Crucible Essay In the play, the Crucible written by Arthur Miller, the town of Salem, Massachusetts is under the impression that witches are roaming freely. This causes mass hysteria throughout the town leaving Abigail and the girls to cause chaos. When trials begin, the names become a key feature in the play because any named uttered in court would be in jail or prosecuted under witchcraft charges. The Crucible’s recurring conflict pertaining to the moral qualities of each individual character has impacted how they protect their names for identity, how members value their reputation, and how individuals disregard internal conflicts. To begin with, one reason for the importance of names in Salem is because of the characters need to protect their identity. Characters such as John Proctor and Giles Corey value their names because they believe it is a summary of who they are as a person. This is shown when John Proctor says, “ Because it is my life! Because I can not have another in my life”(Miller 43). This shows how John Proctor is worried about how signing the confession would negatively impact his name and his identity. Through this quote we can see how by signing this document, one's identity and moralities would be tarnished. Another way identity is shown through a character is when Elizabeth Proctor says, “ so he stand mute and died Christian under the law”(Miller 41). She says this while telling John about how Giles Corey died while being pressed to death. Giles Corey protected his identity by neither confessing or denying to practicing witchcraft. Characters such as Giles and Rebecca Nurse, who also sacrificed her life for not confessing to witchcraft, show how each individual's identities were valued differently, but that each would be protected throughout the play. The identity crisis throughout Salem eventually turned into the community worrying about reputation. To further explain that names are valued is because of characters valued reputations throughout Salem. Reputation mattered in Salem because it was how seriously people took you, whether you were to be trusted or not and whether you could be scapegoated or not. Abigail can be seen valuing her reputation when she exclaims, “ My name is good in the village! I will not have it said my name is soiled!” (Miller 4). This is Abigail arguing with Reverend Parris about why she was fired from being the Proctor’s maid after Elizabeth found out about Abigail's and John’s inappropriate affair. Characters valuing their reputation is also shown when judge Danforth states, “Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now. While I speak God’s law, I will not crack it’s voice with whimpering” (Miller 39). This demonstrates how Danforth valued his judicial reputation and wouldn't risk anything tarnishing it including postponing the executions and trials. This quote also illustrates Danforth's moral values which are just about justice and and the frustration he had for everyone trying to postpone the executions.This is significant because it shows how reputation was valued in the town. The last reason for the importance of names in the town Salem is because of the characters who disregarded their internal conflicts. Many people in Salem disregarded their internal conflicts which consisted of, land lust, guilt and revenge. One example of frustration is when John Proctor says, “ I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud” (Miller 41). Through this quote we can see how Proctor really thinks of himself as a fraud. Proctor uses metaphor of mounting the gibbet like a saint to show how no matter what his next choice was he would be a fraud. He is shown as him true self when he states, “ my honest is broke, Elizabeth, I am no good man” (Miller page 41). This quote explains how he was frustrated with the idea of witchcraft because it was terrorizing the town. The idea created from a young girl's mind was taking the lives of many of his friends. An example of guilt is when Proctor cries, “ because I lie and sign myself to lies!” (Miller 43). This illustrates how the guilt of hypocrisy was driving Proctor to do crazy things like say he was working with the Devil. This quote also shows how Proctor was worried about his reputation after signing his confession that would be hung above the church. This shows how internal conflicts would cause importance about names. To conclude, the use of names throughout the town originates from individuals protecting their identity, how individuals value their reputation and how they disregarded their internal conflicts. This matters today because names are still a societal occurrence. In today's society, names can show what you think of yourself and what people think of you. This is a parallel to the play because they are both explain how names have the same meaning several years apart.
