Three Stories I Would Have To Include In My Autobiography

1. November 22, 2012: It was Thanksgiving. My brother and I were playing in the backyard. It was probably around noon. Being very young and imprudent, we were bouncing a rusty old t-post against a fence at the back corner of the property. This was my first and only experience in the ER. Had the t-post landed differently, it very well could have split open my skull. Fortunately, only a few staples were required to repair this injury. At this point in time, I only remember this event vaguely but I will always remember it.

2. November 2014: We moved into our current home at this time, and my family and I began going to church for the first time in my lifetime. This, of course, cannot be left out of an autobiography about my life because, were it not for this, I would not have become a practicing Christian, nor would I be homeschooling at this point in time. Thus, moving to our current home and our church is a story that is crucial here.

3. August 2020: An eventful trip across the western portion of the United States. We visited four states and drove thousands of miles in the RV over a ten day period. This was our first time visiting many of these states. One event that will always stand out to me in this trip occurred in Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming. My mother, father, and I were walking down the sidewalk when suddenly, Mom lost her balance and fell face-first onto the sidewalk. A passerby stopped to help us find the hospital, where we arrived within five minutes. We were not certain whether she broke her nose or not, but her recovery following this accident was incredibly fast and within a week, the scars had all but healed completely.

This concludes three stories from my life that I would have to include if I were to write an autobiography.

Out On The Pampas: A Book Report

Out On The Pampas is a historical fiction novel written by G.A Henty in 1868. This was Henty’s first children’s book. In this book report I will be discussing the plot of this book.

The book begins with a six person family living in England. It is within the first several pages of the book that Mr. Frank Hardy suggests that the family immigrates to the Argentine Republic, or, Argentina. The children, Charley, Hubert, Maud, and Ethel, are all elated at the thought of this move abroad. The boys, particularly, are excited at the imagination of fighting Indians. Mr. Hardy, however, convinced the boys that no such thing would occur. Little did he know what would happen after their arrival in South America.

Within the first several chapters of the book the Hardy family has immigrated to Argentina and has nearly settled in to their large new property. For a while the Hardys are simply adapting to the new lifestyle of Argentina. In their first months at their new home, they meet many new people and make acquaintances that would prove important during the coming battles with the native Indians.

Six months after their arrival, the Hardy family hears from one of these acquaintances, Mr. Percy, upon Mr. Hardy’s remarking that another family they had come to know during their time in Argentina, the Jamiesons, had almost no animals, that the time of year is come when the residents of the area are to expect to be attacked by Indians. He told the Hardys of the previous year’s attacks, during which the Jamiesons had been robbed of every animal they owned. They now needed to prepare for the coming Indian attacks. This, of course, upon their hearing this news, excited the boys, although it concerned them, and the rest of the Hardys, as well.

Soon the day came where the first Indian attack took place. Ethel and Maud were on watch in the lookout tower. They watched as the Indians took all of the Hardy’s animals. Most of the second half of the book recounts these fights with the Indians, which, after a certain point, was believed to finally be a solved problem. However, wrong they were. One evening, almost five years after their arrival in Argentina, Ethel Hardy was at the home of the Mercers, as it was common for one or the other of the girls to stay there for a day or two. The following morning, a man running at full speed towards the Hardy’s home alarmed them. “What is the matter?” they asked. The man replied that the Mercer’s estancia had been burnt by the Indians, and that there had been no survivors. The only glimmer of hope for the Hardys was that Ethel might have been carried off by the Indians, as they often would not harm women.

In the end they all followed the trail of the Indians while Ethel and the Indians were a good ways ahead. After a long time of searching and following the Indian’s trail, Ethel was finally found and rescued. This was about the end of the book Out On The Pampas. I hope you enjoyed this essay, and I recommend this book!

Please let me know if there were any typographical or factual errors, thanks!

~Colton

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea Character Analysis Essay

Colton Beckwith

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was written by Jules Verne in 1870. Verne’s novels were some of the first in the science fiction category, now one of the most prominent genres of today. The story follows the journey of three friends, Professor Aronnax, Counseil, and Ned Land, who are imprisoned on a submarine contraption called the Nautilus, owned and operated by Captain Nemo, a mysterious fellow. Today’s analysis will be comparing Captain Nemo and Professor Aronnax, the two most prominent characters of the book.

Professor Aronnax is an intelligent man of about forty years. A reasonable man, Professor Aronnax, although smart, always makes sense, being of a sane nature. Aronnax’s original objective was to find a supposed monster that was believed to be damaging ships in the distant waters. He, along with his two friends, go on a quest to find the monster and to attempt to destroy it. The monster turns out to be Captain Nemo’s submarine, on which Aronnax and his friends are trapped. Aronnax narrates the book from his perspective.

Captain Nemo is the mysterious owner of the Nautilus, the supposed monster. There are many unknowns about him, much information that he does not reveal and that is not given in the book. At times Captain Nemo could be considered insane, as he is often unreasonable and odd. Captain Nemo steadfastly refuses to let the three friends off the Nautilus. It is rather unclear as to why, however.

