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    Character Change in “Araby”

    In “Araby,” the little boy seeking change and new experiences devotes himself to pleasing Mangan’s sister, only to be disappointed by his grand expectations, thus coming to the realization that he solely desires change, not a relationship. The short...

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    Drawing Inspiration from Jane Eyre

    The first chapter of Jane Eyre is particularly influential in its extensive and detailed indirect characterization of Jane and those around her, including John Reed. Through the first chapter, we learn that even at a young age, Jane is...

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    Inside the Mind of a Children’s Book Author

    Arguably one of the most difficult areas of writing to succeed in, children’s books strike the balance between a compelling message and descriptive plotline with entertainment that captivates the harshest of critics. There are a lot of assumptions made...

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  • Attempting to convince the mistress to be intimate with the speaker, Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” underlines male toxicity by making a joking matter out of manipulative and passion driven men.

    I used this gif because the snake from The Jungle Book is trying to hypnotize a child and get the child to do what he says. This relates to ho…Read More

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    An Inherited Immune System

    In the last decade, Neanderthals, the now extinct homo sapiens who inhabited Eurasia around 40,000 years ago, have proven much more closely related to modern day humans than what was once thought. Neanderthal DNA, extracted from bones found in...

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    • This is such a cool topic. I had no idea that your genetic makeup could possibly affect your immune system. And that having neanderthal DNA could impact how COVID-19 affects you.

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    Communicating With Children Through Literature

    Children’s literature, with easy to read stories and colorful pictures, has served as a backbone for teaching various lessons throughout time. How a child perceives the world is shaped and molded by the stories he or she reads at...

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    • I really like how you chose to talk about the importance of language in children’s books. I think we often overlook that what we read to little children will stick with them for years and years. It must be very difficult and pressuring for authors of children’s books to fill them with words that have good meaning and teach them a moral lesson. It is very important that these books convey a good message that is easily understood by young readers or listeners.

    • Izzy,
      I am intrigued with your post because I have never fully explored the role of children’s literature as the foundation of youth education and ultimately, values and morals. One commentary you said that stands out for me is when you mentioned how everybody, even politicians, doctors, and teachers, is guided through their elementary years by the gentle narrative of youth literature. Often times, these books are the impetus for children’s future careers. For example, kids who read about doctors who save lives in a picture book may themselves begin to dream about helping others in need or alleviating those who are suffering. Thank you for his excellent post! I look forward to your future posts as you have a unique perspective on different topics and possess a strong ability to clearly communicate your ideas. Great work on this!

      Liann

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    Non-Religious Pilgrimage

    Often associated with religious motives, pilgrimage is the long, arduous journey meant to enlighten one about his or herself and faith. Yet, pilgrimage extends beyond its religious roots and is used by many as a break from the norm...

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    • Izzy,

      I was very interested in your post because it takes a perspective that one may not usually think of in regards to pilgrimages. People usually think of pilgrimages as religious journeys, but as you discussed, they place a heavy emphasis on self-reflection and realization. I like how you connected pilgrimages to change. It’s interesting that you talk about the benefits of pilgrimages as both mental and physical. Many people just think about the mental/internal benefits, including myself. The testimonies you include from people who are not religious were helpful in terms of proving your point that all people, no matter their religion, can benefit from embarking on pilgrimages.

      Thank you for your post, and I look forward to reading more from you in the future!

    • Izzy,

      Your post greatly intrigued me since it offers an alternative answer to the question “what is a pilgrimage.” Your reflection clearly examines how pilgrimages are not strictly just religious. Besides a spiritual awakening, these journeys can also unleash a deeper understanding of self in relation to society.

      One thing you said that stands out to me is “pilgrimage allows for re-evaluation of one’s life, stimulating personal realizations that slouching at home does not provide.” I think that this is an interesting observation because sometimes, it is very easy to become complacent and lackluster while at home. A change of pace can be greatly beneficial as it opens people to new ideas and perspectives. Through this thinking, pilgrimages are an invaluable resource for relaxation and meditation.

      Thanks for your well-thought out post. I hope to read more of you work in the future!

    • Dear Izzy,

      I liked how you describe what the place is and how it was built into a town. It was a town for people that liked pilgrimage.

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