Tommy Hilfiger: Marketing

I think that the line of clothes for disabled children is very nice and unique. I think that making children that are constantly reminded of their disabilities feel special is amazing, being a child and seeing how different everyone else is from them can destroy their confidence so making something unique for them is just what they need. I think this is a great idea.

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I think that this party flyer is about ignorant because Martin Luther King is a strong symbol of freedom and a historic black history leader. So to out him on a flyer for a teenage party is sad especially in the way the flyer portrays him. This flyer makes its seem like all black teens do is twerk and act ignorant when there is so much more to young black America. It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t Photoshop him throwing up west side.

Marketing: Burger King Ad

In my opinion I feel that this advertisement is a bit inappropriate because it is objectifying and not appropriate because Burger King is a family restaurant so it’s ad should appeal to a family audience and be appropriate for everyone to see. Now from a customer perspective it wouldn’t want to make me buy their food because the ads are degrading and not appropriate. I think that today companies go out of their way to make entertaining ads but don’t think of the reputation of the company, and this add isn’t appealing and makes Burger King look sad. I think that if this add goes viral (I’m not sure if it has already) that Burger King will loose some customers but not enough to make business go down.

Marketing: Burger King Ad

In my opinion I feel that this advertisement is a bit inappropriate because it is objectifying and not appropriate because Burger King is a family restaurant so it’s ad should appeal to a family audience and be appropriate for everyone to see. Now from a customer perspective it wouldn’t want to make me buy their food because the ads are degrading and not appropriate. I think that today companies go out of their way to make entertaining ads but don’t think of the reputation of the company, and this add isn’t appealing and makes Burger King look sad. I think that if this add goes viral (I’m not sure if it has already) that Burger King will loose some customers but not enough to make business go down.

Quick Blog: Slogan

a slogan is critical to a business because it makes the business memorable. The slogan makes the business memorable and appealing to a large demographic of people. If the slogan is included in various types of advertisements it becomes a household saying, so that when consumers are in stores they will know that this product is memorable and quality because of the slogan.

The Tempest 5

Creative Changes

The plot in the film stays original to the plot of the story just exaggerated much more than the book. When Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban were caught stealing the clothes the animals were definitely more dramatic than the play appeared in the book. There is definitely an added element of surprise and suspense in the chase scenes leading up to the end of the play. There is no reveal of Prospero’s intent revealed as big as its displayed in the play. Prospero let go in a more peaceful manner than a grand way like the book. The readers might have expected a translation from the applause into something in the last moments but there wasn’t a direct element.

Music and Sound

The chase scenes with Ariel, Trinculo, Stephano and Caliban had the most intense music, because it was an intense moment and it was symbolic of the last chase Prospero made Ariel do before he freed him. Also it is the last of the cruel things she does before she turns a new leaf. When Ariel is released from servitude the music is very peaceful and it fits the moment because regardless of how Prospero treats Ariel there is still a relationship between them unlike any other. Ariel was Prospero’s servant yet the had a bond in an odd sense, so seeing Ariel free was a release and a sentimental moment that embodies the change of the at the end of the play. The end only the sounds of the water splashing against the shore are heard. This is representative of the simplicity of Prospero’s end of his rule, the water and the Tempest is what starts the story so the sounds of the water end the story, and bring the play full circle.

Performance Evaluation

The ending of the play is really a moment to honor and shed light on Prospero and the method to his madness. The audience gets to see the reasoning to his evil doing and really get an in depth insight of why she summoned the storm. Prospero lived most of her life for this moment, she gets to see her daughter marry and become a woman, get the apology she’s needed and sets free servants that she has worked for a while. This act is about the release of all of the feelings Prospero held in a cleansing herself of her sins and wrong doings before she ends it all. Caliban and Ariel had the second larger performances. Ariel is finally free and can blossom as an individual and Caliban is also free to utilize his intelligence in a better way than spending time with alcoholics.

Personal Response

Now that this is the final post related to The Tempest, I can say I didn’t like this book and I thought I would be alone in this but a lot of other classmates that feel the same. I looked up the story before reading but I didn’t expect it to be this boring. I think for blog post especially it was hard to get something new out of each act when their was no climax in the play until the end to some extent. I’m glad it’s over and even though I didn’t like this play I’ve learned from my parallel reading and it’s another allusion or book of literary merit I can use for the AP exam. I can see how doing blog post can be so beneficial in the long run because its constant analyzing practice, which I do appreciate. In regard to Shakespeare this is not his best work in my opinion and this is the worst ShakespeareI’ve read out of all of his plays. Overall I’m glad it’s done and I finally know what this story was about.

The Tempest #5

Quotes

“Why, that’s my dainty Ariel! I shall miss thee:
But yet thou shalt have freedom: so, so, so.”

