• Desdemona



    These lines from Othello are Desdemona talking to Brabantio. I found reading the passage was a little difficult, because I tend to not speak the way that traditional Shakespeare wrote.




    My noble father,

    I do perceive here a divided duty:

    To you I am bound for life and education;

    My life and education both do learn me

    How to respect you; you are the lord of

  • Bill,
    Personally, I have never read this book before, but this post does a really good job of analyzing some of the strategies that the author uses to move the plot along. From what I can tell, this book seems super interesting. I think imagery is a super important part of all the books that we read, and this author seems to do a really good job…[Read more]

  • I do find your article really interesting Zach! I think it is a weird thing to think about, how something that is supposed to lead us to good can lead to so many conflicts. I think it is really hard to think about how many lives have been lost over the topic of religion. I do think that religion offers some good into our society, but is also…[Read more]

  • Zoos are horrible for not just animals, but for humans too. Zoos put humans and animals into contact in far too many situations that wouldn’t have occurred naturally.

    In recent news, Harambe the gorilla w

    • Carter,
      I agree the zoos and bad and often times treat animals very badly. People trust that the zoo is a happy and fun place for everybody involved where animals are kept in environments simaler to where they came from where they can lead happy and healthy lives. I think that some zoos probably are good and ethical, but I think that more precautions need to be take to ensure that animals are safe and happy.


    • Carter,

      This is a very interesting topic. It seems as if most people think that a zoo is normal, because they have been around for so long, but like you reiterated, an animal in a cage is not normal. I have also seen articles and news headlines that animals have become even more aggressive in enclosures because it is not where they were meant to survive. Reading the story about the giraffe fed to the lion is absolutely horrifying, and I’m sure the zookeepers felt justified because a lion would eat a giraffe in the wild, but this is not the same. I found a great article about whether or not the zoo is ethical if you want to take a look! https://www.avma.org/news/javmanews/pages/021201d.aspx

    • Carter,
      I have never thought about this as a problem before reading this article. I totally agree that it is harmful for the fact that it places both the animal and human in situations that would never happen naturally. Without placing these animals in a zoo we would never have the problem of having to kill these animals if they begin to become aggravated. What happened with Harambe was a tragedy. We should not have had to kill such a beautiful animal.

    • Carter,
      I can not agree more with you!!! Zoos are awful places, the two main reasons is that they capture animals from the wild and throw them in cages for people to view them without going in the wild, and the other reason is their are very annoying kids running around everywhere. Sanctuaries for animals are a much better concept because they actually rehabilitate animals and treat them well. Here is an article that should help you with your research.

    • Carter, I couldn’t agree more that Zoos are very detrimental to the health of the animals being held there, however, I also believe there are many zoos and sanctuaries that do great things for species that may be endangered. Many animals are on the brink of death or extinction and we can help them return to health. If Zoos are applied like this, they are a great thing, however too often they are not. As you said there are many circumstances where Zoos are purely using the animals for profit and do not care about the health of the animal. I think there should be much less Zoos than there are right now and in their place several large well looked after sanctuaries. Here is a link that I think could help in your research. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/magazine/zoo-animals-and-their-discontents.html

    • Carter,
      Zoos can have negative impacts on animals but they can also serve as the best educational tool for people to learn about these animals. We would have known how animals would react to being out of their environment and we study how they act in their environment to contrast the two. We have learned alot about animals but also about ourselves from entrapping animals and studying them. I agree that Zoos however no longer serve a functional purpose and should be eliminated but at one point they did and we can’t forget about that.

    • Carter,
      Your article was very informative and in the fourth paragraph where you mention “in the last 20 years, 42 animals have been killed for escaping or getting too close to humans” I became very frustrated. I have heard about the cruelty that comes with zoos and the lack of food, freedom, respect, etc, but I had never heard of actually killing the animals. After looking into organizations that share your passion I found https://www.ifaw.org/united-states, which is known for protecting and preserving animal welfare. I enjoyed reading your post, good luck with your research!

