School Field Trip Alternative Essay Assignment

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In-School Field Trip Alternative Essay Assignment
“If you wish to find yourself, you must first admit you are lost.” A quote written by Brian Rathbone in Call of the Herald, highlights the journey that two completely different men take to “find themselves” Self-Actualization, the epitome of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, focuses on the needs of every person to gain a sense of truth, wisdom, justice, morality, acceptance, meaning and inner potential. To reach this peak, an individual has to meet the stages below it including, Physiological Needs, Safety Needs, Love Needs, Esteem Needs, Cognitive Needs, Aesthetic Needs, and finally Self-Actualization. In this case, we focus on how trauma impacts this journey towards self-actualization. Both Amir, from The Kite Runner, and Tim O’Brien, from The Things They Carried, face different challenges in their respective plots, but at the end they both take away from the experiences they had cultivated.
From the start, Amir’s life appeared to be high on Maslow’s hierarchy, but there was an underlying conflict. He may have had everything he could have ever wanted, a place to sleep, food, a friend that cared about him, adults that gave him advice, and even recognition for his talents as a kite flyer. The conflict was love, the love from his father, “All of his life Amir tries to get Baba 's attention and to please him…When Baba builds the orphanage, Amir thinks those children are getting all of Baba 's attention, so he tells Baba he has…

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