In August 1992, a decomposed body, presumably died of starvation, was found inside an abandoned bus beside the Sushana River in Alaska. Shortly thereafter, the dead person was identified as twenty-four-year-old Chris McCandless, who was from an affluent family in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. A tragic story, with a mix of a young man, his well-off background, and happening in the most precarious but highly noble place, always had an emotional pull on people’s minds and stirred up people’s curiosity and perplexity. The question, often asked by the people with desire to grasp the truths, was why Chris with a privileged life would have gone to Alaska’s wilderness to face the ultimate challenge of his life. Was he in search of something
The Blacklist, directed by Jon Bokencamp, is one of the best crime drama television shows that has ever existed. The series begins with a former U.S. Navy officer, Raymond “Red” Reddington, turning himself in to the FBI after eluding capture for decades. In the years prior, Reddington had disappeared from the Navy, turned into a high-profile criminal, and became number one on the FBI’s most wanted list. After turning himself in, he claims to have developed a list of the world’s most elusive and dangerous criminals that he will exchange for immunity under one circumstance: he only wants to speak with FBI agent Elizabeth Keen. Keen, fresh out of the FBI training academy, has just started her first day on the job as an FBI profiler and has no idea who Raymond Reddington is or what he wants from her. Throughout the series, the two track down and eliminate members on Red’s list while unfolding the true motive behind Reddington’s “blacklist” and the connection that Elizabeth Keen has with Raymond Reddington. The series is one of the best crime dramas ever created because of its mysterious, well-paced storyline along with its
For over 20 years, millions of Americans have been following the twisted and unsolved murder of six-year old beauty contestant JonBenet Ramsey. Christmas of 1996 brought terror to Boulder, Colorado as the world watched the crime scene unfold as Little Miss Colorado was found strangled in the basement of her family’s home. Pieces from the brutal murder such as a lengthy ransom note are unheard of, leaving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shocked. Two decades later, the case remains a mystery due to police mishap, mishandled evidence, and an abundance of conspiracy theories. Suspicions have ranged from her parents, John and Patsy Ramsey, to the outrageous, Santa Claus. One of the more credible theories is that JonBenet’s brother, Burke,
George Saunders has written several short stories; however, he has only two stories that have somewhat of the same context. “The Red Bow” and “Adams” were written after the tragedy of 9/11 and was about how the United States invaded Iraq. “The Red Bow” was published on the Esquire on August 20, 2009 and “Adams” was published in The New Yorker on August 9, 2004. With Saunders’ biography in writing these two stories fit right in, with their context, and with his thinking of the United States involvement in the world.
How does the social position affect the person and their surroundings? As M.R.C. Kasasian said “The poor, are kind to each other, but that is because they have nothing to lose, ' he said. 'The rich cannot afford to be”. Strictly based on external influences are people’s decisions, one of those influences being their placement within society. People in different social classes within a community, causing them to behave differently than their peers. In the book The Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson, written by Lois Simmie is a true story of love and murder. John, married to Polly in Scotland, moves to Canada, after a business failure back in Scotland to begin a new life. In Canada, John’s life takes a radical turn. Heavily influenced by his arrangement within society, are not only John’s decisions as well as behavior, but lifestyle; which radically change throughout the book. Being a police officer, John does many things that he gets away with that other residents of Canada con not get away with. John’s position within society led him to make poor decisions. Above all, John’s position within the society assured people he is a principled person, correspondingly leading him to make poor decisions. Many things the ordinary people would be confronted with, John does not encounter.
Justice is a behavior or treatment, the quality of being fair and responsible, the administration of the law or authority and maintain this. Greed is the intese and selfish desire for something, especially wealth or power. In the novel The Rag snd Bone Shop Robert Cormier shows an act of greed while seeking an unfair justice. Trent a well known interrogator plays mind games with 12-year old Jason Dorrant searching for a confession to the murder of a 7-year old girl, Alicia Barlett. In the novel The Rag and Bone Shop, Robert Cormier characterizes Trent as a greedy man who stands for justice.
The novel Unwind by Neal Shusterman takes place in a futuristic, dystopian United States. In this society there was previously a war fought over reproductive rights, the solution the came up with was “unwinding”. Unwinding is where they take your body apart, and sell it off as organ transplants, but it’s the parents who chose to unwind their kids. The three main characters are Connor, Risa, and Lev. Each are about to be unwound when their journey’s meet in an unexpected way. In no time they are each fugitives on the run. This suspense filled novel contains many things that I liked, disliked, connections that people could relate to, and I would recommend it to certain people.
“You saved him!” “You saved him!” the crowd shouted. A book written by Dave Barry called, The Worst Class Trip Ever which is about an eighth grader on a class trip to Washington D.C. The book has many characters with very different personalities. The book has unexpected twists and turns throughout it. The novel involves kidnappers, a dragon and (of course) the 5 children from Miami that know nothing about what they’re getting into.
