ESSAY: What is the value of a life? Through out the first semester, we read articles and a play that examine how people value the lives of both humans and non-humans. Now it is time for your analysis of what you find to be the essential determining factor(s) when it comes to valuing life. How does society’s view of valuing life differ from you own? Does your view differ from your family’s or your friend’s or school’s? How do you see your critical view changing or remaining constant in your future? In an essay, discuss a critical aspect to how you value life. Use evidence to support your idea. The evidence should be from your personal experience and observations, AND textual evidence from at least one of the readings from your reader and from the play Hamlet.
One of the most important features of academic writing is the use of words and ideas from written sources to support the writer’s own points. There are essentially three ways to incorporate words and ideas from sources, as shown below: Direct quotation: Amanda Ripley explains, “In valuing different lives differently—the first part of the equation—the fund follows common legal practice. Courts always grant money on the basis of a person’s earning power in life” (7).
Paraphrase: In “Roger Ebert: The Essential Man,” Chris Jones describes the unrestrained joy Ebert shows when watching the Spanish-language movie Broken Embraces (1).
Summary: In Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s title character broods over the fear of death that prevents people from escaping or confronting painful situations in life. His “to be, or not to be” soliloquy expresses both a desire for release from suffering or indecision and a dread that whatever follows will be worse than what he already endures. Thinking too much about the unknown consequences of death, Hamlet complains, makes us weak and passive.
ESSAY: What is the value of a life? Through out the first semester, we read articles and a play that examine how people value the lives of both humans and non-humans.