Creativity in Writing

I don’t think an author should be limited by history at all. I think that without limits, a writer is allowed to be more creative. No limits on writing can help an author illustrate a better story or prove a point. If writers were confined to the factual events of history, it would be extremely hard to write a unique piece of writing. Every writing or story would be similar or based on certain accounts of history. History is a definite and cannot be changed. If a writer does choose to write based on a historical theme, the writer should take the general idea or ideas of that theme and expand upon it. Writing is a subjective thing and it all depends on the views of the author. Another reason that I think authors shouldn’t be confined by historical facts is the fact that writers need that freedom to explain their ideas. For example, the use of hyperbole or exaggeration helps a writer put emphasis on a certain subject or idea. The essay discussed how Steinbeck made major exaggerations. I recognized those exaggerations, but I saw those exaggerations as strategies Steinbeck used to emphasize a situation. The freedom to write without limits allows for a wide range of creativity.


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The results of the creativity of many authors over many periods of time has been the transformation of literature. Literature has become an art. It allows a writer to express his or her feelings towards a subject, idea, or etc. Even when writing on the subject of something like the Dust Bowl, authors can develop their stance on the subject through the use of many different strategies. These strategies can bend the factual evidence of history, but nonetheless are based on the main idea.

I learned that by stretching the truth, Steinbeck was able to create a strong image and influence his writers on the topic of the Dust Bowl. Had I not read Windschuttle’s essay, I wouldn’t have known that Steinbeck wasn’t completely accurate with his evidence of the Dust Bowl. Through stretching and in some instances breaking the truth, Steinbeck created a dominant impression upon me that the migration of the Okies was an extremely grim and difficult period of time for a majority of travelers from the Southeast. The way Steinbeck described the period of time in his novel was perhaps his own, unique perception, though it was a stretch from reality. Despite the fact, he was able to extend his opinion to his readers.


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One thing I do agree with Windschuttle about is the fact that Steinbeck could have written in the way that he did because of his bias. Windschuttle points out that Steibeck was a California native and that he had political affiliations with groups like the Communists. Because Steinbeck was biased, I believe that he stretched the truth in order to state an opinion about things outside of the Dust Bowl. He could’ve written with certain exaggerations on the hardships of life at the period to show his opinion on how Roosevelt and his administration handled the problem of that era. He could’ve written it to express his feelings, as a Californian, towards the migrants. Whatever the reason, I do agree that Steinback wrote his novel with certain nonfactual things because of his relations in real life.

Many, such as Windschuttle see The Grapes of Wrath as a mediocre novel  plainly based on the fact that it does not truly reflect the realities of the time. I think that if the details are looked past, the novel was excellent because Steinbeck was able to show his own take on the time and push his idea to his audience. Even if Steinbeck did make some exaggerations, he based the general ideas on common themes of the time.















Manipulative Money

My Question

The question that I asked for this question exploration is, what powers does money hold? I believe that money has powers beyond providing the ability to purchase things. It has the power to provide for life and can bring a lifestyle highlighted by comfort. At the same time, money has the power to do evil. Money has the ability to bring good additions to life when it is possessed, but when there isn’t any money, it has the power to cause great distress.


