Saturday, 2 February 2013

Stone Cold Essay

How does Robert Swindells use language to affect the reader's response to Link and Shelter in 'Stone Cold'?

Swindells uses language to affect the reader's response in a variety of ways: the reader begins to align themselves with Link; the reader gets anxious about Shelter's next move; the reader begins to empathise with Link; the reader sees Shelter as desceptive.

Swindells language in the first page makes the reader start to align themselves with Link. Link talks directly to the reader and says things like "YOU can call me Link" and "hang about and ill tell YOU the story of my life" The personal pronoun 'you' makes it talks directly to the reader which makes the reader act as equals and friends with Link. This helps the reader align themselves and helps them to feel as though they can act as though they actually know Link. He uses this technique throughout the book which means that you can always relate to Link.

Swindells language during the whole of Shelters part of the story makes the reader anxious about Shelters next move. On page 22-24 he is being really nice to a homeless stranger, takes him to his house, gives him warm soup and then "puts him out of his misery". He also says "nobody wanted him so nobody will miss him" This makes the reader worry about Link as he regards a humans life as close to nothing. He clearly isn't going to stop killing these people as the last man was innocent so he will just keep killing. The reader then gets scared for Link's life as they have already aligned themselves with link and almost made friends with him. Swindells emphasizes this later in the story by Shelter going on to kill another person in the same way and having no guilt. He also goes on to see Link and his friend and says "I never forget a face"

Swindells language makes you empathize for Link during the whole book however this is used most clearly in the first chapter. The whole chapter is about how horrible Vince is and he says things like "one night I'd been at my friends and he locked me out, its not even his house but he wouldn't let mum open it." This makes you put yourself in his shoes o see how bad it must have felt from Link's point of view,  furthermore he had some weird old man coming into his house and trying to make the rules which are completely unfair against Link. It makes the reader feel Link's emotions which are all very strong. This is then emphasized by saying "Vince slapped me for worrying Mum" This makes the reader know how awful Vince is and how much Link hates him.

Swindells language makes us portray Shelter as desceptive. This technique is used in all his part of the book but mainly shown on page 16: "I have acquired a cat... there's something reassuring in about a home with a cat... a feller with a cat called Sappho is going to create an image, kind and academic." In this statement he is getting a cat just to make his victims think his house is nice and think that he is a nice person when really he is just mentally disturbed.  Another example of this is where he is treating another homeless person really kindly and you believe that he is genuinely a warm hearted person and then he suddenly "puts him out of his misery". He then acts as though he has done nothing wrong or even done a good thing, previous to him saying this you believe that hes was being nice and so quickly your opinion of him changes completely. The reader then doesn't know what to believe about him from then on.

Evidently Swindells uses a variety of different techniques throughout the book but despite these all being very effective useage of language I think that the most  important use is the title. It refers to Link sleeping rough in the cold winter on the stone floor and alternatively it refers to Shelter being a stone cold killer.




Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Tempest Review corrected.

Director: Julie Taymor
Certificate: 12
Running time: 106 minutes
Released:2010
Cast:Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina...
STAR RATING 3.5/5
Julie Taymor has directed a tip top film in the shape of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Shakespeare's final play has been represented in a really convenient way in this imaginative film.The play will create an opportunity for younger children to listen to Shakespeare without having to read the intricate books. The fantasy play still has many challenging characters and the chosen ones have played the part well. The play is a romance, fantasy with a little bit of comedy thrown into the mix, the film however is very different to the play. Taymor has been brave as to have Helen Mirren assume the role of Prospero, obviously in the play Prospero is a male however Helen did a valuable job.


The plot-which has the same base as the play- does have some minor changes. At the start Prospero's brother Alonso's ship is made to crash by Prospero herself onto the strange, mysterious,supposedly uninhabited, unnamed island. Prospero has a very interesting and surprising plan, her intentions change throughout the film. This keeps you intrigued and keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times.

