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Künstlerroman: Threefold Personal Growth of an Artist in Miriam Toew’s "A Complicated Kindness" - Künstlerroman is a German word meaning “artist’s novel”; an ideal description for Miriam Toew’s novel A Complicated Kindness. Staying true to the definition of the word, it is a novel about an artist’s growth to maturity, depicting the struggles of a sensitive youth against the values of the bourgeois society of her time. Even more fittingly, is the term from which künstlerroman is a sub-genre: bildungsroman, or “novel of education”. To label a novel as such, the author must present the personality of a young main character through psychological, moral and social adjustment....   [tags: Miriam Toew, Complicated Kindness, Künstlerroman,] 1035 words
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Simpleton Kindness - Simpleton Kindness When people go to extremes in the name of selfless kindness, or in the case of Lloyd and Harry from Dumb and Dumber, when people who are motivated by attraction, desperation and kindness, go to extremes, more often then not something good happens in the end. Hollywood has a long standing tradition of lauding the bumbling hero who, though misguided, saves the day with little more than a kind heart and a strong will. Two examples of goodness conquering all are Tommy Boy and Dumb and Dumber....   [tags: Values Virtues Kindness Essays, movies]
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The Power of Kindness - A perfect society would consist of an atmosphere where random acts of kindness were a normal part of everyone’s daily life. Not only does one experience a sensation of relief and joy whenever performing an act of kindness, the deed also affects the person whom the kindness was directed towards. A random act of kindness is a widely known subject. However, the effects of the action are not as well known. In today’s society, between all of the cars, cellphones, money, jobs, new technology etc. it becomes easier to be wrapped up or conceited with one’s self, forgetting about others....   [tags: Ripple Effect, Psychological Benefits]
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“Killing with Kindness” - “Killing with Kindness” was written by American Anthropologist Mark Schuller, he did research and fieldwork on globalization, the outreach of NGOs and development in Haiti. Basically, this book shed a light upon Haitian people who are living in poverty, violence and most recently the destruction and devastation of two earthquakes. Which left many poor people homeless, many die due to the collapse of buildings, starvation of food, and shortage of medical supplies. Schuller’s mission was to help the Haitian people....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1399 words
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The Nonexistence of Kindness: George Price - The Nonexistence of Kindness People perpetrate seemingly selfless acts almost daily. You see it all over the news; the man who saved that woman from a burning building, the mother who sacrificed herself to protect her children from the bomb blast. But how benevolent are these actions. Are these so-called “heroes” really sacrificing themselves to help others. Until recently, it was the common belief that altruism, or selfless and unconditional kindness, was limited primarily to the human race. However, within the last century, the works of several scientists, most prominently George Price, have provided substantial evidence concluding that altruism is nothing more than a survival technique,...   [tags: evolution, darwin, altruism]
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The Kindling of Collective Kindness - The Kindling of Collective Kindness There is an element of superfluity in Kate’s final speech of The Taming of the Shrew. As a simple demonstration of her having been tamed and transformed, the speech is nearly overdone: earlier in the scene, after all, Baptista readily acknowledges that Petruchio has presented him with “another daughter,” “changed as she had never been,” in effect suggesting that Kate’s final speech serves a different purpose (5.2.119-120). Rather than adding an exclamation point to whether Kate has indeed been “disfigured,” which would thereby merely confirm the prediction made by the bellyaching Grumio, Shakespeare mobilizes her last speech to elaborate in what way and...   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 891 words
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Miriam Toews' A Complicated Kindness - ... “It's raining questions around here. A person could drown in them”(Toews 97), this could be why no one questions where the movies come from because they know the movies are bad and have been taught not to question bad things. Since there is someone bringing the films into East Village, which is proof that there are, others who feel the same as the Nickel family. They don’t feel like the traditions of the Mennonite faith make sense any more. When Nomi is reflecting on how her mother stoned her brother’s house was actually grief....   [tags: story analysis] 825 words
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The Kindness of a Stranger - "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." --- Mark Twain The most joyous season of the year in our house is Christmas. All the family gets together, gifts are exchanged and we give thanks for all that we have. This Christmas however, was one that I will never forget. If it weren't for the help of a stranger coming to my rescue, my holidays would have been ruined. He reminded me that a little kindness really does go along way. It was three days before Christmas, snowing outside and the hustle and bustle of the holidays was in the air....   [tags: Personal Narrative, essay about myself] 920 words