    • Carter,
      Your article was filled with tons of info, and i agree with you on every point you made. I agree zoo’s are unacceptable for the animals and human. Wild animals should not be caged, instead they should be roaming free in the wild. I heard and read about the Harambre situation, and it was horrible. I don’t think the zookeepers should have ended his life, he was acting out the way he was born to, Wild. I never heard the story of the injured giraffe but i believe that that giraffe should have lived as well. Even though the zookeeper’s couldn’t pay the expenses to help the injured giraffe there is other sanctuaries that could’ve taken in and cared for the giraffe. There are so many other options other than to kill the animal, also in both cases killing the animal was most likely excruciating pain for them. If there had to be a very valid reason to kill an animal, there needs to be a less painful way for a zoo to do it.

    • Carter,
      I agree that zoos are not a good place for animals. I understand that many animals are not even treated fairly in these zoos. I feel that we were all raised to think that zoos are happy places for animals to live in when in reality they are way too small for them and also puts us humans and the animals in danger.

    • Carter,
      I agree with you and believe animals shouldn’t be kept in zoos as they are not very safe for the animals. Animals should be able to stay in their natural habitats and not be taken to zoos where they are put into cages. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is “Zoos create such an unnatural and unhealthy setting that it is detrimental to the mental health of thousands of animals” because it really changes my whole perspective on zoos and how they have such negative effects on animals. I really think that zoos should start caring more about their animals and making sure they’re healthy and safe.

  • The most compelling argument against zoos is the lack of space that zoos provide for animals. Compared to the wild, lions and tigers have 18,000 times less space inside of zoos, and polar bears have 1,000,000

  • This post is super well written Dynasty! It is really cool to know that there are people out there who desire and have goals to help the people in the world who otherwise wouldn’t be helped. I think it is good to have goals because it gives us something to work for. Your goals are all super inspiring and I think that we need more people in the…[Read more]

  • Brianna,
    This is a really nice poem! I haven’t read the book that inspired it, but the way this poem is crafted sure makes that book seem really interesting. There are a lot of important points that this poem makes. I think that the second stanza is really powerful because it shows that sometimes disenfranchised people don’t have any choice or…[Read more]

  • This is a really interesting article Koji! You do a really good job of taking an issue that is really relevant today and bringing up points that no one really thinks about. It is important to realize how big legislation can have positive effects on groups, and how the lack of it can cause harm to groups. By taking the main points against the…[Read more]

  • All zoos don’t necessarily treat their animals poorly, and there are a few simple solutions that could help easily increase quality of life for animals in captivity. While it is ideal that one day there will no l

    • Carter,
      You presented some very interesting points, and I agree with you that it is difficult to go back to before zoos due to our destruction of the environment including animal habitats. But I also agree that there should be a better solution than zoos. Here is an article that you might find interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/31/arts/at-the-zoo-improving-the-environment-for-creatures-of-two-and-four-legs.html

    • Carter,
      I see what you mean and I totally agree with you that zoos do more harm than good to the animals they keep. The small spaces and strange new “order” that the zoo animals live with are in no way conductive to their health or well being. One way in which they are beneficial to a species, however, is that they give everyone the opportunity to see these animals in real life as opposed to just in books and photos. The experience of seeing an animal in real life that naturally lives across the world from you is actually conductive to conservation in its own way. If you never see an animal with your own eyes and learn about it, you aren’t likely to care about it. It’s like the difference between hearing about starving kids in Africa and seeing them. I agree that zoos don’t do a good enough job educating individuals on the necessity of conservation and aren’t places in which animals can thrive, but what better to move someone for a cause than to see what they are working for- the animals they could only see in their local zoo.

