Fundamentals of College Literacy
November 3, 2014
Gladwell, M (2008). Outliers: The Story of Success. New York, New York: Little, Brown, & Gladwell Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: The Story of Success. 1st Ed. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2008. Print. Outliers Chapter 5
Chapter 5 is titled “The Three Lessons of Joe Flom.” He tells us about the immigrant world Flom grew up in. Everything you would think to be disadvantages were actually advantages, like being poor for example. Joe Flom’s story provides a structure for understanding success in law. In this chapter, Gladwell focuses on 3 lessons; The Importance of being Jewish, Demographic Luck, and The Garment Industry and Meaningful Work. Gladwell discusses the importance of being Jewish in the 1900s and how the larger law firms wouldn’t hire them. Because they didn’t fit the image of a perfect lawyer due to this those Jews went to smaller companies and some even started their own law firm which made them very successful in life. In the second lesson, he talks about how the time you were born in effects how successful you are in life. It says that if you were born after the depression you would have a better chance of being successful than those born before the depression. The third lesson talks about a man who started a garment business with only twelve dollars in his pocket and made a living off of it. At the end of this chapter it explains how those successful lawyers, doctors, and entrepreneurs’ children became successful as well. In chapter five Gladwell discusses how culture can play a huge part in someone’s success. He speaks about Jewish immigrants and their rise to success and he explains various reasons as to why they were able to gain success faster than Italian or Irish immigrants and one of the reasons was they had a specific trait they had learned in the old country, which they practiced and perfected that enabled them to further in their craft. He explains...
|Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of seven generations of British monarchs from 1837 to the present reigning House of Windsor and is today The |
|Queen's official residence . |
|When the Queen is in residence the Royal Standard can be seen flying above the palace. |
|It has become the symbol of the Royal Family. |
|But this Palace is more than a home for the Royals. |
|It is the official administrative headquarters of the monarchy and contains the offices of their staff....
Buckingham Palace, one of several palaces owned by the British Royal family, is one of the major tourist attractions in London. The Changing of the Guard in front of the palace always attracts plenty of spectators. Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing.
The original building was constructed as a countryhouse in 1705 by the duke of Buckingham, John Sheffield. King George III bought the house in 1761 for his wife and had it altered by William Chambers. In 1826, King George IV asked famed architect John Nash to expand the house - then known as Buckingham House - into a palace. Meanwhile St. James's Palace was still the principal palace used by the royals for ceremonies and receptions. King George IV as well as his younger brother and successor King William IV both died before the palace was completed. Queen Victoria was the first to reside in the palace. In July 1837, three weeks after her accession to the throne, she moved from Kensington Palace, where she grew up, to the new Buckingham Palace.
The palace was expanded in 1850 with a new east wing. The wing added a large number of rooms to the palace, including an expansive forty...
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.
Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every year. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.Although Buckingham Palace is furnished and decorated with priceless works of art that form part of the Royal Collection, one of the major art collections in the world today. It is not an art gallery and nor is it a museum.
Its State Rooms are the main part of the working Palace and are used regularly by The Queen and members of the Royal Family for official and State entertaining.
More than 50,000 people visit the Palace each year as guests to banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and the Royal Garden Parties.
The Throne Room, sometimes used during Queen Victoria's reign for Court gatherings and as a second dancing room, has a lovely arch which makes the room seem sophisticated.
It is in the Throne Room that The Queen, on very special occasions like Jubilees, receives loyal addresses. Another use of the Throne Room has been for formal wedding photographs.
George IV's original palace lacked a large room in which to entertain. Queen...
...Topic 1: “The characters of Buckingham Palace; District 6 are not admirable, they are thieves, liars and prostitutes.” Keeping in mind the term relative morality, discuss how we can conclude, that after reading this novel, that people cannot be viewed so superficially.
When the characters of District 6 are analysed superficially they are not admirable. Mary is a prostitute; Zoot has a criminal record and beats people up. And Mrs Knight goes to church every Sunday and is happily married with 3 children. If you judge these people superficially, you would think Mrs Knight would be the optimum person you could trust to go to in this community if you had a crisis. However once you get to know these characters you realise that Mrs Knight will, in fact, judge you, be angry at you and gossip about you because of your problem. Mary will help you and comfort you in the best way that she can. And Zoot will be likely to collect the Boys’ and get even with whoever has caused your problem. Therefore because of relative morality we begin to see that even though these people are dishonest, lie and cheat it doesn’t mean they are bad and immoral people, they just do what they have to to survive.
If you look at Zoot ostensibly, and judge him as you would a book by its cover, you will see a man that is a liar, that uses his “guardian angel” to shift blame off of himself as an excuse for doing wrong. You would see a man that is dishonest and has not payed the rent for 15...
