“Confucius Says…”

•May 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

1. Select 5 sayings and write a short explanation of them.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This saying means if you pick something in life, which you love a lot, then when you have to do it you don’t mind. It is by choice as a posed to picking something just for the money or other reasons but you hate it and you hate everyday you have to do it.

“”Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Typically being “beautiful” means the appearance of someone/thing, how they look but what people don’t see sometimes is the inner beauty of people. The inner beauty is much more meaningful than outer beauty but it is harder to see and some people choose not to see it.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” When you attempt any task in life it doesn’t matter if it takes you a day or ten years to complete it, just as long as you try your best and don’t give up.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall” This saying is similar to the one above as they both are about never giving up. This one is saying it may be an achievement to not fail but its a greater achievement to fail and be able to get back up and keep trying till you succeed.

“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.” The world is filled with complex and powerful concepts which have not even been explored. So if a person thinks he knows everything then he is naive as he has not explored or been asked every question.

3.How many storylines could relate to confusian sayings? List films, television shows, novels, etc that could be related to these sayings.

-Ugly Bettey (T.v Show)

-I love You Man (film)

-Looking for Alibrandi (novel and film)

-Survivor (t.v show)

-Da Vinci Code (Novel/movie)

-King’s Speech (movie)

– Mean Girls (movie)

-Beauty and the Beast (film/novel)

-The Social Network (movie)

-To Kill a Mocking Bird (Novel)

4. Write some Confucian saying of your own.

-Treat others as you would like to be treated

-People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

-You can’t have you cake and eat it too

-When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

-The sun will come out tomorrow, with a new sun comes a fresh start

Confucius’ life:

-Which of his teachings became law?

-What is the link between Taoism, Buddhism and Confucian teachings?

-To which countries did his teachings travel first? How did they get there?



•February 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

What scares you?  Why do they scare you? Is the fear rational? Include images

Something that scares me extensively is not knowing what I am wanting to do with my future and if I make the decision of either choosing to go back to Australia for year 11 and 12 or stay ing Vietnam will my decision I make be the right one, what if it is wrong I can never re-do it. This is a fear that is becoming more terrifying as the weeks go by as I really have no idea what I want to do as I have both pros and cons for staying or going. This fear might not be really scaring but I think it is rational as it determines my future and that freaks me out!

Another thing that scares me but is probably not so rational is seeing strangers dogs, I have no idea why I began to become scared of them, as I wasn’t when I was little. It’s just I have a fear that they are going to run up to me and bite me or kill me or something terrible. However, if I know the dog i’m fine amd some dogs don’t even scare me. I mean I had a Doberman which, is a pretty big dog but to me she was like a little Barbie doll, I could never imagine being scared of, just look at the ginger dog below awww.

Porphyria’s Lover

•February 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment
The rain set early in to-night,
The sullen wind was soon awake,
It tore the elm-tops down for spite,
And did its worst to vex the lake:
I listen’d with heart fit to break. 5
When glided in Porphyria; straight
She shut the cold out and the storm,
And kneel’d and made the cheerless grate
Blaze up, and all the cottage warm;
Which done, she rose, and from her form 10
Withdrew the dripping cloak and shawl,
And laid her soil’d gloves by, untied
Her hat and let the damp hair fall,
And, last, she sat down by my side
And call’d me. When no voice replied, 15
She put my arm about her waist,
And made her smooth white shoulder bare,
And all her yellow hair displaced,
And, stooping, made my cheek lie there,
And spread, o’er all, her yellow hair, 20
Murmuring how she loved me—she
Too weak, for all her heart’s endeavour,
To set its struggling passion free
From pride, and vainer ties dissever,
And give herself to me for ever. 25
But passion sometimes would prevail,
Nor could to-night’s gay feast restrain
A sudden thought of one so pale
For love of her, and all in vain:
So, she was come through wind and rain. 30
Be sure I look’d up at her eyes
Happy and proud; at last I knew
Porphyria worshipp’d me; surprise
Made my heart swell, and still it grew
While I debated what to do. 35
That moment she was mine, mine, fair,
Perfectly pure and good: I found
A thing to do, and all her hair
In one long yellow string I wound
Three times her little throat around, 40
And strangled her. No pain felt she;
I am quite sure she felt no pain.
As a shut bud that holds a bee,
I warily oped her lids: again
Laugh’d the blue eyes without a stain. 45
And I untighten’d next the tress
About her neck; her cheek once more
Blush’d bright beneath my burning kiss:
I propp’d her head up as before,
Only, this time my shoulder bore 50
Her head, which droops upon it still:
The smiling rosy little head,
So glad it has its utmost will,
That all it scorn’d at once is fled,
And I, its love, am gain’d instead! 55
Porphyria’s love: she guess’d not how
Her darling one wish would be heard.
And thus we sit together now,
And all night long we have not stirr’d,
And yet God has not said a word! 60