In the end we see a softer side of Prospero and how it looks like he works Ariel to the bone but he kept his word from the beginning of the play. This quote highlights the complete turn around in Prospero’s attitude towards Ariel, the other characters and just in general. This quote reveals feelings that Prosepro never displays and unleashes a vulnerable set of feelings for Ariel. Missing him and appreciating him for all the work he has done for him even though it was like servitude for a wrong doing on Ariel’s part. Prospero realizes what he has put Ariel through and all the work he’s done for him and that he’s worked him more than he should have so he is thankful for that, and that’s a feeling Prospero hasn’t displayed until now.

“Now my charms are all o’erthrown”

Prospero has reached a self actualized state and realized he is at the end of his life and mends relationships that weren’t strong in the beginning of the play. The storm and the contrast of Prospero’s character from beginning to end. This quote embodies a general theme of the play and the purpose of the Tempest and changes the overall tone of the story. This gives the story complexity and versatility in the range of tones and emotions the characters display. The dynamic in the relationships between is shifting and that makes it interesting and leaves the readers on their toes because elements are constantly changing.

Imagery/Symbolism

The strongest image in act five was the end of a new beginning. The story is ending and the characters with the exception of Prospero are going on to live their own lives not under Prospero’s power. Prospero gives act five a completely new perspective and what the meaning of this play is about. Because prior to act five the conclusion of this play was really up in he air as far as what the ending will be. The final act creates an image of wisdom and a strong life lesson that is representative of life in general. The image of act five is settling the act but in reference to the play as whole because it is chaotic attempting trying to connect the dots to predict the conclusion of the play.

Motif

The motif of act five is togetherness. Aside from a motif being the central point of a story this motif specifically stands out. Not only does the storyline come together in act five but the plot and the characters embrace a sense of union that the earlier portions of the play have lack. The story begins with the storm so up until the explanation the reader is left to their own devices to try and makes sense of everything. Then the story is introduced how Prospero was betrayed and yes he has the right to seek revenge but the extent he goes to is questionable. Then the reader mets Caliban who gives readers a biased perspective on of Prosepro when all along the end goal of the Tempest wasn’t to hurt anyone.

Theme

The theme of act five is equality. Throughout the entire play there was a distinct separation between the powerful and the weak. Prospero was obviously the most powerful but the few that he tolerated had more power than the ones he keeps prisoner to him. Ultimately everyone in the story ends up serving Prospero is some sense, so to end the play on a very equal note stood out. Prospero realizes the damage he’s done and the course of the story tracks his maturation of his mental state and his inner workings. The story ends on a very positive note and if does make readers question the plot, but it is a interesting and complex way to bring unity to an elitism point of view that makes up four acts of the play.

Personal Response

Overall this was a decent book, I wouldn’t say that it was my favorite that we’ve read but I learned from reading this book. I think that plot of the story was so flat for the majority of the play and then it partially sped up and ended in a way that I didn’t expect. The ending came out of no where in my eyes, yes Prospero did lighten up a bit in act four especially with Miranda and Ferdinand but I wasn’t expect him to act so polite when he exuded such a story and dark spirit the entire play. The epilogue was very heartwarming yet sad because Prospero’s life is ending. I think that this play seemed a bit more clear in Shakespeare’s head but to me I was lost. But once I watch the last of the film I’m sure I’ll get a better understanding of what and how he intended the play to be like. I think that reading Shakespeare in depth this year really opened my eyes to a lot of things I never noticed before in literature. It especially helped me with allusions and how they are the basis of a lot of literature. So although I didn’t necessarily enjoy this story I’m grateful that I read it and I can definitely used what I’ve learned at another point. Above all I’m glad blog post are done :D.

Poisonwood Bible 6&7

Analysis – Song of the three children
In book 6 the audience gets a view of the progression of each of the girls in their adult lives. It starts of with Rachel who is still very materialistic in her views, the hotel she has is representative of how she must have objects to justify her accomplishments. Though she has grown up with a perspective that isn’t much different than the perspective of her teenage self, she has grown and realized that she can not change Africa. Although she most likely longs for a luxurious life she cannot change what is second nature where she lives. Leah sees how European rule has effected the Kongo even though it was before her time. She thinks back on her life and believes that there is no way to end evil but there is a way to balance it with good. Adah talks about her personal life and her connection with work and how these viruses and microbes reflect so much from her time in Africa.

Analysis – The eyes in the trees
The eyes in the trees represent Ruth May who has grown like her sisters and watched over Kilanga and her family as they travel around the Kongo trying to find her burial. She sees the death of Mobutu before anyone else and examines the lives of the people of the Kongo. The title of this book is dedicated to her and her safe place, it is here that the reader gets an insight of Ruth May’s perspective. The final book reveals her wisdom and strength as an individual, the last book reveals how Ruth May acts as the glue that holds the girls and Orleanna together despite her not physically being there. All the daughters very different and separate lives, and they don’t really communicate but it is Ruth May who can help the family connect from beyond the grave. The book ends of Ruth May forgiving her mother despite her death at such a young age.

