The uneasiness the “n-word” creates in class is important because it causes teachers and students to face the word and discuss their feelings about it, which is an important conversation. Ignoring the word or choosing not to read it because it is offensive and people are too uncomfortable to read it gives the word more power. To take away this power, we must acknowledge the word which degrades its offensiveness and helps people deal with it. “The understandable discomfort the word “nigger” causes students and teachers is a part of a conversation; part of the point of reading that book in school is to have
Through these individuals, the audience may also gain a better understanding to the background and time period in which the issues have developed or were first recognized. Fitzgerald’s appearance allowed the link between the American Dream of materialistic views as the surface of the underlying issues and Gil’s intentions to travel back to that specific period to be established. This assisted the audience to understand the basis and origination of the issue more than it allowed Gil to find himself. In contrast there was a distinct connection between Gil and Hemingway. This was because both characters had alike longings to be in a different time period where they did not find satisfaction and happiness within the present.
May 21- July 31 We started upstream on the Missouri River from the St Louis area camp. We had been preparing for the expedition since fall of last year. Me and nearly four dozen other men met up with Meriwether Lewis. We started making our way up the Missouri on a fiftyfive foot long keelboat and two smaller pirogues. As we traveled, I spent most of his time on the boat, charting the course of our journey and mapping it out the river and such, while Meriwether was often ashore studying the landforms, animals, and plants.
This period can be a time of discovery and reflection into what type of adult one wants to become; in this I strongly agree with Zinsser. His position at the college lends to his credibility and allows him behind the scenes insight as to the pressures of college life. According to Zinsser several college Dean’s have noted the change in mindset of students from helping the world, to getting a leg up on their competition.2 I agree that restricting classes to only those applicable to a degree is a disservice to oneself because my experience doing just that and the tremendous stress of the work load confirmed it. The words of William Zinsser urged college students then and now to embrace this journey for what it is, stressful, ever changing, and savor the experience for what it can be, wonderful. Zinsser, William.
Her initial thoughts were led astray from the harsh reality that the world around her may not always be so safe, but, due to the addition of knowledge she was able to break down her original assumptions. By observing the components and techniques used in both Looking for Alibrandi and Flowers, it can be inferred that assumptions about a person, society or the world in which we live, have the power to manipulate our perspectives. The two texts exemplify the initial assumptions possessed by the protagonists and display techniques that demonstrate their augmentation of knowledge and understanding which enables them to re-examine and change their
A college education is about giving oneself the ability to have control over their life. David Foster Wallace speaks volumes to this point, as the true value of education lies not in the obvious benefits but rather in the deep seeded experiences that a student takes away with them and culminates in the form of tangible skills that can be utilized in real life. Commencement speeches tend to be motivational, celebratory, and inspirational, Although David Foster Wallace embodied these three subcategories in some capacity in his commencement speech at Kenyon College; he did so by presenting the graduating students with a piece of wisdom that they could use as they moved into their professional lives. David Foster Wallace informed the young
By using different literary methods authors are able to give their readers a better understanding of the message behind the piece of work. Using methods such as themes and symbolism allows readers to find the underlying meaning of the story rather than just simply reading something with no meaning or emotion behind it. While reading Robert Frost’s Poem The Road Not Taken and Eudora Welty’s short story A Worn Path, people get a sense that life is a lonely place full of sacrifice at times. Although these two pieces are different, their use of symbolism gives readers a better understanding of the characters in each work and figure out their real struggles with the choices they make. Literature is meant to take its readers to another place and allow them to become part of it, whether it be a story or a poem or play.
Writers Week is a event that allows people to say things they would not normally say in a school environment, or share thoughts they wouldn't share with people, whether it be the f-bombs 'Mutts' dropped or the swears that student presenters uttered while reading their speeches,their art brought some crudeness into our sugar coated school environment. And I think that's why we love Writers Week so
By calling into question the truth of his stories, he disorients readers who are expecting to read a standard fiction, where the events are undoubtably false. He also shows readers why reinventing a story may be more important than telling the story just as it is remembered. Norman Bowker disapproves of O’Brien’s first attempt to describe a horrific battle, and, therefore, O’Brien feels the need to rewrite the story. Essentially, O’Brien must remember the event in a new way that makes the story more real for Bowker and other readers. Finally, O’Brien explains to readers why stories must be told, even with the risk telling the story the “wrong” way.
The conventions of college writing are very complex and if professors are more helpful and patient with first year students as they learn academic discourse, students will be better prepared for all future academic endeavors and they will have a better opportunity to strengthen and develop their voice. David Bartholomae, author of Inventing the University, is a professor who writes about the struggles that students face with transitioning into college level writing and learning to write with authority in academic discourse, all while maintaining a unique voice. I agree with Bartholomae’s views on the subject and his arguments are very valid because he speaks from the status and