Impressions Left by Like Water for Chocolate

“There are some things in life that shouldn’t be given so much importance, if they don’t change what is essential.”

― Laura EsquivelLike Water for Chocolate

There are many different directions I could take when relating the word impression to Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel.

likewhatI could start off talking about the transformation of beginning to final impression I acquired from this book.  Usually when determining what book I choose to read, I go for ones that visually appeal or impress me. However when I chose Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel I went completely against my element and solely chose it due to it’s layout. Anything involving cooking, especially Mexican/Latino novels are not usually my first pick, but the fact that the book is divided into twelve sections named after the months of the year and each section begins with a Mexican recipe, captured my interests. Different from choosing a book when I read for pleasure, I researched into this book further to conclude if it was one I would actually enjoy and discovered to my delight that it touches base on some of my favourite themes; being cruelty/violence at homes and self growth, making for a novel that I believed would suit my interests.

This book was anything but a burden. Not only an easy/quick read, it was also an unexpected delight. I was surprised how easily I could connect it back to other books and even personal experiences regarding love and heartbreak. Ignoring my usual instincts to chose a book based on it’s cover’s impression on me, not only led me to this enjoyable novel, but also A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini which shares similar plots/themes. Like back in the summer when I read Hosseini’s novel, I was surprised how much I enjoyed a foreign-originated novel as much as I did. Both novels had taught me how similar people’s situations are no matter where they are in the world and has impressed the reality that heartache and cruelty/violence isn’t limited to one race or ethnicity.

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When considering the novel itself and the themes of cruelty/violence at homes, forbidden love and self growth, each character has had a crucial impression on the next.

Tita is the youngest of three daughters of Mama Elena and the main character of Like Water for Chocolate. As the youngest she is prohibited by family tradition from marrying so she can take care of her mother until she dies.  She develops a close relationship Nacha (the cook of the family) and the prime caretaker for Tita as she grows up. Nacha is only in the novel for a short time as she dies of the day of Rosaura’s wedding (the middle child), but plays an important role in influencing/impressing Tita (as a sort of guardian angel) with advice in even the toughest situations, and seems to be the backbone that Tita always refers to (as she is the one who ultimately makes Tita fall in love with cook and teaches her all she knows). When Nacha dies, Chencha the maid becomes Tita’s only companion after her sister Rosaura betrays Tita by marrying the love of her life Pedro and moving away to San Antonio. The marriage of Pedro and Rosario is forbidden by her bitter mother Mama (or Mami) Elena but allows her sister to marry Pedro. Due to her strict rules and forbidding of her youngest to get married, she tends to be the prime source of Tita’s suffering. Throughout the book even after her death, Tita’s mom haunted Tita in whatever she did. She was never appreciative of Tita’s actions no matter what she did, never complimented her, wanted her to succeed in anything, and ultimately was okay with her living a miserably, lonely life. Her bitterness and constrictive grasp on Tita at times almost leads her to giving up on love, but right before her death leads her to the hands of Dr. John Brown, the family doctor. As Tita goes through her breakdown he is the only one there for her, and eventually falls in love with her and helps her out of her six month long period of absolute silence. Although they become engaged, it’s his companionship that helps eventually leads Tita to denying him and pursuing Pedro. Mama Elena’s death is what brings all three sisters together. Rosaura and Pedro come back home with their newborn Esperanza which once again sparks up the romance between Pedro and Tita. Unable to deny the lingering love for one another, Pedro and Tita make love for the first time as well multiple occasions following. Rosaura aware of this connection finally agrees to let them have their affair as long as it’s kept a secret, but eventually ends up dying due to digestive problems. It’s important to note that like her mother, Rosaura had the plan to not allow Esperanza marry since she wanted her Esperanza to take care of her until she died. Tita knew wholeheartedly how unfair and destructive the situation was (as she was the first in the novel to experience it), but it doesn’t become a problem anymore with her mother’s death. Esperanza ends up marrying Alex, Dr. John Brown’s son that he had with his first wife, ultimately breaking  the family tradition that disallows the marriage of youngest daughters. It is after this wedding when all obstacles not allowing Pedro and Tita to be together are finally out of the way, and make love in without any objections for the first and last time (dying peacefully and ecstatically together). Tita is the great-aunt of Esperanza who we find out at the end of the novel was the narrator the whole time and has decided to carry out Tita’s legacy. You’re probably wondering about the third daughter. Gertrudis the oldest daughter, escapes half way through the novel from Mama Elena’s grasp with a rebel soldier who eventually because her husband. It’s revealed after Mama’s death that Gertrudis is the result of an affair that Mama Elena had with her true love (a black man). When Mama had discovered she was pregnant with his child they had planned to run away together, until he was randomly killed during the night and left Mama to settle with her husband at the time (who ends up dying shortly after). It’s finally understood how Mama Elena’s suffered from a lost love is what caused her to be so bitter the rest of her life. While still inexcusable, it is that exactly bitterness that the novel revolves around. Throughout the whole book Tita struggles with individuality and the pursuit of love (which are both discouraged by Mama). While her mother could have made Tita’s life a hundred times similar and less miserable, without the struggle to be with Pedro, the couple might have never realized their complete love for each other…..clearly each character had a deep impression on the next. Without the interactions that took place between every person, there would be infinite alternative endings that most likely would not result with Pedro and Tita ultimately being together.

