Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Group Allegory

           At one point I had said I was writing a allegory in group for a literature class... well, we finished the allegory. This allegory was written by Chad, Abby, Grant, Kathrine, and Me. When we come up with a name for the story, I will put it up there.

           I hope you enjoy it!!

One day while a young girl named Much-Annoyed was working on her latest report, her mother walked in and gave her a short list of things she needed to get done that weekend while her parents were gone. Much-Annoyed was VERY irritated and immediately started to protest. The list wasn’t very long, but Much-Annoyed just got so annoyed with her parents, sometimes even for no reason, just because they were in charge.
So as the weekend approached, her parents busied themselves getting all packed. Early Friday morning, Much-Annoyed’s parents left. Even though her parent weren’t even there, Much-Annoyed still found a reason to get annoyed. So that night, Much-Annoyed decided she would get away from her annoying and bothersome parents. The next day she packed a few things that she might need, caught a cab and headed out of town.
While on the way out of town, all of a sudden she saw a tornado coming right towards her. The next thing she knew, she was in a flying car! The car whirled round and round and then there was a sudden flash and she was on a deserted island. She had no idea where she was, and started feeling lonely. So Much-Annoyed got up, started to walk around and noticed there was quite a bit of overgrowth right behind her. Much-Annoyed thought she heard something behind her, so she starting to walk into the overgrowth. As she started to walk towards the forested area, all of a sudden two people popped up in front of her. She was startled at first, but then she asked who they were. Their names were Distrust and Discontent. They started talking almost soothingly to Much-Annoyed. Instead of most people who might get frightened, she got annoyed and started scolding them. They were appalled by her, but then they switched tactics and began to talk about how parents can be annoying. Somehow they knew what she was thinking. She immediately was hooked and began to go on about her parents. Distrust and Discontent started to lure her into the forest, when a man came up from behind and scare them off. Much-Annoyed was very disagreeable and wouldn’t listen to the man, whose name was Good-Wisdom. Good-Wisdom was very smart, and convinced Much-Annoyed that he was on the good side. Good-Wisdom told Much-Annoyed that if she ever wanted to be home again, she must find five magical objects and bring them together, and once she did that she would be whisked back home. Much-Annoyed didn’t even know if she wanted to go back, so she just sat in the sand and thought for a while. Good-Wisdom was very patient and he decided he would do whatever it took to help her. The darkness came and Much-Annoyed began to get frightened and lonely, Good-Wisdom assured her that she was safe as long as she had a fire whenever it was dark, but she didn’t know how to make a fire. So Good-Wisdom showed Much-Annoyed how to gather the wood and how to light it. Much-Annoyed was very grateful. When Much-Annoyed had finally settled down, she got the courage to ask Good-Wisdom what the five objects she needed to collect were. Even though Much-Annoyed hadn’t been gone very long, Much-Annoyed longed for her parents to be with her, and assure her that everything was going to be alright. When Much-Annoyed woke the next morning, she was very sad to find that everything that had happened the day before wasn’t just a dream, but was real. Much-Annoyed missed her parents and everything that she had resented at home. She started to cry. Good-Wisdom wasn’t just wise, but he had compassion. He sat next to Much-Annoyed in the sand and comforted her. Soon Much-Annoyed remembered that Good-Wisdom had told her a way to get back home. So she asked Good-Wisdom again what the five magical objects were. Good-Wisdom told her that she had to find the Wood of Sacrifice, the Golden Ring of Friendship, the Legendary Rod of Forgiveness, the Rock of Humbleness and the Blanket of Kindness. Much-Annoyed didn’t know exactly what he meant or how to find these things, but Good-Wisdom promised to help her on her journey if she would promise to listen to his counsel. So Much-Annoyed promised, and to always remember her promise, Good-Wisdom gave her a golden ring that was inscribed with “Remember Counsel.” 
Now that Much-Annoyed knew what she must do, she and Good-Wisdom headed out in search of the magical objects. Much-Annoyed soon learned that the island was not deserted, but quite inhabited. Good-Wisdom took Much-Annoyed to the small town that he lived in. They soon arrived at a quaint little hut a not far from the main rode.
A frail man, who appeared to be very distressed, came out of the hut. Good-Wisdom nudged Much-Annoyed to ask him what was wrong. “Is everything alright?” asked Much-Annoyed. The old man shook his head, “No. All my wood is gone. And out here there is barely enough to start a fire. Good-Wisdom Told the man they had some wood that they could give him. But Much-Annoyed said there was no way she would give it to him, because then she would be without any wood. The man went back into the hut saying, “Youth, no sacrifice for others, no caring for others, and no respect for others.”
      Good-Wisdom Told Much-Annoyed that the only way to go back home was to sacrifice her wood. Much-Annoyed got very upset and told Good-Wisdom that she would be cold. He responded and said, “Yes, but your stay here is short, he will be here for along time. Your sacrifice will keep him warm.” Much-Annoyed thought to herself what she valued more, warmth for that of a few days, or home. She picked home. So they headed back to gather the wood to bring back to old man.
     When they arrived at his hut with the wood, the old man smiled. “So you aren’t like those ignorant youth?” They gave him all the wood, and as they were about to leave to go on there journey, the old man handed an object wrapped in leaves. “It wont burn, so I don’t have any need of it!” Much-Annoyed carefully unwrapped it, and there was a glowing piece of ember. Good-Wisdom smiled and said, “You are slowly learning your lesson. Now, four more objects to go.” Now that   
Much-Annoyed had given up the wood and received the glowing piece of ember, she placed it safely in a bag she carried with her. Even though Much-Annoyed was very cold the next few nights, she felt content that she had helped that poor man.

