No Man is an Island by John Donne

Intention: The intention of this essay is to demonstrate the idea that every human being is connected to one another, and the idea that when one person suffers, we all suffer with him/her. One memorable quote from this essay is, “…all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter…

The Courage of Turtles by Edward Hoagland

The intention of this piece is to demonstrate Hoagland’s fascination with the unique interactions that occur in nature. He uses his love of turtles to emphasize the interesting relationship between animals and humans, for example the reason people keep animals as pets. Hoagland’s care for creation and the world around him is demonstrated through several short narratives…

The Allegory of the Cave by Plato

The intention of The Allegory of the Cave is to address the knowledge of reality versus the appearances of everyday illusions. Plato uses his allegory and conversation with Socrates to further prove his point of human ignorance. The intention is also to urge the educated to help free their fellow citizens who dwell in ignorance. The…

Jest and Ernest by Annie Dillard

The purpose of this piece is to explore why the maker of our universe created cruelty and beauty. I love the point about God setting “bars and doors” on humanity’s knowledge of the universe. On one hand, we may not be meant to discover the meaning of cruelty and beauty until the after life. On…

Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

Intention: Orwell tells of his experiences in Burma, where he was a sub-divisional police officer.  This piece was written to share his experiences with the people of Burma and to reveal the societal standards that he was pressured to comply to. Orwell’s intention in this piece is also to inform people of the negatives of…

Attending a World by Mary Catherine Bateson

Intention: Mary Catherine Bateson brings in the idea of women and their multifunctional role as having awareness for their husband, children, and the everyday interruptions and responsibilities of everyday life. She writes about awareness, why it matters, how to focus and concentrate it, and how to extent and preserve it. The invention of this piece…

The Trouble with Wilderness by William Cronon

Intention:  Cronon discusses various types of wilderness and people’s interactions and level of appreciation for it. Ethos: Cronon includes excerpts from Wordsworth, Thoreau, Muir, and Stegner, and discusses God and creation to add credibility to his piece.  He mentions Jesus and His struggle with Satan in the wilderness to show the sacred side of wilderness. …

The Morals of a Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

The intention of Morals of a Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli is to educate the rulers of this world in how to govern with guidelines that Niccolo uses to emphasize his point. He is brutal  in his ideals of what a truly good ruler needs to possess to have success. The goal of the essay is to…