The poem The Cremation of Sam Mcgee takes a lot of turns throughout but always seems to keep to the themes of perseverance and friendship. This is evident in the things that the narrator does throughout the poem to keep his promise to his friend. A promise that seemed impossible to accomplish in the dead of winter on an Artic trail. The poem is about a trip to the Yukon back in the days of the gold rush. The poems narrator tells us a story about his friend Sam Mcgee who freezes to death during their journey. Sam is from Tennessee and does not like the cold one bit. This is evident as he complains constantly about being cold “It wasn 't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee”. When the freezing weather started getting the best
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In Daniel Woodrell’s novel, Winter’s Bone, the bitter cold of a typical Ozark Winter highlights the harsh and bittersweet lives of the characters in the story. Ree’s quest to find her father interspersed with familial interactions are sharpened by Woodrell’s crafted imagery and descriptions of the merciless winter, and the phenomenal writing which included superb word choice, authentic dialect, and evocative figurative language. In fact, the book would not have the same emotional impact without them. Throughout this finely crafted book, Daniel Woodrell transports the reader to the stark, bleak, and grim reality of the Ozark mountains where the people and the poverty are synonymous. By juxtaposing descriptions of the raw winter and the protagonist Ree Dolly’s bleak life, the reader feels a more intense understanding and connection to the heart-rending plight and events of the characters.
Sometimes people find their family annoyed but they’re often there for youThe book is about a boy slava who was sitting around one day at school when the rebels attacked. Rebels are going against the government for their religion so they start a war. so slava ran to the bush and made a journey joining groups hoping to find his family. The book The Cremation of Sam McGee is by Robert w. Service the book is about Cap trying to cremate Sam McGee who died of the cold because he is mining for gold then he tries to cremate Sam McGee. Slava and cap use family/friends and determination to get through the challenges family and friends helped Slava and Cap to get through their challengesThe group that Slava is in with his uncle in the Akobo desert.
In the novel, As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner shapes the plot based on the looming presence of the absentee protagonist, Addie Bundren. The reader’s knowledge of Addie accumulates through the monologues of other characters, so the reader gains only bits and pieces of Addie’s character. However, after her death, the reader obtains a better understanding of Addie’s voice through her own monologue and as a result, is characterized as cold and selfish. Through the use of similes and interior monologue, Faulkner shows Addie’s tendency to detach herself from the people in her life, which relates to the novel’s overall theme of solitude as Addie adheres to her father’s philosophy that the reason for living is no more than “to get ready to stay dead a long time” (169).
In countless people's lives, the loss and grieving of a loved one, will most probably be experienced. In Steven Herrick's novel ‘by the river’ many of the characters from this novel too face the loss of loved ones as well due to death or physically leaving the town of which the novel is set in. These characters deal with the losses in a myriad of ways, however the most prominent of them would be the rituals that are undertaken to respect the person that they lost. They also try to escape the town physically and mentally, and feel the presence of their loved ones.
The story I wish to share this week for the written assignment is The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service. The story is about a man named Sam McGee and his quest for riches during the gold rush along trail in the frozen Yukon Territory. As he traveled with his best friend Cap, he spent a great deal of time whining and complaining about how ever since he left his home in Tennessee he had been cold. Many nights Cap had to endure the same conversation revolving around this topic.
He hides from the fact that his life is coming to a slow and impatient end. The two protagonists in these poems both take on the idea of death in two different ways. They know that death is lurking in the shadows waiting to take them down an unknown road. The personification of death in both of these poems also create
A promise is a jail sentence; once it’s placed upon one, there is no way to get out of it. In the narrative ballad, “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service, Cap, a Klondike gold miner, loses his sanity over a promise. Even though he kept his word, the reader learns that promises may have dire consequences because Cap goes insane by being overexposed to the harsh conditions and experiencing extreme isolation. In his attempt to keep his promise, Cap encounters Klondike’s bleak environment.
In “The Funeral,” author Henry James evinces the narrator’s inflated sense of self through a lampoon of the lower class—primarily via tones of irreverent degradation and supercilious condescension. Amidst the impoverished masses, the speaker finds himself intrigued by their dejected existence and paltry attempt to mourn the death of Mr. George Odger, a humble shoemaker. [add another sentence] Riddled with insouciance, haughtiness, and patronization, the author’s diction divulges the pompous outlook of the narrator. For instance, the onlooker continually mocks the “spectacle” of the funeral that he describes as one he “[would] have been sorry to miss.”
In the essay “I’m Jumping Off the Bridge,” Kevin Sampsell argues that life has more meaning to it than what is recognizable in order to convince the audience that no matter what feelings one has inside, assuming that there is no one and nothing to live for is not the truth. Sampsell deals with his struggles of depression and harmful thoughts after he meets a man at his job that expresses his feelings and desires to commit suicide by jumping off of a bridge. In this essay, Sampsell uses morose word choices to effectively show insight, heartbreak, and the responsibilities that involve one’s life after death. He is eloquent in his description of pain and desolation and has a rhetorical appeal, oriented around pathos, in his relatability. The reader
In the poem by Sax, he uses anaphoras in the end of the poem by using “this is … this is…” (l. 9-11) in the beginning of each sentence to describe the likeliness of each object to his emotion. The setting of his poem is more ambiguous than Levine’s poem but it could be inferred that it’s at night during winter it could also be in the character’s house during that time as the character remembers the memories that cause him to grieve. Levine’s poem uses symbolism to describe the character’s time of revelations during his process of grieving which is mentioned as a dance but is really the time spent walking in the woods (l. 19). The setting of Levine’s poem is in the woods which can be inferred from the imagery of pinecones and mountain
1. Discuss the effect of place in "The Sculptor’s Funeral." “The Sculptor’s Funeral” by Willa Cather revolves around the events that Henry Steavens witnessed when he attended his master’s funeral in a place filled with obscurities. In the short story, the effect of the place is shown by the town’s nature that is consumed with single minded people. The town has turned into drunks and corrupt people.
William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying follows the Bundren family on a journey while it explores the subject of heroism and discusses its subjectivity. The family travels on an expedition to bury Addie, the deceased mother of the protagonist, Darl Bundren, and his siblings. As days continue to pass, however, the journey seemed interminable. During the adventure, the family takes a stop at Gillespie’s barn for the evening. While they rest Darl sets the barn, in which the coffin sits, ablaze.
In “The Murder Traveller” poet William Cullen Bryant employs a variety of literary devices such as juxtaposition, imagery, and tone to create an eerie atmosphere, with the continual thought being that life goes on with or without you. The poet begins by using imagery to create a cynical tone that makes the reader feel unimportant. By using strong imagery of how beautiful nature is even after a person has died, shows the death of the traveler didn 't affect anything around it. The nature continues to grow, people 's lives continue, and the world goes on. The contrast between the imagery of the beauty of nature with the bluntness of a dead traveler, creates this sense of unimportance, “And many a vernal blossom sprung, And nodded careless
In this essay I have been asked to choose one of the twelve sections from ‘Staying Alive ‘and discuss why I believe it to be the most effective. It is clear that section 9 ‘War and Peace’ is the most effective. War poetry is harsh and to the point. It is filled with gruesome images and vivid descriptions of war time. The poems in this section will resonate with you for a lifetime.