April 17, 2013
The following are three essays that I worked on during the semester. Most of it remains the same, while some of my ideas have developed. The only major changes made were redirecting the ideas in the Where is Waldo Now essay. In English 1102 I struggled with a lot, Professor Grant really challenged what I thought I knew about writing. Being that English is my second language, language barriers normally do not reflect in my speech or writing. I felt that this semester really showed me that I still had work to do. Passive voice, comma slices, forming arguments, and grammar are some of the many skills that I worked on during this semester. I attended the Writing Center as often as I could; I also asked questions during office hours. I worked on perfecting these skills in my other classes as well by reading out loud. By exploring these different options my essay grades improved 15 points. Hopefully my portfolio and future papers reflects the time and practice I’ve put into my writing.
April 13, 2013
A Quest to Find Gold: Martin Hanford’s “The Gold Rush” In the children’s book series, Where’s Waldo Now, Martin Handford generates a series of detailed double-page illustrations that depict different people in various environments, some that belong and others that challenge the “social norm.” In “The Gold Rush,” Hanford’s illustration focuses on the famous California Gold Rush of 1848, where tens of thousands from Latin America, Europe, Australia, and China flocked to California in hopes to find gold. In this selection he illustrates a pair of cowboys being dragged by their houses while inside their home. Horses are generally known for “bucking” or becoming defensive when uncomfortable, sometimes because of a change in environment , or just sheer excitement, but they are rarely tied up to homes, dragging their owners. The horses dragging the home might suggest that the settlers have a strong desire for security, but because they are afraid, they give into their Id’s to drag them to riches. Although the future for many of the forty-niners, settlers, and miners appeared bright, recent evidence suggest that positive economic outcomes were not always big, they were generally small or even zero. In the book “The Gold Rush Letters of E. Allen Grosh and Hosea B. Grosh,” it describes two brothers with hopes of riches and their experience with persistent bad luck, during the Western Expansion. After leaving their families and jobs in Pennsylvania they were left with practically nothing. During the Westward Expansion many abandoned their lives for hopes of prosperity; they abandoned their homes with little reassurance that they would come back with more than they left with. But most people in this time period felt stable and comfortable in their communities. They rarely moved because of strong cultural ties and economic stability. Although the California Gold Rush seemed very prosperous and may have been an opportunity for wealth, the setters still felt unsure. The fear of leaving their home is illustrated in their expressions, as they are being whisked away to the unknown. Although there was gold, it wasn't found everywhere. When people finally arrived to California, they discovered that the gold was harder to find and less abundant than they envisioned. The setters in this illustration are aware of this, and find that remaining with their valuables may result in a more secure voyage.
In order to achieve a sense of security, the setters must let their Id’s run free. This side of their personality causes them to go back to animal based instincts that they were “born” with. Because the Id is always trying to satisfy its hunger for pleasure, it operates without any thought of consequences, anxiety, ethics, logic, precaution, or morality (Dobie 51). In this case the horses dragging the home act as...