Author Details Charles Fulton Ouster was born on Jan. 22, 1893, in Baltimore, Md. He studied law but turned to journalism, working as a reporter and then as an arts critic for the Baltimore American while also contributing to magazines. In 1923 he became editor of Metropolitan magazine, and from 1931 to 1942 he edited Liberty magazine. He accepted the position of senior editor at Reader’s Digest in 1944. While working as an editor, Ouster also pursued a parallel career in writing. His early novels, including Sandalwood (1925), Stepchild of the Moon (1926), and The World’s Delight (1929), received mixed reviews.

He had more success with his plays, which included The Spider (1927; film, 1931) and All the King’s Men (1929; filmed as Second Wife, 1930). He also produced a successful series of detective stories under the pen name of Anthony Abbot. The best-seller The Greatest Story Ever Told (1949; film, 1965) was followed by The Greatest Book Ever Written (1951), on the Bible. Ouster died in New York City on May 24, 1952. Another religious work, The Greatest Faith Ever Known (1953), was completed after his death by his daughter G. A. O. Armstrong. Literal comprehension

The story takes place in a town near Spanish border where many refugees, man and woman escaping from the Nazis. A young lady and her child were trying to reach America safely in order to escape from Gestapo. The mother and the child were unable to reach the border because the Spanish guards were not letting refugees to pass and the Gestapo arrives soon at the boarding house. But at the same time a person arrived at woman’s next door, He used to lead the refugees towards Spain. So, the mother and her child went towards mountain side with him, soon the child was exhausted and the mother had to carry her.

When they reached the mountain there they saw many refugees who were going to Spain. All people around welcomed the mother and child, and the child was carried by the young and middle age man. While they were climbing up the mountain old man gave up and asked to leave him there. But the leader encouraged moving on with their total strength. Eventually three old men gave up climbing the mountain but every time the leader encouraged them to move on. At last in the morning they reached the Spanish border. The three old men who carried the little girl found a new light of life and were ready to face new world of freedom. Review

The story ‘The Great Answer’ is a story related to social and emotional factor of the society. This story mainly highlights four characters that are the mother and her child, leader and an old man and there are several other silent characters. The story is carried out at the time of Second World War when the Nazis were haunting down the refugees and prisoners of America in France. The Frenchmen seems to be cruel towards the refugees and did not show any pity towards them. The leader who was like descend of god for refugees seems to be mysterious and controversial one. The leader also tends to save the sense of humanity.

The cruelness and the hate for the refugees may create conflict even at present time and the hatred also may remain in the core of the heart in present as well as in upcoming generations. This may also lead to cultural intolerance. The selfless service provided by the leader seems to be the path to the heaven and the leadership quality in him lead to the freedom and new light of life. Climbing up the mountain and climbing down the mountains shows the different part of life, in our life also several hurdles arise but we should not lose our hope sooner or later we will reach our destination.

The story is also quite confusing and one of the lead character roles is also controversial. The leader who all alone led many refugees towards Spain is not believable. With such high security and observation of the Nazis was it possible to cross the mountain, and a single man cannot handle such a mess of mass all alone. We believe that old man are physically, mentally weak so in such condition was the old men able to carry the child and at the same time climbing the mountain. If the child was not carried by the old men then they would have crossed the mountain easily on their own.

Our world is full of material beings every persons lives his/her for his own betterment. Selfless service will be lost in the crowed of material beings. So the controversial character should be ignored in our real life. We are Breaking the Silence about Death Author Details Born in March 7, 1946. Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. Working as a science journalist, Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years.

His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence (Bantam Books) was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half; with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 30 languages, and has been a best seller in many countries. Goleman’s latest book is Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything. The book argues that new information technologies will create “radical transparency,” allowing us to know the environmental, health, and social consequences of what we buy.

As shoppers use point-of-purchase ecological comparisons to guide their purchases, market share will shift to support steady, incremental upgrades in how products are made – changing everything for the better. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships was published in 2006. Social intelligence, the interpersonal part of emotional intelligence, can now be understood in terms of recent findings from neuroscience. Goleman’s book describes the many implications of this new science, including for altruism, parenting, love, health, learning and leadership.