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Introspection in A Complicated Kindness and The Catcher in the Rye - Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye are two novels in which characters reflect on their attitudes and experiences as a source of emotional growth and maturity. Salinger and Toews show the importance of this reflection through the evolution of their characters’ – Holden Caulfield and Nomi Nickel – similar attitudes towards their schools, communities, and lives. Though Nomi and Holden both do poorly in school for various reasons, Nomi overcomes her obstacles by working to identify the source of them....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Shrek: The Kindness of the Ogre Revealed - Shrek: The Kindness of the Ogre Revealed Lord farquaad and Shrek use the correlation between them to distort the traditional fairy tale. Shrek barges in just before the happily ever after and changes the story for the better. To explain how filmmakers use presentational devices to change the traditional fairy tale to something more exciting and adventurous, I am going to analyze the characters of Shrek and lord farquaad. A traditional fairy tale that contains an ogre or something synonymous is often portrayed as an unpleasant being....   [tags: Papers] 1275 words
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The Lion and the Mouse who Returned a Kindness -      Aesop among many other prominant authors wrote tales of animals taking on human characteristics, but none is so prevelant as the reputation of the mighty lion. Known as the king of animals, the lion appears as an object of strength and nobility in countless aspects of life including history, literature, art, astronomy, movies, and dance.      Who is this amazing creature. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the lion (Panthera Leo) is a flesh-eating animal that live cheifly in sandy plains and rocky places where there are thorn thickets and tall grass....   [tags: Aesop, Aesop's Fables] 612 words
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Positive Interventions: Happiness Attained from Acts of Kindness and Gratitude - ... Pre-test and post-test measures will be utilized to attain a measure of each participant’s gratitude, life orientation, affect, self-esteem, and resilience. This study makes three predictions. First, it is hypothesized that the group completing kind acts for others will show more gains in happiness and well-being than the group keeping a record of gratitude. Confirmatory findings will support previous research noting that individuals with greater commitment to an intervention obtain more benefit from the activity (Lyubomirsky, Dickerhoof, Boehm, & Sheldon, 2011), assuming that a physical activity is indicative of a greater level of commitment than a passive activity....   [tags: well-being, gender, self-esteem, kind acts]
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A Year of Lesser and Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness by David Bergen - Through David Bergen’s A Year of Lesser and Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness, one can learn what salvation means to Mennonites. Protagonists Johnny Fehr and Nomi Nickel struggle with the concept of salvation through the novels and eventually, the question of salvation remains ambiguous. It is unclear at the conclusion of both novels whether the characters have achieved salvation and whether salvation itself is the key to a happy, fulfilled life. Authors Toews and Bergen are keenly and self-consciously aware of the complex notion of salvation and address it through complex characters who are not sure exactly what salvation is themselves....   [tags: Mennonite Writing, salvation, pacifism]
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People Can Still Show Kindness Despite all the Evil Out There - The world we share is a beautiful place. Not just the places we can go or the things we can see, but the people around us. There is a lot of good left in this world, even if it’s hard to see. Everyday we are subjected to the wicked things of the world. On the television and in the news we see wars, terrorism, crimes and hate. Good people suffering for no apparent reason. We are exposed to a constant barrage of negativity, which can make our views skewed to the truth. The reality that humanity is still moral at heart and there is hope left for the future....   [tags: the world is a beautiful place, personal take] 686 words
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Altruism and Service: Personal Experiences - For one to understand the concept and meaning of the word altruism, he or she must be able to understand the meaning and concept of egoism, morals, and ethics. Each term represents one’s desire to do what he or she believes is ethical. In this paper I will discuss and provide five scenarios describing several occasions in which I have performed a good deed to help another individual or have witnessed someone else do a good deed to help another individual. Based on my understanding of the word altruism, it means showing concern for the well being of others....   [tags: Helping, Kindness] 1643 words
