“Now those lonely lullabies…

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Dampen my tired eyes”. – Owl City

Owl City gets it.
Owl City get me.

He gets how I feel.

“Dizzy love turned a star lily pink….”

The lyrics are hauntingly beautiful.

I will share them with you and I want you to listen to this song
Close your eyes
And become enchanted because
This song touches my soul
I believe it can touch your soul too
There is so much pain in this world
Let yourself be moved:

Lonely Lullaby by Owl City
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Symphony of silver tears,
Sing to me and sooth the ring in my ears,
Overcast these gloomy nights wear on,
But I’m holding fast because it’s darkest just before the dawn.

I sang my princess fast asleep,
‘Cause she was my dream come true,
Oh Annmarie, believe me, I loved you.

But now those lonely lullabies,
Just dampen my tired eyes,
Because I can’t forget you.
Because I can’t forget you.

I’ll dissolve when the rain pours in,
When the nightmares take me,
I will scream with the howling wind,
‘Cause it’s a bitter world and I’d rather dream.

Dizzy love turned a star lily pink,
And hung above our lids too flushed to blink,
But icy blue froze the fairytale cold,
Though I treasured you and you sparkled with someone to hold.

I sang my princess fast asleep,
‘Cause she was my dream come true,
Oh Annmarie, believe me, I loved you.

But now those lonely lullabies,
Just dampen my tired eyes,
Because I can’t forget you.
Because I can’t forget you.

I’ll dissolve when the rain pours in,
When the nightmares take me,
I will scream with the howling wind,
‘Cause it’s a bitter world and I’d rather dream.

I’ll dissolve when the rain pours in,
When the nightmares take me,
I will scream with the howling wind,
‘Cause it’s a bitter world and I’d rather dream.
And I’d rather dream.

Annmarie, I’ll never forget you.
Annmarie, I’ll never forget you.
Annmarie, remember me?
I’ll never forget you.
Annmarie, remember me?
I’ll never forget you.
Annmarie, remember me?
I’ll never forget you.
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“Let Yourself Be Moved”: Haemon’s Pathetic Affect

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Although the use of rhetoric is commonly a heated, debatable topic, rhetorical appeals are all extraordinary important in presenting any form of a claim. In terms of the three imperative appeals, there is clearly one that leaves the other two in a cloud of dust. While the ethic and logical appeals can be unmasked with concrete facts, the remaining appeal is left in the gray area, where anyone is free to adjust it as they see fit. Pathos, which is defined as a petition for catching emotions, dominates the potential arrival of change. By reaching a soft spot in a person, it is then possible to alter their view points on a certain matter. Furthermore, this smile you may create or tear you may cause will be visual, even tangible proof that pathos was efficiently exercised.
Pathos is not simple to proclaim, especially to someone of royal blood, much less a king. Creon needs someone to strike him right at the source of his conflict – his heart. Haemon, the “poster child” of pathos, sways his father’s heart in many directions, almost like a light switch. The light of reason can by turned on or off, depending on Haemon’s word diction. In the passage on Page 24, (Scene 3: Lines 80-91) Haemon extracts images from nature, forcing Creon to examine his morals more closely.
Haemon indirectly compares his father to a stubborn tree and goes on to say that Creon will be pulled from his roots. However, the line immensely important to Haemon’s reasoning was when the youth spoke not only to Creon, but to the entire audience as well. These two sentences sit not only in Creon’s mind, but in that of each individual reader as well. “Forget you are angry. Let yourself be moved.” He is plotting it out in black and white, singing it on the roof tops for every person with compassion to hear. The word move causes a need for some kind of change. Whether it be a big or small change, Haemon lays out in his proposal. What he is proposing is for Creon to let loose his rage, and listen to people, specifically “those who can teach”. If someone is knowledgeable in a particular area, let them teach you, Haemon declares. Age is not a factor either, which Haemon concussively, but effectively addresses. Haemon wants desperately for his father to reverse his thought patterns, before Creon goes head over heels overboard and thereby ending his voyage, the troubling voyage of life.

