In this blog post, I will be examining the setting in the book “Ship Breaker” and how this affects the mood of the story. “Nailer clambered through a service duct, tugging at copper wire and yanking it free.” (Paolo, 1) This is the first sentence in the book and it immediately tells you a lot about the setting and main character in the book.

From the first sentence, you can infer that Nailer is the main character and that he is in a dusty and dirty place for a reason you don’t know yet, from this you can tell that Nailer is probably poor and lives in an impoverish area of society. It is later revealed that Nailer is working a job called light crew where small kids crawl around in ships scavenging small scraps like copper, the book is set on a beach in the gulf coast area of the US (it is located in Mississippi state*). On the beach there are many big tanker ships that were washed up there by the massive hurricanes that were caused by global warming, most of the people who live on the beach are part of either the light or heavy crew, light crew crawls around and takes apart all of the small parts of the ship while heavy crew tears apart the big and more expensive parts of the ship.

In Bangladesh, there are massive ship breaking yards this is where the setting of the book is based on, like in book the Bangladesh ship breakers work in unsafe condition where workers can even die sometimes. “‘Crews on the Deep Blue iii heard Jackson boy calling out for days. Couldn’t find him, though. Little licebiter finally just dried up and died.’” (Paolo, 11) The big difference between the book and real life is that in real life the companies are overseeing and managing the ship breaking and making sure people don’t die but in the book the companies don’t care if the workers die because there no laws to enforce safe working conditions. Poverty is often described as an endless cycle that draws people in and keeps them there, the book does a great job at portraying the gloomy, against the odd’s mood through the setting as you constantly feel like Nailer is stuck in the whirlpool of poverty but by luck he sees a slim way out and takes it.

The setting in the ship breaker is a beach in the gulf coast area of the US, where there are massive tanker ships being picked apart for salvage by little kids, this is reflected in the mood of the story, as the story is generally bleak and gloomy where even though Nailer may get lucky and find a way out of it, he is only one person out of hundreds of millions of people stuck in poverty.

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Gwin, Peter. “The Ship-Breakers.” The Ship-Breakers. National Geographic, May 2014. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. <http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/05/shipbreakers/gwin-text>.

Noonan, Tim. “Ship Breakers of Bangladesh.” Youtube. N.p., 15 July 2013. Web. 18 Apr. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhIaEEW63Sc>.

Wikid77. “Mississippi Coast Towns.” Wikimedia Commons. Https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page, 21 June 2007. Web. <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mississippi-Coast-towns-NOAA.jpg>.

 

Justice in One Piece

February 5, 2016

*SPOILER ALERT*

The content ahead contains MAJOR plot spoilers for parts of One Piece

One of the big themes in One Piece later on is Justice and how it is one of the most fickle things there is, “Those who stand at the top determine what’s wrong and what’s right! … Justice will prevail, you say? But of course it will! Whoever wins this war becomes justice!” (Oda, Chapter: 556 Page: 8). As the quote above demonstrates justice is very fickle, are the marines right are the pirates right this is something that can be argued about forever so to day I will be looking at both sides of the argument and explaining my point of view. For most of the marines it is pretty clear that they believe in absolute justice meaning that all individuals noted to have done illegal activities or criminal acts are reported to Marine HQ and issued bounties, based on the known information about their threat level – regardless of the circumstances, once a criminal with a bounty is captured they are taken to a place to be executed depending on their bounty and crime they may even have their execution broadcasted live to the whole world. There are 2 big things wrong with this system number 1 is that what they consider illegal is often manipulated or just flawed like how Ace was persecuted from birth and was meant to be executed all because he was the son of Gol D. Roger (even religion recognizes that this is bad as shown by these two passages in the bible: 1, 2), and because the world government controls the media the general population also believes in it too. The second thing wrong with it is that they don’t take into account the circumstance or anyone else’s point of view so this often lead to innocent people gaining bounties and becoming wanted people who are shunned by society. The pirates however are not a unified group and so every individual has their own belief and point of view on justice, so I will be focusing on the main character luffy for now even though he doesn’t accurately represent the majority of the pirate population (most of the pirates are ruthless and pillage villages and costal towns just to get what they want so this is why that marines made their laws). Luffy’s idea of justice is a little bit ambiguous so I will be making a lot of guesses, Luffy believes in freedom and liberty but he is also very passionate about things so when people violate his personal code and believes he takes justice into his own hands and beats them up, but he never kills this is the difference between luffy and the marines. Some of the marines (most of the big people in the marines think like this and the lower grunt are just following orders even when those orders are bad and unjust, for more info on why this might be go and check this out) believe in eradicating the enemy and bringing about a world free of criminals while Luffy feels that everyone should have a chance to repent for their sins and try again. I now leave this up to you to from you opinion on the matter, are the Marines right in obliterating all of the pirates the bad and the misunderstood, or is luffy right should people be spared no matter how heinous their crimes.

Luffy’s playlist

February 5, 2016

For this post I am comprising a list of song that I think Luffy would listen to, I know Luffy likes music as seen by this quote “Someone for singing” this means that he has an interest in music and the crew singing together. For this list I will songs that I feel embody parts of luffy’s character and then explain why.

