Without falling into jingoism or being over-sentimental, Robert Pinsky's poem "9/11" generates a commendable ode to the spirit that drives this country, in addition to revealing the American culture for what it truly is enthusiastic and frivolous, courageous and fallible, petty and resilient. For most Americans, September 10th is Before, and everything since is After.
Citizens from every state across the U.S. responded immediately to the attacks by giving blood and donating much-needed items to shelters, where an overwhelming amount of aid was sent to assist the itinerant victims. However, it's ironic that the American people who were so benevolent and charitable for the populace of the 9/11 tragedy would turn their backs on and as soon as forget about the southern states devastated by Hurricane Katrina. American's own self-centeredness gave way and gave way to greed, when the Louisiana didn't receive the same helpful consideration New York. The American culture has evolved to thrive off of mass media and digital information on such a large scale; it's no wonder that we've become primarily a visual society:
"We adore images, we like the spectacle
Of speed and size, the working of prodigious
Systems. So on television we watched
The terrible spectacle, repetitiously gazing
Until we were sick not only of the sight
Of our prodigious systems turned against us
But of the very systems of our watching." (Lines 1-7)
The American psyche has a weird fascination, a tendency bordering on curious attraction to "repetitiously gaze" (line 4). This inclination came to a peak during the September 11th attacks while most people willingly, yet reluctantly, watched image after image of the same newsreels for days on end. In the poem, there were also numerous references to the American culture and its love of visual media and celebrities, such that we are "more likely to name an airport for an actor / or athlete than First of May' or Fourth of July' (lines...
...people were going to have to deal with for a while. "It's not easy being a survivor," said one of the firefighters apart of 9/11. They did not understand why they were still alive and so many of their felloe firefighters and other who were dieing around them. They were seen as heroes to the world, but to themselves they did not feel like one, knowing how many people were suffering and dieing. NO one should have had to see or gone through what so many people did on that very day.
"Ground Zero," as some would call it, where thousands and thousands of lives were lost, with should go without saying, putting a huge hole in the population. As people were trying to save lives, it became extremely difficult because all the debris was flying in the air and was destroying things by the second. Buildings collapsing all around you made you feel there were nothing you could do but save yourself. Fire trucks, ambulances, cars, anything that you could imagine were crushed into almost nothing. Aids were becoming in high demand considering the amounts of people injured who needed to be cared for immediately. Manhattan was a mess, firefighters putting in 24-hour shifts to try and get things cleaned up, but it felt like it was never end. This defiantly put a big dent in New York's economy causing the average taxpayer to cough up more cast to help the aid and after affects of 9/11. More money was needed to restructure and re-build...
The Impact of 9-11
On September 11, 2001 America woke up expecting a normal day. What America did not expect was that this day was going to change history forever. On that day Islamic extremist high-jacked four U.S. airplanes with the intent of crashing them into the twin towers, the Pentagon and the White House. Two of the planes did indeed crash into the twin towers in New York City and another was used to hit the pentagon. The passengers on the last plane however, fought back, and it was landed before it could be used to hit the white house. “A decade later, what happened on Sept. 11 still resonates for much of the country. Even more Americans now say the horror of that day changed their lives.”1 These were the first attacks ever directed toward U.S. civilian population. These organized attacks lead to the need for an immediate change in the way the United States approached defending itself.
One of the major changes that were caused by the attack of 9/11 was the introduction to the Patriot Act. “The USA PATRIOT Act is an Act of Congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. The title of the act is a ten-letter acronym (USA PATRIOT) that stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001The Patriot Act gives the U.S. power to deter and punish terrorist acts...
...United We Stand
Although people say, “every picture tells a story,” a picture cannot exemplify every detail about the event involved in that event. The attack on September, 11 2001 was a turning point in American history. There are many visual representations and written testimonies that lead us to have different feelings about the attack on September 11, 2001; more specifically, the reason behind these different emotions is because there is a vast difference in a testimony of the event, and simply a photo of the attack. It does not matter whether you were involved in the terrifying act or if you simply heard about it on the television; this attack changed everyone’s life. “It affected us, it affects all of us, even if you don’t realize it. I just want everyone to remember that although it’s been 10 years, we still remember it like it was yesterday, and we shouldn’t forget.” (2011)
One of the most famous pictures (2001) from 9/11, photo of three firemen raising the American flag at the site of the World Trade Center attacks. After seeing the image of three firefighters hanging the American flag only eight hours after the tragic attack we were able to see the true patriotism of our country. Many people may have believed that this was a representation that the tragedy was over, but it was only just beginning. This flag was raised to give citizens proof that through all that was going to come; our flag would still...
April 6, 2015
Muslim American after 9/11
There are 5 to 8 million Muslims living in USA according to the US census 2010. They all have normal and happy life. They are living in peaceful and friendly environment. But no one had expected to live that kind of luxurious life back then. It was the event of September 11, 2001, which changed their way of life drastically. On the day of September11, 2001 two airplanes crashed in the heart of New York, the twin towers. It was a surprise attack by the terrorist group called Al Qaida. Al Qaida was the extremist form of Muslim. Since they were Muslim many Muslim American were about to face the difficulties that they haven’t even dreamed off. After 9/11, Muslim Americans went through a lot of struggle, including profiling and religious stereotyping, which reveals that the violation and chaos of that time was widespread.
