An Analysis of Two Works: “The Great Gatsby” and “Approaching Thunder Storm”

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Art has long been in existence beginning from the cave paintings of the prehistoric era and has since branched into various forms that can be touched, seen, heard, smelled and tasted – even cooking has evolved to be titled “the culinary arts”. However, although man’s methods of making art have developed throughout time, the roots from which the art of man stems – his feelings and thoughts – have not. Art is ambiguous and tangible; but its subject of emotion is universal. Two entirely different works could be analysed and their fundamental ideas could be the same. In the comparison between an 1859 art piece titled “Approaching Thunder Storm” and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, there naturally exist similarities of motifs, scenes, and character. The theme conveyed by the landscape painting through its colour and composition is similar to that of The Great Gatsby, in which both works suggest an image of solitude inherent in man as a result of his individual failures and yearnings.

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Should the government continue unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed within the United States?

Concerns for American individualism and character in the 21st century have early origins that date even prior to today’s era, among them the concept of work ethic and the American Dream. According to an academic journal published by the International Social Science Review, this could be explained by dramatic transitions in the workplace, which while seemingly improving in higher quality jobs and more educated workers, also was regressing with a lack of employer support for work ethic. The issue at hand was that intrinsic motivation and interest to work hard therefore no longer existed, as Americans increasingly pursued money and other extrinsic factors. Despite the journal being published in 1989 and in a vastly different context, these same concerns are still controversial as people debate over the current state of the American work ethic today.

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The Death Penalty at a Glance in the Future – Or Not

Capital punishment in the United States has been an enduring topic of controversy for decades, as its opponents present practical and ethical concerns while supporters justify the punishment’s necessity in deterrence, retribution, etc. According to the book Capital Punishment: The Revised Edition written by H. Henderson, the death penalty’s 1972 case of Furman vs. Georgia led to a Supreme Court moratorium on executions, until restoration in 1976. Since then it has been in decline, both in public opinion as recent polls show that support for the death penalty is the lowest since its 1976 reinstatement, and in practice as geographical disparities, racial bias, and other issues have become apparent. Despite this, Gallup (2016) showed a 60% majority of public support for the death penalty, and so the debate over its abolishment continues. With a change in context under the new Trump administration, and a vacancy on the Supreme Court about to be filled, this gradual decline in capital punishment may be officiated by abolishment or countered by reinforcement. The situation at hand thus demands the need to address the direction of where the death penalty is heading – whether it should be abolished, reformed, or kept – and other factors such as who may instigate legal action, on what grounds, and possible consequences. Given these findings upon which this report will elaborate, the death penalty cannot be continued within the United States and its abolition is necessary and inevitable.

Credits: High Road for Human Rights via Flickr

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Yulin Dog Meat Festival: A Battle for Animal Welfare

The arrival of summer unleashes a constant sequence of celebrations worldwide, whether for vacation, birthdays, or patriotic holidays. Unfortunately, the fervour of the people along with the rising temperatures of the season have seemingly led to more brutal forms of festivity in some parts of the world, as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival of Guangxi, China looms at the end of every June.

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