People always told me that money can’t buy happiness, but I never truly experienced what that meant until I met the people of Honduras. The country and the people had an impact on me and on how I see the world. In my interactions with the people and culture of Honduras, among some very challenging living conditions, I was inspired by their love of family, welcoming attitude, and joy of life. For me, Honduras was like a mirror for me to look in and see my own life compared to the Hondurans’. If I brought back one thing with me, it was the desire to be like them in how I face life, love family and friends, and be filled with joy.
The Finch Family symbolizes tradition and holds certain values in Aunt Alexandra’s eyes. When Aunt Alexandra comes to stay with the Finches, one of the statements she makes is that “when you stop to think about it, [her and Atticus’] generation’s practically the first in the Finch family not to marry its cousins” (Lee 173). The Finch Family has formed a tradition that was clearly difficult to break until Aunt Alexandra’s generation. But Aunt Alexandra has a different outlook on what tradition is and its role in a family. In Scout’s narrations around the time Aunt Alexandra, she says that Aunt Alexandra believes that “the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was” (Lee 175).
Ushpizin is a movie about a married couple, Mali and Moshe, who are struggling financially. Moshe is a rabbi, but after missing several meetings, he was not given the stipend he was expecting, and it seemed as though all hope was lost. The Jewish holiday Sukkot was quickly approaching, and the couple had no money to pay their rent, much less buy anything to prepare for Sukkot. Moshe and Mali prayed for God 's help, and miraculously, their luck turned around. A man anonymously gives them $1000, and a friend gives Moshe a sukkah, a temporary dwelling used during Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years the Jews spent wandering the desert in the Bible. Moshe is able to pay the rent and buy the four species needed to properly celebrate the holiday.
“To kill a Mockingbird” is a novel in which Harper Lee, the author, presents forth various themes among them the unheard theme of social molarity. Harper dramatically uses a distinctive language through Scout, who is the narrator of the story to bring out the difficulties faced by children living in the southern Alabama town of Maycomb. Harper has dramatically displayed use of bildungsroman throughout the story; this helped to give the story a unique touch of a child’s view to bring out a different type of humor and wit. It has also used to develop and thrive the theme of morality in the society. Scout, being a child, she thinks the society is free of evil and it’s pure basically because she hasn’t been in contact with evil. Just like any other child she engages in several activities oblivious of the ramifications that follows. As a child she doesn’t understand the injustice that is enshrined the society and the glimmering racism.
Worldview is the how you interpret the reality you live in and what you believe to be true. Everyone has a worldview, it can change and vary for each person. But there is a common ground in worldviews, which is that they are influenced by what we read, watch, and associate ourselves with. In addition to science and religion.
Throughout To Kill A MockingBird, by Harper Lee there are many acts of courage. This is shown in Atticus Finch, Jem Finch, and Boo Radley. Atticus shows the most courage in the book but all three of these characters show true courage in some way, shape, or form. Boo Radley showed a lot of courage, but he was not in the storyline as much as Atticus. Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, courage is defined as standing up for people and doing what’s right.
Frederick Buechner once said, “Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin.” Similarly, an author by the name of Barbara Lazear Ascher wrote an essay called “On Compassion,” in which she states that people learn about compassion when they experience hardships and begin to put oneself in another’s place. Along with the idea of compassion being learned, Ascher also tries to make us wonder what our motive is that leads us to being compassionate.
Negative presentations of hospitality almost always hurts a character in some way. One of the first instances of this is when Odysseus meets Polyphemus of the Cyclops’ Island. Polyphemus does not immediately show hospitality upon meeting Odysseus and his crew, so Odysseus asks for it. “... beholden for your help, or any gifts you give as a custom to honor strangers… Zeus will avenge the unoffending guests… We cyclops care not a whistle for your thundering Zeus… where was it, now, you left your ship…” (Homer 902). Since Polyphemus refuses to give Odysseus hospitality, there is no chance of civility and this will not help Odysseus, only hurt him. To prove Polyphemus’ incivility even more, he asks where Odysseus boat is so he can destroy it. Another example of negative hospitality is the suitors blatant disrespect for Penelope’s good hospitality.
In society, there are very few people who have the unwavering dedication to stand up for what they believe. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, a black man was convicted and accused of a crime he didn 't commit, raping a white women, which is not in anyway tolerable in society. In Harper Lee 's To Kill A Mockingbird, the author used point of view and symbolism to acknowledge how the the several social divisions which make up much of the adult world are shown to be both irrational and extremely destructive.
B. (SP 2) - The tradition of hospitality is clear in how they treat guests or go out of their way to help strangers find an address or something else they need.
Another prime example generosity causing good is Elizabeth Lavenza, the orphan child taken in by the Frankenstein family As Victor is telling his story to Robert, he talks about how the family adopted Elizabeth, saying “She found a peasant and his wife, hardworking, bent down by care and labour, distributing a scanty meal to five hungry babes. Among these was one which attracted my mother far above the rest… They consulted the village priest and the result was that Elizabeth Lavensa became the inmate of my parents’ house – my more than sister – the beautiful and adored companion of all my occupations and my pleasures” (20-21). He then later talks about how she was a light to the family, and after Caroline’s death, keeping the family together.
Xenia in the time of The Odyssey was a way for hosts to show off just how much they could spoil their guests. However, modern day xenia has taken on a very different form. Xenia once entailed bathing one's guest and throwing a feast, but now donating money or a blanket is viewed as generous. Though ancient xenia entailed showering one's guest with gifts and asking no questions before letting a stranger into one's house, modern xenia has taken on a much simpler form to make the practice more accessible.
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird famously said in his closing arguments: "You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some negro men are not to be trusted around women- black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and no particular race of men." (pg 232) What Atticus is trying to convey is a foreign concept to most people in Maycomb county. Atticus is trying to convey a point of equality and no prejudice in a world of social inequality which, as one can imagine, didn 't go over so well. To kill a mockingbird tells a story of a county whose morals are masked by the great depression, a county whose judgment is masked by racism and social stigma. In to kill a mockingbird,
In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee presents a large social atmosphere that includes many different cultures and extremes. The story takes place in the southern town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. This novel illustrates how the southerners perceived different ideas about each other and social norms. It is told through the eyes of a young girl, Scout Finch, as she is growing up and becoming influenced by societal attitudes. Throughout the course of this book Scout learns many lessons including: how a society functions, why there is conflict between different cultures, and what makes cultures different from each other. Harper Lee utilizes functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism to convey how
Imagine voluntarily putting yourself in a position where you are at risk to be physically and/or emotionally hurt. Being vulnerable takes away the traditional blanket of security and instead, exposes us to the elements of the world. That's a terrifying thought. We've all experienced vulnerability at some point in our lives. Embracing this fact will help us develop into happy and successful people, as well as give us courage, and help improve the lives of others who are also struggling with vulnerability.