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Entry 1- Nguyễn Trà My

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Item 1: Poem

Why

By Helen Grandison

why do we begin if we don’t plan to finish
why do we love if we don’t want to get hurt
why do we live if someday we must die
why do we smile if we really hurt inside
why do we frown when everything is upside down
why do we plan but not take to action
why do we cry when someday it will be alright
why do we get mad if we really should be glad
why do we morn when somebody is gone
why do we say hi if we really mean goodbye
why do we question what shouldn’t be questioned
and answer what shouldn’t be answered?
tell me now…why?

Source: Pondering Life, Meaningful Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/pondering-life#ixzz1YPZJ9r00
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Rhetorical devices:

  • Rhyme: smile-inside;  frown-down; mad-glad; hi-bye
  • Repetition: “why do we…”

Message:

Each action has its own aim. Just do what you want, do not ask “why” because these

questions can not be answered in satisfied way.

 

 

 

 

 

 Item 2: Story

What They Forgot to Mention

The strongest and sweetest song remains to be sung. – Walt Whitman

I remember the day of my son’s diagnosis of autism as if it were yesterday. The tone of the doctor’s voice, the silence in the room, the words “lifelong disability, no cure, I’m sorry” still sting when I allow myself to reflect on that day.

But I have paused on occasions too numerous to count and thought, Someone should’ve mentioned that this would be part of the package when my child was diagnosed with autism.

Someone forgot to mention that I would listen to my child’s simple utterances or attempted approximations as if he was a world leader giving the speech of a lifetime. I could never have imagined the worth of a single word despite the fact that I may never hear it again.

Someone forgot to mention that when my son was finally potty-trained at age nine, there would be few people who could understand the significance of such an accomplishment, and even fewer with whom I could actually share it. Accomplishments of any size, their true worth known only to me, would bring quiet celebrations between my son and me.

Someone should’ve mentioned that autism is messy! Wallpaper’s meant to be shredded, bathrooms are designed to be flooded, walls are bare in order to smear stuff on them, washable paint really isn’t, and more food will actually be crushed and dropped than eaten.

I wish someone would’ve mentioned that autism is extremely expensive! Doctors, therapists, medications, supplements, conferences, and sensory equipment are only the tip of the iceberg. I could not have guessed that my child’s disability would allow people to cross our path in life who otherwise would not have, and that such people would willingly respond to a child in need.

Someone should have mentioned that each time a child with autism initiates or engages in a reciprocal hug, that feeling that you had when you held him for the first time comes back time and time again.

And they forgot to mention the day my son was diagnosed with autism that the triumphs over this disability would far outweigh the tears, that laughter would eventually ease the sense of loss, and that sheer faith would allow me and millions of other parents to fall into bed exhausted each night, only to get up the next day eager to discover what else they forgot to mention.

Story author Sandy Sotzen

Sandy Sotzen holds a master’s degree in education and has been a special-education teacher for twenty-one years. Sandy is the proud mom of two boys, ages fifteen and twelve, the youngest of which is identified with Autism. She can be reached at sandysotzen@comcast.net.

Source:http://www.chickensoupstories.com/

Rhetorical devices:

  • Repetition:

“ someone should’ve mention that…”

“someone forgot to mention that…”

Message:

The ignorance of the society can make autistic victims and their family come up against difficulties.This story calls upon everyone’s care about this serious disease.

Item 3: Cartoon

Source:

http://jayesh.profitfromprices.com/Fun_Best_Computer_Cartoons.htm

Rhetorical devices:

  • Overstatement:   Dad in the downstair sends a message to Andy in the upstair through a computer.
  • Metonymy: computer- modern technology

Message:

People who are addicted to modern technology can be isolated from both the outside world and their own family.

 

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Posted by trên 19/09/2011 in Entry 1

 

5 responses to “Entry 1- Nguyễn Trà My

  1. lethuthao

    21/09/2011 at 14:02

    I appreciate your items in terms of content.However, i would like to add some my personal opinions:
    + Item 1: I think one more rhetorical devices is an antithesis : the two clauses in every sentence contrast with each other for the purpose of emphasis. In terms of message, this poem remind us to unite our though and action. Moreover, there is a little irony here.
    + Item 3: besides your opinion, I think this picture also say something about the relationship among parents and children now. why not do the child say that speech to his parent ? this is a warning. I think so.^^

     
  2. nguyenxuanhoa

    22/09/2011 at 03:12

    Hi there, in general, I am interested in your all items. the poems is nice, the story has many meaningfulness to the autistic victims and the cartoon contains a lot of messages behind it.
    However, in the first item, the message should be talk more about the disagreements between thoughts and action. and in the third item, i agree with Thao that the cartoon also talks about the relationship among parents and children nowadays. Moreover, It contains aspects of irony when people live in the same house but they have to use internet to contact with each other..
    that’s all for my comments. I hope you will continue to do such a great job in the next entry ^^

     
  3. nguyenxuanhoa

    22/09/2011 at 03:19

    Hi there, in general, I am interested in your all items. the poems is nice, the story has many meaningfulness to the autistic victims and the cartoon contains a lot of messages behind it.
    However, in the first item, the message should be talk more about the disagreements between thoughts and action. and in the third item, i agree with Thao that the cartoon also talks about the relationship among parents and children nowadays. Moreover, It contains aspects of irony when people live in the same house but they have to use internet to contact with each other..
    that’s all for my comments. I hope you will continue to do such a great job in the next entry ^^

     
  4. quynhnhuvu0912

    22/09/2011 at 11:32

    my dear! I can’t see in your picture things to show the dad is being the downstair and his child being in the upstair .

     
  5. Nguyễn Trà My

    22/09/2011 at 13:15

    thanks for your comment! I will try my best in the next entry 😀
    @quỳnh: can you see the line “come dowstair for something to eat”?

     

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