All posts by AldayA1211


1. Cupola
2. Tumultuously
3. Powwow
4. Riotus 
5. Querulous
6. Calceolaria
7. Impertinence
8. Rendezvous
9. Pilfer
10. Camphor
11. Spigot
12. Shawl
13. Serenading
14. Savage
15. Regalia

When reading, whether it is a newspaper, a book, manga, etc, I tend to come across words I don’t really know about. I think what does this and that mean? When or how should I use this word in real life? Later on however, I tend to ignore it and make my own definition based on context clues but I guess based on the SATs from the past 2 years, I shouldn’t have done that. Now that I’m in college, I should be using more complex words in my work. This now brings me up to this assignment. This glossary assignment did in fact help me improve my vocabulary. Not only that, I can improve it further just by looking back at the other classmate’s words. By doing this, I also did something that I haven’t done before and that is to stop reading and look up the definition online. By doing this, I’m now guaranteed to know what the word I’m looking at means. Not only am I implementing this strategy in this class, I’m also using this as I read other writings. For example, if I’m reading something online and I see a complicated word, I would stop reading and look it up online. It may seem like a hassle however it actually helps. To sum things up, this Glossary project helped me a lot when it came to vocabulary and it helped me improve my reading skills. The strategies I use will definitely be used in the future.



Regalia (What You Pawn I Will Redeem)
Pronunciation: re-gah-lia

-Special clothes and decorations (such as a crown or scepter) for official ceremonies.
-Special clothing of a particular kind.

Context: -“But the strangest thing of all was the old powwow dance regalia I saw hanging in the window.”
-“But it sure looked like my memory of it, and it had all the same color feathers and beads that my family sewed into our powwow regalia.”
-“Because they don’t want to be perfect, because only God is perfect, Indian people sew flaws into their powwow regalia.”
-“My family always sewed one yellow bead somewhere on our regalia.”
-” I took my grandmother’s regalia and walked outside. I knew that solitary yellow bead was part of me. I knew I was that yellow bead in part. Outside, I wrapped myself in my grandmother’s regalia and breathed her in.”


regaliaExample of a Regalia

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Savage (What You Pawn I Will Redeem)
Pronunciation: savij

-(adjective) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled.
-(noun) a member of people regarded as primitive and uncivilized.
-(verb) attack ferociously and maul.

Context: “We’re common and boring and you walk right on by us, with maybe a look of anger or disgust or even sadness at the teriible fate of the noble savage.”



Serenading (What You Pawn I Will Redeem)
Pronunciation: se-re-nay-ding

-A love song that is sung or played outdoors at night for a woman.
-A complimentary vocal of instrumental performance.
-An instrumental composition in several movements, written for a small ensemble, and midway between the suite and the symphony in style.

Context: “As Irene and I sat at the table and laughed and drank more whiskey, Honey Boy danced a slow circle around us and sang along with Willie. Are you serenading me? I asked him.”




This project, like the last one was pretty challenging to do. Although we didn’t have to recreate the story, we pretty much had to think hard and look back into the story to reach the goal of this project.

What I’m really proud about in Part 1 of this project is the ability to use the 5 Step Method Professor Rosen taught us. It made organizing my essay much easier and to me, it played well. For Part 2, although it may seem simple, I’m proud of the haiku/picture symbolism. I thought pretty hard on how I would create it. I wanted something simple yet creative. In other words, I wanted to do something that no one did so far.

For Part 1, the hardest thing to do was to choose the quotes to back up my thesis statement. To others, this may seem like an easy task however, for someone who forgets the exact location of passages he reads, it’s pretty hard. I had to think hard and remember where in the story did they mention something that can back up my thesis. I even had to go back and skim through several chapters. For Part 2, the hardest thing to do was the haiku. 17 syllables is too little for such a large pivotal scene. I made about 10+ haikus about this before making my decision (with some help from my friends) to choose the haiku that can be seen in my project.

One big and useful skill I learned and acquired from this project is the implementation of the 5-Step Method for using quotes. I feel that it is something that I should remember and that it is something that I would use in the future. As I said earlier, it made organizing my essay much easier.

If I could change my project in any way, it would be to expand on Part 1. I feel that more events that related to my project could’ve been added. Thing is since I forget where events in the story occurred, it hindered me from being able to do this.

