September 11th, 2017- Reading Log #1 // The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray Topic Choice #3- Plot
On a chilly night in London, Thaniel set out to hunt down a cradlejack located in an abandoned building. This is a significant event because this is the scene that reveals how the atmosphere of what Thaniel's job is like. But more importantly, he comes across a rabid-like girl whilst trying to hunt down the cradlejack- which will most likely be someone very important later on in the story. The event occurred in the exposition of the plot, creating a somewhat suspenseful feel when the readers first start reading. This event was also quite intense and to my surprise, such as when the cradlejack lunged at Thaniel with its "dark, scrawny shape...insane amber eyes and short, needle point teeth," who was just "a moment too slow in [defending himself]" (9) But what got me hooked into the book was the scene where Thaniel was attacked right after the cradlejack had run away. The thing "cannoned into him from the side-[who] scratched and flailed and spat." (9-10.) As I read on I predict that this thing, who appeared to be a girl, to be Alaizabel Cray.
September 25th, 2017- Reading Log #2// The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray Topic Choice #1 - Characters
Up to the end of part 1 of the book, there are 3 main characters - Thaniel Fox, Cathaline Bennett, and Alizabel Cray. Thaniel is a smart, quiet, and cunning 17-year old wych-hunter, whose father was Jedriah Fox, one of the greatest wych hunters in London. He is the protagonist in the story who develops internal, or emotional changes throughout the story - making him a dynamic character. This is because he starts to feel different emotions towards things when Alizabel came into his care. Cathaline is Thaniel's close mentor and friend. Thaniel describes her as someone who "acted with such youth and immaturity that she might have been ten years younger than that" (13). He also describes her as someone who was "beholden to nobody's rules, and that appealed to him. He looked up to her, maybe even more than his father..." (13). Cathaline appears to be a static character, as she is slightly less important than Thaniel and Alizabel and is keeping her actions and behavior consistent throughout the story so far. Alizabel Cray is a lost girl who was found when Thaniel was hunting a cradlejack. She has no recollection of her memories other than who she was, As of right now, Alizabeth is tense and paranoid, scared of the voice in her head and the mysterious tattoo on her lower back. This gives strong evidence that Alizabeth will be a dynamic character in the story. As she starts to remember her past, she'll start to gain more confidence and go back to her usual self.
October 19, 2017- Reading Log #3// Fahrenheit 451 Topic Choice #5-GATE Depth and Complexity Icons + Content Imperatives
The story introduces you to the protagonist, Guy Montag- a fireman who's job is to burn books. Montag's world is a dystopian future where society believes are unnecessary and should be burned, thus changing the role of a fireman. Bradburn reveals the pleasures Montag felt when he did his job. But a young girl named Clarisse observantly questions Montag with odd and unexpected questions such as, "Do you ever read any the books you burn?"(5) and "Is it true that long ago firemen actually put fires out instead of starting them?"(6). Clarisse is pointing out a paradox to Montag's job as a fireman. This is because the original role of a fireman was to put out fires, but Montag's job is to start fires, or burning books throughout the city. On page one it tells you that the firehose Montag uses on the books is filled with kerosene- a type of flammable oil which is the complete opposite of what a firehose should be used for. Clarisse also points out that she was told the original role of a fireman was to fight accidentally made fires, not starting them, adding onto the paradox of Montag's job as a fireman.