In the short story "Liberty Hall," Ring Lardner contrasted the superior to the inferior—Mrs. Thayer symbolizing the superior and Mr. Drake symbolizing the inferior. Throughout the story, Lardner cleverly utilized literary devices such symbolism and irony to strengthen the plot of the story. These devices did not only enhance the efficiency of Lardner's work, but they were critical in the short story format. With limited space and time, the writer needed to fully develop a complete story from setting point to denouement and possibly resolution. Lardner used these devices to draw both humor and laughter in "Liberty Hall." The humor allowed the reader to sympathize and accommodate with the main characters of the story. Without the presence of symbolism and irony, "Liberty Hall" would loose much of its meaning. As the story began, Mrs. Drake introduced Mr. Drake as a music writer and a conductor who was part of the "Lambs" club. The word "Lambs" was very significant in which it described and symbolized the weakness of Mr. Drake's characteristic throughout the story. Not only was he weak, he was also acted like a child in front of Mrs. Thayer. His first encounter with Mrs. Thayer was on the limousine, which he was already following her commands. As the Drake's arrived to the Thayer's house, they were amazed of the perfection of the house and the room that was assigned to them. As an introduction to the visits, Mrs. Thayer offered Mr. Thayer coffee and asked if he wanted to try her rich cream. Although he rejected to have her cream in his coffee, Mrs. Thayer gave it to him anyway. Like a child, he was defeated by her argument and was not able to demand for another coffee. With a childish mind, he lied to her and said, "The cream...
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As you read the "Strength to Love" you start to realize how today's society is filled with hatred and has been overcome by great amounts of evil. I think that this is what Martin Luther King wanted to get through to the reader as he wrote this book of sermons. Not only was the society being ruined, but the people that make up the society were damaging our world; and still damaging it today. Obviously, the main issue that Martin Luther King was trying to cover was the idea of living a better lifestyle which God has chosen for us to ultimately better ourselves and our society. MLK (Martin Luther King, Jr.) makes a lot of good observations which he makes within each chapter. I think that each of the chapters had one specific point that MLK wanted to get by to the reader which summed up to his main topic. Three of the strongest points that struck me the most were the tough mind and the tender hearts of strong people. Secondly, that our God is able to do anything. And Thirdly, The answer to the perplexing question of, "How can evil be cast out?" As I was reading the first chapter I was amazed how the things that were being said were so true. Our society today is generally built of two types of people: tough minded people and soft minded people. There is a world out there full of television, radio and internet that people are engaged in. With any of those things easily at hand people tend to depend on them or take them for granted to not only entertain us but to fill us with resources. That resource, which may be true or false, tends to brainwash the soft-minded people of our society. The tendency for people...
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"The Red Convertible" was a very interesting story of how one simple object as in a car can bring someone back to the reality in which they lived. The car was a symbol that related to many of the conflicts that where shown in this short story. In the beginning as they travel the states only to pick up a girl by the name of Suzy. Once they take her to her home they talk about how the family accepted them as their own, that it self was a memory that was made by the car. No, it did not have conflict but it was a symbol of life. Once the story progress it begins to talk about Henry a character in the story being taken off to the war of Vietnam. As Henry leaves he gives the car to Lyman his younger brother and asks that he take care of it. This at first does not seem to be a problem until he returns home and is not the person that left. Lyman realizes that Henry doesn't act the same, he doesn't smile, or crack jokes, and not once has he taken a look at the car, which Lyman carefully took care of. At this point in the story Lyman goes in attempt to trash the car thinking that it will bring his brother back when he realizes what has happened. This is a symbol of where the car is used in the conflict. As Henry finally notices the car he becomes angry and stays with it until it is fixed again. He is still not smiling, not joking, and not being the same brother that left. As Lyman waited for a chance Henry would want to be friendly he didn't know how to deal with the loneliness his brother was...