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Chastity in The Rape of Lucrece and A Woman Killed with Kindness - Chastity in The Rape of Lucrece and A Woman Killed with Kindness       Renaissance England has been labeled a culture of shame - a society in which an individual's identity was primarily constructed by the way in which his or her "reputation" or "honor" was perceived by others. A woman's public reputation was always based on her virginity or chastity. Just as women were considered the property of their fathers or husbands, a woman's chastity was an asset owned by and exchanged between the men who possessed her....   [tags: Rape of Lucrece]
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Giving is Important - There are many reasons why giving is important. It is a way to show appreciation, to say thank you, or to show someone you care. Sometimes it is hard to express true feelings in words, but offering a token of appreciation will not only represent your feelings, but will allow the recipient to know how much you appreciate them. There are many people that we come across in our every day life that perhaps make our days easier, such as neighbors, co-workers, even mail carriers or the local cashier at the grocery store....   [tags: kindness, volunteering, ] 483 words
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Kindness in an Unkind World - Being a kind-hearted person in a savage world is not an easy thing to do. The savage world will usually get through to the kind person and change them into a monster, but not Simon. Throughout William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, Simon is the boy who remains good even when the rest of the world remains cruel. Simon is a quiet boy in the story who shows wisdom and civilization, on an uncivilized and savage island. Simon is first introduced when Ralph calls an assembly with the conch in the first chapter....   [tags: William Goldings's Lord of the Flies]
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Santiago: A Hero in the Novel The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo - ... The last example of bravery can be found on page 162. On these pages, Santiago has been brutally beaten by bandits, and have gotten them to leave him alone by revealing that there is treasure buried where he was digging. This is a great example of bravery because it shows that he is brave enough to give up everything he struggled to get, even though the bandits still might have killed him after he told them about the treasure. Santiago is a hero because he is abundant in bravery. The second reason Santiago is a hero is because he shows a lot of kindness to everyone he meets....   [tags: Bravery, Kindness, Wise]
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What I Have Learned from School - ... I would take all day long so I could be seen as a rebel, cool, and a leader. My teachers called me into a meeting that consisted of me, Ms.Resse, Ms.Bullin, Ms.Smith, and Ms.Hariss. They all told me that I was bright and needed to get my act together before anything drastic happened. Ms.Resse saw something in me that no one ever saw before and that made me realize that I was a menace to society. Ms.Resse taught me to channel my anger and frustration into something that make a better cause for everyone and me....   [tags: center, treat, kindness] 581 words
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Teaching Children Values in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - “I don’t have to listen to you because you’re not the boss of me.” Many little kids often think that they don’t have to listen to other people or do what they are told, which is how Scout was in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird. She continued this kind of defiance until Atticus, her dad, began to change it. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee and is about a young girl, Scout, who grows up in the small town of Maycomb in the 1930’s. Scout is the daughter of Atticus and her brother’s name is Jem....   [tags: knowledge, honesty, kindness]
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What Goes Around Comes Back Around - As stated by an anonymous character, "what goes around comes back around." This quote can be referred to and portrayed on a daily basis. You know that big test that you only studied ten minutes for. How did you do on it. Does you mark reflect on your preparation prior to the test and do you think you got the mark you really deserved. I thought so. What about that incident you had when you said something rude to someone else and it ended up in a quarrel. You should have expected that outcome. Karma always seems to bite you in the behind, does it not....   [tags: kindness, crime, justice]
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The Importance of Miss Temple in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - The Importance of Miss Temple In the novel Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, one reoccurring motif is the idea of Jane, the protagonist, needing a motherly figure to guide her. From the very beginning it is obvious that Jane is an orphan without any real motherly figure, so she finds a few people to fill this void in every environment she is placed in. The major substitute mother is a woman named Miss Temple in which Jane meets at the Lowood Institution. Miss Temple dramatically helps Jane along her journey and comforts her in a way that only a mother could....   [tags: mother, kindness, emotion]
