Analyzing “Split” by Swati Avasthi

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So a couple months ago, I was reading this book, Split, by Swati Avasthi for an English class of mine. I, without a doubt, enjoyed the book I was reading. Here’s my analysis that I wrote:

Split is an award-winning, realistic fiction book written by Swati Avasthi. The book has a total number of 280 pages, and it could be found in our school library. The story focuses mainly on two brothers, Jace and Christian Witherspoon. After years of suffering from abuse from his father, Jace eventually runs away from home like his older brother did before. Finding himself, bruised and tattered, at Christian’s doorsteps, Christian decides to take him in because he is family. Along with new identities and new friends, the story centers on the two brothers settling into a better life while trying to figure a way to rescue someone that has been unable to escape from the wrath of their enemy for years: their mother. However, they are left with a devastating answer. This report will focus on one of the primary protagonists, Jace Witherspoon, a significant event, and the overall theme that the author is trying to convey. Continue reading

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What Makes Characters Likeable? (Part II)

If you’ve been following my blog, I wrote a post last week on this topic. If you can recall, that was only part I. Now to present to y’all with more reasons why we fall for characters, ladies and gentlemen, I present PART II!

GAJEEL, FAIRY TAIL

Gajeel is the type of character that’s on the road of redemption for his actions and acceptance from the people around him. He’s a wizard that uses Iron Dragon Slayer Magic, one of three taught Dragon Slayers in the story (the other two being Natsu and Wendy), and he used to be a part of the corrupt guild, Phantom. During his time at Phantom, he only hurt the Fairy Tail guild members because Phantom and Fairy Tail were supposed to be enemies. What makes us cheer for these type of characters though? All Gajeel wants are friends and loving family to be around, but he just never shows it to maintain his “tough guy” personality. However, his actions clearly show it, causing viewers to fall for Gajeel, wanting him to be accepted by everyone else. Also, there are Gajeel and Levy shippers everywhere.

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What Makes Characters Likeable? (Part I)

So recently, as most of y’all know, the Fate/stay night anime has been airing as a remake by Ufotable, using the Unlimited Blade Works story route. Now, I never really watched the old Fate/stay night because after watching the first episode, I instantly hated how there was nothing interesting going on, and the animation wasn’t of the best quality either. But Fate/Zero, a sorta prequel to Fate/stay night, was probably one of the best animes I’ve ever watched, with excellent animation and solid story. My favorite character in that show was Waver, and what made him really likeable was the fact that he was relatable. That’s the reason why people are able to talk about their favorite characters so much; they can relate. However, relatability is not the only reason why people like their characters the way they do, and I’m going to discuss it through this post.

WAVER VELVET, FATE/ZERO

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The Oedipus Cycle: Are our fates really set in stone?

“For all are not created in equal condition; rather, eternal life is fore-ordained for some, eternal damnation for others.”

John Calvin

Is this really it? We have no choice in choosing or path? That if we were meant to be unsuccessful, we will be no matter what we do? So say that a boy named Max’s fate is to end up poor and suffering. He chooses to lie around all day and never work hard or put effort into anything. Then, of course he will end up in poverty. But what if Max chooses to work hard, and he makes it rich in the business industry. However, he could then meet a girl who takes advantage of him and his money, leading him to alcohol and depression, which then leads to failure in work. Losing his job will likely render him unemployed for the rest of his life, thus ending up in the same fate he was supposed to be in. Continue reading