 

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Impressions don’t end at fossils or dental impressions.

Stamps ie. rubber stamps are a small tool that consists of a handle attached to a piece of carved rubber and that is dipped in ink and then pressed on paper to print an imprint (impression) like a date, name, symbol, etc.

Rubber stamping or stamping, is a craft in which ink made of dye/pigment is applied to a carved or molded sheet of rubber in the shape of an image or pattern. The rubber is often mounted onto an object like wood, brick or an acrylic block. It’s uncertain as to who actually invented the first rubber stamp, but it should be noted that the history of the rubber stamp is closely intertwined to dentistry and the use of rubber in dentistry molds. L.F. Witherell claimed to have invented it ‘by accident’ when cutting out stencils from thin sheets of rubber packaging. However earlier another man supposedly used a curved piece of wood with rubber letters on it to stamp bath tubs in NYC.  Its even suggested that rubber stamps were once used by Native Americans in order to imprint patterns like birds, flowers or tribal symbols on their bodies that they would later on tattoo over. Early stamps were almost always made from engravings, “a design etched into a steel die, which was then hardened and whose impression was transferred to a printing plate”. Interesting enough, temporary stamps with simple designs can even be carved from particular foods like potatoes.

Rubber stamps have recently gained a reputation in an art form (mainly in the United States). Those who choose to carve their own rubber stamps go about it either with old-fashioned gum erasers, eraser-like rubber, or pre-supplied carvings sets. The print/designed that is carved can be used to embellish a work of art or be viewed as a work of art on it’s own. Art stamps available in intricate designs are used now-a-days for decoration of useful tings like letters or greeting cards, and are often combined with other techniques to create original artwork.

It doesn’t stop there! In politics a rubber stamp is also considered “a person or organization that gives automatic approval or authorization to the decisions of others

  • Did you know there are over 1000 rubber stamp manufactures in the USA and most are family own?

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Doing Good Impressions

Everyone enjoys a good impression. An impression is not only an imprint or mark left on someone/thing, but a “humorous imitation of the voice and mannerisms of a famous person done by an entertainer.” People like Robert DeNiro, Nic Cage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc., have very distinct voices therefore are commonly impersonated. However it’s always appreciated when an impression is does of someone who is rarely impersonated, done by the opposite sex, or is done by someone with a huge age difference.

Tips to a good impression:

  1. Find a person to do an impression of. A line or expression they’re known for saying is usually key.
  2. Tune in your voice so it matches. This may involve repetitive listening of the same line over and over again until you can match their too. You may even have to exaggerate lip movements or modify t0nque positions to perfect it.
  3. After attempting the voice, deepen your approach. Try copying the voice exactly and if not, try your best to get as close as you can.
  4. Analyze the person’s cadences. A cadence is “a regular beat or rhythm or the way a person’s voice changes by gently rising and falling while he or she is speaking”. Might that person slur their words, have a lisp, crooked mouth? All of these have an impact on the tone.
Impressions or impersonations are more than just a funny imitation of someone. It’s taking a person’s voice and making it your own on command. Touching further upon this subject I asked my fellow peers how they felt about the fact that something as personal as their voice can be duplicated. Every person I asked said they never thought of an impersonation as more than a comic act, but after they thought about it realized how much of a violation it is. Many felt creeped out or uncomfortable, and a few even insulted. This wasn’t limited to students either, even teachers felt as if their individual identities were ‘stolen’ in a sense, considering that their voice is unique to them. My favourite response however was against all other opinions. Coming from an old English teacher of mine who said it may be identity theft in a way, claimed that if she heard her own voice she wouldn’t even recognize it therefore would be incapable of feeling violated. She compared it to hearing your voice on a recording and asking “do I really sound that way?” She explained how when people talk they don’t pay attention to their tone, but rather their thoughts and ideas they’re attempting at getting across. This reasons with people with stutters, who on the contrary pay more attention to the way they form their thoughts or ideas, rather than the ideas themselves.
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Analyzing Poetry

