3885 Wednesday Wars March “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”- Winston Churchill. In the novel The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt, the protagonist, Holling Hoodhood, has a friend named Mai Thi from a Vietnam, she is a refugee. Mrs. Bigio, a teacher from their school, Camillo Junior High, got news from the war saying her husband was supposedly dead. She was determined to find a way for her sorrow to disappear, by accusing Mai Thi for this treachery. Although, Mrs. Bigio thought this, it was not true.
Ruth Lynch was a young girl when she read “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Lynch said that it gave her hope that not all Caucasians were evil and eased her fear of living in a racist world. Laura Bush, the former first lady, says Lee’s novel was created to bring the country together despite the many different backgrounds. Actress Tina Sloan explained how her and her friends were awakened and realized just what racial prejudice was. Anna Strasberg, another actress says that she believes the novel will teach people to trust others more and not judge a book by its cover.
However, Miss Brill has many complications; she suppresses the sadness of her life just beneath the surface, and just when it seems she is on the verge of self-acceptance the adolescents insult her beloved fur. Instead of touching the readers hearts in a sentimental way, Mansfield managed to tap into our fears. I was surprised with Richard Nordguist’s perspective on the short story because he seemed to take a different meaning from it than I did. Towards the end of this review he states that Miss Brill was amidst of self-discovery when she was let down and after thinking back on the story I can agree. Nordguist suggests that just like Miss Brill, we also fear of being “laughed off the stage” and I plan to integrate that idea into my paper.
Previously published children’s literature on the Viet Nam/American War struggled with depicting war’s horrors while avoiding traumatizing young readers. Some books simplified the historical and political context of the war and presented a message of hope and friendship, resulting in the representation of the Vietnamese as victims in need of American assistance. This gesture is nowhere more exemplified than in Angel Child, Dragon Child (1989), story by Michele Maria Surat and pictures by Vo-Dinh Mai. In this picture book, the protagonist Ut and her sisters are in the States without their mother. The children are ridiculed by other students for the way they speak and dress.
“For My Daughter” by Weldon Kees (1940) Some people come into our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons. These words from Mother Theresa describe Weldon Kees poem For My Daughter written in the 1940’s which is the time of World War II. Throughout this war people have lived in a time when medicine was not very developed, and frequently children fell upon bad circumstances because of their situation. You can obviously tell from the opening of this poem that the speaker is talking about his daughter and certain that his daughter is basically destined to have a forbidding life with no future.
The play undoubtedly showed that she was helpless in defending herself and is instead, safeguarded through the exposure of her situation. Susan Glaspell’s Trifles tells the audience that women should not be regarded as lesser individuals – less intelligent or less able. Further, that if women are being silenced and deprived, it will lead to revolution, revolt and revenge. Throughout the Trifles play, dominance of men is obvious. While women were recognized with modest voices compared to louder men.
Elizabeth Bowen might have added the Psychological scene from her point of view as a small child. As a small child she would have watched her father’s mental state slowly deteriorate. Mrs. Kathleen Drover went crazy and delusional because of the war. She could barely function normally when she went back to her home in the city. Bowen shows the psychological damages that a war can cause on someone.
There were a couple primary-source letters that were talked about in this film. One of them was a letter from a non-Jewish woman to her mother-in-law talking about Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. In the beginning of the letter, the women feels pity with the Jews but towards the end her ton changes and she even states that from all the belongings thrown the Jewish individuals apartments she realized just how much the Jews possessed that what they possessed were things that non-Jews didn’t have or didn’t have enough of. Another letter that was shared is from a victim of the Holocaust and paints a different picture than the one from the non-Jewish woman. This letter was thrown from a train by Dr. Otto Simmons at the end of August 1942 and said; “My dears, we are on our way to Poland, nothing has helped, there are 50 of us in one car.
Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters find several items that were “women things”, such as an unfinished quilt and a bird in a box with its neck snapped. These items are key symbols, not only to the play, but to the motive of the murder. Mrs. Wright never revealed that her husband had done cruel things to her, but her husband was known to be harsh at times. Mrs. Hale brings up how Mrs. Wright lived before she married, “I heard she used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir. But that-oh, that was thirty years ago.” (Glaspell) After marrying to John, Minnie did not have a multitude of freedoms as before.
She acts like a sympathetic person, but in reality she is cold and judgmental. When Hellen Crane shares her concern about her six month old infant not being able to walk or sit, Miss Strangeworth tells Hellen Crane, “[a]ll babies are different. Some of them develop much more quickly than others” (Jackson 224) and calls the baby “Her Highness” (Jackson 224). Later on, she writes a very unpleasant letter to the Crane family saying “DIDN’T YOU EVER SEE AN IDIOT CHILD BEFORE? SOME PEOPLE JUST SHOULDN’T HAVE CHILDREN, SHOULD THEY?” (Jackson 225).
She just stopped visiting and sending letters and whenever my dad mentioned her to my mama she would cry. So I 'm guessing she in a better place.”, the chubby boy responded. “Aren 't any of you sad or afraid ya might not ever see ya family again?” , the chubby boy asked. “ I know I am. That question was the fact everyone was trying not to face.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall is a novel based on the clash of two cultures---the Hmong culture and the American culture. A little Hmong girl is diagnosed with epilepsy which her parents believe is caused by spirits. Because of this belief, they try to cure her illness not with western medication but their own Hmong ways. There is a huge misunderstanding between the parents and the doctors that Anne Fadiman explores. Anne Fadiman provides readers with a vivid, detailed history of the Hmong in Laos to their involvement in the Vietnam War to their struggles in America that explains this clash.
The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles educates people about the horrors that happened with exhibits like the Tolerance exhibits and Holocaust exhibits.One of the more well-known victims of the holocaust is Anne Frank.She was a young girl who lived in a hidden Annex for ,ore than 2 years.Her story is very sad,mysterious as well as funny,because in the beginning she was talking about her friends and how annoying,funny,smart ect,and it was sad when she was talking about how she saw Jews getting dent to camps and eventually getting killed as well as it was mysterious because when the tho Nazis soldiers were coming to look for them.The Tolerance exhibits helps people to understand the different meanings of tolerance and they must never reapeat it self again.The Holacaust exhibits helps people to understand the horrible things that happened during WW II so that in the future it won 't happen again.The Anne Frank exhibit features the life of a young teenage girl and her encredible journey staying hidden in an Annex for more than a year.Another important lesson one can take away from Anne Frank is that the Human Spirit may never be forgotten because she was strong in very hard times.The Museum of tolerance is a fascinating place to learn about WW II and very important
This was reality for most people in Japan, in Document 4 Takeharu Terao one of the few Atomic Bomb Survivors in Hiroshima says “Just before eight, an air raid siren sounded. We took cover while complaining, because we were already accustomed to the siren.” These students weren’t even prepared for an attack, they didn’t expect anyone to bomb a populated city no matter how bad the war had gotten but America did. There were many bombing during WWII but the reason why they aren’t talked about as much as the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima is because they were bombings on military bases and soldiers, most soldiers were prepared to die for their country and would do anything to keep their country safe but citizens aren’t required to feel the same. They were innocent people, families were torn apart, children were killed and hospitals, a place where you were supposed to recover were destroyed (Document 7). These attacks were acts of total war on citizens and were completely immoral and America could’ve made a much better
People were scared of the epidemic and accused anyone with flu like symptoms and was basically a salem witch trials part two. In the end, “Influenza vaccine was first introduced as a licensed product in the United States in 1944”(Goldberger). In spite of taking 26 years to introduce influenza vaccines it is a great accomplishment because it will protect us from future viruses and