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Similarities and Differences Between “The Ways We Lie” by Stephanie Ericsson & “Doublespeak” by William D. Lutz

Similarities and Differences Between “The Ways We Lie” by Stephanie Ericsson & “Doublespeak” by William D. Lutz

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually, they will believe it” Adolf Hitler. If this is the case then, it would be safe to say then that most of the realities that we believe are actually established lies perpetually repeated. […]

Black Boy By Richard Wright: Essay Analysis

Black Boy By Richard Wright: Essay Analysis

What causes cruelty? Cruelty is an intentional and “an atrocious act of barbarity” (Hieover 23) shown to others, especially to others who are in a weaker position, through verbal, mental or physical assault to inflict pain and harm onto them. It is a total willful […]

Summary and Critical Response of “Working at McDonald’s by Etzioni Amitai”

Summary and Critical Response of “Working at McDonald’s by Etzioni Amitai”

In working at “McDonalds”, Etzioni Amitai contends that the place is not suitable for teenagers. He attests that teenage working at McDonald’s deprives teenagers of their quality time in school. On the one hand, the job may seem beneficial in bringing up self-reliant individuals, however, the long-term impact lies from the fact that the jobs do not teach students enough skills that would be essential in their later life; they encourage school absenteeism or minimize attendance; and concurrently affect the teenagers’ values such as opinions concerning dollar worth.

Amitai considers McDonald’s and other fast-foods restaurants type of jobs unfit for teen students due to several reasons. First, teenage jobs are highly structured such that the extensive activities in the job area do not create time for innovation, school involvement, and primary rearrangement. Thus, the future is deprived of innovation and creativity. Moreover, teenagers are only taught how to operate particular things such as machines and not taught how to acquire the skills to do so. While studies show that these teenagers may find it easier to get jobs (subsistent-income jobs) four years later as compared to seniors, their long-term career and marketable skills are likely to be jeopardized especially when they do not have the grades to get them to college. All in all, Etzioni finds youth employment a social problem as it encourages flee from school and school responsibilities, rapid pleasure, poor financial management and an easy way to an entrepreneurial feature of grown-up life. Therefore, parents should help students balance their job and school responsibility or let them delve into schooling.

Critical Response

In his essay, Etzioni demystifies his conviction that working particularly at McDonald and other related restaurants are unfit for teenagers. This may be true to some extent, but under certain situations, it may be suitable. Etzioni is correct by outlining his reasons as to why fast-food restaurants are unsuitable for teenagers. To begin with, these jobs influence school attendance and involvement. Secondly, the experience encountered at restaurants is many times a waste of time. Aside from that, working at McDonald and other fast-food restaurants may be a learning experience for teenage students to manage their finances before getting into the real world.

First and foremost, Etzioni’s arguments are correct where he writes that teenage jobs prohibit schools’ attendance and responsibilities. Almost all work doings and extra-curricular activities are undertaken after school program. It has occurred in several circumstances that a teenager may get a job and still want to keep their sport. With time, they would lack sufficient time to study leading to their poor grades. As they adjust their time for studies by dropping the sports activity, their employer may want them to work more hours, which they are likely to accede to. Eventually, the social problem becomes brim (Schlosser, 2012).

Additionally, Etzioni is convinced that teenage jobs may not give teenagers the skills that would be useful in the long-run. However, this argument has two sides of a coin. Despite the fact that the skills provided may be helpful only for a short time and dropped once the teenager quits the job, some attributes taught can be useful in the future. For instance, due to the high structure of work at fast-food restaurants, efficiency and quick qualities are needed. These attributes are of course useful in the long-term life of a teenager given the complex nature of the world. Besides, challenges encountered at the fast-food restaurants including McDonald, such as one wrongly ordering something, leaves and then comes back to order another, the teenager employee would learn to make the consumer still for him to correct the problem without upsetting the consumer and losing the restaurant’s profits. The attribute of patience is something that would be essential in one’s long-term life and other later jobs (Schlosser, 2012).

