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A Narrative on Why I Took a Class on English Language
English: The Class “English”. Why take a class on a language I’m fluent in? At least, that’s the attitude I had in the first few years of my introduction to real full fledged writing. I began to write papers and long winded things of that nature near seventh or eighth grade, and to be quite honest the standards for those a...
Inequalities in the Social Class Structure in The Stolen Party, a Short Story by Liliana Heker
The Stolen Party; Stolen Meaning “The Stolen Party” is, unfortunately, a story without a happy ending. Much like works such as The Great Gatsby or 1984, the lack of any definitive victory for the protagonist helps to drive home the point. The title of the story is only truly important after reading the last three paragraph...
The Importance of Evaluating the Real Meaning of Writing
Midterm Reflective Essay From day one, the core concepts of this class seemed evident-- learn to evaluate what exactly the writing means, and not just what it says. The introductory weeks in the semester were not spent reviewing the fine-line rules of syntax and diction, or the fact that “cannot” is one word; rather, they...
A Reflection of the Improvements and Turning Point in My Writing Style After Taking English 101
Final Reflective Essay This year has been a unique turning point in my writing style. After taking English 101, I had fallen yet again into the vicious cycle of repetitive 5 paragraph essays and three pronged theses. I had grown accustomed to the idea that each year isn’t necessarily about how well I can write, but rather...
Failure and My Identity in College
Failure and Identity Wheaton was not my first choice of college. In the fall of my senior year I applied to four schools that I absolutely loved. I could picture myself attending all of them—going to classes, living in the dorms, and exploring the local area—even though being admitted to any of the schools would be a s...
The Timeless Moods, Themes, and Characters in Tartuffe, a Play by Moliere
Production Book: Tartuffe Reimagined I have recently read Tartuffe, by Moliere as part of Introduction to Theater at Wheaton College. This play, more than most of the others that we studied, struck me as a timeless. There are aspects of this play that apply to my life, as a college student, there are aspects that apply...
A Review of The Book of Mormon, a Musical by Matt Stone, Robert Lopez, and Trey Parker
Review of The Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon, an obscenely funny musical comedy, was lacking its perfectly ironic sparkle on Friday, November 20th at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, it was first performed in 2011, and went on to win nine Tony Awards and a G...
My Thoughts on the Definition of Identity
Identity is one of the many words that are challenging to define. It is an abstract idea and because of this, there can never be one singular definition that will be able to accurately express the true meaning behind the word. Identity means something vaguely different for every individual person. If I were to approach a st...
The Concept of Failure in The Opportunity to Fail, an Essay by Kathleen Smith
Failure The essay, “The Opportunity to Fail” by Kathleen Smith brings attention to the ongoing practice of young scholars not being expected to uphold to a certain set of standards that require them to take their assignments seriously and work hard to develop their skills and knowledge. Although failure is not a foreign co...
Banal Events and Patriotism in Ma vlast, a Set of Poems by Bedrich Smetana
Má vlast by Bedřich Smetana, 1882 Má vlast, by Bedřich Smetana is a set of six symphonic poems, ultimately combined into one composition, around 1882. Each of the pieces premiered by themselves before being added together seven years later. The completed piece premiered on the 5th of November 1882 in Prague. This piec...
Vengeance in Orestes, a Play by Euripides
Stasimon from Orestes by Euripides ~ca. 408 BCE Euripides wrote an opera called Orestes, which is one of the first operas, (in our knowledge) and was written in 408 BCE. The opera recounts the story of Orestes, who kills his mother Clytaemnestra to avenge the death of his father, Agamemnon, and is pursued by the Furies fo...
The Power of Nature: My Experience of Visiting the Botany
Seeing Every morning for botany we go outside. Sometimes it just means exploring the parking lot, but more often it means an adventure. In this sense, the word adventure does not insinuate extremities, but merely depicts a feeling like one of those afternoons that you find a perfect meadow for a picnic, or stumble upon a...
