In the fictional short story ‘What of This Goldfish, Would you wish’, Sergei Goralick, a Russian hermit living in Jaffa, was fishing on one of his valued late night fishing trips, when he caught a magical goldfish that granted him three wishes. He uses his first two wishes in order to help his friends, but is hesitant to use his last. Sergei knows that when he uses his third wish, he has to let his goldfish, who is now his best friend, free. One day, a boy named Yonatan comes to Sergei 's home, and asks him questions about what he would wish for.
I am reading “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” by W.D Wetherell, and I am on page 5. This short story is about a boy, the narrator, that has a crush on a girl, Sheila Mant. He learns little details about her as he observes and analysis her. As the summer goes on, he finally makes the decision to ask her out on a date, soon he would face a challenge that, at that time, must have been the hardest decision he’s ever had to make. Being compelled to choose between getting the girl, or catching a bass that would have been considered the biggest catch.
As Seymour is a survivor from the war with loss of innocence due to visualization of vigorous violence, Seymour has lost his innocence. Then, his inability to associate with others leads him to talk to Sybil, who is innocent and differs from other adults in the world Seymour lives in. Therefore, he wants to recover his innocence by contacting with Sybil without hesitation. Seymour’s actions of recovering his innocence shows how he desperately wants it and the symbolism of bananafish demonstrates how Seymour expresses his idea differently to Sybil. In short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” is about Seymour Glass trying to associate with society but all he could do is to
After viewing Moonlight, which was personally my favorite film of the year, I choose to analyze the scene when Blue takes Chiron to the ocean and teaches him to swim (17:20-19:30). This scene first drew my attention because of Blue’s character. The dynamic of a crack dealer with a heart-of-gold has this duality about it where my heart tells me to love him as a person, but my head tells me that this person is Chiron’s mother’s dealer, and I should despise him for it. Yet, when I watch this scene I can’t help but think of how much I love Blue as a character. He is able to fill in for the role of a father figure, and teach Chiron about life.
In the excerpt from Moments of Being, Virginia Woolf reflects on her childhood summers fishing with her father and the lessons she learns from it. Woolf uses different language devices to convey the lasting significance of a valuable lesson she learns from her father and her memory of “sporting” passion and happiness to draw on in her adult life. Throughout the passage, Woolf uses literary devices to describe her experiences with her father. She uses imagery to describe Thoby as he steers the boat, the sea and the fish in it, and the joy in the sport of fishing.
In Atonement, Robbie is sent away to prison and later the war shortly after expressing his love for Cecilia, after being falsely accused of raping her cousin Lola. After Robbie is separated from his battalion, he and two other corporals make their way across France on their way to Dunkirk, where the British Army is evacuating. The letters between Cecilia and Robbie, the memory of their one meeting since he was taken form the Tallis house, and his longing for their future together are sustaining Robbie through his journey to Dunkirk. This kind of love story is one featured in many texts throughout time, and from interest by readers, appears to be timeless. This theme acts as an escape and allows the readers to put aside from their own life, as any good book should do, and to focus on understanding the love Robbie and Cecilia share.
The teenage narrator (WB) of ‘The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,’ and the narrator (Alice) in ‘Boys and Girls’ experience the journey to discovering their own identity. As they mature, they become accustomed to comfortable with their identity. WB struggled with whether to impress a girl or catch a rare big bass in the lake. Alice struggled on whether to conform to her family’s expectations and on what culture says or act out upon her morals. Reaching the end of both stories, both narrators comes to a realization, WB realizing how his passion is worth more than impressing a temporal girl, while Alice realizes that she is subconsciously conforming to her gender stereotype.
We first see Romeo walking along a beach next to the water as he mourns the fact that his love, Rosaline will go out with him. Juliet is originally in a reluctant relationship with Paris and we first see her in a bathtub filled with water. Both of the main characters destined to love each other are first seen with water, therefore water must have something to do with their love. Paris is another figure of love in Romeo and Juliet. The entire play Paris tries desperately to marry Juliet.
The short story opens with one of the narrator’s early childhood memories of learning to open her eyes under water in her family’s bathroom. Under her father’s supervision, she daringly dunks herself under the water of the bathtub, despite her lingering apprehension. This is the protagonist's first experience with conquering her fear of the water in order to discover a something new about herself that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, and thus her swimming career begins. These opening lines, though rather innocent, introduce Strutt’s developing theme of the significant role that emotions play concerning one’s perception of a situation. One of humanity’s more vulnerable aspects, foresight is easily influenced by how one feels in a given situation.
In the movie Moonlight, the significance of water in Chiron’s life appears multiple times, like his christening experience when learning how to swim, to dipping his head into ice water, to his first sexual experience with Kevin by the ocean. While growing up, Chiron had been found by Juan, his mother's drug dealer. Although Juan was supplying to his mother, He and his girlfriend Theresa had befriended chiron and had cared for him. Chiron, realizing that Juan had been a cause for the trouble in his life at home, had caused somewhat of an internal conflict, but he had continued to grow affection for Juan after time. After an argument between Chiron and his mother, he had asked Juan “What’s a faggot?”.
“If you don 't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.” (66) This is Jeannette’s father Rex teaching her how to swim by throwing her back into the water after sinking the first time. It is also a good representation of Rose Mary and Rex’s parenting skills insteading of coddling their children they present them with challenging them, some even life threatening, that the children are faced with. Jeannette Walls’ shows very little personal reflection in The Glass Castle though she does show a lot of detail in events, written like a piece of journalism.
The poem We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks focuses on what activities the troubled group of seven teenagers partake in to make apeal cool. The symbolism, imagery and tone shown in, “We Real Cool” illustrates how losing one’s identity to become part of a uncaring group in adolescence and social norms will lead one to an early visit to the grave. Gwendolyn uses symbolism throughout her poem to get the readers to perceive the poem in an abstract way. In the subtitle, the word golden symbolises summer, youth and daytime. This becomes an ironic name for the pool hall, because the wandering, carefree lives of the pool players seem to be anything but golden.
Novelist, Amy Tan, in her excerpt, Fish Cheeks, reminisces over a boy she had a crush on when she was fourteen. Tan 's purpose is to entertain and teach a lesson. She espouses a sentimental attitude in order to appeal to her adult readers. Tan draws her readers in by making a drastic contrast in the introductory paragraph stating, "He was not Chinese, but as white as Mary in the manger.