Music

When Lucy Stowe boards a ship to travel to Villette, she is asked “Are you fond of a sea-voyage” by (the yet to be known) Ms. Fanshaw. Since this was Lucy’s first trip abroad, she answers that her fondness is yet to be experienced. Nonetheless, Lucy’s partiality for the sea is evident throughout the novel. She illustrates her past with a myriad of nautical metaphors and imageries of water that suggests a spiritual connection to the sea. This connection appears to derive from water being the main form of traveling during the 19th Century; and travel through life’s experiences is what we do. Life is heeded as a journey, so Lucy therefore, is a vessel that endures the tumultuous waters of life’s social stigmas and the stresses of familial relationships, or the calm waters of life’s pleasures.Lucy uses the metaphor of sea travel to demonstrate her familial relationship with Mrs. Bretton; as comparison between a traditional matriarch, and a modern independent lady. She says, “The difference between her and me might be figured by that between the stately ship, cruising safe of smooth seas, with it’s full complement of crew, a captain gay and brave”. She refers to Ms. Bretton’s allegorically as a person of means. She has a full crew that supports her needs and a captain to guide her; respectfully these terms could allude to the acceptance and support within the social or familial structure as a widow of a wealthy, respected man. The captain could be an allusion to her son, who even in the adverse circumstances after the loss of their fortune still had him to support her comfortably enough. Lucy goes further to say, “the Luisa Bretton never was out of harbor on such a night; her crew could not conceive it.” This further signifies that as one ship relates to another, Mrs. Bretton was a woman supported by her social and familial status, and real hardship is unknown to her.

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Music

Music has a profound effect anyone who listens to it whether they are young or old. This effect may be heavier on adolescents and teenagers especially since this a critical point in their life. There are many research studies that try to figure out the effect that music has. Some believe that it has a great effect and some believe that music’s effect is not significant.
According to the article Does rap music put teens at risk?, teens who listened to rap music had a significant rise in destructive behaviors. The article states: “After studying 522 black girls between the ages of 14 and 18 from non-urban, lower socioeconomic neighborhoods, researchers found that compared to those who never or rarely watched these videos, the girls who viewed these ‘gangsta’ videos for at least 14 hours per week were far more likely to practice numerous destructive behaviors. Over the course of the one-year study, they were: Three times more likely to hit a teacher, Over 2.5 times more likely to get arrested, Twice as likely to have multiple sexual partners, 1.5 times more likely to get a sexually transmitted disease, use drugs, or drink alcohol.
Obviously these are alarming statistics that are a huge concern. Researcher Ralph J. DiClemente, PhD, of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health also stated that there wasn’t just an association with one or two risky behaviors or violence but most of these girls participated in a string of these behaviors. Although the study only included African American girls this study can be used to promote further studies on the effects of music on adolescents .
Other people believe that it is more of the parents fault for the teens behaviors. According to the article, Cheryl Keyes, PhD, associate professor of ethnomusicology at UCLA and author of Rap Music and Street Consciousness said Yes, there are rap videos that are particularly violent or sexual, but let’s look at what is more important in whether or not these kids…

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