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.
Victor Villasenor was born on May 11th, 1940 in Carlsbad, California where his parents had settled down after immigrating from Mexico. He grew up on a ranch with his four siblings in Oceanside where they only spoke spanish until they went to school. Because Victor only spoke spanish he was bullied by teachers and students alike for his heritage and inability to do well in school. Being bullied and ridiculed when he was a child is why Villasenor was insecure about where he came from and who he was, and inevitably shaped him into who he was in and out of school.
We often encourage people to actively pursue their happiness while also wanting to discourage them to escape from reality. However, avoiding your issues is also a way of pursuing happiness, even though this route will prove to be temporary. In the literary piece, “Horses of the Night” by Margaret Laurence, the author describes the story of a boy named Chris, who, due to his financial conditions, is forced to move from his home in Shallow Creek to dwell in Manawaka, in order to attend high school. Chris’ character is used to demonstrate the idea that individuals may escape from the miserable aspects of their lives in order to stay happy. Through the course of this work, you witness the changes Chris undergoes, through the eyes of his six-year-old cousin Vanessa, which ultimately lead to his downfall.
In Act II, Scene iii of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare starts with Friar Lawrence giving a speech about nature, plants and more.. He is basically explaining how everything in life has a negative with a positive influence. Evil in the world keeps people from living virtuous lives. This creates a theme that focuses on his explanations to support it.
In 1943, at a high school, somewhere in Ohio, there was a student having a nervous breakdown. Although he missed a year of school because of this, he went on to join the army after graduating. Continuing on in his studies, he traveled to Austria to study at the University of Vienna. Considered one of the best contemporary poets of America, James Wright was admired by many including other poets and critics alike. He had an ability with language and style that was very loosened. As a child, Wright endured poverty and hardship because his parents worked in factories and laundromats. His writing and use of poetry is greatly influenced by his own opinions about society and politics, as well as Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost. Both Frost and Hardy have extreme issues and feelings that Wright truly respected. Wright’s early
A story always has a purpose; and whether that purpose is to inform, persuade, or entertain is always in the hands of its author. In The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill writes to illumine the truth. He writes to honour and remember the chilling history of North America, no matter how gruesome and depressing it may be. With a sweeping tale, Lawrence covers the journey of one particular girl who, despite all odds, survived captivity and was able to escape and tell her story. Even though his novel is fictional, Aminata's misfortune was very much a reality to hundreds of thousands of slaves. Lawrence understands the importance of the history behind his novel, and in turn uses several literary elements such as motifs to deepen the storyline, and
As a college student, Emily Vallowe wrote a literacy narrative with a play on words title: “Write or Wrong Identity.” In this work, she told the story of how she believed her confidence as a writer developed; however, she was becoming dubious as to her distinctiveness as an author. Although I have never been a self-proclaimed wordsmith as Ms. Vallowe obviously had been for years, I related to her journey. Not only did she grow up in Northern Virginia like I did, she never considered herself an inept writer—a possibility that I could not fathom about myself. Then, at some point, we both began to question our own ability and to question who we really were. I identified with her soul-shaking experience when she profoundly realized, “It is a strange feeling to grow up defining yourself as something when you don’t know if that something is actually true.” I struggled in an introductory composition course at Virginia State University (VSU), and after giving each assignment my all, still
William Faulkner’s Acceptance Speech, performed at the Noble Banquet at the City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden, December 10, 1950. “He is immortal, not because he alone… has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul… the writer’s, duty is to write about these things.” In his speech, Faulkner summarizes the duty of a poet, a writer, of man, not just entertain readers, but remind them of the hardships humanity has endured, and display this to a sense of pride, compassion, and glory. Thus brings us to Jeannette Walls’ and Annie Dillard’s novel The Glass Castle & An American Childhood. Both written work describes a childhood full of wax and wane that presents a variety of emotions throughout the reading but one unlike the other are very distinct
The parable of The Prodigal Son and the short story of The Rocking-Horse Winner have many similarities as well as differences. The Prodigal Son was written by St. Luke and is recorded in the book of Luke in the Bible. D.H. Lawrence wrote the short story: The Rocking-Horse Winner. Both of these stories are fiction based, and they hold many good lessons to learn from them.
