The world is selfish place, full of selfish people with cruel intentions. No one does anything descent or kind for anyone else, without it benefitting themselves in some kind of way. Kindness (generosity?) isn 't free. We all pay for it in the end…eventually.
When night falls, and the visitors leave the spider monkey exhibit and then eventually the zoo, the speaker is the only one left, back where he started at the bench. The speaker then starts to compare what the monkey did by reaching at his bottom, to what would happen if a human did it. He goes on to talk about how wrong it is. The speaker wants everyone to know this but he can’t say it so he says, “... and we will say these words as we stand; no; think them.” Rice uses diction fantastically here.
Some of the greatest poems about racial inequality and its effect are “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar and “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou. Both of these poems are very well written and both of them share some key concepts contextually. For example both birds in their respective poems are able to see the other birds enjoying their freedom. Secondly they are both trapped in cages and are unable to be free and live out their lives without being hindered by the oppressive bars of the cage. Some differences include how the bird in “Sympathy” mutilates himself in an effort to free himself while the bird in “Cage Bird” simply sings for his freedom.
“The world of Zootopia is one with no humans. All animals live together in basic tolerance. Predators have had the savagery bred out of them, so a lion can be near a sheep.” Judy was able to change the way the other animals viewed each other and attempted to diminish prejudice. Judy advocated on everyone loving and accepting one another saying “just because he happened to be a fox,” it does not mean anything (Hoffman).
The unreal element is that this parrot has bird desires and a bird body alongside the memories of his human desires and his human body. It’s fun to think about, and I enjoyed immersion in bird life from a human perspective all the way to the end. Another favorite: “I was an egg hatched beneath her crouching body, I entered as a chick into her wet sky of a body” (106). If that unreal/magical aspect of the story were not there, it would just be a story about a guy who kills himself once chasing after his love, and kills himself a second time because he wants to be free of her. That story wouldn’t be nearly as good or thought-provoking as the story about the parrot is.
He shows the people around him what it feels like to be independent, and the feeling of color. Here is a quote to represent the curiosity about him, “What -- even if we have to burn for it like the Saint of the pyre -- what is the Unspeakable Word?” (Rand 57) “For this wire is a part of our body, as a vein torn from us, glowing with our blood. Are we proud of this thread of metal, or of our hands which made it, or is there a line to divide these two?”
The article “The Third Wave” by Common Lit Staff and “Animal Farm” by George Orwell both relate to the central idea of conformity. In the novel the animals are all gradually becoming increasingly similar and joining one way of life. This was also shown in the article when the students all wanted to become apart of The Third Wave. In “Animal Farm” Boxer is ignorant and listens and conforms to Napoleon and his followers and one of his mottos he lives by is “Napoleon is always right”(56). The animals all listen to Napoleon and being different is not accepted, being a follower and obeying Napoleon is what all the animals want to do.
Catherine owns a number of caged birds in her chamber. The birds symbolise freedom and the cages she keeps them in symbolises lack of freedom. “I told all this to the cages of birds in my chamber and they listened quite politely. I began to keep birds in order to hear them chirping, but most often now they have to listen to mine”. Symbolism helps show how her perspective changes as she matures.
The monkey represents youth and innocence and the people that left with the monkey represented the narrator 's friends. Sally acted like a grown up adult, and the narrator was still stuck in her youth. This is shown in the story when her friends turn more interested in talking to the boys rather than playing games with just girls like they use to. The monkey caused embarrassment to the narrator because she still wanted to act like a young girl and not not kiss boys like her friend Sally. “And it was then we took over the garden we had been afraid to go into when the monkey screamed and showed its yellow teeth,” this quote shows when the boys and other adult activities occurred in the garden the narrator did not want to go to and be a part of the garden or any of its non-youth
• "Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don't make any sense..." LOSS OF INNOCENCE: Another most prevalent theme is loss of innocence of human beings represented by children. “I think that’s the real loss of innocence: the first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential” (Steve Toltz) In Lord of the Flies the apparently innocent boys end up in murder and creating chaos on the whole island Through this theme Golding tries to prove that children are not always innocent, especially the boys of Coral Island can never exist. He proves that there is an animal instinct, which is innate which remains in human throughout their life.
I choose to view the video clip, Maggie Simpson in “The longest Daycare”. There are some entertaining pieces in the clip one being in the beginning when they test Maggie’s intelligence with the equipment manufactured by Often Wrong Technologies and going through the security check in the beginning. However, the video reveals how society often views people’s intelligence without often knowing how smart that person maybe. Maggie shows her intelligence when she encounters her first case of bullying.
Jay Gatsby lives his life through corruption, devotion, and his resolve to control. Gatsby has a firm devotion for things and people he desires; he feels that if he achieves material wealth, he can live a countless life. Gatsby corrupts himself due to his yearning for social status and wealth, as Nick says; “his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents” (104). The idea of his imagination not accepting his parents shows his yearning for wealth.
They survive and they are allowed to go on being careless. As Nick writes, “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness.” They aren 't cruel or malicious, they’re just careless - they don 't care too much about Myrtle or Gatsby or their daughter or even each other. To live without a care in the world is supposed to be the dream, right? Everyone wants a carefree life.
In “The Power of Altruism,” David Brooks, a political and cultural journalist for the The New York Times and creator of the Sidney Awards, asserts that, “In real life, the push of selfishness is matched by the pull of empathy and…. by assuming that people are selfish… we’ve wound up with a society that is less cooperative, less trusting, less effective.” Brooks reinforces his claim via studies from Matthieu Ricard’s novel “Altruism” containing evidence that, “If you reward a baby… for being kind, the propensity to help will decrease… up to 40 percent,” he expands his claim with real-world examples of society’s reinforced selfishness like in 2001 where, when the, “Boston fire commissioner ended...unlimited sick days and imposed a limit of 15
Selfishness and selflessness in Australian Society Humans are the most selfish creatures to ever walk the earth. We can however, also be considered as the most selfless beings. The theory of nationalism and sacrifices towards the ‘greater good’ are the two leading forces behind this sense of self-value that have been present in society for centuries. The destruction of the environment for personal gain as well as the destruction of human life for the benefit of the country are examples of these forces. I am passionate about this issue because I do not believe in the carless and unnecessary waste of life or the environment.