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January 17, 2013

Writing about the Use/Misuse/Non-use of the Core Values in Narrative


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Class,

In the comment box below, . . .

. . . the note-taker/scribe from each group should retype the question your group discussed today in class and provide an answer with quotations from the text to support your answers. You MUST put the page number (or, paragraph number if there are no page numbers) in parentheses after any quotation used.

Enter your work on this text as prescribed in class. For example:

Remember: I have to "approve" all comments so you won't see it immediately after posting. After hitting submit, you should see a screen that confirms this.

We are beginning to use some concepts in our discussions that you may or may have had practice using before. I want to be sure that you have a clear understanding of the words we use in class (no more blank stares!) so be sure you are looking up words you don't feel you yet "own" (means, making it a part of your personal vocabulary) by utilizing your dictionaries to the fullest.

~Dr. Hobbs

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Posted by lhobbs at January 17, 2013 03:11 PM

Readers' Comments:

Alison Schucht, Peter Mercadante
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA05
22 February 2013

Question: In Guy de Maupassant's, "The Necklace", the protagonist, Mathilde, has three opportunities to grow. What were they and how did they lead to her development as a person?

Answer: In our opinion, personal development doesn't have to be a turn for the best, in fact it can be the complete opposite. It is just how a person develops based on the turning points and its challenges in their life that they over come. Therefore, in "The Necklace" we found that Mathilde develops from three events that occur throughout the course of the story. The first turning point is her high expectations for a better life but ends up living a rather mediocre one in a middle class status which creates a great amount of disappointment in her life. The next is losing the necklace she borrowed from her friend and spending years of her life in dept and hardship trying to earn the money to replace the lost necklace. The final Turning point in the story is when Mathilde relises the necklace was fake and how she spent 10 years in debt and slaving over replacing it, going even farther away from what she dreamed and wanted, being rich and high class, to the poorest of the poor.

Posted by: Alison Schucht at February 22, 2013 10:30 AM

Octavio Herrera, Adrie Johnson
Dr. Hobbs
Academic Writing II
22 February 2013

1. Stewardship: the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving
2. The definitions differ from each other; one states that we must be resourceful, spirit of service to employ our resources to university and community development.
3. Being a responsible steward requires us to preserve the resources around us and care for our community.
4. How was responsible stewardship present in A Jury of Her Peers?
“In Susan Glaspell’s A Jury of Her Peers, Martha found three major clues: she finds the birdcage wide open, the dishes were half done, and she found a missed stich. Throughout the story Martha failed to be a responsible steward, by failing to provide for the detectives”

Posted by: Octavio Herrera, Adrie Johnson at February 22, 2013 12:19 PM

Responsible Stewardship- Holding your self accountable for all your own work. However, further than that it is making the morally right choice in times of indecision.

Question: Is responsible steward ship displayed the story "Skin"?

Three reasons why responsible stewardship is not displayed in "Skin". First, the day that Drioli did eight tattoos he and his wife went to Soutine's house and Drioli seemed more concerned with getting than anything else. On page 167 in paragraph seven Drioli says "Tonight we shall drink as much as we possibly can, I am exceptionally rich. I think perhaps i should go out now and buy some more bottles." Second, while he was drunk he decided he wanted Soutine to put a tattoo on him. on page 168 in the last paragraph Drioli says "I want you to paint a picture on my skin, on my back. Then I want you to tattoo over what you have painted so that it will be there always." Third, at the end of story he basically sells himself to a patron for the pleasure of living at a hotel. On page 179 in paragraph 11 he says ""I am coming," Droili said quickly. Already he had picked up his shirt and was pulling it frantically over his head. "Wait for me Monsieur. I am coming." And within a minute he had disappeared out of the gallery with his new patron."

Posted by: Marie Ryan and Brynn Laverdure at February 22, 2013 09:00 PM

Angie Fortunak and Vintoria Hopps
Dr. Hobbs
Academic Writing II CA08
24 February 2013

Question: How is integrity shown in "A&P"?

There are many different definitions to how define integrity, we looked up on webster, dictionary, and oxford dictionary of what integrity means. After looking at each of them we decided that "the state of being whole, entire, or undivided, honesty" is the best to describe what Integrity is. In John Updike's "A&P" Sammy our main character shows complete opposite of what we said integrity is. Sammy says he quit his job for a fake reason, and he wasn't showing his true personality to the customers, but the manager shows integrity towards, his community and costumers, . "I said I quit", "I thought you did", "you didn't have to embarrass them" (23). Although, Sammy says that he quit because the manager embarrassed the girls, but it was really because he liked one of them and wanted to date them. This was the opposite of being honest with his boss and the girls. Earlier in the story we saw that he was not the nicest and was making fun of the girls in the store. Sammy shows two different sides of himself- someone who looks like the good guy and sticks up for the girls in being embarrassed but at the same time he and his friend were making fun of the girls. We see a change in who shows integrity as Mr Lengel, the store manager comes and tells the girls "Girls, this isn't the beach" (21). Mr. Lengel, is being honest witht he girls that although they are close to the beach it is not right to be walking into a store with too much skin showing. They are in the 50's, 60's where bikinis are new in style and for some people it may even come off as offensive. He is doing what is right for his store and I am sure since it is a church going community the other members would not be so thrilled to have girls walking around in the bikinis in a grocery store. This is how our St. Leo core value Integrity is tied into a short story and this is not the only one that Integrity is part of.

Posted by: Angie Fortunak at February 24, 2013 04:44 PM

1.Excellence-the state or quaility of excelling or being exceptionally good,extream merit, superiodity (free dic.)
2.The core values from Saint Leo is bascially what the school expects from the student ex.expectioion
-There should be one defintions for "excellence":so that student do not get confused by what core values to obey by.
-For excellence people may think that it means:acheving something; title to address or refer to highranking officals.
3.We think it means in our words that:-achieveing your goals -excelling in something that you want.
-Foe example: A student writes a 5 page paper and he or she submits it to turnitin.com and the result can back 50% , and teacher just question your honestly.
4.Question: How is excellence represented in Young Goodman Brown?
Answer:-The devil is the character that is representing excellence in this story. He wants to accomplish his goal to turn everyone to the devil side.
Answer:-Faith; she supported Mr.Goodman to go out in the road in the beginning of the story and towards the end Mr. Goodman see his wife faith int he woods with the devil.
Answer:- When Mr.Goodman was walking, he saw Deacon Gookin in the middle of the road (page 73).
Answer:-Everyone that Mr.Goodman knew as a postive person turned out to turn themselve in to the devil for a little.

Posted by: Sade & Jade at February 24, 2013 05:07 PM

Jordan Miller, Analisa Johnson
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 CA08
22 Feb 2013

Question 1:
Answer: Community - a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society (Webster’s)
Question 2:
Answer: The difference between Webster’s and St. Leo’s is that St. Leo’s definition is a little more involved. The Webster’s definition is more about the actual community as a hole, but with St. Leos it is more about the giving and receiving of people around you. I think multiple definitions for words are useful, it helps to better define the world. As long as you have a root of each definition something to trace it back to, the word is still very relevant.
Question 3:
Answer: Community to me is the environment I live in, the people around me, my society, everyone with my ecosystem, people coming together to help one another. I need the community to support myself, I need people to help me eat, drink, and be entertained. I give to my community, and my community gives back to me. In the Navy the people that lived on the ship with me were my community, we lived together and we depended on each when times got rough. If things were to happen, my community would help me, and visa-versa.
Question 4:
Answer: In O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi”, Della and Jim represent community, by fostering a spirit of belonging, unity, and independence in 3 ways: she was saving money to buy her husband something nice, both Jim and Della Sacrifice something in order to get a gift for each other, and they both have each other and love each other even though they don’t have much. Della sacrificed the thing that was most important to her, to give to someone “Jim” in her community. He made her happy and supported her, and kept her strong, and she wanted to do the same to him. In the end, both of them sacrificed what meant the world to them, to attempt to make the members in their community happy. “Gift of the Magi” is the perfect representation of community, it shows with a good community even if you have nothing, you still have each other.

Posted by: Jordan Miller, Analisa Johnson at February 24, 2013 08:27 PM

Jose Garcia
Dr.Hobbs
ENG-122 CA04 Academic writing II
24 February 2013
Core Values and Narratives
Personal Development
(Personal:) /(Development:) –Oxford Dictionary
Personal: Belonging to or affecting a particular person rather than anyone else
Development: A specific state of growth or Advancement
Personal Development: the process of improving your skills and increasing the amount of experience you have in your job
Saint Leo defines “personal development” as improving the development of one’s mind, spirit, and body for a balanced life. This differs from the standard definition, because instead of growing to improve as stated by Saint Leo, the act of personal development can be either a progression or a digression, and is mainly determined by one’s actions and epiphany.
Research Question: How is the core value of personal development portrayed in Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in a Day?
In “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury, the core value of personal development is portrayed in three significant way. The protagonist Margot, develops through the story by the actions of others brought upon by herself. The antagonist William; however, grows through his actions and the affects that they have on others. The value of personal development in “All Summer in a Day” is greatly expressed by the epiphany encountered by the major characters.

Posted by: Jose Garcia at February 24, 2013 09:38 PM

Marlie Gonzalez, Jennifer Evans, Chris Lavie
Dr.Hobbs
Eng 122 Academic Writing II
25 Febuary 2013

Question(s):

1- Look up the term you were assigned in more than one reliable dictionary and record the one that makes the most sense to you.
2- Building on exercise question #1., how are do the definitions you researched differ from
SLU’s stated definitions (they can be found on the SLU homepage)? Should (or,
shouldn’t) there be only one accepted definition for “excellence” or “responsibility”?
Without a stable, working definition, how might these terms be interpreted differently
by different people with different perspectives?
3-So, dictionary definitions and SLU guidelines aside, how do YOU personally the core
value assigned to you/your group? Sometimes such abstract concepts such as “love”
and “justice” are best illustrated/explained/described in examples. Can you think of a
situation or situations when, say, “integrity” may be called for (or, called into question)?
Be ready to share your example with the class.
4. Working with the narrative text, you were assigned, discuss how the SLU core value
your group was assigned has been represented. Naturally, you will first have to settle
on a definition, e.g., SLU’s guideline? Merriam-Webster’s definition? Your own
definition? Then, formulate a research question using all of this information, e.g.,

Answer(s):

1.According to multiple dictionaries,personal development is the act or instance of helping or improving oneself without assistance from others.

2.The SLU definition of personal development is the same thing, but it goes more into depth.We believe everybody should have there own opinions on what personal development means.without a stable,working definition,people might disagree a lot quicker. It is like not having rules.everything (including personal development) has a meaning. if it is not meaningful to others people will constantly disagree.

3. we define personal development as finding who you really are and who you care about and start building your life on your own.we thought about the perfect saying as an example of a situation of personal development. "You do not know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."

4.In "To Serve Man" Dr. leveque took a step back from his personal development because he goes through all the trouble and doesn't faith in anyone.He hook the kanamit up to a lie detector.

Posted by: Marlie Gonzalez at February 24, 2013 10:54 PM

Octavia Robinson & Sarah Hatcher
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122
22 February 2013
Bierce, Ambrose. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” & Excellence
1. We found that dictionary.com definition made the most sense to us. It described as the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.

2.The definition of excellence provided by Saint Leo; is more focused on how striving to be excellent creates outstanding students. The dictionary.com definition is focused on the person is outstanding in any thing.

3. Our definition of excellence is striving to be the best person possible. A student striving for excellence is striving to be the better person they can become. A student striving for excellence would be the student that studies and reads but not allows get the best grades.

4. The union soldiers were striving for excellence by following the rules. Excellent soldiers they would be promoted to a higher positions. So at the hanging, they were striving to be quiet and respectful. The protagonist was also striving to go home if only in his dream.

Posted by: Octavia Robinson & Sarah Hatcher at February 24, 2013 11:01 PM

Terrance Browne/Alexandra Rivera
Dr.Hobbs
ENG122
22/February/2013

Question:Working with the narrative text, you were assigned, discuss how the SLU core value your group was assigned has been represented. Naturally, you will first have to settle on a definition, e.g., SLU's guideline? Merriam-Webster's definition? Your own Definition?

Answer:The quality of being honest and having strong moral priniples. It wasen't found in the cave, the whole story was based on lies because the people were showing the prinsers items that were fake and when one escaped they relised that everything they knew was a lie, also not of examples.

Posted by: Terrance Browne at February 24, 2013 11:38 PM

Rannell Smith, Katherine White
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 CA05
25 February 2013

Question: How is respect represented in Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”?

Answer: According to the Merriam-Webster, respect is defined as “a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation.” On the other hand, Saint Leo defines respect in their core values as “animated in the spirit of Jesus Christ, we value all individuals’ unique talents, respect their dignity and strive to foster their commitment to excellence in our work. Our community’s strength depends on the unity and diversity of our people, on the free exchange of ideas and on learning, living and working harmoniously.” In other words, respect is being courteous and polite to others. In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, there is no respect represented. As a result, disrespect in this short story is portrayed in three major ways: the narrator does not want to see eye to eye with the old man, the police do not perform a traditional and judgmental role and lastly, the narrator recounts murdering the old man, as if his stealthy way of executing the crime is evidence of his sanity.

