In Susan Griffin’s work titled “Our Secret”, she discusses the relationship between the present-day and the earlier life of different people. She also compares the private and public lives of other people. Her piece is set during World War Two in the 1940s. Throughout the entire piece, Griffin compares the lives of people evolved in World War Two, people who were affected by the war, and her own life. She shows how even though they lived separate lives, they are still closely related.
In "Sex, Lies and Conversation" Deborah Tannen, linguistics professor at Georgetown University, explains the discrepancies between female and male mechanics of conversation: females tend to converse while facing one another and respond with supportive remarks; males tend to converse while looking away from one another and respond with dismissive remarks. According to Tannen, such discrepancies arose from childhood development and socialization. Because females developed bonds through conversation from a young age, they often express their feelings and thoughts with others. Males, however, developed bonds less dependent of socialization, but rather through the participation of various activities as children. Therefore, females developed the
The topic I chose for this paper is the article What Mary Didn’t Know written by Frank Jackson. Essentially, What Mary Didn’t Know focuses on a woman, Mary, who is confined to a room where nothing contains any colour, everything is in black and white. She is educated this same way, strictly through means black and white tools. She is taught every possible thing there is to know about the physical nature of our world. Jackson concludes that physicalism must be false, for when she is let out of that black and white room, having complete knowledge of the physical world, that she will learn what the colour red is. Jackson believes that through his article, he has disproven physicalism. This paper will prove why Jackson’s article is false, and
Within the realm of philosophy, new ideas are formed, applauded, often questioned, and most carefully analyzed. These new ideas are what provoke thought, and help move progressive thinkers forward. This can be said to be true in Frank Jackson’s case, with his essay “What Mary Didn’t Know”. Jackson presents an argument that challenges the thoughts of physicalism, physicalism being, “…the challenging thesis that [the actual world] is entirely physical” (Jackson 291). Jackson creates what he calls the ‘knowledge argument’. In his essay Jackson presents the example of Mary, a woman who lives in an entirely black and white world. She is confined to her room, and everything is controlled so that all that Mary views is black and white. It is
A particular question that is seldom pondered over and yet is capable of carrying so many doubts within it: who are we? Who are we as a society who can do the things we do? Who are we who can suffer from them? Award winning poet and essayist Susan Griffin confronts these distinct questions in her work titled, “Our Secret”. Griffin believes that a basic understanding of the things that play a part in the growth of an individual is essential to understanding who we are. The way a child is raised dictates how that child is going to become later on in life. One of the distinct highlights of Griffin’s essay was her use of describing the progress of the V1 rockets in World War II. Griffin studies the aspects of human nature by using these missile developments as a metaphor to symbolize the raising of children and the factors that can influence a growing individual. One of the prime figures that Griffin uses pertaining to these growing individuals was Heinrich Himmler, leader of the Nazi secret police. Griffin uses Himmler as an example to demonstrate how big of a role a parental figure can play in the development of a person.
Consequently, when everything is said and done can be easily identified, however in some situations; it is difficult to fully understand the situation that the victim is trying to convey. With children, ages 3-15, parents find it difficult to get through to their child about what had happened because the child may have a sense of fear of “ratting or snitching” on the bully, which in the child's mind would make the situation worse than it already is.
Susan Griffin's "Our Secret" is a study in psychology. It is a look into the human mind to see what makes people do the things they do and in particular what makes people commit acts of violence. She isolates the first half of the twentieth century and in particular the era of the Second World War as a basis for her study. The essay discusses a number of people but they all tie in to Heinrich Himmler. He is the extreme case, he who can be linked directly to every single death in the concentration camps. Griffin seeks to examine Himmler because if she can discern a monster like Himmler than everyone else simply falls into place. The essay also tries to deduce why something like the Holocaust, although never mentioned directly, can
Thirty years ago, many believed that only gay people contracted the HIV virus, however, such speculation was disregarded once millions of people were infected. Humans were afraid to be infected, thus they stereotyped those who were infected in order to protect themselves, but the reality is that no one was safe from the HIV virus. Mary Fisher was one of few individuals that accepted the cruelty of the virus, but only by accepting what HIV is, she was able to challenge the virus. In order to awaken the society about the reality of AIDS, Mary Fisher’s speech, “A Whisper of AIDS” would send a message of challenge towards the virus and unite the humans to fight against AIDS. By balancing three different persuasive appeals; ethos, logos, and
Often people have a difficult experience that changes their assessment of a group of people or respected elder. This essay will illustrate the experiences that Laura Robinson relates to when trust is placed in the wrong hands and less powerful people are made to feel vulnerable, I will further analyze how Laura Robinson sexual assault case is still happening in sports news today resembling NFL football, NBA basketball, and gymnastics.
