Friday, 17 March 2017

Protagonists Really MATTer

Heroes are cool, let's get that out of the way. When watching a movie, or reading a book there's always that one hero that needs to win. The reasoning for that may not be clear, but there's that one thing that makes you want them to succeed at what they're doing. The best part about everything, they don't even need to be the hero. The protagonist will always be the main character/hero in a story, whether it's Iron Man, or it's Marty McFly.

To get to the point, this blog will mainly be focusing on two protagonists from two different stories: Vincent from the film “Gattaca” and Matt from the novel “The House of The Scorpion”. First, we will be looking into the traits of Matt, and what makes him the protagonist. In novels, it's easy to find the protagonist as they are given the most explanation of their being. Matt has been a clone almost all of his life and has been discriminated against (for some reason) ever since he was found out that he was a clone. Matt had gone from growing up in a small house, to a mansion, to even and “orphanage” if you can even call it that. From the experiences that he had gone through, Matt has developed from being a nice little child to a bit of a mean preteen to a pretty normal teen. With the book, it shows a bit of what developments people go through during their lives, being good-hearted people as children, to a bit of an attitude as a teenager and such, to a larger maturity at an older age.

Next, we will be exploring Vincent, and what makes him the protagonist of “Gattaca”. In Vincent's world, people are no longer naturally made, the basics needed to create a baby are extracted and are genetically altered to remove any negative traits, such as a heart disease, or a birth disorder. Because of this, people that have not been engineered are considered lesser, as the are inferior to the genetically engineered people. Vincent had always wanted to go to space, and because he had not been engineered, he had been a lowly janitor at the location of his dream job. So he had a crazy idea that he would try to gather DNA components that are used for genetic testing from a volunteer as to able himself to be allowed into the facility to work on what he wants to do. Unfortunately not all of his plan is painless, as he had been too short to pass off as the person he was trying to become, they cut his legs off, extended them, and then stuck them back on. As we see in the film, Vincent had been through a lot to achieve what he wanted in life, and we can see his many attitudes towards many different things, from being cool and collective at his work, to being drunk at a club.

When we look back at what makes someone a protagonist, we can see that anyone can be a protagonist as long as they are chosen for such. As we look at both characters, we can see many similarities between the two. They both have a desire to fit in and be able to have the luxuries as every other important figure, and they both seem to have a romantic love for another character in their respective stories. As a final question: Shouldn't everyone get to express themselves, and at least show what they could do if given the chance to succeed at what they possibly would be able to do?

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Coyotes and Cargo

Have you ever wanted to move to a country because of a certain condition being better than what you currently have? Many people every day think this, and they always want to go to a better country, for freedom, food, drink, and maybe just salvation from something in their original country. Many people every day will cross borders to have a better life. People may not be in such a position as poverty, they may just think that another country was better than where they came from. As explained in “The House of The Scorpion” people had been crossing into the US because they thought it was a golden utopia, where everyone had a mansion and was as rich as Bill Gates.

There are many stories about people crossing borders just to retain a better life than one they already have, but many people won’t be able to do so. There is a variety of means of escape from one’s country, but not all of them are legal, almost every mean could get you arrested. One of the most common ways of escape across a border has been simply making a run for it. People will end up being so desperate to escape their country, that they will walk through deserts and eventually either make it to the border or die trying. Another means of escape can be trusting “Coyotes.” “Coyotes” are a type of people who will illegally smuggle people across the border, for money, and in the face of any danger whatsoever, they will just dump the “Human Cargo” and make a run for it.

As explained in the book “The House of The Scorpion” Celia had been one of the migrants trying to make it to the US, in doing this she had trusted a “Coyote” and yet every migrant was captured and turned into an eejit (Something with a brain implant) except Celia, because El Patron had saved her for cooking. This kind of thing can happen in real life as well as a fictional tale. People who cross the border, of course, don’t have a job or even a place to stay, so they will immediately try to find a job and place to live to sustain themselves after crossing the border. Though people may try to find a job after crossing, they may be under care from a government organization until they are well enough to take care of themselves.

