There once was a bird that soared through the skies. One day, he fell into a deep well. At the bottom of the well, the bird didn’t try to help himself out of his trouble. When people did not come to his rescue, he began wailing and lamenting over and blaming his bad luck. He started blaming others for his misfortune: He said: “It’s not my fault that I lay here and suffer at the bottom of this well. It is the fault of those who dug it. It is the fault of those who did not cover its opening. It is the unconcern of the passing people for not rescuing me from the well. It’s not my fault.” And with that, he kept shouting: “Help!Get me out of here!” People outside the well kept telling the bird: “You got wings, you can fly; help yourself out of the well.” The bird cried out: “I can’t help myself. If I fly, I might hurt wings. There is no use in trying. You’ve got to rescue me out of here. It’s not my fault that I am trapped down here.” People outside kept telling the bird the same thing, but the bird refused to try. He just kept on lamenting his bad luck and blaming others for it. With all this talk the bird attracted so much attention and pity from the onlookers that he began enjoying being trapped at the bottom of the well. Slowly, his wings withered away. In the end, he could not fly anymore. He could no longer help himself, neither could others help him to fly again and so, the bird pitied by all and pitying himself, lived here after a miserable existence at the bottom of the well.
This portfolio is tied together with the theme of a person’s unlimited potential that comes along with hard work and struggle. There are essays that talk about the pure determination of one to keep a marriage together in Shukumar’s Struggle, the mentality of Casey Neistat and his “always get the shot” motto, and also a series of short synopses of the unlimited power social media can grant a person.
Shukumar’s Struggle is an analyzation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s A Temporary Matter. It delves into the point of view of the short story and why it plays a crucial role in the plot. The point of view as Shukumar serves a good vantage point to observe the struggle and hard work Shukumar puts into the relationship. His dedication is very apparent and Lahiri writes in a way that lets the audience share in Shukumar’s mental and emotional frustration. In the end, although it is explicitly left untold, there is a very high possibility that the couple becomes separated. So this possibly couldn’t be seen as a success after such hard work put in by Shukumar. That thinking is simply wrong. The knowledge, of the fact that relationship wouldn’t function, that Shukumar gained was the success. Why is that success? Because knowledge is power.
Every once in a while there comes along a person with unlimited ambition, someone who sees things to the end no matter the amount of obstacles or the difficulty of the task. Their dedication to what they do is so strong that it overcomes all else. People like this are the ones who make a true difference in their field. Casey Nesitat is one of those people. 48 weeks is a short story about his journey to initial worldwide fame with HBO and how it relates to the archetypical Hero’s Journey. He is a great example of someone who doesn’t deal with any bullsh*t and does what needs to be done to achieve his goal. This makes him and his journey a perfect edition to the portfolio, as his story epitomizes the connecting theme.
In The Pen is more Powerful than The Sword, the aspect of having a tool at your fingertips to achieve most anything, in today’s modern world, is uncovered. This tool is social media. Lives have been saved through organ donors on Facebook, psychologists have been able to uncover high heart risk areas through tweets, and many people use social media as a daily therapy. This piece of New Yorker article synopses is put together so that the reader can get the glimpse amount of power any person can have with access to the internet. It is just a reassurance to all who are fortunate enough to live in a world of internet access, that no one has any excuses as to why they cannot achieve something.