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Symbolism may play a major role in accurately interpreting a story or poem. In Ernest Hemingway's story The Cat in the Rain (pages 55-58) the author uses a helpless little kitten to symbolize the young girl in the story. Kate Chopin uses a fierce rain storm to stand for passion in her story The Storm. In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's disturbing and yet conveying essay entitled The Yellow Wallpaper, she selects a gaudy yellow patterned wallpaper to some how come to represent a woman. All of these elements play a major role in bringing across the ideas the author is trying to relate to the reader. In the story The Cat in the Rain Hemingway describes a young, American woman stuck in Italy with her uncaring, older husband. He then goes on to add a kitten to the story that he describes as young, wet and most of all, stuck in the rain. The way he selects his words and uses to describe the two objects could almost be interchangeable. He uses words such as kitty (page 56) to describe the youth of the cat and young to describe the woman. He also pronounces them both as lonely. The young woman it is being forced to stay in a country where she knows no one and is being oppressed by her husband, who wants nothing more for her to do than to stand there, always looks innocent, and keep her thoughts to herself. As for the kitten, it is forced to stay out in the cold rain and continue to get soaked because it has no shelter to run to in order to find safety. In the story the woman sees herself in the kitten and that is why she makes such a big deal about getting it for her own. I...
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Part 1: The Induction Question 1: Using the elements below, identify an example of it in both the Induction and the main play Disguise Induction: Lord: "What think you, if he were conveyed to bed, wrapped in sweet clothes rings put upon his fingers and most delicious banquet by his bed, and brave attendants near him when he wakes, would not the beggar then forget himself." -The lord decides to play a trick on Sly by making him a lord and seeing if he would forget himself. (Induction 1,35) Play Lucentio: "Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead, keep house and port, and servants, as I should. I will some other be-some Florentine, some Neapolitan, or meaner man of Pisa. 'Tis hatched, and shall be so. Tranio, at once uncase thee, take my coloured hat and cloak." Tranio disguises himself as Lucentio and Lucentio disguises himself as a teacher. (Act 1 Scene 1,199) Masters and servants Induction First Huntsman: "I will, my lord." The huntsman agrees to the command of his master and promises to accomplish the lord's command.(Induction1,27) Play Tranio: "In brief sir, sith it your pleasure is, and I am tied to be obedient" Lucentio's servant agrees to help Lucentio as he must be obedient since he is subject to his master's commands.(Act 1 Scene 1, 208) Relationship between men and women Induction Page: "My husband and my lord, my lord and husband, I am your wife in obedience."The page states the role of woman/wife to her man/husband. The page acknowledges that the woman/wife must be obedient and always at service for her man/husband.(Induction 2, 105) Play Katherina: "Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, thy head, thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee, and for thy maintenance; commits his body to painful labour both by sea and land, to watch the night in storms, the day in cold,...
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Different Faces of the Antichrist The Antichrist is a man similar to what we may see everyday. He is dangerously contemporary, and a mighty demagogue. The antichrist could be a young man with a strong personality and seductive power of speech and writing or an old man who resembles your loving grandfather. Christians are correct in their belief that Lucifer was cast out of Heaven and into Hell for attempting to rebel against God One must ask why God would then allow him to leave Hell and come to Earth and bring misfortune upon humanity. Satan is the personified concept of evil, and the jealous enemy of people. Satan is not in Hell and probably spends most of his time on earth, seeking to destroy the lives of human beings and to keep them separated from God. Which brings me to my collage which I named, "Different Faces of the Antichrist" and Stefan George's poem, "The Antichrist"? My collage sheds brightness on certain detailed aspect of the poem with understanding the literacy and visual aspect of Stefan George's poem. I present his poem with a sense of insight with downfall of misconceptions, followers of the antichrist and lastly understanding of why the Antichrist exists. Every decision a person make everyday is questionable whether it is good or bad. A person still deals with consequences with the outcomes of decision making. In the poem "The Antichrist", the speaker, which I believe is Satan, gives the reader the feeling that he isn't as bad as one may make him to be and if you look at my collage, you'll see Satan as a similar human being, who tries to fit in with society. His words are very convincing and confident, especially with the many things he mentions he has in common with Jesus Christ...
