Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Crucible Post 1

Power in "The Crucible" is very important, because it determines one's social status. In the beginning of act 1, the power seems to be in the hands of Reverend Parris, but the power shifts at the end of the act. The power shifts to the girls, which is surprising because women did not have much influence in Puritan society. The girls(Abigail, Betty, and Tituba) get the power by accusing others of being witches and working with the devil. They just started spitting names out left and right at the end, which ended up saving their own butts and giving them major power over the town.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sinner Follow Up Post

After reading the sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" I was quite surprised. I think others would be surprised as well. I was surprised at how vivid and scary it was. The scariness was not what I was expecting. I knew people were scared when this was first read(and they heard it out loud, I just read it in a book), but I did not think I would be scared, because it is a much different time now. I think that others would be scared now too, because of the vividness. "The bow of God's wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string." (Page 98) is an example of how this sermon could instill fear in people even today. Edwards was basically saying that we as people could do nothing to prevent God from killing us, and that we were all just sinners. The fear that Edwards put into people back then was much greater, but I think people would still be quite scared if they read the sermon now.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is a sermon delivered by Jonathan Edwards on July 8th, 1741. It is on of the most famous sermons delivered in America. Many are stricken with terror with Edwards sermon on the wrath of God. The sermon is known as the "sermon for which New England never forgave him". Was the source of great controversy, and began a fire known as the great awakening. The great awakening was a spiritual revival, that left an imprint on American life. It breathed in a new life to Christianity, which pulled it away from European Christianity. It also gave an understanding for the need for salvation.
This sermon struck so much fear into the people because the sermon was vivid and full of imagery. It made hell seem real, and made the colonist reexamine their lives, and see if they were worthy of salvation. After this, salvation became a must, for Edwards made it seem like a desolate place, that no one would want to go to. The sermon could make people of this era shudder with fear, and this era is much more relaxed than the Puritans of that time, so the fear instilled into them was very great. The people felt as if they could have gone on with their whole lives without knowing what Edwards had to say, so they were also angry with the fear that he put into them. "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is a sermon that puts fear into all of its readers.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Descriptive Post

This image is of a group of zebras, two of which are looking at the camera. One of the zebras' has a very calm stare, with his snout closed. The other zebra however, has a piece of grass hanging out of his mouth, with his snout wide open, showing his teeth fully. It looks as if he is laughing or yelling at something.  There are three zebras in the back of the two main ones. There is one small one, of which you can see part of its head. It looks like it is looking at the zebra making the funny face, this zebra is behind the calm one. The other zebra is behind the one making the funny face. Only the top part of its head is visible, this one again looks like he is looking at the zebra making a funny face. Finally, the last zebra, only his rear end is visible. From the size of his rear end, he seems to be a rather large zebra. The background of this picture is very blurry. The blue of the sky morphs with the green of the background. The blue has much contrast with the black and white of the zebras. There is very little green and blue visible though, the zebras are the main focus in this image.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


While in Honours American Lit at Grosse Pointe South High School, students are expected to have respect, jood work habits and to be organized.
Respect is a key element in Honours American Lit. There has to be respect for the teacher, the other students. and oneself. Giving respect means gaining respect, which leads to a happy and healthy work enviornment. Respect can come in many different forms. It can be not speaking when others are or raising a hand to speak. Respect is also about being kind to those around. The respect one has for oneself will show up in the quality of work that is turned in. Respect will lead to better work habits.
Good work habits are also expected in Honours American Lit. One must be able to complete the work and for it to be quality work. It is an honours class for a reason. There are higher expectations and a higher work load. Having good work ethic is sometimes hard. Once must put time and effort into having good work. Creating good work ethic is sometimes difficult but it is possible. One of the other main things to having good work habits is organization.
Organization is another key element of success in Honours American Lit. Being organized is not that difficult, it is all about staying on top of the work. Colour coding helps as well. Being on top of the work means not waiting until the last minute to work on it. As for colour coding, it just makes everything easier, by associating different things with different colours. Being organized shows dedication and a good work ethic. Getting organized can be a difficult process but once a person is organized, live is much easier. Organization has many benifits and is very much expected in Honours American Lit.
Honours American Lit has many expectations, and respect, good work habits, and organization are just a few of the main expectations of the course.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

About Me

My name is Grace Henning. My middle name is Carolyn, after my great aunt. I am 15 years old. I was born on November 30th, 1995. I was born in Grosse Pointe, and have never moved. I am the youngest of three girls. My older sister Molly is 6.5 years older, and my sister Allie is 4 years older. Molly just graduated college, and moved back home :(. Allie goes to school in Ohio, and is studying to be a teacher. Both of my parents are law professors, and met while they were working for judges in Delaware.
The main thing I do with my time is swim. I have been a competitive swimmer since I was 7 years old, and it basically takes over my life sometimes. When I am swimming during the high school season, we have practice starting in August, 3 weeks before school starts for 2.5 hours in the morning 6 days a week, and 2 more hours in the afternoon 3 days a week. Usually when people ask me what my hobbies are I say swimming, even though I don't enjoy it that much, it is all I have time for. During the regular USA Swimming season, I swim 3/4 days a week for 2 hours. Last winter and spring, I took time off because during the high school season, I tore ligaments in my foot. I tore them by tripping in a hole while running, and I had to take 5 weeks off of swimming, which hurt my ability and times.
Besides swimming, when I was younger, I was a dancer, I played basketball, and softball. I was a dancer for 5 years, but I wasn't very good at it. Despite my name, I am not a very graceful person. I played basketball from kindergarten to grade 6. I had to stop playing, I hit my growth spurt when I was in grade 3(I'm still hoping for another one though) and by the time grade 6 came around, everyone was just growing, and I was pretty much finished, so I couldn't play defense. Softball ended because my parents did not want me playing fast pitch. They thought that I was not old enough, and that I should focus on swimming, which is what I ended up doing.
Like I said before, I am not the most graceful person. I have had 2 broken growth plates, 2 incidents of torn ligaments, and 1 fractured bone. Only once was one of those the result of not falling, I fractured my right wrist at a swim meet while playing mercy, and still swam, that was in grade 3. Though, that was not my first encounter with an injury. I broke the growth plate in my right ankle when I was in grade 1. I broke it in California, visiting my family out there, I still blame my cousin, he was the one who suggested we play tag in the dark, and I tripped. I broke my right wrist again (thank goodness I'm a lefty) in grade 5. That time, I fell off a sled. Then in grade 6, I was at my acting teams big acting global competition, and while walking out of the dining hall, I skipped a step, and tore a ligament in my left ankle, that was too bad, but I still performed. Then lastly, I tripped in a hole during dry land swim practice last year, 4 days before school started(heck of a way to start my freshman year). I think tripping in the hole last year was the most embarrassing, because it was in front of the entire swim team.
Growing up in Grosse Pointe was never that interesting, but with all of my activities I was rarely bored growing up. And I'm sure I kept everyone entertained with my array of brightly colored casts.