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Land refers to a piece of earth in
most cases. However, there is still a deeper meaning to land. Land in the case
of our family refers to the home our family was built on. The piece of land that has
a deep meaning in the heart of my family is my home in West Roxbury. The land on
which our home was built on was the first piece of property that my father owned.
The land of our home is a symbol of many things. It is first a symbol of the
American dream my parents and many others worked for. It is as well a symbol of new
beginnings. My family became a family in this home. As each child was born,
our family grew larger and closer. The land is also a symbol of our togetherness and
the love of our family. Although land seems like a simple thing like dirt and earth,
land carries meaning and feelings like those of 67 New Haven Street.
My father, a Lebanese immigrant, always tells my sisters and I about his life as an
immigrant. Sam Wehbe, my father, came to the United States at 17 years old with only
a couple of hundred dollars. He had been accepted to Northeastern University as a
business major. He needed a job so that he could afford to pay rent and also pay his
tuition. My father had an American Dream in which he wanted to be a successful
businessman as well as to own something that would show his hard work. After years
of sleepless nights and hard work my father was able to buy a house. For the reason
that this house, the first piece of property my father owned, became a home for us, it is
special to him and the family. My father worked hard to attain this land that became
our home. Although many offers have come for the sale of this land, my father says
that he will never sell it. The land has become a symbol of our family. It is
a symbol of love, togetherness, and the memories of our family.
This house is very important to my family and I. The reason why is because of all the
memories we have shared together here. I will never forget the day my mother brought my
little sister Rana home for the first time. I will also never forget playing hockey and
football with my friends and cousins and the birthday parties that my mom threw for me
outside in the backyard. Christmas lights, Easter egg hunts, and Halloween costumes are
just some of a few memories that come back to me when I think about my house.
I leave my house, as I enter my
backyard. I can see the dump from here. The sky is full of clouds. I enter the dump and
the first thing I notice is the massive amount of leaves on the ground. The trees are dark
brown and the branches are almost empty of leaves proving that autumn has arrived. I can
hear some birds chirping but I cannot see them. A large branch has seemed to fall,
probably due to last weeks strong winds. One further inspection, I noticed the birds
to be Sparrows. There was a strong breeze, but all together the weather was mild. It is a
true pleasure to have a relationship with nature. If you dont you are missing out on
a great experience.
I enter the Dump under a canopy of clouds. The area is barren during this time of
year. Several trees are leave less. While as some still retain the dark green leaves. I
notice a mound of ants. It seems they are familiar with the winter preparations. Ants live
simple lives. They dont have to worry about the daily pressures of life. There one
concern is the survival of the colony. We could learn a lesson from ants.
As I walk passed my backyard to enter the Dump I hear my mother and sister talking.
Then as I finally reach the Dump it looks dirtier than ever. There were leaves feet high
leaving the trees leaves less. As I walk further I was startled by the two cars that began
to suddenly beep at each other as they almost crashed. As I went further I saw a place
that was completely trashed. It looked like it was a bunch of kid here the other day.
There was graffiti on the massive rocks and beer cans all over the place. I only wish I
could find the kids who did this so that I could tell them not to litter and not to
Today the weather was beautiful. It was warmer then usual and also very sunny. As I
looked up I could see about fifty birds standing on the leave less branched on the trees
chirping. As I walked further I began to see leaves piled up in the corner and huge
branches on the ground. I believe it was a result of the heavy winds the day before. As I
leave the Dump to go to work I say enjoy nature while you can.
On my final trip to the Dump for a while, I take a fresh breath of air. The air is
cool. It cuts through my body like a knife through butter. The air can be interesting. How
old is it I wonder to myself. Where has this air been? Who has breathed this air? All
questions I ask myself. As I prepare to leave the Dump I see about a dozen squarls run up
the tree. I think the dump has made me care for nature a lot more.
was a literary and artistic movement of the nineteenth-century that arose in
reaction against eighteenth -century Neoclassicism. This movement placed a
premium on fancy, immigration, emotion, nature, individuality, and exotica.
A good quality narrative that uses examples of Romanticism such as nature
and evil is "Rappaciuis Daughter" written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This
story makes use of conflict and dialogue in novel and unique ways.
In the short story "Rappaccini's Daughter," Hawthorne uses dialogue with an
original approach. Dr. Rappaccini is a mad scientist who experimented with
different antidotes on his daughter, which caused her to become a freak of
nature. "Give me thy breath, my sister, for I am faint with common air."
After taking this antidote from her father she becomes dependent on the
plants as they are upon her.
As time had passed since Beatrice had been infected with this disease, her
friend Giovanni, having spent much time with her, not only became immune to
her deadly disease, but also he to was now able to kill insects with his
breath. Later Giovanni's friend Baglioni gives him a powerful antidote
against the poison to give to Beatrice. Shortly after she took it she
became very ill and died. Her nature was not merely tainted by poison, it
was imbued with it; and, as Hawthorne notes, "as poison had been life, so
the powerful antidote was death."
The Short Story "Rappaccini's Daughter" is a great read. Nathaniel
Hawthorne does an outstanding job using dialogue and conflict. This is one
of the finest narratives written during the time period of Romanticism and
it is unsurpassed by others. In this story, it is obvious that Hawthorne,
as a Romanticist, stresses a point that warns the reader that nature is not
a humanís friend.
Hockey is a fairly
simply game to follow. A team is allowed only six players on the ice at a
time. These players consist of a goalie, right and left defensemen, right
and left wingers, and a center. Defensemen stay back towards the blue line
so none of the opposing team can get behind them. The wingmen stay towards
their respective sides of the net. The goalie, mostly stays in his crease
to protect the goal however if he wants he may leave his crease. Because of
the speed of the game it is the only sport in which substitutions are
allowed to be made while the game is in progress.
The history of Hockey is unclear. There were many hockey like games in
ancient history which makes it hard to tell when exactly did it begin. It
has some similarities with other sports such as Lacrosse and Hurling. Some
say Hockey is brutal but it is part of American culture to watch violence.
Some watch Hockey just for the violence.
Like any sport Hockey can be emotional at times. Kurt Russell, star of
Disney's "Miracle", says "it's on an emotional level for me". At times this
emotion can be violent. It was once said "Ice hockey is a form of disorderly
conduct in which the score is kept ~Doug Larson". Hockey is a brutal sport
because of how emotional it gets. . Aggression and hockey have gone
together as long as sports have been around, be it the players themselves,
to the parents, coaches, friends, they just seem to be an inseparable part
of each other.
Hockey has become an important part of America. In America, there are four
major sports; football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Out of the four,
hockey is the most under appreciated. You can only watch the Stanley Cup
Finals on ESPN if you have cable. Other sports' finals can be seen on
regular television. Even though Hockey my have lost some of its popularity
it will hold a special place in the hearts of many.
Hockey's set up is similar to America also. In the Poem The Masked Ones, it
compares a goalie to a knight protecting his kingdom. This is similar to
America in that we have been attacked and we have had to protect our country
from invading forces.