Thursday, 9 January 2014
Connections of Consumerism to GINS Book
My book is called “Wanting Mor” and is about a girl in Afghanistan trying to survive. After loosing her mother, her troubled life is redeemed by her desire to teach others. Something that jumped out at me from reading this book was how little the characters ate. Naan bread and tea would be a whole meal for them, and the main character (Jameela) was often still hungry but till gave food to others. When she was at the orphanage she was drawn into the “popular group” and became really judgmental of people and even cruel at times. She judged people on looks or cleanness and really falls back into what we think is “beautiful”. This was so interesting to read because there are cliques even in an orphanage in Afghanistan. Another thing that was different was how people in Canada and other developed countries dress, where woman wear short shorts or V-neck shirts. While in Afghanistan, the women cover every part of themselves except their eyes in front of men. The main character said that when she was forced to take off her porani to show American men, she commented, “I might as well be standing there naked”. It really shows how we consume all these brand name clothes that are very revealing in comparison to other cultures and how we never think anything of it because of what our culture of consumerism.