Throughout the history of American Literature, there have been hundreds of influential pieces which have left a mark on other writers. The book “In Honor of David Anderson Brooks, My Father” by Gwendolyn Brooks utilizes a unique writing style, theme and American values.
My mom told me that I needed to start preparing my luggage. I was very confused, so I ask my mom, “get ready for what?” My mom replied, “ prepare to come to America!” I was very excited, because I have never learned or experienced of what it would be like to live in a totally different country. Full of mind was thought about how the United States will look like; what is their living environment; how do education works in school. On the other hand, I’m emotional, because I will leave my family. My family gave me lots of love and care while my parents are in America. Immediate leaves them, it was painful for me to accept it. A week later, my uncle informs me about my ticket that’s going to America. I just realize that my uncle silently arrange all of this behind me. I don’t notice why the time is passing so fast. Constantly, in the midnight, I found my grandma in her own secretly
He uses description and feelings/emotions to describe Mattie. The first author’s craft the author uses is description. Anderson writes, “I untied my apron and filled it with timothy grass to form a soft pillow for Grandfather’s head” (84). This tells me how Mattie is becoming more mature by stepping up and taking charge when Grandfather is sick. This illustrates how Mattie is changing and becoming different, just because she stepped up during tough times. The second author’s craft the author uses is feelings/emotions. Anderson writes, “A spiteful voice hissed inside my head. Shut up Mattie, you’re a silly child. You have no business ordering these men around” (153). This tells me that Mattie’s feelings were what controlled her, and helped her to step up and take charge. This illustrates how Mattie feels confident, annoyed, and frustrated, and these feelings lead her to stepping up during tough times and taking charge.
Similarly, she describes his hand as being “warm and dry” (11, 6). This application builds upon her message that her deaf grandpa is just like a non-audibly impaired man. Cohen assumes the role of an innocent, loving person who is reflecting upon the great times spent with her loved one. She employs detailed descriptions in order to allow the reader to visualize the situation, and to build upon her grandfather’s greatness. These descriptions cause the audience to reminisce upon memories they have created with their own grandfathers. Cohen is targeting those who are in similar situations, those who have a handicapped loved one and/or have a fortified relationship with a loved one.
The love this father has for his son is uniquely and unequivocally expressed, as one will discover in this compassionate and heartwarming short essay Arm Wrestling with My Father written by Brad Manner. Brad Manner wrote this essay for his freshmen composition course sharing his unique relationship with his father as the two bonded through ritualistic father-son competitive arm wrestling matches. However, as the story progresses into Manner 's college years, the symbolic power and strength of his father the "arm", the mere representation of his father 's strength and love, begins to fade as his father 's unwavering strength weakens with the inevitable and unforgiving progression of ageing. Manner, realizes that he no longer desires to compete against his father, the man who he has idolized and admired his whole life. Although his father is unable to express his
Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz,” discusses a child and father’s interactions within their kitchen as the mother watches while frowning. Roethke delivers his work through the child’s perspective, an unreliable speaker, which enables an ambiguous tone. This allows the reader to interpret the child and father’s relationship in many ways. Words involved in Roethke’s diction, such as “waltzed,” “romped,” and “dizzy,” indicate enjoyment within the relationship. On the other hand, “beat,” “death,” and “battered” create a sinister picture of abuse. In addition to diction being used to formulate an abusive relationship, the simile, “but I hung on like death,” also reinforces the idea as death typically has a negative connotation. On the contrary,
In the excerpt from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, rhetorical devices such as appeal to pathos, imagery, and simile helped create suspense when Christopher had found out about his undead mother. By creating suspense, it gives the reader a certain feeling of wanting to read more to figure out what would happen next.
I chose the life and career of Peyton Manning as my research paper. Peyton was born on March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His parents are the already football star Archie Manning and his wife Olivia Peyton. So, Peyton was already born with a football in his hand so to speak. He improved his skills as a football player early on by practicing with his brother’s, dad, and childhood friends at an early age. Peyton’s passion for football he says was instilled in him by his father. He would listen to all his dad’s games at Ole Miss and New Orleans to study by. Like most in high school Peyton played football, baseball, and basketball. By Peyton’s sophomore year in high school he was talented enough to be the starting quarterback. His brother
There is one hard and very evident fact that exists in the world we inhabit; that fact is that stereotypes are as common as rain. A stereotype, as defined by bing.com, is a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. They happen so often that we aren’t even aware that they occur. These atrocities appear in books, films, the news, and other worldwide forms of media. The troubled teen who just so happens to be of African American descent; or the saying of how the Chinese community cooks dogs as a source of meat; or how most people from Mexico are illegal immigrants; these are just some small examples of stereotypes. They exist in reality why should they exist in films. In the film A Family Thing, Ray’s troubled childhood is a stereotype, along with the films portrayal of African Americans.
Every story consists of different elements, such as characters, plotlines, and settings. Nonetheless, many stories portray the same messages or ideas. “My Papa’s Waltz,” by Theodore Roethke, depicts a reckless father who is loved by his child, while “Those Winter Sundays,” by Robert Hayden, depicts a hardworking father whose child is indifferent to him. Though the poems depict exceptionally different childhoods, both contribute to the idea that perceptions of parents alter as one grows into adulthood. Both poems use harsh words and critical tones in order to convey this notion, however in “My Papa’s Waltz,” they signify the recklessness of the father and how the narrator perceives his father as an adult, while in “Those Winter Sundays,” they
The relationship between father and son is one that is both sacred, yet complex as each side of the relationship faces hardships. This relationship between a son and his role model, a father and his child, is one, has its ups, but one must also know it has downs. In Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz,” Roethke’s use of ambiguity through diction allows room for the audience to interpret the text in a positive or a negative way, representing the relationship between a father and a son, which on the outside can be interpreted in an either positive or a negative way.
The experiences people go through impact the way the see world and those around them. Children are raised by their parents and witnesses to the triumphs and failures. When the age comes many often question their parent’s decisions. Some may feel bitterness and contempt while others may feel admiration and motivation. The “Sign in My Father’s Hands” by Martin Espada conveys the feeling of being treated as a criminal for doing the right thing. Similarly, “Naturalization” by Jenny Xie is the story of a family who recently immigrated to America going through gauntlet of assimilation. In this paper I am going to analyze, discuss, compare and contrast the authors attitudes towards their parents according to perseverance paternalism and passivity with society.
In the poem, “My Papa’s Waltz”, Theodore Roethke illustrates the complex relationship between a little boy and his father by juxtaposing images of love and violence through word choices that portray feelings of fear yet affection for his father. Roethke’s shifting tone encompasses distress and a sense admiration that suggests the complexities of violence both physically and emotionally for the undercurrents of his father and son relationship.
Many literary scholars, researchers and readers in general, driven by intrigue, have tried to dissect, analyze, and interpret the ambiguous meaning of Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz.” Their explications however, result in ambivalent, and sometimes controversial views. Some critics argue that “My Papas Waltz,” portrays the physical violence inflicted by a father to his child. In a rejoinder, an equal number posit that, the poem vividly depicts a complex, but a loving relationship between a father and his son, through the child’s voice.