Our unit question in English class right now is:
“WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TEXTS AND THE REAL WORLD?”
In this unit, we made an article about apartheid, read a book about apartheid, and saw a movie about apartheid. Maybe some of you noticed but in this unit, we learned about apartheid to see the relationship between texts and the read world. Which means that we read texts about apartheid and also saw a movie called “Invictus” which is about Nelson Mandela, and the story of the movie is something that occured in the real world.
As I mentioned in the paragraph above, we learned a lot about apartheid. When we were making an article about apartheid, I focused on the soweto uprising. Apartheid means blacks and whites getting seperated. Soweto uprising was a protest of black children protesting that the government are teaching them only what the whites want to learn. It occured at the soweto area. Some students died since the police had guns but the students didn’t and the police shot them. Also the police shot tear gasses too. After the protest some were arrested. In the book “Journey to Jo’burg”, there was a chapter that contained some information about the soweto uprising. I don’t know if the characters in the book existed, however, most of the information was non-fiction which means it is true. This means that some books has the same information as what occured in real life.
“Invictus” was a movie about how Nelson Mandela changed the history of South Africa. It showed about a rugby team in South Africa too. By watching this movie, I learned how Nelson Mandela was an important person and how he changed the country and the whole world. Before Nelson Mandela became the president of South Africa, blacks and whites were discriminated so everyone didn’t think that Mandela was going to act nice to the whites and forgive them for what they did to the blacks. I thought that he was the perfect person for changing the world and stop the discrimination.
At the end of the unit, I think I got the answer for our unit question too. In fiction books, you can make up or change the story. However, in real life, you can’t change what happened. Eventhough, we can’t change the past we can do somethings to change the future in both texts and the real world. When it’s a non fiction book, all the story will be a fact so it is something we know so you can’t change it but the people who reads the book might had/have a perspective of the story different from the author so it might be a fiction book to the person who has a different perspective.
As we finished our unit, I learned different kinds of stuff. Especially about apartheid and about the relationship between texts and the real world. Now I want to know the relationship between texts and films or films and the real world since I saw a movie “Invictus” which is about apartheid and aprtheid is something that occured in real life and it also can be written as a text.