Today my family will be having a feast , earlier today my mother told me some very unexpected news! She told me Paris would like to marry me ! I am quite nervous to meet him .Mother assures me there are many young wives and mothers but I don’t know if I am ready just quite yet . However I can not refuse a husband of course , I must try to see the good in him and consider Paris to be my soul mate . Although what if I don’t have feelings for Paris ! Should I not have the right to spend the rest of my life with someone I truly love and care for ? I understand my mother wants what is best for me but sometimes I feel that this family only cares for what makes the “Capulet” name look best!
The balcony scene in my opinion is the most important scene in the play Romeo and Juliet. The 1968 and the 1996 movies are very different ,however both show the connection between Romeo and Juliet very well.Both movies did a good job at portraying the story however the 1996 movie was a lot more modern ,which some say can take away from this scene .These two movies had different settings ,different costumes, and a different placement of Juliet during this scene.
The most obvious thing that is different between these interpretations of such a classic play is that they are placed in very different settings . The 1968 version sticks to the play and takes place at a balcony , whereas the 1996 version takes place at a pool. I prefer the 1968 version because the most important part of the balcony scene is that it takes place on a BALCONY! I feel that the 1996 version modernized this way too much by having Juliet come down from an elevator,this ruined the scene as elevators don’t fit the time of the play at all.
Another thing that differs between the 1968 version and the 1996 version is where Juliet was placed. Juliet’s placement is crucial in the balcony scene. I believe Shakespeare intentionally placed Juliet higher than Romeo to show how Romeo views Juliet. By positioning Juliet above Romeo it shows he sees her as a goddess and shows his infatuation for Juliet .In the 1996 Romeo and Juliet movie Romeo and Juliet are on the same level , which ruins the “moment” between the two.
Also i found that the costumes were a lot more different as well .The 1968 movie again stayed true to the movie , with costumes that looked like they were from the Elizabethan era , while the 1996 movie costumes were again more modernized . Also in the two movies Romeo and Juliet are afraid of getting caught however in the 1968 version Romeo is afraid of being caught by Juliet’s kinsmen and in the 1996 version Romeo is scared the security cameras will catch him.
In conclusion Both the 1968 Romeo and Juliet movie and the 1996 movie were very different. Personally I believe that the 1968 version stayed more true to the play which made it the better movie . The 1996 version modernized the play too much by changing the setting ,changing Juliet’s position and changing the costumes . In my opinion the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet is way better , this movie kept all the key elements of the play which makes it a better it a better play.
The importance of clean water and sanitation is often overlooked by many. There is more than 750 million people who do not have access to clean water and over 840,000 people who die as a result of this.  Many women and children have to travel long distances so that they may have water ,however often this water is unsafe to drink and can cause many horrible diseases . 2.5 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation and basic hygiene necessities.  The lack of both water and proper sanitation has not just resulted in disease but has also resulted in death,water conflicts,water wars, and affects economics. Although organizations and charities are beginning to build knowledge on this issue there is still the need to raise awareness about this subject and to take action , so that everyone can have safe drinking water and good sanitation.
“The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), and the #8 global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within 10 years) as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2015.” 
THE WATER CRISIS
What is the water crisis? The water crisis is a situation where the available potable, unpolluted water within a region is less than that region’s demand.Water scarcity is being driven by two converging phenomena: growing freshwater use and depletion of usable freshwater resources.70 percent of our world is water and only 2.5 percent of that is fresh water .Which is the water that 7 billion need to live and perform daily activities with.Obviously this could tend to get scarce however many countries including Canada are taking advantage of this extremely important resource. For example we swim in gallons upon gallons of water while there are millions of people who don’t have a single drop of clean and safe water to drink or to bathe with . Countries with access to water tend to become ungrateful ,however many countries need our help to start taking action .
