“Saving Sourdi” by May-Lee Chai, discusses the transformation from childhood to adulthood. This short story involves two sisters, Sourdi and Nea, that are complete opposite of one another. When reading “Saving Sourdi” I instantly perceived Nea to be an impulsive child who isn’t afraid of confrontation. It doesn’t seem like Nea is trying to prove herself to anyone and appears to be very stubborn. While reading this short story, Nea, is genuinely concerned about her sister. It might seem as though Nea is a trouble maker and doesn’t carefully think things through, but she truly cares for Sourdi. Nea and Sourdi are some years apart,
Nineteen Minutes is Jodi Picoult’s staggering and heartbreaking story about the devastating aftermath of a small town tragedy. The story begins in the town of Sterling, New Hampshire, following the lives of the citizens on an ordinary day. That all changes when there is a shooting at Sterling High. Throughout the story, there are flashbacks to before and after the killings and the reader learns about the history of each of the characters, and how that has influenced their journey throughout the novel. We are shown the once close relationship between Josie and Peter, and also about Peter’s rocky home life where Peter is often outshined by his older brother whose death creates a rift that puts him even farther from his parents. . The jumps back in
Feminists just want to prove that there is more a woman can do than taking care of a house or children. These women would like to expand their limitations that society keeps them in, “These limitations of Feminism bemoans and urges women to break through. It laments that a woman, by looking forward matrimony, should diminish her interest in her factory work. It would reverse condition: make wage earning permanent and marriage transient, salary the major and children the minor interest (Martin 42).” Feminism by engaging the mother in daily occupation for wages outside the home, would make comprehensive that separation between mother and child which, unhappily, is common among the frivolous rich (Martin 197).” Feminism has a sort of double hero
Loss of innocence is when one is unaware of evil surrounding them especially in children of a young age. Saul remembers his traumatic past experiences and feels better when he talks it through with someone. In the novel, Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese, Saul is stripped of his innocence, which in turn makes him more violent and causes him to turn to alcohol to cope with and escape from his troubles. Loss of innocence at a young age can forcibly take away one’s dreams, ultimately leading to a life of negativity.
In the novel Our Twisted Hero, by Yi Munyol, Han Pyongt’ae is the twisted hero because he does not adhere to Sokdae’s class management system, and in the end, gives justice to what he believes is right. Although Sokdae keeps the class under control, he abuses his power, by making the classmates get him water and different types of food, thus angering Pyongt’ae who says infuriatingly, “Who decided whose turn it was? Why do we have to fetch water for the monitor? Is the monitor a teacher or what? Doesn’t the monitor have any hands or feet?” (19). Pyongt’ae is determined to knock Sokdae off of his throne but then he changes course. He agrees to follow Sokdae’s system allowing him to “rediscover… friends and games” (71). Later on, when the other
Have you ever thought about how some people might see you different because of your race, or traditions?. In the film titled What’s Cooking by Gurinder Chadha, it focuses on four families which include the Seeing, Avila, Nguyen, and that Williams family that teaches us about forgiveness, tolerance, and moving on. The Avila family includes Javier (father) , Elizabeth (mother) , Gina (daughter) , and also Anthoney (son). The Seeing family includes Ruth (mother) , Herb (father) , Rachel (daughter) , Carla (girlfriend) , and Aunt Bea (aunt). The Nguyen family has eight member which are Gary (teen son), Jenny (teen daughter) , Jimmy (oldest son) , Joey ( little boy), and of course the mother and father and the grandpa and grandma. The last family introduced in the film is the Williams family which includes Audrey (mother), Ronnie (father), Michael (son) , Grace (grandma), and Monica (guest). As the four families get together for a thanksgiving dinner they experience difficulties throughout their family that causes arguments and the truth to come out.
In the novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J Gaines, Grant is a main character that has a lot of influence over the people in his community. Some might even consider him a hero. I believe that Grant is a hero because he helps Jefferson become a man, changes himself for the better, and wants to continue changing the community.
