1) In the first few pages of the book a Long Walk to Water, we learn that Salva has certain advantages that other boys may not get where he is from. He has the advantage of going to school and has a good supply of food. Salva knows every day that he will come back from school and have a bowl of milk waiting for him at home. Not everybody has this advantage or reassurance of where their next meal will come from. In this quote, it shows how Salva has this advantage. “When he got home, he would have a bowl of fresh milk, which would keep his belly full until suppertime.”(Park 5). This shows how Salva does not need to worry about food or when he will eat again because he has the advantage of knowing that he will always get fed. He is also aware
In the story E.B. Whites “Once more to the lake”, a story based on a father and a son who go on a camping trip, where White becomes captivated with and stuck in his own childhood. It shows that time passes and people grow of age. When white takes his son to the lake he realizes that even though the lake has barely changed, that time has changed. He has a sense of his son replacing him as he is replacing his dad. It was important to White to take his own son back to the same place because he finally comes to the realization that time doesn’t stop for anyone and that you have to move forward and one day grow old.
Linda Sue Park guides us through the book A Long Walk to Water about a Sudanese refugee named Salva one of the only Lost Boys of Sudan that survived. Salva fled from his school when the war came to his part of the country. In A Long Walk to Water there were a few factors that made survival possible for Salva, support from loved ones, hope and perseverance, and opportunity.
The Boys In The Boat, written by Dan Brown and published in 2013, focuses on rowing players who got gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In particular, “chapter 2” is about Joe Rantz’s childhood and history of his family, one of gold medalists of 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The Boat by Alistair MacLeod is about a boy who grew up in a fishing town and wanted to escape it retelling his story. The unmanned narrator starts the story by telling the readers of his first boat ride. We learn from the story that his father is a fisherman and his mother has always known this life of fishing. So the narrators entire life was spend on a boat; from reading thee we will learn that the boat is a reoccurring theme and it is kind of personified. The we learn that the narrator’s father is an avid reader and is always reading. This makes mother angry; she thinks that books are pointless; she even goes as far to say “In the next world God will see to those who waste their lives reading useless books when they should be about work”
A French philosopher once said; “A craving for freedom and independence is generated only in a man still living on hope” (Albert Camus). Krik? Krak! demonstrates this idea throughout a series of fictional short stories that illustrate the harsh and beautiful lives of Haitians. The author Edwidge Danticat portrays the idea that hope is crucial to survive through hardships and to attain freedom.
Class and gender/sexuality are complicated in “Drown” by Junot Díaz. Yunior and Beto are ex-best friends who are separated through the complications. Their relationship tenses up when Beto decides to better his life through education. At first glimpse, Yunior’s struggle with class and sexuality could be based within his homophobic fear. The typical understanding that Yunior’s unmotivated attitude stems from fear is flawed because it fails to recognize his stance to not change who he believes he is and where he is meant to be. When examined more closely, this assumption completely overlooks Díaz’s emphasis on different perspectives when it comes to coming of age. Although Yunior is younger than Beto, he challenges expectations, and instead of moving on with his life, he sticks to what he knows. Rather than conforming to the typical understanding, Yunior challenges this role by proving he has already grown up just in a different period than Beto.
The number of obstacles that the immigrants face makes people wonder, is it even worth leaving? The answer is always, “yes”, which makes outsides wonder how bad can it possibly be in their homes to make them want to go this dangerous journey. To get to the their new home, which is any country in Europe, they must cross the Mediterranean Sea where, “More than 2,000 migrants have died [...] trying to reach Europe this year” (Yu-Hsi Lee 1). Crossing the Mediterranean Sea does not end their painful expedition, but it is just the beginning, “migrants are so desperate to reach safety in Europe that they have put their lives in danger. Many have died crossing the sea in poorly made boats and riding on the tops of trains” (Associated Press). The people are putting themselves at major risks because they know the end result will be worth it. Getting out of their home country will lead them and their family for a better future. Furthermore, there are no records considering the amount of deaths from the migrants of the Dust Bowl, because when people died their families did not report the death. The families did not report the deaths because it cost money that they did not have. For the people trying to escape the Dust Bowl, “The trip itself is a painfully slow and dogged test of endurance and patience” (Quinn 1). The expedition for both parties of people tugs at emotions
“Someone says, Krik ? You answer, Krak ! And they say, I have many stories I could tell you” (Danticat 14). This collection of short stories is captivating. It shows the harsh reality of Haiti, but shows the beauty within as well. In the book, Krik Krak, a series of short stories, the author Danticat utilizes juxtaposition to create unique characters that in return create the overall depressing mood of the book. The specific examples that best display unique characters, setting an overall sense of depression are a maid, a depressed father, and a prostitute.
Boy Overboard is a novel by Morris Gleitzman. The story is about a boy, Jamal, and his family living in Afghanistan. His mum has been running an illegal school and the government has found out, so they have to try and flee the country and move to Australia. Throughout the book we follow them and see what situations they have to face. It is interesting because the author has put it in a way we can understand. The writer makes this happen by writing it in Jamal's point of view. This style is a narrative. The authors message tells us through a personal approach about a particular family. An important character in the novel is Bibi who is Jamal's sister. She is brave, sassy and caring. We see this in the way she does what she wants, how she speaks and how she cares for her family. She also breaks the the law when she is outside without a male companionship, not wearing her burqa and she is playing soccer with Jamal her brother and Jamal's friends. She is an important character as the authors message tell us because she helps Jamal fight the government in Afghanistan which is in the middle of a civil war.
In the Novel “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr in my opinion he is over reacting also overthinking his main point of explaining the issues.
Every novel or stories gives a fundamental ideas or lesson for the readers. Most of the lesson are informative and it brings a changes to the readers mind. There will be a universal of an ideas explored in a literature and readers can abstract numerous themes depending on each individual. Similarly, in the novel “the old man and the sea” Hemingway depicted several themes related to nature, people and so on. However determination can also be one of the theme for the readers because the old man, Santiago didn’t gave up fishing even if he had cramp but he took this as an encouragement in his old age. His strength of mind is still strong like his youth. Therefore this essay will emphasize on the old man’s struggle against marlin, battle of willingness and his bravery which supports the theme determination.
Being optimistic in tragic times, is a substantial challenge, but the people of Haiti find hope in each other. Author, Edwidge Danticat, portrays the idea of hope in a variety of different stories. Born in Port-au Prince, Haiti, Danticat’s background of Haiti, brings authenticity to the novel. The motif of family and friendship that thread throughs Danticat’s stories, suggests that even though people may be in times of despair, loved ones can bring a sense of hope.
Pablo Neruda's choice of diction and literary devices combine to give off a very calm and soft tone. Neruda, throughout the piece conveys a sense of calmness using sounds and words such as: “sea”, “me”, and “waves . Each of these words fly off of the tongue with ease and grace, similar to how the seas waves are. Neruda creates the image of being near the sea by his diction by choosing words with smooth sounds such as: “me” ,”rose”, “foam”, and “vast”. These words create the soft sounds like what we would see at the sea and that was Neruda’s goal. His vision was not only that we can imagine the sea by the sounds used, but to physically see it with our own eyes by the structure of the poem.
Hemingway presents the elements of failure and suffering in The Old Man and the Sea by depicting several instances of suffering and failure which the Old Man, Santiago, has to go through throughout the course of the novel. According to Hemingway, life is just one big struggle. In the beginning of the novel itself, The Old Man, is presented as a somewhat frail old man who is still struggling with his life as well as his past failures. His skiff even had a sail which bore great resemblance to “the flag of permanent defeat”, with its multiple patches all over.