Ben’s Blog

  • My First Blog Post

    September 8, 2019 by

    Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates. Advertisements

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    September 8, 2019 by

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Hello, my name is Ben Desmarais and I am an 18 year old college student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. I am originally from Boston, MA and I am a huge fan of all Boston sports. I am creating this blog for my English 011 class here in my first semester at Lehigh. I enjoy reading and writing, so creating a blog is also similar to many of my interests. I like to play sports such as hockey and golf, and I also love to ski and surf depending on the season. Growing up in Boston, I am used to cold weather in the winter and warm weather in the summer. I hope to use this blog for my English class and stay up to date with it.

Blog Post #2: In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, the government destroys books in order to prevent the education of its citizens, so some intellectuals devote their lives to memorizing classical books of literature. Montag stumbles upon these people and it helps illuminate the censorship that the government favors, by oppressing all of its people and suppressing knowledge to give themselves societal power. If I were to choose a specific book to memorize, it would have to be The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This classic is widely known as one of the best novels of time, and I believe that it encases many important themes and topics of discussion that are important lessons to readers and audiences. The book demonstrates the importance of things like justice, power, betrayal and many other issues and topics of discussion. The novel also explains the significance of The American Dream in American society, and it does so by comparing and contrasting the upper and lower societal classes. Social stratification is illustrated throughout the novel with East and West Egg, and Gatsby’s characterization and wealthiness also shows various reasons why social classes are so divided. This novel is definitely one of my favorites, and the topics, themes, and lessons that stem from this book are important to the present and future societies. Therefore, I would definitely choose to memorize and “become” this book if I lived in a dystopian society like the characters in Fahrenheit 451. I look forward to re-reading this novel and getting an even deeper understanding of its underlying importance.

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