Mini-essay #3 on Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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the-kite-runner-featured“My body was broken—but I felt healed,” thought Amir while he was getting beaten to death. In a similar situation to the one years before, Amir now stood next to Hassan’s son, Sohrab, against the same enemy, Assef. Throughout the majority of this book, readers constantly witness Amir’s guilt, regret, and self-hatred of the day he betrayed Hassan. He also looked at himself as a coward and someone who could never stand up for something. Through these instances I have realized that there are two possibilities of why Amir was laughing hysterically while getting trashed around by Assef. One possibility is that Amir is relieved that he is finally able to repay for his sins. Another possibility, that isn’t stated in the book, is that Amir is happy with himself for standing up for someone else and not being a coward.

The first reason Amir felt healed and relieved that he was getting a beating is stated on page 289. Amir’s brokenness used to be on the inside, but now after his body was broken by Assef, it is as if the pain inside is finally able to escape, leave, and be free from Amir. He always felt guilty for not standing up for Hassan when Hassan got raped and even asked Hassan to throw pomegranates at him. However, because Hassan did it unwillingly, Amir still felt unhappy with himself and went on to distance himself from Hassan. Now at last, Amir is able to receive, in his opinion, a suitable punishment for his crimes and be released from this burden. This is why he burst out in laughter and felt healed even as Assef bashed his skull in. Although his life was slipping away from him as each moment passed, he felt more whole than he had ever felt for a long time.

The second reason Amir felt “healed at last” was because Amir was finally standing up for someone. Although he doesn’t say it himself, I believe that Amir is actually proud of himself that he had made it this far just to save a kid he has never met before. He was finally doing what Hassan could do and what he could never do, he was standing up against the enemy. When Assef bullied them before, Amir hid from the problem. When Hassan got raped, Amir ran away from the problem. When Afghanistan had problems, Amir ran away to America. Finally, Amir was taking a stand and going head to head with the problem. For most of his life he had labeled himself as a coward and now, even though he wasn’t winning the fight, he wasn’t a coward and was standing up for Hassan’s kid, something he was never able to do for Hassan many years ago.

 

Living Life with Faith and Purpose

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“Life is meaningless,” flashed through the boy’s mind as he plunged to his death. Since the beginning of time, the meaning of life has been the subject of heated debate, and has even robbed the lives of thousands—at least for those who could not seem to come to a conclusion. With countless possible solutions that have been portrayed through media, books, and people, this question has never been able to be answered until now. That’s right, the answers to all your questions, including the question, “does God exist?” have been found. Through thorough research throughout the dark alleys of Jackie Pullinger’s book, Chasing the Dragon, the cries of Japanese victims in the 2011 disaster, and Jeremy Lin’s response to his recent rise to stardom has revealed the secret that has only been known to few: Life is about making use of what you have to make a difference in the world.

Many people in the world today love to give excuses. Excuses for why they don’t have the time or the ability to accomplish certain tasks. However; even when Jackie Pullinger, a missionary from England, had many doors slammed in her face, she never gave up. It all started when Jackie had a dream that God was calling her to go to Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government rejected her teaching application because they did not have any jobs available for musicians, and the Mission Society rejected her because she was too young to be sent to Hong Kong (Pullinger & Quicke, 2006, p. 19). Nonetheless, Jackie believed that, she “had simply to follow wherever God led,” and felt she “could not lose on this adventure” (p. 22).Therefore, after persuading her parents and praying about it, Jackie left the only world she knew behind and bought a one-way boat ticket to Hong Kong. At the time of her arrival, she had “no means of support, no home, no friends, no nothing,” and only had one hundred Hong Kong dollars on her, but was still determined to do what she had to do (p. 12). Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that everyone has to give up everything and sail half way around the world to share the gospel, or find meaning, but I am saying that everyone should make a habit of making a difference in the world, even if it is just in the little things. Jackie’s ministry was a success, not only because of her natural ability to change people, but because of the influence she left on others; the people she converted helped to change others as well. A nineteen year-old who had been charged for raping confronted Jackie and said that he wanted to know Jesus Christ after witnessing his friends in prison change from being filled with rancor to men with softened hearts. (p. 210). She is still influencing many people today and has already converted brutal triad gangsters, helped prostitutes quit their trade, and treated many drug addicts, all for the betterment of the world.