  1. Randy Dandy Oh:

For the #8 song on this list there is Randy Dandy Oh, this is a sea shanty worthy of recognition, it’s a song about setting sail for the first time; all though Luffy’s first time setting sail wasn’t as grand it still sounds like a song that Luffy would like especial after he gathered his crew then they could all sing it together.

Links (you don’t have to listen to every version of the song but I included many because some are slightly different and some just sound better than others): 12345

  1. Drunken Sailor:

This song is also another sea shanty but this one is more about the everyday life of sailing on the high seas and with crew members like Zoro and Nami who can both consume large amounts of alcohol the song might give actual insight on what to do with sailors that are really drunk (also this song is really catchy).

Links: 12

  1. Hakuna Matata:

As anyone who has watched the lion king before would know Hakuna Matata means no worries and the meaning of this song directly correlates to Luffy’s care free attitude, he often goes where the wind takes him this can sometimes be interpreted as not caring but Luffy jut enjoys the mystery and adventure that every new place holds.

Link: 1

  1. Eye of the Tiger:

One thing that is a big part in Luffy’s character is that he always fights the bad guy but when reading or watching One Piece you may begin to notice that Luffy never kill the bad guys (this is explained in this SBS) after beating them no mater how evil they may be no mater what they might have done Luffy only beats them up until they can’t fight anymore and I think that this a a great song embodying this type of mind set where two people are fighting for their dreams with everything they have, most of the enemies however don’t embody the mindset and won’t hesitate to kill (maybe because most of them are just evil).

Link: 1

  1. Believe in Dreams:

Another big thing about Luffy’s character is that he has big dreams and goals and I think that this is a great song about believing in your dreams and pursuing them like Luffy does throughout all of One Piece.

Link: 1

  1. Don’t Stop Believing:

Building off of the last song a bit this song is about pursuing things and never giving up like your dreams, this is something that Luffy does almost every time he is faced with a challenge he believes in himself and his friends and never stops no matter what.

Link: 1

  1. Reach for the Stars:

This one is also about dreams but this one is about dreaming big and reaching for the stars (the crazy rainbow stars) almost everyone in One Piece has a dream and most of the dreams are big lofty goals like Luffy wanting to be the Pirate king or Zoro trying to be the worlds greatest swordsman.

Link: 1

Honorable Mention, Moon Quest: An Epic Journey

This is a song about following your dreams even against society and social convention like how Luffy wanted to be a pirate even though it means that you are instantly a criminal. The reason why this isn’t on the official list is because this song is based on the Minecraft YouTube series known as Moon Quest that was produced by the Yogscast.

Link: 1

  1. You got a friend in me:

This is a song that everyone who has watched toy story knows and it also represents what I feel to be Luffy’s biggest character trait his friends. On almost every adventure that Luffy goes on he makes new friends whether they are little friends that just appear for that arc or whether they are the newest member of the crew it doesn’t matter Luffy is still good friends with all of them even though he is technically a criminal just for being a pirate.

Link: 1

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In case the file doesn’t load you can download it here: Luffy Fakebook page

In the power point I make a few quotes by putting it in the Facebook messages and adding links to the original quote. For some of the information such as political views I had to get creative but for other information like the contact information I couldn’t add anything. For favorite music I put eye of the tiger because I think that it is a song that defines his character really well, even though I could have put in other made up song from the manga and anime such as binks sake. For the video’s I got the scenes from the anime and I made sure to get the subbed version of the anime and if you want to see a dubbed version of the parts then you will have to search it up. In the entire power point I tried to make it all set in a certain part of the series but I think that I did it wrong because I was unable to find the episode/chapter where the photo that I used as the profile picture was from.

World government magazine

Above is the download link to the power point where I have the magazine cover and pages, for this blog post I did rising action and climax but as one piece is still ongoing and is separated into lots of mini stories (sagas and arcs) I will be taking a look into the Enies Lobby arc (Chapter 375430) and the stuff that happen afterwards. I have written it as though I was a writer for the world government and was making a magazine as a news piece. Here are links to the pages where I got the quotes Quote 1 Quote 2

The official one piece website, A place to read one piece online, Places to watch one piece online: 1 2 3 and The one piece wiki

Some links may only work in a place with a VPN

One of the the themes explored by Douglass Adams in the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy is understanding a thematic statement for this could be “When you can’t look beyond your self and your own self biases you can easily over look the answers to life’s greatest question even when the answer is sitting right in front of you.” Adams explores this theme a lot with small comedic vignettes such as it was revealed that mice are actually hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings “’These creatures you call mice, you see, they are not quite as they appear. They are merely the protrusion into our dimension of vast hyperintelligent pan-dimensional beings. The whole business with the cheese and the squeaking is just a front.’ The old man paused, and with a sympathetic frown continued.’They’ve been experimenting on you I’m afraid.’” (Adams, 61) Another time this happened was when the mice found out the answer to the ultimate question “’Forty-two!’ yelled Loonquawl … ‘I checked it very thoroughly,’ said the computer, ‘and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.’’But it was the Great Question! The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything!’ howled Loonquawl.’Yes,’ said Deep Thought with the air of one who suffers fools gladly, ‘but what actually is it?’ A slow stupefied silence crept over the men as they stared at the computer and then at each other. ‘Well, you know, it’s just Everything … Everything …’ offered Phouchg weakly. ‘Exactly!’ said Deep Thought. ‘So once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means.’” (Adams, 67) The mice had the answer to life the universe and everything handed to them on a golden platter and then rejected it because they simply didn’t understand what they were asking for. Even when we are given things and they are presented to us as undisputed facts people still go against it because it contradicts what they think. An example of this in history is when it was proven that the earth is not the center of the universe and yet people still made geocentric maps because they purposefully overlooked facts.

