Brainstorming for Assignment 2

I am going to analyze the notebook. I think it is really interesting how Allie wears mostly red colors when her and Noah first start dating, but then as she gets older she wears mostly blue or black. I want to compare two scenes to show this. The first scene is when Noah and Ally go swimming. The water and they sky both have the same grey tone, so Allie and Noah really pop on the screen. Image

I am going to compare this scene with the scene when Noah and Allie are reunited after she is engaged to another man. The colors and setting are very similar, but Allie has changed. It’s interesting because Noah looks older, but very similar to who he was back then. Image

I think these two scenes are both pivotal parts of the movie, but I think I will also use other scenes to validate my argument.

 ImageI like this image because it was their first date and this is the most grown up Allie looks when they first start dating. Dating Noah makes Allieinto a more fun version of herself. 

These are just some other images I found:

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I like this image because it’s Allie much older, but back in red.

 

 

 

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Project 1 proposal

I will be pursuing the photo essay for my project. In my last revision I put my pictures on a map that I found on the internet. I like that idea, but I think that I will buy an actual map to paste my pictures to. I will still paste my pictures near the regions that they correspond to, and I will also print off more pictures. I am hoping to find a few more areas that wear earrings regularly to help bulk up my project. But I think that by using an actual map that will help with the size issue, printing it off the computer just was too small. This additional space will be used to add captions about why earrings are important to society and what they do for the people that wear them. 

My main argument, that earrings are important because they help other cultures connect with each other through something as simple as an earring. There are many people around the world who wear earrings and even though no one person will feel a bond with every other person that wears earrings it helps people that live in the U.S. see that they have something in common with people that live in Mali. The connections around the world make it seem like we as the human race are not that different from one another. Earrings and other small connections help tie the world together and make it seem like a smaller place in which more people can relate. 

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Midterm Reflection

This English class is by far the most unique English class I have ever taken. Most of my classes in the past have been about the written form of English both from a personal standpoint and in looking at others. I can remember a few times in High School when I made a collage for an English class or had to find and/or draw pictures to accompany my writing. This class though is the first real class in which I have been shown the different ways that an author can get his or her message across.

I think that trying to expressing that message in the various mediums that have been requested has been difficult for me because I am so used to writing papers and essays. However I have enjoyed learning new things about the topic I choose and my own writing and learning style. By revising and taking a second look at the projects I have done thus far I think I have started to get a better grasp of how to express your ideas in a manor that is different from  a typical English paper.

With that being said though, both of my projects have a long way to go. I think that one thing I would like to improve about my audio essay is that I need some more information about the other cultures that wear earrings. I think that having additional information will make my argument stronger and fill out my audio essay a little more. My photo essay also needs to be strengthened a bit. What I had originally envisioned was my pictures all nicely glued to a large map in the corresponding regions in which they come from. However in my search I found that not all cultures had traditional earrings. I think that the photo essay is the one I will pursue though. I think that I will add more captions to my pictures which should help strengthen the argument I am trying to make. 

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Audio Essay

There is something about wearing jewelry that makes an outfit seem more special.

I’m not sure if that is because of how unnecessary it is or maybe it’s because that item of jewelry might hold a special significance. I have a pair of earrings that my boyfriend gave me a few years ago for our anniversary. I will be honest they are not the prettiest earrings I have ever seen, but he took the time to pick them out for me and I truly treasure them for that.

I believe that most earrings are worn because of the significance they hold. But earrings are also worn for fashion purposes. In countries in Africa many people wear earrings because of the fashion trends that have developed in their countries. However some earrings do hold a social function, women of Mali wear big golden earrings to show that they are married. These gold earrings are considered works of art because of how they are made (http://www.all-about-african-art.com/african-tribal-jewelry.html). The styles of earrings are vastly different, but much like people from western cultures, people from Africa wear earrings because of the significance they hold, and also because they are a part of their fashion.

In countries like India fashion is not the driving factor for wearing earrings, religious ceremonies and rituals are. When most children are five they undergo a religious ceremony in which they get their ears pierced (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earring). I don’t know much about this ceremony, but it seems like a coming of age thing which is something that most girls in western culture can relate to.

I know I certainly can. I was seven when my mom took me to get my ears pierced. Getting your ears pierced is an interesting experience. I remember it was a lot quicker and hurt a lot more than I expected. I loved them though and wanted to show them off. But it wasn’t long after that that my fellow classmates started to notice just how disproportionally large my ears were in comparison to my extremely small frame.

