Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines gutsy as “marked by courage, pluck, or determination; having a strong or appealing flavor ("Dictionary and Thesaurus | Merriam-Webster"). It may be common to associate this adjective with a skydiver or daredevil, but what about an eighteenth century columnist named Fanny Fern? Fanny Fern, or as her birth certificate would state, Sarah Willis Parton, lived in the mid to late 1800s and wrote famously about controversial issues that are still prevalent in the twenty first century. Fern wrote with whimsy and liveliness, making issues like gender inequality in marriage and women’s reform seem funny and lighthearted, although looking closer, we can see that (through the use of several tropes) she was anything but. With cuts such as a woman’s cult of domesticity disguised as a relatable entry about silly husbands, we can look back at Fern’s work today and admire her courage to write without compromising her beliefs, as well as her ‘guts’ and determination. Fanny Fern famously used a witty mix of sarcasm, pun, and metaphor in her eighteenth century writing to critique and challenge her highly oppressive patriarchal society.
The poem Fifteen by William Stafford, describes the ideas of a young teenager and imaginations when he sees a motorcycle at the side of the rail, It tells us of how the main character gets familiar with adulthood and starts getting mature, it gives us changes. The author in his poem describes the ideas and temptations that a fifteen year old would have, and it gives us a message of how when you are blinded of your teenage dreams, at the same time to take and decide the correct paths and decisions.
How one should live his or her life is a concept that has been discussed for centuries. It is debated, written about, argued over, killed for, and envied. Advice is offered at every turn. Parents, family members, elders, friends, teachers, athletes, authors, politicians, all have their say. But only one’s self can decide how they want to live life. After a year of reading, discussing and arguing this point in English 9 Honors, it can be determined for person to live their best possible life then they should make the world around them a better place by treating others as they wish to be treated, doing everything to the best of their ability, and loving.
In the poem “Loch Ard Gorge” by John Foulcher he represents his vision of the world by describing a place called Loch Ard Gorge where there is a constant battle between life and death with death slowly winning. He does this by describing the Gorge in a way that compares life and death with the sea and the land, two places which can not exist without the other yet are difficult to reconcile.
All of these rules must be followed for us to reach our goal as a society. As a society we will all become one together and accomplish many goals in the future. As we look forward to our destiny we wonder how we all have grown as a civilization. As we follow these rules we take the steps of future. As we look ahead we must see how we will
Middlesex by Jeffry Eugenides is a book about Calliope “Cal” Stephanides. In the beginning of the book, Cal, as he likes to be referred to as, tells us about his condition. Cal has a 5-Alpha-Reductase pseudohermaphrodite which is, simply put, a condition that affects the sexual development of males before the birth of the child and also during puberty. In Middlesex, incestuous marriages were secretly accepted among the villagers which resulted in Cal being conceived by cousins. Before Cal’s birth, the tradition of his family was gender prediction by his grandmother, Desdemona Stephanides. It seemed to be a traditional thing for the family from the Greek roots. When it was time to predict Tessie’s, Cal’s mother, baby, Desdemona declared that the child would be a boy. Milton, Cal’s father, disagreed because there was no way the baby could be a boy scientifically. This could also be based on the fact that Tessie and Milton wanted a baby girl. Until the age of sixteen, Cal was raised as a girl even though he had a male brain biologically.
The Breton lai “Lanval”, written by Marie de France in the twelfth century, is a short romantic poem focused on a foreign knight, Lanval, and his life after meeting a faerie lover. The poem is set in the time of King Arthur, at a place named Carduel—a city in the along the borders of Arthur’s kingdom, Logres. In “Lanval” failure is a negative situation brought upon oneself by their inability to maintain their virtue, thus success in the Middle Ages was heavily influenced by loyalty and integrity.
Think about the people that are admired, the goals that are set, and the obstacles that must be overcome. Coming to these decisions is how people live, and these decisions are come to by learning how to balance the following and breaking of rules.
In the fall of 1989 a book by Robert Fulgham was published, the title being All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. In this book Fulgham lists lessons: simplicity, less stress, and more happiness. These three simple life lessons can help us through any problem we have in our day to day life. And these lessons that we learn at such a young age can help us through any challenge.
Life can be many things, it can be a box of chocolates or it can be a big trial and error, over time some of our values change, become eroded, or become forgotten. Our actions can say more than our talking and our beliefs guide us in life. Over the years, my values have greatly influenced my character and helped me reach my point in life right now. Unfortunately, not every one is lucky, they forget their values and become overwhelmed.
Fire burns everything; it brings nothing but destruction and ruin. Miguel Servetus and his ideas were meant to burn at the stake, but they are still around today, Out of the Flames by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone explains the importance of his ideas and the history around it. Although this book provides a lot of important information, a lot of it is unnecessary. The authors jump around a lot trying to present their argument and their research.
I really like the book If Life is a GAME, THESE are the RULES because it tells you the ins and outs of life, and it guides you to be a leader. The book opened me up to life a little more than before. This book is a bestseller based on the "Ten rules for being Human," developed for a workshop twenty-five years ago by Cherie Carter Scott. Some of the topics that were talked about in the book were faith, responsibility, and commitment. The basic message is that human behavior is under our control and life is a learning experience in which there are no mistakes only lessons that must be repeated. We can all have a more satisfying and fulfilling life if we rely on our inner wisdom and practice Carter Scott’s ten rules. Reading this can inspire you
Warzones described visually would be dark and fearsome, yet Arthur Rimbaud’s poem “Le Dormeur du Val” a bright and gentle picture appears. At the ripe age of sixteen, Rimbaud wrote this poem as a reaction to the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. Behind the sonnet’s words lies a cry against war and the murder of youth (“Rimbaud: Analytical Reading NO 10: ‘The Sleeper in the Valley’”). However the delicate style of Rimbaud’s imagery and the life brough to Nature ties the poem’s progression
I once heard a great saying "What 's the most important thing in your life? Your life! Without you? You have nothing. What 's the hardest thing to do in life? Maintain it.
This essay is a critical evaluation of the book, Scotland: A Very Short Introduction (hereafter Scotland) by Professor Rab Houston (Houston 2008). In the argumentative essay I intend to use this source mainly for historical context and background colour. In this evaluation, I focus on two criteria: first, I investigate whether this book represents a credible source: I will examine the authorship, publication and intentions of the work in order to evaluate whether there are any objections to the use of this source in terms of objectivity or rigorousness. Second, I briefly discuss the content of the work in order to decide whether the information within will be of use in an argumentative essay about the issue of Scottish independence.