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Thursday, April 18, 2013

THOTS: Matt's Prison

This is my picture of Matt in prison:

This picture occurs in the novel after the members of the Alacran family discover that Matt is a clone, and so they hand him over to Rosa, the evil housemaid. He is thrown in a barn that was later filled with sawdust. In my picture he is admiring a dove feather. The picture also shows his "kingdom" underneath the sawdust where bugs, food, bones, etc. that he acquired were kept. I attempted to make the Prison look pretty bleak, like Farmer described it:
    • “The days passed with agonizing slowness, followed by nights of misery. He dreamed of the little house, of Celia, of a meadow so intensely green it made him cry when he woke up."
 So, here it is. Hope you like it!

I also had to choose a song to represent this time. I chose the song Still Alive by GladOs and Jonathan Coulton. Listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI
It should be quite obvious why I chose this song... It says in the title of the song! It perfectly describes Matt at this time, Still Alive, not dead yet, etc. The song also talks about science (the way Matt was created) and although it does not completely follow the story, the story shows things kind of from Matt's point of view. He waits for the day that he can be rescued and, like the song states:
believe me I am still alive

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The House of the Scorpion: Setting

The first section of The House Of The Scorpion established a powerful setting to leave you wanting more. The main settings in the novel so far are vast and imaginative, taking place in a stretch between future Mexico (Aztlan) and the United States. At the start of the novel, we hear about a dark lab where cloning experiments are taking place, and while all embryos die, one survives. This created an eerie feel and was an excellent hook into novel. Later, we journey to the house of Matteo Alacran, a small house in the middle of a poppy field. Farmer used excellent description and I felt like I was there when she talked about the blinding white poppies that were outside, and how it was nice inside the house. Later in the novel, after suffering an injury, Matt is taken to the Big House, where his guardian, Celia, works. Farmer also used rich description to show us exactly how it felt to see the vastness, and niceness of the Big House. Shortly after this, Matt was thrown in prison as his status as a clone was discovered. Farmer made me feel trapped when talking about how the days dragged by, and how Matt was reduced to watching bugs, and using bones as toys. I was constantly in suspense, wondering what ever would happen to young Matt. He was then taken to out to meet El Patron, who he was a clone of. The area he was taken to (the front of the Big House) was vastly beautiful, as Farmer describes, "He was enchanted by the marble-walled entranceway and statues of fat babies with stubby wings" or "They started up a flight of wide, marble steps that shone softly in the darkening air." There is lots of great description in the writing, and I look forward to continue reading The House of the Scorpion. P.S. From now on I will refer to The House of the Scorpion as THOTS. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Welcome To The New Version Of My Blog

Welcome to the new version of my Litspiration Blog!
Now I am changing gears and working on The House of the Scorpion. I am really excited about this as I have heard it is a good book. I can't wait to start blogging!