1) The Day the World Changed, I Did, Too.
The first person narrator in the article called “The Day the World Changed, I Did, Too” tells a short story of Rachel Newman’s life, as it was before 9/11, a day that changed the life of many people. Years back Rachel looked upon herself as an artist, a musician. She also had other views on life, and she took many things for granted, which I believe is a common thing not only in the USA. Before 9/11 she was against capitalism, she was a socialist and not exactly proud of being American, in fact she considered moving to another country with her girlfriend. But when the terrorists attacked the twin towers, something in her changed dramatically. A new burning desire for justice slowly started to develop inside of her. She started to appreciate the freedom the USA provides for its people. She even calls herself a patriot, one who is ready to fight for his or her country till the very bitter end! Some people from her school claimed the USA had it coming; they even sort of justified the actions of the terrorists. This only makes Rachel even angrier. In the end Rachel comes to the conclusion that the world is not a perfect place. Pacifism is therefore not the way forward; even though many may wish it was. No, focused war is necessary according to Rachel, to safeguard the innocent from more pain and death. Therefore I believe that Rachel’s views on life change quite a lot, 9/11 did that to a lot of people.
2) Quote: “The majority of the lads just want to be British but ever since 9/11 they’ve been pushed back time and time again into the Muslim identity”
Allow me to be frank, I honestly believe this is a very disturbing quote, and even before I actually read the article called “Leeds asks: What made them do it?” I would suggest it had something to do with racism and prejudice, which it has in some way. It seems 9/11 affected several parts of the world, including the UK. Now in the past two or three years we’ve also heard...