Lucretius discusses the concept and ideals of self-pity a man feels when he fears that death is impending and then mauled by animals. He states that the man should not have any internal feelings because he is imagining this scenario in a bystander perspective. However, in the real course of death, there will be no source of “self” to mourn, and it would not be possible to flinch at his own decease. Therefore, it is futile to worry about this facet of the future, since it is not possible to experience. There is no escape from death because it is
Today, I am reminded of a saying: “there are places in the heart that do not exist, pain must be so that they may be”. In the past, I reasoned this saying to be a metaphor for compassion…that as we work through our pain, we become more connected and loving toward others. What I discovered is; that introspective examination assigning the meaning to pain and painful events is soul work while the work of connecting and loving others is a good but superficial start.
Wiesel 's philosophy on oppression is that if we do not speak, that will not help the oppressed. He states that in the following; "neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented"(Wiesel, Night). In the speeches he has done, he explains that being silent is a never a good idea and will only help the oppressor. He also speaks on how he himself after being liberated the Jews did not want to fight and did not feel guilty about it, and for us never to do that. Also, Wiesel talks about if we do not help that we will hear their pain; "now we feel their pain, their agony?" (Wiesel, Perils). The consequences of not doing anything to help people from suffering becomes a big tragedy, just like the
The most common, widespread epidemic in adolescent is the lack of self-esteem. If a teen loses confidence, they may engage in self-destructive views. To try to combat the lack of personal confidence, Canada and other individualistic countries emphasize being unique. In the short story, The Metaphor by Budge Wilson, Charlotte lives under the rule of her stern mother. Through her mother’s criticisms, her lack of confidence, and her desire to fit in with the community, Charlotte is shown to be insecure.
Odysseus often acts intelligently to fulfill intentions of self-provided survival. Using his gift of persuasion, he manipulates others to get help when he is in difficult situations. One such instance occurs when he arrives at Crete, an unfamiliar island where he knows nothing of the people and their customs, and needs to get home. Upon being washed up into the store, he comes across the princess Nausicaa, and immediately concocts a strategy to persuade her to give him help. In his speech to nausicaa he uses many clever tactics to get her to help him (79-80). Because he is naked, before he begins his speech, he “covers his manhood” with a branch as to not scare her. Then, he begins his speech with flattery, saying “it is of Artemis… that your
Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Here we Aren’t, so Quickly” is a unique piece of writing that manages to describe an entire life in a matter of pages. Rather than using strict ages, the passage of time is shown through important milestones in the narrator’s life such as marriages, deaths, and births. By examining these events the reader can detect three distinct time periods in his life: youth, middle age, and old age. There are subtle changes in the protagonist during each time period, which showcase his maturation and provide evidence of his character growth.
Often times when analyzing literature from past time periods, we are able to use modern theories to gain a better understanding of the underlying feelings and emotions within the text. In the poem The Wanderer, the author uses the bargaining, depressive, and acceptance stages of grief within the Wanderer’s mental thoughts and processes by describing his feelings as an exiled man when using a modern day analysis. Today, we know these five stages of grief from the two theorists Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler. Although there are five stages (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), the wanderer is only experiencing three of those five stages which can be felt in any order and at any time. The wanderer talks of all of his past relationships and how he feels upset that he can no longer see or share life experiences with these individuals. He paints visualizations for the
Reveals about situation: This quote serves a vital role in characterizing Holden. Specifically, it reveals how Holden actually does feel sympathy for others, but he does not know how to express his feelings externally. Thus emphasizing how Holden struggles with more person vs. self conflicts opposed to person vs. person conflicts. He has a kind heart and good intentions, but he cannot convey his message properly.
1. “Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love?... These are the implements of war and subjugation”
To what extent is this reflected in your core text and at least one other text of your own choosing?
Life should be lived to its fullest potential. There are so many joyful experiences in life as well as many sad ones. In Brian Doyle’s Joyas Volardores, Doyle explains that humans instinctively attempt to block themselves from pain. But, he says that this is not how we should live. Instead, Doyle suggests that humans need to open their heart and experience the pain and sorrow, in order to fully experience all the love and joy that life has to offer.
Zadie Smith’s “The Girl with The Bangs” is a vivid account of a romantic relationship between two incompatible characters with vastly different personalities. Told from a first person perspective, it traces the narrator’s journey through an unusual relationship with the girl Charlotte, exploring what it is like “being a boy” – enthralled by a girl’s physical features and thus willing to tolerate any faults of any magnitude (188). His optimism and attraction to Charlotte eventually leads him to grief, where, blinded by their relationship, he is caught unawares and replaced by another boy. Yet, he also achieves an epiphany: that the relationship is built on irrational obsessions and motives and is thus ultimately unsustainable. Told in introspection,
In the passage "Joyas Voladoras," the author, Brian Doyle, takes an intriguing approach on the topic of hearts. While only slightly over two pages, the author uses metaphors in the essay to perfectly capture and discuss the life humans live, the reality of the human heart and the pain of love. With comparisons such as the hummingbird and turtle heartbeat speed, Doyle explains that there are various ways to live a life. Doyle also stresses the fact that human life is invaluable throughout the writing piece. In addition, the author explains about blue whales to bring in the idea of love.
What does it mean to be accepted? Acceptance plays a big role in our everyday lives. It gives us motivation and helps increase our self-esteem. It’s also provides a sense of belonging and a no judgement zone if mistakes are made which decreases the anxiety one might have. Everyone has a purpose in life and fitting in somewhere helps you identify what that purpose is.
The theme of the story "Girls in the rear view mirror" is revolving through many lives of the truck drivers, similar to the conditions they face and like what number of them turn into an objective of the weakness of their mental states. This story depends on Luis who is the truck driver and stays months from the family and how he fell for a whore named Jotinha. In light of her calling it is said how she got tainted by HIV/AIDS. Jotinha died as a result of this ailment as well as she gave birth to a child who was additionally adulterated by the same. In spite of the fact that she became hopelessly charmed with Luis and her devotion was demonstrated by her when she left for a year abandoning her work to consider an offspring the kid, still she and her tyke did not get the appreciation they defended. The last time before Jotinha died, she wished to meet him however Luis did not meet her. He didn 't assume the responsibility of the child whom she trusted. This demonstrates Luis was not firm to his family furthermore the individual whom he involved have cherished.