September 26, 2012
Fear is a powerful and psychological entity. Fear can make us rise to an occasion or crumble under its mighty psychosis. Fear can arise anywhere. It can come from the known and unknown. Fear can show the strong they are weak and it can show the weak they are strong. A person can learn from fear, as I have learned from being afraid. The first day attending a new school is scary to most young children. They know no one and usually don’t have any friends. Time will usually ease the child’s fear of a new school. Yes it is true. Fear is educational. My journey with fear will travel to another state and three different colleges.
I suppose you are wondering why I am speaking of fear as an educational topic. To begin we will have to take a trip back in time. August of 2003 was an exciting and fearful time in my life. The months to come would be uncertain and frightful. My, now, husband was graduating high school and our future was coming at us fast. I was certain in my career path of nursing. My husband, on the other hand, was undecided. We had already been together for two years. I knew I would marry that man. We were planning our lives together at the young ages 18 and 20.
I remember a few days after he graduated high school he came to with an idea of moving to a foreign state I had never visited. My heart sunk! There I was certain we were going to spend our lives together and he drops a bomb like that on me. I was scared. I mean where would we work? Where would we live? The thought of moving away from my family, not to mention the town I had lived in all my life made my knees tremble in fright. I would have to explain to my parents I was going away. The news would surely devastate my little sisters. It was a scary proposition, not so much for my husband who had grown up in the town we were thinking of moving to.
The proposal weighed heavily on my mind for several days. I had already agreed...
The Fear of The Unknown
The short stories of Ben Loory, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, exhibit numerous postmodern qualities through literary context, language and themes. One of these reoccurring themes within the collection is the concept of fear of the unknown. Three stories exemplary of this theme are “The Magic Pig,” “The Fish in the Teapot,” and “The Snake in the Throat.” In every one of these stories chosen there is an appearance of an object. One character is tortured by the mystery of this object. Where has it come from? What is its purpose? Is it really present? While pining over the identification of the object, the character starts to deteriorate in one form or another. They become burdened with the obsession of concrete meaning; a black and white, a right and wrong. This is a classic example of a modernist mind stuck in a postmodern world.
Postmodernism is about the arbitrary connection between reality and the subject matter. The point of postmodernism is to create a connection and knowledge through culture not through the past meanings that have developed over time. Barthes, Derrida, and Saussure each deeply study the themes of the postmodern world, and every man’s conclusion comes down to the same thread of arbitrariness. It is not about a one single meaning in the postmodern world, it is about the context. Therefore, fear of the unknown must be vanished....
October 10, 2014
Life is an experience that comes along with failure. Have you ever had the feeling like you haven’t done your best at something or the feeling that you’re disappointing the people you care about most? Well I’ve had that feeling multiple times especially in middle school. In middle school I’ve experience lots of failure; failure with friendships, relationships, and rejection. Failure to me is being unhappy with yourself and not doing what you believe in.
My 8th grade year in middle school was a learning experience that came along with lots of failure. The beginning of 8th grade was the easiest part of middle school because there was no drama and less friends. As time went by I gained more friends and more pressure was put on my shoulders. I learned a lot about friendships and the meaning of them. Losing the friends that meant the most to me is one of my failures and something that was challenging. Friendships from the past have a huge impact on the friendships that I’ve made today. In middle school I was always open to meeting new people and starting new friend friendships with anyone but now I realize that I can’t do that without getting to know the person first.
During my years in high school I’ve been more selective with how I choose my friends. I’ve learned that in order to trust someone in full and to consider them a good friend, I would have to get to know that person first. Throughout my high school experience I’ve...
...Fear of The Unknown
I was born in Tyrone PA, I lived there till my father got a job at a
construction business. It was a an opportunity of a lifetime for my father
he would be a business partner of the company and the supervisor of
operations of the crew that traveled all over the United States. There was a
catch to all of this that the jobs took years to complete, so this ment we
would have to relocate to wherever he had to go for work. I have been
through some scary and frightening things in my lifetime, but this was the
first time i ever remember being frightened. I was six years old and lived...
...better out there for her, she’d rather stay with her familiar lifestyle. Sometimes the fear of the unknown is too great that we allow ourselves to think our current situation is adequate making it hard for Eveline to make her final decision, abandon family obligations and hope for improvement.
