The Simple Things

Through the eerily enigmatic character Phaedrus, we are taken on chautauqua in search of the meaning of life, and himself. His fundamental concern is with the following seemingly simple but in effect infinitely complex question: “How can one distinguish “good” from “bad?”. To answer this question would be an extremely daring and almost insane task to undertake due to the sheer gravity of what it is really asking you to do. Humans have tried their entire lives to define between Good, and Bad, and have engineered an infinitely complex system to try and draw some sort of line between the two and yet still, we have trouble differentiating between the two. A sound introduction, Rajan.

In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig takes the reader on a literary “Chautauqua,” or traveling tale. This chautauqua provides a profound tour of philosophy, discovery, inquiry into values, inspirational thought, and even a little bit of Zen Buddhism. By going on this journey he tries to lay some sort of a base for which he can use to truly define the line that people draw to differentiate between good and bad.

Phaedrus, our narrator, undertakes a present-tense cross-country motorcycle trip with his son during which the maintenance of the motorcycle becomes an illustration of “how we can unify the cold, rational realm of technology with the warm, imaginative realm of artistry” (Centre for Spirituality). This is the base that he lays for the reader to try and meld, morals, and common sense together to try and create some form of a perfect system that would work to separate good and bad.

The challenge we face is to make sense of the immensity of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. As in Zen (a school of Buddhism that emphasizes the value of meditation, introspection and intuition), the trick is to become one with the activity, to engage in it fully … to see and appreciate all details: be it hiking in the woods, penning an essay, or tightening the chain on a motorcycle. After taking this journey we still do not get an answer to what defines good and bad but we get something to distract us from it. We get the fact that instead of focusing on such huge issues it’s better to not think about those issues and simply go about life by not worrying.

How Doctor Sheppard misleads the reader

The novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Is narrated by Dr. Sheppard, the physician in the small English village of King’s Abbot. The story revolves around the citizens of the village and their involvements with the death of Roger Ackroyd, the most wealthy citizen in King Abbott. Dr Sheppard himself is found to be the murderer of Roger Ackroyd and prepares to commit suicide at the end of the novel. The narrator is accused by many readers, including the writer of this paper, to be an unreliable narrator due to the fact that he leaves out many critical details, warping the reader’s perspective on the story. The writer believes that Dr Sheppard leaves out many details that foreshadow the plot twist at the end of the novel. This paper hopes to prove that Dr Sheppard is not as unreliable as one may think.

The narrator leaves many red herrings throughout the novel such as, the mysterious stranger that the doctor meets on his way out of Fenly Park, and the disappearance of Ralph Paton shortly after Roger Ackroyd’s murder. The doctor abuses the red herrings to create, for lack of better words, “sinkholes” that the reader can get caught up in and, in the words of Hercule Poirot, “Make a confusing case even more confusing.” (Pg.213). Through the use of these red herrings Doctor Sheppard can keep himself innocent in the eyes of the reader.

From the beginning of the book, Dr. Sheppard immediately foreshadows his involvement with the murder by saying “I am not going to pretend that at that moment i foresaw the events of the next few weeks. I emphatically did not do so. But my instinct told me that there were stirring times ahead” (Pg.1). This Quote is critical as it foreshadows that Dr. Sheppard knows much more about the current events than he is letting on . It is often overlooked by someone who is reading the book for the first time but, once you come to re-read this section, it is immediately apparent. Dr. Sheppard foreshadows his involvement even further by stating “As a professional man, I naturally aim at discretion.” (Pg.1).

Doctor Sheppard provides a great deal of description throughout the novel but he also leaves out significant portions of the plotline; details that are imperative to the understanding of the murderer. Of course, the writer understands that murder novels must give an air of mystery but strictly speaking, this makes doctor sheppard an unreliable narrator who in fact does mislead the reader.

Why Hamlet can be described as a fully-human character.

