What Darwin Never Knew

After exploring the Galapagos islands many years ago, Charles Darwin made important discoveries that would change the world of science forever. His expedition found that there were several organisms that settled on different islands were the same animal, only they had their own unique characteristics. For example, birds known as finches have different beaks on each island. Darwin theorized that these beaks were tools for feeding on the resources that their specific island contained. Finches adapted to their certain environment, evidence of natural selection. Natural selection is when an organism changes to improve survival, but before the finches could have changed they would have had to have been the same bird. Darwin believed that every organism came from a common descent, meaning that animals that could look nothing alike would be related. There was no way of proving his theories at the time, until the discovery of DNA. The discovery of the macromolecule proved that animals do indeed evolve. DNA codes what we look like and who we are, whether we are a fish or a human. According to DNA and scientific research fish and humans have common ancestors. When an embryo, humans have the beginning of what seems to be gills. Over time the gill-ice structure turns into the small ears inside our ears. Diversity is made by mutation of the DNA, without mutation every organism would stay the same. This information has advanced scientific research very much and will hopefully lead to many new discoveries in the future.

DOAS Monologue

I am a woman who works hard to provide for my family, but gets nothing in return. I am treated like a servant, and for some reason, I put up with it. My support for Willy seems to be ineffective, and now I fight to keep him alive. No one helps me… help him. I know that I have potential and that I can be successful, but my life is spent in that house, where I am invisible. Family always comes first, but I never do.

Lord of The Flies – Morality Podcast

“Morality.” AllAboutPhilosophy.org, www.allaboutphilosophy.org/morality.htm.

  • “Author C.S. Lewis are: (1) to ensure fair play and harmony between individuals; (2) to help make us good people in order to have a good society; and (3) to keep us in a good relationship with the power that created us”.
  • “Those rules are the boys personal laws”.

Dr. Wendy James, Ph.D., www.drwendyjames.com/biography/

  • “one dog may bark at you but it is more likely that the pack will attack you”.

“Why We Comply.” Conformity and Group Mentality, www.personalityresearch.org/papers/lumbert.removed.

  • “In a group setting people are more likely to do things that they would not usually do…”
  • teenagers tend change their opinion just to fit into a crowd”

James, Wendy. Lord of The Flies Interview. 8 Nov. 2017

 

“Lord of the Flies” – Island Description

1.) Site where Ralph and Piggy find the conch

“little breezes crept over the polished waters beneath the haze of heat. When these breezes reached the platform the palm fronds would whisper, so that spots of blurred sunlight slid over their bodies or moved like bright, winged things in the shade” (Golding 17-18).

2.) Beach

“The shore was fledged with palm trees. These stood or leaned or reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air” (Golding 10).

3.) Platform

“Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape; a great platform of pink granite thrust up uncompromisingly through forest and terrace and sand and lagoon to make a raised jetty four feet high” (Golding 13).

4.) Fruit Trees

“He picked his way up the scar, passed the great rock where Ralph had
climbed on the first morning, then turned off to his right among the trees.
He walked with an accustomed tread through the acres of fruit trees” (Golding 77).

5.) Fire

“we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire” (Golding 51).

6.) Lagoon

“banked sand inside the lagoon so that there was a long, deep pool
in the beach” (Golding 14).

7.) Stream

“[while on the mountain, Jack says] and bathing water in that little stream along there” (Golding 47).

8.) Island shape

“It was roughly boat-shaped: humped near this end with behind them the jumbled descent to the shore” (Golding 38).

9.) Pig Trails

“They were in the beginnings of the thick forest, plonking with weary feet on a track, when they heard the noises—squeakings—and the hard strike of hoofs on a path. As they pushed forward the squeaking increased till it became a frenzy. They found a piglet caught in a curtain of creepers…” (Golding 40).

10.) Coral Reef

“the white surf flinked on a coral reef, and beyond that the open sea was dark blue” (Golding 10).

 

Lord of the Flies – Island Description

(The following quotes describe the setting of the island in “Lord of the Flies”)

1.) Site where Ralph and Piggy find the conch

“little breezes crept over the polished waters beneath the haze of heat. When these breezes reached the platform the palm fronds would whisper, so that spots of blurred sunlight slid over their bodies or moved like bright, winged things in the shade.” (Golding 17-18)

2.) Beach

“The shore was fledged with palm trees. These stood or leaned or reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air.” (Golding 10)

3.) Platform

“Ralph sat on a fallen trunk, his left side to the sun. On his right were most of the choir; on his left the larger boys who had not known each other before the evacuation; before him small children squatted in the grass.” (Golding 43)

4.)

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the undefeated, inscrutable to the last. “You’re ours Mitty!” said a fire squad member. “Not on my watch! You cannot kill me!” Walter stood in front of the squad insolently, no one could bring him down. He began to walk away from the firing squad. “You trying to make this easy for us”, the squad leader asked? Walter just smiled and continued to look back at the firing squad until his face was met with a pistol … “Give me all your money, now!” A rakish looking child yelled anxiously. Walter didn’t move, he just continued to stare right into the eye of the gun. “Now! Before I shoot you”! “Is this really what you want?!” Mitty stammered, something felt so familiar to him …

“I swear I will not hesitate to pull the trigger.” A young Mitty yelled. He looked past the man seeing his father cheer him on. Walter was turning the age of twelve next week, this meaning that he would learn the Mitty family ways. This was not how he wanted to live but they could barely feed themselves, what could he do. His mother died and the last time his father was sober was at the funeral. The man who Walter had mobbed finally gave up his belongings, a watch and a wallet. Walter grabbed the valuables, leaving the man distraught. He quickly ran away from the scene and thought to himself, “how can I escape this world?”