Thursday, June 2, 2016

Reflection

I've learnt a lot this year in English class, and overall, I enjoyed it a lot. Honestly, I can't remember the start of this year very well, but I remember reading the Scarlet Letter and enjoying it. Junior year was certainly a year for growth for me in English; I improved my writing skills through many practices and reading skills by training myself to read texts more carefully. I also think that I got better at reading poetry by the end of the year – something I've had quite a bit of struggle with. Also, junior winter was honestly a struggle for me but I'm glad I made it out alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As I look back on my blog and reflect on my past year, Emerson and Fitzgerald were two pieces of texts that stood out to me the most, and I say this not just because I wrote my essay on Fitzgerald and Emerson. I loved Emerson and Fitzgerald as two separate entities. Emerson's compact philosophical essay "Self-Reliance" really spoke to me. I enjoyed the contemplative nature of the essay, and I could make lots of connections to it. The Great Gatsby was another piece of literature that really interested me. I enjoyed the heavily emphasized theme of social class, because it's not one of those topics that are often discussed (and certainly should be).

When I head into senior year, I will continue to think about different traits each character possesses that makes them both "good" and "bad", and pay more attention to detail. It's amazing how much your perspective can change when you look at a tiny detail and try to figure out a meaning for it. Details also contribute to illustrating complex and dynamic characters whose dual character traits can be explored to come to a bigger meaning of the character's existence in the context of the novel.