Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ben Franklin Summary Response

Summary:
The quote, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” by Ben Franklin in 1759 depicts that in order to gain full safety one must sacrifice parts to their rights and privacy.

Response:
In 1759 Ben Franklin correctly portrayed how the people’s rights are given up when the government adds new security when he said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”. Safety can be achieved without the government watching the citizens of America and monitoring their every action. The government will continue to add more cameras and security and the people will continue to further lose more rights. This government power will spread farther and get bigger and eventually develop full control. When one allows their rights to be taken away, they are added somewhere else. For example, Colorado Pols wrote that “not only do red lights and speed cameras “undermine public trust,” they also undermine — perhaps naturally — individual privacy” (Colorado Pols, 2012). When the government sets up security cameras and other devices, one's individual privacy is taken away. One can no longer do whatever they please, do to the rise in cameras across America. This no longer can be known as safety, but rather as an invasion of citizens rights and privacy. However, if there were no cameras monitoring the actions of Americans, many criminals and terrorists would not have been caught. When cameras are around, people are deterred from completing a crime in the first place. But if they do, a camera makes much it easier to find suspects or the criminal all together. As Russell Huebsch of Demand Media explains, security cameras “almost always reduce theft and other crime that occurs” (Huebsch). This proves how effective the cameras are and why they are necessary to provide safety. A common view is that cameras are necessary to keep America safe and that it doesn't violate our rights. However, Americans are constantly watched, and that violates the right to privacy. The government targets innocent citizens in the attempt to find safety, so much that it does not seem like safety is even the issue. For example, many human rights organizations and advocacy groups say “that the government has become too aggressive in its efforts to keep the American public safe.” This just goes to show how involved the government is in society and how it is to the point where it has become too much. Franklin illustrates how human rights are given up in the search for full safety and protection.

Citations:
Ruckee, Katie. ""Startling" Number Of Americans Are On Terrorist Watchlist."MintPress News.
Mint Press, LLC, 23 July 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2016.
"Denver: Third “Most Watched” City in America." Denver Pols. Colorado Pols, 17 June 2012. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.
Huebsch, Russell. "Pros & Cons of Using Security Cameras in Privately Owned Businesses." Small Business. Hearst Newspapers, LLC, 2016. Web. 4 Feb. 2016.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sage Act 5 Summary Response

Summary:
Act 5 of Othello by Shakespeare demonstrates how the power of jealousy fuels betrayal. Iago was so jealous of Cassio that he was led to deceiving his friends. These feeling of jealousy caused Iago to destroy Othello and Desdemona’s relationship, kill his friend Roderigo, and kill his wife. Clearly, Shakespeare’s Othello depicts the strength jealousy has and what it leads to.

Response:
  • Make an argument
    • Take a position
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello by William Shakespeare correctly portrays the power the jealousy holds and how it has the ability to fuel betrayal and revenge.

  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up: Othello is convinced by Iago that Desdemona has cheated on him and he becomes extremely jealous and angry. These feelings lead him to betray his wife.
      • what is happening in the story
    • Evidence: Lead-in: Othello quickly decides that the only way to deal with Desdemona and punish her is by murdering her.  He comes into her room right before he kills her and says,  “ quotation” (“If you bethink yourself of any crime Unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace, Solicit for it straight” (Shakespeare  5.2.30-33).  )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim: Othello explains to Desdemona that she must confess to her crimes and pray for forgiveness one last time before she dies. He doesn’t give Desdemona a chance to explain herself or confess the truth to him. The jealousy he felt led him straight to betraying his wife and killing her.
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • Set-up: However, jealousy does not seem to fuel betrayal when Iago murders Roderigo.
    • Evidence: Lead-in: Roderigo and Cassio had been the ones fighting but in the end Iago was the one to kill Roderigo. Right before he stabbed Roderigo, Iago shouted,  “ quotation” ( “O murd’rous slave! O villain! (Shakespeare 5.1.73). )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: Iago was trying to blame Roderigo’s death on Cassio by making it seem like he had just found the two men. He had no reason to kill Roderigo, and he had never been jealous of him before. Therefor proving that jealousy is not needed to fuel revenge.

