Tutor profile: Justine M.
Think about a writer who has deeply impacted you with how they've written. Is there something you've read that has always stuck with you, you related to, or you couldn't get out of your head? What was it and why? What about this writing style was so impactful?
There's always one person who comes to mind when I think about the deep impact their writing has had on my life, and that is Jodi Picoult. The epilogue of her novel, My Sister's Keeper, haunts me to this day, even though it's been years since I've read it. Picoult pulls of an incredibly successful twist at the end of this novel, and I was stunned and crying as I turned the page and went into the epilogue. The epilogue deals with grieving and handling a loss immediately and in the long term. Picoult's prose and the way she describes handling grief touched me in a way that I didn't know was possible. It was so beautiful and haunting. I've never forgotten it.
Subject: Film and Theater
Character development, according to Master Class, is the process of building a unique, three-dimensional character with depth, personality, and clear motivations. It can also refer to the changes a character goes through as a result of their actions and experiences. Name a character in a movie, television show, or stage production who goes through character development and explain why this happens. What draws you to this character?
In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen goes through a massive character development arc. She comes across as cold and unfeeling, only really expressing love for her sister, Prim, and her childhood friend, Gale. When it comes time for names to be drawn for children between the ages of 12-18 in their district for the annual brutal competition where children fight to the death, The Hunger Games, Katniss selflessly volunteers after her sister's name is called. This is the beginning of Katniss undergoing a major change. She goes into the games with the intention of doing anything to win to be back with her sister, but grows attached to her fellow district 12 tribute, Peeta, and feels affection for Rue, a little girl in the games who reminds her of her sister. Rue's death in the games and her outsmarting the Capitol to survive the games and also keep Peeta alive sets Katniss on a hero's journey that she didn't sign up for. In the second film, Catching Fire, she realizes she is a symbol of the revolution for those who are oppressed by the system put in place by the Capitol. She begins to soften towards others and genuinely wants to help, which we see even more in the third and fourth movie, Mockingjay. Katniss goes through so much character development because of her involvement in the games and because her bravery sets off a series of events that will change everyone's lives for the better. I'm very drawn to Katniss because of her bravery and her changing into a character who wants to help save others, not just her sister.
Subject: European History
How do you think history would be different if Henry VIII had never divorced his first wife, Katharine of Aragon?
Henry VIII divorcing Katharine of Aragon also meant with a split from Rome, from the Catholic Church. If Henry VIII had never taken this step, the Church of England wouldn't have been established in England, potentially leaving Catholicism as the dominant religion in the country even until the present-day. This also means the English Reformation possibly would have never happened.
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