Another crucial feature that Etzioni looks only on one side of the coin is where he posits that working long hours in the fast-food restaurants may lead to poor grades and may not allow the students to join colleges of their preference. Besides, the senior students may be disadvantaged after school in finding jobs. However, Etzioni does not consider the fact that after the long-hours jobs, the students’ employers are likely to write impressive referrals for students to get quality and well-paying jobs. The profits from the well-paying jobs may be utilized in paying for college in the future. Besides, numerous scholarships may ask for job experience from applicants and McDonald experience would be instrumental in getting the scholarship.

Furthermore, Etzioni holds, “…but large amounts seem to flow to pay for an early introduction into the tritest aspects of American consumerism: flimsy punk clothes, trinkets and whatever else is in the last fast-moving teen craze.” By this, Etzioni suggests that the fast-food restaurant jobs teaches student’s bad financial habits. This may only be the implication of having money at their hands while in young-age, however, financial management or money habits are not the responsibilities of McDonald in the first place. On the contrary, having money for their effort would teach teens to spend money shrewdly. When they run to spend on ‘unimportant’ things, they, later on, realize that their mistakes mess them up. Besides, teenagers tend to solicit money to spend, once they are in debt, they realize the importance of putting on unnecessary costs to pay debts. Thus, McDonald’s and other related restaurants teach students to have good money behaviors in the long-run. Besides, people learn from mistakes.

In conclusion, despite outlining the implications of working at fast-food restaurants, Etzioni was not all-inclusive when it comes to the advantages brought by teenage jobs in preparation for their future real life. He relied more on the con side at the expense of the pro side. It would be more comprehensive if he would highlight both the bright and dark picture of why or why not teen students should work at fast-food restaurants.

 

Reference
Schlosser, E. (2012). Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

World Literature: Essay Example

World Literature: Essay Example

Hind’s feet is a story about the transformation of the life Much Afraid, a non-believer, to a mature believer. It highlights the steps undertaken by the Much-Afraid who was previously a non-believer, but latter accept the Christian faith. At first, she was weak but she […]

The Politics of the Cuckoo’s Nest Essay

The Politics of the Cuckoo’s Nest Essay

Some have said that you can’t escape politics and there are many ways this is true. In writing about a fictional psychiatric hospital in Oregon, Ken Kesey revealed that politics can even play a significant role in this type of institution. In this novel, the […]

Essay Analysis: Stories of Prophets in the Suras of “The Quran”

Essay Analysis: Stories of Prophets in the Suras of “The Quran”

The Quran is a justification of Holy Scriptures in the Muslim religion or faith. The Quran has the composure of different prophets also believed to have been revealed by God to guide the people. Muslims believe every prophet was assigned a different role in a different location. Many stories are told about prophets in the Quran, for instance, the story of Joseph as stipulated in the Quran (Pg 88). Joseph son of Jacob was called into prophet-hood by the almighty Allah so as to save the people from hunger. God brings a revelation to Joseph through a dream where he dreams of eleven stars, the sun and the moon all bow to him. The revelations further continue appearing to Joseph. However, his father restricts him from informing his brother because they could turn against him. The life of Joseph in Israel was just dismay to a point where his own brothers sold him as a slave to Egyptian traders. The story about Joseph in the Quran is to expound to the believers the wonderful call of a young man who later became a dream interpreter and a very significant person in Egypt (Pg 88). During a time of hunger in Egypt, Joseph fed many people in the far places including his own family from Israel just because he was blessed. Joseph had God-given authority to control all food stores in Egypt and thus used the blessing to save his own people. So, just like other prophets in the Quran Joseph had an obligation of bringing all believers together and inform them of the good news of one true God.

The Quran also presents to another prophet known as Jonah (Pg 82). Jonah descended from just the human structure just like other prophets had been chosen by the Almighty Allah. Jonah’s significance in the Quran is not widely pronounced like other prophets, however, Jonah’s significance as a prophet was to spread the Holiness of God to the people ask them to be trustworthy to the one Lord. His message to all believers has also turned away from their wrongs and recognized one true God who is merciful and giver of life.