  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? A common view is that revenge and betrayal are brought upon on their own, and that jealousy does not fuel it. This makes sense because not all betrayals are fueled by jealousy. However, most of the time jealousy is the aspect that causes the want for revenge. When someone wants vengeance on someone, or wants to betray them, it is most commonly because they are jealous of them. Jealousy can cause someone to go as far as even killing someone they love. This just goes to show the power jealousy truly has over people.

Concluding sentence: restate main idea: Shakespeare illustrates how envy is so powerful that it causes the want for deception and vengeance on others.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sage/Isabella Summary Response Act 1 REDO

Summary Response Outline

Summary:
Act 1” of Othello by William Shakespeare illustrates how love overpowers jealousy and anger. Brabantio, Iago, and Roderigo all try their best to tear Desdemona and Othello apart, but in the end the two stay married. Clearly, Othello by Shakespeare demonstrates the strong influence that love has on people and their decisions.

Response:
  • Make an argument: Othello proves that love overpowers the influence of prejudice and anger.
    • Take a position
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello by William Shakespeare unearths the power of love, and it’s capability to overcome prejudice and anger, because Othello and Desdemona remain in love even after Iago, Roderigo, and Brabantio all tried to tear them apart.

  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up:
      • what is happening in the story Brabantio, driven by rage and preconception, takes Othello before the Duke to penalize him for beseeching his daughter with so called witchcraft.
    • Evidence: Lead-in:   Othello articulates his affection for Desdemona by divulging the manner in which he won her over “ quotation” (‘“She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have used’” (Shakespeare 1.3 194-195). Desdemona then  pried her father’s heart by comparing her inevitable love to the love her mother has for Brabantio “quotation” (“‘And so much duty as my mother showed To you, preferring you before her father, So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor my lord’” (Shakespeare 1.3 215-218)
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim Both Othello and Desdemona remain in love, even when her own father proclaims his hatred for the Moor. Desdemona’s love for Othello withstands resentment and anger from her father. They both continue to fight for what they love, regardless of the prosecution from Brabantio.

  • Counterclaim 1: However one may argue that since Iago and Roderigo still despise Othello even after he and Desdemona profess their love. It proves love does not overpower prejudice and anger.
    • Set-up As Othello begins to vocalize his defense, it is clear Iago remains unmoved
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “‘She must change for youth. When she is sated with his body she will find the error of her choice’” (Shakespeare 1.3 393-394).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim Evidently Iago still finds Othello and Desdemona's love to be of weak and superficial nature. His hate for Othello continues, even when Othello has suppressed himself to a stance of compassion and weakness.

  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? A common view is that love has no effect on someones feelings of anger or prejudice. Roderigo’s and Iago's emotions were not changed when they saw the true love of Othello and Desdemona, so therefor love doesn’t alter anything. However, there is a clear example of how love does change the view of someone. Othello and Desdemona’s love defies all love, as it endured torment from even the most influential of characters.. Even the Duke was profound by the pride and affection between the newly weds “‘Your son in law is far more fair than black’” (Shakespeare 1.3 331)Shakespeare demonstrates love can overpower anger and betrayal.

  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea Othello by Shakespeare proves love is as forceful as its antithesis, although there are deterrents, extreme love will bear through hatred.

Sage/Isabella Summary Response Act 2 REDO

Summary Response Outline

Summary:
Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare demonstrates how jealousy and betrayal override love. Iago is so jealous and angry that he was able to forget all his years of friendship with Othello and plot against him. He secretly manipulates the people around him into believing what he wants them to believe. Iago wants Othello’s marriage with Desdemona to fall apart, and he tries his hardest to do that. Clearly, Shakespeare’s Othello illustrates the strong power that jealousy holds on people.

Response:
  • Make an argument
    • Take a position
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello by William Shakespeare correctly portrays how jealousy and betrayal overpowers love because Iago abandons his loyalty and love towards Othello.

  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up: Iago’s years of companionship with Othello are discarded as soon as Othello gives Cassio the position that Iago desired.
      • what is happening in the story
    • Evidence: Lead-in: When Cassio loses his position due to a fight, Iago wants Cassio to use Desdemona as a tool to gain back his position. Iago tells Cassio to “ quotation” ( “Confess yourself freely to her. Importune her help to put you in place again” ( Shakespeare 2.3. 337-339). )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim Despite his years of serving by the side of Othello, Iago proceeds to tear apart his love with Desdemona, and his relationship with his Lieutenant. Iago’s jealousy for Cassio, casts a  shadow upon his faith for Othello.   

