Through this course of study in English Language we aim to:
Provide the students with a sound linguistic base for the farther study.
Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation.
The level which we aim students of Form Two to achieve, will give them the ability to:
Respond to the complex demands of day-to-day communication for such purposes as
Obtaining information from written and oral sources
processing and evaluating it
communicating and corresponding in both formal and informal situations.
Demonstrate accuracy and variety in their use of both spoken and written language through understanding and responding appropriately.
Enter into discussions and express opinions.
Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation cultures with which they will be introduced in the due course of study.
Great Expectations Summary
A six-year-old boy named Pip lives on the English marshes with his sister and his sister’s husband, Joe. His sister is mean but his brother-in-law Joe is pretty much the best thing that’s happened to Pip.
One Christmas Eve, Pip meets a scary, escaped convict in a churchyard. Pip steals food from his bossy sister (Mrs. Joe Gargery) so that the convict won’t starve (and also so that the convict won’t rip his guts out). Soon after, Pip gets asked to play at Miss Havisham’s. Miss Havisham is a rich old lady who lives in a castle-mansion that is covered in vines, moss, and overgrown green things. Long ago she was jilted at the altar and since that very day, she’s never taken her wedding dress off, nor has she changed a single thing about her castle. As you might expect, there are lots of bugs and things creeping around.
Pip meets Estella, Miss Havisham’s adopted child. Estella is cold, snobby, and regal, but man is she pretty. She doesn’t really talk to Pip, but Pip soon realizes that he’s been asked to serve as Estella’s playmate.
Pip continues to go to Miss Havisham’s and continues to be snubbed by Estella. She grows on him. He develops a little crush. This crush turns into a big crush, and that big crush turns into full-blown, all-consuming L-O-V-E. We love what we can’t have, and there is no way in h-e-double-hockey sticks that Pip, the orphan, can ever have a chance with Estella, the adopted child of the richest lady in town.
When Pip is old enough (early teens), he begins an apprenticeship at his brother-in-law's smithy, thanks to Ms. Havisham’s financial support. He hates his new job, wanting more than anything to become a gentleman, mostly because he dreams of marrying Estella.
Then, one day, Pip comes into fortune by means of a mysterious and undisclosed benefactor (you’ll never guess who it is!), says goodbye to his family, and says goodbye to Miss Havisham. He leaves for London to become a gentleman. This ends the first part of Pip’s expectations.
London is pretty sweet at first, despite all of the grime. Mr. Jaggers, Pip’s caretaker, is one of the biggest and baddest lawyers in town. Criminals and their families hang out around Jaggers’ office just to be near his greatness. Pip also gets a new BFF named Herbert Pocket – he is Miss Havisham’s cousin’s son. Herbert shows Pip around town and helps him learn how to be a gentleman, which is –in short – really hard.
Pip's life in London is busy, full of dinner parties in castles with moats, encounters with strange housekeepers, trips to the theater, etc. He spends way too much money, so his debts just keep piling up. Occasionally, he takes a break from his London life and goes back home to visit Miss Havisham. He also returns home to attend his sister’s funeral. Back at home, though, Pip is too ashamed of his brother-in-law Joe to want to hang out with him.
Meanwhile, Estella is off touring the world and becoming a lady. She’s even more gorgeous than ever, and she moves to the London area so that she can be closer to eligible bachelors.
On his 21st birthday, Jaggers gives Pip a 500-pound annual allowance (which would be a lot of money back then) and tells Pip that his benefactor will soon reveal himself. Pip decides to use this new money to help Herbert secure a job.
Though he continues to long for Estella, she continues to deny Pip lovin’. Then, one night on his 23rd birthday when it’s dark and stormy outside and Pip is thinking about Estella, a stranger arrives. This stranger is Pip’s benefactor. This stranger is…the CONVICT that Pip helped when he was only six years old! This ends the second part of Pip’s expectations.
The convict’s name is Abel Magwitch (but he goes by Provis in town). The courts had exiled him to New South Wales a long time ago under strict orders never, ever to return to England. Ruh-roh. Pip doesn’t feel so good about the whole benefactor thing anymore, and now he’s harboring a convict. Double ruh-roh.
After much hemming and hawing, Pip decides that he has to get Magwitch out of the country. They devise a plan to sneak onto a ship bound for Germany. Pip feels really uneasy all the time and his stomach is butterfly-city. He has the sneaky suspicion that he’s being followed or watched.
Just as they get ready to make their great escape, Estella goes and marries Pip’s nemesis and Pip is almost thrown into a limekiln by a hometown bully who claims to know about Magwitch. As you might have guessed, Pip and Magwitch's great escape isn't successful. They've been ratted out by Magwitch’s nemesis, who is coincidentally, Miss Havisham’s ex-lover. Magwitch is thrown in jail, where he dies soon after being sentenced to the death penalty. Right before he dies, though, Pip tells Magwitch that Estella is his daughter. And that he's in love with Estella.
Pip gets really sick, and Joe comes to the rescue. For a while, it’s like old times when Pip and Joe would hang out. As soon as Pip recovers, however, Joe leaves him in the middle of the night, having paid off all of Pip’s debts.
