Monday, November 21, 2016

Shamefully Nappy

           In the personal narrative "Shame" by Dick Gregory, Gregory explains a childhood experience that manipulated his views of himself and the world around him. Gregory writes to analyze the idea of shame and its affect on the people. He strategically uses repetition and pathos to portray this purpose. Throughout the text Gregory uses the term "daddy" as more than just a father figure but a privilege or an advantage everyone had over Gregory "And she had a Daddy, and he had a good job (Gregory, 2)". The word is glorified and in this time period if you had a daddy you privileged and fortunate. Being fatherless made feel indignity of who he and his family had. This relates to the purpose of the text as Gregory craves a "daddy" and through the use of repetition we feel his longing  to feel socially comfortable . Through Gregory's mortification the reader feels how deeply greed can affect one. 
        Gregory also uses a pathos to emphasize his purpose. In the text Gregory describes his first love and how she was everything he wanted. "Everybody's got a Helene Tucker, a symbol of everything you want (Gregory, 2)." Through Helene tucker Gregory is able to express his feelings and the innocent intentions he had with her. She was the reason for Gregory's desire to not be shameful and to be well off in society. Helene was Gregory's first love and later when he is embarrassed in front of her brings a pity and realization to both Helene and the readers. The use of love helps to describe the purpose as it helps shows that shame is something an innocent young boy felt as he tried to impress the only one he cared for. As the readers root for love it all comes crashing down as the brewing idea of shame comes through and really shows itself as an entity of society towered by ranks and class.
         In the text Gregory writes "..wish my hair wasn't so nappy (Gregory,2)". It reminded me of my own hair and how it has grown over time. Most people don't speak out about my hair as it is amazing. But often enough I read comments and hear stories of people being shamed for keeping their hair naturally the way it was meant to be and it just sounds so idiotic to me. Your hair is your hair and no one should have anything to say about YOUR hair as it is none of their nosy business. Also people should embrace with whatever they were born with and do whatever the hell they want with their hair. Whether its permed, natural, or filled with extensions it is your hair and you shouldn't let someone who barely has hair bring you down. I can honestly say I love my hair and am not shameful of its nappyness

Monday, September 26, 2016

Year Round Schooling

             Year round schools seem as a good idea; students will be out of the house, teachers will get paid more, and teachers will be less focused on time and would start prioritizing student comprehension. Finally. However this is just unrealistic and unacceptable. Being a junior in high school i can say i've come to know the public school system and how it works. It drags us from our warmth and comfort ,stuffs us into 45 minute classes with classmates we don't have a care talking to and with teachers stressing more about how we don't have time rather than discussing the actual lesson. Now this only goes on for about 10 months before we are back to our regular schedule of enjoying our adolescence. 
              Making the schools year round is a terrible idea as a counter part of school is stress. These years in an adolescence life is all about making life decisions and finding out who we are. With this comes fear and anxiety that students just can't cope with. One of my friends experiences severe anxiety around exams and often goes off the grid for a while before actually confronting her problem. Having that summer break for just 2 months really helps to just relax and take a breather. It also serves as motivation as most students think 'Just 2 more weeks and we'll be done'. In a survey  conducted by NBC news studies found that high school students are under more stress than adults. Students need this break to truly relax and find themselves. 

     I used a semi colon because I wanted to expand upon the first sentence and instead of creating two different sentences I connected the two. I also used Zinsser's tip on moss changes because it helped switch over to may purpose of this letter. Lastly I used contractions because it kept my writing casual and informal.