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In James Joyce’s short story “Araby,” the narrator’s desire for change through his infatuation with Mangan’s sister demonstrates the story’s message that people wish to find contentment in new experiences. At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to the run-of-the-mill lifestyle of those in Dublin, specifically North Richmond Street, which was “a quiet street except at the hour […]

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Inspiration from Jane Eyre

The first chapter of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre introduces the characterizations of an orphan Jane, as well as her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and her cousins Eliza, Georgiana, and John, with whom she is staying. The story is told in first person, giving readers insight into the inner thoughts of the narrator, Jane. I can draw inspiration from the first chapter […]

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The Implementation of Social Media in Schools

In my last blog post, I discussed the role that social media plays in how our society learns information in a way that is relevant to our evolving world. Social media improves our collective wellbeing by bringing awareness to social issues. It allows young people to learn in a way that they can easily identify with. However, it is true […]

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Social Media and Social Change

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” – Herbert Spencer (“Herbert Spencer Quotes”) It is a universal philosophy of those in the education system to strive for the fulfillment of scholastic potential and personal growth. In the pursuit of knowledge, we must engage in opportunities to learn with this question in mind: “In what ways is the […]

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How the Vulnerability of Language Connects Us

In our everyday lives, we use words in some way, shape, or form, whether that is speaking, reading, or writing. However, these words have comprised the 7,000 languages spoken worldwide (Shashkevich), each with its own unique dialect, accent, or set of gestures. Language exists as both verbal and nonverbal, demonstrating that it consists of two parts: what we see while […]

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The Hardships of Pilgrimages

In the early beginnings of our humanity, people have embarked on pilgrimages. For example, in the Old Testament, prominent Bible figures like Moses and Abraham have led God’s people on journeys to various holy lands. Ever since, religious and non-religious people alike go on pilgrimages, each person with their own motive and purpose. In order to truly discover who you […]

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