Summer Reading

What you read

Over the summer I read a series of Manga. Some of the mangas I read include- karakai jouzu takagi-san, golden kamuy, ajin, etc. Manga is a Japanese style comic/graphic novel which includes both words and pictures.

 

Personal Response (what did I think about it?)

I enjoy reading manga a lot, simply because it allows you to experience another world (sometimes not even the earth we know of).  Through the images, we are able to see exactly what the author wants us to see. By using images, mangas are able to immerse their audience into the story and create a scene in which the audience can feel as if they are apart of it. In the context of Karakai Jouzu, we are able to feel the bittersweet love and the wholesomeness shared between the two characters. For Golden Kamuy, we are able to feel obnoxious from the main character and a wild bear tearing each other’s flesh apart in an intense battle. This is all achieved through the detail in the drawing. Words in manga are often used for monologues or dialogues and are hardly used for description. However, this also means that our creativity is limited, as the scene its self is self-explanatory through images, and we are only able to use our creativity when predicting the outcome.

Overall, reading manga was something very new for me and not only was I able to enjoy it, but I was also able to learn Japanese from it. I did not read manga as I always thought normal Japanese books would be better, but this summer was an eye-opener to something new.

 

Literary/non-literary features

Literary features of mangas include- images, symbols, metaphor.

 

Concept (how can it link to something else?)

One concept a manga can link to is interpretation. How we interpret a text is dependent on our own context. Although I stated earlier that manga restricts our thinking, how we interpret certain actions, decisions, scenarios can vary significantly. This creates a divide between ‘favourite characters’ otherwise known in Japanese as an ‘oshi’.

See The Old Man

We picked ‘The Old Man and The Sea” because it was short and easy to read. Some people from our team were not keen to read along and hard book. We wanted to start grade 10 with a slow paced book. Before reading this book, I thought it would be boring as the cover page did not catch my attention. No one knew what the book was going to be about so I thought it was going to be a novel about an old man explaining why the sea was beautiful. By the end of the book, I thought it was really interesting as it reflects the life of a human being. The old man finally caught a really big fish after chasing it for 3 days on a boat. But, this fish was eaten by the sharks and by the time he reached the shore, almost none of it was left. I thought this reflected how everything does not go as planned sometimes, even if we work hard. Although I found this book interesting, I would not consider reading other books by this author. Mainly because I do not like reading literary fiction books.

 

“The Old Man and the Sea.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 7 Oct. 2017

Link to video – https://drive.google.com/a/gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg/file/d/0BwoDF102QCTeaVE0Y1R5ckJJTXc/view?usp=sharing

Doll’s House

Henrik Ibsen’s words are still true today. Although it has been 120+ years, there is still no equality between women and men. Women are still treated unequally to men. Femenism is now a major issue in every country. Law’s and rules made by men still affect the way women live. In most countries, men get paid more than women although they work for the same time. Women aren’t even allowed to work in certain countries. Men are still presented to be more dominant between men and women relationships. Especially in countries such as South Korea where it is normal for men to hit women if they don’t listen to them.

Women are also not allowed to work for certain jobs for their gender. For example, certain restaurants will not hire women as chefs. This is because women have ups and downs due to their periods. Change in behaviour can be shown in cooking. Therefore most restaurants will not hire women. Some may think this is a valid reason, but many many women who practise becoming chefs, also practise holding in their change in mind. It is unfair for these hard-working women to not be able to work in restaurants because of their gender. Women are also forbidden to drive in certain countries such as Saudi Arabia. Only men can drive cars. This shows the lack of trust between women and men in Saudi Arabia. Other countries ban women from frontal combat since they see women as being ‘weak’. Women are still presented to be weak and fragile.

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