I´ve always been an individual wondering what the world was like and how it would run once I was on my own. In school we learn important subjects such as math, history, english, and so forth. While I always felt that these were important subjects that should be required, I always wondered how I would take on the world without any real advice. Not everyone has a companion to teach them. For my 2019 Capstone for senior year, I chose to create a website that is informative relating to what to expect after graduating high school and being your own adult. I collected answers from a survey asking individuals what they knew about information from money, savings, homestay/care, all the way to nutrition. I wanted to create this website for an easy access to some quick questions one might have while discovering life on their own. While being around high schoolers for the past four years, I´ve heard many talk about what it would mean to them to have a lecture for what to expect and how to deal with things as they grow up and take on their own responsibilities. Since the beginning of senior year, I have wanted to this as my capstone. Thinking of an idea was tricky, and I wanted to do something that could really help another student. While creating my website, I did research to collect all of the information needed for my site. I sat and thought about what would really be useful for teenagers and reflected on myself for what I wish I knew.
Adventures and flames. It was 6 pm on a weekday night. It was the summer time. The sun was beginning to set and the air was dry yet hydrating at the same time. We were at an abandoned house along the Schuylkill. As we were about to climb into it, we heard the rumbling vibration coming from the train tracks behind us. It was time. ¨Let’s go¨, Daniel said. We all dropped our bags and locked up our fixed gear bikes against the rusty fence. We climbed the fence and hopped over it to the other side, accumulating rust all over our palms, and leaving us with a metallic smell. We all waited for the trains to come, I had a gut feeling this time wasn’t a good time for this activity, I was right. We all hopped on one by one. There were 5 of us. We were cruising on the train, going slow and steady. We would wave to the runners and the bicyclists going by, and they would stare back confused. I was confused too. I noticed the train had started to increase in speed. It became evident that it was going faster than we had hoped. I looked around at my surroundings and everything began to run past my eyes as if I was in a car going 90 on the highway. I looked around and saw no sign of people. I turned around and there came Daniel, ¨we have to get off!¨, he quickly scurried, leaving me to figure this out for myself. My cart was in between another, and there were gears all down by my left, one wrong move would have been me falling to my death.
Obtaining the courage to cross the other side felt impossible. Avoid the gears, and hop off, I repeated to myself, but time was cutting short. I had to get off soon before the train began to intensify in speed. I crossed over, panicked, and looked down at the end of the train, there stood Daniel, waving. I loaded my arms onto the ladder and tested the speed with my feet against the ground. My foot kicked back from under me, at this point the train would only be getting faster. My body hit the ground of gravel, and the pebbles and stones rubbed against my skin, tearing some parts open. Looking down and no longer seeing my legs makes me grateful yet regret every part of it. I have yet to learn.
This quarter, there were many different yet similar pieces done. While doing the pieces for this quarter, I noticed that most of them were much more time consuming than from what I could compare to the last quarters. The assignments were very flexible in terms of how you created it and what it was. Many of the assignments were free hand structured. In attempt to do good work, I tried out different techniques like tracing, different styles like straighter lines, and more. I would say that my favorite assignment was on the computer when we could do whatever we wanted. This was fun because we could use a lot of different colors and different shapes. It did not necessarily have to be anything specific, which was a nice break from our other assignments. For these assignments we did this quarter, I noticed that we did a lot of sketch-like drawings. This was very fun to do since I could test myself and how steady my hand is. Overall, I would say this was not my favorite quarter, but it was memorable.
Is There A True Definition of Love?
Comparing “The Taming of the Shrew” and “The Wedding Singer”
The more you know about “The Taming of the Shrew” and “The Wedding Singer”, the more you know about whether or not there is a true definition of romantic love.
Dating back to to the year of 1593, The Taming of the Shrew was written by well known William Shakespeare. This story consists of conflicts and troubles involving love and money and the expectations of relationships during that time era. During the first few pages of the story, the characters that were introduced go by Petruchio and Katherine. Petruchio and his soon to be wife Katherine, or as he likes to call her Kate, go through a rollercoaster of emotions whilst Kate deals with settling down with Petruchio, a man she would have never pictured herself marrying, until she later realizes she will do a lot in her power to keep him around. As does Robbie Hart for Julia, in the 1998 famous film about a small town ‘wedding singer’ who gets his heartbroken by Linda, his fiance, but soon finds the person that is right for him.
