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I did some research on Apple and Foxconn, and there were a few things I discovered. Apple's profit margin has been steadily increasing while Foxconn's has been decreasing. In 2007, Apple's profit margins were at 15.4% whereas Foxconn's was only at 2.7%. Four years later, in 2011, Apple's profit margin doubled and reached 30.8% but Foxconn's nearly halved at 1.5%. Something is wrong here. If Apple's profit is increasing, shouldn't Foxconn's profit be increasing too? Not in the kind of world we live in. Apple has sold over 100 million iPhones. If apple even gave $1.00 to Foxconn for every... Continue reading
We all now know the hard conditions that Chinese workers face every day, and I'm sure we all mostly agree that it's bad and something should be done about it. But what can we do to stop this? I was thinking of ways we can make a change for these workers. However, every idea that comes to mind is flawed in some sense or another. Make better working conditions? Apple prices increase dramatically. Make machines to do all the labor? Puts millions out of work. Boycott Apple products? Fail blogging assignment because you have a Mac. The answers seem simple... Continue reading
Eyes seem to be an important motif throghout the play King Lear. The most apparent instance is when Cornwall and Regan pluck out Gloucester's eyes in Act 3, Scene 7 because the letter he received makes them believe he is a traitor conspring with France. This decisive moment in the play was prefigured by Lear in Act 1, Scene 4, when Lear leaves Goneril's place. He says "Old fond eyes, beweep this cause again, I'll pluck you out and cast you out with the waters you loose to temper clay." The theme of eyes goes throughout the play, the willingness... Continue reading
I have noticed a few themes present throughout the play. Greedy, lying children, the need for respect, and punishing the innocent. King Lear's daughters, Goneril and Regan, are obviously power hungry, and trick their father into thinking they love him, just so they can have his land. When Lear breaks up his kingdom and goes to live with Goneril, she does not give Lear the respect he thinks he deserves, so he goes to live with Regan. When Regan shows no respect to Lear, he loses it, and runs out into the storm. Lear punishes Cordelia by disowning her, even... Continue reading
In Act I, Scene 2, I found the dialogue on astronomy interesting. I think Shakespeare is trying to contrast Gloucester to Edmund through this topic. Gloucester believes that the stars determine a person's destiny and the kind of person they will turn out to be. When Gloucester reads the letter that Edmund gives him, he immediately blames the recent eclipses of the sun and moon for Edgar's villainy (line 109ff). Edmund, on the other hand, thinks that we are responsible for who we become. He thinks it is foolishness that when we have trouble, "we make guilty of our disasters... Continue reading
After reading Scene One, Act One of King Lear, I found part of it very striking. What is going on here seems so unlikely. Cordelia was Lear's favorite daughter. Everyone knew that she was. The likely thing would be for her to inherit the greater portion of the land. First I thought it was weird that he was going to base his measurement of his daughters' love from who could suck up to him the most. Goneril and Regan both were full of their declarations of love. But then what made it more strange is that the daughter Lear loved... Continue reading
A VALEDICTION FORBIDDING MOURNING. by John Donne AS virtuous men pass mildly away, And whisper to their souls to go, Whilst some of their sad friends do say, "Now his breath goes," and some say, "No." So let us melt, and make no noise, 5 No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move ; 'Twere profanation of our joys To tell the laity our love. Moving of th' earth brings harms and fears ; Men reckon what it did, and meant ; 10 But trepidation of the spheres, Though greater far, is innocent. Dull sublunary lovers' love —Whose soul is sense—cannot admit Of... Continue reading
In a passage in Light in August, Faulkner uses imagery to differentiate Joe Christmas from the black community. When Christmas passes through Freedom Town, Faulkner begins to contrast nearly everything. There is contrast between black and white, light and dark, hot and cold, and even dry and wet. Faulkner contrasts light and dark, " from street lamp to street lamp, the heavy shadows of oak and maple leaves..." and then goes on to contrast black and white "sliding like scraps of Black velvet across his white shirt." Another interesting contrast I found is the contrast of hot and cold, dry... Continue reading
Does work have meaning? In the ancient story of Sisyphus, work seems meaningless because all Sisyphus does all day is push a rock up a hill which then rolls back down. In the film "Trust," Maria's work seems meaningless because all she does all day is drill holes. Her situation, and the situation of Sisyphus remind me of some of the lyrics of "Mad World" by Gary Jules. He describes people going off to work everyday, "going nowhere." "All around me are familiar faces Worn out places, worn out faces Bright and early for the daily races Going nowhere, going... Continue reading
Through his main character, Meursault, Camus presents a very restrictive and somewhat negative view of women. Some of the women are faceless and nameless. In some circumstances, such as at his mother's funeral, Meursault hears women crying and is not moved but only annoyed. The main women characters in the book don't recieve any genuine emotional response from Meursault. Around his mother's death and her funeral, Meursault seems very detatched and uncaring. He does not even want to have the coffin open to say goodbye. Although he sits with the body overnight, he is very distracted by a talkative person... Continue reading
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Sep 6, 2011