Winter Dreams Lit Analysis Questions

  1. What is the significance of the title? Why do you think Fitzgerald used “winter” and not “spring” or “fall” in the title?  In what ways do the seasons affect Dexter’s outlook on life?

The title is significant because it could represent many things about Dexter or things that happened in his life. He could have used winter because winter can represent the harsh and cold times in life, and Judy could have been the one warm thing in Dexter’s life. The seasons could represent how he is feeling at times, when he met Judy and when he finally got to spent time with her, then when she left him and came back to him.


  1. Describe Judy Jones at the age of eleven. How do you feel about her treatment of the nurse?

She seemed to be a quite girl when Dexter met her, he was captivated by her beautifully ugly characteristics at a young age. She didn’t treat the nurse poorly when they arrived at the golf course, they were both curious on what to do next and that is when Dexter helped them.


  1. Why do you think Dexter quit?

I think Dexter quit because he wanted to change his life and from that moment he didn’t want to be someone’s employee, he wanted to depend on himself to create a new life with success and wealth. Also he was always told he was the best caddy, and he felt he could be the best at other things instead.


  1. How had Dexter’s perception of Judy changed in part II?

He thought of her as a young woman now and her beauty was fully developed and she expressed it with pride. Also he was ready to talk to her because she is of age, when he was 14 she was only 11 years old. He thought of her to be an adventurous woman when they were on the boat together.

8. Compare the description of Judy’s mouth at the age of eleven with the description in Part II.  What do you think the significance of her mouth is?

When she was eleven there was a strange way that her lips twisted, down at the corners when she smiled.  Then once Dexter saw her once again years later and they were both of age he noticed her at the golf course he thought “This color and the mobility of her mouth gave a continual impression of flux.” He knew that she was not the same little girl he once knew when they were little but a young woman now.


  1. Describe the adult Judy Jones. What kind of person is she? Do you know anyone like her?

The adult Judy is very rebellious and I feel she is inconsiderate to the emotions of all the men she associates herself with especially with Dexter. I think she is living her life this way because she is young and people admirer her beauty so she thinks she can get away with anything and people will still care for her like Dexter does.

  1. How did Dexter justify Judy’s lying to him? How?

He was upset that she did what she did but he was glad that she actually though about his feelings making her lie to him thinking he would believe the lie causing him no pain. Which make him a little happy to know that she cared a little at least.


  1. Discuss the significance of the description of the Jones’s house at the end of part IV.

Her house was a representation of Judy Jones and how he was feeling at the time, the house was a slightly horrifying image in the dark with just the moonlight shining on the house, next to it was Judy, she was upset, and she sat with Dexter and let out a few tears that rested on her top lip.


  1. Discuss the significance of the laundries. Why do think Dexter had intended to sell them at the end of part V?

The laundries were significant to Dexter because he thought the money he earned from them would help him win the love of Judy Jones but it wasn’t like that. Once he finally realized that he could never have her he decided to give up the laundries because he no longer had a purpose for them.


  1. Interpret the following sentences: “The dream was gone. Something had been taken from him.”

The little experience he had with Judy could have actually been a dream; the person he cared for the most was in his dreams and once he woke from his sleep, he realized that he lost that one connection he had with her, his happiness was taken from him.


  1. Fitzgerald employs colons in places where other punctuation would suffice. What effect does this achieve?

The colons are used to paraphrase or expand on the first sentences to give it a more detailed sentence. Also it is used to give a list of things.


  1. Find an example anaphora. What effect does it achieve?

“He wanted not association with glittering things and glittering people–he wanted the glittering things themselves.” This technique adds emphasis and unity to the clauses.


  1. Find two examples of appositives. How are they punctuated? What effect do they achieve?

“She had insulted him, and she had ridden over him, and she had played his interest in her against his interest in his work–for fun.” “She had treated him with interest, with encouragement, with malice, with indifference, with contempt.” They have many commas and the second example uses asyndeton to emphasize the sentence. They rename the noun phrase that is right next to it.






