March 21, 2013
Bharati Mukherjee “The Father,” is about the distance relationship with his daughter Babli and his unhappy marriage with his wife because he does not love her. “Serving Hope,” by Stephanie Shapiro is about how the Sampson’s operated a restaurant and hired people in need such as those who were in rehab, and criminals. Richard Hauge poem, “Directions for Resisting the SAT,” is about how no matter how much writing you do or education you have, go out there and make a difference in the world. Gary Gildner, “First Practice,” is about a coach who wants his team to win and he has a strong wanting for wining. The event about “The Wire” with the speaker David Simon spoke about the crimes in Baltimore, and focused on wanting to make a change. All the works present the idea of striving towards making a change.
“Serving Hope,” by Stephanie Shapiro, Richard Hauge “Directions for Resisting the SAT,” and David Simon all relate in terms of reaching out to help other and expressing the message of telling others to go out and help those in need. In “Serving Hope,” the couple would hire criminals, and those in rehab to help them get a new start in life and help them realize there is more in life than they think and that there is an opportunity to make a change. “Directions for Resisting the SAT,” remarks how no matter how good you write the key is to “Make your marks on everything.” (Hauge, verse 16) He insists on going out and making those changes to the world. David Simon emphasizes making a difference in Baltimore and calls out the idea of how we spend money on things that are not necessary rather than using it to make a better change, a better place. He relates to “Serving Hope” because he speaks about crime and the intent to change it.
Bharati Mukherjee “The Father,” and Gary Gildner “First Practice,” express a different kind of change. “The Father,” has to adjust in seeing cultural changes from his Hindu culture to the American culture. He follows strictly to his Hindu culture while he watches his family to otherwise. He has trouble accepting it, and his daughter is not who he expected or in his eyes not the kind of daughter he wanted. He cannot accept her way of living the American way and blames her mother. He knew she was pregnant but at the end when he finds out it was planned he ends up hitting her with a roller on the stomach. This kind of change is one that has to with accepting another culture but he cannot accept it and it is important because he cannot be happy without accepting it. This somewhat reflects society in that we must accept others for who they are and help them not discriminate. “First Practice,” is very focused on the idea of winning, and the scene that is visualized is like a boot camp. In my opinion the idea of winning sounds very harsh, and instead of having a good time it is based on just winning. There is no look at losing, and the idea that everyone is a winner. This can relate to todays society in a both positive and negative way in that we strive to succeed, but at the same time we must help those others that are not “winning,” but rather losing.
After reading all the works and attending the event it had a motivation for making me think about the world as a whole and the struggles in life. I never really thought about the problems in others lives or the lack of guidance or help. I feel as though if everyone were to reach out and look at everyone as their “neighbor,” we could make a change in how the world runs. It takes one step at a time, it does not just happen all at once.