Wednesday, November 7, 2012

If I Die Young Lyrical analysis

     The analysis if "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry. The entire song in itself is a metaphor. A young woman believes that people only really get noticed once they are dead. This song talks about what she and the people around would go through if she were to, in quoting the song, die young.
    The song uses Metonymy to talk about the girls funeral. "Send me away to the words of a love song", it means that the words spoken as she is buried are filled with love and longing. This line is repeated several times. Another line that is repeated a lot is, "the sharp knife of a short life". This is a metaphor because it is saying that a life cut short is always the most painful. Another metaphor in the song is "I'll be wearing white when I come into your kingdom". She is talking to God saying that she will be in heaven where everything is perfect. A paradox that is included is "what I never did is done" she is saying that what she never got never will be.
         "A penny for my thoughts, oh no, I'll sell 'em for a dollar 
                                            They're worth so much more after I'm a goner
                                             And maybe then you'll hear the words I been singin'
                                             Funny when you're dead how people start listenin' "
This whole stanza is the whole songs purpose, this is why she is talking about dieing young, so she can get noticed and people will listen to her and not just brush her away, because you never know how much time you have.
      This song is perfectly balanced in its music. If it were any faster and it would ruin the message of don;t underestimate life. If it were to be any slower it would make the song to sad and depressing. It is also very good to music in general because when you just read it, it sounds like a suicide note and that was note the goal of this song.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Diary For the French Revolution

Dear Diary,
   The rebellion is getting worse! I do not know what to do. My parents say to stay out of the fight and let things take its course, that the King and his men will come out victorious, like they should. I am not so sure. There are less and less people who support the Monarchy everyday, more people are going against the King. Even my cousins are rebelling. I do not know who to believe. I know that if I was to join the rebellion and we lost, I would surly be put to death, but if I join and we win, then we are free from the rule of a King who only wants more money and power.
   I would surly would not be an active fighter for I have seen things that give me nightmares for weeks. Neither side cares about who is in the cross fire of the fighting. My best friend, Ella, was shot and killed less than three days ago, and I miss her terribly. No one knows who shot her, it was absolute chaos. I do believe that for the time being I will not give my support for either side, I wish to live for me and for the life Ella.
    For ever yours

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Heroes journey modern and old: revised

       There are many differences and similarities between modern and ancient heroes. Modern heroes are different because of the way in which society has changed. Ancient and modern heroes are similar, because they are based on archetypes. These archetypes gives an author guidelines and specifications to use when writing, but most authors don't need to use them because it is natural to write a hero that way. It is natural to write heroes with these archetypes because we have grown up hearing and seeing the archetypes, without realizing.
      The very large difference between ancient and modern heroes are the characteristics of the heroes themselves. While the old myths valued men who were strong, and came from a better upbringing than most. While modern heroes are mainly still men, there are examples of women being the hero, such as the Black Widow or Wonder Woman. Also, with the modern heroes, it does not matter who or where they are from. Anyone, with the right opportunities, can be a hero. An example is Captain America, he was from a lower class and was as skinny as a stick, but with the help of the super serum, a experimental serum created to turn men into super soldiers, became almost invincible, he survived 70 years of being frozen in ice.
    Also the types of journeys that the hero goes on are different today. I  Odysseus' story, he had with gods, where as in modern stories, heroes have to deal with aliens who think they are gods. For example, Stargate SG-1, where there is a race of little grey aliens who call themselves Asgardians, and like to meddle with peoples lives. For instance the main character gets kidnapped by the Asgardians and cloned and sent back as the clone.    
     Some similarities are because of the archetypes themselves. Such as the trickster or villain, or the Holy Grail. For example, in the Avengers, Loki is the trickster and the villain, and the Holy Grail is the Terasect. Another similarity is when a hero tries to save a certain area or people. In The Odyssey, Odysseus wanted to keep his family safe and return to them, while in Harry Potter, Potter just wanted to save the Wizarding Community. 

Hero analysis

       Homer portrays Odysseus as a very strong and confidant man. Odysseus also has his faults, such as over confidence at times. He follows the heroes journey just not in the same way we think of today.
       An example from the poem that helps give an understanding to how strong and confidant Odysseus is when he is trying to get away from Calypso he shows he is till loyal to his wife and kingdom. On the journey off the island he is also forced to swim for days with no rest and only very little help.
        An example of his over confidence is when he is a guest on Phaeacia Odysseus is challenged to a competition and he believes he will win against men that are half his age and are in better shape then he is. When Odysseus goes against Polyphemus he is very overconfident and taunts the cyclops.
     The Heroes journey in The Odyssey follows the same path mostly except when Odysseus is on Phaeacia and is telling his story. This doesn't completely follow it because it goes through his trials before this story even started.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


          The differences and similarities between the modern and ancient heroes are about the same. Modern heroes are different because of the way society has changed. Ancient and Modern heroes were similar because of the archetypes that are hard to change.
          The differences between the two are many. A very large distance between ancient and modern heroes is the characteristics of the heroes themselves. The old myths used to liked Men that are strong and come from a nicer upbringing than most. While modern heroes are mostly still Men there are examples of Women being the Hero, such as The Black Widow or Wonder Woman. Also the modern heroes, it doesn't matter who or where their from, anyone, with the right chances, could be a hero. Look at Captain America, he was from a lower class and was as skinny as a stick,  but with the help of the super serum became a super solider. Or maybe Bruce Banner/Hulk, he was a scientist and had an experiment go wrong.
         Also, the types of journey that the heroes go on are different. Such as in Odysseus' stories he had to deal with Gods, in modern times we deal with Aliens who think they are Gods. An example would be From Stargate SG-1, there is a race of little grey aliens who call themselves Asgardians, and like to meddle.
        Some similarities would be the archetypes themselves. Such as the trickster/villain, or the Holy Grail. An example would be in Avengers Loki is the trickster/villain, and the Holy Grail would be the Terasect. Another similarity would be trying to save a certain area or people. Such as in the Odyssey, Odysseus wanted to keep his family safe and return to them, while in Harry Potter it was just the Wizarding world.   

