You or Money?

May 4th, 2015

Having money doesn’t mean people will have happiness. In Chomp, written by Carl Hiaasen, there was a boy named Wahoo who needed money desperately, but, unfortunately, his dad was seriously injured and no one in the family was able to go to work. Wahoo’s mom decided to work, but her job required that she move to another country. Now no one was in charge of his father and the animals they raised. Even though his mom was in another country working, Wahoo knew that there wouldn’t be enough money for the family. So, he decided to work with the famous survival actor to provide an alligator for a scene. They were told that the family would be given a great amount of money for borrowing the alligator in their TV show. Derek, wanting a challenge to create an exciting scene, said, ‘But I don’t want to wrestle the small one. I want to wrestle the monster,’” (Hiaasen 20). This shows that the survival actor, Derek, wanted to wrestle the twelve foot long alligator, which already experienced chomping off Wahoo’s thumb. Derek had no real experience with surviving in the wild. He was only told to act out the scene and that was all. Wahoo and his father already knew that Derek was not a real survivalist and would be in great danger. However, if Derek did not wrestle the big alligator, then Wahoo and his family would not receive the money, which they desperately needed. This shows the conflict that Wahoo and his father had in that they knew the decision was wrong but they needed the money.

When I was young, I had a similar situation as Wahoo. I only thought about what I would earn but not the problem that was going to happen next. I guess not only me, but everyone would make a poor decision at least once. Once at my grandparents’ house, I saw a bunch of money tied all together on the table. I didn’t know at that age how much was it. I looked around to see if anyone was watching me. As soon as I realized no one was there, I actually stole money from my grandparent! I didn’t know how dumb and rude that was. I took the money, hiding inside my cloth, laughing, and couldn’t wait to go home. My grandparents didn’t realize that the money was gone and I was really, really excited. So I got home with no one finding out that there was a huge amount of money inside my cloth, but the problem was here. Where should I hide it? I had nowhere to put the stolen money. Maybe I was to small at that time to think. This created a huge problem and that was terrible! Both my mom and dad got mad at me, hitting with a thick stick (it wasn’t that thick but I was young at that time). Crying would not make it better. They would hit me until I felt truly sorry to my grandparents and they would release me.

To sum up, both Wahoo and I were not able to think of the future. Wahoo wasn’t able to think of what would happen to the famous TV show actor, Derek, and I wasn’t able to think of what would happen to myself and the trust between me and my parents. However, after experiencing my own mistake, I was able to fix it and never to it again.

 

Escape from the equalism

February 3rd, 2015

Running away from the equality in The Giver written by Lois Lowry has the resolution with Jonas, the Receiver,  with all the memory he has running away with Gabriel. They both have a conflict with society. Jonas by running away from the society is safe from the society and he is satisfied with what he has done. At the beginning Jonas thought he was living in a perfect house in a perfect world and friends with perfect friends. But after receiving the memory of past Jonas felt he was alive but not living. Jonas and The Giver’s plan is to get away from society as far as Jonas can. However, when Jonas reach the point where he is too far away the memory he is holding will go back to where it belongs. “That night, Jonas was forced to flee. He left the dwelling shortly after the sky became dark and the community sill…and he had taken Gabriel, too.” (Lowry 163,166). Nobody outside Jonas sneak into the babysitting center and brings Gabriel with him. The Giver stays and whenever the memory comes back from Jonas he will help the people from panic and will go to where his daughter is. Jonas knew where his daughter is. Heaven probably. Jonas leaving the Giver he and Gabriel reach the new world where he could be normal but has a talent. As he gets near he could hear the people singing. But perhaps it is only an echo.

I personally like how Lois Lowry finishes the book by giving us the curiosity whether Jonas and Gabriel find the new world or whether it was an imagination that Jonas makes. I also wonder what happened to the Giver. The last word he gives it to Jonas before he leaves the city is that Giver is going to see his daughter. In the other word he is going to release himself. “’But I have another place to go. When my work here is finished, I want to be with my daughter.”’ (162). Giver’s daughter named Rosemary was once the Receiver. Giver gave Rosemary only the memories of happiness. However, Rosemary was the Receiver and had to hold the painful memory the Giver gave Rosemary the war memory. Next day the Giver found out that Rosemary had released herself.

