Thomas, great job on your research about the Syrian war. I appreciate how you gave many instances of the ongoing conflict in Syria and provided solid evidence to make the essay persuasive. I agree that the civilians must be helped as a humanitarian effort rather than by supporting one side or the other.
Hey Tuan, I agree with you that Mark Twain’s use of dialect throughout the book is a clever and an effective way to convey a message to the audience and make the story more realistic. I think it’s interesting how Jim’s dialect shows a lot about his background, including education, and his struggle in pronouncing some words correctly. Although the…[Read more]
Jason, I think you did a nice job analyzing Huck Finn. I wrote about Huck Finn for this blogging discussion, too, and I agree with you that Huck following his conscience and going against what is the law in the white society has impacted other characters in positive ways in the book. I also agree that Huck is often confused, because he is…[Read more]
Hi, Irene! Great job with this character analysis! I really like how you talked about the significance of Huck’s moral dilemma and I talked about it in my post about whether or not Mark Twain is racist too. I also like the evidence that you used to support your argument. That quote is a good representation of his moral conflict and it shows Huck beginning to change his views on slavery. In your post you talk about Huck lying, stealing and cheating, but then later talk about his willingness to do what is right and his morality. I am curious about whether or not you think Huck has good morals even though he has done all of these things. I also wonder whether or not you think Huck has begun to see all slaves as human beings instead of property or just Jim especially since he says Jim is “white inside.”
Hey Lesley, I wrote about gender equality too and I absolutely agree with you about the not-so-equal gender equality that is shown in the U.S. today. As you mentioned, women should definitely stand up for themselves for equality, such as equal pay in the workforce as men.
Equal pay in the workforce is important to me, because I think this is one of the various aspects of gender equality. It is important that women receive an equal wage at work, because lower earnings make it harder
I am inspired by your article, “Equal Pay For Equal Work,” because seeing how women are viewed as inferior to men in such an obvious way makes me want to change how the world views them and give them the equality that they have been wanting for so long.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I learned that women in the United States earn around 80 cents for every dollar men earn, which doesn’t make any sense to me, because payments should be based on the experience and skills rather than gender.” I think this is unfair because this is not what equality represents. If someone takes a test to get a job, the one who gets the job should be the person who is best suited for the job itself, which is what you are explaining. Women getting less money than men despite working as hard as they do is preposterous.
Another sentence that I reflected upon was: “I notice that this issue has faded in our society as time goes along.” This stood out for me because many people believe that feminism isn’t needed, but all of these issues surrounding money and other things proves that people do need to learn to respect women.
I strongly agree with you that women should get equal pay to men and should be seen as equal to men. One reason I say this is if women don’t get paid enough, as mentioned in your article, they can’t support their families, plunging them and their families into poverty.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I find this topic very crucial and interesting and the way you presented it made it more so for me.
You did a great job at explaining your feelings on the subject of equal pay and your thoughts as to how it needs to be better addressed in today’s world. I think that this issue has started to decline and not be as common of a thing. We see more and more that women are holding higher positions and being payed more. I still think there is more of this to improve on but in my opinion this is a problem that is being worked on and does not come into the thought of managers when hiring and selecting pay.
Xochitl, I agree with you that perseverance is very important in life for achieving success and not giving up despite the difficulties. This story of your grandma and how she never gave up learning even though she had a very tough time also reminded me that it is important to persevere, and my respect really goes out to your grandma. I really…[Read more]
Shannon, I really like how you wrote about your love of music and how it is a huge part of your life! I can relate that trying to become better at something, especially at playing an instrument, often requires hard work and can be frustrating, but it’s the best feeling when your hard work pays off at the end.
Dinakar, I also have been wondering why the kids were so fast to trust Tom Sawyer, but I think it’s because he and Huck found the treasure in a cave in the book “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” which showed leadership and courage to the boys. I think the boys simply wanted to have fun adventures led by a person who has experienced and succeeded in…[Read more]
Jordan, I totally agree with you on how Huck’s personality and life were shaped by his abusive father who only cares about the money. Like you said, Huck running away on his own is really risky and dangerous, but I kind of understand why he would because of his hard life with his drunk father.
Irene, your observations are exactly right!! I find it ironic that they fight about petty things and try to kill each other but preach about love at church. It’s like they’re in a whole separate world inside the church and hearing the sermon. It’s also interesting to me that they don’t even know the reason that they’re fighting.
Carmen, I had no idea that 23% of the female college students have experienced an unwanted sexual encounter, but I totally agree with you that this issue shouldn’t be ignored. I appreciate how you provided evidence and examples to make this post really persuasive and emotional.
Asha, I love how you wrote about how people should consider climate change more seriously because I agree this issue is not something that should be ignored. As you mentioned in the letter, people definitely should step forward in preserving our Earth instead of making it even worse. Also, I think it’s a great idea to alert people about the…[Read more]
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