Author Archives: Sebastian Garzon

Everything ended

The clock in the first made its alarm to start off the day. A voice appeared with what time it is. Waking everybody in its vicinity. However there was not a soul to respond. This home was empty. Within the first two paragraphs the narrator was able to describe that this house was a smart house. A smart house is a house that is able to perform many tasks that normally does not require the human interaction. Upon reading this is seem likely that certain events have occurred to cause the house to be empty.  This home is empty because the world has ended.

The breakfast has been prepared for the residents who no longer reside here. During the second paragraph, the kitchen was preparing breakfast. Then during the fifth paragraph, it explains that there was nobody in this house. “But
no doors slammed, no carpets took the soft tread of rubber heels. It was raining outside. The weather box on the front door sang quietly: “Rain, rain, go away; rubbers, raincoats for today…”And the rain tapped on the empty house, echoing”(Page 1 Paragraph 5).  If this isn’t enough to prove you nobody is home, “At eight-thirty the eggs were shriveled and the toast was like stone. ” (Page 1 Paragraph 7). This explains that the food was never touched when it was made. After reading these paragraphs, the narrator is mostly likely foreshadowing something happen to the residents of this home.

Outside this house shows a view of destruction. “Ten o’clock. The sun came out from behind the rain. The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave off a
radioactive glow which could be seen for miles”(Page 1 paragraph 10). The narrator describes a scenery of what the house looks like outside. The city where the house is has been destroyed from what appears to be the cause of a nuclear explosion. Nothing is left but this house, if there is so much destruction then it is possible to say that nobody survived which is why there is not one person inside the house. This is what has happen to the family of this home.

This possible explosion has killed the family of this house. Reading the following paragraph, “The water pelted windowpanes, running down the charred west side where the house had been burned evenly free of its white paint. The entire west face of the house was black, save for five places. Here the silhouette in paint of a man mowing a lawn. Here,
as in a photograph, a woman bent to pick flowers. Still farther over, their images burned on wood
in one titanic instant, a small boy, hands flung into the air; higher up, the image of a thrown ball,
and opposite him a girl, hands raised to catch a ball which never came down.”(Page 1 Paragraph 11). The narrator describes the last moments of this family. They were outside a father was mowing his lawn, the mother tending to the garden and their two children playing close to them.  During this moment the radioactive explosion was sent off and burn them alive only leaving shapes of their bodies to be mark on the side of the house. They mostly likely didn’t know it had happen since they were able to enjoy a day with nothing to worry about.

From reading this novel, it uses imagery and foreshadows the events that has transpired. Nobody survived this blast in the city and the house continued to accomplish its everyday tasks without knowing that everything ended.

False Utopia

A utopia is what everyone dreams of. A world where people are free, are happy, and no worries. The author Ursula Le Guin who created the short novel “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” tells a tale of a place the is a utopia. During the Festival of Summer, the citizens are playing music and dancing in the streets and the people are with their horse (Page 1 paragraph 1). It seems that these people are in a time of peace and happiness, however this is not the case.

The setting of Omelas represents it self as city or town like no other filled with all of its citizens with joy, all but one. There is a small child who does not receive the joy and freedom as everybody else. This child settles or is better mentioned forced to settle in dirty room, a cellar, with no windows and the door is locked. This child is malnourished, naked and scared.  (Page 4 paragraph 4). This child was born defective, different from others with a weak mind and this child doesn’t know why it is being treated less than a proper human being. He is suffering from physical and emotional abuse where the citizens would “come in and kick the child to make it stand up”(page 5 continuing paragraph from page 4). The citizens come to visit the child as if they were going to a zoo and see him as an animal if they are capable to kick a small defenseless child. This child had a healthy mind and wanted to be free since he speaks “I will be good. Please let me out. I will be good!”(page 5 continuing paragraph from page 4).  It is natural for a child to desire to leave such an awful place.

