Traditionally, when we are asked to define a hero, we tend to think that hero is such a big word that only applies to those benevolent men who devote themselves to benefiting the rest. In fact, we do not need to make extraordinary achievements to be a hero. Common people, like us, can also be a hero if we live the way we want courageously. Richard Wright, from his autobiography, Black Boy, is certainly a hero of his own. Although Wright is not a typical hero with high principles and altruism when he faces adversities, he is heroic in his journey to overcome the threats of the Jim Crow South and escape to the North (thesis).
Richard Wilbur’s “Death Of A Toad” successfully utilizes imagery, diction, and structure to describe the thoughts of the narrator who witnesses a toad’s death and begins to question life’s purpose for all creatures. The narrator describes the garden in which the toad spends its last moments of life with vivid and descriptive imagery to highlight the beauty of nature and signify the idea that even as life ends it is surrounded by more life. The lines, “the garden verge, and sanctuaried him, under the cineraria leaves, in the shade of the ashen and heartshaped leaves,” describe a beautiful sanctuary in which the toad will be able to take his last breath. When one life ends all other life goes on.
Though Tyler Joseph is the writer of the song “Lane Boy”, he creates a character to express the voice of the song, which is the speaker. The speaker in the song express how the music industry takes away creativity in his songs so the music industry can make money off perfect heartless songs that are in style. In lines six through eight, shows the audience that the speaker is being stripped of his creativity. “If it was our way/ we’d have a tempo change every other time change/ Cause our minds change on what we think is good” (6-8).
Part of growing up is leaving your parents and determining what is best for yourself instead of listening to what others think is best for you. In both Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and the movie Dead Poets Society we were introduced to characters who were beginning to make these steps in life; Siddhartha himself, and Neil Perry. While each character had many differences, they both faced the same problem, their fathers had set out a plan for their lives that they would follow no matter what was for their best interest. These plans not only were nothing similar to what the boys wanted in life, but led to each of them turning against their parents wishes. The decision to disobey their family’s wishes led both Neil Perry and Siddhartha to find what truly made them happy in life.
In the short story, “Not Poor, Just Broke,” Dick Gregory creates an amazing true story about how him and his family was affected by poverty in the 1930’s. Richard was a resourceful, intelligent kid. He is always creating ways to get around their tight budget. Richard is not like other kids, He will believe what everybody says about him. Richard and many other kids can easily be affected by poverty There is no doubt Richard was affected by what other people say or think.
It’s difficult to make a decision in life. The choices made in life can lead you on a path you’ll regret. In the song “The River Runs Deep” by Tom Pepe the speaker uses repetition, metaphor, and parallel structure to communicate the theme of making choices. The speaker of the song “The River Runs Deep” uses repetition to convey the theme of making choices.
In the poem “ Thinking for Berky”, written by William Stafford, the speaker argues that people in the society are so careless and do not understand for people who are not lucky like them, being able to born in a wealthy family with good relationships. The author started out with the setting of the author lying in bed thinking about a girl named Berky and her deaths. He pointing out different forces that lead to her death like her abusive parents, poor family situation, and lastly, people who can’t sympathize with Berky and criticize her for her situations/environments. The speaker also pointed out that there are people out there who can’t think for others and just live their life, thinking that it is Berky fault for living a life like that.
Poet Anais Nin argued that eventually the day will come when, "the risk it [takes] to remain tight in the bud is more painful than the risk it takes to blossom". It is painful to stay in a life that seems unsatisfying; it is better to adopt new habits and progress as an individual. In Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, the characters of Chris McCandless and the unnamed narrator decide to make a change in their lives. The process of tapping out is the most beneficial form of self-discovery in order for one to discover their truest self. The invisible man and Chris McCandless, at a crucial point in their lives, decided to tap out for a change.
Leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Clarence Darrow, in his 1924 case appeal, A Plea for Mercy, defends his clients, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopald Jr., of murder. Darrow’s purpose was to persuade the audience, the judge and jury, into shortening the boy’s sentence because the terrible acts of war has tainted the nation. He exhibits an aggressive tone by using fear, allusions, and metaphors to bring justification to the boys by appealing to his audience. Darrow implements fear throughout the duration of his speech to persuade his audience to believe the state of our nation has paved way for two, very well off, boys to turn into murderers.
Eduardo Briceño is a master of learning and gives the talk, “How to get better at the things you care about” to explain some of his techniques. Briceño cofounded Mindset Works in 2007, which helps people become effective learners through training techniques he developed. He has learned that people must spend less time in the performance zone and more time in the learning zone to achieve more in the things they care about. People do not spend time in the learning zone because that requires failure and making mistakes. Briceño uses both logos and ethos to effectively convince the audience that they need to spend more time in the learning zone to become better at the things they care about.
In Richard Wright’s novel, Black Boy, Richard consciously uses weapons against people in order to defend himself against unjust treatment caused by conflict within his family and people in his neighborhood. For instance, Richard deliberately uses a stick against a gang of boys in his neighborhood in order to defend himself. Richard explains, “When I reached the corner a gang of boys grabbed me, knocked me down, snatched the basket, took the money, and sent me running home in panic” (Wright 16). Consequently, as soon as the boys beat him up, Richard builds up his confidence and defends himself. Richard’s mom states, “‘Take this money, this note, and this stick, go to the store and buy those groceries…”