In John M. Barry’s “The Great Influenza”, he uses figurative language, compares and contrasts, and process analysis. Barry demonstrates that scientists are put through obstacles to be addressed as a Scientist and their duties as one by accepting doubt as a primary function for obtaining well-produced results. The passage begins by contrasting the ideas of certainty and uncertainty. Barry claims that certainty “creates strength” and “gives on something upon which to lean.”, while he explains that uncertainty “makes one tentative, if not fearful.” This gives an idea that there is a sense of doubt when it comes to facing obstacles such as scientist’s research and beliefs. “Scientists must accept the fact that all his or her work, even beliefs, may break apart upon the sharp edge of a single laboratory finding.” These points illustrate that scientists must be able to deal with uncertainty by having the “...intelligence and curiosity...passion, patience, creativity, self-sufficiency, and courage.”, which
By accepting our doubts and questions we are also admitting to ourselves that we have not been whole-heartedly showing our real faith. We learn from our own questions; we develop through our doubts. The questions that surfaced after watching the movie only made me realize how vital it is to continue to find ourselves so that we will be able to find God. Questioning my beliefs made my faith in God grow because I was able to assess what in my opinion was the right thing to do show my love for
In the essay “Unhappily Ever After,” Augusten Burroughs focus on unhappiness to a great extent because he is an unhappy person and he, as many people, happiness is something that he would always look for. He says that saying “I just want to be happy” is a way to say that we are not happy and that we are looking for that happiness to fulfill us as human beings. He addresses that people want to be happy but they do not want to sacrifice anything or simply they do not look for a appropriate way to do it. Although, doing all of this things might not work for everyone, not even for him. He says that there are people like him that are not happy, instead what he can do is to be interested or fascinated to find a meaning to life.
The use of the paradox in The Great Influenza by John M. Barry reveals seemingly contradictory statements true. In the second paragraph Barry believes that one must "embrace – uncertainty" (Barry). He uses this literacy device to highlight uncertainty as a welcomed sensation to be accepted, rather than denied. Along with presenting truthful statements, Barry makes every word, phrase, and sentence that he writes ultimately more powerful and read at different understanding levels by raising the bar and introducing contradicting information. Barry characterizes scientific research as contradicting.
I believe that pursuing happiness as a goal has detrimental effects. As a society, we tend to believe that we need to be full of joy at all times, but that isn't realistic - life happens. By attempting to be cheery all the time, you will never be genuinely content. You will always be searching for more and won't be satisfied with what you have, creating a permanent cycle of gloom rather than bliss. As people set their expectations higher, the less happiness they will attain.
But despite all of his money and achievements, he still feels as though it isn't enough; Jay Gatsby is unsatisfied because he doesn't have the person he has tried to have chased since the beginning. The problem is, Gatsby thinks that with Daisy, he will be truly happy content; But what he doesn't know is that through his crusade, he sacrifices his chance at having a great life and achieving happiness, all for a girl he doesn't really know. He’s a character who's optimistic for something that’s proven itself unattainable, but “the problem with [his] optimism, though, is that, rather than qualifying as happiness, it anticipates future happiness.” (Thompson, 2010, 7). Gatsby’s greatest weakness is not coming to the realization that Daisy herself is too vain and materialistic to leave her seemingly perfect life, complete with a family and lots of wealth. Even in the end, his attempts at impressing Daisy don't succeed, and as a result he goes to the grave unsatisfied with the life he
After just experiencing the Aleph, Borges’ life became a blur of faces. Without any new faces or scenarios, Borges [character] feels without any free choice. Borges [author] expresses the repetition of the faces by staring each line with “I feared,” thus accentuating the redundant nature of life. Contributing to existentialism, Borges [character] felt lost in a world without a guide. His actions no longer affect his future, causing fear within him that he will no longer understand his place in the world.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald used The Great Gatsby to show his belief in the American Dream: “He warned that a pursuit of happiness driven by greed was not attainable. That is because someone else always had more” (Amadeo). Jay Gatsby tried all his life to fulfill his dream but he always faced failure because he yearned beyond what could be given to him. The definition of the American Dream is a farce that leads to discouragement and disappointments (Arnade). No matter how hard one works, the American Dream will bring people to discontent because of society’s obsession with unattainable desires.
W feel when pride overcomes our life, we believe we’re always right and everyone is wrong, and it’s hard to keep relationships with people because no one wants to be with someone that thinks they know everything. When we have to much pride, then it disconnects us from everyone because they think they have to achieve greatness and everyone is getting in there way. Also, our pride can take over someone life as well, because we could be ashamed of them and we want to them to achieve greatness, like in the short story, “ The Scarlet Ibis” the older brother was gifted with a younger brother that was handicapped, and when Doodle tout himself to crawl then, the older brother was determined to teach him how to walk, because the older brother was ashamed to be related to a kid that was handicapped and he pushed Doodle to the point to where to couldn 't handle it anymore. In the article ‘’ Why Pride is Nothing to Be Proud Of” it says, “ Deignity can live inside us regardless of our successes and failures. We don’t have to prove anything to anything to anyone-- or even to ourselves.
In my sixteen year journey of trying to find who I am as a person, I have always worried too much about what other people think of me. I am the type of person who always wants to please everyone else, I rarely ever even think about pleasing myself. I am trying my best to worry less about pleasing everyone, and worrying about what other people think about me. I have so much more to worry about than the opinion of someone, who has no effect on who I am. I am not afraid of much, I am more afraid of failure more than anything else.