Can social classes affect the character of a person? In his story “Monstro,” Junot Diaz Describes how an infection took over many people in the Dominican Republic, more specifically the Haitians in poverty. He also gives us insight in the conflict the narrator is facing of liking a girl called Mysty who is of a different social status than he is, and of a wealthy guy called Alex and his desire to be a photographer at any risk. Diaz focuses on how an infection can affect people of different social status. He discusses how immune the wealthy are comparing to the poor to the infected, when compared to the blacks who are more at risk of the disease.
In the personal essay “Thank You,” Alex Haley discusses life as a young U.S. coast-guardsman around the Thanksgiving holiday. As he had time to sit out and think about this holiday and its actual meaning , Alex realizes that of all the meanings that could come from this one holiday the most important is giving thanks, but to whom he was giving thanks to and in what way would this thanks b delivered was what Alex questioned by stating “Giving thanks—as in praying, thanking God, I thought. Yes, of course Certainly.” Then he realizes that this sincere thanks could be to those who’ve assisted him all his life whether this help was physical or mental.
In “The Choice Explosion” by David Brooks, the author describes the state of decision-making skills and how they have affected life in recent years, specifically in America. Brooks begins with a description of a social psychology experiment on Japanese and American college students and the decisions they wanted to make for themselves. The results showed that the American students wanted to decide in four times more areas than the Japanese students. Brooks then makes the conclusion that this is the result of American individualism; this individualism has provided more choice and control over everyday life. However, the author also points out that arriving at good outcomes is no easy task, even for qualified decision makers.
Canadian author William E. Bell’s young adult novel Forbidden City: A Novel of Modern China (1990), is set against the backdrop of the infamous Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. Canadian teenager Alex Jackson’s journalist father takes him to the Chinese capital city, where, father and son are caught up in the student protests in Tiananmen Square. They’re separated, and Alex finds himself on the run while in possession of video footage that the Chinese government wants to destroy. His only hope is the student protesters. Exploring themes of coming-of-age, political repression, and the importance of journalists and truth-tellers, Forbidden City was banned in China for its unflinching depiction of the regime’s brutal approach towards protesters, while it was critically acclaimed in the rest of the world.
"Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feeling within the bounds of dignity." - Samuel Ullman. This is something that Tom Sawyer does not develop over the course of the novel. Tom Sawyer is a young boy in a small town that lives with his aunt. Tom is very rebellious and immature which are qualities that he maintains until the end.
The Celebrity Obsession Sofia Coppola’s film, The Bling Ring, follows wealthy, California teenagers as they break into celebrity homes burglarizing millions in merchandise, all based on true events. The film specifically focuses on the lives of Mark, Rebecca, Nicki, and Sam, giving the audience a sense of their luxurious life styles of being handed anything they want. The film shows multiple burglary and party scenes, all with a carefree sense and no worries of repercussion due to their actions. A major scene (41:00-42:44) is where Nicki finds a gun at Megan Fox’s house and proceeds to hand it to a drugged up, Xanax filled Sam. This relaxed state Sam is in has her dancing around with the loaded gun, while pointing it back and forth at Mark
Looking Ahead: Toby’s Dire Fate If you had the ability to see your future, would you? While it may be impossible for us to foresee what is coming in our own lives, Tobias Wolff allows us to look ahead at what will become of our protagonist, Toby, is his 1989 memoir This Boy’s Life.
Robert Adams awakens on December 2nd, 2015 prepared for what he thought would be just be another day of work. As Robert leaves his house, he does not believe that it would be the last time he ever says goodbye to his wife, and the last time he left to go to work. When Robert arrives at the Inland Regional Center, he is prepared and ecstatic for a day full of training and a special Christmas party. Robert stares at the brown, wooden desk where his papers lay sporadically. Suddenly, a boisterous bang echoed throughout the office; shots have been fired.
A foil is a character in a book who erodes the identity of another character. One example of a foil is Tom Sawyer. Tom Sawyer is Huckleberry Finn’s foil throughout Mark Twain’s book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck and Tom each have their own individual character, but when Huck is around Tom’s character his character falters. Others however believe that neither Tom nor Huck have good character.
This novel, Ark Angel is set in modern London and the USA. This novel is about a 14-year-old teenage boy named Alex Rider. Alex, is a school boy whose uncle and dad were spies. At a young age he was forced to the MI6 English Intelligence. In this novel, Alex has to save the world again, with help from his fellow MI6 and CIA friends.