In the short story Where Have You Gone Charming Billy, Tim O’ Brien, examines a conflict with the main character Paul Berlin and his internal fear of dying. The story takes place around 1965-1973 during the Vietnam War. It is Paul’s first day at the war and he has been fighting his anxiety. He has already seen one of the twenty-six soldiers in his platoon die of a heart attack because of tripping a mine bomb. Many soldiers continuously tell Paul to just get used to the fear of the jungle however he is not able to do it. Paul was not able to stop giggling and when remembering the death of poor Billy he thinks to himself “while later poor Billy Boy stepped on the mine, and how it made a tiny little sound-poof- and how Billy Boy stood there with his mouth wide open, looking …where his foot had been blown off.” Later Billy got scared to death, which is ironic because he is supposedly “tough as nails.” Paul Berlin is unable to forget the death of poor Billy and soon he begins to laugh about the whole situation in order to hide his fears. Paul wants to make his father proud so he treats the death as a joke however he is terribly frightened and lives in the fear of dying like Billy. Because of the death of poor Billy, Paul is unable to forget, from beginning to end the fear of what could happen to him. Paul is a Private First Class soldier wishing for the war to be over and wishing he were home with his family camping. After realizing Paul may never be able to get used to the anxiety of fear he thought to himself “… guarded by three-thousand miles of ocean, and they would swim… and smell salt, and they would be safe.” In the end a fellow soldier picked him up after almost getting himself killed by laughing and blowing his cover he thinks “but even when he smelled salt … he could not stop being afraid.” Paul had no way of escaping his sense of fear and wished that was different. Every time Toby, one of Paul’s fellow soldiers, talks about the death of Billy he begins to...
...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...
...1970. Choose a character from a novel or play of recognized literary merit and write an essay in which you (a) briefly describe the standards of the fictional society in which the character exists and (b) show how the character is affected by and responds to those standards. In your essay do not merely summarize the plot.
1974. Choose a work of literature written before 1900. Write an essay in which you present arguments for and against the work’s relevance for a person in 1974. Your own position should emerge in the course of your essay. You may refer to works of literature written after 1900 for the purpose of contrast or comparison.
1976. The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes the will of the majority is the recurring theme of many novels, plays, and essays. Select the work of an essayist who is in opposition to his or her society; or from a work of recognized literary merit, select a fictional character who is in opposition to his or her society. In a critical essay, analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both the individual and the society. Do not summarize the plot or action of the work you choose.
1987. Some novels and plays seem to advocate changes in social or political attitudes or in traditions. Choose such a novel or play and note briefly the particular attitudes or traditions that the author apparently wishes to modify. Then analyze the techniques the author uses to influence the reader’s or audience’s...
...Roughly 56,600,000 people die every year, making it no surprise that authors everywhere create stories based around the sport of killing. In the horrific and sadistic stories of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game,” the authors use literary elements to illistrate nefarious murderers . No matter the motives of these murders, demented people always commit them. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” the guile Montresor seeks vengeance on Fortunato, an imprudent man who has an addiction to alcohol by using Fortunato’s desire of Amontillado against him to lure him to his death. In Connell’s amazing short prose “The Most Dangerous Game,” Rainsford, a skillful hunter, falls off a yacht into the Amazon. There he meets the hunting fanatic General Zaroff, who eventually implies that the only creatures that give him a thrill to hunt are humans. Rainsford thought he was being treated well and that him and Zaroff were to hunt other humans together; however, he soon finds out that he is the one who will be hunted. Authors Poe and Connell use tone, metaphores and suspense to illuminate a foreboding atmosphere in their tales “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Most Dangerous Game” ultimately creeping readers out without necessarily scaring them.
Edgar Allan Poe's somber prose "The Cask of Amontillado" uses the element tone right off the bat making readers know that they are reading something dark while also adding to his already direful...
