Language Arts 12
29 September 2012
Fear Doesn’t Stop a Hero
Bill Cosby once said that “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater that your fear of failure.” In the narrative poem, Gilgamesh retold by Herbert Mason the main character Gilgamesh decides to go on this quest to defeat the mighty Humbaba. He wants the glory and fame that will come after slaying the guardian of the forest. However brave he thinks he is, Gilgamesh gets stricken by fear multiple times along his venture into the forest. But his determination to succeed outweighs his fear of failure and death. So in this narrative poem the reader learns that even the courageous king of Uruk, who is two-thirds god, is still susceptible to fear, but his ability to overcome that fear is what makes him a hero. Throughout this poem we see Gilgamesh being tormented by fear when they approach the gates to the forest, the night before Gilgamesh faces Humbaba, and even during the battle with the beast.
The reader first gets foretaste of Gilgamesh’s fear when Enkidu and he approach the gates to the forest. “The two mov[e] slowly toward the gate” because Gilgamesh is tentative and starting to fear what is ahead (Mason 65). The courageous and handsome king fears the unknown of not only what is in the forest, but also the guardian of the forest. “Suddenly…Gilgamesh…was afraid” for deeper reasons than just the fear of the unknown ( Mason 63). Gilgamesh was afraid that of the disappointment that would sweep his kingdom if his quest was a failure. What kind of king and warrior would he be if he could not defeat a simple slave to the gods? What kind of hope would that leave to the children of Uruk? His fear of failure is not as great as his desire to defeat Humbaba. So despite all that could go wrong and all the adversity that he faced, Gilgamesh still advances into the forest. His advancements into the forest, is the readers first glance at Gilgamesh’s...
...Exploring Every Detail
Museums are mirrors of rich culture and history reflective of the rise of a nation through time. Treasure of art and culture is what we can expect while on a visit to the museum. Art lovers simply love the museums for their great collection of rare paintings and sculptors dating back several centuries. They offer the visitor a glimpse into the past culture of any given city or country by displaying relics found throughout the world.
It was with great anticipation that I planned my first trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. With New York being not only the largest city in the US, but also arguably the most “artistically inclined” metropolis (“New York Times”), my expectations for this premier museum were set very high. I was not disappointed.The Metropolitan Museum of Art is monumental in every way. From the massive exterior seen when ascending its front staircases, the football-field sized vaulted room dedicated to housing a genuine Egyptian temple, and the seemingly endless masterpieces in its carefully segmented collections, every aspect of the Met experience is on a grand scale. Each gallery offered variety of paintings or sculptures. Walking past each gallery, my eyes started spinning in every direction, wanting to view everything all at once.
Have you ever walked into a giant room and felt so small compared to what was around you? Have you ever had a sudden rush of an overwhelming feeling surround you? What would you...
...“Comparison between Ernest Van den Haag’s and Rand Richards Cooper’s Articles.’’
It is a very delicate issue to talk about physician-assisted suicide. There are two authors that have very interesting things to say about this topic: Ernest Van den Haag with his essay “Make Mine Hemlock”, and Rand Richards Cooper who wrote “The Dignity of Helplessness: What Sort of Society Would Euthanasia Create?” They have very interesting, and valid reasons to believe that their point of view should prevail when deciding if physician- assisted suicide should be or not legalized. They have very different opinions in many issues like the slippery slope argument. They disagree when they talk about safeguards as a guarantee of a legal decision, and they do not agree in the point that it is an individual right for people to choose if they want to live or die.
Van den Haag finds the slippery slope argument has no foundation, and Cooper says that it will definitely end up happening. Van den Haag finds it irrational trying to compare the physicians that would assist patients to commit suicide with the doctors in the Nazi era. When Germany was under the Third Reich, the doctors and hospitals were forced to perform terrible things, by the way, usually exaggerated to make them believable. These practices were not the result of any command given in the past; there is no slippery slope in the Nazi era. The idea that things will get worse because we let a doctor act as an...
...Decision Making Reading Brief
November 13, 2012
1. The phenomenon of bounded awareness occurs when cognitive blinders prevent an individual from seeing, seeking, using, or sharing highly significant, easily accessible, and readily perceivable information during the decision-making process. It is different from information overload, however, because even when given sufficient time to make decisions, most people still fail to bring the correct information into their cognitive awareness at the right time.
Bounded awareness occurs at three major points in the decision-making process. First, executives may fail to see or seek out vital information needed to make a sound decision. Second, they may fail to use the information that they do not see because they are unaware of its relevance. Last, executives may fail to share information with others, resulting in the overall bounding of an organization’s awareness.
