“Prosecutor Says Clemens Obsessed Over Legacy” is an article in the NYT about baseball player Roger Clemens who is being charged for using performance-enhancement drugs. Roger Clemens also “is charged with obstruction of Congress, making fase statements and perjury in connection with his testimony to a House committee in 2008″ Clemens according to his prosecutor did so to maintain his status as one of the greatest pitchers to play the sport of baseball.
Clemens like most people is worried about how he is perceived by those who acknowledge him as a great baseball player and did whatever he could to maintain his high status, which unfortunately for him, led him to lose respect of many after admitting that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.
An article in the NYT paper titled “A Test on Equal Pay” about Mitt Romney and his opinion on equal pay for women shows how women are to this day still facing inequality. Mitt Romney has to address an issue that continues to be brought up as an issue that many women feel is important to them as they feel that inequality continues to effect woman in the United States. ‘Mr. Romney says he supports equal pay for women and has “no intention” o repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.’ “Mr. Romney’s commitment to fair pay will soon be tested.” Romney is now being watched closely as women in the country wait to see if Romney will in fact keep his promise in support of women.
“As Chinese Official’s Power Increased, His Family’s Wealth Grew” is an article in the NYT which how “Mr. Bo was suspended from his leadership of Chongqing, a large metropolis with province status.” His dealings have effected his family greatly. As the s investigation continues on his family, members of his family continue to lose businesses. Bo’s family is known to have power due to Bo, “But it has become increasingly clear that the relatives of high ranking leaders are in demand. ‘they are sought after because they are considered conduits of power.’
Bo and his family are quickly dropping in social status after losing their business. Bo’s family would not be dropping in social status if they were still economically powerful. Losing so much makes it difficult for them to gain it again once more.
In response to the debate between Melissa and Katherine on whether or not Heart of Darkness is a racist text or a text about racism, I feel that it is a text about racism. While there are numerous derogatory statements made about black people, it seems that the language used in fact, is due to societal norms of that time.
“[T]hey were not human..[W]hat thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity-like yours-the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar. Ugly” (A, 85). When reading this citation, it brings a feeling of disgust to me. It is disheartening to hear someone speak of another human being in this manner however, when reading other citations that allude to the thought that colonization is really not such a good idea, it shows that the writer is not necessarily racist. “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much” (A, 64).
If one writes a text based on universal views of a particular race or subject of that time, it makes me re-consider the perspective of the writer. While Heart of Darkness certainly had offensive statements about the African race, I feel it could be based solely on ignorant views of the writer of not truly understanding or accepting the race. Sometimes, when people or even society does not understand others, they shun them and consider them stupid. This could be compared to disabilities in children before modern science discovered various treatable disabilities-such as ADHD or dyslexia.
Alienation and rejection from society are apparent in both Melville’s, Bartleby the Scrivener and Dostoevsky’s, Notes from the Underground.
Bartleby can be compared to the Underground Man in the aspect that each shares a disconnection from their society and display actions that do not appear rational. Bartleby shows this in a more passive, less self hating way while Dostoevsky’s work is more controversial. In his Underground Man he establishes more of an empty man with such extreme nihilistic and modernist views that he comes across as repulsive and uncomprehensive. Bartleby, on the other hand, regardless of his emptiness and silence, is more real and understandable than the outspoken Underground Man.
1. Lacking the ability to express emotion and connect with one’s surrounding world is possibly the greatest struggle an individual can go through.
2. Man values the ability to assert his own existence more than he values reason.
3. Before the 19th Century women were typically given the standard superficial role and were paid little attention, how do the authors of some of the texts we have read explore the true nature of the women?
One cannot achieve absolute freedom through action that is free-willed; it can only be achieved as a state of mind.
Is the achievement of freedom necessary to a successful slave narrative?
What factors lead slaves to believe that freedom may bring happiness?
In what light do the freed characters portray those that are slaves?
Nicholas Kristof’s article, “Not Quite a Teen, Yet Sold for Sex.” and Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in The Life of a Slave Girl are similar in that both girls are desperate to escape.
The young girl in the article is not a slave and once out of the home of the man who kidnaps her will be free and legally protected. The slave girl in Harriet Jacobs cannot escape her owner. Escaping her slave master would cause more punishment for her. Unlike the girl from the article, the slave girl is not protected by law, her only hope is to have someone purchase her that will allow her to live her life as she pleases without having to serve someone else.
Notes from Underground and Harriet Jacobs are two different examples of two individuals who are desperate for freedom. Harriet Jacobs is a slave who in order to be free must be purchased from her slave owner while the underground man is free to do what he pleases without having to be purchased.
Harriet Jacobs is purchased by someone who promises she will be freed, yet is made to serve them after being purchased from her slave owner. We never learn if Harriet Jacobs continues her struggle to be freed or if the underground man is ever freed from his mental state of anguish. We are only left with the last passage of, ‘The notes of this paradoxalist do not end here, however. He could not resist and continued them. But it also seems to me that we may stop here.
Both Harriet Jacobs and Notes from the Underground leave us wondering what the outcomes may be.