2.9 reading response 4

“You shut down a library Louisa, you don’t just shut down a building, you shut down hope.”

Jojo Moyes, Still Me

Jojo Moyes’s character Louisa Clark returns following Me Before You and After You in a new novel that follows the irresistible Lou as she travels from her home in England to New York City, where she is hired by the multi millionaire Mr Gopnik in order to be an assistant to his much younger wife Agnes. Jojo Moyes portrays Louisa Clark as a  fashionista, funky and quirky young woman who wears her heart on her sleeve. Lou is a magnetic protagonist whose humorous yet touching interactions with ever-friendly Ashok and neighbor Ms De Witt highlight her humanity and desire to fully live her life. As Lou is exposed to the lifestyle of the very rich, she maintains her integrity and discovers that the benefits of wealth cannot guarantee real happiness. Moyes’s many readers will be satisfied by the humor, riveting story, realistic and well-developed characters such as Ms De-Witt and Ashok as well as louisa herself

“You always have one foot in two places. You can never be truly happy because, from the moment you leave, you are two selves, and wherever you are one half of you is always calling to the other.”  ― Jojo Moyes, Still Me

Jojo tells us about Louisa after Will’s death in the sequel “after you”  An accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Even though her body heals, Lou knows that she needs to get back to living her life following Wills words to “ live boldly, push yourself, don’t settle, just live well, just live”   Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group including a young boy who helps her find love again after Will, the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and ruins all her plans, driving her into a very different future… For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings getting over the grief of Will and continuing on with her life through meeting Wills unknown daughter and sam the handsome paramedic

“Still me” the third book of the series,  Louisa has left her too-perfect paramedic boyfriend Sam on the other side of the ocean and is ready for her new life in new york. Throughout the novel Jojo continues to relate the novels catchphrase  “Live boldly” Where Lou follows Wills advise and pursues to fully live her life! She says, “I looked up through gritty eyes and there it was across the Brooklyn Bridge — Manhattan — shining like a million jagged shards of light; awe-inspiring, glossy, impossibly condensed and beautiful, a sight that was so familiar from television and films that I couldn’t quite accept I was seeing it for real.” the reader gets a peak on New York’s skyscraper-high society: glamorous charity balls, exclusive luncheons, and a gleaming house buzzing with cleaners, florists, pet behaviorists, etc. However,  challenging characters emerge, weighing down the excitement: from Ashok, the big-hearted doorman, to Tab, the Gopniks’ snobby daughter, to Ilaria the moody maid to the Gopniks themselves and the cantankerous fashion queen Ms De-Witt. Moyes doesn’t spend enough time with anyone in Louisa’s life and so their predicaments feel paper-thin. Louisa helps ease Agnes Gopnik’s discomfort as an outsider in a new social class, as the young, second bride of Leonard Gopnik Meanwhile, paramedic boyfriend Sam’s new co-worker, “who sounds and looks like Pussy Galore,” seems to be angling for more than a work relationship. Louisa is torn between her life in england with her handsome boyfriend as well as the time she spent morning over Will and the new life in new york with the advise of Wills words to live boldly.  Louisa’s sympathetic nature and her easy humor that stands up even during tough times are endearing qualities. By the time Louisa takes the advice from a no-nonsense neighbor ms De-Witt, “You know, I think at some point, dear, you’re going to have to work out who Louisa Clark really is,” Louisa learns she going to have to find herself, this time by her own and without Will Traynor or Paramedic Sam.

Throughout the novel Jojo moyes makes the readers continuously think and refer back to Will Traynor and his message of “live boldly” despite not being mentioned at certain times this makes me as reader think about all o lives hardest choices

2.9 reading response 3

“Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.” – Will Traynor Me before you”


Jojo Moyes’s character Louisa Clark is brought to live in the novel ‘me before you’ that follows the irresistible Lou through one of the most memorable and important times in her life. Jojo Moyes portrays Louisa Clark as a  fashionista, funky and quirky young woman who wears her heart on her sleeve. Lou is a magnetic protagonist whose humorous yet touching interactions with quadraplegic Will traynor and nurse Nathan highlight her humanity and desire to fully live her life. As Lou is exposed to the lifestyle of the paraplegic, she maintains her integrity and discovers that the benefits of living cannot guarantee real happiness. Moyes’s many readers will be satisfied by the humor, riveting story, realistic and well-developed characters such as Will traynor and Nathan as well as louisa herself.


