Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive. But it also taught us loyalty to each other - and love” (315). I admire that he talks about the bond that they all share by the time the war is over. He values the friendships that he has made, and the love that they all have for each other. I really like that he never loses touch with reality even though it was hard at
In 4th century BC Gods and oracles play a big role in society as they have a huge influence on how people choose to live and act. Taking this into consideration, when the oracle at Delphi claims Socrates to be the wisest man alive, Socrates becomes determined to find what it truly means to be wise. After meeting with the three men who are considered to be the wisest men in Athens, Socrates realizes they are not wise as shown in this quote “but he thinks he knows something when he does not, whereas when I do not know, neither do I think I know; so I am likely to be wiser than he to this small extent, that I do not think I know what I do not know” (Apology 21d). Once Socrates comes to that conclusion, the oracle claims Socrates is correct as s/he says “(t)his man among you, mortals, is wisest who, like Socrates, understands that his wisdom is worthless” (Apology 23b). Apart from
Steve Burgoyne Socrates Socrates was not guilty of corrupting the youth. Being the wise intelligent man which he was he would simply teach the youth to look for new divinities in life by thinking for themselves. Most certainly is that not such a crime and Socrates, who was highly respected and looked up to by not only his students but also fellow Athenians did all one can possibly do to prove his innocence. Corruption of the youth of Athens was the main charge Socrates was being indicted on. It was a few men who belittled Socrates that conducted the charge on Socrates.
Summary of the concentration camp years of Man’s Search for Meaning: Conquering the numerous rigors of Nazi concentration camps, Viktor E. Frankl, internationally known psychiatrist, bestows his first hand knowledge of man’s plight to find out who he is and how he fits in this world through the writing in his timeless book, Man’s Search for Meaning. In the first part of the book, he shares his ideas of how and why man can survive and cling to life; drawing on such simple things as memories, talents to be used, love for those dearest to him, or what hope the future might hold; while trying to survive the daily battles of existence in a concentration camp. In an attempt to show the different stages a person goes through as they adjust to life as a prisoner of war, Frankl shares his own experiences and how they affect him and those around him. Ultimately, Frankl concludes that no matter what experiences a man goes through, whether severe or not, there is nothing to fear, only God (93). The first stage all the prisoners went through was shock: the shock of leaving loved ones behind and of the ugliness, suffering, and pain that now engulfed them.
During Frankls’ horrible encounters at the concentration camp he was able to visualize his wife and feel how much love he had for her. This is what kept him going and got him through everything he went through. That was the one and only thing that he had a right to and no SS or guard could ever take that away from him. This shows how one can be exposed to a terrible environment that is a constant reminder of death to come yet still be able to look back on life and think positively about everything that ones been through and accomplished. Frankl was able to find meaning through all of this and accept it.
Bertrand points out that the very first thing that he longs for is love – a fantastic wonderful thing which makes him to sacrifice his entire life for those few hours of joy where he seeks harmony in her company and would do anything for it because it knocks out the loneliness from his mind. Love leads him to heaven, which is compared to the saints and poets’ imagination, and the suffering can be eliminated. The second passion that Bertrand talks about is knowledge “I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine.” (1967, p. 64). He wants to know the deepest thoughts of humans and wonders why stars shine at night.
Ambrose pays great respect in his depiction of the 101st daily lives while fighting hostile forces in Germany, during World War II. The men were among those who fought to save the world from barbarism and exemplified courage in historical battles. Ambrose defiantly drives home his point that heroes exist and are all around us even without us noticing it. Reading the missions almost give the reader the experience of being there with the company. The emotions of the men are portrayed as Ambrose describes sleeping in a foxhole while starving in freezing
A Million Little Pieces By Amanda Bergmann A Million Little Pieces by James Frey is a novel full of addictions. Frey wrote an autobiography to portray the life and to tell his story, the story of an addict. His goal was to reach out to his readers and to teach them a lesson that no matter how hard life gets, it can always be turned around. That is exactly was James Frey did, he took a horrible situation and turned it around for the better. This novel goes into full detail about all of the obstacles and challenges he went through in a rehab center trying to restart his life.
“Night and other texts which depicts the holocaust reveal mans inhumanity to man. But they also reveal stories and moments of incredible courage and the determination of the human spirit to survive against all odds” Using night and 2 other texts you have studied compare and contrast how composers explore recurring central ideas in this topic. Evaluate the effectiveness of each text and the techniques they use to explore this confronting topic. The novel Night written by Elie Wiesel is a touching book of courage and survival in the tough and harsh conditions of the death camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Told from the memories and records of Elie Wiesel, a young boy taken prisoner in the camps, Night displays the confronting truth behind the time of the Holocaust.
Sam’s loss lets him love, and appreciate the rest of his family even more. Just like Guest’s novel, one member of the family has to leave for the boys to fully recover and be happy. George’s death gives Sam motivation and shows him what love and happiness really feels like. “Everybody gets touched by somebody they love” and for Sam, George left a lasting, lifelong