The essay, “On Compassion,” by Barbara Lazear Ascher illustrates compassion and creates an empathetic connotation for the reader to ‘put their feet into the characters’ moccasins.’ In paragraphs one and two, a homeless man approaches a mother and her child. According to Ascher’s words, the woman “waits for the light to change, and her hands close tighter on the stroller’s handle as she sees the man approach.” On the streets most people turn away and ‘close themselves’ from interacting with the homeless, because of the look that the homeless give off. However, the woman suddenly reached inside her purse and rummage through it, and pulled out “a folded dollar over her child’s head to the man who stops and stares even though the light has changed and traffic navigates around his hips.” Another example of an anecdote is found on paragraph 7, which explains another scenario with a homeless man entering into a cafe with the smell of “stale cigarettes and urine.” As the homeless man enters into the cafe, the owner, a moody French woman, “emerges from the kitchen with steaming coffee in a Styrofoam cup and a small paper bag of… of what?” The rhetorical question draws a conclusion of what the content might be inside the bag and the fact that it continues, “Yesterday’s bread?
In Barbara Lazear Ascher’s essay titled “On Compassion” Ascher considers the concept of compassion by utilizing her own encounters with the homeless as a vehicle to make her argument. In her argument, she interprets compassion as an abstract concept, and portrays empathy as a building block to compassion; making the argument that to be a more tolerant society one must first learn empathy in order to demonstrate true compassion. When analyzing Ascher’s rhetoric, her style, diction and rhetorical devices reveal a skeptical tone and serve a greater purpose in appealing to the reader’s sense of ethos and pathos. Namely, Ascher’s use of first-person narrative and word choice like “we” appeals to the reader’s sense of ethos, which eventually builds
The girl seems pretty upset about this, because Dad “tries” to clean up. In addition, the daughter finds a fork in the road that she finds questioning. Towards the end of the passage, when Dad went to find the vocabulary book, the daughter thought, “Why should I eat when my own father has abandoned his own food? Nothing’s more important than his books and vocabulary words. He might say I matter, but when he goes on a scavenger hunt for a book, I realize I don’t matter” (Lopez paragraph 26).
Earl internalizes public adoration about his wife’s figure as acceptance for his own shortcomings. He is rather particular about her diet, because he subconsciously fears the unmasking and embarrassment of his own heavy burdens. Towards the end of the story, Earl was sitting at the counter of the coffee shop where Doreen works. He asked the man sitting beside him about his thoughts on Doreen, “What do you think of that? Don’t you think that’s something special?” (Carver 29).
Her father, Travers Goff, works in a bank while her mother, Margaret Goff, is a housewife. In the movie, it is shown that her father is a sweet and loving father but he has problems with being an alcoholic. It is also shown in the movie that she has a close relationship with her father. This may also be evident on how they have similarities especially in terms of being imaginative and a bit of a dreamer. Their family had a problem when her father was fired from his work that they need to transfer residence.
Jeanette, computed a financial plan, which made the her ready to help the family for those two months. Rex, knowing she was on a tight spending plan, still managed to purchase liquor and cigarettes. This left the children on a significantly more tightly spending plan for the remaining two months. In this circumstance, Rex thought more about his dependence on liquor and cigarettes than his youngsters and their need of food. Rex spent required cash on liquor, he additionally returned home ‘sloppy drunk’ and raging at Rose and his children.
When people read others writing, whether it is contemporary or classic literature, they are taught about how it is human nature to always want more than they currently have and the dangers that can arise from not being humble, which helps shape their identity and can be used as a guide throughout life. People may want to learn about their fate, but when they hear it, they will act in ways that would normally seem strange, causing them to strive to be
Oedipus’ typical compassion is tested when his position is at risk, exposing his selfish nature. Oedipus is usually a compassionate ruler. He would communicate with his people and give them a chance to be heard. For example, Oedipus goes to his people and after hearing them speak of their sufferings, he replies, “each of you suffers in himself alone his anguish, not another’s; but my spirit groans for the city, for myself, for you” (Fritt 5). Here, Oedipus is showing his sympathy and pity for his people and that he wants to help them.
“I feel vomit in my throat.” Papa turned to stare at her. I held my breath. It seemed a long moment, but it might have been only seconds. “Are you sure you want to stay in the car?” Papa asked. Mama was looking down; her hands were placed on her belly, to hold the wrapper from untying itself or to keep her bread and tea breakfast down.
In Henderson the Rain King Henderson tells his first wife, Frances that he wants to become a doctor and she just laughs at him. In A Raisin in the Sun Walter has a business idea that he thinks will make him a lot of money but no one believes that he could or should do it. My final comparison is in Fahrenheit 451. Faber and Dahfu are alike because in Henderson the Rain King Dafu helps and talks with Henderson about the things he is struggling with. In Fahrenheit 451 Faber helps Montag with understanding why they burn books and what are in the books.
“On Compassion” by Barbara Lazear Ascher In the essay On Compassion, by Barbara Lazear Ascher examines compassion in the world and where it truly comes from. Ascher first discusses a scenario in which a mother is waiting at the corner of Madison Avenue with her baby waiting for the light to switch as a man continues to approach her. As the man continues to come closer and closer she clamps her hands on the stroller tighter and tighter. She then searches her purse and hands him a dollar. The author asks a deep question, “Was it fear or compassion that motivated the gift?” (Ascher, 36).
Another quote is “What do you want to do Dad?” Come into the apartment with me and steal the money?”(Pfeffer pg 4). Ashes is predicting what her dad wants to do. One more quote from the story is “I must have sounded like mom because he stopped talking.”(Pfeffer pg 3). This is showing that Ashes usually talks like her dad and since she said something that sounded like something her mom would say, her dad got surprised. Ashes thinks and acts like her dad.
Before Leonards awakening, the film portrays Dr. Sayer as a socially awkward and submissive man as a result from the way he carries himself and his interaction with others. The awakening of Leonard brings wonderful change into Dr.Sayers daily routine. This grand impact continues on even after Leonard had return to his coma like state. A remarkable change that Dr. Sayer experiences was the built of courage. The conclusion of the movie shows Dr. Sayer having the urge to ask eleanor if she wanted “to go for a cup of coffee.” As she was leaving the hospital he rushed down to catch up with her and they shortly went for that cup of coffee.
The general attention shift when the author now introduces “I” because this, again, brings the reader closer to the incident; by doing this, the reader is not only reading about it, but he is reading a personal account of it. She writes that she, “couldn’t bear to look at the woman,” after the husband cruelly said something to his wife because she accidentally embarrassed him, and this puts the reader in the author’s shoes of encountering a relationship that