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John Proctor is portrayed throughout Arthur Miller's The Crucible as a sensible, honest, hardworking man, but throughout the play, he undergoes a very serious change, not only of heart, but also of faith. Proctor's faith in man is rather small to begin with, but his faith in God is not. He sees the good in mankind, and the power of the Almighty, but also acknowledges that man is corrupt and generally insensible. Proctor: I've heard you to be a sensible man, Mr. Hale. I hope you'll leave some of it in Salem. (Act 1) John Proctor's religious beliefs play very strongly into his decisions as the play progresses. He feels very strongly that the girls have forsaken God and His teachings. Abby especially comes under the gun of John Proctor. He openly announces his affair with her in order to try to bring some semblance of justice to Salem. Proctor: In the proper place-where my beasts are bedded. Excellency, forgive me, forgive. She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But this is a whore's vengeance, and you must see it; I set myself entirely in your hands. (Act 3) John throws himself out on a limb here, exposing his dark past in order to permit justice to be served in Salem. Proctor: I have rung the doom of my good name-you will believe me, Mr. Danforth! (Act 3) Later in the play, Proctor realizes that there is no hope for justice and truth in Salem, and he lets himself go. He no longer cares about what he says, he has already tarnished his good name, so he sees no purpose in keeping his mind to himself. Proctor: I say-I say-God is...
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Reverend Hale's character is dramatically changed throughout Arthur Miller's play: The Crucible. In the very beginning of the play, Hale appears strong and resolute. He is seen as all knowing, even holy. As the play progresses, Hale's own insecurities prompt the citizen's slow descent of reverence for him. In Act One, Hale arrives in Salem to try to resolve the problem surrounding the sleeping girls and witchcraft. His arrival stirs up the town, and they are all honored to be in his presence, and he knows it. Parris: Mr. Hale! Oh! It's good to see you again! (taking some books) My, they're heavy! Hale: They must be; they are weighted with authority. (Act 1) Here, Reverend Hale is very self-confident, and is very much enjoying the respect he is given in Salem. By Act Two, Reverend Hale has somewhat settled in Salem, and the town still shows him much reverence and respect. They trust him as a voice of authority, primarily because he serves on the court. He is however, far more personable than the other judges presiding. Hale: I am a stranger here as you know. And in my ignorance I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that come accused before the court. And so this afternoon and tonight, I go from house to house---I come now from Rebecca Nurse's house----- Elizabeth: Rebecca's charged! Hale: God forbid such a one be charged. She is, however—--mentioned somewhat. (Act 2) Hale's kindness is one of his most endearing traits, and it is why most citizens of Salem trust him. Alongside his religious fervor, Hale was possibly the most respected man in Salem. Finally, in Act Three, Hale reaches his climax. Hale's conscience finds him, and he begins to openly doubt the court. Hale: Is every defense an attack upon the court? Can no one--? (Act 3) The judges begin to...
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When we think of "quest" stories what do we see? Knights in shinny armor? Magic? Fantasy? Fighting? Damsels in distress? Yes, in quest stories we do have a hero, which is predominately male, handsome, brave, and smart. His part is to defeat the foe, save the damsel, and ride off at the end, right? Sometimes as readers we focus too much attention on the hero and miss other characters that contributes to his success. No, I'm not talking about the sidekick or companion, but what about the women. The women in quest stories do more than be distressful, but also contribute a lot to making a hero "the hero. Using quest stories like Yvain, Perceval, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Shakespeare's, Pericles we can find that woman can play important roles in quest stories.. One of the many roles a woman fills in quest stories are being helpers or provide aid to the hero. In the story, Yvain, we have a knight that rushes out to defend his cousin's honor and make a name for himself. Yvain defeat's another knight, but in the process of pursuing and finishing his enemy he get trapped and left to be possibly killed by an any angry mob. With help of a maiden named, Lunete, gave Yvain a magical ring that made him invisible to the bloodthirsty mob. In the context of this story we see a woman helping the hero in a life-threatening situation. It's with the help of a woman that kept the hero in this story from loosing his head and giving him the chance to develop into the hero. A women character in quest stories has a sort of power in designating and initiating who the hero is. In Perceval we encounter the old fashion "damsel in distress story." Perceval,...