The series is about the FBI consultant Will Graham, who together with Jack Crawford and his team hunts down serial killers, especially the Chesapeake ripper. Will Graham have a special ability to have pure empathy and a vivid imagination, which grants him the ability to understand every type of murderers. The downside with these abilities is he slowly becomes frenzied. Throughout season one, Will creates a strong bond with the psychologist Hannibal Lecter. Worrying in relation to Will’s mental health, Jack Crawford unknowingly reaches out for aid by the same serial killer that affects Will, Hannibal Lecter. Intrigued by the opportunity Lecter accepts the challenge. Hannibal accomplish the uttermost of his opportunities and starts a mental game with those around him. In the meantime Will becomes worse by the minute, experiencing blackouts and feeling a loss on reality. It all winds up with Will being accused to be the Chesapeake ripper and put in a mental intuition. Convinced that it is Hannibal is the real Chesapeake ripper, he tries to convince the people around him that he is in fact innocent. Will can truly identify who Hannibal is. In season two, Will is released when Hannibal frames his psychologist in the hospital, Chilton. Will and Hannibal on that occasion starts a game where Hannibal tries to transform Will into a murderer. The viewers probably will believe that Hannibal succeeds in this until the final episodes. Jack and Will have secretly set up Lecter,
When the film The Sixth Sense, directed by Night Shyamalan debuted in 1999, it mesmerized audiences near and far with its appealing paranormal plot, its deceptive nature and its top-shelf talent from its actors. The film was immensely prosperous and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. However, most casual moviegoers overlooked its underlying philosophical significance. The Sixth Sense is driven by the big questions of life from almost every aspect of philosophy specifically metaphysics and epistemology. In this specific scene Shyamalan relies on subtlety to create a creepy atmosphere of something beyond our ordinary beliefs and understanding. He builds up the story very slowly, gradually unrevealing the mysteries in the lives of the main
The Chicago World Fair stirred many emotions in this great time of industrialization, but not only was Chicago shining in the spotlight from the fair, it was also promoting something much more sinister, this dark enclosing spotlight shined directly on H.H Holmes. Burnham the leader of the World Fair and H. H Holmes the notorious serial killer, are the two main characters in this novel that Erik Larson uses the balance between light and dark between these two’s personalities. In the novel The Devil in the White City Erik Larson uses Imagery, paradox, and alliteration to show the balance between the light and dark in the ever growing city of Chicago.
What would you do if you had a year to live? When Ben Wolf was told that he had a rare blood disease, one that would kill him, he was somewhat relieved. Ben never thought he was meant to grow old. Rejecting treatment, he decides to live his last year of life to the fullest. He turns his life around joining the football team, diving into his education, and asking out the girl of his dreams.
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler exploits the corruption and the absence of justice that was present in the 1930s. The novel is set in Los Angeles, which at the time was full of scheming city workers. The combination of dynamic and static characters in the story leads the reader into a whirlwind of murders that are unavenged. “Good-guy” detective Phillip Marlowe, is seen as a modern-day knight, left to slay the dragon and rescue the damsel in distress. However, the inexplicable amount of “dragons” that Chandler presents in the novel hinder Marlowe from being able to accomplish his goals without obstacles. Chandler produces the classic detective novel through his use of conniving criminals, corrupt police, and characters that are slighted by the actions of those in their lives.
When one thinks of nature, the first thoughts that may come to mind are bright flowers, green landscapes, and endless beauty. However, in the short story “Snow”, written by Frederick Philip Grove, readers learn that nature will stand down to no man and can take lives in the blink of an eye. In short, this tale is about a man, Redcliff, who goes missing in the middle of a blizzard and is eventually found dead, leaving behind, a widow and family depending on him. He is found by a group of three men: Abe, Bill, and Mike who recovers his body and in the end, breaks the tragic news to the family. The concept of nature in this work is painted as a vicious powerful villain who strikes fear and awe in all who witness its power. The author uses similes and personifications to create this image of nature against man as well as the backstory for the Redcliff family.
Stephanie Plum, Morelli, and Ranger are three main characters in the book, One for the Money, by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie is a young woman struggling to get by in the city of Trenton, New Jersey. After losing her job, she goes against her family’s request and gets the dangerous job of a bounty hunter. She gets assigned Joe Morelli, who was accused of murder and who happened to be a childhood enemy. Stephanie is very inexperienced and receives help from a professional bounty hunter, Ranger. Although Stephanie and Joe have a rough past and she must go through many risky situations, she eventually earns the $10,000 reward after solving the mysterious murder case. The author uses direct and indirect characterization to explain who these characters are and how they change during their many complications.