This is the classic story between parent and child in Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds.” The theme of this story revolves around a mother who wants nothing but the best for her daughter. Mrs. Woo, the mother of Jing-mei, is a struggling immigrant who had lost everything in China and believes in the American dream by stating, "My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America” (639). She puts Jing-mei into various activities to figure out what she could be good at. The universal theme is conflict between a mother’s desire for her daughter to achieve greatness and a daughter’s personal yearning to find out who she is.
People often find the need to seek the meaning of life. They feel as though there has to be more to life or that they are blinded to something vital in the grand scheme of things. Different people use different means, some go on grand journeys hoping to find some sort of wisdom in their experience. This is where we find a parallel in the lives of Chris McCandless and Siddhartha, the main characters of Into the wild by Jon Krakauer and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. In both stories the main character lives a well off life but becomes dissatisfied by societal conventions. This leads them to stray from their homes and what they know, and is also where we draw our first difference. Being that it is 400BC India, Siddhartha asks his father to let him leave his home. He wants to go with
A personal belief that many people have is that puppies are one of the most adorable creatures in the world. The young, energetic, playfulness of one can bring joy and love to people who are a fan of dogs. The story by George Saunders titled “puppy” brings to light the youthful nature of children and how they are like puppies needing understanding and guidance. On the adult side of the spectrum, adults may not always make the best decisions just like puppies when it comes to making choices about the people they love and having clear judgment. The story is set in the belief that we prioritize the people we love based on the conditions and choices that come with that person. In doing so it is about wanting what is best for them even when it is not directly in sight while not holding them back but building character so they can achieve a
My journey began when The Deron School hired me as a paraprofessional. I learned so much about myself in a classroom setting of diverse learners. First, my strong qualities, such as patience, flexibility to change, and positivity, were simply demonstrated for this position. I have witnessed staff members resign due to stress from unpredictable circumstances. However, I can simply understand the rough days which strengthens my performance to find a solution. Since the students are learning at different levels, I work with each one to achieve academic skills; in addition to recognizing issues, encouraging socialization and independence. Also, I have earned the title as a Registered Behavioral Technician through training, exams, and BCBA observations. Applied Behavior Analysis is very useful while managing behaviors that interfere with learning. I am invested in knowing the needs, weaknesses, strengths, and fears of all the students. A trustful bond will lead students to feel valued in their abilities. As a paraprofessional, my goal is to
In the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson is the protagonist. Percy Jackson, a twelve year old boy, lives with his mom and stepfather, Sally Jackson and Gabe Ugliano. Percy finds out that the Greek gods are real, and that he is a half blood, half human and half god. He also finds out that there is a camp called Camp Half Blood, that his best friend, Grover is a satyr, and that his dad is Poseidon, god of the sea. The camp director, Chiron, sent Percy on a mission with Grover and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, to retrieve a lightning bolt from the lightning thief who is believed to be Hades, god of the underworld. Luke, another member of Camp Half Blood, gave Percy a pair of shoes that flies but he can’t wear it or he will be in
Spiritual Guru, Osho once stated, “Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated”. This ties into The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because, Hazel only lived her life safely, until Augustus came along and showed her all of the excitement her life could have, if she let it. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a story that takes place in a small town in Indiana where teenager, Hazel Lancaster, is suffering with terminal cancer, which causes her outlook on life to be incredibly negative, until Augustus Waters; a boy who went from cancerous, cancer-free, to cancerous again comes along. He changes her life for the better, and shows her the importance of living and leaves her with that importance when he passes away. The theme, life should be lived to the fullest, is shown throughout the
Intrinsic value defines itself to be a set of ethics that is dependent upon an individual’s morals. The intrinsic value of anything is often given a hidden meaning. Alfie Kohn’s essay “How not to get into College”, Heron Jones’s poem “Somnambulist”, and the episode “Rosebud” from the television show, The Simpsons, shows how finding true meaning and motivation in life can be very difficult and also reveals deeper meaning of how it is better to be motivated intrinsically rather than extrinsically.
