Elmo Patrick Sonnier

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  • Unjust System In Dead Man Walking

    to the front of the bus to amused, giggling friends.” (Prejean 7) Prejean was once part of a racist system, but became aware of the discrimination occuring around her. Prejean being able to learn about the system convinces ambivalent readers to consider her points more deeply. Prejean grew up in an environment where the “colored people” worked for her family, and though her parents were not particularly discriminatory against the “colored people”, her parents still contributed to the system of racism. Prejean discovers that, “being kind in an unjust system is not enough” (Prejean 7); by only being kind, Prejean’s parents were only supporting the unjust system. Regarding Patrick Sonnier, Prejean’s pen pal facing the death penalty, Prejean writes, “I cannot accept that the state now plans to kill Patrick Sonnier in cold blood.” (Prejean 20) Prejean voices her opposition of the death penalty; people must not support an unjust system. As Henry David Thoreau claims, “it is [man’s] duty, at least, to wash his hands of [wrong], and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support.” (Thoreau 6) A system without support will wither and die, and by not accepting the plans for Sonnier’s executions, Prejean is helping end the unjust system of capital punishment. Prejean uses logic in the form of statistics to convince the reader that unjust systems exist and exist in significant numbers. Prejean, who spent time working for a New Orleans housing project,…

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  • The Silver Lining Playbook Analysis

    Living in the past can hold you back from opportunities that present themselves in the current day. This is shown in the film The Silver Lining Playbook directed by David O. Russell, this film sends an important message that living in the past will affect you in the present. Patrick Solitano Jr lived in the past, this torn his whole life apart. Living in the past cause Pat to go through many mental stages such as obsessed, Bipolar, defensive and decisive. Pat’s first hurdle to become mentally…

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  • Grotesque Elements In Flannery O Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To Find

    Southern Gothic literature is a writing style unique to American literature in that it uses supernatural, ironic, and unusual events to reveal and examine the values and character of the South. Sothern Gothic authors use certain elements as tools to explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the south. An example of this work is A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor. It is a deeply disturbing tale about a family trip to Florida gone wrong. O 'Connor 's work in A Good…

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  • What Is Abortion In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants?

    In Hills Like White Elephants Ernest Hemingway describes a couple’s decision on whether or not they should have an abortion. The man wants the abortion while the woman is being pressured and going back and forth on whether or not she wants the abortion. Ernest Hemingway uses symbolism, introduces modernism, and uses the setting as a means to compare the life or death decision and the topic of abortion as a whole. Hemingway starts off by describing the setting. The couple is sitting at the bar…

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  • Patrick Manson Accomplishments

    Patrick Manson had been born to a family of high class, and his childhood was filled with higher wealth activities such as natural history, fishing, shooting, carpentry, mechanics, and cricket. His mother was a descendant of David Livingstone, a Christian-missionary explorer. His father was the manager of a British Linen Bank. Manson was the second son of seven children, three boys and two girls. At the age of five he was well known for memorizing lengthy Bible verses during the sermon that was…

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  • Right Between Your Ears Analysis

    It is fascinating to watch what happens when people can become convinced they are right, even when they are wrong. The video documentary, Right Between Your Ears, explores how people from different walks of life came to the extraordinary belief that the world would end on a given date, took a public stand for it, and how they coped when nothing happened. Those included were a stock trader with a young family, a philosophy student about to graduate, and a retail manager. This documentary is not…

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  • St. Patrick Informative Speech Essay

    on my Irish heritage. Professor Fredrick Suppe, of Ball State University, gave a forty-five-minute speech on the history of St. Patrick. He gave this informative speech at Bracken Library in room 104. The general purpose of his speech was to inform. We know this because he wanted to inform us on the history of St. Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day. During the speech, he spent the first thirty minutes discussing the life of St. Patrick and his journeys. Some of these include, when he was taken to…

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  • Harold Krebs In A Soldiers Home

    “Soldier’s Home” tells the story of Harold Krebs, a Marine who returns home from World War I. While Krebs does not struggle from physical damages, he does suffer mentally. Harold Krebs struggles with post traumatic stress disorder and trying to figure out what he wants in life. The characters and incidents in “A Soldier’s Home” are factual to Ernest Hemingway’s own experiences because like the main character, Harold Krebs, Ernest Hemingway also struggles after returning home from the war. First…

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  • Feliks Skrzynecki Belonging

    Relationships and experiences shape an individual’s sense of belonging. To what extent is this view represented in your prescribed text and ONE text of your own choosing? Introduction An individual's sense of belonging is fundamentally shaped by two key factors - relationships and experiences. Belonging is an inherent human need in which we strive for acceptance and security through others. A sense of belonging is vital for our survival and existence, as it reinforces our…

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  • St. Patrick's Day Analysis

    Connery, Donald S. The Irish. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968. Cronin, Mike, and Daryl Adair. The wearing of the green: A History of St. Patricks Day. London: Routledge, 2002. Flood, J. M. Ireland: Its Saints and Scholars. Port Washington, New York: Kennikat Press, 1970. Irish Studies. Irish Life and Traditions. Edited by Sharon Gmelch. Dublin: The O'Brien Press, 1986. King, Linda, and Elaine Sisson. Ireland, Design and Visual Culture: Negotiating Modernity 1922-1992. Cork: Cork…

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