In Penrod’s Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids, Penrod provides a brief summary of how teens are affected by their peers ridiculing and judgement. *insert supporting (integrated) quote from the article* From this, it is clear to see that it isn’t harmless what is being done in these situations. Kids are going home from school feeling broken, embarrassed, and outcast by those who were once their friends. Anyone can tell stories about how high school is all a popularity contest of different cliques, but no one is ever really willing to talk about how extreme this contest really is. There have been several news articles chronicling the bullying of kids who are designated as ‘too intelligent’ and are thus being bullied because of it.
Writer Alexandra Robbins writes a non-fiction expose following the lives of various overachievers at Walt Whitman High School. The purpose Robbins conveys in the book is that college admission expectations have made high school a very cut-throat environment, leading students who try to meet these expectations to have deteriorating emotional and mental health. Throughout the book Robbins uses strong forms of imagery to get across the idea that stress is negatively impacting many students health and uses shocking statistics to show that students are turning to self –harm and suicide to deal with stress. Robbins uses imagery in a scene of a Whitman student named AP Frank who acquired seventeen AP credits in the course of his high school career.
Goldening was strongly taken back by what had happened with the Natzies and how other people saw it as an awful time. He wrote this book because he knew that everyone is capable of what Hitler did. “Lord Of The Flies” had two leaders. One leader showed the good and the other showed evil. The two leaders names are Ralph and Jack.
He feared and conveyed his disappointments that some officials were taking advantage of the whole situation and were purposely prolonging the fighting for reasons of profit. Even though he expressed his dissatisfaction towards the overbearing cost of nuclear weapons, he made a blissful announcement that war has been avoided. He also stated that a well-balanced progress toward his ultimate goal has been made, but warned the Americans to be watchful and productive against the fight of communism and worldwide major problems for the betterment of the country as a
Tim O’Brien never lies. While we realise at the end of the book that Kiowa, Mitchell Sanders and Rat Kiley are all fictional characters, O’Brien is actually trying to tell us that there is a lot more truth hidden in these imagined characters than we think. This suggests that the experiences he went through were so traumatic, the only way to describe it was through the projection of fictional characters. O’Brien explores the relationship between war experiences and storytelling by blurring the lines between truth and fiction. While storytelling can change and shape a reader’s opinions and perspective, it might also be the closest in helping O’Brien cope with the complexity of war experiences, where the concepts like moral and immorality are being distorted.
“Studies show that 54% of Asian kids get bullied, be it physically, mentally, or emotionally”(Tran, J. (2012, February 2). Now we all know about the stereotype that “All Asians are extremely smart” and come with reasons on how they have a good academic life but less often do we stop and think about what struggles they are confronted with in their academic lives. Furthermore, we see that these Asian Americans have a rough time in their lives at school and because of being bullied due to these racial stereotypes, these students might take the wrong path and might become bullies of others to get rid of being bullied. This is certainly a domino effect when other innocent students pick up on this negative habit to get rid of being bullied and start bullying other innocent students.
During the 1990s and the start of the 21st century, various factors added up which resulted in a huge increase in prisoners. This had a severe effect on the prisons all over the country, causing problems of containment. Firstly, the first school league table in 1992, which listed the schools all over the country based on how good they were run. Some head teachers that wanted to get at the top of the table, expelled naughty students causing these kids to have a hard time getting into other schools or getting jobs. The majority of them had a lot of free time and turned to crime because of boredom and exclusion from society.
Wiesel uses a lot of very detailed descriptions and expresses his feelings in a way that we easily start to trust him. He knows that this is one of the most terrible periods in the history and he tries “to help prevent history from repeating itself” (Wiesel VII). “He does not want his past to become [the children’s] future” and that is why he writes his book to be seen by the people who do not realize how poorly people were treated (Wiesel XV). These two quotes from Night show that the holocaust shouldn’t be repeated. The author shows this with all of the feelings, facts and descriptions he uses.
The deformed conscience of all society effects Huck but he is able to overcome it. The immoral views society has makes Huck question his moral compass yet in the end he follows his heart in a matured way. Mark Twain writes the novel to be able to highlight unethical practices of society. Yet Huck is able to see past the twisted views and follows his long-term values proving Huck’s maturity just as Joshua L. Liebman quote claims “Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term
Beatty compares Montag to Icarus because they both started to take off on their own. Beatty is comparing society to Icarus's father, and because Montag is starting to think there is something better out there, beyond flying where he has been told, he is heading for catastrophe. The comparison shows that Beatty thinks Montag is making foolish choices, that by reading books he will end up unhappy and with problems, in a way that can't be fixed, just like Icarus. In all, the comparison Beatty makes between Montag and Icarus is an effective way for Beatty to make his point clear: by reading and keeping books, Montag has set a course for disaster, parallel to Icarus when he neglected to follow his father's directions.
For example, William Golding fought in World War Two, and he gained ideas and themes that would influence his writing. These ideas are not necessarily positive ideas but created the book Lord of the Flies, because he thought that humans are naturally evil because of their conflicting impulses towards civilization. Overall, conflicting
Sargent York the movie takes a multitude of artistic liberties in the depiction of Alvin York 's life. Not all of them factual though as I have already pointed out. Hollywood didn 't want to shine a negative light on the military. This movie is a pro war movie. I believe that one reason for some of these positive inaccuracies is to glamorize what happened to York, especially since unrest in Europe had began already signifying what would later become World War II.
This audience is addressed by citing historical evidence of the Holocaust. It is hard to argue with history, especially with an event as appalling as the Holocaust. By doing so the author is forcing this hostile audience to take a hard look at the similarities between that time period and present day. It is important to study history so that we can learn from mistakes and prevent that situation from happening again, which is the point the author tried to make by drawing this conclusion. The comparison to this atrocious time period also subliminally hints to the ethics of allowing refugees into the country because it is morally correct and would be the best way to show that we have learned enough from the Holocaust to attempt preventing another
“There is some risk involved in action, there always is. But there is far more risk in failure to act” (Harry S. Truman). This quote by president Truman refers to the U.S policy of being proactive to contain communism from spreading during the cold war. Throughout the cold war, the U.S enforce their new policy of being prepared to stop the Soviets from spreading communism and instead spread the word of democracy. To start off, The unsuccessful policy of a laissez-faire government during WWI, the Great Depression, and WWII made the U.S change to the new policy of getting involved and stopping problems immediately.
Lord of the Flies was written around the time World War II had just ended and Golding had a fresh new perspective on human personality and actions. Golding’s new point of view is similar to the Thomas Hobbes’s philosophies stating that people aren’t naturally ethical and will throw their morals away when given the chance to benefit themselves. Furthermore, the novel demonstrates his newfound knowledge by emphasizing Jack as a character and his internal struggle for power over Ralph and the others in the tribe. And, by expressing Jack’s struggle to rule with an iron fist in Lord of the Flies, Golding adds meaning to his work; making the novel about more than a group of boys stranded on an island. Since the beginning of the novel, Jack wanted Ralph to be forever gone because of the amount of influence he had on others in the island.