Tag Archives: Person VS Society

“Poof” And Your Gone

Would you like a world without adults, nobody telling you what to do? In the book, Gone, by Michael Grant, all the adults are gone in a blink of an eye. Here is a fake newspaper I created explaining the conflict of the book. In the exposition of the book, we are introduced to a fourteen year old named Sam and his two good friends, Astrid, and Quinn. Since they are currently one of the oldest on Earth, the children are depending on them. Grant writes, “Sam hesitated. If he showed them, crossed this line, he wouldn’t be able to make them forget it. They would keep at him till he told them everything” (44). However, no one knows, it’s different for Sam, he has and knows a little more than the others. In my opinion, the  conflict is person vs. society because Sam is deciding on whether he should tell the others what he knows and could do, in order for his friends to understand the problem.

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Here is where I created my fake newspaper.

Here is where I found my featured image.

 

No More Pressure

 

Do you have the nerves to ruin your own family’s name? In my point of view, the conflict of the book (un) arranged marriage is person vs. society because this book shows how people could be different from what family or culture they were born in.

When Manny was living in Punjab, he meets a very special uncle, uncle Jag, who was also like Manny, did not want to have the future all his family members had, which forces him to end up deciding to leave his family and discover his own path outside of Punjab. Rai writes, “Then he slapped me across the back of he head with his huge hand, sending me crashing into the side of the stairway” (224). This quote occurred when Manny walks into his house after returning from Punjab, his old man beat him up because he had sneakily come back from Punjab which was disobeying what he said. His old man did not care about how Manny felt after the fact that they all tricked and ditched Manny then left him alone in Punjab with his relatives, all he cared about was Manny shouldn’t have left Punjab so early. When reading parts where Manny gets beaten up by his old man, I think his old man is very crazy because he doesn’t even have the reasons to hit him. When my parents hit me, I must have done something very bad that will make them very angry, but Manny’s old man gets angry and hits him for small problems. Rai writes, “Harry, the wanker, had even gone and fitted a new lock on my bedroom door just so that they could keep me prisoner” (228). This quote explains how no one cared how he was feeling. Even his brother, Harry, did not feel sorry for him, but actually locked him up as a punishment. Rai writes, “No more hanging about with that monkey and all them goreh” (254). This quote happened in a party before the wedding, one of his brother’s friends started to tease African Americans, which he was referring to Manny’s best friend Ady. When Manny hears this, he becomes really furious and wanted to beat his friend up for being such a racist.

After meeting Jag who helped him a lot with his future and returning to England to live with his family, Manny realizes he hated the Punjab culture and he could no longer live in the culture. Manny also hated his family; there was no one who cared about him or even acted normal. His dad beats him up for no reason, his brother Harry can’t stop teasing him, his mother does not even talk to him, the only time they talk is at dinner, and lastly his oldest brother Rajit acts friendly but actually doesn’t care at all. Manny certainly wanted to revenge after what his family had done to him and acted like it wasn’t a big deal. Rai writes, “As I pulled the door shut we drove off, wheel spinning down to the bottom of the road as Busta Rhymes kicked the ballistics” (263). To revenge, Manny ditched his arranged wedding, the wedding his old man was so proud of and spend so long to arrange. Manny ditches the wedding just like how he was ditched in Punjab, leaving his family in total embarrassment. After leaving his family, Manny has finally solved the conflict he had and got the life he always wanted, an ordinary life. Now he lives with Lisa’s parents, who are the most caring parents Manny could ever have. As a reader, I’m really thankful to live in a family who care about how I feel, listens to what I share, cheers me up when I’m feeling down, and hit me for my bad actions because they care about me. Lastly, they let me choose my path.

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Here is where I got my image.

