The battle for equality has been a problem for many years. Many people have strived for many changes throughout history, which directly and indirectly changed how people treat each other. As people strive towards equality, more struggles with reference to sexism, ableism, and racism awaits. The novel takes place in the 1930s, the Great Depression. The Great Depression is the worst economic downfall in U.S. history. This was all caused due to an economic collapse. Many lost their jobs and money. The characters George and Lennie, set out in order to find work in California on a ranch. George was a small and smart person, while Lennie was a much larger person, but had the mind of a child. During this time, there was a lot of discrimination between characters in forms of segregation, or in more subtle ways such as slander. In spite of the fact that many still advocate for the purpose of equality, many other people believe that equality has already been earned, considering that it is the twenty first century in a first world country, segregation ended, women have more rights than ever, and people with disabilities are given more opportunities and benefits. In the book, the author shows how discrimination was back then, and they can connect with today’s events, despite the improvement of rights.
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“Your life is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” Steve Jobs. People spend most of their life to try to blend into society and try to fit in. People are always worried about what there actions will make people think about them. One example of this would be Stephen, he goes through a large amount of change, and learns not to fit in, and to be himself. In the book, The Eleventh Plague, Stephan’s conflicts, changes, and interactions with other characters helps him learn to help others in need.
The determination to live comes from human nature. But the urge of giving up when we come across a difficult problem is also a part of human nature. There a few people in this world that have the characteristics of resilience. As author Kendra Cherry describes them, "People that are able to keep their cool have what psychologists call resilience, or an ability to cope with problems and setbacks" (Source A; Cherry, 1). An example of someone who has the characteristics of resilience is a bombardier name Louis (Louie) Zamperini. After Louie’s plane crashed in the middle of the ocean, he and two other survivors had to overcome a series of conflicts before they could make it to safety. Throughout Laura Hillenbrand's book, "Unbroken", Louie’s most important characteristic of resilience that contributed to his survival was his awareness. With his awareness of his surroundings and situation, Louie was able to overcome the conflicts he faced such as shark attacks, dehydration, and starvation.
One of the main goals of humanity is to ensure that future generations will be able to survive, and that is a major factor, especially, when government bodies make decisions. This concept is also presented in the novel when Lauren said, “a community’s first responsibility is to protect its children-- the ones we have now and the ones we will have." (Butler 365). This idea drives the concept of change and adaptation, which is evident in Lauren and her Earthseed verses. Lauren demonstrated that besides living in the present, we have to look forward and plan ahead in order to survive. This rationality allowed Lauren to survive when Robledo fell since she had prepared an emergency kit, gained shooting experience, and read books about survival beforehand. This concept is also present in today’s society when planning new public infrastructures, passing new legislation, offering new incentives and social support. Many of these decisions are made based on whether it will benefit the community now and in the future. Therefore, whether we plan ahead like Lauren or wait for fate like Robledo, the novel proves that if we plan ahead, cities will be able to survive and thrive.
Throughout society and literature, there are various gender roles that once established, they became a norm which led to many characters and views to blindly follow such roles. Despite that, there are people and authors alike who try to break down gender roles and try get others to rid themselves of traditional gender roles. One such author is Noelle Stevenson, the creator of the graphic novel Nimona, which follows the story of a supposed young girl who can shape shift while being the sidekick of the notorious villain Ballister Blackheart. Stevenson, though breaking away from the majority of gender norms, still purposely includes some inside of Nimona herself, such as the ‘damsel in distress’ trope. This is due to Stevenson attempting to show her readers that
In A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit focuses on the occurrences of the aftermaths of five major North American disasters and how strong bonds within communities form because of those disasters. Each case study provides a concrete description of what surviving residents themselves understand to be an unusual sociological change arising in the midst of casualties, disorientation, homelessness, and significant loss of all kinds. Reflecting on the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; the enormous 1917 explosion in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the devastating 1985 Mexico City quake; Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and Hurricane Katrina’s 2005 deluge of New Orleans, Solnit brings a new perspective to these heart-wrenching tragedies. Solnit tells many enlightening stories of altruism and courageous social action. Moreover, although providing insight on these tragedies, Solnit presents her case with a redundant political bias and can seem to show problems that were not there. The book proves that a sense of communal unity arises when the lives of many are falling apart. In Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built In Hell, she provides a stunningly paradoxical answer to the question of social transformation, but often creates problems that weren’t necessarily there.