You may have it better than you’d want to admit to a migrant, considering the things they had to live with, what they had to do to escape it and to find a stable living in their new country. This can certainly connect to what’s happening in Canada as of right now. The immigrants coming from Iraq are arriving here because of the wars going on in Iraq, and how they had been forced from their homes during the process. So, as the last statement, and something to think about: considers what you have, like, dislike, and then think about what it would be like to be an immigrant coming from a country you had to leave. Just consider how good you have it, and what they have to deal with every day.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Good, Bad, or Both?

Have you ever wondered what the people around you may think is good or evil? What have you, yourself seen as good or evil? In this blog post, lies the information explaining these two basic concepts that also happen to be worldview elements.

People have been wondering what has been good and bad since we first developed the intelligence to make decisions based on evidence from the situation. This has been one of the largest ways people have made decisions, about basically everything. From choosing a company to work for, to making something that could cause destruction or peace. There is always a very fine line between good and evil, and not everyone can see it, this can lead to the wrong decision being made.

Each individual person has their own view on what is good and what’s bad. We may always see people expressing their feelings of what’s good and what’s bad, but they aren’t the only ones with that specific view of good and evil. As an individual person, you also have a certain view of things being good or being evil and because of that, you can make the right decision on any situation, as long as you think things through. This can be done by simply thinking what benefits someone could receive, and if you would be affected negatively.

People can have their own view of what the world is, good, bad, evil, justice. Many people may not be with any side entirely, people may think that some things may be good and evil. You yourself may have these feelings for certain things; thinking that they may not be entirely good, but not entirely evil either. With just one last thing for you to think about, what is the world? In that sense, is the world evil or good? We may not know for some time, but some people are getting some idea of what the world is like. Just remember, in any situation think it through, and make sure that the positives overrule the negatives.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

This post really stings

Have you ever had a good idea that would benefit people or yourself, but you would have to do bad things to achieve it? This has happened a lot in human history, and in many books we read today. Many people have experienced this type of thing, and maybe even you have done something like this. Some people will stop at nothing to get what they think is right.

People have done some very evil and horrible things for something that would be incredibly beneficial to either themselves or to those around them. Although having good intentions, these actions won’t really add up until after everything has concluded. Sometimes a person's actions will be so severe and damaging that the end product won’t be anywhere near as valuable as compared to what they had done to achieve it.

When people try to do the right thing, and in the end, their actions are not justifiable, this can be a prime example of people not knowing when to stop what they’re doing. In doing this, they could definitely cross the line from a simple mistake, to complete disaster. To solve these problems, the best thing to do would be to convince them to stop (if you’re part of it), or at least help them to get it done as quickly and safely as possible.

People may not know the damage they’re doing, when to stop, or if they’re doing something that would be significantly larger than the end product. There are only two results that can be drawn from these actions; people will look back to see what they’ve done and truly regret it, or they won’t even think twice about it. One thing is for sure, not every action is justifiable.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

My thoughts on The House of The Scorpion

The first 100 pages in “The House Of The Scorpion” have been very interesting, considering the character development as well as the development of the story. I think that the wording and the strategies that were used to keep Matt within the house had been clever, and the introduction of new characters had been very smooth. When the characters had been introduced, explicit detail had been provided in a description of them, and sometimes even slight backstories were included within said description. Over the course of the story, Matt has certainly changed from happy go lucky kid to quite a mean and nasty person.  All the while El Patrón is quite proud of him. When this happens, we can really see that Matt is El Patrón's clone, considering a lot he does is similar to what El Patrón would have done when he was Matt's age.  Over the entire duration of the book, we see that Tom is evil to best describe him.  He makes fun of Matt, shot him with a peashooter, and seemed to torture María's dog, Furball. Continuing through the story, everyone thinks that Matt is nothing more than an animal, and treats him no better than one. Matt is always being treated as good as a dog because everyone sees them as no different from one another. Later we also find out that other cloning experiments had commenced, for not only El Patrón, but for his friend MacGregor. When we read the description of the clone, we are horrified and disgusted in some kind of an awful experience. We read that the horrible thing called a clone had made horrible wailing sounds, very similar to that of a cat. When Matt notices that the clone has similarities to Tom, I had a theory that Tom may be a clone. Later we read that the strange and horrifying clone on the bed belongs to MacGregor. This may only further prove that Tom is a clone, and not of just anyone, but he may just be the clone of MacGregor himself. Tom may be like Matt, in the sense of his mind not being destroyed by the strange injection that is known as the law. So I hope that this blog post was sufficient to your needs. I would like to thank you for reading this blog post. Thank you again.

