English 341: It’s Like This

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Author: Lucy Malagon

Happy Faces and Stories

Happy Faces and Stories

My little project was insired by the kinder children I work with. I wanted to be able to explore children’s imagination and see what they could come up with. My plan is for me to lay out arts and crafts and ask the children to come up with a character of their own personal fairytale. When they are finish with their little paper plate they can all take turns and share their character and their fairytale story. The downside of this project is this can take up a lot of time. Good time managemnet would have to be avaliable.

 

Views in Little Red Riding Hood

Views in Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood is a story we all grew up listening and reading about. It is a classic story about a little girl who gets tricked and eaten at the end because she can’t follow directions that her mother gave her. Stories like Little Riding Hood are meant to teach you resolutions by giving you lessons and morals. At least that’s what we believe. Reading stories from other authors and other cultures has given me an insight that people have different ideas of what moral of the story should be.  Even some that I wouldn’t likely agree with. Different cultures make stories with morals for outcomes that are going to benefit them.

In Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Peralta, at first, he portrays the wolf as an intelligent creature who knows what he is doing. He knows he can’t eat little red riding hood because the woodcutters are nearby and could kill him afterwards. He outsmarted her by running and taking the shortest path to grandma. The author showed how easily a little (GIRL) could be fooled by giving the wolf personal information and falling into his trap. When the fox gets to grandma’s house, he tricks grandma as well and ends up eating her. When little red riding hood gets there he convinces her that he’s her grandma and gets her to go in bed with him. The thing that disturbed me about this scene is the fact that little red riding hood took her clothes off before getting in bed. It doesn’t sound like a normal thing a little girl would do. Besides that the story ends like most little red riding hood story. The wolf ends up eating her as well. At the end of the story the author explains that the moral of the story was “ Children, especially attractive, well-bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers, for if they should do so, they may well provide dinner for a wolf.” It is obvious this story was mostly directed to young ladies or young girls. My question is why not young boys as well? There is predators out there that harm young boys as well, and I believe these morals should not have double standards.  At Least that’s my opinion (:

 

An opposite take was Little Red Cap by Grimm. In this story the same events happened, little red riding hood gets tricked into getting distracted, the wolf eats grandma and then eats little red riding hood. The turn of events in this story is that a huntsman saves both grandma and little red riding hood by cutting them out of the wolf’s stomach and filling it with rocks. The huntsman saving them was a very heroic thing, but  I also likes how Grimm offered a different ending where grandma was the hero. Little red riding hood did not get distracted by the wolf and went home to tell grandma what happened. By the time the wolf came to eat grandma, she was ready. She knew he was going to eat little red riding hood when she left so she asked little red to fetch water for the trough. She then tricked the wolf with the smell of sausages and he fell into the hot trough and died. Grandma outsmarted the wolf. That ultimately became the resolution.

 

Both of these stories provided different points of views and resolutions. Each story could have been written differently but the authors ultimately felt like they had to be written that way they were because of the morals they were trying to get across. It makes you realize that people have different points of view and different ideas towards certain things.

Lucy’s Thoughts and Background

Lucy’s Thoughts and Background

Hey Guys!

My name is Lucero Malagon, but you can call me Lucy or Luce for short. I am from Willows, Ca. I consider myself kind of a local. I am 19 years old and I am a junior this year. I currently am a waitress at a small cafe and a tutor for migrant children. I recently became a Liberal Studies major, but before I was a Liberal Studies major I was a Child Development major. I really enjoyed it, but it felt like kind of empty ended. I didn’t know what I wanted to end up doing with that degree. I enjoy working with children, and I realized teaching was my calling when I worked over the summer at Orland’s  Fairview Elementary. Seeing how much a teacher can do to improve the children’s ability to understand concepts amazed me, and I wanted to be a part of that. I am a first generation and DREAM student so I feel very grateful to get a chance at an education. I am hoping to persuade and help children of multiple backgrounds to get an education and follow their dreams.

Being a reader can have many different definitions, but to me being a reader is someone who genuinely enjoys reading and understands what they read. I never really thought about different types of readers until I read the article that was assigned to us. It’s true, readers can vary and everyone has a different definition. I tend to read a lot of self-help books and “adulting” books. People’s personal stories of bettering themselves fascinate me. I also read off of social media apps, I truly enjoy twitter. It keeps me updated on what is happening in the world and I love funny tweets. It connects a lot of people in one single application. I think the only way my readings connect to school readings is the news. Sometimes, professors like to assign articles about what is happening in the world.

The most important takeaway I got from the article is that everyone has a different definition of a reader, and no one is necessarily wrong with their definition.   Also, the article talked about how being a reader can come up with stereotypes. If you are a younger child who enjoys reading, you are considered brilliant. It’s considered a positive image. If you are a teenager who enjoys reading, you are considered “weird,” and you are probably hiding behind a book. You are considered absent-minded. It’s crazy how there are double standards.