Posted by: Rannell Smith at February 25, 2013 02:04 AM

Marquisa Turner
ENG 122-CA04 Academic Writing II
Dr. Hobbs
24 February 2013

1.Respect means esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, personal quality or ability.
2.The two definitions differ due to in the sense of talking about the Saint Leo Core Value its only pertaining to how respect is to mean at Saint Leo but the dictionary definition is what respect is meant to mean in general. There should only be one definition but words meanings are perceived in many ways. The terms may be interpreted differently because people have had different struggles in their life and have different experiences.
3.Respect to means that I will treat you how you I want to be treated. I will treat and think of you as my equal. I think a situation where respect will come into play is where someone in the class try to belittle the next person because of their diction. They might think that they can talk to that person anyway because they are beneath them but in actuality they are not they are in the same predicament as them a student at Saint Leo University.
4.Respect is represented in “Skin” as when the Soutine talked to Drioli there was no respect he did not talk to him as a man that was offering him room and board more like as someone who was beneath him. It also was represented when Drioli was being thrown out of the art gallery there was no respect for the elderly man.

Posted by: Marquisa Turner at February 25, 2013 03:14 AM

Ryan Nowotny
Colby Johnson
4.Working with the narrative text, you were assigned,
discuss how the SLU core value
your group was assigned has been represented.
The SLU core value of responsible stewardship is used in a negative way in the short story the masque of the red death. In the story the prince has a castle and a food to give out to the sick people but instead the prince blocks them out of the castle and doesn't help them in anyway.

Posted by: Ryan Nowotny at February 25, 2013 08:04 AM

Alexia Chambers and Abigail Evans
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA05
22 February 2013

Integrity
The commitment of Saint Leo University to excellence demands that its members live its mission and deliver on its promise. The faculty, staff, and students pledge to be honest, just and consistent in word and deed.
Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character
The dictionary definition for integrity is about morals and ethical principles while Saint Leo’s core value is about honesty
Integrity is having and practicing clear morals and being honest with others and yourself
How is integrity not shown in John Steinbeck’s short story The Chrysanthemums?
In John Steinbeck’s short story The Chrysanthemums the core value of integrity is violated three times. Elisa gives the man some flower shoots and he throws Elisa’s flowers on the road when he drives away from her house, Elisa has feelings for the man but she’s already married and, when Elisa hides her emotions from her husband after she sees the flowers on the side of the road.

Posted by: Alexia Chambers at February 25, 2013 11:00 AM

Jillian Stolzenburg, Christopher Burke
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA04
22 February 2013

1.Community: a unified body of individuals: as an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location
2.A difference between SLU core value of community and the definition found on webster is that the saint leo version is more warm and fuzzy. It wants you to feel welcome in the community. It shouldn't be so specific. Why catholic learning, why couldn't it just be scholars as a whole. I think that the actual deffiniton should be Unified bodies of individuals.
3. Community is extremely important. We believe that the first definition is better in the fact its just humans living in the same general area interacting.
4. Question: In Three strangers how did each stranger contribute to the community?
5. Answer: In Three Strangers each "stranger" added to the community in a different way. Each stranger contributes different personalities to the community. One is active and talkative adding to the community. The next stranger was quit and stood in the corner taking away from the community. And the last stranger was just really afraid and left also taking away from the community.


Posted by: jillianstolzenburg at February 25, 2013 11:02 AM

Habib Balde / Anthony Jannetta
2/25/13
Dr Hobbs
English 122 CA04
Excellence: “Excellence is a talent or quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards”. The state of excelling; superiority; eminence.
Question: How is excellence represented in Nikolai Gogol’s short story, “The overcoat”?
Answer: Excellence is portrayed many times in this short story. From the beginning the author lets the readers know that the protagonist Akaky was a great worker and “often did great work without expecting praise”. This shows that Akaky was a hard worker that continued to work even when his coworkers and peers began to make fun of him because of his old overcoat. Another example of excellence is when he decided he needed a new coat and went to his tailor Petrovich. Petrovich then told him that the materials for a new coat were pricey so Akaky decided to continue to work and save up which shows that he excellences through hurdles. This story also shows that once you are on the road of excellence it because easy to stray from that road. Akaky shows this when he comes back as a ghost and begins to have payback to the man that did him wrong which should pettiness.

Posted by: Habib balde/ Anthony at February 25, 2013 11:29 AM

Jazmine Dixon
Dr.Hobbs
English 122 CA05 SLU Core Values and Narrative
27 Feb 2013


Question: How is the core value respect shown in the short story The Bear?

Answer: In Chekhov’s short story “The Bear”, respect is not shown in three different ways: Although Huka tells Grigory Sminov to leave, he ignores her request and barges into the dining room. Also Simirnov gets angered by her refusal to pay him back and mocks the supposed mourning of her husband (635). Lastly, during an argument Popova insult Sminov by calling him a bear amongst other names, saying “You’re a boo! A course bear! A Bonbon! A monster!”

Posted by: Jazmine Dixon at February 27, 2013 11:05 AM

Tyiasha Bailey
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing CA08
16 October 2013

Integrity: Always being honest, in front of or behind closed doors or saying what you mean, and meaning what you say.

"The Overcoat": In the story, the clerks at the department were showing how there was a misuse of the core value integrity because at first they were making fun of the narrator "The young clerks jeered and made jokes at him to the best of their clerkly wit, and told before his face all sorts of stories of their own invention about him (Gogol 2)." Then, when he finally got a new coat and wore it to work, everyone in the department began to congratulate and welcome him "They all ran out at once into the porter’s room to look at Akaky Akakyevitch’s new overcoat, they began welcoming him and congratulating him (Gogol 9)." So, either them making fun of him at work was dishonest or them being in his face after getting a new coat is fake because in order to have integrity you can't have both. You can't not like him with his old coat and suddenly like him because of his new coat, its not being honest.

Posted by: Tyiasha Bailey at October 16, 2013 05:25 PM

Michael Ossolinski
Dr. Hobbs
Academic Writing II CA08
17 October 2013

My SLU value was personal development. Personal development is developing as a person. In others words, how we react to different scenarios that will help us development into a mature adult.

My short story to explain personal development was A&P. In this story, Sammy developed by understanding there are rules in the world to keep everything maintained. Even though he didn't agree with his manager, Sammy should have done the mature thing to do and not quit his job just to impress some girls. As of result, he quit his job and was unable to talk to the girls. In order to develop as a person, Sammy should have just talked to his manager about the situation and go on with his work rather than take a stand against a rule of the store.

Posted by: Michael Ossolinski at October 17, 2013 05:20 PM

Sade Loiseau
Dr. Hobbs
English 122
17 October 2013

Question: Core Values, All summer in a day by Ray Bradbury
Answer: My core value was Personal development. Personal Development means becoming a better person in whole; body, spirit, and mind. Personal development is showing yourself and others a more mature way that you’ve been in the past.
My short story was written by Ray Bradbury, All summer in a day. This story is about a little girl that’s from the earth and moved to Venus. Venus isn’t the same as Earth; the sun comes out every 7 year and just for a few seconds. This young child that’s from earth is used to seeing the sun, flower and much more. The other kids that lives on Venus does not believe her what’s so ever, so they lock her in a room the day the sun comes out, due to the fact that they thought she was lying. They took that few minutes of seeing the sun away from her. Now when it comes down to personal development it can also mean personal in development. In the story, the kids do not show any development as a human. They took away something meaning from the little girl that wanted to see the sun. They didn’t show any maturity in their actions.

Posted by: Sade Loiseau at October 17, 2013 06:54 PM

Julieann Sauter
Dr. Hobbs
Eng 122 Academic Writing II CA 08
17 October 2013

Question: Define “integrity” and show examples of integrity in “A Tell Tale Heart.”

Answer:
Integrity- always being honest and doing the right thing, in public and behind closed doors. Behaving in an ethical manner at all times

The old man has lack of integrity because he does not tell the truth because it is the right thing to do. The guilt and pressure finally got to him so he confesses to the police. Trying to clean one’s conscience and having integrity are two different things. Many times it is others who influence us to tell the truth and “do the right thing.” In reality, if you have integrity you do not need to influence of others because you already know what the right thing to do is and you just do it. This is not seen in “A Tell Tale Heart” because the old man is only trying to clear his conscience.

Posted by: Julieann Sauter at October 17, 2013 09:24 PM

Madison Owens
Dr. Hobbs
Eng 122 Academic Writing II CA08
18 October 2013

Core Value: Respect
Short Story: Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I found two instances of Saint Leo's core value, respect. One instance being respect itself and the other being disrespect. I'll start off by defining what respect. You could say that it is when one admired or adheres to another, most often of higher authority. You can see throughout the short story that Young Goodman Brown clearly respects his wife because countless times the "devil" tries to sway him from her, but he continues to stay steadfast. He talks about how he could never and would never leave her, and then is crushed to find out that she is gone. You can see there the admiration, or respect, that he has for her. An instance of disrespect is the "devil" trying to sway Young Goodman Brown from his wife. The "devil" clearly doesn't respect their relationship or Young Goodman Brown's love towards her and he continues to try, time after time, to keep Brown from going back. This eventually ends in the "devil" just causing her to disappear all together, which is even more disrespectful to Brown's feelings, because he is obviously one to feel lost without her.

Posted by: Madison Owens at October 18, 2013 09:22 AM

Kiara Michelle Burgos Diaz
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA08
18 October 2013

Question: Personal Development in the story “A Jury of her Peers” by Susan Glaspell
Answer: Personal Development is one of Saint Leo core values where it says that is the development of every person’s mind, spirit and body for a balanced life. In my opinion Personal Development is all those decisions, experiences and actions that lead me to fulfill all my goals and complete my character. The combinations of these, I think is what makes you growth and become more mature and conscience about everything. Inside the story “A Jury of her Peers” by Susan Glaspell we can stand out the case of Minnie Wright. Throughout the entire story we appreciate the contrast between Minnie Foster and Minnie Wright. We you have the past and the present of the same person, you can see how it was and how is now. Through Mrs. Hale, we see Minnie 20 years ago as a happy and full of life girl, “She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir. But that—oh, that was twenty years ago” (Glaspell 9); but in the present she is arrested for murdering her husband. I believe that Minnie Wright actually have some Personal Development but a negative one. The oppression and behavior of her husband toward her could be the trigger for this. He deprive her, first of all of being herself and the with some of the essential like for example a phone, “I’m goin’ to see if I can’t get John Wright to take a phone” (Glaspell 3). The loneliness with the mixture of the behavior of her husband could be one of the trigger that lead Minnie to kill her husband after she find out about the dead of the canary, “No, Wright wouldn’t like the bird, she said after that—a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that too” (Glaspell 16).

Posted by: Kiara M Burgos Diaz at October 18, 2013 11:44 AM

Rebecca Liller
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA08
18 October 2013

Question: How is respect shown in the Gift of the Magi?

Answer: In the Gift of the Magi, the core value is represented by Della cutting off her hair to buy her husband a Christmas gift. She respects her husband in the sense that she will do anything to make him happy and let him have a good Christmas. Her husband, Jim, responds in the same way. He sells his watch to buy Della new combs. These two people respect their marriage that they would trade anything just to see each other be happy, and that is truly a respectful marriage. However, there is some disrespect in the fact that Della disrespects herself by cutting off her hair. She takes away a part of her that her husband really did like. She tells her husband that her hair will grow back, but he tells her that it does not matter, and he just wants to enjoy the evening with her. That is when the story goes directly back to respect. Overall, the story showed so much respect through giving up prized possessions for loved ones, to accepting what one another did for the other to be happy on Christmas. This is as well a strong marriage that lives on respecting one another.

Posted by: Rebecca Liller at October 19, 2013 12:12 AM

Emma De Rhodo
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA08
21 October 2013

Question(all of the questions asked are on the Core Values sheet): Define community. How is community represented in the short story "Skin"?

Answer: Community means togetherness, and community makes “a spirit of belonging” and “unity”(“The First Florida Catholic University”).
The definitions which Saint Leo’s website gives of the core values are quite different than normal definitions of these values. The definitions on Saint Leo’s website use examples in order to make the definitions. For example, when explaining the core value of excellence, the website mentions, “All of us, individually and collectively, work hard to ensure that our students develop the character, learn the skills, and assimilate the knowledge essential to become morally responsible leaders”(“The First Florida Catholic University). This statement shows how people can attain excellence, however, it does not really define the value.
I believe there should be a basic and broad definition for the different values, so they may be able to be used in different ways when people interpret them differently. For example, there can be many different types of excellence, but the actual meaning of excellence is universally known.
In “Skin,” written by Roald Dahl, the value of community can be seen in the beginning of the story when Drioli, his wife, and Soutine share wine and conversation(Dahl 166-170). Drioli and his wife learn more about Soutine at this time, and Drioli and Soutine appear to share the same purpose of drinking: to get drunk(Dahl 165-167). They are all together at this part of the story having a discussion, therefore, they are acting as a community(“The First Florida Catholic University”). However, in the end of the story, the man from the gallery tells Drioli to get out of his gallery, and he even uses physical force to make Drioli leave(Dahl 175). This rude behavior is unwelcoming and does the opposite of making Drioli feel as if he belongs in the gallery, so the man from the gallery is not expressing the value of community(“The First Florida Catholic University”).

Works Cited
“The First Florida Catholic University: Mission & Values.” Saint Leo University. Saint Leo University. Saint Leo University, n.d. Web. 21 October 2013.
Dahl, Roald. “Skin.” 1952. Collected Stories. Ed. Jeremy Treglown. New York: Knopf, 2006. 164-70. Print.

Posted by: Emma De Rhodo at October 21, 2013 01:17 PM

Ti’rani Rye
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA08
18 October 2013
Question: How does respect correlate in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral?
Answer: Respect can be stated plainly as one tolerating the beliefs of others that contradict their own. It can be applied verbally through language and also physically within body language and gestures. The narrator in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” disrespects Robert by not being kind to him and also gesturing at his flaws. The narrator wants Robert to be of negative nature and is not accepting when his wife explains that he is a mourning friend.

