Ursula Le Guins’ The Wizard of Earthsea uses many literary devices to portray not only a story but also an image. Through her writing, I can see that she uses imagery and expanded moments to get her point across. She chooses exact moments to write in detail, giving us snippets of information so we can slowly start to piece it together ourselves. For example, when Le Guin writes, “it was low and dusky, windowless, fragrant with herbs that hung dry […]” it gives the reader a vivid image of the aunt’s cottage. Just from this excerpt, we start to visualize what the aunt is like, without even reading about her. Her writing style flows and creates a swift river out of the plot. (pg. 3-4) She uses compound-complex sentence’s more than anything and makes it seem as if we’re gliding. Le Guin also uses time gaps in her writing. It teleports readers from one setting to another from just a simple paragraph change. Unlike most writers who ease their readers into the time change, Le Guin simply shifts the view. This is effective for it keeps the writing concise, engaging and challenges the reader to read between the lines. For example, the paragraphs on page 8 seem like two entirely different stories but after analyzing, it becomes clear that there is a jump in time. This keeps the reader hooked because she shows them rather than telling them. Overall, I am very intrigued by the plotline of this book and can’t wait to continue reading!
Statement: People lose their identities when they pretend to be something their not.
I deeply agree with this statement. There is never a way where we can truly be ourselves. Even though the final decision comes to us, social influence will always play its part. However, as long as we stay in touch with ourselves we will never lose a sense of who we are; as soon as we turn face, we lose our identity. We start to derail and lose touch of reality. We believe we are one thing and we push above and beyond to strive to hold that standard, sometimes hurting others or even ourselves in the way. Losing our identity isn’t always voluntary. Manipulation can create a performance where we don’t know we are the actors. Someone or something may pull strings in our brains and emotions to make us think we are something we’re not and if held long enough we become what they want us to be, losing our past self. An example is Stockholm syndrome, a feeling of trust or affection in a hostile situation. The captor can create illusions in your head to make you feel that you trust them, that’d you do anything for them and when serious, they will take advantage of you. I lost myself to Stockholm syndrome. I thought I loved someone I didn’t and it took me a dire experience to realize that I was no longer the person I knew. I was changed completely, and it took me time and courage to find myself again. That’s the thing, if we lose something, there is always a chance we can find it again.
Leadership plays a key role in all our lives; however, some people, myself included, believe it’s a position rather than a mindset. After watching John Maxwell’s, The 360 degree Leader, my opinion changed and I believe after practicing the principles I’ve been taught I can become a better leader in TALONS and in general.
The biggest principle I learned from the lectures we watched is to lead yourself exceptionally well. I’ve always known leading starts from within, but I never realized how critical it is to lead yourself before others. I’m a people pleaser and I want to appeal to all, so I take on most tasks people ask me to do. This results in overwhelming stress and me getting derailed. Through this principle, I’ve learned that I have to self-manage before anything because if I can’t manage myself, how am I going to manage others. This will benefit me greatly in TALONS because it makes sure I’m in check, so I can help the leader and lead a group of my peers towards success. This principle relates to model the behavior you desire. If I am derailed and frazzled, then the people I am leading will take that as an example and the entire team will derail. However, if the leader is to model calm cool and collected, the team will most likely follow. This principle is especially useful during the April May June season. Especially during the adventure trip planning time, everyone was stressed and on edge, but because our team leaders were always calm and focused, we had an organized and great backpacking trip!
One principle that I know I struggle with is knowing the balance between knowing when to push and back off. I am a strong opinion person and I tend to get caught in the moment and push too fast without acknowledging the group. Through TALONS I have improved on this greatly, but I still need to work on it. I believe that one can become their greatest self when they can both follow and be followed. This brings out both sides of a person and TALONS works on both through committee work and delegating tasks. Being able to adapt to this principle also builds up to the principle of developing each team member as a person. Once we can establish the balance between pushing and backing off, we start to develop rather than equip ourselves as a person. As a grade 10 this year, I am going to use this principle a lot. I want to help develop the nines this year, so they can teach the nines next year. This way it benefits both them and the program. In my eyes, these two principles are large building blocks of TALONS.
