Today’s world would describe laziness as not doing anything productive, whereas he saw lazy as being content with who you are and what you have. Being satisfied with yourself is incredibly important. Don't necessitate things that don’t involve you in the first place. In paragraph 8, Morley introduced an argument about the Germans. He claims “If the Germans had been as lazy, as indifferent, and as righteously laissez-fairish as their neighbors the world would have been spared a great deal.”. What he's saying is that had the Germans been lazier and content with not being involved, they wouldn't of cared enough to create certain weapons, hence, lives would’ve been saved. Overall, he's suggesting that instead of forcing yourself into situations, let them reach out to you. The most accomplished people found their success by letting it come to them. Morley described this in paragraph 4, saying “The man who is really, thoroughly, and philosophically slothful is the only thoroughly happy man. It is the happy man who benefits the world. The conclusion is
The main point of this essay was to point out to the reader the ridiculous state of human nature when presented with a situation that is outside of our expertise. As we observe the narrator’s struggle to put together this cardboard toy, his use of both overstatement and understatement show the progression of his frustration with this task. One example of this ironic language can be found in the first sentence when the narrator states “I made a most interesting discovery: the shortest, cheapest, method of inducing a nervous breakdown ever perfected. (Perelman)” As readers we are able to recognize that this is a vast overstatement, however this statement adds a humorous effect to the text that draws our attention to the fact that it is very easy to relate to this feeling of frustration that appears when faced with a task that is difficult to overcome.
Ellen Goodman’s “The Company Man is about a workaholic named Phil who would spend his free time working himself into his own demise. She uses a few different rhetorical terms to convey her point of view. The author uses irony, sarcastic tone, and symbolism to show that she thinks that that some Americans only focus on work and should be focusing on more important things such as family.
1. One insight that I gained from this expansion is DeYoung’s claim that people become slothful as a result of required relationship efforts over a lifetime. This idea was particularly insightful because the ongoing effort required for relationship growth causes my personal relationships to seem burdensome at times. Relationships unquestionably demand sacrifice and daily effort for the relationship bond to be sustained, which the slothful individual resists.
In “The Protestant Work Ethic: Just Another ‘Urban Legend?’” Jonathan Klemens states what the work ethic is and how it applies in American society. Klemens explains that the work ethic has helped the nation as a whole. Klemens explains that people work hard to achieve “the company or organization’s missions” (122). Not only that, Klemens also explains that people would work hard to gain the particular professions they desire instead of just working with no goals. Moreover, Klemens explains how the American work ethic has evolved from the Protestant work ethic, embracing hard work and dedication. Klemens uses Max Weber’s statement as an example to explain what the Protestant work ethic is. Weber states that “Focus on Work”, being “Unpretentious and Modest”, and being “Honest and Ethical” are the values that the Protestants believed to be the important aspects of the work ethic (123). Klemens explains that these values are also applied in our lives. For example, one must focus on
In 2009, by publishing "The Case for Working with Your Hands", Matthew B.Crawford highlighted essential and importance of an undervalued job: handwork. Workers confront many challenges lying ahead that outsiders may not see, but only its undeniable benefits.
Question:Critically analyze the environment surrounding Rufus. How does his environment shape him? Positively? Negatively? Both?
Irony is the contrast between how things are and how things should be. This literary technique is used in The Pardoner's Tale to show how corrupt the Pardoner is. The Pardoner tells a story with the intention of teaching the company that greed is the root of all evil, yet he tries to swindle them and get contributions even after he admits they are fake. This is ironic because he should be practicing what he preaches, but he does the exact opposite.
The words, laziness and discipline are descriptive words that normally do not appear in the same context. Laziness is driven from the desire of comfort while discipline is conquering the discomfort and embracing the grind. We live in a world where we may not consider ourselves lazy, but we are. A verse from the Bible, Proverbs 26:14 says, “As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.” This verse is a riddle and it is saying as a door moves on its hinges the door in not going anywhere. Similarly, the individual lying in bed, turning over and you can almost imagine the individual pressing the snooze button. In the era of the Civil Rights Movement Martin Luther King Jr. decided not to press the snooze button. He knew “if we are
Thomas Jefferson wrote, ''Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” In this quote Jefferson perfectly sums up life. Life and time should not be wasted by inactivity but instead should be spent with/on productivity. The purpose of life is to live and to be industrious. By constantly being active a person can accomplish many tasks and possibly goals. Being industrious and productive leads to performing well in life. Life has a time limit and therefore one should not waste it by being idle or unproductive.
In 2011, famous American psychologist, Marsha Linehan, removed herself from solitude and spoke out about her struggle with a mental illness, expressing feelings of “being in hell” and memories of being in an institute of living at age seventeen. Although psychologists and mental health experts seem to be one of the strongest assets to society in a mental aspect, they tend to struggle with mental illness more than the general population. Linehan 's confession, was a shock to many, and it should come as a surprise that she is one of many mental health professionals that lives with a mental illness. Although psychologists struggle with mental health issues more than the general population, it may be helpful to their profession. In
In the Scarlet Letter, the most obvious example of irony is the fact that Reverend Dimmesdale is Hester’s counterpart and fellow adulterer. Dimmesdale’s sin is dramatically ironic because the readers catch on to it much sooner than most of the characters in the story. The audience slowly realizes that Dimmesdale was Hester’s companion because of several events. First, whenever he is to speak about Hester or on the topic of sins, he becomes very pale and shaky. He also progressively appears sicker and more gaunt due to the guilt that builds up inside his body and consumes his mind. Secondly, when Dimmesdale is participating in the questioning of Hester, he at first states that a woman has a right to keep secrets, and then later pushes Hester to speak the name- as if he is both frightened of the answer, and hoping for her to
“Even as he watched, it was moving, slowly scraping along the edge, pushed by the breeze that pressed steadily against the building wall” (37). The paper kept moving further and further away from him, even as he watched. So, basically nothing was going Tom’s way because even when he made it, the previously-open window, was closed. The last thing that exempted situational irony was when he went on the ledge that he believed would fit his foot perfectly, but it was smaller than he thought it would be, making it harder for him to walk on. This was about the second time that he realized that work was not as important as his
The role of irony contributes to characterization by developing the characters personality and by keeping the audience engaged to feel emotion. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, he uses irony to convey emotion to get the audience intrigued. For example, Miller used dramatic irony when one of the characters, Elizabeth (a women who never lies), had lied to “save” her husband but she didn’t know that her husband already disclosed. After she lied, in tears Proctor cries “ Elizabeth, tell the truth… I have confessed it,” (113) but it was too late. This dramatic irony contribute to characterization because it connected with the audience to feel the need to tell the characters what we’ve seen that they haven’t. Equally important, Miller also uses
Procrastination in some form affects us all. It is present in everyone's life, so don't feel like you are the only one fighting this battle. The truth is, we all have things - tasks, chores, projects, decisions, or actions that we delay or put off.