1. What kind of an atmosphere is evoked by the first four lines of the poem? How does this reflect the character’s feelings?  The first four lines are describing the stormy weather that sets the scene. Sterotypically stormy weather is associated with scary or disturbing events happening. However, the way it is written makes the character seem quite layed back and calm. Porphyria’s is a type of disease that makes you feel sick and messes with your mind. This disease could be related to lost love as when you lose the love it makes you feel sick, gutted and broken hearted. “The sullen wind”- This is not literally. The wind and rain can make you feel different moods but they don’t have the emotions, they just portray the sentiment.

4. What impression do you gain of Porphyria from what does she when she arrives? When Porphyria arrives, she gives many impressions. When she is being described as she takes her coat , hat and cloves off some how she is portrayed as a high class women. However, they poem also describes her as being a warm person that could either mean, she is a lovely, nice person or a very beautiful person or even both. Her first care when she arrives is for him as when she arrives she lights the fire for him to keep him warm.

6. Why should the reader’s curiosity be aroused by the statement: “When no voice replied”? The readers should start to feel curiosity  by this statement as she is stilling next to the man and calls him but he does not answer. He can hear her but chooses not answer why brings some interest as to why. When he says “No voice replied” he is talking bout himself as if he is two people, suggests his mind is split /crazy.

10. What does he decide to do?  Why? What does this show about him? Prophyria’s lover decides to kill her so that he can have her all to herself and make sure she finally cannot leave him as its what he has always been afraid of. “Perfect pure and good” at this time he thought it was a good idea to kill her that was like no big deal. This shows he has an unimaginable love for her so much so he becomes insane.

11. How does he treat the dead Porphyria? Why? After Porphyria’s lover kills Porphyria he treats her as if she is still alive as now she can never leave him. “A flower closing over a bee”-He thinks this simile is similar to him strangling her until she was dead.  Euphemism- it is a nice way of saying he killed her.

14. What is it about Porphria that seems to attrack Porphyria’s lover most?  Porphyria ‘s lover is drawn to her mostly by her eyes as they show she feels pride and worship looking at him, making him feel complete and loved which is what he wants. This also shows that maybe he feels a little too high of himself.

20. What wish of Porphyria’s does the lover believe he has granted?  He thinks because of the moment of love and pride he saw in her eyes, by killing her at that exact moment he feels he has managed to keep her feeling the same. He believed that he is granted her wish as all she wanted was to love him forever and now she can.

25. Is this poem only about love, or are other ideas being explored through the poem? Love, sacrafising, lose, death, fear, different ways of thinking and pain are just some others I think are explored.


Personification: The act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas. (Does your table feel tired…no but people can say the table looks tired…as in it looks old worn down..)

Simile: a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like’ or `as’)

Euphemism: an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh

Source: http://britlitwiki.wikispaces.com/Porphyria’s+Lover+Analysis (image)


•February 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

STAIRS – an extract…

On the stairs, there was a clear, plain silence.
It was a short staircase, fourteen steps in all, covered in lino from which the original pattern had been polished away to the point where it had the look of a faint memory. Eleven steps took you to the turn of the stairs where the cathedral and the sky always hung in the window frame. Three more steps took you on to the landing, about six feet long.
‘Don’t move,’ my mother said from the landing. ‘Don’t cross that window.’
I was on the tenth step, she was on the landing. I could have touched her.
‘There’s something there between us. A shadow. Don’t move.’
I had no intention. I was enthralled. But I could see no shadow.
‘There’s somebody there. Somebody unhappy. Go back down the stairs son.’
I retreated one step. ‘How’ll you get down?’
‘I’ll stay for a while and it will go away.’
‘How do you know that?’
‘I’ll feel it gone.’
‘What if it doesn’t go?’
‘It always does. I’ll not be long.’
I stood there, looking up at her. I loved her then. She was small and anxious, but without real fear.
‘I’m sure I could walk up there to you, in two skips.’
‘No, no. God knows. It’s bad enough me feeling it; I don’t want you to as well.’
‘I don’t mind feeling it. It’s a bit like the smell of damp clothes, isn’t it?’
She laughed. ‘No. Nothing like that. Don’t talk yourself into believing it. Just go downstairs.’
I went down, excited, and sat at the range with its red heart fire and black lead dust. We were haunted! I heard her moving upstairs. The house was all cobweb tremors. No matter where I walked, it yielded before me and settled behind me. She came down after a bit, looking white.
‘Did you see anything?’
‘No nothing at all. It’s just your old mother with her nerves. All imagination. There’s nothing there.’


