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Seeing beyond the 10%: A Quote from Curious Case

Explaing why that the train station being a new place for him will put his brain on overload, Christopher states to the reader how he “sees” everything while most people “glance” at things. He says that “because most people are almost blind and they don’t see most things [that] there is lots of spare capacity in their heads” (Haddon 144). At first glance at this quote, I did not understand what Christopher meant because many people are good at focusing. But when I began to see what the quote meant I remembered a famous study saying that we as humans only use about 10% of our brains.

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Search for an Answer and You Shall Recieve: A Quote from the Curious Incident

When telling the audience about a mysterious ghost story and then a frog problem at his school, Christopher says that “lots of things are mysteries. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t an answer to them.” He continues to tell about how ghost stories are said to “be real” because scientists have yet to discover the truth. The frog problem, on the other hand, can simply be accounted for by doing a simple math problem. Looking back on this quote, I realize how true it is. But I think he also is implying that not all mysteries have answers; which I don’t believe is right. Although something is a mystery for a period of time, there will always be an answer if you look hard enough.

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The Safe and the Supernatural:Quotes from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher states that his teacher, Mr. Jeavons, said that he liked maths because it was “safe.” He explains what Mr. Jeavons was trying to say by stating, “what he meant was that maths wasn’t like life because in life there are no straightforward answers at the end” (Haddon 62). When I first read this, I was shocked because that is exactly how I feel about math. I enjoy math because there is, unlike life, always a right answer and a wrong answer.

When discussing The Case of the Cottingley Fairies, Christopher tells the audience about how people believed in these fairies and that showed “that sometimes people want to be stupid and they do not want to know the truth” (Haddon 90). This quote, similar to “ignorance is bliss,” accentuates that too much knowledge can hurt us, sometimes. But also, it shows us that sometimes it is more fun to believe in the imaginary rather then believe always in reality.

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IRJ-CP #5: Blabbermouth on the Battle and the Boy

Dear Tattletale,
I miss you so much! I haven’t see you since I became a Page and you decided to be a nurse for the Library. As you may know, I am now the official go-between for the Guppee authorities and  the authorities of the Chup. We had such an adventure to get to where we are.
Do you remember how I could juggle better than all of the boys in the schoolyard? Do you remember I had to threaten them all until they admitted I was the best?
Well, our Prince Bolo was being fooled by a fake juggler who had the intent on killing all of us! But guess who figured it out and saved the day. I always knew that juggling would come in handy.
Then, when Prince Bolo (finally!) realized I was a girl, he was so enraged that I could not deal with him anymore. I quit. But, Mudra had been noticing me and he offered me a job!
After that we all prepared for battle, which actually ended up being quite boring. It’s not even worth talking about. But Mudra said I’m a great fighter.
But now, Tattletale, will be your favorite part. I met a boy 🙂 His name is Haroun. He’s the boy that everyone is talking about, the one that saved us from Khattam-Shud. I already miss his annoying questions and his sometimes unbearable stupidity. He’s back on Earth now, and I’m still here on Kahani, so we may never see each other again. But I know I’ll never forget him and I hope he’ll never forget me. He was my first kiss.
Write me back. I hope we can visit each other sometime.
Your best friend,
Blabbermouth
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IRJ-QR #4

The Lesson Children Learn from Fiction: Communism Representations in Haroun and the Sea of Stories

 

            When Iff and Haroun are taken prisoner aboard the Shadow Ship, they speak with Khattam-Shud’s shadow. As the two ask of his evil plans the Cultmaster’s shadow says “The world, however, is not for Fun. The world is for Controlling” (Rushdie 161).

            Haroun and the Sea of Stories was originally created because the author was telling his son a bed time story. Subconsciously or not, Rushdie created Khattam-Shud and his Union of the Zip Lips to represent communism and to teach his son (and other children once this bedtime story had become a novel) to fear communism.

            To quote the actual founder of communism, Karl Marx, “For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.” Now, doesn’t that sound familiar to what Khatta-Shud said?

            In today’s world, where communism is not around as much as before, children do not learn about the dangers of communism until they are much older. By weaving this idea of “communism bad” into children’s stories, when kids do end up learn about communism, they will be able to relate it to novels they have read and understand the cruelty of it. Though it is sad that youth must be taught the wrongness of communism through fiction, it enables them to learn valuable lessons while also having fun and enjoying a good story.

Proposition: More novels need to incorporate lessons for children that sometimes they cannot acquire in school or at their age.

 

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Women are Still the Lesser Sex?: How Facebook Could Lead Us Back to Sexism

After exposing her long hair from beneath her Page cap, Blabbermouth begins to scold Haroun, who is still in shock because of his discovery. “Don’t you know girls have to fool people every day of their lives if they want to get anywhere?” (Rushdie 107).

Although women have far progressed from marching down Washington for their civil rights, we are not nearly as appreciated in status as men. Though I am not advocating for feminism, I believe that women and men need to be treated more as equals. Even though there are laws preventing sexism, we as Americans cannot proudly say that the conscious mistreatment of women has been abolished.

“Why do women buy watches when there’s a clock on the oven?” “Women bringing me sandwiches” “Women joining groups? Get back in the kitchen!” These are all public groups on Facebook, a popular site that anyone can log onto. When you search the word “women” these are three results you get on the very first page. Yet, when you search for the word “men” you get no results that are even close to offensive. Although these groups are said to be “a joke,“ they are as funny as calling someone the “N” word.

The first step to finally abolishing sexism is if we somehow can find a way to delete all these sexist groups from Facebook. The reason that these groups on Facebook are so important is because in a world where Facebook has over 500 million, and these groups are public, these pages could go viral. To women, these pages are hurtful and offensive. Yet, to men, they could take this as a joke and could “jokingly” start making crude jokes at women.

Propostion: Unless these groups on Facebook are deleted, we are feeding the idea of sexism all over again and will demolish all the progress of equality we as women have been working for.
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IRJ-QR #2

Magic: When Can We Believe In It?
After Mr Buttoo insults Haroun’s idea and claims that everything was just a “freak weather condition,” Haroun quietly keeps to himself because “He knew what he knew: that the real world was full of magic, so magical worlds could easily be real” (Rushdie 50).
Haroun is at a delicate age where he is not yet an adult but he is not a child anymore. His maturity has been evident during the novel; yet, he has a sense of playfulness  because he still believes in magic. Mr Buttoo, on the other hand, dismisses Haroun’s ideas of magic by answering the situation with a fact of science. There is no magic, to him. There is only logic.
At what age do we stop believing in magic? When do the truths of reality pop the bubbles and fantasies of childhood imagination?
With maturity comes a new sense of reality; and this reality has twisted adults into believing that magic is nothing. Adults tend to be smarter than children when it comes to stone-cold facts; but children are sometime smarter because they know how to believe in the impossible, especially in hard times.
In a time where lay-offs and firings are a reality that many have had to face, the homeless rates have started to increase. Statistically, it would almost be impossible for all of these people to get jobs and to have homelessness be abolished. Yet, magic and hope helps many get through their days. The magic of love, hope, and happiness fuels people who have been struck with disaster. In our upper-middle class “bubble,” we do not understand what it is like to have everything taken from us. The threat is plausible, but not as likely. For those less fortunate, though, these threats have become realities. And in those times, magic is the only thing to cling onto.

Proposition: The older we get, we obtain a better grasp of reality; yet, until it is all we have, we loose our ability to see the true magic in our world.
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