Thursday, May 19, 2016

In the story The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the main character Arnold has an odd yet thoughtful teacher Mr.P. "If you stay on the rez, they’re going to kill you. I’m going to kill you. We’re all going to kill you” (Alexie 43). In this quote it shows you that Mr.P thinks that the reservation doesn't haven't any hope for a better future than what is already here. The reservation almost seems to be a place where your dreams are crushed when your struck by the reality of where you are. That's the part in the quote where it says "If you stay on the rez, they're going to kill you." Also the part when Mr.P says "I'm going to kill you." That part shows that Mr.P as the teacher is teaching him things, giving him hope that his future is going to be great. When in fact living on the reservation will kill him (as in Arnold) and his dreams of the future. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Prisons vs Lord of the Flies


When good people are put in a position where they have power will they could abuse the power given. Good people can abuse the power they have. In the movie the prison guards were told not to physically hurt the inmates, as you see in the trailer they show the prison guards hurting the inmates. You also will see the inmates hurt the guards This also shows up in Lord of the Flies towards the end of the book. Roger and Jack torture Sam and Eric. Right there you see Roger and Jack are abusing power to join their tribe. Another example that you see in Lord of the Flies is when Jack beats up Wilford. You see Jack abusing his power acting like you can beat people up if your the leader, which isn't true. In the Stanford Prison Experiment you see good people the guards becoming evil or having ill intent behaviors. In different situations people will abuse the power they have.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mob Mentality

There are many examples of mob mentality that show up in Lord Of The Flies. Mob mentality almost is taking over the boys. They are becoming savages, an example that shows this is that in chapter 8 they behead the pig and stick the head on a stick. Most young boys don't and would never cut a pigs head off and put it on a stick, that is not a normal thing to do when your the age of 12 and younger. These boys are becoming more mob mentality behaviors. These behaviors are also showed through groups. An example of this is when they treat Robert as if he was a pig and treated him very bad and would abuse him that's an example of hazing. The boys also just think that it was just a game but most young boys wouldn't physically hurt their friends. I think that in Lord Of the Flies does not show any good mob mentality. Mob mentality is taking over these little boys behaviors.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Shadows

"Two boys rolled out a pile of brushwood and dead leaves, two dim shadows talking sleepily to each other" (Golding, pg.96). I chose this quote to show a metaphor. The two boys are being compared to shadows. The boys are almost like the shadows of the morning all you can see is their black silhouettes talking in a low, sleepy  whisper.  Golding chooses to use a metaphor in this passage to go deeper in describing what's going on. He transports you to as if you were with the boys.
I chose this picture to represent this quote because all you can see is the shadowy silhouettes of these two boys.  Also the boys hair to the right is messy and doesn't look like it's been washed in a few days, which also gives the effect of the boys in Lord of The Flies and how they haven't had a proper shower in awhile. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Can You Teach People To Have Empathy

After reading this article Can you teach people to have empathy by BBC Magazine. Empathy cannot be taught, it is a quality you're born with yet might lose sight of. “According to the latest neuroscience research, 98% of people (the exceptions include those with psychopathic tendencies) have the ability to empathise wired into their brains - an in-built capacity for stepping into the shoes of others and understanding their feelings and perspectives” (BBC, pg1). People could definitely work on having more empathy, but it is not something you can teach.

In the UK they opened a “Empathy Museum”  this museum has a human library, where you can borrow a person to have a conversation with you, understand their story. With this museum it will never be the person listening ever being completely be in their shoes. Listening is a big part of having empathy. “Radical listening can have an extraordinary impact on resolving conflict situations” (BBC, pg 2). Someone can be a good listener but not truly understand what the other person's saying or even get the situation. People may be able to almost force themselves to have empathy by being like “who picked these bananas I’m eating right now” or just thinking about everything and being like someone had to pick these bananas that I’m eating right now. In conclusion empathy cannot be taught to someone, it’s something you’re with but might lose sight of having empathy.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mental illness

After reading this article on mental illness this has shown me that there are many different kinds of mental illness, and many people dealing with it differently. This article really showed how mental illness is shown in television is how people act on t.v. the same as it is in real life. In this article they also talk about how they need to respect how the mental illness is shown on a television show so they don’t upset/mock someone has this disability. A very important paragraph in the article was this “ Truthful portrayals of mental illness and its treatment may be getting better, but television still has a long way to go. Prime-time television overestimates the occurrence of violence in people with mental illness by a factor of 20, according to a 1997 study in the Journal of Community Psychology. Such portrayals have an effect, according to a 2002 study in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling. Researchers found a correlation between hours of television watched and intolerance toward people with mental health” (page 2, Brink) .
I think that is the most important paragraph because it talks about how mental illness is shown on television and how people react to it. In a way this sums up all the article, this article was about showing people more in depth about mental illness seen through television and how people receive it. I also think that this paragraph is important because there are some examples of studies shown, which gives you some data to back up what their saying.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Jackson Family Feud

After reading "LA Times Jackson family feud to court-ordered investigation" I side with the court and the decision they have come upon now. The decision they have agreed upon is that T.J. will take care of the children's schooling, household, staff, and security, and that Katherine will take care of the financial allowances. I feel like this would be the best option for the children because, when they were with Katherine they were held against their will in Arizona. Another reason is I feel like the children should stay with T.J. is because Katherine is getting old and children are very stressful as the article stated, "They have claimed mismanagement of the estate was affecting Katherine Jackson's health, and Randy Jackson insisted she went to a spa on doctor's orders to relax." (Ryan). Katherine is 82 years old and raising three teenagers would be a very stressful and very hard job. T.J. has had a lot of experience raising children/teenagers, since he's helped raise his brother Blanket who was 10. Overall I think what they have agreed upon now was the right solution for everyone, not just the kids, but for Katherine too.