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Learning for Life?

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Learning for Life? Most people associate learning with education, teachers or school. Supposedly the best years of your lives, but what children think that? I certainly don't; to me life is just starting out. To me real learning for life is what you learn every day from other people not just what you learn from lessons and school. But whoever said that what you learn from other people is necessarily good or what you want or need to learn. Who doesn't blame things on their parents? Surely it's easier to do that than face the truth. I could say, and I often do, that I bite my nails because my mum does. But isn't that just a habit, or did I see my mum doing it and thought that it was what I was meant to do. In the Dead Poets Society1 the main character, Neil Perry, is pushed to the edge by the fact he isn't free and feels the only way out is through death. His parents force him into his father's footsteps, trying to make him follow tradition, to follow a path he would do anything to get off. He tries to escape through acting, to use the plays words to talk to his father and try to make him see, but it doesn't work. ...read more.


Neil feels trapped by his father's presence and commands. Even when Neil died it looked as if he had died in a cage of his father's possessions. Neil's father wants Neil to do what he did, follow in his footsteps and follow the tradition. The whole school echoes with tradition, the old photos beside the new photos, the traditional way of teaching, the services, even one of the school's four pillars is Tradition. There is no escape from it, Neil notices this and finds his escape through death. In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein2, Frankenstein breaks tradition by creating his monster. He creates life, which in turn creates pain. He realises this and destroys the one thing that keeps the monster happy, its fellow monster. He angers the monster and pushes it to hatred and revenge. He is just another parent doing a bad job. He's being selfish to benefit himself. Why do parents often drive their own children away by their mistakes? Why do parents try to correct their mistakes through their children's lives? Alanis Morissette's song Perfect is all about parents trying to re-live their youth through their child's. "Sometimes its never quite enough If you're flawless, then you'll win my love Don't forget to win first place Don't forget to keep that smile on ...read more.


I had Mr.Watson for three years for Science. He never did once notice that half the class were asleep or passed out because of his awful smell. We use to sit and throw toys that would stick on he ceiling and wait until they fell off in the middle of one of his boring points. We also played the game "Nob" were one person would say "nob" quietly and then it would go round the class or even between two people getting louder and louder until finally the teacher would notice. Many people were sent out. So I guess I didn't like chemistry, because of the teacher, but I treated it as a "dos" subject and now I do triple science; its weird how some things turn out. I may have had some bad teachers but I have had a lot of good ones too, though not everything I learned from them was important or even their subject. But I guess l did learn something. Learning is what life is about. Everyday we learn something new. Parents, teachers and education all come under learning. I think everything in the world can be put under the title 'learning'. 1 Dead Poets Society (Touchstone Pictures, 1989, Peter Weir (dir.) 2 Mary Shelly, Frankenstein- 1818 text (Wordsworth, 1999) ?? ?? ?? ?? G.C.S.E Coursework Emma Northcote-Smith English 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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