The Cold Birds The imagery of the short story “The Birds,” by Daphne du Maurier, illustrates that these birds are trying to get inside of Nat’s house for the purpose of terrorizing them. “Various incidents were recounted, the suspected reason of cold and hunger started again, and warnings to the householders repeated” (61). This quote shows that the birds are somehow trying to give Nat and his family warnings by tapping on his windows before the attacks and after the repeated attacks. “The tapping went on and on and a new rasping note struck Nat’s ear as though a sharper beak than any hitherto had come back to take over from its fellows” (75). This quote shows that the birds are constantly giving Nat and his family warnings and the birds
One look 's back to find justification in childhood for the sins he 's committed in later life; to better recognize the cruelty inflicted onto others. But only appeasing the guilt and responsibility and blames the child within; without a father 's wisdom or a mother 's compassion: an orphan to himself. I was alone in this war, and out of everyone I have ever known; it was Rosemary 's absence that never left my side. What would she of thought of my actions? I took refuge in one of her bedtime poems to ease my
Pre-Civil War, period in which reformers emerged to fight against slavery, and the elimination of racial and gender discrimination. They wanted to create a change in society to get a better world for future generations. More significantly, reformers created campaigns to "reduce drinking, establish prisons, create public schools, educate the deaf and the blind, abolish slavery, and extend equal rights to women (Digital History). " Then, inequality between white or black, women or men, rich or poor are the common differences that society is facing from long ago. This is the case of Sue Monk Kidd, who presents a story from the nineteenth century.
Being the keeper of a secret is an important job for humans. Secrets, while they can be destructive, are also a blessing. Someone who is trusted with a secret suddenly feels a sense of responsibility and importance. In the “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett, the little girl named Sylvia discovers a beautiful white heron in the woods. The story, which is told from a third person omniscient point of view, provides an intimate reading experience that puts the reader into the story with Sylvia.
Adventure and desire are common qualities in humans and Sarah Orne Jewett’s excerpt from “A White Heron” is no different. The heroine, Sylvia, a “small and silly” girl, is determined to do whatever it takes to know what can be seen from the highest point near her home. Jewett uses literary elements such as diction, imagery, and narrative pace to dramatize this “gray-eyed child” on her remarkable adventure. Word choice and imagery are necessary elements to put the reader in the mind of Sylvia as she embarks on her treacherous climb to the top of the world. Jewett is picturesque when describing Sylvia’s journey to the tip of one unconquered pine tree.
The wind blew heavily, rain pours down, and tree's leaves rustle. Reading these words, the setting is seen to be as a terrible storm occurring. Not only does this description set up the setting, but it also gives the mood to scenario. The mood for this scenario would be gloomy and depressing. Many stories are like this they use a descriptive word or use objects to influence the setting and mood.
In Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurty does an outstanding job of really grabbing the reader's attention for many reasons. McMurty captures the emotional feelings of the audience to feel sympathy for the character to keeping you on the edge of your seat in suspense on what will happen next. He does this through a smooth rotation of scene to scene not making anything confusing to the audience. McMurty has a perfect balance of characters in his story from our few protagonist character such as Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, to a few antagonist characters like Blue Duck and Dan Suggs. Through Lonesome Dove, McMurty captures the feelings of people who are in to westerns, drama, and action.
Through the many struggles in life, I have been able to distinguish the more challenging struggles, from the lesser challenging. Out of the many obstacles in life, I find writing to be one of the more treacherous ones. Although many works of writing appear to be easily forged by the artist, creating the first draft for any writer has proven to be a very treacherous journey. In Anne Lamott’s excerpt from her book “Bird by Bird”, she describes her own personal struggle with writing first drafts when she worked for the “California Magazine”.
Catherine, Called Birdy is written around the times of 1290 and 1291 in Lincolnshire, the historical county in the east of England. Catherine, the protagonist, wishes she had been born a different person. She questions that if she was born a woman, why not a wealthy woman? This question pops up quite often considering her life is not a life someone would expect a 14 year old girl to be living. Catherine expresses her disappointment in the following quote from the story, “Instead I am the daughter of a country knight with but ten servants, seventy villagers, no minstrel, and acres of unhemmed linen.
Amy Tan is a Chinese American novelist, whose short stories portray the theme that it is not always easy to find the balance between culture, identity and heritage. This is seen through Amy Tan’s own life experiences and through The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Life and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. Many of the conflicts her characters experience transcend cultural differences and speak to the universal struggles of a wide and diverse audience (“Amy Tan”) The second of three children, Amy Ruth Tan, whose Chinese name is Anmei (Blessing from America), was born in Oakland, California, on February 19, 1952. Her father, John Yuehhan Tan, an electrical engineer and Baptist minister; her mother, Daisy Tu Ching Tan, a vocational nurse, immigrated to the United States .
Though assigned books in English class are not always books on my must-read list, Into the Wild was a winter reading assignment with a captivating main character, Chris McCandless. After winter break, Room 7304 discussions revolved around if Chris McCandless was “great,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s definition. As the class majority believed McCandless was heartless and ridiculous and suicidal, I couldn’t help but believe in his “greatness.” If I could meet Chris McCandless, American hiker and itinerant traveler destined to reach the Alaskan wilderness, I would ask him how was he able to block out all the societal influences, even during high school. How was McCandless able to be this strong, independent thinker without being the black sheep and