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    Brian this wikispace is really great! You can tell you worked hard and diligently on it. You have many great ideas that cause the viewer to think critically. Good Job!
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    oh, and great job on the wiki
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    Hello there,

    Wow, I absolutely love your wikispace! I like your use of fire, and the definitions of good and evil against the government that you present! I am super impressed with all your deep thinking and connections; I had never really thought about the government and rebellion through all of the units we have been working with! Five star job, Brian.

    Yours,
    Meghan C
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    Brian, why arent you in class today?
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Monday, December 10

  1. page Class Activities edited ... This is where I will make a connection between an in class activity we did involving tranceden…
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    This is where I will make a connection between an in class activity we did involving trancedentalism and my personal philosophy statement. The in class activity I will choose to connect with was a Fishbowl (a seminar) we had over the piece Resistance to Civil Government by Thoreau. To see the discussion, click on this link blog.
    The Resistance to Civil Government fishbowl we had informs my personal philosophy statement because of a particular connection and annotation I made to Gandhi and his fight to gain India's independence. Resistance to Civil Government reminded me of Gandhi because of Thoreau's explanation of civil disobedience. Gandhi believed in satyagraha, a term he used to describe peaceful rebellion. Gandhi used methods such as boycotting British cloth, leading his famous Salt March, and by uniting the Muslims and Hindus in India to gain his nation’s independence. Gandhi ignored the laws of the British because he felt they were unjust. Just like Thoreau, Gandhi was sent to jail on several occasions and served all his time. In fact, Gandhi insisted that no one pay his bail so that he could serve his entire sentence. In this regard, Gandhi himself was a transcendentalist. However, clearly Gandhi's actions do not make him a bad person. Gandhi stood up for his beliefs and the belief of the people of India. He did so in a non violent way and accepted his punishment. I believe that because Gandhi resisted peacefully and served all of his punishment, he can still be considered a good person.
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    Throughout The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglas, trust becomes a reoccurring theme. Trust is an interesting subject. You can trust an honest person to be honest, but you can also trust a dishonest person to be dishonest. In The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglas, the slaveholders trust their slaves to do as they are told, while the slaves trust that the slaveholders will be cruel. Douglas begins to trust other slaves that he lives with. He plots an escape plan with them, but after being caught, the other slaves trust in Douglass declines. Douglass then begins to plot his escape for freedom more independently. When he finally is able to escape to New York, he cannot trust anyone. Anybody could be an imposter seeking to bring slaves back to the South for a reward. In order for Douglass to achieve what he desired, he had to break trusts. He also gained and lost trust in others. I have seen this reoccurring theme throughout the literature we have read. In order to challenge the government, and to maintain the status of a good person, it is sometimes necessary to break trusts. In Resistance to Civil Government, Thoreau broke the trust between himself and the government to pay his taxes. In The Village, Ivy had to break the trust between her and the society that she would not cross the boundary line. In The Crucible and Young Goodman Brown, Proctor and Goodman Brown broke the trust between themselves and their religion. The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass has proven the point that it is sometimes necessary to break trusts to achieve the desired when resisting the government. All of these people remained good people even though they disobeyed their government. In some cases, the trust was regained to remain a good person (Goodman Brown), where in other cases, the trust was never renewed (Proctor). In either situation, trust plays a role in my personal philosophy statement that good people do not always do what the government tells them to.
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  2. page Class Activities edited ... This is where I will make a connection between an in class activity we did involving tranceden…
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    This is where I will make a connection between an in class activity we did involving trancedentalism and my personal philosophy statement. The in class activity I will choose to connect with was a Fishbowl (a seminar) we had over the piece Resistance to Civil Government by Thoreau. To see the discussion, click on this link blog.
    The Resistance to Civil Government fishbowl we had informs my personal philosophy statement because of a particular connection and annotation I made to Gandhi and his fight to gain India's independence. Resistance to Civil Government reminded me of Gandhi because of Thoreau's explanation of civil disobedience. Gandhi believed in satyagraha, a term he used to describe peaceful rebellion. Gandhi used methods such as boycotting British cloth, leading his famous Salt March, and by uniting the Muslims and Hindus in India to gain his nation’s independence. Gandhi ignored the laws of the British because he felt they were unjust. Just like Thoreau, Gandhi was sent to jail on several occasions and served all his time. In fact, Gandhi insisted that no one pay his bail so that he could serve his entire sentence. In this regard, Gandhi himself was a transcendentalist. However, clearly Gandhi's actions do not make him a bad person. Gandhi stood up for his beliefs and the belief of the people of India. He did so in a non violent way and accepted his punishment. I believe that because Gandhi resisted peacefully and served all of his punishment, he can still be considered a good person.
