After spending months in the stockyards to study their abhorrent conditions, Upton Sinclair penned The Jungle, his most popular work, which depicts an immigrant family and the hardships they face upon moving to America. Over the course of the novel, the protagonist Jurgis Rudkus slowly loses his faith in the American dream and subsequently becomes a socialist. This blatant political bias is often cited as justification for banning it throughout the world. However, despite many criticizing its push for socialism and lack of artistry, the novel has significance in upper-level classrooms as it possesses literary merit and significance in historical and real world contexts. The Jungle has spurred controversy since its release due to its socialist
Charles Whitman and his mother were verbally and physically mistreated by his dad (Bankston, 2007). Despite this, Charles Whitman became an Eagle Scout after demonstrating remarkable IQ at the age of 12 in elementary school (Bankston, 2007). Whitman’s youth was very different from most people’s. Charles Whitman applied for and earned a scholarship from the Naval Enlisted Science Education Program in 1961 (Bankston, 2007). This came after Charles graduated from high school, enrolled in the U.S. Marine Corps, and became a sniper ensuing a severe fight with his dad in 1959 (Bankston, 2007).
A Long Way Gone is an autobiographical novel that informs people about the civil war in Sierra Leone. This war caused massive destruction to the country physically and mentally. The citizens of Sierra Leone were forced to kill, starve, die, and leave their country for peace somewhere else. This novel describes the horrifying experiences a young boy, Ishmael Beah, had been through during the Sierra Leone civil war. The author used great motifs to describe the importance of war and familial love in the novel.
Do you lash out or do you walk away without saying anything? Those were the choices that Moon Shadow and his Father had to make in the story, Dragonwings, by Laurence Yep. The story begins in 1903 when a young boy named Moon Shadow left China to travel across the world to America to meet his dad he's never met. While in America the Father and son duo experienced a lot of different forms of discrimination, but how did they react? Well, throughout the book Moon Shadow and Windrider showed excellent examples of how to deal with discrimination.
Brian Jacques first started in a very different way than you would think an author would start. He first realized he was good at writing was when he was in elementary school, while enrolled there, an experience marked his potential as a writer. After he had been assigned to write an essay about the unusual characteristics of animals, Jacques wrote about a bird that cleaned the teeth of a crocodile. Brian’s teacher refused to believe that a boy his age could write as well as he did. Brian refused to say that he had copied the story, he was called a liar.
“War Some More” by Sandra Osborne connects well with the novel in the sense that war is brutal and brings forth hatred without a solid explanation as to why. In her poem, Sandra Osborne wrote, “All the answers,/ Seem so lame,/ All our reason,/ Gone insane” (Osborne 10-13).
The books “Phantoms In The Snow” by Kathleen Benner Duble and “Flowers For Algernon” by Daniel Keyes have many similarities and differences. The main character in Phantoms In The Snow is a teenage boy named Noah Garret that grew up his whole life in Texas until his parents died of smallpox. After staying in an orphanage Noah went to go stay with his uncle, which his parents had never spoke about and lived up in a army camp in the mountains of Colorado. Being only 15 and moving to Texas from Colorado, was a huge change in Noah's life. The main character in Flowers For Algernon is a 37 year old man named Charlie Gordon who has down syndrome and whose “friends” made fun of him all the time.
Hosseine opened the eyes of the Western people about the personal struggle of the Afghan people during the war that devastated not only the country’s economy but the very soul of its people. This is a great novel to start with for the readers who would love to know more about the life in Afghanistan during the 80’s. The setting of the story is before and
PTSD is an underlying topic in the book. There are many people in the novel who have problems dealing with the things they have done or seen during their time in the war. One man shot himself in the toe to get sent home, another killed himself after the war was over. Tim O’Brien himself said “I’ll never die. I’m skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dar and come down thirty years later, I realize it as Tim trying to save Timmy’s life with a story.” (O’Brien 246) That shows even the author has problems with PTSD and probably the only reason he does not have the usual night terrors is the fact that he writes, just writes out everything that happened to escape the problems the author
“A Long Way Gone” Final Essay “Somebody being shot in front of you, or you yourself shooting somebody became just like drinking a glass of water.” (Ishmael Beah). “A Long Way Gone” was written by Ishmael Beah and published in 2007. It is a written masterpiece that captivates its readers by telling us his story, a former child soldier. In this he narrates the pain, the suffering and the fear that he endured for three years, literally fighting for his life against the rebels that caused all the chaos and the mayhem. Reading the book was like a rollercoaster ride of emotions and I am going to share what I believe are the three most important scenes.
The book A Long Walk To Water by Linda sue park fallows a young boys life from a child to a adult and how the events in his life molded him to who he is today. When he was eleven Salva was in school and they where attacked and he left without looking back and didn 't find his family for a long time. Salva walked for weeks going to refugee camps meeting and loosing friends and family along the way. After a while of living there Salva is chosen to go to America and live with a family where he will grow to be a adult and where he learns his dad is alive. He visits his dad who is in a hospital from drinking dirty water so he started a foundation that provides fresh water for villages in Africa.
This is one tragic bombing that happened in the Middle East that closely resembles the scene in which Najmah lost her family, and almost seems as if the author has could have used this article for the book. (STEWE-2) Even in the present, bombing tragedies still happen sometimes on a daily basis, a reason why the author could use these events to create fictional ones and best develop the characters. “Many facts about the attacks in Kunduz are already known. For more than an hour early on Oct. 3, an American AC-130 gunship repeatedly strafed the main building of the hospital compound -- which housed the intensive care unit, the emergency room and the operating theater -- with great precision and tremendous firepower. The attack happened despite the fact that our staff in Afghanistan and in the United States had shared the GPS coordinates of the four-year-old hospital with Afghan and American military contacts as recently as Sept. 29” (“Doctors Without
Noy expresses a sense of regret during her presentation, that she was unable to protect her cherished “Auntie” as she had protected her. Along with her personal story Noy presents the struggles of the human trafficking industry as a whole. The abundance of human trafficking is extremely high and common in countries outside the United States, however she provides examples of these devastating occurrences within United States. Traffickers in Ghana and Togo typically sought out young families with children and often promise the parents a better life an education in the “States” that can not be achieved in their home country. Parents have hopes of a better life for their kids and trust the trafficker will ensure their kids the life they promise.