24th March 2015
Hi everyone, Sunny here. It has been a very exciting year so far, wishing you guys all the best in 2015! I would like to announce that:
- I will continue blogging (or try to)
- I will update my Goodreads page
-> Goodreads Page Here
Although these two things may seem very small at the moment, I want to expand on it as time goes on, it's like baby steps.
See you all next week!
One other thing: I would like to share my comparative essay that I wrote about on 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and 'The House of The Scorpion'. Both are amazing books, I highly recommend you to read them. But here's my essay, please feel free to add suggestions in the comment box below.
To Kill A Mockingbird VS The House of The Scorpion
By Sunny C.
In both 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and 'The House of The Scorpion', the theme of injustice and how people are treated differently merely based on their looks, race, and/or identity is explored. Presented in a very abstract way, both express that in both text, the reader realises that inequality is happening everywhere, everyday, in society and is up to us to be in one's shoes and understand them.
'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee is about how two children grow up under extraordinary circumstances in the very racist white community of Maycomb. Mainly told in a young child's point of view, readers discover how a brave lawyer steps up to prove innocence to Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of 'supposedly raping' a young white girl. Throughout the whole book, the readers become aware of the child's developing mindset and how it was influenced by the surrounding adults and the environment. On the other hand, 'The House of The Scorpion' is a quite different story. Uncovering the many mysterious layers of human cloning just for a selfish desire to live longer, the reader travels through a life of Matteo Alacrán; a clone and victim of discrimination. While 'To Kill A Mockingbird' uncovers social inequality, 'The House of The Scorpion' explores the unforeseen story of eejits and clones; who/which are victim and affected by discrimination. Both books explore the theme of the unjust treatment by people, to people.
Both books clearly express their main objective; the claim or the symbol by the diversity of techniques. As an example, flashbacks and flashforwards , dialogue and the reader knowing much more than the character itself, or the tone helps the reader understand the book in the more impactful manner while making them ponder upon the characters or perhaps the plot. Again, although both text use some same techniques, others are also used to shape each book different from the other.
Harper Lee and Nancy Farmer both manipulate the characteristics of the characters and the plot in order to successfully deliver the very abstract theme/symbol to the readers. For example, Tom Robinson in 'To Kill A Mockingbird' was shaped in a certain way that the author, Harper Lee could successfully construct a flabbergasting climax and resolution. From this, we can learn that the author's interesting crafting not only make a river-like flow to the plot, but also support the transition one part to another without many turbulence that could possibly side track the plot to something unallied. To add, we sometimes learn that another objective is to encounter the symbol. For example, in 'The House of The Scorpion', the scorpion may be possibly used to symbolism the wealthy, fierce family of El Patron, or even, El Patron himself as he may define himself as a powerful, lethal person.
On the other hand, both authors use symbolism to shape the book to contain a more compelling meaning. While looking at the titles of these text; 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and 'The House of The Scorpion', we see that although there is almost no connection, but looking cautiously we see two animals, mockingbird and scorpion. Both hold very special meaning to the literary plot and are what shape the book to be different. For example, in 'To Kill A Mockingbird' by Harper Lee, mockingbirds are a symbol to recognise some very important figures; such as Tom, Boo and Atticus. In the very beginning of the book, these characters are rather represented in a way that the reader will think of them in a negative way - with Boo being looked as a very 'shady' and evil person, Tom being described as a 'negro' which changes the reader's whole point of view towards the characters. Even so, we soon discover that these 'mockingbirds' are actually very righteous, innocent human beings. As Atticus once said, "You never know a person until you climb into his shoes" This comes back to the topic of how people are still being mistreated based on their looks, race, identity, etc. And so, whereas in 'To Kill A Mockingbird' the explores justice and the true warmness of a human being, El Patron from 'The House of The Scorpion' is the opposite of the mockingbirds. As the story sets in 'The House of The Scorpion', we are fooled by his "second face", which portrays his false personality and colours. It is later on in the story where his true colours are revealed.
It is revealed that a lot more discrimination is explicitly portrayed in 'The House of The Scorpion". Matt, a clone of El Patron, is a great example. Ever since Matt was discovered by the rich children, he had been treated like dirt from many people. It was when Rosa, one of the housemaids took it too far one day. Rosa had ordered the gardeners to build a pen full of sawdust and put Matt in it without food and water for a few days. After hearing the devastating news, El Patron orders Rosa to be transformed into an eejit; a person or a thing who only takes in orders and nothing else. In spite of what Rosa had done to Matt, Matt steps up and tries to help Rosa wake up from her eejit state. Somehow, Matt can be compared to Atticus in 'To Kill A Mockingbird', as both Atticus and Matt try to help others despite the hatred they may get.
Celia and Calpurnia can also be compared. Another different; but interesting characters, both seem to portray love to everyone. Both share similar characteristics of being kind and being open minded despite their situation and what people may say about them. Although both are much different from the people they are surrounded by, Celia (human) taking care of Matt (clone) and Calpurnia (black) taking care of Atticus's children (white), they seem to express motherly love to the characters. For example, while many human beings may express direct hatred and love to a clone, Celia and her warmness embraces Matt with her love. Calling him "Mi Vida", which means 'my life' in spanish, we learn that Celia is even willing to give up her life if it is for Matt.
In conclusion, both text represent outstanding messages to the reader about the evil and the innocent. Teaching us in a way that we learn that it is up to us to "go into one's shoes" to appreciate and understand each other, we also learn that regardless of society, we should care for all humans , as on the inside, we all look the same.