Does Charles Dickens Challenge the Notion of Social Mobility in Great Expectations in the Victorian Era?

‘... one man’s a blacksmith, and one’s a whitesmith, and one’s a goldsmith, and one’s a coppersmith. Diwisions among such much come…” To what extent does Dickens challenge this notion of social mobility in Great Expectations?           Dickens challenges the notion of social mobility by depicting the ease of going up [...]

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Is History Truth or Prejudice?

‘Historical records are questionable, being based as much on perception as on fact.’ Is this a fair comment?           As Mark Twain once said, “the very ink at which history is written is merely fluid prejudice”. Indeed, history is very questionable, as it is not based on facts but merely perception. [...]

Is Modern Art Significant, or Merely the Expression of One’s Imagination?

‘Modern art is merely the expression of one’s imagination, and is of little significance.’ Do you agree?           As Aristotle once said, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Indeed, the purpose of art is more than just the mere expression [...]

Modern Green Technology Now Possible in Cities to Solve Environmental Issues

Is green technology the most effective solution to the environmental problems in cities? Green technology is widely known for its ability to not leave environmental footprints, albeit unrealistically in most occasions. It is the most effective solution since the environmental problems in cities are fundamentally caused by pollution, environmental degradation, and global warming. Nonetheless, green [...]

“Education brings about progress,” is this really the case all the time?

Discuss the claim that education guarantees progress.           As Nelson Mandela posited, education is the key to success. Education, whether formal or informal education, is the passing on of knowledge and wisdom from the more knowledgeable and wise, namely a teacher, mentor, or tutor, to the less knowledgeable, in the form [...]

Do All Laws Serve Justice?

To what extent does the law ensure justice is served? Immanuel Kant once posited, “in law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others”. Laws today, including any legislative policy with intention to deter wrongdoings or encourage moral actions with the ultimate punishment of jail term or fines for not abiding by [...]

Should Foreign Aid Continue?

“Foreign aid is ineffective and wasteful.” Is this true? Foreign aid can be seen as the direct funding given by the more well-to-do countries to the less developed or developing countries, in the form of food and medical supplies, and most often, monetary loans in the name of charity. Nonetheless, charity in itself in the [...]