Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Someone's Watching Over Me"

For my cool writing presentation, I chose to write about the song "Someone's Watching Over Me" by Hilary Duff. I chose this song becuase it comes from one of my favorite movies, Raise Your Voice. This song also has a lot of meaning behind it.

I close read it where you can take two different meanings out of it, literal and metaphorical. The metaphorical meaning is that you have lost someone, but they're always there with you, watching over you and protecting you, like your guardian angel. In the movie, Terri (played by Hilary Duff) lost her brother Paul in a car accident, and is now performing at the Bristol-Hillman Conservatory in L.A. She writes this song for him, and can now vision him watching over her as she songs this, which brings her more power and doesn't maker her as scared anymore, because she knows he is with her.
I took it in more of the metaphorical way. No matther what you're going through in your like there is always somebody watching over you when you feel alone. Whether is someone you did lose, or, like it is to me, God. I grew up in a very religious home and God was one of the biggest parts in my life. Today, I don't know where I could be if I didn't grow up with that belief, becuase everytime I'm feeling list or down, I know He is always with me.

Another major part of this some is that you can't let other people's opinions bring you down. You have to "believe in your self and follow your heart" like it says right in the some. One of my favorite quotes from the song is " It doesn't matter what people say, and it doesn't matter how long it takes, believe in yourself and you'll find, that it only matters how true you are, be true to yourself and follow your heart." This is one of my favorites becuase it's so true.

Gender Responses

Out of the three excerpts Mr. Kunkle gave to us to write about, I chose the first one, and I think it is very true. Young girls these days take everything media, or other people's opinions, into their minds. Teenage girls think that they have to be socially accepted, even if that means going to the extreme, and losing your self-esteem. By doing that, they lose themselves and have no true identity. I agree that in this day and age, you have to be true to yourself and be who you are, not what someone else wants you to be.

I personally don't try and take what media wants into my head. Well, I guess I do, what girl truly doesn't? But I don't take the ridiculous things, like losing weight. I do take things from media like fashion, but not to wear the things that the "cool people" are wearing to fit in, but to express myself.

I think growing up as a teenage girl is one of the hardest things you can go through, with friends pressuring you to do something, and you think if you don't you might lose a friend. So if you do what they want, do you really have a true friend? Who really knows. Being socially accepted is something everyone wants some point in their life. But to me, losing myself and my dreams, aren't worth that. I'm not changing for anybody. I live my life, and dream my dreams.


My initial reaction to this book was that it was going to be a slow book, and I couldn't get any motivation to read it, and struggled to get through the first chapter, or so. But once I plugged through it and got farther into it, I started to get into it and really like it. It has many controversies and I like how it is told in a little girls' prospective, which makes it simple and somewhat easier to read. Now that I'm getting farther into it, I'm wanting to keep reading more becuase of what's happening with Birdie's mother.