Loss Read P. 305 Leaving Essay

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" The differences in these two lines seem to be only a matter of syntax but in actuality, it also differs in the meaning. The King James Bible version makes it seem like the Lord is making the individual do something, as if by force or obligation, while the Puritan version states that the Lord causes the individual to do something, as if out of their own will. This alone relays the message that faith itself is driving the action, not a perceived obligation.

Another distinction between the two translations can be found with the lines "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: / and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (King James Bible) and "Goodness and mercy surely shall / all my days follow me. / and in the Lord's house I shall / dwell so long as days shall be" (Puritans). Both of these lines appear to be relaying the same message, however, it is the delivery of the syntax that differs. Again, the Puritan version puts more emphasis on the faith itself and on the natural occurrence of the events, while the King James Bible version writes as if there is some sort of obligation toward the believer from the Lord.

The different translations mainly differ because of the time period in which they were written. The different types of English used emphasize some aspects more than others, and even though the Puritan version has more of a faith component to it than the King James Bible does, they are both referring to the same thing. They are both trying to capture an audience and by doing so, their translations need to reflect the particular group that they are trying to appeal to.

5) the Best Advice I've Ever Received

The best advice that I have ever received was to be patient. It can be difficult at time to wait around when you want something to happen quickly, but in reality, in order for a person to truly appreciate what is coming for thwm, they have to wait. This has been important to me in every aspect of life. From being patient about internships or potential job offers, to being patient with people themselves, it has helped me get through a lot of tribulations. In order to fully appreciate the value of something, waiting for it has to be the best method of understanding.

The wisest statement that I've ever heard is that good things come to those who wait for it. This is particularly important because as I mentioned earlier about having patience, this also goes along those lines. In order to fully appreciate something, it must be waited for. Sometimes one is so desperate for things to come right away, that one loses focus on the end goal and instead tries to take shortcuts in order to get there. In the end, that ends up being the worse route to take. However, if one patiently waits, and does things the right way to achieve that end goal, it is that much fruitful in the end.

6) Worlds of Wisdom (Read pages 349-359)

Different beliefs are expressed in different manners in order to fully encapsulate its messages. This can often be seen in didactic literature that express particular religious beliefs. Two pieces of wisdom literature that contrast each other, and also of which I both agree with and disagree are "Philosophy and Spiritual Discipline" by Bhagavad-Gita and "Night" from the Koran. These two different philosophies show the distinct views that individuals can have on their own religious affiliations, as well as on their spiritual selves.

My beliefs are a bit contradictory with what is said in "Night" from the Koran. I do agree with the spiritual message that it is trying to express, however, I disagree with the lack of control that the piece allows one to have over our own spiritual self. It puts complete control on a greater God, and completely puts our future onto him. It also states that one should live for this God and only do things to please God, but I do not agree with that at all. The piece that is most reflective of what I believe in is in "Philosophy and Spiritual Discipline" by Bhagavad-Gita.

"Philosophy and Spiritual Discipline" allows one to live for oneself and not to please others. It actually discourages this. In order to be true to yourself, you must not indulge in material things, nor want what others have. You must stay level-headed and in control at all...
...This is something that I believe in whole-heartedly. In order to truly learn how to appreciate love and yourself, you need to live for yourself and have faith in yourself. This emphasizes on having control over your own well-being is what I agree with most in this piece.

Both pieces express ideas that I both agree with and disagree with. Every piece has an audience and that audience feels connected to whatever they belief in, and it is this that makes both of these pieces so powerful. Their differences are only minor when you look at the bigger picture. They are religious thoughts that both seek to bring comfort to their respective believers. Even though it is my personal opinion that they are in direct contrast to each other in the main message delivered, their sense of believing in spirituality actually make them more similar than not.


Standing up for one's beliefs speaks louder than sitting back and waiting for a change to occur.


Using metaphors actually adds a deeper meaning in order to convey a moral message. By adding a metaphor to the point that you are trying to prove, it provides readers with an example of exactly what you are referring to. This can be seen in the line "the taste lingers, but it too fades" in "Philosophy and Spiritual Discipline." Although it is a metaphor stating that material things are here one day and gone the next, using a metaphor puts the action in perspective and allows one to fully embrace its meaning. This can also be seen in the line, "When like a tortoise retracting / its limbs, he withdraws his senses…" Comparing this action to a tortoise allows the reader to take a second look to truly analyse and understand what the writer wants to say. This is exactly what metaphors are meant to do.

7) Persuasive Writing Techniques (Read pages 427-437)

Logical appeals are made in order to get people to realize whole-heartedly that there are problems that need to be solved in a society that seems to be ignoring them. In this case, Swift has ideas on how to make societal hierarchies dwindle a bit, but no one seems to want to listen to him. Satire though, does not work really well here, because it is here that he wants people to actually take him seriously. No one wants to hear over and over again how unjust society is or what the proposed solutions are, which is why Swift left these for the end. He states that in order to help poor people out, they should be given jobs, "…adding those who are beggars by profession to the bulk of farmers, cottagers, and laborers…" He also proposes taxes on the rich in order to help out the poor.

Emotional appeals are effective when one takes into consideration the subject matter. In this case, satire is fully welcomed in order to understand the extent of the damage that is being done to the lower class. By allowing people to see just how bad these people are doing, it might move the upper class people to want to do something about it. Using the examples of how these children end up living, and eventually who they end up becoming, "criminals" by circumstance, people are allowed to view just how bad their situation really is by appealing to their emotions.

Ethical appeals seem to be in the entire essay, and it is here that satire is welcomed the most. Eating babies is just a disgusting image to even think of, which is why it is so effective. When one thinks about the fact that eating children is the way to solve this problem, it makes one wonder how bad the problem really is. Swift draws a parallel to the fact that some of these children end up dying of hunger anyway, so why not cook them and eat them in order for the greater society to benefit. Because this in itself is so unethical, it catches people's attention and draws them to the bigger issue at hand.

8) a Modern Proposal

Problem: Poverty

Solution: Making everyone feed themselves and clothe themselves with the trash and litter from the street. It will give them something to do and at the same…

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