Monday, May 11, 2015

Kyrsten Lampman
DMACC Comp.
Ms. Gach
To Kill A Mockingbird
Blog 2.

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

Tom Robinson, the black man Atticus defended, is proven guilty for raping a white woman. This is when Scout realizes that a white man’s word will always carry more weight than a black man’s and the sad part is that the only difference is in the skin color. The people of the town follow the saying above because they will do anything to make people believe what they think they see and hear. Scout realizes she has been following this same pattern when she is saved by “the crazy man down the street.” She learns to listen hard to the things that are said and only go by the facts of life.
Kyrsten Lampman
DMACC Comp
Ms. Gach
To Kill A Mockingbird
Blog 1.

“The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a young girl named Scout is taught about the  prejudice and injustice based around racism when she finds out that her father Atticus has to defend an African-American man in court when he is accused of raping a white woman. She always thought of herself being equal to the black people around her but is shell-shocked when she overhears that a negro’s word will never beat a white person’s accusations. She asks Atticus why he can defend a black man when everyone else is against him. He tells her that the only thing he cares about is whether or not he did the right thing in the end. The entire time she’s dealing with the judgement between the races, she believes that a sheltered man down the street is crazy. After being left little presents in a knot in an old tree, she starts to think differently.
Kyrsten Lampman
DMACC Comp
Ms. Gach
The Hate List
Blog 2.

“We’re all hurting. We’re all going to be hurting for a long time. And we, probably more than anyone else out there, will be searching for a new reality every day.”

After Valerie is threatened with being thrown back in the psych ward, she decides to start drawing how she sees the world around her. One of the most popular girls in school that was Valerie’s arch enemy prior to the shooting has confided in her to listen to stories about her and Nick.

Valerie decides to go around to all of the families impacted by the shooting and collect a momento to finally put everyone at ease. She puts together a memorial to remember the fallen victims of her ex-loves mistake and finally feels as if she can move on. Knowing that she’ll face the pain of that atrocious day for a long time, she’s ready to face it head-on, to see the light in every day without Nick.

Kyrsten Lampman
DMACC Comp.
Ms. Gach
The Hate List

“Feeling like, of all the horror of what happened, this was the worst of it.”

In the book I read by Jennifer Brown, The Hate List is a flash of reality showing how disturbing today’s society is. An eighteen year old girl named Valerie falls in love with a socially awkward boy named Nick who we later find out is also suicidal. Valerie and Nick would sit up at night thinking about the people they should add to their infamous “hate list.” Of course they were the only people in the world that knew about this, so it was a wake up call to everyone on the list when they were being shot by Nick when he decides that he needs to take care of these people once and for all.

In the midst of this school shooting, Nick finds one of the popular girls that happened to be on the list many times. Right before he pulls the trigger, Valerie jumps in front of the bullet and is shot in the thigh. When she wakes up in the hospital she is blindsided by the fact that her high school sweetheart has committed suicide. The horrific news sends Valerie into depression and is placed in a psych ward until the doctors find her stable enough to go home, but still has to go to therapy. From being shot to finding out that the only person she could stand being around is now six feet under to being forced to talk about the tragedy of the whole situation, Valerie thinks, at every milestone that she has hit the worst of it.