1. What is the ‘misadventure’ that William Douglas speaks about? William Douglas speaks about the ‘misadventure’ that when he was ten or eleven years old, a bruiser of a boy tossed him into the deep end of the YMCA pool. He was almost drowned but later luckily saved. After that incident he had the fear of water haunting his mind. 2. What were the series of emotions and fears that Douglas experienced when he was thrown into the pool? What plans did he make to come to the surface? When Douglas was thrown into the pool, he was frightened but alert. He retained his wits and focused on the solution rather than on the problem. He worked out a strategy to save himself by jumping from the bottom of the pool, coming next to the surface like a cork, lying flat on it and getting to the edge of the pool for safety. 3. How did this experience affect him?
His experience at the YMCA pool affected him so badly that he feared water and avoided it as long as he could. It ruined his fishing trips, boating and swimming. 4. Why was Douglas determined to get over his fear of water? Douglas was determined to get over his fear of water to enjoy fishing, boating and swimming. Wherever he went, the haunting fear of water followed him. 5. How did the instructor “build a swimmer “out of Douglas? The instructor put a belt around Douglas attached with a rope that went through a pulley and held the other end of the rope. When the instructor relaxed his hold on the rope, Douglas went under water and became more afraid. Then he held him on the side of the pool and made him kick with his legs. Thus the instructor built a swimmer out of Douglas. 6. How did Douglas make sure that he conquered the old terror? Douglas made sure that he conquered the old terror, the far of water by swimming two miles across Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire to Stamp Act Island. Further he swam the whole length to the shore back of Warm Lake to...
...The emotion of fear is so powerful that it can motivate an individual to do the unimaginable. In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, fear is the driving force for murder, escape, and madness. There are three types of fear that are exhibited in this tragic Shakespearean play. They are the fears based on morals, the fears based on physical harm, and the fears based on selfishness. The purpose of this essay is to give evidence of the various types of fears that certain characters in Macbeth have acted on.
One of the major types of fears in Shakespeare's Macbeth was based on morals. Throughout this tragedy, Macbeth, the main character, is in conflict with his knowledge of good and evil. Therefore, his personal battle deals with his emotions. By doing many evil deeds, Macbeth compromised his morals to become king. Macbeth's fear on his moral is shown when the conflict on whether he should kill King Duncan was arousing inside of him. Macbeth's doubt in killing King Duncan is decided for him when he sees the bloody dagger in front of him.
Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee: I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation.
(Act 2, Scene I, Line 33~38)
The dagger of his mind...
...Dictation by Fear
As the Twin Towers fell to the ground, mass chaos spread throughout the United States. Among many other overwhelming feelings, many Americans were left in question and accusations. The motives of the terrorists were unknown and many Americans’ fear overtook a sense of logic. With fear fueling the minds of many Americans, many began to take illogical and unjustified actions. A stereotype developed amongst the Muslim society, which has still shrugged them from American society to this day. 9/11 instilled a fear in Americans that strung a chord in each person that disregarded a sense of logic or morals. Arthur Miller sets a scene of mass chaos and paranoia in the 1600’s in an area much like Salem, Mass.. A fear of witchcraft, that could quite possibly overtake the holy lifestyle in the Puritan society, created a spiraling downfall. In Arthur Millers multithematic play “The Crucible”, fear directs the decisions and course of life.
The deep rooted fear Reverend Parris feels stems from the reputation he must uphold as reverend of the holy community. In desperation, Parris allows his fear to contradict himself as he defends his niece, Abigail. Although Parris knows that Abigail is lying when she says she is not involved in witchcraft, Parris defends her in hopes it will secure his reputation and position in the community. As reverend, it is not...
As the instructor put me in that choke hold on my second to last day of swim instruction I knew I broke the one rule I tried so hard not to. “Get the hell out of my pool” he yelled. I dangled there in the middle of the pool wondering how this man could hold me in a chokehold while keeping both of us afloat. “You weak bitch, get the fuck out of my pool”. As those words echoed through the empty olympic sized pool room I was let go, left to reach the side of the deep end under my own power.
Already a month and a half in Marine Corps boot camp I was use to the abuse. This was different, I could handle all the physical punishment on the land. The countless push ups, and being forced to roll around in sand pits at 5 am before breakfast. Being in the best shape of my life at the time there was only one thing that could bring this fear over me. Up until boot camp I could count my exposure to bodies of water on one hand. Growing up in the middle of Queens, NY I rarely encountered a pool. Although my family moved to upstate New York, to a high school that did have its own pool, I wasn't forced to use it.
At the end of my senior year of high school while most of my friends were visiting and picking colleges I was preparing for boot camp. Everyday I ran countless miles and did numerous pushups getting my body ready for the three months of pain I was about to endure. Not being the biggest or strongest kid in high school most of my friends...
...merely summarize the plot.
2010, Form B. “You can leave home all you want but home will never leave you.” -- Sonsyrea Tate
Sonsyrea Tate’s statement suggests that “home” may be conceived of as a dwelling, a place, or a state of mind. It may have positive or negative associations, but in either case, it may have a considerable influence on an individual. Choose a novel or play in which a central character leaves home, yet finds that home remains significant. Write a well-developed essay in which you analyze the importance of “home” to this character and the reasons for its continuing influence. Explain how the character’s idea of home illuminates the larger meaning of the work. Do not merely summarize the plot.
