In this essay I am going to talk about two interviews with J.K Rowling in the “60Minute” interview and with “Oprah In “60 Minutes” she is very nervous and held back she does this with lots of fillers. ”Just…err…enormous” shows she’s stuttering and finds it hard. In the interview with “Oprah” she is more open and is more comfortable talking about her life and uses no fillers. “I have my reasons” shows she is more confident talking about her life but she is still guarded she has just learnt how to avoid awkward questions. There is quite a big change this could be because she has been very successful and there are no more books to write so she isn’t stress.
She teaches history to the students as what inscribed on the books and hesitatingly lets Irwin shapes the mindset of the boys for she knows that the boys will not get the Oxbridge scholarship if they are still as innocent as the previous semester. Her biggest attention is given to the boys and their progress. She wants them to pass, but unlike the headmaster she is not a narrow-minded person that does anything, no matter what, to lift the name of the school by sending the students to Oxford and Cambridge. She still respects the knowledge as it is. Hence, she debates the headmaster how best to serve their young charges.
She says “One may also lose one’s sense of humor. That’s the easiest to lose and the hardest to survive without” (Mairs 48). Although she’s lost almost all usage of her left hand and still has a blind spot in her right eye, Mairs continues to do the things she loves. She doesn’t dwell on the fact that she can no longer run, let alone walk without a cane. While she is upset by this, she instead thinks about the things she can do such as, “writing, teaching, raising children and cats and plants and snakes, reading, speaking publicly about MS and depression, even playing bridge” (Mairs 48) In the essay Mairs talks about two women, both with MS, living completely different lives.
Elena secretly practiced the disciplines of the Order and turned down marriage proposals, spending time serving the sick and the poor. Her father refused for her to become a nun, so she continued in school. Piscopia was disappointed at being denied to take orders as a nun, but she came around to the idea quickly and soon expanded her learning with enthusiasm. I think her father was the person who had motivated her into achieving everything she has become. He was remarkably supportive of his daughter, but he wanted her to make the most of her God given talents, and those talents leaned towards higher education.
The Corla Hawkins story tells about impoverished students. Corla Hawkin in the Kozol story is a nice, warm, hard-working and friendly teacher. She is a 40 year old woman who spends her life helping and teaching students. Without any conveniences that can help her in teaching students, she has to spend her own salary to buy books, tools and anything that can help her students study, but she feels happy about that. She does not teach her students like other teachers, but she has her own way to help her students gain more knowledge and some skills in their life.
All these themes or can we call them questions or problems, are what the author tries to show us and maybe answer us trough the short story “The Sin Bin or Lucy’s Heart”. I’ve got the feeling, when I read the text that Lucy truly is a well behaviour girl; she’s a Grade A student and most of the times listen to her mother. But she’s weak and naive, she wants to be liked and to be cool, or maybe she’s just an easy target for group pressure. Her mother tells her not to smoke because it’s bad for her organs etc. Although she know it’s true she does it, because Bethan her popular but bad mannered best friend does it, and had told her that it keeps you skinny.
Iris’ great mind deteriorates until she is reduced to a mere remnant of her former self, unable to perform simple tasks and completely reliant on her, at times frustrated, yet devoted husband John, who cares for her in their home until her death. Alzheimer’s disease had a profound effect on Iris, as well as her family and friends. Iris goes from being a tremendously successful novelist to not understanding which side of an open door she should pass in order to get through it. As she loses touch with reality and experiences more and more difficulty in speaking and understanding, the most moving scenes are the ones that show the suffering that her husband goes through. As the disease was beginning to set in, Iris begins showing signs of forgetfulness, but it never appears the viewer that John truly understands what is happening.
“‘You don’t have half such a hard time as I do’, said Jo. ‘How would you like to be shut up for hours with a nervous, fussy old lady, who keeps you trotting, is never satisfied, and worries you till you’re ready to fly out of the window or cry?’” (12). Jo wants to support and to help her family to get over the hard time. That is the reason why she still works for Mrs. March, although she does not like her at all. Another treasure that Jo gives out is her hair.
This fact shows us that the members of the family love themselves more that the Mother. We can say that she is devoted to her family, but doesn’t think about herself at all because she does all the hard work that her family could enjoy the day. As she is altruist, she refuses to buy some new clothes. . in order to show this fact the author uses oxymoron “her old grey bonnet was awfully becoming her”, which is told by the girls.
A common writing assignment that is given in school is to write an essay about a person, either historical or fictional, that you admire. I always groaned when this assignment was given because I felt that it was just busy work assigned by my teacher and there really weren't any people that I admired. Yet now, as I have grown older, I reflect back and I can see how such a droll assignment can actually serve a good purpose. So here I am a grown woman sitting down to write an essay about the person I most admire, voluntarily and excitedly. The person that I admire most in this world is not historical, thankfully, or fictional, although she would make one hell of a character, but is a living breathing person who just happens to be my mother.