Thursday, May 1, 2014


My masterpiece is present in my everyday life. For example, when I see a reference to religion through social media websites, I am reminded of my ongoing work. When I see someone who dresses with certain uniqueness that relates to their culture or religion (Muslim women wearing a hijab or a Jew wearing a kippa).

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


For the time being, I think that the only thing that needs to be changed in order to support my learning success are my studying habits. I do not know how I am going to accommodate the changes but for the time being I am going to start making a few changes at a time. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Someone who is am expert in my topic would be someone who knows about different religions and the cultural differences between them.

Monday, March 24, 2014


In order to be able to show what I have learned, I should be able to
-know the different believes if the religions that I have chosen to study
-know the similar rituals of the religions and how they started
-understand the cultural impact a religion has made on the place it's practiced

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


While browsing through pictures online, I came across this picture. When I saw it, I felt that this picture explains many of the prejudices and stereotype of our society today. 


(a) how the expert you designed the 10 questions for is or isn't an entrepreneur according to how we defined it in class
We didn't have a definition but based on my understanding, I think that some of the experts in my previous post are entrepreneurs. 
(b) how you are or are not an entrepreneur according to how we defined it in class
In a way, I believe that I am not an enterepeneur because other people (the experts) have done what I am trying to do. 
(c) how this culture associates expertise with entrepreneurship, and how you think this idea should be reinforced or changed.
The way I see it, I feel like society sees entrepreneuries as people who are not experts in anything that already exists and that's why they make a new thing. I feel like this idea should be encouraged because some of the ideas are great. 

Monday, March 10, 2014


Since I do not know a lot about Anthropologist or Theologians, I did a quick search and found some experts in the area. Well-known anthropologists and well-known theologians.

1. What interested you about your field of study?
2. What was your goal in pursuing that career path?
3. How did you know that (anthropology) or (Theology) was what you wanted to study?
4. How did you start to get curious about your field?
5. Did you start to study that particular field in order to find an answer to a question?
6. How do you think that anthropology and theology are related?
7. Is there a way to put anthropology and theology together to make a more functional society?
8. Who was the biggest influence in your studies?
9. How has studying this particular field affected you personally?
10. What views about people/society/world did you developed through your studies?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Essay 1

Should the U.S  have more than one national language? Why? 

according to, the United States has no official language. Therefore, it would not make sense to add an official language. If it were to have one, the most logical thing to do would be to have more than one. Due to the diversity of the population, having one national language would exclude immigrants who do not speak English. 

According to the 2010 census, there is 229 million English speaking people living in the US and 35 million people speaking Spanish. The third language used is some form of Chinese language with 2.8 million people. 

In a way, having one national language would unite the people of the United States and help people have a better communication. If there was to be one official language, it can be infer that it would be English. Having English as the official language would not really change anything because it is the primary language language in the US and 27 states including California have English as their official language.

Even though having more than one national language would not not have a big impact on the population, it would symbolize the acceptance of diversity, which is why the US is known for, and it would celebrate the different languages spoken in the US. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Overall, the blogs I review today were organized and had the majority if not all the assigned post there. The post that stood out to me was Valentina's blog because the posts were colorful. 


Thursday, February 6, 2014


Anthropologist: the study of humankind 

compendium: a collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject, esp. in a book or other publication.

Yorùbá: a member of a people of southwestern Nigeria and Benin; the Kwa language of the Yoruba, and an official language of Nigeria.

quantum: a required or allowed amount 

tertiary: 3rd in class or level

myriads: countless or extremely big number to count

shrouded: cover or envelope used to conceal from view 

infatuated: be inspired with an intense but short-lived passion or admiration 

diverted: to cause someone/ something to change its course 

hierarchical: arrange in order of rank 

tenets: a principle of belief (religion or philosophy) 

ardour:enthusiasm or passion 

zealot: person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals.

monolithic: formed by a single big block of stone 

demagoguery:impassioned appeals to the prejudices and emotions of the populace

espousal: an act of adopting or supporting a cause, belief, or way of life.