       Good-Wisdom and Much-Annoyed stayed in town for approximately four days before they left town. As they were leaving town, they met a young boy Much-Annoyed’s age. His name was Valiant. Valiant was a handsome look youth and was longing for adventure. He implored to let him join them on their quest, Much-Annoyed found him annoying and protested the idea, but Good-Wisdom saw much potential in the lad and approved. Valiant was thrilled. He packed his things, and they were off. As they walked along, the terrain became very difficult and unstable, so they each had to give more effort and they all relied on each other for help and support.  That night they all sat down by a cozy fire, and began to talk of different ways they might be able to find the Ring of Friendship. Much-Annoyed began to notice how much she was beginning to like Valiant and Good-Wisdom. She thought of reasons they annoyed her, but she also thought of ways she liked them both.
         Valiant told Much-Annoyed that he heard of man named Discovery who knew everything on the island. And he might be able to tell her where the other three objects were. So, he pointed Much-Annoyed and Good-Wisdom in the right direction and departed.
    As Much-Annoyed and Good-Wisdom journeyed to the north where the Man named Discovery was, they Came across two foxes named Testing, and Distrust. Testing told of a path that would bring Much-Annoyed to her destination twice as quickly as the original path. Distrust said that the shortcut was easier to get through than the other path. “Well, I guess I’ll go the easiest way possible...” said Much-Annoyed. Good-Wisdom frowned. “Are you sure?” “Yes! I don’t want to waste any time! I want to get out of here as fast as I can!” Screamed Much-annoyed, who was getting very annoyed that Good-Wisdom, was questioning her decision. The two foxes told her that they promised that the shortcut was fast and easy. Much-Annoyed Started to trust the foxes. So she went on her way.
   They were about twenty minutes into there journey when suddenly a vicious group of foxes surrounded them. Good-Wisdom took out a glowing red sword. As he did, Distrust and Testing came over the hill laughing. “We lead you right into our den! We haven’t eaten in days! And you are perfect to eat!” In disbelief Much-Annoyed jumped grabbed the glowing sword out of Good-Wisdom’s hand, and ran towards Distrust and Testing. Good-Wisdom shook his head. Then, All of the foxes ran away. Distrust and Testing also ran away. Much-Annoyed was standing on top of the hill brewing in anger. Good-Wisdom approached her and told her that she must forgive them. She told him that she would never do that after what they had done. “But you will never learn your lessons if you stay that way.” said Good-Wisdom. She then threw the sword on the ground and said that she had forgiven them. Good-Wisdom picked the sword up. They turned back around, and walked back to where they had first met the foxes, so that they may continue their journey. When they returned back to where they should have been going, Good-Wisdom handed her the red sword. “This is the Rod of Forgiveness.” Now, Much-Annoyed had learned Friendship, Sacrifice, and now Forgiveness. Two more awaited her.
          The following day at breaking dawn, Valiant returned with news of the man who was to help them find the last few magical objects. His name was Discovery. Much-Annoyed was overjoyed to see Valiant, and the two embraced. After a quick meal, the three travelers set out for a village not far from them. When they got to the village, they found Discovery in a cottage that was filled with star-charts and maps. Discovery greeted them warmly and they all sat for lunch and coffee. While they ate, Discovery told the anxious travelers how to find the Rock of Humbleness, sadly, he was unsure of the last thing. Discovery told the three, that to receive the Rock of Humbleness, they would have to go to the top of the highest mountain and humble themselves before the mountain. Much-Annoyed couldn’t believe what she heard. How could this man, Discovery, ask such an impossible thing of them? It took all three people to calm Much-Annoyed down again. Finally she agreed. They travelers thanked Discovery, accepted supplies, and headed for the mountain. They couldn’t figure out which mountain Discovery meant at first because, but as the day reached noon, the fog cleared and they saw a narrow path leading up to the top. When they finally arrived, they were almost too exhausted to speak. They soon caught their breath and began to look around. There, in the middle was a boulder shaped of a perfect circle. They astonished that they had come there for a “rock.” When they came close, they saw some sort of writing. Though they couldn’t read it; it was in a different language. Valiant however understood. He explained to them that it was the language he originally was raised with. The writing said: “This here stone is an example of Pride; Self assuring, Self Satisfaction and Independent of Counsel. Your task is to humble this stone, but you will first have to humble yourselves. In order to receive the Rock of Humbleness, you must humble the boulder by cutting and chiseling it until it is small. When the stone is small enough it will glow, and then you’ll know it’s ready.”  They couldn’t believe it. Much-Annoyed was doubtful if they could make it any smaller at all. She complained, argued and yelled, but Good-Wisdom and Valiant had it their way. It took nearly a week before the stone was small. But finally, as Much-Annoyed chopped off a little more stone, the small pebble rose into the air, and there was a amazing flash, and the stone descended back down and had a radiant blue glow. They were amazed. They were humbled by there task, now completed. Even though they were worn out, they were all very grateful of their accomplishment. Much-Annoyed was so excited, for now she had only one more object before he was to return home.
