Is true form the only form? by Malik

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American Born Chinese, page 213

Can you change for the better or only for the worst? And if you change can you change back? Change is imperative to developing yourself as a person and figuring out what works out for yourself. Overall American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is about figuring out that your true form is your only form. Characters in American Born Chinese experience a change like Jin and Wei-Chen. Jin goes through the transformation of his hair, which he permed, his overall confidence, and he is more sure of himself. For example, on page 188 when he kisses Susy, Wei-Chin’s girlfriend, he has sudden bolts of confidence that change his actions. Also, he feels no remorse, which relates to him being more sure of himself and him believing in himself, which he states on page 192. Next, Wei-Chin modifies himself by his appearance because at first he looked more like a nerd now he looks more like a bad boy even though he has the same personality for the most part (you can see his new look on page 229). Even when Jin tried to change to Danny he couldn’t stay him forever because that wasn’t who he was and that’s why the Monkey King changed him back, just like the monkey changed back to his monkey form because that’s when he was at his best. The Monkey King believes that true form is the only form, I have experienced the feeling of trying to adjust. Since I was a little kid I was constantly altering myself for other peoples liking but deep down I always thought change wasn’t needed. Now, at the beginning of 8th grade I have figured out that I was always bound to change and changing is for the better because if you don’t change how are you supposed to develop as a person? Everyone changes for the better or for the worse, change is inevitable.

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Should parents ban books for all? by Malik

Parents should be able to ban books but only for their kids because certain kids have certain circumstances. Some kids don’t have a lot and have seen probably really bad things depending on where they live so their parents won’t need to ban books for them because they’ve already experienced reality at such a young age. Now with privileged kids who have money, everything they want, and overprotective parents, certain books do need to be banned for them so they won’t be scarred or won’t see something they aren’t used to in the first place. Another circumstance is that parents know that their kids are scared of the world, to begin with so they might ban anything that seems ‘’over the top’’. Lastly, parents can only ban books for their children because you can’t deprive kids of what they want to learn about or because their parents want them to see what’s going on in the world. In conclusion, I believe that parents can only ban books for their kids because you can’t take away what the kids want to learn or read or what the parents want the kids to learn.

Brother vs. Friend by Malik

Cynthia Lord’s novel Rules: I believe that Catherine treats David differently than Jason and she thinks David is embarrassing because on page 8 she says she hopes someone would invent a pill so David would wake up one morning without autism. She also doesn’t like taking care of David and she doesn’t want him to be involved in things to embarrass her, this is being shown on page 83 when she tells mom that she is done taking care of David when Kristi is over and that Is because she doesn’t want him to ruin her reputation. Also, Page 59 Catherine’s mom suggests that they have a barbeque and invite the neighbors but then Catherine says what about David, he forgets about the rule with chewing with his mouth so basically she I worried about her reputation and she thinks it’s going to be faulted because of David. I believe that Catherine shows more interest in Jason than she does in Jason because whenever she does an activity with David she doesn’t try to enjoy it or when he needs her to help him, she doesn’t show any emotion or affection but when Jason wants to do something with her she enjoys every moment of it, like when she takes him on a walk she enjoys every moment of it. Lastly, she cares more about Jason’s feelings more than David’s because she tries to make Jason understand her. In conclusion Catherine treats Jason better than David .

 

Brother Vs Friend by Malik

In Rules by Cynthia Lord, Catherine treats David differently than Jason and she thinks David is embarrassing because on page 8 she says she hopes someone would invent a pill so David would wake up one morning without autism. She also doesn’t like taking care of David and she doesn’t want him to be involved in things to embarrass her, this is being shown on page 83 when she tells mom that she is done taking care of David when Kristi is over and that Is because she doesn’t want him to ruin her reputation. Also, Page 59 Catherine’s mom suggests that they have a barbeque and invite the neighbors but then Catherine says what about David, he forgets about the rule with chewing with his mouth so basically she I worried about her reputation and she thinks it’s going to be faulted because of David. Catherine shows more interest in Jason than she does in Jason because whenever she does an activity with David she doesn’t try to enjoy it or when he needs her to help him, she doesn’t show any emotion or affection but when Jason wants to do something with her she enjoys every moment of it, like when she takes him on a walk she enjoys every moment of it. Lastly, she cares more about Jason’s feelings more than David’s because she tries to make Jason understand her. In conclusion, Catherine treats Jason better than David .