What water and sanitation is available to you plays a huge part in your life and has a bigger impact on your country than you may think .Water is fundamental to health, education, a life style, your career,food,development of a country,and poverty.The affects it can have on citizens are shocking.Listed below are some examples and explanations of its affects…
Water plays such a vital role in everyone’s health no matter what age you are. Every single person in this world NEEDS water to survive. Safe water can prevent many unpleasant diseases including malaria, diarrhoea and malnutrition.  These cause millions of illnesses and deaths every year. Water also impacts our health because it makes up 60 % of the human body , and is needed to help our cells and organs function. Also diseases tend to be infectious and can spread very quickly , the consequences of this can relate to increased death rates in towns,villages ,cities or even countries .
Many people are not aware of this but water can affect a child’s education dramatically. Time that is spent travelling to get water can be timely and very dangerous. Often it is mothers and children who are sent to collect water. This is usually a very long walk and takes time away from children and girls having the opportunity to get an education. These walks can also be very dangerous…women and children often get hurt by falling, by attacks from animals , by drowning and some don’t return home. The water that does come home is usually unsafe to drink and causes illness in the family. The time spent collecting water could be time better spent towards a child going to school and being able to have a good career.
More people have a cellphone than a toilet?!
Because of the water crisis, sanitation has also become a problem in many countries.Some countries include India,china,Indonesia,Nigeria,Pakistan.Out of the world’s population( roughly 7 billion) 6 million have access to a cellphone while only 4.5 million have access to a toilet People who do not have access to proper sanitation are at risk for diarrhoea and many horrible diseases that ultimately lead to death. Something so simple as a toilet and yet many of us take it for granted .Many people in a variety of countries have to do their business in the open…I’m sure we can all imagine the smells this would leave and what death threatening diseases that could come from this . Also many people don’t have access to soap to wash their hands or shower ,this leads to lots of infections and makes it a lot easier to become sick.
What are some possible solutions and how can we help?
- Take shorter showers
- Don’t waste water
- conserve water(don’t leave taps running)
- stop polluting the water we do have!
- be mindful of what you put down your drain
- Donate to a water charity of your choice
- Be aware of the water crisis
- Take action!
Some questions to consider ….
How would you insure that everyone has clean and safe water to drink and has access to good sanitation ?
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How do you think technology could solve the water crisis?
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What is conformity ? Conformity is a action in accord with prevailing social standards ,attitudes ,practices,etc. Conformity can affect many things including groups, people society and can even have an impact on a jury.Are you a conformist? Or are you a anti-conformist.How bad is this affecting our society?
In my opinion many people in society are conformists.These people feel pressured into staying with the social norms and not wanting to cause too much attention towards themselves.Conformity crushes individuality and creativity and makes our society boring with little to no variety among our people.However giving into acts of conformity can cause danger and cause people to change their behaviours.This gets them into bad situations and can cause harm to themselves.Watch this experiment video and see for yourself…
As you saw , the participants who were placed alone in a room responded how one usually would if they saw smoke in a room.However the participants who were placed with the group of actors waited to see what the groups response was and what the group norm was.Even though these people knew that they should evacuate the room,they waited for any response so that they did not have to act alone ..Although if this experiment were a real life situation these participants would have died or been injured giving into this conformity.If people continue to depend on these norms society can also be hurt by conformity if we no longer had any creativity and individuality
On the other hand conformity does also have positive outcomes.For one conformity is a great way to easily learn how one is expected to act in society and in public.Also conformity is useful to help maintain our social norms and help society run effectively and smoothly.As Well with conformity people tend to start changing their own personal beliefs , this leads to less controversy over religion and culture.
Here is a list of pros and cons of conformity…
|pros of conformity||cons of conformity|
|good for learning appropriate behaviours||people change their opinions|
|helps maintain social norms||lack of individuality|
|easier for people with low self-esteem||no variety|
|helps society function smoothly||boring society|
|less conflict about religion||can cause dangerous situations|
|lack of creativity/uniqueness|
|no individual beliefs|
|no growth if everything is the same|
|could cause serious consequences|
As you can see there are far more disadvantages of conformity than advantages.If we do not keep our individuality there will be no way for us to grow as a society.