Monday, May 2, 2016

The Good Versus the Evil

What if you put good, civilized people in an evil and uncivilized place? Humans aren't perfect, everyone knows that, but how far will someone go when they are put in a place with no boundaries, no rules, and an uncontrolled authority. Humans are much more capable that they think they are. A prime example is The Stanford Prison Experiment. College kids were broken up into two groups; guards and prisoners. They then were put in a simulation prison. With cameras watching their every move, Professor Philip G. Zimbardo was able to see this experiment play out. In the experiment, a guard went as far as hitting the prisoner who was choking him, with his weapon that was given to him. Both people were acting extremely uncivilized and harmful toward each other. Long story short, the guards took advantage of their authority and things got way out of hand. Another example like this is Lord of the Flies. These elementary and middle school kids are stranded on an island with no parents, rules, or authority. If they want some type of order, they have to make it themselves and that can be quite difficult with this age range of children. They came to the island as civilized kids in their fancy clothes to becoming savages and killing people in fear of the unknown. Their reckless behavior gave them the worst possible outcome, the death of some of their friends. Sure, they probably didn't mean to kill anybody, but this just shows how out of hand a situation can get when people are put in an uncivilized place. Even Piggy in Lord of the Flies was changing, and he was practically the only one keeping the peace at the time. Based on these examples, I would say that evil triumphs in this situation and humanity doesn't win over evil. In both of these scenarios, both groups of people may have not necessarily started out with acts of hatred and savagery, but they sure did end with it.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mob Mentality in Lord of the Flies

Mob mentality is the behavioral difference between people when they are by themselves versus when they are in a group. In Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, mob mentality is used in negative ways. For example, when everyone beat up Roger, they were under the influence of mob mentality. Mob mentality can get the best of anyone, even Ralph who is the so called "leader" of the group. He is supposed to keep the peace and be a good influence on everyone, but even he took part in the action. That is how powerful it is. Normally, when something doesn't go a 12-year-old boy's way, their first thought isn't to beat up the other kid. All it took was the power of one voice in one group to sway the actions and decisions of everyone else. Scary, isn't it?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lord of the Flies Chapter 6 Figurative Language

"Soon the darkness was full of claws, full of the awful unknown and menace" (99).

A) The darkness is being personified as having claws. It is making the darkness seem as though it was a monster or possibly the beast. 

B) Golding uses figurative language at this moment because it's dark out and the boys are all scared. Ralph was woken up to hear that the boys think they heard the beast. In this moment, Golding wanted to emphasize how scary the darkness had just become. He wanted to show us the boys' perspective of the darkness. It was now an open void of trees portraying scary shadows and now supposedly holds the one thing they all fear the most, the beast.

C)  In this part of the book, Golding uses figurative language obviously to show how the boys are feeling. He wanted readers to feel how the boys depicted the jungle now that they think they heard the beast. I chose these images because putting myself in the shoes of a 12 year old hearing noises in the woods, I think of a foggy place with arched, tangled, and twisted branches filled with whatever your imagination is capable of creating. I think of a dark place filled with the fear of the unknown; the fact that you can't see in, but anything can see out. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Mental Illness on TV

When you hear the word "mental illness," are the first words you think of that pop into your head murderer or psychopath? Probably, right? TV has had a huge impact on how we view mental illnesses. We think of TV shows like Criminal Minds that show all these people with mental illnesses as insane crazy killers. In the article Mental illness sans cliches by Susan Brink, she stresses the importance that not all people with mental problems are insane. You would be surprised how many shows and movies have characters with mental illnesses and they are completely normal. Did you forget about the everyone's favorite childhood movie, Finding Nemo? Yes, that's right. Dory, Marlen's new friend, couldn't remember anything for the life of her. That is actually a mental illness. Dory has retrograde amnesia, which is when someone forgets part or all of their past. Dory is a loveable character and is a fan favorite of all. She is light hearted and positive despite her condition. See? Not everyone with a mental illness is bad!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

School; is it making or breaking us?

Suli's message in the video is to not let your test scores determine your intelligence. Everyone thinks differently and learns differently. Society teaches us that we have to think the way the teacher teaches us, and if we don't, then we are wrong. The video said how we all love education, but hate school.  The irony in the video is that parents are telling their kids to do their work and learn all this material, but they don't even use the material themselves. Why learn something we will never use? Our grades don't measure how smart we are. If we are all different people, then why are we tested by the same means? We all learn differently and test differently.  Although he makes a strong point about grades not determining our success and intelligence, I don't agree with him supporting drop outs or not going to college. In this day and age, no matter how hard it gets, you will always do better if you stay in school. You are more likely to get the job you want by going to school. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Hitler Youth

Life as a teenager in 1930s Germany was filled with difficult choices. Most families were not very wealthy at all. That was hard as it is. Now, when children go to the Hitler Youth program, it becomes a whole new world of issues. The Hitler Youth was filled with propaganda. The idea was to brainwash the children and it worked very well. On the contrary, some parents were not too fond of it and the people who ran the Hitler Youth knew that. They would have a dedicated story time with the goal of having kids turn people in that spoke out against Hitler.  Some kids would turn in their own parents. It was very hard for children because they would learn things at the Hitler Youth and then they would come home and hear the exact opposite from their parents. The children were faced with decisions of obeying their parents or deciding to turn in their parents. At such a young age, the kids are easily swayed. Life was definitely not as simple as the propaganda posters made it seem.