This visual represents how humans believe they are immortal gods whose actions have no consequences, and continue on their path of environmental destruction. They do not realize that destroying nature will also destroy themselves. In the visual, the man is littering the beach and killing innocent creatures, unaware of the tsunami forming behind him.
I contributed to the presentation as the Literary Luminary. I located and explained the significance and meaning of the figurative language in our section. I explained how the images and devices contribute to the thematic ideas of the section. I also contributed as the Visual Enhancer for the Literary Luminary section. I created and designed visuals that helped to reveal the ideas explored. The Discussion Director was a group effort; we developed a list of interpretive and analytical questions that we felt gave insight to the big ideas.
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I was originally interested by this article because it is on the subject of pets. I am pursuing veterinary medicine as a future career, so this is a subject that I enjoy reading about. I appreciated how the author took a darker subject, human issues, and revealed how to improve them through watching how other species act. I also enjoyed how the article was serious, but contained humorous parts. I agree with his perspective on life; humans judge other humans for their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and more. Dogs, however, judge others by their actions, and teach us to love. Sometimes, when I feel upset, I go hug my dog. She emits rays of happiness, and that happiness transfers to everyone she meets. I feel we can all learn from dogs to improve our lives.
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What originally drew me to this article was the title: Can the Grammys Please Anyone? It seemed contradictory at first, since the event is so popular. The article expresses how at this event, there is a fight for the representation of every group of people. I appreciated the author’s use of figurative language, such as the metaphor: “the show has become a piñata for critics, activists, and even major artists,” and the personification: “the Grammys still walk a tightrope.” What interested me in this article is how the described issue is universal. In 2019, all the different groups of people have one objective: representation. Every gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation is determined to be represented in today’s society. Often, the larger group of people overshadows the others, causing displeasure, as the article’s name implies. I hope for a future where every group of people is represented.