Always Running Final Paper Today it isn’t difficult for a Chicanx or other minority to get a degree or create a prosperous life for themselves through hard work, but back in the mid-1900s, that was not the case. The American Southwest in the mid-1900s was not the most inviting or friendliest place for Mexicans and Chicanos. Many were born into extreme poverty or already came impoverished, many were degraded and sometimes dehumanized by racism, and many felt like they did not belong in the land of the free. Often times, young Mexicans and Chicanos had no choice. They had to resort to roaming the streets, doing drugs, committing crimes, and joining gangs in order to feel like they belonged and to give meaning to their lives.
The book Always Running, is written by Luis T. Rodriguez. This book is about a certain time of the author’s life story. Luis teenage years were the most difficult because he was involved with gangs and surrounded by negativity, he was constantly running away from the police.
Doug Cooper once said that“ A major life decision is never a choice rather a realization that the decision has already been made ”. These wise -words mean that every decision that a person makes has already been chosen based on a decision in their past. This is especially true about Chance in the novel “ Runner ” by Carl Deuker. At the end of the novel Chance makes the life-changing decision of enlisting in the army despite opinions of people he knows, such as the Watts family. Although the Watts family will give him financial stability and a family life he has not had, Chance makes the right decision in joining the Army. It allows him to stay true to himself, discover what he wants out of life, and honor his father’s memory.
In the beginning of the passage, Mandel uses imagery and tone to help readers experience a life where the seemingly insignificant details of life that are taken for granted are no longer present. The passage begins elaborating on the lack of these everyday beauties that are not appreciated, such as pools filled with “chlorinated water lit green from below” and “porch lights with moths fluttering” around them in the summer night air. Her use of imagery offers a sensory experience and allows the reader to visualize the beautiful scene, but then to also feel reminiscent when the reader understands that these beauties are no longer existent in a post-apocalyptic civilization. The lack of trivial delicacies that surround everyday human society are taken for granted and Mandel is able to allow readers to feel nostalgic even if they themselves are not in a dystopia. Nearing the middle of the passage, Mandel imparts a grim tone and says that in this post-apocalyptic society there was no longer the “certainty of surviving a
This neighborhood was full of violence, all other kids were up to no good. However Geoffrey and his three brothers weren't, they came into the neighborhood as a clean slate. They moved here around when Geoffrey was four years old and this where the term “violence” was introduced. With their mom raising them with no dad that lead for the boys to grow up with no guidance from a male figure in this tough neighborhood. The quote “Paradise didn’t last long the day after our arrival my mother sent my brother Daniel to the store with ten dollars...
This demonstrates the immediate affection that Luis develops, even though there was no interaction between the two. Luis follows his love and meets the girl at her house. After briefly conversing through sign language, Luis returns to the junkyard and begins searching for the part that she requested. Luis
one of the many times he uses imagery throughout this story is when the narrator says, “on his way he would see the cottages and homes with their dark windows, and it was not unequal to walking through a graveyard where only the faintest glimmers of firefly light appeared in flickers behind the windows” (Pg 1). By using imagery to compare walking through the neighborhood as walking through a graveyard shows that it is completely silent and there is no activity in any of the houses. Most people wouldn't describe their neighborhood as a graveyard, this also develops the mood. Another time he uses imagery is when the narrator says, “The street was silent and long and empty, with only his shadow moving like the shadow of a hawk in mid-country” (1). This shows mood because the narrator describes him as a hawk in mid-country, that means that he is all alone in what he feels to be like a barren or abandoned place.
One example is, “The blue-green jewel of stock lint I’m digging from under my third toenail, left foot, hates you” (8). Imagery was created in these lines to show that hates are like lint which stock under her nail and hard to clean out. In another example, “The way I hold my pencil hates you” (4), her hates of him can be sees in every detail of her life. In this poem, imagery displays the visual images using words describing how everything links to him. In addition, “Look!
The most evident use of imagery is recorded in lines 76-94. Lines 76-94 describe Zora Hurston’s
Theme essay Squeaky from the story “Raymond's Run” really wants something; but she doesn’t clearly state that in the story. When you first read the story you might think she wants her brother to be treated normally or that she wants to be faster than everyone. However, when you look deeper into the story you will really see that Squeaky just wants to be liked and have friends. In “All American Slurp” the narrator named Lin wants the same thing because she moved to America from China, with her family. Lin wants to make friends and attempts this by blending in and trying new things.
Everyone is struggling but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give up. Luis didn’t give up and in the book he stands up to what
I saw Arthor Bauer sneak up on Luis Cruz, like a coward, and hit him on the side of the head. Luis never even saw it coming.’ (Pg. 284).” Paul finally tells us what he thinks about Arthor. He defends Luis by saying that Arthor snuck up on him.
Soon his team runs onto the field and begins to play. As a reader I felt that the imagery enhanced my experience, describing why the protagonist does these tasks. If the author had not used imagery like the baseball announcer approaching the protagonist or the description of the old fashioned uniform what Shoeless Joe was wearing, it would have been difficult to imagine the scenes. Since these scenes are the beginning of the story and are very important to the novel, the author used good words to make it visually
Soto’s “Small Town with One Road” is a poem that deeply touches upon the issues of Latin Americans stuck in small towns. With the use of literary devices such as similes and imagery it illustrates the deep pain in the townspeople’s hearts. In line 24 the speaker thinks “Papa’s fields wavered like a mirage”(Soto “Small Town”) which shows the illusion of a perfect life in small town fading away. This is a simile that hints at the imperfections hidden in the small town of the speaker’s upbringing. The imagery in the poem such as "And its black strip of highway, big-eyed With rabbits that won't get across"(Soto “Small Town” 2-3) paint a picture of what the quality of life is in the town.