I believe they call it Love

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“I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn’t know you had inside you. And it doesn’t matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends… you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he’ll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you’ll go somewhere new. And you’ll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again. And little pieces of your soul will finally come back. And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, that will eventually begin to fade. “– Kate Winslet, The Holiday.
The misconceptions about what love should be are astonishing to me. It is just simply unimaginable the way that people treat the act of falling in love, and how willing they are to hold out even if they know the fire that was their relationship is out. The quote above even describes an average person, who for the life of them cannot get closure. People act as if love was a battlefield or a competition or one heart break and it’s over. Furthermore it illustrates that love abides by “rules” which it most certainly does not. There is a television show that allows its characters to put their swords away. It takes away the tough guy stereotype and displays a more real lifestyle of men and women. The name of the show is One Tree Hill, and it is about two half brothers who learn to be brothers through hardship and basketball. There are many complicated relationships in this show. For example just when Lucas’s (the title character’s) mother found a man she loved (not Lucas’s real father who left her when she was pregnant with Lucas) Lucas’s real father shoots him in cold blood.( Ironically they were brothers too) Many teenage realities about love come out in the high school, things common to teenagers. The events and the drama and the assumption that love conquers all echo through the empty halls. There is the classic geek named Mouth on the show that everyone grows to love and respect and some geeks they do not. There is the jock, Nathan (Lucas’s half brother) as well as plenty women characters such as Brooke, the popular girl. In their lives there are assumptions about love that develop throughout this intense heart-wrenching show- that love conquers all.

Firstly, it demonstrates that love conquers all. In the show love conquered through a school shooting, a car accident, an abandonment, and alleged infidelity for Haley and Nathan Scott. In the case of Haley and Nathan Scott, they had ever reason to separate and not trust but something stronger than you or I was at hand and that something was love. They stayed married despite themselves and everything going on around them. Even through a shooting which changed their lives forever, in which two people died. Also, through a car accident in which Nathan jumped in the water to save someone, leaving Haley on the bridge not knowing if he would survive. Haley also left Nathan for a while to pursue a solo music career. However, because love conquers all, this couple went through all these things and came out stronger. They have that flicker, that spark that ignites their relationship and a young son to remind them just how lucky they are. Overall the show preaches that true love is forever, and demonstrates that just because one comes from a broken home (as many characters do) that they can still live this happy fulfilling life they deserve. Even their four year old son, while he does not understand love, makes connections that the family unit is happy when mommy and daddy don’t fight. He understands togetherness and hope. His deep blue eyes tell the story.

Another couple conquering life through love on the show is Lucas Scott and Peyton Sawyer. These two were separated due to other relationships, other common teenage drama, and careers but as love conquers all they were able to see past that. Lucas dated Peyton on and off but somehow through fate he and Peyton ended up together. When Lucas won the state basketball tournament he professed his love for her. In writing a book about her years later, he was showing that they really are soul mates whether or not the couple will admit it. He discovers the editor of his book and falls in love with her but they do not go through with the wedding. Lindsay realizes the fire bolt he wrote about in his second book, the one that changed his life and he was waiting to come again was Peyton and Lindsay (the editor) could not deny them true love.

True Love Conquers all. In this TV show, it really does. It knows no bounds and every kind of disaster or obstacle you place in front of the couple, they seem to get through it in a realistic matter. Does love really conquer all? Does it cross racial and religious bounds? Can this so called Love bond everything together despite the impossible? Is love enough? Well, now in this case, Haley and Nathan are on the ropes because of an alleged infidelity of Nathan and the nanny. He faced being paralyzed, losing his basketball dreams, and now his family. With the wedding now called off, one shall wait and see if love can conquer the most difficult element. After all these years do Lucas and Peyton still have admiration for one another? This show displays that Love somehow conquers all, no mountain they will not climb. Somewhere at the top of the mountain something can be seen in the distance- I believe they call it love.