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Impressions

Ryan Jennings

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 A lifetime can be likened to a lonely beach of sand.
a stranger makes a mark one day, an imprint of a hand.
As time goes by the beach once clear is now a cluttered field
of memories and keep-sakes of the ones that we hold dear.
Time does its best to wash away remembrances of those –
the ones we never meant to meet – the ones we never chose.
But as though some odd twist of fate these are the ones we cherish.
The time we spend with these such friends, will never, ever perish.

 

  • Read the poem once. Then read it again and find the literal meaning.

A lifetime can be likened to a lonely beach of sand.  Your life is similar to that of a vacant beach.
a stranger makes a mark one day, an imprint of a hand. Just like in your life, when someone first walks on a beach, they leave behind footprints or impressions.
As time goes by the beach once clear is now a cluttered field This once empty beach is now full of all sorts of impressions from all kinds of people.
of memories and keep-sakes of the ones that we hold dear. In this cluster of impressions, the best ones are what we remember.
Time does its best to wash away remembrances of those – The beach and our brain are one in the same as they try to erase bad memories.
the ones we never meant to meet – the ones we never chose. We never really do get to chose who comes into our lives.
But as though some odd twist of fate these are the ones we cherish. But it’s funny how everything happens for a reason, even something that seemingly should have never occurred.
The time we spend with these such friends, will never, ever perish. And it is those occurrences, those impressions, those people, that we remember.

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  • Read the poem again to find the connotative meaning of the poem.  “Why this word and not another?”

A lifetime can be likened to a lonely beach of sand. Everything has felt the grip of loneliness at least once. The feel for lack of substance or presence of something greater is universal.
a stranger makes a mark one day, an imprint of a hand. everyone/thing starts off as a stranger. It takes a good leap of faith to chose to make something no longer strange.
As time goes by the beach once clear is now a cluttered field
of memories and keep-sakes of the ones that we hold dear.
Time does its best to wash away remembrances of those – We do what we can to forget our pain, but it’s always subtly somewhere.
the ones we never meant to meet – the ones we never chose.
But as though some odd twist of fate these are the ones we cherish. Our fate as we all know is unpredictable. It has it’s fair shares of twists and turns that may at times astound us.
The time we spend with these such friends, will never, ever perish.

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  • Find the poem’s symbolic meaning. “What could this stand for…why?”

 A lifetime can be likened to a lonely beach of sand. The beach itself is obviously not lonely because it can’t have any feelings. Rather, lonely in this context could mean ‘untouched’  by a person
a stranger makes a mark one day, an imprint of a hand.
As time goes by the beach once clear is now a cluttered field Not physically a clutter field. The multiple marks can become so innumerable it can actually be flustering.
of memories and keep-sakes of the ones that we hold dear.
Time does its best to wash away remembrances of those – Time can’t wash away anything. The waves can, and your brain can “wash away” memories from one’s brain. (Although never permanently erasable)
the ones we never meant to meet – the ones we never chose.
But as though some odd twist of fate these are the ones we cherish.
The time we spend with these such friends, will never, ever perish.

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An Artistic Revolution

Impressionism

The Impressionism Period was a movement in art culture centered in France in the 1870’s and 80’s.The movement began in Paris where it went against all traditional views and is named after Monet’s early work; Impress: A Sunrise.Monet’s artwork was heavily criticized by art critic Louis Leroy; being viewed as controversial and a threat to the values that fine art meant to uphold. It wasn’t until Camille Pissarro (the first impressionist painter known as the “dean of the Impressionist painters”) died in 1903 that critics agreed that the movement was the revolutionary and the painters themselves were among the finest.

The impressionist style of painting is characterized chiefly by concentration on the general impression produced by a scene or object and the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light.

