Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Romeo and Juliet(Discussion Question)

1. We have seen situations and messages relating to themes so far:  the feud, rushing, parental responsibility, time, fate, etc.  Choose one of these topics. What message do you think Shakespeare is sending about the concept you choose? (AKA  turn the topic (feud) into a theme).  Find 3 examples from the course of the whole play (not just in one act or scene).

Topic: Fate
I think the message that Shakespeare is sending about fate in that it guides our life, and sometimes it's just how lucky you are. Romeo and Juliet's fate led them to their death and we have to wonder why Shakespeare would want to write something as tragic as this. Romeo curses fate when something bad happens to him. Fore example, when he hears the news that Juliet is dead, he cries out, "I defy you, stars!" Romeo blames fate because it hasn't worked out in his favor.  He doesn't realize that fate does determine your life, but it's guided by your own decisions. Outside institutions, such as the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, the number of tragic events that happen with Friar Lawrence's letter, and the timing of Juliet waking up to find Romeo dead beside her, influence their decisions. Another example is when Romeo says, "I am fortune's fool!" He says this after killing Tybalt. Why would he blame his own violent actions on fate? O fortune, fortune! If thou art fickle, what dost thou with him........I hope, thou wilt not keep him long. But send him back." Juliet says this asking fate to bring Romeo back to her. She's relying on fate to solve all her problems. A common saying, everything happens for a reason, is used often in our society. It's a nice quotation because it's true. On the other hand, we may be depending on it a little too much to carry out our future. We have to be able to make our own decisions and handle our own problems. We can't just stand back and expect good things to come out of no hard work. Our society may be a bit like Romeos and Juliets in the the way that we blame other things/people for things we've done. In conclusion, I think Shakespeare wanted to show us that things happen for a reason. The death of Romeo and Juliet lead to end of the feud between the two families. So things do happen for a reason, but bad things must happen in order for good things to happen.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Romeo and Juliet(Act3)

2. Is Mercutio a victim of the feud, of fate or is he to blame for his own demise? Justify your response!

I think Mercutio is to blame for his own demise because he was the one was wanted to fight with Tyblat. It wasn't any of his business to begin with, so I think he couldn't let Romeo handle it. I think Mercutio's intentions were good, that he wanted to stand up for Romeo, but his actions weren't good. Mercutio's rushed decision lead to a horrible outcome(his own death) and I think if he would've thought it through he could've made a better decision. He isn't the type of person to do that though. I think you get to choose your own fate in life, that things may happen for a reason but they're guided by your own decisions.  Mercutio chose to fight Tybalt, so I think he's to blame for his own demise.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Romeo and Juliet(Station 3:Discussion post)

3. Do you think Shakespeare is fairly representing teenagers? Why or why not?

I think Shakespeare is fairly representing teenagers because teenagers do carry out a main topic in this novel, rushing. Teenagers tend to rush things because they don't think things through. They are constantly learning how the mistakes that come from rushing can affect everyday life. I find that we need to make these mistakes in order to live as an adult. Teenagers are also very dramatic with their emotions, like Romeo and somewhat Juliet. They also make small roadblocks seem huge, when in fact they are not. "I am not here. This is not Romeo. He's some other where." Romeo says this when talking to Benvolio, displaying an example of dramatics.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Hunger Games - Part A (Characterization)

Katniss Everdeen:

(Chapters 1-6)
-sixteen years old, thin, has dark brown hair
-daughter of Mrs. Everdeen and sister of Prim Everdeen
-her father was killed in a mine explosion
-lives in district twelve, the poorest district in Panem: "District Twelve, where you can starve to death in safety" (pg.6)
-struggles to provide food for her family(hunts in the forest and trades at the Hob- black market)
-very good hunter, skilled with a bow and arrow "You've got to get your hands on a bow. That's your best chance" (pg.39)
-hunts with her best friend Gale
-puts her family before herself(but loves Prim more than her mother)
-despises the Peacekeepers, has opinions of her own towards the Capitol she can't say aloud: "I scared my mother to death, the things I would blurt out about District 12" (pg.6)
-mentally, and somewhat physically strong
-volunteers to take her sister's place as a tribute in the Hunger Games
-makes a 'splash' at the opening ceremonies

