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Of Engineering and Life

Betrayed by the worst atrociously shameful mark of femininity, the shy, embarrassed, immature, self-conscious, awkward, school girl blush in the presence of a drop dead attractive member of the opposite sex. *facepalm* I'm gonna be fricking 21 years old, hormones, please stabilize.

From Long Ago 4: English 4U Essay

Richard Parker, Animal Alter Ego: An Examination of the Nature of Id in Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Nurul Kamilah Mat Kamil 1007C10614 Period 3
ENG4U Mr. S. Wise
7th March 2011

            As a device of the poetic imagination and rhetorical flourish, metaphors give as much colour and emphasise to a particular message; be it a social critique or even a psychological examination (Lakoff). Animals are widely used as metaphors in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, for example, Richard Parker; a full-grown Bengal tiger is used as a metaphor for the id of the protagonist, Piscine Molitor Patel, also known as Pi. The id is one of the three psychic zones in Sigmund Freud’s model of the subconscious mind. It is the dark, inaccessible part of human personality governed by the pleasure-principle and is oriented towards one's internal instincts and passions (“Id”). As the metaphor of the id, Richard Parker acts out in violence which eludes Pi’s own potential for violence. Pi also has to tame Richard Parker in o…

From Long Ago 3: English 4U Essay

Implications of the Interpretations of Islam: Comparative Gender Studies in Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel and Davar Ardalan’s My Name Is Iran.

Nurul Kamilah Mat Kamil 1007C10614 Period 3
ENG4U Mr. S. Wise
May 5, 2011

           The status of Islam‘s relevance and compatibility to modern context such as individual women’s rights is a debatable issue. Presently, in Muslim communities, discrepancies in gender equality still occur despite the claim that Islam has already given women their rights. Muslim women are being discriminated against in education, are deemed unfit to lead in some countries and they don’t have rights to their own bodies and opinions. These discrepancies, examined in Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel and Davar Ardalan’s My Name Is Iran are caused by the different interpretations of Islam.             A woman’s education opportunities are stripped as they get married because the society demands women to be homemakers and faithful wives to their husbands. Some of them don’t even get the ch…

From Long Ago 2: English3U Essay

The Loss of Innocence: A Theme Analysis in Lord of the Flies

Nurul Kamilah Mat Kamil 1007C10614 Period 5
ENG3U Mr. S. Wise
6th September 2010

The loss of innocence is a prominent theme in The Lord of the Flies, as it prevails from the beginning to the end of the story. Innocence is defined as the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking knowledge of evil (“Innocence”). In the context of this novel, loss of innocence occurs when the boys discover the innate evil within themselves. This knowledge causes a change in the boys’ behaviour and thinking. Some succumb to bloodlust, while some gain an insight of the natural evil in man that enables them to somehow resist yielding to it. The theme is portrayed in the protagonist, Ralph, the other boys on the island, as well as the antagonist, Jack. This loss of innocence is not learnt or moulded from social conditioning; rather, it is the direct consequence of the deterioration of civilisation that exposes the boys to the darker side of …

From Long Ago: English3U Essay

Social Structure Dystopia: A Theme Analysis in The Time Machine

Nurul Kamilah Mat Kamil 1007C10614 Period 5
ENG3U Mr. S. Wise
October 20, 2010

            H.G. Wells was considered a visionary at his time, and the father of science fiction. Through his didactic writings, he made predictions of the future, including the evolution of social structure. In The Time Machine, he predicted the human race would evolve into two different species, the Elois and the Morlocks, due to a capitalist social system that is taken to extreme levels. Human beings no longer appreciated knowledge, and language had regressed to a “sweet and liquid tongue” (29). Wells believed that this was a consequence of social stratification. However, Well’s pessimistic view of the future may not necessarily be true because his writings were influenced by his background , his negative perception of human  nature and his pessimism of the future of science and technology.             Born to a shopkeeper and a housekeeper, Wells’ i…