Many people are comfortable with their career and/or degree once they have been achieved. Once someone has accomplished their life long goal, they usually settle down and do not continue to educate themselves on anything other than what is within their field. Many individuals stay in their comfort zone, whether it be being a cashier, a doctor, a lawyer, an architect, a musician, a teacher, etc. They do not feel the need to expand their knowledge because that is not their job, but someone else’s. That should not be the case, though. Individuals should always strive to be better and more educated no matter what degree, past education, or career they have. The short story by Torie Bosch titled “First, Eat All the Lawyers,” is effective in using
In “First, Eat All the Lawyers”, Torie Bosch compares the traits of white and blue collar workers. A unique twist on her comparison however is based on how each would fair in a zombie apocalypse. She evaluates her judgments through the TV show “The Walking Dead” and explains how each of the stars on the show had blue collar careers before the zombie outbreak. Bosch illustrates that lawyers, journalists, and investment bankers aren’t suited for the world that is shown in the series. She also admits that she herself would not survive in the zombie loose world, but rather be the cause of multiple deaths. Bosch explains how her career doesn’t include the skill set requirements to fight, light a fire without a lighter, and fish for food. Blue collar
Have you ever felt like you are living in a world where humanity isn’t at its best? Have you ever felt mixed emotions by watching a TV show? Is it possible for a show to represent love, hate, anger, drama, pain, sadness or even cause you a sense of distress? The Walking Dead is the perfect show to make you think about how people act in different situations in life and shows us what type of people these circumstances can create. The show is based on a post-apocalyptic time where the existence of humanity is near its end. The Walking Dead represents themes of fear, betrayal, sacrifice, hope, leadership and, the conflict between good and bad. Some aspects of the show such as the character development and how, psychologically, the characters tend
Ever since the first zombie movie was created in 1932, there has been a constant rise of zombie appearances in popular media. Like with all monsters, the majority of zombie media aimed to represent a certain aspect throughout the society in question. Whereas vampires represented romanticism and Dracula represented how a certain social group was viewed during a certain time period, zombies in Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” aimed to create a situation whereby a group of people had to survive a night together, despite their racial tensions between one another. Being the founder of all subsequent zombie films, “Night of the Living Dead” provided a guideline for zombie behavior. As time passed, more and more versions of the zombie came out, whereby zombies stopped being a plot device and turned into the focus of the film itself. The Walking Dead, currently standing as the fourth most popular TV series, took a turn from this progression and decided to imitate Romero’s take on zombies. By including zombies which simply aimed to sustain themselves by consuming the flesh of the “live,” the creators of The Walking Dead caused the remaining survivors to gather together and rely on primitive human instinct to survive. Even though the zombies in this series run rampant, they play a very minimalistic metaphoric role. Instead, by presenting the zombies as a plot device, the characters in this series were able to demonstrate their true prejudiced view on society, ultimately revealing
The Zombie outbreak in The Walking Dead caused small communities of survivors to be created. Each community has its own group of members that citizens of that communities as long as their civic duty is met. Whereas today in America civic duties include paying taxes and jury duty, civic duties in The Walking Dead consist of pulling your own weight and trying to better the community towards a future. While out hunting, Carl is shot by a stranger who thought he was a zombie, the picture before Carl is shot, Carl, Tyreese, and Rick are shown as just dark shadows in the distant. The stranger Otis had no intention of shooting a kid but his fear of dark shadows approaching his community lead him to shoot before knowing what he was shooting at.
The article “Don’t Blame the Eater", by David Zinczenko talks about how a group of people are suing McDonald’s for making them fat. Zinczenko shares his experience on how fast food has effect his childhood and teenage years. He explains how teenagers can put on weight with a fast food and part of the problem is the lack in nutritional information about fast food. In addition, he speaks about fast food and the companies behind it.
Zombies aren’t supposed to exist. But what if they do, and we interact with them every day? Chuck Klosterman’s essay, “My Zombie, Myself”, compares everyday life to the task of killing zombies. Through elaborate metaphors, quotes from zombie experts, and a strong call to action, he successfully appeals to pathos, ethos and logos to convince his readers. Klosterman argues that even though modern life is monotonous, it is possible to escape the monotony.
