Tutor profile: Isabella L.
Why am I not getting good grades on my essays when I believe that I am a good writer?
Instructors always have a preference for the ways in which essays are written as well as the style that they are written in. While ideas could have been conveyed well, there is the possibility that they were not conveyed clearly enough. There could also been stylistic issues or issues with the citation system of choice (i.e. APA format was not followed correctly).
How does our understandings of the freedom of will impact the ways in which we interpret justice and targeted emotions?
Much of our emotions - anger especially - rely on the notion that the object of our emotions are somehow deserving of it. For example, if Tom decided to smash my vase, then I subconsciously believe that I am justified in being angry at him because he chose, of his free will, to break my vase. However, the notion that we are beings with this unbridled sense of free will has been a much-debated topic within philosophy, and it might not have been the case that Tom had free will when he decided to smash my vase. This leaves interesting implications for not only our individual feelings but also notions of justice as a whole.
How does Shakespeare successfully paint the individual as an adversary to the society throughout the duration of Romeo and Juliet?
While Romeo and Juliet is often viewed as a silly love story between children, Shakespeare weaves in a commentary on social structures and the ways in which they can often clash against individual desires. In Romeo and Juliet, the lovers are forbidden from acting on their love as a result of their familial power, which drives the plot. Additionally, societal expectations of honor and masculinity results in the majority of fight scenes throughout the play. Overall, Shakespeare appears to comment that the individual's desires and inclinations often give way to societal pressures and norms, and that this has the potential to result in disastrous outcomes (such as the double suicide of the lovers).
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