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Penelope- Writing Wed. 9/19/12

      18 Year. It has been 18 years since I last saw my husband. Odysseus was called to Troy to fight in the great war. The war has been over for 8 years. That much I know for sure. I don't know if he my husband is still or live or if died in battle.
     Telemachus, my son by Odysseus. He never knew his father except from stories. Telemachus now is leaving to search for his father and bring him and his men home. I have not yet lost hope that Odysseus is still alive, and trying to find a way home. That is why I never picked a suitor.
      My son and husband, both are gone. Let the Gods protect and watch over them. I know they will go through many trials and hardships. I hope that they do not give into grief or rage or hopelessness. Let them live to see and rule Ithaca again. Oh Zeus! Protect Them! Protect them...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Elemental Race.

        Every thousand years or so a group of four special people are born. These four people are known as Elementals. Elementals are born when the world is going through a change in power. Each Elemental controls one of the four main elements; Earth, Fire, Water or Air.
         James Williams, a sixteen year old, is currently standing in the middle of his ten year old sisters room, staring at a letter. Everything thing in the room is tron apart and strewn everywhere. The reason James is staring at the letter is that it is a ransom note, for his little sister. Sam, his precious, innocent, little sister, the only blood family he had left, was gone. He just didn't want to believe it.
        There was no one for James to tell either. His parents have been dead for a year, the government and law enforcement are in the middle of a political war, and his "guardians" are on "vacation". The only people that James could trust are his two best friends; Alexandria 'Ally' Stetson, and William 'Will' Markson.
        The thing about James, Ally and Will is that they aren't normal, and they know what they are. They are three of the four Elementals. James, Fire, has natural fire red streaks in his black hair. Ally, water, has natural ocean blue streaks in her brown hair. Will, earth, has natural grass green streaks in his blond hair. At midnight on their sixteenth birthdays they received the streaks and inherited the knowledge to control their powers, but only subconsciously. They also know that there is another, the Air Elemental. They just don't know who or where.
       All three of them agree that Sam needs to be found. They also agree that it could be a trap for them to be either killed or captured.
        After much indecision the three Elementals decided to go after Sam and worry about the consequences later. The problem? Where do they start looking......    

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Doctor Who Archetype

    An archetype is a universal symbol in any story. Such as an orphaned hero, a villain/shadow, a journey or a destruction via flood or fire. An example of a story that follows this is Doctor Who (2005). It shows several examples of archetypes. They would be, the orphaned hero, shadow/villain, and a destruction via fire.
    The orphaned hero in Doctor Who is the Doctor himself. In the show his planet was destroyed by fire. Another one of the archetypes. He was the only survivor of the destruction. The Doctor is called the on coming storm. For this I also believe that he could be classified as a anti-hero.
    The shadow figures in the show are the Daleks. They are bit different than most in the fact that no matter how many times the Doctor defeats them they are never gone. They are a reoccurring them in the show.
    The Doctor has many companions over the series. I believe they represent the Child archetype. Because they are innocent. They know nothing of the world they are being drawn into. Also when their done traveling they are no longer the innocent people that started out. These are all the archetypes from Doctor Who (2005).  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Change of Myths

The practice and role of myths changes from religion to a story told to children to send them to sleep. When people first created myths they were thought of as fact. Over time it evolved into stories of entertainment. Stories like Percy Jackson and the Olympians or the Kane Chronicles.
When people hear the word myth most people think of Zeus and Hera. Those stories are myths but so are those of witches and wizards, or Ra and Anubis. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians are just some of the people who used myths to explain how people came to be, storms, disease, and war. These became a religion and people worshiped their pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. The same also applies to witches and wizards, if something happened that couldn’t be explained they got blamed. The difference is instead of being worshiped they were hunted and killed.
What changed was science. When scientific explanations were introduced people generally accepted them. This acceptance stopped the worship of the pantheons and the hunting of witches and wizards. They became stories and legends, told to entertain of to study ancient belief systems.
The practice and role of Myths changed from religion to stories. Not many people today still believe in the old myths and legends they are mostly used to entertain. In stories like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Intro to me!

My name is Joie Rene Jernigan. I'm 15 years old, and my birthday is December 29. I love reading, especially fantasy and sci fi. You can ask me almost any question about Harry Potter and I could answer either without help or with very little. Anything sci fi or fantasy I will probably likely. My favorite TV show is Doctor Who. The background for my blog is actually from the show. It is a written language that is mentioned in the show and shown quite a lot. I thought it would show off my more crazy side. I play volleyball, softball and throw discus and shot-put for track. This is my fifth year playing volleyball for the school, 3rd on varsity this club season will be my fourth, and my 3rd at Topselect. I play middle or right side. This will be my fourth year playing softball, my 3rd on varsity. I play 1st base, pitch or catch. This will be my 2nd year doing track, and 2nd on varsity. I have gone to LMP since the day it opened, and this is the only school I have ever been too. My favorite classes are Drama and Spanish. Spanish because leaning a new language is really interesting to me. I would like to study Egyptian when I am older. Drama is one of my favorites because I love acting and don’t have time to join thespians so it makes up for that. I have been in drama since 8th grade and LOVE it.