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Brannigan “Are you not entertained?” Not even the slightest, but when in life does everything go according to plan and just fall in your lap for you? In my 20 years (21 in 3 more days, thank God), I have learned many important things. One is that anything in life worth having, you have to fight for, nothing is simply handed to you. Another, hard and painful lesson I learned is that tomorrow is never promised so live every day like its your last. You never know when this wonderful life can be taken out from under your feet just as fast as you came into this world. Through my own ignorance, I didn’t realize the significance of the books we were reading until we got to Superman For All Seasons, or the significance of the order. Throughout the semester you kept reiterating to us that the order of the books we were reading was not selected at random. Then your message finally got through to me, everyone has the ability to do something special but its up to the person whether they choose to use utilize their abilities to the full extent or not. What is special should not be determined by anyone other than the individual. Well done sir, you successfully made me realize what no professor has been able to in my three years at this beloved institution. I learned more from two comic books and two novels than I will with any combination of finance or management books. You didn’t simply point these underlying facts out to us because they are worth understanding. You wanted us to fight and find the connections between these novels and by doing so, delivered the exact message you intended. Before your class I would never have considered picking up The Unbearable Lightness of Being, after reading it I realized it has striking similarities to the super hero we all imagined ourselves becoming as children in Superman For All Seasons. 1 Brannigan In all four of the works we read over the course of the semester the protagonist are presented with the hardship of having to fight for something and the pain that comes along with it. But how could Tomas and Clark Kent ever be considered similar characters? Some would say the similarity is ludicrous and almost as unimaginable as a man in tights with underwear over them, sporting a cape, flying around and saving the world for the common good. Do they both not fight strongly for something they believe in? Not conform to the cultural norms? The Soviet Union invades Tomas’ town Prague and he decides to leave because he does not agree with their views. He therefore flees to Switzerland only to return after and when he does the Soviet’s try to force him to denounce his anti-communist article. He refuses and as a result loses his position as a surgeon. He has to surrender his prestigious occupation to become a window washer. “But the people who ...


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