Monday, 30 September 2013

Bamfield and Literature! - Whale Story

Whale Story Excerpt (Chapters 1 & 2) 

     I found the protagonist, 11 year old Sarah, quite hard to relate with. The fact that she was younger was different from the way she viewed the world from how I view it. I often didn't get why she valued some things more than others, or why she thought the way she thought. On the other hand, while it was hard to connect with Sarah, I found it put things into perspective for me. How we all see things differently, and how we view the world is affected by many factors and reading this story through this character's eyes.
     My understanding of the theme that might have been conveyed in this novel was about accepting change and how when you do accept it, many good things can come out of it. I feel like this theme was a possible developing theme because of how Sarah was really unable to accept the fact that she had to move to Bamfield. All she could think about was the things that she was leaving behind, such as her best friend and long time home. But starting around the end of the first chapter (her first glimpse at the ocean...) and into the second, Sarah really starts to see the light in her situation. While I don't know what will happen in the rest of the story, I really do feel like this is a clear theme I saw developing in the first 2 chapters.
     When I first read about where this story as taking place (Bamfield), I was so surprised! I thought it was really cool that the piece I was reading, was literally in the exact same place I was at. This also made it so easy to put myself in the story with Sarah...it sort of made up for me not being able to connect with her!

Bamfield and Literature! - The Sea Devil


The Sea Devil: This was a short story we read about a man who decides to go fishing late at night...

(Question 3, answer):
     Initially, I got a very mysterious and almost a "trickery" sort of tone from the piece; something that stayed there throughout the entirety. The protagonist also contributed to this tone. Even though we knew quite a lot about him... his name was never even mentioned.
     Some foreshadowing I noticed later on after going through the piece a second time, was in paragraph 19, where 'the man' thinks that his boat was the thing that scared off the fish. Reflecting on this, I believe the author might've meant that the Sea Devil was actually the thing that scared off the fish!
     I believe the theme conveyed in this short story was about the constant battle between nature and man. Maybe this is why the man's name was never mentioned, because the man could have been a representation of all of man kind. There were many references to man and nature, showing some contrast between the two topics in the story.  For example, in the 2nd last paragraph, "...man's proud mastery over nature." This line sort of brought out the idea of man vs. nature to me... Also, when the the man and the Sea Devil were sort of pulling the two sides of the rope, each trying to be free from the other, I feel like the author was trying to convey a larger message, about this constant battle. The battle for balance between nature and man........
     It was actually super easy to put myself in this setting considering we read this short story while looking out at the inky dark blue sea in the evening! :)

Bamfield and Literature!

Last week, we got to go on this awesome trip, all 100 of us grade 9s to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (Vancouver Island)! OK, so yes we had a lot of science time...but we also got a chance to look at some poetry, short stories, and an excerpt from a novel. What better time to explore some literature than when we are out at sea!

Watch out for the next couple posts where I'll be posting about what we explored at BMSC!