Eminent speech: Story telling Ark

Exposition: introduces Chopin as his beloved metronome, who travels stays with Chopin almost the whole time. Describes how the metronome was given to Chopin when he was young. Opens the story with a glimpse of the climax, which is Chopin’s last concert.

Inciting Incident: Chopin’s sickness was found but he didn’t pay much attention to it because he is practicing and composing. Describes how Chopin differs at home and on stage in the metronome’s perspective.

Rising Action #1:  Illustrates his early life when he was already a music genius. He published his first piece when he was only seven. (A second Mozart) Chopin’s parents sent him to Vienna, where he made his performance debut in 1829.

Rising Action #2: Chopin went to study Poland to study and was highly recognize. But then, Russia conquerors arrived at Poland and Chopin took off to Paris at 21. Where he increases his income by teaching rich students. Chopin’s sickness had started to develop and started to take pills and canceling concerts.

Rising Action #3: Chopin met George Sand at a party and received a letter from her two years later. The two moved to Majorca, Chopin’s sickness is even worse, which result in weight loss and much more syndromes. Can’t go to many concerts because of the sickness. Chopin’s love journey isn’t going well either.

Climax: Chopin’s last concert, his fourteenth concert, held in London. Chopin’s sickness is getting very worse, describes his intensiveness while playing pieces with some famous English singers.He struggled to stay well while on stage, the metronome is worried too.

Falling Action: Chopin stops composing, George Sand starts to care about him less. The metronome isn’t touched for a long time (lonely). Chopin’s spirit and health were broken.

Resolution: Chopin has to keep using medicine in drag his illness but in 1849, it was at its worst stage. (describes Chopin’s days at home how sad he was). He then returned to Paris, where he died on October 17, 1849. Describes the last moment of Chopin and his metronome, and where did the metronome go later on.



Dad Is Dying Blog Response

In McLean’s “Dad is Dying”, there is a happy ending as Sam’s lie ends up “rescu[ing] his mother and father” (139). In my personal opinion, the benefits of San’s lie doesn’t outweigh the issue of the lie itself because the story only has a partial ending. It is true that Sam’s lie has some benefits on other people around him and also on himself. Sam says his “Dad is dying” because he doesn’t want to get embarrassed for crying about a dog. The words spread super fast and nearly all the neighbors know that Dave is dying. The lie indeed makes everyone feel really bad and depressed, Mary is a victim as she cries for Dave at Sam’s house. Plus, the worst thing is that Sam’s parents have no idea what is happening because Sam never tells them what he says. Then, Sam chooses to keep lying, to let a such big event continue. Sam even benefits himself because nobody knows that he is actually lying, Sam gets a huge cone of ice-cream after he pretends to be depressed. Essentially, Sam crosses a line of sympathy because he is lying and trying to earn people’s pity, and that is even worse when Sam is still a young kid. In Sam’s mind, there is only the big cone of ice-cream that he gets for free, but he never thinks about the consequences. For example, Sam never thinks about the ice-cream girl who may get fired of giving so much ice-cream to a boy for free. Think closely, there is essentially no benefits for Sam to lie as “he couldn’t take it any longer.” Personally, i also experience this feeling of guilt after I lie. My stomach aches and my mind always reminds me the consequences that can happen which forces me to feel worse. That’s not the worst part, but the part when my parents find out my lie, they are super disappointed and depressed. In “Dad is Dying”, the story ends happy but if it continues, Sam’s parents might figure out that Sam is lying and the neighbors will lose trust on Sam. Sam’s parents will also get very frustrating and disappointed at Sam because everything nice the neighbors do are just to comfort Dave to feel better. The benefits of Sam’s lie are basically nothing when his lie gets revealed so there is basically no benefits for Sam to lie in the first place because of all the troubles he is going to face.