  • Hey Tyler. I thought that your video was really touching and inspiring. It is sad to see how many lives have been affected by gun violence. It is really important that this topic is brought up and your video is a great example of something that will hopefully inspire change. It was really cool to watch a video where someone actually talked about…[Read more]

  • This is a really well written article and I think it is really relevant topic that needs to be talked about. Many people want to look for solutions to the mental health issue in the United States, but very few people are willing to talk about it. It is really eye-opening to see people writing about this topic and I hope to see more people begin to…[Read more]

  • Zoos are a great place to go for a nice fun day in the sun. You get to see all kinds of animals that otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see in your day to day lives. So all in all, going to the zoo is a pretty c

    • Carter!
      Thank you for sharing about this topic! I feel very very very strongly about this issue. I hate zoos, and I don’t think that they are humane. The animals deserve to be free, just as humans do. Please read the link below to an article that I believe you will find very interesting. Thank you so much for sharing, this is so important.

      Zoos Suck

    • Heyo Carter!!!
      Great topic, great research, love it! I can’t believe zoos are still in existence in the 21st century, you would think that people supporting these places would’ve figured out how detrimental captivity is to wild animals. We need to free them! I’ve read some articles on this webpage that can guide us into saving these animals one small step at a time, give it a look! https://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/our-work/animals-wild/ending-wild-animal-entertainment

    • This is very interesting commentary, Carter. I am in full agreement with you that zoos are horrible and that in today’s humane world, they should not exist. It is hard to believe that we feel the need to establish ourselves as the greatest species by enslaving animals for our own viewing pleasure. Here is an interesting article on this topic: https://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/our-work/animals-wild/ending-wild-animal-entertainment. Give it a read, and I will look forward to your next post.

  • Hey Luz! Your article does a very good job of highlighting all the important parts of the novel. Your quote in in the middle of the article is really effective because that quote is pretty much the thesis of Orwell’s novel. I like how you address the “cult” and how Big Brother really just forces people to assimilate to whatever they want them to…[Read more]

  • Carter commented on the post, Hush 2 years, 5 months ago

    This article is very good! Your article does a really good job on evaluating and identifying the literary techniques that Orwell uses. I really like the quote you use because it really helps show the emotion and how big of a part of the novel that is. Your article is very effective in highlighting the essential themes of 1984 and showing the role…[Read more]

  • This is a hot topic in America and your article does a really good job of showing both sides of the argument. I like how rather than just displaying one side of the argument, you showed both perspectives and allow people to make their decisions on their own. This article is really well written, and does a good job of tackling a big social issue.…[Read more]

  • When Winter rolls around, skiing is usually the first thing that comes to mind in Utah. But unfortunately Winter also brings around something not so enticing. The inversion in Utah is as bad as anywhere else in

  • Walter, your post causes a lot of awareness about an important issue. It is important that our generation tries to solve this issue so that generations to come won’t have to worry about it. Your suggestion about recycling and planting trees are huge in the fight against air quality. I live in Salt Lake City Utah, where each year we get a huge…[Read more]

  • I agree that some people think climate change is an issue out of our reach, but we can all do small things that help greatly.http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/solutions#.WejHOUuGND8 suggest plenty of options, some that you mention in your article and also some alternative ideas that can help proven climate change. I agree that reducing carbon…[Read more]

  • With our school’s recent policy that requires students to bring a laptop to school, I have wondered if this helps or hinders our ability to learn. While on one hand it makes information instantaneously a

    • Hi Carter-
      I thought this post was interesting considering that the integration of laptops is something that effects us all here at Judge. I too have wondered if having laptops in the classroom is helping or hindering our learning ability. While the school wifi has blocked numerous networks to keep us focused, i think it is safe to say that someway/somehow we find loop holes. Of course laptops are a very efficient way to get work done, but i think that they could possibly be deterring our ability to focus. The following article provides more info regarding this topic http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/08/18/536875865/15-years-later-how-did-it-go-with-maines-school-laptop-program

    • Dear Carter,
      I am intrigued with your post/essay because it has to deal with something I have been wondering for a long time. Also, I have to disagree with you because the people I know today hate doing stuff or class assignments on computers because its stress full because you always need WiFi but also they get distracted easily.

      One thing that stands out to me is ,”So if there is so many people bashing on technology, why are so many schools integrating them?” I think this is interesting because a lot of people in my school hate technology because how much trouble it gives us but yet they still use it.


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