If I could change any part of Project #2, it would be similar to Project #1. The task would be to choose a pivotal scene and to change the story in a way so that your pivotal scene never occurred and the events that followed would be different. Pretty much recreate the story in a different timeline.

As I mentioned before, you may think for Part 1, “Oh he could add this and that…” however when reading a book of this caliber, I tend to forget the locations of some events so that limited me on what I could put. Other than that, this project was a good learning experience and was pretty challenging.




Shawl (The Shawl)
Pronunciation: Shol

-A piece of cloth that is used especially be women as a covering for the head or shoulders.

Context: -Rosa with Magda curled up between sore breasts, Magda wound up in the shawl.
-She looked into Magda’s face through a gap in the shawl: a squirrel in a nest, safe, no one could reach her inside the little house of the shawl’s windings.
-Every morning, Rosa had to conceal Magda under the shawl against a wall of the barracks.
-She took Magda’s shawl and filled her own mouth with it.



Beloved Haiku

I may have been beat.
But my duty still remains.
I must provide milk.

What I decide to do for project 2 part 2 is a haiku inserted in a picture of a milk bottle. Now what exactly is a haiku? A haiku is a poem that consists  5 syllables on the first line, 7 on the second, and 5 on the last. This all adds up to 17 syllables.

The pivotal scene I chose for Part 1 of this project was the scene where Sethe was beaten down and had her milk stolen. This scene brought about many events in the story. Without those events, the story would have played differently.

As we know, Sethe developed sort of an obsession to provide her children with her breast milk. When she developed her own milk, all she could think about was giving what she couldn’t have as a child. However at one point of the story, Sethe was attacked by schoolteacher’s nephews and had her milk sucked right out of her (I may have been beat). Although this left a stain in her mind, she still wanted to give. It was her duty (But my duty still remains) and obsession to nurse her children (I must provide milk) Throughout the story we see this obsession and we see that she wanted to be the best mother she could.

For the haiku, I had to think pretty hard on how I wanted to write it. You’re limited to what you can write and there’s a set format you have to follow. I wanted to portray Sethe’s image as a dedicated mother while bringing up the milk robbing incident. As a result, I came up with what you see. To add a bit more creativity, I decided to use a simple image of a milk bottle (It was hard to pick one) and simply edit the haiku text inside it. The milk bottle (which can be seen as a bottle of cow milk) represents in which I believe is the way she was treated. Like most slaves, Sethe was treated poorly and it seemed like she was treated more as a cow than a human. Like a cow who has no control of who takes her milk, Sethe had no control in this situation.




Beloved by Toni Morrison is a novel about Sethe’s life and how her past comes back to haunt her in many ways. Sethe as a person has endured many forms of suffering during her slave years. Throughout the story, we see many scenes that contribute highly to the storyline itself. These scenes may even bring up a symbol that will be brought up to the end of the story. Going back to Sethe’s suffering, we see one form of suffering that really carried on throughout the story. That suffering is the moment her milk was stolen from her. Milk played a huge symbol in this story and without the scene that brought up this major symbol, this story would probably be completely different.

The scene I’d like to bring up is a scene that happened in the beginning of the book. On Chapter 1 Page 19 (Red Book), we see a scene that shows the suffering that Sethe withstood. Although a flashback, we hear what happened to Sethe after running away.

“After I left you, those boys came in there and took my milk. That’s what they came here for. Held me down and took it. I told Mrs. Garner on em. She had that lump and couldn’t speak but her eyes rolled out tears.”

To simplify this, Sethe was beaten down by schoolteacher’s nephews and her breast milk was forced from her. This flashback is very important because it starts off the whole milk topic in the story. After reading this, we also see that Sethe was treated poorly and inhumane. In other words, she was treated as a cow and not as a human being. This scene is very important and without it, the story would be different. Sethe’s mindset would be different compared to what we read. Events that flashback to this milk scene would not have happened as well. This scene also brings up the topic of her suffering and how that suffering scarred her. Lastly, as I mentioned before, this scene was a starter that brought about a chain reaction throughout the rest of the story.

