Presentation on theme: "1 Crocodile Tears By: Daniel Taylor. 2 Anthony Horowitz Anthony Horowitz was born into a wealthy family in Stanmore, Middlesex, England. He began writing."— Presentation transcript:
1 Crocodile Tears By: Daniel Taylor
2 Anthony Horowitz Anthony Horowitz was born into a wealthy family in Stanmore, Middlesex, England. He began writing at eight and professionally at twenty, finding his greatest inspiration to have come from the James Bond films he grew up with. He has been extremely successful in his novels as well as his screenplays. He currently resides in North London.
3 Protagonist-Alex Rider A fourteen-year old boy employed by the British Secret Service, MI6. He has already been used by the service several times before for previous missions but swore he would never work for them again. And yet here he is again working with the service to put a greedy psychotic.
4 Desmond McCain is a very ambitious african-american who has built his wealth and power from a childhood of severe poverty. In this book we see the insatiable greed he bears and the extreme actions he will take to make, simply, money. Antagonist-Desmond McCain
5 Favorite Character-Smithers Smithers is the genius weapons/gadgets producer for MI6. Smithers is a jovial character, constantly joking and putting a smile on everyone else’s face even thought the work they are all involved is so morbid and serious.
6 Least Favorite Character-Myra Beckett Myra Beckett is a sickly sarcastic woman, finding great interest in the selfish work of Desmond McCain. The two of them work together and are engaged to be wed. She has a strong will and what she wants is what she gets.
7 Exposition Alex Rider, a fourteen year old boy trying to return to normal life after being an invaluable asset to MI6. Jack Starbright, the sweet caretaker of Alex Rider who lives with him. Sabrina Pleasure, a fifteen year old girl whose family is great friends with Alex Rider. The story begins with the Pleasure family and Alex Rider on a vacation in Scotland where they attend a party hosted by the great Desmond McCain. 7
8 Rising Action The first conflict is as Alex Rider and the Pleasure family are leaving the party, a sniper shoots out their tire and the car plummets down through the frozen top of a lake. MI6 asks him for another favor, he attends a plant modification center, steals what is asked for, and causes chaos as guards are unloading their guns wherever they spot him. Alex is kidnapped, disguised, and drugged by Myra Beckett who takes him to Kenya. 8
9 Climax Desmond McCain has crop dusted miles of crops with a substance that is seemingly harmless except that these crops have been genetically modified and react with the substance to become incredibly poisonous. McCain’s plan is to kill millions and have his charity, First Aid, be the first on the scene and receive millions in donations for a non-curable situation. Alex blows up a dam which floods the crops and ends any chance of genocide. 9
10 Falling Action Alex takes a small plane to the closest airport McCain has followed him so he fights him for a bit Alex kills McCain and afterward is flown to a hospital He spends several weeks recovering, receiving many visitors during that time 10
11 Resolution Alex fully recovers in the hospital and Jack comes to pick him up and take him home. She talks to him about his upcoming fifteenth birthday and having friends over. Everyone’s happy and the book ends. 11
12 Setting The book takes place in the present day. A very small part happens in Scotland, two-thirds of the book take place in London, the rest happening in some part of Kenya. The place really gives the reader an image and sets the mood. The parts that take place in Kenya would have little interest if placed anywhere else, and it diversifies the plot. 12
13 Themes Major themes in this book include: Greed Corruption Courage Integrity 13
14 My Rating of the Book I would rate this book at a five mainly because I feel it was below my reading level and the writing wasn’t anything special or unique, but Anthony Horowitz does keep the reader entertained and interested all the way through the end. 14
15 Social Issue The social issue I pulled out of this book was genocide. Specifically the 1994 genocide of Rwanda. Anywhere from 500,000 to a million people murdered. (Gibbs, 1) Screwed up media (Wikipedia) Rumors to further the tensions Hutus destroyed the Tutsis and Pro-peace Hutus. (Gibbs, 1) 15
16 Video "Ghosts of Rwanda." YouTube. Web. 1 Mar #1 intro #6 6:00 and 6:58 #6 8:48 16
17 Time Magazine Article ,00.html ,00.html Gibbs, Nancy. "Why? the Killing Fields of Rwanda." Time Magazine 16 May 1994: 1-7. Web. 1 Mar
18 What Has been and is Being Done About It? United Kingdom financial promises (M2 Presswire) Rwanda considered the safest country in East and Central Africa (Wikipedia) GDP growth averages 7.5 % a year Working to establish primary education (NewYorker) Women hold more than half of parliament positions Emphasis on technological progression (Wikipedia) 18
19 Local News Article da-genocide-victims-to-be-reburied.html da-genocide-victims-to-be-reburied.html Olukya, Godfrey. "Rwanda genocide victims to be reburied." Deseret News 05 Apr 2009, weekend ed.Print. 19
20 Genocide Lyrics-Judas Priest Mercenary batalions Are poised to strike us down Terminations conquest Upon us now full grown Save me, my heart's open wide Help me, no question of pride Save me, my people have died Total genocide Devastation hungers She waits to leap to earth Imminent liquidation Before the grand rebirth Save me, my heart's open wide Help me, no question of pride Save me, my people have died Total genocide Sin after sin I have endured Yet the wounds I bear are the wounds of love Frantic mindless zombies Grab at fleeting time Lost in cold perplexion Waiting for the sign 20 Generations tremble Clinging face to face Helpless situation To end the perfect race Flashing senseless sabers Cut us to the ground Eager for the life blood Of all who can be found Save me, my heart's open wide Help me, no question of pride Save me, my people have died Total genocide Slice to the left, slice to the right None to retaliate, none will fight Chopping at the hearts, snuffing out the lives This race departs, no one will survive Heads to the feet, feet to the air Souls in the soil, heavy in despair End of all ends, body into dust To greet death friends, extinction is a must End of all ends, body into dust To greet death friends, extinction is a must (Lyricsmode)
21 Bibliography Priest, Judas. "Genocide Lyrics." lyricsmode.com Web. 1 Mar Levi, Primo. "Shalom Rav." Rabbirant.com Web. 1 Mar "Ghosts of Rwanda." YouTube. Web. 1 Mar Olukya, Godfrey. "Rwanda genocide victims to be reburied." Deseret News 05 Apr 2009, weekend ed.Print. Reuters News Service,. "Rwanda gets 15-year term for genocide." Deseret News 05 Feb 2009, weekend ed.Print. Wen, Leana. "Rwanda, Past and Present." New York Times 15 Jun 2007, Print. Gibbs, Nancy. "Why? the Killing Fields of Rwanda." Time Magazine 16 May 1994: 1-7. Web. 1 Mar United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,. "What is Genocide?." 04 May Web. 1 Mar 2010.www.ushmm.org Wikipedia,. "Genocide." Wikipedia.org. 01 Mar Web. 1 Mar Wikipedia,. "Rwanda." Wikipedia.org. 01 Mar Web. 1 Mar Wikipedia,. "Rwandan Genocide." Wikipedia.org. 01 Mar Web. 1 Mar M2 Presswire,. "Rwanda's remarkable recovery leads UK to commit funds for next 10 years.." Encyclopedia.com. 01 Mar Web. 1 Mar "Rwanda In Recovery." Web. 1 Mar 2010.www.newyorker.com World Vision,. "Rwanda: Who are the people?." Web. 1 Mar 2010.www.worldvision.org 21