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How Generosity Helps Make A Good Human - What we become often seems predetermined by our circumstances as human beings. However, our nature is not and never has been invincible. Only those with the strength, courage, and patience to endure the hardship are there to reap the reward in the end. But reality raises the question, how do we determine what our circumstances are. We have the competence to make whatever changes we wish to make in our lives if it means enough to us. Is that not why every human being lives. To fulfill needs. As a people, as a race, as a sect in nature, we have been predisposed to failure and hardship....   [tags: kindness, giver, satisfaction] 673 words
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Character Analysis of Anna Close in As We Are Now by May Sarton - When Anna Close is first introduced in the novel, As We Are Now she is referred to as Mrs. Close. From what I gather, this was to represent a sort of formality between her and Caro because they were not yet acquainted. Not only this, but it also seems that it was Harriet and Rose's way of manipulating Caro to fear the worst out of Harriet's replacement. Caro knew better than to expect someone who would actually care for her, because of this she was surprised beyond belief when she met Anna. Anna Close's character is introduced much later in the novel....   [tags: kindness, hope, death]
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Hospitality Gives Diligent Care to Visitors in the Odyssey by Homer - Hospitality can be presented by showing appreciation and diligent care of a visitor by a host. When a visitor is welcomed by a hospitable host all remembrance of that first impression will be pleasant and non-forgettable. The same will be as if the host is mean and non-hospitable, the visitor will never forget that impression as well. If one is to visit a home of a friend and ask for a drink of water, the guest may naturally assume the host will go and get them a glass of water from the kitchen....   [tags: host, guest, kindness]
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The Winnings of the $40 Million Lotto Max Jackpot - ... There are many winners who engage in conspicuous charitable giving. Every time a massive jackpot rolls up, it seems people gravitate towards the same dream filled conversations. If a huge pile of cash suddenly fell in your lap tomorrow, what would you spend it on. Most seem to reply that they would spend it on family, make sure kids or parents were set for life. Then most report they would lavish themselves with trips or new cars, or basically pay off all the bills. With that much money, charitable giving would doubtless be on your awareness list, too, and there are plenty of big jackpot winners who have truly done some really excellent things with their fortunes....   [tags: jackpot, charity, wealth, kindness] 941 words
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A Christmas Carol by Chales Dickens - ... During the story, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts from Christmas past, present, and future, who shows the ill-tempered Scrooge how to be feel compassion towards others human beings. A large quantity of the story revolves around money, and it plays a large role, to contrast how generosity is viewed in society. Scrooge is incredibly wealthy, as he lives a life surrounded by no one, a life as “solitary as an oyster” and “warning all human sympathy to keep its distance.” He initially supports the mechanical, cold-hearted decisions made by industry and governments with his retort to the donation collectors being, “Are there no prisons?, And the Union Workhouses....   [tags: generosity, compassion, kindness] 723 words
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Organ Donation and its Importance - Lately have you been suffering because of something that you were either born with or can’t help. As of June of 2012 there were 126,681 patients suffering waiting for that one special person to donate their organs or organ to them so that there life can be changed and they can then live their lives to the fullest. That person whose life was changed forever, may have been waiting for that organ for months, or even year after year, for that one special phone call. You could be the next person to change someones life forever and ever....   [tags: Health, Kindness, Service] 1810 words
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Habitat for Humanity International - Acting in Kindness Together A random act of kindness by definition is understood to be unsystematically acting in goodwill without any expectation of return or benefit to oneself. According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAKF), there is a “kindness movement” in progress. The main goal of this movement is to help create a better world by increasing awareness and spreading acts of kindness. (Random) Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert, proclaims not to believe that an act of kindness could ever be too small....   [tags: kindness, affordable housing]
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How Liesel’s Actions Place Her and Others in Dangerous Situations in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - ... The quote demonstrates how Liesel would do anything just to get a book, even if it meant lying to her friend and putting them both in danger. Another example of Liesel dangerous book-stealing habit is during the bonfire where the books were being burnt. This part is very early on in the novel and is where Liesel steals her second book, The Shoulder Shrug. Stealing at the bonfire was extremely dangerous as these books were meant to be destroyed. Anyone caught trying to remove one of these books would have been severely punished or lashed....   [tags: habits, steal, kindness, disrespect, harm] 851 words
