Monday, 30 September 2013

The Whale Story

This is the other story that we read in Bamfield... The Whale Story

My feelings were everywhere because I was really confused. It was present tense and in many lines it went to past tense. Example: "She showed me how to select a flat shone and fling it towards the water's surface like a frisbee." (page 22) I am asking myself what the author is trying to say, but I haven't figured it out yet.
This book is still the into in the narrative map because nothing crazy or suspenseful happened yet. "Little did I know how unfair life could be." (page 2) This is foreshadowing. There are many similes in this story I believe the author is expressing the story so more readers can relate to it.
I understood the theme as, "Sometimes you have to let things go." Sarah (the protagonist) was really sad that she was leaving her home and when she got there she forgot about home because of how fun it is. If she didn't let her past friends and home go she would have never had fun, and would have been depressed the whole time.
I connected to the story because of the literary elements the author used. I mostly connected to it because of the theme. Everyone has lots of things that we need to let go of. (example: when you were little you let go of your blanket or souther).

The Sea Devil

The grade 9's and I just came back from Bamfield and we read short stories and had to write about them... this one is the Sea Devil.

At the beginning of the book it was confusing and relaxed. I knew it was getting me ready for something crazy. When the man was being dragged by the sea devil I felt so scared for him and I was standing on the edge of my feet. I felt like I was in his shoes. 
At the beginning of the book he was in his garage, but I thought he was already fishing (foreshadowing). He was actually getting ready to go fishing and grabbing his supplies from the garage.
I first interpreted the theme as, "alone isn't always better." When I thought of it after I knew that that was not the theme it was apart of the tone. When I thought of it some more I knew it was man vs. nature. I think the author was trying to send a bigger message about the struggle that nature and humans have, it is a constant pull. 
I connected with the story because he used a lot of show not tell. Show not tell planted a better/clearer picture in my head.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Summer Reading

During the summer I read the super fabulous book Cinder! This was an amazing book that I could not put down. It like a was there and right beside her the whole time, but just couldn't tell her anything. It felt like I was her mute friend and she couldn't see me. There were so many parts in the book that is was so shocked that I had to stop reading to control my thoughts on what just happened. The end of the book just left me hanging, and if there was a sequel to this book i would read it right away.
This is an outstanding book I give it 4 big stars. This is a must read for all girls that love romance, action and suspense.

I loved my Summer!!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Other Real World Examples (Not the real one)

Child Labor/Abuse: 
Child Labor... The Keepers take the kids that don't know where their parents are and force them to work. This is child labor because the only way they get a good about of food is if they build things (work).
Child Abuse... Near the end of the book the Keepers took in Matt. A first I thought that they were nice people that took care of the kids. Matt started working at the plankton factory... they only fed the kids plankton, (food for animals) so the kids got lots of pimples and were hungry almost all the time. When a kid misbehaved they would tell the Keepers what they did wrong. Jorge got really mad at Ton-Ton for stealing stuff, so Jorge grabbed his cane and started hitting his with it. Matt also got hit for misbehaving. 


Illegal Immigration:
There was a lot of immigration that happened during the book. In the book El Patron told Matt the story of how Celia was traveling to dreamland, and the farm patrol almost caught her but El Patron took her in. Celia traveled with others but they didn't make it. Lots of people try to escape Opium to get to dream land. Another part in the book that has immigration is when Matt was trying to get to Opium to escape the Alacran family. (Going to kill him).

Narrative structure

This is what I think the narrative structure is like

Exposition: I think the exposition starts from the beginning of the book to right before Matt finds the secret passage. The first little “bump” in the exposition is between when Matt breaks the window and gets glass in his feet, and ends at when he gets trapped in the slave’s room. The second bump is when Matt meets El Patron for the fist time.

Rising Action: I think that the rising action starts when Matt finds the secret passageway in the music room. When Matt finds the secret passage the story gets really intense, but then as Matt leaves, it gets really boring again (that part is the first dip). Later in the book when he is walking around with Maria and they find out that Felica killed Furball…well, that was a big surprise! The second dip is when they do nothing, and don't get mad at Felica. The last part of the rising action is when they are looking for Matt after the wedding, and Matt is hiding.

Climax: I think the climax is when they shine the red light on the walls and they see the scorpion! Soon, after they get out the tunnel, Matt gets found. :( El Patron is going to kill Matt so that he can have his eighth life, but Celia and Tam Lin save the day. She told El Patron that she said, "'Arsenic creeps into the whole body,' Celia went on, her eyes as cold as the eyes of a snack. 'It grows into the hair, it makes little white lines on the fingernails, it settles into the heart. I didn't give Matt enough to kill him-I wouldn't do that! - but enough to kill anyone week to tried to steal his heart. You've had your eight lives, El Patron. Its time t make your piece with god.'"(page: 236) Once El Patron died that was the end of the climax.