The play has been likened to other great films like the Hobbit and the Lord of the rings trilogy. Also various other Shakespearean plays have been made into films such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Henry iii. Some other films by Julie Taymor are: Titus, Across the universe and Frida.

The play when written by Shakespeare was intended to be a comedy as the primary genre and romance as a secondary genre. However as time has moved on the romance has come out more as shown visibly in the film. Obviously the comedy aspect has not completely expired yet and some of the scenes are amusing. The majority of these scenes include Trinculo(Russell Brand) or Stephano(Alfred Molina). The comedy condition comes in from this due to thembeing drunks.

Lots of special effects are adopted wisely and effectively in the film. Most of which involve Ariel or Prospero. In the first scene Ariel is displayed as a gigantic being which splits into three and annihilates the tempest. This is where the film's name originates which means shipwreck. Special effects are used in almost all of Ariel's appearances. My favourite usage of special effects is where Prospero shows the meaning of life to Ferdinand and Miranda.

All of the characters are worth remembering for very unique reasons as they are all very different and are all entertaining. My personal favourite is Caliban due to his beastly presence and cretinous mind, you can tell he is simple minded as he believes that Trinculo is a moon god due to his possession of the alcoholic drink. My least favourite character is Trinculo as he didn't really appear in the film as often as I would have liked.

I think that the scene in which Ariel appears to the three men as a harpie is the best scene in the film, this is because it covers all areas. The effects are good in Ariel's features which helps to the serious side of the scene but it is also amusing to see it from the other two men's perspective. My least favourite scene is where Caliban is telling his story to the drunken double. It doesn't really have any meaning in the play and isn't funny either. Pretty pointless.

Music and sound has a massive part to play in films. It can change your mood completely and tell you what the scene is about, so evidently it needs to be 100% correct. I think the music works very well in this film especially the small tunes played to present the mood of the character on screen. For example when Caliban is angry a very deep bellowing sound is made which fits his personality well and you can tell straight away who it is describing.

Overall I think the Tempest is an adequate film which uses special effects very wisely. I would say it is for people who are interested in things like fantasy age 13+. This is because the film has a sci-fi feel to it and would be hard for people younger to understand the complex language used as it is exactly as is written by Shakespeare himself. It is a film worth watching if you like the genre and that is why I awarded it three and a half stars.

I tried to use more connectives to vary my sentence length. I was told that it was boring due to the sentences all sounding the same. I also tried to make some sentences shorter as well. I tried to use more minor sentences and regular sentences. This will make my text more interesting to read and to listen to. I think i have raised it from a strong level 6 to scraping into a level 7.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

My film review of the Tempest

The Tempest

Director: Julie Taymor
Certificate: 12
Running time: 106 minutes
Released:2010
Cast:Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina...
STAR RATING 3.5/5
 
Julie Taymor has directed a tip top film in the shape of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Shakespeare's final play has been represented in a really convenient way in this imaginative film.The play will create an opportunity for younger children to listen to Shakespeare without having to read the intricate books. The fantasy play still has many challenging characters and the chosen ones have played the part well.
 
The play is a romance, fantasy with a little bit of comedy thrown into the mix. The film however is very different to the play. Taymor has been brave as to have Helen Mirren assume the role of Prospero. Obviously in the play Prospero is a male. Helen did a valuable job although it was a big adjustment.

The plot-which has the same base as the play- does have some minor changes. At the start Prospero's brother Alonso's ship is made to crash by Prospero herself onto the strange, mysterious,supposedly uninhabited, unnamed island. Prospero has a very interesting and surprising plan, her intentions change throughout the film. This keeps you intrigued and keeps you on the edge of the seat at all times.

The play has been likened to other great films like the Hobbit and the Lord of the rings trilogy. Also various other Shakespearean plays have been made into films such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Henry iii. Some other films by Julie Taymor are: Titus, Across the universe and Frida.

