Symbolism - it’s a strange thing, seeing a deeper meaning in an inanimate object, or seeing a deeper meaning of something that happens in a story. It is an interesting, yet creative way to get a reader thinking, and engaged. Sometimes, symbolism can go unnoticed, but typically it really stands out, and leaves the reader thinking something like, “Wow, that eagle reappears every time he talks about freedom.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, uses symbolism to show how random objects throughout the story symbolize the reconstruction of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan's relation.read more
In this day and age a lot of Americans have hope that they will achieve the American dream through working hard and determination. However, there are also those who are opposed to the idea of the American dream, and say that it is not possible to achieve. Despite that, even though for some it might be very hard to achieve, it should still be possible if one focuses enough on it. Part of the American dream is social mobility. Social mobility is when one moves through the social hierarchy and their social status changes, be it in their job or social class. Part of this is structural mobility. Structural mobility is when one changes their economic status and is able to move up or down is social class. Included in this are also life chances, which is when one gets an opportunity to change their status.read more
“Being on death row, It ain't like nothing’. You don’t live for tomorrow, next week, or next month. Cause you don’t know if you’ve got tomorrow, next week, or next month. You live for today.” a quote by a man on death row. The death penalty also is known as capital punishment. Is punishing someone via lethal injection after they are legally convicted of a capital crime. The death penalty has been around since man has begun committing a crime. In the last few decades; 30 countries have done away with this form of punishment. However, The U.S is one of 74 countries that still has not abandoned capital punishment. (Six Reasons to Oppose the Death Penalty) Which says a lot about a country whose constitution guarantees all men of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. The use of the death penalty needs to be eliminated because the risk of falsely accusing an innocent person is a risk too big to take and leaves prisoners with no chance of changing their ways and living a better life.read more
Shakespeare is a legendary name I would think of when it comes to literature, he tends to be able to tell a story by using different symbols, thus giving them different and deeper meanings than they would usually have. In his work of Macbeth, there are 5 symbols that tell us the story in the way he wants it portrayed; these symbols are: Blood, Bad Weather, Night/ Darkness, Dagger, and Sleep. Throughout Macbeth these symbols are used to give us a story of murder, guilt, and betrayal; therefore, showing us that everything is not what it seems and more can always unfold.read more
Lord of The Flies, was an award winning novel written by a very interesting man named William Golding. The book takes place somewhere between 1939, and 1945 during World War 2. A plane carrying a large group of young school boys crashes on an unknown island in the Pacific. Because the only adult on board, the pilot, died in the crash, it is up to the boys to survive until they are found. However, hopes of being found start to become foggy when their civilization starts to crack, and the primal instinct deep inside of them starts to break free. William Golding’s book has been banned from several schools over the years for challenging humanity with savagery.read more
The theme of gun control is a sensitive and controversial issue which has been a subject of discussion for eons of time. In the wake of recent tragic mass shootings, the issue has polarized individuals in regards to what is the best solution. In one side of the debate, there are individuals who favor having restrictions placed over guns. On the other hand, there are individuals who are opposed towards regulating and controlling guns. The individuals against gun control mainly consider controlling guns will not solve the existing challenges created by guns such as crimes or mass shootings. Having the right to control guns is an effective deterrent. All law-abiding citizens should be allowed to carry guns, this is so as to defend themselves against individuals who may have intentions of harming them such as in mass shooting cases.read more
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