Most well-known Impressionist painters: Claude MonetPierre Auguste RenoirCamille PissarroAlfred SisleyBerthe MorisotArmand Guillaumin, Frédéric Bazille who all worked together and influenced one another

Origin

The story behind the name of this era is for the theory that when painting, colour should be flat out dropped on a canvas instead of being mixed on a palette. As a-matter-of-fact, impressionism is for many for a state of mind rather than a technique; therefore artists other than painters are considered impressionists. These painters ignored all Law of Simultaneous Contrast created by Chevreul in 1823 defining how certain colour combinations affect our perception of art. Pictures are created from freely brushed colours using short “broken”strokes of mixed and pure unmixed colour to achieve an effect of intense colour vibration. Impressionists found that they could capture the effects of diffused sunlight by sitting outside under white umbrellas  painting en plein air

Opinion of the public

One artist unable to sell his works tried to display them in a local exhibit but was refused. At the time no one accepted the movement and many artists were being slammed by critics and the public constantly. Some well-known painters even held back participating in certain exhibits at this time due to the amount of criticism. Only a few people admired this type of artwork and for many artists’ life was uneasy and miserable. Slowly Impressionists were becoming more and more appreciated. Galleries were still very selective and how many/what paints they accepted, and in 1894 25 out of 65 artworks donated by painter Caillebotte to the Luxembourg museum were rejected. Then with Camille Pissarro’s death in 1903, everybody agreed that this movement was the movement was the revolutionary and the painters themselves were among the finest.

Ever since I saw my first Renoir, I fell in love with impressionism. The combination of patches of color and scattered light gave the paintings a kind of innocents. It moved me to discover rather than recognize what I was looking at. Here the familiar references were gone and I could wander.

 

Look familiar? Famous Dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh painted Starry Night in June 1889 which marked a turn turn towards greater imaginative freedom in Van Gogh’s art. Thought to be Van Gogh’s greatest painting, ironically enough he was extremely unhappy with the outcoming, complaining to this brother how most of it “says nothing to me, because it lacks individual intention and feeling in the lines.”

 

Don McLean’s song ‘Vincent’ (Starry, Starry Night) is based on the painting

Who Do You Dress To Impress?

“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked all the time.”

-Betsey Johnson

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Some people believe that everything a girl does for her appearance (from painting her nails to picking out which shoes match her blue mini the best) is solely driven by the want to look good for males. As Betsey sees it, a girls will to look good goes far beyond boys.

Of course if I’m going on dinner date or out to the movies I’ll take the time to show my best face. Who wouldn’t want to in a situation like that? But the mascara I use or the clothes I chose to wear daily isn’t based off of a man’s preference. If I think it makes my eyelashes look 10’x fuller or a certain shirt complements my basically non-existent features then I’m going to use that to my advance to make myself feel good. Remember when we talked about making a good first impression? Those ideas weren’t limited to one particular sex; perhaps a girl is dressing to impress a boss or interviewer or sports recruiter (who very well could be a female).  It’s been said that “men aren’t huge fans of high-waisted pants, UGG boots, boyfriend jeans, and maxi dresses” yet celebrities everywhere are still taking advantage of these tends. Most guys (at least the ones I know) don’t understand fashion and are perfectly content with waking up 10 minutes before school, putting on a random shirt and jeans and not thinking twice about it. Girls on the other hand worry about what they wear, how many layers, what the weather will be like (at all points in the day), what statement they’re trying to make, etc., etc…..

The expensive Sephora makeup or the new clothes I buy, I wear because it makes me feel good and they are a part of me. My makeup is basically my face and I just don’t feel comfortable enough to go out into public without my face on. Plus it hides all my flaw which boosts my confidence. Then when it comes to clothes, I love shopping. I love buying cute shoes and sweaters and putting together outfits and getting compliments on them;(which are in-fact a majority from girls.) I love accentuating my figure and feeling fresh/polished in an outfit that I worked my butt off to afford. If a guy happens to appreciate my efforts, so be it, I’ll admit that getting a compliment from an unlikely source (men) can be a confidence booster, but I don’t strive to receive them.

When I get ready in the morning it’s for myself. I want to put my best face forward everyday so I can feel confident and give everyone an idea of who I am. Whoever wants to pay attention…go for it, I love an audience.

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What college guys had to say on certain fashion trends:

  • “Ripped jeans….maybe you had a hungry dog or something, but i really don’t get them. My mom would be mad if I bought some tattered jeans for twice the cost”
  • “Yoga pants that have writing on them is just overkill. We’re staring at your butt already. Words on there just confuse our brains. Mixing learning with sex hurts”
  • “Maxi dresses…do you actually want to look pregnant? Is showing ankles in public inappropriate again? Is this dress named after the maxi pad?”
  • “Heels just make girls trip on the cobblestone. Not into them”
  • “You should learn how to flatter and enhance yourselves with clothing instead of trying what Lady Gaga did last week”

Fossils Fossils Fossils

  Fossil Fun Facts 

What are fossils?  

