David Sedaris’ short story “Jesus Shaves” is a humorous telling of an important message. While he makes the subject seem light, the overall message shows how communication and cultural barriers can prevent us from growing together as a society. He also shows how we do not necessarily try to understand other cultures and often give up in the process. By giving up we allow for our differences to continually divide us which causes ignorance and bigotry. The conflict of this story is language and cultural barriers.
Willy’s gradual declination of what he wants effectively showcases his tendency to undermine what he claims. Furthermore, Arthur Miller has Linda offer Willy “American-type cheese” only for Willy to immediately reject the idea of it. The American cheese symbolizes the American dream, while the Swiss cheese he wants is quite the opposite. The playwright offers critical contradicts as why would Willy not want American cheese? Willy clearly wants the American dream prior, but not all of a sudden refuses when it is right in front of him.
The one thing that any author must do when writing any sort of essay is to make it comprehensible to the reader. In order to achieve this, the author must utilize anything to get their point across or else the writing would be futile. In Turkeys in the Kitchen , Dave Barry gives his own personal stories about his Thanksgiving and how he feels that men aren’t as useful as women in the terms of the culinary arts (kitchen), Barry’s flippant tone and his use of rhetorical devices such as similes and irony bring forth a light hearted explanation of stereotypes between men and women as well as describing how men are useless in the kitchen. The uses of similes throughout the essay give purpose by showing how men are useless. Barry’s unique use of the simile in paragraph two shows us that Barry thinks that men helping women “around the kitchen [are as useless] as ill-trained Labrador[s]”.
As if he would not all the rather lament the necessity of just wars, if he remembers that he is a man; for if they were not just he would not wage them, and would therefore be delivered from all wars. For it is the wrongdoing of the opposing party which compels the wise man to wage just wars ”. In all of this, Augustine is not far from and is, in fact, probably drawing upon the ideas of Cicero and the author of Deuteronomy. He goes further than either of them, however, in his condemnation of war itself and in his refusal to allow that the aggressor may be just. For Augustine, war is never a good but only a lesser of evils, and the one who causes the war is always unjust.
War is something that, at this point in history, can be arguably deemed as part of the human condition. For whatever reason, it appears that humans are destined not to get along and that violent conflict is the preferred method of solving issues that arise. Whether it be fighting for the love of Helen of Troy or espousing the likes of God and Allah as a justification, war is one thing that time has yet to see the end of. That being said, it comes as no surprise that academics, scientists, and philosophers alike have taken to attempting to understand why wars happen. A controversial and somewhat debated topic is the concept of the Just War Principles.
Ginsburg’s poem is connected to my American identity as a political person who also questions America’s roles and decisions in current events; and like Ginsburg, I too am losing my sense of patriotism for my country. While I don’t quite feel as strongly as Ginsberg does about certain topics, I do relate to his feelings about them enough for me to identify as a pessimistically political person similar to him. For me it is nearly impossible to watch or read the news and not see a story about America’s affairs that is insane and terrifying to the point I think “America are you being sinister or is this some form of practical joke?” (1). When watching the current situation involving Russia unfold on the TV screen I can’t help but feel pessimistic about the status of our country; with the president’s ignorance to the dangers of this kind of alliance with such a strong world power and the clear signs of meddling with the presidential election in addition to everything else, everything about the country seems quite bleak. I can just tell the plans of “them bad Russians…” (2), it’s really not hard to see “the Russia wants to eat us alive.
The Unexpected Encounter with Reality Individuals often have simplistic, innocent idealistic perceptions of the world. However, once they unexpectedly encounter the ruthless, cruel reality, they experience internal conflict with themselves as they attempt to preserve their previous naïve worldviews. Eventually, individuals are forced to accept that innocence is not everlasting and that the brutal truth of reality must be accepted. In the short story “The Blue Bouquet”, Octavio Paz suggests that when individuals experience the unpredictable evil reality, their innocent, idealistic perceptions of the world immediately succumb to reality; as a result, they no longer view the world the same way as their innocence has completely disappeared. During
The American transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay “Self-Reliance” (1841), argues against society by defining it to be everywhere “in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members” (par. 6). Notwithstanding that his reasoning process may prove accurate - probably thanks to the myriad of literary strategies he manipulated- the author totally ignored some imperishable preconceptions that should have been discussed before exposing a so reckless thesis. Therefore, the essay resulted in a cauldron of sparkling yet radically wrong ideas. Preeminently, even if the transcendentalist exposes some accurate concepts upon how it may prevent man from be a “genius”, it can safely be said that society constitutes the basis for the survival of the individual and furthermore, a safe and prolific environment for the birth of the great man.
For Turner rationalization has its roots in the irrational Protestant quest for salvation. Moreover, the rationalization process faces problems when substantive question of values are subordinated to formal questions of logic. With the paradox becoming more apparent with the outcome of the rationalization, a meaningless world which lacks in moral directions and which is dominated by the bureaucratic structure seem to emerge. This disenchantment of the world and the iron cage of modernity bring forth a social evolution that leads Weber to the argument that no one know who will live in this cage in the future. It is not known whether at the end of this development new prophets will arise.
Tracing the origins of Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver’s Travels is an experience fraught with complexity and perhaps to some degree speculative. This study does not offer any literal reading based on hypothetical borrowings but it tries to present a deeper understanding of the intentions of the authors in constructing this elaborate fictional adventure. This research will focus in particular on Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver’s Travels. Swift’s views regarding travel writing does not correlate with his composition. His remarks were scornful: “of those illustrious and right eloquent penmen, the Modern Travellers” .