In preparation for this paper I chose to read Fire in the ashes: twenty five years among the poorest children in America by Jonathan Kozol. In this book Kozol has followed these children and their family’s lives for the past twenty five years. In his writing Kozol portrays a point of view most from his background and standing would not be capable of having. He portrays what life is like for those who have been let down by the system that was meant to protect them. Kozols writing style can be very blunt at times, not for shock value, but for the sake of portraying these children’s realities, and not sugarcoating the inequalities that they are faced with. There was a lot of balance within this book. In the book there are two parts: part one
In Walt Whitman’s “By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame” we see the poem being narrated from the perspective of a soldier in war who is settled on the floor as a procession winds around him. This soldier has experienced horrifying events from the battles and has lost many things because of it; nevertheless he continues the fight and soothes himself with thoughts of his loved. Whitman uses the word procession three different times in this poem and they all refer to the same type of procession because of the homogeneous terms he uses to describe each, because of the events he describes around him and his reference to the procession as thoughts.
All in all, in Hanging Fire, Audre Lorde is hurt, depressed, and wishes to die. She allows herself this thinking pattern because of all the examples she gives the reader as well as momma being in the bedroom with the door closed. Towards the end of the poem, she even second guesses about living long enough to grow up. “Will I live long enough/ to grow up”. Be incorpuratingthis in her work, she is clearly stating that she does not know if she will live to be an adult, if even her current situation. All she is, is sad, and wants a way out of her current
A lot of people "'understand what it is to strive for something... to want to be someone you're not, to want to achieve something that's just beyond reach, whether it's professional success or wealth or idealized love - or a 4.0 or admission to [UNLV]'" (Rimer 1). Wanting to achieve something can sometimes lead to the extremes. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby made some wrong turns in order to achieve his dreams and wealth, but still wasn't enough to be where he wanted to be. Having a green light or main goal in life may decide if someone goes in the wrong direction and ends up in the wrong place. My green light is going to UNLV and becoming a teacher, has definitely been affected by my family and my background; just like Gatsby, involving others in my progress, except not doing immoral or illegal things.
The story “A Wall of Fire Rising” written by Edwidge Danticat has many similarities to the short story “Volar” written by Judith Ortiz Cofer. In “A Wall of Fire Rising” a poor Hattian family struggles to make ends meet on a daily basis. The father who is named Guy dreams of flying away in a hot air balloon to a better place where he can provide more for his family. Guy wants a better life, and his only escape of reality is through his son’s line recital for a play. Feeling hopeless, Guy makes an ultimate choice to escape reality by committing suicide by jumping off a hot air balloon in midair. Similarly in “Volar” a young girl dreams of escaping reality and having the perfect body image of a superhero named “Supergirl”. The girl dreams of having
Teenage insecurities have been the consistent theme throughout Audre Lorde’s poem, “Hanging Fire”. The speaker is a fourteen year old girl who appears to be an African American. She is high in neuroticism as she is anxious and worried throughout the poem. Like every other teenager going through this adolescent phase of life; the speaker of this poem is also very self-centred. The narrator feels self-conscious and “betrayed” in her own skin when she personifies, “my skin has betrayed me” (Lorde 2). The betrayal of skin can be referred to as simple as acne prone skin during puberty. However, assuming the narrator to be an African American the context of “betrayal” could also be the indication of race and skin colour. The phrase “how come my
Every teen today has their own problems, the poem Hanging Fire, represented the perspective of the typical teenager that told us of problems she once faced. Additionally, her ideas and opinions are well related and true to that perspective. The basic idea of the poem described the negative thoughts and feelings the writer went through, at school and with her mother.
All things are capable of change in our world, and the symbolism of fire in Lord of the Flies is no different. In the book a group of boys land on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. They try to build a society built on the ideas of the adult society they came from. At first the boys seemed to be structured and ordered, but soon their primal instincts of savagery came out changing their system into a horrifying nightmare. Throughout Lord of the Flies, the strength and purpose of the fire created by the boys seems to be a meter of the boys connection to civilization, where towards the beginning it is strong and valiant, and then slowly loses its importance and burns out and finally it encircles the whole island due to its savage purposes
The theme in the story tells me that I have to appreciate myself and love me and my flaws or I won’t be happy. I shouldn’t let what others think of me affect how I think of myself. Being perfect isn’t everything as long as you’re happy and comfortable with who you are that’s all that matters. We’re all humans so no matter what we do we won’t be perfect. There’s so much criticizing we lose sight of what there’s good in us because all we worry about is the negativity in us instead of focusing on the positive things that we like about ourselves. Instead of looking at yourself in the mirror everyday criticizing yourself we should start pointing out the positive things and start complimenting yourselves you’ll be happier that way it. Even if you did perfect one of those flaws somehow in a surgical way you’ll always find something else to be negative about so either you never win. It’s better to overcome those flaws and be proud of what you are. Appreciate what you have and what you are because you could have it
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, or you’ll be criticized anyway.” - Eleanor Roosevelt. This quote means to me that you should always do the right thing even though you think you’ll be criticized for doing the right thing because the truth is, people will judge you either way. The story of hanging fire is right at the point that where the girl can make a decision to either change her life for the better, or for the worse. So the quote is talking about her having to make that right or wrong decision. I relate to this story the most because I have depression, feel like my parents don't love me, and complain about the things I don't have.
Throughout “Hanging Fire”, copious examples of negativity riddle the entire work which has caused me to come to the conclusion that someone 's mindset can severely affect their chance to capitalize on opportunities.
Overcoming obstacles is an important part of any task, insignificant, or earth shattering, consider the example of Terry Fox. This young man traveled across Canada even though he faced not only cancer but the loss of his leg. Through his perseverance and determination he managed to defy the odds and achieve his dream. This young man shows the crucial nature of overcoming obstacles by demonstrating the sense of achievement, accomplishment of goals, and the work ethic that coincides with said achievement and accomplishment.
When faced with individuals that misunderstand my goals and never-failing curiosity about the world around me, an important thing I have learned is that everyone comes from a different background and was raised in an environment that could have been entirely different from mine. My peers might not have my focus academically because their parents might not have pressured them to do well in school. Some might misunderstand why I'm involved in several clubs because they're just trying to graduate from high school and see no need to participate.
A majority of people have most likely heard the phrase “you are you 're own worst enemy” at least once in their life. The phrase is communicating the belief that one can become their own biggest obstacle in life. Ralph Marston, an American writer, proclaims that a person must focus on the obstacles ahead of them instead of becoming fixated on themself. To achieve success one must not hesitate. Confidence is key. Multiple inspirational stories support Marston’s advice that is clearly valid, and useful when chasing one’s own success.
Don’t just set your goals to pass but do it to surpass others. If you do it to just pass but not do it to be better than others, then you will have a feeling of guilt when you see other people who are better than you. For example, Ed Sheeran, when he was young he wanted to do music so he learnt how to play the guitar and listened to a lot of music while on