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^ Ceasar Cipher Shift by 3 ^

Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-5. New York: Harmony, 1980. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Web. <http://www.ebooktrove.com/top_ten/DouglasAdams_TheHitchhikerTrilogy_5Books1ShortStory.pdf>.

Intergalactic news

October 29, 2015

My video

In this short (not very good video) I try to out line a few events in the story in a way I think the news in the book would do it.

Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-5. New York: Harmony, 1980. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Web. <http://www.ebooktrove.com/top_ten/DouglasAdams_TheHitchhikerTrilogy_5Books1ShortStory.pdf>.

In the exposition of the book Arthur Dent’s (the main character) house is about to be torn down by the local government to build a bypass, then just moments later massive Vogon ships appear in the sky to demolish earth and build a hyperspatial express route. “‘This bypass has got to be built and it’s going to be built!’
’First I’ve heard of it,’ said Arthur, ‘why’s it going to be built?’ …
’What do you mean, why’s it got to be built?’ he said. ‘It’s a bypass. You’ve got to build bypasses.’” (Adams, 3) This is an example of the government going ahead with plans for “progress” without thinking about the real daily lives of people it will affect.

There is a quite resent example of this in china, the three gorges dam. It is a massive project that measures in at 607 feet (202.3 yards) tall and 9,957 feet (3319 yards) wide. It has also displaced around 1.3 million people and flooded 13 cities, 140 towns, and 1350 villages also it has cost around 24 billion dollars. Building a massive dam like the three gorges dam is a much bigger thing than taking down someone’s house to build a bypass but they both represent a bigger more significant problem in modern society. This problem is happening all around the world in small ways, where the people in power are making some decision about something or some place without thinking about all of the lives it may and will affect.

Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-5. New York: Harmony, 1980. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Web. <http://www.ebooktrove.com/top_ten/DouglasAdams_TheHitchhikerTrilogy_5Books1ShortStory.pdf>.

Fear and anger destroys all

September 1, 2015

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“A Sound Of Thunder” By:Ray Bradbury

A sound of thunder is a short story made by Ray Bradbury it begins in the year 2055 with Eckels (the main character) in the time safari office. This is a world with time travel that is used so frequently (but with lots of precautions) that there is a safari where the moto is “TIME SAFARI, INC. SAFARIS TO ANY YEAR IN THE PAST. YOU NAME THE ANIMAL. WE TAKE YOU THERE. YOU SHOOT IT.” This time he is going on an expedition to kill a T-Rex He has some concerns on whether he will come back from this hunting expedition alive.

In the sound of thunder Eckels is confronted with many many problems some against nature (t-rex) or other people (Travis) or the government (fine) or even with himself (being afraid) or supernatural forces (time) for this post I will mainly be focusing on person vs person. Eckels has problems with Travis throughout the whole book from the beginning of the safari to the end of the book. Eckels is more of a rich, laid back coward who tries to act brave but eventually fails under pressure and Travis is more a stubborn, rule loving extreme type of guy; you may be beginning to see why the both of them might not see eye to eye. Travis doesn’t like Eckels for many reasons such as Eckels tends to ask a bunch of dumb questions a lot; he also fails under pressure and ultimately steps off the path (thus resulting in a change in language and a change in the latest election) even though he had several warnings before hand. Travis on the other hand is a big jerk to Eckels by making him dig out the bullets in the T-Rex even though he knew Eckels was extremely scared I think he did this because he was scared about what eckels might have done to the future and his whole life. He also ended up taking it to the maximum extremity when he killed Eckels after finding out what happened to time. There is no clear reasoning to this other than the fact that he was angry and killed Eckels out of sheer spite.

I haven’t had any types of experiences with any thing as extreme as the conflict in the book but I have dealt with similar problems of people being unkind out of spite such as my sister she used to (she has stopped doing this a often now) do that a lot every time she got in trouble she had to bring every one else down to her level by getting them in trouble too the best way to handle this type of situation is to just being the bigger person and not being rude back. Now I’m sure that every one has done some thing similar to this before where you get so angry and frustrated that you just lash out at anyone and everyone near you I know I have done that sort of thing before because after all I am not perfect like the rest of us but I think that the best thing to do is after the situation you should calm down and think about it your situation rationally and from an outside perspective then compare it with your facts and then make a clear headed judgment on whether you did the right thing in that situation and then if you didn’t you should go and apologize to any one else involved in the situation.