Preview Transcendentalism

  1.  B- To re-evaluate his way of living and lead a more meaningful life
  2. A- “I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life”
  3. C-  Life should be lived without complication or hurry, in order to get to the core of living.
  4. D- “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in
  5. C- Thoreau is commenting on how certain aspects of modern life can control us, not the other way around.
  6.  A-The post office
  7.  C- The story compares the prince’s circumstances of hard living with our own, building on Thoreau’s idea of life as innately mean.

The life and death of Edgar Allan Poe assessment

  1. Write about Poe’s mother and father.

Poe’s mother was caring and tried her best to raise him and his two other siblings,  and his father abandoned them when Edgar was a child.

  1. How old was Poe when his mother died? What did she die from?

Edgar was not yet 3 when she died, her cause of death was from tuberculosis.

  1. What happened to the orphaned Poe and his siblings?

Edgar was taken in by the family of John and Frances Allan. Henry went off to live with his paternal grandparents. Rosalie was adopted by the Mackenzie family.

  1. Who took in Poe and describe his upbringing.

The Allan family took him in and gave him all the necessities a young child would need, they gave him food, shelter, education and a family. But it seemed like only Frances Allan his adoptive mother really cared for him unlike adoptive father John Allan.

  1. Describe some events of his adolescence.

When he was only 15 he had his first love and he watched her die from a brain cancer, he was very torn up about her passing many of his loved ones died.

  1. Where did he go to college? Describe his experience there.

He went to University of Virginia, he was very intelligent, and he excelled in all of his class but could not continue to attend his classes because he did not have enough funds from his adoptive father John Allan.

  1. Why did Poe join the military and how well did he do?

He joined the military because he had no money and he did very well for himself the attained the rank of a sergeant major. He enlisted with a different name Edgar Allan Parry.

11. What happened to Poe’s wife and how long did she suffer?

His wife was dying of tuberculosis like both of his mothers, she would get well and then worse many times hurting him mentally every time. She struggled with this disease for 5 years until she died.

12. What poem brought Poe fame? Was it a financial success?

The Raven was Poe’s best work it gave him the most publicity during his time, it was not much of a financial success because it only generated him 14 dollars.

13.What poem did Poe write for his wife?

He wrote The Raven for her when she was terribly ill with consumption “tuberculosis” and after she died.

14.What condition did Poe suffer from following her death?

After his wife’s death the only way he could cope was by drinking soon causing him to become an alcoholic.

William Root Assessment

I learned that the root house was moved from its original location and placed in a new location where it could be preserved as a historical artifact.  Also at the time there were 11 people living in the house. The root house is also known as the plantation house because a plantation house has two levels on the left and right side and it has one long hallway in the middle separating the two sides. The kitchen was outside separate from the house, just in case of any fires were to occur the whole house wouldn’t burn down because the house was made out of wood. Also another reason the kitchen was outside is because during the summer time the kitchen would be very hot leading the whole house to get hot as well. The kitchen walls were painted white so once it got dark everything could still be visible with the little light they had. The down stairs of the root house was the fanciest because that is where all the guest would gather, they were the only rooms to have wall paper.

Abigail Adams Essay

In the following paragraphs Abigail Adams writes a letter to her son John Quincy Adams, because he was on a voyage to France with his brother and his father John Adams. She implores him to be wise in difficult times and decisions, and that she is also very proud of him for taking such a large step gaining new knowledge. The advice she gives him is embedded with carefully crafted rhetorical strategies that persuade him to do what is best for him.

Throughout the passage Abigail Adams includes an Analogy, she compares “a judicious traveler to a river, that increases its stream the further it flows from its source; or to a certain springs, which, running through rich veins of minerals, improve their qualities as they pass along.” She wants John Q. to do the same. She wants him to explore and develop into a wiser person with many abilities that can help him later on in life. Also she inserts loving and enthusiastic tone in her writing to express what she hopes John Q. will gain from him adventure. Her tone is an emotional appeal to any mother that wants their children to be successful at everything they set their mind to. Her tone persuades John Q. to have a sense of security and hope from his mother, that he will make her proud.

