DEATH AS A LECTURE From a philosophical perspective, death is just an ending phase of a cycle that everyone will inevitably experience. On one hand, some people are so afraid of death that the fear limits them. On the other hand, others utilize their awareness of death as a reason to cherish every single minute they spend and learn from the mistakes they have made. It all depends on how people interpret and use the fear of death. In “The Nick Adams Stories,” Ernest Hemingway presents a series of short stories discussing a boy’s life in the early 1900s in the Michigan woods. This boy, Nick Adams, has gone through several incidents of encountering death. He not only witnesses death personally in his childhood, but also faces the decision whether or not to help people near him at the brink of death. After he grows up and joins the war, he finally overcomes the fear of death and realizes that death is a required stage of life. Nick could have been restricted by the fear of death, but he learns from the past and applies those lessons to his life. Thus, he is completely comfortable with the fact that he will die eventually and is able to teach his child about the meaning of death. As a result, the experiences of facing death foster Nick to grow rapidly into a respectable and honorable man. The incident of witnessing death in his childhood leads Nick to develop and grow faster than common children of his time. Nick feels the fear of death when staying alone in the woods. This is the first time he encounters the prospect of death. If he remains within the protection of his home, he will not confront this reality. Unlike other children who grow up in safe environments, Nick has to learn survival skills at a young age. Therefore, he has a deeper impression and understanding of death than other children do. In “Three Shots,” Hemingway writes, “Some day the silver cord will break. While they were singing the hymn Nick had realized that some day he must die” (Hemingway 14). The quote obviously shows Nick’s fear in facing death. However, he also overcomes the fear and turns it into a positive power to grow; the positive power that accelerates his development as a respectable character. By having an optimistic attitude towards death, Nick adapts the fear he has experienced and converts it into valuable knowledge in later life. He is not defeated by his fear, but he obtains it in an effective way that helps him to develop as an affirmative and kind character in the future. Throughout watching Ole Anderson’s example of facing death, Nick grows mentally at a fast pace to become a mature man. He realizes that in general a real man does not fight against nor does he escape from death. Instead, a real man would face adversity bravely because he has proved his masculinity. Ole says, “I’m through with all that running around” (Hemingway 67). As a result, Nick finally understands a man’s way of dealing with death. In addition, he sees both the good and evil sides of human nature. He figures out that a man can be as heartless as the killer, but also as gentle as Ole. In other words, he learns from this experience that one needs to be able to protect oneself in this dangerous world. Due to his sympathetic nature, Ole’s example helps him develop the unique characteristic of kindness. Consequently, he learns psychologically from Ole’s attitude of facing death. Stuckey argues, “Nick stands to the victim (Ole) in somewhat the same relationship as the husband in “Indian Camp” stands to his wife. As a result of this experience, he feels quite sure that he will never die” (Stuckey 129). From being afraid of staying alone in woods to being assertive of his capability to withstand hardship, Nick makes this great accomplishment from witnessing death around people nearby him. Readers can also see that Nick becomes confident; he can conquer the fear if he is in the position of the Native American husband. Nick learns and applies knowledge from his past
Death: Are you ready?
So far in class this semester, we learned many concepts from lecture number two about losses and confronting death and we also learned many concepts from the article we read inside and outside of class To Be Ready for Death. I feel lecture number two and this article go hand in hand with each other. With many different concepts that match up with each other. With all I have learned so far. I found five distinct concepts from both lecture two and the article that go perfectly…
HIST133: Medieval Europe: From Rome to the Black Death
from Rome to the
HIST133: Medieval Europe: From Rome to the Black Death
Medieval Europe: From Rome to the Black Death
Course Guide 2015
A survey course covering a range of themes in Western European history
including social and economic developments, government, religion and
warfare (c. 300-1400).
Code: HIST133-15S1 (C) Semester One 2015
15 points; 0.1250 EFTS
Official Course Dates: 23 February…
were measured? 11
Interaction of Race & Gender by J. Carter
Written to assess over time trends in the interactive effects of gender & race on attitudes toward the changing roles of women in the US
Are people more/less accepting of woman employment?
What is health?
Race vs. ethnicity (pay attention, know how to apply)
Race: physical characteristics
Ethnicity: common cultural traits (3: religion, language, beliefs)
What are they?
Nationality: citizenship vs. permanent residency vs. process of…
Analysis of The Last Lecture
The Last Lecture was an incredible insight in to the mind of someone who is terminally ill and wants to pass on his philosophies and wisdom to the world as well as leave a lasting legacy for his children to follow. Randy Pausch did a wonderful job in conveying his emotional and theoretical stance to dealing with his circumstances. The Author kept a positive perspective and did not change his principles on living just because he was dying. This story…
May 5, 2015
Question 2: Phases of Stalin’s Rule
Socialism in One Country is the theory that strayed away from from Lenin’s goal of international socialist reach, to Stalin’s regime of national Communism. Up until Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953, his rule can be followed through different phases. While Major figures such as Leon Trotsky and the deceased Vladimir Lenin were not on good terms with Stalin or his ideals, believing them to be against Marxist theory. Stalin’s rule from the…
The history of Western Classical Music (that is, art music from the Western European Tradition) since 1600 is often divided into the stylistic periods Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern. While the details of these periods is well beyond the scope of this class, I do want to address some specifics of the Romantic period.
This music was heard during most of the 19th century. Its characteristics include an emphasizing of self expression, almost to the level, in…
of the Arts:
Professor: Darius A. Spieth
Art History Program
LSU School of Art
Outline Lecture 1
Where to find answers
What is Art History?
A short history of the idea of
Where to find answers
Print out and Read the Syllabus! (It will answer
almost any question you might have)
Class materials will be posted on Moodle (This
includes Syllabus & my PowerPoint…
in Gandhi’s argument, one could point out that the theorist would directly differ with it’s teaching on truth and violence. Gandhi points out that ones who overcome the fear of death are not necessarily the bravest (Gandhi 49). In the Gita, Arjuna overcomes the fear of death but on the hand has the fear to sentence death to his elders as commanded by Krishna. His personal…
away slaves. One recorded account of slavery is by Solomon B. Northup's autobiography, Twelve Years a Slave which was published in 1853.
Solomon Northup was born a freeman in New York in 1808 (3). His father, who had been a slave until his owner death had granted him his freedom in his, wills (5). In 1829, Northup married Anne Hampton and worked as a laborer in Hartford (6). However, Solomon was captured after being tricked by slave traders to work…
return for this week’s lecture but we did gain three new participants. It was overheard that some of the participants that did not return were not feeling well or were too depressed to attend.
The meeting started 5 minutes late due to waiting for one of the co-leaders to arrive. This was a little annoying because said co-leader did not notify the other two co-leaders of their impeding tardiness. They also walked in while the lecture was in session. To begin the lecture, I welcomed everybody…