Sunday, 5 May 2013

House of the Scorpion ~ Setting Post




Nancy Farmer has done an astonishing job enigmatically uncovering the setting throughout the House of the Scorpion. Her unique way of complementing the setting with little hints in the title of the chapter is fascinating.
Throughout the novel “The House of The Scorpion,” the setting is beginning to unfold slowly chapter by chapter. During the beginning of the book, when Matt was young, he had lived an inexperienced and shielded life inside the abandoned shack. In and around chapter 2 and 3, we get an indication of where Matt lives. “He’d looked out the window where fields of white poppies stretched all the way to the shadowy hills.” (Farmer 6)
We get a healthier idea of the environment after Matt breaks out of his isolated world. When he is carried to the Big House, the setting significantly alters. “They started up a flight of wide, marble steps that shone softly in the darkening air. On either side were orange trees and all at once lamps went on along the leaves. Lights outlined the white walls of a vast house above, with pillars and statues and doorways going who knew where. In the center of the arch was the carved outline of a scorpion.” (Farmer 20-21) I originally didn’t know much about the Big House but over multiple chapters, the realization that the Big House was the main setting, was obvious. Six months Matt was imprisoned in a small miserable space. After those unpleasant 6 months that Matt was imprisoned, we start to expose the characters and how the act in the book. We had uncovered the character El Patrón and how he was the drug lord of the enclosed country that Matt and all the other characters were in, Opium. We had also discovered that escaping from this land was hard due to the Farm Patrol.
Overall, we explored the country of Opium and had discovered that this book was referring to the future as cloning and hovercrafts was repeated throughout the book. Chapter-by-Chapter, each part of the setting affected Matt in one-way or another. House of the Scorpion is an interesting book which has explained the setting flawlessly.

42 comments:

  1. I disagree, I don't think that the setting was explained flawlessly. Why do you say the setting was explained flawlessly? In my opinion, flawlessly explaining setting is best done by seeing it.

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  2. I disagree with what you say... It was truly explained flawlessly. It was filled with stunning description and many cool stuff added to make the setting go from "boooo" to "YAYAYYAYAYA"

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  3. And also, seeing the setting isn't the explaining the setting, therefor your point is invalid.

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  4. I can see you also don't know how to use that "therefor" properly. And I have no idea what you mean about the setting explaining the setting, that doesn't even make sense. Watch your grammar, "isn't the explaining the setting" doesn't make sense. And yes, seeing a picture is explaining the setting because a picture can tell 1,000 words.

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  5. Pay attention to YOUR grammar Justin.... I have a time machine you know!?!?!?

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  6. What is wrong with my grammar?

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  7. Uh no.. You are stupid..... Seeing something isn't explaining it... Explain means make an idea clear to someone and seeing something, is actually what happens.

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  8. Ya, by showing a picture, you are explaining the scene because with a picture, you can show the scene very well because it has the specific details. Yes, showing can be the same as explaining because by showing, you are "making an idea clear to someone."

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  9. I can't be wrong about something I didn't defend yet, in response to your comment sent at 13:29 on May 8, 2013. The comment I sent at 13:30 was in response to the comment where you made reference to be being stupid...

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  10. Well, but using an image isn't seeing it. It is the cameras interpretation of the colours, therefore you haven't seen it. You have just seen the cameras interpretation of colours.

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  11. Yes you can be wrong about something that you haven't defended yet.... Remember the disputes at our table?!?!?!?!?!? The person defending their cause loses right off the back.

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  12. Using an image is seeing because you see an image... I never said you have to show the picture using a camera. And through a camera, you will see the image quite well if it is a good camera, even if the picture is not perfect. In response to the comment sent at 13:32 of this day.

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  13. Ok kid..... But that is STILL the camera's interpretation of the image NOT yours! Geez... Even really good camera's aren't picture perfect...

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  14. In response to 13:33, I meant that you can't say I'm wrong to my argument as you were looking at my screen as I typed and I published the comment less than a minute after you published yours. I'm referring to the comment sent at 13:29, where you said, "No, you're wrong Justin." You watched as I typed the comment sent at 13:30.

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  15. No.... I don't even know you in person...

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  16. May I add... WHO ARE YOU!?!??!!?!?

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  17. I lied... I do know you in person but apparently when I used my "time machine" I cheated and looked at your screen.

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  18. In response to 13:34, I know the camera's interpretation is not perfect, I said that myself, but the interpretation of the camera is simply a picture, a freeze of the thing that happened when you took the picture. Plus, you are focusing on the camera thing, I was thinking more of a drawing or something that the person made as the theme, not necessarily a picture taken by a camera. And the camera's interpretation is just a picture, not an interpretation...

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  19. No, you just looked at my screen while I wrote that because you were watching what I wrote.

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  20. Replying to your message at 8 May 2013 13:27. Everything... May I quote you? Here's a chat we had and here is your grammar:
    up until like hill it's so har d i know but gl anyways

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  21. Rylan... You're also wrong

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  22. Ah yes, I remember, but that was in chat and I was typing quickly. Also, there are different rules of grammar imo when in chat. We don't have to type out full sentences as it is just chatting, not an official document or something that is important. That is, of course, my opinion but that line that you quote was from chat, just so that everyone knows, not from this conversation. In reply to 13:51 on this date.

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  23. Well practising good grammar consistently will help you more in the long term.

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  24. I dislike how the author explained the setting in the novel.

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  25. Yes, but since it was in chat, I didn't really care and was not re-reading and checking my grammar. Plus, I practice good grammar all the time when talking and in important documents.

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  26. Total crap Justin. You never practise good grammar. "So! um. What was I talking about again?" says Justin. "PEW PEW PEW look there's a troll," Daniel exclaimed. Justin replied with a laughter with mumbled words of gibberish.

    Those words of gibberish aren't even good grammar at all.

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  27. I have an Idea! Stop Commenting!

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  28. BTW Jared, those "words of gibberish" are for fun. And since we all know each other irl, we don't have to worry, we know each other's grammar is good.

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  30. Stop commenting Justin. Wait, I know you in real life!?!?!!!

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  31. Of course we know each other irl. In fact, the only people commenting on this blog are people from our school. Don't pretend you don't know...

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  32. But what does "irl" even mean? I assumed it was "in real life" earlier..

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  33. It does mean In real life. For our next comment string, visit: http://theneedtor33d.blogspot.ca. Have a nice day!

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  34. Hi there, do you still check your blog?

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  35. Haven't been here for a l
    ong time



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  36. Ya i know.. arent you excited

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