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Silence in the Library

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Cierra Filla

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The Constant Princess The Constant Princess is the story of ... Voices Beckon Voices Beckon is the story of... These two novels both take place in historical settings. While The Constant Princess explores the life of a historical figure and the protagonists in Voices Beckon are entirely fictional, these two novels portray the strength of human character when faced with adversity. The fortitude of human kind that transcends through time is shown by these starkly different yet vastly similar novels. In the Constant Princess you can see the stalwart dedication of Catherine in her goal to be queen. In Voices Beckon you see the same characteristics in David in his goal to make a better life for himself, one worthy of Elisabeth. Summer Falls Summer falls is the story of... The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn In this classic novel by Mark Twain, the impressionable Huck Finn takes his life off on an adventurous path modeled by Tom Sawyer. Running from an abusive father, after faking his own death, Huck sets off down the Mississippi River with his old guardian's slave, Jim. His mission; to free Jim at all costs. Set on a whirlwind adventure Huck gets caught These novels bring out the true colors of youth. When you're young you aren't constricted by set notions of how the world is, you see the world through your own eyes. Before reality eats away at your innocence you are able to be like Tom and Huck; seeing only the adventure in the world. Sometimes it takes someone like the Little Prince to bring back the imagination that once abounded inside of you. At other times, you just need a little reminder of the magic in the world, whether through fantastical experiences like Kate had, or by living vicariously through characters in books. We all need to be reminded of our childhood for it is what made us who we are today. Utopia Of Mice and Men In the book Of Mice and Men... In Utopia, Thomas Moore explores his idea of the perfect society, an island called Utopia. The interesting part is that the society isn't "perfect" because everyone's wealthy or because everyone has everything they want. In Of Mice and Men, Lenny and George hold on to the idea of what would be a perfect society to them, and in Utopia, Moore discusses his idea of the perfect governmental society. Both alternate realities pose as havens to their respective characters. Also, both alternate realities are not only unfeasible but the main characters realize it and learn from this fact. The Constant Princess, by Philippa Gregory: In the 1480’s the trend of life was war, a fight for seeming peace, and more war. For Catalina, princess of Spain, this was all she ever knew. Born in a war camp, her earliest memories were of battle, struggle, and death. Her harsh upbringing turned out to be necessary to prepare her for the struggles she'd face in adulthood. Married to the heir of England, the second she fell in love with him he died of an unknown disease. Now, all alone in a strange land Catherine makes it her life goal to be the future queen once more. After things settled post American Revolution many Europeans immigrated to America in hope of a better future. Among them is David Graham and Elisabeth Hale. David Graham comes from a poor Irish family and is immigrating to America for an internship in a newspaper shop. Elisabeth Hale comes from a fairly wealthy family and is traveling to America with Silence in the Library
*Whisper* Memories, Memories, Memories

In This World You Tried
Not Leaving Me Alone Behind
There's No Other Way
I'll Pray To The Gods: Let Him Stay
The Memories Ease The Pain Inside
Now I Know Why


All Of My Memories
Keep You Near
It's All About Us
Imagine You'd Be Here
All Of My Memories
Keep You Near
The Silent Whispers
The Silent Tears
Made Me A Promise I'd Try
To Find My Way Back In This Life
I Hope There Is A Way
To Give Me A Sign You're Okay
Reminds Me Again
It's Worth It All
So I Can Go Home


Together In All These Memories
I See Your Smile
All The Memories I Hold Dear
Darling You Know I Love You Till The End Of Time

