Journal, Literature Reflection

Frankenstein: A sort of Reflection

I have just finished reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. There is so much that I want to talk and ask about. However, I do no think we have the time to clarify all my inquiries and to address all the topics that I want to express my feelings about. Therefore, I will try to write until at least some of my thoughts are expressed on this book.
Do know that the following is not a summary of the story for I am sure that many are available online for you to look up. The following sentences are merely the fruits of my reflections after reading Frankenstein. Beware that if you have not read the book yet, it might not be a good idea to continue reading this post as it may contain spoilers. 
To start off, there are many great quotes that resonate with me, some of which I will share with you all under Quotes category. At least, those that I remember. I wish I had read the story from a an actual book rather a pdf version for I would have highlighted some of the passages and taken some notes for future reference. I might do a close reading on some of the passages found in Frankenstein.
I will jump right in!
Things that I do not understand:
1.) Victor did create a monster and abhorred it the moment it came into being. However, I do not understand why he just ran away and never came back to the his creation to see what it was unto or even the state (both physical and mental) it was in. I know that it feels like I am sympathizing with the monster, maybe I am. I am not sure at this point as having just finished reading the book just a few minutes ago. I could be delirious! Back to the point, it was Victor who brought him into existence. As the monster accused his creator, it was Victor’s responsibility to either protect or extinguish the life of his creation, either of which should have been decided early on, not after the monster got a chance to experience both good and bad. Please do not get me wrong, I am not at all supporting the atrocities of the monster. I believe that all that transpired, either be good or bad, after the birth of the monster was due to Victor. He should have been more responsible towards his passion, which led to the creation of the monster. I simply do not understand this. How could he just neglect his creation for years? Event though he thought about his experiment and the outcome of his ambitions continually after the creation, I do not understand why Victor did not think of going to the chamber in which the creature was born to check on him or search for him when he could not be found at the location in which the monster was last seen. This simply does not make any sense.
2.) In order to make a human being, you need skin and all that. I can assume that the monster was created out of dead people’s body parts. However, I am just surprised that Mary did not even mention this part anywhere in the book. (Maybe she did and I must have overlooked it, if so, I would greatly appreciate if anyone of you would provide the chapter number in which this fact was specified to the readers or rather to Walton).
For now, this is all I can think of. I will make sure that I write a new post as more questions or thoughts come into my mind. Please pardon any grammatical mistakes that you must have encountered.
Stay blessed and inspired!
Pomegranate Lover
Journal, Uncategorized

2017 Resolutions

Yup, it is that time of the year: stating one’s resolutions.

Here is my list in no particular order:

  1. Pray more and read more scriptures on a daily basis
  2. Learn at least two or three programming languages
  3. Make time to draw
  4. Stay on top of my studies
  5. Network
  6. Read and write more
  7. Stay healthy
  8. Exercise
  9. Be less credulous
  10. Start a research project of my own
  11. Participate in a career related club at school
  12. Be happy and enjoy life
  13. Don’t get too emotional/sentimental
  14. Be independent
  15. Do not be afraid to say NO
  16. Do not dwell in the past. Past is in the past. Enjoy the present and prepare for the future.
  17. BE CONSISTENT IN EVERYTHING THAT I DO, WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN LIFE.

I would love to hear yours!

A very happy new year to you all!!!

Cheers,

PomegranateLover

Book Reviews, Journal

Truly Madly DISAPPOINTED

I have recently finished reading Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy it at all. I stuck with it till the very end just so I will have the satisfaction of finishing a novel, something that I have not been doing as often as I would like due to time constraint. The only reason that I picked this particular book to read was after seeing that it won the fiction category in Goodreads Choice Awards (2016). Very disappointed. The story and the characters were so dull!!

The book was too long, weak storyline, and very dull characters. I guess I was expecting more, may be a faster pace and a more interesting story.

I still cannot believe that this book was picked as a winner of all the fiction books released in 2016!!

Truly Madly Unbelievable!

However, there was one thing that I really liked, the title, of course! 😉

 

Journal

A Day Unplugged

Hello my loyal followers,

Here is an attempt at a poem that I did as an extra credit assignment for one of my classes this semester. I hope you enjoy it!

The Modern Day Hermit

How blissful were the days

When no modern technology existed

To disrupt the little peace of mind we once had

When relationships were as strong as ever

When people were living in the moment

And enjoying that moment to the fullest

Surrounded by families and friends

And not by lifeless electronics.

When stories, art, and music were enough

To inspire and motivate us to soar up to the sky

On the wings created from our imaginations

And our ambitions did not include

Gaining thousands of friends,

Or, if you will, strangers

On our social media accounts.