When we grow up we learn to fear such things as drugs, alcohol and strangers. These fears are taught to us by our parents trying to help us grow to be safe, healthy individuals. While learning to avoid these dangers, we also experience hardships and traumas that teach us to be afraid of whatever it is we went through. But one of the most influential cause of fears is that which we witness in movies, shows and in the news. This is because we see these highly exaggerated scenes, which only teach us the worst case scenarios. This causes our brain to react by permanently marking that experience as something that we would never want to go through, something fearful. In other words, although people have noticed that past experiences and learned fears are huge causes of fear, a careful examination suggests that the media plays an extreme role in the cause of fear in human behaviors.
In the 1970s, Steven Spielberg created the movie “Jaws”, with a blood thirsty shark as the main character. Although sharks were already a widely feared animal, this movie made shark-phobia one of the most common fears of people. Actual shark attacks at beaches became more publicized in the news and it was not uncommon to hear people referencing to the movie while at the beach. Although there is a small chance of being attacked by...
...What is true love? True love is a personal decision to commit oneself to another and to work through any conflicts instead of giving up. For better or for worse, it’s the act of devotion and passion within a deeper understanding of each other. True love is a power like none other, it has a power over the senses and it can change one’s life. True love is not only about romance, however; there is also love between friends and family. Humans crave love. Therefore, we obsess over it, we dissect it, we romanticize it, and we ponder its meaning. True love can also be found in love at first sight, fatal events and over exaggerations. In the play, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare suggests that true love is one of the most powerful effects on our human nature.
In the beginning of the play, William Shakespeare conveys that love at first sight is a true possibility. Some people say that love at first sight is not true love because true love can’t be recognized immediately. William Shakespeare suggests otherwise by making reference to Romeo and Juliet as star crossed lovers. He’s saying that destiny is pulling them together from the very beginning. The very first time Romeo laid his eyes on Juliet he knew he was in love. Romeo fell in love because he was heartbroken and seeing Juliet healed his heart. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Romeo asks himself if he had loved until now while approaching Juliet. Although she denies him at first Juliet later allows him...
...Introduction / Setting
I’ll be writing my observation paper on Rockford’s Mass Transit District. (RMTD) I’ll be using qualitative research because I’ll be focusing on specific micro level social interactions. I will not participate with the groups I’ll be observing nor influence the behaviors of the groups, so I will not be wearing my uniform. I observed two groups that I classified as; group 1 and group 2. I classified them as group 1 and 2 because I couldn’t think of just one word that would suffice the groups efficiently. I observed these two groups for a little over four hours.
Group 1 Observation
It was a sunny, windy day as I walked into RMTD’s transfer center located on the corner of S Court and West State I noticed that their wasn’t as much people as their usually is outside. My brother, Mylo, who’s achieved status as a Metro Enforcement Officer was on his tour that day. An achieved status is a status one earns. Mylo is currently in college working toward a master status, he wants to become a Sheriff’s Deputy. A master status is a status that determines someone’s general position in society. I exchanged words with my brother and he told me that there wasn’t a lot of activity. A little over 15 minutes of talking about our day my brother and I get dispatched to a possible fight by bus terminal H, we immediately start walking fast through the crowded bus area until we see two females that fit the description the dispatchers gave us. Before I could ID the...
November 5, 2013
Everyone in this world, from a six-year old child to an eighty-year old man, has something to fear. Fear can be very difficult to handle at times. Although fears might also change throughout a lifetime, most people do remain scared of something. I am no different. Fear is dangerous because it limits the hero’s confidence, and without a confidence no one will believe in you so you wouldn’t be considered a hero to society.
Fear is a predominantly a dangerous monster because takes all the hero’s confidence away forcing a lot of depression and low self-esteem. A hero always overcomes his fears and confronts any challenge head on. So once a hero starts to fear they soon start doubting very slowly. When the hero starts doubting his or her abilities then there is a small chance one will reach that certain goal that’s trying to be achieved. A hero is not born, he is self-made.
Fear has been a problem for the longest with me in which I can’t seem to control. It all started in the summer when I was kicked off the basketball team. This caused a lot of fear deep down in my heart because I have been training all summer for this upcoming season and now I feel as though all that time and energy I put into Basketball was a waste. I’m afraid that this one decision I...