Life isn’t always fair. Last year I lost two of the most amazing, loving, and trustworthy people I knew, my Grandma and Grandpa on my Dad’s side of the family. So kind with everything they did for me from coming to support me at my lacrosse games to family dinners. Once they left me, to continue their journey in heaven it truly showed me that you never know how much you truly love someone until they are gone. This really showed me that you should spend as much time with your family and friends and create a great connection with those closest to you. You never know when they will leave you on such short notice.
In the move Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, directed by John Hughes, Ferris Bueller the main character, disguises himself being sick on a day of school. He decides to convince his friends to enjoy a day in the city with him. Aware of the consequences, Ferris takes a chance of getting caught by his parents who believe he is truly sick. Ferris finally meets up with his friends Cameron and Sloane and they are unsure about what they are going to do: “The question isn’t what are we going to do. The question is what aren’t we going to do” (Ferris Bueller). Ferris believes that there are endless opportunities everyday and that you should always be adventurous and fulfill your everyday. Ferris sees life from a different perspective than some people, to take a risk and face your fears in order to be successful in life. His friends wonder why he would skip school to roam the city for the day: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” (Ferris Bueller). He’s saying that you need to explore and see what the world has to offer. If you are too focused on one thing you could miss something that might be worth looking into. The meaning of life in this movie is to take risks and be an opportunist, when you face your fears and live your days fulfilling your goals, you will live a happy and successful life.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Dir. John Hughes. Perf. Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck. N.p., n.d. Web.
In the story “The Outsiders”, written by S. E. Hinton, there is a mass rivalry between the “Greasers” and the “Socs”. The rivalry continues throughout the story on multiple occasions leading to fights and learning how there can be such hatred between different groups of people. The “Socs” are the rich kids and the “Greasers” are the low-life poor kids. When Johnny was stabbed and slowly dying he wanted Ponyboy to stay true to himself: “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold” (Johnny) He’s telling Ponyboy to stay strong although Johnny won’t be there to guide him any longer he is capable of completing tasks on his own. The greasers were always independent until the Socs came along: “They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.” The “Greasers” were always together, they were there for one another, always had each other’s backs. They looked after Ponyboy since his parents had passed away. The meaning of life in this story is that life won’t always be fair to you, obstacles will be thrown at you such as hierarchy. You won’t always be at the top you have to work for it, work to serve your purpose in life and make an impact on your future one another.
Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders. New York: Viking, 1967. Print.
Q: What is the meaning of Life?
In the story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty written by James Thurber, Walter Mitty is trapped with constant daydreams. What is the meaning of life? Such a vague question that there are endless answers to. They can differentiate solely on opinion. However, for Walter Mitty the meaning of life, is to live life to the fullest potential and leave earth with no regrets.
Throughout the course of the short story, Walter is induced with many daydreams. He daydreams about being on dangerous adventures but when he wakes up he realizes that he is too old to pursue any of his dreams. Walter has treacherous and action filled daydreams: “Throw on the power lights! Rev her up to 8500! We’re going through!” (Thurber 1). Walter has taken himself to a place he would have loved to take part in, but when he wakes up he realizes that he is too old to visit that in the present. Daydream after daydream, Walter is reminded that he didn’t make enough use of his time and regrets not being able to achieve some of the goals he has now. Walter plays his daydreams as reality inside his head “Objection!” Shouted Mitty’s attorney. “We have shown that the defendant could not have fired the shot” (Thurber 13). In this state, Walter imagines himself in a courtroom; moreover, he was being accused for shooting a gun. Walter reminisces for events he wish he could have taken part in.
So what is the meaning of Life? Well, precieved from Walter Mitty, the meaning is to make sure you achieve your goals when you are young; ultimately, if you wait until you are too old and not able to achieve them, you will spend your days living in regret. Seize the day and fulfill your dreams to the best of your ability.
Thurber, James. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” The New Yorker. N.p., 18 Mar. 1939. Web.
1. Theme Statement:
When one achieves their goals when they are young, they will be happy and live knowing that their past was successful.