The message Jojo Moyes continues to portray in her novel is to live boldly! The first novel Me before you is a moving and emotional novel also created into film which tells of how a young lady named Louisa Clarke takes up the job of looking after and brightening the spirits of  a young paralyzed man named Will Trainer. It is a funny, creative and exciting film that will have you laughing and crying at the same time.


Will was a young business executive and extreme sports enthusiast whose life was forever changed two years earlier when he was hit by a motorcycle while crossing the street, leaving him almost completely paralyzed. Will is filled with resentfulness, he has an unfriendly attitude over losing his once-wonderful life. He also struggles with chronic pain and finds little joy in existing anymore.  Lou has never fully lived; Will has, but no longer can. In Lou, Will discovers an unexpected outlet for his energies: teaching her how to exert her own individualism. “You cut yourself off from all sorts of experiences because you tell yourself you are not that sort of person ” he scolds her. “You’ve done nothing, been nowhere. How do you have the faintest idea what kind of person you are?” Frustrated by her inaction, he rails “Promise me you won’t spend the rest of your life stuck around this bloody parody of a placemat.” “Then tell me where I should go,” Lou replies. Deciding that the only chance she has of getting Will to take an interest in his own future is to make him take an interest in hers, Lou then learns the truth about why she was hired as Will made his mother promise to take him to an assisted suicide facility in six months to end his life after a previous suicide attempt. Lou is intended to be a ray of sunshine to dispel the storm clouds that lend to Wills sagging spirits and boost his desire to live. Lou is set on making Will happy and changing his mind about his decision by heading to the racetrack, taking him to a Mozart concert, accompanying him to his ex fiances and ex best friends wedding and going on a swoony trip to Mallorca were they both find love, But love wasn’t the cure to Wills decision,  Before his death, Will writes Lou a letter that specifically requests that it only be opened while Lou is at a Paris café. So she goes. The letter says that Will has left Lou a small amount of money so she can go back to school and follow her dreams. It also expresses Will’s sadness at causing her pain, though he hopes that she will emerge from the other end of her grief as a better person. Will tells her to “live boldly”  “You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

The character i liked most in the film Me Before You written by Jojo Moyes was Louisa Clarke/Ms Clarke. lou taught me that anything is possible if you can believe in it, Louisa had a high desire of determination to succeed at connecting to the other main character Will Trainer. Louisa was a very outgoing, funky, stay at home character who enjoyed a quiet life. I enjoyed reading about Louisa because she was kind, she gave more to her job than she was asked to and was a fun character to read, she wore funky clothes, always had a bright smile and always wore her heart on her sleeve.


In the novel the setting made me realize how beautiful other parts of the world can be. The novel was set in the countryside of england on a family’s castle estate surrounded by a village with beautiful gardens and lovely scenery. In one part of the novel they go up to the castle and look down at the grounds below and imaged life in a different way. That is when i realised that life can be hard but there are many good points to living and that the world is beautiful even if your looking at it in a different way like Will Traynor did.


“Clarke this is my decision” Will Trainer decided to end his life by his own choice with support by his family and a medical team in switzerland. “I gave them six months” Will was a very persistent person and kept to his decision to end his life in spite of the feelings of his family and the one he loved. I think this relates to euthanasia know as the practice of intentionally ending one’s own life in order to relieve pain and suffering, in some countries there is a divisive public controversy over the moral, ethical, and legal issues of euthanasia which is being discussed around the world. Will decided to end his own life due to emotional and physical pain from being paralyzed and being in a wheelchair and the thought of the past and the experiences he insured.


Throughout the novel Jojo moyes makes the readers continuously think and refer back to Will Traynor and his message of “live boldly” despite not being mentioned at certain times this makes me as the  reader think about  the reality of the way thousands of people living with disabilities live and feel shown by Will, as well as the anxieties and holdbacks everyone experience in there life shown by louisa.  


The idea the novel Me Before You i believe portrayed is you can still take a chance even though you might lose. Louisa Clarke knew she was going to lose the life she was dreaming of by losing Will but she still took a chance at loving him. This taught me that even though you might lose you should still take a chance at trying cause you never know what might happen.


I really enjoyed reading the novel Me Before You and looking through the eyes of the characters. It was a very moving, and emotional novel filled with laughter, and a lot of tears that brought the charatiritcs of the charators alive and made us as the reader feel theres emotions!


