Wednesday, February 1, 2017
We now know that the reason Nick came from the midwest was because, after fighting in the Great War, he realized that it wasnt for him. Daisy is a distant relative of Nick because they do not have an intimate relationship; they can hang out but cant trust each other. Daisy has an interesting coping strategy where she admits to pretending to be a fool, which shows her very subtle wit. The author also introduces a new setting known as the Valley of ashes. This place is like "fly over country", and the people their are ashy and, to Nick, seem like they're not real people. But Nick notices a "Stout" man which implies a strength and life - a connotation that indirectly characterizes characters like Daisy and Jordan ( a friend of Tom) who posed for everyone else like statues. This ties back to the time period of this novel where women were "displayed". Tom's lover Myrtle is presented at this point since Tom and Nick are on their way to her house. There the author uses long flowery descriptions to present creative conflict from different perspectives in the same room. This scene ends with Tom punching some lady in the nose. Then, Nick meets Gatsby at one of his extravagant parties that, which also indirectly characterizes Gatsby because he seems to be a caring person since he does everything he can to make his parties a better experience for the guests. Even then, we do not really know much about this man except the fact that people have their own opinions about him - we don't really have a sense of what kind of a person he really is according to his perspective.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
The narrator introduces himself as a nonjudgmental kind of guy in a world where people judge you by what you buy and your wealth. This is represented through the unfashionable West Egg neighborhood and the high class people from East Egg who have it all but are still unhappy. The narrator introduces tom Buchanan who is an old college friend from New Haven and represents racism which makes hi man allegorical character. His wife daisy Buchanan is an interesting person given that she pretends to be a fool only to avoid being hurt. She knows she is being cheated on but instead of confronting that she pretends to be a fool. These stuck up people clash with The narrator ,nick , because of his nonjudgmental nature of his.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Monday, December 12, 2016
- Explain how the juxtaposition of this quote with the role of the student addresses intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
The contrast between two completely different lifestyles highlights the fact that students are accustomed to doing something for external rewards rather than doing things intrinsically- or doing things because you enjoy them.
Students are raised in an environment where their lives are controlled. This inevitably leads to their lives being so structured like following commands like "Get to class on time, do your homework, stay out of trouble, get good grades" on a daily basis. These people are dehumanized in the sense that they aren't given a sense of reality because in the real world, people do not follow such structured rules; they make choose their own paths and live the way they please to. A poet's task is to do what they feel because they genuinely enjoy it. They have the lucky opportunity of expressing themselves and at the same time "shape the world". These are the people that are the future of the world; the philanthropists in societies across the world that make altruistic choices that change peoples' lives for the better. Students are not given a chance to explore what they truly feel and desire to do which is what truly sets them apart from a poet who gets to act upon intrinsic motivation.
All in all, the author juxtaposes the different ways of life between a poet and a student to explain the difference between genuine actions and actions that are done to get something in return. It is necessary to understand that students have a more structured life and a poet has a free life. It is natural to then see how intrinsic and extrinsic differentiate when taking into account Rushdie's quote.
Friday, December 2, 2016
The poem has an angry mood because of the terrible jobs and opportunities they're forced to take. The tone is also sentimental and reminisces about the old way of life they used to live. The allusion to a hellish place really ties all this negative feeling together and truly gives the reader a sense of what its like. I agree with Jessica that its crazy and the poem hits home and remains true even today.
Monday, November 14, 2016
American poet/ essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson urges the reader to fulfill the grueling task of "being yourself" in a conformist society. He does so by inciting the mentality of a child, looking within, and standing tall in the face of ridicule, in his essay "On Self-Reliance".
It is important to reflect upon people’s inner self rather than the physical appearance. In society people, are incessantly bombarded with information and instinctively conform to it. They lose touch with who they really are. Because of this, Emerson advises man keeps their “mind being whole, their eye is as yet unconquered.” People need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture: what are their innermost truest desires and intention. Keep a firm mindset on your personal needs and the lifestyle to a long, healthy, happy life will open.
Many acknowledge that standing apart from the crowd isn’t exactly easy – not everyone wants to be the elephant in the room. Emerson calls for people to embrace their differences rather than repress them. It is known that people who decide to go against societies standards and challenge them, receive harsh criticism “For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure. And therefore a man must know how to estimate a sour face.” Where there is a will there is a way, and some lose sight of this common truth – that people who go against what is normal are seen as “weird” and are criticized harshly. But Emerson warns of this and shines light on a common truth that many forget which is key to progressing and developing as an individual. The world’s most famous people have learned to estimate a sour face, and serve as an example of Emerson’s ideas at work.
Children are tiny geniuses. This is because children achieve what many spend their whole life scared of doing: being different. The behavior of children do not adapt to societies ideas and standards “Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it.” To keep a simple, clear mind allows people to find the key to a genuine state of happiness. Ignoring what others expect others to do make one stand out from the crowd in a positive way, and it is a trend that Emerson strongly believes in. Great minds and leaders acquire this kind of attribute and go on to start revolutionary movements.
In the end, everyone is human and cannot simply just go out one day and go against the social norm. Emerson can be a stepping stone to achieving such a difficult task. It can be therapeutic as well. There is so much potential and subtance in this essay, and it is unfair to pigeonhole it as an essay that simply tells you to “be yourself”.