Posted by: Ti'rani Rye at October 21, 2013 01:33 PM

Bianca T. Smith
ENG122 Academic Writing II CA12
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
6 March 2014

Question #10- Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout(on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of "The SLU Core Values," briefly discuss the use, (or, disuse) of RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP in "A & P" by John Updike. As with all the homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text- properly cited in MLA format- to support your answer/thesis.

Answer- In John Updike's short story "A & P," the protagonist disuses responsible stewardship in these three ways: he doesn't represent the store in a professional manner, he disrespects and is unprofessional to his manager, and he has a desire to start a new life outside A & P even though quitting would disappoint his parents. The protagonist's duty was to be the cashier and represent the store in a professional manner. He was suppose to hold a professional attitude when he's working, but he didn't. Sammy instead was joking around with his co-workers about the girls and admiring their appearance and clothing wear. '"Oh daddy," Stokeise said beside me. " I feel so faint. 'Darling," I said. "Hold me tight"'(Updike 4). He disrespects and is unprofessional to his manager. "Did you say something, Sammy?" "I said I quit." "I thought you did." "You didn't have to embarrass them." "It was they who were embarrassing us." "I don't think you know what you're saying," Lengel said. "I know you don't," I said. "But I do." (Updike 7). The protagonist has a desire to start a new life once he notices that the girls are long gone. "...and my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter" (Updike 7). He is curious and nervous about what the world has in stored for him later on in his life at this point.

Posted by: Bianca T. Smith at March 6, 2014 04:03 PM

Sawyer Hand
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
6 March 2014

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout on the subject of "The SLU ore Values," briefly discuss the use(or disuse) of COMMUNITY in "A&P" by John Updike.

Answer: After reading the SLU definition of Community and other definitions of the word community the only real difference is the SLU definition seems to be trying to spread their beliefs and values whereas the normal definitions of communities do not do this. To me, community just means a group of people that are connected in a certain area. For example students at the Saint Leo campus are a community. Families in a neighborhood are a community. An entire town can be a community, etc. There shouldn't be one set definitions for all words, because all words can be interpreted slightly differently depending on the person. For example the word love can be viewed as one thing to one person and a completely different thing to another person, but still have the same general idea. So, how is "community" shown in Updike's "A&P"? Community is shown in Updike's "A&P" with the fact that the narrator has his job because the boss of the grocery store knows his parents, when the boss confronts the girls, and when the narrator quits his job because of this confrontation. The first thing is show in lines such as, "Lengel sighs and begins to look very patient and old and gray. He's been a friend of my parents for years. 'Sammy, you don't want to do this to your Mom and Dad,' he tells me. It's true, I don't.'" (Updike 23). The next one is show in lines such as, "Girls, this isn't the beach" (Updike 21). The last one is shown in lines such as, "'I said I quit'. 'I thought you did'. 'You didn't have to embarrass them.' " (Updike 23).

Posted by: sawyer hand at March 6, 2014 05:26 PM

Maxx Howarth
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG122 Academic Writing II CA12
6 March 2014

QUESTION #8:
Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout on the subject of "The SLU Core Values," briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in "A&P" by John Updike. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text-properly cited in MLA format-to support your answer/thesis.

ANSWER:
My definition of personal development is "the bettering of one's self." The definitions I researched, however, differ from Saint Leo's definition of personal development, in the sense of specificity. Most definitions of personal development define it as improvement of the self, however, Saint Leo specifically mentions it as the development of the "mind, spirit, and body for a balanced life." I don't think there should be only one accepted definition of "personal development," however, I don't necessarily agree with Saint Leo's definition of it, purely because I don't see how balance in one's life is the product of developing one's self.
As for me, I feel as though actions provide a better definition of personal development. For instance, I personally display personal development through the communication I have with others, namely my girlfriend, through the studies within each of my classes, and through the struggles encountered during projects, and sometimes, homework.
Now, how is personal development represented in John Updike's short story, "A&P"? In John Updike's short story, "A&P," the protagonist, Sammy, does not actually develop himself, but instead does the opposite. Rather than improving himself, he loses sight of his priorities, becomes fixated on making a new life for himself, and in the end, gives up his job to merely impress three girls- all of whom have no idea who is he, nor he them. For example, he allows himself to become distracted by the girls whilst working, and thus makes error (Updike 1). He then begins to ponder what the life of "Queenie" must be like, and then determines his life is much worse, basically (Updike 5). Finally, he decides that to be apart of this alternative world he imagines, he must impress the girls by giving up his job after they've been insulted by his boss, Lengel (Updike 7). Thus, in the end, Sammy is left with nothing- neither the girls attention, nor a job.

Posted by: Maxx Howarth at March 6, 2014 07:08 PM

Jeffrey Wingfield
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
March 6 2014
The SLU Core Values are only a small sampling of the Benedictine values on which they are based. You can read more about the Benedictine values here (http://www.csbsju.edu/sjualum/Benedictine-Values.htm and/or http://www.saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au/student-life/benedictinevalues.html) Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of JUSTICE in "A & P" by John Updike. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your
answer/thesis.

John Updike’s “A & P” demonstrates both justice and injustice. It is not just for the girls to be publicly shamed for wearing bathing suites. It is not just for the girls to be objectified by the men in the store. The narrator, however, receives a karma-like justice when the girls are gone after he throws away his job and runs out the door for them. He says, “I look around for my girls, but they’re gone, of course.” (Updike 23)

Posted by: Jeffrey Wingfield at March 6, 2014 07:55 PM

Makenzie Holler
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
6 March 2014

Question #11: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of "The SLU Core Values," briefly discuss the use (or disuse) of INTERGRITY in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text- properly cited in MLA format- to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: In the short story "The Gift of the Magi" integrity is definitely shown. Della and Jim both know that their little to no income is a very serious situation. With that being said, they still make it a point to buy each other something. Whether it is just a comb or a chain, the fact that they still are willing to go out and buy each other something when they barely can afford food. Della says "Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a present" (Henry 17). With their financial situations, they both still make it a point to reward each other with a gift which makes everything worth while.

Posted by: Makenzie Holler at March 6, 2014 11:10 PM

Sarah A Ellis
Dr. B Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
7 March 2014

Questions 5:
Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer:
According to the Merriam Webster Encyclopedia, the word respect means the admiring a person or object that processes great value or importance. With the core value of Respect, the meaning refers to the valuing of a person’s “unique talents, respect their dignity, and strive to foster their commitment to excellence in out work” (SLU Core values). In the story, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, shows an example of disusing the core value of respect. Both characters gave up valuable treasures to buy a gift for one another. One might say that it was a sign of respect for they gave up their greatest treasure because they were thinking of the other, but they gave up a piece of themselves in order to please the other. Jim prized treasure was a “gold watch that had been his grandfather’s” which is irreplaceable due to the family value and importance (Henry 18). Della’s greatest treasure was her long hair (Henry 18). Even though her hair can grow back, it was still giving up a piece of herself to buy a gift for someone else. And the gifts cannot even be used because the gifts were for the treasures that they sold in order to buy a gift for the other person (Henry 24-25).

Posted by: Sarah Ellis at March 7, 2014 01:15 AM

James Jessop
Dr. B. Lee. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
6th March 2014

Question #3 - Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of COMMUNITY in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer – To me community is that of a group, with a feeling of belonging. Both of my sources, Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam Webster, for definitions of the word community came up with the same, or very similar result. “A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common” (Oxford English Dictionary). This differs from that of Saint Leo’s definition slightly. Saint Leo focuses more in depth on how a community bonds/works together, stating that “spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect” is something key, and present in what they perceive as community. I believe that there should only be one accepted definition for each of the core values, but these should be adaptable to different situations. The definition should be detailed enough to allow people to understand better, and allow people to interpret the values in their own ways, but with an overall understanding the same as that of another student. An example of community I my own life is the Saint Leo golf team. We are a group of individuals, with a feeling of belonging in that group. We each go to Saint Leo University, and have the common interest of golf, and wanting to win. The unity between the group is the main reason I would class my team as a community. In terms of the Gift of Magi, community plays a bit part role. The group of two people, “Della” and “Jim”, are albeit a small group, they are a small community. They have a particular characteristic in common, that of caring deeply for one another, shown in this quote “She had been saving every penny she could for months” (Henry 3). Saving everything that she could, to simply please Jim with a nice gift is a great sign of mutual respect and trust which according to the definition provided by Saint Leo University would make this a community. Throughout the story there is a close knit relationship present between the two, mostly focusing on Della’s situation, eventually culminating in the giving of the gifts to one another. Ironically, Jim “sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs” (Henry 11) and Della sold her hair to buy Jim that same watch. The giving and caring for others around them in their community is a clear ting throughout this short story, a key characteristic of community.

Posted by: James Jessop at March 7, 2014 01:45 AM

Sergio Velazquez
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
Eng122 - ACADEMIC WRITING II CA12
3/7/2014

2. Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of EXCELLENCE in "A & P" by John Updike. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Excellence, is to be superior to your, peers.Saint Leo's definition of excellence is has nothing you do with personal achievement. It sounds more like a ploy to pull in naive parents.As a student going threw college Saint Leo standard of excellence does not help me.

How was excellence in "A & P" by John Updike, is when Sammie took a stand for the women in the groceries store and said “ I quit,”( Page 23 line 24)displaying that he is a better man, then this store is allowing him to be.

Posted by: Sergio Velazquez at March 7, 2014 09:53 AM

Traneisha Cunningham
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
6 March 2014

QUESTION #6:
Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout on the subject of "The SLU Core Values," briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in "A & P" by John Updike. As with all homework questions , be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text - properly cited in MLA format - to support your answer/thesis.

ANSWER:
The disuse of respect in "A & P" by John Updike is represented when three girls walk into the store with nothing but bathing suits on (Updike 18). It was a disuse of respect because of what type of town it is. The beach had been a couple of miles away, so to see people dressed like this is a crowded area within town took surrounding people's attention as they just stared and questioned why they were showing this much of skin in public when it was not permitted. Though they had only come in to pick up one item really quickly, they had argued with the manager Lengel that they had been properly dressed (Updike 21). It was a disuse of respect to the store A & P when the store had a store policy that customers had to dress decently and cover skin when entering the store. Yet it was also a disuse of disrespect to others surrounding them when they had the type of society where it was not permitted for women to expose so much skin in public so that everyone could see.

Posted by: Traneisha Cunningham at March 7, 2014 09:56 AM

Gabriela Caminero
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II Ca12
6 March 2014

Question:
Using the exact instructions and information from the homework question handout (on lib guides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of Personal development in “The Gift of the Magi” By O. Henry. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text- Properly cited in MLA format- to support your answer/thesis.

Answer:
The definition of personal development is an act that improves talent and potential and builds human capital. Saint Leo’s definition is development of every person’s mind, spirit, and body. Personal development is represented in O. Henry's story “The Gift of the Magi” towards the end when the couple realizes that there is more to Christmas than material things. They realize this when they notice that by giving each other a gift they are left at the same place that they were in a few days ago because of the fact that they don’t have an item to accompany the gift they received. This was shown in the following quote, “I sold the watch to get the money to buy you the combs. And now suppose you put the chops on” (O. Henry 8).

Posted by: Gabriela Caminero at March 7, 2014 10:11 AM

Hubert Reuter
Dr .B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
7 March 2014

Question: Briefly discuss the use or disuse of responsible stewardship in the “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry.

Answer: The value of responsible stewardship is defined by SLU as “Our Creator blesses us with an abundance of resources. We foster a spirit of service to employ our resources for University and community development. We must be resourceful. We must optimize and apply all of the resources of our community to fulfill Saint Leo University’s mission and goals” (SLU Core Values). An example of responsible stewardship in “Gift of the Magi” is pretty much the whole premise of the story. The co-protagonists want to secretly buy each other a Christmas present but they have very little money she says she “has only a $1.87 left to by Jim a present” (Henry 3). Rather than horde what little money they have, they spend it on each other for their happiness and to preserve the holiday.

Posted by: Hubert Reuter at March 7, 2014 10:46 AM

Shelby Marrero
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
7 March 2014

Question 1: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of EXCELLENCE in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.


Answer: The use of EXCELLENCE in this particular story was used well. Throughout the story they couple try to find a way to get the perfect gift for each other. They both out of their way to show their appreciation and love for each other by giving up what means the most to them. Such as her cutting off her hair and him getting rid of his watch. (Henry 9)

Note from Dr. Hobbs: Yes, but how are you defining "excellence"? What is "excellent" about this relationship? You first must define your terms so that reader and writer are on the same page (Ethos/Pathos/Logos)

Posted by: Shelby Marrero at March 7, 2014 11:15 AM

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Posted by: Dr. Hobbs at March 9, 2014 07:52 PM

Samantha Witte
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA07
19 October 2014

QUESTION #20: How is the SLU core value of personal development represented in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

ANSWER: In “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” the main protagonist, Benjamin Button, takes a backwards journey through personal development by beginning his life as an older, wiser man, who enjoyed the simplicity of live, then becoming a young man, who cared a lot about honor and pride, and finally ending as a little boy, who did not understand much about the world and had very basic development at this point in his life.
Benjamin is born as an old man, beginning his journey in life as most people end theirs. When he was first born, his father tried to push him into being a little boy, yet he did not find pleasure in doing the things that most young kids entertained themselves with. He was too advanced for the basic baby toys and games, and “he was as puzzled as anyone else at the apparently advanced age of his mind and body at birth. He read up on it in his medical journal” (Fitzgerald 7). He was at a place in his life where he wanted to learn and grow by any means he found possible.