The Japanese disaster in 2011 is one of many examples of suffering in the world. An earthquake of the highest magnitude was apparently not enough for this country already struggling to recover; soon nature outdid itself by sending a tsunami crashing upon the fragile, damaged shores of Fukushima. At this point, it was assumed things could not get any worse for this humble nation; however, natural disasters such as these seemed to be only the beginning to a “revolution” of disaster for Japan. The force of the waters caused nuclear reactors to crash to the ground; spilling radioactive fuel everywhere. According to Hiserodt, “Estimates of the dead or missing—and by now this latter group must be moved into the dead column—is above 25,000 souls. A half-million residents are homeless, with many in danger of starvation since roads and railroads have simply disappeared (2011).” Yet, in Japan’s distress, most of us only glanced at the news and said, “Oh gosh, that is very sad,” but didn’t do much about it—in fact we did nothing about it. Occasionally being cultural gluttons, we watch whatever is in the media and absorb anything we encounter, instead of wringing ourselves dry to help clean up the filth and blood in the world. Yes, it is true that there were many organizations benevolently coming to Japan’s rescue, but they could only do so much. By previously donating your time to raise awareness to your community or actual money to these organizations, you were already taking action. You may not realize it, but you have the power to influence someone even in Japan, in the midst of utter tragedy; the power to give them the smallest margin of happiness that could change their life.

People in the world today build their life around fame, money, and success. I too have been sucked in and blinded by this belief that has driven society to where it is today. Although having motivation in life can have its benefits, we must strive for excellence with a bigger purpose lurking behind the scenes: to help others see the light. Jeremy Lin has been a perfect example of this. Instead of pulling a “Justin Bieber”, Jeremy Lin was not distracted through his sudden rise to fame and continued to have a strong faith in God; spreading the word whenever he could in interviews and on his YouTube channel. Jeremy Lin’s continual faith in God has also encouraged many people in China to have the audacity to speak out. One internet user even wrote, “Your physical agility has shown me the glory and omnipotence of God (“A ‘Linstant’ Star in China,” 2012).” By spreading the gospel internationally, Jeremy Lin is also fulfilling what Jesus has called us to do in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:17; New International Version)

So there you have it, with these three strong references, you now know the seemingly unanswerable meaning to life. Life is all about using the cards dealt to you in your life to influence the world in some shape or form. This is evident in the lives of Jackie Pullinger, and her life-threatening mission in Hong Kong, the victims of the Japanese disaster, and Jeremy Lin and his faith, as he enveloped in a world full of fame and recognition. God has placed all of us in the right time and place; in a world of suffering, in which we must carry out his plan and vision  by seizing every opportunity given to us.

The Count of Monte Cristo Essay

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00290065-0000-0000-0000-000000000000_00000065-06d3-0000-0000-000000000000_20130320013345_CountScreams echoed throughout Château d’If as Edmund Dantes was whipped on his fourteenth annual anniversary of imprisonment. Before escaping the jail, Edmund had suffered fourteen unfair years in the depths of Château d’If for being wrongly accused of a crime that he did not commit. Suffering plays a major role in The Count of Monte Cristo by setting the stage for the protagonist, Edmund Dantes, to have a passion for revenge, by robbing Dantes of his innocence, and by ultimately proving to Edmund that God never forsakes His people.

Through his experiences in prison, Edmund Dantes developed a fiery passion to punish those who has wronged him. As the movie portrays it, Edmund suffered through fourteen injustice years in the inhumane care of the prison’s warden and guards. Edmund was not only stripped away from his family, girlfriend, and captain status, but on top of all that, he was betrayed by someone he believed to be his best friend his whole life. He was accused for committing a crime that he did not do because of his best friend’s lustful desires to get Edmund’s girlfriend and his jealousy towards Edmund’s happiness and accomplishments. However, the impossible happen when Edmund came into contact with the highly trained and talented priest in prison. It was as if God’s hand was guiding Edmund to discover his true potential by giving him the education that he had not obtained through his former commoner status. After Edmund found a way out of the prison he discovered hidden treasure that made him really rich, became a count, got his girlfriend and son back, and was able to execute revenge on those who had wronged him. So through this suffering, Edmund Dantes was given a gift to become someone better, which enabled him to become more successful than he has ever been.

Edmund Dantes’s innocence was demolished when he was thrown into a world of suffering by people whom he trusted. His eyes were opened and he his innocence was shattered to pieces when he was finally aware of how the world actually was. He was taught a valuable lesson when he was unfairly punished; it was revealed to him that every person in the world has selfish desires and that there are some who will stop at nothing to fulfill that desire. The world isn’t perfect and Edmund was finally able to see this through his naïve pair of worldview glasses. Through his suffering Edmund was able to discover this valuable truth and escape prison as a changed man with many more talents than he formerly possessed.