Alight: to descend 

arbitrarily: Based random choice; without reason

precarious:  not securely held in position or likely to fall 

intricacies: the details about something


parallelism: the principle in sentence structure that states elements of equal function should have equal form

parody: an imitation of mimicking of a composition or of the style of a well-known artist.

pathos:  the ability in literature to call forth feelings of pity, compassion, and/or sadness.

pedantry: a display of learning for its own sake

personification: a figure of speech attributing human qualities to inanimate objects or abstract ideas.

plot: the main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence.

poignant: eliciting sorrow or sentiment.

point of view: the attitude unifying any oral or written argumentation; in description, the physical point from
which the observer views what he is describing.

postmodernism: literature characterized by experimentation, irony, nontraditional forms, multiple  meanings,
playfulness and a blurred boundary between real and imaginary

prose:  the ordinary form of spoken and written language; language that does not have a regular rhyme pattern.

protagonist:  the central character in a work of fiction; opposes antagonist

pun: play on words; the humorous use of a word emphasizing different meanings or applications.

purpose: the intended result wished by an author.

realism: writing about the ordinary aspects of life in a straightforward manner to reflect life as it actually is.

refrain: a phrase or verse recurring at intervals in a poem or song; chorus.

requiem:  any chant, dirge, hymn, or musical service for the dead.

resolution: point in a literary work at which the chief dramatic complication is worked out; denouement.

restatement:  idea repeated for emphasis.

rhetoric: use of language, both written and verbal in order to persuade

rhetorical question: question suggesting its own answer or not requiring an answer; used in argument or persuasion.

rising action: plot build up, caused by conflict and complications, advancement towards climax.

romanticism: movement in western culture beginning in the eighteenth and peaking in the nineteenth  century as a revolt against Classicism; imagination was valued over reason and fact.

satire: ridicules or condemns the weakness and wrong doings of individuals, groups, institutions, or humanity in general.

scansion:  the analysis of verse in terms of meter.
setting:  the time and place in which events in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem occur.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


interior monologue: a form of writing which represents the inner thoughts of a character; the recording of the internal, emotional experience(s) of an individual; generally the reader is given the impression of overhearing the interior monologue.

inversion: words out of order for emphasis.

juxtaposition:  the intentional placement of a word, phrase, sentences of paragraph to contrast with another nearby.

lyric: a poem having musical form and quality; a short outburst of the author's innermost thoughts and feelings.

magic(al) realism: a genre developed in Latin America which juxtaposes the everyday with the marvelous or magical.

metaphor (extended, controlling, & mixed): an analogy that compare two different things imaginatively directly. Extended: a metaphor that is extended or developed as far as the writer wants to take it. Controlling: a metaphor that runs throughout the piece of work. Mixed: a metaphor that ineffectively blends two or more analogies.

metonymy: literally "name changing" a device of figurative language in which the name of an attribute or associated thing is substituted for the usual name of a thing

modernism: literary movement characterized by stylistic experimentation, rejection of tradition, interest in symbolism and psychology

monologue: an extended speech by a character in a play, short story, novel, or narrative poem

mood: the predominating atmosphere evoked by a literary piece.

motif: a recurring feature (name, image, or phrase) in a piece of literature.

myth: a story, often about immortals, and sometimes connected with religious rituals, that attempts to give meaning to the mysteries of the world.

narrative: a story or description of events

narrator: one who narrates, or tells, a story.

naturalism: extreme form of realism

novelette/novella: short story; short prose narrative, often satirical.

omniscient point of view: knowing all things, usually the third person.

onomatopoeia: use of a word whose sound in some degree imitates or suggests its meaning

oxymoron: a figure of speech in which two contradicting words or phrases are combined to produce a rhetorical effect by means of a concise paradox.

pacing: rate of movement; tempo.

parable: a story designed to convey some religious principle, moral lesson, or general truth.

paradox: a statement apparently self-contradictory or absurd but really containing a possible truth; an opinion contrary to generally accepted ideas.


1. Briefly summarize the plot of the novel you read according to the elements of plot you've learned in past courses (exposition, inciting incident, etc.).  Explain how the narrative fulfills the author's purpose (based on your well-informed interpretation of same).
In this coming of age story, a girl named Esperanza Cordero, who lives in Chicago struggles to find who she is. The story begins when Esperanza is about 11-12 years old and her family just moved to a house on Mango street. Even though the house is an improvement to the apartment they used to live, Esperanza does not like it because she does not have privacy and that is what makes her determined to have a house of her own.

2. Succinctly describe the theme of the novel. Avoid cliches.
The theme is the struggle of self discovery.