    Here I will make a connection to my personal philosophy statement from a particular discussion we had during an opening activity over The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglas. In this particular discussion, we went over the role of trust in the life of the slaves. This particular discussion intrigued me, and I also made a connection to my personal philosophy.
    Throughout The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglas, trust becomes a reoccurring theme. Trust is an interesting subject. You can trust an honest person to be honest, but you can also trust a dishonest person to be dishonest. In The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglas, the slaveholders trust their slaves to do as they are told, while the slaves trust that the slaveholders will be cruel. Douglas begins to trust other slaves that he lives with. He plots an escape plan with them, but after being caught, the other slaves trust in Douglass declines. Douglass then begins to plot his escape for freedom more independently. When he finally is able to escape to New York, he cannot trust anyone. Anybody could be an imposter seeking to bring slaves back to the South for a reward. In order for Douglass to achieve what he desired, he had to break trusts. He also gained and lost trust in others. I have seen this reoccurring theme throughout the literature we have read. In order to challenge the government, and to maintain the status of a good person, it is sometimes necessary to break trusts. In Resistance to Civil Government, Thoreau broke the trust between himself and the government to pay his taxes. In The Village, Ivy had to break the trust between her and the society that she would not cross the boundary line. In The Crucible and Young Goodman Brown, Proctor and Goodman Brown broke the trust between themselves and their religion. The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass has proven the point that it is sometimes necessary to break trusts to achieve the desired when resisting the government. All of these people remained good people even though they disobeyed their government. In some cases, the trust was regained to remain a good person (Goodman Brown), where in other cases, the trust was never renewed (Proctor). In either situation, trust plays a role in my personal philosophy statement that good people do not always do what the government tells them to.

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  3. page Personal Philosophy Statement edited ... As the semester comes to a close, our class has been studied transcendentalism. We transitione…
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    As the semester comes to a close, our class has been studied transcendentalism. We transitioned from studying gothic, to romantic, to rationalistic, and finally to transcendental literature so that we could better understand each genre and make connections between them. We read and studied pieces such as Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walden and Resistance to Civil Government by Henry Davidson Thoreau. By reading these pieces, I have developed my own personal definition of what being transcendental means. It means to protest against the general state of a culture or society, to ignore the need for material goods, to reduce everything in life to the simplest form, to reject conformity, and to stand up for your beliefs. In a way, this defines my personal philosophy statement. When you are transcendental, you don't do what the government tells you too because you believe in a better, simpler way of handling things. Thoreau is an excellent example of someone who didn't do what the government told him to, yet was still a good person. He was thrown in jail for refusing to pay a tax he felt was unjust. Thoreau was still a good person though because he simply standing up for what he felt was right. The way he chose to rebel against this tax also makes him a good person. Rather than fighting physically with weapons or violence, he chose civil disobedience. In Resistance to Civil Government, Thoreau explains, "If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the state to commit violence and shed innocent blood" (Thoreau 5). Thoreau is saying that if a thousand men followed his example, there actions would be less violent then if they had paid the taxes in the first place. Civil disobedience is a common form of rebellion among transcendentalist. Because it is a non violent, peaceful form of rebellion, I believe that transcendentalist, like Thoreau, can still be considered good people even after disobeying the government.
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    This semester, our class has researched many genres of literature. We looked into historical fiction in The Crucible. Then we looked at dark romanticism, romanticism, rationalism, transcendentalism, and finally ended with The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass. Each of these sources has addressed my philosophy statement that good people do not always necessarily do what the government tells them to. This wikispace started as just a project over The Crucible, but it expanded to all of these genres we studied. Everything we have researched seems to portray a message of agreement with my philosophy statement. This wikispace has become a truly meaningful project, because it reflects one of my strong personal beliefs. Researching these pieces of literature, along with the construction of this wikispace, has helped me project my personal philosophy statement. Do good people always do what the government tells them to? No. A person can still be a good person even if they oppose their government.
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    The Village
    The film The Village illustrates a story of hope and determination. In the film, the main character, a girl named Ivy who is blind, falls in love with a man from the village named Lucius. Their village is surrounded by woods, and the village inhabitants are forbidden from crossing the boundary lines because horrible creatures lurk beyond. Another man named Noah, who is mentally retarded, falls in love with Ivy. Ivy, however, is to marry Lucius. Upon hearing this, Noah stabs Lucius in an attempt to kill him so that he may pursue his love with Ivy. Ivy becomes so desperate to save Lucius's life that she is willing to leave the village boundary lines in search for medicine. The rest of the film follows her journey through the woods and also reveals the dark secret of the village.
