Game Changers Power Structure Human beings have been involved in power struggles since the beginning of time. This struggle for power can take place at work, school, home, or even in books. Game Changers, a fictional story written by Mike Lupica, is about a young boy named Ben McBain who dreams to become the starting quarterback of his local football team. In doing so, Ben must outplay Shawn, the top rated quarterback in the state, and impress Coach O`Brien. Although all his friends believe Ben can win the position, Ben is content with sitting on the bench while Shawn is the leader on the field.
Love is so powerful and beautiful that Gatsby would do anything and everything to make Daisy his wife. However, love is also a mysterious thing that can turn anything from an everlasting relationship to murder. It turns out that Gatsby, a man with the possession of true love, is the one that suffers the most. Gatsby and Daisy, both represent love in their own unique way. Love could be beautiful but also cruel as the same time.
… I love you now – isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s the past… I did love him once – but I loved you too”, then Tom states “Even that’s a lie… She didn’t know you were alive. Why there’re things between Daisy and me that you’ll never know, things that neither of us can forget” (108, Fitzgerald). Gatsby was trying his best to be with her once again, but when Tom was brought into the picture it was a battle for Gatsby to win her over. In this quote, Daisy disclosed she loved both of them while Tom tries to put Gatsby down, which emotionally destroyed his character.
Gatsby deeply desires to live out the “American dream.” He wants fame, riches, parties, mansions, but most of all love. Gatsby succeeds in every area except the most important. Gatsby still feels a desire to fulfill his final dream of finding a true love. Not willing to settle for an arbitrary love, Gatsby sets his sights on a young woman named Daisy. The problem is that Gatsby can never have Daisy because she is already in a relationship with another man.
Daisy explains to Gatsby that he is asking too much of her. Of course she loves Tom; she married him. Gatsby should be grateful that Daisy loves him. This act of selfishness brings destruction upon Gatsby himself. When Gatsby hears that Daisy actually loves Tom he is dismayed, “‘You loved me too?’ he repeated” (140).
Although Gatsby and Blanche devote a lot of their lives to finding true love, their searching leaves them unsuccessful. Gatsby and Blanche are blinded by their own pasts. Gatsby decides to live in a constant fantasy that he will get Daisy back. He is not willing to accept that she is married and loves another man. This is shown through this quote "he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling.
You don’t look sad bow, he thought. And he wondered if sShe understood what she was reading, and exaggerated her ignorance my her simplicity, for he liked to think that she was not clever, not book-learned at all. Probably not, he thought (Woolf 121).” This truly shows how skewed Mr. Ramsay’s readings are of other people due to his own crippling insecurities. While Mrs. Ramsay continues daily to try to share an emotional bond with her husband, Mr. Ramsay just thinks derogatorily of her. This shows the root of their marital problems.
Fire of Desire Nearly everyone who has succeeded in some venture of life has at one point encountered critics and criticism. The events throughout the movie, Rudy, directed by David Anspaugh, are no different. The movie, based on a true story, is an inspiring tale of Daniel "Rudy" Rudiger’s fight against all odds to play football for Notre Dame. Rudy, through the course of his entire life, had been told by everyone that chasing his dream of playing Notre Dame football would only cause him heartache. Despite all hindrances, Rudy, played by Sean Astin, accomplished his dream, and is to this day the last Notre Dame football player to be carried off the field.
Willy was a horrible salesman who never was able to sell anything and deserved what was coming to him. He just couldn’t’ see this because he wouldn’t face the facts. Another prime example of Willy not being able to face reality involved his oldest son Biff. If Willy had faced reality he could have quit his job with Howard and the company and gotten a job with Charlie. Charlie was always offering Willy work, but he never took it because he was “ such a good salesman.” Once Willy lost his job, he was depressed, but tried to shrug it off.
Either way, it appears as though the NFL is approaching a fork in the road regarding how it will react to its first openly gay player. The President of the NFL Players Association, Dominique Foxworth has a firm belief that Michael Sam will have no big issues when he is inevitably drafted into the National Football League this upcoming April. He states that it would not be a surprise if Michael Sam encounters some “rough patches” along the way, but that the players’ desire to win football games would supersede the issues created by a teammate’s sexuality. Foxworth addresses the issue on everyone’s minds; that the locker room atmosphere is apparently “unwelcoming” to a gay presence and that it would disrupt the overall feeling of the locker room, and in the process, it would disrupt the focus of the team. Foxworth goes on to make his largest and most profound point, being that a disruption in a locker room over a gay teammate is a disruption that some teams need to get through.