Activity Reflection 8

Over the past month, due to the current situation and being in tbe boarding house, it has been hard to keep my fitness up. I have been unable to play any sports, however I have been able to cycle and run around the campus of school which has a perimeter of 1.01 km. I feel that the current situation of lockdown has made me think outside the box and discover new things about myself. It has also made me realise that you don’t always need a gym to stay fit. I have been able to learn about new passions such as cycling which I haven’t done for almost 5 years but I’m now throughly enjoying it again.

Service Reflection 6

Due to the current situation and the cancellation of all public gathering our service doesn’t have much to do. However during this tough situation we have decided to improve on some aspects of our service such as our portfolio which we have been working on for the past few weeks and this has been pretty successful. As I have the role of logisitics in our service I have been leading the disucssion during these meeting and they have been going quite well as everyone is doing the work they are assigned and we are on course to finish our portfolio work by next week.

Activity Reflection 7 – Squash

Due to the current situation, it has been hard for me to play and practice for squash, all the tournaments have been canceled too which has been a major problem and disappointment for me. I have been keeping up my fitness here in the boarding house by running and cycling around the campus every day and also doing gymming in my room. Squash has played a big part in my life and my growth both physically and mentally. It has helped me learn the true meaning of mental strength and has taught me that being physically fit is one thing but being mentally fit is another thing and is just as important. It has taught me to be humble in both losses and victories and has also brought me to realize that losses are a person’s best learning points and always think about your losses to improve yourself but at the same time move on from them.

Activity 6 – Track and Field

Over the course of the season playing badminton and doing track and field was quite hard to manage with schoolwork due to the many training it had a week but I think it was worth all that time and effort. Both activities taught me a lot of values and made me learn a lot of things about myself. Track and field have helped me improve my communication and collaboration skills especially through the relays as you have to time the passing of the baton to perfection to get the best run and result. It has also pushed me physically and mentally, like when we do fitness tests such as the beep test and it made me dig deep both physically and mentally to win and go furthest in the test. Doing track and field has also made me learn a lot about people I normally don’t talk to and this has improved and created new friendships for me.

Activity Reflection 5 – Badminton

Over the course of the season playing badminton and doing track and field was quite hard to maanage with schoolwork due to the many training it had a week but I think it was worth all that time and effort. Both activities taught me a lot of values and made me learn a lot of things about myself. My teamwork and communication skills have definitely improved over the course of the season playing these sports, from badminton it was through playing doubles – which I am not very fond of but I have started to enjoy it because even though it is less physical than singles it is more mentally exhausting and requires more focus as you have to be aware of where your partner is at all times, it also requires a lot more of strategy.

नाटक पांडा काया में उदयभानु की मृत्यु के बाद कैसर का निर्मला के जीवन में एक नाटकीय मोड़ है?

निर्मला के पिता उदयभानु की मृत्यु के बाद, उसने तोताराम से शादी करने का फैसला किया, जो उसका पहला पति है, वह एक वकील है। जब वह तोताराम से शादी करती है तो वह बहुत दु: ख के साथ काम कर रही है, विशेष रूप से इस तथ्य के कारण कि उसने अपने पिता को खो दिया था और उसका जीवन बहुत तेजी से बदल रहा था। वे अपनी सारी संपत्ति और संपत्ति खो देते हैं और कुछ अन्य मौतें भी होती हैं। निर्मला का पति उसे लुभाने के लिए सभी तरह के हथकंडे अपनाता है लेकिन उसके मन में उसके प्रति केवल सम्मान और कर्तव्य की भावना होती है न कि वह प्यार जिसे वह विकसित करने की अपेक्षा करता है। उसे एक विशिष्ट भारतीय महिला के रूप में दिखाया गया है जो उसे एक मोमबत्ती के रूप में जला रही है और अपने परिवार को रोशनी दे रही है। बड़े बच्चों की सौतेली माँ के रूप में अपने भाग्य को स्वीकार करने के लिए उसे अपनी ओर से बहुत धैर्य और दृढ़ता चाहिए। लेकिन, अंत में, उसकी मातृ प्रवृत्ति पर नियंत्रण हो जाता है और वह उन्हें अपना मानने लगती है। यहां तक ​​कि वह अपने गंजे, बूढ़े पति और मुंहबोले कठोर बोलने वाली भाभी को स्वीकार करने में खुद को समायोजित करने की कोशिश करती है, लेकिन जब पति अपने वफादारी पर सवाल उठाता है तो सब कुछ बेकार हो जाता है।

प्रेमचंद ने निर्मला के पहले अध्याय में स्वप्न के मध्य से पूर्वाभास शैली का प्रयोग किया है और पाठकों में उत्सुकता जगाया है?

