As she examines the struggle of a moth trying to achieve something impossible by going through a windowpane to reach the outdoors, Virginia Woolf sees the moth in a new light, a light that identifies the moth not as insignificant and in demand of pity, but a small creature of the world, a pure being that was afforded the gift of being “nothing but life.”
The very fact that Woolf chooses a moth as the primary focus of her observation could be random; however, it would appear not to be. Moths are commonly thought of as dull, gray creatures, often despised, always thought of as “insignificant.” By pointing out the “beads of life” evident in the lowly moth, Woolf shows the value not of being a moth, but of being intent on a cause, being willing to “dance.” The gray moth is separated from the colorful world outside the window, but he does not know that he is simply a moth, that he doesn’t hold the right to pass through the window. The moth doesn’t see himself—there are no mirrors for him to peer into: the moth could just as easily know he is a butterfly, a beautiful creature who would be welcomed into the outside world. “He was nothing but life,” and life is not required to take a specific form; life does not give preference to outer beauty. Whether he knows he is a drab gray moth or thinks he is a butterfly vibrant with color, the moth chooses to live his life through a cause, and even though it may show itself to be futile in the end, he has had a cause for living, a passion, and this is ideal for Woolf.
Woolf tells of a “queer feeling of pity” for the moth, germinating from the “helplessness of his attitude”—she originally sees him as an “insignificant creature,” one whose struggles should not touch her. But the struggle of the moth in his valiant battle against “so mean an antagonist” (death) opens Woolf’s eyes, opens her to the beauty of the moth, and to the beauty of...
...How is Death of a Salesman a commentary upon American society and values.
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is a commentary upon society in relation to the painful conflicts of a working class family in New York, who throughout their life has struggled to make a decent living and fulfil the American dream. The play illustrates its critical commentary on American society through Willy’s obsession with the Dream, depiction of women and the disrespect towards the “elderly.”
The main theme in Death of a salesman is without a doubt the American dream. This dream has been the basis of Willy’s life, and he has a fundamental belief in it, that almost reach religious proportions. He has passed this trust in the American dream onto his two sons, which has a dramatic consequences for them both. Willy Loman's longing to achieve his ideal dream in turn, controlled his life and ruined his family. The character Willy portrays a large piece of society. This being illustrated through the protagonist stating “America is full of beautiful towns and fine, upstanding people.. The finest people.” The repetition of “finest” emphasizes the utter idolization of Willy’s depiction of Americans. Willy's characterization of the American people as kind to anyone who is personally attractive demonstrates his utter faith in his twisted version of the American Dream. The quote emphasizes the commentary of the critical portrayal of society of those who...
...The MOUTH is the starting point that begins the digestive process.
The TONGUE is used for grasping the food, mixing, and swallowing.
The TEETH tear and chew the feed into smaller particles that may be swallows.
SALIVARYGLANDs: excrete saliva, which serves many purposes
Rectum is the terminal end of the large intestine and the entire digestive system
-Water to moisten
-Bicarbonates to buffer acids
-Enzyme amylase to
The ESOPHAGUS is the hollow muscular tube that leads from the mouth to the opening of the stomach.
The STOMACH is a hollow muscle that contracts and relaxes to integrate digestive juices with the food causing it to breakdown.
The SMALL INTESTINE is the next organ in the digestive system that is controlled by a sphincter muscle that helps move food into and through the tract.
The small intestine is made up of three segments
t’d: Jejunum & Ileum…
•Small fingerlike projections
•Increase surface area for absorption
•Absorb nutrients through membranes known as semi permeable membranes.
•These membranes allow particles to pass through in a process.
-Use secretions from the pancreas and intestinal wall to break down protein, starch, and fats.
JEJUNUM & ILIUM:
-where absorption takes place
Absorption is the process which nutrients are passed from the intestine to the bloodstream.
LARGEINTESTINE is the last...
...The poem “The Mouth” written by bpNichol is littered with ambiguity. You could pick any line in any stanza and find something with a double meaning. In the second stanza, Nichol writes: “You were never supposed to talk when it was full. It was better to keep it shut if you had nothing to say. You were never supposed to shoot it off. It was better to be seen than heard.” Besides the obvious oral fixation he has, what does he mean when he says this? It seems as though he has been silenced before in his life, and he has used poetry as an escape from being muted. These all are orders that a parent might say to their children, and so perhaps Nichol is talking about the way he has been taught that the mouth is a negative place that should remain closed and quiet. He hints at this by saying: “You were never supposed to mouth-off, give them any of your lip, turn up your nose at them, give them a dirty look, an evil eye or a baleful stare.” It is obvious that Nichol’s oral fixation was forcefully suppressed as a child. Thus, we shouldn’t be surprised that he wrote a poem about almost every possible action the mouth can perform. Also, it is interesting that Nichol chose to open the poem with this passage. It sets the mood that the mouth is a disobedient place, and he spends the rest of the poem explaining several bad memories and problems his mouth has gotten him into. It seems as though...