(Chapters 7-12)
-people think she has a good chance of winning the Games: "She's a survivor, that one." (pg.90)
-has to act nicely around Peeta during training
-gets an 11 as her training score: "Guess they liked your temper. They need some players with some heat." (pg.108)
-does well at her interview session
-survives the first two days of the Games, with a couple supplies but no bow
-finds water after she almost dies of thirst: "It's all I can do not to plunge my face into the water." (pg.170)

(Chapters 13-18)
-is literally the 'girl on fire' when the Gamemakers throw in a real fire to create some action
-gets painful burns from the fire
-the Careers trap her up in a tree: "Oh, let her stay up there. It's not like she's going anywhere. We'll deal with her in the morning." (pg.183)
-recieves medicine to treat her burns from Haymitch
-cuts off track jacker nest, sending the Careers running, and Glimmer and the girl from district 4 dies: "It's mayhem. The Careers have woken to a full-scale tracker jacker attack." (pg.190)
-retrieves bow from Glimmer's dead body
-Peeta saves Katniss' life by forcing her to leave the disasterous area
-allies with Rue: "You know, they're not the only ones who can form alliances." (pg.200)
-blows up the Career's food supplies
-is devastated about Rue's death, so she puts flowers all over her, sings to her, and promises to win: "I'm going to win for both of us now." (pg.233)
-kills the boy from district 1 who killed Rue
-waiting with a fire burning for other tributes to find her: "Where are you Cato? I think as I roast the birds and Rue's roots. I'm waiting right here." (pg.241)
-calls out Peeta's name when she hears of the rule change

(Chapters 19-27)
-finds Peeta by a stream, camoflauged in the nature
-cleans his wounds and feeds him
-kisses Peeta and recieves a gift of broth: "Haymitch couldn't be sending me a clearer message. One kiss equals one pot of broth." (pg.261)
-feeds Peeta a sleep syrup so she can go and get his medicine from the Cornicopia
-gets a nasty cut on her forehead from Clove's knife
-Clove traps her at the Cornicopia after she gets the medicine: "She carefully selects an almost dainty-looking number with a cruel, curved blade." (pg.285)
-Thresh saves Katniss, by killing Cato, and she escapes: "Just this one time, I let you go. For the little girl." (pg.288)
-is attacked unexpectedly by the muttations
-almost kills herself by eating nightlock berries with Peeta: "Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they don't care if we both die." (pg.344)
-wins the Games
-survives the last set of interviews and gets clean and recharged at the Capitol
-tells Peeta she isn't fully into him, it was partially for the sponsers: "It was all for the Games, how you acted." (pg.372)

Peeta Mellark: 

(Chapters 1-6)
-his parents are bakers, his father is nice and his mother isn't
-lives  in district twelve
-works in the bakery with his parents
-physically strong from lifting sacks of flour in the bakery
-gave Katniss bread when she was starving: "Still, just throwing me the bread was an enormous kindness..." (pg.31)
-is chosen as a tribute in the Hunger Games
-super sweet, but it may be just an act to kill Katniss in the Games: "Kind Peeta Mellark, the boy who gave me the bread, is fighting hard to kill me." (pg.60)

(Chapters 7-12)
-his parents don't believe he can win
-super nice to Katniss
-he doesn't believe he can win: "I can't do anything, unless you count baking bread." (pg.89)
-gets an 8 as his training score
-announces he wants to be trained separately from Katniss
-announces he has a crush on Katniss at the interviews: "Well there's this one girl. I've had a crush on
her since I can remember." (pg.130)
-tells Katniss he would rather die in the Games than let the Capitol change him: "I want to die as myself, does that make any sense?" (pg.141)
-survives the first two days of the Games
-allies with the Careers to find Katniss: "Besides, he's our best chance of finding her." (pg.162)
-kills a tribute

(Chapters 13-18)
-traps Katniss in a tree with the other Careers
-saves Katniss' life by getting her out of the tracker jacket chaos: "He shoves me away from him hard. 'Run!' he screams. 'Run!'"(pg.193)
-gets cut by Cato: "I know where I cut him. It's a miracle he hasn't bled to death yet."(pg.216)
-stranded in the woods alone