The Walking Dead is a televised American drama series about a group of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse developed by Frank Darabont. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma after the world yields to a zombie plague (Griffiths, 2011). Dazed and confused from months in the hospital he wanders out to figure out why he cannot find anyone alive. He makes his way home only to find his wife and son missing. He sets out to locate his family and finds many other survivors on his journey (Tucker, 2010). The Walking Dead coordinates with many social themes such as
Zombies have been a pop culture icon for years. Whether it be video games like Call of Duty or making people feel nervous for a potential zombie apocalypse, the zombie has become one of the most recognizable pop culture figures. The rise of zombies as a frightening creature can be related a real-world issue. In this essay I will dispute that zombies have changed over time and that there is a distinct connection between the way zombies are portrayed and the way the world looks at the lower economic class.
The article “First, Eat All the Lawyers” written by Torie Bosch was originally published in an online magazine Slate. In this article, Bosch writes about how she believes the current American obsession with zombies is because the current economic weakness. She uses the popular television series The Walking Dead along with excerpts from World War Z and Zone One to describe how the zombie apocalypse is a metaphor for the economy negatively impacting the white collar society.
In The Walking Dead's post-apocalyptic world, there is no true form of government, no law enforcement, money has absolutely no value whatsoever, there are no emergency respondents, and there is no clearly defined social structure. This is a world where someone may be your neighbor on one occasion, and the next day they may have been turned into a walker, putting you into a predicament where you must make the decision as to whether or not you will be eaten by the “walking dead”, or you will slay them. People literally abandon their cars on the highways and run for shelter. While survivors hide away in basements and closets, trying to keep
In reading, the articles by Phillip Simpson and Christine Heckman, the routine story of blood and gore is interpreted as a reaction to our interest in the post-apocalyptic world. Simpsons article, “The Zombie Apocalypse is Upon Us!: Homeland Insecurity” was featured in a collection of texts regarding the Walking Dead. Following, Simpson directed the essay for the intended audience to be American citizens who watch or are wanting to learn more about The Walking Dead. Simpsons essay is a factual, persuasion and academic based essay. This is a factual essay because Simpson uses facts based from the show and information from other published texts. Heckmans article, “Roadside ‘Vigil’ for the Dead: Cannibalism Fossil Fuels, and the American Dream” also was featured in the same book of collected essays. The collection
Klosterman does not begin his essay by connecting zombies with technology in a negative light, but instead spends the first few paragraphs describing how zombies have risen to popularity in recent years. “Roughly 5.3 million people watched the first episode of The Walking Dead on AMC, a stunning 83 percent more than the 2.9 million who watched the Season 4 premiere of Mad Men”. Then, Klosterman explores a few ideas why zombies may have risen to such popularity (“Zombies are just so easy to kill”). Klosterman develops his essay in a logical way, first stating his claim that zombies have risen to popularity, and following up with thoughts about why that might be. Klosterman gets to his main point - “A lot of modern life is exactly like slaughtering zombies”, and then immediately dives into the similarities that zombies have with technology, such as how a war with zombies is a repetitive “numbers game”, similar in nature to “reading and deleting 400 work e-mails” or “filling out paperwork that only generates more paperwork”. Here, Klosterman connects zombies with technology, noting that modern life is a lot like killing both, which helps the reader understand that technology is like an undead horde of zombies that never ends. After spending the first half of his essay building the scary and dangerous perspective of zombies, in the last paragraph, Klosterman encourages his audience to keep fighting. “But you can do this, my friend… Don’t stop believing. Don’t stop deleting”. Klosterman finally reaches his last statements where he ends on a positive note, letting the reader hope for a better future. This is important because it motivates the reader to strive for that future where “we can live better”, and be in a world where neither zombie nor technology exists to drag humans
The Walking Dead universe does not use the term zombies, but “walkers” instead. The premise of the game revolves around the main character Lee Everett and a little girl named Clementine, who he meets at the beginning of the game and is set to protect her at all costs. On the way to find a better place or escape for survival, they meet several people and survival groups who may leave or die due to decisions that the players make. The main storyline does not stray too much and the choices that the players make affect more on character development and how the other characters in the game perceive Lee.