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  5. page Personal Philosophy Statement edited ... As the semester comes to a close, our class has been studied transcendentalism. We transitione…
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    As the semester comes to a close, our class has been studied transcendentalism. We transitioned from studying gothic, to romantic, to rationalistic, and finally to transcendental literature so that we could better understand each genre and make connections between them. We read and studied pieces such as Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walden and Resistance to Civil Government by Henry Davidson Thoreau. By reading these pieces, I have developed my own personal definition of what being transcendental means. It means to protest against the general state of a culture or society, to ignore the need for material goods, to reduce everything in life to the simplest form, to reject conformity, and to stand up for your beliefs. In a way, this defines my personal philosophy statement. When you are transcendental, you don't do what the government tells you too because you believe in a better, simpler way of handling things. Thoreau is an excellent example of someone who didn't do what the government told him to, yet was still a good person. He was thrown in jail for refusing to pay a tax he felt was unjust. Thoreau was still a good person though because he simply standing up for what he felt was right. The way he chose to rebel against this tax also makes him a good person. Rather than fighting physically with weapons or violence, he chose civil disobedience. In Resistance to Civil Government, Thoreau explains, "If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the state to commit violence and shed innocent blood" (Thoreau 5). Thoreau is saying that if a thousand men followed his example, there actions would be less violent then if they had paid the taxes in the first place. Civil disobedience is a common form of rebellion among transcendentalist. Because it is a non violent, peaceful form of rebellion, I believe that transcendentalist, like Thoreau, can still be considered good people even after disobeying the government.
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    the slave. This addresses my personal philosophy because Douglass clearly turned against authority. This however clearly doesn't make him a bad person because he was opposing a "government" that accepted and practiced slavery. By standing up for what is right, and by going against the "government", Douglass remained a good person. Slavery was an undeniable evil in our nations history. Douglass stood up against this, and therefore, was able to turn his back on the "government" while still remaining a good person.
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    This semester, our class has researched many genres of literature. We looked into historical fiction in The Crucible. Then we looked at dark romanticism, romanticism, rationalism, transcendentalism, and finally ended with The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass. Each of these sources has addressed my philosophy statement that good people do not always necessarily do what the government tells them to. This wikispace started as just a project over The Crucible, but it expanded to all of these genres we studied. Everything we have researched seems to portray a message of agreement with my philosophy statement. This wikispace has become a truly meaningful project, because it reflects one of my strong personal beliefs. Researching these pieces of literature, along with the construction of this wikispace, has helped me project my personal philosophy statement. Do good people always do what the government tells them to? No. A person can still be a good person even if they oppose their government.
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    Sincerely,
    Brian
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    We also studied a mini-unit on Gothic literature. We read pieces by Edgar Allen Poe such as The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, and William Wilson. We also read The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, and The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne. While studying these pieces, we tried to focus our reading on gothic settings, heroes, villains, secrets, and elements of gothic literature such as the uncanny, doppelgangers, outcasts, and catharsis. Though it’s hard to relate my personal philosophy statement to gothic literature, I believe there were several common themes amongst pieces that may have informed it. I believe that the role of the "government" from my personal philosophy statement would be played by what is expected in a society. That is, in each of these pieces, there was an element that went against what the rest of the society expected and regarded as normal. For example, the family in The Fall of the House of Usher was inbred; an attribute that is not seen as normal by the rest of society. Also, in The Lottery, the village's method of selecting a person to sacrifice may seem unusual and wrong to our society, but does it mean they are necessarily bad people? I believe that other factors in gothic literature cause people to be bad people, such as evil or insanity. However, just because someone lives their life differently than the rest of society expects them to, doesn’t mean they are a bad person. In nearly all Gothic literature, there is someone or something that seems out of place with the rest of society or even seems strange to us because it does not follow the typical rules of our society in real life. However, as my philosophy statement says, I don't believe these people are bad people, I believe there are other factors in gothic literature that makes a character a bad person. To find out more about these other factors, check out my link to Class Activities. {as-fire-apb-anim-01.gif}
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    One of the last studies we have done this semester was over The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass. We looked into the life of slavery from a slaves perspective, and learned about Fredrick Douglass's struggle to gain freedom. Throughout the piece we also made connections back to transcendentalism, and had several small dicussions. The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass adressed my personal philosophy statement nearly to a parrallell. The "government" from my personal philosophy statement, took the form of the slaveholders and the masters in Fredrick Douglass's life. In the South, primarily Maryland where most of the narrative takes place, slavery was tradition. Douglas first rebelled against the customs of slavery by teaching himself to read and write. Teaching himself to read and write was his first step towards freedom. It allowed him the ability to think for himself, and gave him a new perspective of what slavery was. He then stood up to his master when being punished. This action worked in his favor because he was never again punished by his master. He finally achieved his ultimate goal by escaping his master in Baltimore and traveling to the North where he could be free. Some people believe Douglass to be a transcendental. These actions he took against his "government" would suggest that he was. He stood up for what he believed in and knew was right and also rejected the common life of the slave.
    Sincerely,
    Brian
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