December 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
I know we read it awhile go, but I was looking over the passage we read last week by Barbara Kingsolver and thought I’d write a blog post about it. Re-reading it I noticed her writing style was beautifully constructed. I liked how she started out with the Kermit-crab. It was simple and descriptive and then she unfolded into this self-reflection of herself and of humanity. I thought her comments on the similarities between animals and humans were extremely interesting. Even at the beginning she gives human qualities to the hermit crab. She associates Buster has being “manic-depressive” which is something that I’ve never heard of when describing an animal.
Also I really liked how she used the moon to describe a lot of her points. She admits she’s “partial to lunar cycles” and she tried to describe Buster’s insomnia as a “part of the worldwide full-moon fellowship.” The moon isn’t really something that I think about a lot and I definitely have never thought about whether it affects me on a daily basis. It does have a majestic and spiritual feel to it though, and it makes me think about the endless curiosities of space. I remember as a kid I thought I was super special because I thought the moon followed me wherever I went. We’d be going 70 miles an hour down the highway and the moon would always be in the exact same place, it felt like it was tied to me because it was always there when I looked out my window. I wonder what the moon means to other people…
November 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
In Grizzly Man, I thought that Timmy sort of contradicted himself a lot. For one he went on and on about how the bears represent the wild and nature and that’s one thing that he loved about them. However, he frequently treats them like humans. He treats them like they’re humans and speaks to them in English as if they understand him. He says that he’s respecting their boundaries and protecting them from the outside, but by forcing himself on them he’s doing completely the opposite. He’s not leaving them in their natural state, but instead disturbing them.
I thought it was also somewhat ironic how he tried to protray this message that bears are just misunderstood and that they actually aren’t that harmful-but he dies from a savage bear attack. He went to schools and tried to educate and spread his message onto others but once everyone found out about his death, it gave them further incentive to trust their instint that bears are dangerous-not cute and caring like Timmy makes them out to be. He spent all this time trying to prove bears are misunderstood but the minute he’s attack-his message looses its credibility.
In all honesty I think Tim was a bit crazy. The reality is that bears and humans come from two different, very distinct worlds and there’s a border between the two that shouldn’t be crossed.
October 10, 2010 § 5 Comments
From our discussion on Friday I liked the idea that “coming of age” is not something that happens once. It is actually a number of moments or events that allow a person greater self-realization. I think that each time you “come of age” you are narrowing in on the person you truely are.
In The Call of the Wild, Buck first comes of age when he is forced out into the wild. He is no longer a privileged house pet in Santa Clara but instead a working sled dog. He has to learn to adapt to the obstacles thrown his way and push his limits in order to survive. By doing this he is able to better understand his potential and what he is capable of. He learns that in a harsh climate where he is left to defend himnself, he does in fact have the capability to survive and ultimatley thrive, because he ends up becoming the leader of his pack.
Another moment of self-realization is when he feels the presence of his primordial ancestors. In remembering them he says, “They quickened the old life within me, and the old tricks which they has stamped into the heredity of the breed were his tricks (25). Buck discovers his natural canine abilities and uses these keen and attentive skills to survive in the wild.
I think another moment where Buck further “comes of age” is when he meets John Thorton. Thorton gives Buck the affection and attention to teach him what it’s like to be loyal and to love. With this adoration Buck further develops not only mentally but physically, “His muscles were surcharged with vitality, and snapped into play sharply, like steel springs. Life streamed through him in splendid food, glad and rampant, until it seemed that it would burst him asunder in sheer ecstasy and pour forth generously over the world” (72). At this point, Buck has reached the ultimate height of himself. He has taken the lessons from his past, applied them and grown from them- to ultimately lead a life in which he is happy and able to thrive.
September 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
I think the relationship between man and Nautre in Bambi is very interesting. First off I think Disney protrays Nature in an obscure way–all the animals are friendly to one another and get along. Usually animals are competing amognst one another to obtain food and survive, but in Bambi’s forest no such competition or tension exist between any of the animals. There are also no predators in the forest. Typically, the “wise old owl” would be hunting and killing the cute little mice that run along the forest. However, in Bambi these animals exists right along side one another. So with this, Disney depicts the forest as a friendly almost perfect enivornment.
Instead, it is ulitmately man who destroys this harmony and balance. Man kills Bambi’s mother and also sets the entire forest ablaze, endangering all the animals. Man is to blame for bringing chaos and violence into the forest. This represents a clear despiction of Disney’s animosty towards Man and his insensitivity towards nature.
September 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
Although the Deepwater Oil Spill has finally been plugged, scientists are wondering what lasting effects it’s going to have on the environment. Physical differences of the coastline can already be seen: the marsh lands are surronded by black soil and the grass is now tainted brown. However, it was what can’t be seen, under the ocean, that intrigues scientists the most. Some argue that the ecosystems of the Gulf have recovered well from past oil spills and that it should have the remarkable capacity to heal from this one. But, others argue that this spill was the first to release 1.5 kilometers on the ocean floor and that the Lousiana wetlands are already unstable due to Hurricane Katrinia 5 years ago. Scientists are worried that the toxic sedements from the spill may wipe out entire generations of species. Species that are most common in this area are seabirds, turtles, crab, shirmp and fish. Although the oil spill is finally over, the work for scientists in uncovering the consquences is just beginng.