The book Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner talks about many different things, including cheating teachers and sumo wrestlers, how abortion lowered crime rates, how a street crack gang works, and whether the way parents raise their children even matter. These topics seem to have nothing in common, but all of these topics were identified in the same way: an economist (Levitt) looked at school test scores, crime data, and all sorts of other information, looking at them in unconventional ways. Because of that, he has come to many interesting and unique conclusions that make complete sense. These findings were based on some simple ideas: the power of incentives, conventional wisdom is not always right, things may not have obvious causes, and experts often serve their own interests instead of the interests of others. Perhaps the most important idea in the book is, as Levitt and Dubner state, “Knowing what to measure and how to measure it makes a complicated world much less so” (14).
However, the Bible commands man to only worship the one true God and not to worship worldly things. As the book progresses, Shelley’s view of nature slowly comes out; she seems to think nature can be explained by natural examples. The author’s view of nature does not go with the Bible view of it, clearly showing where Shelley’s worldview lies. While Frankenstein may seem like an ordinary mystery novel, the author’s meaning behind it goes much deeper. The book raises questions concerning the power of God, the characteristics of mankind, and man’s view of nature.
Harper Lee illustrated Tom Robinson as a kind, church-going man. However, the town sees him as a criminal who took advantage of Mayella Ewell. The citizens of Maycomb felt that Atticus should not bother defending him because he did not deserve it. They made their disapproval known by making whispers about both Atticus and Tom Robinson, advertising a new cartoon modeled after Atticus, and assembling a mob to attack Tom Robinson in jail (Lee chapter 12).Mrs. Dubose was one of those citizens who was not afraid to make her opinion known, even to Jem and Scout, telling them, “Yes indeed, what has this world come to when a Finch goes against his raising?
Yet, still today many will continue to judge based upon looks or religion or hate just too easily convict others of crimes they didn’t commit. In the years from 1600s until now millions of people are affected by the act of profiling. From the witch hunt trials to the events after 9/11 and furthermore. It is still unjustifiable to target specific groups for achieving justice in society for a person’s specific beliefs. In today times “To argue that racial profiling is harmless, that it only hurts those who break the law, is to totally ignore the psychological and social damage that can result from always being considered one of the “usual suspects.” S. Wortley, Racial Differences in Customs Searches at Pearson International Airport: Results from a Pilot Survey, supra, 2001 as stated profiling causes more effects than just on the outside just as much on the
Race is part of the story that ties everything together. The Tom Robinson trial had a negative outcome because of race. As Atticus was defending Tom the jury would still lean towards Bob and Mayella Ewell’s side of the story, because Bob was a strong, white man and Tom is a poor, black man. Atticus Finch received a lot of hate while he was defending Tom. The people of Maycomb did not agree with a white man defending a black man.
The townspeople were not only weak willed but they were also weak minded. When people were being accused of witchcraft the rest of the townspeople were easily persuaded to believe that theses things were really happening. Some who didn’t believe in these things did not speak up or go against Abigail or the court because they feared going to jail or being hung. Weakness also kept people from speaking the truth which led to a lot of innocent people dying. I think that if the townspeople would of have spoken up earlier and weren’t so afraid they could saved more people or overthrown the court.
When watching television, many people laugh at jokes and do not think about the context that they are said in. Also, many people believe everything the news stations tell them because the news should be a trustworthy place to find information. These jokes and untrustworthy sources are what shapes people’s opinions on different topics, which affect issues in America. When Fox and Friends attacked President Obama for supposedly being Muslim or was not born in the United States, many people bought into that philosophy and believed Fox and Friends were telling the truth. Also, people were afraid that Family Guy would devalue the meaning of a movie “Precious” by making a poster that said if the voters did not vote for Family Guy, Peter Griffin was dressed like the movies main African American actor, then they would be racist and other prejudice things.
Hale went to the houses of those accused because he was starting to worry that they were actually innocent. He acknowledges, “No man may longer doubt the powers of the dark are gathered in monstrous attack upon this village. There is too much evidence now to deny it” (II.469-473.). Hale tells John and Elizabeth how the accusations are attacking the village, and how there is more evidence making it more difficult to not believe Abigail’s lie. Hale is worried that innocent people are being accused, but he also feels obligated to agree with the court.
Lee shows many examples of people being courageous throughout the book, like when Atticus protects Tom. The lynching mob shows up to kill Tom even though they didn’t have any evidence that proved he was guilty of raping Mayella Ewell, but Atticus protects him. Boo Radley saves Jem and Scout when Bob Ewell tries to kill them, even though there are many rumors and lies about him. Atticus also steps up again to defend Tom in court even though his own sister disapproves of his actions and thinks that their family is too good for Tom. Over and over again there are scenarios where people have to have to be courageous, people have to face being alone, and being different, courage is standing by yourself while everyone around you judges based on the decision you made to do what is believed to be the right
The jurors who were slow to vote guilty may have hesitated because they have their own personal doubts about the boy’s guilt, but feel the pressure from the group to vote guilty after seeing half the jury vote guilty. Instead of going against the group they make the decision to comply and vote with the majority. Jurors number three and number ten quickly vote guilty because they inwardly believe as many people in our society do that kids like the accused are no good. By voting guilty they are acting on this
Results from the trial lead many to believe justice wasn’t served. Defensive attorney John Adams used tactics to create confusion in the minds of the jurors so they could not be certain what actually took place. This proved to be very effective. Adam noted the crowd had been harassing the soldiers and also attacked them. There was no reliable evidence to back this up and it was generally believed, even if Preston was found guilty, he would be pardoned anyway.
In the video featuring “Night Line’s” Ted Koppel who informs the audience in the episode “Battle Between faith and Science” what is going on in a small town because of a statement about Evolution. This controversy is over the theory of Evolution being the only theory taught in the Dover school. Some of the parents believe that Evolution is wrong and should not be a part of the curriculum taught in schools while others think it should be the only theory taught. Thirty-five percent of the population thinks there is no proof of Evolution while thirty-five percent thinks there is proof. The school board decided to place a sticker on the current science book that says Evolution is only a theory.
Throughout this book the author, Darrel R. Falk, argues from his personal journey as a professing evangelical Christian and biologist, that only science, and not scripture, can reveal the details of creation. In the first chapter, the author talks about how, when one is living with both science and religion; it is like trying to live in two worlds at once. Falk spoke about how he grew up in a church that taught a literal view of Genesis, but those in leadership were not equipped to answer his questions about contradictions between the Bible and the real world. For this reason, Faulk drifted away from Christianity towards a life studying biology. Eventually he
Next, it is easy to tell that Mr. Bob Ewell and his daughter were more concerned about arresting Tom Robinson rather than the actual case. They were quick to point fingers, but they had trouble paying attention during the trial. When asked by Mr. Gilmer (the solicitor) if he was ambidextrous, Mr. Ewell responded by saying, “I most positively am not, I can use one hand good as the other.” Also, Mayella didn’t hesitate to accuse Tom of hitting her left eye even though Mr. Heck Tate clearly stated that her right eye was blackened. The two witnesses were ignorant and nervous throughout cross-examination. Mayella was only anxious because she had something to hide: she had kissed a black man.
This novel was a success, but some critics from the school board say that it introduces communist propaganda, and promotes racism (Grapes of Wrath). This led the School Board to excommunicate all of these books from certain states; but this didn’t mean that these books still were not accepted by the public. The moral stories appealed to the middle and lower class workers, making his writing relatable to these people. Overall, with many critiques to Steinbeck’s writing, also came much praise. He won many awards for the influence and impact his books