There was a drastic change on how people viewed and treated Muslim American after 9/11. According to Khan Mussarat, the author of “Attitudes towards Muslim Americans”, people stopped going near Muslim American and stopped talking with them because they were scared of them. This meant that Muslim Americans were physically and mentally isolated from all the other Americans. This proved that it was not only a local issue but it had a lot to do with various...
English 11 Period 3
21 November 2013
The Day that Changed Everything
“I’ve dealt with my ghosts and I’ve faced all my demons… finally content with the past I regret ...” ‘I’m Movin’ On’ by Rascal Flatts would be the last song I would hear before my career changed forever. I was Sergeant Eli Horne with Engine Company 10, Ladder 10. I woke up every day to do the job I wanted. Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to be a firefighter. My dad was a firefighter and he was preceded by my grandfather. It was 5:45 am and it was yet again time begin my day as an “an everyday hero” as my ex-wife had called me. I never would have guessed that at the same time I woke up, terrorists were passing through airport security to antagonize our American dream (Archetype 1).
Rufo was biting at the bit, as always, to be let outside to chase the squirrels and creatures still awoken from the night before. As I reached for the door handle, he lunged onto me and began licking my face intrusively. A little too much slobber for my liking, but hey, I couldn’t complain. At least someone still loved me. Laying on the floor, Rufo expressing his love and companionship, I began reminiscing on my ending marriage. How was this all happening? The love of my life, Hallina, was leaving me. She was the woman I knew I would spend the rest of my life with. The woman who would have my blue-eyed babies; the woman who...
...Pennsylvania after passengers fought back against the terrorists to try and regain control of the plane. This is the story the government wanted its people to believe. However, the truths about the attacks on 9/11 are much more frightening.
First, at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City, between floors 93 and 99 going 466 mph. This attack was followed by United Airlines Flight 175, which hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. between floors 77 and 85 going 590 mph. Firefighters were dispersed immediately and went inside to try and control the fires. Now why would these firefighters risk their lives and climb up numerous flights of stairs to try and control the fires? Because they knew that these steel buildings were strong and sturdy (Palisner). Never in history has a steel-framed skyscrapers collapsed from fire, since they are built from steel that does not melt below 2750 degrees Fahrenheit. The official story by the 9/11 Commission Report stated that fire weakened the towers which causes them to collapse. Jet fuel burned so hot that it melted the steel columns supporting the towers. Jet fuel, which is just refined kerosene, will burn no hotter than 1500 degrees Fahrenheit (One Nation America Remembers September 11, 2001).
Next, the towers collapsed. If the jet fuel did weaken the structure of the towers then...
...9/11: The Aftermath
September 11, 2001 is a day the world will never forget. The terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda changed the country and other countries in many ways. Hijackers overtook four planes, killing thousands of people from America and about 80 other countries. They committed suicide and murder, while finishing their plan. They wanted to show the world and America they were in charge but we have come out stronger and are finding ways to outsmart the terrorists. We have came up with ways to keep our country and other countries safe with different legislations and security advances in different businesses.
“The hijacking was done by about 19 young Arabs who overwhelmed flight crews on the respective planes with box cutters, small knives, and cans of Mace or pepper spray” (White). In Manhattan, New York, at 8:48 am, American Airlines Flight 11 was traveling from Boston to Los Angeles when it was hijacked and crashed into the north tower which stood at 1368 feet. At 9:03 am, United Airlines Flight 175 headed from Boston to Los Angeles crashed into the south tower. At 9:37 am, a plane traveling from Washington Dulles International Airport going to Los Angeles crashed into the western wall of the Pentagon. At 10:03 am, a plane flying from Newark to San Francisco crashed near Pittsburgh. The passengers on this plane successfully resisted the Arabs and led the hijackers to...
...September 11, 2001 our country was struck by a series of devastating, and remember able terrorist attacks. Many remember seeing devastating images and video, of some of our beloved country’s most prized landmarks being destroyed and crashed into by hijacked commercial airlines. Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda took away lives, security, and pride from our country that day, and things have never been the same since. This brings up a very controversial issue that has been addressed by a college student named Dylan Avery and a few of his friends who created a movie called “loose change” which addressed many 9/11 conspiracies. Three of the main conspiracies addressed are, the US Air Force was ordered to “stand down” on 9/11, or allow these attacks to happen, the impact of the plains could not have been enough to knock down both 110 story towers so explosives must have been detonated in the buildings at the same time of the impacts, and finally the use of “squibs” or controlled explosives, suggesting that the damage caused by the planes wasn’t all that caused the towers to collapse. There are no 9/11 conspiracies that can’t and haven’t already been debunked. Some believe that these attacks were thought out, and planned by our government in accordance with Osama Bin Laden and his group of terrorists know as Al Qaeda. On the other hand there are the “debunkers,” people who have...