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Book report about the hobbit or there and back again by Tolkien Characters : Bilbo Baggins , Gandalf , Thorin Oakenshield , the other dwarves like Gloin, Goblin King , Thranduil , Smaug , Beorn the skin-changer , William the Troll ... The hobbit is a wonderful written book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Heroic fantasy succeeds best when the lead character has the most room to grow into hero-hood, and little Bilbo Baggins has a lot of growing to do. The wise wizard Gandalf cleverly appeals to the latent adventurer in Bilbo, but the hobbit is soon up to his ears in peril. At first he is a hindrance to the grim band of dwarves, but even before he acquires the magic ring he is demonstrating a plucky spirit. Once he tricks the ring's current but not necessarily rightful owner, the slinky creature Gollum, and stumbles upon its power, the dwarves find themselves ever more in his debt at he boldly uses the ring to his -- and their -- advantage. But he doesn't tell them how he's able to sneak around and rescue them from under the noses of their captors, whether giant spiders or elves (who are not bad--just antagonistic toward dwarves). But after the dragon is out of the picture, Bilbo is forced to make a difficult decision. When the dwarves refuse to share the treasure with the elves and men, who have valid claims to at least a portion, Bilbo betrays the dwarves for a higher good. After his journey he wriotes a book about what happened '' Der Hobbit ''...
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Edgar Allan Poe's life seemed to be cursed almost from the day he was born. Abandoned by his father and losing his mother to pneumonia both happened before Edgar turned three years old. His wife died only ten years after marriage. Two important people in Poe's life died and one abandoned him. So Poe was a lonely person. Poe's loneliness was shown in his writings of short stories and poems. Poe's father left him when he was just a baby. The feeling of abandonment shows in one of Poe's first writings. In The Gold-Bug, Edgar Allan Poe writes about a man who abandons his family to start a new life, "…Mr. William Legrand. He was of an ancient Huguenot family, and had once been wealthy: but a series of misfortunes had reduced him to want. To avoid the mortification consequent upon his disasters, he left New Orleans, the city of his forefathers and took up a his residence at Sullivan's Island, near Charleston, South Carolina"(The Gold-Bug). In Tamerlane (he wrote while attending college) Poe repeatedly refers to "father" which is his way of talking to his own father even though he could not remember who his father was. "Unshelter'd - and the heavy wind Rendered me mad and deaf and blind"(Tamerlane). Poe never was homeless in his childhood but the feeling of not having a home can come from the fact that his father left him and never made an attempt to contact him (www.search). Poe did not seem to have high respect for his father. "Kind solace in a dying hour! Such, father, is not (now) my theme…I would not call thee fool, old man. But such is not a gift of thine"(Tamerlane). Edgar Allan Poe also had a feeling of resentment against his father. "From childhood's hour I have not...
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It's 10 minutes to 9 and the night is dark and cold. Completely unaware of the surroundings, fear and anxiety possess within. Grasping for air, the weather continues to drop. Heart's Racing - this is it; this is how it ends. The national homicide rate in 2004 was 5.5 per 100,000. Philadelphia's homicide rate in 2004 was 22.2 per 100,000. (Philadelphia Inquirer.) Twenty-two percent of the city's population died within the past year. For every 10 seconds another person on this planet is laid to rest. Death occurs so often, that retaliation and accidents become one in definition. Ernest Becker said, "The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity - designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny of man." It's amazing; in the midst of death is when someone truly determines the value and the importance of the life they luckily still possess. Every time someone questions what they did within the duration of their life, two things will happen; you either will see them bow their head in shame, filled with regret because they feel that they have failed in not only their own expectations, but also the expectations of others. Or, you will see them raise their head in dignified satisfaction because to them, they've accomplished their goal and are ready for life's next challenge. But no matter who you are, where you're from, or what you've experienced, each and every person possesses a goal, an ambition or a purpose that must be pursued. Even so, before successfully fulfilling one's objective in life, despite what happens, within each person three characteristics will always become evident; one will always experience fear, success,...
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The scientific community is largely in agreement on the fact that life began here on Earth about three and a half billion years ago. In a universe ruled over largely by entropy, it is inane to say that any set of circumstances could be completely unique. The primordial constituents of Earth's atmosphere gave way to the building blocks of life, as could and in all likelihood has happened elsewhere in the vastness of space and time. Since the dawn of mankind, we have looked to the stars in search of answers, and one question has always been prevalent in our thinking: are we alone? It is ingrained in our culture, with science-fiction spreading rampantly through the world of novels and television alike. Such fare as The X-Files and blockbuster movies like the new Star Wars films keep our eyes to the sky. This search for extraterrestrial life can be a huge waste of resources on our part, but there are many reasons why it can be worthwhile, and many ways to make it more resource efficient. The first place to look is within our own solar system. A key aspect of life as we know it is water, so that is the first thing we look for. On our neighboring planet, Mars, researchers are now finding evidence that water existed or even exists still. This may not mean little green men, but it could very well mean the existence of microbial life. Although what we are most interested in would be intelligent life, any life beyond our own planet would be a huge step forward, and Mars seems like the top candidate. Following the discovery of this evidence, NASA is keen on sending more missions to the red planet, possibly even a manned mission some time in the future. Another celestial...