The failure of executives to see information is caused by maintaining focus on solely one task, for focus limits awareness. Oftentimes executives fail to keep alert of peripheral threats and opportunities because they concentrate completely on the job at hand. Failure to notice changes in the environment (regulatory, political, or market-oriented) keeps executives from adapting new strategies so that their organizations can thrive.
Executives may fail to seek information when they are motivated to favor a particular...
...Lives of the Saints Essay-CharacterDescription (Cristina)
LIVES OF THE SAINTS ESSAY
Teacher: Ms. Haasen
Student: Olga Yaremchuk
Subject: English University Prep
The novel “Lives of the Saints” by Nino Ricci describes the protagonist Cristina who is also known as the daughter of the mayor. Throughout the novel, her husband is in Canada preparing for the immigration of the family. Due to the villagers’ belief in superstition, Cristina is treated as a scapegoat for “acting like a princess”, after she was bitten by a snake while illustrating her infidelity by having sex with another man. Cristina dies in the end on the ship to America after giving birth to the daughter of the man she had an affair with.
This essay will look upon whether Cristina is victimized by the villagers, even though she caused most of her tragedy. Even though Cristina betrayed her husband by having sex with the blue-eyed man, she doesn’t deserve to be treated as a curse and rejected by the villagers. She is in fact the victim in this story.
In the novel, Cristina’s husband is described as “always right, there’s no way to talk to him; the only way he knows how to talk is with the back of his hand. Now he sends me money because he’s too proud to admit he was fired.” It is seen that she did not really love her husband and because he was so...
Napoleon is one of the most important character in the story. Napoleon was a “large, rather fierce looking boar”, who was not of much a talker. But he had a reputation for “getting his own way”, and this reflects the qualities of a dictator. Napoleon’s method of “getting his own way” involves a combination of propaganda and terror that none of the animals can resist.
He is sly because as soon as Jessie’s and Bluebell’s puppies were born, he had taken them to train them since young age itself. He did so as he had already predicted that he would use them to intimidate the animals in the future.
He is a great liar as he had somehow persuaded Jessie and Bluebell that their puppies would be educated, but instead he was going to make of them his “bodyguards.” Furthermore, he had opposed Snowball, who had the plan of building a windmill for the welfare of the animals. But soon after Snowball’s expulsion from the farm, Napoleon persuaded the gullible animals that these plans belonged none other than to him and that Snowball had stolen them.
He was really cruel as he had executed the innocent animals, who were compelled to admit crimes that they had not even committed. Also he had sent Boxer to the knacker to be slaughtered, knowing the fact that the horse’s motto stated that: “I will work harder; Comrade Napoleon is always right.”
He was also very cunning as he was using Snowball as a scapegoat for every mishaps on the farm. Selfish and arrogant by...
The novel's protagonist and a buisness woman and engineer who is the backbone of Taggart Transcontinental. As James Taggart's little sister, she is often belittled but gains respect and she hurdles all obstacles that come to face her family's company which includes taking a major risk by entrusting Hank Rearden's revolutionary metal. As the story progresses, a precious relationship between her and Francisco d'Anconia emerges.
The novel' antagonist, current president of Taggart Transcontinental, and Dagny Taggart's older brother. He is portayed as a greedy and corrupt buisness man who will go to any measure to gain wealth by not encouraging the productivity of his workers but the enforcment of his political connections. He is one who seeks the downfall of the good and this hatred plays onto his actions and other aspects of his life.
Founder of Taggert Transcontinental, he made his buisness prosper with hard labor and no government loans unlike his son, James Taggart, only concerened with his buisness' profit. Starting his buisness with all the money he had left in his back account, he ended with full pockets and noted as one of the wealthiest entrepranuers in history that never commited any fraud on countless occasions, only the single time where he bribed the government workers to throw a rival down some stairs. Even as one of the most successful men in history, he was also seen as one of the...
Senior English, Period 2
13 November 2013
The Stranger: Characterization
A. Personality Traits
A.i. Meursault is a very lifeless character. He rarely shows any emotion at all. He tends to be quite boring and humdrum. His mom dies at the very beginning of the book. Unlike most people, he seemed very apathetic towards her death; and he also didn’t even know when she died. He never even came close to shedding a tear at the funeral either. He also is indifferent about the fact that his girlfriend, Marie, loves him and wants to get married. However, he is brutally honest. He speaks his mind no matter what.
A.i.a.1. “Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: ‘Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.’ That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday” (Camus 3).
B. Connections to Other People
B.i. Meursault is virtually emotionless. He doesn’t value relationships like others do and he doesn’t treat them correctly. His relationship with his girlfriend is very strange. She has deep feelings for him while he just likes her physical beauty. He seems to not care at all, but she sticks with him. His connections with his neighbors are not present. His relationship with Raymond is very compliant. Raymond considers him to be his pal and Meursault just goes along with it.
B.i.a.1. “A minute later she asked me if I loved...