Fossils are defined as the remains or impressions left behind by plants, animals or any living organisms thousands of years after they were alive. There are two classified types of fossils.

Type I : the remains of the dead organism/the imprint left behind; example: bones, teeth, hair, skin impressions, impression of an animal/plant

Type II : (trace fossils) something made by the organism while it was living that was turned into stone; example: footprints, burrows, poop

How are fossils made?   

There are several ways fossils are formed. A few:

Freezing (refrigeration) – The best but most rare occurring way to preserve ancient materials. The organism must be frozen from time of death until it is discovered. In Alaska/Siberia there have been animals such as mammoths and rhinoceroses found with flesh, skin and hair intact.

Drying (desiccation)– Also known as mummifying. Soft tissues of animals and humans can be preserved for thousands of years if they’re completely dried out.

Permineralization-The most common form of preservation. Starts with the organism dying in or near water close enough to fall in. The water insulates the remains while sediments starts to pile on. Eventually the organism becomes compacted by how much weigh is on top of it and the built up sediment turns to rock and leaves behind an impression of the organism.

Replacement – Cell walls in organisms dissolve and are replaced by minerals

Fossil Formation Flowchart

How old are fossils?  

Scientists agree that in order to officially be considered a fossil, the specimen must be at least 10,000 years old and usually range up to a whopping 500,000,000 years old.

Oldest Fossil – Traces of microscopic life found in Greenland dates back somewhere between 3,700 and 3,800 million years ago.

For more information behind how paleontologists date fossils click here

Fossil records  

The Largest Nautiloid –  Endoceras; from the Ordovician Period, 13 feet (3 1/2 meters) long.

Biggest shark- Megalodon; 40-50 feet long; 48 tons.

The Biggest Trilobites – Isotelus rex; found in northern Manitoba;   28 inches (72 centimeters) long.

Largest Dinosaur – Sauroposeidon meaning “earthquake god lizard”; 60 feet tall (18 meters) ; 60 tons

 

5 Ways To Make a Killer First Impression

Most people will judge you within minutes of walking into a room. Research says that even after just a few seconds, someone will have decided how approachable you are, if you seem like a friend or foe, and if you’re likable. 

Harsh fact: their opinion won’t always be good.

But what are some ways to make a killer first impression and start off on the right foot? It’s simply in how good you look, talk, and think.

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1. Set an intention. 

One of the most important things to do before giving a good impression is to set an intention. Especially at a big event with a lot of important people you should be prepared for the people you want to meet and the interactions you want to have. Focus all your energy on the outcomes, and try to keep it positive.

2. Dress to impress. Clothes, make-up, jewelry, accessories right down to shoes are all types of ‘ornamentation’ people take into account when making judgement. If you look like you forgot to shower the night before, dressed in a too small suit with a wrinkly tie, your interviewer may not be happy…nor want to be within a few feet of you. Dress appropriately for every occasion; ladies there are a time and place for everything…miniskirts included. Wear statement items that give the other person an impression of who you with items such as watches, purses or large earrings.

3. Be conscious of your body language. Body language is a crucial part for any encounter with someone, whether it be a first impression or not. Everything from your posture to how you walk to the way you’re angling your body in a conversation matter. Sit or stand up straight, angled toward who you’re talking to so it’s known that you care about what’s being said. Don’t roll your eyes, cross your arms, or make negative/bored gestures that would turn someone else away. You don’t need to have a smile plastered on your face 24/7, but be approachable and maintain a positive aura.

4. Sound professional. It’s important not only to look good, but talk good too. Have a high-class etiquette and talk properly. Enunciate words and keep the swears and crass jokes at home. If you’re having a serious conversation, resist cracking a joke and instead add insightful information when possible.

5. Be interested and interesting. If you are truly interested in meeting people and what they say, they will realize this in a first impression. Approach someone with genuine interest and put in effort to the conversation as they should be too. Don’t slouch in a gathering, but rather look as if you want to be there. When you are meeting people for the first time you will have better conversations and lasting connections when you are interested because they become interested.

First impressions are simple but take thought and effort. If you genuinely want to meet new people then being interesting or interest should come fairly easy. Don’t try too hard to be someone you’re not but instead show them you at your best so maybe they’re willing to you know outside a pretty situation.