  • Counterclaim 1:  
    • Set-up However Desdemona and Othello’s relationship shows a contrary view. Their love stays strong through peril and sabotaging.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  This is prevalent when Othello and Desdemona profess their love for each other openly. When Othello returns, Desdemona runs to him exclaiming “ quotation” ( “ It gives me wonder great as intent To see you here before me. O my soul’s joy!” (2.1 199-200).  )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim Shakespeare proves that Othello and Desdemona remain a force to be reckoned with,  regardless of those who try to sabotage their love.

  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? A common view is that Othello’s and Desdemona’s marriage shows the power of love. What is often not considered is Cassio and Desdemona’s relationship that seems a little too close for comfort. Soon Othello subjects himself to jealousy. Even the most loyal people sometimes stray from their devotions as Desdemona does. In combination with the example of Iago’s treason, the evidence becomes overwhelming. Jealousy can always ignite into betrayal, and betrayal will overrule love.
Concluding sentence: restate main idea Othello by William Shakespeare is a prime example of how deception is often rooted from jealousy, and can overpower love.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sage/Isabella Summary Response Act 2

Summary:
Act 2 of Othello by William Shakespeare demonstrates how jealousy and betrayal override love. Iago is so jealous and angry that he was able to forget all his years of friendship with Othello and plot against him. He secretly manipulates the people around him into believing what he wants them to believe. Iago wants Othello’s marriage with Desdemona to fall apart, and he tries his hardest to do that. Clearly, Shakespeare illustrates the strong power that jealousy holds on people.

Response:
  • Make an argument
    • Take a position
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello by William Shakespeare correctly portrays how jealousy and betrayal overpowers love because Iago abandons his loyalty and love towards Othello.

  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up: Iago’s years of companionship with Othello are discarded as soon as Othello gives Cassio the position that Iago desired.
      • what is happening in the story
    • Evidence: Lead-in: When Cassio loses his position due to a fight, Iago wants Cassio to use Desdemona as a tool to gain back his position. Iago tells Cassio to “ quotation” ( “Confess yourself freely to her. Importune her help to put you in place again” ( Shakespeare 2.3. 337-339). )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim Despite his years of serving by the side of Othello, Iago proceeds to tear apart his love with Desdemona, and his relationship with his Lieutenant. Iago’s jealousy for Cassio, casts a shadow upon his faith for Othello.   

  • Counterclaim 1:  
    • Set-up However Desdemona and Othello’s relationship shows a contrary view. Their love stays strong through peril and sabotaging.
    • Evidence: Lead-in  This is prevalent when Othello and Desdemona profess their love for each other openly. When Othello returns, Desdemona runs to him exclaiming “ quotation” ( “ It gives me wonder great as intent To see you here before me. O my soul’s joy!” (2.1 199-200).  )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim Shakespeare proves that Othello and Desdemona remain a force to be reckoned with,  regardless of those who try to sabotage their love.

  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? A common view is that Othello and Desdemona’s marriage shows how jealousy and betrayal cannot overrule love. Although Cassio and Desdemona’s relationship seems a little too close for comfort. Soon Othello subjects himself to jealousy. Even the most loyal people sometimes stray from their devotions as Desdemona does. In combination with the example of Iago’s treason, the evidence becomes overwhelming. Jealousy can always ignite into betrayal, and betrayal will overrule love.
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea Othello by William Shakespeare is a prime example of how deception is often rooted from jealousy.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sage/ Isabella Act 1 Summary Response

Summary:
Act 1” of Othello by William Shakespeare illustrates how love overpowers jealousy and anger. Brabantio was convinced by Othello and Desdemona's love for one another and was able to forget the displeasure and rage he felt with the situation. He heard both sides of the story, and decided to let the lovers stay with one another. Clearly, Shakespeare demonstrates the strong influence that love has on people and their decisions.

