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Month: April 2015

Comparing books and films: The Outsiders


After we finished reading the book, we wrote an essay based on stereotype. After we wrote an essay, we created a first person narrative fiction based on serious global issue. After we created a story, we watched the film. Today, I will be writing a reflection on movie, and compare between the book and the film.


These are things that I felt after watching the film…

– I really enjoyed watching this movie because the movie was very exciting, just like the book, and I could see how the director view greasers and Socs. Also I think that the director chose the best actors. The actors were very young men, that fits into greasery (?) stereotype. I think that the actors would affect a lot. Even thought the story was very good that every single people cry, but if the actors didn’t fit into the stereotype, it would not be fun, and exciting. However, overall, the movie was good.


Next, I will compare and contrast  between the movie and the book.

  1. Character: In the book, Dally was mainly described in Ponyboy’s narration – we are told about him rather than see it for ourselves. However, in the movie  Dally emphasised more – quite physically powerful/dangerous. Also, in the book Soda was one of the main characters, but in the movie I found that Sodapop didn’t appear a lot except for the scene in the hospital.
  2. Tone and mood: In the book, the murder and fleeing to countryside seemed more dark and serious and dangerous, but in the movie it seemed more light-hearted than the book.
  3. Plot: While I was reading the book, I thought that the conflict between greasers and Socs were very serious. However, in the movie, it seemed like it wasn’t that serious than I thought.
  4. Setting: According to the book, I thought that the church was not that crumbled.However, in the movie, it was a lot rougher and abodoned than I thought.
  5. Motifs / symbols: In the book, the symbol was cigarette. I think that cigarette represents the coolness, toughness, and greasers, because greasers smoke all the time. However, in the movie, the symbol was train. I think this represents the past and tragedy, because Ponyboy’s parents lost their lives due to the train accident.
  6. Scenes: According to the book, I thought that the movie theatre was clean. However, in the movie the theatre was very outdoor (?).
  7. Extra: In the book, there was conversation about Bob between Randy and Ponyboy. I really liked that conversation, but in the movie, most of the conversation was missing, which kind of disappointed me.


Overall, I prefer the book than the film. The book tells us the right situation about greasers, while in the movie the situation was lighter. Even thought I liked the movie, book was detailed and more accurate than the film. For the last, one thing that I would say for the movie is that to include the conversation of Bob, because I think that’s very important part, because Ponyboy knew about Bob’s problem for the first time in that scene.



Drama: Persuasive Speech Reflection

In drama class, we were told to chose global issue that might affect our lives, and present the persuasive speech on information I got to the classmates. So, I decided to research and present on drugs.

From now on, I will list up the things that went quite well: 

– I am quite confident with my information, because I researched as much as possible and I tried to summarise as much as possible. Also I put quite a lot of effort in conclusion, so that people would understand and see what I wanted to say.

– I think my speech went well. Before the speech, I was so nervous because I was wondering whether I can speak clearly, and not to get stuck during the speech. However, During my speech, I didn’t get stuck and I think I spoke clearly than I thought. That made me quite confident, and I should make good use of this result.

However, there are also something that I could improve:

– I could speak more confidently. The reason for this is that during the speech, I wasn’t looking people’s eyes, which means I didn’t make an eye contact. This would affect the speech a lot, because if I kept looking down, people would think I am nervous, so that they might found my speech boring. So next time, I will try to look at people, and not to rely on the paper. I believe this would make the speech better.

– I think I looked physically locked during the speech. I was a bit disappointed because my shoulder and body was completely locked. I think I was nervous like I mentioned before. Also my face looked very sad and scared. This would make the listeners uncomfortable, because I was locked and I looked so scared. So next time, I will try to look happy, and relaxed that I can move my body. This will make the people so much comfortable.

I liked Aitor’s presentation. His speech was clear, and he looked very confident while he was speaking. I think that his speech was the one that represented the speech the most. His topic was to convince rich businessman to donate to the poor people.

During the speech, he captivated the audience’s attention. He was speaking very confidently, and he was making eye contact, which made the audience comfortable. He talked in detail, and he also had a bit of sense of crisis about current situation, which made us think a lot. He had good body movement (?), and his arms are moving effectively to show example. His voice was clear, that was easy to understand. As I mentioned before, he was talking very confidently when he was presenting, and his content also related to the topic, which made for a good persuasive speech.

Things that he could improve was to improve on evidence and data. I think typical businessmen would want to know the data before getting into conclusion, however, his speech had more assumption than factual data. If he improved this speech, I believe there is nothing we can say that his speech will become so much reliable. However, Aitor had good detail in his speech that persuaded us a lot.

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