Monday, 13 May 2013

How can literature or films can make us more aware of social inequality

In class last week we watched the movie "the blind side". I am going to use the story in "the blind side" and the story in a book i have read called "the hunger games" to illustrate my views on how literature or films can make us more aware of social inequality. 

Many places in the world there are social inequality. Most places in the world there are differences between poor or rich, but they are not always visible if you don´t take a closer look. Social inequality can also appear in different ways, such as the government having all the wealth while people are struggling, or by having some areas where all the rich or more wealthy people live, and areas where all the poor or less wealthy people live. 

I think films can be great sources to get knowledge about differences and social inequality. If they are made in a good way, they can manage to show these differences without it being the main theme. By watching films who shows the social inequality we can more easily see the main differences between peoples way of living. We can also be reminded that things are not always as we believe, like when you see people in films who lives in a wealthy area and has no idea that there is another less wealthy side of that area or city. I think the films can make people more aware of the social inequalities by showing people that there is another side of your area which you have never been to. Many of the wealthy people have never been to that other side of their area, and some people may not even dare to approach that other side. 

In another way, films can also help us see injustice being committed by government when it´s hard for us to discover in our daily life's  The government actually don´t need to be doing anything wrong if the commit injustice, but they may commit injustice by not reacting or not focusing at social inequalities and problems. By not caring about cities or places being divided and having such strong division lines between wealthy and not wealthy, the government can be practicing almost as much injustice as taken all the wealth to themselves. 
The film called "the blind side" is mainly about a family who takes care of a boy called Michael Oher. Michael has always been living in a very poor part of their area, and has lived in many foster homes because his mother has not managed to take care of him because of her drug addiction. Therefore, Michael has never been able to focus on school work, or any other important things for a child or teenager. The family, which consists of Leigh Ann and Sean Tuhoy and their two kids, a boy and a girl. Michael gets to live with them, and after a while Leigh Ann and Sean becomes his legal guardian. He gets to go to school and they also discover that he is really good at american football. Among other things he also gets a private tutor which helps him with getting better at school so he can go to college and play football. 
The blind side is a very touching story about a poor boy which gets his whole life changed in a positive way by just someone caring about him. The film also shows in a very good way how big the differences between to places in the same area can be. For instance when Michael takes Leigh Ann to a shop near where he used to live, it´s a huge difference from where Leigh Ann and her family lives in their wealth. 

"The Hunger Games" is a quite different story than the blind side, though it has some of the same message. The hunger games shows our society in another time far in the future, where all that remains after a brutal war is a country called "Panem". Panem is divided into 12 (later 13) districts with the capital "Capitol". All the twelve districts lives in very poor conditions and are struggling just to get enough food to survive, while the people in Capitol lives in great wealth. As a punishment for the rebellion years a go, each district has to send one boy and one girl to the hunger games each year. The rules are simple; the contestants has to survive, and the one that remains in the end is crowned as the winner and can go back home. In "the Hunger games" we meet Katniss who is 16, and lives with her sister Primrose, and her mother. Her father died in a mine accident. Her sister Primrose are chosen to compete in the hunger games, but Katniss volunteers to take her place. The story is mainly about how Katniss manage to survive the Hunger games, but at the same time the message below is how unfair the system and government are. 

"The hunger games" shows a different way of social inequality than "the blind side". In this story, social inequality is illustrated by the government system being unfair and committing great injustice. I think the film is good at showing how social inequality can be practiced at its worst. 

To make a conclusion, I think both films are showing how social inequality can be practiced in different ways. Films like this are necessary to make people aware of the injustice being committed I think. 

Monday, 6 May 2013

My reading of "Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children"