The next two principles are what I believe to be the most important ones. The first being understanding the leadership loop. The leadership loop proves that leadership is more than telling people to do things. It shows that leadership is a two-way street, and both ends have to respect each other. TALONS demonstrates this really well because we always give credit where credit is deserved. Everyone has creative ideas that adds value and we all influence one another. The one part that we could work on is verbalizing. Sometimes in the rush of things, messages get muffled and communication is lost. TALONS foundation runs off the leadership loop and keeps everything in line; however, the most important principle in my eyes is to be a friend. Be approachable and someone that people want to work with. This all goes back to the golden rule, treat others the way you want to be treated. This makes the process is easier, the achievement is greater, and the celebration is more eventful when it’s done with friends.
TALONS gives us a multitude of leadership opportunities that most people our age can’t get. With these six principles in mind, TALONS can move forward towards a common goal and success.
For my interview, I interviewed Ms. Maneli Nourbakhsh, a fashion and creative director as well as an educator. This fit with my dream job because I want to work in the field of fashion in the future but I’m still not sure where. This interview helped me learn about the fashion industry and how it’ll impact my lifestyle in the future.
1: Although the people around you create a large influence on your decisions and lifestyle, the final call is up to you and what you decide to do.
2: As detail orientated, difficult, and tiring a task is, creativity and hard work makes the task worthwhile and beneficial.
3: Often times ones lifestyle and habits revolve around the profession they choose to go into.
“The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal” (1). Through Kurt Vonnegut, Jr’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”, we discover what an era of total equality looks like. This story was later adapted to a short film titled 2081. After thorough analysis of both the text and the film, I believe that the film is the more effective medium to portray this story. Both stories follow Harrison Bergeron, a genius star athlete wanting to break the mold of ‘equality’. He escapes prison and displays on live television what great things we could achieve if we aren’t held back by restraints. Though the two different mediums have different rising actions, the climax and the conclusion are the same. The main difference between the two is that in the film, there is more background on Harrison. It creates a character for Harrison that is relatable, and we can connect with him whereas in the text, Harrison is portrayed as a “clanking, clonish and huge” (3). He storms around, and it seems as if he’s constantly yelling to get something. In the film, he is calmer and reasoning with the crowd which makes his character more believable. Not only is there more background information on Harrison, but there’s also more background on the setting in general. The film adopts a flashback flashforward device to create a more impactful plot. For example, in the scene where “the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron’s fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away” the film creates suspended scenes and silence to display the trauma behind this action (1). The text on the other hand simply stated it in one sentence, giving less context. Finally, the film can use other senses to engage us to the show. While the text does a very good job of describing the action through words, the film is able use music to create a tone that is otherwise missed in the text. The text uses “in an explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang” for the scene where Harrison and the ballerina are free making it feel like the scene is loud and chaotic. In the film, they use silence to make it seem as if the last moments of Harrisons life was clean and free. Due to these reasons, I believe that Chandler Tuttle’s film 2081 is the more effect medium to display the story of Harrison Bergeron.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Whether your involved in the fashion industry or not, it is impossible to deny that Coco Chanel is the biggest turning point in the fashion industry. Born in 1883, she grew up during a time of war. She lost her mother at a young age to cancer. Albeit her rough childhood, Chanel created something elegant from something tragic, like a phoenix from the ashes. She changed fashion forever.
However, her upper hand wasn’t her creativity or her impeccable business tactics, but it was her ability to spot change before anyone else knew they needed it. A majority of her work wasn’t original or new, it was simply men’s fashion adapted to fit a woman’s needs.
When Chanel moved to France with the love her life, Boy Capel, she noticed how fussy and uptight woman’s fashion was. She made it her mission to relieve this and make woman’s fashion modern, comfy, and find luxury in simplicity. As a woman during a time of war where men held the dominant role, Chanel couldn’t simply change fashion at the snap of her fingers. She built up her fashion career from the bottom up, starting with a little millinery in France in 1910. While she sold all sorts of hats, she was also designing. She based her designs off her husbands closet, adding and taking things away to make woman’s fashion just as comfortable as men’s, but still gorgeous. This was an insidious war with the fashion industry because Chanel knew that the men leading the fashion industry at the time would not be accepting of her ideas. Her hard work paid off when she opened a boutique in 1913 selling her own products.
Sadly, her splurge joy didn’t last long. Capel died in a car crash in 1919, along with Chanel’s happiness. Her world went from color to black and white. She grieved along with the rest of the women who lost husbands and sons to the war. During this time, some would say that there wasn’t one family that was complete. Women would be seen on the streets draped in black shapeless dresses, mourning their losses. This is when Chanel realized, the other love in her life: fashion. Through her grief and loss, came what we still flaunt to this day, the little black dress. Chanel wanted to empower women, to remember the many lives lost in the war, while still looking elegant themselves.