(Chapters 19-27)
-is found by Katniss, camoflauged: "Well, don't step on me." (pg.252)
-gets cleaned up with the help of Katniss
-is kissed by Katniss: "Impulsively, I lean forward and kiss him, stopping his words." (pg. 260)
-takes a sleep syrup not knowing what it was
-is healed by the medicine Katniss gave him: "Whatever you shot into my arm did the trick. By this morning, almost all the swelling in my leg was gone." (pg.291)
-finds Katniss in a pool of blood and takes care of her
-kills Foxface without even knowing it, by leaving out the nightlock berries she ate: "And she's very clever Peeta. Well, she was. Until you outfoxed her." (pg.320)
-is attacked unexpectedly by the muttations
-battles it out with Cato and a muttation bites his injured leg
-almost kills himself when he hears of the rule change: "He leans down and rips the bandage off his leg, eliminating the final barrier between his blood and the earth." (pg.343)
-almost kills himself by eating the nightlock berries with Katniss
-wins the Games
-gets a prosthetic leg
-survives the last set of interviews: "He and Peeta already have the rapport they established the night of the first interview, that easy banter." (pg.367)
-is hurt when he realizes Katniss isn't totally into him

Haymitch Abernathy:

(Chapters 1-6)
-paunchy, middle-aged man
-is the only previous winner of the Hunger Games in district twelve still alive
-is usually drunk, but he can afford it
-is Katniss' and Peeta's mentor is the Games
-bad manners: "Then he vomits all over the expensive carpet and falls in the mess." (pg.47)
-seems like he will be a bad mentor and won't take it seriously: "'Here's some advice. Stay alive!' says Haymitch, and then bursts out laughing." (pg.56)

(Chapters 7-12)
-starts offering good advice, which is ironic situationally
-forces Katniss and Peeta to act nicely together: "You will be together, you will appear amiable to each other." (pg.92)
-thinks what Katniss did in the training session was funny
-tells Katniss she has to change who she is for the interviews: "I'm trying to figure out what to do with you. How we're going to present you." (pg.116)
-doesn't allow Katniss a gift, leading her to find water

(Chapters 13-18)
-sends Katniss a gift of medicine for her burns and blisters: "He has not left me to fend entirely for myself. The cost of this medicine must be astronomical.


(Chapters 1-6)
-young, attractive man with brown hair and green eyes: "His metallic gold eyeliner brings out the flecks of gold in his green eyes." (pg.63)
-Katniss' main stylist from the Capitol
-first time working in the Games, asks for district twelve
-has full confidence in Katniss: "Katniss, the girl who was on fire!" (pg.67)
-really nice and understanding
-doesn't fully support the Capitol's decisions: "'How despicable we must seem to you,' he says." (pg.65)

(Chapters 7-12)
-makes Katniss look stunning(but also someone she's not) for the interviews
-loved by Katniss: "Of all the people I've met since I've left home, Cinna is by far my favourite." (pg.122)
-tells Katniss to be herself for the interviews which ends up going well
-believes Katniss can win the Games: "I'm not allowed to bet, but if I could, my money would be on you." (pg.146)

(Chapters 19-27)
-gives Katniss a more subtle look for the last set of interviews: "I thought Peeta would like this better." (pg.355)


(Chapters 13-18)
-looks super young, although she's twelve years old
-dark eyes and skin
-gives Katniss the idea of how to escape the Careers
-quick and intelligent: "I imagine her flying around the training equipment never touching the floor. She should have gotten at least a 10." (pg.189)
-allies with Katniss
-heals Katniss' stings from the tracker-jackers
-teaches Katniss how to communicate via the mockingjays: "We can sing back and forth for hours. They carry messages for me." (pg.212)
-seperates from Katniss to carry out their plan to blow up the Career's food supply
-dies from a spear the boy from district 1 threw at her: "'Bye, Rue,' I whisper. I press the three middle fingers of my left hand against my lips and hold them out in her direction."