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Grapes of Wrath

I think that the novel’s answer to my question is very similar to my question. Money can bring great comfort or discomfort, depending on the amount that is needed and the amount that is possessed. In the Grapes of Wrath, we see how the possession of money or the lack of money affects not only the lives of the Joads, but the people around them as well. The Joads, experience instances in which they have money as well as situations in which they do not have a sufficient amount of money. One example in which we see the beneficial powers of money is in Rose of Sharon. Rose of Sharon throughout the novel gains more and more side affects of carrying a child. These side affects start to become extreme and anytime she is mentioned, she draws all attention onto herself and her baby. She talks about how much she worries and fears for her unborn child. Rose of Sharon continues to be irritable until the Joads provide her with comfort. At the government camp, we see Rose ease up after talking to other campers regarding the process of giving birth at the camp. She still is very concerned though. When the Joads arrive at the peach farm though, we see that Rose of Sharon is at peace. All the family members are working, making money, at the farm. Ma is then able to purchase a good amount of milk for Rose, using the money they have. Rose of Sharon then is reassured that she will be find and her baby will be fine, ending the trend of worry seen throughout the novel. In this situation, the power of money is able to completely turn around a bad situation. In another instance, we see how the power of money brings a great sense of happiness to the Joads. When they first arrive at the government camp, the committee member says, “Well, the camp site costs a dollar a week, but you can work it out.”(287) Money has yet again come up as a potential obstacle. Up until this point, nothing had been going right. There was a constant sadness throughout the novel. Luckily, Tom finds a job and the family is able to pay the weekly rent. In this event, the Joads have money, and we see that they greatly enjoy their stay at the camp. We see this in the change of attitude of the different family members, especially in Al and in Ma. Al, excitedly explaining his inspection of the camp, says, “What a place! Know what a fella’s doin’? He’s buildin’ a house trailer. Right over there, back a them tents. Got beds an’ a stove—ever’thing. Jus’ live in her. By God, that’s the way to live!” (305). We can see the sheer excitement that money was able to provide for the family. We see a sudden spark of joy we hadn’t seen before. In Chapter 16, we see that the lack of money almost tears the Joads apart. Their car breaks down and they are faced with the decision to split up in order to make up for the time and money they would be missing out on. Ma adamantly argues that, “The money we’d make wouldn’t do no good. All we got is the family unbroke.” (169) We see how the necessity of money threatens to split the family up, as it is faced with one of its toughest early decisions. The power of money is so strong that it threatens to break the Joads’ seemingly indestructible bond.

A scene in the Grapes of Wrath might contradict the answer to my question. We have seen many instances in which power dictates how a situation is handled, but there is one part of the novel in which money’s value seems to be nonexistent. When the Joads go to purchase a new car part, they come upon the junkyard. Tom is able to talk to the worker and bargain down the price of a car part. Tom talks to the worker and makes the worker realize how much he dislikes his boss. The worker ends up giving up the piece for a lot cheaper than his boss would sell it for. In this situation, money is disregarded because Tom is able to make an emotional connection with the worker.

Language of Composition

The Economy section of the Language of Composition answers the question in the same fashion. It also shows that money has the power to affect many aspects of life.

In Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickle and Dimed chapter From Serving in Florida, she discusses how her lack of money forces her into an uncomfortable situation. She is forced to work a very low-quality job. She describes the terrible conditions as a low-wage worker. She says, “Sinks everywhere are clogged with scraps of lettuce, decomposing lemon wedges, water-logged toast crusts.” (394) She also describes her discomfort when she says, “My first morning at Jerry’s, when the hypoglycemic shakes set in, I complain to one of my fellow servers that I don’t understand how she can go so long without food.” (395) Ehrenreich is faced with numerous consequences of simply not having money. Her lack of money forces her into jobs and positions of discomfort.

Money’s Powerful Affect on Today’s Student

Even as high school students we see the powers of money. In the video above, a former high school student discusses her admission into Yale. High school students are always worried about going to a good college and money plays a big part in this process. The speaker in the video describes how since she had parents who made more than low-income wages, she had an advantage compared to her peers, who came from a historically less privileged area. In an article that I read, the writer discusses how college tuition has skyrocketed. Students from less wealthy families are unable to afford a deserved education because of the lack of money. Money is a crippling factor for many students seeking next-level education. With clear evidence, we are able to see how money is such a large factor in our very near future, and not only in fictional novels or hypothetical situations.

Back to Me

I think I would not change my answer after reviewing how different sources answered my question. If anything, I would suggest that money has even greater powers than I had previously thought. Money’s power was able to manipulate situations in many different events. It has a lot of power whether it is in abundance or in scarcity.

