Monday, October 12, 2015

Othello Act 5 Redo

Othello Act 5 Summary Response Redo
Summary: William Shakespeare’s Othello act 5, indicates that manipulation fuels betrayal. Iago, who uses manipulation to control his “peers” all throughout the story, is up to his old tricks once again in act 5. He truly does not care for anyone but himself, and a plethora of masks are used to disguise Iago’s true evil spirit. The overabundance of masks that Iago uses all create manipulation, which ultimately leads to acts of betrayals. Othello act 5, by Shakespeare, reveals how manipulation is the fuel of ultimate betrayal.

Reponse
Claim: Othello act 5, by William Shakespeare, correctly portrays how manipulation fuels betrayal because Iago’s manipulative ways fuel his acts of betrayal upon Roderigo.  In act 5, Iago ends up being the one who kills Roderigo. Roderigo was “friends” with Iago all along, yet it is Iago who impales Roderigo in the end. Iago was constantly using Roderigo as his pawn, always getting him to do what he wants. Iago comforts his friend, and supports him as well. This is all part of Iago’s master plan, and betrayal ends up being the tragic outcome of this cruel plan. After Cassio and Roderigo both were wounded, Iago comes in and stabs Roderigo. Roderigo is absolutely livid, and yells, “O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!” (Shakespeare 5.1 229). Roderigo is shocked and angry at Iago, for he has been stabbed in the chest by a man he knew dearly, and it ends up being lethal. Roderigo accuses of Iago of being a manipulative man, and Roderigo is basically solving Iago’s puzzle, but only to die a few moments later. Roderigo is the first man to see Iago’s plan, and understands that he has been used like a pawn’s. Iago’s constant betrayal is being fed by his own manipulative tricks. Iago’s tool of manipulation is the most powerful thing in Othello, and one can see that Iago’s dominant tool is powering his betrayal.

Counterclaim: However, while one might think that Iago uses manipulation for betrayal on Roderigo, the reader can actually see that Iago is a caring man who commits acts because of friendship and love. After Cassio and Roderigo’s brawl had started, Iago was the man to murder Roderigo in the end. Iago does this act out of care for Cassio, and one can see that Iago is actually a hero. Othello also notes of Iago’s noble acts, and kindly compliments Iago by saying, “‘Tis he! Oh, brave Iago, honest and just, That hast such noble sense of thy friend’s wrong! Thou teachest me” (Shakespeare 5.1 225). Now that Othello believes that Cassio is dead, he thanks Iago and states that this is how he himself should act. Iago’s acts are not ignoble, and Othello certainly notices this enduring quality that Iago withholds. Betrayal is the antithesis of what Iago is doing, and manipulation isn’t the tool that he uses to obtain his goals. Iago gushes with honesty and care, and one can see that betrayal isn’t the cause of manipulation in act 5 of Othello.

Rebuttal: At first glance, one might think that Iago is a noble man, who engages in murder only to help his dear friend Cassio. This is a compelling point because even Othello himself exclaims that he himself should act like Iago, and Othello also thanks Iago for what he has done. In addition, one can see that Iago is a hero by avenging Cassio. This is a very helpful interpretation, but it misses an important point. As a matter of fact, Iago is actually a cruel, evil man who feasts upon his friends with the power of his manipulation. Roderigo, Othello among others, are all just objects in relation to Iago, and Iago certainly uses each and every one of them. Roderigo’s death is the result of betrayal and manipulation, and it is Emilia who eventually spills the truth about Iago. Throughout the book, the reader can see that Iago is just a boor who uses manipulation to fuel his betrayal.

Conclusion: In the end, manipulation is the fuel of betrayal, and Shakespeare’s Othello act 5 definitely signifies this.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Othello Act 5 Summary Response
Summary: William Shakespeare’s Othello act 5, indicates that manipulation fuels betrayal. Iago, who uses manipulation to control his “peers” all throughout the story, is up to his old tricks once again in act 5. He truly does not care for anyone but himself, and a plethora of masks are used to disguise Iago’s true evil spirit. Othello act 5, by Shakespeare, reveals how manipulation is the fuel of ultimate betrayal.

