Parallel Reading Assignment

The House on mango street


Self Reliance 

1a. I do agree with Emerson when he stated “to be great is to be misunderstood” because most inventors and famous historians figures had people downing them and saying they’d never make it but ultimately they came out on top successfully.

2a. Emerson uses the terms ‘joint stock, surrender of liberty, and cutler of eat’. 

2b. A conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members 

2c. People shouldn’t worry about what others think.

3a. According to Emerson, a foolish consistency, “the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by the little statesman and philosophers and divines.  

3b. I don’t think there would any amount of circumstance that would make Emerson advocate the benefits of consistency. He has showed many times over how against it he is, s
4a.From Emerson’s point of view, divines play a role as conformists, trying to get everyone they can to conform to the church.
4b. Emerson would say that finding their own path, using their own guidance, in any way they can, is each person’s reason for living. Judging by the way he speaks of conformists and the reliance of oneself, I think he would see this as a fitting description.

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 Allen Poe Assessment

¨1. Write about Poe’s mother and father.
His parents were traveling actors. The family was dirt poor. By 1811, his father had abandoned the family, leaving Elizabeth Poe alone with two-year-old Edgar, his elder brother Henry, and his infant sister Rosalie.

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

He was 2 years old and she died from tuberculosis

¨3. What happened to the orphaned Poe and his siblings?

The three Poe children were split up. Henry went off to live with his paternal grandparents. Rosalie was adopted by the Mackenzie family of Richmond. And Edgar was taken in by the family of John and Frances Allan

¨4. Who took in Poe and describe his upbringing.

John Allan was a successful merchant, and Edgar grew up fairly comfortably. He was close to his foster mother, Frances, but never with to foster father, who always thought Edgar was a punk, shamefully ungrateful for all the couple did for him. From 1815 to 1820, the family lived in England, where young Edgar got a good education at a school outside of London.

¨5. Describe some events of his adolescence.


He had a lot of death in the family and no real parent figures

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

Poe went to the University of Virginia and he  was a good student with a bad gambling problem. By the end of his first semester he had run up a $2,000 debt

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

Edgar Allan had no money, no job skills, and had been shunned by John Allan. Edgar went to Boston and joined the U.S. Army in 1827.His first posting was in Fort Independence in Boston Harbor and was paid with a salary of five dollars a month. In 1827, he published his first book, “Tamerlane and Other Poems”, which was a forty page poetry collection. His regiment was posted to Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina, wherein he was promoted to the rank of “artificer”, an enlisted tradesman who prepared shells for artillery. He served for another two years and held the rank of Sergeant Major for Artillery.

¨8. Who did he marry and what were the circumstances of the marriage?

He married his cousin Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe

¨9. What poem did Poe write for his wife?

The Raven

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

shock, sadness


The Ending





                                       The Ending

Abigail yelled, “Elizabeth let me go!” “No I will not let you go! You will not run away from your problems! You will confess everything and you will be punished. Every whip Tituba received, you’re going to receive 5 times more than her. Then notify all of the accused living relatives and tell them how you’re responsible for their deaths.” I explained while walking towards Reverend Parris home.

“Reverend! Look who I found trying to escape,” I said with a smart tone. As he looked to find Abigail looking guilty as always began to inform him on everything I know. “Abigail lied. About everything, her and her friends were calling on the devil in the forest. All the other girls wanted to tell the truth, but I was enlightened by one of them that she admonished them if they would tell.” I recited with ease.  Within a split second Rev. Parris is in front of Abigail asking, “Did you do that Abigail? Is she telling the truth about you?” he yelled. “Yes, uncle. This is true, but I am not sorry! Those people deserved to die – SLAP-”  “Those people did not deserve to die! They didn’t mean anything to youut they did to me!” I scream before going in with another slap to her face. Rev. Parris pushed me to the other side of the room to calm down. I quickly regained composure and just listened to what he said to her.

“This is absurd! Something isn’t right with you. You want to tell the truth now after almost a dozen of innocent people were hung!” Rev. Parris expresses with a deep tone “I tried to be a good example for you when you came into my home but you must take me as a fool if you think I’m going to be okay with this.” He said a little too calmly “You will not get way with this. You’re going to pay! You will have to tend to the farms for the next 7 days and you will be stripped of your impure soul! Then once you have completed everything. You will die.” He retorted coldly.

Those days passednd it’s now the day of her soon to be death. She will get her head chopped off with everyone from all villages to watch. She bowed her head with no tears on her face but with an icy stare towards the ground. “OFF WITH HER HEAD!” everyone yelled in unison. They pull the guillotinend her head just rolled of the ground.  In conclusion Abigail’s life will be hell. Since she’s deadhe will pay for her sins in hell for continuous lying and not caring for the deaths she caused. She will perish in hell and suffer with the devil.