Maya Bassett English 131 28 March 2013 Ignorance Is Bliss “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” and “Harrison Bergeron” are both dystopian stories depicting utilitarian societies where human suffering must occur in order to uphold their social structures. Each is a parable about extremism with a central figure key to maintaining the equilibrium of these societies. The authors pose questions about freedom and equality while exploring suppression, ignorance, and apathy. In Ursula Le Guin’s science fiction short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” the town is filled with happiness, joy, and freedom. Although to maintain this utopia, a single innocent child suffering from malnutrition and neglect must be locked away from society so the others may enjoy their freedom.
That would make God seem as if He isn’t as “good” and “perfect” as everyone believes He is. Even in an attempt to justify God’s actions (or lack thereof) Pannonique takes it upon herself to be the Messiah of her fellow prisoners by attempting to be the ultimate symbol of mercy and grace. In other words, Nothomb uses God as a symbol of good in
She challenged her students to show their intelligence. She believed that they were victims of circumstance. Mike Rose found this inspiring. He goes on to say, “ If you get closer to their failure, you'll find knowledge that the assignment didn't tap, ineffective rules and strategies that have a logic of their own; you'll find clues, as well, to the complex ties between literacy an culture, to the tremendous difficulties our children face as they attempt to find their places in the American educational system.” When reading over this, I find that it is true, that if teachers took the time to find out why a student is failing, instead of just deeming them hopeless or incoherent, that they may find out that these students have much more potential than they originally thought. Not all students learn the same way, therefore, teachers need to try different ways to to teach the material.
The significance of Hailsham is that it was the boarding school where Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth spent their childhood. As the student’s curiosity about their identities increased, the guardians who worked at Hailsham did their best to let them know and to prepare them for what they were destined to be, which were organ donors. Guardians at Hailsham also prepared the students for their lives after they would leave Hailsham and go to another boarding school with others their age. The Hailsham students were conditioned to believe that who they were and what they were served a greater purpose and was an honorable thing to do and be. Art is another significant subject in this novel.
He explained how parents don’t tell their children to lie, but their children see them do it. He said parents also encourage their children to tell “white lies.” One example of this is when a child is given a gift from someone that they don’t particularly like; they are encouraged to say that they like it. He believes this makes the child think that it’s okay to lie. When a child tells a “white lie” often parents are proud because to them, their child is being polite and the parents don’t see it as them telling a lie. He believes parents often put their children in positions to lie and test their honesty without realizing it, therefore, when children are encouraged to tell so many white lies, they get comfortable with it.
Grace has a lot of way to walk in order to become in a great leader. First of all, I believe she should work in her self-confidence. At some point, I felt she was about to give up trying to lead her own friends because she felt they didn't respect her as a boss. That’s also an immature reaction. Talking about some skills, she need to learns how to differentiate between knowing her coworkers' feelings and control them so the work environment is not affected with the external situation.
The current Giledean society is to protect them from such fear and is actively promoted through re-education centres run by Aunts. “They made mistakes, says Aunt Lydia, we don’t tend to repeat them… A thing is valued, she says, only if it is rare and hard to get. We want you to be valued, girls.” (Atwood 141) However, such protection has peaked to the point of sexism, where the roles of men overpower the role of women, and the women are no longer heard. The first exaggeration of sexism Atwood portrays is the role that women uphold in the Giledean society. Because of the environmental pollution that has caused the sterility of 99% of women and men, women are ranked and given a role based on their functionality.
Through writing the novel, Candide, Voltaire sought to satirize the idea of philosophical optimism. More specifically, Voltaire was attacking the principles of the philosophical optimism of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Leibniz believed that we live in the best of all possible worlds and so everything that happens must happen for good reason; and since this is the best possible world, it is impossible for anything to get better. Panglossianism is a term describing optimism without reason and those mirror the beliefs of the aptly named Pangloss, who is a main character and companion/teacher of Candide throughout the story. The story begins with Candide living in a great castle in Westphalia with servants and presumably under the rule of his uncle.
I have found that kids will actually enjoy having a babysitter more if they listen to the sitter and do what they are supposed to do. There are three main reasons why kids don’t want babysitters. The first reason is because they feel that they get into trouble. What kids don’t realize, however, is that if they respect their sitters, they will not have to worry about getting into trouble. The second reason why kids don’t want to be babysat is because it can get boring.
Thirdly, parents are strict because they want their teenagers to do well academically. They want their children to excel in their studies and therefore they do not let the teenagers waste time hanging out with their friends. If your parents are overprotective, you must take time to talk to them and gain their trust. You must show your parents that you are a responsible teenager and you can take good care of yourself. If they do not give you enough freedom, do not throw a tantrum or slam the door.