Both men are interested in sea exploration, as they both generally enjoy the voyage under the sea, despite Professor Aronnax’s desire to return to land. Also, both of them are quite smart, and are both knowledgeable when it comes to the sea life they encounter.

On the contrary, Professor Aronnax is completely sane, while Captain Nemo, as I have said, is quite unreasonable, and at times, very nonsensical. Captain Nemo is also unpredictable and seemingly incapacitated mentally in some way or form, but nevertheless smart. Finally, Professor Aronnax desires greatly to return home, while Nemo seems to be content with the strange life he lives.

In conclusion, both men are smart and are interested in sea exploration and the life found in the sea. Captain Nemo is simply of a strange personality, with much unknown about him. I hope you enjoyed this character analysis. Feedback is appreciated. Thank you for reading!

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea: Mind map and outline

Outline – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Character Comparison

  • Introduction
    • Introduce Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
    • Summarize the story.
      • Takes place on the Nautilus after Professor Aronnax, Ned Land, and Counseil become trapped on it by Captain Nemo.
      • They explore the sea, traveling over twenty thousand leagues in this marvelous submarine.
    • Introduce the two characters I am comparing.
  • Describe Professor Aronnax
    • A professor.
    • Quite smart.
    • Easy to reason with.
    • Makes sense.
    • (Insert other details)
  • Describe Captain Nemo
    • Owner of the Nautilus
    • Very mysterious.
    • Unreasonable and Strange.
  • List their similarities.
    • Both are interested in sea exploration.
    • Both are smart.
    • Both are quite knowledgeable when it comes to sea life.
  • List their Differences.
    • Professor Aronnax acts sanely the whole time. Nemo is often quite unreasonable and nonsensical.
    • Professor Aronnax wishes to return to land.
    • Captain Nemo is unpredictable.
    • Captain Nemo is seemingly mentally incapacitated in some way or form, but is nevertheless smart.
  • Conclusion
    • Summarize the key differences and similarities.
    • Wrap up sentence(s).

Essay coming soon! Stay tuned.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea- Full Essay

By Colton Beckwith, an RPC Student.

In this essay I will be discussing the book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and several of my favorite parts of the book.

This book was written by Jules Verne and was published in 1870. It was one of the very first in the science fiction genre. The story follows three friends, Professor Aronnax (from whom’s perspective the book was written) , Counseil, and Ned Land, on their journey to kill a so-called “monster” that had harmed several ships in the past. After finding the “monster”, the three friends and the rest of the crew on the Abraham Lincoln discover that the “monster” is actually a giant submarine, operated by a Captain Nemo. The book tells of the journey taken in the the Nautilus.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the aforementioned beginning. The very beginning of the book explains the phenomenon of the harm done by the monster. When Professor Aronnax receives a letter from the Secretary of Marine urging him to find and destroy the monster, he decides to do so.

Another one of my favorite parts of the book was the part where the Nautilus was trapped underneath an iceberg. The crew had to dig the ice out hurriedly in order to save those on board the ship. As they were running extremely low on air inside the ship, Counseil, Professor Aronnax’s devoted servant who always put his master first, said, “Oh, if only I could not breathe, so as to leave more air for my master!” This quote, bringing Professor Aronnax to tears, sums up Counseil’s personality in one sentence. Fortunately, the ice was cleared in the nick of time, for the air reservoirs were all but empty.

Finally, I liked the escape from the Nautilus which the three friends were finally able to carry out. This was something that they, particularly Ned Land, had wanted to do. Professor Aronnax, however, hadn’t always wanted to, as he was torn between his somewhat friendship with Captain Nemo and his want for freedom. But finally Professor Aronnax agreed to escape. They planned to leave that evening in a smaller boat built in to the Nautilus. What happened after they escaped? I will leave that for you to discover.

All in all, I enjoyed Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. It is well written and has a good story that will keep you interested. Thank you for reading.

Colton Beckwith is an RPC Student from northern California. Please follow this blog to receive his essays in your WordPress Reader or inbox. Feedback is appreciated as well, and this can be left here or in the comments. Thank you.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea- Outline

By Colton Beckwith, an RPC Student.

  • Introduction
    • Introduce Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
      • Written by Jules Verne
      • Published in 1870
      • One of the very first books in the science fiction genre
    • Introduce the plot
    • Introduce the main topic of my essay
      • Explain the purpose of the essay
      • List my favorite parts
  • The Beginning
    • Introduce the mystery of the so-called “monster”
    • Explain the plan to destroy the “monster”
    • Describe the Abraham Lincoln voyage
    • Explain why I like this part
  • The Ice Entrapment Scene
    • Explain the predicament
    • Describe what was done to save the Nautilus and its crew in that situation
    • Explain why I like this part
  • The Escape
    • Explain how the characters had been planning to escape throughout most of the journey
    • Describe the plan
    • Explain why I like this part
  • Conclusion
    • My opinion on the book
    • Closing sentence

Colton Beckwith