Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Julius Caesar & The Hunger Games


So for School we were working on the play Julius Caesar by Shakespeare. As we were reading the play my sister and I started to pick up on things that made us think of The Hunger Games. We had several discussions amongst ourselves as to who was who, and this character really doesn't fit, and how they aren't exact replicas but the similarities are really cool. Now I am going to share with you some of the things I, and my sisters, noticed.

I am going to go through it character by character from the Hunger Games comparing them to character(s) in Julius Caesar. I would like to note that if you have not read the books do not read any further. There are spoilers. 

Cinna: Cinna was the first to draw us in, it was his name. There are two Cinnas in Julius Caesar, one is a conspirator, the other a poet. Cinna in the Hunger Games designs cloths that are so beautiful it is a kind of poetry, but he also is later in the series a rebel hence a conspirator. It was interesting to see two characters in one.

Katniss: After much thought my sisters and I decided that Katiniss best fit with Brutus. They are both the tragic heroes of the story. They are both caught between two groups. One is persuaded to stab Caesar; the other is brought to rebellion.

Now am going to go off on a tangent for a minute so bear with me. In Shakespeare's time to kill a leader in such a way was completely intolerable. It was considered down right wrong, it didn't really matter how bad they were, though people could be brought to a point were it might be exusable but even that was thought of as a very extreme.  People would automatically dislike Brutus when he kills Caesar, so Shakespeare had to make Caesar as dispicable in his play as possible. Now in our day and age people might not have as much of an issue with overthrowing a leader. We have seen some very bad leader who should, and sometime are overthrown(Hitler for example). Because we have seen such things as dictatorship, we would have less of a problem with people rising up against a leader. Brutus has become more understandable for us now.

Capitol (or Snow): This was a difficult one. eventually I decided that Caesar was the Capitol/Snow. If you read the paragraph above it might make more sense.

Rebels (or Coin): For rebels/Coin  I have decided that that would be Cassius and the other conspirators. They bring Brutus to their side so that they may use in image of goodness, honesty, and honor to make their cause seem good to the people(which it may or may not be, though Cassius's reasons for killing Caesar are of a jealous nature).

Peeta: Peeta was the most difficult to identify. As far as I can really tell Peeta has not counterpart in the the play Julius Caesar. Though he shares some characteristics with a few characters.

Mark Antony is talented with words. It is most easily seen in the famous speech he makes "Friends, Romans, countrymen! Lend me your ears!." He manipulates the crowd with his words so that they want to kill Brutus and the conspirators. Peeta is good with works as well and can manipulate crowd just as well as Antony can, but Antony is never really close to Brutus. In this case Portia is like Peeta. Portia is loyal to Brutus. She loves him and cares deeply about what troubles him. In this They are alike. Peeta is not one character, his is several characters mixed up together.

That is really all I have. I am sure there are more characters I could put together, but those were the ones that stuck out to me.

Blessings
~Elizabeth

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Free Writing Character: Jane Eyre

I just want to protect Jane Eyre from all her troubles, wrapper her in my arms and keep her safe from those who would hurt her. I admire her courage, and how she does her best even when circumstances are unbearable. She has such a strong moral character, and self respect. She will not stay with Rochester even though she wants to. She will not let him keeper. She holds her own. Mr. Rochester did not deserve her. She is so patient with Adele and does not get angry with her. knows who she is and what is right and wrong. I am always amazed at how she keeps going even when things seem to be falling apart around her. She is someone I want to try and be more like. Someone to admire. One of those people who you ask your self "what would Jane Eyre do?"


Blessings 
~Elizabeth 


Monday, August 13, 2012

Funeral March

I really really REALLY want to learn how to play the Funeral March by Chopin. I have fallen in love with its sad, mournful, and powerful sound. It is such a very moving song.

I found on youtube a recording of Rakhmoninov playing the Funeral March. It is very interesting. It was a little to fast for my taste, but still very cool!



 Blessings
 ~Elizabeth

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Free writing characters: Elinor Dashwood

Hi Everyone, I have come to really enjoy free writing. It is fun, and a good way to get your brain going with creativity. I wanted to do some for my blog but I was having trouble thinking of what I could do with it. But now I have an idea. I am going to free write about characters. I will set a timer for 5 minutes to write about any character form anything. What do you think of this idea?

Here is my first one. Elinor Dashwood.

I really really admire Elinor. She is strong, steady, loyal, and understands Edwards principles even when they hurt her in a way. I have always thought that if I had an older sister, I would want her to be like Elinor. She reminds me of everything and older sister should be. I am a great admirer of her patience with her family, they certainly take a lot of patience sometimes, but she is never really angry with them. I have not read Senses and Sensibility in a while, maybe I should read it again. Not that long ago I convinced my sister, who is about 6, to watch S&S with me(the Emma Thompson version). Since she adores P&P I thought she would like this. She did. It was great to watch it with her and giggle over part together. She is really my only sister out of the three who would watch period drama with me. It gives us something special to do as sisters. She was so amazed to figure out that the person who wrote her beloved P&P also wrote S&S. 