As Benjamin’s actual age increased, his physical age seemed to decrease. He became, young, handsome, and strong. He no longer cared as much about learning, but more about how to make himself a respectable man. He ran his own successful business and gained much profit over the years. “Benjamin discovered that he was becoming more and more attracted to the gay side of life…he was the first man in the city of Baltimore to own and run an automobile” (Fitzgerald 12). He wanted to show off his accomplishments. He wanted to see that he was worth something in life.

Finally, he ended his journey with the mentality of a young child, and then passed away as an infant. He became less and less aware of the world around him. He eventually had no comprehension of the world around him, and all he knew was what he saw. In the end, “it was all dark, and his white crib and the dim faces that moved above him, and the warm sweet aroma of milk, faded out altogether from his mind” (Fitzgerald 18). He had no cognitive ability to determine meaning from the stimulation of his senses. He had no personal development going on in this stage.

Posted by: Samantha Witte at October 19, 2014 06:59 PM

Stephanie Vera, Zachary Gary
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
October 20, 2014

Personal Development

Question 39:
Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT EITHER (a.) “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern, OR (b.) “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. As with all homework/groupwork questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: The protagonist George gains personal as the reader goes into depth into the reading. Personal development improves awareness in identity. At the beginning, the character George is on the verge of committing suicide but did not after one individual had an effect on the way he views life, the gift of life being the greatest gift of all. The strange man that talks to the protagonist shows him how great he is as just his own person. “Well, if you know so much about me,” George said, “give me just one good reason why I should be alive.” The little man made a queer chuckling sound. “Come, come, it can’t be that bad. You’ve got your job at the bank. And Mary and the kids. You’re healthy, young, and—” (Van Doren Stern, 2) e

Posted by: Stephanie Vera,Zachary Gary at October 21, 2014 03:48 PM

Zachary Gary
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 CA07 Academic Writing 2
21 October 2014

Question #23:
Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.
Answer:
Responsible stewardship is knowing your surroundings. It’s a person that act for other people, basically giving them RESPECT. Protecting something or someone. The definitions are slightly different because they are giving the Christian definition. I think there should be only one definition of excellence because why should there be more than one meaning. We all have a general idea of what excellence is. It depends on how the word is taught to you to understand the meaning of excellence though.
I think I do this every day, being on the baseball team and doing anything to protect my teammates. I think Integrity is needed every day. How are you going to have confidence to do something and say something without Integrity?
The wife tried to keep him on the right track of reality cause he would get caught in a really bad day dreams. She recognized her role of taking care of her husband so she was responsible with doing that. Walter is always in fantasy with his daydreams. He takes on a role of a passive husband. He hates the way people are treating him. So he stays passive about his life and the people around him. (Thurber 2-3)

Posted by: Zachary Gary at October 21, 2014 10:21 PM

Stephanie Vera
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
October 18, 2014
SLU Core Value: Community

Question 8:
Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of COMMUNITY in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.
Answer:
In the Secret Life of Walter Mitty the author failed to show community in Mitty’s reality of life. Mitty is constantly being nagged on from his wife. There is no sense of community in his life. However, in Mitty’s dreams the author shows the works of community when they are in the operating room. The character Mitty is being praised by his community on his work.

Posted by: Stephanie Vera at October 21, 2014 10:33 PM

Rashard Knowles
Alyssa Davis
Dr. B Lee. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing CA07
20 October 2014

Dictionary.com
The fact or state of excelling; superiority; eminence

Wikipedia.com
A talent or quality, which is unusually good and so, surpasses ordinary standards. It is also used as a standard of performance as measured e.g. through economic indicators.

SLU
Saint Leo University is an educational enterprise. All of us, individually and collectively, work hard to ensure that our students develop the character, learn the skills, and assimilate the knowledge essential to become morally responsible leaders. The success of our University depends upon a conscientious commitment to our mission, vision, and goals.

To Us
Excellence is the greatest achievements according to an individual. What is excellence to me? Excellence to me is being comfortable with what I’ve achieved. In the short story “The Greatest Gift” George achieves excellence firstly because he was at a point in life where he was ready to die, therefore he was granted the chance to see how life for his family would be if he was never there. He ultimately achieved excellence in the end because he found purpose for life and lived everyday as if it was his last. Secondly, his guardian angel achieved excellence because he was able to show and convince George that his life is worth more than he thinks.

Posted by: Rashard Knowles at October 22, 2014 02:19 PM

Aderias & Amanda
Dr. Hobbs
6 march 2015
Group Work: Core Values
Personal Development: Main character Tessie Hutchinson. When she brings awareness to herself that trying to win the lottery isn’t right. She has a lack of personal development because she not really trying to change.
Define: improving oneself; like employment skills, developing talents, and enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.
School define: stresses the development of every person’s mind, spirit, and body for a balanced life (when regular definition just goes into building yourself up to be better more into outer futures)

Posted by: aderias & amanda at March 6, 2015 11:19 AM

Kathleen Sholl and Amber Dunlap
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA 12
6 March 15

“The Lottery” and Core Values Discussion Group Question

Question 34: Briefly discuss the use of justice in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.

Answer: Justice is defined as a moral rightness or the practice of giving others what is their due. In “The Lottery,” a community stones to death an innocent woman just for “winning” the lottery. Tessie, the woman who was murdered, fears for her life as stones crush her body. She screams, “it isn’t fair. It isn’t right” (Jackson 7). In regards to her vain murder, the community that committed it had little moral value if they can exterminate an innocent woman. “Let’s finish this quickly” (Jackson 7). This quote is an example of how little the people committing the crime felt about what their actions were going to be. Justice must be brought upon the people in the community for doing this to Tessie. Murder is a sin in some individual’s eyes: therefore, the moral rightness is not present in this story. For example, justice can be served in the system today by going to jail, community service, or the death penalty. Murder is defined as an unlawful, premeditated killing of another person. It could be argued that because the lottery makers new there was going to be a death committed, it was premeditated. A character shouted, “come on, come on, everyone (Jackson 7). Promoting this violence, nobody in the crowd was against this action, and that means that justice must be served to this savage community.

Posted by: Kathleen Sholl and Amber Dunlap at March 6, 2015 11:20 AM

Jorge and Val and Rously

Dr. Hobbs

Academic Writing II CA12

6 March 2015

Question:

Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer:

I think they disrespect her and the rituals. They have disrespected their traditions. They also respect their lottery as a law. From our point of view though it’s very disrespectful because you shouldn’t treat other people like that. “"It isn’t fair, it isn’t right," Mrs. Hutchinson, screamed.” (Jackson Pg.7) to me this is a way of her saying that she feels disrespected and knows that this wasn’t right, but it was too late by then.

Posted by: jorge braham and val and rously at March 6, 2015 11:22 AM

Emily Buckley and Emma Riemer and Jan Urbaniak
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
6 March 2015

Question: How is excellence represented in Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery?”

Answer: The definition of excellence is “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.” Saint Leo University defines excellence as:
“ All of us, individually and collectively, work hard to ensure that our students develop the character, learn the skills, and assimilate the knowledge essential to become morally responsible leaders. The success of our University depends upon a conscientious commitment to our mission, vision, and goals.” (Saint Leo University)

The community was excellent in their organization of their lives and the way they respected the tradition; this can be seen when the thought of creating a different box would affect the tradition of the box. “Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.” (Jackson 2) They were excellent at upholding their past, the thought of abandoning their tradition was absurd. “that over in the north village they’re talking of giving up the lottery. Old Man Warner snorted. "Pack of crazy fools," he said. "Listening to the young folks, nothing’s good enough for them” (Jackson 4) However, society today would not define this community’s morals to be excellent. Most cultures today would define this community to be the complete opposite of excellent.

Posted by: Emily Buckley and Emma Riemer and Jan Urbaniak at March 6, 2015 12:10 PM

Kathleen Sholl
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA 12
6 March 15

Core Values Discussion Question

Question 20: Briefly discuss the use of personal development in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Answer: Personal development is defined as the furthering of a person’s mind, body, and spirit for a balanced life. In “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Benjamin is an individual who ages backwards. He is born into an elderly man’s body, already knowing how to talk, walk, and act like a normal human being. “Nice way to welcome a new-born child,” complained the elderly Benjamin Button to his father (Fitzgerald 3). Starting out as an old man, as the years went by he became younger and younger. At age twenty he worked for his father’s job, and at age twelve he began to dye his hair to fit in with his age group. Essentially, his personal development is in a reverse order. He knew who he was as an old man, and he slowly started to forget once he got to his younger years. In a way, he personally develops throughout the story. “Benjamin discovered that he was becoming more and more attracted by the gay side of life” (Fitzgerald 12). People saw that he “seemed to grow younger each year,” (Fitzgerald 12) and his friends and family were envious of him. “Up in his room, he saw his reflection” (Fitzgerald 12). He then began to realize that he was extremely young looking. By the end of the story, Benjamin is a newborn baby, and his life as he knows it fades out of his mind. Even though he experienced personal development in a reverse order, he still goes through it each time he looks in the mirror or thinks about his life.

Posted by: Kathleen Sholl at March 6, 2015 04:29 PM

Mallory Delay
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
8 March 2015

Question 17: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject "The SLU Core Values," briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of Personal Development in "A&P" by John Updike.

Answer: Personal development is considering your goals in life and doing what you can to reach them to become a better individual. Saint Leo defines Personal Development as the development "of every person's mind, spirit, and body for a balanced life." (Saint Leo) The definitions are very similar and have the same meaning. Without a working definition, the use of Personal Development could be used wrong and may confuse the reader. I define Personal development as becoming a better individual based on my beliefs. This core value may be called into question because every development is different for every person and what we see is different. How is personal development represented in John Updike's "A&P"? In John Updike's "A&P" Sammy shows Personal Development in the story when he stands up for the girls. He doesn't like how they were treated, so he quits. (Updike 23) Sammy realizes that there is more out there than just world of the A&P and says "my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter." (Updike 23) He stood for the injustice of the girls but never received their thanks.

Posted by: Mallory Delay at March 8, 2015 02:18 PM

Jorge Braham

Dr. Hobbs

Academic Writing II CA12

8 March 2015

The SLU Core values and Short Fiction

Question:

Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer:

I guess you could say they used responsible stewardship in a way of being a role model because he was mature to begin with and was wiser because he aged backwards. As the story progressed though he was not the best example of being a role model, he was way too childish and acting foolish when he shouldn’t have. “He loved to take a big cane from the hat-rack and go around hitting chairs and tables with it and saying: "Fight, fight, fight." “ (Fitzgerald Pg. 17)

Posted by: Jorge braham at March 8, 2015 03:34 PM

Selena Hammie
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing CA12
8 March 2015

“The SLU Core Values”

Question #30: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of INTEGRITY in
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Answer: The short story, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” does not show integrity because the Button family does not accept their son when he is born because he was born as a 70-year old man. The Buttons were ashamed of him and didn’t want the town to know about their situation because they did not want to be judged. I can't tell you exactly who I am," replied the querulous whine, "because I've only been born a few hours—but my last name is certainly Button." "You lie! You're an impostor!" (Fitzgerald page 4) Mr. Button did not want to accept his son as is.

Posted by: Selena Hammie at March 8, 2015 09:26 PM

Aderias Ewing
Dr. Hobbs
Academic writing 2
8 March 8, 2015
Q 16: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry.
The school defines personal development as stresses the development of every person’s mind, spirit, and body for a balanced life. They both show personal development putting each other before themselves.
Deeply in love with her husband, Della is distraught that Christmas Day is imminent and she has but a pittance to spend for a gift for him. Not being able to honor her husband with a worthy Christmas gift is simply too much to bear. She is willing to give up her prideful possession in the midst of her humble circumstances, her long, lustrous hair, may be the means to secure a present that she can wholeheartedly give her beloved. Her willingness to sacrifice for him bespeaks the depth of her love.
And her husband James Dillingham Young is a serious young man of twenty-two who bears the burden of supporting his wife and himself on only $20 a week. Jim parts with his one treasure he possesses, a beautiful gold watch that had belonged to his father and his grandfather before him. He sacrifices the watch to buy combs for Della’s hair as his Christmas gift to her.

Posted by: aderias ewing at March 8, 2015 11:16 PM

Emma Riemer
Dr.Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
9 march 2015

SLU Core Values

Question 3: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of EXCELLENCE in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber.

Answer: According to Dictionary.com, the definition of ‘excellence’ is the fact or state of excelling; superiority; eminence: that means to be greater in doing something. Saint Leo University’s is saying that its students are great and aspire to be greater. Walter mitty does not really aspire to be great, he wishes to be something he is not. This can be seen when Thurber writes, “he drove around the streets aimlessly for a time,and then he drove past the hospital and the way to the parking lot” (Thurber 2). He just drives around daydreaming, waiting for his wife to be finished with whatever she is doing.

Posted by: Emma Riemer at March 8, 2015 11:44 PM

Emily Buckley
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
8 March 2015

Question: . Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: According to Dictonary.com the definition of respect is, “esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, apersonal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability” Saint Leo University defines respect as:
“Animated in the spirit of Jesus Christ, we value all individuals’ unique talents, respect their dignity, and strive to foster their commitment to excellence in our work. Our community’s strength depends on the unity and diversity of our people, on the free exchange of ideas, and on learning, living, and working harmoniously.”
In the short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” the main characters are struggling for respect the father was disappointed when Benjamin was born; he was concerned about his respect from the people he knew. “Mr. Button, sank down upon a chair near his son and concealed his face in his hands. "My heavens!" he murmured, in an ecstasy of horror. "What will people say? What must I do?"” (Fitzgerald 4) Benjamin was never respected for who he actually was. He did not receive any respect from Yale or the second time he tried to join the military. “Well, I'll give you eighteen minutes to get out of town." Benjamin Button walked with dignity from the room, and half a dozen undergraduates, who were waiting in the hall, followed him curiously with their eyes. When he had gone a little way he turned around, faced the infuriated registrar, who was still standing in the door-way, and repeated in a firm voice: "I am eighteen years old."” (Fitzgerald 6)

Posted by: Emily Buckley at March 8, 2015 11:51 PM

Vallinique Martin
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
9 March 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: Personal development is the development of a person’s mind, spirit, and body for a balanced life. In the beginning of the story Mitty character is portrayed as forgettable, unreliable, mentally ill, you’re tensed up again," said Mrs. Mitty. "It's one of your days. I wish you'd let Dr. Renshaw look you over.” (Thurber 2) As the story progresses Mitty develops personally by going into different worlds. He allows his self to develop in his own imagination, which is unique because personal development isn’t based on imagination but in Mitty situation, it is a possibility.