In conclusion, another prominent prophet in the Quran is Prophet Mohammed and the most known and proclaimed prophet as the founder of Islam as a religion. Prophet Mohammed’s story in the Quran is centered on his humility as a prophet of God. (Pg 71). It is so strange that the non-Muslims believers are the ones who consider Prophet Mohammed as the founder of Islam. According to the Moslems, Prophet Mohammed is just a prophet whose message was to restore the unchanged and monotheism faith of Adam, Moses, Abraham, and Jesus in Islamic prophecy. He is a prophet whose prophecy begins with a revelation from Angel Gabriel at the age of forty, and it goes on for twenty-three years. The twenty-three revelations are believed to have founded the Quran in the Islamic faith. His birth in Mecca was followed up by many persecutions from non-believers who forced him to seek refuge in Madinah where he continued spreading Islam as far as Peninsula. His message is just for all Islam faithful to worship one God and also be compassionate, honest and brave.

The Trickster; Odysseus by John Lim Essay

The Trickster; Odysseus by John Lim Essay

Characters portray different traits to enable them to overcome certain events within a play or poem. Poetry aims at portraying different themes with the focus being on characters and the manner in which they interact with other characters. Odysseus is portrayed as a trickster in […]

Martin Luther King and His Fight Against Racism: Essay Analysis

Martin Luther King and His Fight Against Racism: Essay Analysis

The main features and strategies that Dr. Martin Luther King mentioned in his famous 1963 speech focused on racism which was a great issue in the United States in the mid of the 20th century. The main targets of racism were the African Americans who […]

A Different Lens: An Analysis of the Haunted House by Virginia Woolf

A Different Lens: An Analysis of the Haunted House by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf’s “A Haunted House” tells of the experience a young couple has with a ghostly couple that haunts their home (“Martin”). This story was told through the perspective of the wife from the young couple residing in a centuries-old house.

The story was narrated in a very unconventional way. It made a very interesting turn up as the author introduced the setting with the words “Whatever hour you woke there was a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting here, opening there, making sure–a ghostly couple.” With this kind of introduction, the author was able to set a daunting and at the same time mysterious ambiance where the readers could take-off thereby igniting an interest to continue reading.

By creating vague references, Woolf was also able to shape the situation of the ghosts’ finding of something they called a treasure (“Martin”). The manner in which the author described the scene appeared as if the ghosts were touring the entire house, looking for something and reminiscing in the past and associating their experiences not only in everything that they found but also in every corner of the house that they visited. The way in which the author wrote the phrases of the story’s body carried the reader into the world where the ghosts left. So as the story progresses, the reader was also able to get inside the world of the story.

However, the plot gets a little bit confusing due to the circumstances and words used by the author, which tended the reader to follow the persona’s thoughts carefully. This led to a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the story. Thus, the writing technique influenced the readers to understand the story at a deeper level far from those just described by the author. That is, coming up with the thought that a treasure is not merely the gold, the glitter, the money – not the material things. Hence, the treasure is about finding fulfillment, joy, and love within each others’ arms; sharing that unexplainable feeling of affection and deep love for each other; spending life together, even after death, even in spirit. In addition, this was achieved by looking past the text and digging into the persona’s consciousness, associating his every thought and experience in it (“Martin”).

The text created a visual and emphatic representation of the persona’s world. Moreover, it was able to make the reader feel the story’s mystery and surprise, through creating confusion and enlightenment and learning of love and joy that transcends the living and the dead’s world. The author was able to do this through subliminally demanding the reader’s full attention to the details that she presented and represented.

This story introduced a different world and Martin was right when he said that the story is a fine (re)introduction to the world of modernism where reality is defined through many eyes, and which explores the abstraction and the adventures of the mind.

 

References
Martin, Robert S.” Fiction Review: Virginia Woolf, “A Haunted House”. Pop Culture. February 3, 2009.

Conflict is a Major Issue in Othello Essays

Conflict is a Major Issue in Othello Essays

1. Even though Brabantio claims that it is through the use of spells and charms that Othello has managed to seduce his daughter, it is amply clear to anybody who is even slightly aware of the Elizabethan notions of race and skin color that it […]