 

 

Gifs Explain: Montag’s Encounter with the Girl in White

Before you meet Clarisse, (8)

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You always wink at yourself in the mirror, feeling good, (8)

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and you live your life in oblivion…(13)

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But when you talk to Clarisse… (14)

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You realize that you burn books and don’t even know why you do it… (53)

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…and that’s when you realize what she’s saying. (54-55)

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Have you ever discovered something huge? Something so mind blowing, mind bending, that it could change your life forever? Well, in the exposition of the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character Montag discovers a detail of this level of importance. Montag lives in a future America where no one can take even a second to think, nor own any books. Montag burns these books for a living, but after meeting a mysterious girl dressed in white named Clarisse, he begins to question his job, and this is where the conflict is revealed. One of the major conflicts has to do with his encounter with Clarisse, and is a person vs. society conflict. To explain how the conflict is revealed throughout the book, my partner Evan and I created a series of GIFs to show that we could also identify the conflict.

  1. For the first GIF, we used the part of page 8 where Bradbury writes, “He hung up his black beetle colored helmet and shined it; he hung his flame proof jacket neatly; and then, whistling, hands in pockets, walked across the across the upper floor of the fire station…” (Bradbury 8). This shows that Montag is a man confident and proud with his lifestyle and more specifically, his job… Before he meets the girl in white.
  2. For the second GIF, we picked out the quote, “He knew that when he returned to the firehouse, he might wink at himself, a minstrel man, burnt-cooked in the mirror.” (Bradbury 8). Again, we used this quote just to get the point across that Montag lives a happy, peaceful life in oblivion before he speaks to Clarisse. Could this be related to a possible theme? Hm…
  3. The third GIF we used had to do with the quote, “‘You think to many things,’ said Montag, uneasily.” (Bradbury 13), because it further demonstrates Montag’s state of mind before/right when he started his talking with Clarisse. Clarisse was talking about green and brown blurs that people in that world called trees and grass. But Montag just gave her an uneasy look and said that she thought to many things. This leads to internal conflict.
  4. For the fourth GIF, we used, “What a strange meeting on a strange night. He remembered nothing like it save one afternoon a year ago when he had met an old man in the park and they had talked…” (Bradbury 14). This quote gives a heads-up that the conflict is to be revealed soon, and also gives the heads-up that the plot progresses very rapidly in this book!
  5. For the fifth GIF, we used the quote, “…We burnt an old woman with her books.” (Bradbury 52), and the quote, “We burnt a thousand books. We burnt a woman.” (Bradbury 52). This says something about Montag’s change of heart on his job. For a woman to rather die than to loose her books; how important are they? The conflict has arisen not only because Montag stole a book at this point in the story, but also because he’s starting to question not only his job, but also the entire world he lives in.
  6. And lastly for the sixth GIF, we picked out the quote, “‘You weren’t there, you didn’t see,’ he said. ‘There must be something in these books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.'” (Bradbury 54-55). This is a very powerful quote because it doesn’t only exposes one of the major conflicts of the book, but because it shows the change of Montag, and the questioning of his job.

[We made this GIF story here.]

[I got my featured image from here]

SMS Explains: The Worst Nightmare of Manny

Do you wish your parents force you to marry some one you don’t even know?

Below is a set of SMS I made to show the introduction of the conflict from the book (Un) Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai. I think the conflict of the book is person vs society. In the exposition of the book (Un) Arranged Marriage, because of his culture, the main character Manny was forced to marry a girl he had never seen before.

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Older brother teasing Manny

Because Manny lived in England so long, he did not feel as connected to the Punjabis. The first message is a conversation between Manny and his annoying older brother. In Punjabi, people did not care much about academics, but Manny was different. Rai writes, “What you wanna read for, man? Bloody Dickens- what are you, gorah(white) or something? Read about bloody man’s stuff, innit” (17). Every time Manny tries to study for his school work, his brother always be teases him.

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Manny’s father forces him to marry his friend’s daughter.

Rai writes, “I have told her father that you will marry her after next summer, when you are both seventeen…” (66). The second message shows the worst part of being a Punjabi for Manny. Manny doesn’t get to choose who he is married to, his father arranges it. It didn’t matter which girl his father chose, Manny cannot say no to anything because it’s disrespectful to do that in Punjabi.

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Manny talks about the arranged marriage with his girl friend.

Rai writes, “So just keep on trying until you get through to them. Talk to them” (77). Lastly, in the third message, Manny talks about the arranged marriage with his girl friend. His girl friend, Lisa, knows Manny does not want to marry some one else, so she tries her best to give Manny some confidence.

 

 

Here is where I created my SMS