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  • Ignorance Is Ignorance

    Ignorance is bliss, many people today use this phrase as a means to vindicate their actions and validate their simple and close-minded way of thinking. Whether you 've heard the phrase used in those exact words or nor does mean that you have never heard it at all. This phrase has been twisted and warped into a series of much smaller and more rationalized forms such as, “he or she doesn 't know any better”, or perhaps, “how was I supposed to know?” or my personal favorite “well everyone else is doing it.” and we say these things as means to justify or excuse our ignorance. The series of phrases in and of their self simply suggests that it is better to have no knowledge of something, then to worry about it, and while the definitions alone seems very elementary, I assure you they are in no way so. Today, we live in a world where we as humans coincide with some of the most exceptional and advanced innovations ever created, and yet, a huge percentage of the population is comprised of those who are intellectually lacking. The reasoning behind this is all but unclear to me, even now, as a young adult I still seem to encounter this phenomenon on a day to day basis, and yet, the severity of others dimwittedness never ceases to amaze me. It seems that even as one matures ignorance is…

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  • Ignorance In Daniel Keyes 'Flowers Of Algernon'

    clue about. Having the intelligence to remove the curtains of ignorance is everyone's dream. Not being able to live in the bliss of ignorance, we are faced with the unkind truth. We are faced with the reality and harshness of the world just to seek and gained knowledge that we might not even be able to control or even less understand. How far can one leave the safety of ignorance without feeling the real consequence? The main question and biggest obstacle that one faces before becoming…

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  • Ignorance In Daniel Keyes 'Flowers For Algernon'

    It is often debated if ignorance is truly bliss. In the novel entitled Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes, Charlie, a mentally disabled man, undergoes an operation to make him intelligent. As he progresses, his relationships with others change, and he realizes many discrepancies about the world that he did not know about before. Going into this procedure, Charlie did not have the capacity to understand what kind of situation he was putting himself through. The surgery ends up turning…

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  • Ignorance In Charlie Gordon's 'Flowers For Algernon'

    Flowers for Algernon “Ignorance is bliss.” ~ Thomas Gray Realization happens in only two ways; all at once, or slowly; there is but one feeling that you feel. Regret. If one were given the choice of eating the Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of Knowledge or of living in blissful ignorance, what would they choose? A very curious question in its origin and idea. Thinking too much will delve into the realm of “what if”, rather than pushing that thought away and indulging in the simple pleasures…

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  • Role Of Ignorance In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

    “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one 's ignorance” -Confucius. In To kill a Mockingbird, penned by Harper Lee, ignorance is impossible to eradicate completely and can simply only be clouded by visions of a happier place. To even come close to eradicating ignorance we must follow the three steps; question the views of society, deny the existence of ignorance and recognize its harmful effects. Step one is to see how society feeds these thoughts through generations of racism and unequal…

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  • A Good Man Hard To Find Theme Analysis

    Innocence and ignorance play significant roles in the short story “A Good Man Hard to Find” and can be seen as the linchpin of the story 's theme. In “A Good Man Hard to Find” a dysfunctional family of six; June Star, John Wesley, their father Bailey, his mother, and his wife and newborn have taken time for a family trip of some kind. During the trip the Grandmother manipulates the kids by telling them about an old plantation she once frequent that was supposedly nearby. After a short ride on a…

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  • Loss Of Innocence In Alice Walker's The Flowers

    Flowers traditionally symbolize innocence and youth, much like Myop is in the story. As she explores her new found path she collects flowers, grasping onto them like she does her innocence and pushes aside the dark negativity of society and the new path. The flower that grows through the skeleton is unknowing of the violence people face in society every day, just as Myop is oblivious of the many murders and prejudice of her people. She is ignorant of the harsh cruelties of the world around her…

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  • Compare Cathedral And A Good Man Is Hard To Find

    “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”-Martin Luther King, Jr. In countless stories throughout the years, there are characters who symbolize the ignorant people within our humanity. Within our society there are people who fail to try to understand those different things, and we even have people who believe they are “good” while ignorantly and unsurprisingly having their own flaws. In both Cathedral, by Raymond Carver, and A Good Man Is…

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  • Doctor Faustus: Power And Knowledge Are Not Rewarding?

    In fact, he should be praised for being a “fearless seeker after knowledge and truth.” (Greg _*_*_) As they say, ignorance is bliss. What is unknown is exciting, and therefore if there is no unknown, there is nothing to look forward to. Ignorance is the opposite of knowledge. Humans are ignorant, and that is what keeps the mind motivated to learn. As Douglas Shuler states in “Doctor Faustus in the Twenty-First Century”, “Ignorance provides the motivation for learning when people yearn to fill…

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  • Lack Of Knowledge In Allegory Of The Cave

    from the former ignorance because they did not know another world. However, after a prisoner returned and played a game, the other prisoners believed he had lost his eyes and refused to ever leave the cave, ignoring any new knowledge. In “Allegory of the Cave” prisoners in the upper world, “where their souls desire to dwell” (Plato 871:37), must descend to pass on their wisdom. Plato believes that all people have a duty to pass on knowledge because the legislator does not intend to “make any one…

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