The element of imagery is important in drawing the reader into the poem. The words “reflective eyes of deer” cause the reader to anticipate dots of light appearing out of nowhere in the dark night (2). This is a stressful anticipation of light which causes the reader to become anxious themselves. Unlike the deer’s reflective eyes, the driver’s eyes are like steel, intently “drilling”, or focused, upon the unknown that is hidden by the blanket of darkness (12). The reader can feel the intense penetration of the
Daniel H. Pink explains that “Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” It is this empathy that allows people to care about others and feel for them as they go through suffering and sorrow. The excerpts from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” create different emotions in readers. Poets such as Robert Frost leave the meaning of their works up to the interpretation of the reader, but novelists such as Upton Sinclair evoke more empathy in readers than poets by stating events clearly.
It is very important that writers are able to send a message to their reader with their book. Authors best do this by bringing about empathy. In order to send this message, authors often develop strong characters that go through various problems and struggles. The book, To Kill a Mockingbird, shows this very well with its characters Scout Finch and Tom Robinson. This book helps the readers learn from the character’s reactions to their problems. Also, the idea that authors build well developed characters to bring about a deeper understanding is shown through the poem Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar. In this poem, the speaker explains of being trapped in the things that society says about him. Through these texts, it is evident that authors can best create empathy in their readers by developing great characters because when characters go through daily events that are challenging and troublesome, the readers are able to relate and understand what they are going through or we are able to learn from their experiences and influence us to adjust our lifestyles.
“True contentment comes with empathy.” (Big Fish) Tim Burton is known for creating films with dark and whimsical undertones. Most of his movies are inspired by influences such as Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Price, and Dr. Seuss. Burton’s film are characterized by notorious plotlines and heartfelt moments. Tim Burton uses lighting, sound, and camera angles to portray the joy and sadness each of his characters experience to capture the empathy of the audience.
At the start of the movie “Stand by Me”, four boys go on a journey to find a deceased classmate. Throughout the movie, they experience many different emotions. In the beginning, they are quite anxious to find the dead body, but when they discover their classmate their feelings change. Although they don’t quite know it, they start to understand the meaning of empathy. Once the boys find Brower’s body, they show empathy by how they deal with the situation.
From here, a uniform mood and tone is set throughout the poem and can be seen heavily in not only the choice of words but, also the plot and structure of the poem. The theme of sympathy is really conveyed through Erdrich’s melancholic tone. Throughout the poem, we see a very gloomy and melancholic tone set by the events happening.“Until I could no longer bear / the thought of how I was” (51-52), these two lines portray her battle after she is rescued and how instead of her relief she is feeling a longing to be back with her captors. Lines similar to these two lead embody why the tone is so gloomy and sad especially when readers see the battle she is experiencing because she is safe now, away from her captors but, she doesn 't really want to be. The melancholic tone leads to sympathy as we can see the narrator having feelings towards her captors and the sadness of the situation and her sympathy is shown through the tone in this
In the society, people focus much on heroes to see whether they will fall or remain as heroes. The poem ‘Hard Rock Returns to Prison...’ is a narrative tale of life in prison. ‘Hard Rock’ is a hero in the prisons. Every member of the prison are out to see how he has lost his lobotomy. The surgical operation he had gone in his forehead makes him lose his status as a hero in the emotional reaction of despair as other prisoners watch. In analyzing this poem, the main point of focus is that the poet achieves a contemplative mood by listing surface events that are emotional in nature.
The poem ‘Morning Praise of Nightmares One’ which is written by Lauire, Ann Guerrero depicts a strong notion about abuse and elements of despair when children at tender age are dealt with extreme abusive behavior. The overall theme of the poem is around the narration of a young girl who is living a life of pain in a house where she is inflicted with torture, pains and bruises. Despite of her miserable condition nobody is helping her. She is facing each morning with screams of nightmares which are never ending and no one is there to comfort her.
“You remember what you want to forget and you forget what you want to remember,” (McCarthy 12). With most aspects of life, the horrendous moments are the times that no one can erase. This applied to The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Towards the end of the novel when the son loses his father proves to be the most indelible moment with the assistance of the feelings experienced during that part. The son encounters a variety of emotions including loneliness, loss and hope. In enduring these complex emotions, this section was the most remarkable part.
By being exposed to different types of literature, I have observed they often use empathy to place the readers in each character’s shoes. By doing so, the reader will be able to understand the perspective of each character, as authors want you to. Though their perspectives are different, it is the similarities and comparisons between such that allow the readers to have a better understanding. Often these themes will show a conflict and a resolution; such as a character tolerating the judgement of society, to a resolution where the character accepts that they do not need to pay any heed to the
Process of therapy: listening to recordings of the sessions was found to be helpful. Pivotal moments of empathy could be pin pointed in relation to the therapeutic process of moving forward.
Leslie Jamison’s first nonfiction book, The Empathy Exams (Graywolf Press, 2014), is a smart and emotionally -wrenching collection of essays on the theme of empathy and human suffering. Jamison’s own self-awareness and presence in each of the essays provides the common thread the collection needs to keep it from becoming overwhelming or directionless. “Part of me has always craved a pain so visible,” she writes in the first essay, “that everyone would have to know.” Jamison’s frustrations with and struggle to find the balance between doing the right thing by empathizing and her own self-pity or questions about her obligations to others made this collection ring true..
In the poem “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes many Literary elements are being used and there is a meaning behind the poem. within the poem. One of the elements is allusion. Hughes uses many allusions throughout the poem such as, Durham, Harlem, New York, Eighth Avenue, Bessie, and Bach. These allusions reference the schools Hughes went to and where he lives. They also represent what kind of contemporary entertainment he enjoys. He also uses quite a few enjambments to drive the poem forward. The enjambments bring the lines together, even though there is a line break the idea of the line continues on. A example of one of Hughes’s enjambments is “ I guess you learn from me--/ although you’re older”(Hughes 38-39).
More often than not, empathy is integral to not only the development and understanding of ourselves but as well as our interactions with others. Empathy is especially important in the medical field as it turns out that in order to find a cure, the Doctor must be able to understand a patient’s perspective from his or her situation. It could also be said that this concept could be extended to the patients and families as well in regards to understanding another’s perspective. In both Tempest Williams’s “The Village Watchman” and Anne Fadiman’s “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down”, the usage of questions could be seen as a method to engage not only the other characters in the story but also the reader in a journey of human compassion and
Shame, vulnerability, Empathy, and Blaming are all signs we are unsecure with ourselves and that we are afraid to grow and expand being who we are. All these feelings and actions take a toll on our interpersonal relationship and our perceived self without us even knowing, this changes our self-worth our confidence how we show ourselves to the world. Not only do all these take toll on our mental health but also on or physical action. Let’s look at shame vulnerability empathy and blaming a little more.