Wednesday, March 6, 2013

how my project has change...

Originally the focus of my paper was how sharks are falsely portrayed in movies and literature. As I started researching the topic I realized how little I knew about sharks and how little most people know. My focus became educating people about sharks and emphasizing how people are both afraid and  fascinated by sharks even though they know so little about them. 

Because there was no place in my project to emphasize the effect media plays and how the world has become so much smaller due to the advance in technology. I want to create a blog with newspaper articles, videos, interviews and stories of shark attack victims. 

I still need to do some more research for my project but am excited for the final product 

Monday, February 11, 2013


People are both terrified and fascinated by sharks. In my paper I am going to explore different types of sharks, different works (movies, books, stories), and real life events where sharks are headlined. 

I. Introduction to the Ocean 
A. 75% of earth is covered by water
B. Little known about the ocean
C. Fear and Fascination
D. Peter Benchley
E. Introduction to Sharks

II. Types of Sharks---six dangerous sharks
A. Great White 
B. tiger sharks 
C. bull sharks
D. oceanic whitetips
E. makos and blue sharks 
F. any shark can ruin your day 

III. Real Life Shark attacks (More information to come) 
A. Shark Attack Statistics
B. Bethany Hamilton
C. Summer of 2001--- Jesse Arbogast 

IV. Peter Benchley's influence
A. Jaws 
B. Inspiration 
C. Interview-- 
D. Shark life
C. Shark Trouble 

V. Other fiction
A. Hemingway- The Old Man and the Sea
B. Edgar Allen Poe- The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym
C. James Dickey- The Shark's Parlor

VI. Films
A. Jaws
B. 12 Days of Terror (best plot)
C. Open Water (most likely to happen) 

VII. Conclusion



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

"The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway

The story is about an old Cuban fisherman and his battle against a marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. The old man’s name is Santiago and his only friend is a young boy called Manolin, who also lives in the small fishing village near Havanna, Cuba. The boy used to go fishing with the old man until his parents stopped him because Santiago was regarded as "unlucky". Having not caught a fish for the last 84 days, Santiago sets out alone one morning… He catches a fish on his hook and the fish pulls him far out to sea. The old when the fish grows weak and slows its pace Satiago says,"Man is not much besides the great birds and beasts. Still I would rather be that beast down there in the darkness of the sea. Unless sharks come. If sharks come, God pity him and me." 
By saying this the old man reveals that he is afraid of sharks.

This is a good example of an instance in literature where sharks are portrayed as vicious. Hemingway does not explicitly describe the reason Santiago fears sharks but he eludes to the fact that Sharks are fish to be afraid of more than any other creature  

Poem 2

The Shark
Smooth Skin
Beautiful Creature

Shark Fact #16

Tiger sharks, great white sharks and bull sharks are behind most shark attacks on humans. These species live almost everywhere, are large enough that their prey is human size, are powerful enough to inflict a fatal bite and are at the top of the food chain, so they aren't afraid to attack

Bad Poem

The Hunt 

The Great White Shark 
In the ocean 
He seeks his next
Waiting to show His Teeth 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Shark Fact #15

Almost all sharks like to do their hunting solo, but scalloped hammerhead sharks prefer to travel in schools during their summer migration