In Lara Buchak’s essay, Can It Be Rational to Have Faith?, she asserts that everyday faith statements and religious faith statements share the same attributes. She later states that in order to truly have faith, a person ceases to search for more evidence for their claim, and that having faith can be rational. Although she makes compelling arguments in favor of faith in God, this essay is more hearsay and assumption than actual fact. In this paper, you will see that looking for further evidence would constitute not having faith, but that having faith, at least in the religious sense, is irrational.
“Why have hope?”, is the question raised in the poem “Drifters” by Bruce Dawe. Bruce Dawe’s poem explores how change can damage a family 's relationship and cause them to drift apart. This poem has underlying and straight forward themes depicted about change. Straight forward depiction is the physical movement of the family from place to place and not everyone is in favour of this change. The very first line of the poem, “One day soon he’ll tell her it’s time to start packing”, supports the inevitable change that no one else has a say in except the man. This highlights the power imbalance in a patriarchal house hold. The underlying depiction is the fact that the family is drifting apart because of this change. This is conveyed through the mother choosing to ignore the children and packing aimlessly almost as if she’s following a routine. This idea is reinforced by the repetition of ‘and’ as well as the listing effect which creates a sense of routine.
Hope is always needed in dark situations to help you surpass the suffering. This is true in most cases where death may lie. In the book Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson, the Author shows just what a grim disease my do to you, your loved ones, and everyone else on this planet. In the book, a 13 year old girl, Marie, Lives a normal life in Philadelphia until the day comes during the summer of 1793 were the fever strikes it's first few victims. She is forced to try and survive not only the sickness but the people, and places around her. This book puts forward the idea that Hope may not always be offered but can still be found if you search for it.
Everyone has dealt with hope. They’ve either had it, or they didn’t. Whether they had hoped to get a job they wanted, hoped to get into a good college, or as simple as hoping to get good grades. Hope is something that is available for everyone, it's just a matter if they believe in it. Hope is sometimes a last resort for people. They have already lost so much that the only thing they can do is hope. They hope for a better future, and for everything to get better. Mattie Gokey’s last resort is hope. She has already lost so much, more than a sixteen year old should. Her mom died of cancer, which left her in the mother role for her younger sisters. Soon after Ma died, her older brother Lawton left. When he left, she then became the oldest which put a lot more responsibilities on her. Mattie then gets accepted into Barnard, a college in New York City. Mattir is faced with many challenges through the novel, testing her hope. Jennifer Donnelly is saying that having hope can lead to
Hope is a helpful tool to push people through the hardest times in life. In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, there are numerous examples of hope helping people and revitalizing their confidence. People used hope to help them through rough times. People hope that friends and family are still alive. Also hope that the Front liberates the camps and frees everyone. Hope can help people get through the hardest obstacles in life.
In the Merrriam-Webster dictionary, hope is defined as; to cherish a desire with anticipation. However, those words don't convey the meaning deep enough, hope is more than that. Hope is a feeling deep in the gut, a motivating force, for some hope is everything. Hope must be stronger than any fear and it must have fight in it. Lina Vilkas, a fifteen year old Lithuanian, she fights for hope. In Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys a family is ripped apart by russian soldiers and sent to prison camps. The prison camps have the worst living conditions and the soldiers are brutal to anyone. Lina meets Andrius in the camps, a friend who helps her stay strong while she is imprisoned for 12 years and loses both parents and almost her brother. Lina finds her hope even in the darkest situations, because hope is bright and believing in a brighter future it isn't giving up because of fear. Ruta Sepetys theme of the power of hope on a survivor is expressed when a young girl loses everything, finds
Hope can consist of staying positive even through the most calamitous of times, remembering some of your precious memories, and even waiting patiently for good outcomes. Having hope can help you overcome obstacles that you may have thought were unfeasible to surpass. There may be times where hope seems out of your grasps. Yo may even start feeling like there is no point in having hope, but a positive attitude can help a tremendous amount when handling conflict. Having something taken from your grasps makes you want to fight for it, but waiting patiently and having hope can also get the lost item back. Fear can leave you petrified, but hope is the greatest strength that you can possess and hope will always overpower
In life we can all relate to the feeling of longing for something. In All Summer in a Day, Ray Bradbury’s characters’ lives are clouded with rain and the only see the sun once every seven years. Bradbury uses metaphors, emotions, and repetition to express the sun’s meaning of hope to the main character, Margot, and the children of rocket men and women on Venus. Metaphors and emotions are used to help the reader relate to the connection with the sun. He describes the sun and the rain using metaphors, and uses the children’s emotions to help further the idea. It could be argued that the sun symbolizes patience. Everyone waits in seven years of rain just for a single hour of sun. The repetition of the sun and the rain comes up a lot. It makes the point that it is a big part of their lives. Metaphors, emotions and repetition are used to show that the sun represents hope.
