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    Twenty thousand. Twenty thousand lives. Twenty thousand lives have been claimed by the Syrian civil war since the Arab Spring in 2011. More than 400,000 Syrians have been displaced from their homes and families. The consequences of this civil war have been devastating with upwards of 3 million people being affected by the ongoing conflicts in this regions. Of those affected people are those who welcome these Syrian refugees into their country. The surrounding countries of Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon have sheltered a total of 363,772 refugees since the start of this conflict and these numbers only continue to grow. The European Union has been the second largest group of nations to offer asylum to Syrian refugees, specifically German and Sweden taking in the most. Despite the numerous countries offering aide, the lives of these refugees face daily struggles. From overcrowding to harassment from local people, these refugees must learn to adapt to a new country and a new way of life. The conditions surrounding…

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    Tyler ISD teachers (TJ Austin, Bell, Moore, and Robert E. Lee) who educated me well and for this I will be grateful! It is my longing to believe in my students and encourage them to be the best they can be each day! From my earliest recollections I knew I desired to be a teacher. My bedroom closet served as a one-room school house where I taught Raggedy Ann and Andy, an overstuffed bear…

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    A Texas school district has reversed its decision to deny a grieving family a yearbook memorial page for their daughter, who killed herself last week. Hannah Rose Hollis, a 17-year-old senior at Pearland High School, had recently celebrated her acceptance into Texas A&M University, where she would follow in her older sisters’ footsteps in the fall. The celebration turned to heartbreak for her family and friends on March 19, when Hollis committed suicide. “If she would’ve just known how much we…

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    Earl tries to restart his life, again and again, but continues his cycle of stealing and lying. The gold mine is a quixotic dream, tempting him with a way to get rich, quickly too. Gold connotes wealth, and the mine is the source of said wealth. Earl is fascinated, and excitedly declares, “That’s it right there. It may mean we’re getting closer. Some people never see it at all,”. With his narration, he conveys a strong sense of optimism, evidenced by, “we’re getting closer,”. The narration…

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    Odyssey” and describes the main characters wife, Penelope, as she waits for him to return. The tone of the poem can be describe as thoughtful but at the same time there is a feeling of longing. This can most likely be interpreted as Penelope longing for Odysseus’ return. This is shown in the lines, “I shall sit at home, and rock; Rise, to heed a neighbor’s knock”. These lines describe Penelope repeating her duties day after day with great care and attention. By analyzing the poem “Penelope” it…

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    The relationship between them is not a normal relation since Ennis is not as invested in the relationship as Alma. The fact that “…[he] never brings any trouts home” (126) from his several fishing trips suggests that Alma does not hold a great importance in his life. He is married to her simply to show that he is the epitome of a man. Since a man and a woman are predestined for each other, by marrying Alma, his homosexuality remains a secret between Jack and him. As a result, his relationship…

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    In composing Hero and Leander, Marlowe primarily used Musaeus Grammaticus’s version of the myth, as well as “epistles XVIII and XIX of [Ovid’s] Heroides” as his source material (Keach 86). Like Shakespeare, Marlowe reimagines this classical narrative about love and desire by infusing it with more aggression and sexual conflict. However, the most notable difference is that Marlowe’s poem does not end with the death or “blood” of the titular lovers foreshadowed in the opening (I. 1), as Marlowe…

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    “I don’t believe we were put here with all our differences to conform to a uniform state of mind” (Teclai). Standing up for one’s beliefs is a conflict in Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee’s Inherit the Wind. In Inherit the Wind Bertram Cates must go against the Bible-loving citizens of Hillsboro, and dares to teach the Theory of Evolution. Cates is put on trial for his actions and the famous Henry Drummond must defend Cates and the right to thought. Henry Drummond’s fairness, empathy, and wisdom…

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    Anderson said Hardin told him he was going to give him half of everything and they were going to sell whatever they could on offer up. Anderson said when they got to the residence, Mott stayed in the vehicle, and he and Hardin went to the residence. Anderson said he stayed outside as a “lookout” while Hardin handed him items from inside the residence. Officer T. Minkler later contacted Jason Trisna, who rents a bedroom from Wood, by phone because he was not at home at the time of the incident.…

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    “The Veldt” is a short and twisting story written in 1950 by Ray Bradbury about the Hadley family who lives in a futuristic world that ends up “ruining human relationships and destroying the minds of children” (Hart). The house they live in is no ordinary home, Bradbury was very creative and optimistic when predicting future technology in homes. This house does everything for the residence including tying shoes, making food, and even rocking them to sleep. The favourite room of the children,…

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