Italy: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By: Lorenzo Merlin

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Lorenzo Merlin

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Italy

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I have always thought Italy to be a beautiful country full of culture. I am also a big food person and Italy has some of the best food in the world. I also have vacationed there before and I believe that was what sparked my interests in Italy as a country to study abroad in.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I know that Italy has great weather along with some nice people. There are also a lot of similarities between Italy and Sonoma County geographically speaking. Such as rolling hills and a lot of vineyards I am also interested in meeting new people and I believe that Italy would be a great place to do that.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I hope to discover nice things about the government. I hope I will find things to support my choice to study abroad in Italy. On the other hand I think that just because I want to find good things, I will find bad things. Such as a bad government or a bad legal system.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): I think that Italy plays a big role in the world because it has a lot of the worlds money along with a big population of rich citizens. Money is important in the world because you need it for everything. A lot of the worlds wine being made in Italy. Many countries rely on Italy for food and wine.  

New York Times Topics: Italy

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Lorenzo Merlin

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Captain of Ship That Capsized Off Italy in '12 Is Convinced"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Gaia Pianigiani

Date of Publication: February 11 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: An Italian court on Wednesday convicted the captain of a cruise liner that capsized in 2012, killing 32 people, of manslaughter and sentenced him to just over 16 years in prison for his role in one of the worst maritime disasters in modern Italian History.

Quote: In the article Pianigiani states " Captain Schettino's conduct on the night of the shipwreck, was the act of a complete idiot, he was accused of making deadly mistakes and lying to passengers, maritime authorities and rescue officials."


Comment: I agree when the author states that the captain was idiotic because he abandon everyone who trusted him with their lives. I have personally been on a cruise and if my captain were to bail on me I would be furious and a little scared at the same time. I believe that he deserves everything that comes to him because he allowed 32 people to die under his supervision.  

They Say, I Say

Student Name: Lorenzo Merlin

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Firmly Roosted in the Piedmont"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Eric Asimov

Date of Publication: February 26 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: For wine drinkers on the myraid red grapes that are common all over the world, a wine of made of nebbiolo is a departure.

Quote: According to Asimov I've had nebbiolos from the Sonoma Coast, from Santa Barbra and Monterey, even Baja California. But so far, at least, these wines have been few, noteworthy more as expressions of love for Piemontese nebbiolo than for their success in capturing the scope and potential of the northern Italian versions."


Comment: I agree that wineries in California, particularly on the sonoma coast do not want to be a copy of other wineries in northern Italy because I have friends who own wineries here in sonoma county and I have known the owners for a long time, and to me it does not seem like they are trying to imitate anyone but simply run a successful business and show others what they can do with a little bit of heart and hard work. As for wineries in other places I cannot say anything about the other wineries because I have no experience or expertise, therefore I have no opinion.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Traffickers Set Freighter on a Course for Italy and Flee, Leaving Migrants Aboard"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Elisabetta Povoledo and Alan Cowell

Date of Publication: 2 January 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)  

This article focuses on the traffickers who abandon the ships. It was written by reporters of The New York Times ,in America who happen to be from Italy. It was written to tell the world about the crisis in Italy. They wrote this because they feel that their country is being disrespected and no one is doing anything about what is going on.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)

This article focuses on the chaos caused by the traffickers abandoning the ships that crash into the Italian coast. The authors message is that the traffickers should be persecuted for their crimes.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?)

The authors style of writing comes off as an angry and irritated mood. It seems that they are irritated that these kinds of things are happening to their county but also angry that no one is doing anything to stop it. This makes the readers feel obligated to take sides with the argument of the reporters.   

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)

This is a very well written article yet also very simple. The authors provide a series of facts, state an argument on what they think then provide us with the apposing argument. I think this is a very interesting way of writing an article because I don't see this in a lot of articles, because a lot of articles are bias and don't provide us with a different way to look at things besides their own.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Confronting Islamic Extremism"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Stanley Heller

Date of Publication: March 9 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) This article focuses on the Islamic extremists, ISIS. this was written by many different authors around the world who are concerned about the safety of Italy from ISIS. The authors wrote this because ISIS is out of control and they wanted to state their opinion.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)   This article focuses on ISIS and their attacks.   

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?)

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)

Letter to...

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Lorenzo Merlin

1768 Waltzer Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

March 20 2015

Carnival Corporation & plc.

3655 N.W. 87th Avenue

Miami, Florida 33178-2428

Dear Ms. Heldewier,

I am a sophmore at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa California. I am working on a large project in my English class. This project is about studying abroad and we had to choose a country we are interested in, I chose Italy.

In my research of Italy I came across an article in The New York Times about the event off of the coast of Italy involving one of your branches, Costa Crociere. Where capitan Schettino abandoned his cruise ship and passengers.

I wanted to ask a few questions concerning this tragic event. I wanted to know what the company is doing about its way of hiring to ensure that this type of event never happens again. I also would like to know how the CEO is responding to this dilemma. For example, how is he compensating the injured passengers? Is he taking any responsibly for his failure to ensure the safety of the passengers by hiring an irresponsible captain?

This is simply an academic assignment I do not want anything out of this but perhaps a response would be very much appreciated. I wanted to thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,




Lorenzo Merlin





Comment Stream

2 years ago
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I thought your tackk was very interesting and very well put together. It is really interesting that you choose to write your letter about the incident of the man who abandoned his ship and his passengers. I was curious why you choose to chose Italy for this project? I was also wondering how this project affected you in your own life and if it was had an lasting effects on you.

2 years ago
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I do agree Italy is a beautiful place to visit. The topic you wrote about, the cruise ship incident, was indeed very selfish and idiotic of the captain. As for this topic, why did you decide to write on this cruise ship incident? This other topic you choose to write on, the wineries in Northern Italy and wineries in Sonoma County. I did not know this was occurring in Italy and frankly find this ridiculous because of the distance between these two countries. Overall, this tackk fascinated me, and sparked my interest in visiting Italy, not on a cruise.

2 years ago
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THIS IS GAY :)