Posted by: Vallinique Martin at March 9, 2015 12:34 AM

Diego Garcia, Mallory Delay, & Kaitlin Murphy
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
6 March 2015
Discussion Question

Question: Using exact instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of Community in “Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from text – properly cited in MLA format – to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: A group of people coming together to become better individuals is the definition of community. In a dictionary, community is defined by people in the same location or of the same nationality (dictionary.com). In our Saint Leo core values, it is portrayed as every individual at the school working together to become a better unit (saintleo.edu). Some people might see it as a group of people that are in the same place that do not work together.

Posted by: Diego Garcia and Mallory Delay at March 9, 2015 01:23 AM

Diego Garcia
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA12
7 March 2015
Discussion Question

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of COMMUNITY in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: According to the a couple online dictionaries, community is a group of people in the same location or sharing similar heritage and culture. (dictionary.com, oxforddictionaries.com). According to our Saint Leo core values, community is a group of people who are different but work as a unit to achieve a responsible environment. (saintleo.edu). Community could be interpreted as a group of individuals with no similarities and who do not work together. I use community daily, whether it is at work, practice or class. In “Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, community is showed in every flashback he has. He is in a different community every time. For example, “In the operating room there were whispered introductions:” (Thurber 2).

Posted by: Diego Garcia at March 9, 2015 02:34 AM

Rachel Addington
Dr. Hobbs
ENG122 Academic Writing II CA12
8 March 2015
Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.
Answer: In the story “The Lottery” responsible stewardship is not used because the community is not protected and doesn’t use their resources to help develop the community because they believe in using a “lottery” method to stone one person to death at random to downsize the population. They teach children this “ritual” so that they can continue the tradition when they’re adults. By doing this, they can’t help the community develop by not using all resources. “The children had stones already. And someone gave little Davy Hutchinson few pebbles.”(Pg.7)

Posted by: Rachel Addington at March 9, 2015 09:53 AM

Alison Colon
Dr.Hobbs
ENG 122 CA12
8 March 2015

26. Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of INTEGRITY in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

In the text “The Gift of Magi the narrator states, “The James Dillingham Young’s were very proud of two things which they owned. One thing was Jim’s gold watch. It had once belonged to his father. And, long ago, it had belonged to his father’s father. The other thing was Della’s hair”(O. Henry, page 18.). The watch as well as Magi’s long brown hair were the only things that demonstrated their pride as well as integrity. The loss of integrity and disuse comes from when Magi choose to cut her hair off in order to pay for Jim’s gift. Magi didn’t hesitate to cut off the only thing she took pride in and loved more then anything. The following conversation is from the paragraph within the passage in which Magi is desperate enough to sell her hair which in turn is selling her integrity as well:
“Will you buy my hair?” asked Della.
“I buy hair,” said Mrs. Sofronie. “Take your hat off and let me look
at it.”
Down fell the brown waterfall.
“Twenty dollars,” said Mrs. Sofronie, lifting the hair to feel its
weight.
“Give it to me quick,” said Della.
Oh, and the next two hours seemed to fly. She was going from
one shop to another, to find a gift for Jim.(O. Henry 3 and 4 )
At this point in the passage Magi has now taken what she loves and holds pride in and sold it for 20 dollars in order to buy Jim a gift. If the gift was so important she could have found other ways to obtain it or could have sold his watch that he takes pride and integrity in rather then selling hers. When she put her hair at that level of importance and demonstrated that her hair was the only thing that mattered to her yet she cut it off to buy something for someone, she showed how much integrity and pride she truly had in it and what it means to feel that way towards something. Magi showed loss of integrity, pride, and self worth when she made that decision.

Posted by: Alison Colon at March 11, 2015 03:33 AM

Maria Gonzalez
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
14 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: In “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, respect is used and disused throughout the short story. Respect is not used when the doctor hurries away from Mr. Button the morning Benjamin is born. The moment Mr. Button tries to get information from the doctor as to why he is so flustered with baby Button, Dr. Keene replies, “… you can go and see for yourself. I don’t want to see you are any of your relatives ever again” (Fitzgerald 2). It is generally known that when a difficult situation arises at a hospital, the doctor will try to explain as best as possible. However, this is not the case with Dr. Keene. When Benjamin agrees to wear whatever clothes his father wishes him to wear, he shows respect for those older than him. “All right, father, you’ve lived longer; you know best. Just as you say” (Fitzgerald 6). Well, in his perspective for Benjamin was just born. There are many more instances when respect is missing from the short story. Such as when the engagement of Benjamin and his fiancé is announced. The community of Maryland remembered the scandal of Benjamin’s birth and “sent [it] out upon the winds of scandal in picaresque and incredible forms” (Fitzgerald 11). Even the newspaper were disrespectful when prying into the matter when “the Sunday supplements of the New York papers played up the case with fascinating sketches” (Fitzgerald 12).

Posted by: Maria Gonzalez at October 14, 2015 07:35 PM

Lady Hernandez
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA03
15 October 2015

Question: How is respect represented in James Thurber’s, “The secret life of Walter Mitty?”

Answer: In James Thurber’s, “The secret life of Walter Mitty,” the story begins with a day dream on a sinking ship. Walter, being part of that dream begins to give orders and plan a strategy to save his men from drowning. His next day dream is himself as a doctor and the machine that is keeping his patient asleep is malfunctioning. His third daydream he is at war over seas and each dream is connected by the position he is visioning himself as. Three respected positions who are looked at as important individuals in battle and in society. Respect, in the dictionary, means a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their actions. For Saint Leo purposes, respect means to value others unique talents and ability to perform better in their work. His wife goes on by telling him that he is “no longer a young man.” This shows that Mr. Mitty is not respected by his wife.

Posted by: lady hernandez at October 15, 2015 05:11 PM

My question is in which ways does Walter Mitty undergo actions of Responsible Stewardship. This is not an easy question to answer because he is quite the opposite. I made sure I had more than one definition in my head of the term responsible stewardship. Walter Mitty does not have a say over his wife because he is always doing things for her without even her asking him. Another way, instead of being true to yourself and trying to improve yourself in ways in which he lacks, he day-dreams. He could find a better job, he could find hobbies to enjoy, and can learn skills. Last way he lacks in responsible stewardship is, he can't confess to himself that he lacks such knowledge that others know, such as the garagemen. He rather go ahead and do things to "seem" as if he can't do them, like putting his arm in a sling. I have been asked a personal question about my responsible stewardship. I do have it. Some experiences of mine are I pick up trash after myself so the Plant Ops workers do not have to, I try to remain calm, cool, and collected whenever an authority or a stupid person is getting on my nerves. I do not expect that the world is going to "feed" me, I expect that the world is going to "take my food" away from me unless I do something about it. Walter Mitty never had to deal with "life" like the garagemen do, and my ex-roomate never had to deal with some real stressful situations.

Posted by: Brad McAvoy at October 15, 2015 06:18 PM

Michael Mooney
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
15 October 2015
Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of EXCELLENCE in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber
Answer: The core value of excellence can be described as “Excellence is the state of being or pursuing top quality. Be it in a product, or an idea.” In essence, Excellence is the pursuit of the best result, or already existing as the best result. In a person Excellence could refer to the quality of their character and skill.
Walter Mitty, the titular protagonist from James Thurber’s short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, consistently daydreams of a life better than his own. Mitty’s own life is boring and uneventful, Mitty himself is almost sub-par, having no discernable skills outside his daydreams “Once he had tried to take his chains off, outside New Milford, and he had got them wound around the axles. A man had to come out in a wrecking car and unwind them, a young, grinning garageman” (Thurber 3). Mitty’s dreams embody his desire for excellence. In his dreams he is a hero that lesser men look up to, someone that can tackle any task thrown their way. Even when he is not a hero (such as his daydream where he was on trial for murder, or his “execution” in the end of the story), he has an undefeatable spirit “’I could have killed Gregory Fitzhurst at three hundred feet with my left hand.’ Pandemonium broke lose in the courtroom. A woman’s scream rose above the bedlam and suddenly a lovely, dark-haired girl was in Walter Mitty’s arms. The District Attorney struck at her savagely. Without rising from his chair, Mitty let the man have it on the point of the chin. ‘You miserable cur!’” (Thurber 4). Walter Mitty in his dreams is the embodiment of excellence, whereas in reality he is almost the polar opposite. His detachment with reality leads him into constant predicaments, some of which almost seriously wound him and others “’Back it up, Mac! Look out for that Buick!’ Walter Mitty jammed on the brakes…..He began cautiously to back out of the lane marked ‘Exit Only’” (Thurber 3). Mitty’s harsh reality is that he is in almost no ways excellent, he exhibits no outstanding qualities and likely has no works that warrant merit. Additionally, he doesn’t even try to be excellent, he simply imagines that he is. In short, excellence is the driving factor behind the story. Walter Mitty is boring and plain, with no drive. In his mind, he is the very embodiment of Excellence.

Posted by: Michael Mooney at October 15, 2015 06:29 PM

Emma Duncan
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA03
15 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values”, briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of EXCELLENCE in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Answer: The story showed excellence because of how F. Scott Fitzgerald told it. He went above and beyond in his explanations and imagery of everything. An example of this would be the first time Benjamin saw Hildegarde Moncrief, “The girl was slender and frail, with hair that was ashen under the moon and honey-coloured under the sputtering gas-lamps of the porch. Over her shoulders was thrown a Spanish mantilla of softest yellow, butterflied in black; her feet were glittering buttons at the hem of her bustled dress” (Fitzgerald, 10).

Posted by: Emma Duncan at October 15, 2015 07:06 PM

Hana Lee
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
15 October 2015

“The magi, as you know, were wise men -----wonderfully wise men----- who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.” (O. Henry 25)
“Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.” (O. Henry 25)

Question #21: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP in "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry.

Answer: In “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, showed some responsible stewardship, one of the core values. The magi, also known as wise men brought gifts to people and they invented the art of giving Christmas presents. They not only created that but it is also their responsibility and therefore they take care great care with it. People referred the wise men to be one who gives and receives gifts, meaning they are the wisest.

Posted by: Hana Lee at October 15, 2015 07:40 PM

Zeida Alvarez
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA03
15 October 2015
Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT EITHER (a.) “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern, OR (b.) “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. As with all homework/groupwork questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: “Personal development” is not defined in a dictionary, but is determined by the person. How I define “personal development” is, through experiences you learn and grow to have a better understanding of yourself, which creates a stronger sense of self and an internal balance. There shouldn’t be a solid definition of it, but there already is a virtually universal way of explaining “personal development”. Everyone has their opinion on how to achieve “personal development”, but they all strive for a similar outcome: to grow as an individual. A situation in which “integrity” would be called for is during an exam, because if a person studies enough, they would not need to cheat and break away from their moral principles.
“Personal development” is represented throughout Phillip Van Doren Stern’s “The Greatest Gift”. The beginning the narrative is how George Pratt feels terrible about everything in his life, and how he feels useless, and no one would remember him at all. “[…] well, I’m just a small-town bank clerk that even the army didn’t want. I never did anything really useful or interesting, and it looks as if I never will. I might just as well be dead. I might better be dead.” (Stern, 2) As the story progresses, however, George learns that he was truly a binding part of everyone’s lives, and they needed him, which started making him think positively of his life. “Change me back—¬please. Not just for my sake but for others too. You don’t know what a mess this town is in. You don’t understand. I’ve got to get back. They need me here.” (Stern, 6,7)

Posted by: Zeida Alvarez at October 15, 2015 07:41 PM

Matthew Beebe
Dr. B. Lee Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CAO3
October 15, 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of COMMUNITY in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: “Community” - Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve. “ I believe Community ties into the lottery by how the explain and how the village people how the lottery really works. It said in the text “at one time, some people remembered, there had been a recital of some sort, performed by the official of the lottery […] There had been, also, a ritual salute, which the official of the lottery had had to use in addressing each person who came up to draw from the box, but this also had changed with time, until now it was felt necessary only for the official to speak to each person approaching” (Jackson 2). This shows that people had forgotten what takes place and it takes some people to refresh the villager’s minds on how it works.

Posted by: Matthew Beebe at October 15, 2015 08:18 PM

Johnny Nguyen
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 CA09
15 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer:
1. Personal Development is enhancing or improving your quality life in areas that need it and allows you to reassess your goals to make them more measurable to obtain.
2. Saint Leo’s definition is basically saying you should have a balanced life so everybody around you in your community can strengthen their character while online definitions are more geared towards you.
3. I use the core value by developing my character into a more mature one so I can be more successful in my college career.
4. Personal Development is used in the lottery when Tessie actually stands up and questions the authenticity of the lottery. My research question is “In which ways did Tessie show Personal Development in Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery?”
5. In Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery”, Tessie develops personal development when she stands up to Mr. Summers and screams “it isn’t fair? Because nobody questions the lottery.

