Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Well that was disappointing

For a novel study in class, I chose the book “I am a Taxi” mainly because I took interest in the blurb on the back, explaining what would come from the book. I had seen the ideas and the basis for the story in it and I was interested as the story was not as average as this type tends to be, and it was its own new idea. From the back and the front, I noticed that the writing was in something that reminded me of ripped paper, as the lines seemed a little jagged, at least to me. Overall I must say that I am excited to read this and find out what awaits me in this story. What hardships and triumphant moments that the main character will have in his endeavours and how they’ll react to them.

Friday, 8 December 2017

I really think you should Di(e)g(o) this character


How would you feel if you had to grow up inside of a prison? Diego is the protagonist in the book “I am a taxi” and has made it through a few hardships already, even if it’s only a little ways into the story. He once lived on a farm and with his family on a decent living, until they had been wrongfully accused of smuggling cocoa paste. For this incident, his parents had to go to prison and as he had nowhere else to go, he had to go as well, but that’s not all. His father went to the men's prison while his mother had to take him and go to the women’s prison.

Shortly after being imprisoned, his mother had given birth to his little sister, who had to grow up solely in a prison. As his mother had to rent their cell, she had to knit 24/7 just to keep it, with money running slim and not having anywhere else to go in the prison, Diego had to become what some call a taxi. A taxi is a figurative term, as he doesn’t carry people from place to place, or turn into a car although that would be cool. A taxi is an errand worker, receiving pay for running errands, such as going to pick something up from the store, or just mailing something at the post office. It is too early into the story to truly determine what lies ahead for Diego, but one thing is for sure, he’s a survivor and will always persevere, no matter the challenge.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Where will this book take me?

           For a novel study in class, I chose the book “I am a Taxi” mainly because I took interest in the blurb on the back, explaining what would come from the book. I had seen the ideas and the basis for the story in it and I was interested as the story was not as average as this type tends to be, and it was its own new idea. From the back and the front, I noticed that the writing was in something that reminded me of ripped paper, as the lines seemed a little jagged, at least to me. Overall I must say that I am excited to read this and find out what awaits me in this story. What hardships and triumphant moments that the main character will have in his endeavours and how they’ll react to them.


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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.