Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture or society because of gender, race, class, or creed. In “Hostage” and “Straw in to Gold: The Metamorphosis of the everyday”, Bruno Sokolov and Sandra Cisneros were both alienated by their society and culture. They seemed and behaved different from others when they were kids; they had been ignored, laughed at, or even feared of by the society. Bruno Sokolov was a fourteen –year-old kid in middle school, but his appearance seemed like an unnervingly adult. He dressed strangely, and has a scar on his forehead. “His ide shoulders, sturdy neck, dark oily hair wetted and combed sleekly back from his forehead like a rooster’s crest, above all his large head and the shrewd squint of his pebble-colored eyes game him an air unnervingly adult, as if, in junior high school, in the company of children, he was in disguise, yet carelessly in disguise”(1201). People were feared to approach Bruno, because of his physique, which people found threatening and scary. He could hardly make friends with his contemporaries and integrate into the school’s environment, and even many teachers were scared of him. Bruno was the leader of a neighborhood gang and had remarkable self-confidence; he also ran for the ninth grade presidency election. “He spoke English with a strong accent, musical, yet mocking, as if these sounds were his own invention, these queer eliding vowels and diphthongs, and he had remarkable self-confidence for a by with his back ground, the son of Polish-Russian our ninth-grade presidency, in a fluke of an election that pitted our teachers’ choice, a ‘good’ boy, against a boy whom most of the teachers mistrusted, or feared” (1201). Although the kids were waiting to see Bruno’s joke, because they thought he wasn’t competent for the president. Bruno spoke liked a politician and his speech was really well. He made his schoolmates felt proud of him. In the story, Bruno saved the narrator from being assaulted by an assailant in the public library, but people didn’t treat him as a hero after his…
Why Students Should not Have to Take Standardized Tests
I don’t believe that high school students should have to pass a standardized test in order to receive a diploma. In my opinion it does not improve academic achievement but it worsens it. I have many valid reasons to support my opinion.
The first reason I believe that high school students should not have to pass a standardized test is because it keeps many good, smart students out of college. Some colleges require a certain…
this mean to me? This meant going new school without the knowledge of whether I would find my niche in that school. To me, transferring to a new school was one of the most intimidating events that I have ever faced. Through these experiences, I have often felt secluded and out of place; however these events have molded me into the affable person that I am today.
Second grade marked the beginning of my long and arduous journey. I went to Castaic Elementary School for Kindergarten and the first grade…
means leaving a school or group for practical reasons, necessities, or disillusionment with the system from which the individual in question leaves.
Most commonly, dropping out refers to a student quitting school before he or she graduates or avoiding entering a university or college. It cannot always be ascertained that a student has dropped out, as he or she may stop attending without terminating enrollment. It is estimated 1.2 million students annually drop out of high school in the United States…
social life there are always those choice we are faced with that can change our lives forever. This occurrence happened to my brother in high school, no one noticed until further down the road but non the less he was still forced to conform to the society he was growing up in.
Growing up my big brother, Pat, was my hero. He was the all star on his high school state championship team, whose quarterback was Carson Palmer, and he seemed to be getting into immense shape. My brother was at the top of…
the leading candidate because of my thirst for success and my quality personality.
As a high school student, I was an athlete and competition fueled my drive and lust for success and recognition. My focus was always on winning and helping my team by any means possible. Although my strengths are unique compared to those of others, I believe that as a unique individual I should and could be a student of high value with nothing but hard work to contribute to this university. I was brought up and cultivated…
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High School Reflection Paper
Mosinee High School
Since I have been in high school for four years now, I have learned many things about life, education, and my future. During my time here at Mosinee High I have been involved in everything I wanted to be in. This has given me a great high school experience. I also believe working has given me as much of an experience as any sport or club I was in did. I have been working since I was 14 and have learned many real life skills that…
ation; they are put in private
schools since birth. Basically their whole life is planned out since the day they start
preschool. An example of this sort of person, would be someone such as Obama. He
had to basically start
developing his plans for going into the government at a very young
. Another example, would be doctors, because they have to start to develop their
skills and take classes starting in high school in order to prepare for med school. But,
they are also seen as very uptight…
Freshman year, I walked into school with my heart racing. It was my first day of high school, and I was as nervous as every other incoming freshmen. My only knowledge of high school up until that point was the horror stories I had been told by alumni. I envisioned walking down the hall and being stuffed into a locker or thrown into a garbage can or robbed of my lunch money, much like in the movies. Needless to say I was petrified.
These ideas dissolved quickly after I spent a few weeks at L-S. I…