Monday, 13 May 2013

House of the Scorpion and Gattaca Main Character Analysis


Matt is very similar to Vincent because of how they are treated because of there genes (positively in matts case). They still both are out casts in there society and work and work to change it and do but not as they first thought.  Vincent was a very roundly flat character even though we know him as a person we have no clue of the grand scheme of his life. I believe that the director wanted this so he seemed more like Jerome. This was different for matt because he was a oval character and he was the main character you barely know his skin tone and god forbid someone ask what is eye color is. Even as a character he is underdeveloped for he has no real strong personality he is a character with no soul (no pun intended). I saw that Vincent was influenced extremely by his brother and him playing chicken. This was so metaphoric for that he put his all into every thing “You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton; I never saved anything for the swim back.” This was a defining part of the character and is a metaphor for his goal for going to space. The book was over almost 400 pages and the main character was still undeveloped. But bye half way thro the movie you know and like Vincent. Matt had a dramatic experience when he was a kid but it did not shape that he was. It had a short-term affect of him not talking but he still through the rest of his life he was unaffected. In Gattaca Jerome was a brotherly figure to Vincent, in the book Tam Lin was a fatherly figure to matt and affected him through out his life but he did not seem sad when he found out that he was dead. 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

House of the Scorpion Theme


I believe that the theme is "people must suffer for others to rise", this is shown through out the book. The theme is shown through El Patron taking the lives of the clones so he could live on. Also the lost boys part of the book, the keepers say we must all bare the burden of the rich so that we can eventually be the rich ones. There is more to this, I think it can also reflect about how poor people want more taxes for the rich but the rich are the ones that are in power. It is the same with El patron. It is the law to destroy clones minds at birth, but El Patron is one of the most powerful men in the world and can do what ever he wants and no one will ever question him. The other part that is relevant is the people that work at low class jobs we see them but don’t acknowledge them. They are still there holding up the rich and we just pass bye them like they don’t exist they are just there, they have always been there, and will always be there but we never stop to see them as them not an employee. We, are our selves can not support are our selves so we get immigrants to do the crummy work. In the book it is very the similar they would catch the people running over the border and turn them to eejits to work endlessly in the poppy fields. Matt himself rallied the lost boys and escaped but the book does say that the keepers get out and I worry for the lost boys because I can tell hell would fall upon them but no one seems to care about them in the book.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

"House of the Scorpion" Real World Connection



I am relating the death penalty to the proses of turning people to Eejits. First some background on both. The death penalty is a punishment that is saved for the worst scum of this earth, in Canada it is illegal but in many countries it still is practiced including the United States. Some of the states have stopped practicing it but many still do. There is a massive debate about if we have the right to control if someone dies and it is a very religious and moral debate. The process of turning people into Eejits is a fictional process where the person is implanted with a microchip in their brain that destroys all conscience and will make them have no urge to live if someone does not tell them to stop there work they will work till they die. If someone does not tell them to eat they will starve. These two things are related in many ways because a question that debates are based around is “do we have the right to do this to some one?” One could argue that turning someone into an Eejit is a death sentence because it is like when someone is brain dead. Many people would consider that dead and can chose to pull the plug on the life support. I think that also there was a connection with Jorge trying to kill matt in the bone yard and saying we must essentially kill the worst of the worst. This to me screamed the death penalty and I think that Farmer was trying to say something about that and how it was wrong. Earlier in the book it has matt meat Rosa when she had been turned into a Eejite,
“Rosa had been a real, though cruel and violent, person. Now she was merely a shadow with the life sucked out of her.”
This quote here is what made me make these connections because of how bluntly it is put, but many other connections just made me believe it more.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

"House of the Scorpion" Character Analysis


My favorite character was El Patron because his character was so interesting because even to the end of the book Matt loved him even thou he was going to harvest him. He was a very developed character even though you only knew him the same stories over and over you felt so close to him and deep down you hoped he was not raising matt for slaughter and he only wanted a air as good as him. It was very touching when Tam Lin killed him self because he could not live with his crimes but I found that I was not sad farmer did not make it sad she just had him die there was no description to make you ball your eyes out. I found that is was the exact opposite you really did not feel bad or sad you feel worse when El Patrón dies. Thro the story I thought that cilia was a almost stoke character but when you found out that she was poisoning matt to keep him safe that all changed and she her own character and he stood out from the crowd. In the part “La Vida Nueva” I felt as if the lost boys where not very round character but they where dynamic in what they thought of the lessons that the keeper tolled them and then matt changed that completely and got them to revolt ageist the keepers. With this it shows how matt uses his skills that El Patrón has to and can so easily change what the lost boys think. I found it very touching when matt and Maria are in the secret passageway…
“I love you,” Matt said.
“I love you, too,” said Maria. “I know it is a sin, and I’ll probably go to hell for it.”
“If I had a soul, I’ll go with you,” promised Matt
I thought that farmer did a great job of making you feel really bad for matt and it makes it a forbidden love.