The Great Gatsby Matt Givens 10/28/11 Prompt 1 “I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known”. What does this quote mean to you? To me it indicates a sort of slight arrogance and almost seems to cancel itself out; saying that you yourself are an honest person means that you believe your are but is does not necessarily mean that you are perceived that way by everyone else. Everyone has their own lens to look through and the biases that come with that. This quote comes from the narrator Nick Carraway towards the beginning of the book.
It is important to realize that Dawson had previously disobeyed an official command and was disciplined for it by receiving a below average rating on a conduct report. This incident helps understand why Dawson followed the order to give a code red. It is clear that Dawson compromised his morals and conceded with the orders given to him because he was afraid of what would happen to him if he didn’t obey. However, why did Louden Downey comply and assist in the “training” of PFC Santiago? It was partially due to the fact that Dawson was his superior officer and instructed him to do so and the other reason was because he idolized Dawson and did not want to disappoint him.
McQueen did a great job in portraying these events in a neutral way. It is not shown whether Bobby Sands or any other Republican is the good guy or the bad one. Naturally, people feel disgust towards prison officers after seeing how they treat prisoners, but the movie itself never takes a side. “With Hunger, the film-makers make no explicit judgment of Sands. But in allowing him to emerge undiminished in body or spirit from the repeated rounds of assault by his guards and from his confrontation with Moran, and by giving his death such poignant resonance, Sands is allowed to achieve what few IRA movie characters have been permitted: the simple
The little evidence they had was circumstantial and was hard to believe. However, authorities along with the people did not see any issues with prosecuting fellow members of the society based on this improbable evidence. Their preconceived notions as well as the mass hysteria blinded and clouded their sound judgment leading them to make bad decisions that did not only affect them, but ruined other’s lives forever. In conclusion, Miller’s personal opinions about the McCarthy trials greatly influenced his writing of the Crucible. He saw an undeniable connection between them, two instances where in his opinion pre conceived notions of higher authorities ruined the lives of many people.
The architect who was the first to announce some reasonable doubt displayed the conflict management style of collaboration. It was not easy for him but he wanted to work with the group to come up with the best verdict. He did not see this situation as a game and he scolded those that did. I noticed that throughout the movie he did not attack anyone personally. A collaborator will leave personal feeling out of problem solving.
The reality of evil however is relative, based on prejudice and point of view. At the conclusion of both films the main characters are painted, very questionably so, with an air of heroism. How is Travis really a hero for going on a psychotic killing spree? Should society be pleased to have him survive and rejoin life in their still troubled city? Ethan's treatment, on the other hand, seems a bit more just.
When Gillespie arrested Sam Wood Virgil also proved him innocent. Even though Gillespie didn’t like to be proven wrong by anyone and especially by a coloured person, he respected Virgil for his great detective work. At one point in the novel Gillespie and Tibbs shake hands and I think that was the high point of this noval. Virgil didn’t respect Gillespie that much in the beginning and most of the middle of this story but in the end Virgil respected Gillespie. I think it was good that Virgil did not respect Gillespie because Gillespie was using Virgil for his scapegoat.
This shows disloyalty towards his people who are very loyal to him. Through these points, it is evident that Odysseus lacks the necessary traits of a true hero. Superficially, his victories and valor make him seem as though he is heroic. Yet, the underlying issue is that Odysseus tends to be selfish, disloyal and cowardly. By the end of his journey the many occurrences of his flaws outshine his perceived heroic qualities.
There is a fine line between making fun of or mocking an individual with a mental disability and actually truthfully acting out how someone is with a real disability. Again, Hoffman does this very well and does not make the viewer feel as if he is making fun of anyone at all. Tom Cruise also plays his role very well, showing almost no remorse or sympathy towards his brother, Raymond, when they first meet. It takes a certain type of person to be able to act that out completely and make it believable. The entire topic of the movie is a very sensitive one, so Cruise was exceptional in making the viewer believe that he truly just wanted to get his half of the money from Raymond, and not build a relationship with him.
People don’t judge him because of him lying while under the spotlight as much as the fact that he had an affair. People say ones true colors comes out when in challenged or questioned, but Bill Clinton didn’t lie because it was his true colors he lied because it natural instinct to save himself. In sum it is not fair to judge peoples actions when they are stressed because it more their instinct then decision. On the other hand when a person is in a carefree situation they tend to act without thinking of the consequences. For a person this may be the best time to judge one.