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Robert Browning utilized the format of the dramatic monologue, the creation of expectation and surprise, and extensive use of figurative language to support the theme of possessive love in his works "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's Lover". The dramatic personae in these works provide surprising accounts of their tormented and often jealous love and the results of their actions determine the startling revelations within each monologue. Their possessive love not only drives them to violent acts, but provides them with seemingly rational excuses for their behavior. Though Browning utilizes the format of the dramatic monologue in both "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's Lover", there are a number of important distinctions between the monologic persona and the implied audience in each of these works. It is important to note these differences because they demonstrate the interactions that lead each persona to distinguish and excuse their actions relative to possessive love. In "My Last Duchess", it is clear that Browning intended to demonstrate a relationship between the monologic character and the perceived audience, while in "Porphyria's Lover" there is a determined lack of a pre-designed relationship between the dramatic persona and the audience, allowing for a completely impersonal format (Jones 301). The dramatic persona in "My Last Duchess" is developed through the use of a monologue which is actually a non-responsive dialogue between the Duke of Ferrara and an agent, the man he hopes will negotiate his marriage to the niece of the Count of Tyrol in Austria (Bain 373). The history behind this poem suggests the presence of two individuals, and the direction of the work demonstrates this interaction. The dramatic persona, the Duke, presents the painting of the Duchess to the agent, and asks that the agent observe the painting: "Will't please you sit and look at her?" (line 5). Through the...
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When people encounter realties that are too harsh, they often try to escape to a fantasy world that is more comforting. In stories, children are always escaping, whether it is to "a secret garden" or down a rabbit hole to Alice's Wonderland. In Flannery O'Connor's triad of short stories, "A Good Man is Hard to Find," "Good Country People," and "Everything that Rises Must Converge," she uses characterization, setting, and ironic tone, to help the reader understand that fleeing from life's consequences can lead to dangerous outcomes, both psychologically and physically. In one way or another all of the protagonists think that they are superior to others. This trait impedes any real engagement with reality. Hulga, in the short story "Good Country People," believes that she is intellectually superior to her mother, housekeeper and the townspeople. Although, she has a Ph.D in Philosophy, her philosophy on life is rather pathetic. "She believes in nothing but her own belief in nothing." Although she thought, "she could smell the stupidity of young men" and was "face to face with real innocence," she is the one who ends up being taken advantage of. In "Everything that Rises Must Converge," Julian's mother refuses to believe that her grandfather's plantation with 200 slaves does not have any social significance in the next generation. She feels that blacks "were better off when they were slaves, they should rise, yes, but on their own side of the fence." Amusingly, she claims Julian, "doesn't know a thing about life, he hasn't even entered the real world." Simply because she is an older woman and has white skin his mother seems to think that she is God's gift to the world and should give everyone below her "a bright new penny." The grandmother in "A Good Man is Hard to...
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This paper was about the yearn for comfort, and safety in our world. I think many people can relate to this paper after what happened on September 11, 2001. The U.S. was like the pack of wolves; minding their own business and doing what they did everyday. When the first plane struck it was like the first bullet. We had not known exactly what happened. The second plane was when our "fierce green fire" was extinguished from our eyes and we knew we had been invaded. Even though we've moved on enough to go on with our lives we will always have our memories of what happened to the Twin Towers just as the mountain and the wolf pack will always remember their relative. As the mountian changed so does the U.S. The united states entered war, has risen up prices on gas and taxes, and have made airport security a bigger process. The mountian lost families of wolves, deer, and wildlife all together. If only the men who had shot the wolf would have realized what the consequences would be, the mountain would have been able to live on with natural changes. We can only imagine what life would be like now if September 11th 2001 was just a ordinary day. The nation would have not lost as many lives in the buildings that were attacked. Families and communities would not be loosing loved ones everyday in a foreign country. The moral of all of this is that people should mind there own business and let nature run its course....
