Letter Fits Word Nothing is meant to be caged; so is our foot. Foot binding started in Sui Dynasty, stemming from folklore. One day when Emperor Yang of Sui sightseeing River Dong, one girl was selected to tow a boat for the Emperor. Hoping to end Emperor Yang of Sui’s tyranny, the girl bound a bayonet under her foot, trying to kill the Emperor. As the Emperor approached her, she took off shoes and stabbed at the Emperor, but she failed. Since then, the Emperor ruled that all women should bind their foot as small as no bayonet can be hided. “The American political scientist Gerry Mackie, an expert on social norms, gives the example of a large group of families in a rural area south of Beijing, in which 99 percent of women born before 1890 had bound feet.” In the early 20th century, some people started an against-foot binding campaign in China, committed to liberate women from this painful rule; however, the movement did not run smoothly. From Sui Dynasty to early 10th century, a thousand years have passed, and foot binding, along with the years passed, regardless of its antihuman character, became a major social trend. Women with tiny foot were, to our surprise, welcomed; and those with “normal”-size foot were “monsters”. The tiniest feet — three-inch “golden lotuses,” as they were known — were important as a sign of status for women who could afford not to work in the fields or walk to market; the bound foot was a sign and instrument of chastity too. To those with knowledge and normal aesthetic standard, foot binding was teeming with sickness, rending people sense of low culture. This huge disparity between modern and ingrained way of thinking unmasks us an alarming predicament: as the society marches toward its future, the mainstream social conception is unable to keep pace. In The Art of Social Change, essayist Kwame Anthony Appiah, using the example of foot binding, suggests that no easy change can be made to a “thousand-year-old practice. With the huge progress made by The Industrial Revolution, Western countries, from 17th century, such as England and Germany, started to use steam power in factories, as well as replacing old carriages by trains as a long trip transportation tool. However, Chinese Qing Dynasty, trying to protect itself from being invaded and preserve its ‘culture’, adopted the Seclusion Policy. Foot binding was considered an important ‘culture’. We can see that, even in the era where people started to use technology to better their daily life, people’s conceptual ability still remained in the past. Despite the unimaginable difference between today and thousands years ago, some people are still immersed in the past way of thinking. Against Exercise exposes how the idea of Mark Greif, a 21st century writer, contradicts with present mode of thinking. Effected by ancient Greek culture, Mark Greif concludes that modern exercise, which intends to build exercisers into good shape, changed what nature intended to do on us, and we have deviated from the traditional Greek “box gym” to the more quantitative and obsessive modern form of exercise. Also, he agrees with Ancient Greeks, whose exercises have belonged at home with other processes it resembles: eating, sleeping, grooming, and cleaning. It is true that in the past, humans would not have needed organized exercise, since a hunting or farming lifestyle was strenuous enough to provide adequate physical exertion. However, centuries have passed and we live in a sedentary world nowadays, an era when eating foods promotes weight gain and disease. Letting one’s body function in a “natural state” in this present day and age leads to the disintegration of health. A natural state at this point is not a healthy one. Attempting to exercise at home may be a solution, but many individuals lack the willpower to force themselves into work without external pressure. Going to the gym, in front of other individuals, is like a promise to oneself to maintain health.
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Reading Guide for The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Summer reading book—11th Grade Honors American Studies
REMINDER: Skip the section called “The Custom House.” Begin with Chapter 1.
Before Reading: Please complete the column labeled “My Belief.” Write “A” if you agree and
“D” if you disagree with each statement. After Reading: Write “A” if you think Puritans in The
Scarlet Letter would agree and “D” if you believe they would disagree. Be prepared…
book Letters to Jennifer by James Pattersons, there is an important lesson that Grandma Sam teaches to Jennifer. While Jennifer remembers the summers she spent at her grandmother’s house and all the important lessons Sam has taught her, Jennifer remembers the time she was about to leave and her grandmother gave her a jar to fill up with seashells and sand. Jennifer kept coming back and Grandma Sam kept sending her back outside saying the jar wasn’t full. Finally Sam told her to fit the…
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Quick tips for writing a letter of intent/personal statement
for a graduate program
A personal statement or letter of intent is what it says, a statement outlining your intent to enter a
program, explaining why you want to do this and why you are equipped to pursue this course of
You can assume that the institution really wants the answers to five questions:
• What are you applying for?
• Why are you interested in (and…
Paul recently visited the island of Crete, and after planting a few small churches left Titus on the small island near Greece as he likely return to Macedonia. Accord to the traditional understanding, this letter was written between the first and second imprisonment of Paul that eventually led to his death. In fact, “Paul passed this island as a prisoner journeying on ship from Jerusalem to Rome in AD 61.” Scripture is clear that Paul wanted to go to the…
Everything is made from atoms, including you. Atoms are tiny particles that are far too small to see, even with a microscope. If people were the same size as atoms, the entire population of the world would fit into a box about a thousandth of a millimetre across!
We usually imagine atoms as being like tiny balls:
To make diagrams simpler we often draw atoms as circles:
There are over a hundred different types of atom, and these are calledelements. Each element has a special name…
quickly. Old-fashioned traditions are thus tailored according to the taste of modern people. For example, instead of writing letters, which is time-consuming and slow, people now prefer emails and texts.
However, in the aim of advocating a dying way of communication, the advertisement relates effectively to its customers in three ways. First, the creative “touch” between the letter and the little girl expressed a strong spine. The image of the Dad coming out from a paper while holding his daughter steadily…
How to Study
Take good notes
a. Use an Outline format
b. Listen for key points
c. Listen for key words
d. Stay alert (and awake)
e. Don’t try to write down every word
f. Sketch visuals, but don’t worry about every little detail
Go over your notes soon after class to fill in gaps
NEVER miss class the day before a test or quiz!
Establish a standard time for studying
a. Don’t choose a time when you are likely to be tempted by other distractions.
b. Choose a time when you will be mentally alert…
according to the type of error:
Dianna/Dionna – (Graphophonic) The student incorrectly pronounces the word based on the vowel medial position. The letter “A” can make the “aw” sound like the letter “O”
Great/Greet – (Syntactic) – The student missed this words twice, but self-corrected the second time. The student knows the “ea” can make the same sound as “ee”. The student realized the word does not fit with the story.
Tooted/Taughted (Graphophonic) Student once again uses the “aw” sound. The mistake…
was working at his part-time job Jacob had to run to Grandpa Portman's house because he was having another fit. Grandpa Portman was getting old and delusional and often believed the "monsters" were coming for him once again. However this time his fit lead Jacob to finding him next to death out in the woods behind his house. It seemed he had been attacked by some kind of animal. His last words were to warn Jacob to go to the island because it was not safe here and to admit there was something he should…
In writing my rhetorical analysis of Benjamin Banneker’s letter to Thomas Jefferson, I would have been more successful and possibly earned a higher score if I would have, gave more elaboration and support within each paragraph, used better structuring of paragraphs and elaborated vocabulary and transitions, and took more time to connect with the prompt.
In the opening of my first body paragraph, I gave basic reasoning of how Banneker used emotional diction while writing to Jefferson. I successfully…