Eminent Introductory Post —Kimi Liang

chopin-2Frederic Chopin, the moment you hear this name, you may already know tons of facts about him. A famous musician and composer, you may say. That is correct, but there much more about this music genius. In my eyes, he is a hero to the musical culture. Most of the people only know some famous pieces of his but nobody knows the hardship and the extraordinary he made to the music history in a such short life. To be truthful, it is bit harsh for me to finish much homework in a short time and personally, I have much more paper works outside the school but I eventually figured everything. Breaks are the key for a continuously working style, I often spend time chatting but these days, I spend my time in front of my piano.

Frédéric François Chopin was born on February 22, 1810, near Warsaw, Poland. Chopin has three siblings back then, and he is the one who possesses the most music talent among his siblings.  He was an artist to be exact who wrote poetry, and played piano without any formal instruction. Chopin was different from everyone around him and this gifted child also began to compose his own music and had his first piece published when he was seven years old. Just think about that, seven years old! I started to play piano when I was four but I was far from being good at an instrument, not even closed to composing. Young Chopin had a good education and later studied music privately with Joseph Elsner, the founder and director of the Warsaw Conservatory. In 1817, when Chopinchopin-3 was still seven years old, his first composition was performed publicly. Personally, it is impressive because Chopin’s talent at music is easy to identify and it is already shown clearly in his early life. Moreover, by this time the young Chopin began drawing comparisons to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), another composer who had demonstrated spectacular talent at a young age. Chopin was also influenced by a few of Mozart’s pieces, for example the Op.26 Sonata.

In 1826 Chopin became a full-time student at Elsner’s conservatory, where he received an excellent foundation in theory, harmony, and melody. Elsner, after recognizing that Chopin’s style was too original to force into traditional patterns, granted Chopin the freedom to develop along clear personal lines. Chopin’s music pieces are beautiful not because of his rhythms, but his originality, his pieces are different, unlike Beethoven, who embraces with power, Chopin’s music pieces are truly from his heart. When the twenty-year-old Chopin arrived in Paris, poor physical health prevented him from giving public performances. Nevertheless, he became a significant figure in Parisian artistic circles, numbering among his friends, musicians, writers, and painters, as well as many wealthy and talented women.


At first, I only recognize this legendary musician as a composer who wrote hundreds of beautiful music pieces. His harmonic and melodies music styles made great impacts to the future music composers who became the “second generations” of Frederic Chopin. Then, I finally decide to choose him not because of his music, but the difference he made to the world despite of his health condition and short life. He experienced part of his adult life as a period of great suffering. From his teens, he suffered from respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, lost of weighs and much more health issues. Chopin keeps working through his music pieces, despite failing health, the composer completed his twenty-four Preludes in Valldemosa.

chopin-4Now here comes the personal facts, me and Chopin has similarities as we both experienced hardship while playing music as for him, it was his serious health problem. For me, it was when I moved to another country because I stopped for quite a while and had to buy another piano in Canada to continue learning. In a sense, we both persevered through the hardships and for me, my main idea was that “music brings happiness”. Learning from Chopin, I realize that I can always achieve if I truly love music because for Chopin, he did and he really made a dent in the musical history.

Kimi Chopin
male male
Chinese Polish
Passionate about playing the piano Extremely talented at playing and composing
Don’t have any siblings Has three siblings
Interested in composing Published his first song when 7
Don’t have to deal with health issues Deal with serious health issues
Have a piano teacher at Tom Lee student at Elsner’s conservatory
Understands harmony and melodic Have unique style of harmony and melodic


Throughout this process, I am looking forward to dig more into Chopin’s life as how exactly did he create such beautiful music pieces despite of his poor health. It was also for me to learn more about the pieces I am playing right now composed by Chopin, like the Nocturne in E Minor. My piano teacher always says that “to fully comprehend one piano piece, you have to learn about its composer and history” and that’s how this comes to place, a perfect opportunity for me to learn more about this talented genius. In one of my IEPs, I want to be an individual TALENT learner and I need to persevere through obstacles in order to success. Also in speaking of playing piano, I need to keep thinking it as a source of relaxation, but not a task to complete, or else I won’t be improving.