Chorus The End! up in family feuds, gets stuck traveling with con- artists, and wrestles his own conscience. Brought to you by the Vashta Nerada The Glass Castle The Casual Vacancy Le Petit Prince In the town of Pagford the most important things seem to be inconsequential. In a town rocked with corruption, on large scales and small, the future of all seems to be in the hands of Pagford's city council. After the death of city council member Barry Fairbrother this tightly knit town is consumed by conflict over the vacant city council seat. In this French children's story the narrator has had his creativity smothered out of him from an early age, by adults. Originally thinking he would have a successful career as an artist the adult's views end up leading him to a career as a pilot. Once, while he was flying over the Sahara desert, he experienced engine failure and crashed miles from inhabited land. He pulled himself out of his plane and slept on the desert sand. In the morning he woke to a little boy asking him to draw him a sheep(!). Miles from inhabited land a little boy shows up This song, Memories, by Within Temptation relates to the book The Constant Princess. In the song it says, "Made Me A Promise I'd Try To Find My Way Back In This Life." This relates to Catherine's determination to become the Queen of England despite the personal cost to her. Despite everything I also believe Catherine loved Henry and was sad when he chose another over her. In this song it says, "Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me." To me this draws a parallel to Voices Beckon, in that in the novel David and Elisabeth start their journey to America oblivious to each other but end up in a relationship. This song speaks to the progression of their relationship to the point where they are an inseparable entity. This clip from Doctor Who is similar to Summer Falls in
that it exemplifies the whimsical tendencies of children (or adults). Even though the main character tends to be fairly serious for a child her age, she expresses brief interludes of childishness. In the book you see that your age doesn't dictate your life. You can be 70 years old and still have a childish side or be 25 and live an utterly serious life. and asks him to draw a sheep! Here begins the narrator's return to the imagination of his youth as this Little Prince regales him with tales of his life, planet, and flower. In this way Utopian society is "perfect," everyone works for everyone else and the common good as a whole. It's "perfect" because everyone has everything they need. In this memoir, Jeanette Walls explores her troubled past, putting pen to paper in order to share her life with the public. From her first memory onward Jeanette learns more and more how to be independent, as this ability is a key to her survival. Living with an alcoholic father, an absent-minded mother, and three siblings, Jeanette learns to care for herself and her siblings as best she can. From her childhood to adulthood Jeanette struggles with her inherent wish to believe the best in her alcoholic father. In this short story Kate, newly arrived to the town of Wathcombe finds her life forever changed by this small town. A series of strange events occur after Kate finds herself with an old, very realistic, painting. After falling asleep one night with the painting at her bedside Kate finds everyone gone and a layer In this classic novel the two main characters George and Lenny are migrant farmers who recently found new employment on a farm. Lenny is a veritable giant and simple minded so George takes care of him. On this new farm trouble arises when the bosses sons wife gets a little too friendly with the men, especially Lenny. Lenny doesn't know how to react to certain situations and doesn't realize his own strength. This ends up leading him to an unimaginable fate. I compared Le Petit Prince to Alice in Wonderland because of the shared sense of unreality. Throughout Alice in Wonderland Alice holds on to her own notion that Wonderland is all just a dream despite all the facts that would prove otherwise. Like in Alice in Wonderland the narrator in Le Petit Prince doesn't quite believe everything the little prince tells him, until it's too late. her father to stay with her grandmother. Many things separate David and Elisabeth, foremost among them class. On a long sea voyage with few other young passengers they become close despite this. Will Elisabeths father allow them to be together though? of snow on the ground. Seeing as it was September this alone was strange enough to scare Kate. This precipitates a series of events in which Kate meets the mysterious Lord of These two books are similar in that they both have an adventurous side but in the end are filled with harsh realities. In The Casual Vacancy issues such as obesity, the proliferation of childhood smoking, and government corruption are addressed. However, you get drawn into the short tales of each characters adventurous life. In The Glass Castle, Jeanette's life is filled with adventures like sleeping out under the stars and hunting for "demons." On the other hand Jeanette spends the majority of her childhood in starvation and poverty. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. This well-known poem by Robert Frost is all about not staying with the status quo and instead taking "The road less traveled by." This is similar to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in that the whole novel is an example of Huck taking the "road less traveled by." By the end of Huckleberry Finn you realize that the whole storyline could have ended much sooner if Huck had made more "normal" decisions. For example, if he had not faked his death and instead just ran away, the whole "adventure" would not have been precipitated. I related Of Mice and Men and The Tale of Despereaux mainly because of the parallels I saw between Lennie and Miggery Sow. Both of these characters long for something other than they have. Lennie longs for his farm and rabbits while Miggory just wants to be a princess. Neither of these characters however, ever get to experience their dreams. In most stories there is a "happily ever after," but in the case of Lennie and Miggory the stories more closely reflect reality with neither of their dreams coming true. Ever After is a Cinderella-like movie in which the main character is abused by her evil stepmother. In this movie her father constantly travels and after a long expedition he comes back with a few surprises for Danielle a new wife, step-sisters and the book Utopia. After her father dies Danielle cherishes this book and uses her gained wisdom from it. In particular she convinces the Prince to look beyond social class and open up a public school for those less fortunate. I believe that this is an example of action Thomas Moore wished to inspire even if it is fictional. In the book The Glass Castle, Rex Walls is always coming up with intricate schemes and plots to improve his families caliber of life. For example his intricate plan for the glass castle was ingenious. However, like all of his plots nothing was going to come from it. This is why I compare Rex Walls to Wiley Coyote. Wiley Coyote, the popular cartoon character, spends his life pursuing Road Runner in various resourceful ways but never succeeds. It is both of these characters persistence that makes them so similar. In the Casual Vacancy the entire conflict is centered around a vacant council seat in a small English town. Such a simple plot is made more difficult by the proud nature of the citizens of the town. In the West Wing one particular character, Lord John Marbury exemplifies English pride. He is sarcastic and condescending and extremely proud of his origins, his education, and his lordship. Winter.
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