A few days later, Pip returns home, intending to ask for Joe’s forgiveness and to propose marriage to his childhood friend, Biddy. Upon arriving home, however, he finds that Joe and Biddy have just married. He begs for their forgiveness at having been such a butthead, and then he moves to Cairo.
Pip works in Cairo at Herbert’s shipping company for eleven years and eventually becomes a partner in the company. He sends money back to Joe and Biddy. Eventually, Pip returns and meets Joe and Biddy’s son, Pip. Pip is totally enamored of baby Pip.
What follows are two different endings:
The original ending sees Pip hanging out in London one day a few years later with baby Pip. He runs into Estella, and he can see that time has changed her and that she has suffered much. He's heard that her husband was abusive, but that when he died, she married a poor doctor.
In the rewritten ending, Pip visit Miss Havisham's house once more. There, he sees Estella walking the grounds. She is single, beautiful, and regretful of having thrown Pip’s love away. Pip knows that they will be together forevermore. The end.
Lord of the Flies Summary
Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of British boys whose plane crashes on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. (It appears that the world is at war. This matters later.) With no adults, the boys are left to fend for and govern themselves. The boys range in age from six to twelve, and Ralph, one of the older boys, becomes “chief” with the assistance of a s nemesis and Pip is almost thrown into a limekiln by a hometown bully who claims to know about Magwitch. As you might have guessed, Pip and Magwitch's great escape isn't successful. They've been ratted out by Magwitchchief
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Lord of the Flies Summary
Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of British boys whose plane crashes on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. (It appears that the world is at war. This matters later.) With no adults, the boys are left to fend for and govern themselves. The boys range in age from six to twelve, and Ralph, one of the older boys, becomes “conch shell. (The b
oys decide that only he who holds the conch shell has public speaking privileges. It helps to establish order.)
The first trouble begins when the boys become fearful of a “beast” somewhere on the island. Troubles aside, they decide it would be best to build a fire to signal any passing ships. To do so, they use the glasses of a boy named Piggy (who is a portly fellow, and also the most loyal friend to Ralph).
Things heat up when another boy, Jack, jealous of Ralph’s power, decides the boys should devote their energies to hunting food (namely pigs on this island) instead of maintaining the fire. Jack, among many others, seems to become more and more savage the longer they are on the island. Meanwhile our other key player, a wise and philosophical boy named Simon, works with Piggy to build shelters.
It all goes swimmingly until these latent conflicts become not so latent and the boys who are supposed to be tending the fire skip out on their duties to kill a pig. The scene makes all the boys seem like primitive savages instead of well-behaved British gentlemen. The blood and gore of the hunt is all very exciting until they realize that, while they were out being bloodthirsty boys, the fire went out and a ship passed by without noticing them. Jack has also managed to punch Piggy in the face and break one lens of his glasses. Not good.
Right about this time a dead man attached to a parachute blows in Mary-Poppins-style to the island. The war going on outside the island seems to be responsible for the fact that he is dead. Anyway, the mysterious parachuting creature is mistaken for the beast, and the boys begin a massive hunt to kill it. Only Simon is doubtful that there is such a creature, believing instead that the beast is part of them, that their fears are only about themselves. He goes off into the woods to contemplate the situation while Jack and Ralph ascend the mountain and find the beast – but don’t stick around long enough to see that it is in fact only a dead man.
Back in the group, Jack decides Ralph shouldn’t be chief anymore. He secedes from the union, if you will, and invites whoever wants to come with him and kill things (like more pigs, and maybe some people if they feel like it). Ralph and Piggy set about building the fire, but realize by the end of it that most of the older children have gone, presumably to join Jack. During all of this, Simon is hidden in his nifty meditation spot (a “cave of vines” in the woods), watching Jack and Co. hunt a pig. This time, they slaughter a fat mother pig (in a scene described somewhat as a rape), cut off her head, and jam it onto a stick in the ground.
Simon stares at the head, which he calls “the Lord of the Flies” as it tells him (he’s hallucinating, by the way) that it is the beast and that it is part of him (Simon). Simon passes out, gets a bloody nose, and wakes up covered in sweat, blood, and other generally disgusting things. Despite all this, he decides to continue up the mountain to face the beast. Simon discovers that the beast is in fact just a man. Then he vomits and staggers down the mountain.
By now, Ralph and Piggy (both rather ravenous) are attending (with all the other boys) a big feast/party that Jack (decorated like an idol) is throwing. It’s all a frenzied reenactment of the pig hunt until Simon, still bloody, sweaty, and covered in puke, stumbles down into the center of the crazed boys. He tries to tell them about the beast, but he is unrecognizable and the boys jab at him with their spears until he is dead. Again, the boys are portrayed as savage animals.
Simon’s body is washed out to sea that night, as is the body of the dead parachuting man (which was conveniently picked up by the wind and taken away, once again Mary-Poppins-style). Ralph and Piggy later convince themselves they didn’t take part in murdering Simon.
It’s all downhill from here; Jack’s crew attacks Ralph and Piggy and steals Piggy's eyeglasses to make fire on their own. When Ralph and Piggy decide to calmly talk it out with the “savages,” Roger pushes a huge boulder off a cliff which kills Piggy. Ralph ends up running for his life, finds out that there’s a head-on-stick future planned for him, and at last makes it to the shore of the island where he runs into…an officer of the