Entry1_TranThiPhuongThao

19 Sep

 Entry 1

 Item 1: Story

 

THE KING WITH FOUR WIVES

Once upon a time….there was a rich king who had four wives. He loved the fourth wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best. He also loved the third wife very much and showed her off to neighbouring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.

He also loved the second wife. She was his confidante and was always kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her to help him get through the difficult times.

The King’s first wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.

One day, the King fell ill and he knew that his time was short.

Thus, he asked the 4th wife, “I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”

“No way!” replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.

The sad King asked the 3rd wife, “I have loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”

“No!” replied the 3rd wife. “Life is too good! When you die, I am going to remarry!” His heart sank and turned cold.

He then asked the 2nd wife, “I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?”

“I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!” replied the 2nd wife. “At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.” Her answer came like a bolt of thunder and the King was devastated.

Then a voice called out: “I’ll leave with you and follow you no matter where you go.”

The King looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, because she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the King said, “I should have taken better care of you when I had the chance!”

In Truth, we all have four wives in our lives:

Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look great, it’ll leave us when we die.

Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die it will all go to others.

Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

Our 1st wife is our Soul, often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the ego. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go. So cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now! It is your greatest gift to offer the world.

Rhetorical devices:

  • Metaphor:
  1. The fourth wife (our body)
  2. The third wife (our possessions, status, and wealth)
  3. The second wife (our family, relatives, friends)
  4. The first wife (our soul)

Message:

When we are alive, we often ignore our Soul, or our Spirit, and we are always absorbed in material things like our body, our possessions, status, or people surrounding us. We can spend all day beautifying ourselves; spend all our own life reaching a high position, but we are often reluctant to do something to foster our Soul. Indeed, we need to “cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now” because the Soul is the only things following us wherever we go and the most valuable thing making others commemorate us.

 Item 2: Story

Heaven and Hell

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said,

‘Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.’

The Lord led the holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, ‘You have seen Hell.’

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, ‘I don’t understand.’

‘It is simple,’ said the Lord. ‘It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.’

 

Rhetorical devices:

  • Metaphor:
  1.  Heaven (a nice and comfortable life)
  2. Hell (a miserable and hard life)
  3. The large pot of stew (enjoyable things in life which make humans thirst for and prepared to fight against each other to achieve them, such as wealth, status, authority)
  4. Famished people (greedy and selfish people who always think of themselves, not others)
  5. Nourished people (kind and selfless people who are willing to help others)

Message:

Whether your life is happy or unhappy depends on how you behave and treat others. Do treat others well and your life is full of pleasure, or you must live in hell if you only think of yourself.

Item 3: Poem

Follow Me

by Michelle Newton

Take my hand and follow me
to that place I long to be.
Take my hand and trust my way,
in that place forever stay.
Follow me toward the sand;
we’ll run and play, hand in hand.
Take my heart and hold it true;
forever I’ll stay close to you.
Seize my words and listen well,
then forever I will tell.
Release your heart and feelings too,
just as I will do for you.
Trust your heart and follow me,
to that place we long to be.Rhetorical devices:

  • Parallelism:
  1. take my hand and follow me – take my hand and trust my way
  2. take my heart and hold it true – seize my words and listen well – trust my heart and follow me
  • Rhyme: me-be, way-stay, sand-hand, true-you, well-tell, too-you.
  • Repetition: follow, forever

Message:

“Follow me” and stand by me forever! Be my best friend in all my life!

Item 4: Cartoon

 

Rhetorical devices:

  • Symbol:
  1. Sheep (people doing what the others are doing, without thinking for themselves)
  2.  Wolf (clever and cunning people)
  • Irony and Overstatement: the wolf cannot do what he wants when being in the herd of sheep. He must follow the herd and his individuality diminishes obviously.

Message:

The collective quality is sometimes so strong that it can stifle the creativity and the independence of the most outstanding individuals.

Sources:

Item 1: http://chickensoupstories.blogspot.com/

Item 2: http://www.engleo.com/2008/03/heaven-and-hell.html

Item 3: http://100-poems.com/poems/friendship/0939003.htm

Item 4: http://offthemark.com/search-results/key/irony/

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