Gabriella Gizzo 10/31/12
Understanding Literature Dr. Ellis
Event Analysis Four: Attaining Success with Jesuit Values
This event analysis is called keep working until you succeed because all of the stories for this week revolved around this main claim. I think that it is important to always keep working until your goal is achieved. These stories connected well with my event for this week which was President Linnanes’ speech on the State of the University 2012 because he revolved his whole essays on this idea of perseverance in a Jesuit school and community. This message says a lot about our school and community.
In the story A Father, by Bharati Mukheriee, I leaned about the relationship between the father and his daughter, Babli. Babli and her father don’t have a good relationship because he never fully appreciated or understood his daughter. However, the main claim of working until you succeed is shown here because she still got a good education and could financially support herself. As a result of her independency, her father looked down upon her because this went against his beliefs.
The reason why this story has that title is because she becomes pregnant through in-vitro. However, Babli’s father doesn’t know that it is through in-vitro until the end of the story. The reason she has a child this way is because she wanted a baby and would stop at nothing to succeed in getting pregnant.
In the story, Serving up Hope, by Stephanie Shapiro I learned that the value of the Sampsons’ Dogwood Deli extended far beyond the kitchen. The Sampson family always worked hard to achieve their culinary skills because they started off as basic taste testers or servers. However, now they owned and operated a place and trained people. However, even though their roles changed their message of success and giving back to the community didn’t. The Sampsons’ used their culinary skills to help out the Baltimore community. They believed that it was very important to impact their community in a positive way. This connects to Father Linnanes’ message on success and Jesuit values. I found it really interesting how these were regular people who used their passion for culinary skills and their deli to help out the Baltimore community. It makes me believe that I can make a difference too by just locally doing more community service.
In the poem, Directions for Resisting the SAT, by Richard Hague the speaker explains the whole process of the SATs. I think it was really interesting how the speaker describes all the little, but important details such as registering in October, using pencils, relying on some level of luck and stop going to clubs. All of these details are very important because these are the details that bring us to success on the SATs. I believe that these details are connected to our Jesuit values because our Jesuit values tell us to care about education and all those little details are mastered through our level of care. I saw the result of this type of care in the last line: “Make your marks on everything” which means make an impact on yourself and your community.
In the poem, First Practice, by Gary Gildner, the speaker uses sports and education to encourage his children to succeed in school and in the game. I think the last word “Now” is important because it impacted me. It showed me that the value of success starts the moment you use your core values and choose to achieve something. Once you decide to do something, you must go for your goal.
Father Linnanes’ speech on the condition of Loyola was really interesting because it showed how the school has progressed and will continue to progress. I enjoyed how positive, yet realistic he was in attaining the goals for the school. He knows that these are possible because of his faith and Jesuit values. This was the important example of the main claim.
In conclusion, I enjoyed this week’s reading because of the central claim. Everyone can use this central claim in their daily lives.