Protagonist Kulinganisha (Can you not speak swahili?)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 0 comments
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"The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it" - Chief Joseph

Todays post is about the contrast between protagonist's, Matteo Alacran and Vincent Anton Freeman. What similarities and differences we will explore today in individual blog post 6.

Who are these two peeps anyway? Matt is the protagonist in House of the Scorpion, a award winning novel about a clone that has a Conscience, we explore his journey through the Mansions of Opium and the Himalayas of Aztlan. Vincent on the other hand, is a hard working In-Valid, whose DNA isn't good enough to pursue the job he dreams of. By buying someone else's identity he is able to sneak in and program a route to titan, as the boarding of the ship is the final climax.

What are some similarities between these two? They both have the drive to be something better, born genetically inferior to all others. They had to work 3.14159265359 as hard to get where they want to be and had to go through obstacles that shaped them to who they are. Being born inferior, no one thinks you can do anything. Whether its being called “it” by your fellow mansion-mates or being shunned by your own parents. Some people would quit after these things, but both Vincent and Matt powered through and are doing things of extreme importance in both the House of the Scorpion novel and the Gattaca Movie. 

What differences can we find? Well obviously there is the age gap between these two, with Matt’s teenage years being the subject of one story, and Vincents tough two weeks being the other. They both have been placed in different situations despite the common similarity being that they are both Genetically Inferior. Matt was placed into a Mansion being the clone for El Patron despite not having his intelligence nuked, so he was perfectly aware of his situation and that he is a clone. Where as Vincent was born into the world because his Parents took the chance to give birth to a non modified baby, this eventually did not pay off because he was expected to die by 30 because of a heart condition. From that day on he was considered inferior and was frowned upon.

I would recommend both spending your money on Gattaca and pulling House of the Scorpion out of the library if you haven’t already. These pieces of literature are pretty decent and good for a little Character Study. Hope you enjoyed the post, because if you didn’t I probably wasted your time. Have a succulent day.

Clone Worldview, A deeper look

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 1 comments
What initial thought's would you have about yourself/the world if you were a clone? Would you view yourself as unequal? Those thoughts are hard to embrace because as something with a conscience you believe there is a greater purpose for you in life then just providing spare parts for a man who doesn't deserve them. But anyway, what are some of the worldview elements are most influential to Matt? You would have to start off with equality with others, he is viewed as lower then others although he is nothing less then a human with select dna. He embraces a life where he is hated and made fun of for being a clone, he doesn't get invited to formal events because of how "disgraceful" it is to have him in the presence of other people. He goes places feeling happy that he is ignored and frowned upon instead of being harassed. Equality with others shapes how he thinks and how he acts, "Matt disliked him less then than the other Alacrans. It was Steven who had carried him away from the little house in the poppies. And if he and Emilia had ignored Matt since, neither had they been cruel" (205). He learned to be ignored because he is a clone, and they are viewed as less then humans. He got treated so barbarous by some because he was unequal that he learned to get use to the less harsh things and though of that as the way "regular" people treated clones. I also think view of human nature was very big on Matt. He didn't grow up in an environment where everyone was kind and decent to be around, instead he grew up with some snobs in a giant house. Without actually interacting with other humans how could he know what people were like? This is why he continued to expect the worst from other people. Matt grew up in a place where there was very little respect shown to him, so he embraced that and could have been surprised when people actually welcomed him, because he thought everyone was naturally evil. Him growing up in the setting where the people kindest to him were some of the most flawed and even evil people of all, El Patron taught him how to be evil and how to feel powerful. He then saw other people setting the moral standard for treating other people and followed by it. He saw other peoples nature and so he mimicked that himself. This spurred some of his most evil moments where he had the power to do what he wanted and therefore used the cruelty bundle up inside him that he saw other people have and that other people used on him. View of Human Nature was the reason why we saw some of Matt's most cruel acts in the novel. That sums up the post, Matt's view of equality with others shaped his self esteem and awareness I think and View of Human Nature shaped his judgement and decision making. What do you the most influential worldview was on Matt and why? Thanks for Reading!

HOTS 2 in 1 !

