Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The "Secret Hideout"

The story behind “The Hideout”

The place in with pascal grew up and lived all of his childhood could be considered poor by our standards. In Pascals hometown of Agabande is a small town where the people don’t make much money. Pascal’s family could be considered more wealthy than his friends and people they live around. One key piece of evidence that suggests that is his families water tank. Pascal’s father had been earning some extra money from his job and after saving it for a while he decided to get a water tank for his family. Normally you would think this is not such a big deal right? Wrong. Well sorta, when the water tank was installed by their house, the book had stated that it was normally quite a spectacle for someone to get a water tank put in and that a some people from the town even came to watch. His father's quest for a water tank is what ended up in pascal being able to create a secret hideout. Before they had purchased the new water tank his father had actually tried to salvage an old water tank that he had sourced locally. The tank was far away from his house and he tried to roll it up a hill to his house but ended up denting and scratching it. His father predicted this would cause it to rust and decided it was not going to be used. He left the water tank on its side, Pascal, being a curious young mind realised that he could fit through the whole into the bigger inside of the water tank, he eventually decided to make it into a secret hideout with his best friend Henri. Since his family is only going to spend money when it is needed and because he didn’t want his family to find it, he used debri and lost items he had found to furnish the hideout. He found things like old wood beams, crates, and even a kerosene lantern for his hideout.

The hideout also played an important part in saving not only Pascals life, but also his sister Nadines. When the “Jolts” started attacking the town and killed all of the residents it provided Pascal with a place to hide. The men or “Jolts” were coming back to pascals house to look for any survivors or hiding people to kill and Pascal needed a place to hide. He eventually ended up hiding in his “secret hideout”. He also was able to protect a baby from the men killing everyone, even though it unfortunately died later.   With all the history that pascal and his hideout had been through. I thought it would be quite sentimental to him making it an important part of his childhood, if not his life. Making it something that is deep and meaningful to the character.

An Alternate Perspective

It is April of 1994 and Iggy begins her morning routine, she started off with  waking up, followed by  waiting to get taken out of the pen, then get tied up in a new part of the yard just out of the reach of the garden or the fruit trees, she thought it was kind of cruel that way. It had been this way ever since she could remember, which isn’t that far back, to be honest. The day started off like every other, Pascal would come out of the house, release the chickens, and let Iggy out of her pen to be tied up, and put somewhere in the yard. However, things went a little differently, after Iggy was tied up, the boy, Pascal went to do chores with his father. Everything was going normally but something, a noise that came from the radio, to iggy it was just a little box but it caused a disturbance between the boy and the bigger man, his father, the big man seemed upset at the boy or something he had said or done, Iggy could tell that something was wrong, but she wasn’t able to make any sense of it, because she was a goat.

Many more days went by, each starting off the same, wait to be released, get released and tied up, and finally get tied up somewhere in the yard just out of reach of some delicious looking growth. But every now and then there would be little discussions or little arguments over the little box that made noise. Every time they listened to the box they would give off the effect that they were worried, angry, and sometimes even upset and the noises the radio made, Iggy was able to tell that the box was causing some disturbance among the people. Things continued like this for a number of days, with there being more discussions between the parents and them looking more and more worried. Iggy was unable to make the connections that the people were upset because they think something is about to happen, all she was able to determine is that they were upset, not why they were that way.

Days had gone by like this, but this one, this one was the worst of them all. The day had not started off like all the others.The boy, Pascal, had never come to take her out of her pen and, in fact,  had never even left the house. Iggy was beginning to get anxious, she paced her pen waiting to be let out. Eventually, Pascal did come out, but not to release her, he was looking for someone. That's when the bad men came, they ransacked everything in the garden, they cut down the banana trees with their machetés, then they came for her. When they came in the pen they headed straight for her, she tried to get out, but it was no use, she headbutted one of the men sending him stumbling backward into the stick fence that was her pen breaking it. She seized the moment and took off in the direction of the break in the fence. The man tried to grab her but the squeezed the man's arms, she leaped through the gap in the fence but the man she had pushed through it grabbed her. The other man came to join them, with his macheté. He took the blade of his macheté, stained a dark rust color, from the previous time he had used it that night, and put the blade up against her throat and killed her.