Evolution of Equality

My question is, how have the rights of women or equality between men and women changed? Have they evolved and gotten better? Or have they stayed the same and/or gotten worse?


I think that the rights of men and women have changed a lot over the last century or so. I think that women’s rights have evolved more than the rights of men though. Women originally were seen as below men, but over time they were starting to become seen as equals. For example, women did not originally have suffrage in many parts of the democratic world. Women were not even allowed to join the work force. Through things like the growing feminist culture, women’s rights have evolved and they are now seen as more equal to men.

The Great Gatsby shows that women, compared to men, have gained a lot more equality. It does this indirectly. We compare the way women are treated in the book to modern society and we see a drastic difference. One example we see this in is the way Tom Buchanan treats women. He treats women as objects rather than people. On page 125 it says, “His wife and his mistress, until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control.” Tom treats Daisy and Myrtle as possessions and only worries about them when he is starting to lose control of them. We see more evidence of this early in the book, when Tom invites Nick to go to town with him and they spend the day with Myrtle. When Myrtle continuously says Daisy’s name, Tom responds by “making a short deft movement” and “broke her nose with his open hand.” However, after the incident, the whole scene is forgotten. Not much else is said about it, so it seems as if the fact that Tom just injured a women is nothing out of the ordinary. The Great Gatsby shows how women have become more equal to men and have gained more rights by show how poorly women were treated in the past.

In Virginia Woolf’s Professions for Women, she discusses the job options for women during that time and in previous times. She wrote in the early 1900s to about the mid 1900s, so this gives us an idea of the way women were treated in the work force in the past, compared to modern day standards. When explaining her experience as a worker, she says, “It is true I am a woman; it is true I am employed; but what professional experiences have I had? It is difficult to say.” She goes on to describe how she was involved in literature and very few women had the opportunity to work in the profession. Woolf says that only very few, special women could work in that field. This description of women in the working field shows how little rights women previously had. She has to explain that she is employed and that she indeed is a women. This leads me to think that she is assuming most people will have doubts about a women in the working force. Woolf also says that her experience is limited and that she is one of very few women in her literary field. This shows how limited women were. In the past, women had substantially less rights than they have today.


In The Speech of Miss Polly Baker the speaker, a woman, describes her heavy fines and punishments. The fines and punishments have come as a result of accusation of being in a adulterous relationship. She describes her punishments, saying “twice I have paid heavy Fines, and twice have been brought to Publick Punishment, for want of Money to pay those Fines.” She says her treatment is harsh and cruel. This reflects how women were treated in the past. Women of the past were treated harshly and cruelly. The passage tells nothing of the husband and his faults. It puts complete blame on the wife and she describes that women had to act in a very strict way. This is clear evidence of how women were treated very unequally to men before. The laws were stricter on women than on men and this shows unequal treatment between two equals.

The various women’s rights movements show that women’s rights have clearly changed over time. One example of this is in the history of the United States of America. Women, like blacks, after the Civil War did not have the right to vote. Blacks, who were previously slaves, were considered possessions of their slave masters and not citizens before they were emancipated. Women were seen as even less than slaves, who ultimately had no rights. An article, says “Initially, women reformers addressed social and institutional barriers that limited women’s rights; including family responsibilities, a lack of educational and economic opportunities, and the absence of a voice in political debates.” This once again reiterates how women were held back by society. Today, through these revolutionary movements, women’s rights have evolved. Today they do have educational, economic, and other opportunities.

Women’s rights have drastically changed. Going back in time, we can easily see how women have gained more and more rights from one time period to the next. Women, though still continuing to be recognized as complete equals to men, have gained a lot of equality. They now have a majority of the rights that men possess. The perception of women has also evolved. It has changed from seeing women as weak or as objects to seeing them as people of value and importance.