Reponse
Claim: Othello act 5, by William Shakespeare, correctly portrays how manipulation fuels betrayal. In act 5, Iago ends up being the one who kills Roderigo. Roderigo was “friends” with Iago all along, yet it is Iago who impales Roderigo in the end. Iago was constantly using Roderigo as his pawn, always getting him to do what he wants. Iago comforts his friend, and supports him as well. This is all part of Iago’s master plan, and betrayal ends up being the tragic outcome of this cruel plan. After Cassio and Roderigo both were wounded, Iago comes in and stabs Roderigo. Roderigo is absolutely livid, and yells, “O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!” (Shakespeare 5.1 229). Roderigo is shocked and angry at Iago, for he has been stabbed in the chest by a man he knew dearly, and it ends up being lethal. Roderigo accuses of Iago of being a manipulative man, and Roderigo is basically solving Iago’s puzzle, but only to die a few moments later. Roderigo is the first man to see Iago’s plan, and understands that he has been used like a pawn. Iago’s tool of manipulation is the most powerful thing in Othello, and one can see that Iago’s dominant tool is powering his betrayal.

Counterclaim: However, while one might think that Iago uses manipulation for betrayal on Roderigo, the reader can actually see that Iago is a caring man who commits acts because of friendship and love. After Cassio and Roderigo’s brawl had started, Iago was the man to murder Roderigo in the end. Iago does this act out of care for Cassio, and one can see that Iago is actually a hero. Othello also notes of Iago’s noble acts, and kindly compliments Iago by saying, “‘Tis he! Oh, brave Iago, honest and just, That hast such noble sense of thy friend’s wrong! Thou teachest me” (Shakespeare 5.1 225). Now that Othello believes that Cassio is dead, he thanks Iago and states that this is how he himself should act. Iago’s acts are not ignoble, and Othello certainly notices this enduring quality that Iago withholds. Betrayal is the antithesis of what Iago is doing, and manipulation isn’t the tool that he uses to obtain his goals. Iago gushes with honesty and care, and one can see that betrayal isn’t the cause of manipulation in act 5 of Othello.

Rebuttal: At first glance, one might think that Iago is a noble man, who engages in murder only to help his dear friend Cassio. This is a compelling point because even Othello himself exclaims that he himself should act like Iago, and Othello also thanks Iago for what he has done. In addition, one can see that Iago is a hero by avenging Cassio. This is a very helpful interpretation, but it misses an important point. As a matter of fact, Iago is actually a cruel, evil man who feasts upon his friends with the power of his manipulation.

Conclusion: In the end, manipulation is the fuel of betrayal, and Shakespeare’s Othello act 5 definitely signifies this.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Othello Act 2 Summary/Response REDO
Spencer Cobb and Collin Sailor

Summary: William Shakespeare’s Othello, act 2, illustrates that dishonesty and manipulation lead to evil acts. Iago uses Roderigo as a pawn, and wears many masks to disguise his true identity. When Iago defends Cassio and “befriends” him shortly after the fight between Montano and Cassio, Iago sets up his master plan to trick Othello. One can easily see that honesty is a big theme thus far in Othello, and obviously, Iago is not an honest man.

Response:
Claim 1: Othello act 2, by William Shakespeare, correctly portrays how Iago’s manipulation and dishonesty leads to evil acts. His acts are ignoble and shameful, but only the readers are able to see through the eyes of Iago. In scene 3 when Michael Cassio gets into the drunken fight with Montano, he is stripped of his lieutenancy. Cassio has a lot of regret about drinking, and says that the stupid wine spoiled his reputation. Iago seizes this opportunity to trick Cassio into spending a lot of time with Desdemona to build his reputation back up, but so that it looks like the two are in love. Iago is able to do this by putting on a mask and not really showing the real him,”When devils will the blackest sins put on, they do suggest at first with heavenly shows”(Shakespeare 2.3.371-372). He relates what he is doing to an act of the devil, thus showing how deceptive and dishonest he is. A reader can see that Iago has one side, and that is pure evil, but to Othello and the others, he is seen as a caring, honest, and warm-hearted man.  

Counterclaim 1: However, one can see how Iago is actually a loving, caring man, and is completely honest. After the dangerous fight between Montano and Michael Cassio, Iago defends Cassio and comforts him after losing his lieutenancy. When Othello asks who started the fight, Iago talks up Cassio in a way, saying that it wasn’t all his fault and that Cassio is a good man. Othello knows that Iago is stretching the truth to help out Cassio’s case, “I know, Iago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassio” (Shakespeare 2.3 262-264). Othello is not upset about Iago’s choice to defend Cassio, for he is only speaking his own opinion, and thinks that it is honorable that he is standing up for Cassio like that. Iago isn’t manipulative, but instead an honest man who only speaks his own opinion.

