A Deep Look into the Life of Arnaldo
INGL 3238 – 116
3 February 2012
A Deep Look into the Life of Arnaldo
Arnaldo is a fun 19 year-old Industrial Engineering student who wants to do a Master Degree in Business Administration to then be able to work “like a boss”. Arnaldo is the eldest of four brothers and always has to be in charge of his younger brothers so he has had more than enough practice with them when anything has to be done in a team. He was president of his class in the seventh grade and vice-president in his senior year. Also, his dad is the boss in his work and wants to be like his dad in that aspect. But mainly, Arnaldo is the kind of guy who is more comfortable leading and making big decisions than following.
Arnaldo has a good sense of humor and will laugh at jokes as much as the next guy. But what he cannot resist is an Adam Sandler movie. The first time he saw an Adam Sandler movie was when he was watching “Happy Gilmore” on DVD. He watched it 5 times from beginning to end that week and would laugh every time like if it was the first time he watched it. After watching the movie “Billy Madison” he realized he really liked Adam Sandler and started a collection of all his movies.
Arnaldo gets ashamed when he doesn’t meet his parents’ expectations, especially with his grades. He was always a straight “A” student from elementary school through high school. When he started university, his grades on his first semester varied between “A’s” and “C’s”. On his second semester, he had one of every grade from “A” through “W”. On his third semester, he had one “A”, one “B”, and three “F’s”. He had really let his parents down and worse, he let himself down.
Arnaldo is afraid of losing the people he loves. The first time someone important to him died he was 13 years old. His grandmother and most important person in the world died of cancer. When he was told she had passed away he was in denial, he honestly couldn’t believe it. He was devastated, he didn’t talk to anyone for weeks. He felt alone, like everything was taken away from him in just a split second.
The thing that makes Arnaldo proud is feeling he made a difference on another person’s life. When he was a junior in high school he used to hang out at a bakery after class and play chess. One day he played chess to kill time with a freshman from a different school who would get in a lot of fights in his school. They never had an issue before so Arnaldo didn’t feel the need to avoid this person or treat him differently than any other chess player. They played about five games before the freshman’s group of friends interrupted and told him that a kid who was sitting at another table was saying very disrespectful things about him. He got very angry and was going to confront him by “inviting” him to a fistfight. Arnaldo told him he thought it was a bad idea and it wasn’t going to solve all his problems. The freshman said that it was a matter of respect and he had to keep his respect that way. Arnaldo explained to him that fear and respect are not the same and that those people who he said respected him only feared him and nobody would ever really respect him if he “blew up” at every little thing that bothered him, to save those fights for when it mattered. The freshman reflected on it after Arnaldo left to go home. The next day at the bakery the same freshman sat down with Arnaldo for another game of chess but before they played he thanked Arnaldo for the advice and told him he did not fight the other kid. He also told him that his words really got through to him. He told Arnaldo he respected him and wanted to earn his respect the same way.
If theres any music playing from tropical genres such as Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue to Urban and Electronica, Arnaldo is most likely to show up at the dance floor. Music has always had a certain pull to him since he was young. His biggest inspiration to follow music was when he heard David Guetta’s “Now That The Love Is Gone” in 2007. He just felt all this flow of energy in sync with his body, like a fish going with the flow of a river. Since then, Arnaldo had pursued becoming a DJ at the early age of 14. At work he always saw people dance to all sorts of music which eventually convinced him to take dance lessons to get good at it and enjoy himself on both sides of a party.
Frank McCloud: Hero or Zero?
Arnaldo G. Nieves Vázquez
ENGL 3345 – 096
Jose Irizarry Rodriguez
8 September 2011
Frank McCloud: Hero or Zero?
Remember when you were a kid and you walked out of the movie theater telling your friends “I wanna be the hero!” referring to the main character? You and your friends would later reenact scenes from that movie and most likely have a brief discussion on who should play the hero. But really, what is a hero? A hero is one who shows great courage. (Merriam-Webster Online) In John Houston’s Key Largo the main character is Frank McCloud, but is he a hero just because he is the main character?
According to the definition mentioned above, Frank McCloud is not a hero. When he had the ‘opportunity’ to kill Johnny Rocco, the villain, and save everyone he was not ‘courageous’ enough to do so. Sure, the gun he was given didn’t have any bullets loaded, but he didn’t know that! There was the off chance it really was loaded and he still wouldn’t have known it either. McCloud was so scared he probably didn’t even consider the fact that his gun might have not been loaded. Then again, lets say the gun was loaded, would it have made a difference in his decision? The answer is no. Frank McCloud’s actions here proved him to be just what Nora Temple called him, “a coward” and he did not deny it; he enforced along with expressing himself as someone who lives for him and only him, not caring whether Johnny Rocco lives or dies.
Yet, he was giving this ‘tough guy talk’ about him wanting a world where there’s no place for Johnny Rocco a few minutes earlier. If he wasn’t a coward why didn’t he, like most people say, ‘put his money where is mouth is?’ A coward is one who shows disgraceful fear or timidity. (Merriam-Webster Online) So is Frank McCloud a hero or a Coward?
“Coward - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary.” Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online. Web. 08 Sept. 2011. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coward>.
“Hero - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary.” Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online. Web. 08 Sept. 2011. <http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hero>.