There are obstacles to get around with, while dealing with a break up and a new love for a women with a wealthy fiance already. While there may develop troubles in a relationship with the person that is believed to be the one, it gives room to search for another individual. This happens to occur in “The Wedding Singer”. While being controlled by another human, and getting manipulated that there is a risk of finding nobody better, this could trigger a thought to continue in a relationship even if it is not right for someone. This is seen in the play. While looking at the similarities between these two stories, there comes to be a realization that romantic love comes with many circumstances, that don't all have to do with the emotions of a person.
“Petruchio: I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
If wealthily, then happily in Padua.
(Act 1, Scene 2, Line 76-77)
While reading the play upon the topic of marriage and so forth, it is clear to see the certain aspect of what contributes to marriage a great deal. While feeling the need for companionship, it is expressed as almost near impossible to have a happy and healthy life in a marriage that does not generate a great quantity of income. Petruchio is said to have traveled to Padua, Italy to find the perfect spouse. Katherine is then arranged to marry Petruchio, and Petruchio heavily expresses the importance of money from the beginning of interaction.
In the movie, “The Wedding Singer”, main characters Robbie Hart, and fiance Linda, were thought to have fallen in love. As their wedding date that Linda purposefully missed, she came to Robbie the day after with some thoughts that she had to express to him. She came to a realization that Robbie was not as amazing or succesful the way he was when she first met him when he was the lead singer of a band. She comes to the conclusion that she will never leave the small quaint town they currently live in if she stays with him, which frightens her. While Robbie tries to make her see clearly about their true love, she then goes on about saying, “While you're off doing wedding gigs at a whopping 60 bucks a pop?” to Robbie, when discussing their income. Linda strikes the conversation upon the topic of money. The thought of money in her head conflicted her thoughts of love and happiness. As does Petruchio while he does not so much care about the love, but the happiness that comes with being wealthy as a unit in marriage.
“He'll woo a thousand, 'point the day of marriage,
Make feasts, invite friends, and proclaim the banns,
Yet never means to wed where he hath wooed.
Now must the world point at poor Katharine “
(Act 2, Scene 1, Line 15-20)
While Katherine thinks of the marriage between her and Petruchio, she thinks about everything leading up to it. Such as the embarrassment casted on her during the time of waiting to become husband and wife. From interpreting this line said by Katherine, it is seen to show her great concern for their future and compatibility.
After Robbie and Linda end, he starts falling for this women named Julia, who he met at a Bat Mitzvah. Later being told she has a rich fiance named Glenn, he instantly becomes sad. Feelings begin to develop for her while he cannot do anything to stop the marriage between Julia and Glenn. Robbie soon realizes that Glenn constantly cheats of Julia. He is outraged but does not have a right to act on the situation. While Katherine has concern for her relationship, she is not able to control it. Just how Glenn understands that Julia has no control over him and what he does during his free time. Since both of these concerning situations would be fixed if the other person had some sort of control, it allows the argument to come through to think about how control is thought to be necessary through a relationship in order to keep a healthy one. It develops the idea that true love can last as long as there is control on both ends for what each person wants out of eachother.
Katherine: “Then, you need a second (and possibly a third) set of comparisons: play, movie. Play, movie. Don't forget to use a larger font!
Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee,
And for thy maintenance commits his body
To painful labour both by sea and land,...And place your hands below your husband’s foot,
In token of which duty, if he please,
My hand is ready, may it do him ease.”
(Act 5, Scene 3, Lines 140-183)
In the end of the play, Katherine realizes that she wants Petruchio in her life. In the beginning, Katherine acted in such a way that it was never expected of her to think of life with a man was necessary. Although towards the end, she contemplated what life would be like without a man and expressed to her fellow family that everyone needs a husband in order to be happy and to have security in life. She promoted the idea that women should look up to her man, and for the most part kiss the ground he walks on, interpreted by when she passionately said, “and place your hands below your husbands foot”. In the beginning of their relationship, Petruchio does many things to lessen her as a person. He starts off by calling her Kate instead of Katherine to make her angry. After treating her in a very bad and manipulative way, anything kind that he would do would seem as though it was the greatest moment to occur.
