Alabanza

The poem Alabanza by Martin Espada was primarily done to commemorate the 43 members of Local100 who perished after the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. “Alabanza” is the Spanish term for praise. In this poem, Espada memorializes the various members of the waitstaff and kitchen, describing at different times their physical appearances, labor, home cultures and the delicate beauty of their human experience. Normally, texts tend to dwell on the key individuals like soldiers and firefighters. However, Espada focused on the people who are usually not recognized in such incidents. He strives to illustrate that the lower people are also vital to the society. He keeps these individuals together…
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Terry Schiavo Case

The Terry Schiavo case was very publicized both on local and national platforms. It is evident that in the course of the numerous discussions that were carried out regarding Terry’s case the issue was no longer about her but the question on who has the final say on a bed-ridden person in a vegetative state. This essay will focus on the bone of contention that arose in the case of Terry Schiavo, whether it is ethical or moral to prolong life in such scenarios. In Terry Schiavo case, the question of the moral or ethical thing to do was a very controversial issue. The problem surrounded the determination of the…
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