Character: Significant connections

Introduction:
What do you perceive reality to be? We assume this reality is our own, but is it really our own. My topic will be based on the concept of illusion in 4 text’s that I have selected. My statement that I will being exploring is characters and how they perceive their reality to be their own one. My text’s are the following, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The Matrix by The Wachowskis, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I will connect each specific character by the theme of illusion and their perception of reality.

Body 1:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a novel surrounding the life of Wade Watts, a enthusiastic player in the massive multiplayer online virtual reality called the Oasis. He prefers the online reality instead of facing his real reality because he perceives it as a mess. He can express himself because he doesn’t have to worry about any sort of physical hurt or pain that could be inflicted on himself. He doesn’t have to worry about his self appearance as his virtual avatar isn’t a exact depiction of his physical self.

Sub paragraph 1:
“These seem like minor changes to Wade, and maybe they are in a world full of Vulcans and cat people, but it still shows how the OASIS is a world where you can create your own appearance how you want it. Who needs Botox when you never leave your house?”. This quote outlines Wade’s values and his personal view on the topic of illusion by using the aspect of appearance. He self conscious about his looks and the oasis supports his emotional feeling there for he would naturally love the oasis as his insecurity is non-existent. He prefers a fake reality because his feelings.

Body 2:
The Matrix is a film directed by the wachowskis about the ‘life’ of Neo. A computer hacker in the matrix that spontaneously is called to reality by the mysterious leader, morpheus. He struggles to cope with his reality and he finds that he needs to adjust to live in the real world. At the beginning of the film he prefers the matrix over the real world which couldn’t make sense of. That’s why he prefers the matrix at that point. He can’t make sense of the real world so he sticks to what he knows and he’s used for so long.

Sub paragraph:
“I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not.”
The quote coming from Mr Smith explains how he perceives the human race to be. Neo then is provoked by this and begins to accept his reality. Neo is much like Wade in a way that they both prefer something perfect for them so they don’t have to deal with something they don’t believe or don’t want to do. Both have desire to find a meaning and a purpose.

Body 3:
Dark matter by Blake Grouch is a story of a family man named Jason Dessen who is thrown into a mind bending world of alternate realities where his family isn’t his because his alternate self chose to continue his life work instead of settling down to have a family. Jason’s past haunts him when he is swapped with his alternate family that craved a family which he never got. Jason has accepted that he won’t be able to return to his reality for a large duration of the story.

Sub paragraph:
“He says, “Every moment, every breath, contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse? I built something that could actually eradicate regret. Let you find worlds where you made the right choice.” Daniela says, “Life doesn’t work that way. You live with your choices and learn. You don’t cheat the system.” This quote explains how that any reality is unfair. Any way we try to escape our feelings it will always remain. Jason relates to both Neo and Wade because they try to escape their emotions and problems by faking their reality.

Body 4:
Skulduggery Pleasant is a novel by Derek Landy follows the story of Stephanie Edgley and Skulduggery Pleasant who lives in a world full of magic and darkness. Stephanie comes to terms that her world isn’t as she thought it was. It is larger and more stranger than she originally thought. She comes to terms that she is not a normal human being but a magical being with supernatural power. She lived in a world where life is easier and she prefers that reality.

Sub paragraph 4:
“The world is bigger than you know, and scarier than you might imagine. The only currency worth anything is being true to yourself, and the only goal worth seeking is finding out who you truly are.”
This quote refers to Stephanie and how she perceived her reality before being introduced the one from her own. Her perception of her reality had been widened. The reality that you are going to be exposed to may be scary or weird. If you know you’re self you van tackle any sort of problem. If stephanie finds her courage just like Wade, Jason and Neo you can own you’re reality, emotions and fears.

Conclusion:
In conclusion, all of my texts characters were afraid of there own reality. They prefer a false one to hide there emotions and fears. They trust the fake reality more as it is ideal to them. It doesn’t hurt them in any way. But by facing their emotions and fears, Wade, Jason, Neo and Stephanie can all conquer their real realities and then utilize that to become better people.

Character: Significant connections

Statement: “People prefer false realities”

Text 1: Ready player one (Novel): Wade Watts
He lives in a world where he prefers a virtual reality instead of the true reality.

Q1.These seem like minor changes to Wade, and maybe they are in a world full of Vulcans and cat people, but it still shows how the OASIS is a world where you can create your own appearance how you want it. Who needs Botox when you never leave your house?
Q2.Even though Wade doesn’t have any real-life friends, or ever go outside, he’s still self-conscious about his appearance. Maybe at this point he’s subconsciously preparing himself for a shift to the real world, when he’ll have less control over his physical appearance. And hey, he’s gotta look good for Samantha.

Text 2: The matrix (film): Neo
Neo believes that he lives in a virtual reality that isn’t truly real.

Q1:I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.
Q2: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

Text 3: Dark Matter (novel): Jason Dessen
Jason wakes up in an alternate reality that he can’t distinguish from his own except for the fact that his family isn’t his own.