The Individual and the Community

I asked the question, how does a member of the community interact with and/or make an impact on other members of the community or the community itself. My whole life I have heard people say that the best way to make a change is to make an impression upon those around you. So I answered this question by saying that individuals in a community interact with each other or make an impact on the community by coming together for activities, solving a common problem, or carrying out other actions that involve others. I thought this because I figured that the best way to make an impact was through direct action. There are a variety of things an individual can to in order to make themselves noticed by other individuals. Most of these actions are direct actions that involve other individuals.

In the Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne acknowledges the importance of communal interaction. Many of the citizens in the small, Puritan town join together, participate in various activities, and take part in the culture of the society. In doing so, the citizens create bonds and relationships that connect them to each other and the community. In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne emphasizes the value of participating in town culture. By taking part in the town’s cultural events, citizens take action within the community. One example of this is in the scaffold scenes. The Scarlet Letter shows that individuals interact through taking part in the culture of the community in the scaffold gatherings and other events which take part in the market place. These are events in which almost all the citizens attend. At these gatherings, there are important announcements made. In the scaffold gatherings, for example, all the people of the town come to see what will happen to Hester Prynne and they share their opinions amongst each other. On page 6, it said Hester, “stood fully revealed before the crowd” and goes on to tell how people are looking at Hester. Through their interest of the town’s current events, the whole town joins together and share their opinions with one another; this creates bonds between the citizens, which connect them to the community. The actions of the citizens are not always positive though. Regardless, any action involving common interest and culture links individuals together. An example of this is in the beginning of the book, when many people do not like Hester and Pearl. Nonetheless, they interact with the community because the community shares a sense of dislike and contempt towards the two. On page 53, the two are walking to the governor’s hall and a child says, “Behold, verily, there is the woman of the scarlet letter…Come, therefore and let us fling mud at them!” The children take part in something that can be considered the culture of the town by sharing a hatred for Hester and Pearl.The Scarlet Letter also values the importance of joining together to take part in the community’s culture. Another example of how the Hawthorne acknowledges the importance of interaction within the community is in the way Roger Chillingworth’s character transforms in the eyes of his peers. Chillingworth is new to the town in the beginning of the book. As the novel progresses, we see instances of how the views of the people change. At first, Chillingworth is just a new person, then people start seeing him as as respected physician and doctor. On page 72, it says that Chillingworth “was now known to be a man of skill”. Chillingworth also creates a relationship with Mr. Dimmesdale. This relationship brings him attention and “a large number affirmed that Roger Chillingworth’s aspect had undergone a remarkable change” (78). Through being active in the town, he has become known and people recognize him. Chillingworth interacts with the community by simply doing his job, as being a doctor. This allows him to communicate with and affect many of his fellow citizens. As he interacts more and more with other people, he gradually becomes more accepted within the community. In conclusion, the Scarlet Letter shows how individuals can interact with one another and impact the community by coming together or taking direct action with each other.

The Language of Composition explains that individuals interact with the community by building relationships. Much like the Scarlet Letter, the Language of Composition emphasizes the importance of communal interaction through building bonds with others. An example of this is in the writing “The Family that Stretches (together)” by Ellen Goodman. Previous examples from the Scarlet Letter described more physical interactions. In Goodman’s writing, she describes how those physical interactions creates bonds, and through these bonds people become members of a community. Goodman says, “Our reality is more flexible and our relationships more supportive than our language.” Basically, Goodman is saying that relationships are stronger than most other physical things and because of this, relationships strongly connect people together.  She discusses that even though families can be divided by divorce or remarriage, a family is still a family. Through relationships and ties between people, the people of a community interact and stay as a community. The Language of Composition emphasizes the usefulness of relationships within a community.

The novel “Animal Farm” discusses the importance of the individual to the community. Through this, George Orwell shows how an individual can gain importance to the community and how an individual can impact the community. “Animal Farm” explains that an individual can interact with the community by becoming involved.  In the novel, animals work together on a farm. Napoleon is a pig that eventually takes charge. He is involved with almost everyone and every part of the farm because he chooses to be a leader. Napoleon participates in the growth of the farm and his leadership choices help him get involved. Napoleon exemplifies how becoming involved in the community makes an individual noticed and therefore impactful.

