In Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Alegria Hudes, Ginny, mother to Elliot, suffers from PTSD, and maintains a garden as a means of possessing a sense of stability. In 4/Prelude, she recalls her purpose for bringing the garden to life, and the memories it brings back when she spends time there. Through elements of style such as diction, figurative language, and imagery, Hudes establishes Ginny’s garden as a symbol of healing. In this scene, Hudes establishes Ginny’s garden as a symbol of healing, as she utilizes diction to reference Ginny’s specific reasons for constructing the garden, and memories of Vietnam. In this soliloquy, Ginny recalls that in her early stages of constructing the garden she said, “when I’m done with this, it’s going …show more content…
In a simile, she compares gardening to “boxing… The wins versus the losses” (Hudes 16). Through this comparison, Hudes conveys Ginny’s deep desire for a sense of control and success in her life. This desire is fed by the memory of her father, who was only bearable when he was gardening. Specifically, the assertion of this desire for control is evident as she recalls that her father “was a mean bastard…” but “became a saint if you put a flower in his hand” (Hudes 15). From those experiences of dealing with her father, a psychological analogy between nature and peace was instilled in Ginny’s mind at a young age, and is what she relies on as an adult to handle her emotional trauma. Additionally, Ginny constructs a metaphor, as she asserts that “a seed is a contract for the future” (Hudes 16). To Ginny, planting a seed guarantees that she will soon be able to visually see the fruits of her labor, and will be able to relish in the joy of creating new life. This point means that imagery is as vitally important to Ginny as it is to her story, as her visualization of the future of her garden fuels her happiness and ability to cope with what she is going
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The book “Seedfolks” introduces new people from Cleveland: Nora and Mr. Myles. Nora was British, and she took care of Mr. Myles. Mr. Myles was an old man who suffered several strokes and lost his abilities of talking and moving. Even though both of them came from different backgrounds, they share similar feelings about the garden and planting seeds.
The entrancing image of the garden brings the garden to life and creates an astounding picture that the reader appreciates. Matsu’s garden portrays that he creates the beauty in his life and shares it. As Stephen shows interest in his garden, Matsu opens up to him more and more and their relationship
power is the ability to have complete power over someone elses lives as well as your own. In the story “to kill a mockingbird”,tom robinson is convicted for a crime he diddnt commit- rape. The alleged victim is Mayella Ewell. Tom Robinson was blamed for this heinous crime for two main reasons; he was in the wrong place at the wrong time,and because he was black. Mayella ,a poor -class white woman who lives whith her dad and several siblings.with Mayellas father being a drunk;the Ewells have been known for their troublemaking.what makes Mayella have power over Tom Robinson?is it class?gender?race maybe?although
Women live their lives under the idea that they do not have the right to express themselves independently. Living on a ranch with her husband, Elisa struggles to free herself from the stereotype that women have little value in society. In John Steinbeck’s short story, “The Chrysanthemums”, he uses symbolism, imagery, and tone to convey that society often puts a strain on women’s roles in a world surrounded by men. Elisa’s daily life includes tending to her prized possession, Chrysanthemums, but throughout the story the deeper meaning behind these flowers comes to life. Through her eager and aggressive hard work, the small Chrysanthemums seemed to “easy for her energy”(Steinbeck 1).
In the excerpt from “Cherry Bomb” by Maxine Clair, the narrator makes use of diction, imagery and structure to characterize her naivety and innocent memories of her fifth-grade summer world. The diction employed throughout the passage signifies the narrator’s background and setting. The narrator’s choice of words illustrates how significant those memories were to her. Specific words help build the narrator’s Midwestern background with items like the locust, cattails and the Bible.
When it covers them, in this case, the bodies from brutal battlefields, people soon forget. Since they forget what happened there, they are bound to make the same mistakes again, as the poem concludes from listing five different battles, at different time periods, all with the same cost: hundreds, if not thousands, of lives taken. Using personification, imagery, and the Romanticism literary trend, this poem elegantly shows the reader the dark side of covering one’s mistakes. The personification of the grass allows the readers to see the problems with covering up one’s errors in a new light. The personification of the grass, allowing it to speak, is an intriguing concept that Carl Sandburg, the author, uses effectively.
Inside the garden Mary feels securely isolated, “almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place” (Burnett 94). As “its beautiful old walls shut her in[,] no one knew where she was,” and so Mary feels as if “she had found a world all her own” (94,83).
When reading the short book I was actually surprised that a dying Nazi soldier is willing to come up and confess about his sins to the person who he and his people are murdering. And for that young dying Nazi soldier it must of been hard for him to tell the young Jewish boy all his sins about everything that happened to him, such as his family, his work and everything he done of which he sinned for. Asking for forgiveness is a hard thing and to do it to someone who your leader or your governor hate is harder because it is something unusual that is illegal. But even if you do ask for forgiveness, do you think in your mind are they ever gonna accept that forgiveness and hold out their hand and tell you “I forgive you even when your sins are committed
In 10/Fugue of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, Hudes conveys the disconnect between Elliot and his family members during his desperate time of need for their help (Hudes). Throughout the scene, Elliot is gravely injured and falls apart. By using short, simple sentences, Hudes expresses the urgency of Elliot’s situation.
The setting of the short story Marigolds by Eugenia Collier is crucial to the story’s conflict, as Lizabeth’s family goes through rough times during the Great Depression. She is only fourteen, and does not understand her family’s situation, although she sees how her parents are affected by the depression. In the short story, Lizabeth realizes that she is now a young woman, and no longer has the innocence that she once had when she was a child. The actions of Lizabeth and her friends toward Miss Lottie demonstrate how the setting strongly influences the kids to destroy Miss Lottie’s marigolds.
In the short story “The Flowers”, Alice Walker sufficiently prepares the reader for the texts surprise ending while also displaying the gradual loss of Myop’s innocence. The author uses literary devices like imagery, setting, and diction to convey her overall theme of coming of age because of the awareness of society's behavior. At the beguining of the story the author makes use of proper and necessary diction to create a euphoric and blissful aura. The character Myop “skipped lightly” while walker describes the harvests and how is causes “excited little tremors to run up her jaws.”. This is an introduction of the childlike innocence present in the main character.
Alice Walker uses imagery and diction throughout her short story to tell the reader the meaning of “The Flowers”. The meaning of innocence lost and people growing up being changed by the harshness of reality. The author is able to use the imagery to show the difference between innocence and the loss of it. The setting is also used to show this as well.
That’s where Lizabeth snapped and angrily ripped out the marigolds from Ms. Lottie’s garden. After releasing all her anger she knew that she wasn't a child anymore. Collier uses symbolism and imagery to drive the theme when one matures it is not possible to poss both innocence and compassion. Collier uses symbolism to real
One challenge that i have faced and that impacted me in a drastically manner was my cousins death. Many people overcome a death in a few weeks, but it took me a while to face the fact that I was no longer going to see him. His death really effected me because he was the only one who supported my dreams in going to the army . I guess it was because he was in the army at that time. I would always get put down because my dreams where not for a girl