Eight Levels of Transformation

You’ve watched some of the examples of digital stories from last year. Now, taking what you’ve learned from Ohler, choose one of the digital stories and talk about how the author transformed their protagonist in the piece. Use Ohler’s Eight Levels of Transformation to talk about the piece.


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9 Responses to Eight Levels of Transformation

  1. pehenninger says:

    In Reilly’s story, “Sophia’s Hunger Games”, the protagonist is her cat, Sophia. Sophia is teleported into the book, The Hunger Games. Here she witness events that take place in the book, and she must survive. As the digital story progresses, Sophia experiences some of the main events of The Hunger Games. When the book is over, she wakes back up in her bed at home. According to Ohler, there are Eight Levels of Transformation. If I had to apply one of these transformations to Sophia, I would say that she transformed psychologically. By being transported into the Hunger Games, she got to view what happened to Katniss throughout the story, then wakes up and realizes she is meant to be at home, in bed. She is just a cat, and is not expected to participate in The Hunger Games. Therefore, she does what she knows best, and that is taking cat naps.

  2. kaybeepee90 says:

    I chose to watch Reilly’s story as well. Reilly took Sophia from being an ordinary, house cat (she would literally kill me if she knew I used the word ordinary to describe Sophia) to a character in one of the most popular, action-packed young adult novels. If I were to pick a level of transformation that Sophia underwent, I too agree with Paige in that she mainly transformed psychologically. She knows what she is good at and now realizes there is no need in trying to be something she is not.

  3. mekellysite says:

    After watching James Black’s digital story, I think the most obvious transformation taking place was his friend getting bit (?) by the zombie. James knew he had to kill his friend and his friend accepted his inevitable death. However, just when we think James killed his friend, the video ends with his friend opening his eyes and showing us that he in fact alive. Since he turns into a zombie, the transformation that takes place is physical/ kinesthetic.He will be a whole new being since he awoke from his “death”. There are probably other transformations that will take place like psychological or moral but we do not get to see anything else that happens. I’m sure the other transformations that will take place once he wakes up would be very interesting to see.

  4. I rewatched “Stalking Stalker”. John goes through both an intellectual transformation (he finally sees the movie) and a spiritual one (the movie changes his whole view of life). As both of these things happen before the video, we are able to see these transformations only in retrospect. As someone who has actually seen “Stalker”, John’s meditative shots of technology merging with nature accurately convey the overall tone of the movie, a clue pointing towards the transformations’ reality.

  5. angelsamata says:

    After I watched Teli’s video “Keep Fighting Becky”, I felt it exemplified both an physical and emotional transformation. The protagonist Becky, a popular and incredibly kind high school student who befriended Teli, was suddenly diagnosed with leukemia not once but twice. The cancer too took a physical toll on her body and she eventually passed away after her second go of treatment. This shows not only a physical transformation but an emotional one as well, because even though her body could not fight the cancer, emotionally she never gave up. Teli also went through an emotional change in the story from guilt of not going to see her friend and insecurities about the closeness of the relationship, to the moment of realization. She realized after she posted a heartfelt goodbye on Becky’s Facebook wall after she had passed had brought her a moment of clarity. She realized that Becky had taught her and her classmates important life lessons and that she had a specific purpose in life, and that she would also be happy beyond in a place where there is no cancer.

  6. Nuri Zenel says:

    In Teli’s story, “Keep Fighting Becky”, is a personal story about her friend Becky’s battle with Leukemia. Even though Teli and Becky were not best friends, Teli still felt a strong connection towards Becky as an individual. Teli goes through a spiritual transformation because even though she was not best friends with Becky her death taught Teli a great life lesson. Becky’s death transformed and enlighten Teli’s views on life as a whole. That was Becky’s mission to Teli to help her transformed into a better person.

  7. I noticed several different levels of story character transformation in Ann Supalla’s digital story “Community”. The first transformation I observed was emotional. In Ann’s digital story there is an old woman named Roberta, and Roberta has the prettiest garden on the block. When neighbors ask her for helpful hints and techniques to help their own garden look as beautiful, she quickly says no. She does not want to help others have a beautiful garden because she thinks they are all jealous of hers. After she suffers through a heart attack, and her neighbors help keep her garden beautiful when she is away at the hospital, she begins to generously help her neighbors have a beautiful garden as she realizes that there is good in people. Another transformation I observed was spiritual. When Roberta survives a heart attack and realizes that her neighbors have been tending to her garden, she has an awakening. She used to think that people were jealous and not good people at heart. After her heart attack, she realized that people are caring and good at heart. She then wants to help out her neighbors like they helped her, when in the past she refused to help her neighbors.

  8. jpeschang says:

    Stephanie Gilbert’s “Solemate” works on a couple of transformational levels. As the shoe embarks on this journey to find its better half, there is the simple physical transformation of a shoe – normally controlled by a foot – providing personal locomotion. This poetic device is used nicely to exhibit the real transformations at work, that of the psychological and the spiritual type. I would argue that the shoe develops a deeper connection to the self, as being left without a lifelong partner can awaken sentiments of individuality never before confronted. The shoe has previously defined itself as a part of a pair, but this new appreciation of separateness shows the shoe coming to terms with its identity as an important part of a team. Something of a spiritual transformation is also present in “Solemate” – to the theme of the love story present here. The shoe can’t imagine itself with someone different, this has never before been an option. Finding such a mate in such a random manner changes (I believe) the shoe’s world view.

  9. jmbmustang94 says:

    I watched “solemate” throughout she shoes pictures drawn and uses music to help tell her story. She uses a poetic technique which works quite well with each picture she has presented to tell the story of the lost shoe. It would seem that she uses the “shoe” story as a metaphor of someone looking for their own solemate. The shoe can’t image itself without another shoe to make a pair which consists of showing how this was not an option in the past. I believe that the shoe represents her view of the world, how she may be looking for a solemate.

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