the American Dream. This theory is very useful in highlighting certain points that are not explained within other theories. Albert Cohen, describes the idea of status frustration. By which he argues that deviance and crime result from the inability of those in lower classes to achieve mainstream goals. It is useful for highlighting why, in the working class, those who cannot achieve in education, they then therefore suffer from status frustration and in this process turn to other people who also cannot achieve in this institution.
Alisha Thornton 3/20/2013 English 098-099(180) Essay3 Revised In Malcolm X excerpt”A Homemade education, published from Malcolm X An Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley demonstrates the claims that without knowing how to read or write and understand and express what you are reading you become frustrated. Although Malcolm X struggled with reading and writing, and expressing himself while in prison, he learned that the library was a breeding ground for knowledge and that without this information and skills he’d be cut off from the world. While in prison Malcolm X realized that his reading and writing wasn’t good. He even had a hard time expressing himself. While in prison Malcolm would try to write letters to Elijah Mohammed but would become frustrated because all he knew was slang and street life.” I commanded attention when I said something.
After reading and watching all three passages, one can make the conclusion that there are many different methods towards education and interpret which method Rodriguez was taught. The types of relationships Rodriguez had with his teachers, family and in life was affected by specific styles of education and as he looked through Freire’s lens of the banking concept, he came to realized that that method of education had a detrimental effect on his life. Early on in Rodriguez’s essay he illustrates the characteristics of an automaton which confirmed Freire’s views regarding the banking concept. Despite his definition of a “scholarship boy”, Rodriguez lacked self confidence which led him to be overpowered by his teachers and his books. Through Freire’s lens, Rodriguez would be considered a waste basket.
This book contains a strong sense of morality and the characters are well rounded characters that aren’t easy to understand. The harder they are, the more we can learn about the true nature of life (Kelly 166). Grant Wiggins is a difficult character to understand because he couldn’t decide what he wanted to do. You didn’t find out what he truly felt until the end of the book. He was locked into almost the same situation Jefferson was in.
Tom Walker’s Greed and the Consequences By Talana brown The short story “The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irvington is a story that symbolizes the devastation effects of greed and the consequences of it. This story not only symbolizes greed but it also symbolizes evil, selfishness, religion and hypocrisy. In this story, the main character “Tom Walker” is a miser who worships money more than he does his miserly wife. A miser is a person who is reluctant to spend money, sometimes to the point of forgoing even basic comforts. Tom Walker was a greedy and selfish man who lived an immoral life of greed.
Being able to get somewhere in America is tough. Many think that having to work hard and be persevering is the way to become successful. Others have a different opinion on being successful in America. They think that there are factors that can be opposing to a person’s life. These factors that many think that could be adversarial are race, gender, sexual orientation, and pedigree.
Rule of the Bone In todays world people dont realize how it is not too have any parents or not too have a roof over their head. In the book Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks it shows how a kid struggles with these problems and tries to handle them all by himself. The book is based with themes that are all linked into one hell of a life for a kid. Where for the most part of the book he spends his time searching for people he could call Family so he could be loved, when he's not looking for family he gets sucked into searches for his own identity. Another theme in the book is Abandonment and as you will see in this text, the youngster has nothing going for him.
The immigrant identity is clearly portrayed as inviting exploitation and prohibiting the family from succeeding, but the family fails to realize that the American identity is similarly problematic and offers just as little opportunity for freedom and success, but for different reasons. In short, the poison in the air is the effect of American capitalism, which implicitly pits the poor against each other in the search for work and the need to maintain that work regardless of how denigrating or dangerous it is. However, the family does not realize this at first, and fails to recognize that buying into the idea that hard work alone will bring human rights and success is just as naive and makes them just as exploitable as relying upon the goodwill of the wedding guests to help pay for the cost. When Jurgis is still naively invested in this notion, he asks “do you want me to believe that with these arms […] people will ever let me starve?” (Sinclair 23-24). Jurgis believes that his physical ability for labor will be enough to ensure his and his family's success, but this is just as foolhardy as the belief that holding on to their Lithuanian wedding tradition could shield the family from the ravages of American capitalism.
Feeling helpless due to the economy they become addicted to claiming help from other sources other than themselves because it just seems easier. Thomas argues,” Anyone who thinks dysfunctional government is going to help their dreams is putting their faith in the wrong place.” In other words, the government cannot help everyone. Instead we should but putting our faith into ourselves. We are what makes America today, and if we don’t like it, then maybe we should take action and change it. If we were to start by supporting small business, we would be creating more employment, and keeping money in the community.