19 Sep

Entry 1

Item 1: Story

The Turtles

A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. Turtles, being naturally slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place for their outing.

During the second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last! For about six months they cleaned up the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed.

After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow-moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried and wobbled in his hell.

He agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left. Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five years… six years… then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and began to unwrap a sandwich. At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, “SEE! I knew you wouldn’t wait. Now I am not going to go to get the salt.”

  1. Rhetorical devices: Metaphor
  • Turtle family: people in general
  • The youngest turtle: the selfish persons

2. Message: Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up our expectations. We lose track of what is the most important thing in our lives. We are only concerned about what others are doing for us, but rarely care about anything done by ourselves.

Item 2: Cartoon

  1. Same-sex marriage
  2. Description: In the picture, there is a wedding cake with three floors. A couple of women is standing on the top floor of the cake. One is handling a scale which expresses the equality and justice; while another is wearing a crown and holding a torch like the Statue of Liberty which symbolizes the freedom. According to the picture, the message which the author hopes to bring out is that same-sex couples have complete rights to marry like the normal others.

Item 3: Poem

Other people

___Alan Steinle___

Hell is other people who

No matter what you do

Always find something to judge

They drag you through the sludge

And see through your thin disguise

As they shred you with their eyes

All their faults and lack

They place upon your back

Unable to see their own transgression

It becomes their only obsession

To find all of your flaws

And all your broken laws

And they won’t even let you live

Because they refuse to forgive

Heaven is other people who

No matter what you do

Choose to see the best

In you and forget the rest

They don’t dwell on your sin

Since they want all to win

They don’t create divisions

By their prideful derisions

Of those with whom they differ

For they know that the transfer

Of their own guilt to another

Will come back and smother

Their efforts to be free

And their search for unity.

1. Rhetorical devices:

Rhyme: who-do, judge-sludge, disguise-eyes, lack-back, transgression-obsession, flaws-laws, live-forgive, best-rest, sin-win, divisions-derisions, differ-transfer, another-smother, free-unity.


Hell: group of people who always find bad things of others and the bad place for living

Heaven: group of people who always find the best things of others and the nice place for living.

2. Message:

This poem provides a contrast between heaven and hell, as revealed by our relationships. Since we are all related and connected, our thoughts, words, and actions have a very real effect on others. Some people always judge others through bad things and their features and whatever they do, even the tiny one. On the contrary, the others want to look at others’ best features and do not care whatever they do. The extent to which we value and affirm ourselves and others is the extent to which we create heaven on earth. And the extent to which we emphasize the mistakes of ourselves and others is the extent to which we create hell on earth.


Item 1: http://random_inspirations.blogspot.com/2004/02/meaningful-short-stories.html

Item 2:


Item 3: Heaven and Hell, Meaningful Poem



2 Responses to “Entry1_DaoThiHongNhung”

  1. nguyenanhngoc09e24 September 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    As regarding to implication of the story, besides the fact that the youngest turtle is selfish, I see the other members of turtle family are selfish and inactive, too. They are alike the person, who passive, inactive, slow and just want to wait to someone do things for them. It takes one and a half of the years to come back their house, why they don’t return there in spite of waiting for seven years? And when the youngest turtle doesn’t come back, why don’t they find him? So we can see that, they don’t care about each other. They are selfish, too.

  2. nguyenthihuyen September 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    From your story in the first item, beside the lesson you pointed out that some people, instead of doing something for theirselves, they ofen waste their time expecting others complete the work for them, I can find down another message. So anxious about what others do when they are absent are some people that they can never do anything for themselves. In the story, the little doesn’t believe in even his dad and grand dad, so they also waste seven years standing behind the tree to supervise the 2 turtles.

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