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Friday, January 22, 2021

A Literary Analysis With Humor

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 THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY BY JAMES TURBER



Conflict:

This story doesn’t have a real conflict. I think that maybe it is that Walter is in conflict with the world around him as he needs to escape from it and enter the world of his fantasies.


Man vs Self:

Walter clearly shows some sort of psychological breakdown as he needs to imagine cool things to escape from the real world and make his life more exciting.


Man vs man:

His wife is seen as a major antagonist in the story, as she is someone that limits and manipulates Walter.


Man vs society:

In this story, if you analyze deeply into it, you can figure that society is somehow guilty for this man's daily emotions, such as the feeling of emptiness, dissatisfaction, and depression, among others.


Voice:

3rd person.


Tone:

Suspenseful

 

Mood:

Adventurous


Theme:

Fantasy to the extreme.


Climax:

When he imagines he’s a British pilot willing to sacrifice his life for his country.


Resolution:

When he is about to be shot to death by a firing squad or every single situation might have a different ending.


Alternative Resolution:

Walter frees himself from the manipulation of his wife and finds true happiness within himself. After that, he travels to Sincelejo and finds a hobby: Street fighting using the machete putting bets on himself. He earns the title of "Walter Machete Fino" And goes through history as one of the most skilled fighters in Sincelejo.


By Simón Duarte M., Step 9 Blue.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty's Analysis

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Internal conflict: Walter Mitty in his daydreams is heroic and the leader while in real life he is a follower and not brave. 


External conflict

Man vs man: When Mitty finds several walk-on characters who remind him of his isolation of the real world. 


Man vs society: When people take him out; for example, the woman that laughs at him at the parking lot for saying “puppy biscuit”.


Man vs nature: When in his first dream he is facing a big hurricane. 


Climax: Walter's wife goes to search for Walter when he wasn't at the hotel because of another one of his dreams. 


Resolution: Walter dreams about imagining he is standing before a firing squad and bravely faces his imaginary death. 


New resolution: While he was dreaming standing before the firing squad, in the exact moment when they will shoot at him, his wife took him out of his dream, and could go to their home. 


Theme: Great imagination in face of a boring life.


Voice: This story is narrated in a 3 person point of view, this helps the reader to imagine how the dreams and the situations are going.


Mood: Humorous.


Tone: The tone in the story is one of a gentle humor.

By Andrea Parra, Step 9 Blue

Bad Bunny, the most streamed artist on Spotify 2020

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2020 was a difficult year for everyone, from not being able to go out to online school, but that doesn’t take away the amazing songs that we enjoyed during the lockdown.

Here we talk about the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2020.

 

Bad Bunny was the biggest artist globally, trespassing 8.3 billion streams. His  second album YHLQMDLG (Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana) reached about  3.3 billion streams, followed by The Weeknd's After Hours. 

 

His music was streamed 8.3 billion times by Spotify's 320 million users this year. His most popular song, Safaera, has been played a staggering 407 million times alone.

 

He has spoken out against the US government's response to Hurricane Maria; and injustices such as the killings of women and transgender Puerto Ricans. Such as the murder of Alexa Negrón Luciano, a homeless, transgender woman in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico by going to the stage in Jimmy Fallon’s talk show with a black skirt and a shirt that read  "Mataron a Alexa, no a un hombre con falda" - ``They killed Alexa, not a man in a skirt".

 

2020 was definitely his year. putting out song after song, and with his most recent album "El último tour del mundo", he showed us that he is more than just a reggaeton artist.

 

These are 3 songs that we like from his latest album:

 

  • La noche de anoche - Bad bunny ft Rosalia

  • Te mudaste - Bad Bunny

  • Haciendo que me amas - Bad Bunny


Nashla and Abel Step 10


Movie Review: Your Name Engraved Herein

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Your Name Engraved Herein


This week's review is regarding a Taiwanese movie called "Your name engraved in Herein." It is intended for those who really accept differences and diversity.


"Your name engraved in Herein," tells the story of two young boys Birdy and Jia-Han, that in 1987, as martial law ends in Taiwan, fall in love. It aired on 23 Dec 2020 on Netflix, and it has caused a positive impact worldwide and a huge success for the director Liu. 


I have to begin by saying that even though this is not a movie for everyone, I loved it. This is not a movie that focuses on a plot, this film focuses on character development and how the external situations affect both of the protagonists. 


