During the course of this unit, we had been reading through and analyzing 4 stories. Robot Dreams, The Veldt, Harrison Bergeron, and Super Toys Last All Summer Long. We were to analyze these stories ourselves in individual groups. Each group member were to have a different job per story. My job was to be the connecter of the story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long. The information that I have gathered are connections to the story. I made 2 text to text, a text to world, and a text to self connections with the story.
If you want to know these connections, please dont look away. I will explain what my text to world and text to text connections are since that I found them to be really useful for me to understand the story better.
Two of my connections are one, the passage text that I had chosen is, ”Though three-quarters of the overcrowded world are starving, we are lucky here to have more than enough, thanks to population control.
My connection with this text is with Chinas population control policy. The connection is that China tried to control their own population which is the same thing with the story but the difference here is that in Chinas population control policy, you are to only have one child while in the story, only the government can give you permission to have a child as their population situation was far much more worse than Chinas. Another connection that I had made from the text, At once, Henry was surrounded by the friendly illusion of gardens set in eternal summer.
It was amazing what Whologram could do to create huge mirages in small spaces. Behind its roses and wisteria stood their house; the deception was complete: My connection with this is the story The Veldt. These two stories have similar settings, they both consist of a room that makes illusions. In The Veldt, there is a room called the nursery which is a room that could make any type of illusions that you want. While in the story, it is basically the same thing but this time, the room with its illusion is the Swintons home. The literacy circle helped me to contribute my understanding and feelings toward the story and the literacy circle also helped me to enhance my thinking as things became clear after speaking with the group.
Facts like what the sentences actually might have meant throughout the entire story. For example, in the Super Toys Last All Summer Long story, the sentence ”Is David malfunctioning?” “His verbal communication-center is still giving trouble. I think he’ll have to go back to the factory again.” When I read through this, something did not seem right, all of that sounded technological to describe david. At first it seemed like that David was just a regular human boy but after discussing with the group, it became clear that David was just a robot. I found this pretty surprising the whole fact that David does not seem to be that robotish. If you were to define what is a robot, they are only able to do one specific role depending on how they are programmed.
If they were programmed to be a butler, then they cant do anything else but be a butler which is pretty simple to program, non-capable of feelings and other stuff that is not a butler. Which is unlike David, he is programmed to be a child of a couple but David was also programmed to have feelings. That out defines David as a robot but something more. What I found confusing that was cleared up after speaking to the group was what was going on in the story. The setting got all mish mashed with nothing to indicate that the reader was in a different setting with a different perspective of the character. When the discussions began, it became clearer to what was happening in the story.
During the discussions, I had came up with new questions during the talks which I had answered myself after the discussions. One of these questions is, is David a robot or something else? Like what I had said before in the paragraph above, David is something even more than a robot as he was out defined to be a robot. After each discussion, I felt that it was very important to engage in meaningful discussions as you would think more about the story as the group members share their ideas with others. The thing is that more can be gained from book discussions which we lack when reading a story by ourselves since is that we are not able to have even more connections and ideas with the story that other people came up with unlike the discussions. We can also lack an even better understanding of what the writer is trying to say to the readers if we read on our own.
The story that I enjoyed the most was the story Harrison Bergeron because this story really revealed something to me that I got a clear vision of. When I was little, I used to always remember the meme that everybody is different. Then that got me thinking, what would happen if everybody is the same, I got the impression that it would be peaceful as their wouldnt be any conflict on peoples own privileges. When I first read the short story Harrison Bergerion , it really changed my perspective of what the world would become if everybody was equal. From everybody being equal being a positive thing to being a negative thing.
The authors message to the reader in my opinion is that if everything is equal, then there wouldnt be that much of a conflict in this world. When the story first came out, it was a time when it was the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. The story was a message to what would happen if the black people gain equal rights under the laws of the United States during the Civil Rights Movement. What the story was trying to say is that there wouldnt so much protest about the black people gaining equal rights under the laws of the United States.
In the story Harrison Bergeron, it is already year 2081. By this time, everybody was finally equal. American people weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were all equal in every way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else, nobody was better looking than anybody else, and nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. Some things about living still weren’t quite right with life, and thats what Harrison Bergeron saw.
Harrison Bergeron was the son of George Bergeron and Hazel Bergeron. He has been claimed to being a threat to maintaining everybody to being equal. In the story, Harrison tried to claim that he is the most powerful leader and that he should be the emperor by showing what he was capable of to the public. As this is where his fate is about to come to an end. Conclusion: Should have minimum 3 sentences. During this unit, I was able to understand many different perspectives and opinions of the stories from different people. I hope you enjoyed this summary and have a good day.
As I have mentioned before, my literary circles have helped me in understanding many stories, including the three that I have talked about in previous parts of my essay. By participating in all the different jobs, I learned that there is more to a book than just reading it. I now know that taking the time to analyze the story and ask questions can always help you gain a deeper understanding of any material you are given. I believe that everyone should participate in a literary circle at some point in their lives to truly understand its benefits.