Samira Ahmed’s realistic fiction novel, Love, Hate, and Other Filters, takes place in modern-day Chicago where a suicide bombing has engrossed the attention of America. Maya Aziz, a Muslim teenager, is targeted for her heritage while attempting to lead a life free of high school drama, controlling parents, and difficult relationships. As Maya copes with Islamophobia, prejudice against Muslims, she begins to understand the horrors and shortcomings of violence. One lesson the story suggests is that hatred is an infectious and blinding motive.
“Human action can be modified to some extent but human nature cannot be changed”- Abraham Lincoln. Human nature like Lincoln said cannot be changed but it can change in specific situations, sometimes badly or sometimes greatly. In the show “The Twilight Zone” there is an episode that analyzes how humans react to paranoia and scapegoats but this analyzation was disguised with fiction. The story was that a flash of light appears and the power goes out, a boy suspects that it was aliens and that someone is an alien in the town which at first the town doesn’t believe but soon with paranoia leaping in they go against each other. It is revealed that there was no alien in the town, the only aliens were the ones who turned off the power the rest was the human imagination. Their behavior changes with the paranoia and the groups which could be said for many, people’s behavior changes in a group by being more aggressive to specific person as shown in the episode.
When it comes to the ecosystems that makes up our world today, many believe that the predators are the issue. The balance between the predators and the prey is more than defiantly unbalanced in the human eye, with the predators at the high end and the prey at the low. But, what would happen if someone changes the view of the people and make them realize that the unbalance is balanced? That we need the predators as much as we need the prey? In the essay “Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolf” by Mary Ellen Hannibal, readers get to realize just how unjustified this unbalance is. A major point within “Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolf” is that the predators are not always the big problem, but instead a big help, and that they are withering down to a non-existent state. The animal that Hannibal uses as an example is the wolf in Wyoming. I believe whole heartedly with Hannibal in saying that if it was not for the wolves, many ecosystems and the prey would not thrive as much as they do.
Mark Twain was a prominent humorous American writer in the late 19th century who was infamous for satirizing many elements of society and writing in a vernacular that most people could understand. He believes that humor is “strictly a work of art” and that it is much subtler than comedy which “shouts [the nub] at you … every time” (Source A). Using his sense of humor, Mark Twain writes “Cannibalism in the Cars” and uses repetition and irony to achieve a humorous effect.
The laws of the universe maintain that something must be sacrificed in order to gain. Although, scientifically, this pertains to the conservation of energy, sacrifices must also be made to maintain order in a civilization. Members of a civilization must sacrifice fulfilling their immediate desires in order to do what is necessary for their civilization’s survival. For experienced, matured adults, this is common sense: do what is right before what feels right. Children and adolescents do not grasp this concept due to their age and inexperience. In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, a group of young boys stranded on an island decide to do what feels right before what is right. The consequences are horrific. Unfortunately, due to the human
Rod Serling, by creating the episode “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”, Serling is trying to show an aspect of history like McCarthyism. During the episode, a lot is going on and it causes the residents to lose their sanity. The problem starts off small, and soon the whole situation is flipped from being about a power outage to blaming each other about who caused it. Lastly, the end of the show is total chaos. Much like McCarthyism which is making accusations to transform the established social order and treason without regards to evidence, the show represents that in a way that’s subtle.
In many dystopian compositions, the characters In The Giver by Lois Lowry, Jonas, the receiver of memory chooses to return all the memories back to his communities so that they could have a life with emotions, color, and diversity. In The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street by Rod Serling, members of the street were being very paranoid because some aliens came to their community to raid them. They had played with the neighbors, which lead to false accusations on each other. Jonas and the residents of the community show paranoia because they were second guessing their peers, they were hoping that no false accusations happen on them, and also because they want to protect themselves and their loved ones so that nothing bad happens to them.
In “Monsters Are Do on Maple Street” by Rod Serling, The events and character actions advance the plot because without them you wouldn't develop a deeper understanding of the story. As quoted in the passage, “Whoever was in that thing that came by overhead...I don't think they want us to leave here.” Tommy explains what he believes is happening when he sees something abnormal flying through the air. He tells the neighbors what the object that flew through the air was and what it symbolized. The next piece of text evidence is the turning point of the story. The text states “We’re all on a monster kick, less.” they all start gaining hints about what they think is going on. This later raises suspicion amongst the group which leads them to all
The Holocaust lasted for four years, a mass genocide executed by Nazi Germany, with the goal to eradicate all Jews. Six million Jews were successfully murdered, and hardly anyone lifted a finger to help the thousands killed daily. Elie Wiesel was right in saying that 'Being a neutral bystander helps those who are evil; that remaining silent encourages even more evil to happen '. This is true, since evil always comes back and causes so many people so much pain.
Monsters will NEVER ever die: all cultures around the world have them and have had them since people first thought of them. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, Stephen T. Asma, in his essay, Monsters and the Moral Imagination, describes how we look at and are drawn to monsters. But not just monsters, murderers and psychopaths also. Monsters never age, ranging from the first civilization to now. In Asma's essay he asks, "Why do monsters exist?" He speculates two reasons, maybe social anxiety or the unconscious mind. He appeals to an audience of all ages. Asma's purpose is to remind us that monsters are a constant in our lives. The tone that Asma creates is informative yet entertaining and iconic to convey to his audience is that monsters exist.
In my English class I read the book called Monster written by Walter Dean Myers. It was about a young man called Steve Harmon who was arrested for allegedly being a part of a crime gone horribly wrong, which sadly resulted in a man losing his life. It also spoke about what Steve had to endure throughout that entire process of that trail. In the end even tho Steve knew that the crime will occur he still was found not guilty. I believe that Steve Harmon should have been found not guilty because, he did not give a signal and he also did not receive any part of the money that taken from the robbery.
Herd behavior modified one’s thoughts and discourages others’ self-confidence. Group think influences others to not use their brains but to channel their emotions through feelings and emotions. This action to pressure individuals to conform, influence members of a group, to rely on others to stay safe and cancel out their opportunities to channel their own thoughts. In the teleplay “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” written by Rod Serling, the article “When Good People Do Bad Things” written by Ann Trafton, and the article “Why Do People Follow The Crowd?” reported by ABC News, all provide instances where people lose touch with themselves and behave differently in a crowd. Because of herd behavior taking over, thinking with emotions instead
In “To Build a Fire,” the story of an unnamed man traveling along the Yukon Trail with a dog is told. Throughout the story, the man’s death is foreshadowed. The husky that he is traveling with has a natural instinct and understands, seemingly more than the man, that traveling the Yukon Trail in the freezing cold temperatures is extremely dangerous. The man soon learns how cold it is when he spits. His saliva turns into ice before hitting the ground, and he knows this means that it is more than fifty degrees below freezing. Despite the obvious danger and forewarning from an older man, the man and dog continue along the trail. The temperature is the main factor resulting in his death. The human body has limits,
In “Of Cannibals” by Michel de Montaigne there is repeated usage of the word barbarous in different forms. Montaigne uses this word to describe the natives several times, however he also uses it introspectively to look at European society. The author’s usage of barbarous is revealing, it’s usage questions if the natives acts are savage or simply different but in no way more primitive than European acts. This question is explored throughout the essay as Montaigne struggles to define barbarity; whether it is acts of savagery, or simply foreign ideas or actions. Often times when he is referring to European acts he deems barbaric to be savage or uncouth actions. In contrast, Montaigne uses barbarous to mean foreign when referring to the natives he encounters. In this way he forces the reader to examine the customs and practices of Europe in that time period.