Coco Chanel is my inspiration, as a fashion designer, as a businesswoman, and as a person. She encourages me to believe in and pursue my passion for fashion designing. she doesn’t let obstacles get in her way, when she has a set goal, she will go through anything to achieve it. She believes that the only way for women to get fashion that is comfortable and elegant is for women to design it themselves, rather than letting only men control the fashion industry. I agree with her all of these insights and I am fascinated by the realm of fashion and how Coco Chanel changed fashion to this day.
All this aside, I will have to work through barriers to really understand who she was. The main barrier is that Coco Chanel went through multiple tragedies in her life; losing her mom, getting put in an orphanage and losing her husband were all big parts of her personality. I personally haven’t gone through anything like that so that will be one of the big barriers. Another thing is the setting, Chanel grew up in Europe during the wars while I live in North America during a time of relative peace. Albeit these barriers, I am still very excited to look more into Coco Chanel and explore her eminence and how exactly she revolutionized fashion.
All the research I’ve done up to now have mostly been around who Coco Chanel is and her life; my next steps will be looking into what shes created, how her fashion line has changed over time and her current stance in media as of today.
With all this said, I can’t wait for another great Night of the Notables!
We as a society are vulnerable to anyone in a position of power. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie stated in her Danger of Single Story talk that power is to be greater than another. These people in power control the stories and unless we investigate different perspectives ourselves, we unwittingly give in to their version of the truth. Adichie stated about Fidles family “It had never occurred to me that anybody in his family could make something.” (4:00). From the single-story her mother told her, she believed that people in poverty were worthless, incompetent, and needed pity, but instead, she found that poverty does not describe a complete person. There were other components to the story that she was blind to before but there was finally light shining through. We often neglect to uncover different perspectives of a ‘single story’, giving us an incomplete story. Instead of looking up and down, left and right to find more sides, we look straightforward and see a dead wall with the story that people who hold power want us to visualize. Despite this, we can start to educate one another, learn to look past the single story, and instead of forming unfounded ideas, we can create fully coloured in stories. Different perspectives create different narratives. One might see Africa and a country of poverty, water shortage, and uneducated; yet another person could view Africa as a country rich with culture, joy, and tradition. When we bond two narratives together we create a story with more than just one perspective, a story that is one step closer to the complete truth. In fact, as soon as we are exposed to different sources of evidence, we can start to create our own story, create our own values and beliefs. However, I understand that it is inconceivable of me to believe that everyone will fully understand a story and see a three-hundred-and-sixty-degree view on it. Nevertheless, even if we only add one more narrative to the story, at least it will no longer be reading a single story.
The Color Purple
The scene when Sofia confronts Celie about telling Harpo to beat Sofia after Harpo asked Celie how he can get his wife to listen to him is a turning point in Celie’s outlook on life. I’m impressed by the way that Celie reacted to the situation. Although she tried to cover up for it at first, she owns up to her actions and explains herself. The fact that Celie’s immediate response is physical harm reveals that Celie has grown up and lived in an environment where woman and wives are abused and considered objects. Women are supposed to listen to the men in the family and obey if they don’t the consequences are cruel. Celie is beaten down and can no longer stand up for herself; she is weak and defeated and the only thing she understands is that she is a tool. She feels that she is property and is owned by her husband. In fact, she even refers to him as Mr. ¬____. She never writes down his last name, nonetheless calls him by his first name. Albeit all this, she is gentle, she “ain’t never struck a living thing”(43). Her external conflict is that she can’t fall asleep because of her actions. Her internal conflict in this scene is her battle with God. She told someone to beat their wife and she has sinned against somebodies’ spirit, Sofia’s spirit to be exact. Therefore, when Sofia asks why Celie would do such a terrible thing, Celie states “I say it cause I’m a fool […] I say it cause I’m jealous of you. I say it cause you do what I can’t.” (42) The development in this scene is significant. Sofia tells Celie that she can’t keep getting pushed around and the reason Harpo can’t control her because “all my life I had to fight. […] A girl ain’t safe in a family of men.” (42) Celie connects with Sofia and although her actions don’t change as the plot continues, she gains respect for the type of girl that Sofia is. The character development of Celie to this point is slow, yet reasonable. It would be unrealistic for the author to give Celie a dramatic change in her actions because Celie constantly lives in fear of change. I feel that one should emulate some of Celie’s traits but learn from others. One should take away from Celie to believe and to listen; however, learn from Celie’s mistake to not be pushed around and used. I can’t relate to this novel to the same level of severity; however, I do have situations in my life that are similar and to a much smaller scale. Feeling a sense of regret and uneasiness is a microsome of Celie’s situation. I often feel unsettled with myself after I know I did something else and can’t stop thinking about it until I fix it.
