Alexandra is a firm believer in the idea that a person has the ability to change over time. Do you have a characteristic that yo
u’d like to change for the better? Think about what you know about the idea of change, and write a 100- to 150-word paragraph describing something you want to change about yourself. Use specific details in your paragraph to support your answer.
I am a young man in my early twenties, I am a jovial person who relates well with people. However, there is a characteristic I want to change about myself which is my tendency to be quick-tempered.
I can go from 0-100 in under a second and the change from calmness to rage is always startling, even to myself. In this state, I am likely to cause damage that would be very costly. I remembered the last time I lost my temper, I used a baseball bat to smash the windscreen of someone's car. What happened that day was that the driver of the car hit the fender of my car in his drunken state and when I went up to him, he hurled abuses on me so I lost my cool, got a baseball bat, and completely destroyed his windscreen.
That action of mine was not without consequence as I was arrested and charged with violent conduct and assault, and ended up paying for the windscreen.
If I was more rational and level headed, all that could have been avoided. So, the character i want to change is my quick temper.
The sentence in the above excerpt from "In Another Country" by Ernest Hemingway which is an example of irony is:
“You are a fortunate young man.”
The story "In Another Country" is about Hemingway's personal experiences in the Milanese hospital. He narrates the stories of the patients admitted with him after the end of the first World War. The story talks about the wounds which the war has given to them, apart from the physical pains. The wounded soldiers wanted to erase the ills and effects which the world war has given to the world. In the above excerpt, it is ironical that the doctor calls the football player 'a fortunate man' after his leg broke off.