She informs John Q. that she has unbreakable faith that he will never give up on her and on his dreams, and give her a “reason to lament it”. She uses inspirational sentences in her writing like “you will find your understanding opening and daily improving”. She uses praises and a form of expectancy to persuade him to achieve his goals. That is sense of ethical appeal by using a moral approach of improving simple characteristics of himself will help him in the future. Abigail uses asyndeton in her letter “it will be expected of you, my son, that, as you are favored with superior advantages under the instructive eye tender parent, your improvement should bear some proportion to your advantages.”  She used this rhetorical device to make her speech more dramatic and effective by speeding up its rhythm and pace.

Also she established her credibility with wise words for her son “the habits of the mind are formed in contending with difficulties, all history will convince you of this.” She means to say is that once you are exposed to new things your mind will be filled with new knowledge. Abigail successfully uses imagery to convey her message to her son that he should gain experience and knowledge and use his knowledge of language as an advantage to share and spread his ideas to better benefit his country. Through imagery, John Q. gets the full effect and understanding of what his mother expects from him.  Also she used allusion in her writing,  “Would Cicero have shone so distinguish an orator if he had not been roused, kindled, and inflamed by the tyranny of Catiline, Verres, and Mark Anthony?” She alludes to the great Roman orators of Cicero and Mark Anthony.  After Caesar’s death, Anthony became a high political leader.

Abigail Adams wrote this letter with unbreakable faith for her son who is on a voyage with his brother and father. She advised him that knowledge is power, she wanted him to learn as much as he could because it would benefit him once he was older. Also she wanted to express how she felt about him and this large step he was taking in his life, and she wanted him to know that she was very proud of him. This journey will make him experience and learn new things that will help him in the future when he becomes the 6th president of the United States.





Disobedience Essay

Disobedience, it can be used for the good or for the bad. Sometimes disobedience can leading to a good thing or something very unfortunate. I believe disobedience is a natural characteristic of life. For example when you tell a little kid not to do something and they still do it, they probably don’t know what disobedience means but most of the time they will still be disobedient anyways. Also I agree with Oscar Wilde, that disobedience is a normal human trait and it has led to many things that exist now.

Many people haven’t really thought about the good in disobedience, like when the colonies got their independence from Great Britain. Many times the colonies rebelled against the British, and finally they declared war. Do to that they no longer had to work under the British they became independent, and the U.S. started forming slowly. Also with the Puritan religion they did not believe in the Roman Catholic beliefs, so they were prosecuted and fled their homeland. Another example of disobedience that changed mankind can be of Adam and Eve, they were said to have been the first sinner. They disobeyed god and they were punished for it.

For some people disobedience was better than being aggressive, like Martin Luther King Jr., he is widely known for trying to get civil rights for African American people in the U.S. and end segregation. Which helped him succeed in what he believed in and strived for. His best strategy was to get many people who shared his same opinion to follow in his foot prints, by boycotting and nonviolence.  Many people were moved by his charisma and persistence to fight for what he believed in.

Although civil disobedience is an effective tactic against a let’s say an oppressive environment. I can also argue that too much of a good thing can be bad, for there are just as many consequences as benefits to civil disobedience for example jail time and even death, just  like MLK, Malcolm X, and Gandhi. They still got their point across to achieve what they believed in. But sometimes civil disobedience simply creates a tougher resistance to the issues at hand. Like Baltimore over the death of Freddie gray are an excellent example of this disadvantage.

In conclusion most humans are going to have a tendency to rise against authority and have their voices. Which is something very important to some people, being able to express themselves is very important, it may also inspire other people to do the same. But why not have some civil disobedience to attract more attention to the cause and make the world a better place one action at a time without breaking the law, our first amendment is freedom of speech, why not use it?

