Monthly Archives: July 2012

Catcher in the Rye: Life Lessons for Students

This is one book that has gone through much controversy, hate, and then love.  When it was first released, The Catcher in the Rye was hated because of its supposedly, perverse nature and was actually banned in schools.

But then, it was then coined as one of the beloved books and was endorsed to be part of the reading curriculum of schools because of the way it presented life and love. It has even been the subject of essays in sites like college-paper.org and other related sites because teachers assign it as book reviews very so often.

And so, read on for things that students can get from this literature that was ahead of its time.

Things change when we become adults
The main character, Holden Caufield, thought that it was his life’s mission to save children falling off from innocence.  He had this notion that we can maintain our child-like ways even if we reach our adult life.  While this maybe the best way to live life, like a child who sees everything in black and white, unfortunately, in this world where the line between good and evil becomes thinner everyday, we are compelled to live life in some gray areas and just fervently hope to learn from them.

Before saving other, we must first save ourselves

Holden was held back by his bad experiences in Pency Prep, the college he attended, to his checking in to motels and his encounter with this endeared teacher, Mr. Antollini. He couldn’t bring himself up to fight with the pimp of the prostitute that he just wanted to talk to, he didn’t fight back with his roommate who beat him up after they disagreed
about a girl.

Living in the past will get us nowhere
At the end of the novel, Holden ironically remembers the people who beat him for no justifiable reason.  This can mean that he held on to the unwarranted violence that he received trying to do the right thing.  He is so holding tight to the past that it is the only thing that seemed to have brought him comfort.

 

References:

http://www.college-paper.org/
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/catcher/

 

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Lessons Highschool Students Can Learn from Frankenstein

Since school is about to begin in less than five weeks, it is high time students hit the books and begin on munching on literature that would be part of their reading list when school time comes. And one of the books in every classroom reading list is Frankenstein.

Messing with the natural order of things has serious consequences
When Victor Frankenstein created the robot and brought it to life, even not giving it a name, he unleashed an unseen force of destruction.  He created a living, breathing creature the unnatural way and then turned his back because the creature did not looked like what he envisioned.

There is evil inside each of us
Robot or human, we all have our dark side. We are all inclined to go to the dark by certain life situations which overall are confusing and disheartening.  The monster turned murderous after he experienced rejection and disgust because of its appearance.

Taking someone else’s life for revenge does not bring peace
Vengeance in the form of killing will never, ever bring complete peace.  It might bring satisfaction and a sense of justice but it will forever haunt us, no matter how wronged we felt.  Victor spent the last months and days of life just searching the monster and vowing that one of them has to die so that the string of deaths of his loved ones will end.

Reference:
Frankenstein Overview (Link)

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Weird-Sounding Real Names of Singers

Music icons trade in their original names for pseudonyms for various reasons. Perhaps, a number of them certainly don’t like their real names for a fact that it’s not profitable and marketable, as well as for others, they are just targeting to regain their respect in streets. As you can grasp on this shortlist, many of them need to change their given names that may possibly leave you raising your eyebrows and smirking a smile while scratching your head because of their peculiar bona fide names.

Akon – Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam

Barry Manilow – Barry Pincus


Bjork – Bjork Gudmundsdottir

Dido – Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong

Freddie Mercury – Farrokh Bulsara

George Michael – Yorgos Panayiotou

J. Holiday – Nahum Grymes

M.I.A. – Mathangi Arulpragasam

Omarion – Omari Grandberry

Seal – Henry Olusegun Olumide Samuel

Snoop Dogg – Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr

Stevie Wonder – Stevland Judkins

The-Dream – Terius Youngdell Nash

Yanni – Yiànnis Hryssomàllis

Yngwie Malmsteem – Lars Lannerback

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Hunky Male Celebs Who are also Hunky Professors

Teachers have the noble task of educating students to be the best they can be. They stretch their creative juices just to make their students engaged and willing to absorb the lessons inside the four walls of the classroom. Being an educator entails being a second parent, making students write numerous college essays, being their friend and enemy at times, and always having their best interests at heart.

The following male celebrities who are or at one point of their lives became teachers have a little advantage over getting their students’ attention. They have face and their physique to thank for that.

James Franco
Taught at Yale on 2011 and currently teaching poetry and film at NYU

John Hamm
Taught drama John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, Missouri

Kalpen Modi
Taught Asian-American Studies at University of Pennsylvania

Sting
Taught English, Music, and Soccer at St. Katherine Convent School in England

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5 Successful Celebs Who Didn’t Get Their HS Diploma

Celebrities might have billion dollar mansions, multi-platinum albums, great concerts, blockbuster motion pictures and other crocks of gold; but then again they didn’t reach their fame through triumphing book reports and academic research papers first.

For me, as well as for other readers out there, at any rate it feels so lucky that we’ve earned our HS degree regardless of being certainly ordinary entities. And enumerated below are just some of the prosperous stars who never graduated from high school by taking a serious break from schooling only to become the brightest luminaries in Hollywood.

Lindsay Lohan
Raspy voiced actress Lindsay Lohan looted more court hearings than HS recognitions. Sexy LiLo was homeschooled while filming The Parent Trap (1998) and later enrolled on the famous conservatory for the stars Laurel Springs School but still she never finished her HS units.

Johnny Depp
A-list box office victor Pirates of the Caribbean star stopped attending school when he was just 15, in hopes of becoming a rock artist.
“I’d been in high school three years, and I may have just walked in yesterday. I had, like, eight credits. I was in my third year of high school and I didn’t want to be there. I was bored out of my mind and I hated it.”

Drew Barrymore
Hollywood darling Drew Barrymore’s childhood was so chaotic that she didn’t earned any degree from high school or college; however at this moment she is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.


Charlie Sheen

In 1983, Mr. Warlock Sheen attended and joined in Santa Monica High School varsity baseball team coached by Jose Lopez, who is now professional infielder for the Cleveland Indians. Unluckily, his accomplishment on the baseball playing field did not turn to triumph in the schoolroom, as he fight back to make his class marks up. Just a few weeks prior to his scheduled commencement day, Good Time Charlie was disqualified to march on the G-day and expelled due to poor attendance and poor class remarks. Fortunately, he became the highest paid star on television.

Britney Spears
The Princess of Pop dropped out on Kentwood High School in Lousiana before becoming a pop icon. She previously attended on a private institution in Mississippi, Parklane Academy until October 1994. FYI: Spears was on the girls’ basketball team.

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Photoblog: Celebrity Mothers and Babies

Victoria Beckham and Baby Harper Seven


Beyonce Knowles and Blue Ivy

Sasha Fierce tries hiding her baby from “Guerilla-style” photographers.
Tittle-tattles surround Queen B’s baby, according to conspiracy theorist BLUE IVY stands for “Born Living Under Evil, Illuminati’s Very Youngest”

Jessica Simpson and Maxwell Drew Johnson
(Eric Johnson on the right)

Kate Hudson and Bingham Hawn Bellamy

Marion Cotillard and Marcel

Natalie Portman and Aleph Portman-Millepied

Jennifer Connelly and Agnes Lark

P!nk and Willow Sage Hart

Emma Bunton and Tate Lee Jones

Mariah Carey and Twins Moroccan and Monroe

Penelope Cruz and Leonardo

Miranda Kerr and Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom

Christina Applegate and Sadie Grace LeNoble

Hillary Duff and Luca Cruz Comrie

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