mind, even those people who have a lot of it. Gioia’s approach is clever and humorous. His
In 2015, Matt de la Peña, published the novel The Last Stop on Market street. The following year it received the Newbery Award, in order to receive such a honor the author and the book must stand apart from all other books. One of the reasons the committee for Johns Newbery Award loved his book, and stood out to them was because of the theme of the story. Peña overall theme in his story The Last Stop on Market Street was seeing the beauty in life and new perspectives.
The passage “Clearing Paths to the Past” and “To Be of Use”, by Marge Piercy, share one common theme, respect for those who work. In the first passage we learn that the narrator shovels snow. He says he’ll never make tomatos like his grandfather did but shoveling the snow will have to suffice. This shows us that he knows how to find content in simpler things. He knows his job is important and he takes pride in that. In the second passage the narrator talks about how she admires the people who go out and do the jobs no one else wants to do.
For different people, comparable situations do not always reproduce the same end results or leave the same impressions. Rather, the resulting conclusion is often highly variable. As is the case of two labors featured in the poems, My Father’s Lunch” and “The life of a Digger”. While Erica Funkhouser’s speaker, Henry, experiences injustice and lack of reward for his hard labor in “The Life of a Digger,” Margarita Engle’s speaker experiences prosperity and remuneration for their father’s hard work in “My Father’s Lunch.” Each author uses the setting of a laboring man’s lunch break to demonstrate the ramifications of a hard day’s work and the rewards or lack thereof for their efforts.
In the poem “Just as the Calendar Began to Say Summer”, Mary Oliver analogizes two distinct tones.
In the poem “forgiving my father”, Lucille Clifton writes of a young daughter reminiscing about her father’s recent death. The daughter talks about it being Friday, it being payday. She discusses her father and how he owed her and her dead mother money when really they just wanted him to be present. The daughter feels she has had no time with her father and she resents him for it. He was not present in her life and now he has passed away, leaving her with a yearning for something that she will never obtain. It is apparent that she feels negatively toward her father; although, she loves him still after being a horrible father to her. When she calls him daddy she begins to hint at the love and endearment she still holds for him. The words payday and bill shape the poem to be about money; however, when reading more thoroughly it is actually about time.
Soto uses repetition and motif to describe how weather can depict the mood of a story and how little things can have great effects on people. Gary Soto includes a motif of weather throughout the poem to illustrate the mood and setting of the poem. Soto begins with “December. Frost cracking,beneath my steps, my breath before me. Her house the one who burned yellow night and day, in any weather” (5-8). This motif describes what is going on in the beginning of the poem and hints what the story will be like based on the mood that it sets. Soto uses the motif throughout the poem and he uses it a second time as he leaves the store “Outside, A few cars hissing past, Fog hanging like old Coats between the trees”(44-47). This time, Soto displayed the
The American dream is a dream of a land in which one can prosper with ambition and hard work. This idea has created many illusions for some because in reality the American dream is proven to be something that is rarely achieved. No individual is guaranteed success or destined for failure, but it is apparent that women, people of color, and those born into poverty will face greater obstacles than others, despite being a greater part of the American population. An author that tackles the issue of class in the United States is Gregory Mantsios. In his essay, “Class in America-2009”, Mantsios aims to prove that class affects people’s lives in drastic ways. Mantsios serves as a primary text for, “Serving in Florida” by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Wally Amos is a very well-known business owner. He stated making cookies at a very young age his grandmother use to make it for him all the time back in 1948. He thought the recipe was good, he decided to make it his own. At first it was hard and he didn’t have a lot of money so he dropped out of high school and went to the air force. When he came back to the USA, he started out on a minimum wage job he worked at that job for about 8 years. His boss man thought he was the hardest worker, so he got promoted, but at that time he was already ready for something bigger, better. He moved on to do what he loves most (cooking).
On Friday, March 3, 2017, the students at Montevallo High School had a special speaker visit. His name is Jesse Jackson. The name sounds familiar because Jackson worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Jesse Jackson was born on October 8, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina. When his mother was sixteen he was born out of wedlock to professional boxer and well-known figure in the black community, Noah Louis Robinson. However, when his mother married, he was adopted by Charles Henry Jackson, his step father. During high school he experienced segregation and Jim Crow laws. After high school he attended the University of Illinois on a football scholarship. He then transferred to North Carolina A&T. At North Carolina A&T he became involved in local civil rights protests. He then attended Chicago Theological Seminary but dropped out to focus directly on the Civil Rights Movement. He worked closely with MLK Jr. and was even present when he was shot. After the assassination he made is his own Civil Rights operation named People United to Serve Humanity. He ran for president twice. Needless to say, he is a very remarkable and astounding man.
Throughout the history of American literature, many writers have shed light upon the strong work ethic and determination embodied by Americans. However, the shortcomings of different groups of Americans in trying to achieve success despite expressing these characteristics has been made evident by authors explaining how problems from sexism to working conditions have impeded people from being able to succeed. Authors including President Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson have praised the traits of hard work and dedication in trying to achieve success as they feel by way of having these traits, it is possible for someone to succeed at what he or she wants to endeavor in. In contrast, writers ranging from Carl Sandburg and Upton Sinclair,
Throughout her essay, Ehrenreich continuously builds her focus with pathos in her use of parenthesis. Parenthesis is a form of hyperbaton that inserts whole words, phrases or sentences that function as an aside. With her use of parenthesis, she further clarifies and inserts her thoughts about the different aspects about her job. She criticizes how “Managers can sit--for hours at a time if they want” (pg 130). She wonders how many calories she burns doing the menial work she does to keep busy (pg 130). She uses these parenthesis to interject her thoughts and explanations about her coworkers and her time on the job. In the parenthesis, she clarifies a point, interject the own thoughts or to add supporting detail. Ehrenreich does this to help her strengthen her appeal to emotion by inserting different, relatable opinions others may have about their own occupancies. In
has lead to negative outcomes. This idea is explored through “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Unknown Citizen” by W.H. Auden. In these two texts conformity eliminates individuality and causes the society to be weakened.
This poem also comments on societies attitude towards the unemployed and people in a bad situation. It comments on societies apathy to bad situations experienced by others and disgust of disadvantaged and poor people. The poem reads like a list of all the things the person is supposed to follow, "eat with
This is a commentary on the poem ‘Money Talks’ by carol Ann Duffy. ‘Money talks’ is the 2nd edition of the collection “Selling Manhattan” released in 1987. In this poem, the character ‘money’ is presented and the audience perceives the poem from money’s point of view. Duffy does this to highlight to the audience what the situation would be like if indeed money had a voice. The author does not give money a specific gender in order to generalize the message and link the meaning behind the poem to a broader audience as well as makes the audience visualize the differences in society. Duffy instead used ‘I’ to reinforce and personify moneys voice.