Monday, 30 September 2013

The Whale Story

Hello Everybody!

It has been a while since I've posted my latest blog entry however I have an exciting, post to share with you. Over this past week my class and I have gone to a Marine Biology centre in Vancouver. While we were there we were able to experience and learn about many marine animals and the ecosystem. One of the language arts assignment included reading 2 short stories, one being an excerpt from the short novel, Whale Story and another being the short story, The Sea Devil.

Whale Story:
By: Cheryl Kaye Tardif

While I was reading Whale Story a lot of my initial reactions were surrounded around the build-up of the protagonist, Sarah. As I first set eyes on to the page, I was unable to connect with the character's feelings. In many instances Sarah would often whine about things not going her way; an example of this would be, "I let out an angry huff and flopped onto my back, I don't want an adventure [Sarah said]." Through this example we can see that Sarah is a bit closed-minded and she must have things done her way. Although I sympathized for her sudden move and need of new friendships I found that the author dragged on this characteristic of stubbornness;  making my first interpretation of the protagonist to be a lot different from what I would've hoped. The theme in which, Tardif, is communicating is the importance of rules. In the excerpt that we read the author emphasizes on the importance of following rules. An instance where she introduces this idea is where Sarah's father forewarns her about swimming out beyond the raft. At the end of the excerpt we see Sarah looking out beyond the waters towards Fallen Island. This is when she meets a mysterious stranger...

As I was reading this, in the Rix building, I was able to overlook the sea. I think the message had a much deeper meaning since I was in an environment where this applied directly to the safety concerns. As well, I think that the space that I was in surely enhanced the quality of the excerpt due to my ability to better imagine the scene.

The Sea Devil
By: Arthur Gordan

When I was reading The Sea Devil I had a lot of questions about the protagonist. The author, Arthur Gordan, clearly made influential choices when writing his piece; one was to give no name to the main character. The protagonist in the short story was described in a very vague fashion, although we knew some of his hobbies and like we knew nothing of his background, family, or even his name. I believe that Gordan made this decision to help keep his reader's attention on the events that were occurring. A piece of foreshadow that was made, was when the protagonist's flashback of a porpoise in need. I think that the theme of this piece is that nature is equivalent to humans. Throughout the short story the author build up this message. There were often times where the protagonists would think something along these lines. In the end, he ties off the story by saying, "He knew one thing. He knew he would do no more casting alone at night. Not in the dark of the moon. No, not he."

Overall I think that the short story was enhanced by the surroundings that were around me. While I was looking out towards the sea I could clearly envision the scenes that the author tried to depict in the reader's mind. I could practically imagine and feel the actions that the man must've gone through. As the story ended, the air seemed to hang with a feeling of mystery and suspense.

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