Chappie “Bone” Dorset: The Anti-hero

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Exploring Chappie, the protagonist, and his life as an anti-hero

A hero is typically admired for their integrity, strengths, and ability to do good. However, Chappie is admired for his weaknesses. Though he is not an ill-mannered teenager, he is definitely sitting on the fence, or walking the line of criminal activity at the age of fourteen. Chappie’s father left him when he was very young, and his mother eventually remarried. It is hinted early on in the novel that Ken, Chappie’s stepfather molested him when he was younger. This initial loss of innocence is what propelled him into a world of chaos and criminal activity. Continue reading “Chappie “Bone” Dorset: The Anti-hero”

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To Kill A Mockingbird – Scout’s Lessons and Loss of Innocence

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This story is being told retrospectively by an older Scout who is telling it from a child’s point of view. Scout, our narrator, takes us on a journey toward maturity in the small fictional town of Maycomb. In the beginning chapter Scout depicts her world as one of the absolutes and not much room for error. She doesn’t view the world as one with varying perspectives. To her, the words black and white simply mean Continue reading “To Kill A Mockingbird – Scout’s Lessons and Loss of Innocence”

American and European Society in The Razor’s Edge

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In a time when society in both America and Europe were experiencing economic growth and the pursuit of wealth, there was also a rise in spirituality. Maugham presents a sense of superficial elitism when he first introduces Elliott Templeton who is as snobbish as one gets. We then meet Isabel, Elliott’s niece who has been raised to expect a high standard of living. She embraces this superficial outlook and rejects Larry because of his lack of social conformity. Out of all the characters in The Razor’s Edge Elliott is by far the best representation of the elitist mindset of that period in American and European society. Continue reading “American and European Society in The Razor’s Edge”

From Harvest to Planting

 

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What should we do now that the year 2017 is over and 2018 has begun? We harvest the ripened crops of course. Then, we plant more seeds for the future. As I take the time to reflect on the past year, I see my successes and my failures. I thrived in some areas and fell short in others. This is where the lessons are learned. However, lessons are not learned if we have closed our mind’s eye to the act of learning those lessons.

 

I used to go through life feeling defeated when things went wrong. Still, to this day, I often allow myself to feel defeated. That is until I realized Continue reading “From Harvest to Planting”

Humanity is Necessity

There is no special formula for being human. Therefore, there is no special formula for the “humanities.” The humanities are exclusive to us. What we create is of our minds and driven by needs and wants. Whether it be a fictional story, a robot, a painting or a poem; it is from us. The term “We’ve come a long way” is a testament to the humanities. We’ve tried, we’ve failed, we’ve learned the hard lessons. Technology is born out of the human mind and ingenuity. It is a shared experience of both success and failure. How could we improve upon our inventions without the humanities? We have loved ones across the country, and a hundred years ago the only way to see them was to travel (if we could). Now, however, through the thoughtfulness and critical thinking of the tech geeks, we can see and speak to our loved ones instantly via our phones, tablets, or computers. Being creative is being human. Being human is being creative. We, humans, are emotional creatures and we are driven by those emotions. Where is the value of our human existence if we ignore our own humanity? We wouldn’t have the conveniences we have today if we did not value ourselves or each other. Enriching lives through the creativity of our human mind is truly valuable.