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Hunger Games- Chapters 19-27(Part B+C/D)

Part B: Introspection

"Before I am even aware of my own actions, my bow is loaded with the arrow pointed straight at his heart. Peeta raises his eyebrows and I see the knife has already left his hand on its way to the lake where it splashes in the water." (pg.343)

I think that this quote is important because it shows the effect the Games has on anyone. Katniss and Peeta have been through so much together and they both like each other more than friends. It shows how the Capitol can control every part of you, inner and outer. Katniss is telling us this is what happened after Templesmith announces the new rule change. She thought Peeta wanted to kill her, after all they'd been through together, which would be completly ironic if this wasn't the Games. You can't trust anyone no matter how well you know someone, or love someone in the Games. Your life is on the line. In this dystopian society, insanity's inevitable.  It also brings out the true character in both Katniss and Peeta. Peeta is still the sweet innoncent baker's son from district twelve. He would never hurt Katniss and it is terrifying that she would believe that. Katniss is the type of charcter who would kill someone if her life and Prim's life were on the line. In my opinoin, this proves that though Katniss and Peeta have been through so much, they are both static characters because their personalities have never changed. 

Part C/D: Final reflection

Option 2: 

Q: Reflect on the author's decision to write a book like the Hunger Games. It sparked a series of new novels in the genre of dystopian fiction. Some would argue the last time dystopian fiction was this popular was with Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. What are the most important messages/lessons that the author is conveying and why and how? What do you think sparked the author to create a novel such as this? Did she draw inspiration from our current society? 

A: I think the author decided to write a book like the Hunger Games to display the most brutal effect the Capitol can have on Panem; the Games. Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World have strong, powerful messages that were vital to society then, and even more now. In 1984, you are not aloud to love anyone but the government. "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." The governement will make you believe anything, no matter how inaccurate it may seem. The negative part of this novel is a human can be broken down. The positive side's that it takes tremendous effort and brainwashing to get into someone's head. He loved a girl, he ended up loving the government instead. 1984 shows how power is stronger than love, but in the Hunger Games it shows the opposite(Katniss' and Peeta's actions to die together). In Brave New World, you are aloud to think your own thoughts. Furthermore, humans have a role they have to play. Everyone takes soma; a drug which makes them feel happy and stoned when they start to feel instable. In the Games, they get their happiness through image and beauty. There's a connection made how the government wants everyone to feel safe in both novels through control. But is it better to be happy or free? In another dystopian novel, the Host, there is a quote that relates to this topic; "Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without some equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale." Quite possibly our world is perfect in the way that it's not. Dystopian novels try to change that by convincing us through happiness we are safe, and in result they gain power. They have us confused that it's a win-win situation, when in reality our world's imperfections balance our circle of life. The author drew inspiration from this novel because of our current society. Our world's been changing uncontrollably. Image is everything. Collins is trying to tell us that's not what's important; it's about what's inside. Society's changed so many people that nobody can see the dangerous direction our world is rapidly spiraling into. It's more important to be yourself.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Hunger Games-Part B+D(Introspection+Discussion/Reflection Questions)

Part B(Introspection):

1. "The audience in the Capitol will be getting bored, claiming that these Games are verging on dullness. This is one thing the Games must not do" (173).

The Games cannot verge on dullness because the Capitol has to maintain their control over Panem. When nobody dies in the Games, it gets boring and the audience isn't interested. Therefore the audience will think that the tributes have free will to just sit there and do nothing. The Capitol looks weak when this happens because it shows a lack of control over the tributes. Their symbol of power(The Games) is slowly fading away when the tributes don't carry out the plan they made for them. When one rule the Capitol enforces backfires, the audience can question their entire authority over Panem. It's not just the people who live in the poor districts who can think this, it's the people that live in wealthier places like the Capitol who are/were happy with their dystopian government. There is symbolism in the fire they create to get the tributes back on their feet, stiving for survival. This makes the audience interested; can the Capitol really kill my own child at the press of a button?! Also, they send the fire full speed ahead in Katniss' direction because they know she enjoyed being the 'girl on fire' during her time spent at the Capitol. So, they literally make her 'the girl on fire'. It's wrong for Katniss to feel any kind of happiness during her time at the Capitol because they want to make her feel scared instead to retain control. Therefore, they must keep the Games interesting or else they could lose their authority over Panem.

Part D(Disscussion/Reflection Questions):

2. In Chapter 18, Katniss says she finally understand what Peeta meant when he said he wished for a way to show the Capitol they don't own him, that he is more than just "a piece in their games". What causes this revelation? How does she feel about this and what types of things does she do to show her feelings towards the Capitol? What message does this send... to them? to us, as readers?