Ever since Google came out, it has created much controversy whether or not Google is affecting our intelligence. Google is one of the most used resources to obtain ay information one may need. In various articles, Google has been shown to affect the way we learn. Google is negatively impacting our intelligence because it is distracting, it affects our memory, and information displayed is not always true. To begin, Google is very distracting. On most websites, distractions are shown on all corners of the screen. In source A, Nicholas Carr writes, “ if we are distracted we understand less, remember less, and learn less.” In other words, the more distractions shown, the less we are able to comprehend. Websites show ads to make profit, but when ads are shown it is human instinct to lose focus in the reading. Also when you are listening to music, an ad in the middle of the song can make you forget the rhythm of even your favorite song. To add on, Nicholas Carr also says, “ The Net bombards us with messages and other bits of data, and everyone of those interruptions breaks our chain of thought.” From this quote, it is understood that when any piece of information not pertaining to the researched topic can make our minds wander into oblivion. When receiving a text message while reading, your mind has the instinct to check the message instead of continuing reading. Therefore, Google’s distractions are poorly impacting our intelligence. To continue, Google is affecting our memory. With Google, you can research any information anyone could possibly need. While it does provide quick information, it is affecting how well we memorize information. Source C explains “ these tools have replaced our need to memorize many details.” This means most information we may need can be found on research tools such as Google. While this is good for quick information, what happens when you have no internet and need to make a call. There is a 49% chance you don’t have your partner's number memorized and more than 70% chance you don’t have your child’s number memorized (source b Roberts). The need to memorize other peoples numbers has been minimized due to majority of the population having a smartphone that memorizes peoples phone numbers for you. If you can not remember the numbers of the significant people in your life, what are the chances you remember small details such as a birthday? From this we can conclude, Google has negatively impacted our memory. The final reason Google is making us less intelligent is because the information is not always correct. Google, while sometimes reliable, also has some very incorrect information. While some may say a little incorrect information in exchange for most correct information is a good deal with Google, but it is not. Google offers several websites where different information is given on the same topic. That is about a 50% chance that you will get a reliable website with correct information. In source C, it demonstrates “ the internet is filled with incorrect information which could lead to being misinformed.” This explains that while you might be obtaining knowledge, the information obtained is incorrect. This does not help you in the long run because then you have to relearn everything. Most people having a smartphone can be a good and bad thing for this situation as well. In source B, genevieve roberts states, “ He believes the combination of the Google effect and the constant distractions of smartphones, constantly delivering information is concerning.” From this quote, it is understood that having a smartphone does not mean automatically becoming a genius. Also, with everyone having access to the internet, websites such as Wikipedia can be easily changed by the public. Based on the given evidence, information Google has to offer is not always accurate. In conclusion, Google is impacting our intelligence because it is distracting, it affects our memory and it does not always give correct information. This is significant to the present because many people rely on the internet for simple information. Whether it be work or school, Google is now a part of most people's day. While it is useful, it is important to check our use of Google to prevent any incorrect data from reaching our minds.
Junk Food essay In America, the rise of child obesity has followed with the rise in popularity junk food has gained. The unhealthy choice has gained much controversy whether it should be sold in schools or not. In the past 50 years, the amount of overweight kids has grown by 500% and the amount of calories eaten has increased by 10%. In various articles written by the new york times upfront and medical daily, junk food is claimed as one of the worst things schools can sell. Junk food should not be sold in schools because it leads to junk food addiction, it is a waste of money, and it leads to future health issues. School cafeterias should not sell junk food because kids have started to become addicted to that type of food. As stated in source B, many public schools sell sugary drinks like lemonade and fruit punch, even coffee. As well as drinks, schools are also making it simple for kids to obtain candy and chips. When it comes to school parties, majority of the time you will see candy and chips being passed around while no real food is offered. This is important to note because without the real food, kids will have to go for the junk food. Schools are using kids that do not understand what they are eating or drinking in order to make a profit. This explains why schools that are under financial pressure are more likely to sell the unhealthy food. Throughout schools you can find vending machines filled with sugary drinks and candy. Though the school is making money, the sales of junk food in school has allowed kids to become addicted to junk food. Reasons for schools not to sell junk food is due to the waste of money. Schools conclude that schools that are under financial pressure are more likely to make junk food available to their students. It is a better attraction for the kids and it is something cheaper to afford. Although students manage to spend lots of money on varieties of junk food. Without any healthy food there is no other option for kids so they would not get attracted to any healthy foods and those are at higher price for schools to afford.The healthy choices are actually rarely the affordable choices. It costs the schools who have less money a lot to afford healthy food. What you will most likely see is junk food since it is easier to afford. So Schools have thought of a smart way of making money which is selling junk food because they know they will make more money off of that. Not only are kids addicted to junk food and waste money but junk food can cause future health issues. Junk food is not the only thing that can cause health issues, genetics can also cause health issues. Eating too much Junk food can cause more issues than genetics. For examples, “1/3 of kids born after the 2000 will develop diabetes,” this is states in source C. This quote shows that kids getting diabetes have increased. Also, more kids are eating junk food and for that reason kids are getting more health issues.” While the problem and the negative health consequences that policies try to address are real, the solutions offered are often based on nothing more than a hunch,” is stated in source D. Obesity is a real problem that has increased , and we do not have a real solution for it . The solutions offered have no evidence behind them to prove they really work. Obesity is a real problem that comes with health issues, wasting money, and being addicted to junk food. From this evidence, it is proven junk food should not be sold in schools. Junk food leads to kids addicted to it, the junk food is a waste of money and it leads to future health issues. This is significant to the present day because as children it is important to understand how different types of food can positively or negatively impact someone's life. When schools sell junk food in schools it allowed juveniles to easily obtain the unhealthy choice.