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Cultural Competence and Informed Consent in Health Care: Confronting a Fetal Abnormality - ... (Collier & Haliburton, 15-17) Paternalism not so long ago was the model used in patient relations, it embodies two main ethical principles: beneficence—doing good- and non-maleficence—preventing harm. Dr. Fox could have prevented harm by considering the family’s wishes, and would have done well if he waited until Leyla was more emotionally stable. Furthermore, one of the main reasons paternalism is no longer an ideal model is because of autonomy. However, autonomy, which is embodied by the principle of informed consent, was additionally violated in the above case, Dr....   [tags: kindness from health care professionals]
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Should Etiquette Be Taught at School? - According to the ABC News survey, 73 percent of Americans feel manners are worse today than they were 20 or 30 years ago. Although character education is a hot topic in schools across the nation, education in maners often receives scant attention; with growing demands on teaching time, etiquette is rarely a priority. It might be a mistake to ignore the adage that actions speak louder than words, however. Teachers who teach manners said they notice a real difference in students' attitudes, in the way they treat one another, and in their schoolwork....   [tags: manners, kindness to others, table manners]
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College Success - The experience that an individual has during his or her college years, varies greatly depending on the goals that individual plans to achieve. Simultaneously many books offer techniques in which they promise to reveal the secrets of success in college; yet, these guides focus mainly on getting high grades. On the other hand, in his book What The Best College Students Do, Ken Bain gather a compilation of interviews and research-backed concepts to give the reader an idea of the type of behavior and approaches, which should optimize the readers college experience and aid in later life....   [tags: education, behavior, self-kindness, intelligence]
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We Need to Stop the Bullying at Mitchell High School - ... Considering this, it's understandable why females are more involved in bullying, and why most bullying goes unreported. Grace K. McComas was a 15-year-old high school student in Maryland who committed suicide on Easter Sunday after ruthless cyber bullying attacks. Her parents claimed that they tried numerous times to get Grace to report the bullying but she was too afraid. She was threatened by her peers to the point that the only way she saw out of it was to end her life. One student tweeted to Grace, "i hatehatehatehatehatehatehate you....   [tags: promoting belonging and kindness]
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Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole: Nursing Practice - In today’s society nursing is seen as both a vocation and a profession. It requires knowledge, compassion and skill and is not for the faint of heart. Nurses are respected and trusted, as well as relied upon by people when they are at their most vulnerable. However this has not always been the case, as Florence Nightingale once put it nursing was left to “those who were too old, too weak, too drunken, too dirty, too stupid or too bad to do anything else” (1). It was not until the mid-1800’s that nursing was thought to require both skill and training and was not a respected profession (2)....   [tags: wounded soldiers, kindess, courage]
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Empathy and Commitment as the Basis for Trust - Empathy and Commitment as the Basis for Trust In Philoctetes by Sophocles, Odysseus commands Neoptolemos to abandon justice and base a relationship with Philoctetes on dishonesty to gain his trust and ultimately his bow. However, Neoptolemos acknowledges a similar burden plagues Philoctetes that becomes the basis of trust between them. Neoptolemos attempts to reconcile with Odysseus’ orders by stealing the bow and abandoning Philoctetes. Unable to fulfill the orders, Neoptolemos returns to Philoctetes indicating his commitment and his lack of trust with the Atreidai....   [tags: Literature Review] 1582 words
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Greaest Quality - Kindness. What is it. Kindness is characterized by the quality or state of being kind. Kindness is a major element of, do on to others as done on to you. Most of God’s gifts come to us as Grace and often it is not necessary for us to ask for these gifts. He has given us the gift of being able to overcome the difficulties that face us. We have much to be thankful for because of God’s kindness to us even from before we were born. Kindness is needed in life because we need to be grateful for what we were given and help others who aren’t stricken with the same abilities, kindness results in a more worth while life, and everyone needs kindness to live....   [tags: essays research papers] 416 words