The play when written by Shakespeare was intended to be a comedy as the primary genre and romance as a secondary genre. However as time has moved on the romance has come out more as shown visibly in the film. Obviously the comedy aspect has not completely expired yet and some of the scenes are amusing. The majority of these scenes include Trinculo(Russell Brand) or Stephano(Alfred Molina). The comedy condition comes in from this due being drunks.

Lots of special effects are adopted wisely and effectively in the film. Most of which involve Ariel or Prospero. In the first scene Ariel is displayed as a gigantic being which splits into 3 and annihilates the Tempest. This is where the film name originates which means shipwreck. Special effects are used in almost all of Ariel's appearances. My favourite usage of special effects is where Prospero shows the meaning of life to Ferdinand and Miranda.

All of the characters are worth remembering for very unique reasons. They are all very different and are all entertaining. My personal favourite is Caliban due to his beastly presence and cretinous mind. You can tell he is simple minded as he believes that Trinculo is a moon god due to his possession of the alcoholic drink. My least favourite character is Trinculo as he didn't really appear in the film as often as I would have liked.

I think that the scene in which Ariel appears to the 3 men as a harpie is the best scene in the film, this is because it covers all areas. The effects are good in Ariel's features which helps to the serious side of the scene but it is also amusing to see it from the other 2 men's perspective. My least favourite scene is where Caliban is telling his story to the drunken double. It doesn't really have any meaning in the play and isn't funny either, pretty pointless.

Music and sound has a massive part to play in films. It can change your mood completely and tell you what the scene is about. So evidently it needs to be 100% correct. I think the music works very well in this film especially the small tunes played to present the mood of the character on screen. For example when Caliban is angry a very deep bellowing sound is made which fits his personality well and you can tell straight away who it is describing.

Overall I think the Tempest is an adequate film which uses special effects very wisely. I would say it is for people who are interested in things like fantasy age 13+. This is because the film has a sci-fi feel to it and would be hard for people younger to understand the complex language used as it is exactly as is written by Shakespeare himself. It is a film worth watching if you like the genre and that is why I awarded it three and a half stars.


 
 

Monday, 8 October 2012

A list of interesting facts about the tempest:
  • The tempest means storm and thats how Miranda and Ferdinand came together.
  • The shipwreck was based on a ship that was wrecked in Bermuda.
  • It is a romance even though it has aspects of almost all the movie genres in the play
  • Ferdinand only speaks once in the final scene although he has just been re-united with his father who thought he was dead.
  • Ariel appears to the 3 men as a harpy which is a cross between a woman and an eagle

I think that caliban is the most entertaining caractor in the play so i decided to get some pictures of him from different versions of shakespeare's play:
My thoughts on the learning so far
 
So far i have enjoyed the learning and think it is good because we have mixed up the type of learning and used the key parts of every type of learning and put them all together to see which we enjoyed most. I enjoyed the group work most as you had lots of people to discuss points with but you had more than just one person who may not know the answer-like in pairs.  My least favorite work was pairs as it was hard to discuss with just one person and I think it would be better to work individually or in large groups (4-5 people).

Friday, 5 October 2012

I made some notes on my opinions of the tempest film:
  • I like ariels magical representation
  • It has a good choice of clothing for all the characters as it defines their personality
  • The acting of caliban is good as it displays him as a type of monster or beast
  • The island looks good
  • Calibans language and tone is good
  • Prospero being a woman is hard to get and gets confusing
  • It has a good choice of music when Caliban is angry
Here is a list of things to try and include in feedback:
  • Saying what can be changed
  • Constructive critisism
  • Good and bad points
  • Don't lie and say some things are good when they're not
  •  Be encouraging
  • Don't be harsh
  • Say how to do it better
  • Don't knock self confidence
  • look at everything in the work
  • Make points clear
  • Use PEE
 The top 3 are:
  1. Constructive critisism
  2. How to improve
  3. Be encouraging