Literary elements are like weather, they are always there and add more to the book like excitement or suspense.they also give the book a little more interesting instead of something being always the exact same. figurative language can be compared to rainy, sunny, and snowy weather “Ashes” is a short story that features the protagonist Ashleigh struggles inside to help her dad as well to do the right thing. Susan Beth Pfeffer’s short story “Ashes” included many different literary elements such as figurative language, theme, and conflict.
The role of parents in a child’s life is an irreplaceable one. Children are shaped by what they see their parents do and how they see them act. Children can choose to pattern themselves after what they see their parents do or they can choose to avoid being like their parents. In the story ‘Ashes’ by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Recent research shows, fathers affect the lives of their young adult daughters in intriguing and occasionally surprising ways. Ashes’ father can be mostly described as a good parent.
Amy Tan’s “Confessions” initially appears to stand as a story of verbal and physical abuse, but later is uncovered to be a tale of the complexity of truth and unknown. The narrator describes a moment in her life when she was confronted by anger, fear, and isolation, in the face of young adulthood. She must deal with her threatening and unstable mother, who is slowly losing her memory. By the end of the story, the narrator emphasizes her mother’s Alzheimer's diagnosis and the effect is has on her, as her mother no longer remembers the past, or the abuse she inflicted on her.
The realistic fiction story, “Ashes”, by Susan Beth Pfeffer is about a young girl who has two very polar opposite parents. A fun, but irresponsible father, and a practical, proactive mother. Ashes faces a major dilemma when her financially troubled father asks Ashes to steal from her mother’s emergency fund for his own personal needs. Sometimes, the people you love most can be selfish and deceive you. This relates to my story because Ashes’ dad is manipulative, deceptive, and selfish.
People do not know the numerous hardships a young German girl can encounter throughout her childhood. Throughout the novel Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, a young German girl named Liesel, encounters several hardships. She is separated from her father, her brother dies, and finally she is separated from her mother and given to foster parents who only want her for money. She struggles with being different from other children when she is sent to school where she reads in front of the class, even though she does not know how to read and embarasses herself. She then takes it upon herself to learn to read and write. Liesel then has a difficult secret to keep involving the arrival of Max, a German Jew. The hardships of a young German girl are
Almost everyone, if not everyone, has been in a sticky situation like Ashleigh’s in nearing the end of “Ashes,” by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Ashleigh’s parents got divorced, when she was still young, because her dad is a very childish man. Her dad owes two hundred dollars, because he lost a bet to some people. Ashleigh’s father and mother used to live together, and the father knows about a teapot that hold a couple hundred dollars at Ashleigh’s mom’s apartment. Ashleigh will take the money from the teapot and give it to her dad, because she doesn’t want to let him down, her father makes her feels sorry for him, and her father makes promises to her.
Her relationship with her mother is not good in the story. Her mother compares Connie
This book is written in the main character’s point of view- a fifteen year-old female named Anika Dragomir, and follows her through her sophomore year. The love story between Anika and Logan is touching yet emotionally devastating with their realistic, high school, roller-coaster-like romance. Even though this is a sadder tale there are still
Ashleigh is faced with a mind-numbing decision. In the short story Ashes, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Ashleigh is a young girl with divorced parents. When her dad asks her to take money from her mom to get him out of debt, Ashleigh has to choose. She can either betray her mother and steal her emergency money or leave her father in a desperate situation. The story ends before this conflict can be resolved, yet the unrevealed ending is clear. It can be assumed that Ashleigh ultimately decided to take her mom’s money to help her dad because most of the commentary concerning her mother is negative while commentary concerning her father is positive, Ashleigh connects more deeply with her dad, and her mind perceives the sound of
In the short story by Susan Pefefer “Ashes,” is about a young girl, Ashes, who is in a middle of fights between her mother and father. Ashes mother, is a uptight, hard worker, that doesn’t have the biggest dreams. Ashes father, is a fun, dreamer, that has some holes responsibility wise. Ashes loves and trust both of her parents but, when her dad puts her in a hard position she questions that trust. This story shows, even if you’re are supposed to trust someone does that mean they are trustworthy?
“I could hear my father's car keening in the distance .”You're one in a million,it cried” (1). This statement shows Ashleigh’s love for her father. Her parents are divorced and her father is an outgoing man and her mother as it said in the story “is as straight as a yardstick “. As you can see they are very different and her dad needs a little bit of help.The father needs to take money from her mother and Ashleigh is the only one who can do it.Ashleigh chose to help her father because she spent more time with her dad instead of her mother, she had a closer bond with her father , and she thinks her dad needs help.
Ashleigh is now a criminal. She hasn’t seen her father in over a year after he divorced her mom. When Ashleigh is told that he needs $200 to pay off some shady alleyway businessman, She jumps at the chance. When they arrive at her mother’s house to take some of her money Ashleigh is starting to have second thoughts about the whole idea, but after a few moments consideration she remains on track to aid her father in the escapade. The reasons she stole the money are because she likes her dad more than her mom, she is compassionate to her dad's situation, and she is confident that her mother won’t notice the missing money.
In the beginning of the story, the readers can understand that is Ashes talking about her parents. Her mom is a practical person and always ready for anything, extra batteries for flashlights
The mother-daughter relationship in this novel is unlike the previous one written by Amy Chua. It is evident this relationship is fragile and unhealthy. Amy Tan’s mother forces Amy to practice piano by dragging her from the couch to the piano and yelling. Amy tan, the daughter in the novel, states, “Her mouth was open, smiling crazily as if she were pleased that I was crying”(Tan 141-142). The daughter is frightened by her mother’s harsh mental and physical abuse. She wants to make her mother feel the same way, so she reacts grimly.Without thinking, she shouts, “Then I wish I'd never been born..I wish I were dead, Like them”(141-142). As if on command, the mother leaves the room with a stunned expression covering her normally angry face. These events determine the resentful strict tone throughout the passage. This mother-daughter relationship depicts the exact opposite of a loving and caring
The Book Thief” is a historical fiction novel. It was written by Markus Zusak. It was a New York Times #1 Bestseller. It has also won several awards. Liesel Meminger is the main character. The book focuses on her journey and remarkable events that happen throughout her lifetime. The narrator in this book is death. It is a little confusing, but it is a very interesting view-point given by the author. At the beginning of the story, Liesel is only a little nine year-old girl. Her mother is a communist and is on the run from Nazis. Her mother is trying to find Liesel and Liesel’s brother a new home. On the way to Liesel and her brother’s new home, her brother dies of whooping cough. Liesel witnesses her brother’s death on the train on the way to her foster parent’s house. After her brother’s death, Liesel is very confused with life. She becomes very angry with her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa. Once she arrives at Hans and Rosa’s house, she starts to become exposed to the terrible things that the Nazis do. She tries her best to remain normal, but it is hard for her. She makes friends with a young boy at her new school, but it is a love-hate relationship with him. He is constantly asking Liesel for a kiss. Liesel, obviously, is not interested in kissing this young man named Rudy.