Presentation on theme: " Major Points: Past experiences are influences Influences bring the clan together Influences define characters individually Great examples: Grandfather,"— Presentation transcript:
Major Points: Past experiences are influences Influences bring the clan together Influences define characters individually Great examples: Grandfather, Calum, Catriona
Grandfather’s past helps define his character His father haunts him to be there for his daughter He wants to do what he thought his wife would do He strives to be the best he can be
Death of parents is a big influence Brings Grandfather into the picture Brings grandparents and grandchildren close Puts Calum out on his own
Catriona feels unfit in the clan Moves away to develop her individuality Moidart trip brings her back into clan
Topics to be covered: Effects of Lack of Contact Promotion of Loyalty Through Support Obsession with Family Bonds E.g. San Francisco Alexander, Catriona, and the older brothers, including Calum
San Francisco Alexander takes advantage of family bond Judges anything “inferior”, especially from family Enters the mines for own comfort Steals red-haired Alexander’s identification Benefits himself by avoiding Vietnam Opposite of a typical Highlander
Catriona’s bond strengthens when she receives support from her clan members. Never informs her son about heritage “What’s kwown Calum rooah” (31) Feels isolated from siblings Becomes closer when visiting Moidart “You have just been away for a while” (160)
Effects of Obsession with Family Bond from Calum: Isolates from community with brothers Never pay attention to Canadian culture (66) Begins to outlaw Rides boat in circle to create rainbow (283) Goes Haywire when insulted
Major Points: Individuals do not necessarily exist in isolation. It is the small, overlooked actions that truly define a person. How characters such as Catriona, Calum, and Alexander, show individuality.
Individuals do not necessarily exist in isolation. It is often assumed that to be a distinct individual, a person has to be entirely dependent upon themselves. Grandmother, Grandpa and Grandfather are all able to have unique characteristics while being essential to the group dynamic.
It is the small, overlooked actions that truly define a person. Calum possess many qualities such as leadership and generosity that are not associated with criminal activity. Grandmother appears quiet, but upon closer examination her leadership abilities are undeniable.
Catriona and Alexander may be twins, but are much different in the ways they express their individuality. Catriona is separated physically yet still manages to have a major effect on the clan, while retaining her individuality. Alexander strives so much for individuality that he no longer understands his place within the clan.