The movie “Bajo la Misma Luna,” in my own opinion, is a wonderful film representing all of the obstacles and sacrifices families have to go through to live in a free and safe environment. Some of the obstacles that these Mexican families encounter would include the hardships illegal immigrants face with la migra along with the reasons for Mexicans to immigrate and cross the border. Also jobs available for illegal immigrants are difficult to find as well. All of these things can be very dangerous especially being an illegal immigrant but it could take years to completely become an American citizen so the quickest way is to go illegally which splits families like Carlitos and his
The society we live in has shaped us in ways we may not have every noticed. Each culture different from the next, we often get angry or frustrated when a person commits a violation we feel is just common sense. Values, norms, sanctions, folkways, and mores are a part of our everyday life, yet most do not know their meanings, definition, or how they play a role in our lives. The object is to inform of these ideas, give their definitions, explain how they affect us. Next I will give a detailed description of a two norm violations I observed along with a norm violation I committed. Lastly, I will discuss and analysis my observations, experiences, and the significance of values, norms, sanctions, folkways, and mores to our society.
One big aspect in Donna's response was her emphasis and importance of developing a thesis. The two essays we read were precursors in showing us the importance of a thesis and how we are to incorporate it into our writing. Donna also went on to talk about the importance of considering your audience. When it comes to the two essays, "Once More to the Lake" happens to be much more relatable and pertinent than "The Death of the Moth." She also touched on the importance of symbolism. These essays were great examples on how to portray a deeper meaning in a piece of writing. In general terms this essay prompt helped us establish and look into the basics of writing an essay.
In Thomas D. Peacock’s “Gekinoo’amaagejig,” he talks about Deacon Kingship and how he relates to the community. That he fact that he has down syndrome does not mean he cannot play a role in the community. Peacock also talks about Native culture and his fear about the next generation being passed down the traditional Ojibwe language. I find it interesting how he mentioned that the language it what makes defines natives (59). That without the language that apart of themselves would be lost forever. What I admired the most about his reading was passionate and determined he was to learn the language. A lot of people will complain about the condition of Native culture, but Peacock is committed to making sure the next generation knows the culture.
The concept of consumerism was first brought to my awareness in First Year Writing. I admit, before this intro course, I was indeed ignorant of the negative impacts that consumption had on society. FYS opened my mind to the dangers of over-consumption, and more importantly, helped me see beyond what meets the eye. Take for example, Disney, a seemingly innocent corporation, a company’s whose name is practically synonymous with the notion of childhood innocence. Upon initial judgement, one would assume that Disney is merely harmless family entertainment. Where in fact, if one looks beneath Disney’s visage of innocence, their true intentions are shockingly cynical. Disney’s cultural pedagogy embeds the concept of consumption into young susceptible
War has no boundaries. It separates families, tears down homes full of memories, and turns people against each other. A memorable piece of literature that epitomizes the true effects of war is Obasan by Joy Kogawa. Obasan is a valuable piece of literature; it shows another aspect of World War II and its devastating effects. Japanese-Canadians are silenced, brutalized, and punished due to the paranoia of war.
Colleen is a 20-year-old university student who is outgoing, energetic and confident. Her interests involve performing, traveling and swimming. Colleen’s friends find her enthusiastic about life and open to new ideas and change. Colleen is currently studying psychology and aspires to work as a lecturer to share what she has learnt with others. As Colleen has siblings and cousins who excel in academic performance, she possesses a high motivation to strive for success in order to keep up with the people around her. In doing so, Colleen has perfectionistic strivings and pays attention to the smallest details of her work. Due to her inability to always achieve her targets, she has reflected on her life and easily feels frustrated. Colleen is able to maintain her social life while she concentrates on her university commitments. She enjoys meeting new people and engaging in exciting activities with her friends such as laser clay shooting and paintball fight. Colleen has strong opinions and rarely complies with others. Therefore, she often provides suggestions in group discussions and adheres to her judgements.
Most of the people consider that being a student is the most enjoyable and stress free part of our life. This is the stage where we are exploring different things in our environment. Being influenced by someone in good or in bad things. This is the stage wherein we have a lot of ambition or goals, that push our limits in order to achieve it in the future.