When our dreams and ambitions were

so simple and pure in that they did not consist of

Jealousy, spite, and bitterness

When Love was more than enough

To overcome the tragedies of life

All the while reminiscing the

Songs of love that our mothers

Sang to us as lullabies.

When the big, bright screens had not stolen

The spare time we had on our hands

When leisure hours were spent

With beloved family members and friends

Not with glowing screens in our hands:

Screens that lack life, mirth, and passion

Screens that have made us mute, deaf, and blind

To the emotions, feelings, and opinions

of others and ourselves

Screens that somehow make us feel inferior to others,

And even worse, to ourselves.

How disappointing these days are

When modern technology has snatched away

The purity of our minds

The innocence of our youth

The sheer joy of relishing the company

of fellow human minds and hearts

that ooze love and affection

Instead, we keep spiritless gadgets

Close to our minds and hearts as company.

The new generations would never know

What life is like without modern technology

As they have already been made mute, deaf, and blind

And are now incapable of understanding

The beauty of the tranquil life that the world

Without technology once had.

Alas, little do they know that

These electronics have nothing to offer but

Regret and constant loneliness

If used extensively and inappropriately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews, Journal, Random, Uncategorized

Re: The Sprit Catches You and You Fall Down

I have just finished reading the above book. It is truly a very sad story!

To be honest, I did not actually read every single word in the book as I skipped some chapters that I couldn’t get myself to read, such as the background info of the Hmong people. (This tells me that I will have to start reading history books, to get used to reading histories!)

Has anyone of you read this book? It is terrifying! Regardless of what you might think of me later, let me say the following: After having read about Lia Lee (the child on the front cover), I am thankful for a lot of things in my life. I mean, think about it. We do not appreciate the blessing and fortunes that we have till we come across someone or someone’s story whose life was (or is) much harder than the ones we have lead or currently leading.

Let us forget about the the one who is actually going through difficult times, but think of the ones who have to watch their beloved ones suffer! Specifically, a mother who has to watch her child fighting to survive, how awful it must be for her to see her child that she gave birth to suffering from severe medical problems?! Just try to put yourself in her shoes (not literally) and think/feel from her perspective! It is agonizing!

I am not sure whether I would like to read the book again mainly due to the bad memories that this book brings back.

I would love to know about the feelings of those who have read this particular book! I am itching to discuss about it with the ones that have read it.

Oh, on a brighter note, I finally went to the library and got that Dicken’s novel (Great Expectations). I seriously need to read something that is light after having read the above book.

Well, happy reading and writing, y’all!

Journal, Random

Disappointed, but it’s ok!

Hello, my darling readers,

Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to go to the library as planned to check out Dicken’s novel!

I planned to get to the library before my 1:30p class but I got stuck at home writing a paper for my research project. After the 1:30p class, I had to attend a meeting with my team for a project we are working on for one of my classes. The meeting lasted longer than I expected! After the meeting ended, I got home only to eat something and to resume my research paper that is due tonight. I have still got a long way to go!!

Hopefully, I will be able to get that novel tomorrow after my classes end at 11a. I am super excited to read from an actual book! Ebooks are great but not as satisfying as holding a real book, don’t you agree?! Such a pleasure just turning the pages in a book!!

Well, guys, I have to continue working on my paper.

Happy reading and writing, y’all!

Yours truly,

Pomegranate Lover

Journal, Random, Uncategorized

Hola!

Hello everyone,

Long time, no see! Don’t blame me, blame my studies!!! Seriously!

Anyway, hope you are all doing good!

I am not sure why but especially when finals are near, I pick up a book and start reading! Since my finals are 2-3 weeks away, I have indeed picked up a book (not literally, ebook) and started reading it. The book: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. I am enjoying it but I will have to admit that I sometimes get lost with keeping tracking of names and places mentioned. Its pretty sad! Have you guys heard of Lia Lee? Google it!

Also, I am on book hunt, well, hunting for another book. The one that I am reading now gets a little boring at times and so am looking for another to keep me interested. I am not even sure what I am looking for! Maybe, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. However, I would like to read it from an actual book, not an ebook. The libraries are closed due to holidays and so I will have to wait till Monday to get it. I just hope that I will have enough time to actually go to the library, search for it, and get it checked out. I know,  it IS  a SHAME that I still have not read this particular book!!!!! I hope to change that soon! I will definitely start and finish reading it before the end of 2016.

I have to get back to studying now!

I wil bug you all later!

Happy reading and writing, y’all!

Yours truly,

PomegranateLover