Posted by: Johnny Nguyen at October 15, 2015 09:01 PM

ENG 122 CA03
Dr. Hobb’s
Core Values & “The Lottery”
15th October 2015


Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions and handout (on the course lib guide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of INTEGRITY in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text- properly cited in MLA format- to support your answer/ thesis.

Answer: In my opinion the word Integrity is the will power to be honest and to accomplish what is right from wrong and to know the difference. The definitions of the Core Values portrayed by Saint Leo should have more than one meaning because it allows for a better understand of what the word actually means. This allows for people with different perspectives to interpret them differently and find the true meaning. In the story, “The Lottery” the word integrity is not portrayed at all. This story has very poor and inhumane morals. Integrity by the town’s people is very poor and allowing them for the stoning to happen is no good. “They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed.”(Jackson 1.)

Posted by: Tannor Berry at October 15, 2015 11:00 PM

Sabrina McIntyre
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA03
15 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: Personal development is when you work towards bettering yourself and accomplishing you goals in life. When I researched on what personal development is, it said that personal development is a life-long process that is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, and consider their aims in life to realize and maximize their potential. Also, SLU’s personal development definition was the development of every person’s mind, body, and spirit for a balanced life that helps strengthen character of their community. In all honesty, I don’t think there should be one accepted definition for personal development because each definition that I have read I interpreted in the same way. If there were other people attempting to interpret the definition, one might think personal development is about building character and the other might think that it has everything to do with setting goals and accomplishing them. However, if you think about it, both of the ideas together is what personal development is to a degree; because setting goals and accomplishing them is an example of building character. Furthermore, in my life personal development has helped me become who I am today. For example, being able to graduate high-school and earn my diploma is a huge accomplishment. In addition, being in college is stepping stone for me to become a better person as well. Or, in a hypothetical situation, lets say I got caught drinking on campus and got in trouble. Personal development would be called into question because did I personally develop or build character getting caught consuming alcohol on campus? Moreover, how has personal development played a role in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?” In “The Secret Life of Water Mitty,” personal development plays a huge role in the main character’s life. Walter Mitty has a wild imagination and series of fantasies throughout the whole story. Also, because of these fantasies, I believe he developed low self-esteem and is practically a push over to his wife Mrs. Mitty. However, I do think that his fantasies show to the reader and himself that he wants to be something that he isn’t, thus proving that he probably would probably want to change himself for the better. Furtheremore, after Mrs. Mitty got her hair done, Walter Mitty basically admits to his fantasies without actually saying it, and makes me believe that he wants to be a different person. The text states, “Couldn’t you have put them on in the store?” “I was thinking,” said Walter Mitty. “Does it ever occur to you that I am sometimes thinking?” She looked at him” (Thurber 5).

Posted by: Sabrina McIntyre at October 15, 2015 11:32 PM

Lois Martinez
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA03
15 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of INTEGRITY in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: Integrity is one of the six moral values that Saint Leo University proudly embraces, and with it, it teaches its students to live under such principles to become a better people. However, many definitions of integrity exist, and all of them vary in their use by the contexts or individuals. For example, according to the Cambridge English Dictionary, integrity means, "the quality of being honest and having strong morals; wholeness and unity." In other contexts integrity could mean honor, decency, or virtue; also the individual who says it may attribute to its different meaning. Saint Leo defines integrity as "the pledge, to be honest, just, and consistent in word and deed" (" Florida Catholic University"). Regardless of the infinite examples and definitions of the word, I relate the most to the school's definition of integrity because it is defined to a personal level. A man who has integrity is consistently honest and righteous with his work and peers; that is one of the most important principles that the university instills its students so that they can truly be prepared for the future. Also, another places—besides the institution—where integrity is well-mentioned are in stories, especially morality plays, and fables. For instance, in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin's father, Roger Button, takes care of his son and learns to love him in spite of his unfortunate condition. A man of integrity and strong morals would never abandon his son, for he knows that it would be unjust to the innocent child. Another example found later on in the story is when Benjamin turns eighteen and goes to college. He was denied the entrance to Yale because did not apparent the age written on paper, and he "repeated in a firm voice: "I am eighteen years old" (Fitzgerald 9); he could have hidden his real age, but he did not—he was honest. F. Scott Fitzgerald teaches his audiences the importance of integrity in three difference aspects: social, personal, and professional.

Posted by: Lois Martinez at October 15, 2015 11:46 PM

Cannelle Samson
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA03
15 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in "A & P" by John Updike. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: Personal development may have copious amounts of meanings. However, personal development may be defined as activities that improve and enhance awareness, identity, and potential. Personal development also helps a person realize and strive for their dreams and aspirations. Every day there are multiple changes for a person to accomplish personal development. In the short story “A & P” by John Updike personal development can be seen when Sammy disagrees with his boss and makes the decision to spontaneously quit his job. In Updike’s short story Sammy is a cashier in a grocery story. He notices these a beautiful girl walk into the store in her bathing suit. Sammy’s boss approaches these girls and tells them to cover up the next time they come into the grocery story. This blunt statement embarrasses these young girls. Sammy, who realizes he would like to stand up for them. In “A & P” it states, “The girls and who’d blame them, are in a hurry to get out, so I say, ‘I quit’ to Lengel quick enough for them to hear, hoping they’ll stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero” (Updike, 22). At this moment Sammy realizes that he is willing to quit his job to defend a person he does not know. Lengel, Sammy’s boss tried to discourage him from quitting. However, Sammy sticks with his beliefs and decisions. In Updike’s short story it states, “You’ll Feel this for the rest of your life,” Lengel said, and I know that’s true, too, but remembering how he made that pretty girl blush makes me so scrunchy inside…” (Updike, 23). Sammy sticks to what he believes in and honors his decision to quit. Sammy’s action shows personal development because he realized his dream: to be the pretty girl’s hero. He made a decision on a situation he felt strongly about and went through with it; although, he knew there would be consciences. He also knew that he might someday feel the weight of his decision; however, we went through with his dreams and stood up for what he believed in.

Posted by: Cannelle Samson at October 15, 2015 11:51 PM

Brittany Cordero
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
16 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page
in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber.

Answer: Respect is to give your attention to someone. Saint Leo defines respect in a way for the community to have respect rather than just one individual. Without a working definition, someone might see Saint Leo's definition of respect as more religious and concerning a lot of working together. I feel that respect is showing honor for someone even in the slightest way. Respect can be something as simple as not speaking when others are speaking. In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Walter Mitty is only shown respect when he is in one of his daydreams. In reality, he is seen as crazy and his wife "yelled at him" (Thurber 1). Whereas, in his daydreams, he is a doctor or a soldier, someone of high importance.

Posted by: Brittany Cordero at October 16, 2015 12:03 AM

Shyiem-Akiem Brown
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
14 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of JUSTICE in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.

Answer: Justice, by definition, is the quality of being impartial or fair in all circumstances that are punishable by law. The definition of Justice given by the Benedictine Values are similar to the dictionary definitions because they both focus on delivering a just order. My personal definition of justice is leveling the playground, that is, to deliver fair chances with respect to each individual. Justice is often called into question whenever lawful authority gets away with something unlawful, such as the killing of an innocent child. Sometimes it brings suspicion with regards to the justice system. The system that is supposed to protect its people often abuse them.
How is Justice represented in Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery?
In Shirley Jackson’s short story, The Lottery, the author uses the character Tessie Hutchinson to reveal the injustice of the village’s lottery selection. Tessie Jackson arrives late to the lottery selection but she instantly voices her opinion of Mr. Summers being biased against her husband. “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair!” (Jackson 5). Although the family gets another chance to re-select from the lottery, the fate of a member from the family was sealed. Tessie Hutchinson is the victim of injustice this time. “Tessie Hutchinson was in the center of a cleared space by now, and she held her hands out desperately as the villagers moved in on her. "It isn’t fair," she said. A stone hit her on the side of the head” (Jackson 7).

Posted by: Shyiem-Akiem Brown at October 16, 2015 12:16 AM

Zachary Pottle
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
16 October 2015

Question:

Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of EXCELLENCE in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer:

Excellence is defined as the fact or state of superiority. Saint Leo defines excellence as the development of skills that allow a person to become "morally responsible leaders". When thinking of these two definitions, there comes the question of what they both have in common. With that in mind, one can assume that excellence can be defined as: gaining superiority through the development of skills. Now, with this definition, let's take a look at Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery". "The Lottery" displays almost no excellence. In "The Lottery", all the citizens of the town attend an annual lottery. Although not clear until the, the lottery "winner" gets stoned to death. The lottery consists of the head of every household drawing a slip of paper from a box, the person who draws a slip with a black dot on it is the winner. Excellence is not one of the words that comes to mind when thinking of "The Lottery". The presence of developing skills, or superiority is non-exsitant. For example, when Mrs. Delacroix says to Tessie ""Be a good sport, Tessie" and Mrs. Graves said, "All of us took the same chance" (Jackson 5). This explanation of "Be a good sport" when facing death, shows that the society as a whole doesn't have any values, or excellence.

Posted by: Zachary Pottle at October 16, 2015 02:19 AM

Alexis Clayton
Doctor Hobbs
Academic Writing II CA03
October 15, 2015

QUESTION #14: . Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.


ANSWER: In The Lottery Respect is incorporated by Shirley Jackson is disuse. He portrays the women to get no respect. For example, on page 2 Mrs. Hutchinson hurry along the path and went to the back of the crowd. Also how she said, " wouldn't want em leaving dishes int he sink.." that shows she is a house mom and afraid of her husband.

Posted by: alexis clayton at October 16, 2015 09:15 AM

Yaribilisa Colon
Dr. Hobbs
ENG-122
10/16/2015

QUESTION 5:

Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, Disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.


RESOURCE:

“When he came out into the street again, with the overshoes in a box under his arm, Walter Mitty began to wonder the other thing his wife told him to get. She had told him, twice, before they set out from their house for Waterbury. In a way he hated these weekly trips to town—he was always getting something wrong. Kleenex, he thought, Squibb’s, razor blades? No. Toothpaste, toothbrush, bicarbonate, carborundum, initiative and referendum? He gave it up. But she would remember it. “Where’s what’s-its-name?” she would ask. “Don’t tell me you forgot what’s-its-name.” A newsboy went by shouting something about the Waterbury trial.”

ANSWERS:

1) Personal Development means to improve yourself by learning and developing qualities. One who sets goals and is willing to become a better person without depending on others.

2) The difference between Saint Leo Universities definition, and the other dictionaries is that in Saint Leo’s definition personal development is pursued to help improve the character of the community and those around you. Whereas the other definitions, personal development is pursued for one’s self only.

3) I personally describe personal development as trying to better yourself by using the resources around you, and by learning from other people.

4) In the story “The Secret like of Walter Mitty”, Personal Development is not really represented, it is more disused. In the Part of the story where Mitty is trying to remember what his wife asked him to buy, he realizes that he is always doing the same mistakes. He realizes that he always forgets and he always has to depend on his wife when trying to remember.

5) Personal Development is disused in the story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. It is disused because Mitty is a man who always fails at everything, even in his day dreams. Mitty seems to not do anything right. Once Mitty acknowledges that, he does nothing to change that.He does nothing to change his unhappy life. Instead he just continues to day dream.

Posted by: Yaribilisa Colon at October 16, 2015 09:21 AM

Conner Knaresboro
Dr. Hobbs
Eng 122 Academic Writing II CA09
15 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of "The SLU Core Values," briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of EXCELLENCE in EITHER (a.) "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern, OR (b.) "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. As with all homework/groupwork questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text— properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.
Answer: Excellence can be defined in the dictionary as "the quality of being excellent" (Webster). In the SLU Core Values the word Excellence can be defined as "Working hard to become excellent leaders in the future" (Core Values). The two definitions are pretty much similar. The Webster definition is a broader definition than the SLU definition. The SLU definition is talking more about becoming leaders and being a good quality person. The word Excellence in my words would be defined as becoming the best person you want to be personally and being a good well rounded person. Does Young Goodman Brown really show Excellence in the story? Yes he does show excellence because he finds what he wants to know and he realizes what is right and what is wrong.

Posted by: Conner Knaresboro at October 16, 2015 10:37 AM

Sidnee Yaeger
Dr.Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
16 October 2015

37. Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of COMMUNITY EITHER (a.) “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern, OR (b.) “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. As with all homework/groupwork questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text— properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

A community is when people in one place can all grow because of the same attitude each of us have. We are able to help and serve our community through the process. Therefore, how is community represented in Philip Van Doren Stern ‘The Greatest Gift’? Community is represented in Philip Van Doren Stern ‘The Greatest Gift’ by showing what George’s ‘life’ in the community was different when he said ‘I wish I’d never been born!” (2). When the stranger took away his life, he got to see how much of a change his town was. His wife was married to another man, had kids of her own, his mother had one less child. When he got his life back he realized what he had with his mother, his wife, and children. He became more grateful for everything in him and his community, he did not wish anything else differently.

Posted by: Sidnee Yaeger at October 16, 2015 10:59 AM

Zekeriya Kayaselcuk

Dr. Hobbs

ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09

October 15, 2015


The term justice is related to fairness and equality. Everyone will follow the same rules and the same consequences for breaking rules. This term relates to the core value of respect; everyone fits the shoe of equality. There is a diverse amount of students who attend Saint Leo University, mostly including international students who come from different backgrounds. The depth of their background can go as far as nationality, religion, and culture. This University is a Catholic school but respects others who follow a different path of religion. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “The Curious case of Benjamin Button,” the protagonist is not treated with justice. Benjamin differed in comparison to everybody around his circle. It was not easy for him to overcome the challenge of living life backwards.

