In the short story “Lysandra’s Poem”, by Budge Wilson, Lysandra is justified in taking revenge on Elaine. This is because Elaine was never a good friend to begin with. Elaine mentions that Lysandra was always made fun of as a child, being given the nickname “Pigeon-Toed Cochrane”. Elaine had never stood up for Lysandra, not even once. If they truly were best friends, Elaine would have tried to stand up for Lysandra. Furthermore, when Lysandra spends most of her time writing her poem for the contest, Elaine states that she hangs out with her other friends because Lysandra is “of no use at all” to her. Additionally, Elaine disregards Lysandra’s feelings toward the contest. Knowing that Lysandra was passionate about poetry, Elaine calls the contest
In WW2 the holocaust clamed 6 million Jews lives, and over 7 million soviets died too and 1.7 million of those soviets were also counted towards the 6 million Jews. The holocaust was a genocide during World War II in when Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany tried to take over then world and also attempted to kill off all the Jews. They would send Jews and people who opposed them to concentration camps where they were either durned or worked till they couldn’t. Night is an autobiography by Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor. Auschwitz death camp is a video documentary with oprah winfrey and Elie Wiesel. One thought I had after learning about the holocaust was how crazy to you have to be to try to eliminate an entire religion of people.
This article examines the conflict between life and death for ladies, who were not free and could not express thoughts, or achieve their goals in The Story of an Hour, written by Kate Chopin. The text shows that after the news of her husband’s death Ms. Mallard runs and locks herself alone in her room. The heroine looks through the window in the room and starts to feel something that she had never felt before. In this moment she begins to feel freedom and even she whispers “free, free, free!” under the influence of great joy. The article also observes how women were not allowed to say whatever they were thinking in public because they had their husband, who had to talk instead of them. Ms. Mallard had her own understanding of life, in her view
The two novellas “The Metamorphosis,” and “The Death of Ivan Llych” both describe the stories of two men suffering from dramatic events in their lives. The two men both suffer from the feeling of alienation from their families. The two stories can be compared in many ways, and give insight into the way these two characters found peace in their deaths.
In the book, Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson, the author accentuates the composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, to describe the composer’s devotion for his city and country. The novel was set during 1905-1975 in northern Europe and western Russia. When Shostakovich lived in Leningrad, Russia, during World War 2, he wrote symphonies. He expressed his feelings of horror and hope for Russia's victory against the Nazi power in his symphonies. Although, his seventh symphony was the most significant to all globally in this time of war. It brought allied forces together to defeat the Nazi power. M.T. Anderson argued that Russia's dedication in music and nationalist feelings was prominent in obtaining and battling for its own country during
This very short poem describes a man that is in one moment asleep in his mother’s womb (“from my mother’s sleep I fell into the state”) and the next moment is fighting for his life in the belly of a B-17 or B-24 aircraft only to die suddenly (“Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life”). The fear that is expressed in this poem is the fear of unjust acts becoming justified in war. One should not wash another man’s blood from an aircraft and not feel remorse of pity, but these are the harsh realities of war. The dehumanizing actions of the soldier’s are justified in the case of
I wrote a diary about Lenina’s thoughts in the Brave new world society. As a principal character, Lenina represents a model citizen that always follows its policies. But I think that inside herself she has desires and disagreements with it. Bernard´s behavior mentally confuses her, because he was always complaining about the governments ' ideologies and opposing to take soma. Which was dangerous because she likes him. The tone I use is informal and hopes to reach school students and adults audience.
A character “Mrs. Brown, the mother of one of [the] prisoner, and loved her, for she has the same loving kindness in her that I saw in Vietnamese women” who the narrator likes because she represents the suffering of the Vietnamese (Levertov). She doesn’t understand how a woman who is so kind could be the mother of a son who is a pilot bomber. The narrator is antiwar and criticizes the bomber 's because they are fighting a war that hurts people back home and in Vietnam. She represents the suffering of Vietnamese, but also Americans because she is a mom of POW. Which meant she had a part in making them into bombers and that’s why the narrator can’t “meet the eyes of Mrs. Brown” (Levertov). This reveals that POW in the Vietnam War was nurtured to be inhuman. Another example of the author anger against the war is when she says “I hope their chances in life up to this point have been poor” (Levertov). The author assumes that the lives of this bomber are horrible and that they never had a successful in life at home. The author is against the war and it is present in the poem as her purpose to questions the POW
Frederick Douglass’ The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich were influential works that challenged the oppressive societal and governmental institutions of their times. Although they shared a common purpose, similar themes, and similar context surrounding their creation, Douglass and Solzhenitsyn achieve their purpose through differing rhetorical elements.
Family is an important theme with these stories. Families go through thick and thin together and the bond is incomparable. From the beginning of the movie Lenin and his sister visited their mother at the hospital. When the father left he family, the mother experienced a tragedy in her life. Although he didn’t die, him leaving was stressful for her, feeling like a tragedy. At the same time losing their mother for a moment felt like a tragedy as well. She finally comes back home and their relationship is changed
Joseph Stalin is perhaps one of the most important and discussed people in Russian history. He was arguably a feared tyrant cursed and despised by many. At the same time, one finds sufficient evidence for the adoration and worship of Stalin that used to exist in the minds of the citizens of the Soviet Union. One reason for this worship was the existence of the so called ‘Cult of Personality’ where Stalin was celebrated as a wise leader, father of all people, and the architect of victory of the Second World War. In his book, The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power, Jan Plamper states that Stalin’s cult of personality was largely a visual phenomenon. This statement formed the basis of this essay, which seeks to explore “To
In my earlier education when the government used anecdotes of Communist heroes to train the youth to become future revolutionists, I frequently read stories of Zoia and Shura. In the texts, on one hand, Zoia extended kinds of womanly care to her brother Shura; on the other hand, she was a determined anti-Fascist fighter. However, I took it for granted that Zoia could easily reconcile killing enemies with her womanhood until I read Anna Krylova’s Soviet Women in Combat.
The name Erin Hanson is one many have not heard. The young poets ideas spread confidence, self love, and acceptance. Her young age allows her to connect with her audience in ways many her fellow poets can not. For example in her poem non-officially titled “People are not poetry” Hanson covers the many struggles of being human. However; instead of focusing on the negative, she turns the spotlight on accepting what makes each one of us different. This interesting turn makes for some fascinating works of literature and life lessons. Style and tone, symbolism, and metaphorical language communicate embracing individualism in Erin Hanson's poetry.
Russia had amazing poets, writers, and artists however “in the early Soviet years a poem could be a death sentence” as stated by the poet Osip Mandelstam. Literature in the second half of the twentieth century reflects on Russian history. During the Soviet Union, Stalin’s Terror reigned over all of Russia as he held total control over everything. Works of great writers, poets and artists were banned if not approved by Stalin and the creators themselves either prisoned or killed. Stalin himself personally took interest in controlling the cultural affairs, he would tell directors, composers, and authors how they should be doing their jobs. The poems by Dombrovsky, Elagin, Yevtushenko, Okudzhava, and Solzhenitsyn reflects on the Russian history during the Soviet Union.
Anna Akhmatova was a Russian poet known for addressing many different issues facing modern Russians including political oppression and the struggles of the poor. She chose not to emigrate during the Stalin regime and much of her work covers her experiences and the experiences of those around her during that time.