The story unfolds at a Catholic school, where the two boys, that have totally opposite personalities, start to fall in love. But the world is to harsh for both of them because their romantic story is amid social repression, discrimination, family pressure, and religion. 


The director has no rush to show us how their love is evolving and is not explicitly said in the movie, but with facial expressions, gestures of affections, and actions we can notice their not-yet-official relationship. 

The two actors have incredible chemistry, that not all couples in movies have, which is something important to point out. 


But now I will explain why is this not a movie for everyone.

This movie focuses mainly on character development, which may be boring for some people. It doesn't have a turning point. Is about how each one of the characters deals with their internal conflicts. 

This is a slow movie, even for me that I like these kinds of movies. Finally, this is a REALISTIC movie, is not a kind of movie that the characters only think about themselves and think that their love will overcome everything, NO! 


So I believe that if you like serious, realistic, not so happy ending and a heart touching story, I highly recommend this movie.


Manuela Orozco Echavarría, Step 10 

Kamala Harris makes history by being the first US Vice President.

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 Kamala Harris is the first woman to become the vice president of the United States.

Not only that, she is the first black person and of Asian descent to reach the second-highest office in the US government.

"Although I am the first woman to hold this position, I will not be the last because every girl who is looking at us will see that this is a country of possibilities," Harris emphasized on November 7 in her first speech after the electoral victory.


Democrat Kamala Harris made history on Wednesday when she was sworn in as vice president of the United States, becoming the first woman, the first African American and the first person of Asian origin to reach this position in the country.

"I solemnly swear that I will uphold and defend the United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will maintain real faith in this very thing" was sworn in with the help of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina magistrate of the federal Supreme Court.



The new vice president will also have additional power; given the balance of forces in the new Senate, it is up to her to cast the decisive vote to resolve the cases in which there is a tie.



Who is Kamala Harris?

The Democratic politician was born in Oakland, California, into an immigrant family; her mother was from India and her father, from Jamaica. Following the divorce of her parents, Harris was raised primarily by her mother, who was a researcher specializing in breast cancer and a civil rights activist.

Harris grew up with a strong bond to her South Asian roots and accompanied her mother on her visits to India, at the same time Kamala has stressed that her mother adopted the African-American culture of Oakland, immersing her two daughters; Kamala and her younger sister Maya.

Harris studied at Howard University, one of the nation's prominent and historic African-American colleges of higher learning, something she described as one of the most formative experiences of her life. The prominent politician ensures that she has always been comfortable with her identity and she describes herself as "American."



By: María José Durán, Step 10.








January 23rd War Will Be ON!

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 On Saturday, January 23 at UFC 257 Fight Island from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Conor “The Notorious” McGregor will face Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier in a 5-round lightweight fight. Fanatics of Mixed Martial Arts know that they cannot miss this fight, both fighters are the best that is still active today. Just a year ago, the Irishman thrashed Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone for a T.K.O. in just 40 seconds, clearing up doubts about his fitness.


Both fighters already measured their strengths in 2014 (UFC 178) at featherweight, and the Irishman won by TKO in the first round. This time they will do it at lightweight, with no title at stake. The bets give more credit to a McGregor (32 years old) and former featherweight and lightweight champion.The accuracy of his blows and his power with the left hand are fearsome. Let's add that in his first confrontation he swept Poirier when the fight was only 1 minute and 46 seconds into the first round.

Of course, "The Diamond" is not the same fighter. His overall technique has matured, he is more solid and tougher than in 2014 and he has a better fight on the ground than the Irishman. Until Gaethje appeared, he was the one who had put Khabib in the most (not too much) of trouble.

The people are excited to see this war that will be unleashed tomorrow night! Lets get ready to rumble!

 Alejandro Durán, Step 10

Like Honey

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LIKE HONEY

 Like honey her words sound

Sweet and natural, like a new addiction has been found

What she says does not have to be profound

But from my face she takes away the frown


Word so sweet, so beautiful and full of class

But just like honey, still sticky and messy alas 

You chose to stay for their sweet embrace 

Surprised when they turn out bittersweet in disgrace


You’d like to remember the good times

When harm her word did not cause

It’s not a clear memory though

As you got used to the treatment being now rough


She’s graceful, catchy to the eye

But now with nowhere to go, you just want to cry

Like the thorns on a rose, she makes you want to die

It hurts, but to remember the good times you try


Like honey, just so addictive

But at the same time so restrictive

Your tastebuds are now craving more honey

But as it was once so funny

Now it makes your tongue bloody 



Juliana Restrepo, Step 10.