Define Happy (A throwback from when I was 18)

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Currently my life consists of many various ingredients that go into the cake that is Maria Pondo. One starts with an 18th year old girl. Then you add the spices like Polish 100% and Roman Catholic by her own choosing. Being single tops the list of things that are me. Well you factor in my upbringing and environment and you get this – me! You envision a girl who worships every Sunday, is generally concerned with the world as a whole. She loves her heritage and finds it is a part of her heart. Being single is something I have just come to accept. Some things haven’t worked out in the past, but I can’t love someone who will hurt me, and I have been hurt so much, I don’t expect it to happen to me; for someone to come into my life because they care. My standing on marriage is this. It is that both people play an equal role. Respect, honesty, honor, love, and genuine care are merely the basic building blocks of a healthy marriage. Trust is a huge factor. Respecting a woman’s body and wishes in terms of a career. If she wishes to be a housewife, and then by all means be the best you can be. However, if she wishes upon a career and a man denies her this, he is doing both parties a disservice by acting selfishly. Agreeing upon the raising of children is extremely important. The final block of it is a multilayered balance of time between various activities and with the ones you love. Maybe you don’t want to compromise, but let me ask you something. When you get that promotion and your life is thus propelling forward that’s nice, but doe it means anything if you’re alone?

With marriage I believe that the male cannot be dominant as my current life status believes, and that the mother cannot forego her power as a mother. Also, they need to understand what’s best for their partner, not just themselves. To reiterate the point of allowing the mother to choose her career or work out a compromise not just the male. Nothing should be forced. You should act together flawlessly as one. Granted there with be problems as no one is perfect, you by having a solid base of honesty, honor, trust, and respect and work on it when times get tough. Without that base, you need to understand that abuse, infidelity, or separation may follow. I am a strong woman would will not subordinate to commands. I was taught to not be “high maintenance”, but I don’t think some chivalry is so hard to ask for.

The two view points are as different as the sun and the moon. One is the current life that I have on this Earth. One of suffering, but happiness too like life should be. One that makes me feel complete to do hard work, but to find wiggle room to mingle and have fun in a safe environment. I realize from this that I would never change anything about myself, not even my illness. I’m ten times stronger as a result. I will love, live, and do it all. I could potentially live to see all my dreams come true. I understand now how much of a different life I could have by playing with many attributes that make me who I am. Do you know what? Dreams are wonders, and they never retire. I can have a stable marriage with a man who loves me for who I am. He will respect me. I would not marry someone if they weren’t the one. So, fulfilling your hopes and dreams is the way to be. I will care about myself and that very special someone. Together we will bond and form a structured lifestyle without commands and without skeletons in the closet. It is what I choose. My current life would be cold and empty any other way.

Agency?

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Women frequently appear to be portrayed as being inferior to men in many literary works. This inferior portrayal of women parallels that of the way that women are seen in society. Also the condescending behavior of men and society toward women is portrayed. For example women are paid less then men are for holding the same occupation and accomplishing the same work. Therefore, it is only appropriate that in this time period both of the women’s conclusions in their stories are largely based because of their husband’s treatment and behavior toward them. Neither woman has a say in their lives. In “The Story of an Hour” and in “The Yellow Wallpaper” both women are oppressed, trapped, and misled by their husbands.
In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of An Hour” the protagonist is first informed that her husband had been killed on the train. Many wives would explode with tears and express extreme grief due to the fact that their loved one has passed on. Although the main character “wept at once with sudden wild abandonment in her sister’s arms” she escaped to her room soon after in search of solace to ponder the event that had just struck her life” (Chopin 123). She was facing an open window. The window seemed to be a representation of the endless opportunities of the future for her. It was as if a “delicious breath of rain” had refreshed her outlook, and given her life again (Chopin 123). The main character reflects a state of euphoria that she is now free, “drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window” (Chopin 124). There is no sign that her husband has mistreated her in any way, but the marriage seems to have constrained her in such a way that she could not fully experience life to her satisfaction. This exaltation and revival that occurs shows that she had not had the opportunity to enjoy the passing minutes of her life; she was in some way oppressed and trapped by the “powerful bending hers in that blind persistence” However, this sweet joy was short-lived when opens the door to find her husband standing in the doorway taking off his jacket.

