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Can't Always Get What You Want but Sometimes You Get What You Need

Alexandria is used to being pampered and get practically everything she wants. She is portrayed as an immature, self-centered teen. Her focus is on superficial things like fashion and hair. When she describes the people around her, she describes hair and clothes, like those are the things that matter most. She is very focused on her own appearance. She’s not afraid to speak her mind in times where maybe she shouldn't. When she does speak her mind it is often detrimental, and many around her imply that she is stupid and should probably keep quiet. Her first offense, vandalism,  occurred because she was upset about someone stealing her boyfriend. Her second offense, shoplifting, occurred because she wanted some things. She didn’t want to pay for them, even though she is rich.  Alexandria is a stubborn teen who doesn't seem to realize what her actions have done and the consequences that come with them. She doesn’t show remorse or concern for her actions. Her parents who, are just …

Alexandria Of Africa

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Alexandria of Africa

What would you do if you were 7,000 miles away from your home with no hot water, no cell phone reception, and no friends or family? This was the case for Alexandria Hyatt who was arrested for shoplifting and set off to Kenya to work for an international charity. I decided to read this book because I first saw the cover and thought it was unique and it appealed to simple but interesting things that I like. I then read the blurb and thought this would be a good book to try. I have read books in the past about law and the responsibility you have if you break it and what you have to do so I figured I would enjoy another book like it. I don't really know what to expect from this novel, I think it might be hard to try and read and ponder and notice things about the book because it is shorter then ones I would normally read. Overall I am looking forward to finding out how Alexandria likes Africa and how she changes throughout the story.

Aztlan VS Gattaca

Characters are shaped by the world and values around them. Matt and Vincent were both outcasts in their societies. In Matt’s world genetically constructed people were hated. In Vincent’s world the genetically constructed people were granted greater opportunities and were treated much better then the non genetically constructed or “God Childs”.  

Vincent was born a god child. In the movie if you were born a god child it meant there were many things that could go wrong. In Vincent’s society people who were born naturally weren't accepted because of all the possible risks they could have. Even though Vincent wasn't the most desired person he was still treated the same. Vincent had a brother who was genetically modified, he was treated differently by his father because he was perfect. Vincent said he was worthy enough for his fathers name and that he wasn’t. Vincent was born with a heart defect that would make his life expectancy only 30 years. Vincent had a dream to go to Gattaca …

Individual Blog Post #5

People do drastic things when they think their lives are in danger. Leaving your home country and possibly everything you own is an example of  this. Celia needed to leave Aztlan. She grew up there and it was everything she ever knew she described it as poor and horrible. Even worse than when El Patron left. When she was a girl she was put into child labour and she was mistreated for a lot of her life. She needed to leave because her life was awful there. The House of the Scorpion may be fiction but it does connect to real life situations at times. People crossing borders illegally is a thing that happens in the real world now. Recently with the election of the US President being Donald Trump, Americans are starting to feel the affects he is putting on them and the country. There are many immigrants in the United States that fear for their lives. They may be in the country illegally or they may be part of the groups that Donald Trump is targeting as being unwelcome. They are choosing …

Individual Blog Post #4

How do you think others see the world? The worldview elements I think are most influential to Matt are view of human nature, sources of ethical wisdom and responsibilities to others. Human nature is the basic make-up of people. When you are thinking about this you consider whether people are naturally good or evil. Matt thinks that El Patron was good until he starts to get a little older and people expose him to some of the evil things El Patron has done. When Matt figures out that he is only for spare parts (pg 191) so El Patron can stay alive he realizes how evil El Patron is and how he acts falsely towards people. Matt can see that Celia is good. Matt thinks that Tam Lin is good and kind and treats Matt like a person, not an animal. Matt thinks that even though Tam Lin did terrible things he has good qualities. (pg. 176 Matt finds out about Tam Lin’s past) Matt also see’s that Maria is good and treats him differently. She truly cares for him and isn’t evil. He knows she is good bec…

Lispiration Challenge #2 Blog Post

The characters in The House of The Scorpion are so diverse and different. Throughout the book I've learned about each of these characters, and which is my favorite. My favorite character in the book so far has been Celia. Celia’s appearance doesn't play a big role in the story because we don't even know what she fully looks like. Celia is from the same place as El Patron. She tried to escape and was caught by El Patron (Pg 136). She lived because El Patron let her live. She survived because she could cook. She had cooked for and cared for El Patron ever since. El Patron trusted her to care for his clone. She is very protective of Matt. Celia is a static character her main motivation has been to just take care of Matt. She has not really undergone through much change either. Although the book hasn't said a lot about Celia the way she cares for Matt and others makes her a very likable person. I think that throughout the book Celia will become more of a dynamic character …

Individual Blog Post #3

What Does it Mean to be a Care Giver/Mother/Father? Celia and Tam Lin were both care givers. They care for Matt like his parents would.Celia makes sure his physical needs are met and Tam Lin teaches him and tries to make him become a good person. To be a caregiver it means you have to be willing to make sacrifices and take risks for the ones you care about. Celia made some sacrifices and took risks for Matt.One risk I think she took, was to put something in Matt’s salsa to make him sick so they couldn’t use his heart. She also looks after and loves him even though everyone else thinks he’s an animal. She never treats him like less than her son. She saved his life when Rosa has him locked away. Tam Lim also takes a risk by showing him the oasis and leaving Matt a chest ofsurvival stuff and a history book about Opium. Tam Lim also treats him like a real person and expects more from him.
 Caregivers and parents take their own time to help someone out and work hard for whomever they care a…