Monday, January 27, 2014


  • Manchester is the third city
  • Dickens had a certain reason to write they novel, making it more personal
  • Self Sacrifice theme came from a play based on a true story that Dickens saw
  • Lucie is based on a woman named Ellen whom Dickens fell in love with
  • The initials mattered in the book, DC/CD
  • "Greatest Reader of the Greatest Writer of the age"
  • He tries to show us that the streets of London and Paris are very similar to each other
  • "Everyone has the same fate and it is hard to come to terms with that"
  • Dickens (like most Victorians) feared riots and mob rule
  • Started off as monthly editions with a few chapters and illustrations which explains the cliffhangers and the "creative flow" of the novel
  • Because of the popularity a volume edition appeared (Dicken's illustrator thought that he was above Dickens
  • Very widespread publishing (numbers in the hundreds of thousands)
  • Dickens' personal life played a large impact in this novel
  • Carlye was his best friend
  • Dickens called A Tale of Two Cities the "greatest story he had ever told"
  • Sacrificing one's life was seen as the ultimate sign of love by Dickens (clearly)
  • Dr. Tony Williams is very passionate about A Tale of Two Cities and Charles Darwin as a man and an author


Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cites to make social commentaries on the French Revolution, to speak on love, how it affects people and the way others interact with each other.

1. The easiest example of literary techniques is on the very first page, Dickens starts the novel with anaphora and repetition. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." and so on exemplifies this idea of repeating words or phrases by an author.

2. Dickens also uses pathos and imagery throughout the novel. One great example of his combining religion and descriptive writing is: "Thus, the rustling of an Angel's wings got blended with the other echoes..."

3/ One of the most important elements of this novel is allusion, he alludes to the Bible, historical events and even his own life.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Dialect- Different idiomas para ansluta the audience en un speisialta way.

Comedy- Satire that comments on social justice and also poop jokes.

Euphemism- I would say what a euphemism is but it might be too harsh for some in the audience so instead I'll just flirt with the idea by saying something that seems unrelated but totally explains a very adult theme.

Conflict- A serious disagreement that can be expressed through screaming, turned backs, silent treatment, physical confrontation, passive aggressive actions, heavy breathing, and war


Thursday, January 9, 2014


What is the importance of Siddhartha's name?

What purpose does self-denial play in Siddhartha? Self-indulgence?

Look at the reasons for Siddhartha's discontentment. How do other religions answer these questions?

Briefly describe Siddhartha.

How is the "rebirth" presented in Siddhartha?

Questions 1, 4, and 5 cannot be answered by the passage but with a little thorough reading and a better understanding of Siddhartha and the Buddhist religion, you could easily answer all of these questions.

2. Siddhartha is denying himself two main things that people have a very tough time denying themselves. He first denied himself regret, by not going back to his hometown he can not regret the decisions he made in the past and is now ready to make a journey forward. Secondly, he denied himself comfort, there is nothing more comfortable than resting on the past and living there, to deny your former self is to allow your new self to grow and that is amazing.

3. Siddhartha is discontent because he knows that he can no longer keep being this illusion of a man and needs to start growing up and become the man he is really supposed  to be. All religions (and cultures for that matter) have these ideas of manhood, that there is a threshold that must be crossed to obtain oneness whether circumcision, baptism, or attending the mosque for the first time.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


What do I want to know in June that I don't know today?
I want learn how to engage others and be a better listener so that I can communicate better and develop my teaching skills.
What skills do I want to be able to demonstrate through my blog or online media?
I want to demonstrate my evaluating, planning, teaching, and learning skills. I want people to see me as the careful, thoughtful, and passionate person I am and I hope that my online work conveys that about me.
What experiences do I want to have as a result?
I want my experiences to be productive and beneficial, I don't need negative energy or people who only criticize, I need an environment where I can sharpen my skills and become the best teacher and communicator I can be.
Who do I need in my network?
Peers: I need peers who are willing to criticize me (constructively) and keep me goal oriented so I can achieve the things I want to. 
Public: I need people to evaluate my blog and myself and those who I interact with to be willing to give me feedback on the way I handle certain situations or dilemmas.
Experts: I need people in my life who know more about teaching and interacting with the world so they can give me helpful advice to as I pursue my teaching career.