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Ambition       Ambition must be made to counteract   Ambition, itself its greatest hindrance.   Old ambitions are so often attacked,   Crushed, replaced, leaving only an imprint.   See, Ambition’s prey is satisfaction,   Satisfaction, the result of getting.   Getting, the end of a vast reaction,   Catalyzed by a sneaky Read more…

ROBERT C

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw     This quote reflects George Bernard Shaw’s economic beliefs, although it can be interpreted in a few different ways. For example, in America today, we have a progressive tax system, established in part by the Read more…

ROBERT C

The author for the state of Alaska is Paul Greenberg, a critic and editorialist for the New York Times. As he travels through Alaska, Greenberg provides his story and goes into fine detail to describe to the reader what he sees. At times, the story seems promising. When Greenberg lands in Alaska, he encounters a Grand Aviation dispatcher who tells him, “If you’re here to write an article, you’ve got a lot of material.” The reader is filled with hope. What will they learn about the largest state in the United States … what does “a lot of material” refer to? Unfortunately, Greenberg does not pursue Alaska’s scope and variety any further; instead, he chooses to focus on the two friends that he meets in Alaska. Greenberg goes simply through his journey in Alaska: his conversation with Jac upon arrival, his meditations on Alaska’s Yu’pik Eskimos and nature, his fishing journey with Jac’s friend Ray’s family, his conversation with Jac after his return, and his departure from Alaska. This essay seems like a casual run-down of events relayed by Greenberg to the reader – in fact, it seems more like “Why I Live at the P.O.” by Eudora Welty than an informative essay.

ROBERT C

Roosevelt, Vidal; Reagan, Buckley        The two modern political traditions of our country are liberalism and conservatism, and they can be characterized by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, respectively. These two men established standards of excellence that politicians now aspire to. Gore Vidal and William Buckley Jr. are two of the most Read more…

ROBERT C

Morality and Perspective in Eudora Welty’s Flowers for Marjorie and A Memory The great thinker Socrates once said, “A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.” This statement of Socrates reflected his frustration with an Read more…