I shook the branch and made it fall, I myself cannot truly tell whether or not I meant to shake that branch but I do regret it. I was in a competition with Finny in my own mind, but that was no reason to ruin him. I was always trying to beat him and that caused such a rage inside me that will never compare to anything because I wanted nothing more than to be him. He was almost perfect in every way and I was not, that never sat well with me. Things changed once he fell, he was dependent on me, and he needed me.
The appropriateness of Huck Finn being used in a High School curriculum has been a widely debated topic since the time that it was published. Many believe that the book promotes racism and stereotypes and provides no value to students in the classroom. Being a High School student that has read this book, I strongly disagree with these negative views. Some might say that Huck Finn celebrates racist stereotypes because of the way that many of the characters in the book talk about and treat black people. For example, minstrel episodes, which served the purpose of making the audience laugh at minorities’ expense, and the frequent use of the ‘N’ word, are very offensive to many people today.
Describing John Knowles, Contemporary Novelists wrote that he "is a fine craftsman, a fine stylist, alert to the infinite resources and nuances of language." Knowles is best known for his first published novel, A Separate Peace. Writing Knowles ' obituary for Entertainment Weekly, Karen Valby said "John Knowles was a god to generations of 10th-grade English classes" - students required to read the coming-of-age classic. One critic writing for the Saint James Guide to Young Adult Writers commented on the novel 's popularity among educators - "it is a very useful text with which to teach students how a good book should be written." Critics praised A Separate Peace from the time of its publication.
In Gene’s case, disloyalty and cowardice appears through his metaphorical bad heart. Gene’s insecurities got in the way of his friendship with Phineas. He was jealous that Finny could never get in trouble, and that he appeared to be perfect in almost every way. When Gene began to believe that Phineas wanted to surpass him academically, he felt threatened. This mixed with his jealousy, and caused him to impulsively shake the tree limb that Phineas was standing on, making him fall and shatter his leg.
Doodle I screamed above the pounding storm and threw my body to the earth above his.”(L 390-392) After leaving Doodle, he finally regains his conscience, and goes back for him, sadly, he realised his mistake too late. Although, the present older brother, clearly regrets his acts and now that he understands everything about life, he regrets not loving Doodle the way he should have. In the end, the love between the two brothers is complex and paradoxical, their relationship goes from hatred to love, unfortunately due to pride the relationship between them ended
Amir feels guilty for his indolence during the incident that occured in the alleyway. This overthinking condition that fall over Amir displays the internal struggle with himself and his moral conscience, creating feelings of regret for not giving back to Hassan’s benign loyalty. As time goes on, Amir requests Hassan to come with him to the hill. When they reach there, Amir asks what Hassan would do if he threw pomegranate seeds at Hassan. Amir then pelts Hassan with the pomegranate seeds, until he cries, “What am I going to do with you, Hassan?
Hart and Alice had ‘taken it for granted’ that they were going to see their mother again, but Michael takes it to heart. He becomes shocked and distressed, leading him to make reckless decisions, taking Hart and Zeke out to sea during dangerously rough weather. Michael felt ‘insecure’ after losing his wife with a fear that she may have been attacked or killed during the war. This reckless decision leads to the death of Zeke and Hart becoming permanently injured from the whirring lugger, causing Hart to retreat into a world of self-pity and shutting off the rest of the world. Hart felt into a ‘subdued kind of dreaminess’ as he indulged himself in reading books, oblivious and lost to the world outside.
“The effect of his injury on the masters seemed deeper than after other disasters I remembered there” (chapter 5). The consequences of his injury were severe and Gene had felt so guilty about pushing Finny off the tree. He knew he had to tell him what happened and it would cause a wedge in their friendship. The sports had changed in the school because Finny wasn’t there and war had broken out. “Sports are perverted from their once "purely good" form and take on warlike traits.” (Chapter 6) Finny’s absence and war times had altered the
On the beach, the littluns are in disarray, they scream “...and [blunder] about, fleeing from the edge of the forest, and one of them broke the ring of biguns in his terror. Him! Him!”(168). Furthermore, the literary technique of syntax adds to the theme of the power of fear by portraying Simon’s death as a gruesome and savage, spur of the moment incident through exclamatory phrases, repetition and word choice. The chant reveals the unification of the boys due to a mutual fear.
It is known from the moment they enter the story that they are loathsome creatures. After watching the yahoos for a time, Gulliver says, “So that, thinking I had seen enough, full of contempt and aversion, I got up, and pursued the beaten road…” (340). Because the yahoos are so bad, when Gulliver returns to his home land, he cannot stand the sight of his wife and children. He says, “But I must freely confess the sight of them filled me only with hatred, disgust, and contempt and the more, by reflecting on the near alliance I had to them” (379). Because of Gulliver’s disgust at yahoos, and now humans, he cannot stand the thought of being around his family.
After reading this adventurous story, it is hard to find the problem that is upsetting many people. Therefore, this incredible novel should continue to be in the high school curriculum because it offers students a realistic historical background, it receives numerous positive reactions, and the meaning of the word nigger, (referred to as the n-word) is changing over time. 5 sentences The Adventures of Huckleberry