Our choices can lead to happiness, sorrow, grief, anxiety or even bravery. However a few people around the world still realize the importance of choices. The list starts from Eleanor roosevelt all the way back to one of the three Greek tragedians, Sophocles. His play “Antigone” focuses on the consequences of a brave choice that the main character, Antigone, had made. This writer, who had lived in the earlier ages, is a great symbol of wisdom that people might have lost nowadays.
A Reader’s Ambivalence of Roger Chillingworth A successful novel is able to make readers feel a certain way about characters: a liking or disliking, a desire to succeed or not succeed, and anything in between. After seizing the reader’s feelings, the author has the potential to change them over the course of the book. There is also the feeling of ambivalence, which is, “the state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.” In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter, some readers assign this emotion to Roger Chillingworth. Roger Chillingworth is a character that readers feel ambivalent about, which is cultivated by Hawthorne to further the plot and develop characters. Mr. Chillingworth is a constantly changing
This is the idea that the mind is like blank paper without any ideas and is furnished by experience alone. While I don’t believe this is entirely true I think the ideas that stem from it are valuable as it is valuable to an extent. Education as Locke desires is a thing to improve the general capacity of the mind, not stuff it with facts or perfect it at a specific task. We see this concept in Franklin’s writing where he says “Experience keeps a dear School, but Fools will learn in no other” which means that experience is the greatest way to learn, and the way that all can learn, even the fool. The idea that education should be “a formation of character, of habits…of mind and body” (256) is one that should be paid attention to, because in the end one’s whole life is the issue, not just learning individual tasks and
It was much better than I had anticipated before reading it. Wes Moore is a strong author who properly used writing mechanics to deliver powerful scenes and great messages. I would say that the main theme of this book is the importance of education in adolescent life and that small things really can make all of the difference. The author Wes Moore 's life appeared very dull in comparison to the other Wes Moore 's; however, it was Wes Moore 's life that would provide quotes that inspire or were otherwise relatable to MAST life. One such quote in the novel was : "In spite of myself, I was impressed.
By expressing this statement is supports his belief of the American dream as actually a dream of “getting ahead” (Zinsser 601). In addition Zinsser informs individuals happiness goes to the person who has supposably achieved more. Giving additional time for the youth to get passed multiple failures including releasing pressure of needing to succeed by a specific age. Dreamers, nonconformists, and skeptics are needed much more than “junior vice presidents” (Zinsser 602). Civilizations have harmed these
The “American Dream” is the belief that through hard work, sacrifice, and wisdom, we can find happiness. In our society, the biggest achievement is living in a big house with a stable job that allows us to live a decent life. The American Dream is usually thought of as a motivation to become better. It is part of human nature to have the desire to prove that we are special for the dreams of success and possession, as shown in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Miller’s Death of the Salesman. In The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby tries to create a life beyond the common one he is given.
For that they are willing to put up society's treatment and challenges that are target against them. Overall, they work hard and eventually achieve the American dream, by being finally welcome in America and finally finding a life that they can truly be happy of. Like my own family and others they were able to find their place in this country and, enjoy their new life here. That’s what the American dream is all about, coming from a hard place and searching to to improve your life. Even if it means you’ll be treated unfairly, but at the end you’ll have achieved the American dream, while earning a better life in the
Words have made peace, ended wars and started wars among nations. Words can cause the loss of hope to accomplish one’s ambitions and visions or words can provide one the strength to overcome the most challenging difficulties. Words can improve or take away one’s sense of purpose, one’s freedom and even one’s self esteem. Words can be negative or positive; either way, one cannot keep from being touched by them. Words and phrases have also been used to distinct groups of people.
Benjamin Franklin: The Archetypal American Modern American identity revolves around self improvement. Americans seek to improve themselves in all areas of life, be it socially, financially, or physically. Americans accomplish these goals through education and observing the successes of others. Benjamin Franklin, a man who is frequently admired by fellow Americans, embodies many of these qualities and, as such, has become an archetype of success and of what it means to be American. Benjamin Franklin is an archetypal American because of his values of self-improvement, community-mindedness, and frugality.
He is good at his job, as Progress Report 9-April 3, mentions, “[…] Mr Donnegan said I was the best janiter he ever had because I like my job and do it good […]” Though Charlie is only a janitor, he has motivation to try his best, so he does-and it pays off. He may not be intelligent enough to have a big job, but that job would require a lot of work, so someone who is intelligent but lazy couldn’t do it. Many disagree with the arguments used in this essay. Some value intelligence over motivation, and could argue that Charlie is the perfect example. Before his surgery, Miss Kinnian said he tried very hard, but in the first few,“progris riports” (page 190), he does not spell greatly, despite his motivation to do so.
As Charles Darwin once stated “Doing what little one can to increase the general stock of knowledge is as respectable an object of life, as one can in any likelihood pursue.” Le start with character. Character defines a person who they are, how they think and act and having morals. Having good character will help you to be confident in your daily choices, identifying what is important to you, and most importantly, it will help you develop integrity which is moral code for strength, truthfulness and courage that will eventually build relationship with others and a foundation for success, Second is community services, many students view it as an unfortunate requirement to graduate high school while others are view it as a way to seek to serve others. Serving others will make a tremendous difference to you and to those around you, it will also make life worthwhile. Third is leadership and it’s more than being elected as class officer.
I do understand that it 's difficult to find the dedication to push through college and create a safety net for yourself but I also love the career that I have chosen. Every single one of my qualities have pointed me towards this path. My good memory, my belief in social justice. my love for politics, and even my disappointment with the US Immigration system has led me to the decision that the only way I can fight what I don 't agree with is to educate and better myself. I want to be the reason that my mom believes fully in the American dream again.
Grit and Growth Mindset Winston Churchill once said, ¨Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.¨ People who believe that failure is acceptable, like Winston Churchill, will do better in all areas of life, and will have a characteristic known as grit. Grit is passion and perseverance over long term goals, and sticking with that goal until it is achieved. Growth mindset is the ability to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, and find lessons in the success of others. Both of these characteristics are vital to success, as proven in studies done by Carol Dweck and Angela Lee Duckworth. Grit and growth mindset can help one in all aspects of life such as academics, personal life, and career because when one has the ability to understand criticism, persist through challenges, and stick wit a goal until it is achieved, it can make the essentially unstoppable.
I am a leader, a whole hearted person that believes in the greater good, a selfless individual, an intellectual young adult, and a brave character, and it is on account of these qualities that I feel Montclair State University is the school for me. Being that I am an individual that has matured intellectually, emotionally, and now has the motivation needed to seek a positive trajectory and path in life, and I believe this school could only help further my growth as a person and strengthen my academic abilities. Writing has always been one of my strong suits and it is the best method I’ve learned as a way to express myself. Growing up, I had a rough childhood, and it was through reading and writing that I learned to better my perspective towards life. As a child, I grew a deep interest towards fiction books of all sorts, and the books that I was most intrigued by were the ones with a courageous and vigorous female main character.