SOULS OF SONG TRA BONG Sitting on our mama’s lap, we’ve always heard stories of people who’ve had hard times in their lives; first of those who had to fight with a monster just because they didn’t listen to their parents, then as we grew up, those who had to leave school to save the world from those with malevolent intentions. But at the end, a story was a story, and those people killed the monsters, never did something without their parents’ approval, and turned back to school to get a master’s degree; just to convince us kids that everything that was in a story was the right thing to do to, and the characters we read, were heroes that would never make mistakes. Growing up this way, I had an implicit assumption that a character had to show heroic behaviors to have an impact on me. I’ve never been happier to notice that I was mistaken. Even though the society makes one believe that a story is only valuable if it gives moral messages, the book, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, implies the idea that stories don’t have to end in blooming
Concealing the Truth People have countless ways to express how they are feeling. One possibility can be writing a story to hide the ugly truth. One very interesting short story was written named How to talk to a hunter by Pam Houston. When reading the story we understand that it’s about a couple with both individuals having problems. However, we don’t get names throughout the story, besides pronouns that are in second person.
The short story appears realistic, given that the conflict in the story is based off of real events. Oates unexpectedly adds allusions to fairy tales throughout the story that suggest a much deeper meaning than the initial realistic interpretation. The use of fairy tales adds a vitally important element to the story that evil can be lurking in unexpected places. The author uses allusions specific to the fairy tales “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Three Little Pigs,” and “Cinderella”. The story references the wolf in “Little Red Riding Hood”: “...the jaw and chin and cheeks slightly darkened, because he hadn 't shaved for a day or two, and the nose long and hawk-like, sniffing as if she were a treat he was going to gobble up...” (Oates 510).
There are many hidden messages Zora Neale Hurston’s short story, “Sweat.” Delia, the main character, is mistreated by her husband, Sykes. He abuses her and cheats on her; meanwhile she is working many hours doing hard labor to pay for the house. It becomes very clear that one theme of the story is about abusive marriages. Often, the meaning of some events are overlooked, but play a crucial meaning to the story. It is also important for the reader to understand the setting of the story to know what was accepted by the culture during that time period and location.
The main story in the book is about how the girl lied to everyone about doing witchcraft to save them selves. They lied specifically about seeing certain people in the town standing next to the devil or there names in the devils book. “Let either of you breath a word or a edge of a word about the other things.. I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you” (Miller, 148) shows just
In the story “Sagittarius” by Greg Hrbek, there are descriptive phrases that set the mood. They are important because they give the reader an explanation of what's going on with the characters. They're also important because it gives a specific perspective to the reader and helps their imagination. The story is about a family that deals with a deformed child with four legs.The section of the story that stood out to me the most is when the father comes home to his son standing, even with his condition because it gives you the dad's opinion about his son,what his problem is, and it makes you feel a certain way about the character. On page eight of “Sagittarius” is about the father, the mother and the two children.
The above stories will be contrasted in relation to conflict, and the lessons which can be learned. In the story, “Secret Lost in the Water,” the conflict is man versus himself. The son is disappointed at himself due to the fact he has forgotten a well important skill his
The distinctive stories give us stereotypes of good and bad and in addition taking the lessons from Hansel and Gretel. The story gives you great lessons and children should read the story to understand the danger of reality. We never anticipate that anyone will abandon a child or children isolated in the forest. There is a motivation behind why Hansel and Gretel is a fairy tale
In the short story “Popular Mechanics” the author displays symbolization through the conflicts a family faces when going through a rough time. Throughout the story we are faced with many conflicts that lead into one big argument, these controversies arise when a simple argument leads to a physical dispute that causes a life to be endangered. The story starts as the woman exclaims at the man that she is glad he is leaving and shames him for the person he is until she remembers of her baby and quickly rushes to it. The main argument occurs as the man and woman are fighting over who gets the baby, the argument becomes much too heated and the life of the baby is accidentally taken because of a brawl that occurs during the situation. From the story,
This access helps the reader understand the narrator's guilt and fear that had lead him to defeat by the end of his story. The narration of The Tell-Tale Heart plays a key role in developing the story’s overall meaning by exposing the narrator's motive, desire to prove his sanity, and his hidden guilt. It is learned that no matter how hard one tries to avoid the truth, guilt will always catch up to him or her in the future.