Unfortunately, on the events that took place on April & 1994, the end results of this story was a reality for many of the Tutsi people living in Rwanda at the time. An estimated 800,000 people were killed in the 100 day period where the events unfolded. Another estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans became refugees. I hope you were able to take just a little time to think about what the people who experienced this event went through and found this post as meaningful as I did.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Connections Between Their Government and Ours

The Canadian charter of rights and freedoms are basic rights that apply to every citizen in Canada. The Canadian charter of rights and freedoms guarantees freedom of religion, of thought, of expression, of the press,  of peaceful assembly and many more. These rules form the first part of the constitution act, in 1982. These rules were put in place to guaranty the safety and well being of the people in Canada.

However, in my novel, it appears that things are different from Canada. Later in the book, it is discovered that there are two kinds of people that don’t get along well, the Tutsi and the Hutu. In the book, it can be heard on the radio that the government not only knows that they hate each other but is encouraging the Hutu to take up arms against the Tutsi. This later causes there to be a genocide hilling around 800,000 Tutsi people. It got so bad because the government wasn’t doing anything that other countries had to step in and help (help to put a stop to it).

This leads me to believe that there are few similarities between the rights in my book and in real life here in Canada. For starters, in Canada, if the government were to notice there was some discrimination going on or some tension between two different groups. They would step in immediately to try and ease the tension of stop the discrimination going on because discrimination isn’t allowed in the charter of rights and freedoms. They would step in by sending in civil servants (police/peace officers) to try and stop the discrimination or racism. If there was tension the government would act on that in some way two. In Rwanda, Pascals home, the government was doing the exact opposite of what would happen in Canada. Instead of trying to defuse the tension, they actually encourage it to escalate and tell one of the groups to slaughter the other and get rid of them. The rules are not only different here that they are in the book, but just the way of life is different. They don’t live in the same kind of houses that I assume most of us live in. The jobs they do and the way they earn money is different than most of what our families so I would assume. I think the differences in lifestyles could have an effect on the way the situation went rather than if it were to happen in Canada. Things like the way the government reacted and what the people actually did would be what would be different. In conclusion, I have determined that the concept of rights and freedoms in Canada and in Rwanda are very different, both before the genocide and after.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Second 20%

When I picked out this book I was expecting it to be a bit of a difficult read because of the subject it dealt with. I forgot to account for the fact that is was from the perspective of an actual person. It is upsetting because in the book all of the children are unaware of what is about to happen. While you the reader, on the other hand, knows what is about to happen and you can feel it building up to the event slowly. There have been direct threats to the protagonists, the people threatening don't say what they are going to do but they say things like “don’t worry, it’s going to happen soon” and things along that line. The reason this is upsetting is that of the innocence that the main character, Pascal,  has. All the time he talks about wanting to not be mean to other people and loving God, while on the radio other people are talking about getting rid of an “infestation” that needs to be cleansed. We, the readers, also get to know pascals family and friends making us attached to them and getting to know them as people. This leaves us, the readers, more attached to them and more likely to be upset when something happens.

Another reason this book is a little upsetting is that it is based on true events. Even if it was fiction it would be sad because, well, it’s dealing with a genocide. Since this book is based on events that actually happened.  Not only that it was a real event but what caused it to happen was also upsetting. The people's own government said on the radio to take up arms against their neighbors and then did nothing to prevent it when the people started killing. It got to the point where other countries had to step in. Since these events happened in real life they are going to happen in the book (because the book is based on real events). When it does happen Pascal's friends and family will be negatively affected and possibly killed.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

20% Of Knowledge I Just Obtained

The main protagonist of the book is a boy named Pascal, he lives in a small village called Agabande. He lives in a house with his mother, father, older brother, and younger sister. He has a friend named Henri who from what I’ve read have been friends for a while. Henri lives with his father, his mother had died from malaria. Since Henri’s mothers death they have stopped going to church which pascal tinks is not a good thing. Pascal looks up to the church as a kind of influence. His older brother rings the bell on the village church every morning which is something Pascal has wanted to do for quite some time. Their village (it’s more like a town) is in the Musanze District, North Rwanda and is a hot spot for tourists from other countries. That is one of the ways Pascals father makes money, he carves little figures out of wood and sells them to tourists as souvenirs for money. As his main job he works in a business fixing trucks for the government.