Response:
  • Make an argument: Othello proves that love overpowers the influence of prejudice and anger.
    • Take a position
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Othello by William Shakespeare unearths the power of love, and it’s capability to overcome prejudice and anger, because Brabantio’s prejudice and aggravation is altered after Othello and Desdemona's’ sincere pleads of love.

  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up:
      • what is happening in the story Brabantio, driven my rage and preconception, takes Othello before the Duke to penalize him for “beseeching his daughter with so called witchcraft”.
    • Evidence: Lead-in:   Othello articulates his affection for Desdemona by divulging the manner in which he won her over “ quotation” (‘“She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have used’” (Shakespeare 1.3 194-195). Desdemona then  pried her father’s heart by comparing her inevitable love to the love her mother has for Brabantio “quotation” (“‘And so much duty as my mother showed To you, preferring you before her father, So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor my lord’” (Shakespeare 1.3 215-218)
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim Both Othello and Desdemona use their best role play to manipulate Brabantio’s heart strings. It is a success, as Brabantio softens and begins to embrace Othello.

  • Counterclaim 1: However one may argue that since Iago and Roderigo still despise Othello even after he and Desdemona profess their love. It proves love does not overpower prejudice and anger.
    • Set-up As Othello begins to vocalize his defense, it is clear Iago remains unmoved
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “‘She must change for youth. When she is sated with his body she will find the error of her choice’” (Shakespeare 1.3 393-394).
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim Evidently Iago still finds Othello and Desdemona's love to be of weak and superficial nature. His hate for Othello continues, even when Othello has suppressed himself to a stance of compassion and weakness.

  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? A common view is that love has no effect on someones feelings of anger or prejudice. Roderigo and Iago's emotions were not changed when they saw the true love of Othello and Desdemona, so therefor love doesn’t alter anything. However, there is a clear example of how love does change the view of someone. Brabantio’s mind, even when filled with anger and hate, was still altered when he saw the immense amount of love that Othello and Desdemona had for one another. Even the Duke was profound by the pride and affection between the newly weds “‘Your son in law is far more fair than black’” (Shakespeare 1.3 331)This just goes to show how powerful love truly is.

  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea Through the complexity of these social injustices, one theme becomes prevalent: love is as forceful as its antithesis. Although there are deterrents, even the cruelest characters will soften with endearment.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sage/ Isabella Bully Summary Response Outline

Summary:

The film “Bully” by Lee Hirsch leaks the raw horror behind the victims of bullying. It follows the lives of a handful of bully victims, all of whom have remarkable stories of triumph and torment. To further move the reader, the film also covers the tragic suicides some teens committed after relentless harassment.

Response:
  • Make an argument
    • Take a position
  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
Bully by Lee Hirsch correctly portrays the detrimental effects of bullying, because of it’s heart wrenching inside stories of bully victims, and the lackadaisical approach taken to end it .

  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up: When Alex’s parents finally started to see what was truly happening to their son at school, they were appalled.
      • what is happening in the story
    • Evidence: Lead-in:   They went to Alex and tried to comprehend how he didn't feel hurt by this and all he could say was “ quotation” (  “I’m starting to think I don't feel anything anymore,” (Hirsch).   )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim: Alex’s parents quickly went to the school's principal and tried to put an end to the cruel bullying. But the principle did not apply enough emphasis to fix the issue and Alex's affliction persisted on a daily basis. This demonstrates just how inadequate the approaches to help bully victims truly are.

  • Counterclaim 1: However, at times the adults involved tied their hardest to end the torment.
    • Set-up: A boy named Tyler committed suicide when he was just 17. His parents set up a meeting at the town hall to inform other parents, students, teachers, and families of the effects of bullying. They wanted to make a change.
    • Evidence: Lead-in: Tyler's dad recounted their story to the gathering of people, “ quotation” ( “ I will go to my grave until a difference is made,” (Hirsch)  )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim: This demonstrates how much people do care about the issue and how important it is for them to put a stop to bullying.

  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?: A common view is that the bullying in these stories is acknowledged and that the adults do try their hardest to put a stop to it. However, the issue is that students are still getting hurt. They are still feeling the immense pain caused by their peers. This just goes the show that adults are not really putting an end to bullying, or helping it at in any way at all.

  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea: Hirsch illustrates how proper action must be taken to end bullying, and as of now, little to no action is being taken at all.