In order to have change occur, a decision needs to be made, even though there may be some pros and cons. In the text it gives evidence that Eveline’s family has had history with leaving home “Everything changes. Now she was going to go away like the others, to leave her home” (4). Eveline at this point in the story contemplates her reasons to leave. Her mother died, one of her brothers died and the other moved away for work leaving the three small children, her father and herself at home. We have reason to believe that she shouldn’t hesitate leaving her father. He’s an alcoholic and constantly threatens Eveline into staying, “When they were growing up he had never gone for her, like he used to go for Harry and Ernest, because she was a girl; but latterly he had begun to threaten her and say what he would do to her only for her dead mother’s sake” (4). He had scared her to the point that “She knew it was that that had given her the palpitations” (4). Leaving would be the best solution for Eveline she is nineteen and deserves to search for a better life, a life of her own. In spit of the threats and fear of her father’s presence, something...
...Cultural Globalization: Fear of the Unknown
Cultural globalization is a term often used to describe the influence of one national culture on another. This is perhaps more prevalent in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Although America is often viewed as the villain with regard to globalization, it is clear by the diversity of cultural groups in America, that this nation is also the recipient of global culture. With such a diverse cultural population it’s foreseeable to think there will be differences of opinion when it comes to discussion cultural importance. For every society believes it is their culture that sets them apart and makes them unique. Differences in cultural beliefs often leads to the “Us vs Them” mentality, but it is also cultural beliefs that unite Americans.
Over the last few decades there has been much discussion about the effects of globalization with regard to world cultures. Mostly there is the concern that through globalization the world is becoming homogenized. The idea of singularity is being erased by the influx of a multiple cultures. People directly relate their identity to their specific culture. So naturally when their cultural beliefs are threatened there is a tendency to resist change. Franklin Foer wrote about the emergence of soccer in America and how there has been resistance to acknowledging it as a sport. The foundation for this resistance is most likely because soccer is a...
...was said by Ralph, this shows that the boys are inactively controlled. With the boys forgetting their main goal, they get more captivated into finding meat and survival on the island. Society can change many things, population, groups, friends, and civilization.
Influence affects the human mind; it is an example of a person to be easily manipulated as to be controlled. Influence has taken its affect in many ways, peer pressure, a feeling to belong and inspiration. Influence has an effect on Ralph since that he is the leader, he tells everyone what to do in order to survive. But now that everything changed, and Jack is the leader of the hunters, there has been more chaos. Jack influences others to join his side of the group by using the fear of the beast, against the boys. The littl’uns always believed that they weren’t alone on this island. As the thought kept occurring, they decided to find out if the beast was existent. They took the pigs head and placed it in the forest, where they will capture the beast and hunt it down. “They didn’t know that the beast was no more than a mere human a pilot.” (Golding, Page-151), Jack is also known to be a confident leader, this is why the boys chose to follow him, he also believes in himself which allows the others to do the same. Both groups fight against each other for survival. Jacks group start to chase after one opportunity, to capture Piggy. Even though most of the boys don’t believe that there is a beast in the...
... “Fear is the most potent weapon,” said Faraaz Kazi. Fear of the unknown and fascination of death torments the minds of the boys and causes a big split of the group during the middle of the novel. In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses fear and death to threaten the boys as fear becomes paralyzing and unconquerable by the realization that the only thing the boys have to fear isfear itself.
In the very beginning, the beast was something that only existed in the boys’ minds and practically only scared the littluns. As time passed by, it mutated into something much larger than any unknown creature could possibly be. They feared what they could not see in the dark and they were vulnerable as sunlight turned into darkness. When the sun set, their worries came lashing back at them. “Soon the darkness was full of claws, full of the awful unknown and menace” (99). It’s very ironic how multiple horrific events happen when the sun is no longer present like the killing of Simon; so daylight gave them assurance of safety. While Ralph and Jack’s hunters went hunting for the beast… “The sun was bright and danger had faded with the darkness” (108). They were concerned with the possibility of a monster lurking through the vast, unexplored island that could harm them. They’re even unsure of what the beast really is and where it comes from....
...Fear of the Unknown
Lord of the Flies
By: Sam Baldwin
Fear is one of the most powerful emotions that control the way any human being acts in certain circumstances. A distressing emotion aroused by impending evil and pain, whether the threat is real or imagined is described as fear. One of many prominent themes in William Golding's novel, the Lord of the Flies, is Fear of theunknown. From the beginning of the novel, the boys fear what they cannot see, the parts of the island they haven’t explored, the mysterious beast, and of course, though they may not realize it at first, they fear the damage they may do to one another. All of these have some “unknown” element to them; they can’t see in the dark, they don’t know what’s on the island, they’re unsure of what the beast really is, and they’re ignorant of the depths of their own violent capabilities. In this novel, the boys become more savage because they fear the unknown; which is the root of the trouble that is caused on the island.
The Beast isn't any physical character, Golding uses the beast as a symbol of the evil that exists in all the boys. Before the boys arrived, the island was "pure and clean". However, the boys brought evil to it, and with this evil there was destruction. The boys own irrational fears and blind...