Tuesday, October 12, 2010

God is NOT a Fish Inspector

Title and Author:  God is not a fish inspector by W.D. Valgardson

Biography: William Dempsy Valgardson was born May 7, 1939 in Winnipeg , Manitoba.  He is a Canadian author and poet. He was raised in Gimli, Manitoba.  He is a writing professor at the university of Victoria.  One of his stories, Bloodflowers was included in the best American short stories 1971.

Symbol: 

This picture represents stereotypes.

Response: 1. what is the source of conflict between Fusi and his daughter?
The conflict between Fusi and his daughter is that she believes that he is doing wrong in the eyes of god to take fish from the lake without a licence. It could also be that she believes that he is to old to be sneaking out and trying to drag nets in on his own like that. She wants him to be in the home across the street and to finally be retired. Fusi wants to remain independent and believes that if he is still able to fish even one net, he should be able to go on fishing, even without a licence.
     2. Do you agree with Emma's decision to tell the fish inspectors about Fusi? Write a paragraph giving reasons to support your opinion.
 No, I do not believe in Emma's decision to tell the fish inspectors about the fishing that Fusi had been doing. She had absolutely no right to tell them about what he was doing and she shouldn't have told Fusi that they already knew. He wasn't doing any harm with only one net and he wasn't doing any damage to anyone. It gave him the thought that he could still be independent and do what he wanted without anyone knowing. Even when she learned that they already knew, she shouldn't have told him. They were always there to help him if he needed it.
       3. What foreshadowing is there of Emma's concluding revalation about the fish inspectors? Why do you think she reveals this information to Fusi?
  The foreshadowing is that the fish inspectors already knew what Fusi was doing out on his boat. I believe that Emma reveals this information to show Fusi that he isn't as smart or as cunning as he might have been a long time ago. She wants to show him that they're letting him to do, not him trying to sneak around. She seems to be an almost fanatical religious person and Fusi defied her when she said that he was doing wrong against god. She wanted to show him what she believe to be gods will. She thought she was doing the right thing.
      4. What criticism does this story make about attitudes toward religion and toward the elderly in todays society? 
  I think that this story is trying to show us that many people these days see elderly people as weak and unable to do anything on their own. Many people believe it should stay that way. Emma wants Fusi to retire and go live in the old folks home. Our views on religion can be the same as this story as well. It shows them to be cruel, fanatical people. It shows them to do everything in the name of god, or for god.

Critical thinking:   i) Why do you think the author wrote this text?
 I think the author wrote this short story  to show us our views of people, and to show us that we may not be as independent as we think we are.
ii)  What does the author want you to think?
 The author wants to think about how we view people today. What do we think of old people, religious people. and young people. There are a lot of stereotypes about people like old people are senile, and young people who are teenagers are more likely to steal than other people.
  iii) Do you belong to any groups in this text?
       No I do not.
  iv) Does this story remind you of a real life event?
   No, it doesn't.
 v) Does this story remind you of a movie or story on a similar subject?
  Nope, I cannot think of any stories or movies like this.
 vi) How does this story help you think about social issues and social justice?
  It helps me think about the stereotypes about different folks and how many people actually believe them. It makes me realize that everyone believes in these stereotypes sometimes.
 vii) What action might you take from what you have learned?
I'd stop believing in any obvious stereotypes there are of any people.
 viii) what is the big question this text has left you with?
 My question is, Are any of these stereotypes true?

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