In his short story “The Pie,” Gary Soto recreates the experience of his guilty six year-old self through the use of cachet word choice and contrasting subtle and stark imagery. Soto uses articulate diction to gracefully illustrate the feeling of guilt and the pleasure derived from it that he encounters after the stealing of the apple pie. He explains that he felt an almost inhuman, burning desire for the pie when “stood before a race of [them]” and “nearly wept trying to choose” one. The “juice of guilt [that] wett[ed] his underarms” is, in a discrete manner, warning him of the repercussions that will arise as a consequence of his evil deed, but he does not heed to it and soon winds up “work[ing] [his] cleanest finger into the pie.” He plunges his last bit of purity and innocence into sin even in “the proximity of God,” which shows how innocent and naïve most children can be. He experiences utmost pleasure while eating, as he later states that he “felt like crying because it was about the best thing [he] ever tasted.” As he retrospects on the terrific taste of the pie, the ‘pleasure’ aspect of ‘guilty pleasure’ is revealed to the reader.
After a quick vote, Ralph was elected leader of the stranded boys, leaving Jack jealous and vengeful. Golding expresses in the novel how people can be made powerless and put in danger due to their self image. As a way to express this, Golding uses the character, Piggy, to give the audience a sense of what it feels like to have problems and conditions that create a separation between people. Piggy is a character with more of a sensible appeal to the problems that arise in this novel, but he is dramatically weakened after being caught time and time again envying Jack and Ralph. Piggy is described as a "fatly naked" (13) boy as he and Ralph are first scoping out and entering the pool, whereas when Piggy was exiting
Trying to compare a rotten banana with his brother helps to understand that it wasn't just terrible, it was horrific,dreadful, and sickening. In lines 50-51 it describes “ hot asphalt; melted gum,/of broken/ beer bottle on my lips/ and cheek”. This is conveying a dirty setting on how damaged they left the two boys. Imagery is very helpful to enhance a piece of writing to help the reader imagine and connect with the
Huck leans on the racial stereotype that black people are ignorant, and therefore should not have valued opinions. Some time later, Huck and Jim encounter a terrible fog where they loose each other. They continually shout out to one another in hopes of reconnecting, but eventually they both retire. When the fog is cleared, Huck finds Jim asleep and decides to play a trick on him. Jim wakes and immediately begins to cry for joy at the sight of Huck, but Huck convinces Jim that there was never a storm and that Jim dreamt the whole thing.
Shiftlet’s greed for his own car ultimately leads to his symbolic removal from this earth. Although he claims to be a man of God, Shiftlet marries a deaf and dumb girl in order to get her mother’s car. After leaving her at a roadside diner, he drives on, feeling like a man who has a duty to others. As a result, he picks up a boy hitchhiker who calls his mother a “pole-cat” (100). After the encounter, Shiftlet “felt that the rottenness of the world was about to engulf him” and prayed that the Lord would “break forth and wash the slime from the earth” (102).
Through characters, nature, and light, Soto brings the influence of God and Satan on his younger self. He succumbs to the temptation of the pies even though “ He knows hell well enough to stop him.” After he steals the pie, Soto writes about the scenery of the yard. The “yellowish” branches of the sycamore and The squirrel who “nailed itself to high on the trunk” of the sycamore represent Jesus and the light of Heaven. He also references the story of Adam and Eve in the conflict of him being obedient to God or quenching his thirst for
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) In “The Scarlet Ibis” Brother is consumed by pride, and his actions towards Doodle show it. There are many examples throughout the story of his egotistical behaviors, and the few times in which he cares for Doodle are only for his own benefit. In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, Brother is both cruel and kinds as he helps Doodle to succeed and thrive. Throughout Doodle’s life, Brother finds continuously unpitying ways to be merciless and inhumane towards Doodle. For example, When Doodle begins crawling, Brother renamed him, calling him Doodle because, “nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” (p31) When Brother does this relentless act, he believes
“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide” (Emerson). The character Gene learns of this not until after many trials and a great tragedy. In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, the idea of self-reliance is greatly stressed. The novel A Separate Peace conveys how Gene’s envy and imitation of Finny affect him, how Gene’s envy and imitation affect their relationship with Finny, and Gene’s achievement of peace. The envy towards and imitation of Funny greatly affect Gene.
Prideful because all he tries to do is chance Doodle rather than letting him be who he is . Not letting himself accept himself the way he is. Brother's pride pushes him to give Doodle an existence away from his bed, and it is his obsession that leads to Doodle's tragic demise. Brother's pride did create a facsimile (copy) of real life for Doodle, but in the end, it crumbled him, brought to its knees by pride and selfishness. Brother did love Doodle, but his ego overshadowed the fact the he was just trying to protect Doodle from a world that doesn't tolerate those that are different.
Boo Radley is an adult who did stupid things as a teenager and as punishment was that his parents locked him in his house a form of punishment. This resulted in him becoming a reclose trapped inside of his home trying to hold on to any of the remaining innocence he has, however he to winds up losing it and he does this by going outside to help Jem and Scout by saving their lives from Bob Ewell the wife of Mayellea Ewell. Boo Radley looses his innocence by leaving his environment and losing this innocence that he once had and that his parents tried to preserve as said by Diane Talgun, “Boo Radley left his safe environment… Hence he is like a mockingbird and assail him with public notice would be comparable to destroy a defenseless songbird who gives only pleasure to others.” (Talgun, 295) He is a person, who gave things to the kids through the tree, and fixed thing for and his final gift he gave them their lives by saving them but this resulted him leaving a peaceful environment and introducing himself to the world once more thus losing his innocence. All three of
Boo had courage leaving his house, which he had been locked up in for a very long time, to help Jem and Scout and finally reveal himself to them.“His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor’s image blurred with my sudden tears. Hey, Boo,” I said. (270) Another act of heroism is Mr.Avery going into Mrs. Maudie’s burning house. Mr. Avery has the willingness to help others because he goes to the upstairs of Mrs. Maudie’s house alone, and he tries to save more of her most valuable belongings. Then he gets stuck at the window and almost can’t get out, but then he goes down the porch pillar into shrubbery and is safe.
The mental degradation of Jack, his hunters, and several other boys helps to demonstrate how civilization is only a veneer masking man 's inborn savagery. Originating as an angelic choir boy, one might struggle to believe that Jack Merridew is the first boy to begin the slippery slope into savagery. It all starts when Jack, in an attempt to have a successful hunt, applies red and white clay to his face. This fateful application becomes a mask with which Jack hides all of his fears and insecurities behind, and in doing so, Jack takes the first step in becoming a savage. As time progresses, increasing acts of terror (such as torturing a mother pig and slaughtering one of their fellow boys) push Jack further from humanity until he is a complete
In this, souls are eternal and not created or governed by God, therefore evil does not contradict God’s goodness. Kaufman argues solutions for the problem of evil: memory, proportionality, infinite regress, death, and free will. I don’t believe the doctrine of karma is entirely a satisfactory argument. One problem with Kaufman’s argument is that death is not evil, but an important cycle. There is no immortal organism, everything dies, so death is not a punishment or evil.