Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Literature Analysis The Alchemist

  • The story revolves around the world of a boy named Santiago, and his quest for a hidden treasure. The inciting incident is when Santiago meets Melchizedek, and Melchizedek tells him about his treasure that awaits him.
  • The central message in this book is following your dreams.
  • The tone of the book is hopeful and reflective. It made feel think about my life more analytically, and made me want to read more to find out what was going to happen next. 


  1. Santiago- is an Andalusian shepherd boy, which has a dream about finding treasure in the Pyramids of Egypt. Coelho uses indirect characterization to describe him because he is the protagonist, and the story revolves around him. The Alchemist- not much is known about this man except that he is 200 years old and he is the owner of the Philosopher’s stone and the Elixir of Life. Coelho uses indirect characterization to describe the alchemist because he plays a big role in the end of the story.
  2. Coelho’s syntax is that he uses a wide variety of sentences and his diction is that he uses mostly simple vocabulary words.
  3. The protagonist (Santiago) can be considered a dynamic character due to the fact on how we see how we see his changes as a person throughout the book.
  4. When I read this book long ago, I felt that I was reading about someone than meeting them.

Literature Analysis Les Misérables

  • The story revolves around ex-convict Jean Valjean and the struggles he faces throughout his life. The inciting incident is when Fantine dies and Jean Valjean goes to jail.
  • I think that the central message of the story is the fight for freedom.
  • The tone of the book is criticism towards society.


  1. Jean Valjean is an ex-convict and has different names that he goes by. Cosette is the daughter of Fantine and lived with the Thénardiers until Valjean saved her.
  2. The diction and syntax of Hugo is early English from the 1800s.
  3. Valjean is considered a round character because we follow his journey and are able to see his thoughts.
  4. When I read this book long ago, I felt like I was reading about the sad tales of people, than actually meeting them.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Masterpiece Academy Essay

Angel Vega Dr.Preston Expository Writing and Composition 6/1/14 Masterpiece Academy I can't and don't want to believe it, but my senior year in high school is finally going to come to an end. I've learned so much from this past school year I feel as if I changed as a person. I've been willing to do more things compared to my previous years. I am more open minded to situations and topics. Reason being the several different exercises we have done together in this class. Like the current health issues and our personal lives after alked about earlier in the semester. Trust. Its very hard to gain trust and even harder gain back someones trust. You seemed to have confidence in everyone of your students and seemed to trust in our decisions. But I'm not sure if I deserved your trust. To me it seems that I have let you down and your expectations of me as a student a part of Open Source Learning. For that I say I'm sorry to have let you down. On another note, each person has something or someone that drives them to do or be something great. Throughout the course of this schoolyear, I have rekindled a passion of mine which is helping people in need. It took me longer than I had anticipated but it worked out in the end. I will be attending classes at Allan Hancock College in order to prepare myself for actual EMS classes, if I get accepted into the program. Something made me laugh out loud was how we treated the class. Now I don't mean I thought this class was a joke, but how us as students were able to change the course, or as you'd probably say hack. I enjoyed teaching my colleagues about the subjects that were supposed to becovered in a regular style class. For example, the value of a life. Me and a group were able to go into detail about the subject and then give our own proper opinions on the subject. If there was one theme or idea that all the masterpiece projects it would have to be flow theory. I had just learned about it recently when Shane Cheverez brought it up in his presentation. What I got was that flow theory is putting all your focus into one single thing your doing, or being in sync with what you are doing. Everyone was passionate about what they talked about, whether it was Jorge Garcia and breakdancing or Bobby Rucobo and Xavier Navarro's clothing line. A technique that I liked was Veronica Cavazos' where she asked for feedback from the audience. Not everyone did that, and only spoke about their masterpiece. .i.The last time I talked about the hero's journey was back in my freshman year learning about Odysseus. Compared to him, I've had much easier life. But seriously I'm not sure if I had a complete hero's journey. Sure I've had my good days and my bad days, but nothing too bad that I couldn't handle. I did find a mentor, I've known him most of my life, but he was the one who help me realize my goal of becoming an EMT. In the end, I believe that my life has changed for the better. I'm sure that I am not the only on that feels that way. So from myself and everyone in the class you Dr.Preston.


For those of you who missed my presentation in class earlier this week, here is a link to my prezi.