2. According to the story, what is the meaning of life?
The meaning of life is to not hold back on any of your goals and to make sure you have fully achieved everything you set out to do. Don’t let anyone influence your choices or the way you run your life, be confident with yourself. In the story Walter is forced to buy overshoes by his wife. This is an example where he let someone else control his actions and he didn’t act on his own. If he chose to not buy them he would have felt better with himself not being perceived as “old”.
Q: Why do people do evil knowing it is evil?
In the play Macbeth Written by William Shakespeare, tragic actions happen after Macbeth is forced by his cruel wife; however, he was also influenced by the prophesies told by the three witches. Why do people do evil knowing it is evil? In this play these actions occur after being pressured by being called a “coward” and removing the name of Macbeth’s manhood by his treacherous wife. Back in the day, witches played a huge part in predicting the future for oneself. For Macbeth, they wished him to be King: “All hail Macbeth. Who shalt be king hereafter” (I, iii, 49). Here the witches announced that Macbeth will overtake the throne of King Duncan. Macbeth thinks that this is true so he makes it happen. The witches lead him with a floating dagger, he follows it and violently kills King Duncan willingly. The witches weren’t the only force that made Macbeth kill King Duncan, his wife played a major role. He was turning away from completing the task because he had realized the consequences it would have, and how it would disrupt their daily lives. She was cruel towards him: “When you durst do it, then you were a man” (I, vii, 49). She calls him out on not being a man; moreover, Macbeth wants to prove his true manhood and continues with the plan to kill King Duncan. Lastly, once Macbeth had completed the deed he was power hungry, the power was contagious and he couldn’t get enough. He became so scared and caught up in what he had just done he wasn’t able to sleep. The horrible act turned him permantly evil committing more murders. So why do people do evil knowing it’s evil? It simple, society pressures them and once they complete the task they become greedy and want more.
Do you believe in revenge?
No, I don’t believe in revenge, Revenge can be as crucial as death, and that is too far. Something minor may be acceptable. However, I do believe that someone will pursue to revenge someone who dealt pain to another person. Is it right? No, it won’t resolve any situation. Something which doesn’t involve a great deal of pain should be allowed. For example, if someone stole a personal belonging from you, I can understand wanting revenge on that person by stealing something back. I understand that if someone killed a friend or family member of yours, you would want them dead. Although that approach may seem appropriate it isn’t. It would only deal a greater amount of pain in the end; the outcome, would be horrible for everyone involved.
1. Lord of the Flies does not intrigue me in the slightest. First off the symbolism in the story is too deep to understand the first time through. The book involves too much thought to thouroughly see the deep meaning. If you were to read the book literally it would be plain and boring throughout the 225 pages. Like me, I couldn’t identify the hidden meanings and points throughout the story. I read the book very literally. For example when Golding described Piggy’s glasses breaking. All I could see that his glasses wear actually damaged; I couldn’t realize that they symbolized the boys being halfway to savagery.
2. Secondly, I didn’t enjoy how wretched and violent the book was when the kids were only 13 years old. The fact that the book was based during WWII didn’t make me want to read the book. I hate to think of war; it brings me into the thought of death. Golding shouldn’t be incorporating violence into a book with children. Although the plot of the book was informative and very detailed seeing the bigger picture was very hard. The plot was scattered and I felt I could never really see the climax in the story. Too many conflicts and I felt as if the rising action carried throughout the entire story. The symbols in the story were mainly dark and the story was very gory. The ending to the story was horrendous; although they were “saved” they were only being brought back to the bigger war.
3. Lastly, the book is very old, in fact my parents read it when they were in school making it fairly ancient. The vocabulary threw me off while I was reading it; half the words I had never seen in my life. I feel as if we should have read a story more relevant to our time and one possibly relating to where we live. Overall I didn’t enjoy the book due to the non-intriguing plot, the violence, and how out-dated the book is.
William Golding believes that all humans are born evil. The only reason we behave civily is because we know that we can get in trouble by doing the wrong actions. Milgrams Experiment proves that Golding’s theory is true. His experiment was to gather an authority figure, a teacher, and a student. Under the influence of an authorative figure the teacher follows direct orders to punish an innocent human being. In “Lord of the Flies”, Golding has Jack setting direct orders for Wilfred, an innocent civilian to be beat for no known reason. Under authority the boys follow Jack’s order. This shows that humans under authority can be evil no matter the possible consequences.