Some of the people in the town are getting a little suspicious and say things like there is tension in the air. There can be voices heard on the radio talking about how there is a parasite like “a filthy cockroach” and saying how there is an infestation that needs to be taken care of. Pascal in all of this has not taken notice, probably because of his age, and he has just gone on with his life only noticing things like small changes in his town. I feel like as the story continues to unravel itself Pascal will become more aware of what is happening and the possible danger he’s in. But for now he will continue to live his life faced with only problems that concern himself, for now anyways.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Novel Study Post One

What book is it and why did I choose it?
One Thousand Hills  

I decided to pick this novel because when we were deciding what books to read I heard people say that this book was a good book to read and it was a bit of a hard book to read (meaning it deals with mature content). When I read the blurb I was interested in the book because it seemed that the story would be told from the perspective of a kid who experience everything first hand and on the back of the book it said it was based on real events. I had never read this book before or even read it or even heard of the book before so I thought is would be interesting to start reading a new book. When I read this book I think the book will be something that is both informative to read and still gives that factor of shock and brutal truthfulness to the events its about. I think the book will be hard to read in some parts because it is about the Rwandan genocide and during that genocide they killed many people and tried to kill a whole group of people. I don't know how many people were killed and what exactly happened but I am counting on this book to teach me important details like that.

Reading/work schedule
Sunday 10
Monday, Dec 11
Tuesday, 12th
Wednesday, 13
Thursday, 14th
Friday, 15th
Saturday 16th

Read first 20%
Make first blog post
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Sunday 17
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No school
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Break begins

I will work a little bit at a time over the break
Sunday 24
Monday 25
Tuesday 26
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Christmas Day
Break start on fourth 20%
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January Begins
Sunday 31
Monday 1
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Saturday 5
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Sunday 7
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Finish fifth Blog post

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Individual Blog Post #6: Protaganists-compair & contrast

The thing that is most same between “The House of The Scorpion” and “Gattaca” are that the protagonists are something that goes against what society deems is normal or good in the story, i.e. someone being a clone, someone pretending to be someone their not, or someone not being born in what is considered the natural way at the time that the story is set in. In both stories going against what is normal or what society accepts. Going against either of those things is considered a crime against nature or is a bad idea. A bad idea being that if they don't do what is the norm and is what’s being done by everyone else in society then it could have bad effects on them or the other people. 

The storylines of the books are also similar because they both include a character that has been born in a way that is different from the norm. In “Gattaca” the protagonist Vincent or “Jerome” was conceived and born the natural way. However, in the time he is born in scientists and doctors have figured out a way to make humans perfect. Perfect being they eliminate all the possibilities of illnesses that come naturally or genetically and can make them deliberately have perfect vision, strength, and other things like that. Vincent, however, did not get created in a lab the natural way and he was born the way most people in reality. The doctor tells the parents what illness he will have and that he has a heart disease and probably won't live beyond the age of thirty. In “The House of the Scorpion” the protagonist of the story Matt is a clone of a very powerful drug lord. The drug lords family thinks that clones are a freak of nature and that they are not normal humans, so Matt is hated and treated like and animal by everyone exact the people that care about him. The key similarities being that both of the protagonists are considered different and weren't created the “natural way”. 

 The characters both developed in the way that they new that they were different from everyone else. In the beginning of the story, they both didn’t like who they were, in the sense that everyone was telling them that they were different in a bad way and the protagonist is starting to believe them. Through out the story they protagonists learn to accept themselves for who they are and not to let what the antagonists of the story or just other people say affect them as a person or what they do. Around the end of the story, they try to make peace with the antagonist of the story, in “Gatatcas” case he has to accept the idea that since he was born the natural way he will not be as perfect as the people that were genetically modified to be better than a natural created human. In “The House of the Scorpion”s case Matt had accepted that he was a clone and that no matter what everyone else says about clones, they are the same as a regular human. At the end of the story the characters both accepted who they are as a person and learned to ignore what other people say about them and what the are genetically and they accomplish the goal(s) that they wanted to. Another key thing about both stories is that the protagonist needed someone to have as a friend that would help/support them in whatever they wanted to do. The friend supported them in any way the protagonist needed such as getting helping them out physically or emotionally. Both the protagonists needed to believe that they could to do it no matter what everyone else says or does and the protagonists couldn't have done it without someone to help them do what they wanted to do. 

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