Put your syllabus form in the box. Get your books (leave the bag). Voice. The one you write with. Reflective Response. Write a paragraph in response to one of the following questions: With which character do you most identify? Explain. Which book “spoke to you”? Why?
The one you write with
The Sand Child makes it impossible for me to identify with any character because of the negative connotations associated with all of them. Perhaps the most intriguing one for me is Ahmed/Zahra (the obvious choice). While one doesn’t necessarily identify with her specific personal crisis, it is the search for identity that resonates in all of us – a finding of place within the larger scope of society and family. This is a recurrent motif throughout literature – a quest or journey, and much like the Ahmed/Zahra, most journeys don’t quite take us where we think they will, and some don’t end happily. The ambiguity of the character’s ending (for it is hard to classify her as a male or female) is like life – there are many possibilities, and without personal voice, many different interpretations. I find that interesting and more than a little true for all of us.
The God of Small Things was perhaps one of the more meaningful books I’ve encountered in my life. It allows the reader to become attached to, whether loving or hating, the characters within. It invites the reader into the story without “giving it all away.” It allows personal response and ideal. It also provides an interesting perspective on society and how individuals operate within that society. It contrasts social order with individual choice. And it hurts. It hurts because I am from a different world, one where it is allowable, even encouraged, to step outside the norm, wander off the path, develop your own being. Watching a family rip itself apart because of tradition and selfishness, indeed, is mortifying. Almost as mortifying as watching Velutha get ripped apart by men’s shoes…the ones with the caterpillar, while time stands still.
Source: IBO. Academic Honesty Bulletin.
Summer reading reflection
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