God proved that He really does give justice when Dantes ended up more successful than he ever could have been after his painful experience at Château d’If. Throughout the movie, Edmund was depicted to have started to lose faith in God because of the things he let Edmund suffer through. However, as his faith was replenished by the priest’s wise words, Edmund was finally able to see that God had been with him all along. In his suffering, Dantes was able to become twice the man that he used to be. He was taught how to fight, how to read, how the world works, and through all that, he was able to use Edmund to carry out justice to the other men who would be evil in God’s eyes. It is true that Edmund was wrongly punished, but at the end, he was the winner and his friend was the loser.

Edmund Dantes was the victim of an injustice plot and had to spend much of his younger years being punished for no reason. However, through his suffering, Edmund developed a fiery passion to have revenge, was revealed how the world actually is, and had his faith strengthened through God’s reward after his years of suffering. He became twice the man he was through gaining knowledge and talents, and thus, became more successful than he could ever have been. After being blessed with a new life as a count and a beautiful family, Dantes must have believed that his suffering was worth everything that was to follow.

 

Analysis

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This poem was pretty straight forward and didn’t contain any deeper meaning or secret messages. My aim was to write a fun and funny story through poetry. Although some readers have told me that this poem was really random, didn’t make sense, or seemed like I just made it up as I went, I actually made it this way so that I was able to make Bob sound crazy. Taking the paragraph refrain idea from the poem “The Cremation of Sam Mcgee,” I decided to do a similar thing in my poem. In my poem Bob is a man who was looking for a job, but was never able to get one. Readers wouldn’t know why he can never get a job until they read through what happens to Bob whenever he goes out. The unbelievable and crazy of how Bob met Thor was on purpose to make Bob seem crazy. At the end, readers are told that everything that just happened was not real and that Bob had imagined it. I used the appearance of a therapist or doctor at the end to show that Bob legitimately has a problem and needs help. Readers then discover that Bob hallucinates whenever he doesn’t eat his medicine, and that is why he can never find a job.

Bob Wished For a Job By Aaron Ng

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There once was a man whose name was Bob,

And all he ever wished for was a job.

He would wake up every morning with a jolly, big smile on his face,

And say, “I am going to find a job today,” but this was never the case.

 

One day, Bob decided to go to the grocery shop,

In hope to find work by cutting pork chops,

But before he could get to the grocery store,

He actually believed that he was stopped by Thor.

With an outstretched arm, Thor commandingly said, “come with me,”

And without hesitation Bob took his hand in jubilee.

 

With their arms interlocked, they rose higher and higher,

Passing people, buildings, and even telephone wires.

That was when Thor said, “I’ve got something important to tell you Bob,

You must go to the mayor’s office and ask for a job.

For I have seen the future, and you must be this city’s leader,

And help this city reach its potential as a world-beater.”

 

With that, Thor swooped down and dropped Bob at the mayor’s building.

Bob demanded an interview, but was told he would have to pay a shilling.

In the interview, Bob tried to explain his destiny and situation;

That he was specifically chosen by Thor to lead this generation.

The interviewer laughed and giggled, but soon realized Bob was serious.

Furiously, the interviewer left the room and said, “You are delirious.”

 

For the next few hours, Bob wouldn’t leave and tried to argue his point;

That Thor was not one who he could disappoint.

The people in the building decided to call the police,

In hope that they could help their problems decrease.

As the police arrived and tried to push Bob into the police car,

He screamed, “You are all going to regret not hiring a rising star.”

 

After being bailed out by his friend,

Bob embarrassingly muttered, “Thank you Doctor Bertrand.”

Once they were out of the police station,

Bob’s doctor asked out in frustration,

“Bob, did you not eat your medicine today,

How else are you going to find a job someday?”

 

There once was a man whose name was Bob,

And all he ever wished for was a Job.

He would wake up every morning with a jolly, big smile on his face,

And say, “I am going to find a job today,” but this was never the case.thors hammer and mighty thor

Analysis

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The reason I wrote about homework is because I think this was most satisfactory rebellious act I have ever accomplished. The first time I did this was during this school year. I would tell my parents I was going to go to my friends house during the weekday to do homework. However, that never ended well as I would end up chilling with my friends and just watch soccer. I would stay over night just to watch soccer instead of doing my homework, simple as that. It was also a good way to get away from all the pressure and stress that my parents put on me about school work and that sort of thing. So that is why I enjoyed going over to my friends’ house and watch soccer instead of doing homework.download