Peter’s Perspective in Hiding

Choosing which character to tell a different perspective was hard because all of the characters would have very unique stories, but I have chosen Peter. I chose Peter because it is easier for me to relate to him, because he was also a teenager. I have three stories for Peter to tell his perspective from. He is writing in a journal.

One:

Today mother, father, and I have come into hiding with the Franks. Father says that this was Mr. Frank’s way of repaying him for something. The Franks are nice. Mr. Frank has two daughters. Margot and Anne. Margot is very quiet and Anne is loud and quite obnoxious. Mother embarrassed me in front of Anne saying that she is my girlfriend in front of everyone. I guess she is pretty but she is thirteen and I am sixteen, she is very immature. I think Mouschi is scared of Anne because she is always picking him up, and poking him. It is going to be hard to have to stay in bed till very late but I will adjust. Good Night.

Two:

Today was a wonderful day. Anne came to talk three times. I think I’m starting to like her, and I think she likes me. We talked about our first kisses and how she hadn’t had one yet. Before she left I kissed her on the cheek, I hope she will still come to visit and give me more posters. Good night.

Three:

The invasion has begun! Today was full of quarrels, but the invasion has begun! It all started this morning when I woke up to racket in the living room. It turned out my father was stealing food! My own father! He and Mr. Dussel fought. Mrs. Frank even threatened to kick us out! Could you imagine? As soon as we hit the the streets we would be arrested. What a terrible thought. As soon as Miep brought the good news everyone reconciled and all was well. At least we are all happy now. Goodnight.

 

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My Viewpoint

Although it is hard to imagine what I would be like in Anne Frank’s situation, I will try to give a good description. If I was in hiding I think I would be calm in the beginning. I would try to stay positive, and I know that would be really hard for me. I think I would be super energetic, like Anne, because I love going outside and in hiding that is not an option. For hobbies, I would definitely read books. If I had to live with the same exact people Anne did, I probably dislike Mr. Van Daan. I also believe that dealing with rationing would be difficult for me because I really like food.

Comparing Genocides

Comparing Genocides:

Cambodia & the Holocaust

 

Cambodian Genocide:

            Cambodian genocide first began in 1975 when the Khmer Rouge group led by Pol Pot took over Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge group gained control over Cambodia when its numbers reached to 700,000 soldiers willing to fight with the Khmer Rouge guerilla movement. Pol Pot received so many supporters because of his enthusiasm towards Communism. Cambodian’s were tired of Lon Nol and American forces taking over the land during the Vietnam War, and Pol Pot was very convincing that Communism would change Cambodia for the better. Events took a turn for the worst when Pol Pot demanded confiscation of all Cambodian properties, and forced poeple to participate communal labor. Cambodians were also sent to labor camps, and collectivized farms. Since Pol Pot wanted the perfect communist community several citizens were killed for not meeting his requirements. The genocide included people who were intellectuals, Thais, Vietnamese, Muslim, Buddhist, monks, professionals, Christians, had Chinese ancestry, and anyone who opposed Pol Pot’s ideas. Not only did Pol Pot torture and kill people who he did not approve of, he also starved the Cambodians who worked for his labor camps and collectivized farms. Between the years of 1975 to 1979 1.7 million people were killed during the rule of the Khmer Rouge group. Fortunately in 1979 Khmer Rouge was removed from power.

The Holocaust:

            The Holocaust first began in 1933 when Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Hitler placed his principles and beliefs upon Germany, and soon his followers became known as Nazis. The Nazis enforced the anti-Semitic laws that Hitler believed were correct, and almost isolated Jews from having normal lives. Anti-Semitism escalated when the Nazis were arresting Jews and sending them to Ghettos, and forced labor camps. At these facilities Jewish, Roma, and homosexuals or undesirables were worked, and starved to death. To further disable the Jewish race or any undesirable characters, Hitler called for concentration camps to be set up where the Nazis would keep the people and kill them in very unorthodox ways. Victims were also sent on Death Marches. During the Holocaust 11 million people were killed under Hitler’s rule. The Holocaust ended in 1945 when the         Nazis surrendered to Allied Powers. This mass genocide has left a major mark on history, and is the most well known tragedy today.

