I believe that Harry Potter and the Harry Potter series in general is an example of the 'the good always wins' archetype. In case you don't know (even though you should) Harry Potter is a very popular book and movie series that is mainly fantasy. In the novels, Harry and the rest of the good people are always in some kind of trouble, mostly to do with Voldemort. Some specific examples are: In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry is in the chamber with the basilisk, and it seems like he is for sure going to die.
This is a project by Martina Yen and I about cruelty towards animals, specifically dogs.
"Animal Cruelty Facts and Statistics." RSS. Humane Society of the United States, n.d. Web. 28 May 2016.
"Animal Cruelty Facts and Statistics." RSS. Humane Society of the United States, n.d. Web. 28 May 2016
"23 Fascinating Dog Abuse Facts and Statistics - BrandonGaille.com."BrandonGaillecom. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2016.
"ANIMAL CRUELTY SYNDROME." CFAWR. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2016.
In many young adult novels, teenage girls aren't portrayed as being strong, but as being naive. I am wondering why authors choose to create female characters like this, and not as strong women. I believe that this is part of what influences how the world perceives girls, and how girls perceive themselves. Phrases such as "you throw like a girl" or "you run like a girl" make being a girl seem to be something bad or undesirable. These phrases tear down girls, and make them feel like they are worthless simply because they "throw like a girl".
When you think of a feminine woman, what comes to mind? People usually say that a feminine woman is a woman who wears dresses and is proper but by definition, isn't every woman feminine? Does this mean that women who chose to dress in pants instead of dresses or aren't 'proper' are still feminine?
For my second independent reading project, I read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
It starts off with Melinda, the main character, going to school for the first day of 9th grade. She walks in, and it is made clear that all of her friends from the previous year don't like her. We find out later that it is because she called the police on a party that she and all of her friends were at. She called because something happened to her at that party that she is trying to forget, but can't. She thinks it's safer to not speak up, that to speak and cause drama.
For my independent reading project, I read The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. I liked the book because of the characters' personalities, and how Calpurnia tests gender roles in the early 1900's by asking if she can go to college. I also really liked the style of writing, and the imagery, I could really picture everything that was happening. I'm not sure if I would recommend this book to others, because I wasn't happy with the plot/storyline.
My name doesn’t have any special meaning in my family. My parents couldn’t decide on a name, so my brother suggested Caitlin, which was the name of a girl he liked. Even though my name doesn’t have a special family meaning, I think it defines me. According to those websites online, my name means pure, but I think it means a lot more than that. When I think of my name, I think of everything I strive to be. Positive, happy, confident, and strong. I think of the color purple, and a brilliant sunset.