Violence, poverty, courage, and comrade. These core concepts that make up the identity of the young adult novel by S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders, mirror the conflicting realities and ideologies of real life.Throughout this book the main character, Ponyboy, experiences both friendship and murder as tries escape from violent clashes between the upper and lower classes back home. Eventually, after losing a best friend and an older member of the cliche he grew up with, he realizes life can be cruel unfair and random, “but you don't just stop living” (173).The events and themes of this book are violent and stressful, but they teach valuable lessons about the harsh realities of life. Although The Outsiders is about older teenagers from another era,
The town that Hester lives in has a prison and a cemetery, which are usually associated with sad and dark thoughts. The people in the town try to control the lives of the people by creating laws they think are correct. Once someone breaks those laws, they cannot be forgiven and must be punished. The author states, “It may serve, let us hope, to symbolise some sweet moral blossom”(42). The rose-bush at the front of the jail suggests that nature will feel sympathetic towards people who are being punished.
Cruelty exists in many forms, just as it has a multitude of affects on different people and characters. In both The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingslover and Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the nature, will, and personalities of the characters are put to the test in response to cruelty. As demonstrated in both of these novels, cruelty can shape a character by revealing the true nature of the victim and bringing guilt upon the perpetrator, which proves that cruelty is the driving force in character development. In The Poisonwood Bible, Nathan Price brings his family to the Congo on a conversion mission, and it quickly becomes obvious that he cares more about the mission than his own family. In this way, Nathan is an example of a perpetrator of cruelty; for example, when the Price’s first arrive in Kilanga, the village people are in the middle of a celebration when Nathan begins to put them to shame and scorn their lifestyle and rituals.
Post-Reading After further research, I learnt that this poem was about the soldiers getting exposed to several hardships during World War I, which were diseases, environmental disasters, poor sanitation facilities, and most importantly fighting enemies. P Plot. This poem is about soldiers facing harsh natural conditions
Often, people react differently to misfortunes some tend to avoid the sorrow; some would speak up while some will mourn. In his novel Slaughterhouse-five, Kurt Vonnegut depicts the inhumanity and danger associated with turning away from discomfort (Tang). As such, Kurt introduces Billy, an individual suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the Dresden bombing, to illustrate the devastating effects of war. From the human perspective, it’s often simple to ignore tragedies, for instance, the occurrence of death. However, Kurt emphasizes on the need to confront misfortunes.
Life of the Doe The correlation of the speaker’s experience with the dead doe in “Traveling through the Dark” by William Stafford is much alike the ongoing hardships and difficulties faced in life. The title “Traveling through the Dark” conveys a message of grief and discomfort, but there is a constant urge to keep progressing on with one’s journey. Although the experience itself is hard to relate to, Stafford’s use of literary devices enhances the emotions and intensity felt, making it relevant to readers that had dealt with hardships in the past. Avoiding challenges in life allows the problem to grow and fester. After being confronted by the dead deer laying on the edge of the road, the speaker explains that the road is narrow and to “swerve
Good morning today I will present a speech explaining the damage war causes and how soldiers are negatively affected. The poems illustrate the horrible pain and flashing memories that just keep on a flashback with the soldiers forever, it is like a nightmare that is forever lasting which have been an issue for a long time. The two poems selected are The charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Dulce et Decorum EST by Milford Owen. The speech will also show the different language device and the effect it has. The first poem has recorded both the social and ethical issues of the war.
The Holocaust can be called one of the darkest sides and the biggest tragedies of the human civilization. There are many different stories and experiences that recap what happened in the camps. Each one is unique from the next, but also shares similarities with in each other. There are two stories that interest many people and have similarities and differences. In the novel Night and in the movie "Life is Beautiful", the Holocaust was experienced both similarly and differently through the mood of sadness, father/ son relationship, and self-preservation.
Questions of Suffering Many people tend to ask the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Perhaps the question people are actually getting at is, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Suffering occurs to each and every one of us, in different severities and in various ways. Think of the Jews in the Holocaust, a murder of an innocent person, people effected by natural disasters, or a child not knowing when their next meal will be. People suffer in many different ways and know one understands why. Elie Wiesel’s play The Trial of God brings issues of suffering and tries to explain why people suffer, especially considering the “twist” at the end; along with that, I also have my opinions on why people suffer. Consider
Therefore, they are trapped within the social system that gives them life and if they chose to knock down the social door they won’t find much on the other side, only darkness. In conclusion, the novel, The Return of the Soldier encompasses the implications of World War and the severe trauma it has on human mental state. Throughout the novel Rebecca West uses Chris as a flat character yet gives the reader a thorough view experiencing a horrific war. She also depicts one of the major theme throughout the novel, which is alienation through Chris. Even though, Chris’s alienation is directly stemmed from his loss of memory and time, West also reveals that alienation can occur from the social system at birth, which depicts Chris’s