Falling Action: The falling action was when Matt was leaving to the Plankton Factory. It started to get really boring. It seemed like everyone was being time to Matt... at first. Then the Keeper, Jorge, started abusing him and the other kids. The very end of the resolution was when they through Matt and Chacho in the bones, and Ton-Ton and Fidelito found them. They all ran away!

Resolution: They found a town and these old people started to talk to them, Guapo and Consuela. All that was happening was that they celebrating the died. The bump in the resolution was at the hospital with the keepers. There was a big fight and Esperanza came in and settled everyone down. (That was the end of the little bump). Matt went back home and found out Tam Lin was died. :( He planed out how he was going to live his life in the future, because he is now El Patron...

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Add on to Character Post (Not real one)


Chupacabras: At first I didn't think they exists, but after I searched it up I saw that they are really. Celia told Matt lots of stories about this creature, and I think when Matt is traveling he will run into one and get attracted (but still survive.

Esperamza: I think that Matt will have a big connection with her. They will get to talk about El Patron together. She is very flat and is a static character. She only came in at the end of the book.


Mr. Macgregor: I think he is really suspicious. I don't see him around a lot, but I think he has a really big part. He has a clone and Tom is his son. He is is flat and is a static character.

Mr. Alacran: I don't know much about him, but all I know is that he is also evil. After El Patron died he wanted to take his place. El Patron never got to kill Matt, so Mr. Alacran tried killing him. I still don't know that much about him but I hope I can learn more. He is flat and is a static character.

El Viejo: He seems also really nice and wont listen to everyone else's opinions. He is true to himself. I don't think he liked Matt that much though. He is the one person in the book that we didn't see that much, and I don't think we will ever see him because he died. He is flat and is a static character.

Felica: I think that Felica cheated on Mr Alacran because tom is the middle child and his dad is Mr. Macgregor. She is evil like her son, she killed Furball. I think we will see more of her in the book. She is in between flat and round, so she is oval. Is a static character.

Tom: I still don't understand why he is so mean, maybe he takes after his dad. When tom does something bad to Matt El Patron doesn't get him in trouble like everyone else. I think that Mr. Macgregor is just like El Patron, (El Patron is evil) and tom comes after his dad. Tom is in between flat and round, so he is oval. Is a static character

Film Study (Gattaca)

Connections between the proteganists:

Protagonist in movie is: Vincent and is playing the clone of Jorge.
Protagonist is book is: Matt and is the clone of El Patron.

- Both were created in a lab. (Matt started off by a cell). Vincent had Jorge give him blood and urine samples, but Vincent created himself to look like Jorge and have his DNA on his fingers.

- At the beginning of the book The House of the Scorpion Matt wasn't very strong and he was trapped. He could never live his life to the fullest because he is a clone. At the beginning of the movie Gattaca Vincent wasn't very strong and his brother would beat him in everything... He also could never live his life t the fullest because he could have lots of problems when he gets older. Like not live as long.

- Started from the middle of he book Matt left the house and the slaves pen. He went to live with El Patron and got almost everything he wanted. He was more free. Starting from the middle of the movie Vincent made it into Gattaca and started to pretend he was Jorge. People believed him and he finally made it into space. He was free.

- Matt was in love with Maria and it was a forbidden love. He loved her so much he would do anything for her. Vincent was in love with Irene. Normally the people that didn't have that many flaws would look for another person that had not very many flaws too. Vincent had lots of flaws and Irene loved him, and she didn't have that many flaws.

- Matt was a clone of El Patron  and Vincent was a clone of Jorge

- In the book and movie stases are formed by genetics. If you had lots of flaws you would be lower on the social hierarchy. If you didn't have that many flaws you would be higher on the hierarchy.
             i.e. Vincent had a bad job and couldn't go into space even how smart he was. He started to pretend to e someone else.

- In the book when El Patron died Matt was know El Patron because he is his clone. In the book Jorge killed himself, so know that he is died Vincent is know Jorge.

- Both protagonists are smart. They are both round characters, so we knew a lot about them. They are both in between dynamic and static. There personality stayed the same but there looks and who they are suppose be be changed.




Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Theme


Never Give Up...

To start off I think this is a really good theme choice because almost everyone in the book never gave up. A lot of other themes only related to a couple of people, but not this one...