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Thousands of years ago, the Greeks and the Romans gained a powerful estate by establishing a strong and stable government. Likewise, behind every country's economic stability today, lies its government's polices. In the "Resistance to Government," Henry David Thoreau portrays government's involvement in people's lives as he says limits the rights of individuals. His opinionated statement that says, "That government is best which governs not at all," strongly refers to his disbelief in the government's engagement in people's lives. Thoreau's ideas do not prove to be realistic in the present society and lack the potential in people to act upon them. Today, government's reliability and systematic polices allow a steadiness in the life of the people. The reliability of the government in the United States exists in a strongly manner. Everything, from road construction to public school system obtain their foundation with the organization the government provides. Programs like health insurance, medical insurance and welfare that come from the government benefit the citizens in numerous ways. They provide financial help when people need it the most while suffering through severe times like a medical disorder. Through the military defense system, the government also assists the people with protection from domestic as well as foreign forces. It also maintains peace with other countries; therefore, avoiding wars and any other destructions. Thoreau fails to recognize the reliability of the government and says, "I have paid no poll tax for six years (Resistance to Civil Government, 222)." While taxes appear as a loss in a person's income, it serves as a source to meet the people's needs. Taxes enable the government to establish its programs and look after the people's necessities. Even though everyone does not agrees with what the tax money supports, it evidently benefits him or her indirectly in other ways. The systematic...
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Who the Bitch Really Is In America today, even some of the most intelligent and progressive people never really think about the implications of the words they use. In fact, many people seem to dwell in the dogma of anti-censorship rhetoric. They may feel that they have a right to say whatever words they want to, no matter who is affected. Many of these words are considered very oppressive however; it is a social norm in today's society. Most commonly, you will find these oppressive words spoken frequently amongst males, whom feel that they are the superior of women. The frequent usage of these misogynist words is used to categorize, or label women as having a specific place in society, based on their sexual conduct or sexuality. These words include, but are not limited to, bitch, whore, slut, and chicken head. No matter the implication, or the truth behind it, the question remains, "should a man use misogynist words, when speaking to, or about a woman?" The answer is, "no", a man should never use misogynist words, to degrade a woman. A man's self esteem tends to rise whenever he calls a woman a name, or belittles a woman. However, what happens is, the womans self esteem lowers, so there is never a feeling of equal happiness. Women can also be at fault for mis using words towards men. We have all been at fault somewhere in our lives, as we have at least once called another person an awful name. Does it hold truth, these words that we say.. Most likely not! We can call a girl a "Ho", if she is merely prettier than we are. People should takes words more litley, because they often mean nothing....
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"'Cultural Vandals' Hide behind Free Speech," - First for a Reason I disagree with the essay, "'Cultural Vandals' Hide behind Free Speech," by Jeff Durstewitz. The author believes that the First Amendment should not allow our children to be stripped of their innocence. He thinks that the constitution should set limits and standards to protect them, but I strongly disagree. I think that parents are very capable of protecting their own children themselves, and that freedom of speech should extend to the so-called "cultural vandals" in our society today (Durstewitz 530). The First Amendment was first for a reason, it shouldn't be taken away for anything. In his passage, the author starts off talking about how guns are mistakenly blamed for teen violence in our country. He deems that teen violence is much too vague a topic, and the real damage being done to children isn't physical. He insists that our society is dedicated to corrupting the young people of our country. He goes on to talk about how violent movies are a problem, and he says that "the evidence of moral and cultural degradation is almost inescapable," (Durstewitz 530). In his conclusion, the author challenges the application of the First Amendment when children are affected. He believes that "we have the right to set standards and limits where children […] are concerned" (Durstewitz 530). I believe that the First Amendment rights of the Constitution should not be compromised to protect our children. I feel that parents are very much capable of taking care of their own children. Let the parents do the parenting. It should be up to them what their child may or may not be exposed to. The author uses the example of, "nine-year olds and younger watching South Park," as a problem, as the cartoon is geared towards more...
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