Thursday, 25 August 2011

If I had a million dollars...

Since this hypothetical money cannot benefit me in any way, except taxes , this is what I would do if I had a million dollars.
I would give my brother (who has done missionary work in Papua New Guinea) money to buy new clothes, electronics and other necessities for the people in Papua New Guinea. I would take care of all of the issues like shipping and getting it to all the places it needs to go. Charity is the most important thing.
With the rest of the money (because I would assume that there would be some left), I would give it to charities who help people in Africa and other poorer countries.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Pearl - Chapter Three

In the last chapter we read that Kino had found a great pearl which they called the "pearl of the world". The news of Kino's new found fortune had already spread far and wide, and a sea of envy and greed washed over the whole town. Everybody was trying to find a way to get their hands on that pearl, but to no avail. Kino and Juana thought of ways to spend the money they would get from selling the pearl, and they were so happy that some of their dreams were going to happen. They were to send Coyotito to school, and they were all to get new clothes and Shoes. Juana and Kino were to be officially married in the church, and Kino was to get a new rifle. Everything was working out as planned, until the doctor found out about the pearl. He went to Kino's house, and asked to see Coyotito, saying that sometimes the bite may seem ok, but then bad things can happen. Kino hesitated to let him in, after all, the doctor wouldn't see Coyotito before the swelling went down, and before he found the pearl. Before he let the doctor in, he dug a small hole in the ground and wrapped the pearl in a rag. He placed it in the hole, and replaced the dirt on top. He then let the doctor in. The doctor continued to lie to Kino, and because Kino and Juana were both uneducated, they didn't know any better. He told them that Coyotito was very sick, and it was unlikely he'd live through the poison, when really the poison had already faded away. He gave Coyotito some "medicine" and said he'd come back in an hour. As the hour faded Coyotito got sicker and sicker and Kino got anxious. The doctor came back and gave Coyotito some more medicine, this time real medicine. When the doctor asked when he would be paid, Kino replied "when I sell my pearl". Kino's eyes looked over to the place where he had buried it, and the doctor watched him.
That night, he slept with many bad dreams and awoke because he heard a noise. Someone was searching for the pearl! He wrestled the stranger, and was knocked out. He had a wound on his head. Juana declared that the pearl was cursed, and that they should not keep it anymore. But Kino thought otherwise. He did not believe the pearl had brought the bad luck, but agreed to sell it as soon as possible.

This chapter poses a very good question. Is the pearl evil? Based on opinion, I wouldn't say so. The pearl itself wasn't evil but it created a terror that is hard to get rid of. It surrounded everybody with this raging jealousy of Kino, and it made the whole town dishonest and cold hearted. In the money is the root of all evil. It doesn't mean money is evil, but money can do all kinds of terrible things to a person, and that's what happened with the pearl. Everybody was so blinded by their greed, that they didn't stop to see how wrong it was to be envious of poor Kino. So no, the pearl isn't evil, however, the actions surrounding the pearl were evil.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The Pearl - Chapter Two

After the incident with the doctor,the baby's shoulder continued to swell, and Juana put a pultice made of seaweed on the baby's bite. Juana, and Coyotito, went with Kino pearl hunting because they needed something to give the doctor in exchange for medicine for the baby. As Kino was swimming, he saw a really big oyster, and he hoisted it up onto the boat and told Juana about catching a glimpse of something white and shiney. Kino's heart was racing, but Juana said "It is not good to want a thing too much, it sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough..." Juana and Kino looked over at Coyotito, and then opened the oyster and shrieked. For there in the oyster meat was a large white pearl. They then looked over at Coyotito and his shoulder wasn't swollen anymore, and they cried tears of joy and happiness. 

The quote "It is not good to want a thing too much, it sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough..." is just saying if you want something too much you might end up being disappointed. You should only want something enough so that if you don't get it you won't be so disappointed. It actually just means what it says: if you wish for something to happen, you will be disappointed if it doesn't turn out properly. So it's better to not wish for something too much for fear of disappointment.

The Pearl - Chapter One

The story takes place in Mexico about a guy named Kino and his wife Juana, and their kid Coyotito. The summary is basically Coyotito had been stung by a scorpion, and he was crying uncontrollably and so Juana asked her husband to call a doctor, but the doctor would not come because they were Mexicans and low class, and he was French and high class. So then Juana told Kino that she wanted to take the baby to the doctor if he would not come to them. At first Kino was hesitant because the people that the doctor had come from had treated his people so badly but then he sacrificed his hatred to save his baby. But then when they got to the doctors house the doctor would not come out, because they had no money to give him except for a few worthless, flattened pearls. Because the doctor would not come out, in anger, Kino punched the gate of the house with his fist, and blood flowed out.

In the story we see that Kino and the Doctor didn't have a great relationship, this is a Man vs. Man conflict. In the world we see a lot of this, the issues people have with different races. It's perfectly normal to dislike the people who have treated you badly, but you can tell that whether or not they like each other, they have a respect for each other, as well as sort of a fear. When Kino knocks on the doctors door, he also takes off his hat, taking off your hat is a sign of respect. They may not like each other, but they respect each other.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Skits in American Lit

Skit number one - The Tale of the Broken Arrow
This was a very good skit, about how a warrior kills a bear and becomes chief of his tribe, it gives a good lesson, how no good deed goes unrewarded. The story was good, the acting was good, but could have been better. Th bear should have been more bearish, and the warrior should have been more fierce. All in all good story.

Skit number two - The Bear Woman
The story was sweet, and although this was my teams story, I feel like we should have taken it one step at a time, all talking together about it rather than going our separate ways. The skit was a complete and utter fail, and even though it was a good laugh, should have been thought over more... 

Skit number three - How we came to use Buffalo hide
This was a great story. It actually sounded like a real myth, and I really thought it was the best story. Everyone played their parts perfectly, and for a second there I thought it sounded to good to be a story they'd written. Best story of the day. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Just listen

Today in class we watched a short movie describing the importance of recieving sound. How even the slightest sound, such as that of a coffee maker, or the rippling in the water, can help our minds be alert to noise. Without sound, we'd really be no where. Sound is everything, and we rarely appreciate it because when you have it you barely take notice of it, I guess it is true what they say: You don't know what you have until you've lost it. In the short movie he not only describes the importance of sound but the importance of silence. He says that taking time each day to have a moment of silence to collect our thoughts is really important, because without that moment it would be hard to get through the day.