Rebuttal: At first glance, one might think that Iago is an honest and caring man that doesn’t use manipulation to get his way. This conclusion does seem compelling because one can see that Iago does truly care for Cassio and shows his loving emotions when he defends Cassio after the fight between Michael Cassio himself and Montano. This is a helpful interpretation, but it misses an imperative point. One might think that Iago is an honest, caring, and loving person, when the truth is, Iago is a manipulative man who uses his evil ways to get what he wants. One can see Iago’s dishonesty when he tricks Cassio into spending more time with Desdemona, eventually with Iago’s desire for Othello to hate Cassio. Love and lieutenancy, two of the possible motives for what Iago is attempting. On the outside, Iago might seem like a friendly, warm-hearted lad who is always willing to give a helping hand, but that is a completely wrong understanding of this cruel man. Iago is a boor, feeding on others feelings to get what he wants. Iago is the face of dishonesty, as William Shakespeare signifies throughout act 2.

Conclusion: In the end, act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare, strongly demonstrates how Iago is a fraudulent man who uses his many masks to disguise his evil.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Othello Act 2 Summary/Response

Summary: William Shakespeare’s Othello, act 2, illustrates that Iago is a dishonest man and is very manipulative just to get what he wants. He uses Roderigo as a pawn, and wears many masks to disguise his true identity. When Iago defends Cassio and “befriends” him shortly after the fight between Montano and Cassio, Iago sets up his master plan to trick Othello. One can easily see that honesty is a big theme thus far, and obviously, Iago is not an honest man.

Response:
Claim 1: Othello act 2, by William Shakespeare, correctly portrays how Iago is a very manipulative, dishonest man. His acts are ignoble and shameful, but only the readers are able to see through the eyes of Iago. In scene 3 when Michael Cassio gets into the drunken fight with Montano, he is stripped of his lieutenancy. Cassio has a lot of regret about drinking, and says that the stupid wine spoiled his reputation. Iago seizes this opportunity to trick Cassio into spending a lot of time with Desdemona to build his reputation back up, but so that it looks like the two are in love. Iago is able to do this by putting on a mask and not really showing the real him,”When devils will the blackest sins put on, they do suggest at first with heavenly shows”(Shakespeare 2.3.371-372). He relates what he is doing to an act of the devil, thus showing how deceptive and dishonest he is.

Counterclaim 1: However, one can see how Iago is actually a loving, caring man, and is completely honest. After the dangerous fight between Montano and Michael Cassio, Iago defends Cassio and comforts him after losing his lieutenancy. When Othello asks who started the fight, Iago talks up Cassio in a way, saying that it wasn’t all his fault and that Cassio is a good man. Othello knows that Iago is stretching the truth to help out Cassio’s case, “I know, Iago, Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter, Making it light to Cassio” (Shakespeare 2.3 262-264). Othello is not upset about Iago’s choice to defend Cassio, for he is only speaking his own opinion, and thinks that it is honorable that he is standing up for Cassio like that. Iago isn’t manipulative, but instead an honest man who only speaks his own opinion.

Rebuttal: At first glance, one might think that Iago is an honest and caring man that doesn’t use manipulation to get his way. This conclusion does seem compelling because one can see that Iago does truly care for Cassio and shows his loving emotions when he defends Cassio after the fight between Michael Cassio himself and Montano. This is a helpful interpretation, but it misses a very important point. One might think that Iago is an honest, caring, and loving person, when the truth is, Iago is a manipulative man who uses his evil ways to get what he wants. One can see Iago’s dishonesty when he tricks Cassio into spending more time with Desdemona, eventually with Iago’s desire for Othello to hate Cassio. Love and lieutenancy, two of the possible motives for what Iago is attempting. On the outside, Iago might seem like a friendly, warm-hearted lad who is always willing to give a helping hand, but that is a completely wrong understanding of this cruel man. Iago is a boor, feeding on others feelings to get what he wants. Iago is the face of dishonesty, as William Shakespeare signifies throughout act 2.

