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MSD Blog Post #1

How do our emotions influence our perceptions of the world around us?Consider these ideas: How do we act when we’re in love / angry/ecstatic? How do we see the world differently in these states?


in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare’s, we see that our emotions have many different effects on people, causing our behaviour to alter depending on the emotion being portrayed. It can affect story character’s judgement, worldview and perceptions. A very good example of this where our emotions take over from the book was when Helena tells Demetrius about Hermia and Lysander’s plan to run away from Athens. “I will go tell him of fair Hermia’s flight” (1, 1, 246) and “Then to the woods will he to-morrow night” (1, 1, 247). Helena spoke out because she wanted to get some affection from Demetrius but sadly, she ended up betraying her best friend, Hermia just so she can win over Demetrius’s heart, She was in a very selfish state of mind, doing anything that must be done for love and one that she probably wouldn’t have made if her emotions weren’t clouding her judgement. Another example is when  Lysander and Hermia decide to run away. They believe that running away will make them happy and solve all of their problems. However, love seems to be blinding them: There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee; / And to that place, the sharp Athenian law / Cannot pursue us.” (1.1.161-162). Although Lysander states that the Athenian law cannot pursue them there, love and affection are blocking them from the fact that Athens will be off limits as they would never be able to return for they are criminals. Their eagerness to get married ignores the case where their love for one another may not make them happy at all.


As we can see from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, emotions can have a huge impact on the way we look at the world. Under the influence of emotions, people begin to do unthinkable actions and start to drift away from reality. It is ideal to learn how to control our emotions when they take control as it can have an effect on our own lives, the lives of others, and the world around us.


Article review for PTI

Article Name: Inquiry to probe into Indian Act, Systemic causes: sources

Author: Gloria Galloway

Publication / Source: Globe & Mail (Toronto, Canada) / Canada In Context

Date Published: August 3, 2016

Date Read: December 13, 2017


Thesis: The Indian Act is finally being reviewed as it is a concern and a possible reason for the crime against Indigenous Women.


Article/ Evidence How it relates to key idea
The nine-page document says the commissioners will investigate and report on “systemic causes of violence against indigenous women and girls in Canada, including underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional and historical causes.” The evidence states that commissioners have finally noticed the effect that the Indian Act has portrayed and has even stated very suddenly, that the Indian Act is a factor in the deaths. It’s later said that it’s disappointing after 157 years, the contract is finally being reviewed.
Families of victims have complained that police do not investigate the disappearances of indigenous women with the same diligence that is applied when Caucasian women go missing, and they say suspicious deaths are too often attributed to natural causes. The evidence claims that The Indian Act has been perpetuating that Indigenous People are insightful since 1860 when it was written. This proves that even the best and most polite politics who have taken part in the Indian Act are a bit racist. It has only recently been noticed because Indigenous People are finally speaking up and claiming that the deaths of women and girls are not natural causes but because of their heritage and beliefs.


Novel Evidence:

“They had a big party –,” my father said. OF COURSE THEY HAD A BIG PARTY. OF COURSE THEY WERE DRUNK. THEY’RE INDIANS!” (Page 205)


How Evidence relates to Current Event

This relates because people are singularing out Indians and calling out derogatory insults towards them. The novel is specifically talking about how Junior’s sister went missing and died, but they claim that she was drunk at a party. This relates to women are dying because of the Indian act but it’s being hidden with natural causes such as drinking, drugs and other substances.


What do we learn?

We learn that Junior’s sister has died of an overdose in alcohol or at least that’s what they say. We also learn that these stories and events are still continuing for Indigenous families when they should have stopped a long time ago.


Novel Evidence #2

“After high school, my sister just froze. Didn’t go to college, didn’t get a job. Didn’t do anything. Kind of sad, I guess.

But she is also beautiful and strong and funny. She is the prettiest and strongest and funniest person who ever spent twenty-three hours a day alone in a basement. She is so crazy and random that we call her Mary Runs Away”(27-28)


How Novel Evidence relates to article

This quote relates to the article because Indigenous women and teenagers are not getting the same education or opportunities that white people are receiving. She is “Beautiful and strong and funny. She is the prettiest and strongest and funniest person..”, So there is nothing stopping her from getting full education except the discrimination against the colour of her skin. The discrimination also starts to lead to crime against Indigenous women.


What do we learn?

We learn that Junior has a sister named Mary who is also very unstable. We also learn that she runs away, and did not receive a full education.