Freedom Essay In 2015, 18 year old Taylor Bell was suspended from his school because of a rap video arguably threatening two of his teachers. The video was created to expose the two teachers of their sexual assault against female students. In various articles written and published by the New York Times, the Wisconsin law center and the Brooklyn Works, Taylor Bell’s suspension from school due to a video he posted is unconstitutional according to the first amendment because the video was recorded out of school context, it was an expression of true events and based on the multiple definitions of substantial. To begin, the video was out of school context. The video was made in a professional studio and posted on Taylor’s facebook and youtube. In the New York Times, Adam Liptak says, “ He did so away from school, at a professional studio, over the schools winter break.” Liptak implies here that there was no relation from the video to the school, thus meaning the school had no control over what he did. It also means the school did not have grounds to suspend Taylor. There is also no set laws of for students online off campus activity. This is shown through the Brooklyn Works when Elizabeth Shaver explains ”In the last decade, the federal courts have grappled with the issue whether and to what extent, school officials constitutionally may discipline students for their off-campus electronic speech.” This quote explains how there is no set rules for students and their online activities. Taylor Bell should not have been suspended because of the lack of clarity for the off campus online student speech. The second reason Taylor bell was unconstitutionally suspended because it was an expression of true events. In Itawamba Agricultural High School several females were sexually assaulted by two coaches. In the Wisconsin Law Review Margaret Malloy writes “After hearing that his female classmates were being sexually harassed by two coaches at his school, eighteen year old high school senior and aspiring rapper Taylor Bell recorded a rap song off-campus criticizing and arguably threatening harm to the coaches.” This quote explains how Taylor Bell only recorded the video to criticize the two coaches. Another example of how the video was recorded to express true events was when Columbia University explains, “In that recording, he accused two of his teachers having sexual misconduct with female students.” This quote further explains that the video was made and put online only to criticize and embarrass the two teachers. The final reason Taylor Bell’s suspension was unconstitutional is because of the multiple definitions of substantial disruption. After this video was posted, the high school had disorder. Ryan Tarinelli of the Student Press Law Center states “If this court does not correct the fifth circuit rationale, and place a sensible limit on the reach of Tinker authority this court will be clearing way for school officials to silence students who speak up about concerns the officials may disagree with or about concerns the officials may disagree with or that may reflect poorly on the school.” This means that schools who silence or do not value student speech are missing bigger issues that could impact the school. Had Taylor never created a video, many more students could have been abused. There is also the unanswered question of how much is protected from online speech. This is shown through the Wisconsin Law Review when Margaret Malloy states, “At the heart of this confusion is the question Tinker left open: What is a substantial disruption?” From this quote, it is understood that even lawyers do not fully understand substantial disruption. Some people will argue substantial is anything causing disorders, but that definition could also classify such minor events such as a sneeze as substantial disruption. The question what does substantial disruption is unanswered, further allowing this video to be published. Based on the given information, it is shown that Taylor Bell’s suspension was unconstitutional. The video was recorded outside of school, and was an expression of true events combined with the unanswered question of what is substantial disruption allows Taylor to not be suspended. This case is significant today because students, as well as teachers, must understand what the first amendment protects and whether online speech is classified under freedom of speech.
District Writing Assessment During the year 2016, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the 49er’s football game. Through various articles, Kaepernick's actions have been seen as disrespectful to the public. NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem is disrespectful because it disrespects the soldiers, the silent protest dishonors the fag and it creates controversy for the whole country. First of all, Kaepernick’s silent protest is disrespectful to soldiers. In the national anthem, Francis Scott Key wrote about how even after being captured there were still soldiers fighting for their country. Kaepernick disrespects them by not standing for the anthem. In Document A, it is explained “ the national anthem pays respect to the people who have risked their lives, bene injured or died defending the United States of America.” This explains how the national anthem is not only used for singing praise to the country, but also to honor those who have fought for the country. Kneeling during the anthem shows disrespect towards those soldiers. Document A also adds, “ taking a knee during the national anthem these days screams disrespect for our flag, our country and our troops.” This means that when athletes kneel to protest, it may be lawful, but it disrespects troops and our flag. To continue, Kaepernick also has disrespect towards the flag. The flag, while inanimate, has shown the world what we, as Americans, stand for. Document A states, “ It’s an oxymoron that you’re sitting down, disrespecting the lag that has given you the freedom to speak out.” This explains how he is using the flag to petition the flag. While some may say it is his first amendment right to petition, that doesn’t make a silent protest against our flag is honorable. Document A also writes “ Refusing to stand for the national anthem shows disrespect for the flag and members.” This further examines the idea of disrespect to the flag. The american flag is symbolism towards the land of the free and the home of the brave. The final reason Kaepernick's silent protest was disrespectful, is because it created controversy throughout the country. The silent protest has become more than just sports. In document C, it states, “ Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed minorities has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports.” This quote shows that Kaepernick has become a household name, both for positive and negative reasons. This protest was started to give the minorities a voice. In america, the gift of freedom of speech is given to you as a citizen,, so why protest for what you have. In Document A, it also explains this form of protest created controversy. This form of protest has created conversation in America alone, so what about countries that do not have as much money. When Americans protest for that, the poor countries do not even have the rights to protest. In conclusion, Colin Kaepernick's silent protest was disrespectful because of the disrespect towards troops, towards the flag and because it created controversy. It is important for kids to understand that while something is lawful, it does not make it right. This protest, though constitutionally acceptable, does not make it respectful.