Do you think someone with a higher education-level job requires more from the worker than someone that started working right from high school? Or do you think that not going to college after high school means that you just stop learning? One of Mike Rose’s main ideas in the Blue-Collar Brilliance is the question, is there really a difference between white and blue collar worker? Mike Rose is being persuasive in the text because he shows how his family went through blue collar work. I think Mike Rose is being persuasive in writing this.
The principal explains to him that he doesn’t know what he is doing because there will be both black and white people in the audience. He decides to show his uncle both the speeches and his uncle agrees that the principals speech is the best of the 2. Richard decides to read his own speech at the graduation because it is important to him that the thoughts people hear from the speech are his own. This scenario in the book further shows us the theme of how black and white people speak to each other and how that is different from the way the races are expected to speak to each other. The fact that black people are not supposed to have their own thoughts because they don’t understand the world hence the principal writing the speech for him.
In his essay, Mike Rose focuses on three personal references to allow his reader to understand the purpose of his work “Blue Collar Brilliance”. To begin, Mike Rose introduces his mother, Rosie, who was a waitress at coffee shops and family restaurants. By allowing the reader to be familiar with
Wes didn’t start off on the right path initially, due to the friends he surrounded himself with such as shea, a young drug runner, and the low standards he set for himself academically, which Author Wes mentions that he was “disappointed with D’s, pleasantly satisfied with C’s and celebratory about a B I allowed my standards at school to become pathetic” (Moore 54). He allowed a fixed mindset of mediocrity along with his environment to almost determine his life path. Without social capital, Author Wes Moore would’ve been doomed for failure but the intervention by his mother, a few of her friends and his grandparents, he was able to attend Valley Forge Military Academy where he was able to benefit from the effects of social capital from his superiors and peers in the form discipline, comradery and leadership. From there, he totally changed his perspective as he developed a growth mindset which was fairly evident when he realized that basketball wasn’t in his long term plans; Wes states “When you step on the court with players like Kobe Bryant or six foot eight point guards who can dunk from the free throw line, your mind begins to concentrate on other options” (Moore 130), that moment of clarity showed the benefits of social capital and a strong growth mindset. Another instance of social capital being beneficial in Author Wes Moore’s life is when he was granted a scholarship to attend John Hopkins University.
Sybil Lewis is an African American women from Scapula, Oklahoma who was working in a small black owned restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Lewis, found an ad in the local newspaper offering to train women for defense work for better pay. Lewis eventually got the job as a riveter. The riveter used a gun to shoot rivets through the metal and fasten it together. The bucker used a bucking bar on the other side of the metal to smooth out the rivets.
James McBride demonstrates that one can learn about his own identity through others opinions of him in his society. Generally, youngsters often do not care about each other’s races unless someone wants the kids to distinct between the two races. At an early age, James realized that his race has something to do with his Identity. He noticed that both black and white people glare at his white mom and her black kids with an obscene expression on their face, letting James know that his family is different than other families which the society considered more acceptable than his family. James started to compare his skin tone with his mother’s skin tone and noticed that she was white however he was black.
He is a person “who engages in critical study, thought, and reflection about the reality of society, and proposes solutions for the normative problems of that society”(Jennings, Jeremy and Kemp-Welch). It is predictable for Raskolnikov to be an intellectual due to him being an ex-student, since one of the many things students are taught to, is to analyze every information they are given thoroughly. “One death, and a hundred lives in exchange-it’s simple arithmetic!”(pg.54), this was a discussion that took place in a tavern, between a student and an officer, who are considering the idea of the pawnbroker 's murder. This is a strange coincidence because it happened exactly at the same time when Raskolnikov was thinking about his wicked scheme. This was highly important because even though they were talking about
A similar situation happens when she went to visit her sister-in-law in Colorado. Lastly, she talks about the privilege the white people have to be accepted in a university or haven’t been expelled from school because their skin color is white. Now she knows “how system work and where it gains its power” (154). The interracial marriage is very complicated because the racism is everywhere and they should know how to protect each other.“Dark trees in the landscape of love” by Kao Kalia Yang is reading about the lives of Hmong girls married white men and how their lives are different. Kalia Yang started the story talking about his nephew preference for black trees, not bright trees, showing that all colors of the trees are beautiful not just the bright ones.
The creature had learned the majority of his knowledge through mimicking the De Lacey family. He learned to read, understand language, he experienced history lesson's of Europe, and how to speak " I now continually studied and exercised my mind upon these histories, whilst my friends were employed in their ordinary occupations". (Shelley 91) The creature's ambition to learn was for a good purpose, however his increased knowledge only showed him the true outcast that he was. Each of the main characters pursued education for different reasons, Walton learned for sea-faring, Victor learned for science, and the creature learned for
In the text entitled "Learning to Read and Write" by Frederick Douglass, the author shares his experiences with the mistress, and her impact on his education. He explains that through the mistress's actions to teach him to become literate, it proved to be a significant stage to his mental progress. He continued to explain that awareness caused him to reevaluate his present situation, and that it also caused him to come to regret learning to read.Thereafter, Douglass learns about abolition and begins to long for freedom, and lastly, Douglass describes the process in which learned to write while being enslaved.These main ideas illustrate to readers that learning to read and write was important to Douglass’s understanding of slavery.