Everyone gets teased as a child for one thing or another, and for me it was my ears that did me in. I was called elf or fairy or any other mythical creature that was little with pointy big ears all throughout elementary school and middle school. Believe it or not I actually switched school districts between those two and the name stuck! Don’t worry the ear thing had nothing to do with me switching schools. But as I got older I decided I had to do something to leave that nickname behind, so I put a few more holes in my ears. My thinking was that instead of seeing the size most everyone would just see the beautiful accessories. At one point I had 8 holes in one ear! You’ll be happy to know that these days I have grown into my ears and usually only wear one set of earrings. I may not need earrings as a security blanket anymore, but I still like wearing them because of how important they used to be to me.

Earrings will always hold significance for me, much like the rest of the earring wearing population of the world. Though our earring tastes may vary the one common thread remains that connects us all. Earrings are not necessary, but they hold a purpose beyond function. Whether they represent marriage, or a religious belief, or childhood insecurity, they are and will remain an important part of most societies. 

I changed a few things so I put another copy of the script up. 

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Audio Essay

There is something about wearing jewelry that makes an outfit seem more special.

I’m not sure if that is because of how unnecessary it is or maybe it’s because that item of jewelry might hold a special significance. I have a pair of earrings that my boyfriend gave me a few years ago for our anniversary. I will be honest they are not the prettiest earrings I have ever seen, but he took the time to pick them out for me and I truly treasure them because of the significance that they hold.

I believe that most earrings are worn because of the significance they hold. In countries in Africa earrings are worn for similar reason to people in the US. They are a fashion trend that has developed for as long as their history goes back. The gold earrings that married women from Mali wear are considered works of art because of how they are made (http://www.all-about-african-art.com/african-tribal-jewelry.html). The styles of earrings are vastly different, but much like people from western cultures, people from Africa wear earrings because of the significance they hold, and also because they are a part of their fashion.

In countries like India fashion is not the driving factor for wearing earrings, religious ceremonies and rituals are. When most children are five they undergo a religious ceremony in which they get their ears pierced (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earring). I don’t know much about this ceremony, but it seems like a coming of age thing which is something that most girls in western culture can relate to.

I know I certainly can. I was seven when my mom took me to get my ears pierced. Getting your ears pierced is an interesting experience. I remember it was a lot quicker and hurt a lot more than I expected. I loved them though and wanted to show them off. But it wasn’t long after that that my fellow classmates started to notice just how disproportionally large my ears were in comparison to my extremely small frame.

Everyone gets teased as a child for one thing or another, and for me it was my ears that did me in. I was called elf or fairy or any other mythical creature that was little with pointy big ears all throughout elementary school and middle school. Believe it or not I actually switched school districts between those two and the name stuck! Don’t worry the ear thing had nothing to do with me switching schools. But as I got older I decided I had to do something to leave that nickname behind, so I put a few more holes in my ears. My thinking was that instead of seeing the size most everyone would just see the beautiful accessories. At one point I had 8 holes in one ear! You’ll be happy to know that these days I have grown into my ears and usually only wear one set of earrings. I may not need earrings as a security blanket anymore, but I still like wearing them because of how important they used to be to me.

Earrings will always hold significance for me, much like the rest of the earring wearing population of the world. Though our earring tastes may vary the one common thread remains that connects us all. Earrings are not necessary, but they hold a purpose beyond function. Whether they represent marriage, or a religious belief, or childhood insecurity, they are and will remain an important part of most societies. 

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Audio Draft

There is something about wearing jewelry that makes an outfit seem more special.

I’m not sure if that is because of how unnecessary it is or maybe it’s because that item of jewelry might hold a special significance. I have a pair of earrings that my boyfriend gave me a few years ago for our anniversary. I will be honest they are not the prettiest earrings I have ever seen, but he took the time to pick them out for me and I truly treasure them because of that.

I believe that most earrings are worn because of the significance they hold. In countries in Africa earrings are worn for similar reason to people in the US. They are a fashion trend that has developed for as long as their history goes back. The gold earrings that married women from Mali wear are considered works of art because of how they are made (http://www.all-about-african-art.com/african-tribal-jewelry.html). The styles of earrings are vastly different, but much like people from western cultures, African people wear earrings because of the significance they hold, and also because they are a part of their fashion.

