I aspire to emulate the moral convictions of Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A. Truett Cathy never compromised his morals for his own success. His restaurant franchise has succeeded operating only six-sevenths of the time of his competitors. This is due to his commitment to keeping the Sabbath. I see this level of commitment in myself. I never take a shortcut that will compromise my morals. Instead, I work for my success the hard way. Last year, I found myself in a class where a large majority of my peers would cheat on quizzes and tests. I worked hard studying my notes and reading my textbook, and fought to make grades similar to theirs. My instructor would curve our quizzes and tests, so it was devastating when there was material
Logan Sweet is one of the main characters in the book The Candymakers. Inside, he is just a curious, intelligent, gifted boy with a very kind heart. He just wants everybody to get along. But on the outside…. Well let’s just say that he isn’t your average kid. Logan lives in the grand candy factory called Life is Sweet. He has grown up here, and accommodated to the unusual lifestyle. Need a person to tell you if you need a teaspoon more chocolate in your enormous vat? Logan can do it… From SMELLING THE CHOCOLATE. Need someone who can tell you every single ingredient you put in a candy bar from a touch of honey to a single hazelnut by just tasting it? Logan has got you covered. But the problem with this lifestyle is that he is lonely. Not going
Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter Sweet is a historical fiction novel that takes place during the Japanese Internment of 1942. It centers n Henry Lee, a Chinese boy living with traditional Chinese parents and trying to grow up as a typical American kid in the U.S. during World War II. When he befriends a Japanese girl in the midst of the conflict, Henry soon discovers that navigating between the borders of cultures comes with many obstacles.
The purpose of my essay is to explore how different social backgrounds and the social norms that follow affect the personality of two fictive characters and encourage them to break out of their station to find an identity. The protagonists Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye and Tambudzai in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions are both victims of social norms. Therefore, the foundation of this essay was to analyze the character’s social background, which has influenced their personalities, behavior and aspirations, and consequently their opposing actions against society.
Fruitvale Station is based on a true story that occurred in Oakland, California in 2009. Oscar Grant III was unarmed and lying face down on a subway platform. He was shot by a white Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officer. This movie is about what we can imagine when we cast our gaze across the longstanding divides in this segregated American society. Oscar Grant was a real 22 - year old man. The first thing we see in “Fruitvale” is the fatal moment that led to Oscar’s death. Camera phone footage of the Bay Area Rapid Transit cops beating Oscar and his friends on a subway platform that ends with a gunshot.
Ferris Bueller’s Day off tells the story of a high school senior who employs deception and manipulative tactics to skip classes with his best friend and girlfriend. Meanwhile, his sister and the school’s principle work separately to expose him as a fraud. During the first scene of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jean and Ferris are at odds while he’s rendering a performance to convince his parents that he is too sick to attend school. While convincing his parents, Jean stands nearby expressing disdain through body language like explicit hand gestures, foot tapping, hands placed on her hips; and verbal challenges like criticizing her parents’ decisions to let Ferris stay home. Because Jean expresses her suspicions of favoritism, “…I can’t believe this, if I was bleeding out both my eyes you guys would make me go to school, this is so unfair” ( 1:58-2:05)her discourse establishes the social climate in her relationship with her brother in proximity to their parents. In other words, scene one establishes a few things; relationship factors, personality, and communication styles. For example, Jean feels as though her parents demonstrate favoritism so she protests in disbelief concerning their decision to allow Ferris to stay home; Ferris receives preferential treatment in the home because his parents believe him but do not extend the same credibility to Jean; and Jean resents her brother so she becomes verbally aggressive and announces her desire to excommunicate herself from their
The manner of perception demonstrated by the director, Lasse Hallström, of “What Eating Gilbert Grape?” is established towards people with mental disability but specifically autism. Arnie Grape who is played by Leonardo DiCaprio is a 17 year old boy with autism and shares everything with his older brother and carer Gilbert Grape who was played by Johnny Depp. Arnie elucidates basic behavioural and social aspects that a person with autism would have. Hallstrom interprets a person with autism as a minority by clearly separating the town of Endora, Iowa from not just Arnie but the entire Grape family. The media manages to incorrectly interpret the behaviour, social acceptance and understanding of people with a disability and this movie directly