This revelation is caused by the injustice of Rue's death. Katniss knows the entire dystopia of the Capitol and the Hunger Games is wrong, but actually seeing how someone innocent and young can die so easily pushes her off the edge. Katniss wants to shame the Capitol and send them a message in the symbol of the flowers she decorates Rue's body with. This shames them because in the Games it's ironic to be depressed about the death of a tribute. But she shows them that she can be her own person and yes, she will be depressed and angry when someone she felt close to has died. Katniss also thinks of Prim when she thinks of Rue. Therefore, she's even more enraged at/scared of the Capitol because they show her how that can happen to someone she loves very much, Prim. She's also realizing her fury towards the Capitol and how people who speak out about theirs are right. Peeta says he won't kill anyone to win, to turn into a monster he's not. That does show something towards the Capitol, but I think Katniss has a better strategy. She will kill anyone who tries to kill her, or someone who likes to kill people for fun(Cato) because she knows it's wrong. Katniss does want to continue on with her life and she won't let the Capitol ruin that. The message it sends to us as readers is to be able to fight for something you believe in and to question authority when you know something's not right. You don't have to protest or go all out, but you can show it in other more subtle ways. The protagonist in a dystopia questions the social and political systems. I think you can be like this in any society, utopian, dystopian, doesn't matter. We shouldn't be afraid to speak up, even if you are just one person, because we can always improve and change our world.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Hunger Games-Part D(Discussion/Reflection)

1. What does Peeta fear more than death? What does this mean?

Peeta fears letting the Capitol control him and remind everyone of the power they have over Panem. The Capitol controls him by changing his image in the Games. He still wants the people of Panem to see him as the sweet, innocent boy from district twelve and not a monster in the Games that will do anything to win. He's looking at it like the Capitol can make him play in the Games because yes, they do have the power and control to do that. But he won't be a piece in their Games, showing his district what they Capitol can do. The Capitol can make their people of Panem respect them fearfully. Peeta will sort of question their authority while bringing down the level of entertainment in the Games. This justifies the book as a dystopia when the main character questions the political systems in a subtle way. He will stay himself no matter who tries to change him, because that's the only thing he can do. And that's something to die for.

2. What does Katniss say on page 153 that contradicts what she says/thinks on page 157. To whom or what is she referring to and to what would you attribute her confusion? Why is this important? 

On page 153, Katniss says that she would be happy finding out Peeta's dead. She eases her guilt while saying this reminding herself that he's taking a stand against the Captiol, which is a good thing. Katniss also says that it would be unpleasent to kill him, meaning she might still have feelings for him. I mean it would be unpleasent to have to kill anyone for the entertainment of a controlling governement, but she's gotten to know Peeta better. Katniss contradicts herself on page 157 when she says she's glad Peeta is still alive. She knows he likes her enough to go back and fill in for her if she dies. Now that she feels safe an she knows he stands a chance, she thinks he can make it. Katniss has mixed emotions about Peeta because he's giving her mixed signals. It's hard to tell who you can trust in the Games and who you can't. Maybe she likes him more than she thought or maybe the feeling of being in the Games is getting to her.

4. What messages from the Hunger Games/Capitol prove that they are exerting their power and control over the people (dystopia)? Find 3 examples and explain why these are significant. 

 In chapter 7, when Katniss goes to show off her skills and the Gamemakers aren't paying attention. This shows that they're powerful enough to not care what the tributes show they. It shows that they can afford to be lazy and carless. This is different in a utopian governement, they have to pay attention to what they're being shown by something as important as for example, the Games. They show control by still making the tributes work hard, fearing their judgement. Also, when Katniss is getting dressed up for the Games. She completely changes her appearance to gain sponsers. The Capitol controls them in this way to show that they have to do this to survive(through sponsers). The Capitol makes people change who they are through their power, and that's why this is a dystopia, because it's not right. The third example is when Peeta says he likes Katniss infront of all of Panem. Katniss has to feel this way about Peeta even though it says in the book that she does not feel this way(through her actions). So the Capitol can control people's inner and outer qualities, which can transform anyone.