In countries like India the reason for wearing earrings are for religious purposes. When most children are five they undergo a religious ceremony in which they get their ears pierced (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earring). I don’t know much about this ceremony, but it seems like a coming of age thing which is something that most girls in western culture can relate to.

I know I certainly can. I was seven when my mom took me to get my ears pierced. Getting your ears pierced is an interesting experience. I remember it was a lot quicker and hurt a lot more than I expected. I loved them though and wanted to show them off. But it wasn’t long after that that my fellow classmates started to notice just how disproportionally large my ears were in comparison to my extremely small frame.

Everyone gets teased as a child for one thing or another, and for me it was my ears that did me in. I was called elf or fairy or any other mythical creature that was little with pointy big ears all throughout elementary school and middle school. Believe it or not I actually switched school districts between those two and the name stuck! Don’t worry the ear thing had nothing to do with me switching schools. So as I got older I got a few more holes in my ears so that instead of seeing the size you saw the beautiful accessories. At one point I had 8 holes in one ear! You’ll be happy to know that these days I have grown into my ears and usually only wear one set of earrings. I may not need earrings as a security blanket anymore, but I still like wearing them because of how important they used to be to me.

Earrings will always hold significance for me, much like the rest of the earring wearing population of the world. Though our earring tastes may vary the one common thread remains that connects us all. Earrings are not necessary, but they hold a purpose beyond function. Whether they represent marriage, or a religious belief they are important.

 

P.S. I am not sure if I did this write, so criticism and help is more than welcomed!

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Earrings

There is nothing strange about someone with their ears pierced. In fact it is more strange if a girl does not have her ears pierced. However that was not always the case, the earliest evidence of the ear piercing tradition – which has been dated back to 1500 BC – that both men and women wore the ornaments. There are cave pictures showing men wearing earrings, and in Exodus 32:2-3 it says “Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.” Even during the Renaissance wearing earrings was common place for most men. And Sailors would wear on golden earring because they believed that if they died at sea and washed up ashore it would pay for a Christian Burial.”…fashion was a social formation always combining two opposite forces. The charm of novelty offered by fashion is a purely aesthetic pleasure” (Gronow). However several hundred years later in 1970s it became known as a fashion meant for women or for men that bat for the other team. It was also common for men who belonged to the subculture of hippie America to have their ears pierced (Wikipedia).   Slowly the trend of multiple piercings started and now it is not uncommon for women who are very conservative (such as myself) to have two or more piercings. That is my ear below. I have three piercings in both ears. ImageI think that for myself I wanted my first ears pierced because I wanted to feel like a grown up. I was seven when I got them done, and even though I cried and it hurt to clean I loved them! I thought that they made women look beautiful. However as I got a little older my ears seemed to be a little too big and I seemed to be a little too small and all through elementary school people called me elf. That may sound adorable, but not when you’re at the receiving end. I started to wear my hair down to cover them, but as I got older I decided that I would just get my ears pierced a few more times and wear big earrings all the time so that instead of seeing my pointy big ears people would see my cool piercings and pretty earrings. So for me personally earrings were kind of like a security blanket. These days I couldn’t care less if my ears are big or whatever I used to see, and I actually rarely wear earrings anymore. But when I do now it’s usually because I am doing something that requires a more formal attire. I think for most people, men and women a like, earrings serve as an accessory or as another small outlet to express themselves. I think that is certainly for this woman. ImageI am not sure what possessed her to get all of those piercings, but it might help us know a little bit about her. She enjoys things that some people might think of as different, or edgy and she likes to be her own individual. However my assumption is that these were her choice, which isn’t always the case. ImageIt always interests me when I see a baby girl with her ears pierced. To me it seems silly because there is no way she could possibly care, and I’m sure it hurt her. However it’s not like this practice is uncommon. I see it all of the time. In fact when I was researching ear piercings I came across discussion boards talking about how soon is too soon to get a baby’s ears pierced. I think the reason mothers will do this is because babies won’t remember the pain and they won’t have to go through it as older children. I am not sure about piercing babies ears, but I am not a parent so I can’t say one way or the other. Whether they are in the ears of babies, or there are twelve of them in each ear, or they are a security blanket earrings have been around for a long time, and I think that this is one trend that won’t be going anywhere.

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