Trapped From Both Ways

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This book cover is created using adobe illustrator and adobe photoshop.


This is a book cover I made for the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel. It talks about how a teenager in Pondicherry, India describes life there with his family. Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi, happened to believe strongly in three religions, each religion completely different from another. Raised as a Hindu, he discovered Christianity at age fourteen and Islam soon after. As a result, Pi chose to practice all three religions at once. During life in Pondicherry, his father taught him the dangers of predators by feeding a tiger with a goat.

With this memory sealed in his mind, Pi found himself trapped on a lifeboat with a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a Royal Bengal tiger after the sinking of the Tsimtsum. He felt fear and despair as the tiger killed the other animals one by one, and he knew he was next. He had only two choices: it was to stay on the lifeboat and become food for the tiger, or it was to abandon the lifeboat and eventually drown.

I created this book cover as a symbol. You can see the blue ocean at the bottom half of the cover and the orange stripes representing the tiger (though it’s supposed to be black, I made it orange so people know it’s the stripes of a tiger, not a zebra). The stripes of blue and stripes of orange represent the two threats – the tiger and the ocean, and the lifeboat Pi was on represents him being in between the two threats, because either one would make him die instantly.

Luckily for Pi, he made the right descision in bringing up his courage in the end to face his fears and realized there was another way to survive, and it was to create peace with the tiger and survive together: “It was at that moment that I realized this necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me… we would live – or we would die – together.” (Martel, 164). With great determination, Pi finally managed to keep the Royal Bengal tiger in his control.


Martel, Yann. Life of Pi: A Novel. New York: Harcourt, 2001. Print.

“Life of Pi – Official Trailer (HD).” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.

“Yann Martel.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web.

 

Death or Death

Have you ever got trapped in a situation where whatever option you choose it would always lead to something you don’t want? In the Life of Pi by Yann Martel, a teenaged boy Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi, didn’t have a choice between life or death, but a choice between death or death. What helped him survive was the fact that he did not only have hope, but also had enough courage to overcome the possibility of death. This is about how a boy was forced to pick between two choices, all of which are trapped ways.

Yann Martel tells the story in the first-person perspective, and uses this advantage to express the main character’s ideas and thoughts. In the story, Pi’s life took a turning point since his family decided to move to Canada. His father, who ran a zoo, sold all the animals and the Patel family set aboard the Tsimtsum, travelling by sea. Just when everything wasn’t too bad, an intense storm hit the ship and everything changed. This event did not just change what was happening then, but had a tremendous impact on Pi for the rest of his life. All was lost for Pi when he was trapped on a lifeboat with a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a Royal Bengal tiger. After days at sea doing nothing, Pi lost hope in everything: His family, his chance of survival, the chance of other people to come look for him, and himself. The only thing that kept him going was the need for himself to survive and the time spending activity of dealing with the tiger. During the first few days, Pi witnessed all the other surviving animals killed by the tiger, and he knew he was next. He had only two choices: it was to stay on the lifeboat and become food for the tiger, or it was to abandon the lifeboat and eventually drown. But for Pi, there was another possibility, and it was to survive together: “It was at that moment that I realized this necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me… we would live – or we would die – together.” (Martel, 164). With great determination, Pi finally managed to keep the Royal Bengal tiger in his control.

Man on a Wire by a band called The Script and is about how a man is on a tightrope high off the ground, and how he has no choice but to “make it to the other side. I know the consequences and I feel like I’m walking on a tightrope” (The Script, verse 5). The reason why I chose this song is because I think the tightrope symbolizes exactly the situation Pi was in when he chose to stay on the lifeboat even when he knew what the consequences would be if he failed, and he was forced to keep on this path. It also describes how if his mind is unfocused for a second it can cause you to fall to danger. The same thing happened to Pi, because he had to watch the tiger and stay defensed and focus so he can prevent the tiger from suddenly attacking him. Pi also needs the safe environment he knew ever since he was young, but he has to keep on fighting in order to survive: “The more I miss the ground, no safetiness, now you’re not around, I have to keep walking to keep me from falling down.” (The Script, verse 7).