That is all I got down in 5 minutes. Let me know your thoughts on this character too! :) 
Blessings 
~Elizabeth 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Oh dear!

haha!!! I don't think these people realized what that might be taken for. :) LOL

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Book Review: The Throne of Fire

Title: Throne of Fire
Author: Rick Riordan
See my review of the first book The Red Pyramid.
Rating: 3/5

I must say that I think I like this book better than the first, and I cannot wait to read the next one(there are over 100 holds on the next one at the Library).

A lot of what I said in the first book holds true for the second book. There is only one thing that really bothered me, before I knew there would be a book after it for sure I was trying to guess if there would be. On the one hand there were a lot of questions left unanswered, on the other it felt like how a book feels when it is ending a series. It was very confused as to weather this was the last book or not, it almost felt like it was.

I was glad to see some of the same characters and to meet so many more. To learn more about characters already there. I always enjoy learning more about characters in books.
Blessings
~Elizabeth


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

An Award from The Cultured Enthusiast



I have been awarded the Liebster Blog award from Paula at The Cultured Enthusiast! Thank you so much! :) 

The Rules: 
1. Share 11 random facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the person that tagged you.
3. Tag 11 people
4. Ask them 11 questions

Random facts about me
1. I love to sing.
3. I love any kind of water, lake, ocean, river, a glass of water. 
4. I have discovered that I like to play Bananagrams.
5. Books are my addiction. 
6. I get annoyed with people who only watch move and don't read the books. Even books I don't care for or ever want to read. Like Twilight.
7. Music is also an addiction. 
8. I feel very passionately about education
9. I like to write poems sometimes, though I am very bad at it. 
10. I like to read multiple books at the same time. 
11. I am reading currently about 7 books right now. That is not even counting the nonfiction books I read for school. 


Questions from Paula

1.What are your most treasured books?
Hmm...That is a difficult question. I have so many that I love that is impossible to say. looking at our shelves though I would have to say Jane Eyre, Till We Have Faces, North & South, Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and probably at least a dozen more. There are so many that I love and enjoy. 
2.What books have you read more than once?
Can I include currently rereading? 
-Jane Eyre 
-Pride and Prejudice 
-North and South
-Percy Jackson and the Olympian series
-The Hunger Games series
-Angel on the Square
-The Chronicles of Narnia
-probably more

3.What’s your favorite bookstore?
um... I really prefer Barnes and Noble, although I do really like the little book stores that you come across here and there. 

4.Do you buy books online?
I personally have never purchased a book online, but I would say that I mother has bought books for the whole family online. So kind of. 

5.Do you stop reading books half way through?
I have. Most of the time though I finish them because I hate to leave things unfinished. 

6.What’s the last movie you watched?
uh....I mostly watch TV series so I am having trouble remembering the last movie I watched. I think the last thing I watched Despicable Me with my family.

7.What’s your favorite genre?
Of books or TV? If is is books then I would have to say historical fiction, novel, and fantasy. 
For TV, that is such a wide variety of things it would be a really long list. though Sci-Fi, and Period Dram appear to make up most of what I watch. Also most anything done by the BBC. 

8.In which movie/book would you like to live in?
I have pretty much thought about living in every book or movie I have ever seen, some more so than others, so this question is a really really difficult one. I really can't think of one I would like to live in more. 

9.Which character do you think has a great style?
Interesting. I have not really thought about that, and I have not really paid much attention to a characters style so I will just say what characters like best. 
If I go with strictly book characters, I am faced with a difficult problem, I am going to say Elinor Dashwood, she is sensible, kind, and knows how to behave herself. If I go with strictly movie characters....hmm. Daniel Jackson, he is smart, loves ancient history, and is a pretty nice guy. 



10.Do you go to the movies by yourself?
No, I have either gone with my family, or with the youth group at my church. 

11.In the movies: popcorn or no popcorn?
I don't really like popcorn. It can be messy, and sticks in my teeth. Also it can be expensive at the move theater. 

Questions for those I tag

1. Would you call yourself an eclectic person? 
2. Do you prefer cloths with dark undertones or bright? 
3. Would you call yourself an optimist, or a pessimist, or neither?
4. What is your favorite summer treat? 
5. Beach or mountains? 
6. Your in line waiting to take the SAT and a random stranger asks to borrow you phone. What would you do? 
7. What is more practical information for the public to know? Health or how a nuclear reactor works? 
8. Do you think trees have a personality to them? What would you say the personalities of a pine, a maple, and a willow? 
9. What is something that fascinates you most?
10. What kind(s) of music do you prefer to listen to? 
11. How fast of a reader would you call yourself? 

