It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

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Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in England. His mother and father were of the middle class. When he was 12 he was sent to work in a shoe blacking factory which had a huge impact on his self-esteem. Later he went to work in a lawyer’s office. Dickens didn’t like lawyers and you can see that in his stories. All of the lawyers are portrayed as dark grumpy old men. Nevertheless, Dickens found his calling of writing later on in his lifetime. Printing his Pickwick Papers turned out to be a huge success. He is even known for creating the childhood, giving, and innocence we associate with Christmas today because of the novel a Christmas Carol.

I think that Charles Dickens is a true success story. I love his works, my personal favorite being A Christmas Carol. I adore every movie and story that it has been made out to be. He is a wonderful writer that just proves that you can do anything that you want and should never let anyone hold you back.

Charles Dickens 

FUN FACT!

Dickens had written half of a novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, but left it unfinished when he died of a stroke in 1870

 

Shakespearrrrr

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STOP #1

1) He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, allegedly on April 23, 1564.

2)Scholars agree he attended grammar school in Stratford.

    He did not attend a university.

    There is much contraversy because records do not exist.

3) Shakespear married Anne Hathaway

     He was 18

    She was 26

4)They had 3 children: Susanna,  Judith, and Hamnet

5)He was an actor in London

6)They were an acting company.

    They were later known as the Kings Men.

7)He retired in 1611

8) He died on his birthday. 

 

STOP #2

1)Men harvested and worked the feilds along with jobs.

    Women worked the dairy, cooked, tended to children and childbirth.

2) At a betrothal, the two people join hands. He gives her a ring to be worn on the right hand. It changes to the left at the wedding.They seal the contract with a kiss, and signatures

They were legally married.

3)With parental permission, boys are legal to marry at 14, girls at 12.

    It was suggested girls not marry before 18 and boys not before 22.

    Love is a foolish reason to marry.

    A strong bond exist with parents and children.

   With marriage wives belong to their husbands.

4)Only boys go to school. Girls are educated at home

 

 

STOP #3

1)The Globe was built in London in 1599.

2)He had a share in it.

3)Weathy patrons sat at the top.

4)Groundlings were the people that were poor and stood on the ground.

5)In 1613, the roof was accidentally set on fire by a cannon during a performance of Henry VIII. The entire theatre burned in about an hour.

In Sep. 1999 the Globe was reconstructed

Play Your Way to Victory

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This commercial told the story of a remarkable young lady. She was deaf and was not able to hear the thing that she loved most which was music. However through a dear man that she befriended she learned that she could feel the music. The setting is in China in a populated city where she attends school. Many conflicts are going on during the video. The little girl is not only dealing with a bully, but she is having to find a way to cope with her didability and her passion. The irony is the man and the little girl are deaf but have a burning desire to play the violin.Her story symbolizes the fact that you shoud always chase your dreams no matter how far fetched they are.

Spooky Buissness

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Superstitions were common during Shakespeare’s time. They thought that all of them had to do with the devil. Today there are many places that are considered haunted.

The Whaley House, California

Borley Rectory, Essex, England

Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England

The Myrtles Plantation, Louisiana

Just to name a few. During Elizabethan England ghost were fairly common. Books and plays often included a ghost or apparition of some sort. People thought that ghost had some meaning and purpose whereas today most folks think you are just crazy. Im not saying that ghost do not exist but I have never had an experiance with one and I hope I don’t!

 

Below is a website that includes the top 10 most haunted places in the world!

http://listverse.com/2007/08/22/top-10-most-haunted-places/

Assignment # 7

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This is a really amazing bird. The Lyre Bird made all kinds of noises like chain saws, camera clicks, car alarms, species of different birds! The bird really represents how society can affect nature. We as humans are constantly expanding and industrializing the world around us. It is great that we get to experience something as majestic as this bird but we should really stop and think about how much we affect the nature and world around us.

Barbie Girl.

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I found a website http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42595605/ns/today-today_people/t/life-size-barbie-gets-real-women-talking/ it discusses Barbie. When I was little I always thought that Barbie was what the ideal woman should look like. Taken from Barbie’s proportions and put into real life her measurements are about 6 feet tall with a bust of 39″, a waist of 18″ and hips that are about 33″. Needless to say she is a life-size model of an eating disorder and she looks ridiculous.  Girls in high school especially, struggle with eating disorders and trying to have the perfect body. Girls do not just become to hate their bodies, society makes them that way. Nobody ever appreciates or even second glances at a bigger girl 98% of the time. I am not saying that being overweight is good, it’s actually quite unhealthy but I think you need to love your body regardless and make changes when you are prepared to. Society has a great influence over young women and the fact of being “plus size” is very hurtful to most that fall into its category. I have never been overweight, I am very active and I am constantly at the gym and trying to watch what I eat. However I had to get to the point where I am not doing it for the world to see, I am doing it for me and my own personal health. We are all human, God made us the way he wanted. Love yourself for who you are.