Moving on, we go further into the story. The time milk was taken from Sethe by the nephew of school teacher still lingered in the mind of Sethe. It was very traumatizing for her, and with that, I now bring up a scene in Chapter 7 Page 83 (Red Book) of the story.

“There is also my husband squatting by the chum smearing the butter as well as its clabber all over his face because the milk they took is on his mind. And as far as he is concerned, the world may as well know it. and if he was broken then, then he is also and certainly dead now.”

In other words, the incident where milk was taken from Sethe was very traumatizing to not only her but to her husband Halle as well. It was something that both of them couldn’t even take off their minds. It wouldn’t be surprising if many people knew about this incident. This incident put unwanted thoughts in Halle’s mind and he became a Halle we didn’t even know. The single thought of this incident drove him insane. Unfortunately, Halle was never seen again after the butter incident which of course would hit Sethe, his wife at the time, pretty hard. After reading this, we can already assume that Halle is dead. The thought of being a widow is something that she couldn’t really take. This stuck to her even after leaving Sweet Home. This scene is one of those pivotal scenes that resulted from the milk incident because without Halle’s disappearance, Sethe wouldn’t have had a broken heart. She wouldn’t have also recalled this scene many times after thinking about Halle. This scene also enabled Sethe to grow. If it wasn’t for Halle’s disappearance, Sethe wouldn’t have moved on to start rebuilding her family from scratch with Paul D. Going back to the original milk robbing scene, if that scene hadn’t happened, the scene discussed on this paragraph would have not happened which essentially is a novel changing scene.

Later on in the story, we see a Sethe that is more caring towards everyone especially Beloved and Denver. She loved her children which is her duty as a mother. She wanted to give whatever she had to her baby however, we saw earlier in the book that her milk was taken from her which scarred her. This however didn’t stop her from wanting to provide love for her loved ones. This brings up our next quote which can be found on Chapter 8 Page 118 (Red Book).

“There was no question but that she could do it. Just like the day she arrived at 124-sure enough, she had milk enough for all.”

To restate this, there was without a doubt that she could provide for her children. Sethe wanted to provide for her children. Regardless of what happened and what could happen, she wanted to give no matter what. Based on this, we can probably see a development in an obsession towards this one goal. Now what exactly does this have to do with the scene we read on Page 19 (Red Book)? The answer to that is we can see that she shows signs of growth and development since the day her milk was taken from her. She prepared herself to give up everything just to provide her children with her nutrients.

Now I would like to mention other events that happened as a result of the milk incident. As we know, Paul A, Sixo are nowhere to be found. This is because they are dead. The milk scene contributed to their deaths because they died right after Mrs. Garner was notified about the attack. As a result, schoolteacher found out about the grand escape and proceeded to execute them. Another event in the story that resulted in the milk incident was the birth of Denver with the help of Amy Denver. During the escape, an injured Sethe was ready to give birth to Denver. However, Amy Denver found her and proceeded to help out with the delivery thus starting out their trustworthy friendship. The last event I’d like to bring out is the murder of Beloved. The thought of slavery stained Sethe’s mind. She had children and she absolutely did not want to go back and have them deal with it too. Sethe didn’t want her children to be treated like animals and she did not want them to be beaten. As a result, she attempts to kill them but only killing one in the process which we can assume is Beloved.

In conclusion, that one scene from Page 19 (Red Book) played a very important role in the story. The reason why I titled this “Transforming Milk” is because this event transformed Sethe and how the story played out. It enabled Sethe character to grow as a woman and not as the cow she was depicted as during her years as a slave. This scene resulted in many crucial events leading to the end of the story. If the milk scene hadn’t happened, Halle wouldn’t have died, Sethe wouldn’t have grown, Paul A and Sixo wouldn’t have died, Denver wouldn’t have been born properly, and lastly, Sethe wouldn’t have had to kill Beloved. All these events were results from Sethe’s beatdown/robbery. If Sethe wasn’t robbed and beat, these scenes wouldn’t have happened and we would see a completely different, probably more happier story.


Spigot (Beloved/Part 2/Page 237)
Pronunciation: Spi-get

-A device that controls the flow of liquid from a large container.
-An outdoor faucet.

Context: After the shed, I stopped. Now, in the morning, when I light the fire I mean to look out the window to see what the sun is doing to the day. Does it hit the pump handle first of the spigot?