The novel Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand stands as a biography that captures the real-life experiences of Louie Zamperini, a man who went from living as a troubled boy, to an impeccable runner, and then into a United States soldier. This novel defines the definition of survival. Not only has it sold millions of copies, but is read in many high schools across the world, and became a huge major motion picture. In the book, there is a character who is very close to Louie named Allen Russell Phillips, or better now as Phil. From the beginning of the story and until the end, Phil has changed dramatically. Furthermore, one of the main symbols shown was sharks. Additionally, one of the themes displayed was survival and resilience. In this paper, the
The Pledge of Allegiance has been a national tradition to recite in America since it was first invented in 1892. In just a few small sentences, Americans have recited this short poem in baseball games, schools, and even small or large conferences. However, there is one controversy that has been fought that is based on the national poem. The original pledge was shorter than what most American's know today. The original pledge did not have the part “Under God” in its passages and has become a controversial topic for a long time. The original had only said “one Nation indivisible” while today's says “One nation, under God, indivisible.” The argumentative topic is that these two short words should not be required to say in the Pledge of Allegiance and that the short passage should go back to being the original.
This famous pledge was written in August of 1892 and has been in this nation ever since. American citizens recite this every morning in schools, some in workplaces, and on holidays. This nation is called to live by this pledge. It is supposed to bring its people together. Every day in America citizens abide by the rules and regulations of a government that in return censors them from what is happening in their own country. By censoring them they deny their ability to freely express themselves as people and create huge controversy in the communities of many citizens. One example is comedian George Carlin who was forced to censor the content in his acts because people believed that it was too profane for his fans and other people in the audience. This, of course, created huge controversy due to the fact that forcing people to censor their words is a violation of their first amendment right to free speech. This was such a big deal because the people of America fought for years for that right. Another example is the riots and killings taking place in Ferguson, Missouri. The most current case is that of Michael Brown, an 18 year old black man who was shot to death by white police officer, Darren Wilson. After much investigation it was concluded that the Wilson would not be indicted.
The Faustian Bargain was a letter written by Gregory A Petsko to George M. Philip, President of the State University of New York at Albany. The letter was in response to the University eliminating the departments of French, Italian, Classics, Russian and Theater Arts department. President Philip claims that he would not have had to pass this decision if not for the legislature that passes a bill that would have allowed the university to set its own tuition rates. Gregory tries to defend the Arts and explain its importance to the president of SUNY Albany. He gives various examples on why it is important to have those departments in a university. He argues that there should be a mandatory core curriculum that included a wide range of those courses
Maddy Milanoski ELA Grade 6 10/19/2015 The Cay Chapter 3 Open Response The historical fiction story The Cay by Theodore Taylor is set in Curaçao In the beginning of World War 2. Phillip, a 12 year old boy flees the country with his mother, only to find himself separated from his mother, and on a raft with an older mysterious black man “Timothy”. In Chapter 3, Philip was characterized as selfish, frightened, and racist. In contrast to mrs. actions and words show that he is optimistic, resourceful, and reassuring. Philip acts frightened yet Timothy is optimistic. When Philip was on the raft, he said “that lonely sea, the sharp pains in my head, and the knowledge that I was here alone with a black man instead of my mother made me break into tears”.
In discussion of country’s ideal, a controversial issue has been if kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful or not. On the one hand, many argue that they are expressing their first amendment rights. On the other hand, many people believe it’s disrespecting our nation 's ideals and the people who fight for our freedom. My own view is that it is not disrespecting the country’s ideals if the country is not living up to the ideals itself. While people believe kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespecting the country 's ideals, I believe kneeling during the National Anthem is not disrespectful. The United States is not living up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all no matter their race. Athletes are bringing awareness by a peaceful protest, which is protected under the first amendment for those who are oppressed.
