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.