“ you only get one life, It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible”- Will Traynor Me Before You

2.9 reading responce 2

“My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.” – Wilfred owen

“Anthem For Doomed Youth” written by Wilfred Owen. Analyses one of the main issues Wilfred strongly holds as a belief; the disapproval of the war this is because of the number of traumatic experiences and horrific realities of the war, he had and was experiencing.  Wilfred Owen represents this through the many language techniques he uses to convey his issues and to help the reader understand the “pity” of war; such as similes, imagery, emotive language and comparisons.


Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born on 18 March 1893  He was the eldest of Thomas and Harriet Susan’s four children; his siblings were Harold, Colin, and Mary Millard Owen. Wilfred was an English poet and soldier. He was one of the leading poets of the First World War. His war poetry focused on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare.  Wilfred’s work was heavily influenced by his mentor Siegfried Sassoon and stood in sharp dissimilarity both to the public cognizance of war at the time and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets such as Rupert Brooke. Among his best-known works – most of which were published after his death – are “Dulce et Decorum est”, “Insensibility”, “Anthem for Doomed Youth”, “Futility”, “Spring Offensive”,  “Strange Meeting” and “Exposure”


I believe as the reader that Wilfred Owen is trying to illustrate the younger generation is doomed as they think war is glorious, this is shown by the title. “Anthem for doomed youth” as anthem is defined as an uplifting song, doomed is defined as unfortunate and inescapable outcome where youth is defined as the leaders of the future. Three very different words coming together to show that the leaders of the future are “doomed” as war is not all that glorious. The war portrays that it’s exciting to fight for your country but wilfred is proclaiming it’s not through the words in his poem such as “The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for them from sad shires.”  The images he portrays through his words are graphics and detailed. Wilfred make the reader unconsciously imagine the true action and feelings of the war. Wilfred Owen details, explains and makes you picture that many soldiers died he describes this through the first sentence of his poem of a simile;  “What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?” Wilfred uses emotive language throughout his poem to show the grip of the poem and the realization of the reality of the war as well as comparisons to show the difference between war and life


The simile Wilfred uses “What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?” is used to show that Wilfred questioned the war as cattle die off in large quantities he relates this to the war through the multitudes of soldiers dying in front of him. The bells are used to represent\tell the town or community the passing\death of someone. Wilfred questions the “passing-bells” as there were no bells for his fellow soldier deaths. wilfred states  ” only monstrous angry of the guns” and “only the stuttering rifles rapid rattle” showing that the bells were only used for awareness of the enemy of the war and not the enemy of death.


I believe the emotive language Wilfred uses In the poem affect our understanding of what is taking place. It also gives us imagery of what is happening at the time, wilfred  uses intricate words to describe the war, the feelings he has of the war and his experience such as “monstrous”; “demented” and “drawing down of blinds” as well as “orisons” Wilfred portrays the feeling of sorrowful and despair through the descriptive words of actions that played out in the war; “anger of guns” “wailing shires” “sad shires” “goodbyes” and “drawing down of blinds”  The poem can be read in two parts that in the first octet wilfred owen makes a catalogue of the sound of war, the weapons of destruction such as “guns”; “rifles” and “shells” which are links to religious imagery such as “orisons”; “bells” and “prayers” , in the second stanza wilfred owen explains a different point of view of the war; the families of those who died in the war such as “candles”; “holy glimmers”; “goodbyes” and “drawing down of blinds” The emotive language used helps us imagine the war and what was happening through wilfred owen’s point of view.


Wilfred owen uses a lot of comparisons throughout the poem, one of these is a simile between what would happen to a soldier killed in battle and a typical funeral in a church. For example he compares the noise of gunfire and church bells. The rapid rifle fire and the prayers. The wailing of shells and the choirs, Additionally wilfred owen compares the events of war burial rituals. Wilfred describes how those in war do not receive proper funerals. In the first stanza owen references the “monstrous anger of the guns” to “passing bells”  and “rapid rattle” to “hasty orisons” usually at funerals or ceremonies for the dead there are bells ringing and prayers being said. But wilfred explains the concept that at war there are only the sounds of guns being fired and at war instead of honoring those who have fallen, more are being killed by the same weapons


After reading “Anthem for doomed youth” the readers entire perspective on war can be changed, wilfred owen paints the horror of war in sensational manner that gets his message across to the audience well, through his poem owen gently influences the readers thoughts on war and those who fight in it.