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Use of Symbols by Lady Macbeth - Symbols certainly exist in Shakespeare’s plays. Each symbol adds a certain value to the work and enriches the play considerably. The primary problem with an interpretation of symbols is the belief some people have that symbols almost or always represent a one to one relationship. For the purposes of this paper, the relationship would be represented as milk = nourishment. Infants = innocence, etc. I plan to examine the way in which the characters in The Tragedy of Macbeth use and change the meaning of the following symbols - breastfeeding, infants and milk....   [tags: milk, innocence]
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Blending in With the World Today Is Not Easy to Do - Blonde haired, blue eyes, thin, lean and beautiful. Life should come easy to any person who fits this description according to what we learn from society. Society brainwashes us by telling us what we should look like to make it in the world. Often times people fall into society’s pressure and transform themselves. So I ask myself, what about the people who start out accepted and then fail at meeting society’s standards. To get an idea of such a concept, I interviewed Leena Smith, a family friend for over 6 years....   [tags: meeting and beating social standards] 787 words
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Pay It Forward: A Positive or Negative Impact on Society? - ... The movie had affected us deeply, and personally, the movie caused me to bawl my eyes out. I shuffled out of class that day with an altered perspective; I wanted to change the world one step at a time. My group and I settled on the idea of fabricating slips of paper with the words “pass it on” written on them, handing them out to strangers after each act of kindness fulfilled because we strongly believed that this was a simple way to get the significance of our good deeds across. It’s not a difficult task to make others feel appreciated and ponderous, which is the point we yearned to get across to the public....   [tags: struggles, assist, mutiple, acts, meals]
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Corrupted Innocence in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - A child’s journey to adulthood will corrupt their innocence. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the two main characters Jem and Scout are forced to grow up and face the realities of their world as their father prepared for one of the most controversial cases in his career. As the trial date gets closer and closer, Jem and Scout witnessed negative and positive things caused by the folks of Maycomb, they were not prepared for. Through all the commotion Jem and Scout learned the importance of benevolence and courage as it influenced their changing perspective on the world....   [tags: courage, benevolence, bravery]
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major themes of the scarlet letter - Many of the major themes of The Scarlet Letter are introduced in the opening scene. Some of these themes were sin, nature's kindness to the condemned and the dreary lifestyle of puritan society. The first chapter has little action but it sets up these major themes. The tone of the whole story was set in this chapter. The opening scene of The Scarlet Letter, many major themes were introduced. One of the major themes of The Scarket Letter was sin. Much of Puritan society was based on sin. The first thing built in the town was the prison....   [tags: essays research papers] 390 words
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The Virtues of the Populace: Cicero Marcus Tullius - ... The vital caveat pertaining to the virtue of wisdom, and its purpose for the populace, roots itself in skepticism and Cicero advises, “we should not take things that have not been ascertained for things that have and rashly assent to them” (8). Upon laying a foundation regarding the importance of knowledge, Cicero proceeds to expound the practicality of wisdom for the political man, which pertains to promoting community through the application of justice. Among the virtues, Cicero grants precedence to the fellowship of men and deems justice “the most illustrious of the virtues, on account of which men are called ‘good’” (9)....   [tags: wisdom, justice, magnanimity]
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The Importance of Woman in the Iliad - Homer's Iliad is the product of a society in which men played the dominant role. Throughout history, women have been viewed as playing small roles in society. The role of women in the Iliad is very small and overshadowed by the main story of Achilles and the Trojan War. The shadow that is cast over the women in the Iliad can often block readers from seeing the important role that they play in this classic Epic Poem. Most readers view the women of the Iliad as simply war prizes but without them there would be no story....   [tags: Greek Literature] 669 words
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Neifile’s Tale in Boccaccio’s Decameron - Neifile’s Tale in Boccaccio’s Decameron The second story of Day 1 in Boccaccio’s Decameron is about a Jew named Abraham who becomes a Christian after his friend, Jehannot, convinces him to visit the court of Rome. At first glance, the storyteller, Neifile, presents it as a tale of a Jew’s conversion. On closer inspection, it becomes evident that the story focuses on language, labels, and popularity. In Neifile’s story, Boccaccio represents language as a way of labeling socially unpopular religious ideology (like Judaism) as more acceptable doctrine (like Christianity), a fact that Abraham takes advantage of to increase his popularity in order to conform to society....   [tags: Boccaccio Decameron Essays]
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