Benjamin Franklin Autobiography Liberty University HIUS 221- Professor Michael Smith July 9, 2012 Question #1: One of the over-arching themes in Franklin’s Autobiography is that of self-improvement. Franklin intends for his own experience to serve as a model for others. Discuss key ways that Franklin presents his story as an illustration of self-improvement. Is he successful in the attempt? What motivates him toward this attempt?
Analysis of Grant Wiggins and Jefferson In Ernest J. Gaines’s novel “A Lesson Before Dying,” Grant Wiggins is forced to visit Jefferson in jail to make him a man after being called a hog in court. Before Grant can help Jefferson, he must first face his own inner demons, such as his cockiness and hate towards the whites. He sees himself as superior to other people because he is more educated. Instead of using his education positively within the community and his classroom, he uses it negatively by embarrassing his students and being ignorant to his own people. I think Grant acts this way because his own teacher, Matthew Antoine, acted the same way towards him.
Huck learns what is really right and wrong. He does not simply follow society and their beliefs, but believes in what he thinks is right all along: freeing Jim and doing everything in his power to save him from a miserable life away from his family, who are the people he cares the most for. In the end, Huck and Jim cared for each other and created their own small
A Lesson Before Dying Theme Jefferson’s Journal: “Man walk on two foots; hogs on four hoofs”(220). Analysis When Jefferson was on trial he was compared to a hog. Throughout the book Jefferson has been acting like a hog. But Grant helps Jefferson become a man. Jefferson finally accepts death and knows he is not a hog.
Although he was not successful with his main goal, his writing led to the reforms in the meat industry that make it safe today. Sinclair obviously wanted to educate the public about the meat industry. His detailed account of the life of a Packingtown worker sheds light on a subject that most people were ignorant about. Rapid industrialization left little concern for the ethics of the business so the “conscience had to be developed and delivered by the journalists” like Sinclair (Sinclair, 403). Sinclair adds materially to the readers knowledge by exposing the corruption of the big corporations.
“Symbols in A Lesson Before Dying” The story “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines, follows the main character Jefferson as he awaits for execution for a crime he did not commit. The story takes place in the south in the late 1940’s. Jefferson, the main character is a young black man who gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up into trouble. Even though Jefferson is actually innocent three men were left killed at the scene of the crime, which causes Jefferson to end up on deaths row. During the trial, Jefferson’s only difference was that he did not know what he was doing and that he was a hog.
Even though their needs for each other are different it cannot be said that one needs the other more. Both need each other equally. What they gain from their friendship is invaluable. Steinbeck suggests that human beings are at their best when they have someone to aspire towards for guidance and protection. With George as a friend Lennie is at his best.
These people have invaded our land, locked up our families. They caused your dogs to die, Ellie and they tried to kill you three. What homer meant here is that these people don’t care about what is happening they came here to take over and he is saying that he will not stand by and watch his country get destroy but to help them and help to get his family and friends back. There was a scene in the novel where Homer tell fi that he has feeling for her showing he has courage to tell her that.Throught the novel/Movie homer act way different then he was he loves his group like a family and isn’t the boy he was at school. And I’ll do one for
In this way there should be happiness and acceptance of one another. It can be hard at first to develop an essential line of communication, but once you start, openness can evolve. Openness is the result of it and can be the cement that bonds everyone. A family has many parts, besides the people involved. With love, honesty and communication, comes appreciation of everyone.
In “Crito”, Crito comes up with two arguments on the ethical level: if Socrates gave into death, he is helping his foes win by giving in to what they want and he would be leaving behind his sons and family. He concludes that the city strictly obeys the laws as he states “…the laws might say… you are not treating us rightly…we have given you birth, nurtured you, educated you” (52). Another disadvantage he comes up with by leaving the cell is that if he does leave the cell as Crito had suggested, he would become an outsider that couldn’t live anywhere because of the harsh judgments from the civilians of that state. He states “…you will, Socrates, if we can persuade you, and not make yourself a laughingstock by leaving the city” (53). But in the end of “Crito” as well, Socrates decides to accept his