We live in a time and place where we can take our privileges for granted. We get frustrated when there’s traffic or when the line for coffee is too long. When we see someone who is less of us, we often turn our noses and refrain from acknowledging them as a person. Morley is different. Morley chooses to believe there is more to someone that what meets the eye. In Stuart Mclean’s Emil, Morley befriends Emil, a man who is described as “bearded and dirty, wild and crazy” against her family’s opinions (109). Everyone in the town found Emil a bit strange but that doesn’t stop Morley from giving Emil a helping hand, even if didn’t always want it. Through leaving “the sandwich she had bought for him on the top of the garbage can corner” to buying flowers to help Emil build his garden and all the small deeds in between, Morley learns that to give is to receive (110). No one in Morley’s family gave Emil two thoughts before ridiculing him as retarded or stupid, but Morley is persistent and stays true to her own values. Even when she’s angry that Emil was stealing plants from other people’s garden, instead of yelling at him, she simply asked, “Is that for your garden, Emil?” (115). Morley is patient and kind with Emil and try’s to understand why he is doing what he is doing before she jumps to conclusions. Emil doesn’t forget these actions. When he won the lottery, contrary to Dave’s belief that he would waste it on cigarettes and lottery tickets, he “gave it to his regulars – people who gave him money. Or stopped to talk to him” (118). However, this isn’t the only way that Emil gave back. He built little gardens and started a small library, trying to give back to his community in the best way he could. Not only does he find simple joys in life, but he also returns the favor that the people in the community give him. Morley learns from Emil that giving doesn’t always have to be through materialistic measures, giving could simply mean planting flowers for someone you care for.
Star Wars: A New Hope has become a keystone of western culture and plays a large role in many people’s lives. However, if one is to look at this film through a different lens, they can see subtexts in the film that differ from the main plotline. One of the most impactful lenses for this film is the gender lens for it uncovers some of the underlying gender issues in the 1970’s. It’s predominant that male characters play a bigger role than female; after all, there are only two female roles in the entire film, one of which being Aunt Beru who had two scenes where she cooked and served and the other being Princess Leia who was born into a title. Despite this, there is prominent effort to make Princess Leia a female protagonist in the movie. She has a couple of action scenes and rather than hiding behind the male protagonists she fights for herself. Albeit her fiery attitude, she is still shown as a damsel in distress through her actions and the way that she is physically presented. She’s introduced into the film as the beautiful princess trapped, waiting for a knight in shining armor to save her. The first thing male protagonist Luke Skywalker noticed about her wasn’t the message she was trying to send, but rather her looks. As the movie progresses, there’s an undertone that Leia turns into a romantic interest. Han Solo shuns her, unwilling to help her, calling her a privileged princess until he hears she’s rich. In fact, all the characters talk to the female roles with a certain attitude. On the Death Star, all the troops spoke to Leia as if she were less. They snarled out terms such as princess or sweetheart and spat condescending flirts while interrogating her. They view her feminity as vulnerability and see her as a weakness in the rebellion, hence forcing information out of her. These actions illustrate how women were objectified and displayed as static/flat characters in cinema. With all this said, Star Wars doesn’t romanticize being male either. Throughout the film, it’s difficult to find scenes where male characters show emotions that aren’t anger, frustration or confusion. The male leads are constantly fighting or planning to fight, perpetuating the toxic male stereotype that men are thick-skinned and have rigid personalities. For example, Luke didn’t hesitate to go back to Obi-Wan to get revenge after the death of his aunt and uncle. This is parallel to a society where boys are supposed to never show sensitive emotions and stay strong. Using the evidence, I uncovered above, I’ve come to the conclusion that Star Wars: A New Hope is a film displaying how in the 1970’s, men had the power to make a change as long as they kept a high profile while only women of power had limited opportunities to fight for themselves.