Cleaning houses are a girl’s best friend. Or is it diamonds? In The Dirt Diary, by Anna Staniszewski, the main character, Rachel Lee, must clean houses with her mother in order to pay back the money that she stole until her mom finds out about her purchase. Rachel uses the money to buy a one way ticket to Florida, where her father ran off to, to bring him home. However, there’s only a slim chance of him actually coming home and a large chance of her mom finding out and forbidding her from going in the first place. When Rachel steals almost 300 dollars from her college fund to try and bring her family together, a major theme falls into place. People will do anything for a sliver of hope. Another, equally important theme found in this novel
Throughout his journeys from his poor Indian reservation to a neighboring all-white school, Arnold Spirit, the main character in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, learns various life lesson; Junior’s experiences on and off the reservation positively impact his life and help him understand that he shouldn’t be afraid to be different, don’t lose hope or he won’t succeed, and to follow his dreams, even if others disagree.
Getting cared for may be the best thing that you could wish off. But caring for each other can also bring happiness. Through time and difficulties you face, it can create or enforce your relationships. In the story “Gate A-4”, Naomi Shihab Nye was wandering through the airport terminal after she got informed that her flight had been delayed, until she hears an announcement saying, "anyone in the vicinity of gate A-4 that understands Arabic, please go to the gate." The theme starts to develop as Naomi decides to help the Palestinian lady in her own time, throughout the time they spend together, they start to create a relationship. The story shows that caring for each other can help you find happiness and create relationships. Caring for each other can also find happiness in life. Naomi and the Palestinian lady small act of kindness also encourages and influences us to care for each other.
“As Simple as Snow” is a mystery novel made in 2005 that may confuse people’s minds with all the art, magic, codes, and love while reading. As a teen age boy who wants to find the secrets his girlfriend who left behind all these mysteries after her odd disappearance. It also tells about the lost gothic girl, Anna Cayne, who meets the young high-school aged narrator. Throughout the postcards, a shortwave radio, various CDs, and many other irregular interest. After all that they loved each other but a week before Valentine’s Day she suddenly disappeared out of nowhere. If Gregory didn’t know what was happening the reader would be able to break through
In the book “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, it’s about a little girl who is pressured by her mother to become something she doesn’t want to be. Jing- mei , the daughter, is forced to become a prodigy(child actress), by her mother, and she doesn’t want to be one. In the story, Jing- meis’ mother uses allusions such as Shirley Temple to push her into becoming a prodigy. Although at first Jing- mei is excited to become a prodigy, she later realizes its something she just doesn’t enjoy doing. Consequently, the uses of allusion in the story help Jing- mei discover to not be a prodigy and that what her mother wants for her is not always important. However, some of the things her mother showed and did got her excited to become this.
“The ways in which the characters in Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A raisin in the sun, are affected by racial imbalances and respond to the injustices engendered by such inequities are solely influenced by their gender.” I agree with this statement to an extent. Although it is correct that gender plays a big role in this play, there are other factors to consider.
Countless of these tearful songs have been written, describing the image of the woman behind a hero’s victory. In The “Odyssey”, Homer transforms the audience’s perspective about women significantly. All of them, whether beautiful woman or powerful goddesses, are occupied by sorrows. Especially, Penelope and Calypso--the two most influential women in both appearance and the complicated relationship with the guile hero. Although they have very different personalities and backgrounds--one is the queen of Ithaca, and the other is a magnificent goddess. However they are both caught in a same trouble--they expect too much from Odysseus, and they are striving for a hopeless purpose. They both undergo great sufferings, but neither of them is in control
No one lives alone in the world. From the beginning of life, we have someone around us. Watching and talking with our surroundings, we learn many important life lessons. Depending on the people who are around us, we will grow up differently because we interact each other and influence one’s personality. The Pulitzer Prize – winning author Junot Diaz depicts the pattern of human involvement in them in his novel, “This Is How You Lose Her”, shows the readers specific examples of their relationships. The main character and narrator Yunior struggles having a good relationship with women. This is a very first sentence in the novel; “I am not a bad guy” (Diaz 4). Diaz claims men’s perspective through his character, Yunior. Then he defends his attitude and claims that he did not mean it, but each time he hurts women’s feeling and himself. Although a love affair easily gets the reader’s attention, Diaz through his imperfect characters and symbols splendidly illustrates the relationships around Yunior that shows the process of his growth of a human being from child into adolescent.