05 December 2007

Making connections between Gamma Rays and dysfunctional families

In preparation for the play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, we've read about two starkly different subjects: we looked at a brief summary of Gamma Rays and a psychological perspective on the different types of dysfunctional families.

On the surface, it appears we are dealing with two entirely different topics, and it might seem like neither of them have anything to do with one another. But what if we went out of our way to come up with a connection, anything? Can we do it? Maybe we need to think about it beyond a literal level. What can we come up with if we stretch our minds and look for any connections? What are the parallels we can draw?

Working with your partner, please post your findings in the comment section...

For your reference, here is the article on the different types of dysfunctional families. There were two articles on Gamma Rays, one a NASA brief linked here, and the other adapted from a Wikipedia entry here.

17 comments:

Sujata and Jostlyn said...

Gamma Rays and dysfunctional families go hand-in-hand. Gammma Rays are both useful and destructive. It depends upon whose hand it is one. Similarly, children's personality depend upon how their parents treat them and the environment they are raised in. Dysfunctional families are destructive because the parents make children take responisibility that are not ready for. That cause children have low self steem and not have intumate relationship with their friends. Gamma Rays can help with many things. At the same time, they can be unpredictable and hurt others. Parents in dysfunctional families can be very unpredictable. They can have certain rules on one day and change on the other day. One minute, they can be in a very good mood. Another minute, they can be in a bad mood.

jess and thanh said...

Gamma-rays could help people and families fight disease, and children could help their parents with problems their having, or take care of the family. They cant neccesarily treat the family, but it's a start. Gamma-rays supports the people, and the children supports the family.

Ash&Josh said...

Gamma rays are like dysfunctional families because they are both harmful. In a way, both can harm you greatly and possibly kill you. But in another way both have negative and positive events. Dysfunctional families could impact your life and could hurt you, just like gamma rays. Gamma rays can penetrate through skin, just like dysfunctional families. When you are hurt, you're not only hurt on the outside, but also on the inside.

Colin, Sean, Pat Period. 4 said...

A gamma ray is created by a violent explosion or destruction. A dysfunctional family can be thought of as a violent explosion in itself. The dysfunctional family has many “violent explosions”: parents can be alcoholics, deficient, controlling, or abusive. These problems can create feeling of animosity or self-loathing in the children, symbolic of gamma rays. The gamma rays are destructive as well as helpful, just as some dysfunctional families can be destructive and functional. Dysfunctional families can still do good, like controlling parents, who simply care too much for their children.

Anonymous said...

Gamma Rays and disfunctional families are very similar in many ways. Gamma rays cause cancer and and having a disfunctional family must be as bad as having cancer because the damage from these issues can follow you for the rest of your life. Gamma rays are unhealthy and so are disfunctional families. Gamma rays penetrate the skin and can damage you insdie. If you are abused as a child you could be damaged on the inside.
Living with a dysfunctional family is not healthy by any means, and the negative side of gamma rays are not healthy either.

-Mike, Chelsea, Colleen, P-4

Charlotte, Teresa, Neka! said...

What do Gamma Rays and Dysfunctional families have in common?

Gamma rays are produced by such violent events like supa nova explosions, or the destruction of atoms. Dysfuntional familes are produced by violent events like alchoholism, abuse, controlling parents and deficentcy. Both have negatives and positives. Also they are usually harmful. Gamma rays are used to kill living organisms,and dysfunctional familys can destroy you emotionally ,phisically,and mentally.

-Neka,Charlotte,and Theresa
-Period 4

Anonymous said...

Dysfunctional families and gamma rays may seem like two very distinct things; however they are actually quite similar. Gamma rays, like dysfunctional families, have the ability to destroy. Just like gamma rays can destroy living organisms, dysfunctional families can destroy the way a normal family is supposed to function over time. Both dysfunctional families can be produced in nearly identical ways. Gamma rays may be initiated by either violent events such as supernova explosions or atom destruction, whereas they may also be initiated by less dramatic and more subtle events such as the decay of radioactive material in space. Dysfunctional families can be formed by traumatic events such as drug addiction, crimes, or a death in the family or persisting minor events such as constant insults and belittling criticism. On the other hand, they can be a good thing. Gamma rays can be used to cure cancer and help foods maintain freshness and flavor. Dysfunctional familis' problems can help them become stronger and be able to overcome them.

brian/kenny said...

Simalerties between gamma-rays and a dysfuntional family are that one they both may lead to a death in gamma rays with a diseases and with a dysfunctional family it could come to a suside. They both are not good for you or are not something you want to be around. Also they both are made from something gamma-rays was created by someone and a dysfuntional family is caused by a bad childhood or a problemd child.

