MINP – March Blog Post #1 Animal Farm Character Analysis

Animal Farm, a book by George Orwell has a variety of different characters with various different personalities. But one animal’s personality that I found compelling and had a lot of thoughts about was Napoleon, the leader of the animals. Napoleon starts out as a good and strong leader, but then later on in the book, you can see how his attitude begins to shift drastically. I found that Napoleon was heartless, unfair, unreasonable, dishonest, and corrupted by power.

One trait that I found Napoleon to be was heartless. Throughout the book, George Orwell proves Napoleon to be a similar leader to Joseph Stalin, which shows his lack of emotion. For example, after Napoleon found out that two pigs betrayed him for Snowball, he ordered his guard dogs to tear them to shreds at once. Napoleon didn’t even bother to give them a second chance, but instead, overwhelmed by his heartlessness, he chose to kill them off. To add onto the point of Napoleon being heartless, the tyrant sent Boxer, his most loyal follower to a butcher after he became old and frail. This shows a lot about him, since Napoleon showed no sympathy or hesitation of sending Boxer away for his own benefit, regardless whether or not he played a major role in helping Napoleon get to where he is now.

I also found that Napoleon treats his ‘fellow comrades’ unreasonably by not staying with what his followers originally agreed on. After Napoleon became the clear leader without a potential threat, he began to slowly shift the rules without a consensus. At first, Napoleon and the others establish that no alcohol is to be consumed, no animal shall sleep in a bed, and no animal shall kill another animal. Napoleon breaks these laws then continues to change them immediately after he does. For example, after the animals found Napoleon clearly drinking liquor, the animals find out that he had changed the law to no animals shall become drunk, although consumption of it is fine. Another example is when Napoleon allows all of the pigs to sleep in Mr. Jones’ house, on beds. By arranging this, he is already giving an advantage to the pigs to be more superior, naturally causing it to be unfair for the others. A last example is of Napoleon mercilessly killing the animals that merely committed a crime. This shows that he is unfair and unreasonable for, as mentioned above, not giving the animals a second chance for a small mistake they made. Assumably, Napoleon orders someone to change the commandment from “No animal shall kill another animal”, to “No animal shall kill another animal without cause”.

The last trait that I found Napoleon to be was corrupted. Although he may have been turned for the worse, it wasn’t entirely his fault, since it’s natural to be tempted by all that power. Evidence of Napoleon turning corrupted by power can be found nearly everywhere in Animal Farm. For instance, in the beginning, when he didn’t have that much power as he was always trying to compete with Snowball for leadership, the animals appeared to prefer him. The old Napoleon was more caring and thoughtful about what everybody wanted and came close to satisfying everyone’s needs, not only his own. But once Snowball was banished and Napoleon became the distinct leader, Napoleon began to become the heartless, untrustworthy leader he is now. Napoleon was tempted to do whatever he pleased because of all the things that he could control.

So in conclusion, after reading the book, I found that Napoleon wasn’t the best leader for the animals and someone else more humble or wiser should’ve taken the lead. As the story progresses, we can see how Napoleon’s attitude changes and the animals viewpoints on it. The more and more Napoleon stays a leader, the more and more the animals have an unpleasant life filled with labor under a cruel hand.

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Unit 3: Book Art

What are some creative ways that books have been used to make art?

1.) http://www.boomboxbindery.com/2015/07/memory-palace.html

I found this interesting because “token’s of memories” from the creator’s life are represented by different pictures and symbols. In addition, he also organized it neatly in a way where all the colors matched each other.

2.) https://annemariekekloosterhof.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/book-art-5.jpg

I found this book art interesting since the creator included intricate designs in his work, such as the clock hands, the gears, the roman numerals, etc. Furthermore, the book cover’s pattern goes well with his clock.

3.) http://blog.paperblanks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/book-art-boxes.jpg

I found this book art unique since the creator went deep and actually folded a ship out of the pages in the book. She also added paper waves in the background to enhance the artwork.

Unit 2: Pottery (Coil Pot)

1.) How have you chosen to represent the theme “The Sands of Time” in your coil pot? Explain with examples.

I have chosen to represent time in my coil pot by making the structure have different shape. In the beginning, my pot is thinner, then gradually gets wider, then gets thinner one again. This represents that in the beginning of your life, you most likely don’t have many problems, but as you grow older and attend more things such as school, life may get harder. The spirals at the top represent that after you’ve graduated and become older, life will get easier once again once you’ve completed all the goals that you wanted to complete in your life.

2.) How is your coil pot different from your lantern? Give 3 explanations.

1. The way that the two are made are different. For the coil pot, you had to first make a round base and then add multiple layers of coils and other designs onto it. For the lantern, you just start out by having a base and simply putting a slab of clay on the sides of it.

2. My coil pot has different designs, such as coils and spirals, while my lantern only has carvings in it.

3. My lantern can have gaps/carvings in it, since it’s only for a candle, while the coil pot can’t, since water can escape from the gaps.

3.) What improvements could you make to your work?

I would definitely make sure that the walls of my pot was thicker, since it’s kind of slouching at the moment and also add more designs on it to represent sands of time. In addition, I would probably want to think of what I want to make in the beginning, and stick with that idea, since I kept on changing my ideas repeatedly during the making of my pot which resulted in it not looking really good.

MINP – January Text to Text

Text to Text between Gone by Michael Grant, Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner, and Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I found that these three books had similar plots with each other.

