Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Litspiration Challenge 3: Theme

Litspiration Challenge 3 is challenging our abilities to analyze the theme of "The House of the Scorpion". In this project, we had to find the main theme of the book and show it in a project of our choice. 


Intentional Choices:
This represents how normal people are similar to these materials. They can be easily influenced to change and move by an outside force. The idea of predetermined fate is undermined by the influences one may face during their lifetime such as their circumstance and other people.

Different House Styles:
Our choice of creating different style houses shows us that our theme is universal as its influence is not confined by limitations such as time or space. Discrimination is learned because people are taught to avoid, fear, and patronize certain types of people by their elderly or parents.

Video Format:
A photo is a freeze frame and typically the start of a story while a video is usually the story itself. By putting our message in a video format we believe it emphasizes a sense of time. This sense of time represents how discrimination is an ongoing story. It has its own beginning, middle, and end.

The Yellow Building:

Yellow is a color that is representative of cowardice and deceit and this is what we believe what discrimination is. Expressing an immature dislike for a group of individuals due to it being a “lazy” way to get to “know” an individual. This is reminiscent of a fear for social interaction.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Harkness Discussions: Your Connections

In this Harkness discussion we were reviewing and analyzing the chapters we have recently read in "House Of The Scorpion". Lots happened in these past chapters and there were many things to discuss. The conversation was quite interesting as one of our contributors had “encouraged” people to speak up and share their ideas by using a sign to remind those who were quiet. We weren't actually very quiet today which makes it a lot easier to continue the discussion. 7:20 was when were having the best conversation. We were all having a really in-depth conversation at this point and everyone was involved in the discussion. This was nice because we didn't have to worry about trying to get the quieter people to speak up at this point. We did have some awkward silences in this part of the discussion which leads to our goal for next discussion. Our goal for the next discussion is to try and limit these awkward silences when we’re finished asking a question and waiting for the moderator to ask another question. Also here is a map of the flow of our discussion.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Litspiration Challenge: Characterization

To analyze characterization in "The House of the Scorpion" we were told to either make a song playlist, Instagram or Twitter account, for a character. We chose to do an Instagram account for Maria Mendoza. This our analysis of her character.

In the introductory parts of the book, Maria is very inconsiderate for the feelings of others due to an immature disregard for qualities such as empathy and the emotions of others. This usually lead to comments that hurt the feelings of others. Despite all this Maria's juvenile characteristics start to change due to her experiences at the convent where she matures. This is demonstrated in our Instagram account through a progression of the quality of posts. The posts near the beginning are generic and juvenile and as the posts progress they become less immature.

Maria tries to be kind to everyone (or at least she tries to) even if they are not necessarily deserving of respect. Despite Tom’s actions Maria still appeared to support him indirectly (defending him when Matt was insulting him, and when he was sent to the baby table by Matt). Another example of Maria’s acceptance is her treatment of Matt. While actively patronizing him due to his lack of a soul, being a clone (this not so much), she is willing to listen and talk to him.

Actions are a crucial component in characterization as it reveals many things about a character. Maria had decided to stay with Matt when he first came to the bug house despite the warnings and reactions of the other characters. This may reveal an innocent characteristics reminiscent of a typical child. Children are usually more open and without bias due to their young age. This is represented in our project through a “casual throwback post”. This also may indicate that Maria may be a very caring person and this is represented by the toffee post as it indicates her initial intentions when giving the present.

To conclude Maria has developed throughout the story and it will be interesting how Maria will further develop in the story. She is kind, affectionate, and unique from other characters.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Harkness Discussion #2

A Harkness discussion is when multiple people converse on a certain topic/s. Individuals are responsible for different roles in these discussions. The moderator, the person in responsible for developing questions to guide the conversation and to keep it on "track". The cartographer is responsible for tracking the "flow" of conversation by recording the exchange between the group. This can look like:

 The recorder records the conversation for future reference. Our group did not have trouble adding their ideas when they had the chance. There were a few people that were quieter than others but that is because they were doing their assigned responsibilities. The more talkative people in the group would consistently interrupt others but this wasn't quite noticeable due to the quality of the recording. We concluded that the best moment of our discussion was from 4:00 and onwards.  For our next discussion, I think we can include the quiet people more. To do this we will need to discuss in an assigned order.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Litspiration Challenge: Setting

Recently we have been analyzing the components of setting in the "House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer. To demonstrate this knowledge we have decided to make a travel Brochure to the fictional land inside the book.

In this brochure, we have taken the perspective of a person who would write such reviews in this fictional world. When making reference to Matt Alacran he is described to be an "it". This indicates a difference in social status and a discriminatory bias against clones like Matt. The first section of the Brochure is an introduction to Opium, the fictional country. The second section describes the setting, and the third section describes how the narrative is driven forward by the different scene-specific settings.