Hamlet’s soliloquy represents some of the most raw and human emotions that one can experience. He is still in mourning over the death of his father and has just found out that his mother Gertrude, not even two months after his father’s death[,] has remarried to Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius. Once the marriage ceremony between Claudius and Gertrude concludes, Hamlet is left alone to express his anger towards the whole ordeal. He shows emotions such as anger, sadness, and even regret, This essay hopes to show why these emotions make Hamlet a fully human character.

Hamlet shows an incredible sense of sorrow and confusion in the soliloquy. He is absolutely furious with the world for torturing him with such things: “O that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!” (Act 1 Scene 2 Line 129). He immediately wishes that he would simply disappear from the face of the earth than experience these events. Sorrow is a very basic human emotion. Everyone has experienced it with varying levels of severity[,] but Hamlet represents it with such detail that it makes the readers feel a great pity for him. With this mind Hamlet evokes a sense of guilt in the reader and gives them an image of how much pain he is suffering.

Hamlet consistently utilises images throughout the play to show insight into his life and really allow the reader to understand him and his thoughts. For example, “So excellent a king; that was, to this, Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother, That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!” (Act 1 Scene 2 line 140-142). The image Hamlet represents with this sentence so vividly portrays his father’s relationship to his mother, which allows us to relate with his confusion and to wonder how his mother could move on to another husband so quickly. These images are the exact reason why people see Hamlet as a human character. Shakespeare creates such vivid images in our mind that allows us to step into his shoes and experience his pain, almost first hand.

Humans are social animals that bond through emotions. If Hamlet is one of the most read literary pieces in the world, one can but imagine the depth of human emotion that Hamlet has generated over the ages. This emotion is precisely why people are able to relate so much to Hamlet and why people find him to be such a human character.

Food For Three.

Food for three.


Jesse was eating for breakfast with her little brother sam. They were eating bread with some butter. Samuel asked Jesse “Why do we have to eat only bread and butter?” And he responded with “Because its all we have that I can cook.” “Then you should get better at cooking because i’m tired of only bread and butter… “ Said sam. “Very well…” Said Jesse. She got up from the table and walked to her Grandmother’s room.

Her Grandmother was a very good cook and used to cook for them, But she got sick and couldn’t cook anymore. Jesse asked her grandmother on how to be a better cook. Her grandmother responded with “Well why don’t you make Corn and Tomato chowder? Its very easy to make and quite good to eat. It only needs to have tomatoes, chicken broth, some corn kernels, and a few spices.” Jesse nodded her head and took off to the local vegetable farm.

It was a very windy and gloomy morning which was not too out of the ordinary for vancouver. She finally got to the garden at 1529 applewood road. She walked in and got to work, searching for the tomatoes and corn, grabbing a few then heading out the door with them all in her hands. She walked all the way back to her home waddling her way there with the vegetables in her hands. She got to the door, and opened it with her foot. She placed all the vegetables onto the countertop.

She started to cut up all the vegetables and poured them all into the bowl for the soup. FOllowing the directions to make the soup the aroma from the pot filled the kitchen with smells of chicken and tomatoes. Once she had finished making it she poured three bowls of soup and placed two onto the table, and walked with the third one to her grandmother’s room. She gave the soup to her grandmother and ate her soup with her. Her grandmomther said that the soup was very well done and she was very proud of her.

The Enden

Contrast and compare

Introduction Life is not easy, and we learn the values of of life in many ways.  In this essay i hope to demonstrate that, despite the obvious difference, there are many similarities between the poem Blackberrying and the film Over the Hedge. Theme, Style, Tone One is all rainbows and sunshine, the other is just darkness and depression. The film is humorous and animated, lightly scripted and well presented, the poem is deep, somber, and anti climactic.These are two  opposite lifestyles, one a reality, and one a fictitious daydream.The movie shows that every story has a happy ending, while the poem shows that in reality not all endings are good.It compares a child’s world to an adults. Diction, Speaker There is no speaker in the movie but there is one in the poem, the poem uses really deep and complicated words and the movie uses simple and happy words,Sadness is heavier than happiness. Character The skunk in the film is an optimist, whereas the speaker in the poem is a pessimist; they both have equal potential, one just has the right attitude. Metaphor Summer is the happy illusion that we get from the overwhelming depression of reality.