One aspect that I thought was particularly similar between Gone and the Scorch Trials is that the main characters have all lost their parents. In Gone, everyone above the age of 15 mysteriously disapears, leaving the children alone to fend for themselves, which eventually causes disorder. In the Maze Runner trilogy, the main characters are stripped from their families and sent through a series of challenges where they have to protect themselves and their friends. When they where in the maze, there was a lot of chaos, since there wasn’t a proper adult there who had the authority to control them, just like the situation in Gone.

Something that I found alike between the Maze Runner Trilogy and Divergent was that characters in the stories were hidden from the rest of the world. For example, when the Gladers (basically the main characters) were trapped in the maze, they were cut off from the rest of civilization. Everyday, they would struggle to find a way out of the maze that they’ve been trapped in inside ever since they remembered. After they eventually escaped, the Gladers were astounded to find what had become of their world. The towns were dried and abandoned, because of extreme exposure from the sun. Same goes for the Divergent series. When Tobias and Tris rode the train all the way to the end of the fence, they found an abandoned city with the remains of crumbled buildings everywhere.

Dashner, James. The Maze Runner. New York: Delacorte, 2009. Print.

Roth, Veronica, and Veronica Roth. Divergent. Print.

Grant, Michael. Gone. New York: HarperTeen, 2008. Print.

MINP – January Fake Instagram

a184bd29-0780-464a-918f-163dfd9d4532For this month’s MINP, I made an instagram account for Severus Snape, a character from the Harry Potter series. So far, I posted five pictures that I thought meant a lot to him. The first picture that I posted was a picture of 7 potion bottles that were mentioned throughout the series. One example is of the polyjuice potion. The polyjuice potion played a major role in a few books, since it does perform the useful task of turning into someone else. The second picture I posted was of a green eye, resembling Lilly Evans/Potter’s. In the last book, a few of Snape’s memories were shared with Harry, including multiple of him and Harry’s mother, Lilly. Snape fell in love with Lilly at a young age, and was heartbroken after she wedded James Potter. However, this didn’t modify his love for her as when Dumbledore made him vow to take care of Harry, Lilly’s son, he unhesitantly agreed. Lilly and Harry’s green eyes are mentioned and noticed a lot by Snape. The third thing that I posted was a picture of his patronus. This also relates to Lilly since they both have the same animal as their patronus; a doe. The fourth picture is text that says, “This book is the property of the Half Blood Prince.” Snape played a great role in the 6th book, The Half Blood Prince as the Half Blood Prince is unveiled as Snape. The last thing that I posted was a picture of the Defence Against the Dark Arts textbook. During 5 of the books, Snape shows a strong passion for becoming the teacher of the Defence Against the Dark Arts course, but is restricted by Dumbledore to do so.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter. UK: Bloomsbury, print

Book Art

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2.) Describe what you made:

I made a sketchbook for my semester two sculpture class.

3.) What is the purpose of your sketchbook in sculpture class?

I will be using my sketchbook for mapping out ideas for projects, sculptures, and anything that is necessary for this class.

4.) What are the benefits of making your own sketchbook vs purchasing a mass produced sketchbook?

The benefits of making your own sketchbook rather than purchasing a mass produced sketchbook is that it would be more creative because you’re starting from scrap by actually putting the pages together, sewing them together, and finally decorating it.

5.) What would you do differently to make the sketchbook?

I would have probably made my sewing better, since there are some parts where there’s two layers of string instead of one.

Two Interesting Sculptures

The first sculpture is called the Knotted Gun and is located in Turtle Bay, New York, USA. I found this sculpture interesting because it could have several meanings in it. The gun is knotted, which means that it can’t shoot. This could be addressing the gun violence issue in the U.S.
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The second sculpture is called Break Through From Your Mold and is made by Zenos Frudakis. It is placed in Philadelphia. I found this sculpture interesting because when the statue is inside of its mold, it looks like it is keeping to itself, since it’s body is kept close together. But as the statue moves out of it’s mold, it looks like it is feeling freer.

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MINP – December Multimedia Response

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

Fake Facebook for Delia Piven:

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For this post, I added various details such as adding pictures of friends of Delia’s (bottom left corner) that fit the description of what the book told me. For example, Janie was described to be goth by then, Florence was a beautiful young lady with long, flowing hair, and Theo was made out to be a handsome boy in his mid-20s. I also included status’ that Delia others that posted on her wall, relating to her life, as described in the book, once again. Her first post was of the frustration she was feeling towards her parents, saying that they were being unreasonable for going to the airport and stopping her from going on an untold getaway to Daytona. The second post was of Janie Piven, Delia’s sister, apologizing for her and her parent’s misunderstanding Delia, which resulted to her death. The third post on her wall was a CNN report of her bizarre passing away. Lastly, I made Delia update her status to the time after she turned into a Piven Institute ghost. She says state-of-non-existance to the human world because in this novel, when you’re a ghost, humans can’t hear or see you, as they can only feel your presence with them.

Nanowrimo Review


Overall, How did Nanowrimo go? What went well? What did not go well?

I thought that Nanowrimo was a good experience since we don’t really get the opportunity to actually sit down and write for 30 days straight. What didn’t go well was that I sometimes didn’t write as much on some days because I kind of got bored with my story.

 

What did you learn about yourself? (Did you grow in writing or discipline or any other areas?)

I definitely grew in discipline, since in the beginning of the month, I didn’t pay attention to my novel that much since I knew that it was due at the end of the month, so I procrastinated. But at around the middle of the month, I started to work harder and write more words.

 

What is the end result?

I don’t think i’m going to get it published, but i’m keeping at least my plan, in case I need an idea for another short story.