Comparison:

            The Cambodian Genocide and the Holocaust were very similar in events. A persuasive ruler came to power, enforced his ideas, and killed any of those who stood in his way. Both Pol Pot and Hitler aimed at specific groups to kill. Both men also had large amount of followers, and both were successful of ridding of any people who were thought to be adjunct to their plans. The mass genocides have both effected the world, and the leader’s unjust ways will never be forgotten.

Commedia Today

For my representation of Commedia Del Arte today, I have chosen a very popular comedy TV Show called The Simpson’s. This TV show has many examples of modern commedia in it. Modern examples of Commedia Del Arte can be hard to find today, but I believe The Simpson’s is a wonderful adaption. 

In Commedia their are certain stock characters. Such as the pantelone, dottore, Isabella or the zanni. All of the characters placed in Commedia Del Arte play key roles in what happens in the tv show or movie. Most commedia adaptations are romantic comedies, where there are two lovers who face obstacles or have conflict, but in the end are always together somehow. The conflict would be the comedy part. I thought, instead of using a romantic comedy movie or tv show, using a cartoon comedy show would be unique in interpreting modern Commedia Del Arte. 

In the case of the Simpson’s, the pantelone would be Mr. Burns. The pantelone is always the old man who is usually miserable, and tries inflict conflict on the characters. For the doctor, it would probably be Chief Wiggum. The doctor usually has a high position in society, and thinks he is smart, but usually ends up being ignorant. Chief Wiggum’s higher position would be him being a sheriff.  The Zanni of The Simpson’s would be Homer Simpson. The zanni of the story usually is very dumb, and not very helpful, which is why Homer would be a great example of a zanni. There are several examples of Homer Simpson’s stupidity and uselessness on the tv show. The Isabella of The Simpson’s would be Marge Simpson. The Isabella of the story is usually, a beautiful headstrong woman who stands for what she believes in. The Isabella is usually admired by a man, in this case Homer Simpson being her husband. 

Overall, The Simpson’s is a modern take on Commedia Del Arte. 

Portrait Poem

Who always had the scent of Chanel N°5 or Lysol

Who had the knowledge of ten college professors

Who cared for everyone else before herself

Who loved children with all her heart

Who read the great book any time she got the chance

Who prayed even when doubtful

Whose job meant more than just work

Whose hard work benefited all who were around

Whose smile shined with great exuberance

Whose laugh was contagious

Whose songs filled everyone with laughter

Whose determination filled everyone with hope

Who saw the best in everyone

Who gave everyone a second chance and many more after that

Whose love brought joy to all 

Whose ideas were clever and witty

Who asked many questions 

Who cared so much for everyone she knew

Who was a motherly figure for all of the children she knew

Who taught children to be the best they could be 

Who did not believe life was based on material things

Who was absolutely perfect to me

 

 

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

Devices-

 

In this poem I have found one example of personification.

1. “From her beacon hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

This is personification because eyes, being nonhuman, are given the ability to command.

In this poem I have also found one example of a metaphor

1. “A mighty woman with a torch whose flame is imprisoned lightning, and her name is Mother of Exiles.”

This is a metaphor because it is comparing a flame and imprisoned lightning.

Meaning-

 

I believe this poem is about the powerful message behind The Statue of Liberty.

When the poem talks about not being like the brazen giant of Greek frame, I believe it is talking about how the Statue of Liberty not being like a typical Greek figure that is looked up to. Also, when the poem talks about the sea washed, sunset gates will stand A mighty woman with a torch, I believe this talks about the how The Statue of Liberty stands on Ellis Island, and sea water washes on shore. I believe the poet calls Lady Liberty the Mother of Exiles because Ellis Island was were immigrants would be admitted into America, or their freedom.

The poet seems to refer to a golden door. I believe this golden door is the freedom that America allows, and how it is a door to freedom. When the poet gives the Statue a quote about giving her poor and huddled masses that yearn to breathe free, I believe this talks about the immigrants, who came to America for the purpose of being free.