What I Learned Today 9/10/14

By Sage Hamilton

The Big History Project

In The Big History Project, I learned about Before Earth, or the Hadean Eon. Named after the Greek god Hades, the Hadean Eon happened around 2.4 billion years ago. Like in one of the videos, if you went through a time machine and took a walk down earth in the Hadean Eon. First of all, the whole entire world is made of lava, so that can't be fun.


Lord of the Flies

Today I watched the Lord of the Flies movie, and I think that the book is much better. Everyone already knows reading a book is better than first watching a movie. I think so because a book can have lots of detail, but a movie is only 1-2 hours long, so it can’t put as much into it, like Harry Potter for example. When I tried to read that book I didn’t like it as much because it felt to me like it was the same thing repeated over that I'd already watched.


I had to answer questions about the theme of PRIMITIVISM in Lord of the Flies:

1.How does Piggy justify or explain Simon’s death?

Piggy justifies it by saying, “it was an accident, a terrible accident. It wasn’t our fault.” To make himself feel not guilty from staring out at the enraged group that slaughtered Simon.

2.Does he end up convincing himself he’s really not responsible for it?

Yes, he does. By creating constant repetition in Ralph’s and his own mind he was able to get his fear behind him.

3.Whose fault is it that Simon and Piggy are killed?

Jack’s tribe of savages were most definitely their fault. Simon put them at fault when Jack gave everyone the thrive to kill. And when Simon came crashing down the hill, they were scared, so they unconsciously killed Simon. And Rodger literally threw a boulder at Piggy breaking his head! He and Jack’s tribe were definitely at fault for that.

4.Is there a difference here between being at fault and being responsible for it?

Yes. Everyone except Ralph and Piggy were at fault for killing Simon but none of them were really responsible for it. But Piggy, when he died only Rodger was at fault and the only one responsible.

5.Who is the most savage character on the island? (Besides Roger.)

Jack is the one who started all of the later death and violence, so I believe he is the most savage out of all of them.

6.Who is the most civilized?

Of course the one who went out for the team, Piggy. If Ralph hadn’t had Piggy then there would be no “brains” in the group. The story would’ve gone much differently if it weren’t for him.

7.How do we know the difference?

Well, Jack and Rodger have done things that would represent him to everyone else as “savage”. Piggy and Ralph always did the right thing that would help everyone in the long run. So they are “civilized”

8.Does William Golding ever question what it means to be “civilized” and “savage.” or is he pretty comfortable with the categories?

I don’t think he hesitated when he said if something is civil or savage, so I’d say he is pretty comfortable with it.

Java Programming (Minecraft Mod Design)

I created a pickaxe and a sword in my Mod Design class. I learned how to create different shades of colors for each pixel using hex codes. I created a sword and pickaxe of harmony using the My Little Pony crystal colors. It took a long time, but it was really fun.




  One thought on “What I Learned Today 9/10/14

  1. September 11, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Great job, Sage! I love your pickaxe and sword! Thank you for answering your questions thoughtfully. Something to ponder: To be at fault means to be responsible for an accident or misfortune. It’s interesting that the word “responsible” is used in the definition when the question asks you the difference between the two. To be responsible means having an obligation to do something about a situation. So, could we say that although Ralph and Piggy were not at fault for Simon’s death, they were responsible for not stopping it? Or are they just as much at fault for not taking responsibility? It gets kind of tangled up, doesn’t it?

    If you saw someone being hurt and just watched and didn’t do anything about it, would you be just as guilty for allowing it to happen? Would you be at fault? Responsible in some way?

    Food for thought! 🙂


  2. September 11, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Loved reading your answers Sage! Keep up the good work. Love and miss you:) Here is a big hug and kiss for you!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ernest Thompson
    September 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Sage, great job !! We are all very proud of how you have adapted to this change in schooling. Your Mom must ecstatic. LGp

    Liked by 1 person

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