Work For Your Dreams

{DxM XI}

Martin Luther King, Jr., once delivered a speech on the 28th August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

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In writing or speech, the deliberate repetition of the first part of the sentence in order to achieve an artistic effect is known as Anaphora. It is common for us to use anaphora in our everyday speech, to lay emphasis on the idea we want to convey.

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Here, Mayu repeatedly states that there was no one who cared about her. This repetition reinforces the idea of absolute loneliness and alienation from society. As a result, we sympathise her for having no support from anyone.

But in life, no one should think of themselves as Mayu. It might not be apparent, but there are indeed people who WILL comfort us when we are feeling down, who WILL laugh out loud when we tell a joke, who WILL answer when we ask a question, who WILL cry when we die. Therefore, they are the ones who WILL be there for us when we need support.

It is these responses by others, this acknowledgment of our presence, that fuels our drive to continue living. I myself, live to receive “Thank you!” from others, because then, I know that there are people who appreciate my existence. Hence, I tend to go out of my way, just to help others and receive that simple 2-word phrase.

All of us have people who love us. If you think that no one in this world loves you, then ask yourself why. Are you loving anyone enough for them to love you back? It’s the same thing for Birthday Wishes. If someone doesn’t wish you ‘Happy Birthday’, are you going to ‘take revenge‘ and not wish him/her ‘Happy Birthday’ too? This cycle will continue on and on, and the only result is the degradation of relationships and bonds.

Thus, I believe that all of us should strive to make a good difference in people’s lives. Why is it that Mother Teresa and Steve Jobs are some names we often hear? This is because the both of them have significantly impacted the world with their contributions and actions.

I’m not implying that you have do something big. Why not just start with the people around you? Your friends and your family.

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream too and he put in his best effort to influence everyone, in order to achieve it. If your dream is to be loved by others, to be acknowledged by others, then all I can say is this.

A dream is to be worked for, not waited for.

 

Thankew for reading! 🙂

 

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Miss Life & Madam Death

{DxM X}

Life is a characteristic distinguishing physical entities having biological processes from those that do not.

Death is the termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism.

Life and Death may simply be phenomena, natural processes.

But for all you know, Life and Death could be humans as well, just like us…

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Personification is one of the most commonly used and recognized literary devices. It refers to the practice of attaching human traits and characteristics with inanimate objects, phenomena and animals. Some examples include: “dancing flowers“, “raging storm“, “penetrative glare“…

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Mind you, Death is actually a great kisser. It has a lot of experience with kissing people with her gigantic lips. But her kisses vary. Sometimes, it could be a peck on your cheek; sometimes it could be an violent French kiss. And also, Death is a very possessive person. Once you kiss Death and establish a relationship with her, you can never kiss anyone ever again. So think twice about kissing Death.

Many a times, Life may be a bitch and cheat on you, throwing obstacles in your way and messing you up. But never give up on Life, because she’s much better than Death. Persevere and do your best to overcome the obstacles and win her heart back, only then will you succeed in Life. Divorcing Life and turning to Death may seem a tempting panacea to all your problems, but trust me, not only does Death take away your pain, she snatches away all your happiness and freedom as well.

Life is precious
Life is valuable
Cherish Life; never lose her.
Treasure Life; never forsake her.

Thanks for reading!

Duel to Death in Dry Desert Dunes

{DxM IX}

Did that title make you feel curious to read this post?

Well, that’s because catching the reader’s attention is after all, its intended purpose. These phrases with two or more words that start with the same letter or consonant, are called alliterations. Alliterations are often used to add character to the writing and include an element of ‘fun’ to the piece.

In order to achieve an uplifting tone, Fairy Tail once used an alliteration for one of the episode titles. It not only summarises the episode, but makes it appealing and intriguing for the viewers too.

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Alliterations are sometimes used to emphasize certain words too.

For the example below,

  • little” refers to how insignificant Juvia is, surrounded by a vast empty desert
  • lost” implies a sense of despair and the loss of Juvia’s rationality
  • lamb” is an animal commonly associated with cuteness and innocence. However, in this scenario, the lamb symbolises prey, for Juvia is being hunted down by the predator, Aries.