        That night, as Much-Annoyed lay by the fire, she began to wonder if she even wanted to go home anymore; she had become so attached to her fellow travel mates. As she thought, she took out the four objects in which she had worked to find, and she studied them for quite a while, until she began to get tiresome. She couldn’t imagine what it would be like to live without her friends, and she could hardly bare it to even think of being without her friends.
           The next morning as Much-Annoyed awoke, she found that her companions were no where to be seen. She immediately started to holler, but found her voice was breaking. Much-Annoyed began to cry. Much-Annoyed yelled and searched for what seemed to be hours on end. Finally she stopped and Much-Annoyed sat on a large boulder alongside a stream. She couldn’t help but start to cry. She was crying so hard that she did not notice a small child walk up behind her. “Lady, what is wrong?” The child asked. Much-Annoyed turned to see a poor dirty little girl standing patiently behind her. Much-Annoyed bent to her knees and said gently to the girl “Hello there, what is your name?” The little girl was shy and stepped back a few paces, but then said quietly “My name is Faithful.” Much-Annoyed smiled at Faithful with compassion.
           That afternoon Much-Annoyed helped little Faithful get cleaned off and get on some decent clothes. Much-Annoyed soon realized that she hadn’t eaten anything all day. So Much-Annoyed and Faithful sat for an early supper. After dinner, Much-Annoyed asked Faithful where her parents were. Faithful told her that her parents had gone off in search of work so they might earn some money. Hearing this tugged and Much-Annoyed’s heart and she felt it might burst. Faithful told Much-Annoyed that she did not need to worry, because Faithful knew her parents would come back; her parents always stayed true to their word. Much-Annoyed was touched by this little girl, who seemed to have faith to move mountains. It soon became dark and Much-Annoyed readied a fire, and the two girls slept soundly until morning.
            The next morning the two girls got up and washed. While they began to eat breakfast, Faithful told Much-Annoyed of a town nearly twenty miles away, and of a young woman there that gave her suppers and a bed to sleep in nearly every night. After they had finished their dinner, the girls drew some extra water for the long walk, and headed off. The weather was wonderful that day. They walked nearly all day, with occasionally a few short rest stops. As dusk was at the brim, they finally made it to a small and busy little village. Once there, Faithful led Much-Annoyed to the kindest woman in the village, and her name was Compassion. When the two exhausted girls arrived at Compassion’s home, Compassion greeted them kindly and warmly. Compassion quickly readied a room for Faithful and Much-Annoyed to rest the night. As the three sat for a wonderful dinner, Much-Annoyed told Compassion how Faithful and herself had crossed paths. Compassion listened quietly as Much-Annoyed also told her of her journey to find the final magical object. As soon as Compassion heard Much-Annoyed tell her of the Blanket of Kindness, she quickly got up and pulled out an old box from the shelf in her kitchen. She explained, that many years ago, on a market day, a tradesman had given her a mysterious blanket, but whenever she tried to use it, the blanket could never keep her warm. Compassion told Much-Annoyed that she was absolutely sure that Much-Annoyed’s coming was the reason Compassion had received the blanket. Compassion carefully pulled the blanket out and handed it to Much-Annoyed. The blanket was as blue as the sea, and when Much-Annoyed held it, a small shimmer came from it, and Much-Annoyed passed out. When Much-Annoyed woke early the next morning, she knew where exactly she would find her companions. As Much-Annoyed was about to leave, little Faithful stood behind her a sobbed. Much-Annoyed could not stop her crying, so she decided she would take Faithful with her and try to return her to her family. Compassion and Faithful said their good byes, and the two girls set out again. After walking quite a ways, the two came to another village; where Faithful once lived. Faithful and Much-Annoyed wandered through the village asking for any details of Faithfull’s parents; Trustworthy and Loving. They learnt that her parents were in a town 30 miles from there. So Faithful and Much-Annoyed quickly headed for the town. Faithful could hardly bare it; she was soon to be reunited with her parents. She always knew she would find them again some how. It took nearly two days, but the arrived at the village safe and sound. They found at the end of the village a small broken down house. As they approached, a tall and handsome man stepped out of the house. Faithful recognized him immediately and ran to him and the embraced. The man, who was Faithfull’s father Trustworthy yelled for his wife. She came out with a boy Faithfull’s age and they both ran and all four embraced. Faithful was once again reunited with her father Trustworthy, her mother Loving, and her twin brother Humbleness. The family couldn’t have been more joyous. The family celebrated their daughter’s return. Much-Annoyed was thrilled Faithful was with her family again, but she was also grieved, because she would leave and probably never see her again. This thought made her cry, but she controlled herself and said good bye. Faithful and Much-Annoyed had bonded so much on their journey, and would never forget each other. As Much-Annoyed left, she waved good bye one last time to Faithful and her family.