Matt: When Matt was trapped in Celia's house he always thought of about getting out... so his heart was so set on leaving he did. (Even though it wasn't the smartest idea). They found out he was a clone, so they started treating him like an animal. He got treated like a chicken, but Matt didn't think his life was over... he never gave up on fining a way to keep himself happy and thinking positively. When Matt was working in the plankton factory and saw the keepers saying that every person has to be equal… Matt would make a comment that would make the keepers mad. The Keeper started talking about how everyone has to walk, so everyone is equal, but then Matt said, “is everyone has to walk to be equal why aren’t you?” Most of all he never gave up on loving Maria, and trying to make Maria love him.

Main Boys in the Plankton Factory (Chacho, Jorge, Fidelito, Ton-Ton):
They worked their buts off all the time. They all dreamed of leaving to dreamland, and to go back home... Chacho and Matt got thrown into the bone yard. They tried to get out, but Chacho got really sick, and had to stop. I was SO happy when Fidelito and Ton-Ton came to the rescue! Fidelito loved Matt a lot... and he never gave up on him. When Matt was in trouble by the keepers he would try to save him.

Tam Lin and Celia:
Tam Lin and Celia NEVER gave on Matt. They believed he could go far if he never told anyone he was a clone. Tam Lin never gave up on the people that he loved. He felt really bad for killing the innocent children so he wanted to repay then, he drank the poisoned wine… that is giving up. Celia is very loving to all the people she loves too. She never gave on saving Matt from El Patron.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Real World Examples



News:
"There is no deeper violation of a citizen’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than their own government killing them when they’re actually innocent. And with the death penalty, as with all government programs, mistakes are inevitable. At last count, more than 140 death row inmates had been set free after evidence was discovered proving they were wrongfully convicted, often decades after they were sentenced to die. Common sense tells us that innocent people have been executed in the past. Speeding up the process to “repair the system” has proven to put even more innocent lives at risk — and with capital punishment, mistakes can’t be reversed." 

"Brown, Roy." Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty. The Daily Caller, 2013. Web. 6 May. 2013.


This is a quote from the website that I think represents the making of Eegits. When someone did something wrong they would put a chip in their brain and that would make them into slaves. You are pretty much killing them (killing there lives). The very first sentence in the quote I think is a really strong statement that matches PERFECTLY with the book. If you kill someone when you kill someone for making a mistake that is just wrong. They are ‘actually innocent.’ You are wrecking someone’s life for your own happiness. (This is what I think this quote means, and this is exactly what I think about the Eegits in the book). The people with the write minds know that this is wrong… The very last part of the quote is saying that if someone makes a mistake let them fix it… El Patron should have let the people that made a mistake make it up to him.
         i.e. When Rosa was treating Matt badly she was punished. Matt at first wanted Rosa to be punished, but once he saw what they did to her he felt bad.



Monday, 29 April 2013

Character Post


Matt: Maybe it is because they have seen other clones and think that he is no different then them. People still don't treat him nicely even though El Patron tells them not to... Even when Matt is telling the truth people think he is lying. I find it weird that Matt isn't exactly like El Patron... Matt is nice and caring where El Patron isn't. I think that Matt only looks like El Patron. Matt has the same skills as him too, but doesn't have the same personality as him. He is the Protagonist, and is round (because we know a lot about him). He is in between dynamic and static because he was squirmy at the beginning and brave near the end, but him personality stayed the same.

Celia: I think she is the nicest character in the book. She loves Matt so much even though he is El Patrons clone. She is a round character because we got to see her personality and some of her past. I think she is a dynamic character.

El Patron: El Patron is pure evil. He acts nice around some people, but inside he doesn't care about anyone but himself. For example he can turn anyone into an Eejit if he wants, only because he has a lot of money. El Patron said, "you can tell how much someone loves you by the size of the present."(Page 107) He is a in between round and flat, (because we never found out anything about his past). He is in between dynamic and static.

Maria: She has lots of mood swings. :p She is really nice to Tom, but know she has changed. When I read about her it doesn't really seem like she is 14... It still seems like she is 6. She hasn't changed that much through the book. I think Matt and Maria will marry each other. She is round because we know what her personality is like and who she has a crush on. She is in between dynamic and static.

Tam Lin: He is very sneaky, but is very caring. He loves Matt and will do anything to save him and Celia. He holds onto the bad things he has don’t and won’t forget. He is round because we know his personality and most of his past. He is in between dynamic and static.


There is another post that I couldn't add because I had to many words... But this is the REAL post.