Q1:“We’re more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.”
Q2:“He says, “Every moment, every breath, contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse? I built something that could actually eradicate regret. Let you find worlds where you made the right choice.” Daniela says, “Life doesn’t work that way. You live with your choices and learn. You don’t cheat the system.”

Text 4: Skullduggery pleasant: Stephanie Edgley/Valkyrie Cain
Stephanie thinks the human world is the only reality because her perception of reality is scarce.

Q1:“The world is bigger than you know, and scarier than you might imagine. The only currency worth anything is being true to yourself, and the only goal worth seeking is finding out who you truly are.”
Q2:“I cannot have chaos erupting around me until I am prepared for it. I am a collector. I am an observer. I don’t participate. My resources, and my standing, must be secure before I can allow the uncertainty of war to crash down upon us.”

The great Gatsby analysis: language features

“1This is a valley of ashes a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; 2 where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, 3 finally, a transcendent effort, of ash-grey men, who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air”

1: “This is the valley of ashes a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens” is described as a place of despair and dirtiness. “Fantastic farm,” points towards the valley of ashes being a place where despair and loss is abundant. “Ridges and hills”, describes the scenery. It’s as if the valley could of been something of beauty but it had crashed and burned somewhere in the past or overlooked and taken for granted.

2: “where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke” This means that the loss and despair is displayed as the people who live in the valley of ashes. The soke and the chimneys display the work that people who live in the valley put. The work they put in does not help or become something that will help them escape the valley. Their houses are described as made of ashes. This may represent that the houses they live in or the lives they have made were made from mostly nothing. They started with nothing and they finish with nothing. This points to the social classes that are portrayed with in the story. They are poor and their ancestors were poor and the future generations will continue to be poor as long as they break away from the valley.

3: “finally, a transcendent effort, of ash-grey men” this portrays the men who inhabit the valley to be worn down by the lives they live out in the valley. They have been physically affected by the nature of the the valley. They have been described as ash-grey, meaning that they themselves had made their lives the way they needed too. They worked to make them who they are but can not do any better in the social classing system. “who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air” This means that the social classes break them mentally and physically down back into the powdery ash they started as. All they have become an done for themselves had been for nothing. This describes the how the social class keeps lower class men under control by giving them nothing they won’t have enough resources to escape the reality they have been given.

“1 I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West — 2 all dead now I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.”

1: “I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West” Gatsby tells a partial lie. He did have a family in the middle west, but they were poor and he wished for a better life so he left and came across a man that raised him as his own. Gatsby was wishing to inherit this man’s large sum of money, but it was given to someone else. Gatsby then left and made a life for himself in New York.

2: “ all dead now I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.” Gatsby did not believe that his parents were suit to be his own. He considered them dead as he took on his new persona and did not regret making a life for himself else where. He did go to oxford, but only for six months or so due to his new found dad. He does not completely lie, but he bends the truth to his advantage.

The Great Gatsby: Theme

1. By Fitzgerald using the theme of illusion consistently throughout the whole story I
believe he is trying to display society as a mixed group of people. He displays
mankind as a corrupt society that is split from many things such as greed, lust,race,
status and wealth. We as people will always be different and will not always share
the same ideas and beliefs. He is trying to say that we will be different and will not
always get along.

2. Illusion is a real idea for teens because social status is a big thing in school. This
ties in with self esteem and the way you want yourself to be presented. Many
People in popular groups may choose to change themselves to fit in. This can be
Considered illusion as they are alluding them to the fact that they are cool or funny
or have some sought of quality that makes them popular. This often can cause the
person to lose control of who they really are. They create there own illusion for
others approval. They re-invent themselves to the point they believe that they are
that person, like Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby: Symbols

The symbols I will be using for this symbol analysis is the use of the colour green, the use of flowers and the use of the colour yellow or gold.

The green light/Use of the colour green:
The green light is an important symbol in this novel and very significant in Gatsby’s character. The light was located across the river at the the front of the Buchanan’s mansion. This represented Gatsby’s hope for a new beginning with daisy. He placed his hope on the light. It had consumed him as the light was strongly seen as a future with Daisy. His desire to have daisy had consumed him in a way that he had to recreate himself just for daisy. The light had illuded him to believe there had not been 5 years between them.

Flowers:
The use of flowers in the story and text is significant as it represents Daisy and how she is represented as pure as flower or Daisy for that matter. Daisy’s are primarily white and yellow. The Daisy being white and yellow means that Daisy is alluded to seem pure and the ideal women but is besides that a corrupt individual. Yellow alluded that wealth is a valid status symbol and makes you a better person. She is displayed as wealthy, posh, well mannered individual but shows how shallow she really is towards the end of the story.

The colour yellow/gold:
The use of the colour yellow or gold in the story is significant because yellow or gold can represent wealth or a status symbol. East Egg has been described with the colour gold or yellow. This means that East Egg is displayed or seen as a wealthy or pure place to reside. This could be that East Egg is seen as a desirable area to live as it is a status symbol to live there. West Egg is just another place to live where as East Egg is a major contributor to the Old money reputation.

