Friday December 16, 2016, Reading Log #7, Topic Choice #5 - Gate Depth & Complexity Icons + Content Imperatives
I can connect one of the gate icons, multiple perspectives with the novel Speak due to there being a good and bad side of the topics. First, Melinda thinks that, "...if it wasn't for gossip, there is no real point in coming to school." (page 191) Whereas others like her teachers or even Melinda's dad care for her and of course for what her furtur might be if she were to drop out of high school. As Melinda's dad says , "... We are talking about your future!" (page 115) he says this statement both firm and strong to show that he is serious about what her future might be. Teachers also tend to care for student and love it when they excel on their tests and have high expectations towards themselves.
One important part in the novel Speak is when the main character Melinda attends her first day of high school. For the first couple of chapters it explains how Melinda deals with her classes and what her classes are about. This is important because so far, high school is where the whole story takes place and where it all happens. Usually Melinda just sticks to thinking alot about her own life and things that are happening at the same time around her. As she says in page 14, "I made it through the first two weeks of school without a nuclear meltdown." This gives an idea of how she thinks alot about things even when it comes to "surviving" school. She also states, "My stomach flutters" (page 13) when she is talking about art class. This takes place in the exposition due to not much commotion or conflict happening throughout the chapters.
In the novel by Laurie Halse titled Speak, a freshmen highschool girl named Melinda Sordino talks about her classes and how her first day in highschool is going. Melinda seems like a really unsocial person since she starts off by going into the school auditorium describing herself as a "...wounded zebra in a national geographic special, looking for someone, anyone, to sit next to." (page 5) She also seems like if she has had good years in the past since, with eager says, "This was the girl who suffered through brownies with me, who taught me how to swim, who understood about my parents, who didn't make fun of my bedroom." (Page 5) Although it did seem like she had a good childhood friend she adds, "Her eyes meet mine for a second, "I hate you," she mouths silently." (Page 5) Of course not everything goes right in the first day of highschool entering as a freshmen because one of the good things was that Melinda found a friend whom she feels comfortable talking to named Heather. Going back to where she entered the auditorium, Heather comes towards her and starts off a conversation by saying, "Hey I'm Heather from Ohio."(Page 8) Melinda is a static character in the story because she always has things on her mind and is one of those people whom don't really like opening up to people because of their past experience. She also tries her best to get pass the school year but it isn't as easy as it sounds when you have people stare at you and whisper as you walk across the school hallway.
Throughout this novel, I can make a connection with what I read and multiple perspectives. Since there are sections throughout this novel, it includes perspectives such as Via's and Auggie's. On Auggie's perspective in school, he thinks " the rest of September was hard. I wasn't used to getting up so early in the morning. I wasn't used to this whole notion of homework" (50). This is how Auggie feels about school whereas for Via, it's a whole different story since she has never been home schooled like him and is used to everything that Auggie isn't. Via at some point in the novel explains to us that " what I always loved most about middle school was that it was separate and different from home " (68). The explains how she prefers being at school than at home whereas Auggie prefers being at home than going to school. This also gives an example of how multiple perspectives can be seen throughout the novel.
The main conflict in this novel started when Auggie and the rest of the students were heading to lunch to eat. This later on is where Auggie notices that "people were nudging each other, watching me out of the corners of their eyes" (43). This is a conflict because it would of course make Auggie feel uncomfortable with whatever he is doing at the moment. Adding on to this, Auggie explains how he just continued on eating his lunch but he tells himself " I hate the way I eat. I know how weird it looks" (43). Looking at this and the way he thinks, this is both internal and external. One way I think this is internal is because Auggie thinks the way he eats is really weird and he even gives a way of showing emotion towards it by expressing it with his words. One way this is also external is on how students that are around Auggie just stare at him. Even though this is awfully rude, it's impressive how Auggie doesn't seem to care about it on the outside but in the inside he is really sensitive towards the subject since he says to himself " I thought I was used to those kinds of stares by now, but I guess I wasn't" (43).
Auggie (August), has been home schooled until now in which he's entering middle school. Auggie is scared and nervous because he's never actually been to a real school before like his older sister, Via. He tries to avoid talking about going to a regular school most of the time with other questions. Although he is overwhelmed about the idea, he's also shy because he's meeting new people for the first time. For Auggie it is also kind of difficult since he's so used to being home schooled. "I would have been more nervous about meeting Mr. Tushman if I'd known I was also going to be meeting some kids from the new school." (page 18) This demonstrates Auggie feeling nervous about meeting the principle. " ""I don't want to," I said. I admit: I made my voice sound a little babyish." This demonstrates Auggie avoiding going to a school by telling his parents that he doesn't want to.
The book that I'm reading is called Wonder which is a novel by Raquel J. Palacio. The main character in this novel is August but likes to be called Auggie. Auggie is really important to the story because so far it shows his perspective and how he views things in life. Auggie doesnt feel like an other 10 year old child but in contrast, he does do anything any 10 year old would do like eat ice cream, play tag, etc. One thing that makes Auggie feel like a freak or not normal is that when he goes out in public, people just seem to stare. Another character from this story is Via which is Auggie's older sister. In page 68, paragraph 2, it says, " Does August see how other people see him, or has he gotten so good at pretending not to see that it doesn't bother him? Or does it bother him? When he looks in the mirror, does he see the Auggie Mom and Dad see, or does he see the Auggie everyone else sees? Or is there another August he sees, someone in his dreams behind the misshapen head and face?" This proves that Via cares a lot for him and thinks about what he might think although sometimes it might not seem like that. As I said earlier, Auggie doesn't feel like any other kid his age because in page 10, paragraph 1, it says, " I know I'm not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary."