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In English class, my English teacher graciously awarded us with a movie!

However, the movie wasn’t just about watching movie and having fun; instead, it was about learning Dracula,  a novel that our class has been reading through for several weeks.

Anyways, the movie was entertaining. It was entertaining despite its outlandish manner of effects, actors, etc. Nevertheless, the director of the movie, either intentionally or coincidentally – I guess the former- distorted the contents of the novel.

For example, Renfield didn’t come out on the Count Dracula’s castle scene. However, in the movie, he does. I think the director has put him in the earlier scenes for greater entertainment.

Personally, I think it was a bad idea. A movie that is based off a novel truly shines only when the movie contents has efficiently reflected the contents of the novel it is following.

Anyways, it was fun to watch the movie. And watching movie, though distorted, was fun to watch. The director hasn’t completely ignored the literature. He had at least considered some literary terms such as metaphor, juxtaposition, personification, simile, etc by reflecting certain characteristics in the movie (like using different color).

To finish with, the movie was fun to watch, be I’d like to warn those Dracula-movie-watchers that the movie’s content is not precisely what is in the novel. So if you want to know the story of Dracula, you’d better read novel, not movie!

(image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/violentz/1563959305/sizes/l/)

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Sujin Lee
English Block B
Due: Feb 23, 2010

Dracula One Paragraph Essay

In Dracula, Bram Stoker uses gothic elements to effectively capture the reader’s attention. Death,  blood, graveyard are some elements of gothic. These were all new for the readers during the Victorian Era. “There, in one of the great boxes, of which there were fifty in all, on a pile of newly dug earth, lay the Count (Chapter 4).” Who would’ve imagined a normal, nice man being a vampire? One of the elements used throughout the book is the horror in calm atmosphere. That makes the readers feel anxious. “I started, for it amazed me that I had not seen him, since the reflection of the glass covered the whole room behind me (Chapter 2).” Dracula not appearing in the mirror creates a weird feeling. Jonathan can see him but the mirror does not reflect him grabs the readers’ attention. What makes this more interesting is that Dracula is such a gentleman so Jonathan does not doubt him. Powerful themes such as vampires and death helps catching the readers’ attention. And Bram Stoker’s use of gothic elements are definitely new and catchy because of his unique style of writing.

—————————————————————Correction————————————————————————–

  • second sentence, where the sentence start with ‘death’, the sentence should be “Death, blood, and graveyard are some elements of gothic.” And to improve the sentence, it should be like “Death, blood, and graveyard are some gothic elements.”

•    It would be better to merge second and third sentence. “….. gothic elements, which were all new for the readers during the Victorian Era.
•    Sujin, it would be better to insert a transition before putting the quotation.
•    Don’t abbreviate would have to would’ve
•    The rest seems fine!

To listen to the recording of this, click on the following link, and listen to ‘Jaeook reading Sujin’s’ audio file:

AUDIO RECORDING

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My technological MGP

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What is this project about?

This project is about media. This project is consisted of three parts: essay (first genre), story (second genre), and technological work of explaining media (third genre). This project requires whole lot of research. One special thing about this project is that it contains technological work; I podcast the Harry Potter story of my second genre. Reading my own story, which I myself know best, with emotion, is something special. I had emphasis in parts where the character was upset, happy, or sad. This project explains the roles of media through various forms.

What did I use for this project? (what program?)

For the first genre and second genre, I used Pages to write my essay along with my story, a Harry-Potter-based story. However, my third genre was created with different source: Garage Band. I recorded my second genre with compassion! Then I exported it to .mp3, so that everybody can hear my work.

What did I like about the project?

What I liked about this project was that it was free for me to choose whatever topic I choose. I was interested in media along with the roles of them, which gave me motives to choose media as my project. With the interests and questions in my head about media, it wasn’t boring researching them. If it had been any other topic like Shakespeare or other English-related topics as other English classes do, I wouldn’t have been able to research the topic enthusiastically for so long.

p.s. images can be found at
1. http://chisenefregart.blogspot.com/2007_12_01_archive.html
2. http://www.arteyfotografia.com.ar/12461/fotos/267604/

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Go To See This Project!

What is this project about?

This project is about explaining the characteristics of Macbeth’s characters. We could be creative in explaining them. It was a small group project so I paired up with my friend. We had the theme of Pokemon; we explained the characters of Macbeth with Pokemon’s characters according to their characteristics. Then, we had a mission to orally explain by recording our voice.

What did I use for this project?

We used a special device called ‘Voicethread’, with which we could record our voice with the pictures.

What did I like about the project?

What I liked about this project was that we could be creative. I had chosen the Pokemon theme to explain Macbeth. It actually fitted well. The creativity gave us energy to work on, and we liked that.

p.s. the drawing was done by me!! Jay helped me with coloring 🙂

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Beowulf Podcast

Go To See This Project!

What is this project about?

This project is about reading some lines in the Beowulf. All students were given with different lines, which made it possible to finish the whole book of Beowulf. If you look at other podcasts done by my peers, you would be able to listen to the whole Beowulf. Since this is a reading in narrative form, there isn’t much emphasis from lines to lines; it’s like a quite stoty-telling of grandfather.

What did I use for this project?

Like Multiple Genre Project, I used Garage Band to record this lines, then exported it to .mp3.

What did I like about the project?

I liked this project because it was a big scale recording. We finished the book as a school, so it was a good thing.

p.s. this image can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajourneyroundmyskull/3942822465/

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