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Essay on Bullying

Bullying causes depression. Do you agree?

Nowadays, bullying is becoming a major problem worldwide, affecting a larger range of teenagers every day. Its effects are turning into a main subject of discussion, and among them there is depression, which in what I am concerned, it definitely is a primary consequence of bullying.

To begin with, it has been proved that bullying has an enormous impact in an individual’s self esteem. Bullying victims suffer from huge teasing mainly due to their physical conditions, which results in victims questioning their own bodies and comparing with others. Moreover, they start asking themselves why is it that they are not accepted or fit in, this forcing them to blame themselves and hating their whole self. This creates a constant auto-bullying within the victims, who torture themselves for what they are, as well as a big insecurity issue.

Furthermore, trust issues are also a huge impact of bullying indeed. Not only because of what the problem they are, but also due to the chain reaction they provoque in the victim’s lives. Trust issues are not just a lack of confidence in the victim’s own abilities and their self esteem, they also, and more importantly, imply a lack of trust with other people, which affects their social life, and how they manage to relate with others. Depression is deeply connected with this issue due to the chainreaction mentioned before. These trust issues that are created by the bullie, cause a deterioration of the victim’s social manners, which forced them to push away anyone who tries to approach them. This isolation is what makes depression more and more severe with the pass of time, caused by a solitary view of the world of the victim, who given to the trust issues ends up being alone and depressed.

Despite the fact that I do not share this view, it is said that although depression is somehow related to bullying, that there are no actual scientific studies as regards this problem. It is true that many people who suffer from this intimidation called bullying can get over it and put a barrier as to not be affected by the insults, but I believe that this is definitely not a the majority of the cases. It is also argued that teenagers can not suffer from depression, due to their young age, but in my opinion, there is no age for this type of problems, and mainly this one, who mostly strikes teens, who are the most vulnerable sector of society as regards to this subject.

To sum up, I believe that there are many factors and effects that bullying leaves, that take to depression in it’s victims. Trust issues and low self esteem are some of the consequences that indirectly lead to a harsh depression within victims. So, all in all, I believe that depression can absolutely be caused by bullying.

Essay on Journey

After reading Journey, our literature teacher asked us to write an essay about it.

Essay question: How is the theme of land presented in ‘Journey’ ?

Journey deals with the Maori culture and the clash between this culture and the european one, which is pretty related with the value each of them gives to the land. This theme is presented in many ways through this story.

On the one hand, the theme of land is shown from the Maori’s point of view. The people who belong to this culture see land as a bond between them, nature and family. Land is seen as an important symbol of the Maori culture. In this quote, “What has been ours since before we were born” , we can see the importance that the Maoris give to their ancestors and what they leave behind, for them land, is somehow the representation of the ones, who have already left the world, in the present. So, that land carries more emotional and cultural importance than a monetary one, as we can see in this quote “there is no land equal”, as each piece of land has its own emocional charge, so they can not be replaced, they are unique, money doesn’t replace feelings or cultural aspects.

On the other hand, for the Europeans, the land doesn’t have that cultural and emotional value, but a monetary one. Land is presented, from their point of view, as a meaningless thing which has nothing to do with emotional matters. Here, “You would all receive equivalent sites”, we can notice how difficult it is for Europeans to understand how the Maori’s see the land.

Furthermore, land is presented as part of a process, which is another theme of this short story. In the story the protagonist, during his journey, talks a lot about how the landscapes and land keep changing year by year. Progress is the justification the Europeans use for the appropriation of land, like the land the protagonist is being taken by the young man who is probably a government agent. The protagonist accepts during his trip that people must have houses, so that his land can be used for that, but as a part of the New Zealand’s progress, his land, according to the young man must be used for a parking lot. “You see, there is more development than houses”, this shows how land is still a monetary thing, and also how the progress leads to the protagonist having no word on what to do with his land.

All in all, Patricia Grace portrays land as a main theme of this story as it is really connected with all the other themes and the messages she wants us, the readers, to infer. Besides that, this theme is used to help us see the reality in which the Maori’s live in.

Essay on the poem Mirror by Sylvia Plath.

In literature class, after reading the poem Mirror , we made, al together our first essay. This is the my version:

Discuss perssonification in the poem Mirror by Sylvia Plath.

In the poem »Mirror» the lake and the mirror are personified to show what they can reflect.

To start with, the first stanza shows the personification of a mirror. The mirror shows how honest he is. »I’m not cruel, only truthful». This means that the mirror shows what he really sees, what he reflects. The mirror doesn’t hide things, he reveals what you really are. As some people don’t like their aspect, they get sad or in some cases, angry with the mirror because he showed how they truly were and not who they wanted to be.

To continue with, the lake, unlike the mirror, cannot reflect perfectly your rel aspect. »In me she has drowened a young girl, and in me an old woman rises». Here, the lake talks about ageing and how he can see the changes day after day, for example the wrinkles that appear with the pass of the time. It seems that women don’t like the idea of growing old, » She rewards me with tears». People want to stay young forever, but as that it’s not possible in general people hate that idea.

To sum up, personification is used to show what the mirror and lake can see, and what’s their point of view.

Collaborative Essay

In literature, with Pat, we made a presentation in the interactive board about how to write an essay. Together we started writting one on the poem ‘Mirror’ by Sylvia Plath and each of us was asked to write a comment on the quotation »I’m not cruel, only truthful».

Comment on »I’m not cruel, only truthful»:
This means that the mirror shows what he really sees, what he reflects. The mirror doesn’t hide things, he reveals what you really are. As some people don’t like their aspect, they get sad or in some cases, angry with the mirror because he showed how they truly were and not who they wanted to be.