Giver & Among the Hidden come together

January 16th, 2015

No color. No specialty. No talent. Everyone thinks their world is equally perfect, except one. The book Giver written by Lois Lowry Jonas has a conflict with his society. Everyone in his world has no special events. “’Maybe we could even keep him,’ Lily suggested sweetly… ‘Lily,’ Mother reminded her, smiling, ‘you know the rules’ Two children-one male, one female-to each family unit. It was written very clearly in the rules. (Lowry 8). Government in the equal society families are controlled, one female and one male. At age of 12, Jonas gets his job “Receiver” and realized he is special. Giver, who is special starts to give Jonas memory. “The ground was thick with furry snow, but he sat slightly above it on a hard, flat object. Sled, he knew abruptly.” (81). Giver is giving Jonas memory of riding sled, which is totally new to him, surprising and joyful. After receiving memories, Jonas sees things different as before. Jonas is mad at people including his friends and his family. The law, which makes people equal Jonas thinks that it should be changed. Jonas wants to escape from equality and from his society, which makes Jonas suffers.

Jonas in the Giver has the conflict with society. Among the hidden written by Margaret Haddix has the same conflict but in a different situation. In the Among the Hidden world government controls the citizens like what Jonas world did. Boy named Luke in the Among the hidden has a normal family with 2 brothers and parents. However, Luke is not allowed in his country. In his society only total of 4 people are allowed in each family. Luke however having 2 brothers already he is not supposed to be out alive. Therefore, Luke needs to hide every day and it has been his hobby. If the policemen find out that Luke’s family has more than 4 people, Luke will be executed. Even though Jonas and Luke have different situation where Jonas is special from his society and Luke is a criminal, they both want to run away and fight back. “‘Did you know that once there really were elephants? Live ones?”’ (101). Jonas knows that sharing memory is illegal but knowing that his world is wrong Jonas wants to fight back with is world and give as many memory to people as he can. “’So if you escape, once you are gone-and, Jonas, you know that you can never return-“’ (155). Jonas and Giver plan to run away from society and find place where everyone has specialty, where everyone can love and loved. Similarly, in the Among the Hidden Luke and Jen, other third child, planned to meet government, with other third children and tell him grandly in front of him. They know that it is dangerous and risky; however they know that badly staying alive as before would not make them satisfy. Day before the plan Luke gets scared and tells Jen that he is afraid. Jen understands him and let Luke stay. They promised that after the plan they would meet together outside not as accomplice but as a friend. 2 different books I read and same conflict both main characters had.

 

 

Fighting Cancer

November 6th, 2014

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS CONFLICT

The Fault In Our Stars have two main conflicts with main characters. Two main characters named Hazel Grace and Augustus (Gus) have cancers. Hazel has lung problem so she needs the air tank to breathe evenly. Gus has a cancer, which makes his body weak. The first conflict is person vs. nature because diseases those two main characters Hazel and Augustus have come from the nature. Both Hazel and Gus really work hard to fight back with the cancer they have. “I screamed to wake up my parents, and they burst into the room, but here was nothing they could do to dim the supernovae exploding inside my brain…in that moment, I would have been very, very happy to die.” (Green 106). Hazel Grace has a horrible pain by the breathing problem and I could only scream in pain to wake her parents wake up and she rather die than having a terrible pain forever. “I went over to his house about noon, after he had eaten and puked up breakfast. He met me at the door in his wheelchair, no longer the muscular, gorgeous boy who stared at me at Support Group, but still half smiling…” (Green 234). Gus cancer ends up making Gus sitting on the wheelchair making Gus unable to move without his wheelchair. “I found him mumbling in a language of his own creation. He’d pissed the bed. It was awful. I couldn’t even look, really.” (Green 239). Even worse than sitting on the wheelchair Gus pissed on his bad, which will make Gus feel embarrassed and wants to die rather than having a same terrible problem in front of his girlfriend Hazel.

Person vs. Self will be the second conflict because both Hazel and Gus have the cancer to fight but mostly they are suffering about themselves how they are making their close people feeling worried. “I’m like. Like. I’m like a grenade, Mom. I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”(Green 99) the quote shows how Hazel thinks of herself as a grenade to everyone near her. Hazel always has a terrible fight with herself and she is not proud of her. Gus also doesn’t want Hazel to see him having a cancer because he love Hazel and he doesn’t want Hazel worrying about him. He needs to care him and his inner him. “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you,”(Green 214) Gus finally tells Hazel that his cancer has come back and he was sobbing in front of Hazel, which shows how harmful and how helpless he is to Hazel. He is depressed and he is not proud of everything about him. “’ The world,’ he said, ‘is not a wish-granting factory,’ and then he broke down, just for one moment, his sob roaring impotent like a clap of thunder unaccompanied by lightning…I was crying.”(Green 215). Gus unhappy with life and world and both Hazel and Gus cried. They both are the cancer fighter and the world seems so unfair to them.

 

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