...‘Buckingham Palace’, District Six, is one of the most essential books ever written in this country, in a sense that it keeps alive the spirit of South Africa’s most notorious but lively slumps, alive. The book is divided into three distinct segments: morning, afternoon and night.
The mood as you will notice gets increasingly darker and serious in
The first segment is a quite enjoyable one and gives you a wonderful introduction into each of the characters and a rundown of the everyday happenings in their lives. They are surprisingly similar to us. The boys for example go to school, like we do, participate in rugby like we do and so forth. But then again they are made of tough stuff. The writer drives this point home continuously i.e. the jungle boys sister, Moena Lelik ( as she was known, since her cousin was also named Moena but was a beauty to behold) was ridiculed not only by her school counterparts but also her teacher, her brothers make sure they gave the teacher a little lesson of his own. Some things you may notice about the writers style, is that he is not one to make his own comments on character/incidents, non-opinionated. But rather he lets us formulate our own opinion. For example when he declares that Mary was a prostitute, when he tells of Pretty Boy always being able to obtain whatever he wanted at a bargain price. He also has an indirect rather suggestive way of saying things. For example he tells of how Mary’ school...
...King Richard III, IGCSE Buckingham empathic task:
How could I have abided by such an egregious despot, a licentious butcher and yet never portend his perfidiousness? How could I have been so callow? My being is jaded; my soul hath been wearied from surfeit of burdensome labor. I was to be vouchsafed the movables of Hereford, so as to relish in my opulence; rather than perish opprobriously.
It is presently indubitable that Margaret’s supposed fulminations were unfortunately Nemesis’s forebodings. She had been the omen of my debacle, the soothsayer holding the key to my amaranthine salvation. Oh! How doltish of me to repudiate her amity in such a despicable manner. Acquaintanceship of the sort would have tremendously availed my dire cause. However, to my grievous misfortune, I was blinded by the alluring propoundments of a usurping boar.
I now discern the malice of Richard’s nefarious plots and inductions. The subtleties of a gentle villain, the iniquitous wrongs of a cacodemon are no longer veiled to my eyes. His astute chicaneries had deceived England and bewitched the hearts of so many credulous men; and all with I as his advocate. The rooting hog’s stratagems know no boundaries and show no restraint in the exploitation of his ascendency. Under such a tumultuous dominion, delinquency and despondency will flourish. I find solace in the degeneracy of Richard’s sovereignty lead by his descent into aberration and paranoia.
What afflicts me most, are...
...reality. Amongst the artists featured in the exhibition is Matthew Buckingham. Matthew Buckingham does a twenty minute film based off of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man in the crowd” also the same name of his film. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The man in the crowd” is a narrative and not an actual film. Buckingham after reading the narrative was struck with how the story could be a metaphor and paradigm for the question of nonfiction filmmaking itself, Buckingham’s film is a silent film produced in black and white. There are many parallels with Poe’s narrative and Buckingham’s film. Buckingham’s film provides the visual aspect of Poe’s narrative. But, Buckingham’s film is more contemporary, he changes the setting of the film from nineteenth century Paris to that of modern day Vienna. Poe didn’t know London and details are borrowed from Dickens, Poe’s London sounds more like New York versus nineteenth century London. The details that Poe uses come from a review that Poe did of a story by Dickens. Poe fictionalizes the story by saying, “they covered and crossed the edges of the city” which would have been impossible to do at that time, his description sounds more like modern day Vienna . With Poe’s “The man in the crowd” one man is following a complete stranger but it is unclear whether or not the follower is ever aware that he is being followed or if he ever acknowledges the man that follows him; the difference with...
...many reasons. Firstly his close relationship with Buckingham alienated Parliament and caused resentment by Parliament. Secondly Charles had very strong believed in divine right and therefore saw no need for Parliament. Furthermore Charles religious policy’s led many to believe of a Catholic Conspiracy, which further distanced the King from Parliament. Lastly the King wasn’t getting substantial financial help from Parliament and decided that he would try and raise the finance without him.
Buckingham formed a very close relationship with Charles which many MP’s feared. This close relationship and the amount of power that Buckingham possessed, often led to arguments between the King and Parliament, which eventually led to the king adopting personal rule. Buckingham monopolised Patronage at court, and advancement in Office was only approved with Buckingham support. Many MP’s were suspicious of his close relationship with both Charles 1 and James 1, and despised the fact that they could only gain advancement in the career with his consent. Furthermore Buckingham had arranged the marriage of Charles and Henrietta Maria who was Catholic. Many MP’s thought Buckingham was trying to introduce Catholicism in England, which they thought would threaten the ancient liberties of the Church of England. The king’s protection of Buckingham led to Parliament being dissolved which...