             Much-Annoyed knew where she was to go next; to the beach in which she had first arrived. So Much-Annoyed headed out. When she arrived, tired and weary, she saw companions Good-Wisdom and Valiant. Happiness swarmed in her heart, and she ran to them and they all embraced. Much-Annoyed was overjoyed and the three talked all night. When morning came, Much-Annoyed asked Good-Wisdom what she had to do with the five objects now that she had them. Good-Wisdom paused, and told her that she had to get all of the objects in order, and in a circle. Much-Annoyed knew she would miss her companions, but she also knew that she missed her parents and they would miss her too. Good-Wisdom told Much-Annoyed that because of her perseverance and faith throughout her journey, her name was now no longer Much-Annoyed but was Acceptance and Peace. Acceptance and peace hugged her two companions one last time and thanked them for their guidance along her journey. She picked up her bag and made a circle with the objects, going from first to last; Wood of Sacrifice, the Golden Ring of Friendship, the Legendary Rod of Forgiveness, the Rock of Humbleness and the Blanket of Kindness. She yelled good bye with tears in her eyes, and stood in the middle of the circle. At first nothing happened, but then there was a flash and she appeared in the cab that she had been in when she tried to runaway in the first place. She immediately told the driver to turn back from where they just were. As the car drove on, Acceptance and Peace noticed on her wrist, was a bracelet with all the friends and enemies from her journey, and all the magical objects, the bracelet was a reminder of her journey and trials, so that Acceptance and Peace would be able to overcome her everyday life’s trials.

            When Acceptance and Peace was home, she did her list of chores with a happy heart, and waited for her parents to return home from their trip. When Acceptance and Peace’s parents returned, she embraced them warmly and apologized for her poor attitudes she had given them in the past, her parents of course forgave her, and they lived much happier lives.

            Acceptance and Peace always had trials, but she always kept her special bracelet as her reminder of her journey and how to defeat her trials. Acceptance and Peace did not keep her story to herself; she shared it with many people, and helped them to overcome their own trials and hardships.

The End

This story was written by Chad, Abby, Grant, Kathrine, and Song


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