Friday, 10 February 2017

For the next unit in school, we will be doing a novel study on the book: The House Of The Scorpion. I haven't heard or seen anything about this book, except for small glimpses of the cover when other people were reading it. To be honest I am a pretty excited to read this, considering I've never read a science fiction novel, and from the summary on the back this looks quite interesting. The only thing I'm nervous about is if I'll actually understand the book or not, by that I mean that I may not understand the book as it may contain some subjects I'm not interested or enlightened in. Another thing that I am nervous about is if I am going to understand everything, but just not be interested in the book at all. Overall I think that this will be a very interesting experience for me, and everyone in my class.

And I'd appreciate a lack of spoilers :)

Monday, 24 October 2016

I debate which side I liked most about The little Prince

The following is some information from a debate we had in class, about The Little Prince.
At first I had just put in my original debate script and gave it a bit of a touch up, but then I realized we were supposed to have your own side of the debate. So I decided to keep in the original pievce I had, and write a debate script for my own personal side.

Have you ever wondered why our children may be doing poorly? In school, or just in everyday activity? That is what we are here to discuss with you today, on the subject of “imagination,” and to also to explain why children’s exposure to whimsical ideas should be limited.

Have you ever wondered why we have imagination? I have, and I know why. We have imaginations because of what we use them for. If we didn’t have imaginations, we would be very limited in what we could do.

Television can be a very large factor for problems with imagination, because of them watching far too much of it at far too young of an age. This can cause their imagination to spin out of control, making work, or just simply telling truthful things a very difficult task. They can also have a lot of trouble deciphering what is reality and what is just television, because of their vast intake from it.

Television can be a very large factor for problems with imagination, but just because it causes a couple problems doesn’t mean you can just take it away. It is not said that television destroys your brain the way many people think, but it can create some damage. Moderation is key for this type of thing. Too much can harm the mind, and yet if there is none then children miss out on something that could possibly help them through their lives, answering questions, or just teaching them something new.

The main reason children don’t need imagination, is simply because of the problems they may have during a rough childhood, making things up to feel happy when they’re not, when really it could put them in an even worse situation than before. This could create a large problem, because normally, the child would make up a story that is relatively hard to believe, and when there is a situation that sounds just as hard to believe, it’s actually happening.

The main reason children need imagination is it actually helps with work. So if we didn’t have imagination, there would be less creativity in our work, making it worse than what it could be if we use our imagination. People say that imaginations can get out of control; that is true. Though, it’s for a specific reason, the kids do it because they need to be happy. So because of the kids needing to be happy, something is obviously wrong. As I was saying (so to not lose you) the children need to make things up in their life because they feel unhappy.

So, now that the opposition is done speaking, you see that imagination could cloud our minds, making us lose sight of what’s important, and what could be our full potential. This could be a major problem making us believe that anything is possible, of course not everything is possible, but many things can be if you keep your mind clear, straightforward and untwisted from imagination. Thank You.

So, now that the proposition is done speaking, you can see that imagination has a huge effect on children, and even adults. Without imagination, our world would be so much different. There would be so little creativity, so little uniqueness. Not only would creativity be limited, but so would knowledge. If we don’t try things (thanks to imagination we do) then we can’t figure out a lot of what’s in this world, meaning less intelligence for the future and what is taught, even Albert Einstein said; “Knowledge will get you from A, to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Thank You.