines of, “You don’t want Jones back do you?” It really wasn’t fair. It wouldn’t have worked if the pigs weren’t in charge, but they were. Not to mention, no, the animals didn’t have Jones back, but it was almost like they did: working super hard for little gain. It was unjust, but was what was happening during the revolution (“Surely you don’t want the monarcy back?”). 

More about Snowball and Napoleon’s relationship. While Snowball was on the farm, Napoleon was only pretending to like him. When Napoleon had the chance to take down Snowball, he did, and lied to everyone about Snowball. Later, when Snowball was gone, he was Napoleon’s scapegoat (yes…vocab word!). Everything bad that happened, it was Snowball, not Napoleon or the other pigs. Anything Napoleon did before Snowball was gone, was still Snowball somehow.

All in all, Animal Farm was a very good book that I’m sure to read again on my own for fun. I hope that, because of this post, you either think differently about the book or have stronger opinions (if you’ve read the book). If you have yet to read it, go and buy it because it’s fantastic. Comment what you think!

Frozen

The newest Disney animated movie, Frozen, is popular among lot of people and lots of ages. As probably the most popular movie of the year, everyone knows about it, from the lyrics to all the songs to knowing the more famous lines. However, I think it’s terrible how people don’t actually think about it a lot. There is a lot of things in the movie that not a lot of people realize, and things I think are pretty important.

One thing, for example, that bothers me is when Elsa was telling Anna that she couldn’t marry a man she just met. She acts like she should know better than to do such a thing. I personally think Anna did nothing wrong. When her sister was hidden from the world and locked away, Anna was too. She never had contact with the outside world. Anna was locked inside the castle for majority of her life, and was expected to know what to do when she meets a guy she likes. But when she does the wrong thing, everyone’s surprised!

Another thing is how Elsa and Anna’s parents locked away Elsa and hid her from the world. If they hadn’t, Elsa might have known what to do when everyone found out about her power. She might have figured out how to build and thaw things. Personally, if I was Elsa’s parents, I would have told everyone about Elsa’s powers. I would have let them know before her coronation so that she wouldn’t have freaked out. I also would have changed the rule that you don’t need to uncover your hands when you hold and touch royal items, in hopes that the gloves would help control the power a little. I would have built a room for Elsa to practice her powers in, so she would be able to learn more and practice.

I also would not have cut the connection between Elsa and Anna. Anna and Elsa need each other. The violent separation between the once best friends is not ok and is not fair. Elsa didn’t look like she needed help, but she really did. Anna was struggling with being alone since a very young age, but I don’t get why Disney didn’t show Elsa struggling. If I were the parents, I would have moved Elsa to another room, just in case, but I would have let them hang out together (with supervision) as to try to avoid a lot of conflict that causes their home to freeze.

All in all, I think Frozen’s a great movie. One of Disney’s best, actually (because the Elsa’s love I what saves Anna, not Kristoff’s. Though Disney made a fantastic movie, the movie had some problems. However, maybe it’s just me. Either way, I hope you consider what I say and think about it.

Snowflake macro: dark star
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Another Commentary

So, apparently my last song commentary on the Phantom of the Opera song “All I Ask of You” was really liked, so I’ve decided to do another. This one’s not as much of a commentary, but more of a ‘what’s really being said.’ Hey, close enough right? This time I’m doing the song “Music of the Night.”

When this song is sung (by the Phantom), Christine has just arrived in his lair and is, to be totally honest, completely terrified. The Phantom is singing this song to relax her, since he is going to keep her there (or so he thinks). So, here is the song.  This one isn’t as good as the last one, but whatever. Try to enjoy it.

Remember! The lyrics are in this color and fontand my commentary is inthis color and font.Oh, and (yes, this is the last thing, I promise) if you want to hear/watch the Phantom perform this, go to the Page (not post) “The Phantom of the Opera Songs.”

Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs and wakes imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses
Helpless to resist the notes I write
For I compose the music of the night

The Phantom’s a jerk. He’s telling Christine what she wants to hear. Ignore the light, it will only tell the truth. The darkness will let you see what you want to see. It’ll let you hear what you want to hear. He’s right and truthful about one thing; he’s a beautiful composer.

Slowly, gently night unfurls its splendor
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Turn your face away from the garish light of day
Turn your thoughts away from cold unfeeling light
And listen to the music of the night

Night is beautiful. It lets you believe anything and everything. Here, the Phantom here is telling Christine to grasp the reality she wants to know, and ignore the reality that she’s in.

Close your eyes and surrender to your darkest dreams
Purge your thoughts of the life you knew before
Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar
And you’ll live as you’ve never lived before

Close your eyes and open your thoughts. Let your soul soar into it’s own world. Then you’ll live as you never have before, because you now can. That’s what he’s telling her.

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you
hear it, feel it, secretly possess you
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness that you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night

Don’t try and fight it, Christine. Christine, let yourself live your own live; a live of your own imagination. Let yourself join me in the music. Live through your fantasies.

Let your mind start a journey to a strange new world
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before
Let your soul take you where you long to be
Only then can you belong to me

In this world, this reality, Christine cannot belong to the Phantom. She’s too scared. But, if she lets herself belong to the Phantom’s reality, in the depths of the opera house, then she will not be afraid.

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write
The power of the music of the night

The Phantom wants-needs-Christine to trust him.

You alone can make my song take flight
Help me make the music of the night

Comments

So, for the Student Blogging Challenge this week we’re supposed to write a post about how we’re going to try to get more comments, but I feel like I’ve got that covered. My parents comment on almost everything (Kim and Bruce), Ms. Schoch comments a lot, and I recently just got some very important people to comment on my blog:

  • Mrs. Bridges, on of the school’s Vice Principals
  • Ms. Bacon, the other Vice Principal
  • Elliot Bristow, an EduBlog’s support person
  • Mr. Ramsey, my school principal

Ya, I’m very happy with my blog and how many comments I have. So, how am I going to get more comments? Keep doing what I’m doing, because that seems to be working pretty well. 

Blogging Challenge for the Week? DONE!