4 Which one of the following quotations from the text suggests that the mother had experienced the strange feeling before?

1-‘Don’t cross that window.’

2-‘There’s somebody there.’

3-‘It always does.’

4-‘It’s a bit like the smell of damp clothes, isn’t it?’

5-‘where the cathedral and the sky always hung in the window frame.’

5 Is the writing effective in convincing you of a presence in the house?



Explain your answer by referring to the passage.

This exact does convince readers there is a presence in the house although the mother says to the boy at the end this was nothing, I merely think the mother was trying to protect the boy. There had to be something as the mother expresses her emotions so clear in the extract, it might have been a spirit but spirits. A spirit is the exact definition of a presence “a person or thing that exists or is present in a place but is not seen”.

6 ‘On the stairs there was a clear, plain silence.’

Why do you think the author chose to begin the passage this way?

Explain your answer by referring to the rest of the passage.

This particular sentence was chosen to begin the passage for several reasons. The author most likely picked this as it portrays exactly what the rest of the story is about, it sets the scene as we all know from this point on the passage will be about the stairs and the sentence brings a scene of coldness, which suggests the story is going to be a dark and thrilling kinda horror theme.

Image Source: http://www.thelmagazine.com/gyrobase/nightlife-awards/Content?oid=1373706&storyPage=23

‘My Country’

•January 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

1. Write your opinion (briefly) of the two versions of ‘My country’.

The first version of ‘My country’ I think is so beautiful although it is challenging to comprehend, the way they describe the outback is magically and reminds me of my aunty and uncle’s farm back home in Australia. Although the second version of ‘My Country’ is weaving the modern Australia, more people can relate to, with old time language, which is some what interesting and enjoyable to read. The second poem is more humorous and the first poem is more painting an image of the most spectacular aspects of Australia.

2. Write yor version of ‘My Country’.

I’m in love,

With high fashion and brands,

Being the last to stand,

What my dreams are made of.

Skinnies and heels,

You’ll never be ill.

Money spent,

Wallet bent.

Lakes and monuments,

Seeing my best moments.

Floods of snow,

Wine to flow.

Why ever would you leave,

When all your all passions weave

Fresh bread a waits

So dont be late.

3.Explain where is it you are writing about?

These two verses are using France as its inspiration.

4. Why did you pick this place?

We picked this country as, a lot of the group has a passion for fashion and we all know France is known for its fashion  and also  Kamy one of our members is french and used to live there so she could describe some what, what live is like.

5. How do you want the reader to feel after reading it?

I want the readers to imagine what we are writing and feel a passion for france. The poem isn’t as descriptive as like ‘My Country’ version one as we sort of combined a bit of humor with a bit of descriptive language to create this fun and kind of rhyming poem. Hope they enjoy it.

Source: http://www.cpf.navy.mil/subsite/pp09/PartnerNations.html [image]


•December 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

How much responsibility do you feel for what takes place around you: in your family, in your school, in your city, in your country, and in the world? List at least three responsibilities you feel for each level.

  • In the Family: The responsiblity to behave good all the time, to do as well as or better than my brother, and I have to try to set an example to my younger cousins.
  • In the School: There are many responsibilities some are, to come to school on time, to wear the correct uniform, following the  set school rules and to get good grades.
  • In the City: The responsibility to clean up after ourselves (not polluting), to find land that is livable, and follow the laws set in the city (being a good citizen)
  • In the Country: I have the responsibility to feel nationalism for my country, I have to try to help it stay beautiful by not polluting and I have to follow all the laws set in the country.
  • In the World: We have the responsibility to find solutions for our limited resources problem, some how it is up to this generation to bring awareness to everyone on issues to do with  population problems and should behave well, respecting all the people and animals in the world and treating them as one.

Chapters One & Two

•November 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

1. Collect words and phrases that create a sense of danger and foreboding. 

3. What is foreshadowing examples ch1-2. Foreshadowing is when the author will hint something dramatic is going to happen before it does, so the readers have to think and make their ideas as to what is doing to happen next. On the last page of chapter two, the author starts to tell the readers something horrible is about to be seen when Bruno looks over the balcony and the author describes Bruno’s actions but leaves the scene a mystery.