Marshal Brooks Simmons Book Review 1 September 29, 2016 Kensinger: ENG A213 A Book Review of Sherwin Nuland: The Doctors’ Plague Written by Marshal Brooks Simmons In the book The Doctor’s plague, author Sherwin Nuland writes about a physician assistant in the 1840’s figured about germ theory after a long line of unexplained and misdiagnosed deaths of pregnant women and his friend. Ignac Semmelweis practiced at Allgemeine Krankenhaus where he found that puerperal fever was transmitted from doctors coming from preforming autopsies to women in labor. He was able to prove that the doctors had trace amounts of the previous dead patients on their hands.
There are many different types of figurative language used in “Poison,” but the most obvious ones are similes. “The question came so sharply it was like a small explosion in my ear” (Dahl 84). This quotation is a simile comparing someone’s voice to an explosion. At this time in the story, the narrator, Timber Woods, is calling Ganderbai to take care of the krait on his roommate Harry Pope’s stomach. Ganderbai asks who had been bitten very quickly as soon as he heard
What Would I do? There are many definitions of forgiveness. The dictionary defines forgiveness as “The disposition or willingness to forgive.” I agree with that, but I believe that forgiveness also lies in the hands of the victim and varies based on the crime.
Perseverance was important during the time that the Odyssey was written, the reason for this is because much like our current culture things are not handed out, you have to be determined and work for what you want. If you don’t have persistence you give up and when you give up you miss out on opportunities that could benefit you. In some instances, our culture is lacking persistence, many people would rather take the easy way out instead of putting in the effort and making the accomplishment themselves. One example of a way in our culture that people take the easy way out is when people ask for money instead of making the effort to get it for themselves. There is a website called GoFundMe where people can ask for money for certain projects, this website is meant to be used for business or charity purposes.
A Separate Piece of Literature In the words of the great Friedrich Nietzsche, “There are no facts, only interpretations”. Now, while this quote may not be applicable to everything, it certainly finds its place in literature, more specifically framed narratives. Already, in literature, biases are developed by the reader towards certain characters or events that change the reader’s outlook on the entire book in most cases. And when the person narrating the novel may derive personal gain from contorting the facts, however minor, it results in an even more skewed perspective for the reader.
Walton 's letters begin and end Shelley 's work by introducing the character of Frankenstein and also detailing the last moments of his life. While written in first-person like most of the book, his portion takes the form of letters to his sister, which lends itself to a slightly more personal style. In contrast with Frankenstein 's dramatic retelling of his life, Shelley writes Walton in a much lighter tone. Where Frankenstein 's narrative has a dark and dismal feel, Walton 's letters come across exactly as they ought to--as a man setting out on an adventure. These letters offer Shelley a platform from which to introduce the character of Victor Frankenstein.
American Literature is defined as the literature written or produced in the area of the United States and its preceding colonies. Death is a common concept portrayed in American Literature. Titles such as Of Mice and Men, Inherit the Wind, and The Great Gatsby all have character deaths as a major part of their plotlines. Even though these deaths are a major event to the readers of the novel, it minimally affects the other characters of the story. Theses novels show that death doesn’t affect the masses – life goes on.
When the narrator awakens in the hospital he experienced a near death experience, “They were holding me firmly… and above it all I kept hearing the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth,” (232). When he hears Beethoven’s fifth, this represents his confrontation with death, since Beethoven’s Fifth usually signifies death coming. While facing his near death situation, he also faces his other underlying fears as well. When the doctors discuss “treatment” options such as frontal lobe lobotomy and castration, to the narrator, “Their simplest words seemed to refer to something else as did many of the notions that unfurled in my head,” (236), and as he recognizes his fears seem to be coming true, his body reacts negatively, “a pain tearing through me,” (236).The confrontation with death and fears mixed with the narrator’s disillusioned state represents a symbolic death that the narrator experiences. When he wakes up from shock treatment, he is baptized and rebirth, “I felt a tug at my belly, and looked down to see one of the physicians pull the cord which was attached to the stomach node,” (243), this scene represents the cutting of the umbilical cord, much like a child just coming out of the womb.
So many times, one reads a story, and only sees what is right in front of them, but other times, they notice much more depth to what they are reading. This is most often used in short stories, and every single small detail is crucial. In Ernest Hemingway’s, Hills Like White Elephants, there are many secrets and deep details hidden into this story that all point to the very sensitive subject of abortion: this subject is disguised in the elephants, the characters’ drinking habits, and the landscape. The whole story in itself represents abortion.
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a short novel that packs a punch and really looks back at America’s past and mistakes. Steinbeck paints a picture of the late 1920s and early 1930s through two men, George and Lennie. George looks after the mentally challenged Lennie and must take action by soon ending Lennie’s life. The characters in the novel all struggle with heartbreaking conflicts but, no one else suffers more than Lennie and George. These conflicts are often supported imagery in the text.
Choice is very important because without choice you could never have likings or perspectives, you would be forced into sameness and controlled. Diversity is needed in the Giver community because the way we look, the way we talk, and the way we do things make us a special individual. Feelings are also needed in the Giver community because if we had no feelings we would not care or love for anyone and we could not feel empathy for each other. These three things, feelings, choice, and diversity would make the Giver community a more positive
Also this source explains how apathetic people generally tend not to have goals in life, that they need to pursue. Having goals are important because it gives a sense of purpose in life and makes people work to their potential to accomplish their goals. In my opinion, I think hard work and thinking outside of the box leads to the most productivity and this article explains how apathetic people are afraid to take risks. I am still strong about my original views but the class discussion did help bring about some other points of