Hope can be a driving force in our lives. It can pick up the phone to call that one girl back for a second date. It can move our fingers to type the first few words of a novel. It can push us to do more and be more than we ever thought we could be. On the other hand, hope can be like an opiate. It can relieve our tensions and our stresses in a small dose, but it is addictive in big enough quantities. It can make us see things that will never happen. It can convince us we can move a mountain with only the resources to move a molehill. It can dull our senses and blind us to what is really happening around us, allowing us to see only our idealistic fantasies. Most people either don’t let hope control them, or don’t notice or care when it does. For the few that abandon hope entirely, those are the hopeless. The hopeless are the ones that believe the world we live in is one without joy or optimism. One such case is The Alcoholic in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s An Alcoholic Case. The Alcoholic, once a successful cartoonist, has sunk to a pathetic, near invalid drunk. In An Alcoholic Case, Fitzgerald uses the character of The Alcoholic to illustrate what can happen to us when we quit hope cold turkey.
The Finest Hours by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman is the true story of the brave men who risked their own lives to save others. The journey across the sea consisted of many situations that they had to face. Not many people would risk their own lives to save someone else’s. The book describes the situations in a great deal, and any reader will enjoy reading the book.
Hope is a feeling inside you that makes feel like you can do anything. When you have that feeling you set yourself up for success and it makes you want to live life like a fairytale. The war started at Valley Forge, George Washington made an army that he had hoped for. Then the British came and forced war over them. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” (Paine 153) What Paine is trying to say in this quote is that the better we fight, the more joyous and exciting the win will be. I have decided to re-enlist for three reasons which are: sicknesses, the encouragement of the soldiers, and the congressmen helping the soldiers.
Imagine a single, lonely flame. Its vitality, its survival, depends on you. Now imagine the emotional commitment you have set forth to preserve this oscillating light, this sliver of hope. Now imagine that it wisps out of existence, from one moment to another. Such was what men devoted to communism, like George Orwell, author of the book Animal Farm, might have beheld when facing the despotism in Russia under the charade of communism, and such was the sight of the animals of Animal Farm, when the pigs march out of the farmhouse on two feet, triumphant, as dominators, as humans. Though late in the narrative, multiple factors clearly make this the turning point. It is because of the animal 's protests, the indifference of the pigs, and the sharp contrast the author draws between the mood before and after this scene that this is the turning point where the reader is simultaneously enraged and disappointed.
What gives someone hope in a world of death and despair? Is it a mother, or a child? Can the generations of your family give hope in a world of darkness? Edwidge Danticat, author of, Krik? Krak!, answers this. Danticat suggests the only way to find hope in a place of despair is from the generations of your family that have come before and after. Krik? Krak! portrays the stories of fictional Haitian character’s struggles and how they overcome great odds through hope.
Emily Dickinson opens up her poem with the famous line, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words,’’. Paul Laurence Dunbar ends his poem with the line “I know why the caged bird sings!”. These two lines from the poets form the theme of the two poems. The poem “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson, and “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar both present a theme that suffering makes you appreciate hope much more. It seems that hope and pain are almost a dynamic duo. You cannot appreciate the good if you do not experience the bad. However in the poem “Sympathy”, by Dunbar, you can visualize the darker side of hope seeing as he gives more insight in the hurting side of hope. Both the poems use the metaphor of a bird to visualize the overall meaning of the poem. Dunbar uses his bird as a metaphor for the lack of freedom and
Hope is illuminated in “Children of the Sea”, through the unnamed boy and girl 's relationship. Danticat tells the story of the two 's distant relationship. They write back and forth to each other, in assumption that both are still alive and well, trying to fill the void. The man is on a boat, seeking to escape trouble he got himself into, in Haiti. The girl resides in Haiti, with the rest of her family. They both write to each other to feel as though they’re having a normal conversation, hoping that the other is also writing. “i will keep writing like we promised to do. i hate it, but I will keep writing. you keep writing too, okay? and when we see each other again, it will seem like we lost no time” (Danticat 7). Hope is demonstrated as the girl tells her secluded love that they will see each other again, not acknowledging the fact that he could be in danger. Even if she can never send the letters, she continues to write. Not only is hope shown as she’s trusting that he’s writing back, but also when the girl