Literal Comprehension In this essay “We are breaking the Silence about Death” the speaker explains about popular Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. The speaker summarizes the work on death and dying begun in the 1960s by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and he discusses changes in medical treatment that have developed because of her insights. The speaker explains the process of dying in terms of the psychological stages of loss (denial, rage, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) that Kubler-Ross’ research uncovered.

The speaker highlighted the five stages to express the situation of a patient who is near death. The hospital staffs were too concerned with the topic dying with the patient. They were afraid to share about death. Two sociologists Barney Glaser and Anslem Struss found through their research that whenever patient wanted to talk about dying with the nurses and doctors, they were not allowed to share of ideas because sharing of ideas may hurt the patient’s feelings and they may burst into tears. Kubler-Ross argued that patient voice should be heard by the nurses and doctors.

She also says that denial is useful as it gives the patient and their family member’s time to share each other perception. When a patient admits that he/she is dying then Ross help them to finish their unfinished business. Help them to find new hopes and someone who can fulfill their needs. The factor rage or anger also shows when somebody is dying, he / she questions why only he/she is dying. Similarly the bargaining with god regarding the time is also expressed by the speaker. According to the speaker a patient also get depress when they are dying.

The sense of hopelessness, helplessness and isolation is brought by dying. Kubler also gave an example of a father who was unable to give his child time when she needed the most. Lastly when a patient accepts dying Keble believed that he/she needs gradually to stop linking with their family and friends. Review Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has pioneered the idea of providing psychological counseling to the dying. In her bestselling 1969 book, “On Death and Dying”, she describes the five mental stages that are experienced by those approaching death and suggests that death should be viewed as one of the normal stages of life.

This passage deals with the psychological factor of human beings especially for those who are near their death. The five elements or stages of psychology is clearly explained and summarized by the speaker and Kubler. Death which is very cruel and inevitable, this affects lot to the psychological state of a person. This essay is an approach to convince those who are in the mouth of death. When we know that soon we will be leaving this world then time we have becomes very precious to us.

The title of the passage is also suitable as the speaker and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross cracked the real mystery about the moment before death. Although telling people about their death seems the right thing to do most of the times but apparently it may create a feeling of depression and isolation. People will gradually be away from their near and dear ones with a heavy heart. They feel that if they are most unlucky person and start to blame themselves for their unaccomplished expectation. They start to think about the negative factors and start being pessimistic about life.

They start ignoring the positive factors as they feel that ultimately they are going to die. Similarities and Difference Between Two Passages Similarities Mainly these two passages are focused on death. In the first passage people are afraid of dying and are struggling to survive and in the second passage the speaker deals about the moments before a person are dying. Freedom, in the first passage people are seeking freedom and in the second passage its freedom from material world, forgetting all worries falling in the arms of god.

Encouragement and motivation are such factors that can bring a lot of change. Although the people are in their last moment but the inch of support that they get values a lot, in both passage this thing is also shown. In the first passage the old ones who are soon going to be dead found a new lime light of life by the motivation of the leader and in the second on support from family, friends, doctors and nurses helped the patients who are dying. The topic of the first passage i. e. “The Great Answer “and the topic of the second passage i. e. We are Breaking the Silence about Death” can somehow be linked together. The authors of both passage belongs almost from the same field so their view also match with each other. Differences First of all both the passage are in different view. The context of both passage are different as the first one is based upon story and the second one is based upon essay, facts and figure. ”The Great Answer “is a story and it is not relating the realistic part of the society but the second one “We are Breaking the Silence about Death” is the realistic essay which is also a part of our society.

The characters in the first passage may be imaginary but in the next passage the characters exist in real world. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross is a famous psychiatrist who had contributed a lot in our society but the leader in the first passage does not exist as he is an imaginary character. Conclusion “The Great Answer” by Fulton Ouster and “We are Breaking the Silence about Death” by Daniel Goleman both passage are inspiring and spreading a clue to life. This two passages affect our social life directly and indirectly. As both passage theme is nearly same so the message from these two passages is also same.

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