Conclusion: In the end, act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare, strongly demonstrates how Iago is a fraudulent man who uses his many masks to disguise his evil. Honesty, as well as dishonesty, is an essential theme in Othello throughout the whole second act, especially with the character of Iago.
Othello Act 1 Summary/Response Redo
Collin Sailor and Spencer Cobb
Summary: Shakespeare’s Othello, act 1, demonstrates that jealousy fuels anger which can lead to acts of revenge. Iago’s anger is easily seen through from the reader’s point of view, but not necessarily from the characters in the story. Iago is angered by Othello’s choice to choose Michael Cassio as Othello’s lieutenant, and he wants revenge on Othello. Iago’s anger and jealousy quickly sparks his desire for revenge on Othello. One can see throughout act 1 that these ideas supply the reader with the idea that jealousy does fuel anger and further actions.



Response:
Claim 1: Act 1 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, correctly portrays that jealousy does in fact fuel anger which can lead to acts of revenge because through Iago’s speech, one can see that his jealousy of Othello’s choice to pick Michael Cassio as his lieutenant makes him very angry, which is shown when Iago states, “‘I hate the Moor’”(Shakespeare 1.3.429). Othello has chosen Cassio INSTEAD of Iago, and Shakespeare shows that Iago is angered by Othello, and Iago’s jealousy and anger could be a cause for a future act of revenge. Iago has put on one of his many masks, causing Othello to still believe that him and Iago are friends. Iago could use this as a perfect opportunity to betray him when Othello least expects it.
Counterclaim 1: Although it may seem like Iago is starting to plot revenge on Othello because of his jealousy of Michael Cassio, one can see that he is just upset at the moment and will eventually get over it. Everyone has gone through a difficult situation where they don’t get what they wanted, and it is upsetting. Iago is in that situation and will eventually realise that it’s a silly thing to hold a grudge against Othello for this. It is shown through the text that Iago helps other people out with their problems, for example, when he talks Roderigo out of committing suicide, he shows him that there is much more to life and that it will get better, “If thou dost, I shall never love thee after. Why, thou silly gentleman!”(Shakespeare 1.3.348-349) All Iago needs is a good friend that will help him get through this like he has helped Roderigo. The first interpretation of Iago is wrong, and he is actually a caring, warm-hearted man who is helping his friends out.

Rebuttal: At first glance, one might think that anger of jealousy aren’t the whole reason for revenge, and that these two feelings are just temporary. This conclusion seems very compelling because one can see that anger and jealousy are just temporary, and that Iago’s many masks are covering his true emotions. This is a helpful interpretation, but it misses an important point. Jealousy and anger do in fact fuel the further acts of revenge. The beast within Iago is slowly being unleashed by his anger and jealousy for the acts that have occurred. Iago has been bottling it all up, and eventually, he’s going to burst. Ultimately, all throughout act 1, Iago perfectly portrays how jealousy fuels anger, which can lead acts of revenge through what he says in conversations either to himself or to others.







Conclusion: In the end, anger truly does fuel possible acts of revenge. Iago’s anger is building up inside of him, and he masks his anger with his many disguises. The beast within Iago seems to be banging on the door, wanting to escape and take over Iago’s actions. With Othello, Iago is a friendly man who wants to “help” Othello. With Roderigo, he pretends to like him and care for him, only to get Roderigo to hate Othello even more. Iago is a manipulative and angry person, and now one can only wait for what is to come from the beast that is Iago. Ultimately, one can see that Iago’s anger is fueling the possibility of revenge.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Spencer Cobb/Collin Sailor Bully Summary Response Redo



Summary
Lee Hirsch’s Bully illustrates the lives of young people throughout their intense journey of bullying. Self harm and even the tragic outcome of suicide can be the result of being picked on every day; whether it is on the bus, online, or in the classroom, it doesn’t matter. The constant torture of being abused both physically and mentally can sometimes be too much for someone to handle alone. Anyone who stands by and watches someone being attacked, either through fists or words, and doesn’t do anything about it is just as bad as the actual bullies.



Response
Claim 1: Bully, by Lee Hirsch correctly portrays how bystanders are just as bad as the bullies themselves because bystanders are just the crowd and encouragement for the bully. As Alex, a 13 year old victim, is constantly bullied and harassed everywhere, one can see that teachers don’t help, and other kids just watch or join in. He doesn’t tell his own parents, and is having a very tough time. Every time he gets back up, he is pushed down again and again, both physically and mentally. He is called names, beat up, even sat on. He is pushed to the point where he has gone through so much that his mother is scared that “‘He doesn’t feel anything anymore’”(Hirsch). This is not only caused by the unthinkable behavior of the bullies, but the absence of help as well. The actions of the bystanders are just supplying the ingredients to a crowd and a bullies encouragement, and ultimately pushing the bully to new heights.

