Graduation Reality Check This is a summary of David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement address This is Water to the Kenyon College graduating class. Wallace starts off by telling his audience that “The most obvious IMPORTANT realities are often the ones that are HARDEST to see and talk about”. This is the first of many reality checks he gives to his fellow students. His address is not the typical pomp and circumstance addresses typical heard at any college or university. Wallace draws in the adults from the audience by connecting with them only on a level that the working classes guests and parents would understand.
He didn’t really know much about love because once again, the war halted him from experiencing much of it. Next, Paul went through many changes throughout the course of the novel. He volunteered for war right after high school, changing many things in his life. He had always loved reading books, the way he would get lost in them, “I want to feel the same powerful, nameless urge that I used to feel when
He left because if he had stayed he would have been yearning for these things to be in his life. It made it easier to leave because the giver helped gravitate Jonas toward the idea of leaving. Next, Jonas felt he would be broken if Gabe were to be released the next day, so he took him with, “Even I voted gabriel 's release… release?” (Lowry pg 164). Jonas also left because he didn 't think Gabe should be killed. He felt connected to Gabe and life without him would be depressing.
Even though Elie would like to give up on his father and quit on him, he will not because he does not want to lose his father. He would rather fall behind and work extra hard to keep his father beside him and keep him alive. Elie loves his father but he grows weak and collapses to his death. Even though this catastrophic thing has happened he still pushed forward and stayed strong to get out of the holocaust and he did. Morrie pushed through because he does not want everyone to remember a sad old man that died unhappy.
Subsequently, the first essay I had to write about was using Mark Edmundson’s Pay Attention! Since this was the first essay I was quite nervous about it because I was not confident with my skills. However, before I did my essay I read Chapter 20’s “A Rhetorical Guide to Research” and it helped me immensely. Chapter 20 explains how to actually use sources
The theme of this essay is that self discipline encourages self improvement. He proves this many times. Such as when he says, “what fabulous and undeveloped mines are to be found in nature, friendship, and oneself! … Later, forgetting that this habit was adopted under duress, he will be astonished to find so many resources within himself.” (Trudeau 1). In this part, he continues the metaphor of the entire passage, using the canoe expedition as a metaphor for experiences in life.
When I walked into Mr. Clayton’s class last year on the first day of school I laughed when he said, “I’m going to teach you how to read.” Little did I know he wasn’t kidding. I was a little intimidated taking his class because in my previous freshman year I was in non-honors English 1. All my life I’ve had trouble interpreting and really understanding beyond the general storyline. The first thing Mr. Clayton talked to us about was learning the deeper meaning behind things and I started to get genuinely worried because I knew this wasn’t my strong suit. English was never my good side; I’ve always been a math and science type of person.
If someone makes a wrong decision, just like Amir has done it will linger for their entire life just like when everything is good in his life and he still thinks he does not deserve any of it. Even if someone does something to try to fix their guilt, it may not be enough. Not all guilt will destroy a life, but the longer it sits in the body the more damage it can do. In today's society guilt is prevalent when it comes to the suicide issue that we deal with on a daily
Neil went against the will of his father and was willing to be disowned. Although his plan resulted in much fighting and ultimately Neil’s suicide, he was able to experience his dream that he achieved himself. "When you read, don 't just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think." says Mr. Keating (Weir, 1989). This quote promotes the idea of self-reliance by focusing on what each person thinks and not depending on others to carry you along.
This alternative motive is N’s guiltiness because he knows he was the one who slept with Angela, and yet she protected him and he did not say anything to save Santiago’s innocent soul. N selfishly let Santiago die because he knew that he, his family, and Angela would be criticized and put under much scrutiny if their secret was ever revealed. However, N feels a tremendous amount of guilt because his actions got someone killed, so he is writing this book and continuing the investigation of Santiago’s death: “my personal impression is that he died without understanding his death,”(Marquez 101). N he wants to give meaning and purpose to Santiago’s death, so that he can have a reason that will be able to comfort him through his life of guiltiness. N purposefully implemented himself as the narrator and the character of the story, so that it would be confusing to the “average” reader that the book was an attempt to confess his guiltiness.