पाठकों को रिझाने और उनमें उत्सुकता पैदा करने के लिए प्रेमचंद ने निर्मला के सपने के माध्यम से पहले अध्याय में पूर्वाभास का इस्तेमाल किया है। यह एक रणनीति है जिसका उपयोग पाठकों को कहानी के बारे में अधिक रुचि और उत्साहित करने के लिए किया जाता है। निर्मला इस बात से घबरा जाती है कि उसकी शादी होने के बाद उसका जीवन कैसे बदल जाएगा और वह डरती है कि यह उसे एक व्यक्ति के रूप में बदल देगा और उसे प्रतिबंधित कर देगा। वह अक्सर शादी के बाद अपने जीवन के बारे में सपने देखती है और अपने सपनों के माध्यम से, प्रेम विवाह करने के बाद, निर्मला के लिए आने वाली बातों का पूर्वाभास कर सकती है। यह पाठकों को जोड़ने का एक बहुत ही स्मार्ट तरीका है और पाठक को संकेत देने के लिए कि कहानी में क्या हो सकता है।

Carol Ann Duffy – Medusa

Medusa is told in the first person as a dramatic monologue by a woman who is insecure and worried that her husband is cheating on her. The poem begins: ‘A suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy’ and it is this jealousy which has turned the woman into a gorgon and now everything she looks at turns to stone. Unlike our normal hate feelings towards the Medusa this poem evokes empathy for her as she is clearly distressed and suffering. Especially when she recollects, in the final stanza, the time she was young and beautiful, illustrating her complete lack of confidence.  Nevertheless, she is still presented as a foul character who threatens the reader, with the line ‘Be terrified’. The poem also ends with the line ‘Look at me now’ which has a double meaning. It could be read as a cry of distress or, as a threat as if you did look at Medusa you would die. This leaves the reader feeling conflicting emotions for the character, probably similar to how Medusa herself felt about herself throughout the poem. The poet uses a sibilance in the first two stanzas to create the sound of a hissing snake. Rhetorical questions, ‘Are you terrified?’ are used to involve but also intimidate the reader. The metaphor describing her husband’s heart for a shield suggests that he didn’t love her properly.

Red Riding Cap

How has Carol Ann Duffy rewritten/transformed a known text or story? How can her versions have the same characters, but be “about” something different?

Carol Ann Duffy has used a common and well-known children’s story but has completely changed the meaning of the story. In her version, she has made the story more sexual and more violent with a much deeper meaning. It is her personal experience of having a relationship with an older man. The older man is represented by the wolf, as they are animals that are said to be evil and aggressive because she thinks of her experiences with him as troubling and feels that he took advantage of her lack of maturity. She uses the story of ‘Red Riding Hood’ as a way to tell her story in a way that many people may understand by using a well-known story as well as the same characters. In her version of the story, Red Riding Hood represents herself while the wolf represents the older man whom she had a relationship with and who took advantage of her lack of experience and immaturity.  The grandmother represents her grandmother in real life except in the context of the story the grandmother had been in a similar situation when she was younger and was trying to advise her daughter against falling into the same trap. The forest seems to represent the oppression of the relationship she had with the man and just like in the story when Red Riding Hood’s mother told her not to step off the path, Carol Ann did and this is how she ended up in that type of situation.

What is a Personal Essay?

A personal essay is a broad essay that often incorporates a variety of writing styles. Most personal essay assignments ask writers to write about an important person, event or time period in their life. The goal is to narrate this event or situation in a way that the reader can fully experience and understand.The personal essay has loose structure and conversational tone. It is usually written in the first person. The writer uses self-disclosure, honesty, and truth. The writer can write about any subject, topic, or personal experience.

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