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is a movie that I’ve been wanting to see for quite some time. The movie stars Johnny Depp as Gilbert Grape a young, small town guy who spends his days working at a grocery store, helping his morbidly obese mother around the house, and constantly taking care of his autistic brother Arnie whose played by one of my favorite actors, a young Leonardo Dicaprio. Arnie is an eighteen year old autistic boy who uncontrollably acts as a much younger, and sometimes misbehaved child. Gilbert is the main member of the Grape family who takes care of Arnie, because the dad is gone, the mom can’t even move her legs, one of the sisters Ellen is a spoiled brat, and the oldest sister Laura is busy taking care of the house. Gilbert brings Arnie everywhere he
Throughout Tennessee William’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’ feminine ideals of appearance are associates with ablutions and bathing. This is due to the view of water having renewing properties, the mental health associations of bathing within both texts, and the patriarchal view of feminine appearances. In William’s and Plath’s literary works, water is depicted as having renewal properties in the central feminine characters of both plots. In the character of Blanche DuBois this is most notable when she exclaims, “Oh, I feel so goof after my long, hot bath, I feel so good and cool and – rested!”. Blanche’s frequent baths, along with the excessive amount of time spent in the bathroom within the play, exemplify her attempts at purifying herself from the events of past and present. This is further demonstrated when Blanche says: “A hot bath and a long, cold drink always gives me a brand-new outlook on life!”. Similarly, in Plath’s principal character of Esther Greenwood, the act of bathing presents itself as a means of renewal: “The longer I lay there in the clear hot water the purer I felt, and when I stepped out at last and wrapped myself in one of the big, soft white hotel bath towels I felt pure and sweet as a new baby”. Esther’s fascination with purifying herself likens itself to a religious ritual. Saadia El Karfi notes that whilst Esther does not acknowledge her bathing rituals as religious there is a “comparison of the feeling she feels in
In the novel, As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner shapes the plot based on the looming presence of the absentee protagonist, Addie Bundren. The reader’s knowledge of Addie accumulates through the monologues of other characters, so the reader gains only bits and pieces of Addie’s character. However, after her death, the reader obtains a better understanding of Addie’s voice through her own monologue and as a result, is characterized as cold and selfish. Through the use of similes and interior monologue, Faulkner shows Addie’s tendency to detach herself from the people in her life, which relates to the novel’s overall theme of solitude as Addie adheres to her father’s philosophy that the reason for living is no more than “to get ready to stay dead a long time” (169).
Holden Caulfield, the main protagonist in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, embodies the classic teenager in the process of discovering himself, and how the world works. But, regardless of Holden 's rich, prep school lifestyle, the series of events that have mapped out his life up to this point have utterly affected his emotional well being and perception of the world. Many traumatic events such as the death of holds brother Allie, the death of a class mate, and countless numbers of awkward incidents with adults have all added up to affects Holden 's well-being and detach him from reality.
“Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same” (Lamar). The butterfly and the caterpillar in the famous rapper Kendrick Lamar’s quote are similar to teenagers in the real world. All the teenagers around the world suffer from several different problems in their lives. However, there are frequently some similarities between their actions and feelings while they are trying to solve their problems. In spite of the fact that the novel The Catcher in the Rye and the film The Outsiders took place in very different times and even though there is a huge difference between the problems that characters Holden and Dallas deal with, they have lots of similar reactions towards these problems, such as the
In the story The Outsiders, Cherry Valance said "things are rough all over".By this she means that the greasers aren't the only ones who have it hard.The Socs have more wealth but they have problems that money can't solve.The greasers don't have much money and think that money will solve their problems when it wont.
Adolescence is a time of many changes including puberty, high school and finding one’s identity. Among the many changes in this period of development there are many new experiences combined with a greater amount of responsibility. Adolescence can be a difficult time for many people especially when trying to find out who they want to be. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a movie about a freshmen in high school who is going through experiences most kids his age do. Depression, suicide, peer pressure, first love, and the importance of friends and family are all elements in the development of an adolescent.
The Red Couch Tour has a strong influence on Canadians and conveys a clear message through these different stories. The main artifact is a red couch with the Canada’s 150 maple leaf logo; and the location of the red couch placement is close to the ‘empty space’ of Canada. The secondary artifact is the invited Canadians who story tell about Canada’s past time and identities. The meaning of the artifact is more than what meets the eyes; this event develops on the theme of unification, storytelling and cultural nationalism. These theme is described from this quote, “Instead of going to peoples’ living rooms, we’re taking it to them. And the living room is the most important part of the Canadian home” (Caddell, 2017). This quote focuses on the