What do you see when you look at a stranger?

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What do you see when you look at a stranger? Does it even register that they are a fellow human being that matters to someone out there in the world? I ask you this because I work in retail, for the moment. As a sales associate, I am required to greet everyone who walks through the door. Think about that for a moment. Put yourself in my shoes. If you had to say “Hello, how are you?” or “Good morning!” to every person who walked through the door, would you be able to say it with enthusiasm every time? It isn’t easy—I can tell you that, but Continue reading “What do you see when you look at a stranger?”

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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”