Saturday, January 25, 2020
A BOOK REVIEW of The Wave by Morton Rhue This story, based on a true incident that occurred in a high school in California, demonstrates how easily a group can lose its freedom without even realising it. It all began when their history teacher, Mr. Ben Ross, let them watch a movie on how the Nazis in World War 2 tortured the people who opposed them. To give them a clearer picture, he decided to them in the situation itself. He then introduced an organisation, The Wave, and its motto, Ã¢â¬Å"Strength through discipline, Strength through community and strength through action.Ã¢â¬ A salute was also introduced to make them feel like a unit, where everyone would be equal. This was most rewarding to their classÃ¢â¬â¢ loser, Robert Billings, as the other students often picked on him. As many as two hundred pupils in the school became part of it after Mr. Ross had encouraged his students to recruit more members. The sudden change from a bunch of unruly students to disciplined ones was remarkable. However, a Jewish boy was beaten up in school but Wave members for refusing to participate in its activities. This was followed by a letter by a junior student complaining of threats by his seniors, who were Wave members. Matters became more serious when Robert offered to be Mr. RossÃ¢â¬â¢ bodyguard, and the school football team had incorporated the Wave to improve their team spirit and attitude. Despite their hard work, they still lost 42 to 6. These were printed in the school paper, Ã¢â¬Ëthe GrapevineÃ¢â¬â¢, condemning the Wave as a dangerous and mindless movement that suppressed freedom of speech and thought and ran against everything the country was founded on. Mr. Ross finally decided to end this, after incessant persuasion from his wife and two of his students, Ã¢â¬Ëthe GrapevineÃ¢â¬â¢ Editor-in-chief Laurie Saunders and her boyfriend David, an ex Wave member. Mr. Ross invited all the Wave members to a rally and gave a speech, at the same time, showing them the same movie the seniors had watched on their first History lesson. He reproached them by saying that they had turned their superiority over non-Wave members.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Does technology corrupt society? (By: Gordon Turtle) Does technology corrupt society? ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s a commonly asked question. If you think about it, technology helps society more then it harms it. A lot of schools disallow the use of cell phones or laptops unless they are used for school it-self. How would students communicate without them? Through the one hour to an hour and forty five minutes of lunch? What about technology used for medical purposes. Also, technology used for electronics such as computers, lights, etcÃ¢â¬ ¦ Lastly, technology used for communication, like cell phones, radios, etcÃ¢â¬ ¦We use technology almost everywhere; we use it for medical to help people get rid of diseases and injuries. It also helps doctors train better, easier, and more efficiently. If we didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have technology then we would still be cavemen living in caves with no light, no way of surviving injuries or illnesses. If we didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have any medical abilities the human race would ha ve went extinct a long time ago. Technology gave us electricity and electronics. Without technology we wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t have t. v. Ã¢â¬â¢s, toyÃ¢â¬â¢s, game systems, etcÃ¢â¬ ¦ If man evolved without technology then we wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t have come this far, we wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be as smart as we are now.We also wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t have any way of teaching our children or other kids about how to live life or how to be good responsible adults. Technology also gave us communication devices such as the cellphone, house phone, computers, laptops, etcÃ¢â¬ ¦ If we didnÃ¢â¬â¢t have technology the military would have fast ways of communicating with its soldiers. Without communication we could think we are the only country on earth for all we knew. Communication devices gave us the power to talk to one another from one side of the earth to the other in seconds.Imagine a world without communication. Imagine you had to write a letter and have it read days or even months later, and then having to w ait days or months for a response. Communication devices are one of the most important pieces of technology ever made. Without them we might as well go live in a cave with the few people we know, thinking that you were the only ones that are on the earth. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s why technology doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t corrupt society, and that technology is what brought us to where we are today. If you think about it, technology helps society more then it harms it.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn a young adolescents journeys and struggles are portrayed and questioned with Hucks maturation. Throughout the book, Mark Twain examines societal standards and the influence of adults that one experiences during childhood. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been condemned since its publication, usually focusing, especially in modern times, on its use of the word nigger. While this could be a valid argument had the author portrayed Jim negatively, I find another reason to argue against the novel because it subverts the ideals that many parents wish to instill in their youth. Reading this book for the first time since high school and my departure from my parents this year, watchingÃ¢â¬ ¦show more contentÃ¢â¬ ¦Now free of societys rules and standards, Huck is able to approach life in a way that most adolescentÃ¢â¬â¢s wish was possible. He is fortunate enough to have Jim along for companionship, removing the loneliness that prevente d his earlier flight from society. Unfortunately, this friendship has already been tarnished by societys influence on Huck. Fortunately, free of societys rules and standards, Huck is allowed to begin to undo his misperceptions of slaves and begins the slow realization that Jim is just as human as he is. Ã¢â¬ ¨Ã¢â¬ ¨ During the first few chapters that they are together, Twain quickly shows the beneficial effect that the two have on each other. Jims contribution to Huck is an adult presence, one that while expressing a lifes experience is not overbearing, due to Jims inferior status. In addition, Jim provides protection for Huck from both physical and emotional pains. Twain quickly gives examples of both forms of protection in Chapter 9. Within a few days of their union, Jims life experiences enable the pair to prepare for the torrential storm that hits the island, which Jim forecasts. Had it not been for Jim and his ability to notice the change in animal behavior, Huck may have been caught on the river when the storm began, and possibly drown. Following the storm, Jim, as we learn at the end of the novel, postpones Hucks knowledge of his fathers death until it is necessary. While it is true thatShow MoreRelated How Huck Matures in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Essay759 Words Ã |Ã 4 Pages once said, To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. A good example of how a person develops his or her maturity is the story of Huck in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. In the novel, a young boy from the South travels down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave where they encounter many adventures and meet many different people. 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