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Dental Impressions

dental impression is an imprint to produce a replica of your teeth and oral tissue. Impressions are commonly used in dentistry for making:

  • Custom mouthguards
  • Custom take-home whitening trays
  • Custom dental trays used for precise impression taking
  • Crowns, bridges, and veneers
  • Dentures
  • Custom abutments for dental implants
  • Models for diagnostic study
  • Model for permanent dental record before and after dental treatment

Dental impressions are most widely known among teenagers as retainers. If anyone is or has been in the process of braces, at some point they will need a retainer. Research shows that without long-term use of a dental retainer, teeth show a natural tendency to shift or drift away from their straightened position. retainer Recognize these? One day your braces will come off and the next big step is retention. So simple yet so heavy of an influence they have in keeping your teeth straight and making your parents money anything but a waste. They’re easy to make too! They may be awkward to talk with for a while and can leave your teeth feeling soar the next day, but that’s normal. While most people with braces have to wear a retainer for a least a little prior to getting their braces off, others may wear them to close gaps, help with speech problems, or to solve certain medical problems. Interesting enough, besides shifting teeth, retainers may also be used to help kids with speech impediments like a tongue thrust (which is a condition where your tongue sneaks through your teeth instead of going to the roof of your mouth when you talk, causing a lisp). There are retainers called crib/tongue cage retainers that are designed to “train” your tongue with small metal bars that hang down from the roof of your mouth to hold back your tongue when you speak.

Impression Etymology

impression

 

Impression (n.) late 14c.,

“mark produced by pressure,” also “image produced in the mind or emotions,” from Old French impression “print, stamp; a pressing on the mind,” from Latin impressionem (nominative impressio) “onset, attack,” figuratively “perception,” literally “a pressing into,” from imprimere (see impress). Meaning “act or process of indenting” is early 15c.; that of “printing of a number of copies” is from 1570s. Meaning “belief, vague notion” (as in under the impression) is from 1610s.”

Impression is also a homonym

homonym

a word that is spelled and pronounced like another word but is different in meaning

  • An effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience
  • A vague notion, remembrance, or belief: “I have the impression that we have met once before.”
  • A mark that appears on a surface by pressure.
  • The act or process of impressing something/someone
  • Printing – a. All the copies of a publication printed at one time from the same set of type.
  •                  b. A single copy of such a printing. A humorous imitation of a voice/mannerisms of a (usually) famous person done by an entertainer. An initial/single coat of color or paint.
  • Dentistry – An imprint of the teeth and surrounding tissues, formed with a plastic material that hardens into a mold for use in making dentures, inlays, or plastic models.

 

Famous Quotes in literature

“The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything.”

Robert Frost

“People have a negative impression of New York that I don’t think is quite fair.”

Billy Graham

“My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle, terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man.”

Alvin Ailey

I love the word impression because of it’s wide variety of definitions and uses. I love that is not necessarily a positive word, but not necessarily negative either. I love that it’s tone depends on the context it’s in, and it has such an important place in the world. For without impressions, nothing would be leaving their mark on anything.

Final Impressions

I am an impression. Actually, everyone is an impression really. We make impressions on others and we are products of the impressions made on us by others.

Impression is a word that is both ambiguous and defining. I am the way that I am because of the impressions that were made upon me. Today, I work to impress my personality and my beliefs upon others, as my way of trying to make an impact on the world. The funny thing about impression is that the word itself does not suggest the force of the actions, impressions can be both meaningful and yet still fleeting and that is one of the coolest aspects of my versatile word.

Choosing my word didn’t just define me, my choice allowed me to define myself through how I interpreted every single meaning of the word impression. Through defining myself and this word a multitude of different ways I learned about how my word can be applied to so many different concepts and ideas. Impressions create a mark that lasts forever, and many of us learn that the hard way including myself. Once upon a time I defined the word impression as, “a marking on the mind” and this idea still holds true. Impressions are what create people and challenge ideas, impressions span the commonalities of societies and cultures to test what people think they know and how they respond to new ideas and people. I looked at the word impression from so many different perspectives however this idea held true in books, religion, psychology, music and art. Impression is what the world revolves around.

My word is strong in the fact that everything, every single thing in this whole entire world is created, altered, or influenced by an impression. However, the most difficult and weakest part of my word is actually the same concept. The word impression is incredibly difficult to define and explain. Getting specific with such a vague word is nearly impossible and trying to track the different meanings, uses, and connotations of the word impression is really a daunting task. This made writing about impression at times rather challenging. How can you go from talking about the impressions in Buddhism to talking about advertisements in modern day media?