The story of ‘Young Goodman Brown’ was having puritan backgrounds. When Goodman was visiting through dark forest, the old man appreciated Goodman and shown affinity with his ancestors by stating as: "Well said, Goodman Brown! I have been as well acquainted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans; and that 's no trifle to say. I helped your grandfather, the constable, when he lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem. And it was I that brought your father a pitch-pine knot, kindled at my own hearth, to set fire to an Indian village, in King Philip 's War. They were my good friends, both; and many pleasant walks have we had along this path, and returned merrily after midnight. I would fain be friends with you, for their sake." (p-279). These lines revealed historical, mythical and puritan backgrounds as Goodman’s ancestors were involved in devilish activities like setting fire to an Indian village and his grandfather who once lashed the Quaker woman in the street of Salem; this old man was the friend of Brown’s ancestors. Brown resultantly rejected this so called story about his forefather’s filthy and heinous activities at Salem and he stated that his ancestors were pious and good people and further he stated that his father
The literate arts have been an integral aspect of human civilization throughout history. In Richard Miller’s essay “The Dark Night of the Soul”, he poses the question, “What are the literate arts really good for?” He admits that gathering information is a clear value of the literate arts, but throughout the essay he portrays a doubtful view of their value in today’s society. Although, he brought up some interesting points, his doubts stands in contrast to the literate arts’ true role in society today. As a student, I too feel it is important to fully understand the important connections that are told within a piece of literature. Miller states in his writing that, “If you’re in the business of teaching others how to read and write with care, there’s
Because even her name conjures up many conflicting thoughts, the true nature of Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is heavily debated among critics. Mark Van Doren and D.H. Lawrence both assert their conflicting perspectives with a multitude of convincing devices, but D.H. Lawrence more effectively portrays Hester Prynne as an enemy through the use of thought-provoking allusions, critical diction and repetition, and an unconventional syntax in his essay, On Hester Prynne.
The world has always been full of hatred, war, and strife, but the one thing holding us together is love. One of the main concepts of happiness is being loved and loving others. In my 17 years of living, I have seen and experienced love on multiple occasions. The love a couple has for each other. A love of God. A love of friends and family. Even the love a pet has for it’s owner. A love that sticks out the most is the love a parent has for their child and vice versa. The famous novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter, David Lawrence, wrote the short story “The Rocking Horse Winner”, which digs deeper in the concept of love. The narrative begins with a mother, Hester, who is struggling with whether she loves her three children. Throughout the story she feels that her family is running out of money, and the only thing she cares about it is being wealthy. She is so crazy about it, that she says the house whispers that they need more money. Her youngest son, Paul, is aware of their house whispering and becomes concerned about the family’s financial situation because his mother explains that only the lucky are rich and their family is very unlucky. Paul wants to show his mom that they are lucky, so he obsessively rides his rocking horse, so he can get to luck. He is so interested in finding the luck his family needs, that he talks to the gardener, Bassett, about different types of horses and thereafter bets on horse racing. It turns out Paul
To begin with, Geoffrey and Tobias Wolff’s lives were filled with misfortune, misery, and abuse. In addition to this, the brothers also went through their own form of hardship while living with their parents. Geoffrey, who lived with his father and Tobias, living with his mother. With this in mind, I will compare and contrast the central conflict behind their family issues and apply it to their work. In other words, compare Geoffrey and Tobias Wolff’s childhood and look at how it impacted them as adults. With regards to this, I will also look at how their childhood experiences influenced their writing style. For example, Geoffrey tends to write really long and dense paragraphs, while Tobias on the hand, typically keeps his shorter.
D.H. Lawrence’s short story “A Rocking-Horse Winner” goes beyond just telling a story about a young boy and his rocking-horse. What begins as a young boy’s hope of finally obtaining his mother’s love leads to an unexpected ending which leaves the mother feeling shocked. Throughout the short story, Lawrence uses a child named Paul in order to portray how people will often push themselves beyond their limits to fulfill a loved one’s desires. Lawrence reveals the character of Paul and his longing for his mother’s love through his determination and obsession, his secretive and trusting nature, and his mother’s inability to love.