...Effect: The Death Penalty
The cause of the death penalty more often then not is politically inspired. Fear has long been a favored method for controlling the population. In the case of the execution of those found guilty of murder in developed countries such as The USA, where the motivation is simply political. More votes are gained by appealing to the sense of justice exhibited in the lower educated classes than are to be gained by appealing to those that are more educated and trained in the exercise of reasoning. It is one of the failings of democracy. The effect of the death penalty is that if a person is a murderer he or she has nothing to lose by killing to cover their crime. No murderer commits a crime and intends to do the time.
The death penalty remains as one of the controversial issues not only in the United States but in the whole world as well. The death penalty has articulated itself as a debate characterized by rhetoric of pro death penalty ideals and con death penalty assertions. It should be noted that the debate on death penalty is not new in the world considering that death penalty has been used as a method of punishing criminals since time immemorial, although it may have gained momentum in the 20th century with enactment of human rights charter. For example, records on death penalty shows that the first man...
...event of death implies multiple connotations. While death invokes fear and dread on the surface, in some cases it evokes acceptance and tranquility. Through these old English texts, each author attempts to explore what happens in life after death. Interestingly, each author takes a different side while revealing parallel, underlying theories. Within their sonnets, John Donne and Rochester try to quell the common fear of death. Despite their efforts, it is evident through rhetorical devices and various analogies that death should be feared, as it is a negative occurrence. Rochester and Donne attempt to shed a calming light on the event of death at surface value. However, beneath this facade, it is evident that both texts contain an underlying message that death should be feared for its unfavorable results versus being accepted and embraced.
Beneath the external message of reassurance by Donne and Rochester that death is not an event worth fearing, it is evident that death is in fact a powerful occurrence that should be feared. Within Holy Sonnets, Donne suggests that death is not powerful because we are in control of our fate. He makes his point by saying, “For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me” (Donne). To further strengthen this claim that man controls his time...
A Good Death
Fort Hays University
SOC355 Sociology Of Death and Dying
April 27, 2014
This paper will explore what would entail “A good Death”. I will discuss Pain Control, No Excessive Treatment, Retention Of Decision Making By The Patient, Support For The Dying Patient And His/Her Family And Friends, Communication Among All Parties And Acts Done Out Of Love That Make Dying More Difficult.
I will make references from The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, 9th Edition by DeSpelder, Lynn Ann; Strickland and Albert Lee and the “On Your Own” PBS series narrated by Bill Moyer.
Keywords: death, dying, palliative, hospice. pain management
A Good Death
“Everyone knows they’re going to die but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.”
A good death is dying surrounded by loving family and friends, free of pain, suffering and worries, a death where the dying has had great support from caretakers and family leading up to his final day. A good death is when there is no confusion of decision-making and will and when the dying, their family and caregivers are all on the same page. A goon death is when the last decisions come from love and not necessity and where all...
...2012 Summer Reading Assignment: “Big Mouth, Ugly Girl”
I. Determine the Setting
1. Most of the action in the story, “Big Mouth & Ugly Girl” takes place inside Rocky River High School.
2. At a pivotal point in the story, Matt considers suicide, and the story takes us to the Nature Preserve which Matt usually finds to be a peaceful and enjoyable place to be with his dog. But, in the climax of the story, the setting changes to the wintry and icy nature preserve. The preserve proves to be a place where Matt is at his lowest point. It is also the place where Ursula saves him from a horrible decision, and where they will return later in the story because of its tranquility and what brought them closer.
II. Interpreting the Characters
1. The main characters in the story are Matt Donaghy who is tall, thin, and a freckled faced teenager, who likes to make people laugh. He is a top student who is the Junior Class Vice- President and writes for the school newspaper. Ursula Riggs is a tall and big girl who dresses rough and wears lots of earrings in her ears. She acts strong and defiant and doesn’t seem to care what other people think of her. She plays on the girls’ basketball team.
2. The minor characters are:
Mr. Harold Parish, the Rocky River High School Principal.
Mr. Weinberg teaches English and sponsors the Drama Club.
Mrs. Donaghy is Matt’s mom who seems to be fragile and worried about her son’s reputation....