Monday, January 5, 2015

Hope and Fear

Hope and Fear are both very strong thoughts in our everyday lives. We walk on the sidewalk in fear of getting hit by a car on the road, and we work hard at our job in hope of making money and creating a better world for everyone. Which one is stronger is strongly debated and in my mind they are equal. Every choice we make between the 2 have both factors in the decision and I don't think, in my case at least, that one outweighs the other.Yeah I turn in my school work (most of the time) in hope of getting good grades and being able to have a successful future, but I also turn it in in fear of not turning it in and having a bad future. Every hope you have has a fear attached to it if the opposite were to happen.

In class we read a story called MAUS II by Art Spiegelman and it is a story about a man talking to a counselor about his time spent in a concentration camp ad his wife is also at the neighboring concentration camp. Throughout the story the main character does his jobs assigned in fear of not doing them and getting either beaten or killed. Yet he says throughout his whole experience in the concentration camp he did everything he could in hope of making it out alive and being reunited with his wife. That's another example of why every hope you have has a fear attached to it, and vice versa.

The book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a great example I think. Okonkwo runs his whole life pretty much in fear of ending up like his father and people respect him out of fear and that if they didn't, he would hurt them. He is a scary leader but that also gets his job done and is, in my own opinion, a pretty efficient way to do it. We follow the rules in our lives in fear of going to jail if we don't follow them, which is kind of like how Okonkwo leads.

One example of pieces of work we could talk about in this blog was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and it was a perfect example. Katniss ends up having to go compete in the Hunger Games for a 2nd time along with a group made up of all other victors. In fear of getting killed or tortured by the capitol she goes and competes in the Hunger Games again, even though part of winning the games is you will never have to compete again. Although Katniss is scared of going into the games and getting killed, the capitol also fears her a lot. They make the games these ways to try and kill off Katniss Everdeen in a relatively civil way because she is becoming a symbol of the rebellion of the districts, which obviously the capitol does not want. Katniss goes into the games in hope of winning and coming out alive, as well as many of the audience.

One final example I'm gonna use is the short story The Lady and the Tiger, by Frank Stockton. In this story a peasant worker falls in love with the daughter of the king of the kingdom which outrages the king that the worker would think he would be worthy enough to love his daughter. Although the princess and the castle worker are in love the king forces the peasant to do what every other person does when they do something unjust, go into the arena. In the arena there are 2 completely identical doors and behind one is the fairest maiden in the kingdom for which he is to be married to immediately, and behind the other is a beast that will kill you immediately. The choice is your to pick the door and the man goes into the arena like any other and stands in front of the doors. He looks up to the princess who knows what is behind each doors and she moves her hand ever so slightly saying to pick the right door. The man picks that door and then the story ends without telling us what is behind that door. Everyone wants to believe its the maiden and that the princess chooses for him to live, we can't know for sure. She may have sent him to the beast in fear he would fall in love with the maiden, or maybe she sent him to the maiden in hope that her love would find a way to be happy without her. We don't know what's behind the door, except the peasant follows what she chose for him in hope that the princess would point him towards the door that would leave him the happiest. Maybe the happiest for him is dead if he can't be with her and maybe the happiest is with the maiden, we will never know.

1 comment:

  1. Nice work, Josie! You do an excellent job of blending in literature, life experience, and our discussions from class. You make some good conclusions, too. You bring in work from inside and outside of class and find a way to create a cohesive blog. I enjoyed reading this. Thank you!