After spending months in the stockyards to study their abhorrent conditions, Upton Sinclair penned The Jungle, his most popular work, which depicts an immigrant family and the hardships they face upon moving to America. Over the course of the novel, the protagonist Jurgis Rudkus slowly loses his faith in the American dream and subsequently becomes a socialist. This blatant political bias is often cited as justification for banning it throughout the world. However, despite many criticizing its push for socialism and lack of artistry, the novel has significance in upper-level classrooms as it possesses literary merit and significance in historical and real world contexts. The Jungle has spurred controversy since its release due to its socialist
Failure an Important Human Experience William Zinsser born in New York City in 1922 with a BA from Princeton University. He taught at many well respected schools in addition he also is a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune. Zinsser composed the article The Right to Fail a piece from The Lunacy Boom (1970). Discussing how failure is an important experience for humans. But, is upset by the way society uses the word “dropout” as a dissatisfactory and disgusted word.
First, as he is returning to his homeland, after living in New York for 15 years. He was hoping to once again make a connection with his land and people. He soon finds out that America recreated him in many erratic ways. “I have, taken into myself some of the assumptions of life in a Western democracy — certain ideas about legality, for instance, certain expectations of due process — and in that sense I have returned a stranger”. He is appalled by the corruption that is around him from the start of his journey, such as getting his passport renewed at the Nigerian consulate in New York, and nervous of the threats of violence he is soon to encounter.
Eventually, Amir and his father, Baba, move to America to escape the Russians, and must learn to live their lives in a diverse and unique country. While in America, Amir continues to form unhealthy relationships, which ultimately spiral into broken ones. However, throughout the novel, Amir continues to desire close relationships, and is willing to work for them. When an old friend of his calls, he embarks on a life-shattering journey that will permanently transform the way he approaches relationships. Hosseini takes readers through Amir’s life to demonstrate that a broken relationship, if continuously worked on and fought for, has the possibility to be mended.
Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend is an intensely detailed biography about the infamous man who, by illegal means ran the city of Chicago throughout the decade known as the “roaring 20s”. The account begins by telling the story of Al’s parents, and how they immigrated to Brooklyn in 1895. A large influx of immigrants entered through Ellis Island in search of a better life and the Capone’s were no anomaly. Using vast amounts of detail, the author explains Mr. Capone’s stardom and his rise to infamy with a behind the scenes perspective. This novel, shows the human side of Al that is not commonly discussed.
Into the wild, is a book by Jon Krakauer that later got turned into a film by Sean Penn, it follows the life of Christopher McCandless, who graduated from Emory University as a top student and athlete with wealthy pushing parents. Instead of continuing his life as a working man of society and taking his offers at top law schools, he decides to ultimately completely disconnect himself from society and instead tries to find his own meaning of life in the wild. Shaun Callarman says “ I think that Chris McCandless was bright and ignorant at the same time.” and i really agree with him on that because even though he left his college a top student the way he wanted to completely disconnect himself the way he did was ignorant. Not only that In the movie it clearly shows that even though he didn't want to connect with people on his journey to alaska he did, I think that if he wouldn't have been so set on being alone and not being attached to others he wouldn't have died the way he did. In the movie Into the Wild by Sean Penn you see Chris’s life unfold into what i think was ignorant but to some extent i get why he wanted to run so hard “He didn’t want to be the person his parents wanted him to be, he most
Newsies takes place in New York City and follows the life of charismatic leader Jack Kelley who dreams of a life in Santa Fe, New Mexico and wants to go away from the hardship of the streets. Jack Kelley and his band of boys sell newspapers for a living, but when Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst (publishers of newspapers) increase their newspaper prices from 50 cents to 60 cents, the boys find a cause to fight for and rally for what is right. I remember finding out a year later that Newsies was an actual event in History as I sat in one of my Communication classes, bewilderment spreading across my face. Walking into the Pantages theater, felt like I had just stepped into the 1920’s and totally got that Great Gatsby vibe. Walking into the theater I notice refreshments all around.
The Great Gatsby is a book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story follows Nick, the protagonist, as he moves to New York City and starts his new life there. Throughout the book, the reader meets an abundance of horrible characters like Daisy, a self-absorbed and careless beauty, Tom, a brutal and unmoral man, and Gatsby, an ignorant and mysterious fool who wasted his life chasing a hopeless dream. Baz Luhrmann and Woody Allen are just two people of many who have recreated The Great Gatsby or dedicated a homage to it, both proving effective representations of the film. A director named Baz Luhrmann turned The Great Gatsby into a film.
Throughout his novel, he describes different characters which possess different characteristics and personalities. As illustrated in the book, Baba and his family moved to the United States to get a better life, and they quickly started to assimilate the American culture. The Kite Runner is incredibly valuable for high school students because it illustrates the hardships and difficulties that immigrants face when they move to a new place. It also demonstrates how cultural differences could change one 's life. Furthermore, it outlines the perplexity of religious discrimination.
The novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid is significant in its treatment of the issues faced by immigrants in the diaspora. Mohsin Hamid has grounded his resistance narrative in the identity narrative and through the prism of identity offers a deep insight into the American society and its ideals. The novel exposes the ugly side of the American society with its fundamentalist institutions and dislodges the narratives of fundamentalism as a Muslim monopoly and inverts the myths and discourses on identity to produce a counter narrative. Key words: Identity, Fundamentalism, Culture, Stereotyping, Resistance. Identity as it has unfolded in diaspora writings has changed our perception about this seminal issue that has for times immemorial been a central focus of academic circles across the world.