What does it take for a former journalist to get close to real people and get true stories. Perhaps, it involves taking steps to really get back to nature or to the streets. Doug Levitt is a song writer and a former foreign correspondent that once worked for the major networks in the country a decade ago. Levitt is the type of guy that likes to get close to real people and listen to their stories. Therefore, he made the smart decision to ride the Greyhound bus across the country.
Sherman Alexie could be considered one of the most influential Native American writers of all time. In Alexie's " How to Write the Great American Indian Novel", he uses a humor and stereotypes to help express the truth about our society and how Native American culture is viewed by our society's perspective. Although the subject he is writing about is not humorous at all, he is addressing and making aware that there is a problem and there is also a solution. If he uses humor to help present these problems and stereotypes, he can introduce the stereotypes without criticizing them. He uses humor because it is easier for the readers to understand what he is saying and he also uses humor as a self defense mechanism.
Attention. Attention is something all authors desire to have from the audience when reading his or her book. Attention can be drawn by the author is various ways whether it is through the writing itself or the style. In particular, Elie Wiesel does this in his memoir, Night, to drawn the attention out by style. In this memoir Wiesel gets the attention of his audience through the variety of sentence structure throughout his book that helps emphasize many moments that had occurred in his life and journey.
In order to write this book, the author clearly uses different manuscripts and papers that helped him to explain and show the situation of this social movement. He also uses and gets information from people that were living those situations, for instance in Chapter one, he mentions a note from Journalist Ruiz Ibañez: “Contrary to the common belief that those groups are composed of “punks” and hoodlums….”1. Related to him, he is an American historian and sociology that obtained his sociology and political science degrees in the University of Texas at Austin and Yale University, as well. Currently, he is a professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and he is president of the Center for Latino Policy Research. He wrote not only Quixote’s Soldiers but also, Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986.
Tim O’Brien in the short story, “The Things They Carried” used constant repetition in the story to communicate important literary themes to his readers. His narrative technique of repetition may have been interpreted to some readers as redundancy or rather strange obsession but this technique one believes is a technique he uses to show the reader how the soldiers or characters experiences the events in their mind through their memories as it was happening-which was sometimes constantly. Such example is the event of death throughout his short story. O’Brien repeatedly recounts the death of Kiowa and Lavender to the reader, each time adding and elaborating on the death in detail. The significance of Kiowa’s death is that is seems to be the pinnacle or center piece of the story to which the characters’s develop and most of the action of the story surrounds itself.
Many pieces of literature during the holocaust were diaries about their adventures. Many of these diaries were often turned into books. Many people also wrote letters to their loved ones during the holocaust. Literature was also used as evidence to find murders or people being hid and where they were being hit at. They would find out this information in diaries that may have been dropped or misplaced.
In the literature of “The Crisis” by Thomas Paine the type of writing that it use in this speech is persuasive and propaganda; and this literary form a pamphlet; the purposes of this speech is to get men to fight and concepts the age of reason is the logic and reason, quest for freedom. The literary devices uses is anecdotes in his speech because in the speech it says “a generous parent should have said, “if there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty (Paine). The reader played with their emotions and give them the thought of dislike for Great Britain and impacts us as a reader to urges. The age of reason brought down on Paine the charges of disbelief as he tried to demonstrate that the Bible promotes the natural religion and argues for the existence of creator-God.
A Lesson Before Dying is a story of heroism, defiance and transition. The novel focuses on Grant Wiggins, a teacher, trying to turn a clueless prisoner into an empowered individual. Grant’s whole purpose in the story was to turn Jefferson into a man so he can die proud, little did Grant know, that he would mature as well. The main motif of maturity or coming of age was accurately depicted in the novel through imagery, symbolism, theme and even characterization. Using words and descriptions, authors of a story are able to illustrate scenes, settings and even conversations.
This line gives the reader an overview of the persona 's character and how he handles the challenges of living. "Emptiness" is a lonely word and the speaker is trying to tell the readers that man is born with nothing that would make living a painful episode. His technique of throwing successive questions gives the readers an engaging experience and making them feel that they are conversing with the speaker. This techniques is very effective in establishing strong connection with them.
He acts as a counselor for his students and sees the pressure they put on themselves. He tries to give them speeches of freedom and hope but the students want a “map” (Zinsser 2). The students want a perfect plan for their lives, they desire security. Zinsser, on the other hand, wishes “them the right to experiment, to trip and fall, to learn that defeat is as instructive as victory.” (Zinsser 2).
The Truth About War Tim O'Brien's short story talks about how war is not all about killing someone or blowing someone up. There a lot more to war. Like being scared, Nervous, Happy, Exciting, and tiring. In the short story “Where Have You Gone Charming Billy” ‘Talks about how when the soldiers are walking through the forest in the dark of night how nervous and scared they are.’
What is your worth? , what makes you happy? , what makes you sad or disappointed?. Life has ups and downs and turnarounds but do you give up?. Mother and Daughter by Gary Soto is and short little that discuss the hardship of this young girl named Yollie along with her mother.
Why Is Telling A True War Story Hard Lots of stories are hard to comprehend because they’re more brutal and traumatic for listeners, even the story-teller. In three stories: “The Man I Killed”, “How To Tell A True War Story”, and “Speaking of Courage”, Tim O’Brien showed how changing certain parts of a story and making them graceful, can make them easier to comprehend. However sometimes telling the story the way it was makes it brutal and gruesome, though some listeners prefer that over gracefulness.
Throughout life we experience hardships, and we use these past experiences to help us make future decisions that overall grow as human beings. In Tim O ‘ Brien’s novel “The Things They Carried,” the characters not only carry physical baggage but emotional ones as well. They are forced to feel the effects of war such as guilt, burdens, and other factors that come with being a soldier. Soldiers going into the war often went in with immense pride that they were serving their country however in doing this they didn’t know they would lose their innocence and see the world in a new perspective when they returned. “My hometown was a conservative little spot on the prairie, a place where tradition counted” (O’Brien 38) shows where O’Brien lived in a place where things like the draft were taken very seriously.