Resilience, it’s the ability to return to it’s original state even after being pulled, stretched, pressed, or bent. If you’re resilient it means you’re adaptable and tend to “bounce back” after certain horrific situations. In books like Macbeth and Lord of the Flies, they showcase the ideas of how they see resilience in their own perspectives. We might as well have even experienced something in our lives that should be classified as traumatic but because we’re strong, we handled the situation well and continue to live past it.
Society is fooled into believing in the applied connection among people. Benedict Anderson’s idea of imagined communities emphasizes that, “… the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion” (5). Members of neighborhoods, cities, states, or countries feel a sense of unity with other members for living in the same place or maybe having the same basic values, but true unity comes from understanding the similarities among each other, considering the impact a person can have on another, and caring about lives. Recognizing the importance of lives being socially intertwined is necessary to sustain a considerate society.
What does resilience really mean to you? The literal definition to resilience is the ability to cope with problems and setbacks. In the story Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, she shows us all different kind of ways that the characters in her story used the skills that Kendra Cherry was talking about, to help them out of every situation. In this story it shows how certain situations affect people in different ways and how each person goes through seven skills. The characteristic that Louie undergoes is the skill of Strong Problem-Solving. The Strong Problem-solving skill is when a crisis emerges, people are able to spot the solution that will lead to a safe out-come. However, if you are not a non-resilient person you sometimes develop tunnel vision, which basically mean that you fail to notice important details or take advantages of oppurtunities.
Social media has inspired a stronger set of issues in the lives of the current youth, according to Shannon Purtle in “Why Social Media Should Be Left Alone”, specifically issues dealing with authenticity. In a time when social media is on the rise, Purtle addresses the lacking of real connections and endangerments surrounding magnified typical teenage issues caused by those programs within the lives of young Americans. As a teenager, or young adult, there is an immense amount of exposure to assimilation from one self-conscious teen to the next unsure teen. Through using satirical strategies such as an ironic tone, ridiculous and contradicting rhetoric, ironic questions and analogies to common phrases, Purtle
The Enlightenment was a period during the 1600 and 1700s where authority, power, government and law was questioned by philosophers. The causes of the Enlightenment was the Thirty Years’ War, centuries of mistreatment at the hands of monarchies and the church, greater exploration of the world, and European thinkers’ interest in the world (scientific study). A large part of the Enlightenment was natural law, which was the belief that people should live their lives and organize their society on the basis of rules and precepts laid down by nature or God; the principles of the Enlightenment in the 1600s through the 1700s influenced the development of the USA by advocating religious and social freedom, freeing the people from oppression, and providing
Charles Darwin once stated that “It's not the strongest nor the smartest species that survive, it is the species that can adapt most quickly that can survive”. Survival requires many skills, but it is key to adapt to live , many people have demonstrated this such as Elie Wiesel in his novel Night, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston in her Memoir Farewell to Manzanar and Paul Rusesabagina in An Ordinary Man.Their preference of adapting themselves rather than facing consequences was retained in some of the most well-known survivors in the world. These people overcame their situation by adapting and slowly taking control of it. Flexibility and the ability to modify helped people such as Elie, Paul Rusesabagina and Jeanne survive through
Rev. Dr. John Prochaska, opens the second chapter of his nonfiction work Extreme Heroism by writing, “The first thing that sets extreme heroism apart from other forms of heroism is its relationship to injustice and justice; it is partly a response at an emotional level to seeing an injustice, hearing of an injustice, or otherwise experiencing an injustice.” In Bradbury’s world of Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist Guy Montag lives in a similar world of injustices; a city of rampant oppression, extreme totalitarianism, and limited knowledge. If anyone steps outside of the borders of conformity and ignorance, their home will be burned to ash as an example to the rest. Living in a brutal environment like this pushes people to intellectual suicide
Our history or our past is what defines our existence in the present. It decides what measures we should take to safeguard our future. Through history we identify with who we are, where we come from and what defines us as a person. Take our history away from us and we are left alienated and confined to a world that is meaningless. George Orwell 's novel 1984 is a 20th century political novel, that depicts a dystopian society built on a totalitarian ideology. In the novel, the lives of the people of Oceania is controlled and confined to a world based on the rules set out by the totalitarian government under the rule of the Big Brother. The history and the past is changed and altered in such a way that people do not even realize