Even if these two pieces of work don’t seem like each other, they actually have a lot in common if you look deeply enough. Both describe the need to survive, and in order to survive both need to choose a path from extremely risky choices and needs to continue and not give up in order to get to safety. Most of all, both song and novel tells us an important lesson, and it is to never lose hope.


Listen to the song Man on a Wire – The Script

 


 

Martel, Yann. Life of Pi: A Novel. New York: Harcourt, 2001. Print.

“Life of Pi – Official Trailer (HD).” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.

“Yann Martel.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web.

O’donoghue, Daniel John, and Mark Anthony Sheehan. “Man on a Wire.” Musixmatch, 4 Jan. 2016. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

“The Script.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web.

Believing in All

TIME

This magazine cover is for the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel. It talks about how a teenager in Pondicherry, India describes life there with his family. Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi, happened to believe strongly in three religions, each religion completely different from another. Raised as a Hindu, he discovered Christianity at age fourteen and Islam soon after. As a result, Pi chose to practice all three religions at once. During life in Pondicherry,  his father, who ran the Pondicherry zoo, taught him the dangers of animals by feeding a tiger with a goat. Having learned the horrifying nature, what will happen to Pi?

The first part of the book includes the learning of different religions and thoughts on zoology. The quotes and subtitles on the magazine cover gives people an idea of what the first part of the story is mainly about.

 

 

Martel, Yann. Life of Pi: A Novel. New York: Harcourt, 2001. Print.

“Life of Pi – Official Trailer (HD).” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.

Canva. N.p., n.d. Web.

“Yann Martel.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web.

Welcome to the Republic of America

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Spoiler alert!

The main theme for this book is man vs. society. This book, Legend by Maire Lu, is a book which talks about how two people fight each other only to find out that their own country caused all of this to happen including thousands of innocent people’s deaths. This is why on the book cover instead of seperating both protagonists, I put them together to symbolize their unity and I put the country’s sign on top (the R in the circle witht the star on top) to show how they cannot escape from the government/Republic’s grasp.

 

CITATIONS

Hart, Kate. “BOOK Pumpkins! 2012 Edition.” Kate Hart. Kate Hart, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.

PxlShot. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.

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A Letter Towards Escape

12This post card is written by June Iparis, one of the main characters in the book Legend by Marie Lu. It is for her brother, Metias, who was suspected to be murdered by Day, a criminal who happened to be at the scene. After a long journey tracking down Day, June finds out that Day, who already got captured, wasn’t the murderer. Instead, the Republic that she has been once proud of was behind it all, including the death of her parents as well. Now she is determined to escape the country that has murdered her whole family, and to help Day escape as well.

 

CITATIONS

“Amazingly Simple Graphic Design.” Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software – Canva. Canva, n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.

Two Worlds

Have you ever thought of meeting someone from a different environment, place, and is exactly the opposite of you by later having to depend on the person for your life? In Legend by Marie Lu, two people were born in completely different worlds. A fifteen-year-old boy named Day is born as a slum sector kid who had to do whatever it takes to have enough food to eat. He then grew to be the country’s most wanted criminal. In the wealthy section of the country, a girl named June grew up to be a military prodigy. Unlike Day, she is passionate and committed to her country. As a fifteen-year-old, high expectations on success in the military are set on her.

In the rising action of Legend, Marie Lu starts by describing how life is like with Day and how life is like with June in two separate chapters. Day, who is wanted by the government as a criminal, is in a situation of needing a cure to give to his brother so he doesn’t die from sickness. With all his money too less and useless, he decides to steal the cure from a hospital. This tells us how much he needs in order to survive and how he is really desperate for the cure. On the other hand, June doesn’t need to stress about anything. She lives in a wealthy environment and doesn’t need things, only want things. When Day is a criminal on the run, June works for the government, later trying to capture Day because of her brother’s death. One is poor and didn’t pass his test, and one is wealthy who got full scores on her test.

Two Worlds by Steven is a poem talking about how two people are separated by the worlds they live in. Much like the book Legend, this poem talks about how the two people cannot adapt to each other’s environments and tries to find a way to cross over the gap.

