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In the article, "What My Husband Thinks", the author, a 23 year old wife, describes her experience as a wife to her lazy husband. She is the bread winner of the family, while doing every household chore, including cooking every meal. Even when she proposed to split up the chores, her husband continued to sit back and relax while she worked. When he author confronted her husband about this issue, he said " 'I don't know, now that I'm married I don't ever want to do laundry again.' " Maybe the wife never wanted to do chores after she got... Continue reading
Looking at the pictures from this article you posted really disgusts me. It is one thing for grown women to be wearing those clothes in pictures, but seeing a nine year old wearing the same clothes really shows how young girls are being easily influenced by the media.
I completely agree with you. It is sad to think that just because someone is protecting their rights, their ability to love someone is being questioned.
In chapter nine of The Seventh Son, Taleswapper needs a place to stay, and travels from home to home to see if he is welcome. At one house in particular, he encounters a strange family. The husband, Armor, is very cautious of Taleswapper, because he suspects that he superstitious hidden powers. What he doesn't know, is that his wife has these powers as well from what Taleswapper could see, but has been hiding hem from him. Armor stresses the fact that his home is a very strict Christian home, and they have no tolerance for hexes. "You spoke of having... Continue reading
I thought this part of the book was really interesting too. It definitely reflects how young children think that the world revolves around them, and here, we see where Alvin learns otherwise.
Seeing large families on television used to be interesting because it was something we really hadn't seen before. Like Rachel mentioned, Jon and Kate Plus Eight was one of the first shows to let us see what life with 8 young children is like. But now, it seems that those types of shows are everywhere, and more and more people are subjecting their families to fame. I agree that it is totally wrong that the "octo mom" had so many children when she obviously was in no state to care for so many.
In the article titled "Think Safety", the author explains the dangers of housing violet, mentally ill patients in the same vicinity as disabled and elderly people. These dangers include rape, and even murder. The point that the author mainly stresses is that in Illinois, the government is only making minor adjustments to the laws concerning this issue, and not really making an immediate change. Many other states are already on board with this issue, but Illinois lacks in understanding that they are creating extremely dangerous situations. The author uses exigence by stressing the fact that our state needs to do... Continue reading
On the cover of the most recent edition of Newsweek, Sarah Palin is featured, not in normal political campaign photo shoot attire, but in a running outfit, complete with short, black running shorts. This photo was originally taken for Runners World magazine, and without their permission, Newsweek used the image for their own cover. I find that this cover comes off as sexist, not only because of what she is wearing for a political magazine, but also because it has nothing to do with the article one bit. If the magazine were to publish something on a male politician, they... Continue reading
I find this issue to be really sad that homosexual couples are not allowed to be officially married where they live. It is something that affects almost everyone in the world one way or another. In my opinion gay marriages should defiantly be legal everywhere.
The Scarlet Letter is not only a famous piece of literature, but it is quoted in mainstream media today as well. Someone could use the comparison of someone of something being forbidden, or sinful, just like Hester's actions in the book. Taylor Swift's "Love Story" references two famous writings. One is obvious, Romeo and Juliet. There is a line in the song Love Story by Taylor Swift, where she says, "'Cause you were Romeo I was a scarlet letter and my daddy said stay away from Juliet, but you were everything of me I was begging you please don't go",... Continue reading
I totally agree about not being able to survive a week of Hester's life! But, she has Pearl, even if she is disrespectful. Pearl is the only thing getting her through her life at this time. I do think that it is just as bad to punish Hester like this, as to be the criminal.
I really like how you brought up the way the author describes things such as the scarlet letter. I agree that when he is speaking about the letter and how beautiful it is, he uses great imagery. Just with he imagery, he really stresses how significant the scarlet letter is in Hester's life.
While reading stories such as The Crucible, that focus on the Salem witch trials, modern day readers tend to looks at civilians during that time as crazy. We think "who would ever accuse their neighbor of being a witch, so they would be hanged?". Thinking of something like this happening today seems unreal to us. But we can't be so sure that it has not. For example, during 9/11, a lot of Americans stereotyped Middle-Eastern people as terrorists, just because of one group's actions. In WWII, Japanese Americans were put into concetration camps, just because of their race. Americans feared... Continue reading
I somewhat agree with what Matt said, about vengeance. I think that since these people were so paranoid about being accused and hanged, they were blaming other people s vengeance in some cases, but in other cases to limit their chances of being accused them selves. If they accused some one else, people might look at them as trying to help the witchcraft situation, instead of adding to it.
I agree with what you are saying about the definition of the truth in a war story. I don't really believe that the truth can be defined by one person, it is whatever seems most real to a person and touches them emotionally. Also I didn't even realize that there were four soldiers instead of three that's really interesting.
To me, a "true" war story is similar to reading a history book. Not just because they both have to do with the topic of world history, but because of the side of the story they tell. Reading an American History textbook on the topic of WWII would be completely different than the Japanese perspective on the war. In the telling of a story, point of view is everything. In the novel The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brian tries to make readers think about what makes a "true" war story. Throughout the book, O'Brian tells us various stories about his... Continue reading
I totally agree with Maya. I really liked how the movie focused on only a few certain soldiers, so you got to be more attached to the characters, and like Eric said, that is opposite of what the media does. The movie showed us that soldiers come from every walk of life, and they are not all big, strong, fearless men.
"Mean Girls" is a movie that almost every teenager has seen, and probably related with in some way. The movie starts when a 15-year-old girl named Cady moves from Africa with her parents to Chicago. She had been home schooled her whole life, and is now about to start High School. She is overwhelmed at first, and befriends Janis and Damien, two "not so cool" kids, by the high school's standards. They show her the ropes of her new school, along with introducing her to the popular "mean girls", Regina, Gretchen, and Karen. The three new friends compose a plan... Continue reading
This relates to how the media portrays a healthy or fit person as super skinny, because the media, through celebrities seem to advertise it to the public. This could happen with any type of "fad", or product. It is scary to think of what the media can sell to the public, because they can twist a bad product around to make it seem like something beneficial.
I also saw this movie this weekend, and I agree with what you are saying. At the beginning I was really annoyed with Mary's character, because I thought she would end up being only obsessive and crazy over Steve. I liked in the end how the moral of the story wasn't really about Mary and Steve, but how Mary decided that she didn't want to be cultures version of "normal".
I think that this is really ironic. In a way it shows what being in a tragic situation like war, can do to two enemies. In a way, Lee and Dave almost had to be friends, just to get through the war. It would have been a lot harder for them if they had enemies on both sides. "In any other circumstance it might've ended there. But this was Vietnam, where guys carried guns, and Dave Jensen started to worry." (62)
I really agree with what you said Rachel. As i was reading, I felt that Tim was trying to figure out what emotion he was feeling after being drafted. This resulted in his crazy outbreak. I also do think that since the soldiers have this great amount of pressure to keep their composure and act tough, when they arrive home, all their emotions come out, resulting in psychological problems. Those are really interesting questions you brought up.
In the chapter, "On the Rainy River" in The Things They Carried, the author Tim O'Brian tells us of a very personal struggle. While along the road nearly losing his mind over weather or not to run for Canada, he made the ultimate decision to fight in the war. Even though he was always opposed to the idea of fighting and war, there was something inside of him telling him that it was his duty to go, and there had to be enough of that something pushing him all the way. "It was a kind of schizophrenia. A moral split.... Continue reading