There are many ways in which an individual can interact with or impact the community. As discussed in the examples above, many ways of doing this involve actions with others. These actions create interactions that build relationships and bring members together. Through these relationships, the individuals create the community and become important components of it.



The Story of My Learning: BRAWL

The BRAWL taught me two main things—teamwork and preparation. The BRAWL was like a sports event in a sense. We had to work together in groups and prepare for a game. It taught me that working together as a unit would make us stronger. To do this, my group used social media to interact. Communication was key for us. We created a group chat on Facebook, had Skype conference calls, and created Google Drive documents. The use of all this was to prepare for the BRAWL itself. In the BRAWL, I learned that preparation was the key to winning an argument or debate. Groups that were more prepared clearly showed dominance over the opposing group that were stunned by the other group’s come backs and arguments. The BRAWL required everyone in the group to work as one in order to prepare and be ready for it.

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Fairy Tale Ending: My Blogging Experience

My blogging experience had its ups and downs. At times, it felt like my writing was amazing and I was producing great content, while at other times it felt like my writing was garbage. Overall, it was a good experience with writing. My writing grew and matured throughout the whole experience. My blog shows the journey my writing took throughout my sophomore year.

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Crumbling Under Pressure

Penalty shootout. A soccer or football player’s worst nightmare and biggest fear or greatest joy. Some people crumble under pressure while others invite it and thrive in it. A penalty shootout possibly could be one of the biggest moments in a player’s career. With that thought weighing in on the spot kick taker’s mind, there’s no doubt the feeling and force of pressure rests on the player’s shoulders. It truly is how the player deals with it that matters.

If soccer is your thing, then taking the time to read this blog post will be as rewarding as it can be. The writer introduces a huge topic of soccer—the penalty shootout. He then goes on to develop it into on of the main reason’s of the shootouts existence and why it produces such terror. Reading this blog post could potentially help you slot the ball into the back of the net from ten yards out. This writing is a GOOOOOLAZO!

The World at My Feet

The penalty shootout is the most nerve-wracking athletic event that a person can go through. Whether you play in a Sunday League or in the World Cup, no one can deny the mental strain of taking a penalty in a best-of-5 shootout. The whole process was designed to be a pressure vacuum; both teams line up at the halfway line, and each time a kicker is up next, he has to take a long, lonely walk from the halfway line to the penalty spot while everyone is watching him. As he approaches the spot, it is just him against the goalkeeper. However, the pressure is in the fact that the kicker is expected to score. All of the pressure is on the kicker, and none is on the goalkeeper. All eyes are on the kicker as he takes his shot, and again, the pressure is enormous.

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Almost all of us listen to music and it has a role in our lives everyday. Music somehow always pops up in our day. It could be music on the radio, a music video we watch Youtube, or music we listen to on our phones. The matter is that we constantly listen to music. Something very similar to music is poetry. Poetry is a basic part of music. Take away the instrumentals, leave the rest, and you’re left  with a poem. Take away the lyrics of a song and it could simply sound like classical music. The two are very closely related and poetry is involved in music in the form of lyrics.

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Madness of March

March Madness, if you’re not aware, refers to the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament that takes place mostly during the month of March. The tournament was created in 1939 and has become a huge event that creates a wave of basketball craze across the nation. The tournament is a single-elimination style tournament that starts out with sixty-eight teams. The sixty-eight teams are divided into four regions, and then are organized into two brackets. The teams get seeded from one to sixteen. The higher ranked a team, the higher the seed. So the number one seed team would be the highest ranked team. The tournament advances from a round of 64 to the “Sweet Sixteen” to the “Elite Eight” and then to the “Final Four”. The two winners of the Final Four advance to play for the national championship.

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