After reading the whole poem, I can feel how much need the author is expressing and how he wants the other person to be by his side not because of where they came from, I can especially feel the strong feelings when it comes to “I seem to climb over the bridge

just to see you one last time
why must we live in two different worlds?
why must we be apart from each other?” (Steven, 14-17)

Both of these literature works have deeply motivated me. In Legend, I feel how Day and June are lucky to meet each other, how they could have missed each other by one step just because something went wrong in the past. Two Worlds has the same idea, but it tells the readers how much the author craves for the other person described in the poem. Why must we not see each other just because of where we come from?

 

CITATIONS

Lu, Marie. Legend. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011. Print.

Steven. “Two Worlds.” Two Worlds. N.p., n.d. Web.

 

Fear

” “Unbelievable.” Eckels breathed, the light of the Machine on his thin face. “A real Time Machine.” He shook his head.”  p.2

A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury is a short story about time travel, where Eckels, the main character, sets off on a journey on a time machine with three companions: Lesperance, Billings, Kramer, and Travis. As a hunter, Eckels travels back sixty million years to shoot dinosaurs. However, when Eckels looks at the towering tyrannosaurus rex, he regrets travelling back in time.

“A sound of thunder. Out of the mist, one hundred yards away, came Tyrannosaurus rex.


“It,” whispered Eckels. “It . . .”

“Sh!”

 “Why, why,” Eckels twitched his mouth. “It could reach up and grab the moon.”

“Sh!” Travis jerked angrily. “He hasn’t seen us yet.”

“It can’t be killed.” Eckels pronounced this verdict quietly, as if there could be no argument. He had weighed the evidence and this was his considered opinion. The rifle in his hands seemed a cap gun. “We were fools to come. This is impossible.” ”                      p.8 – p.9

This part of the short story shows that how Eckels is too afraid to shoot the dinosaur. People all have the same connections, where when you are so sure you could do something so easily but realize you can’t do it at the last second. Eckels not just needs to shoot the dinosaur, but most importantly he needs to overcome his own fears. I remember when I went zip lining for the first time, I wanted to go back down. Looking down at the ground hundreds of meters away, I could feel my fear burning inside of me. However, what I did that Eckels didn’t do is facing my fears. I closed my eyes and made the decision to jump. Instead of at least trying to overcome his fears, Eckels turned back and made a mistake by kiling a butterfly, causing the whole future to change including the language, people, and environment.

 

 

 

A Sound of Thunder story

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XFtrc-PgR8XPbKtU5j-HnzYNydHbub-Q9EEnomNO8CI/edit?pli=1

Water Pollution

Water pollution is a major global problem. It has a worldwide cause of deaths and diseases including humans and sea creatures. One in nine people lack access to clean water and about 750 million people in the world don’t have access to clean water. Can you stop water pollution?

Kirsty Gao 7-2 Propaganda Infographic

 

Here is a clearer version of the infographic…

https://magic.piktochart.com/output/6188030-untitled-infographic#

 

Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror/Bombing of Hiroshima Reflection

1) What is the individual’s responsibility to society?

What an individual can do for the society is that they can give inspiration and persuade them to cooperate and help the society together. Both Michael Jackson and Koko from the Hiroshima Attack tried to persuade people to help the society. Michael Jackson wrote a song, Man in the Mirror, and it was about looking at yourself and changing yourself if you are not satisfied with yourself. Koko went around the world to give presentations to people and inspire them to do the right things. I think everyone should try to make a difference by doing at least the the littlest things.

 

2) Can we change the world by changing ourselves?

We can make ourselves better and by having everyone trying to do that, the community would change and the world will change if everyone trying to do the same thing. Koko changed herself and then tried to change other people by not making them feel hatred against someone until they find out the reason why.

 

3) What is the power of one person to create change?

The person can inspire different people and all the different people can inspire other people. At the end, the whole world will notice this message and try to make a difference out of the whole world. As I said in question 1, Michael Jackson wrote a song about changing ourselves and this song inspired a lot of people. At last, everyone came to see his concerts and listen to his music.