Posted by: Zekeriya Kayaselcuk at October 16, 2015 02:18 PM

Anayah McKenzie
Dr. Hobbs
Eng Academic Writing II CA09
October 15, 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: Responsible Stewardship is one being held accountable for taking care of the environment and our communities. Responsible Stewardship differs from Saint Leo University because SLU’s definition seems more centered around the university. However, the other definitions seem more of a general coverage of the environments and communities. I preform responsible stewardship by recycling plastic bottles to help slow down global warming. Integrity may be called into question, for example if someone were to litter and one walks straight pass it without bothering to pick it up.

How is Responsible Stewardship displayed in the story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

In “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, responsible stewardship are portrayed in two major ways: Benjamin Button’s father took care of him son despite of his shame, and lastly, Roscoe Button also took care of Benjamin Button.

Posted by: Anayah McKenzie at October 16, 2015 02:22 PM

Lawrence Watt
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
16 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP EITHER (a.) “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern, OR (b.) “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Answer: Responsible Stewardship is a value that pertains to the planning and management of resources but can also be applied to anything from economics to theology. In the short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne responsible stewardship applies to the Goodman Brown and his belief in his religion. He strongly believes in upholding and preserving his faith and will go against any odds to do so. Even when the devil, respected figures in the community, and even his wife try to alter his beliefs he stays true to God. When he was being held at the evil meeting in the woods Goodman Brown professed to his wife “Faith! Faith! Look up to heaven and resist the wicked one” (Hawthorne 83). Against the highest temptations and in the presence of some of the people he holds most dear in life Goodman Brown is willing to uphold and preserve his faith when other try to denounce it.

Posted by: Lawrence Watt at October 16, 2015 03:04 PM

Shania Bienaime
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
15 October 2015

Question: SLU Core values Integrity in “The Greatest Gift”
Answer: Integrity in a person is the ability of having strong moral values, honesty, and trustworthiness. In other words integrity is a person who has a good all-around character. Compared to the Saint Leo core values Integrity is “The commitment of Saint Leo University to excellence demands that its members live its mission and deliver on its promise. The faculty, staff, and students pledge to be honest, just, and consistent in word and deed.” (Saint Leo Website). People often confuse the words as with their definitions of each, but with integrity people can still be placed as trustworthy and responsible. For example, integrity can be called into question when looking for a baby sitter or even in a relationship because a partner is looking for someone honest and dependable.
In “The Greatest Gift” how did George show integrity throughout the story?
After George realizes that he made a big mistake of wishing he was dead he begs the little man for his life back.

Posted by: Shania Bienaime at October 16, 2015 03:12 PM

Jacie Dieffenwierth
Dr. Hobbs
ENG122 Academic Writing II CA09
16 October 2015

Question 10

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of COMMUNITY in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis

Answer: The definitions I found online and the one stated as Saint Leo’s core value are very similar. Both center on the idea of a gathering of people generally with common interest. I didn’t see anything about the community challenging its people like it does in Saint Leo’s. Depending on who is interpreting it, different people can say community something different. To some community is just a group of people that either meet up or live in close proximity to each other. To another it might be an online community with people you’ve never actually met.

How is community represented in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. The protagonist of Fitzgerald’s story encounters various receptions from various communities. He is accepted by some while rejected by most and for different reasons throughout his life. He looked too old when he was young, just right during those middle age years, and looked too young when he was old. Benjamin is always working closely with community even if he’s not always accepted.
Benjamin’s father tries to get him to join a community of sorts for kids his own age. He wants him to pick up interests of children that are that young (Fitzgerald 7). Even though as far as his birth certificate goes, Benjamin Button was a normal child fit for a setting with rattles and Noah’s arch toys (Fitzgerald 7). But Benjamin found a hard time adapting to this change of pace and actually prefers the company of the grandfather (Fitzgerald 7). Even though he tries to go to college with people his age, he never quite fits in until he starts to look younger (Fitzgerald 4). When he goes back to college then, he’s openly accepted into the community (Fitzgerald 14). When he becomes too young for his age, his gets cut out of the community once again by his son, wife, and even the military (Fitzgerald 15-16).

Posted by: Jacie Dieffenwierth at October 16, 2015 03:19 PM

Necdet Gurkan
Dr.Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA09
16 October 2015

Question: “The SLU Core Values” briefly discuss the use of COMMUNITY in “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry.

Answer: Community is a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. In its final form it does not apply to them very suitably. They are poor, while the Magi were all kings bringing luxury gifts which included gold. The Magi did not give gifts to teach other, as Jim and Della do. The Magi did not have to make any sacrifices to raise money. It would appear that there is a hidden secret in this story. O. Henry started out to draw an analogy between a contemporary young couple who were going to have a baby and a coupled named Joseph and Mary who had to spend the night in stable. What the two couples have in common is poverty.

Posted by: Necdet Gurkan at October 16, 2015 03:19 PM

Peyton Farrier
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II
16 October 2015

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of EXCELLENCE in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.

Answer: “All of us, individually and collectively, work hard to ensure that our students develop the character, learn the skills, and assimilate the knowledge essential to become morally responsible leaders.” Is how it is said to describe excellence at Saint Leo University. In The Lottery generation after generation they do the same exact thing every year to ensure that they don’t break tradition. When one person is sacrificed it is said that the corn will grow better that year.

Posted by: Peyton Farrier at October 16, 2015 03:28 PM

Luis Bautista
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 – Academic Writing
14 October 2015
The world community refers to a group of people living in a place that share attitudes, interest, and goals. This creates an environment of mutual trust, solidarity, and respect. In Saint Leo core values are stated, “Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve”. In a university, a community is a major key to creating an environment based on trust and mutual development. Despite religion, ethnicity, or race community, I believe is interpreted in the same way Saint Leo represent it. In fact, the university itself shows the definition of the community itself. For instance, Saint Leo host more than a thousand of students coming from different countries with different religions and traditions. However, under the definition of the core values of the University of Saint Leo, all this ethnicity come together to create this great community based on learning.
In “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, Walter Mitty, and his wife represent the sense of community by showing several times an enormous sense of unity and belonging. For instance, Walter’s wife stick and deals with his continuously distractions because of his daydreaming. Throughout a normal day of errands despite the clear signs of Mr. Mitty of fails in life even if his dreams he realizes the meaning of unity, belonging and lastly trust. Even though the story focuses on Walter’s daydreaming and distractions, the meaning of community is well represented throughout the story.

Posted by: Luis Bautista at October 16, 2015 08:07 PM

Hussam - Omar
Dr. Hobbs
ENG-122 Academic Writing

Q: what is the decision? what the value ?

Answer: the decision is prince made was to have a party/ ball to not think about the red death that was coming.

Posted by: Hussam Babge at February 22, 2016 03:18 PM

Clark de Bullet, Jennifer Belcastro
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
22 February 2016

The Curious case of Benjamin Button

Question: Identify all the decisions that are made, pick one to discuss, what values drive the decision or which ones are ignored?

Answer: When he saw that his son was an old man he had decided to do the right thing and take him home (Fitzgerald 5), next was when he was 21 he decided to enroll in college (8), and then the young woman decided to marry Benjamin Button thinking he is 50 when he is actually aging in reverse (12). Regarding the first point made, Roger Button is driven by integrity. He is afraid of the judgement of society thinking, “what will people say?” (4) and losing the dignity he has but also feels like his integrity is on the line because it is his child. Roger desperately tries to make Benjamin fit in so he won’t feel ashamed and it will be easier to bring him out in social events and make him part of the community(7-8). He ignores the core value of excellence, respect, personal development, and stewardship. He doesn’t let Benjamin be the best he can be and tries to force him into other roles keeping him from developing and making personal advances and reaching his maximum excellence (7). He doesn’t respect Benjamin’s wants (1-8) and he doesn’t use the resources he has to his advantage. He could get Benjamin old man clothes, food, and other things but chooses not to and buys only little boy items.

Posted by: Clark de Bullet at February 23, 2016 05:17 AM

Nastassja Sielchan and Phil
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
22 February 2016

Question: Identify all the decisions that are made. Pick one to discuss. What values drive the decision or which ones are ignored?

Answer: In the story Young Goodman Brown, Goodman Brown decides to leave his wife Faith and go to a ceremony, then, he decides to take staff from a stranger and give it to the devil, but, in the end, he can resist temptation. Goodman Brown tells Faith to resist the devil, and then he ends up he’s alone. We decided that the core value used was personal development because throughout the whole story he was very adamant to go on this journey and he ended up being able to tell his wife to resist the devil. Specifically, Goodman Brown said “Look up to Heaven, and rest the Wicked One!” referring to Faith (Hawthorne 83).

Posted by: Nastassja Sielchan at February 23, 2016 08:26 AM

Randawnique Coakley and Vincia Mitchell
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA 06
22 February 2016

Questions: Identify all the decisions that are made. Pick one to discuss. What values drive the decision or which ones are ignored?

Answer: In "Juliette", by Cheinisse, there are decisions made by the car, Juliette and the owner. Some decisions the owner makes are pretending to be fascinated with a jaguar to tease Juliette (Cheinisse 4), and flirting with other girls with Juliette witnessing (5). Juliette decided to ignore his flirtation. Juliette also decided to comfort the owner after a long day of work by taking along a scenic route (5). Juliette mocks other cars for being "young", while boasting about herself being experienced. However, the owner chooses to ignore Juliette when proclaiming "her experience, even while groaning sometimes … about her advancing age and the imaginary slowing down of her reflexes (5)." By ignoring Juliette when she says that she is getting rickety, the owner is trying to hold on to her. And Juliette decides to get a new car to replace her. This decision to leave and get a replacement is significant in the story. Her getting a replacement demonstrates a personal development and respect. "[Juliette was the one who wanted me to leave right away with Replacement, to get acquainted with her (6)." Juliette essentially sacrificed herself so that her owner can have a smooth drive since she can no longer offer that. This is personal development being displayed because Juliette had to mature over time and grow to love her owner so much that she is willing to sacrifice herself. This decision may seem inconsiderate to his feelings at first; however, this decision can be seen from both perspectives. In the owner's view, losing his car would be devastating. However, Juliette sacrifices herself for her owner's feelings, so that he can live a better life with her. This self-sacrifice and selflessness that Juliette portrays are motivated by respect and personal development.

Posted by: Randawnique Coakley at February 23, 2016 01:41 PM

Hannah Rowe, Chloe Lelliott
Dr. Hobbs
English 122 Academic Writing II CAO6
22 February 2016

“The Bear’s Core Values”

There are many decisions made in Chekov’s novel, “The Bear.” One of them is Popova’s decision to refuse to leave the house. Another is Smirnoff’s decision to remain in Popova’s house until she pays her husband’s debt. Finally, one could argue another decision made was both Popova and Smirnoff’s decision to be involved in a relationship. However, the main decision, one could argue, is Popova’s decision never to leave her house. This decision violates, at least, two values: Community and Personal Development. Popova is mourning to an extreme, and refusing to see anyone; therefore, she is not going out in the community had building or furthering any relationships with anyone. Her Personal Development is weakened because of her stubbornness and closemindedness. She has such an intense loyalty to her unfaithful, deceased husband and it is both mentally and emotionally hurting her.

Posted by: Hannah Rowe at February 23, 2016 05:10 PM

Justin Robinson, Matthew Scharr
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
24 February 2016

Question: Araby- What decision is made and what is the driving force behind the decision?

Answer: The boy wanted to buy a gift for a girl that he thought was cute, he wanted to impress her so that she liked him back. In the story the boy says, "every morning I lay on the floor in the front parlour watching her door" (Joyce, 2). The fact that the boy is saying this shows that he clearly likes this girl a lot and is willing to do anything to get her to notice him. In fact, he receives money for the gift to spend on her.

Posted by: Justin Robinson at February 24, 2016 02:24 PM

Clark de Bullet, Jennifer Belcastro
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122-Academic Writing II CA06
26 February 2016

Question: What values drove this decision?

Answer: Mr. Button decision to keep his son was driven by integrity, community, and personal development. For integrity, Mr. Button did not know what would happen to his integrity if he were just to leave his “child” in the hospital with no explanation. He was also thinking about how people would think walking around town with his son. Mr. Button was thinking, “People would stop to speak to him, and what was he going to say? He would have to introduce—this septuagenarian” (Fitzgerald 4). He was afraid the town was going to shame him for having an elderly gentleman as a son. As his son got older/younger, he used community and brought his son out to town. The narrator states, “Roger Button was now fifty, and he and his son were more and more companionable” (10). Since his son was looking the same age as his father, Mr. Button did not feel embarrassed to go out with his son. Mr. Button would take his son out to dances, “It was in the same year that he began “going out socially”—that is, his father insisted on taking him to several fashionable dances” (10). This would allow Mr. Button and his son to have a better father/son relationship. As every day passes on, Mr. Button’s personal development is getting better. When he first found out about his son being an old man instead of a baby, he said, “’Am I mad”? thundered Mr. Button, his terror resolving into rage. “Is this some ghastly hospital joke” (3). He continued to disagree with the hospital until he finally agreed to take his son home. It took him many years to go with how his son aged, and while Mr. Button aged, he developed personally.

Posted by: Jennifer Belcastro at February 24, 2016 07:08 PM

Chloe Lelliott Hannah Rowe
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic writing 2 CA06
23 February 2016

Question) What was the decision you chose and what drove this decision in the narrative?

Answer) Because, in the short story, "the bear" Popova made the decision to lock herself inside the house until she dies because of her husbands death, the values of personal development, community and respect were ignored.

