Category Archives: English 100 Essay
Edgar Allan Dela Cruz
September 29, 2011
Plagiarism in Mr. Richard Murphy’s “Anorexia: The Cheating Disorder”
Should the reader agree or disagree on Mr. Richard Murphy’s points in essay, “Anorexia: The Cheating Disorder”? Most of the readers would disagree due to the fact that not everyone is cheating. However, his “slanderous suspicion that all students are cheating” (College English 900) is proven wrong when he realizes in one of his student’s journals in which he misread the essay the his student submitted, accused her of plagiarism and gave her a zero, who in fact was just in denial of her eating disorder and did not want to tell the truth. This essay would show two stories regarding Mr. Richard Murphy’s experiences with plagiarism and makes points about it. I personally agree to Mr. Richard Murphy’s points due to the fact that everybody makes mistakes and nobody is perfect.
Plagiarism, in my own words, is taking someone’s work with authorization and claiming it as if it was your own. Plagiarism is considered a crime under the any University’s jurisdiction which can lead to suspension or even expulsion.
Mr. Richard Murphy’s first story is about a student who submitted a brief analysis about James Joyce’s “The Dead” (College English 898). He found out that the student had copied James Joyce’s work and tried to erase the evidence by tearing some pages in book (College English 900). Mr. Richard Murphy’s makes a point in this story that “he had lost some of his faith in them” due to this student’s distortion of their working relationship” (College English 900). The story ends of him confessing that he plagiarized and he got suspension from the university.
Mr. Richard Murphy said that “Plagiarism irritates, like a thin wood splinter in the edge of one’s thumb” (College English 899) – meaning, it irritates him due to the fact that he has a very busy life.
Mr. Richard Murphy’s last story is about a student who submitted an essay about her own experiences with Anorexia Nervosa (College English 898). Mr. Richard Murphy has accused her of plagiarism due the inconsistency of her essay (College English 901). The student was so intimidated by her teacher that she answered “It’s not about me. It’s about a friend of mine. Mr. Richard Murphy gave her a zero. He came upon her journals entries and it “astonished and appalled him”. In the end, Mr. Richard Murphy asked her student if the essay was about her and replies “No”.
The purpose of the two stories is to convey the theme of essay which in my opinion is Denial. The two stories reveal three denials. First, is the student who copied from another person’s work and denies the truth by tearing up pages from the book (College English 899-900). Second, is the student denying that her essay was about her own experience about anorexia and denies the truth by claiming that it was her friend’s experience (College English 901-903)., and finally, Mr. Richard Murphy, misreading the essay and accused his student of plagiarism without sufficient evidence. He denies the truth by intimidating his student to tell the truth (College English 901-903).
Plagiarism is a crime under university standards and anyone found guilty deserves to be dealt accordingly. I strongly agree to Mr. Richard Murphy’s “slanderous suspicion that all students are cheating” (College English 900). Why you ask? because everybody makes mistakes. Even the author, Mr. Richard Murphy made mistakes. All in all, we are not perfect.
Murphy, Richard. “Anorexia: Cheating Disorder.”College English. 52.8 ( Dec 1990): 898-903. Print. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/377394>.