Tuesday, 16 April 2013

My Thoughts So Far -Youth: Chapters 1 & 2-

My Thoughts on The House of Scorpion:

Hi Guys!

     So far I have completed reading the "Youth" section of The House of the Scorpion. In these few chapters we have been introduced to a couple of characters that include Matt, Emelia, Celia, Maria, and many more. I think that the introduction of the book has been great and the author has managed to pull her readers in an effective manner. One of the inferences that I have created, has to do with the actual making of the clones and the worldview and personality of Matt, himself. In a lot of the sub chapters, the characters show great dislike towards Matt. One of the things that I am curious about is why they dislike him. In fact here is a quote taken from Rosa, Matt's master and/or captor, "It's a sullen, evil tempered animal." [Pg. 43]. This was one of the many statements that Rosa used to describe Matt. From this one quote, we can see that Rosa and the majority of people in Alacran Estate hate clones and they view them as beasts and as wild animals.

     As the chapter progresses, my curiosity to know why they hate them overtakes me and the question echoes in my head. From the beginning of the chapter, we learn more about the embryos that Eduardo harvests. On page 1, Eduardo briefly describes that the clones will know exactly what they look like, their preference in food, and even their common interests with their original person. However they don't talk about their values, beliefs, or personalities. Despite the facts that this is a fictional book, I can sense that one of the morals within the book, is to be yourself and don't give into peer pressure. I think that a lot of the clone's reputations are harshly given to them and a lot of the "problems" that they cause are due to the scientists and societies choices. I think that Matt will be able to prove himself worthy in the few final stages and will show us that everyone has a choice in life and no one is obligated to follow the "mainstream".

     One last question that I am going to embed into your mind is if the clones were introduced into our society, how would they be treated?

     If you have read this book or have any thoughts on this question please comment below! Hopefully you have taken interest in to our novel study and we are able to inspire you to grab a book and start reading. Along the way try and "digest" what you have read and keep those literary elements in mind. Remember to challenge yourself and have fun along the way! :)

-Heather


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The Scorpion Project Introduction!

 

Hey Guys!

Starting from April 10th, I will be starting a new humanities project on the novel, The House of Scorpion. It will be completed with a couple classmates and should have a timeline of 4-5 weeks. If you look on the side you will be able to access the website, along with our recent blog posts of literary elements and some of the conversations that we have of the book. One of the things that I am looking forward to is the individual blog posts on characterization, theme, ect. As the year has progressed, I have really enjoyed discussing literary elements and actually interpreting and using my inquiry skills to depict what the author is writing about. I think this project will be challenging because it will be taking a lot of  our inquiry skills to try and interpret the message and themes that the author is trying to express through her story. I think the challenge creates a great aura of excitement and I believe that my group members are as thrilled as I am to start this new assignment. With our the first introduction I am already able to tell that the story will be riveting and I;m quite sure that there will be plenty of plot twists. (older version on left and modern version from the right). You will be able to access our website by the link on the sidebar, along with the other members in my group. Well I hope you enjoy the new edition to my listpiration blog that will soon be coming your way and I hope you're able to be "litspired" ;).

-Heather