The Myth of Male Decline

How can men and women become more equal economically and politically?

Men and women can become more equal by not focusing solely on their gender identity but their individual personality. Men are currently facing a restrictive gender mystique; the masculine mystique encourages men not to focus on their own self-improvement but rather have a belief that their “manliness” will be rewarded in future. If women were not controlled by the feminine mystique that saw them not go for higher education and depend on their male counterparts for support, maybe they would be equality today. If all genders got over their mystiques and focused only on the individuals and what they can achieve, it would be advantageous with all sexes better placed to do anything. (Coontz, 2012)

The types of programs available to inmates that are rehabilitative, and the ones that are a waste of money.

Rehabilitation such as drug, mental health and educational programs has been found useful in re-integrating paroles back to society and making sure that they are rehabilitated.

Academic and vocational education.

Inmates attend educational programs and receive vocational training, while others attending high school or college levels have been found to be less likely to be re-arrested when they go out to the community. Vocational education programs provide the inmate with job training and enable the inmate to get updated with the know-how of the current workplace.

Drug and mental health programs.

Most of the inmates struggle with drug addiction; drug programs help the inmates to make a connection between drugs and negative behavior. The programs help them change their thinking and, subsequently, changes in the way they make decisions and in the behavior as well.


It is cheaper to educate inmates than incarcerate them. Much money is being used on “tough on crimes” whereby it allows paroles who are left on the streets to fend for themselves. The result of these actions is recidivism. Studies show that 35% of prison admissions are paroles that have violated their parole and have been incarcerated. It is therefore advantageous to spend more money on rehabilitation programs that really help the inmates to rehabilitate and become better members that can live with other people peacefully when they get out of prison.

The symbol of the fly in Emily Dickinson's #465 ("I heard a Fly buzz--when I died--").

The fly gets in the way of a normal death scene of the speaker and changes everything. In line 1, we get the image of the pesky fly, and we only hear its buzz, we get a landscape of sounds before we even get to see the fly in the room. The fly then goes away for most of the poem but comes back in line 12, and the speaker uses the word to interpose. Here, the fly disrupts everything and gets in the way. It buzzes in the scene; it is dirty, uncontrollable and noisy while everything else in the death scene is quiet and carefully planned. She goes ahead to describe its blue color and how it disrupts the light. The fly symbolizes death, decomposition, maggots.

The fly is of great importance as it focuses on the process of death, apart from the speaker, it is another significant character and best suits the climactic moment of the poem. When it comes between the speaker and the light, it supplants spirituality and the afterlife. The fly and the way it disturbs the speaker represents how the speaker is unable to hold on to faith, hope and spirituality while staring at death.

“When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer” by Walt Whitman

What was wrong with the astronomer’s lecture?

The astronomer’s lecture was just filled with cold hard facts that covered the deep meaning of an observation.

How did Walt Whitman view the universe?

He viewed the universe to be a mystery, power and beauty that could not be just seen through the telescope but rather through the unaided eye.

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