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I am doing my presentation on dreams. It will be presenting a little background and what people believe they mean e.t.c

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Violence and why we don’t need to take it away from our lives.

Honestly at first I disagreed with Warren Ellis the writer of the article “Blood in Your Eye; Why We Need Violet Stories” because I am a strong believer that violent games such as Grand Theft Auto and any other killing “games” that are made for different devices just should not be in the hands of kids. Kids should never be allowed to play these violent games that are not teaching them anything other than violence and teaching them things they would be in serious trouble for if they actually did it and although most adults would not recreate what they have seen in video games kids are too young to actually understand.  I don’t necessarily say we NEED violent stories but I believe the British government shouldn’t have anything to do with filtering the web in order to “erase violent material” as Ellis states.  It is our right to have violent stories or movies in our homes if we want to.  “Every week seems to bring a new attempt to ban something or other because it’s uncomfortably or scary or perhaps even indefensibly disgusting… but it seems to me that we don’t begin to understand something until we talk honestly and directly about it”, says Ellis in his article. Yes people have mental problems and that will never stop it is something you are born with so why would we cut of anything that’s violent because someone decides to go to a school and shoot like a maniac or stab someone just because? Instead of cutting off violence (which will never stop unfortunately) we should address it and find solutions. We should educate our kids and we should talk about violence and see the real reasons behind it instead of hiding in a box and being afraid because people are acting out. Ellis says, “Difficult topics must be engaged with… in the way that fiction invites us to engage but numbing news-porn deliberately does not, because news wants us only to witness and have our buttons pushed.. The news doesn’t want us to think, only to react, like plants”. Instead of just reacting and “standing over there and shaking our heads sadly”, we should actually do something about it. This is the brutal truth of our world and although it is harsh this is the sad truth! Emotions exist and problems become hard to deal with we cannot just react and feel bad and disgusted but instead make more counseling groups or have a meeting on way to express you emotions in different ways. Violence is fictional in books and movies and video games and this is the world we live in so why are we so afraid of fictional things? Yes it is horrifying to say we live in a world where someone would stab their 17 year old son over an ice cream argument but this is LIFE. We cannot run away from problem but fix it.

Works Cited

Ellis, Warren. “Blood in Your Eye:Why We Need Violent Stories.” Vulture. New York Media, 14 August        2013. Web. 3 October 2013.

“Mother Charges With Fatally Stabbing Son in Ice Cream Fight.”CBS Chicago, 9 September 2013.                  Web. 3 October 2013.

 

 

 

– Alejandra Castellon

Sex in Fables

Reading Fables, sex is very typical where you meet a women/man; get in a conversation leading to either receiving each other’s number or eventually getting romantically involved. Its either the woman/guy is attractive and your kind of taste and you approach him/her or you ignore them because they are not your taste. In Fables Prince Charming was at a restaurant called Gottfrieds and although he has no money and was going to leave the waitress with the bill for her to pay he actually admits to her that he was going to just walk out without paying and just because he charms her and is attractive she goes home with him. It just shows how woman are portrayed, people look at woman like they are naive and even weak. Before even getting to know him she knows what kind of man he is by the simple fact he had no money to pay a simple bill and was going to walk out, so why would a woman want to go home with a man that cannot do for himself and has the audacity to leave a bill unpaid and be a criminal? What is in store for this kind of relationship between the two? After sleeping with her he leaves a note and tells her to pick up his suits, do his laundry but to make sure she reads the labels, he tells her that he helped himself to her money and her spare key and invited himself to  live with her for a couple of days.  Prince charming in fairytales is always the romantic and sweethearts who ever girls dreams to encounter in her lifetime. Fables show a side of “prince charming’s” that are not so desirable in a man and are not who you want to encounter in your lifetime.  It is simple what you expect to happen when someone meets someone and just wants to have sex.

 

 

alejandra castellon

General thoughts in the mind of Alejandra

Well reading Fables Volume 1, I first of cannot believe I am actually interested in the comic. I actually enjoy seeing the picture and the whole idea about feeling like it’s for little kids or whatever does not apply to me anymore, I like that you can actually see what you’re reading in such depth (my imagination would have not illustrated all that is in the pictures) and its sort of fun not having to read it like a book where it’s all in a straight line and instead it’s in bubbles and different places (breaking rules!). I was thinking about Snow white’s sister and her apartment being all bloody, first of all I thought that was a little exaggerating BUT I cannot wait to find out what is the story behind her apartment being a wreck, I also wonder if her sister had anything to do with what has occurred.  I also cannot believe that “prince charming” is such a LOSER. It is really sad the way he lives his life having to live off of a woman. So far with women (snow-white, the beasts wife beauty, and the woman prince charming took home) they are all in bad relationships or where. Snow white’s ex was in town and beauty’s marriage is currently in a bad point with them not being able to have enough money to survive and the woman prince charming took home is a big mess bringing a guy she just met to have sex. She let a stranger come into her home obviously that does mean that she had had problem with men and there are issues going on with her. I just cannot wait to keep reading this comic!!!! 

 

Alejandra Castellon – alejandracastellon