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Columbine SOAPSTONES and DIDL
Transcript of Columbine SOAPSTONES and DIDL
Columbine : Significant Passages
Speaker- The speaker in Columbine is Dave Cullen. Cullen tells the story of Columbine through the personalities and characteristics of various victim's and individual's points of view.
"Frank saw bloody smears on the carpet. He knew Dave Sanders had gone down there. He had not anticipated the stains."(Cullen)
"Eric has staggering confidence in himself. He left no indication that he planned for contingencies. Dylan left no indication that he planned much of anything." (p. 45)
Occasion- The occasion of Columbine is evidently the school-shooting itself. The Columbine massacre occurred on April 20, 1999. This sparked interest in Dave Cullen and led him to do further research.
"I spent ten years on Columbine. I was driven by two questions: why did they kill, and what became of the survivors?" (Cullen)
“Ten years on a massacre can be tough on the soul.” (Cullen)
Audience- The audience Cullen is trying to reach out to is students, parents, and individuals who are not as informed on this tragic event.
“You can't really teach a kid anything: you can only show him the way and motivate him to learn it himself.”(Cullen)
“The goal with hostages is to gradually lower expectations; in nonhostage crises, it's to lower emotions.” (Cullen)
Columbine . English Final
Dave Cullen used words such as: frenzied, and rendezvous. These words promoted the mood to be suspenseful for the readers. These words seem to indicate an educated tone from Cullen.
This quote represents the use of the word frenzied, "The frenzied throng thrust two hundred arms toward the heavens..."(Cullen 29). Cullen also used the word rendezvous, "The second rendezvous point, Leawood Elementary, sat in the heart of that ..." (Cullen 59).
The Imagery in this book is amazing, with many details, giving you a sense as if you are in the book.
Cullen describes the scenery when he stated that, "The room was shambles; blood spattered the furniture, and enormous pools soaked into the carpet... A lifeless boy still held a pencil..."(Cullen 83). I also got another sense of imagery when he also stated, "Then he hit obstacles: bodies, table legs, and chairs"(Cullen 78).
Dave Cullen has specifically included the details about the ammo and the scene after Columbine occurred. He seems to have left out details such as what they're parents were doing and exactly why they decided to do it. As a reader, I felt informed and satisfied with the amount of information I received from Cullen. On the other hand, I felt like I was at a cliffhanger. I felt as if I needed more information on the details that were excluded. In my opinion, the details that were included and excluded only supported Cullen's tone.
Style- The style Cullen gives us is basically a montage. He gives us multiple people and accounts on the event. Information of the past, the event, and beyond that. "The final portrait is often furthest from the truth.”
― Dave Cullen, Columbine "One room at a time, the team worked methodically toward the killers. It would take three hours to reach their bodies." (Chapter 13, p. 61).
Tone- He gives us a distressing tone to his audience. He gives reports and accounts of the perpetrators. Thus making us think about why the boys did the massacre."'Dylan isn't here anymore for people to hate,' he said. 'So people are
Strategies- His strategy that he uses is our own curiosity. The two questions that drive to read is why did they do it or what drove them to do something like this."Eric and Dylan expected their attack to puzzle the public, so they left an extraordinary cache of material to explain themselves." Chapter 8, p. 35).
Purpose- Dave Cullen's sole purpose in writing Columbine is to expect the unexpected and that even the most "ordinary" people can be influenced to do bad things.
“Eric dreamed big but settled for reality.” (Cullen)
“Psychopaths don't act like Hannibal Lecter or Norman Bates. They come off like Hugh Grant, in his most adorable role.” (Cullen)
The language in this book was casual and Cullen was very informative about the tragedy, Columbine. The language affected me as a reader because I was hooked into the book easily. The author's tone seemed to stay the same throughout the book and was straight-forward with providing us facts.
Their friends along with their parents were surprised by the actions. A prerecorded message was left for Chris Harris and others if they survived they can have their computers.
Eric and and Dylan were both normal people to their friends and family, but what truly went on they kept to each other. Their friends after the shooting say if they looked at it more closely they would have foreseen the event. The killers hid their items from their parents (parents would check once in a while) and their friends help hid their stuff. One time one of the boys parents discovered a pipe bomb in their room. His punishment was to go with him to blow it up in the mountains.
For example, Eric's language includes, "Eric manufactured three more pipe bombs: the Charlie batch. Then he halted production until December" (Cullen 280). Another example of the language that Cullen used is, "The bombers spent a minute or two by their cars. They knew the diversionary bomb should have already blown three miles to the south." (Cullen 44).
Columbine High School symbolizes Innocence.
Significant Passage: "Patrick Ireland was trying to learn to talk again. So frustrating. The first couple of days he couldn't manage much of anything. He struggled to spit out a single sentence, word by word, and when he had finished, it often made no sense." This is significant because Patrick symbolizes bravery and success by trying his best to escape the window to freedom. When he successfully escaped, I felt happy for him and was relieved he wasn't shot again.
Significant Passage 2: "Rachel Scott and her friend Richard Castaldo were the first down. They had been eating their lunch in the grass. Eric shot Richard in the arms and torso. He hit Rachel in the chest and head. Rachel died instantly. Richard played dead. Eric fell for it." This is significant because Rachel symbolizes toughness and started the "misery" for the readers and their emotions because the rest of the mass murder is sad and emotional