Allusions (Book 6)

Bible misprints
The bible misprints are representative of Nathan and how Adah says “We came in stamped with such errors we can never know which ones made a lasting impression. ” Demonstartes the misunderstanding of the religious teachings to the people of Kilanga, and how Nathan celebrates his wrong doings.
Parable of loaves and fishes
Upon arriving in Kilanga Nathan felt that the work he was doing was gods work and he was giving like Jesus, but he was hurting the people more than he was healing.

“Africa has ways of cleansing itself”
This is an allusion to Noah and the Flood God initiated the flood to cleanse the earth of all evil and wash away the bad. Similar to Adah’s comment on how Africa will cleanse itself.

Allusions 7
Title
The title of book seven alludes to previous books where Ruth May dies and finds her safe place. Which is in the trees so she looks down on Orleanna and her sisters this represents her watching over here sisters in a better place.

Eyes in the trees
In the final book Ruth May tells all about her sisters and things that they cannot see and she speaks with so much wisdom and knowledge like a godly figure which alludes to god knowing all and looking down on people.

H.O.T Questions

1. How does the perspective of each of the girls view of Africa reflect their character progression from beginning to the end of the book?

2. What does Rachel’s hotel name Equatorial represent?

3. Rachel and Adah are the only ones in book 6 to talk about their lives in America and Africa what does that say Leah?

4. How does the descriptive death of Mobutu symbolize an end to the political war that represents the end of the Prices story?

5. What do Adah’s final words say about her, since the reader never really got to know her when she was alive?

6. How does the menthol of the okapi in the final book bring the story full circle?

Personal Response 6&7

I really enjoyed this novel on so many levels and I’m really grateful that this book was introduced to me because I learned about the history of the Kongo and learned about so many biblical allusions I never knew about. With that being said this political allegory was done so well and in the end tied together so many very different perspectives of the same trip, which is enjoyable to a wide range of readers. I really loved getting a unique insight of the dynamic of this slightly dysfunctional family. Even in the saddest or most wild moments there are some relatable elements that my family and most families could relate to and u think that’s what makes this book so cool. I really liked Adah because I can relate to her not necessarily seeing eye to eye with her family on some subjects, I get the darkness she felt earlier on in the novel and her wisdom and desire and curiosity in things unlike most girls are into. The last two books really end the book on a lighter note that the story lacked in previous books. Although Ruth May isn’t there, there is a warmth and a soft presence as we see how much the girls have grown into women from the young girls they started this journey at. They’ve been through a lot of hardship and neglect from the man who is suppose to provide for them. Ruth May passing is tragic but she acts as the adhesive that holds the women together. Her safe place above her family is symbolic of her being in a better place because maybe the future wasn’t so bright for her in the physical world. Being why she is above the physical world looking down on how things would have been if she was still living. Ruth May is revealed to be the God of the Price family who died to save the ones she loved. Her death motivated Orlenna to get her sisters out of Kilanga and somewhere safe a give them all lives to really be grateful for. I really enjoyed reading this book and although the blog post are tedious I’m glad I do them and learn so much and read so many different books.

 

Poisonwood Bible #5

Analysis
Exodus goes off course of the original time period of the first four books. It begins like the first four books with Orleanna revealing how guilty and lost she’s feels after the death of her youngest daughter. Her death is what puts an end to Orleanna and the girls stay in the Congo. Orleanna and the girls leave to Bulungu, Rachel leaves with Axelroot. While Leah and Adah stay with her mother until Leah leaves with Anatole. Leah and Rachel marry and their marriages kind of show a bit of rebellion against what Nathan stood for. It’s surprising that they marry even having such a sad example of marriage displayed daily in front of them. Adah’s future seems the most practical and true to her identity. She is touched by all the children in Africa that she played with and decides to go to medical school and help find cures. Adah being rejected by her mother and being left out from a connection that her other sisters could relate to so well still keeps in touch with Orleanna. In Adah’s first part of book five she says she has begun to speak while Orleanna has gone mute, for self defense. Adah uses her past and her sister’s death to open up and act for herself while the wear and tear of life and all that Orleanna has been through has caused her to shut down.

Allusions

Exodus
In the bible Exodus means to leave and in Exodus Israelites left Egypt and were lead by Moses. In Exodus Orleanna acts as Moses and leads the girls out of the Congo and the oppression of their father and the death of Ruth May.

The song of three young men
This song represents three young men who did not worship God and were thrown into a furnace for not worshipping God. But they sing the song in appreciation for making it out of the furnace. Rachel, Leah and Adah allude to this story but being the three girls who make it out of Kilanga, despite the hardship they’ve been through.

