Essay 3 Final Draft

Deanna Phipps Jesse Miller Eng. 110-H4 26 April 2017 Hypocrites of Life It was a beautiful sunny day, the azure sky obscured by only a few fluffy white clouds lazily rolling by. We were outside on the driveway with chalk, my five-year-old nephew and I, drawing what we hoped looked like zoo animals. I was in the middle of shading in my sadly distorted lion’s mane when I glanced up to see my nephew standing and grinding his foot in the pavement in the universal “squish-a-bug” twist. “Landon! What are you doing? Stop!” I called over to him, mildly horrified. He looked up with an innocent face. “Why auntie? It’s only an ant. It was crawling on my chalk,” he justified. “Because,” I say, “it wasn’t hurting you. You didn’t have to kill it. It’s wrong.” Morals are principles and standard of living based on what conceived good behavior is. Right from wrong, black from white, as children we are taught acceptable behavior and are expected to comply to society’s rules. These [Read more...]

Essay 3 Draft 1

Deanna Phipps Jesse Miller Eng. 110-H4 12 April 2017 Essay 3 Draft 1 Everything we say or do is based on the laws and codes society has created for us. Unquestioning, we continue on day by day, living life the way we were told to, the way we believe we must. To take a closer look at our moral codes is to shed light upon the controversy of our actions. So that we may live the easy life, the comfortable life, we refuse to acknowledge the truth of our actions, the controversy we’ve created in our moral codes. Our values and customs that have been in place, unchallenged, for decades allow us to continue on in ignorant bliss, allowing us to truly believe we are doing the right thing. But in a constantly changed world, we cannot be tied down to the past. We must adapt along with the world, including our long upheld morals and values. Several authors offer works that expose several of the controversial systems we’ve allowed to grow within society. David Foster Wallace uses [Read more...]

Essay 2 Final Draft

  Emissary of Emotion Incorporeal, exotic, complex, emotions are an inescapable part of life, the foundation of human interaction. In an attempt to convey the mosaic of feelings constantly changing, we turn to mediums of expression. Food, specifically, is a uniquely diverse form of expression used constantly to represent emotions. Several distinctively singular works offer an opportunity to discover just how symbolic food has become in life. Raymond Carver’s A Small, Good Thing illustrates how food plays an important role for the grieving husband and wife, Ann and Howard Weiss, after the horrific loss of their young son, Scotty. Likewise, in A Change in Comfort written by Lindsay Watts, macaroni and cheese acts as a prescription of comfort through the traumatic times of her life. A change in tempo is brought about by Megan Libby in her piece Nana Banana Cream Pie where a lighthearted portrait of family interconnectedness is established through the sharing of a special banana [Read more...]

Essay 2 Draft 2

Deanna Phipps Jesse Miller English 110-H4 27 March 2017 Emissary of Emotion Incorporeal, exotic, complex, emotions are an inescapable part of life, the foundation of human interaction. In an attempt to convey the mosaic of feelings constantly changing, we turn to mediums of expression. Food, specifically, is a uniquely diverse form of expression used constantly to represent emotions. Several distinctively singular works offer an opportunity to discover just how symbolic food has become in life. Raymond Carver’s A Small, Good Thing illustrates how food plays an important role for the grieving husband and wife, Ann and Howard Weiss, after the horrific loss of their young son, Scotty. Likewise, in A Change in Comfort written by Lindsay Watts, macaroni and cheese acts as a prescription of comfort through the traumatic times of her life. A change in tempo is brought about by Megan Libby in her piece Nana Banana Cream Pie where a lighthearted portrait of family [Read more...]

Essay 2 Draft 1

  A powerful, recurring emotional theme is played out through lives every day. The types of food eaten act as a mirror into our emotional state of mind. Preference dictates the specific type of meal established for each emotional occasion. With so many unique opportunities food offers, specific types of food have come to represent certain emotional aspects in life, with the capacity vary culture to culture, family to family. The universal celebration of life is often stapled around a specific person’s interests, with a day dedicated wholly to them. Birthday cake is a regularly customized treat specifically for the recipient, a representation of love and happiness felt by the presenters. Raymond Carver’s A Small, Good Thing follows this well-known tradition as “she ordered chocolate, the child’s favorite. The cake she chose was decorated with a space ship and launching pad under a sprinkling of white stars, and a planet made of red frosting at the ether end. His name, Scotty, [Read more...]

Favorite Meal Essay Draft 2

Deanna Phipps Professor Jessie Miller Eng. 110 H4 22 February 2017 Dish of Life Morning sunlight streams through the large bay window nestled behind the dining room table, countless dust motes twirling through the air. Below rests five sets of empty plates, napkins and glasses filled with cold orange juice or milk, idly perspiring in the warm morning air.  My two sisters and I, along with our mother, sit hungrily before the prepared table. It’s Saturday morning and almost time to eat. The source of the excitement, the reason we’re all sitting at the table, comes marching around the corner. Dad is dressed in his classic flannel pajama bottoms and white crew neck, spotted with grease and flour from his kitchen endeavors. A plate of perfectly crisped bacon resides in his right hand, while his left balances a precariously balanced stack of perfect golden pancakes. Upon quick inspection, I expertly determine which pancakes are graced with chocolate chips. Eager hands reach [Read more...]

Favorite Meal Essay Draft 1

Deanna Phipps Jessie Mullin Eng. 110 H4 15 February 2017 Papa’s Pancakes Morning sunlight streams through the large bay window nestled behind the dining room table, countless dust moats twirling through the air. Below them rest five sets of empty plates and napkins and glasses filled with cold orange juice or milk, idly perspiring in the warm morning air.  My two sisters and I, along with our mother, sit hungrily before the prepared table; it’s Saturday morning and almost time to eat. The source of the excitement, the reason we’re all sitting at the table, comes marching around the corner. Dad is dressed in his classic flannel pajama bottoms and white crew neck, spotted with grease and powder from his kitchen endeavors. Wielding the fruits of his labor, a plate of perfectly crisped bacon resides in his right hand, while his left balances a precariously staked plate of perfect golden pancakes. Upon a quick inspection, I expertly determine which pancakes are graced with [Read more...]