Combining the significance of all three words, we can draw a clear relationship between Aries and Juvia: strong VS weak.

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Many rap songs today contain many alliterations as well. There’s this rap verse on alliterations that start with the letter ‘L’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmYVb0e-dXI

Most of the times, alliterations bring ‘fun’ to the table, but take away grammar and accuracy as well. Firstly, the alliteration may not be able to include many conjunctions, like “and”, “although”… Also, words of similar meanings have different extent, for example, ‘happy’ and ‘overjoyed’. In order to construct an alliterations, authors sometimes substitute the most precise word, for a word that begins with the same letter. However, this substituted word may not be able to fully bring out the most precise and appropriate meaning. This is one of the major drawbacks of using an alliteration.

Thanks for taking the time to think through this terribly tedious text that I took thirty minutes typing, TEEHEE!

P.S. This is the first out of the seven posts in A Week of Literary Devices. Look forward to the upcoming six others!

{AHS Lesson 9} Midas Touch

{DxM VIII}

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This screencap was an allusion to King Midas, which is quite a significant figure in Greek Mythology. Thus, this post will be a reflection on his actions and the consequences of greed.

So, who is King Midas? Does the term “golden touch” ring a bell?

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Tell me if you got that pun!

Did you get the pun?! XD

Once upon a time, the satyr Silenus was drunk and got carried by some Phrygian peasants to their king, Midas. Midas flourished him with sumptuous food and accommodation, entertaining him for several days with stories and performances.

When Midas brought Silenus back to Dionysus in Lydia, Dionysus offered Midas a choice of whatever reward he desired. Midas asked to give him the ability to turn anything he touches into gold. On the way home, he decided to test his powers out by touching a tree branch. Miraculously, it turned to gold!

Student (Rachel): But what about food?

That is a very clever observation! Turning everything he touches into gold, Midas was totally unable to eat nor drink. As a result, he started to suffer from starvation. What seemed like a blessing at first, turned out to be a horrible curse! But the most dreadful thing was when he accidentally touched his daughter. Oops, we all can guess what happened next…

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“FATHER, STOP! DONT TOUCH ME! NOOOOO T>T”

All in all, this story is not implying that desire for wealth is erroneous. Wanting money is natural since we live in a world that essentially revolves around money. This need is further amplified by the rising costs of living, inflation, increasing dependency on economically-active people.

However, all I am saying is that we should not be blinded by greed. Our actions and principles should not be oriented around selfish desires, such as avarice and materialism. For the case of King Midas, he was too focused on achieving material success, that he disregarded the possible ramifications that could have arose from it. Through our pursuit for money, we should still pay attention to everything else, because affluence is really not that important. Don’t believe me? Well, at least I know King Midas wasn’t happy at all, even with all his excessive opulence.

And along this note of supernatural powers, I’d like to point out that even with the best superpowers, like the ability to create anything you imagine, or temporal manipulation, or the potential to restore something to its original form, people will still face difficulties trying to solve basic problems about friendship and love. Therefore, in my opinion, coveting power, fame, wealth, etc, is really irrelevant in today’s society because there are countless of things that mere money cannot overcome.

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In conclusion, greed begets greed, and one will always be unsatisfied with one’s current financial state. If we can learn to acknowledge the insignificance of opulence in our lives and focus on our own ideals, the world will be a much more charitable place 🙂

Other Allusion Posts: Tarzan

Supernatural Extraordinary Occurrence

{DxM VII}

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A hyperbole is a literary device wherein the author uses specific words and phrases that exaggerate and overemphasize the basic crux of the statement in order to produce a grander, more noticeable effect. The purpose of hyperbole is to create a larger-than-life effect and overly stress a specific point. Such sentences usually convey an action or sentiment that is generally not practically/realistically possible or plausible but helps emphasize an emotion.

In life, we actually spout out exaggerations and hyperboles without even knowing.

Other Examples: “I am so tired I cannot walk another inch” or “I’m so sleepy I might fall asleep standing here”.

Reference: http://literary-devices.com/content/hyperbole