Book Talk: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Book Talk: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini

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Reading Response: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini follows the story of 15-year-old Craig and his struggle with depression. After dealing with the daily pressures of an overachieving high school life, Craig makes a split decision one night commit suicide. Yet before going through with it, Craig calls a sucked hotline and takes the given advice to go to the hospital. From there, he is admitted into an adult mental hospital where he meets some unique characters and is forced to deal with the sources of his anxiety. Continue reading

Hamlet Final Project: Fate from Approval

In every community, one can witness individuals striving to gain approval from others. My community is no different. In the city, neighborhood, and School I grew up in, I’ve been able to observe a variety of people behaving in a way that will impress others. This piece follows that desire for a approval from its childhood beginnings, through high school and adult life, all the way to its negative end results. Continue reading

Literary Analysis Essay: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Defying Stereotypes, Defining a Role

Most consider it common knowledge that the world would not function well if it was made only of men. The same idea exists for a world made entirely of women. In the real world, a constant need for both strong men and women exists. Still, this need often fails to carry over to literature. Damsels in distress plague books as male characters act to save the day. Other times the female character plays the role of an object placed in the plot with the sole purpose of satisfying the man’s desires. Yet, J.K. Rowling breaks those stereotypes in her novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She understands the need for strong characters and finds the time to establish diverse characters – both males and females. They each carry a pivotal role in the book and the outcome regarding the plot might differ without them.

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