2011. In a novel by William Styron, a father tells his son that life “is a search for justice.”
Choose a character from a novel or play who responds in some significant way to justice or injustice. Then write a well-developed essay in which you analyze the character’s understanding of justice, the degree to which the character’s search for justice is successful, and the significance of this search for the work as a whole.
2012. “And after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny or any supernatural agency.” Pauline Hopkins, Contending Forces
Choose a novel or play in which cultural, physical, or geographical surroundings shape psychological or moral traits in a character. Then write a well-organized...
...1. How does Williams get into financial distress?
a) Write-off of investment in WCG
During the Tech Bubble, the whole telecom market that WCG was involved in suffered a lot of problems due mainly to a large oversupply, as indicated by an estimated 2% to 5% of the fiber- optic lines which were only carrying traffic. There venue of WCG eventually plummeted, wherein prices of the lines decreased by more than 90% from 1998 and 2002.When WorldCom filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2002, it became apparent that the telecommunications sector was experiencing a lot of problems. WCG itself also began to experience a lot of financial stress, and in hopes of supporting it,
Williams converted notes to shares, providing “credit support” of $1.4 billion of WCG’s debt (which Williams listed as an off -balance sheet item).Despite attempts to lessen WCG’s debt burden through raising new funds, WCG still had problems paying off its debts. While it managed to at least pay the required interest payments, it was not able to meet certain “covenants” and a breach was created with its secured creditors. This has caused WCG’s debt rating to fall due to “weakness in financial performance, lack of forward visibility, and exposure to customers whose risks are increasing.” In the end, Williams took a one-time accounting charge of $1.3 billion of guarantees and payment obligations. The problems with WCG ended up...
...1) Including the undrawn revolver, the $900 million loan will likely be just enough to cover Williams’ financing need over the next six months. The $711 million short-term debt can be covered with the undrawn $700 million revolver, plus some cash on hand. The $920 million of long-term debt maturing over the next 6 months can be covered by the new $900 million loan and cash on hand. That would leave roughly $740 million of cash and securities to cover losses from the operations of the business, though recent losses have mainly resulted from non-operating one-off charges, and the additional interest and fees from the new loan. Should cash and securities start to approach the $600 million covenant in the in BHLB loan, Williams will have to continue to sell assets in order to remain solvent. While Williams will likely be able to survive the next 6 months, 2003 will pose significant financing challenges, as an additional $1.15 billion of long-term debt comes due and Williams will have to pay off approximately $261 million of fees, on top of the principal, on the Berkshire/Lehman loan.
2) The minimum annual rate of return is 35.5%, which assumes that the deferred set-up fee will be equal to 15% of the principal balance of the loan. Should RMT assets be sold over the term of the loan, the deferred set-up could be significantly larger. The fee is the lesser of 15% of the principal, or 15-21% (depending on timing) of the...
Professor Rachel D. Williams
English 103 Section 1020
March 6th, 2014
Like Paint to a Canvas: Words to a Story
In writing, much like in painting, the act in itself is, in simplest terms, the transfer of image/thought from the writer/painter to its reader, its spectator, us. And in writing just like in painting, the image is conveyed by showing us the components, bringing the mood into the room we are sitting in, taking us there to same mind setting that the writer/painter is in. In painting the image/symbol is deciphered in actuality, on a physical creation, but in writing we are painted an image not on canvas but in our minds. Just like some art works create a heavy impression to the eye, a novel like Frederick Douglas’s “Narrative of The Life of An America slave” creates such an impression in the mind. The masterful use of imagery and symbolism employed by Frederick Douglas in this novel achieves the type of emotion the greatest works by any artist at his peak would evoke on those who witness its beauty. Both techniques are combined in Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative of an American Slave” to such a brilliant level, that audiences in years since its initial publishing have revered it as one of the most moving tales that births compassion and humanity in its reader and exemplifies what one man can do.
“Narrative of the life of an American Slave” is just what the title presents. The life story, in words and...
24 October 2013
Freedom through Knowledge
In both essays, “Learning to Read,” by Malcolm X, and “Learning to Read and Write, by Frederick Douglass, both authors explain the methods they used and the obstacles that needed to be faced to satisfy their hunger of learning. Malcolm X was imprisoned for breaking an entry which ended up leading him to learn how to read. Douglass was a slave who wanted to learn how to read and write and used other people to get what he needed in order to do so. I will now explain which one of these two historical figures had a more difficult time in learning to read. In my opinion, I believe Frederick Douglass had a harder situation.
Frederick Douglass was a slave who learns how to read and write who was secretly taught by his mistress. Eventually learning how to write was done by feeding the little white boys better known as ‘urchins,’ so he could learn the alphabet. Douglass started out with a newspaper that his mistress had given him to read. The newspaper intrigued his hunger to learn and from then, Douglass has been on a mission to learn. Although Douglass knew the risks that could have been dangerous to take as a slave; he decides to go for them anyway. Douglass, knowing that he would be a slave for the rest of his life realizes that knowledge is power and when he escapes that there is a whole world he could go to.
Malcolm X was a prisoner who learns how to read from a dictionary...