The reason for this child suffer was for the happiness of the citizens of Omelas.  “They all know it is there, all the people of Omelas” (Page 5 Paragraph 1). Before I figured out why the citizens didn’t do anything, I was disgusted to know that the people knew of this child’s existence and did nothing for him because they honestly believed that the happiness of the city of Omelas “depends wholly on this child’s abominable misery” (Page 5 Paragraph 1). They might have a tradition or a religion where they can actually allow something like this to happen. Even the children of the city weren’t happy. They also felt disgust and were outraged (Page 5 paragraph 2). How would you feel if you saw a child just like yourself in such a situation when being explained that it was necessary for the city. Their reactions are reasonable and would go against it.  Sadly they don’t have the power to go against the reason for this child’s eternal nightmare. Nobody agrees with this, “Often the young people go home in tears, or in a tearless rage, when they have seen the child and faced this terrible paradox”(Page 6 paragraph 1). This shows that the people truly do not agree with this and would want this to end. In the last part, “faced this terrible paradox,” shows it contradicts their utopia life style where everybody is not happy or free.

When reading this novel I was hoping for a beautiful story of happiness but it slapped me in the face as I kept reading. By reading this novel it has made me realize that a utopia is still a dream that may never come true.

I despise this yellow wall paper

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte is about the narrator who faces many challenges of keeping her sanity throughout the novel. The story mostly explains that the narrator has an “illness” which is never said what it is exactly but it is most likely a mental condition. She is married to a man named Jon who looking out for. The narrator uses imagery throughout the whole novel. Like in the second paragraph of the first page, it explains the couple moving into a mansion that appeared as if it was hunted. They moved into this house for the narrator rest due to her illness. She wishes to work her mind and write however her husband prohibits it. He believes that will make her even worse. She disagrees and believes a she will get better if she entertains herself by writings. I certainly believe that would have been a wise decision because she does get into a bad position. 

Reading throughout the novel the I got pretty bored because nothing interesting was happen. The narrator keeps describing the setting outside and inside the mansion. Like on the sixteenth paragraph on page one “There is a delicious garden!..” She loved that garden so much that it looked so appealing. Also on the fourth to the tenth paragraph on the second page, in detail she explains how “revolting” the wallpaper was in their room. This wallpaper is yellow. From this moment I foreshadow that the novel will cause a huge conflict with the narrator from the title, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Afterwards the narrator was losing her mind due to the wallpaper. She intends to fight off the wallpaper in her mind by spending time with her family members but she continues to approach the wallpaper. This wallpaper no longer feel “revolting” it felt more like it was evil. She grows so obsessive with the wallpaper that she finds changes within the wallpaper. In paragraph six of page seven, “There are always new shoots on the fungus, and shades of yellow all over it.” I believe this is from her illness, she can’t control herself anymore and believe that there is something wrong with the wallpaper. This obsession of her feels like she is being possessed by the wallpaper. Later she sees an image of a woman through out the house and on the wallpaper and won’t leave her be. This whole thing gets show strange to the point where she lost her mind and went wild with the wallpaper.

The author uses such detailed imagery to describe the atmosphere of the setting. You feel being disgusted of the wallpaper and how irritating it is. The author also uses a time sequence to see how each day the narrator become more active about the wallpaper. The feeling was just being sick of the wallpaper to the point where you go mad. Using her illness to proceed to the plot was well written as well.

