Modern “America” The poem “America,” by Tony Hoagland, desc2ribes the narrator’s journey as he goes through a mental and implied makeover. One of the defining elements of Tony Hoagland’s “America” are the comparisons. Metaphor is perhaps the most important poetic device within Hoagland’s poem. The poem starts off with a student comparing America to a maximum-security prison, because the young student mourns the modern American consumer-based value system. In “America,” Hoagland uses metaphors to illustrate the growing influence of consumerism, capitalism, and most of all the greed that rules the modern American society.
This can be interpreted as Ron’s way of “coming out of the closet” and embracing his identity as a gay, black male. Even though Ron has a lot of status through the play, he also seems to have put on a permanent mask for the outside world while falling out of his roots as an African American. At the start of the play when the family was partying, and eating food yet Ron was not interested because his paper had taken priority over family time. Also on the eve of Nat Turner’s rebellion as Turner was getting the
Employers are becoming more vicious on how they screen new candidates as well as their current employees. Normally employers will conduct background checks, random drug testing, and maybe even a credit check. The question that needs addressing here is “How much are we willing to give up satisfying our employers”? Employees need to become more aware of this situation. Employers have the upper hand in this situation.
It’s Always Racist in Philadelphia The television show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia focuses on four self-centered friends who own an unsuccessful bar in Philadelphia. “The Gang” consists of twins, Dennis and Deandra, and their friends from high school: Charlie and Mac. Each episode depicts a controversial problem the gang tries to rectify in order to gain them social recognition or monetary success using humiliating, and often outrageous, tactics most individuals would find shameful. During the episode “The Gang Gets Racist,” Mac and Charlie try to prove they are not racist after an awkward encounter with Dee’s African American friend from acting class. This show contributes to the media’s socialization process through forms of prejudice and racial stereotyping of African
Huan Lin Jeffery Ezell LIT 2100 April 13, 2010 Societal Stereotypes: Their Effect on Society in Two Different Periods Over time, society changes constantly; sometimes the changes cannot be immediately accepted. But in the long run, they could become a remarkable foundation. For example, an African-American, Barack Obama, has become the 44th president of the United State of America. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen both tell stories about how society affects different men in families and how one group of people treats another. A Raisin in the Sun, a book suggests that the ideals of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” can become reality for anyone who is willing to work for what would be called the American Dream (Washington 114).
''Battle Royal'' In his novel, and in this chapter particularly, Ellison talks about racism and social injustice in the American society. Comparing the narrator and his grandfather, he creates a feeling of empathy in the reader and paints a picture of the contemporary society with all its indisputable flaws, double standards and ever-present inequality. We learn from the text that the grandfather was a slave at one point in his life, but he actually remained a slave metaphorically until he died, as did the narrator, because they were both conformists, didn't stand up to authority and just took whatever was given to them. The narrator seems to look upon white people as superior, and with both fear and admiration. In their
In the passage from “America Needs Its Nerds” the speaker, Leonid Fridman, argues about how students who study a lot and socialize less are rejected by their society; “Nerds are ostracized while athletes are idolized”. He gives examples of how nerds are treated in a bad manner and how they can’t be honest about how much they actually study because they will be made fun of. He emphasizes that that must stop happening by the use of logical and emotional appeals. Throughout the passage, Fridman uses reason to develop his argument by the use of various examples of how nerds are compared to people who bite off the heads of live chickens. He mentions how students, especially in America, who prefer to read books and study rather than going to parties, become social outcasts.
Mid-Term Exam A high-tech heretic is a person who has been officially accused by his beliefs for technological and human development as following a false doctrine. That is what they refer to Clifford Stoll as and he is not that at all. I agree with Clifford Stoll on the idea that computers should not be used in the classroom because the students aren’t receiving and gaining the knowledge that they should be receiving. His view on the issue that computers are not good in the class room is a different one, but very true indeed. He uses several examples to explain his theory.
Both Toer and Jhabvala use the theme of racism to portray the effects of colonization and colonizers’ attitude toward their colonies. In “This earth of mankind”, Toer especially emphasizes on the racial discrimination against the novel’s protagonist, Minke. As a native who lives among the Dutch colonists, he experiences discrimination from many individuals because he is just a native, “You think, boy, because you wear European clothes, mix with Europeans, and can speak a little Dutch you then become a European? You’re still a monkey.” However, to the natives, he does not completely belong to them either, “You’re indeed on longer Javanese. Educated by the Dutch, you’ve become Dutch, a brown Dutchman, acting this way…” The colonists first brought the ideology of racism to the Netherlands Indies to put distinctions between themselves and the natives, but the natives apply that ideology on their own people, which suggests they do not possess great intelligence.
I feel that these unknown individuals need to grow up. If a person simply cannot respect their own learning environment then why even attend school? They only serve to ruin our school and provide our school with supererogatory infamy. Most importantly, what leads these teenagers to commit such inane actions that only assist in sabotaging the beauty and functionality of our school and its equipment? In my personal opinion, it’s their own immaturity and utter lack of respect for the school and themselves.