Very later on after Robbie and Linda break off their relationship, Linda comes back to Robbie. Robbie comes home drunk and sees Linda waiting for him on his step in a very seductive outfit. After seeing Robbies vulnerability, she expresses that she misses him and needs him back. The morning after, Julia decides to go to Robbie's house to express her feelings about him and say how she loves him. Linda then answers the door in Robbies oversized Van Halen T-Shirt. Julia automatically feels unwanted there and rushes to Glenn begging to hop on a plane and get married. As it is in that moment, Julia felt powerless in the situation, she turned to her option that she no longer wanted which was Glenn. This scene displays how easy it is to let go of someone you truly care for when something goes on that is not what was wanted from the other partner.
The similarities in expectations for relationships and love in “The Taming of the Shrew”, and “The Wedding Singer” still are apparent even centuries apart. As time develops in the lives of many individuals, it has the power to make people realize their love for one another, and the shame for one another. Love is never a real argument. Although one has the ability to say it, it is very easy to mess around with that statement. With so many things that balance out a successful relationship, the concept of ‘being in love’ can not be determined as real.
Shakespeare, William.”The Taming of the Shrew”. Dover Publications, 1770.
This quarter, I did many different art pieces for each individual assignment. We focused on things from shading, to mainly just color. While doing my pieces this quarter, I hit some hard bumps along the way. Most assignments were meant to be very accurate and intricate. There were not many assignments that were very free hand, which was very challenging. I tried to approach each assignment with a positive outlook on everything and do each one in a creative manner. The outcome for each assignment was very different each time. Which is something I am not very used to. I used to have one way of how I wanted the pieces to be structured for each assignment that I did.
It was really fun to do new things that I have not previous done, for example the mandala assignment. I did not realize how hard it would be to create a mandala until I started attempting to draw one. A lot of things had to go into it when thinking about the shapes, lines, and colors. It was one of the more time consuming assignments. I think that one the most difficult assignments was the bicycle. Although it does not sound all that tricky to accomplish, it is. There are so many structural elements in a bike that made it very challenging to interpret onto a sheet of paper. It was the assignment I was the most unhappy about. Overall, I liked all of the assignments that I had to complete. I think that this quarters assignments were the most challenging compared to the other ones which was difficult but also really exciting. Even though it was tricky, it gave room to converse with others in the classroom who were having the same difficulties and problems.
The Environment Makes us Stranded
In William Golding's novel, The Lord of the Flies, there is a change from preppy schoolboys, to reckless and what some could say, dangerous, individuals. The british boys experience an unexpected plane crash together and land on a mysterious island. As time starts to disappear, their good habits start to disappear along with it. The boys scavenge through the island that they landed on, in hopes of a return to a natural civilization. The boys go through ups and downs, but can't these experiences change a person? This essay is going to take an inside look at how a change of environment can change a person's natural behavior into something different. Sometimes it could be good and beneficial, but others times it could be unacceptable, and a shock.
The conch shell is an important part of this book through the boys. It gives a person a right on whether or not they are able to speak and to say their opinions on a topic. This is one of the many rules declared in this book after constant difficulties with the management of their talking time. “If I blow the conch and they don't come back; then we have had it, we shouldn't keep the fire going. Well be like animals. We'll never be rescued”(page.5). The impact is causing them to act like “animals”, as said in the quote. This makes me think about their environment and what it is doing to them. When the boys realized their situation, they started to discuss their next step. They understood that they were on an island that was off the grid.
Piggy has been known to not be a kid with great leadership skills, but on page (15), he says, “we got to find the others. We got to do something.” This was very unusual coming from Piggy. He relies on others in often circumstances. Piggy has been described as being the person to rely on everybody else. Leadership has never really been apart of his life, nor has it been in his interest. At this time, they were only on the island for a short period of time. The quick change of his personal behavior gives curiosity to how much they all developed over the time. Piggy is already doing things way out of his comfort zone.
This is similar to when celebrities become famous. These shifts from their average lifestyle to a completely new one can do something to them that could be both mental and physical. There are constant examples of celebrities gaining a lot of weight and becoming depressed. The change in lifestyle at times, makes someone go “crazy”. Like in the famous incident of Britney Spears back in 2007 of february 16th. Britney Spears reportedly shaved off all of her hair in a barber shop, by herself. Paparazzi was all around were able to experience it live. Nobody knows the real reason to why she decided to openly shave off her hair, but people think to believe that everything about publicity go to her head. That is what slowly is happening the all of the boys with the new adjustment to this lifestyle. Not publicity for them, but location and new adjustments.