How to be a girl (Girl)

When I first read this, I feel depressed what this girl is going through. Now I don’t know if their is an actual character who is a girl since it was never mentioned. For now I believe the protagonist is a girl and the antagonist seems to an adult probably to be a parent or guardian. Throughout this short novel, the narrator seems to be a parent or guardian because this person is probably teaching a young girl to be a proper girl from their point of view. From the reading narrator keeps saying “this is how to,” then it explains how the action is supposed to be performed. The tone that the narrator is giving feels like a parent teaching his or her child how to do things properly. However this feels different, from my understanding their aren’t trying to make a proper girl but more like a slave or creating this girl to be a “perfect wife” for somebody. When I say “perfect wife” I mean forcing her into an arrange marriage. I have read before in some countries, parents train their daughters to be “perfect wives” to be used as a bargaining chip to achieve riches. This is a possibility that this is what’s happening to the girl. The narrator also uses a harsh tone when saying “don’t” then explains the action. The narrator wants the girl to be a proper lady, not like a “boy” who plays marbles, not to “eat fruits in the street”as if it would gather attention to her. The narrator also mentions before that she must not be “the slut you are so bent on becoming.” This is mostly that the girl does not intend to be “slut” but to be free. Why does she want to be free because she wants to break she shackles of captivity, she wants become whoever she wants to be. This is possibly what the protagonist is thinking. The majority of people or maybe everyone would want if they were in this situation. Upon reading this novel several times I have notice that the girl, protagonist, does exist in this novel. I have discovered that she spoke in this story. There isn’t quotation marks but the author changed the font of the text to represent that she is speaking. This happening twice in the novel in the beginning and close to the end of the novel. The first time was when she was responding to a statement that the narrator made about not to sing benna on Sundays or during Sunday school. The second time was when she asked a question about if the baker won’t let her feel the bread. The first comment was ignored as the narrator follows the list of how to be a lady. The narrator then answered her question with a question as if it were make the girl feel like an idiot. Throughout this novel, the protagonist has to follow the narrator’s orders in order to become a proper lady or a proper girl. This is depressing life for, anyone would pity her and no one deserves to live like that.  

English 2001 Intro To Literature

Hello everyone, my name is Sebastian Garzon. I am a junior and my major is Computer Engineering and Technology. I enjoy my major where I get to create many programs and to mess with circuits and computers. I hope to finish my major soon and start my career.  I transferred here from Queensborough Community College. I have obtained my Associate’s Degree in Computer Engineering and Technology. There I have worked with robots and programmed them to do several actions. I have done an honor’s project where I had to create a word learning program game. I first transferred here in the spring of 2017.

As stated before I love food, I go around many places to find delicious food. I forgot to mention this in the last class, but I have actually traveled to New Jersey a couple of times to eat at a Hispanic barbecue restaurant, sadly it is now closed. I have also gone into deep Queens Village for a pizza place that uses fried oreos as toppings. I found it strange too but liked it. I have also been to other states, for example Georgia or Indiana, where I had different food but I was living in those states at the time. I don’t have many hobbies, I like to watch anime, listen to music while reading manga, and play video games. I try to workout as much as possible. This summer vacation I was in Colombia to visit my family there. I had a wonderful time where I got to go sight seeing outside of Pereira (the city where my family lives). I was able to eat different types of dishes there as well, I enjoyed them all. I was to spend time with my family which was wonderful.

This is where I was while travelling around Colombia. It was outside of the city of Pereira.

As a reader, I don’t believe to a high level reader. I don’t really read books often unless it is from a textbook. I am confident to be a proficient writer, however I am might need some work in grammar. I believe I can analyse literature well and I am able to comprehend any theme or symbolism that it holds. I don’t really enjoy reading or writing as much as I should. I would read more but I rarely find a novel that catches my interest. I am mostly interested in Science fiction, fantasy, action adventure and or thrillers. That I have a tendency to lose interest if the story doesn’t appeal to me quickly. This might be why I don’t have a favorite book. I don’t really know much about my sense of literature/fiction is, maybe some novel that is very popular to certain people or genre. I only write when it is needed, if not I am doing math calculations and/or coding for my major. Last semester I used open lab just check what labs I had to do for one class and nothing else. I am able to understand almost any type of technology or software well if I can get the chance to play around with it or with a manual. This has no connection to course, this an elective to me. I decided to pick this class to improve my reading and writing skills. It will assist me when I have to read complex work and being able to write a proper lab report, or so I feel that it might.