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.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Liam!

    Right off the bat I learned a lot about your novel, and was quite interested. I can tell, after reading your introduction to Wanting Mor, that Jameela seems to have a very tough life. Unfortunately, living here in Canada many of us could not relate to these individuals who struggle for their daily life and you begin to explore the differences between our values here in Canada, compared to those of citizens in Afghanistan. In your Connections to Consumerism post you had an interesting and unique connection, cliques and the difference between our cultures of consumerism. I love the way you phrased that “Culture of Consumerism!” It was a cool connection, but some questions that may arise some other thoughts are:

    1) Why must the women cover every part of her body (except eyes), but men do not need to? What does it represent, mean or signify?

    2) Why do they eat so little? Could it be due to costs of food? Where do they get food or products to make food from? Is naan and tea the two food products that are cheaper?

    3) What creates differences between cultures of consumerism? Could religion influence it?

    All in all, Liam you have explored some interesting aspects of your novel and I cannot wait to hear what you have to say next. It seems like a great book, so let us know how you like it in the end!! :)

    ~ Maggie

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