My Fairytale Project: Characterizing and Categorizing Classic and Modern Tales; Creating and Illustrating My Own Fairy Tale
Fairytales When I was little, I spent many hours listening to fairytales and watching Disney movies based on these tales. When I grew up that never really changed. I have always loved a good fantasy novel and have seen all of the Disney musicals so many times I practically have them memorized. I also grew up with two ver...
Comparing the Similarities and Differences Between the Stories in What Men Live By and Kholstomer by Leo Tolstoy
What Men Live By In What Men Live By, by Leo Tolstoy, we see a stark contrast from the story Holstomer. In this story, the moral is that people are saved by their ability to love. When someone expresses love, Tolstoy says that it is God shining through that person. We also see from the numerous biblical references that...
A Five Parts Study of Crime and Punishment in The Five Acts of Crime and Punishment, a Book by K. Mochulsky
The Five Acts of Crime and Punishment, by K. Mochulsky is a study of the novel, broken up into five parts. It begins with the “prologue,” which is the section of the book where Raskolnikov prepares and executes the murder. Raskolnikov is shrouded in mystery; we do not know at first what this “venture” that he speaks abo...
The Psychological Element in The Death of Ivan Ilych, a Novella by Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilych In The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy there is a great amount of psychology as an integral part of the story. This is also true for the other stories we have been reading, and seems to be a common theme among Russian literature in the eighteenth century. In this particular story the psychologi...
The Idea of Reality in My Class
The other day I finally had my “aha!” moment. In the moment, the sounds became so familiar and dissimilar at the same time that I lost sense of the individual things I was hearing, to the point where I could no longer name the sounds. This is something I had a hard time with in the beginning of the block, when we went out...
The Newfound Hope and Happiness of the Couple
Once upon a time there were a newly wed husband and wife. They had been forced to marry each other by their parents, who wanted to combine their family’s businesses and profits. The husband found his wife to be short-tempered, abrupt, and very rude, and no matter how hard he tried, he could not seem to love her. The wife...
The Negative Effects of Tattoos on a Person's Employment Opportunities
Tattoos and Employment, are They Related? Should tatoos affect a person’s employment? This is a very profound topic to many. Tattoos are usually known to affect one’s employment because employers see them as unprofessional in the workplace, or demeaning towards themselves. Yet, it is believed that tattoos and employment sh...
A Proposal on the Key to Finding the Solution to World Problems
Key to World’s Problems There are countless problems consuming the world today –ethnic clashes, massive pollution, overpopulation, global warming... Although we make daily scientific and technological advances, we are still struggling with these basic issues. What if we were to discover the missing piece information vital...
Frederick Turner and the Death of the American Frontier
Over the summer, I took a month-long trip to China. Having been spoiled by the luxurious American lifestyle, many challenges arose , one of which I discovered while lying on the painfully rock-hard beds that were part of the Chinese culture. Unlike their mattresses of bamboo and wood, the beds in the States are crafted wit...
The Visual Elements and Adventure in the Seated Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child: Beacon of Hope A radiant presence in the room, the Seated Virgin and Child from France illuminates one of the small wings of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This wooden sculpture was created by an anonymous artist for the Soissons Cathedral in the early 13th century, and while it shows definite weathering...
The Existence of Native Americans and Our Similarities and Differences
The Existence Native Americans Ever since the European arrival in the 15th century, there has been a distinct separation of the Native Americans and the Europeans. We’ve summarized them as a population of mystic beings who highly respect nature and cannot be more different than the civilized modern man. When asked what ima...
How to Be a Hero in The Man in the Water by Roger Rosenblatt and the Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech of Malala Yousafzai
To Be a Hero A “Common Man” is someone who is characteristically non-descript. There is nothing particularly special about a Common Man. A hero, on the other hand, is someone who commits great acts, showing strength and courage in times of need, yet in a way that outsiders may see themselves in that hero. However, these te...
The Causes and Concerns of Overpopulation
The Population Paradox For our planet to maintain a stable and sustainable population, we need to take precautionary steps of education and planning. First, we must understand our current situation as well as our projected outcome assuming we do not make changes. At this point the main causes of overpopulation are mostly...