Counterclaim 1: However, it is not the fault of the bystander that the kid, in this case Alex, is getting bullied. Lee Hirsch does show that the bystanders are not at fault at all because they just happen to be at the same place as them by coincidence. For example, in the lunchroom, when Alex gets his food taken and tray hit out of his hand, there are many people in the room, so by that logic that must mean everyone in the cafeteria is at fault. The only time they would be to blame is if they watch it happen consistently and still do nothing about it. Another reason that the bystanders should not be blamed is because if they try to stand up for the victim, they may get bullied for being the one trying to befriend the “nerd, fish face, weirdo”, or whatever one might call the victim. In the film, the vice principal talks to the bystanders and they don’t get punished for being in the same place at the wrong time, so there must be nothing wrong with bystanding.

Rebuttal: At first glance, bullying seems to be a problem between two people, the bully and the victim. This conclusion seems very compelling because throughout Bully, on many different occasions, the victim was being directly linked with the bullies. Alex, Kelby, Tyler and more were all talked about in relation to the bullies who harass them. This is a helpful interpretation, but it is missing a key point. The bullies themselves aren’t the ones causing all the damage, and they are not even causing half the damage. Bystanders are the ones who stand on the side, watching a terrible scene unfold right in front of their eyes. Bystanders are the ones that are silently encouraging the bully further, and are the reason some victims never receive help. If a bystander or two did the right thing and stood up for the victim, the bullying would stop there, and it wouldn’t be an ongoing thing. Instead of being unhelpful bystanders, they need to do the morally correct thing and stick up for the victim. Ultimately, Bully is a story that definitely depicts how bystanders are a huge problem in bullying.

Conclusion: In the end, Lee Hirsch’s Bully demonstrates how bystanders are just a big of problem as the bullies themselves. They need to stand up for the victim, because most of the time, one person can’t stand up against the bully. Not only does the victim have to defend himself against his/her oppressor, but the victim must also have the courage to do whatever they normally do, with the troubling fear that they will get bullied. Bystanders need to step up and defend the victims in order to stop this.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Othello Act 1 Summary/Response
Collin Sailor and Spencer Cobb
Summary: Shakespeare’s Othello, act 1, demonstrates that jealousy fuels anger which can lead to acts of revenge. Iago’s anger is easily seen through from the reader’s point of view, but not necessarily from the characters in the story. Iago is angered by Othello’s choice to choose Michael Cassio as Othello’s lieutenant, and he wants revenge on Othello.These ideas easily supply the reader with the idea that jealousy does fuel anger and further actions.

Response:
Claim 1: Act 1 of Othello, by William Shakespeare, correctly portrays that jealousy does in fact fuel anger which can lead to acts of revenge because through Iago’s speech, one can see that his jealousy of Othello choosing Michael Cassio to be his lieutenant and not him makes him very angry, which is shown through this quote, “I hate the Moor”(Shakespeare 1.3.429) Shakespeare shows Iago’s anger for Othello, and Iago’s anger could be a cause for a future act. Othello still thinks that him and Iago are friends, so Iago could use that as a perfect opportunity to betray him when he least expects it.
Counterclaim 1: Although it may seem like Iago is starting to plot revenge on Othello because of his jealousy of Michael Cassio, one can see that he is just upset at the moment and will eventually get over it. Everyone has gone through a difficult situation where they don’t get what they wanted, and it is upsetting. Iago is in that situation and will eventually realise that it’s a silly thing to hold a grudge against Othello for this. It is shown through the text that Iago helps other people out with their problems, for example, when he talks Roderigo out of committing suicide, he shows him that there is much more to life and that it will get better, “If thou dost, I shall never love thee after. Why, thou silly gentleman!”(Shakespeare 1.3.348-349) All Iago needs is a good friend that will help him get through this like he has helped Roderigo.

