Using movies as a way of teaching a specific time period is an entertaining but often fictitious method to education. Especially, when Hollywood blockbusters like Gladiator (2000) are involved. However, some Hollywood pictures that do a sufficient job of showcasing a time in history. Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man, also starring Russell Crowe, is a rarity in the world of historical fiction film. While it is still not 100% factual, it does do a fantastic job of featuring the atmosphere of the early 1930’s. This atmosphere is best characterised by a fervent devotion to faith, the desperation of the unemployed, and the amazing resilience of the American people.
In Pat Conroy’s “Confessions of an Ex-Catholic”, Conroy describes the love he had for the Catholic mass rituals, the Georgian chants, and the prayer even though he left the character and swears to never return. Conroy includes that, although he was thankful for this upbringing, he will never force his children in the church. Conroy also confesses that while he is an ex-Catholic he is still part of the church and forever will be. The purpose of Conroy’s confession is to admit and almost convince the reader, the audience, that even after leaving a religion or certain belief, one is always part of it and it is a part of one. “Just as I always will be American and Southern, I will always be Catholic. I left the Church but she has not left me.” Many might think that after leaving a religion, the connection is over but it quite the opposite. Conroy proves in his confession that his upbringing within the Catholic Church shaped him as not only as a person but also as a writer.
In Chapter one it states “When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was of course a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and the worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood”. McCourt’s Angela’s ashes gives the reader a sense of impecuniousness and conflicts at times. However, the text becomes interesting and uplifting because it focuses on humor and hope. The story shows the reader how the determination of the family living in terrible conditions was able to overcome conflicts in order to make their lives better. Most of the time the story is depressing, but it’s certainly is not. In the beginning Frank was a child of innocence. Frank was describing his life events without bitterness, hatred, or blame. The Hardships the family faces are treated as if it was normal, despite these conflicts, most of the text is filled with hilarious quotes that distract the reader from the depressing side of the story.
Based on the evidence in Patrick Shanley’s play, Doubt: A Parable, I conclude Father Flynn is guilty because of his desire to help boys and his ability to hide his past.
Shaunti Feldhahn portrays a powerful tool in her novel that should be a basis of Christian belief; that tool is prayer. She sees the importance of how it affects every situation Christians put themselves into, she suggests that through prayer, believers can fulfill their God given purpose. Her novel, “The Veritas Conflict,” insists that prayer should control the believer, because throughout the novel, prayer provides protection in the setting, it gives direction to the characters, and it brings support in the middle of conflict.
“Infernal Affairs” is one of the most successful films in Asia and it became internationally known when Martin Scorsese adapted it to shoot “The Departed”.
In almost every Count that has ever been reigned in the middle ages, there is no leader like Count Charles, who takes a risky approach to governing a land with the idea of religion as an important aspect of his position. Count Charles, aka “Blessed Charles the Good” is well known for feeding the poor, promoting peace and security, but religion is definitely a big influence to his reign as the Count of Flanders. At first, before doing any research on Count Charles’ religious ruling, I would already believe that Charles is a spiritual nobleman that everyone would admire because of how devastated Flanders felt when they heard about his death in 1127. Fortunately, my thoughts on Count Charles
In Jon Sweeney’s lecture and book, “ When Saint Francis Saved The Church”, he spoke about Francis leading a revolutionary life. There were two points that helped support with Francis leading a revolutionary life. Those points were friendship and poverty. Sweeney spoke about how important friendship and poverty was to Francis. These points helped with Francis learning what kind of person he would be and do with his life. The first point, Sweeney spoke about was friendship.
Joseph Stalin shows a harsh example of religious persecution during his reign in power. It can be shown through the history of the laws, Atheist propaganda, and it’s ever so lasting effects after his death.
Writing about controversial subjects can often be difficult; however Hughes executed his story, Salvation, in an intriguing manner that is suitable to all audiences and religions. In this story, the writer retells an experience from his childhood describing his journey to Jesus Christ. Discussing the complications, the main character, Hughes, faced while trying to come to Jesus is what makes the story interesting to read. On many occasions, you will read a story or watch a movie that shows the main character coming to Jesus and having an immediate and obvious realization of their Savior. For this reason, I found this story to be unique and relatable in the way that it shows a journey that countless Christians face, but you are not often granted the opportunity to read about this type of experience.
“Her characters, who sometimes accept and other times reject salvation, often have a warped self-image, especially of their moral status and of the morality of their actions” (Hobby). This addresses how some of the important lines in the story describe to the reader about the extreme exaggeration and the psychological realism of the church, which O’Connor wanted to express within her story. The extreme use of exaggeration and how the use of the characters bring a sense of an uncanny feeling of good and evil within each character, portrays how deep the meaning is seen in this short story. “the story is filled with dark, grotesque humor created largely by the story 's many ironies” (Hobby). The author of this source highly emphasizes that O’Connor creates this dark humor for her characters to build on her meaning in the story and uses irony to create the distortion within her
Before the time comes when children gain the ability to see the world through their own personal perspective, they rely heavily on the outlook of their parents. In special circumstances centering around impoverished families, there are multiple responses to the hardships that come with poverty. There is a stark contrast between the two approaches, as seen through the characters Frank and Jeannette. As children are growing up and gaining the ability to form their own ideals and values, they lose sight of the opinions that are forced upon them by their parents actions. In the memoirs Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, and Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the two main characters face similar struggles as a result of their parents inability to see reality, but Jeannette is able to find
Vince Lombardi was mainly known as a football coach for the Green Bay Packers. Many people considered him one of the greatest football coaches in history considering the several Championships he took his team to. Vince Lombardi, defined his success in winning the Super Bowl and not just seeing his players as players, but as family.
American’s celebrate Christopher Columbus on the 2nd Monday in October. Why? Who is Christopher Columbus? Why does he get his own Holiday? What did he do that was so great that we all celebrate this 1 man? Many people, in today’s society, do not agree on the image of Christopher Columbus, or what this Holiday is portrayed to be. Some say he was a savage, and he should not be celebrated. People boycott the Holiday, and say he enslaved, killed, and tortured Native Americans for their lands and riches. Others believe he was a brave and honorable explorer, who set out on a voyage in search of A “New World”. Who is right? Who is wrong? Is there a right or wrong? Although there are different viewpoints regarding whom Christopher Columbus is, or was, one view point that is constant is, he did make his mark on the World! Granted, ideals of Christopher
Though I no longer accept their doctrine, I have a deep respect for many aspects of the Catholic Church and all religions that bring acceptance and goodwill to the world. Today, I like to say that my religion is kindness. In my experience on this earth, I’ve found that the only thing that really matters is how we treat others today, and not so much where we’ll be when we die. I try not to think that far ahead. Instead, I focus on how I can make the world a little better now. I don’t regret my time in the Catholic church, but I’m glad I’ve found a way of life that feels right for my own beliefs; beliefs I live to their fullest potential every