Apocrypha
Adah mentions towards the end of Exodus the irony of how Nathan died and recalls a memory of Nathan making her write verses from Apocrypha for punishment. Apocrypha tells stories of godly men and gives instructions on how to live a religiously accurate life to some extent. This is ironic seeing how Nathan prided himself of these books but didn’t practice what he preached.

H.O.T Questions

1. How do Lumumba and Ruth May’s death serve as the central connection between the Prices and the Congo?

2. With the chapter titles being biblical, does that mean that God acts as a greater force in the favor of Orleanna and the girls?

3. With Ruth Mat’s death being revealed in Bel and the Serpent why do you think Barbara Kingslover continue the story when book four seems to represent the end.

4. Knowing that Orleanna wasn’t yet to save here daughter from the snake bite, what other guilt do you think she feels from Ruth May’s death.

5. Knowing that this is a political allegory, how do the political events line up and impact the Price family?

Personal Response

Book fine really threw me off because I wasn’t expecting a the times to change so greatly. I knew that Orleanna was telling the story from a future perspective but not like this. I expected that Orleanna would feel so lost and devastated after loosing her daughter especially loosing her so young. I feel like she feels the most broken by loosing Ruth May because she was so young and she saw an innocence in her that has been taken from herself. Ruth May was too young to experience the world and form her own opinions and she was the only daughter who hasn’t been completely corrupted by her fathers views. Adah comes out of her shell and lives for herself once she sees that her mother has completely lost herself. I like Adah the most because I can relate to her story and I see her being that sister that holds the family together despite their differences growing up. She looks out for Leah and Anatole and brings everyone together and tells Orleanna about Nathan’s death. I predict that Adah will be the strongest character and the story will end in her point of view.

 

Poisonwood Bible #4

Analysis
Book four of Poisonwood bible the title is representative of multiple moments in the book. Two deaths occur in book four that reveal hidden secrets from the first three books. Ruth May dies from a snake bitten and her weakened immune system does help her fight off the venom from the bite. When Ruth May’s sisters hear her scream they hear it from high up in the trees. The sound doesn’t come from the trees but it makes that sound represents Ruth May’s spirit being in her safe place. Ruth dies in on the same day leader Patrice Lumumba dies. Both characters are very reserved yet dominant and affect the lives of a group after they pass. Lumumba’s death officially symbolizes the complete downfall the Congo’s attempt at independence and democracy. Nathan is left feeling more rejected by the villagers of Kilanga because the ant attack has left the people desperate and hungry, the drought hasn’t progressed and there is no vegetation for the villagers. Leah tries to hunt with the the men but is initially denied, when she does go hunt she kills an antelope by the chief’s son tells her no. Then insults Leah by cutting of the antelope leg and throwing it at her. The disapproval from the villagers is because she is a woman doing a man’s job and doing it successfully, on top of that she’s American and taking food from the villagers who aren’t as better off as her and her family is.

Allusions

Bel and the Serpent
Bel and the Serpent is a direct allusion to the biblical story of bel and the dragon. Bel tricks people into her beliefs of her idol. Then Daniel (Nelson) sprinkles ashes outside of their home to catch who would try to harm him or the Prices. The ashes reveal that it was Tata Kuvudundu with six toes who has tried to curse them. This snake kills Ruth May.

Ruth May’s death
Ruth May’s death revealed that she was the dead child who Orleanna speaks to in he begin of each book. But her death is like the death of a god or a very significant person, her death unites the village which basically hasn’t been done since the Prices arrived in Kilanga. It makes all the children she befriended mourn and praise her by calling out the mother may I lines, and then a storm comes which the village has been waiting for since they are in a drought. Her death symbolizes an awakening.

Serpent
In Bel and the Serpent the audiences sees multiple allusions to the serpent that biblical represents evil. The serpent nearly kills Anatole, comes after Nelson and kills Ruth May meaning that their is evil afoot that is going to alter the villages safety and the Price family dynamic now that Ruth May is gone.

Personal Response

I had a slight feeling that Ruth May was the daughter that passed. But book four is really foreshadowing a wide range of possibilities as far the rest of the novel is concerned. The prominent snake image symbolizes evil and the living people that the snake did affect could be killed as well. Now that Ruth May is gone Orleanna will most like completely break down now that her child is dead or try to get her and the girls out of The Congo because obviously their welcome is being worn out and physically kill the family. For Leah and Nathan it’s very clear that the more they try and relate to the lives of the Kilangan people the more they will continue to get rejected. Every time Nathan nearly gains the trust of the village something happens that proves that he isn’t as religiously astute. I’m really going to be surprised with what happens in book five because so much has happened in Bel and the Serpent.