If they don’t like what somebody does, they push them deeper, until they cannot see who they are. For an example let us go to page 63. Equality hides a secret from a council member, and through the bare of bickering, Equality is then sentenced to being lashed bare. Because a person utilizing what would be known as freedom of speech, they get whipped? What world is this to ask for the basic human right to be stripped from the humans themselves?
The United States of America is one of the most prideful countries in the world. We dedicate July 4th to our independance, proudly wear red, white, and blue, and we join together in many rhymes of patriotism. The Pledge of Allegiance is one of the many ways we show our pride towards our country. In the novel Anthem, by Ayn Rand, a scripture reminiscent of the pledge is repeated by the narrator in times of temptation. The scripture, however, sends a very different message. At first glance, they seem similar, but the Pledge of Allegiance and the scripture in Anthem are almost entirely opposites.
Narwin limited his rights of speech. In Nothing But The Truth, Philip's father explains that not having the right to sing the national anthem is compared to not being allowed to pray, "But not being allowed to sing the “Star Spangled Banner”... Well ,that’s like, sort of, not being allowed to, you know pray… (Avi 58)”. Furthermore, Philip explains to the assistant principal, Mr. Palleni about his try in patriotism but his teacher, Ms. Narwin, refuses for him to have that right, “Yeah, well, it’s sort of a...patriotic thing with me. But the whole thing is, she always had it in me (Avi 62)... She is against me being patriotic (Avi 74)”. Likewise, the school limits First Amendment rights such as the free speech, “ How can you ask someone to not sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”?...It’s the rule (Avi 68)” The school asks students to remain silent during the recording of the national
The school board tried to talk the incident out of what really happened, so that they can win the school budget election, but it failed. Both Philip and Miss Narwin faces major issues, Miss Narwin was asked to take a leave of absences even when a lot of people are giving her hate mails and Philip becomes stressed with his peers disapproving him. In the end, Miss Narwin resigns teaching and Philip switches to a new school where singing the anthem was allowed and in his response he said he didn’t know the
"The 21st century is needless to say, the era of digitalization, as social media controls every aspect of human life. Technology has rendered paper and pencil useless as it has shifted the face of the earth to network and communicate faster than ever. Countless apps, websites, and softwares exist to satiate the human desire for convenience and efficiency, all while serving to entertain our complex mindsets. Social media and its platform offer numerous ways for users to speak their minds through comments and ways to express themselves through pictures. The 1st Amendment in the Constitution ‚Äúprohibits the peoples‚Äô representatives in Congress from abridging these rights‚Äù (‚ÄúThe Bill of Rights‚Äù). It ensures that the people have the freedom
The first amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens’ rights to; freedom of the press, peaceful assembly, religious freedom, the right to petition the government, and the right to free speech. The Constitution itself asserts:
Working is one of the many tasks that most adults have to endure. As for Phil, work was not just a task, but was a life commitment that took valuable time away. Ellen Goodman describes her stance of this issue in the piece, “The Company Man,” by employing repetition of important phrases and by showcasing the irony of Paul’s life. This conveys a sense of sympathy for Paul and his family and disapproval of his actions, who let his work consume his life, leading to his death.
While reading Anthem, a very collective society was shown. But how different is the life depicted in the book compared to the style of life in America? Is America like the cut throat collectivist society shown in Anthem or is it more individualistic? Overall, America is a more individual society because the First Amendment promotes individualism, people in The United States can choose their own career and our government, which is a democracy, is created through individual ideas and opinions.
When first writing in my journal I struggled with how deep to go with my discussion questions and what I should be asking my classmates. I feel that I have struggled with this because I lack confidence on what I am trying to prove or say in my writing. When reading in the past I have never pushed myself to question the author’s purpose or ask questions that invoke much thought. Up to this point in the year writing in my journal as well as annotating in the text, has helped my reading and writing immensely. My journal this year mostly contains quotes from texts and points from in class discussions that I felt were useful to understanding the novel and its purpose. I do not journal as much as