In discussions on the topic of lying, a controversial issue has been whether there is justification of lying or not. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of if there is ever a time when a lie can be told for the good of someone else. Whereas some are convinced that lies should never be told, others agree that there are certain instances where lying is acceptable because the liar protects the one lied to. In the essay “The Ways We Lie” by Stephanie Ericsson, she explores the types of lies and how they affect everyday people. In Anton Chekhov’s fictional story, “The Lady with the Dog,” he displays two characters, Dmitri Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna, lying for love and to avoid consequence by their spouses. I stand against lying for the benefit of oneself because I think that it has the ability to ruin relationships or friendships and is hard to keep up the lies which leads to creating more lies. Although some people think that there are circumstances that warrant lying, I claim that no one should lie because lies end up hurting both people involved: the liar and the person lied to.
The Holocaust was a time of war where many families were separated from one another and many had died from this tragic event. Although, from the book “Diary of Anne Frank” a Jewish girl named Anne that had been affected by the Holocaust had said, “In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.” Even though Anne and her family faced many hardships during the Holocaust Anne still saw the good in it all, and after reading the book I have to agree with Anne’s quote. One of the main reasons of why I am siding with Anne is because of Peter’s actions throughout the book and how his actions rapidly changed once Anne showed kindness to him. However, I can see how some people may disagree with Anne’s quote throughout Mr. Van Daan’s horrible actions throughout the book.
In the Article Sex, lies and conversation, Deborah Tannen asserts that men and women communicate differently because of their different training. One of the many things that can lead to miscommunication is divorce during her argument she provides us the trend of the divorce rate. She also mentions that Men and Women communicate differently, because they have different goals, body Language and how they were raised, and lastly when it comes to communicating women show more character when communicating like eye contact, and the fully attention. The evidence of her case is backed up by several other authors who also support that communication is different between men and women the authors’ point of view and their research that Tannen uses to prove
Monos informs us readers about school bullying. “Six Illinois Middle School student gathered to watch a child being beaten to the ground.” Why just stand there and do nothing that is the question when you could be helping someone that really need your help. If you were the one being bullied you would want someone to help you. I feel the kids that are just standing there watching are scared to do something about it because they think they will end up being bullied the rest of there school life. Maybe does that just watch are being threatened not to speak and they are just scared. Me as a parent will show my kids that if someone need their help to help them. I will teach my kid to respect so the could get respect not to be scared or to speak up or to help other. “The crowd that gathered to watch the crime did nothing to stop or slow violence. In fact, they cheered for more.” It is sad to know that now a day people prefer watching people get beat up and no one does anything about it. I could garanteded you the only way they will do something about it or take action is if it was a family
Terry Goodkind once said, “Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward; that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere.” When Terry said these words he was no referring to our behavior, but to are response to the ( problem). People make good and bad decisions, but the choice you make, can make a differences. Avi, the author, of True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, input this idea for his reader in the book as he developed the theme of courage.
Children! When someone becomes a parent their kids are the most important thing on the planet. They will do anything to protect them from danger. Parents will love their kids more than life itself. So why a parent wouldn’t be upset when something happens to their children and they do not find out about it. I know I sure would be. There are many cases where school had the students in dangerous situations and didn’t contact their parents. Of course the parents where very upset they found out by someone other than the schools. Whether it is gang activity, bus accidents or unsuitable learning environments schools and parents need to have strong communication to have a strong relationship and make the most for the kids to have a safe place to