2.9 Reading response 1

The Book Thief

“A girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.” written by Markus Zusak a brilliant novel, “the book thief”  achingly sad, and an intricately structured book about Nazi Germany, narrated by death itself. It is 1939, in Nazi Germany, “death has never been busier and will become busier still”, Death tells a story of a young girl named Liesel, Liesel’s life is changed when her little brother dies just before Liesel’s mother leaves her with foster parents in a dismal town in southern Germany.

“You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.” readers are introduced to this death-as-storyteller concept in a too-long invocation that begins “the book thief” Death narrates this story, describes main characters and gives us his own opinion about humans. In the book thief, we have a kinder, gentler death, who feels sympathy for his victims. In page one death writes himself as; “I can be amicable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s.” By the way Markus Zusak writes of death and the way the book is narrated by death gives a “unique and compassionate voice to a narrator who can comment on Human’s inhumanity to Human without being ponderous.”  we hear the depth of German life – which is one aspect of what makes this book so interesting and gripping. From the point of view of Death we see the world – and the war, through the detail Markus Zusak manages to convey in this “great literary masterpiece of a novel”.

The main character Liesel also know as “the book thief” is a brave, inspiring character that makes young adult readers fall in love with her personality and determination. Death says that Liesel is the girl “with a mountain to climb.” Liesel’s first mountain to climb is learning to read. “And she loved the fact that despite her failure in the classroom, her reading and writing were definitely improving and would soon be on the verge of something respectable”. Liesel main mountain to climb is the way she is passing from being illiterate to understand how powerful words can be. Liesel is a 9 years old girl with a strong independent nature she stands up for herself and is kind-hearted. Liesel’s birth mother could not afford to care for Liesel or her brother any longer so she thought that the best thing to do for her children was to send them to a better family. On the way to the foster home, Liesel’s brother died, this would be the first of many deaths Liesel would have to encounter over the next couple of years. Later, Liesel attended her brother’s funeral where she stole her first book called, The Grave Digger’s Handbook. This is when the narrator; Death met Liesel for the first time. After her brother’s death and burial, she is taken to live with foster parents Rosa and Hans Huberman.

Hans Huberman is a kind-hearted, warm and caring character who Liesel looked up to as a fatherly figure, Hans is sympathetic and represents self- sacrifice and wisdom of experience. Hans has many talents such as painting and playing the accordion which is shown throughout the novel, Hans was a huge influence on Liesel and taught her how to read and the importance of words. “Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion when he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.” 

Rosa Huberman, on the other hand, is harsh, strict and complicated at times. Rosa Huberman rules the household with an iron fist, she has a quick temper and is known for straightening out previous foster children, however, though she often swears at Liesel, she cares very much for her as well as her husband Hans. Death describes rosa as “an attribution of Rosa Hubermann, she was a good woman for a crisis.” Rosa seems like a sour woman with her wooden spoons and constant scolding at the beginning of the novel, though towards the end Rosa changes from a mean foster mother to a comforter and even a role model.

Rudy Steiner was Liesel’s lemon/sunshine-haired best friend and partner in crime. Rudy was an amazing, beautiful, relentlessly loyal and inspiring character in the Book Thief and had “bony legs, sharp teeth, gangly blue eyes, and hair the color of a lemon” Rudy wanted to be the “faster runner alive” and looked up to and adored the famous Jesse Owens; Jesse Owens was an American track-and-field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Rudy admired Jesse Owens so much that he painted himself with charcoal and tried to reenact the race where Jesse won a gold medal. “He smeared the charcoal on, nice and thick, till he was covered in black.” “I was being Jesse Owens, He answered as though it was the most natural thing on earth to be doing.” “You know, Papa, the Black Magic one.”  “I just wish I was like Jesse Owens, Papa.” Rudy, “the boy who refuses to fear the opposite sex” loves Liesel from the moment he meets her, befriends her and can’t help asking her for a kiss any chance he gets,  with his daring, carefree, and kind attitude and  his love for adventure and reckless schemes, he is the perfect best friend for Liesel.

Liesel’s gradual shift from frightened, to accepting, to strong, shows bravery is born from experience. Death tells a story of Liesel and her life through the time of Nazi, Germany. From stealing a ham from Otto Sturm who was delivering the ham to the priests, to hiding Max who was a Jew, To when Liesel risked her life for Frau Holtzapfel’s and her son’s safety. “While Liesel sometimes joins up with a gang to steal food, her only thieving passion is for books. Not good books or bad books — just books. From her bedroom to the bomb shelter down the road, reading helps her commune with the living and the dead — and finally, it is the mere existence of stories that prove to be her salvation” (John Green).

