A Life Of Being Different

This is a humanities project, we had to chose a book and talk about the concept. In The Skin Im In, by: Sharon G. Flake The theme is about not letting people control you and being who you really are.

“It takes a long time to accept yourself for who you really are. To see the poetry in your walk”(29 Flake). Maleeka, the protagonist really cares about others opinion which causes her in not liking her looks, her skin color, and who she is. Her teacher is telling her to accept herself and this takes time. “I was walking down the hall in one of Char’s dresses, strutting my stuff, looking good. The Char walked up to me and told me to take off her clothes… I thought she was kidding. She wasn’t. So I went to the girl’s bathroom and put my stuff back on” (13 Flake). In the story, Maleeka wears Chars clothes all the time because she thinks her own clothe is different to the others. To wear Char’s clothes Maleeka has to do what she wants her to do and that includes doing her homework. She is basically acting as a slave of her.

I used Piktochart to make this movie poster.

Citation of Picture      “The Skin I’m In – A Haiku Deck by Shelayne Phillips.” Haiku Deck: Presentation Software and Online Presentation Tools, www.haikudeck.com/the-skin-im-in-education-presentation-2qmFocUkgm.

The Despotic Leader


“Immediately put death to all aged people…” (Matsuo Basho 1). These words were said by a despotic governor of a Japanese kingdom, he decided to make a law to immediately kill people. In The Aged Mother by Matsuo Basho the governor is a dynamic character, at the start of the story he is really aggressive and he has made a law to kill old people, but he has changed his opinion of them and abolished the law.

At the beginning of the story the absolute governor thought that aged people were useless to their society “A despotic leader who though a warrior, had a great and cowardly shrinking from anything suggestive of failing health and strength. This caused him to send out a cruel proclamation” (Basho 1). The governor declared a decree of immediately putting death to all old people also including the farmer’s (protagonist) mother, because he thinks that they can’t be helpful to those who are as strong as him so he wants to get rid of them.

However, he has changed his mind thinking that aged people were useless “the governor listened and then meditated in silence ‘Shining needs more than the strength of youth’ That very hour the cruel law was abolished, and custom drifted into as far a past that only legends remain” (Basho 2). He was convinced by the farmer and destroyed the law because he realized that those people are useful in their own ways and he also learned their own importance. This change of the character also gives an idea of a theme, everyone has their own use and importance. In conclusion, my character has changed throughout the story because at first he thought that aged people were useless to his kingdom and wanted to kill them all immediately however in the end of the story he noticed the importance of them and abolished the law.