The irony cannot be avoided for it is blatantly written, under all circumstances, it is incredulous that Pap continues to believe he is superior to the Black professor solely because of his race. Twain effectively uses these authentic characters to satirize them by exposing the fallacy in their logic. The “N-word” should not be removed because it is demeaning, rather it accurately reflects the attitudes of the time in which it was acceptable. An Oregon publishing company censored the word and replace it with “slave” to allow its universal use in public schools. While it is an attempt to appeal to wary English teachers, the replacement of the word supplants its value altogether.
The Council believes the fallacies it espouses, making it easy for Equality to escape. They believe that no one would ever defy a direct order from them, so they never accounted for the possibility. Another flaw of the collectivist fallacies lies in its inability to match the technological development of Equality. The Council rejects the lightbulb because it “would wreck the Plans of the World Council … and without the Plans of the World Council the sun cannot rise” (74), and by the end of the novel, Equality’s scientific skill advances enough to construct an electric fence around his home in the woods. As Equality says, “[the Council] has nothing to fight me with, save the brute forces of their numbers.
In the first chapter, Tom discusses a book regarding race and his opinions characterize him as being judgemental and racist. He states “It’s up to us, the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.” (Fitzgerald 13). This event exposes a side of Tom that shows how he believes he is superior to not only those of the lower class, but also those of another race. Tom runs off of being in power, and at all times he wants to feel as if he is above everyone else. Tom’s condescension
To further this point, “Men’s teams per school have dropped 17%... meanwhile… women’s teams per school rose 34%.” Schuld writes about the discrimination in hopes to show that schools are in a way, going against what Title IX stands for, just not in the way that many would expect. Even though Title IX does not require schools to cut men’s sports to meet women’s sports, however, that is a solution and if schools did this they would be in total compliance with Title IX. This, Schuld writes, points to significant damage in school sports. Particularly men’s sports, which is a shame considering the strides for equality that so many are pushing for. Title IX itself should not be undone, simply the poor interpretation and execution of the bill.
“America Needs its Nerds” Analysis Leonid Fridman’s use of irony, the rhetorical triangle, and rhetorical questions in his article “America Needs its Nerds” develops his argument that American society should be more accepting of intellectuals. His tone is critical of society’s values, which is seen through his use of phrases such as, “there is something very wrong with the system of values,” (1). Through his reference to Harvard University, a “prestigious academic institution” (11), he demonstrates that society tends to look down upon intellectuals by revealing that many students are “ashamed to admit” (13) the amount of time they spend on their studies. The fact that even at Harvard, a school known for its focus on intellectualism, students still perpetuate the anti-intellectualism stereotype shows the extent of the problem with the values of America’s current society. Additionally, he
“America Needs Its Nerds” The average high school/elementary school student is looked down upon for wanting to be academically curious. Students who want to be our nation’s next great minds in any respective field. However, our society brings these students down and insists that they spend their academic career partying. Leonid Fridman objects this social norm in the book “America Needs Its Nerds” Through the use of logic, Fridman attempts to persuade his audience on seeing academic curiosity as a gateway for our nation’s future. Being part of one of the nations top schools is a great honor.
Well known article writer, Leonid Fridman, in his article, “America Needs Its Nerds”, describes the truthful idea that nerds and geeks, in our society, are ostracized while the kids who play sports and party are prominent. Fridman’s purpose is to impress upon the readers that nerds should not have to conform to society’s unimpressive values of what it means to be “popular”. He adopts an indignant tone in order to convey to his readers that the idea of nerds and geeks needs to fought. Fridman moves to the idea that children who would rather read and build model airplanes are the social outcasts compared to the ones who would rather play football and get wasted at parties. He tries to grasp the reader 's attention by stating that “Enough is
The goal of the usage of this fact is to show readers this common term does not reflect real traits of smart people and can be treated as an insult because of that. It is one of the few examples of Fridman’s appeals to readers’ logic. The essay is based on general data; the author mentioned schools and universities promote negative attitude to smart students: “Nerds are ostracized while athletes are idolized” (Fridman). But he did not use any statistical or science data to support his position. For example, Fridman could provide data about scholarships and other types of funding for sports and other activities.
Though, it is considered rude for him to ask them about their political views, they don not hesitate to ask him about his thoughts on Obama, and the possibility that he could be the very first black president. Sedaris realizes that his opinion will speak for the rest of America in their eyes, thus when he tries to fight the stereotype and admits he is in fact rooting for Obama, they tell him that the rest of America are too racist to ever elect a black man. (Everyone was an expert and what they all knew was this: Americans are racist. P. 8 out of 10 and “Americans are afraid of anything different” P. 9 out of 10) though, the former is written with heavy sarcasm, the point with that sentence remains the same as the latter. On the other hand, it is not outrageously absurd to have such thoughts on Americans, since the racial segregation ended approximately 60 years ago and lingers subtly in some aspects of their society.
Welders Equal Philosophers Consider the idea that a welder deserves the same intellectual respect as a philosopher. If you have conformed to society’s standards of what jobs require the most intellectual activity, then this idea might seem irrational and intriguing. On the other hand, people such as Mike Rose, author of The Mind at Work, would claim that this idea is true and even defends it in his book. Rose is a firm believer that the modern world has undervalued blue-collar workers. It is common for people to criticize vocational schools and advertise for four-year colleges, and that is what provoked Rose to take a stand.