Rebuttal: At first glance, one might think that anger of jealousy aren’t the whole reason for revenge, and that these two feelings are just temporary. This conclusion seems very compelling because one can see that anger and jealousy are just temporary, and that Iago’s many masks are covering his true emotions. This is a helpful interpretation, but it misses an important point. Jealousy and anger do in fact fuel the further acts of revenge. The beast within Iago is slowly being unleashed by his anger and jealousy for the acts that have occurred. Iago has been bottling it all up, and eventually, he’s going to burst. Ultimately, all throughout act 1, Iago perfectly portrays how jealousy fuels anger, which can lead acts of revenge through what he says in conversations either to himself or to others.

Conclusion: In the end, anger truly does fuel possible acts of revenge. Iago’s anger is building up inside of him, and he masks his anger with his many disguises. The beast within Iago seems to be banging on the door, wanting to escape and take over Iago. For now, Iago’s many masks have manipulated all of his “friends” to help him. With Othello, Iago is a friendly man who wants to “help” Othello. With Roderigo, he pretends to like him and care for him, only to get Roderigo to hate Othello even more. Iago is a manipulative and angry person, and now one can only wait for what is to come from the beast that is Iago. Ultimately, one can see that Iago’s anger is fueling the possibility of revenge.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Spencer Cobb/Collin Sailor Bully Summary Response


Summary
Lee Hirsch’s Bully illustrates the lives of young people throughout their intense journey of bullying. Self harm and even the tragic outcome of suicide can be the result of being picked on every day; whether it is on the bus, in the cafeteria, or in the classroom, it doesn’t matter. The constant torture of being abused physically as well as mentally can sometimes be too much for someone to handle alone. Anyone who stands by and watches someone being attacked, either through fists or words, and doesn’t do anything about it is just as bad as the bullies.


Response
Claim 1: Bully, by Lee Hirsch correctly portrays how bystanders are just as bad as the bullies themselves. As Alex, a 13 year old victim, that is constantly bullied and harassed everywhere. Teachers don’t help, and other kids just watch or join in. He doesn’t tell his own parents, and is having a very tough time. Every time he gets back up, he is pushed down again and again, both physically and mentally. He is called names, beat up, even sat on. He is actually to the point where he has gone through so much that he says he doesn’t even feel anything anymore. This is not only caused by the unthinkable behavior of the bullies, but the absence of help as well. All the bystanders are doing is creating a crowd, and ultimately pushing the bully to new heights.

Counterclaim 1: However, it is not the fault of the bystander that the kid, in this case Alex, is getting bullied. The bystanders are not at fault at all because they just happen to be at the same place as them by coincidence. The only time they would be to blame is if they watch it happen consistently and still do nothing about it. Another reason that the bystanders should not be blamed is because if they try to stand up for the victim, they may fear themselves getting bullied for being the one trying to befriend the “nerd, fish face, weirdo”, or whatever one might call the victim. In the film, the vice principal talks to the bystanders and they don’t get punished for being in the same place at the wrong time, so there must be nothing wrong with bystanding.

Rebuttal: At first glance, bullying seems to be a problem between two people, the bully and the victim. This conclusion seems very compelling because throughout Bully, on many different occasions, the victim was being directly linked with the bullies. Alex, Kelby, Tyler and more were all talked about in relation to the bullies who harass them. This is a helpful interpretation, but it is missing a key point. The bullies themselves aren’t the ones causing all the damage, and they are not even causing half the damage. Bystanders are the ones who stand on the side, watching a terrible scene unfold right in front of their eyes. Bystanders are the ones that are silently encouraging the bully further, and are the reason some victims never receive help. These people need to turn into upstanders, instead of being unhelpful bystanders. Ultimately, Bully is a story that definitely depicts how bystanders are a huge problem in bullying.

Conclusion: In the end, bystanders are as just a big of problem as the bullies themselves. They need to stand up for the victim, because most of the time, one person can’t stand up against the bully. Not only does the victim have to defend himself against his oppressor, but him or herself as well. Victims must have the courage to do whatever they normally do, with the troubling fear that they will get bullied. Bystanders need to step up and defend the victims in order to stop this.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I’m committed this year to giving everything a full effort and trying my hardest even when things might not be at their best. This year my goal is to connect with pretty much everyone around me. Whether that being fellow classmates, teachers, or anyone else that can help me succeed. Every failure this year will only turn into a success. Every mistake will be a chance to improve. I can’t wait to continue on with my freshman year and I am ready to take on these goals and commitments.