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Turning Ice into Fire

Based on a true story, Waiting for Ice follows an orphaned polar bear cub as she struggles to find food on Wrangel Island, far north in the Arctic Ocean. Having been left alone at ten months old, the young female finds herself up against other bears who are bigger and stronger than she is — and just as hungry. However, today’s topic is a general view on how words can be judged!

Feelings can be considered a weakness, but they are actually beneficial because they control our emotions, and can affect our decision in the way we react to situations, and how far we are prepared to go to defeat hardship. It’s a question of education, but more importantly our desire to turn ice into fire.

The poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost is a metaphor for human perceptions of desires and hatred. The fire symbolizes burning desires, while the ice, on the other hand, describes ice-cold hatred. It describes how we humans will be the end of our own race.

I wouldn’t go that far though it is an understandable poem based on the present atrocities in the Middle East, Ukraine, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo amongst others. No wonder so many asylum seekers are fleeing, and in some cases causing conflict in European countries who have them.

As many people say, England is filled with many cold people which isn’t actually true, and generally speaking English people are more reserved, but very thoughtful and considerate to other people’s suffering.

Turning ice into fire can be seen in many ways. From a cold human being to one of fire could mean going from calm and calculated to highly stressed and ready for battle.

I’ll let you determine these words the way you see fit!

Have a great day!

Prof. Carl Boniface


Vocabulary builder:

Judged (adj) = Also a regular verb to arbitrate, adjudicate, mediate, referee, umpire, rule on, estimate, guess

Hardship (n) = adversity, poverty, lack, need, suffering, difficulty, lack of money, (ant) comfort

Fleeing (v) = gerund form of flee i.e., run away, escaping, flying, absconding

Reserved (adj) = aloof, reticent, standoffish, snobbish, distant, unfriendly, cold, detached, cool, shy

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