Imagine suffering day to day. Feeling as if the entire world around you is dark, disturbing, and at times even pointless. Approximately 14.8 million people in the United States, age eighteen and older, are currently suffering from this disorder known as depression. So what is depression anyways? Depression is a mental condition that brings on severe feelings of dejection and despondency. Guilt, inadequate feelings, loss of appetite and sleep disturbances, are also symptoms introduced by depression. In our world today we see the disturbing affects depression has on our society, as well as the effects of antidepressants. Between the real world, and Huxley’s novel
Bloody, vicious, and gut wrenching deaths occur frequently across the world. Human often contribute to the demise of various living things in order to ensure their own survival. People capture and execute animals for nourishment and protection. In the short story “The Rattler,” a man must decide whether or not to spare the life of a rattlesnake that he encounters during a walk in the desert. He chooses to slaughter the snake, resulting in the snake’s gory death. The author convinces the audience to sympathize with the snake and empathize with the narrator through the characterization of the snake, the descriptions of the tranquil environment, and the perspective of the man.
We often encourage people to actively pursue their happiness while also wanting to discourage them to escape from reality. However, avoiding your issues is also a way of pursuing happiness, even though this route will prove to be temporary. In the literary piece, “Horses of the Night” by Margaret Laurence, the author describes the story of a boy named Chris, who, due to his financial conditions, is forced to move from his home in Shallow Creek to dwell in Manawaka, in order to attend high school. Chris’ character is used to demonstrate the idea that individuals may escape from the miserable aspects of their lives in order to stay happy. Through the course of this work, you witness the changes Chris undergoes, through the eyes of his six-year-old cousin Vanessa, which ultimately lead to his downfall.
Responsibilities and commitments are key things in a person’s life. Some people struggle with accepting the fact that they have to be committed to something and have responsibilities that they need to take care of. In Ernest J Gaines’ novel, A Lesson Before Dying, Grant Wiggins evolves as the story goes on by learning to accept his responsibilities.
What can reading do? Can it stop the use of drugs.Can it stop alcoholism; can it stop a murder; can it stop people wandering around on the streets at night? Reading is not an option in the narrator’s mind at first. He rarely go to school, spends most of his early life on drug deal, alcohol and serves in prison. His name is Jimmy Santiago Baca, who is not only the protagonist but also the author of the book A Place to Stand. At Baca’s young age, he is like a lonely traveler that gets lost in fog; he has struggled to walk out, ends up deep in the forest. Baca uses irony of his actions, expressive sentences, and his brother to emphasize his differences after he is reborn in jail because of reading changes him to a new person. With the support
In “Harris and Me,” the humor contains more Low Comedy as a result of jocose situations and circumstances. He includes quotes that are full of wit. He has farcical physical comedy involving body parts, and electrocution. He has clever, hidden ideas that may be hard to analyze, but subconsciously, put a smile on your face, making you laugh, even though sometimes you don’t know why.
The chapter “‘You’ll Never Believe What Happened’ Is Always a Good Place to Start” from the Native Narrative “The Truth About Stories” by Thomas King explores the twisting path of how stories shape who we are, how we understand things, and how we interact with the world around us. Thomas King strengthens his argument by giving a detailed example that better, proves what he is trying to say. He tells a story about the moment he discovered what happened to his father, which I believe answered a lot of questions in his life. The author's father left when he was a little boy. The father remarried two more times, had seven more children who never knew that the authors nor his brother existed until the day of all their father's funeral. In this chapter
In the story Kick, the authors use conflict to teach that friendship can get you into trouble and out of trouble. For example, when Kevin says, “I thought about Christy…The cop that had arrested me thought she was just too scared to talk, but I knew there were things that were just too hard to say.” This quote shows how Kevin got into trouble because of a secret that only he and his friend, Christy, knew. Kevin getting into trouble was one of the two main conflicts that happened throughout the story. Furthermore, towards the end of the book, it says, “I have some good news. My dad talked to Sergeant Brown last night and said that he wasn’t going to press any charges.” This example shows how when Kevin met Sergeant Brown, and started becoming
Some suffer from depression or anxiety as a result of abused or raped. This is where great books come in to help. Many people don’t think there’s someone in the same situation or don’t know how to get out of a bad situation, but by reading a book about a character who has had depression and or anxiety it will help them overcome that obstacle because the reader can follow the footsteps of the character in the story to get better. People such as Sherman Alexie saw this first hand. In his article “Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood” he explains how he went to visit a school where they read his books in class, although is books were very horrific and sad many of the student could relate to the books giving the student a sense of relief after reading them. When I read I don’t just recite words off the paper in my head. I visually picture what’s happening in the story kind of like a movie but I’m creating it. This lets me be pulled into the book emotionally and mentally. Teen who are abused at home want to get away from that environment as much as possible. Reading is the best way to do this. They can drift off into a whole different reality anytime they want forgetting about what they are leaving behind. Many scientists have done brain scan along with other research to prove this. Keith Oatley talks about some of the research done to prove that reading fiction can make the feel emotion as though they
How does changing sentence structure from long to short and choppy help build suspense? What emotions do you feel as you read?
Sometimes in your life you have happy moments but sometimes you don’t.These stories are amazing because they all have a point of view in there life.All these stories have a moment in their life.In some book or stories it shows when they are happy and sad. For example the
Songs can connect with how we feel and our experiences. Music has been a major part of my life ever since I was just a toddler. For me music has helped me express what I am feeling and who I am as a person. My therapy has been music, it has helped me through almost every problem I have faced. With listening to the song lyrics, we can get a true understanding of what the artist is trying to tell us.
In the story "Saying Goodbye to Yang," written by Alexander Weinstein, and the story "St. Lucy 's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves," written by Karen Russell, there are several ways these stories could be seen as humorous or funny/not funny. Each story that we have read is unique in that they each had some sense of humor about them, whether it be witty humor, dry humor, or maybe even the funny/not funny kind of humor. Different types of humor can be interpreted from each of the stories we have read this semester. Yes, these stories can be seen as a joke but there are serious ideas about them. Each story undoubtedly has important concepts intertwined into them. When one looks beyond the surface of the stories, he or she might notice that these stories could address things such as fitting in to society, living up to false expectations, and even family values.
One way how the use of children in “Let’s go to the VideoTape” are contrasts of innocence of childhood and the corruption that come with adulthood is that children chase after unconditional love while adults like to pursue materialistic desires. Despite that five year old Gus had gain a lot
While traveling towards the path of seeping knowledge and analyzing critical ideals, we’ve become absent minded towards the components that gave us the ability to read. Since reading is always a part of our everyday routine, we have lost the idea that when it comes to learning how to read, we must start from the basics. From reading a case study, to reading a letter from a loved one, comprehension, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and oral language are the six essential components of reading.