Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sophomore Year: Halfway Done!

Looking back on my experience of my sophomore year, not a lot can be said except the year is going by fast! Compared to last year, this year is not near as fun for many reasons.

Sports is a major reason. I did so much better last year in cross country than I did this year. This year we still won state, an exciting exception. I love playing basketball, but this year is not turning out how I would like the season to turn out. I wish we could go undefeated this year like we did last year, but that is not going to happen. Win or lose, I still love playing basketball.

Another reason is my boyfriend. I got to see him so much more last year. Even though I have not seen him as much this year, we are still going strong. I am very grateful for that.

My classes are not as fun this year either. I have many friends, but most of them are older, so I do not have classes with any of them. They would make my classes so much better. Also, the work in the classes is not as interesting as the work was last year, with the exception of a few classes.

Because half my sophomore year has turned out somewhat boring, I am going to work toward making the rest so much better! I hopefully will succeed in doing so. I would like to add that I am so happy to have a break from school! :)

Fate Is Greater Than Freewill

Looking through Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the fate of the people shows to be greater than their freewill. The fate of the people in the story controls their life more than they control their life. Most of them live their lives based on omens, soothsayers' predictions, signs from dreams, and etc. If these signs say an event is going to happen, then the event is going to happen.

For example, in the story, a soothsayer warns Caesar to "beware the ides of March". As the story turns out, Caesar dies on March fifteenth, the ides of March.

Another example is Calphurnia's dreams. All the events happening in her dream, such as a lioness whelping in the streets, suggest to her that something dangerous is going to happen to Caesar. As fate wanted the situation to happen, something dangerous did happen to Caesar.

Many omens throughout the book suggest the fate of people. An omen to Cassius in the battle of Philippi suggests the defeat of him and all his armies. Expecting defeat, Cassius and Brutus say their farewells to each other. As the omen suggested, they were defeated in the battle.

With these examples, I found the theme of Julius Caesar to show the audience nothing can be done to control fate. What is going to happen will happen no matter what.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Recently, our class has been listening to Julius Caesar, a play written by William Shakespeare. Many characters in the book claim to be leaders, but I see only one as a true leader. That character is Mark Antony.

In his speeches, found in Act 3, Scene 2, he shows traits of leadership because he persuades a crowd to think a different way than they did just a few moments before. Hearing Brutus' speech, the crowd thought that Caesar's assassination was a good idea, but after listening to Antony speak, they changed their minds. They began to see Brutus and the other conspirators as "traitors" and "villains" and were outraged with their actions. Because Antony was able to change the minds of the people to think like him, he shows true leadership traits.

Today, many people have to show the same leadership qualities that Antony did. For example, in order for a candidate in a political position to get people to vote for them, they have to persuade those people to think that their way is right, and their opponent's way is wrong. Only then can they gain the people's trust in being a leader.