September 8th, 2017 - Reading Log #1 // March by John Lewis
Topic Choice 1 - Characters
John Lewis was a very important person in the civil rights movement. He was committed to justice and nonviolence which took him from a sharecroppers farm to the halls of congress. In the book March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell on page 82 it states," Lawson taught us how to protect ourselves, how to disarm our attackers by connecting with their humanity, how to protect each other, how to survive. But the hardest part to learn- - to truly understand, deep in your heart- - was how to find love for your attacker." This shows us John Lewis did not fight back no matter what they did to him because he believed in nonviolence. He was taught to love his attacker and not to let their attacker, " shake your faith"(82). John Lewis is static because when he was at his fathers sharecroppers farm he "began seriously protesting their own treatment of the birds"(33). This tells us that from a young age he was protesting rights for the birds and he would later on march on Edmund Pettus Bridge for his rights. When his parents would cut his chickens and eat them for dinner he would protest by not eating dinner and not even showing up to dinner. Later on in his life time he would protest his rights by kneeling down and praying on Edmund Pettus Bridge while the troopers attacked them.
September 21st, 2017 - Reading Log #2 // The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Topic Choice 2 - Conflict
The Maze Runner is about a big group of boys who live in the Glade and the only way out is through the maze. The Glade is run by two boys, Alby and Newt, who give the other boys jobs and strict rules to maintain order in the Glade. The conflict starts when Teresa is delivered in the elevator through the Glade. When she arrives the sun is nowhere to be found. Teresa stated, "I just triggered the ending"(220). This tells us that she knows shes causing the problems. Another character, Minho, even predicted, "If the sun's really gone, won't be long before plants and animals drop dead too"(221). this shows how he predicted how these things were going to happen and they eventually did. Soon there was no sun, plants and animals were dying, the doors would not close which allowed the creatures to come in ad kill off the kids. Their only way out was through the maze but they would risk their lives. I think that in the end they will find out a way and eventually make it although many will die.
October 15th, 2017 - Reading Log #3 // The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Topic Choice 1 - Characters
In the Maze Runner, Thomas is the protagonist of the story. Alby is the leader of the Glade with Newt helping alongside him. Gally is arrogant and bullies Thomas on his first day in the Glade. MInho is the keeper of the runners and Teresa mysteriously appears in the Glade a day after Thomas then slips into a coma. “If you ain’t scared,” Alby said, “you ain’t human. Act any different and I’d throw you off the Cliff because it’d mean you’re a psycho”(9). This shows us how when Thomas first arrived at the Glade he tried to be courageous and did not want to shake Alby's hand but he eventually realized he would not learn anything by acting that way so he drops the courageous act. "I didn't do anything wrong. All I know is I saw two people struggling to get inside these walls and they couldn't make it. To ignore that because of some stupid rule seemed selfish, cowardly, and...well, stupid. If you want to throw me in jail for trying to save someone's life, then go ahead. Next time I promise I'll point at them and laugh, then go eat some of Frypan's dinner"(166) During this time, Thomas was getting punished for entering the maze and saving 2 people's lives he is saying that if the rules are so important then the next time he'll just stand by and watch the people's lives end. Thomas is very brave and courageous throughout the book, he is so courageous that he ends up freeing most of them from the Glade.