Anonymous said...

Gamma rays relate to dysfunctional families. Gamma rays can kill living cells and there are unhealthy relationships in dysfunctional families, so they are both dangerous. Gamma rays are produced by violent explosions and dysfunctional families, for example, one with alcoholic parents, might have violence or extreme situations that escalate the problem. Gamma rays have the ability to alter DNA and make things different and worse than how they started out, and dysfunctional families also do this. Gamma rays are the most dangerous form of radiation and dysfunctional families are worse and more dangerous than a healthy family. In order for a family to become dysfunctional, there needs to be an issue that arises or an issue with the parents, and gamma rays begin with a giant explosion.
Kendall and Emily Period 6

Anonymous said...

The similarities between gamma rays and dysfunctional families are surprising. They both cause serious health effects, though not in the same way. Gamma rays affect your health as in internal organs. Dysfunctional families affect ones mental or physical health. (Abuse) Living in an environment with a lot of gamma rays is not healthy and living in a dysfunctional family is not healthy either. Gamma rays can cause mutations or make something happen to you. A mutation in a dysfunctional family is that the problems are chronic, there is abuse, and really, the parents can't take do their job and take care of their kids. This can affects kid's future and health since it is an unfriendly environment.Gamma rays kill cells, which is like a parent killing their childs dreams and future because of their issues and their needs. Doctors say that large exposures to gamma rays have lasting effects and dysfunctional parents have lasting effects and neither "exposure" can easily be treated or cured. When gamma rays react, the reaction can be deadly and violent. Children living in a dysfunctional family have to deal with parent's explosions of anger, dissapointment, etc.

Jenna and Pat, Period 6

Morgan, Jordan, Nick said...

Gamma rays and dysfunctional families can be related in a way of cancer. Cancer can be caused from gamma rays, and cancer could cause a death in the family. With that death caused by the gamma rays esentially, could cause a famiy to fall apart. When that family falls apart, it would then become a dysfunctional family most likely. If a parent in the family has cancer, they might become defincent because they are trying to care more for themselves, and getting better than they are for their family. They are paying more attention to their medicine and families maybe falling apart. Gamma rays could be a good thing in a way of how they can help cure some kinds of cancer. So in a family a parent who may have cancer, could be cured and the family, if it happened to fall apart, could be more funtional and not as dysfunctional as it may have been. If a child gets cancer, it could cause the parent(s) to become an alcholic, and then the family could become dysfuntional.

chloe and justin said...

Although gamma rays and dysfunctional families seem to be polar opposites, they are actually very similar. For example, they can both be destructive. Gamma rays are known to kill living cells in the body while people who were raised in dysfunctional familes usually end up destroying relationships with the people their closest to. Another example is that gamma rays can be produced by violent events. Dysfunctional familes are also caused by violent events also; such as having abusive, deficient, controlling or alcoholic parents. Gamma rays are also a cause of cancer in cells which brings sadness and loss into people's lives. Dysfunctional families can create intense sadness and depression and can sometimes result in loss.

Aaron and Logan said...

Familys are good in ways and gamma waves are good in ways. but familys can do perminant damge to kids and younger people and gamma rays can do perminant damage to people by exposer. lioke gama rays cn do phisical damage to kids so can parents in familys.

Anonymous said...

Gamma rays and dysfunctional families are alike because they both alter the way things work. Gamma rays destroy cells and dysfunctional families destroy families, children, and their childhoods. Gamma rays are like parents, they can do good for their children or they can do bad. When gamma rays do bad like killing cells or hurting people from a nuclear bomb explosion it is like when a parent is bad and can cause a dysfunctional family. When the rays are good though, they are like good parents and can raise a child right in a healthy family. Also gamma rays can cause genetic diseases, just like children who have alcoholic parents are most likely to develop alcoholism.

By Megan and Dylan -Period 6

Mikes said...

There are similarities between gamma rays and family dysfunction. Gama rays are known to cause mutation in cells from radiation if the cells are not killed by the rays. Family dysfunction is a like a mutation compared to regular families. In a sense gamma rays can cause mutation in brain cells which in turn give people mental illnesses. These illnesses in parents are the main cause of dysfunction in families or their children. Gamma rays are also similar to dysfunction because they can cause damage to living things equal to that of dysfunctional parents.

Annemarie, Andrew, and Macy P.4 said...

When looking to find the similarities between Gamma Rays and Dysfuntional families we found that the Gamma Rays symbolize the dysfuntional family because they can destroy relationships like Gamma Rays destroying cells in the body. We also thought that the short wavelengths that Gamma Rays give off reminded us of the lack of responsiblity in negligent parents.

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