Who I tag

1. Mel at But when the young lady is to be a heroine 
2. Anastasia Ricks at In the Shadows of life
3. Miss Woodhouse at Elinor, Elizabeth, and Emma
4. Joy at Fullness of Joy
5. Stephanie at The King's Bookworm
6. Cari at A writing maiden 
7. Tess (my mom) at Circling through this life
8.Raewyn at My Spare Oom
9. Abby at Newly Impassioned Soul
10. ThinkGreen at Think Green Love Purple
11. Samantha at Reilly Clan 13

Anyone else though that likes the questions that I have asked, is more than welcome to participate in this tag. Just send me the link to your post in the comments. :) 
Blessings
~Elizabeth 

PS. I looked up what Liebster means, and so far as I can tell it is a German word that means sweetheart, beloved person, darling. 


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The other side of me

So when I started this blog I wanted to post about things that I like, enjoy, and just want to talk about. It was a place for me to be me, and for me to figure out what I like. I came to the realization that I have not posted about something that is kind of  who I am, and is also something that my family really connects together with. (Really all I really have to say when I am starting to argue with my one of my sisters is "Daniel Jackson", and then we will no longer be fitting. Although that is not a good way to work out an argument.) Anyway...... so what is this thing. Sci-Fi. I realize this seems really weird, that I like period Drama and Sci-Fi the two just don't go together in my head. But I like both weird or not.

I would not call myself a Sic-Fi expert, but I am familiar with some. There are Sci-Fi shows and movies I do not care to see. Some are just way to scary, or just plain not interesting. Like this one movie my family started because it had a particular actor in it that we liked, and we read the description thought it might be interesting. Started it on Netflix instant watch. Turned out to be really boring, and then kind of scary at some parts, we started just skipping to the scenes that just had the one actor in it. So I know what happened for the most part, and how it ended, but really was not all that great. So some is good and some not so good, but that is normal with anything that you watch.

Now what am I familiar with:
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation 
  • Star Trek Original (Seen about a 1/3 of the episodes) 
  • Started Deep Space 9 (not very far along at all)
  • Star Wars 4, 5, and 6. 
  • Some of Farscape 
  • Stargate: SG-1
  • Stargate: Atlantis
  • Stargate: Universe (a little over half) Stargate (The first movie) 
  • Stargate Continuum 
  • Stargate Ark of Truth
  •  Eureka 
  • and probably some others. Now what am I familiar with.



Just looking at the list I realize now that there is a lot of
Stargate on it. That noted, I am probably now an expert on Stargate. My family has been on a Stargate kick for a while. But as Universe is all that is left, it will soon be over and we will move on. It is not that my family doesn't watch anything else we do. This just seems to be the preference since is is what we all can agree to like. Stargate is actually probably one of my favorites, I think it is tied with Star Trek TNG. I remember playing Star Trek in my backyard with my sisters. I have practicly grown up with Sci-Fi. It was a big part of my childhood. What can I say, it is part of who I am.

I like Science Fiction. It is something I enjoy, I am not nearly as obsessed as some people, but I think it is a creative and interesting form of entertainment that can deal with different issues. My family all enjoys this genre. I know like all things in the TV and film industry it has many faults, but as I said so do many other things.




Oh and if you are wondering who on earth Daniel Jackson is. This is him. He is really Dr. Daniel Jackson, but we always call him Daniel. He is an amazing archaeologist. I will probably do a post on him latter.

Blessings
~Elizabeth







Saturday, August 4, 2012

Searching for Lambs


 So pretty!!!!I wish very very badly that she would record this for a CD! it is so lovely and sweet. The sound of it and her voice are perfect for the simple song. There are also some images that it brings to me. Like how the Church cares for the flock, and the Church is the bride of Christ. Those are some things it made me think of.

 I love Loreena Mckennitt!!!! <3 <3 <3
Blessings
~Elizabeth

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Music Poll: Down in The River to Pray

So I know I posted a music poll a while ago(click here), and I really enjoyed doing it. I like comparing the different versions and seeing other peoples opinions. I would like to do them a little more often, or at least until I run out of songs to do polls on. :) I know there were a few people who enjoyed the poll last time, and I hope more people join in for this one and enjoy it as well, and that it will be the same for any of the others I do. Music is a big part of who I am so I like to post about it a lot, and talk about.

The song that I am doing today is Down in the River to Pray. It is a an American Spiritual song I believe, and it one that I greatly enjoy. It is peaceful and calming.


Orla Fallon's version is so lovely, her sweet voice is perfect for this version.



Hayley's Version differs from the other two in that It has an instrument in it. It is still a simple enough instrument that it keeps the song simple. Hayley's voice is strong, and flows. I like how the choir comes in gradually not all at once.

As a side note I would like to say that I love her dress.



 I know very little to nothing about Alison Krauss. But I found this version and it was so lovely. All of these versions of the song seem to keep the to the same style, simple, sweet, full, and beautiful. All of them have choirs.

I hope you join in my poll, and I look forward to hearing from you all. :)
Blessings
~Elizabeth

PS. I am having trouble setting up the poll, for some reason blogger won't save it. I will get it as soon as I can.