Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

“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). Mr. P says this to Arnold as he is trying to convince him to leave the rez someday. The quote does not mean that everyone is going to literally kill him, but actually something that is almost as excruciating. The rez is a very difficult place to live and grow up. Arnold has such a strong and ambitious personality, and he can go very far in life. Mr. P and everyone else on the rez are slowly going to "kill" or destroy his character and culture until there is nothing more to hold on to. Arnold needs to get off the rez so he can use his skills and character to do good in the world and Mr. P makes that very evident. Arnold can get off the rez and do amazing things and if he doesn't he will drastically change.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

LOTF Figurative Language Post-Darkness
"Soon the dark was full of claws, full of the awful unknown and menace." (Golding, 99)
In this quote Golding is personifying the darkness. He is expressing how scary the darkness is and how no one knows what is really out there. None of the boys on the island are sure what is on the island so its even spooky in daylight. But when night time rolls around and the moon comes out over the mountain the terrifying factor really sets in. In this part of the book, Samneric have just seen the "beast" and they are telling Ralph. Golding uses this quote and personification here because is sets the mood for what is coming.

This image is a picture of the tree from the 'Conjuring' movie. This movie revolves around this tree. Like LOTF, When it is day time the scene still has a sense of fear but at night terror sets in and things go haywire. This is compared to LOTF in which the book encircles around the idea of the beast. Darkness will always be scary in a eerie situation. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stanford Prison Experiment and Lord of The Flies

When good people are put into an evil and uncivilized place the situation escalates very quickly. When people are put into a position that forces them to make decisions that could have a huge impact they dont usually think about the impact or the consequences of their actions. Situations like the Lord of the Flies and the Stanford Prison Experiment are high pressure situations and sometimes emotions trump reason like evil trumps humanity. A example of this in Lord of the Flies is when Roger and Jacks clan push the boulder down the mountain. Roger was caught up in the moment and didnt think that the rock would have killed Piggy. ¨High over head, Roger , with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all this weight on the lever.¨ In the Stanford Prison Experiment the guards would bombard the prisoners with verbal abuse and insults. This slowly provoked more violence in the prisoners. It was too late for the guards to realize what they had done before the inmates started reacting with rage and violence. In the moment the guards dont think about what they are saying or doing and these actions come back to bite them later.  

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Positive and negative aspects of mob mentality and how it applies to Lord of the Flies

Mob mentality is usually portrayed as a negative action but in many ways it can have a very positive impact. A flash mob is a very good example, this installs happiness and can be very uplifting. Also peaceful protests could have a huge impact and really make a change. Protests and rallys, such as the push for gay and lesbian rights, have actually come thought and people have starting changing traditional ways because of these followings. An example of progressive mob mentality in Lord of the Flies is how the boys come together (or in two separate groups) and strive for survival. All the hunters get hyped up and feed off each others adrenaline when they are trying to catch a pig, that the idea of being in a group highlight. If they weren't in a group they might not have food to eat. 

There are plenty positive examples of mob mentality but the negative actions out weigh them. In the real world, gangs who come together can do much more damage then individually. Also events such as presidential rallys can create violence because supporters feel like they are backed by a group. In Lord of the Flies mob mentality invades the minds of the boys on the island. When the hunters are all together they turn more savagery than ever. In the last few chapters the hunters have gone over the top, not just to survive but to prove themselves as individuals and part of the group. Also the hunters played a "game" where Robert acted like a pig and they would encircle and "kill" him. The thing is, this act isn't just a "game", They didn't kill Robert, but they did hurt him and even went to the extent of describing other games they could play. These negative aspects of mob mentality are tearing apart the group. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Can You Teach People to Have Empathy?

In some ways I agree and disagree with the article 'Can you teach people to have empathy?'. I do believe you can teach someone to have empathy but not true empathy. People can be taught how to make someone feel better and make it seem like they have empathy but in reality its not genuine. The only real way to have pure empathy and really put yourself in another persons shoes is through your own experiences. If someone needs some support and advice and you have had a similar experience happen to you, you know what its like so you can display true empathy. You can also learn empathy through someone else showing you empathy. If you were in a position where you needed sympathy and someone was by your side the whole time it teaches you how to treat someone else. I do not think someone can just talk to you and tell you how to react if you are in a specific situation. Empathy is something you must learn and try different methods out for yourself. Genuine empathy is a wonderful trait and can really help people through rough times, so it is great to have.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mental Illness

In the article 'Mental illness sans cliches' the author talks about how mental illness stereotypes can be exhibited in shows, books, and movies. These opinions can really offend people who actually know what its like to live with a mental illness. "Once, mentally ill people were commonly portrayed as homicidal maniacs, evil seductresses and assorted buffoons. Some times, they still are. But they are also lawyers, doctors, mobsters and detectives-- not always lovable folks, but increasingly understandable human being." The article isn't saying that no people with mental illness are psychotic killers but it also means we can't think of all mentally ill people this way. There are plenty of people that aren't mentally ill that can still do terrible things, but somehow we pin these opinions on the mentally ill.

Some shows depict mental illness in a positive way and the character uses it to their advantage. In the show Criminal Minds one of the characters Spencer Reid shows many signs of Asperger's syndrome and some suggestions of OCD. Reid is extraordinarily smart with an IQ of 187 and an almost impossible memory, considering he graduated high school by the age of 12. Unfortunately he is socially awkward and doesn't usually pick up on social cues. Reid does have a good relationship with his co-workers but he can certainly make it uncomfortable. He is the brains of the FBI investigating team and everyone respects and trusts him regardless of his signs of mental illness. The Unknown Subject in "Broken Mirror" notes this, and Gubler (actor who plays Reid in the show) stated in an interview in the show's second season "Reid is an eccentric genius, with hints of schizophrenia and minor autism, Asperger's Syndrome. Reid is 24 years old with three Ph.D.s and one can not usually achieve that without some form of autism." Criminal minds depicts his mental state in a positive and helpful way because without his brain the team would not be the same. They also probably wouldn't solve as many cases and they currently do.