Have you ever wondered how the real world that we live in, relates to the books that you read? Well you are about to find out. In this unit in English class we searched for the best way to learn about the real world. Do we learn better by reading fictional texts, of factual texts? We also learnt about Apartheid in South Africa. Just recently we watched the movie Invictus. Before that we read a historical historical fiction book call Journey to Jo’burg. But the very first thing we studied were feature articles about colonialism in South Africa, and we also wrote our own article.
In the beginning of the unit, we start off by studying factual feature articles that is focused on colonialism in South Africa. A feature article has strong evidence and detailed conceptual information. It includes different option, for example quotes and anecdotes. And also the subjectivities of the text are clearly shown and indicated in a feature article. I found out that feature article is really strong and powerful at being a proof. Because knowing that these event actually happened, could cause a shocking effect. During the time when I was researching about the “pass” law in South Africa, I felt empathy to the black people. Because in the old days they had to carry their passes all the time, and it you for got, the police would take you to prison. The blacks were treated very poorly back then in the old days.
Following the feature article, we then read a historical fiction book called Journey to Jo’burg. Historical fictions are fantasy stories based on true events and had happened. For example, this book have fictional characters, settings and plot but they were all based on true events. Naledi and Tiro are not real, but someone had actually journeyed far away to meet their parents. From this book I learnt that Apartheid had separated many families, because parents in the family must work far away in cities. Also, I learnt that there were children who actually journeyed miles to find their parents. My emotions when reading this book was different from reading other texts, like factual feature articles. My emotions weren’t individual, but they were shared with the characters in the book. For example when Dineo, Naledi and Tiro’s little sister was sick, I felt frustration just like Naledi did.
Finally, we watched a movie called Invictus to wrap up the unit. This movie have real characters, settings and plot, but it also includes some fictional events and characters. For example in the movie, a plane actually flew over the stadium cheering for springboks, but movie made up the part where the guards were alert and trying to protect Nelson from the plane. By watching Invictus, I learnt that a country can be brought together and united through a sport. For example in the movie, Nelson Mandela spent lots of times and effort to help the springbok to win the rugby world cup. Because when something is world wide, when it is countries competing with other countries, your nation really comes together and unite as one. It didn’t matter if you were white or black, people all cheered for the springbok. After watching the movie, I was really surprised by how Nelson Mandela could unite a country using rugby.
To concluded, I think the relationship between text and real world is that texts are based on the real world. Just like how fictional stories are people imaginations based on the fact that they have seen, heard or felt. The way fictional texts communicate with us about the real world have to advantage of allowing us to empathise. We can share the feelings and emotions with the character in the story. The advantage of how factual articles communicate to us is that it has strong and powerful factual informations. The direct communication will help you be well informed well when reading factual texts.