Monthly Archives: September 2014

“Stealers, Keepers”

In India, a car is stolen every 6 seconds, but in the state of Texas, a car is stolen every 5.5 seconds according to thefuturist.com

If you don’t get caught, you deserve everything you steal.

Getting caught isn’t what makes something wrong.

What does it mean to “own” something? For most of us, owning something means that you bought it or you gave up something in order to get the object.

But what about stealing? You didn’t buy the item, but now you own it. The idea of theft and false ownership in America makes me very angry.

Before I came to college, I did not know how often people did it, as my friends in high school never even thought of stealing. If we couldn’t afford it, then tough luck, you couldn’t get it. If you get caught stealing just once major consequences will take place, so for me, it is not worth it at all. The costs outweigh the benefits. Stealing seems to be a trend in our culture today, and within society, it has increased greatly over the years especially in America.

I thought it was just a phase kids went through, but I continue to see it all the time and it continues to anger me. Yes its easy, you can nonchalantly put something in your bag in a store without anyone seeing, its not like people actually sit in a chair and stare at the security camera all day. I don’t know, I would just feel really guilty. Why aren’t people more honest?

You have a meal point plan! Why is it necessary to steal from the convenient stores around campus? Why do you go to Urban Outfitters and put clothes without a security tag in your purse?

It is something very foreign to me. It is not fair that you are in a higher social class than me, and you stole your outfit, while I spent all the money I made over summer on mine.

Maybe its not the act of actually doing it, but the way society deals with it. AKA they don’t really do anything at all. Society has a way of looking past things, and only focusing on the “important” things. But to change the way people act, you have to start somewhere small.

For example, while working in a clothing store, the manager on the first day told me to not worry if people steal any items, because it really does not account for a lot in the financial side of things. I was appalled that he would say this. How could I just ignore someone with a shirt shoved into their purse? After watching a 15-year-old girl take a hairband off the display, shove it in her pocket, and continue on her merry way, I realized this job was not for me. I quit the next day.

Stealing has become a larger problem recently, and you can clearly see the progression of it in regards to novels I have read over the years. For example, in Longbourn, the wealthy townsfolk “own” their servants, and have total control over them. Sarah reflects on the idea of actually owning a human, many times in the novel. She wonders what it would be like to be free – just like Elizabeth and Jane. Similarly, Sarah reflects on ownership, the ability to purchase grand items, and whether it is all worth it? The servants have nothing, but they still do not steal from the Bennet family or areas around town. If they can do it, so can America today.

Lady Catherine, You Are Annoying

Throughout Pride and Prejudice, there have been many characters that have attracted my attention in a negative way. The most obvious was Mrs. Bennet, then Wickham and his lies, and then Lydia and Kitty and their slut shaming attitudes. But above all, Lady Catherine De Bough, specifically in her attitude towards Elizabeth, takes the cake and wins the “Who Annoys Julie The Most Award.”

Congratulations Lady Catherine.

Lady Catherine is an opulent and catty noblewoman, Mr. Collin’s patron, and Darcy’s aunt. Throughout the novel, Lady Catherine tries to direct her prized nephew, Darcy away from Elizabeth. Lady Catherine has always gotten her own way in life, and she has no respect for others. Her greatest trait is telling others what to do in a domineering manner. Trust me, she is very good at it.

Elizabeth was introduced to Lady Catherine when she visited Charlotte and Mr. Collins after their engagement. Lady Catherine immediately starts “grilling” Elizabeth and asking her many personal questions.

“…Delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner as proved that she was not used to have her judgment controverted. She enquired into Charlotte’s domestic concerns familiarly and minutely, and gave her a great deal of advice, as to the management of them all; told her how everything out to be regulated in so small a family as her’s…”—I could continue this quote on, but I think you get the picture!

In addition, right off the bat, she critiques the Bennet family about their parenting. She said, “If I had known your mother, I should have advised her most strenuously to engage one. I always say that nothing is to be done in education without steady and regular instruction, and nobody but a governess can give it (127).” Lady Catherine, is a rude and nosy woman towards Elizabeth and her family.

At the end of the dinner party, she asks Elizabeth if she knows how to play any instruments (which she should, according to “Lady C.), and then she critiques Elizabeth’s piano skills, and tells her ways to improve, instead of encouraging her. But above all, when Lady Catherine hears rumors that Elizabeth and Darcy are engaged, her actions anger me the most. She immediately goes all the way to Longbourn to find out the truth. She tells Elizabeth that her daughter and Mr. Darcy, are meant to be together. Thankfully, Lady Catherine fails, and gives Mr. Darcy hope in marrying Elizabeth.

Aside from Lady Catherine’s, annoying and b****y attitude, Austen makes her the only woman who is independent in the novel. She is a super-rich widow, and owns her own estate. I do not know what Austen was trying to portray. Maybe she’s trying to say that women and power don’t mix? Is Lady Catherine only there to embarrass Darcy? Is Lady Catherine supposed to be comic relief? There are many unanswered questions about Lady Catherine in Pride and Prejudice, but I do know that she is annoying, rude, selfish, aggressive, overbearing, domineering…the list goes on and on.