Essay the third
Essay the fourth
It was the Fall
season of 1974 when my dad was a sophomore in college. And my dad was giving
an asignment on how to use a bibliography. Hoping to achieve a passing
grade, much reasearch was to be done for this project that would be handed
in to the professor. The title he had chosen for this paper was "Who were
some of footballs earliest innovators and how did they influence its
The reason this paper was probably saved by my dad for sveral reasons.
One of those reasons from me was "Every once in a while I like to reflect on
it, what my beliefs were, what my train of thought was when I was in
college". Other of his reason were that it was one of his well written
papers from college.
The paper wasn't as difficult to read as I thought it would have been
and to see if anyone else had trouble reading it, I asked my brother. He
didn't seem to have any trouble reading the paper either. Obviously some of
the writing was different from what a student today would write but not as
much as I thought it would be different.
The significance of the paper I think was that my dad wanted to show
people how much he loved the game of football. By doing this, he wrote a
paper about it with much detail aobut coaches, teams,etc.
I think that this was a great oppertunity for students because it
gives them a chance to find out how their parents wrote papers in high
school or college or even in middle school. It also gives you the chance to
compare your writing style with their writing style and see if you both have
things in common (writing wise) that you didn't know before hand.
The speech from
the movie "Independence Day" is spoken by the president. The speech is given
outside an airbase. It was delivered because they were going into battle
with the alien ship that had attacked them in the previous days. This
classic speech was given on July 4.
After hearing the speech, I think that it has a major affect on the
audience that is watching. Also the movie has a huge affect on the
The movie affects the audience by giving them the view that what happens
earlier in the movie affects everthing that follows. It grabs the audience
and makes them very interested.
How it affects the soldiers is that it gives them a lot of motivation, it
gives them hope and encouragement. If this speech might not have been given
in the movie, then the way the soldiers may have taken the battle would have
been different. They might have lacked the motivation they needed to defeat
the alien ship.
A quote that I thought explained everything is: "We will not go quietly
into the night, we will not vanish without a fight. We're going to live on.
We're going to survive." The quote just lays out everything thats on the
line for the soldiers and it gives them everything they need to come home
from battle to their families.
I didn't see much repitition but the fact that the president kept telling
his men that it was July 4th, Independence Day. I think that the reason he
kept telling them it was July 4th was because he wanted to remind them that
it was the day that the United States was free and that he didn't want them
to lose it.
Overall, the soldiers came out victorious and everyone was happy. The
speech really influenced the soldiers and everything had worked out in there
favor. Even though many were lost in the battle, they served and died for
their country. They will be remembered for that. This was a great movie.
"When you are old" is a
pretty modern poem written by William Butler Yeats. Its very different
because when writers write poems, stories, etc.. they usually talk about
what is happening in the present time. This poem talks about the past and
all the memories from it. Its very different in doing this also.
The line "How many loved your moments of glad grace" is a good example of
how he is remembering the past and everything good that came out of it. I
believe many people in todays world feel the same about their past as the
man in the poem does.
The poems shows good use of metaphors. For example "And hid his face amid
a crowd of stars" is a good use. Reading the poem gives you a sense of what
this man is thinking. The poem also follows a simple rhyme scheme of ABBA
CDDC EFFE. This is a very easily read poem.
In conclusion, I enjoyed this poem and I would suggest it to anyone who
is looking for a good read. The way the poem deals with things that people
can relate to is why I found it so interesting. Not that it was much
different, but different as in something new to read.
The 20th century was
the time of maturity in the way plays, short, stories, poems, and even songs
were written over this period. More thought was put into each of these very
carefully as the years had gone on and new technologies and ideas had come
about. British had made advances in everything, so it was felt that the
literature should be newer, maturer. The five texts that I feel best
describe "The Age of Maturity" are as follows: Song - "We can work it out"
by the Beattles , Poem - "A Memory Of Youth"- William Butler Yeats,
Play-"Happy Days" by Samuel Beckett, Books- Death, Men and Modernism by
Ariela Freedman, and finally the Short Story- "One Touch of Nature" by P.G
Wodehouse. In the following paragraphs I will have a several reasons,
examples, etc... on why "The Age of Maturity" should be a section that is
printed in a British Literature Book for the 21st Century.
The song "We can work it out", written and performed by the
Beattles(Lyricscafe), is a great
example of how the person in the song is maturing. British people can listen
to this song, use it
as inspiration , and grow off it to be better people. Paul McCartney sings
in the following verse:
"Think of what I am saying, we can work it out and get it straight....".
Clearly these words are
very powerful and can mean a lot to someone who is having a rough time or
going through hard
times. The words also can mean that if you make a mistake or do something
wrong the first few
attempts, you can eventually mature from your mistakes and, as Paul would
say, " Work it out".
The Beattles, along with all of these other great hits, can have any impact
on someone, but this
song hits home for people when it comes to getting over something and
growing from it,
The poem "A Memory of Youth"(csun) is a short poem by William Butler
but it's very simple to understand. The poem is talking about how you have
to forget your past and try to move on and live life. Everyone has had times
where they just want to
forget what happened to them and move on and that's what the poem is
indirectly about. In the first line: "The moment past as a -play" he's
stating that life is like a play and it keepsgoing no matter what happens
along the way. During times of war that were experienced in Britain, people
can look to this as hope that life can finally return to normal and people
can live life as they had before the war. William Butler Yeats writes very
inspirational poems but this particular one fits what my chapter in this
book is expressing.
The short story I have chosen for this chapter is "One Touch of
Nature"(readbookonline) by P.G Wodehouse. P.G Wodehouse is an excellent
writer of the 20th century and his work seemed fitting for the
theme of my chapter. The story's about a boys strive for his future, not
knowing the beholds him. The line:"On this maddest, merriest day of all the
glad New Year he was content to revel in the present and allow the future to
take care of itself" shows that he wants the future to takes its course and
to see what it has in store for him. Wodehouse's story has the theme that I
was looking for the chapter. This boy is maturing and is trying to just wait
for the future and to see what happens with his life. He is just taking each
day as they come as should everyone.
"Death, Men, and Modernism"(Bookfinder) by Ariel Freedman is the novel I
have chosen for the chapter. "The Book is an elaborate a nodal point which
death, men, and modernity are linked before World War I" is what Ariel had
to say about her book. It talks about the problems in which had lead up to
World War I and how they were not prevented. British people can really know
some of the problems that had lead up to WWI. After reading this book,
people can really look and see how different and how more maturer people are
now then they were year's back. The book also states historical and
structural concerns that were taken by the British. There are probably
several other books that get the point across of what had happened in WWI,
but I think this book says the most and is more understood by people.
My last work is a play by Samuel Beckett "Happy Days" (Bostonphoenix).
The play is about how people can go from having the worst day to make things
out so that they are happy. This was chosen because this has to do with
people maturing. The fact that someone has a hard time and then is happy,
they have a maturing way of looking at certain views. People no that things
have gone wrong but they try to put everything behind them so that they can
finally be happy. After the events taking place in the 20th Century Britain,
people there can look at this and take from it, that there are indeed "Happy
In conclusion, The Age of Maturity is certainly and hopefully something
that students everywhere in schools today will like and it will be teached.
It gives the students and teachers new material to read instead of reading
the same things every year in some cases. British people can look to this
section to forget their bad past and live on in the future, Maturing.