I asked him what happened, what animal had hurt him, but he wasn´t listening. “Go to the Island,” he repeated. “You´ll be safe there. Promise me.” “I will. I promise” What else could I say? “I thought I could protect you,” he said. “I should´ve told you a long time ago…”I could see the life going out of him. “Told me what?” I said, choking back tears. “There´s no time, “he whispered.
We picked this paragraph because we think it shows the theme quite well. Since we guess the theme is trust and to follow your instincts, we thought this paragraph was suitable because it shows how Jacob has to decide to trust his grandfather. Jacob has to choose whether he should believe his grandfather and go to the Island, or if it´s just fairy tales.
“A loop,” I repeated, remembering my grandfather´s command: find the bird, in the loop. “Is that what this place is?” “Yes. Though you may better know it as the third of September, 1940.” I leaned toward her over the little desk. “What do you mean? It´s only the one day? It repeats?” “Over and over, though our experience of it is continuous. Otherwise we would have no memory of the last, oh, seventy years that we´ve resided here.” “That´s amazing,” I said.
This paragraph shows some of the setting. The setting is a bit back and forth. In the beginning they are located in Florida, USA, in modern times. Then Jacob travels with his father to Wales, to the Island, and finds a tunnel which takes him back in time, to third of September, 1940. This paragraph is taken from the time when Jacob has recently travelled back in time, and is about to discover it.
I´d always known I was strange. I never dreamed I was peculiar. But if I could see things almost no one else could, it explained why Ricky hadn´t seen anything in the woods the night my grandfather was killed. It explained why everyone thought I was crazy. I wasn’t crazy or seeing things or having a stress reaction; the panicky twist in my gut whenever they were close-that and the awful sight of them- that was my gift.
It was a bit hard to find a paragraph that shows the whole plot in a good way, but we thought this paragraph shows it quite well. Some of the “mystery” in the book is revealed in this paragraph. We find out why Jacob can see the monsters, and why his friend can´t. The whole plot is not revealed, but some of it is.
Character Development
A tree branch landed in the water. I grabbed it and Emma pulled, and when we finally came out of the bog I was shaking too hard to stand. Emma sank down beside me and I fell into her arms. I killed it, I thought. I really killed it. All the time I´d spent being afraid, I never dreamed I could actually kill one!
This paragraph show how Jacobs character has developed through the story. Before he was always afraid, but now he has dared to face his fear. This shows his character development quite well.
This is an analyse of a book I have read in class. In on of my latest blogs I wrote some about it before I started reading it, and here is what I thought of it after reading it!
I did this together with Ingeborg in my class.

I thought the book was very interesting and fun to read. The book contained images of different people and things doing weird things. It was a bit creepy, but it made the story much more fun to read when you could see the pictures and got the feeling it was real. Our class made a tweet to Ransom Riggs, the writer of the book, and asked if the images were real. He answered that they were real, and I was quite surprised actually! But the book itself was a new type of book for me, and it was fun reading it. But sometimes I think it was a bit boring and “still-standing”. But the book was interesting and well written, and I can recommend reading it!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Book project in class

In class this week we started working on our in-depth projects in groups of two. Ingeborg and I started writing about different ways to collaborate with an easy explanation for those who are not familiar with it. We are not finished yet, but we have started writing about how to use Skype to collaborate and to keep contact with other classes, students, and persons. We also started writing on how blogs also can be helpful to collaborate with others when writing texts. Here are some extracts from what we wrote:

The program is made for people who would like to keep in touch with other friends, classmates, or people all over the world. You can also use Skype in school settings to cooperate with other classes in other countries. On Skype you do not just have the opportunity to call somebody, but you can also have a video conversation where you can see the other people or persons. Another good thing is that it´s totally free to use and with unlimited edition. 

Another way to collaborate with other individuals is to write on a blog or read blogs. By writing blogs you can write texts and get comments on perhaps how you could improve your writing. It´s also easy to share thoughts with others, and see if they have something to add or if the agree with you

We are also going to write more about other different ways to collaborate in the next classes. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Miss Peregrine´s home for Peculiar Children

This first week after the Christmas Holiday we are working with an in-depth-study according to ou competency goals. We are supposed to choose one book we are either going to read just a little from, our read the whole book! We about seven different options, and I chose to read the book called “Miss Peregrine´s home for Peculiar Children”. One of the options were “The Hunger Games” who was really tempting to read, but I have already read it, so it wouldn´t be much exciting to read it again! Even though I adore it!
I read a short book description, and it seemed very interesting and thrilling to read! Shortly it is about a big house on an Island where there lived lots of children who could do extraordinary things. I also read some reviews on the book, and it seemed very good. Some people said that it was hard to put it down, and some said it got interesting when they had read some pages. Also it seemed like some people didn´t like the ending, but I figured that I want to read it even though!

I hope the book is exciting and thrilling, and that I enjoy reading it!