In the New York Times article, Stockett recalls how she got the original idea for the book. Although the book sheds light on the perspective of the maids, the way Stockett talks about her characters provides an interesting question on the representation of identity. “She worried that readers wouldn’t trust her if she only wrote about black characters” and “felt better” once having written Skeeters perspective as well. Given the racism and prejudice black people already face, it is quite naive of Stockett to “feel better” about showing the white perspective. Even though Skeeter was more liberal than her childhood friends, she did not necessarily think of blacks and whites as equal. As she is a white woman writing the book, by feeling the need to include a white person she is reinforcing the racial stereotypes already in place. It can be argued that it is her novel and is fiction thus she may write in any perspective she wishes, however, it is important to recognise the irony of a white woman writing about a black woman’s experiences from imagination. That being said, if it encourages people to talk about the problems taking place in society, is the potential inaccuracy of the black characters cancelled out by the public attention to the black community received?
This year I will be doing football and attempting to build on my skills from the previous years on the team. For the first time, I will be captaining the team which is a very new skill. As such, I will be tackling LO1, to reflect and identify my own strengths which will enable me to be a good leader. Additionally, I will discuss with the team and the coach to identify areas for growth and improvement as captain which will permit me to be the best role model I can. Now given more responsibility, I think it is very important that I reflect on my performances during training and games so I understand where I can improve my game. I can also discuss with coaches anything they feel that I can improve on or any areas that we must focus on as a team, in addition to identifying our strengths in the sport.
In doing so, I will also to addressing LO2 as it is very important that I develop skills and identify challenges that we have undergone as a team in order to develop fully. With a new position on the team, it will definitely be a challenge initially, learning how to adapt and take on this role. It will enable me to develop my leadership skills as well as my communication and teamwork which come naturally with the sport. It will increase my expertise in being a team player as well as adapting to the new and welcomed challenge of being a leader.
DJ Club is an activity where we learn how to mix different tracks and create engaging ones to interest an audience. I was interested in doing the activity as I really enjoy listening to music and was fascinated by the creative process behind mixing different songs. It is a small group so each class we get to practice our skills in the activity. I aim to meet LO2 as I am developing new skills because I have never attempted to DJ before. I believe that this will be challenging as we only have a short amount of time to learn how to DJ and the sessions are fairly infrequent, once a week. Additionally, I will also be meeting LO4 as I know that it will be difficult to learn such a new skill but I will practice and persevere. I would like to be able to smoothly mix two songs by the end of the activity which will count as my performance for CAS. I will regularly ask the teacher in charge for feedback and help in order to ensure my progress is on track.
The seemingly unrelated book cover for the Help could represent how people were wary of using a black woman on a cover. This is ironic as a large message visited throughout the book is the idea of black representation and by not using a picture of black people they are contradicting their own message. The cover is fairly plain but the 3 birds on the cover could represent different characters in the book. For example, the two birds on the left could be representative of Minny and Aibileen and the bird on the right could show Skeeter. This would work as the two birds on the left are closer, like in the book, and Skeeter is on the outside. The bird on the right has its head faced down, representing shame or lack of pride, this can reflect how Skeeter is ashamed of how white people treat black people. Additionally, the shading around the two birds on the left and the light around the bird on the right could reflect how society saw black people as less meaningful
Strengths: One of my strengths is being curious about people. I have lived in many different countries and am always curious to understand other backgrounds and points of view and how they differ from mine.
Weaknesses: One of my weaknesses from the different characteristics is seeking perfection. I often find that I seek perfection in my everyday tasks and struggle to appreciate something if it was not done to my idea of ‘perfection’. It is relative to my approach to tasks and not to do with external pressures so it is something that I will try to work on.
Issues with representation in the help:
- a white woman talking about a black woman’s problem
Even though it is not the black woman talking, if the white woman has a platform and the ability to tell a story to a large audience, so long as they are ok with it, I do not think it classifies as misrepresentation. The maids telling the story don’t actually want to be identified as despite the fact that their rights are important, in this case, they don’t want to risk themselves getting fired. In this case, it is more about telling the story than who is telling it, as the idea is to open up the mind of a white population to the experience of a black person.
I chose to do the Lighthouse Motor Skills Service as I am very passionate about helping people and learning to interact with people from different backgrounds from me. In the service, we work with children that have visual and hearing impairments and play games with them. Our objectives are to help the children have fun and to be able to develop different skills in order to make the most of our time with the children. will be addressing LO2 as I will be developing new skills to learn how to communicate in new ways. One example of this is through sign language. We have been given several sessions to plan out our activities with the children and we have also been learning basic sign language to make the children feel more comfortable. This form of communication is definitely challenging and will require continuos practice which I intend to do. Furthermore, there is other important non-verbal communication skills that I must develop. For example, presenting myself in a friendly manner, giving off good body language appearing approachable will all enable me to more successfully communicate with the children.
As leader of the service, I feel it important to set a good example for my fellow volunteers. One of the ways I will do this is through spending time to learn and adapt to the new forms of communication mentioned above. Being the leader is something that will be a new challenge to me (LO2), but I look forward to developing this skill with the help of my peers and guiding teacher.
Another very important aspect to this service will be collaboration. We will have to work together with each other to produce interactive games for the children. It will be upon us to then receive feedback from the teachers of Lighthouse School in order to adapt and alter our activities to ensure they are engaged. I foresee this being a challenge as there will be so many people involved in the ‘team’ which will make it challenging to achieve common goals.
How do the two stories we read about Michelle Yeoh “represent” her —tell her story in different ways? How have the writers’ differing audiences and purposes shaped the telling?
The first story represents Yeoh in a graceful and superhuman light, in an attempt to promote the movie, Crazy Rich Asians and shed light on the positive impact it is having on the Asian American community. In the second article, however, fellow Asian actors are seen to mock her name in an attempt to undermine her achievement as a co-producer. Their tweets are defensive of the Asian community, and the way that the Straits Times wrote about her, represent Yeow as an actress that has forgotten her background and culture thus, contradicting the advertising of the first article.