I believe this because, by locking herself in the house she is preventing any kind of personal development as she will not be interacting with people and broadening her mind each day. A quote in the story that backs up this statement is when Popova says "I swore I'd wear black and shut myself up here until the day I die, didn't I? And I will. " on page 21. Secondly, she is ignoring community by shutting out the outside world by staying indoors, she does not want to speak to anyone and this becomes apparent to us in the text when Popova says "Did you tell them that my husband is dead and that I see no one?". Finally, her self respect is being ignored because regardless of how badly her husband treated her she is still standing by him. In the short story she says "You were mean to me, you cheated on me, you left me alone for weeks at a time" which shows how badly he treated her and how she had no self respect.

Posted by: chloe lelliott at February 24, 2016 08:55 PM

Vincia Mitchell and Randawnique Coakley
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing 11 CA06
24 February 2016

Juliette by Claude F. Cheinisse
Juliette’s decision to replace herself with another car was driven by the Saint Leo core values of Respect, Community, and Personal Development. In the short story, “Juliette,” Juliette respected her owner. She was concerned about his safety, which caused her to replace herself with another car (Cheinisse 7). The fact that she took while to consider her owner as her friend rather than her master reveals to the reader that she thinks highly of him (4).

Furthermore, the fact Juliette sacrificed herself to find a replacement for her owner shows that she embraces the core value community. Juliette acknowledged that she was getting old and secure her master’s safety, she found a replacement (6).In addition, she was always there for her owner. She took him to work, and she was always on the outside waiting to pick him up (3).

Lastly, Juliette was mature enough to replace herself with another car (7). She has experienced growth since she was able to recognize her weaknesses (the fact that she is getting old), which motivated her to find a replacement. Another stage of growth that Juliette experienced was getting rid of her shyness and accepting her owner as her friend rather than her master (4).


Posted by: Vincia Mitchell at February 25, 2016 01:41 PM

Hussam Babge, Omar Martinez
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
24 February 2016

The Prince’s decision to have a party because of the red death was driven by the SLU core values of community, respect, responsible stewardship. He represents community because he has a huge party so that no one can think about the red death. “The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure (Poe 3).” He actually shows disrespect because he left his peasants to die while he has a great time and not think about the red death. He is somewhat a responsible steward because he uses his own resources to have way to not think about the read death and it somewhat works because it not there until they saw a figure in one of the rooms. “And thus too, it happened, perhaps, that before the last echoes of the last chime had utterly sunk into silence, there were many individuals in the crowd who had found leisure to become aware of the presence of a masked figure which had arrested the attention of no single individual before (Poe 7).”

Posted by: Omar Martinez at February 26, 2016 01:02 AM

Phillip Moss and Nastassja Sielchan

Dr. Hobbs

Eng 122 Academic Writing CA06

29 January 2016


Young Goodman Brown’s decision to resist the devil was driven by Saint Leos core values of Personal Development, Respect, and Responsible Stewardship.

Brown showed the Saint Leo core value of Personal Development because he decided that he should live a better life than one enslaved to the devil. Browns demonstration of Saint Leos core value of respect because he was unwilling to worship the devil. Brown had more respect for himself than to turn on his religion. Lastly, Brown told his wife to resist the devil as he did, which shows the Saint Leo core value of Responsible Stewardship. Brown is married to his wife, so he is responsible for her care; he decides siding with the devil is a bad move and tells her to resist.

Posted by: Phillip Moss at February 26, 2016 10:17 AM

Revision-Clark de Bullet, Jennifer Belcastro
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122-Academic Writing II CA06
26 February 2016

Question: What values drove this decision?

Answer: Mr. Button’s decision to keep his son, was driven by integrity, community, and personal development. For integrity, Mr. Button did not know what would happen to his integrity if he were just to leave his “child” in the hospital with no explanation. He was also thinking about how people would think walking around town with his son. Mr. Button was thinking, “People would stop to speak to him, and what was he going to say? He would have to introduce—this septuagenarian” (Fitzgerald 4). He was afraid the town was going to shame him for having an elderly gentleman as a son. As his son got older/younger, he used community and brought his son out to town. The narrator states, “Roger Button was now fifty, and he and his son were more and more companionable” (10). Since his son was looking the same age as his father, Mr. Button did not feel embarrassed to go out with his son. Mr. Button would take his son out to dances. The narrator states, “It was in the same year that he began ‘going out socially’—that is, his father insisted on taking him to several fashionable dances” (10). This would allow Mr. Button and his son to have a better father/son relationship. As every day passes on, Mr. Button’s personal development is getting better. When he first found out about his son being an old man instead of a baby, he wondered if he was mad. The narrator states “thundered Mr. Button, his terror resolving into rage. ‘Is this some ghastly hospital joke” (3). He continued to disagree with the hospital until he finally agreed to take his son home. It took him many years to go with how his son aged, and while Mr. Button aged, he developed personally.

Posted by: Jennifer Belcastro at February 29, 2016 09:48 AM

(REVISION) Phillip Moss and Nastassja Sielchan

Dr. Hobbs

Eng 122 Academic Writing CA06

29 January 2016

Question: discuss the core values in the short story “Young Goodman Brown.”


Answer: Young Goodman Brown’s decision to resist the devil was driven by Saint Leos core values of Personal Development, Respect, and Responsible Stewardship.

Brown showed the Saint Leo core value of Personal Development because he decided that he should live a better life than one enslaved to the devil. Brown recognized that the propaganda delivered by the devil worshippers was false and that joining them would be a poor life choice. "Depending upon one another's hearts, ye had still hoped that virtue were not all a dream! Now are ye undeceived! Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness. Welcome, again, my children, to the communion of your race!"(Hawthorne 3) Browns demonstration of Saint Leos core value of respect because he was unwilling to worship the devil. Brown had more respect for himself than to turn on his religion and what he had been taught his whole life. Lastly, Brown told his wife to resist the devil as he did, which shows the Saint Leo core value of Responsible Stewardship. "Faith! Faith!" cried the husband. "Look up to Heaven, and resist the Wicked One!"(Hawthorne 3). Brown is married to his wife. Therefore he is responsible for her.

Posted by: Phillip Moss at February 29, 2016 01:02 PM

Hannah Rowe
Dr. Hobbs
English 122 Academic Writing II CAO6
2 March 2016

Core Value: Respect in Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

Q: Using the exact instructions and information from the homework questions handout on the subject of “SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use, or disuse, of respect in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber.

A: A: In this story, one can argue that the disuse, or absence, of respect, is present in this story. This story takes place in the 1940s; a time where the multiple women’s rights movements were coming to fruition. This newfound independence and power seem to go to Mitty’s wife’s head a little too much. She does not respect her husband, and this is evident in multiple parts throughout the story. She makes him wear gloves solely because he is “not a young man any longer” (Thurber 2) and then she wonders if he has lost his gloves, just because he does not have them on. Mitty is then instructed to run errands while her hair is being done. He must have these errands done in exactly fifteen minutes, because that is how long her hair appointment is, and she does not want to be at the hotel before him; rather, “she would want him to be there waiting for her as usual”(4). In essence, Ms. Mitty is the head of the household. If Walter Mitty were respected, he would be the head of the household as he should be.

Posted by: Hannah Rowe at March 2, 2016 04:54 PM

Randawnique Coakley and Hussam Babge
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing
2 March 2016

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: The Saint Leo core value respect relies on respecting others’ dignity and focuses on the unity of the people so the community can live and work together. However, in “The Lottery”, there is a misuse of respect or character’s dignity and ideas and the community as a result cannot work harmoniously. In fact, in this short story written by Shirley Jackson, a town people gather around for a lottery; however the prize of the lottery is death by stoning by the other townspeople. In the case, the victim is Tessie, the wife of Bill Hutcherson, when her husband named got called, she says “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair (Jackson 5)!” Instead of listening to Tessie voice her opinion, the townspeople, including her own husband quiets her. They don’t respect her opinion by listening to Tessie’s reasoning. They also show disrespect to her dignity when they decide to stone her alive. This suggests that this society is comprised with heartless savages who would not even show compassion or respect to their own fellow citizen.

Posted by: Randawnique Coakley at March 2, 2016 08:28 PM

Randawnique Coakley
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing
2 March 2016

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: The Saint Leo core value respect relies on respecting others’ dignity and focuses on the unity of the people so the community can live and work together. However, in “The Lottery”, there is a misuse of respect or character’s dignity and ideas and the community as a result cannot work harmoniously. In fact, in this short story written by Shirley Jackson, a town people gather around for a lottery; however the prize of the lottery is death by stoning by the other townspeople. In the case, the victim is Tessie, the wife of Bill Hutcherson, when her husband named got called, she says “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair (Jackson 5)!” Instead of listening to Tessie voice her opinion, the townspeople, including her own husband quiets her. They don’t respect her opinion by listening to Tessie’s reasoning. They also show disrespect to her dignity when they decide to stone her alive. This suggests that this society is comprised with heartless savages who would not even show compassion or respect to their own fellow citizen.

Posted by: Randawnique Coakley at March 2, 2016 08:31 PM

Clark de Bullet
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
2 March 2016

SLU Core Value

Question 19: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.

Answer: In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” you have an example of using and disusing personal development. This comes about when Adams couple brings up that “’Some places have already quit lotteries.’” Which Old Man Warner responds with "’Nothing but trouble in that,’" (Jackson 4). By merely bringing up that something so ingrained into their society could be wrong and abolished shows that both Mr. and Mrs. Adams have started to think for themselves. Unlike Old Man Warner who is stagnant and continues, after so many years, to go along with the murders and not question the system.

Posted by: Clark de Bullet at March 2, 2016 10:58 PM

Vincia Mitchell
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing 11 CA06
2 March 2016

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on libguides in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in “The Greatest Gift,” by Philip Van Doren Stern. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: In the short story, “The Greatest Gift,” George Pratt experiences Personal Development after realizing that he serves a purpose in people’s life, that people around him have an impact on his life, and that life is a wonderful gift to possess. George is a suicidal man who wishes that he were not born because he is sick of everything concerning his job and dissatisfying life (Van Doren Stern 2). His request was granted to him by a guardian angel, and he later discovers that nobody recognizes him. While George was at his parents’ house, he finds that his little brother has passed away (5). George then recalled that he saved his little brother’s life during an accident earlier. However, since George was not born, he was not around to save his little brother’s life this time, and now his parents are still mourning.

Furthermore, George’s friends and family had an impact on his life. George was troubled after he realizes that nobody recognizes him. At first, he thought that he could live without the people around, but his life was falling apart after he discovers that his wife, Mary Thatcher was married to Arthur Jenkins (4). He then went back to the bridge and asked his guardian angel for his life back (6). He was excited to go home to his family especially his wife, and he openly admits that he though he has lost her (8).

Lastly, George final learned that there is no need for him to complain about his life. He had an impact on those around him, and they also had an effect on him. At first, George could not stand his job, and he complains that he is doing the same dull work every day (2). However, he was terrified when he learned that Marty robbed the bank(4). He complained that his life was not interesting and exciting, but as soon as he heard that the woman he love is married to someone else, his life falls apart (4). He has now learned to appreciate his life concerning his job and family.


Posted by: Vincia Mitchell at March 3, 2016 04:47 PM

Nastassja Sielchan
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
3 March 2016

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. As with all homework questions, be sure to incorporate quoted passages from the text—properly cited in MLA format—to support your answer/thesis.

Answer: Personal development is the improving of one’s person. The dictionary definition of personal development and Saint Leo University’s (SLU) definition are not that different from each other. SLU identifies personal development as, “the development of every person’s mind, spirit, and body for a balanced life” and it goes on to say that the members of SLU are to “help strengthen the character of our community” (1). I decided to choose this question because personal development is very important to me as a value. I feel like this is the value that I most cherish and made a conscious effort to do. There is no specific example I feel will do this value justice, because after every situation there is development.

How is personal development represented in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?”

In “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” personal development is present through Benjamin Button himself. Throughout the story, Benjamin has to go through life being different since he is aging backwards. He has to learn how to accept himself throughout the story.

Posted by: Nastassja Sielchan at March 3, 2016 10:17 PM

Omar Martinez
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 122 Academic Writing II CA06
4 March 2016

Question: Using the EXACT instructions and information from the homework questions handout (on the course Libguide page in the homework tab) on the subject of “The SLU Core Values,” briefly discuss the use (or, disuse) of RESPECT in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Answer: The definition to respect to me is when you admire someone because of how they treat others. In the story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, there’s a lot of respect for the father who takes his son as an old man. I honestly find that respectful because at first he was shock and couldn’t believe that the old man was his, but he eventually takes him. “"Keep it on! Keep it on!" said Mr. Button hurriedly. He turned to the nurse. "What'll I do (Fitzgerald 5)?"” Also, another way he respected his son was actually giving him a name. I think that’s huge for the old man. His father named him Benjamin Button. “Despite his aged stoop, Benjamin Button--for it was by this name they called him instead of by the appropriate but invidious Methuselah--was five feet eight inches tall (Fitzgerald 6).”

Posted by: Omar Martinez at March 4, 2016 01:44 AM

Matt Scharr
Dr. Hobbs
English 122 CA06 Academic Writing II
4 March 2016
Question 30.) Describe Integrity as a core value and how is it used or not used in the story of Benjamin Button
Answer: The idea of Integrity is essentially being honest and having good moral principles. In other words always trying to be the best person you can be. Integrity is something that shows someone’s true colors, when you are dealt a hand that may not be best for you, how do you react? Do you let it define you or do you do anything possible to make it better. This term is extremely evident in the story of Benjamin Button. Benjamin understands that he is not a normal human being like everyone else, he has a very rare disease that makes him age backwards. However he does not let this disease affect his integrity and he tries to the best of his ability to live a normal life.

Posted by: Matt Scharr at March 4, 2016 02:08 PM

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