The answer lies within the strength of the word, the weakness is in the connections that I as an author had to make. Therefore, the real question about the word impression is how far does the effect of an influence really go? Just like the so called butterfly effect or the six degrees of separation law that is said to influence the entire planet, how far does an impression travel?

Impressionism

The Impressionism Period was a movement in art culture that occurred in the 1870’s and 1880’s. The movement began in Paris and soon spread through many of the major artists of the time.

Characteristics of Impressionist Paintings:

– small, thin, visible brush strokes

– open composition

– emphasis on light and the accurate portrayal of light

– often show the passage of time

– common, ordinary subjects

– movement as a crucial element

– unusual visual angles

The Impressionist Movement was named after a painting done by Monet called, Impression, soleil levant, which is pictured below.

How to Make a Good First Impression

Making a good first impression is an important part of any interview or meeting. First impressions are the single most important thing that determines the outcome of either of these events. One of the most shared facts by professionals who teach leaders how to interview and speak well is that in meeting a new person we, as individuals, make judgements about them within the first ten seconds. Ten seconds! That’s it. For us in FFA, making a good first impression is something we are trained to do. We know to come to an interview well groomed, professionally dress, and, for us girls, with our hair tied back so it’s easier to remember our face. These simple tricks are all an important part of making those very first ten seconds count, then through an interview we are able to solidify a great first impression.

Here are some tips on making a good first impression:

1. Stop Talking

In an interview it is extremely important that you let the conversation be directed by the interviewer- not the interviewee. Do not overwhelm the person with personal stories and small talk. Be polite, give short, concise, and well though out answers. Be personable but not overbearing. Make the other person comfortable with enough talking to generate a smooth conversation, but not so much that the person becomes bored and disconnected.

2. Be Yourself

One of the worst things to do in an interview is to come off as an obnoxious shining star. Interviewers hate that. You want to show off your accomplishments while still mentioning minor flaws and quirks about your personality. Be real, not the embodiment of all those nice things you put on your resume to look good- they already read that, now they’re looking for the person behind the paper.

3. Do not ever (ever, ever, ever, ever, ever) forget their name

Say it, repeat it, say it again, bring it up in conversation, compliment them on it, ask where it is from but DO NOT EVER FORGET IT. One of the worst things to do is forget someone’s name. Make sure you say it out loud and then repeat it in your head while still focusing. Also, make sure to get a business card, then you’ll never forget and you’ll have an easy way to send a follow up letter or thank you note.

4. Don’t be self absorbed

Make sure that if some one is interviewing you, you don’t take all the credit for things that they asked you about, unless it is absolutely, positively, solely all done by you. Give people who helped you out the credit they deserve and don’t come off as overly confident. Be humble about things you’ve had help with, or people who have helped you become who you are. Make your flaws real, honest things- not selfish things like, “I work too hard.” That’s crap and nobody wants to hear it because while it can be true, it isn’t honest because really, it’s not about you.

5. Be completely interested in what’s going on

Make eye contact! Smile, and make sure you never zone out or look bored. This interview or meeting is about you and therefore you should give the interviewer your full attention and respect, because they took time out just to talk about you and that’s a really big deal.

Tips On Doing Impressions

Like I explained in my very first post, the word impression can also be a verb. Doing an impression is acting just like somebody else. There are even instructions on how to do this.

1. Find a person you want to do an impression of
2. Get your voice in tune
3. Go more in depth into the person’s personality
4. Analyze the person’s cadences

Doing an impression of someone can be done to poke fun at someone or to make others laugh. Impressions are done by mimicing the voice and mannerisms of the chosen person. Impressions have been done throughout history, and doing an impression is one of the most simple forms of acting.

Here’s an awesome video of some really well done impressions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbIqL-lN1B4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

A Quick Ad

Another definition of the word impression that I hadn’t defined yet is the use of the word in media. In the context of media, the word “impression” is actually defined as the number of times an advertisement is displayed online, whether it is clicked on or not. Counting these determines how much an advertising company gets paid. The more impressions, the more money a company makes. This cost for the company being advertised for is called CPM, which is the cost per thousand impressions.

What does this mean?

This mechanical idea suggests that just by seeing something people are influenced by it. Advertising plays on this idea every single day of our lives. We are constantly bombarded by advertisements that we don’t even think about but make an impression on us.

Next time you go to buy a product try to think do I want this product or do they want me to want this product.

With impressions you never know.

Learning Through Buddhism

Buddhism has grown to be a major religion in the world, and while many think Buddhism is the teachings of the cheerful statue of Buddha that they so often see, the religion is much more than that.

