Blog Response #3 – Harrison Bergeron

There are two mediums in which Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron” is portrayed.  One is Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”, the other is the film adaption “2081”.  The film did an excellent job depicting the story, but reading the story you can come to a better understand of this dystopian future and the characters within it.  During the film you cannot really understand what the father is thinking about.  The film doesn’t quite show how challenging the handicaps are to deal with.  In the story, you can obviously see how hard it is to deal with the handicaps.  In the story it clearly shows how you cannot continue a thought for more than twenty seconds with a mental handicap.  Also in the movie it did not feel as if everyone was equal.  When watching the ballerina’s in the film they looked graceful and better than the average human.  In the story it tells you that the ballerina’s weren’t better than anyone else who would have tried.  With the film all the masks were the same, rather than the story where there were uglier masks than others.  When comparing these two mediums, I think the story did a better job showing the struggles that people go through with handicaps on then the film. 

Blog Response #1 and #2

Blog Response #1

What I took away from this past week is how it’s hard to see the good in the world when you are looking at a single story.  After listening to Stuart Mclean’s “Safe Places,” and Chamimanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story,” I could see where these two wonderful works of art related to one another.  With “The Danger of a Single Story,” you notice that to really get to know something or someone you will have to hear all of their stories related to it.  In that sense if you want to understand the world you will have to learn all of it’s stories.  I think the reason people are afraid of the world is because the sheer vastness in the amount of stories out there is incomprehensible.  There is simply too many stories in the world therefore we usually see the world with one story.  People rarely see the good in the world because to learn what is happening around us we turn to the news.  The news reports stories people will pay attention to.  They report grief and misery, which is sadly the common single story of the world.  Seeing the grief and misery in the world can make you afraid of it, yet once you look past that veil of despair, you can start to see the beauty and wonder all around us.  Once you have started looking past the single story you can find the creativity and the kindness that’s all around us.  

Blog Response #2

The thesis statement of David Suzuki’s “Racism,” in my opinion is, you learn your beliefs from the people around you.  “It’s funny how when we are kids, we don’t see the difference that adults do.  We learn what to fear or hate from our parents or others around us”(page 17).  I think the reason why we learn what to fear from the people closest to us is because we have spent the most time listening to their story and their experiences.  When you hear that one story over and over again you are then able to interpret it and understand their point of view more.  It is hard to go against what you were told to fear, especially when that is how you were raised and no one told you a different side of the story.  When you are a child you haven’t had many experiences in the world, so you base your opinions on what other people have told you.  When you are a kid you haven’t experienced moments that can determine your personality and how you act.  You learn how to act in social situation by learning how your parents act.  So much of your personality is determined by your parents when you are a kid.  When you grow up, you have to choose whether to keep that opinion you were taught or use the experiences you have to come up with a different opinion.  Though when you are a kid, the way you act is just a reflection of what you were taught by the closest people around you; the producers of the story you hear the most.

Blog Response – Emil

How do you know when you are influenced by someone?  In the story “Emil”, Stuart Mclean shows us how the smallest event can influence us the most.  It is truly amazing how Morley’s life changed once she got to know Emil.  “Will you show me your garden tomorrow”(116).  After catching Emil in her neighbor’s garden, Morley asked Emil this.  A simple conversation with Emil led her to see his garden the next day.  From then on she would not only give him money and food, but she would also get him flowers for his garden.  From this discovery it leads her to plant flowers in his garden without him knowing; next summer he will be surprised when they bloom.  It’s amazing that from one conversation, Morley was changed forever.  She will now think to buy him things for his garden.  An exchange between two people, caused one to influence the other to change.