The Danger Of a Single Story
Derelict Intentions By Jason Caplin
Within the danger of a single story project, our objective was to challenge the single story of Africa that each and everyone of us had. We sought out the true story of Africa by reading the book When Things Fall Apart and watching a documentary about King Leopold and the remaining effects of imperialism that have occurred in Africa. Once we had that background knowledge, we began to research a part of Africa that intrigued us. We then created a short story based on the pat of Africa we researched, and made one of their people come into contact with an European citizen, mocking imperialism.
Through out the writing process, our class went through multiple rounds of critique to really craft our stories into beautiful work. We also had to acquire some back round knowledge to be successful in the authenticity and fluency of our stories. Such as: show not tell, historical integration, and how to create an in depth character and a vivid setting. Although I believe my work is beautiful and just plain awesome, there are always ways a piece of work cam be improved. My piece of work could have had more descriptive detail about the other characters and the setting.
In this project, I collected an immense amount of knowledge about myself, my beautiful teacher, and what Imperialism truly was. Even though I gathered all of this knowledge, I learned most about myself in this project. I learned how beautiful my writing can be. I learned exquisite ways to enhance my writing. I learned how close-minded I was, am, and can be. I learned how good of a life I have. I learned that I will always have someone there for me, rather it be to help me clear my thoughts, or just take the time to read my paper. I learned how my contribution to the class can not only enhance their work, but mine all the same.
The gravity of this project has really embedded in my higher learning so far at Animas High School. I had to truly immerse my imaginary into another culture. This was something foreign to me, and it was challenging at first but in the end I produced beautiful work. I also learned how a single story can limit or idolize something, and moving on in my student career, I will be sure to apply this learning in future projects. In addition to this higher learning, I also learned about the long lasting effects of imperialism in Africa., and how many peoples lives were destroyed and taken due to imperialism.
I chose to compose my cover on a plain piece of white paper. I felt as if I were to do it digitally, then it wouldn't be a true extension of myself. I chose the medium of colored pencils because that is the most visually appealing to me. On the cover, I depicted the meeting between the two ships, the climax of my story. Within the drawing, I am showing the perspective reader a hint of what my story will be about, yet I do so in a way that it is a complete and utter mystery to them until they delve into my story. I , personally, am extremely proud of this drawing. I am no artist, but the beauty yet simplicity of my cover was a huge milestone for myself.