The Great Gatsby: Setting

The four main settings that I have chosen to analyse are East Egg , West Egg
, ‘town’ or the inner city New York and The Valley of Ashes.

East Egg:
East Egg is represented as a place where ‘old’ money men and women reside. Old money is a term which means that he or she has inherited a large sum of money from older and generations which have been passed down. The behaviour displayed there is of an upper class manner and are portrayed as well mannered. They are seen as the the past in terms of the wealthy or rich scene. We can see this in the following quote. “ I lived at West Egg, the – well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them”.

West Egg:
West Egg is represented as a place where ‘new’ money men and women reside. New money is a term which means that he or she has worked to produce their own wealth.
Often are new money people looked down upon from old money people. The behaviour displayed from these individuals is reckless yet well portrayed. They are seen as the forefront of the wealthy. West egg is displayed as the less fashionable were as east egg is more desirable. We can see this in the following quote. “ I lived at West Egg, the – well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them”.

Inner city New York (town):
Inner city New York is displayed as the centre of the wealthy where new money and old money come to spend their money. It is displayed as the heart of the city where all the change is happening. New and old money individuals come to engage in drinking which was illegal to consume alcohol at the time. The social expectation surrounding the whole of the city is that it’s the hub of all types of classed men. This is where they mix. We can prove this by this quote from Nick. “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”

The Valley of Ashes:
The Valley of Ashes is displayed as a place of construction and griminess. It is where the lower or middle class come to work and live. It is located in between the city and west and east egg. The social expectation surrounding the valley of ashes tends to be a poor or middle classed It theme. It’s as if people that can’t or struggled to make a living can go and find refuge. It opposes the likes of West/ East egg and New York city who have a rich or successful reputation. We can see the type of environment, The Valley of Ashes is from the following quote. “This is the valley of ashes – a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; rising smoke and, finally, with a transcending effort, of ash-grey men, who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.”

Illusion in settings:

I will use West egg and East egg to describe the use of illusion in the novel. The use of illusion in settings surrounding West egg and East egg. West Egg and East egg represents illusion in this novel by creating a social barrier between ‘new’ and ‘old’ money. This can particularly seen in Daisy’s and Gatsby’s relationship. We can prove this from this quote from the following quote. “Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of East Egg glittered along the water.” The use of ‘white palaces’ means the type of status East Egg has compared to West Egg. The fact that Nick can afford a house at West Egg next to a man like gatsby shows how easy it is to claim a piece of land in West Egg. It shows that East Egg is much more desirable than West Egg. No wonder East Egg or Old Money people look down at West Egg or New Money people. If middle classed people like Nick can rent a property at West Egg, East egg wouldn’t be as desirable.

The Great Gatsby: Character

I will be analysing three characters from the great gatsby. The characters being analysed is Gatsby, Nick and Daisy.

Gatsby:
Jay Gatsby is the main character in the novel who resides in West egg, New York. At the beginning of the story Gatsby was seen to be a mysterious man and not many knew the truth about him. In the beginning of the story he was displayed as a gentleman who has a reputation for hosting large parties. Throughout the beginning of the story we see Gatsby as a refined man but starts to deteriorate as the story progresses. We can see this in this quote, This is mainly because of his desire to share his love with Daisy. At the beginning of the story he is unable to grab her attention himself, so he uses parties and Nick to draw her attention. When Daisy is invited to Nick’s place by request of Gatsby, Gatsby is unable to confront Daisy. This shows a side of Gatsby which is slowly cracking. Nick can see this but chooses to ignore this as it is a small slip. Nick chooses to look at his better qualities. This alludes Nick to the fact the Gatsby is a plentiful man. His qualities have been exaggerated.

Nick:
Nick plays the narrator in this novel. He resides in West egg, New York. At the beginning of the story Nick is portrayed as a newcomer to New York. He moved to New York because of the booming industry on wall street. He rented a house on West Egg beside the soon to be introduced, Gatsby. Nick was displayed a young, intriguing man that we soon begin to understand more as he narrates the story. He questions people’s personalities but is also accepting of higher classed individuals. We can see it in this quote. “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Nick is alluded to the fact Gatsby is an interesting person. His qualities have been over exaggerated but able to be believed. His qualities had been accepted by Nick as he was looking to engage in social interaction as he was settling into the New york social circle. We can see it in this quote. “He smiled understandingly – much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.” He trusted Gatsby with his

Daisy:
Daisy plays the role of giving the story a purpose. Daisy gives Gatsby’s character a drive and purpose. Gatsby has created his reality to better his chances of acquiring Daisy’s love and affection. Daisy Is married to Tom Buchanan and lives with him across the river from Gatsby at West egg. Daisy’s story had become a major problem in Tom and Gatsby’s relationship and actions later on in the story. She is displayed as wealthy, posh, well mannered individual but shows how shallow she really is towards the end of the story. This an illusion as she hides behind her reputation and status. This can be explained by this quote “Her voice is full of money” he said suddenly. That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money”.