After a bombing where there were no sirens, Liesel found out she was the only one on Himmel Street who had survived. “There was only one body now, on the ground, and Liesel lifted him up and hugged him. She wept over the shoulder of Hans Hubermann. Goodbye, Papa, you saved me. You taught me to read. No one can play like you. I’ll never drink champagne. No one can play like you. Her arms held him. She kissed his shoulder- she could not bear to look at his face anymore- and she placed him down again. The book thief wept until she was gently taken away”.  Although Liesel was the only one who had served on Himmel street she stayed strong for herself. The pain that Liesel had experienced in her early years, gave her a sense of bravery for the future.

Throughout the book, Liesel turns from a scared young girl who barely talks, to a confident woman with a strong opinion about life where her courage and bravery made an impact on everyone around her. Liesel was an inspiring character in the novel, many messages are portrayed through Liesel’s actions throughout the novel and Towards the end of the book, Liesel’s courage and strength are admirable. Liesel shows that if she could survive this horrible event, that anyone could. It teaches readers around the world to keep trying and eventually they will have the courage to stick up to some of life’s hardest problems. Everyone she loved and cared about died and she had nowhere to turn to. Instead of giving up, she kept fighting which makes her an extremely brave character with determination with admirable qualities.



white: Hitler wanted blonde hair, blue eyed, white skin. this is shown through the clour symbol of white which resembles purity and innocence, goodness, perfection, and cleanliness which is what Hitler wanted as he only wanted the Germans as he believed they are the superior race.

Black:  Associated with death, and especially with the black swastika ( German flag) black also represents destruction and mourning.  black is also shown when Rudy didn’t know or understand the problem of wanting to be black and be like the famous Jesse Owens.

Red: The burning of the books and the history of the jews.  shows red, hatred and killing. Burning of the books at the beginning of the war to get rid of the written history and by the end of the war, they were burning people to get rid of the physical history.  To have a clean slate and be a purer race. The Jewish books represented the freedom of speech and the knowledge and truth of history,  the burning of the books also represented the destruction of Jewish people all their ideas, art, writing and any information that didn’t support the Nazi regime.


Anthem For Doomed Youth; What Has Been Included.


Words Used:

I believe the words in the poem “Anthem For Doomed Youth” convey the anger the writer has towards the war, and that he questions the war. “What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?” “What candles may be held to speed them all?”  the poem also portrays the events of the war as he explains them “the shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; and bugles calling for them from sad shires.”  the author portrays the feeling of sorrowful and despair through the  words in the poem which he describes through actions in the war; “anger of guns” “wailing shires” “sad shires” “goodbyes” “drawing down of blinds” the message I believe\understand as the reader is that the author is trying to convey is that the youth think it is a privilege to go to war for your country but they are doomed by the war as it is not a glorious place\thing I believe the words In the poem affect our understanding of what is taking place as he uses intricate words to describe the war and what is taking place such as “demented” – raving mad and “drawing down of blinds” – as a sign to the world that someone has died. [as a mark of respect]  as well as “orisons” – prayers.

Language Techniques Used:

The simile; “these who die as cattle” conveys the events of the soldiers dying  and the idea that the soldiers died as cattle [a lot and in a short period of time] the message I believe the author is trying to portray is that no one cared for the soldiers as the author states ” who die as cattle’ which I believe means they died and people thought nothing of it as they are just cattle just soldiers doing their job.

Another language technique used in the poem is Emotive language “die” “monstrous anger” “mockeries” “prayers” “morning” “demented” “wailing” “sad” “goodbyes” “tenderness” I believe the technique used in the poem are implied to tell, show\ make you image the true sadness and despair the war really was! it makes you imagine the dead soldiers and the anger of the war many people felt. it gives off the message of negative feeling and anger towards the war.

Positive and Negative ideas:

I believe Wilfred Owen represents negative actions and emotions throughout the poem. I believe this as the words portrayed the negative aspect of death and sadness “monstrous anger of the guns” “no prayers” “mourning” “wailing shells” “sad shires” “glimmers of goodbyes” “drawing down of blinds”  the ideas of death, grieving families and enemies. These notions of ideas have a negative effect and it makes me the reader picture people dying which shows an image in my mind of the true sadness and despair the war brought.

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