One last time, but i'll be back. 11/20/2010
So this might be my last entry for the life of Pi and this blog, but who knows. My Engl 222 class has inspired me to think of Canada differently. At one point I thought it was all about toronto and montreal (the cities) that made Canada, Canada. But this course opened my eyes to what is Canada, and how I saw Canada. By studying novels such as Green Grass Running Water I learnt about the importance of culture and traditions in the First Nations tribe and community. A little tip I got from my prof was to capitalize the 'f' in 'First Nations'. Now that was something you could say i did learn from this class. Our class got to see how the native tribes came to be and why there was a struggle between these groups. Learning how the whites treated the First Nations tribe was quite shocking to hear, but it also explains why Canada is what it is today: A tolerant and understanding nation. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking this course and hope that I can discover more courses or work in my life that will open my eyes to new ideas. I hope i will find places which will inspire me to formulate new opinions in mind. In the end I hope to find the real version of 'My Canada and what It means to me'
Improvements for Reteaching:
1) A clearer path must be given so students know where they are going to be taken in this course from the start. ( It was hard for me to really focus into class because I did not get to see where we were going until the end of second and beginning of the third week of class)
2) Facebook for this class would be a better idea for collaborations. Its fun and it feels natural. Majority of students have facebook and will be able to interact with other students via the internet. If students do not have a facebook aacount then this is there excuse to make one and be connected with millions ( Its the same thing as creating a weebly or wordpress account)
3) May be have a guest lecturer from Native tribes come in and speak. ( I feel this would really have given us a more personal experience with the tribes as it would allow us to hear there story in person rather than on video. )
Overall again this was
Religion Vs. Science 11/11/2010
So I was sitting in class the other day and heard one of the class members speak up and ask Erika " Was Romeo a hero?" This question was asked during our time spent on the introduction to the novel " Shake hands with the devil." Clearly, that was an insightful question to which there was no clear answer. Then a good example was given in class of an iconic character. The example was of Jim Carrey, who some consider a hero because of the way he has risen to success when at one point he was living off in his car with his family. Jim was considered a hero not because of some super hero move, but because of his simple will and determination to keep his family safe and happy. Because of that wish he developed his own super power: the ability to make people laugh.
The term hero, or what a hero is, can be very subjective to the reader or person believing in one. What is a hero? What is it about a character that gives him the title of a hero? Does it have to be super powers? A hero is defined in different ways to people, some believe it to be the simple comic book hero, some would say that a hero is someone who they can believe in, and some would believe a hero to be an iconic version of the person they would want to be in the future. Now I'm not going to make this one big hero speech here, but after hearing the question, i thought about Pi from the novel "Life of Pi". For those of you who have read the novel, do you believe by your standards Pi was a hero? Well to me, Pi indeed was a hero.
Pi to me is not a hero because he was able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or save a life in war or battle, but it is because in his time of need he alone got up and had the courage and determination to live on. To be stranded with a killing machine such as a bengal tiger is terrifying. Not knowing when you could be eaten up? or simply falling to your death by starvation? Yet Pi still had the will and determination of a hero to fight for his own life. To me Piscine Patel was a hero. Not because of some heroic act, but by the simple act of showing what ordinary human beings are capable off , if only, they put their minds in to their actions.
I hope I have not hurt some of you by making Pi a hero, trust me I love all the heroes out there :P , but I do believe Pi deserves to be called a hero.
The need for a companion. 11/05/2010
Life of Pi. Here We go Again! 10/27/2010
The Power Of a Name.
You know I was reading the book and then I thought about the name Piscine. In the beginning it sounded just like a bad named to be given. I mean Pi as a nickname, not the best of choices by the parents. But then if you look at the deeper meaning behind what this name means how it symbolizes this character thorough out the book you see a different side as to how powerful a name can be. In the first few pages of the book Pi gives us the long tale of his name in the chapters. The name holds different meanings within the text. Piscine we are told means swimming pool in the French language. The name also holds strong reference to the star pisces which can give us a foreshadowing moment as to how this character will be shaped. Piscine does learn to swim and eventually becomes really good at it. The name alone is so much like a mythical character that we already in the beginning of the text feel Pi is going to have a long journey. Lastly, his nick name Pi when heard of calls to the mind the mathematical equation. The reader can get a glimpse of symbolism here.That equation of Pi has an extremely long journey, only in this case Pi ( the number) has a long journey in numbers where as our Pi (the main character) has a long mythical journey ahead of him.
"And so, in that Greek letter that looks like a shack with a corrugated tin roof, in that elusive, irrational number with which scientists try to understand the universe. I found refuge." pg 26-27
Maybe, sometimes, it is possible for us to go into the unknown. A place where we normally would be scared to venture alone, but in some cases we find an adventure which can make us feel safe. Sometimes not knowing can be the best way to live life. We do not know the future, thus I can see how Pi would be willing to live his life in his unknown territory.
Cultural Identity 10/11/2010
“I’ve got work to do, George. Nobody cares if you stay. But you cant take pictures.”
“Its almost the twenty-first century, Country.
The older guy and the skinny kid made Amos take everything out of the truck. They unwrapped the dance outfits and laid them on the asphalt.
“Shouldn’t put the outfits down like that,” said Amos. “It isn’t right.”
“Guess we’re the ones to say what’s right and what’s not right” said the guard. “Isn’t that right”
“That’s sacred stuff,” said Amos
Ohh and Just in case if anyone wanted some background info into First Nations, I found this pdf on the government website. Link.
Our Canada! 10/04/2010
I was at the movies on saturday and came across this video that was played by the Globe and Mail. It shows a young girl walking talking about what defines Canada. This got me to think about our first few blogs and lectures in which we were discussing how each of us see or Canada or What is Canada to us personally? But since we are discussing the topic of First nations these days it is interesting to note that nothing about the First nations people is said in the video. First nations do not want to be called Canadian they have their own identity, so does this mean that this "land we have been given" is only for Canadians to use and start leading?
Our Project! 10/02/2010
I will admit I'm some what confused as to what structure the Conference is suppose to have. I understand that this project is very open ended and you are able to make of it what you will. 364 pages of allusions are in this book. So far our group will look at the theme of Sun Dance and how the King alludes to the ritual in GGRW. At this point I have no clear idea to where I'm going with this project, but hopefully on monday I can get a better feel on how to structure my thoughts on the conference. Lastly, I think that Amrit's blog is a good source of how to go about this project, his idea about the free form and hyper-texting aspects of the project really give one some help if needed :)