God and Pain: Theories

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Demea’s argument that humans are miserable and believing in God somehow alleviates that misery is a simply false argument. Human pain is not alleviated because of a belief in God; it is a combination of reality and mindset, not blind reverence, which accounts for pain decrease. It is impossible that God is the sole reason that your pain diminishes. By painting these pictures of what the world appears like to Demea, he manages to explain his side. Demea begins his argument by explaining in short that the world is a miserable place. This is something even Philo agrees with him about and they go on to give a truly desolate, depressing description of the earth. “Remorse, shame, anguish, rage, disappointment, anxiety, fear, dejection, despair: who has ever passed through life without cruel in roads from these tormentors?” (Hume 61) So is the world really a horrific place where one’s only joy can stem from believing in God, because he helps to take the pain away?

Even the design theory, the theory that if something (a machine) were made that it had to have a designer, is taken into account saying that we were made a put on this earth but happiness was not part of the things we were equipped with, according to Demea. Demea and Philo go to a discussion about how even in nature one is the prey and one predator, the prey always in a state of fear, keeping in mind that entire connection between suffering and how God affects it. Another quite strong argument by Philo is “we are terrified not bribed to the continuance of our existence” (Hume 62). It is not a bribe says Philo that drives us but an internal fear. Fear is not that drives the average person, joy, love, and happiness can just as well be factors.

Philo takes it a step further and says “Man is the greatest enemy of man” (Hume 60). Basically Philo and Demea take a pessimistic look at the world giving many examples leading up to Man being man’s worst enemy is Philo’s argument against Demea. He believes man can easily kill and tame the animals and rise up against all other animals as the superior being. It is our actions toward other humans which Philo raises the biggest eye. We are each other demise. Something that holds some truth, is the plausible argument, man is man’s own enemy, feasible no? It is a strong point even if as a whole the main argument that believing in God is the only way to suffer less in this wretched world. The world is not so wretched, as the two philosophers are only too quick to claim. They neglect to mention happiness, love, pleasure, satisfaction, and humor which all also exist, making it easy to see the world is not that dismal place which they claim it to be.

After Cleanthes does not have much to say, Philo strikes with penetrating questions. He discusses God and his actions with humans. He says “…assert the moral belief attributes to the Deity, his justice benevolence, mercy, and rectitude, to be in the same nature with these virtues in human creatures…” (Hume 63) He continues by explaining how God has the choice of happiness or wisdom, but although he has control he uses his power incorrectly, when he could allow all-good. Philo even asks in the discussion “In what respect, the, do his benevolence and mercy of men?” (Hume 63) Philo is almost pleading looking for a reason why. Cleanthes speaks up and says that Philo is denying his “true intentions”. He points out, much like in this argument that “for every one vexation which we meet with, upon computation, a hundred enjoyments” (Hume 65). Cleanthes is hitting the nail on the head; Philo and Demea have neglected the positive side of life.

It is this side of life, our experience and beliefs and well as reactions to
physical pain as to where the pain comes and goes from. Our aches and pains draw from a source, which is in debate and should not be. Seeing things one sided is dangerous because you neglect the other side (in this case the happiness that exists in life). Like believing the world is flat, not being open minded can lead to a lock on our realm of human intellect. It is not if you believe in God, you world will be less wretched, but rather while believing in God you gain hope and things fall into a balance. One that does not exist with its counterpart; pain and pleasure cannot be single. Thus pain is simply extremely complicated, but its basics is that on action and reaction for a balance in the universe do we feel pain – not connected to our pious beliefs.