SCREAM!!!

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The expression of my face as I was reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. At first, I was giggly at the typical happily ever after, then like lightning

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PLOT TWIST!!!

A hurricane of different emotions swirled upon me and as I was engulfed into the eye, I felt like I was pumped with too much adrenaline that if I didn’t do anything i would possibly die.

So I read on.

As the story unfolds, one plot branches out, to bind with another plot that branches out to another which branches out to the one before and so on. It was like a tangled up wire…

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YET,

It all made sense.

HOW??!!!

The author was just a genius. Most of the time, when I read books that have more than 5 plot twists, they start to tangle up and not make any sense. But Dumas somehow made it that I can catch on to whats going on, and connect to parts that I read earlier.

amazing

 

ALSO, the story sometimes seem like it will end up this way, but end up TOTALLY different, yet it still is

awesome

 

Of course, this didn’t just made me sit in awe, it made me think…

about food. What else?

Ever bit into a good slice of cheese?

american-cheese

 

not the american cheese. Like real cheese. The ones that you buy in triangular slices.  Fancy cheese like  Parmigiano Reggiano, Sartori Sarvecchio Parmesan, Gruyere, etc.

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I don’t usually eat cheese alone- the creaminess doesn’t attract me as much. However, when i tried small bites, I was shocked. Slightly salty, yet the creamy texture kind of covered it. I got an aftertaste as if I had something sweet. I had the stereotype thought of cheese as salty and too creamy for consumption alone and needed to be eaten with a burger, salad, or even just a cracker.  I began to slowly love cheese. Especially the one that melts in your mouth. It’s as if I’m eating salted dark chocolate.

salted dark chocolate

 

Then I began to think hey, unexpected change in story is like my abstract food idea!

Think about it, just looking at the food, you expect it to taste this way or that. But when you taste it, you find out that it’s definitely different and like it that way.

I expected a typical happily ever after. But I found out it was different.

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I see banana splits. I think, “Hey, this is going to taste sweet and creamy!” and get excited.

When I took a bite,

SHOCKER!!!

It was actually a main dish. Definitely not sweet. Banana was actually a mozzarella cheese, shaped as a banana. Ice cream was balled up pasta-strawberry was tomato, vanilla was fettuccine, and chocolate was beef stock.

DELICIOUS~~~

Can you imagine it? Wouldn’t it be great if I could actually eat that~

I definitely want to give you on detail about the book, but it is one amazing book and I definitely want you to read it. Then you can come back to my post and feel with me, the feeling I get swirled up with different emotions like ice cream.

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The Readiness Is All

“If it be now, ‘tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come – the readiness is all.”

(Hamlet, Act V Scene II)

These lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet are spoken by Hamlet after he accepts an invitation to a duel from Laertes, which both Hamlet and Horatio quickly recognize as a trap. Up to this point in the story, Hamlet has finally resolved to move past his grief and prepares to exact his revenge on others. Horatio insists that his friend reject the invitation, but Hamlet has finally realized the meaning of life and God’s role in it. He accepts the challenge, blatantly willing to face his destiny.

In a general sense, this quote reminds readers that it is always better to be prepared for anything that comes their way, whether it be good or bad. At some point in everyone’s lives, people will find themselves either stuck in a desperate situation or faced with a difficult choice. As this quote implies, it is always better to be prepared than not.

In The Count of Monte Cristo, the main antagonist Edward Dantès escapes from prison, where he was wrongly imprisoned for a crime he was framed for. Dantès happens upon a large fortune that was passed on to him by a late priest he had met during his time in prison. Fast-forward thirteen years from the day he was sent to the Chateau d’If, Edmond Dantès has now assumed the title of the Count of Monte Cristo, after the island where he found his treasure. He begins to formulate plans for revenge and to reward those who have either contributed to his imprisonment or who have done nothing but good since his leave. However, with such elaborate plans comes much patience. Dantès steadily carries out his scheme over a long stretch of years, seeing to it that whomever he chooses to be his next target will be sure to carry out his plan appropriately.

As a person who has literally seen his life flash before his eyes, Edward Dantès had lost all hope in escaping prison once he was torn from his innocent life and thrown in the Chateau d’If. In context, the statement “the readiness is all” takes on a deeper meaning for Hamlet because when he says this, Hamlet is primarily referring to the subject of death itself. By accepting Laertes’ challenge, he his preparing for his own death. As it is implied, if you wait for death to stroll up onto your doorstep, it may never come. On the other hand, if you expect death to be a far-off phenomenon, it may arrive more suddenly than you expect.

By using the alias of Count of Monte Cristo, the people of Dantès’ former life would not recognize the man they had betrayed. Thus, he would be able to deliver a swift and sudden surprise to the unbeknownst. As the executor of these plans, Dantès is aware that in order to have his plan run smoothly he must be willing to wait for the right moment after he has accomplished what needs to be done beforehand and prepare for any complications that may arise. With this, Hamlet’s proclamation “the readiness is all” can surely be denoted as the motto for Edmond Dantès success.

 

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Friends – They’re More Important Than You Think

Friends

Things that used to pop up in my head when I thought of the word ‘friend’ were someone that shares common interests with you, someone that makes you smile, and someone who makes your day great. It was someone who you can spend all day with and never be bored for a second. Someone who enjoys your company and really understands you. Someone who has seen your good side and your bad side and accepts you for who you are. Someone who’s been there when you needed a shoulder to cry on or a tight embrace. Someone who you respect and care for.

I thought that was all friends were for. However, when I began reading the book, The Count of Monte Cristo, I’ve added another pretty big reason that why we all need friends. It’s a crucial, yet simple reason why we depend so much on our friends that I’m actually a bit shocked I haven’t noticed this earlier. Friends cure us from our loneliness. They keep us from feeling isolated from others; from feeling that no one else in this world knows who I am.

A couple chapters into this book, an old man named Abbe Faria meets with the young main character, Edmond Dantes, after attempting to dig a hole through the walls to escape the prison they’ve both been stuck in for countless years. On their first meeting, Dantes throws his arms around Faria in happiness, despite not knowing anything about the man. This shows Dantes’ eagerness to have company after being all alone in his own cell for so long. Although they’re generations apart, they’ve found friendship through the common goal of escaping. They worked together for over a year in order to achieve that goal, and through that time, they’ve gotten closer. But through this time, Faria’s aging comes with a horrible illness, which gives him intense, crazy attacks. It is because of this that Faria tells Dantes to leave him there and to escape and be free. He sincerely insists that Dantes should go on his own, being strong and young. Dantes completely refuses though, not having an ounce of desire to go without his fellow companion. This new devotion shows how strong their friendship has grown, and also how much they don’t want to be lonely again.

“‘You’re my son!’ cried the old man. ‘You’re the child of my captivity. My profession condemned me to celibacy, but God sent you to me to console both the man who could not be a father and the prisoner who could not be free.'” Before Dantes met Faria, being alone in his prison cell dragged him into a state of depression and misery, where he even thought of suicide. In fact, he was in the process of starving himself when he heard Faria through the walls. If it wasn’t for Faria, then our main character, Dantes, would probably have died already. It’s hard to think about, but although this is a fictional work, this does happen in real life. People sink into depression and lose all hope in life. All they really need is help from a friend. A comforting hand, someone to just by their side and help them live their life. A little time and effort are all it takes.

-Cinnamon Roll.

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