Crucible Ending Rewrite

As I leave John’s cell with regret and tears I finally realize that he never cared about me, and it was time for me to leave Salem if I wanted a better life. With the few things I had and the money I took from Reverend Parris I marched myself over the hills not looking back to the place I once called home.  I could envision myself far from here with a new life. Once I finally got to the shore I saw this hyphenate ship with white sails blowing in the wind as if they were ghosts. I walked up the ramp leading to a man asking for money to board the ship. He said, “It will be ten pounds, Miss”. I looked down at the bag with money, I then gave him the ten pounds, and I thought to myself “I need to make the remaining 21 pounds I have left count”.

The ship was very cluttered, filled with people and cargo boxes. I sat down on the cold wooden floor waiting to leave my old life behind. The ship was sent to sail back to Great Britain. I had no idea what I was going to do once I got there but I was just going to have to figure that out once we arrived. Shortly after the last person was on board we were prepared to set sail. I heard a man’s voice that sounded familiar but I could not remember a face nor a name. He walked up the ramp and whispered to the man that I gave the ten pounds to. I could not hear what he spoke of but the man walked on the ship looking around. I had a shiver down my spine but I didn’t think much of the man, but then I thought to myself “he wouldn’t be looking for me, no one knows about my leaving”. Then right when John the man shouted my name, “ABIGAIL WILLIAMS”!

My heart dropped once my name left that man’s lips. I didn’t have the ability to move, and I just sat there with consternation. The man moved closer to me. I finally recognized him, he was Marshal Herrick, and my mind went blank once I realized it was him. He asked me what was I doing on this ship, and I responded to him that I need some time away because of the chaotic things that have been happening lately. He responded to me with you’re under arrest for the theft of Reverend Parris. I walked off the ship in handcuffs and regret, I felt like my life was wasting away and that I was going to spend time in jail, but I felt more regret for letting my feelings for John get in the way of  my life.

We made it back to Salem and I was put in a cell, I could talk to judge Hathorne in the morning about what I did. I was exhausted and ready to go to sleep, but I had so many thoughts in my head and I wasn’t prepared for the morning. I was awakened by a bright light and an old scratchy cough, it was Hopkins, and he took me to the courtroom where I saw John, Reverend Parris and Judge Hathorne. Judge Hathorne ordered me to come forth and speak the truth on why I took Parris’ money. I told him it was because I wanted to get away from all the suffering I have gone through being here. John shouted “LIE, tell the truth that you wanted to run away because your plan to keep me all to yourself failed and that you fear you’ll be prosecuted of causing innocent people to hang.”

Judge Hathorne asked if it was true and I said “of course not, what I said is the pure true”. He looked at me with questioning eyes and called all the girls that were with me that night in the woods to testify, he told them if they told the truth they would be pardoned from any persecution. He made me face away from them so they could only see my back and they could answer freely.  Judge Hathorne asked if it were true that all the witchcraft was false and so were the accusations. Betty was the first one to say it is true we were forced to follow Abigail through everything. I said “it is not true she is the liar, she wants me to be punished for things we all did”. One by one the girls were taking Betty’s side and slowly surrounding me, making me feel insecure.

I began to breathe heavily and sweat excessively, drawing attention to myself. John and the girls where chanting “tell the truth you liar!” on and on driving me crazy, my head felt like it was going to explode. I covered my ears to stop their words from flowing into my brain but it was no use I began to cry and process everything that was going on. Finally I couldn’t take it anymore, I shouted “IT’S TRUE”, everyone got quite and judge Hathorne stood up from his chair and said “is it true that you are a liar.” I said yes softly with tears running down my face. He told me the punishment for death is death and then told Marshal Herrick to take me to be hanged.

On the ride there I thought about my entire life and how quickly I just gave up I just wanted the suffering to be over with, because I knew my life would still be hard even if I left Salem. I walked up the few stairs leading to the rope that would end all the suffering but also my life, and I saw everyone I once knew staring at me with such hate. I looked at John for the last time and looked at everyone once again, I had no words for anyone. The rope was over my neck at this point. I watched a bird fly freely up in the sky I thought to myself “I will be like that bird.” then just like my life was over with.