The story of Buddhism, or enlightenment through Buddhism is told through five parts. Buddhism began with a prophet by the name of Siddhartha. When Siddhartha was born men predicted that he would be the Buddha, so his wealthy family tried to make life for him as comfortable as possible so that he would not leave their kingdom. Soon enough however, Siddhartha became sick of this lifestyle and wanted to roam the world. As he roamed Siddhartha saw so much pain and suffering that he wanted to end all of the problems that he observed. (This is where impressionism comes in)

Siddhartha came across a monk who had given up everything until all the pain and suffering in the world was resolved. In seeing the dedication this monk had, Siddhartha decided to be just like the monk in an effort to stop the pain and suffering. This monk left an impression on Siddhartha that lasted for six years as Siddhartha practiced the lifestyle of the monk. However, soon Siddhartha noticed that nothing was changing and this lead him to give up the monk’s lifestyle in order to make a difference in the world. This stage of Buddhism is called Renunciation, for renouncing the lifestyles of elders that left an impression on a younger generation. This was extremely important to Buddhism because by giving up this lifestyle Siddhartha was able to reach a stage of Enlightenment which is what Buddhism is centered around.

There are many other ideas about Buddhism, however the main three teachings of Buddhism are ones that relate to my topic:

1. Nothing is lost in the Universe

As this relates to impressions, every impression from an older generation has the ability to influence a new generation of people.

2. Everything Changes

People are always changing and the universe is also always changing, as people influence one another people’s perspectives, thoughts and personalities change.

3. Law of Cause and Effect

This law is talking about karma, the way we influence someone else either positively or negatively has the ability to influence the way they interact with someone else and the way the universe interacts with us.

 

Here is statue of Buddha (for good karma 🙂 )

Musical Impressions

The Impressionist Movement was a time period in history during which art and music experienced a revolution. Instead of the normal harsh lines and incredibly detailed portraits of both people and landscapes artists began to express how they felt about things instead of what they saw. I detailed landscape therefore became a myriad of colors and blurred lines, expressing not what the artist saw but how he or she felt about the beauty of what they were seeing. Paralleling this idea, music became less detailed and was used to create mood or feeling instead of dictating a message to the listeners. Songs became shorter and more vibrant, scales became more exotic, and harmonies were created. This added much more depth and feeling to classical music then ever heard before. Major composers of this era include Debussy and Mozart. Their harmonies, instead of being used in a traditional way were used to tell a story, to push their listener to feel.

 

Here is an example of a piece by Debussy, notice the impressionist painting paired with the piece.

 

This is an example of a piece by Mozart. Mozart was especially well known for his ability to tell a story through music.

 

 

Impression and Others

There are actually very few words that also mean impression, as impression is so ambiguous. There’s influence, but that only covers some of the definition of impression. Consequence, but consequence is really only referring to the effect of an impression and not to the word impression itself. Feeling, which is another half definition of the word impression. Impact, reaction, response and result are also explanations of the effect that impression has. Lastly, there’s sway which is only one part of how the word impression can influence someone or something.

There’s also one more synonym: effect.

This is my personal favorite because this word has just enough ambiguity to match that of impression. Effect can mean the effect of something or the effect on something. There can be emotional effects and physical effects. Effect is really just like impression and I think is the closest synonym to the word. Effect, like impression, can be a cause and a reaction which make both words difficult to define as one simple thing and this is why they are so well matched.

First Impressions About the Word Impression

The word impression is a lot more complex than it originally seems. There are a bunch of different forms of the word. Impression, impressionable, impressive, impress, impressed, impressionism, impressionist- the list is large. Then when you say the word impression, you can mean it both figuratively and literally. You can impress upon someone an idea or you can be impressed, or even impressed upon. Impression and other forms of the word can be a noun, adjective, adverb or verb. We are impressed upon every single day of our lives. We can have first impressions, last impressions, bad impressions, good impressions, lasting impressions and have long boring impressions about how to be impressionable.

The word impression is an impression, it has many meanings and applications.

Originally, the word impression was French and first came into being in the late 14th century. At first, it related to stamping or marking which was common at the time for writing things down. Later, it began to be used as a figurative description of emotions and making an impact. However, all the while it retained its’ original reporter background taking on a combined definition of a “print, stamp, or marking on the mind.” As time went on the definition has switched back and forth through the centuries from being destinctly part of printing to a part of someone’s mind.

Today it carries all of these different definitions and is used in every way mentioned above.