A change in environment can change a person. It is usually never intentional, but when you have a routine and it breaks suddenly, it breaks a person's mind. This can go for many things like, school, relationships, food habits, and the list goes on. In the novel, The Lord of the Flies, there are many examples of this. I don't think that Goulding didn't want to get this message across. I think this message was very purposeful and has been shown behind corners for a reason. The author wanted you discover this on your own.
10 Years Later, Britney's Head-Shaving Moment Is Still UnforgettableBy: Stephanie Marcus - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/britney-spears-shaved-her-head-ten-years-ago_us_58a5cff6e4b07602ad525d50
Caroline C. Pitone
La hija de mis padre cariñosos
Niña con una hermana mayor y bonita que vive en los nubes
Producto de la sociedad
Veo los edificios en la ciudad
Saboreo los dulces de las tiendas
Oigo los voces de mis amigos
Huela la pelo de mi mamá
Toco las manos de mis queridos
Necesito mi familia y mis amigas a mis lados
Hablo con una voz alto y grande
Bailo con los nubes
Escapo de la luz cerrado
Somos productos de la sociedad
Somos de América
Hablamos lenguajes diferentes
La lengua de cultura y de lugar en donde vives
Vivimos en el mismo lugar
No somos de Filadelfia
Somos parte de Filadelfia
Mis amigos y yo somos unidos y somos completos
audio provided by Orion and Caroline Pitone
We have made certain choices when we did our project, and here is an explanation for these choices.
We decided to make the illustration on the front cover of a broken chain to symbolize the Chain of Being. The Chain of Being is the hierarchical structure of all matter and life, according to people of the Elizabethan era. According to legend, an attempt to break the Chain causes disorder and chaos. The play, Macbeth, reflects on William Shakespeare's belief in the Chain of Being. On the front, we will also include the word “Playbill” in bold, in order for it to stand out and catch attention. We will also add “Macbeth” so that when the reader looks into our Playbill, they are aware of who we are talking about from the play. We will also add the words, ¨Chain of Being,¨ over the Chain itself to make it clear that the Chain symbolizes the Chain of Being. At the top, we will also add something about our stage being on Broadway.
Early on in the play, Macbeth, who is a Scottish thane and a soldier, murders King Duncan. As a result, numerous strange things began to happen, such as the sky looking like it is night time when it is actually the middle of the day, a mousing owl attacking and killing a falcon, and King Duncan´s royal horses going wild. These strange events are an effect of the Chain of Being getting broken.
We decided to show the play on a Broadway stage and include Broadway actors as the roles because Broadway is a very appropriate place to show the play. Broadway is a dramatic setting and will be able to capture all of the details of the scenes. Broadway is also an extremely popular play company. Numerous famous plays, like The Book Of Mormon, Les Misérables, Wicked, and The Phantom Of The Opera, were performed on a Broadway stage. We think that Broadway performance would be the most fitting for a Shakespeare play.
We also decided to include a picture of the theater and a description of the parts of the theater to provide an analysis of the things that affect the play. The music and lighting have a huge effect on the mood of the play. The music sets the mood for the play. Dramatic, suspenseful music adds suspense for a suspenseful scene, and upbeat music adds an extra good feeling to a happy scene.
The lighting also affects the mood of the play. Lack of lighting creates an ominous mood, and a lot of lighting provides an upbeat, happy mood. Lighting can also be used to show whether or not it is daytime or nighttime in a play, and whether the characters are in a dark room or not.
In conclusion, these are the explanations for the choices we made in our project. We included an explanation for the cover, the stage, the choice of actors, and the stage description in our playbill. We tried to think of a good explanation for each of our choices. We think that these explanations turned out good, and we hope that they did turn out good.
My slide is a little different than what you would probably expect from me. From looking at it, you may be like ¨What?¨. I wrote my initials in the center and upside down for a reason. That reason is being because I always feel like my life is upside at some point. But then again I can't forget about the upsides. My sisters initials are right above mine because she's up in the clouds watching over me. My background is white because there isn't a certain thing that describes me. As time goes on, I've learned that things do change and they change unexpectedly. So I can't always latch on to something and get too attached, because it could be gone in the blink of an eye. Time is an important key to my life and living. Everything is paced. I listen closely to my surroundings like music.