Sunday, 26 February 2017 0 comments
Why hello, today we will be talking a bit about the setting of the book and exploring this question, what does it mean to be a caregiver/guardian. To start out (overview of setting so far), this book has us start in a small house in the poppy fields for 20+ pages. We then transition over to the mansion of El Patron and hopefully soon we will be introduced to Aztlan. This setting seems to have two phases to it, first we are introduced to the cast of characters along with a giant mansion Matt roams around in his earlier years, and judging from the chapter titles we will soon be seeing Matt get introduced to the outside world. This is big, because living a lifestyle with unlimited privileges doesn't exactly prepare you for the outside world. It will be fun to see where the overall plot lies at the end of the novel, who's doing what, and where are they? We have not got a picture of Opium to this day but I assume its a small country lying across the us border. We will have to see where Matt's life takes him and I look forward to it. Now, lets explore the question about what it means to be a caregiver/parent/guardian etc. (we will call it c.p.g. because I cant keep typing those 3 words over and over again. Being a c.p.g. is the biggest responsibility most people will ever take on in their life's, it doesn't only mean you look after someone for their early ages but also you are required to provide for them, brief them on life and teach them the fundamentals of life in their toddler days. As they grow up, so do you, you have to keep on taking the tough job of looking after them and providing for them. By being a c.p.g. you are signing a invisible waver form to raise someone up, and tailor them for whats to come. Being a parent means your flexible, understanding, and open minded. This helps the development of your son/daughter etc. and helps build your character as a parent and guardian, depending on who you be may define your relationship. Being a c.p.g. means that you have committed to your son/daughter and weighed the option of bringing in a child to your family. You have then made the conscious decision to be a large figure in some ones and have a duty to protect the latter, raise them and groom them for the outside world. Making this commitment does have consequences however, as you could get pooped or pee'ed on and/or be the subject of your son/daughters immense demands that the later asks for in their early years. To sum it up, being a parent/guardian is a job of commitment, and in order to be a successful guardian you have to have treats that help you understand your kids, and ultimately grow to love and care for them.


Friday, 10 February 2017 0 comments
Today we have been introduced with a new novel study project that will span over the upcoming weeks. I personally have trouble resisting reading ahead in class novel studies, so I better find a way to not read too much of the book. This book is called House of the Scorpion and is a sci-fi/young adult book set in the fictional world of opium. I have problems with getting books to read and to be interested in them, which is why I think that this novel will be a decently good book to read and one that I can really state my opinions. From first glance I see a couple things that may be interesting, the date of the release is 2003 so their may be less advanced technology stuff and perhaps a different style of writing. The pages look generally interesting, I can't stand boring pages crammed with words and yellow paper so getting the right copy of this book was very important for my willingness to read it. The plot of the book is unique and the premise doesn't scare me away. I am generally optimistic about this novel study, but only time can tell if this is a good, enjoyable book.

Proposition of Limitation of Whimsicalness

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 1 comments
Do whimsical ideas help you learn or limit your productiveness? Exposing your kids to the thought of whimsical ideas can lead them to be overimaginative and unrealistic thinkers. Before growing older kids need to realize a balance between idealistic values and their realistic options. You should not have to eliminate your big dreams but limit them. Everyone needs to be versatile when thinking about your future because the unexpected will indubitably occur, which means your dreams could come true but also means they could be extinguished. This way you will be more prepared for adulthood whereas creativity and “whimsicalness” can forge illusions that can limit your ability to be productive. In “The Little Prince” after she meets the aviator her productivity is stunted and she no longer follows her life plan which will help her learn but instead spends her time with an old man. In a way I believe that you can link the word whimsical to creativity and the idea of creativeness. Creativity is not necessarily a good thing, creativity teaches you how to problem solve in different ways and allows you to find loopholes to get past things others cannot. When you reach adulthood there will be no loopholes and ways to get around things, and eventually your loopholes will expand to your entire life and the way you live. This will get you in the bad habit of avoiding your problems and important things in your life.

"Day of the Butterfly" Roundtable Theme Discussion

Thursday, 15 September 2016 0 comments

  1. Identify the timestamp section at which you feel your group was having the BEST discussion moment. Everyone was engaged, all were contributing, no one was ignored/sitting out. There was no place where we really had much of a "discussion" and it was mostly just one of us talking. I think we were all actively talking from the Beginning to the end but there was no moment where the conversation was at its finest point.
  2. What was your group’s final theme statement for the short story “Day of the Butterfly?" We never concluded or agreed which theme statement was the best but I think that the best theme for the book was popularity. How you shouldn't care about your popularity but just being yourself all the time.
  3. Include 2 other examples of literature or movies, etc. that would fit your theme statement. I think mean girls and high school musical can be examples of shows about popularity and how you need to be yourself.
  4. What could YOU as an individual do next time to make your roundtable more successful? I think I can encourage my peers to talk more because when I was done sharing my themes they did theirs and after we never really started to create a conversation. I think I need to play a bit more of a leadership role when this happens so that the conversation can last.

Litspiration Challenge 1: Me as a reader

Friday, 9 September 2016 3 comments
I first of all chose to use a starry night as the background setting because I read mostly at nights and also I think that stars also represent big changes, which I found when I learned to read. I also used a house and grass clipart because I enjoy more graphic novels and comics. I made a word salad of a lot of complex words with simpler alternatives because when I see a bigger word that is a substitute for a smaller word I have the habit of using the bigger words. The font is black as it is in most books and the font is comic sans which can symbolize that I am a fan of comics.

    There is a Thunderbolt that can be a sign of speed which shows that I am a fast reader when I have nothing else to do. I also chose it because it is the symbol of “the flash” which was the first comic I ever read and got me into reading comics. I also put a distinct photo of Mars because "The Martian" is my favorite book of all time.