Irony is the most powerful literary device used in the short story, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. First, a good example of irony in the story is “They were burdened with sashweights sand bags of birdshot, and their faces were masked, so that no one, seeing a free and graceful gesture or a pretty face, would feel like something the cat drug in.” (P,2 Line, 11-13) This quote is Ironic as it tells how this system was designed to hide beauty, yet beauty was still shown by the amount of restraints on the person. Second, another good example of irony is, “The spectacles were intended to make him not only half-blind, but to give him whanging headaches besides.”(P,11 Line,4) This is an example of how gifted people’s lives were harder than
In the book, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich writes the story, “Serving in Florida.” She describes her experience living as an undercover waitress when in reality she’s a journalist for culture and politics with a doctorate in biology. Ehrenreich experiences trying to survive on multiple low income jobs to understand what it is like to be in their shoes instead of being apart of the higher middle class. Ehrenreich uses imagery, diction, pathos and logos to strategize her story and make it more appealing to the readers who are higher income people wanting them to understand how difficult low income life can be.
Moreover, the example above also contributes to Eighner’s description of diving and scavenging ethics by showing the reader that some people, particularly, college students, are wasteful and that Eighner is simply making use of what they are throwing out. Eighner is, “[taking] what [he] can use and [letting] the rest go by. . . .
Eighner’s attention to language in the first five paragraphs causes the reader to view dumpster diving differently than they normally would. By providing the reader with his own personal views of how he sees a dumpster diver, and the terms he prefers to use when referring to them, Eighner inserts a more positive perspective over dumpster diving. For example, Eighner “I live from the refuse of others, I am a scavenger” (Eighner 108). Eighner indirectly dismisses the typical negative ideas about dumpster diving and instead puts it in a more positive light. Eighner’s use of language in these paragraphs appeals more to pathos since he utilizes diction, such as when he mentions that he sees dumpster diving as “a sound and honorable niche” (Eighner 108), to
As Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Donovan Livingston, a graduate at Harvard Graduate School of Education, has similar views on education. His passionate and inspiring speech called “Lift Off” was given at HGSE’s Commencement Ceremony on May 25, 2016. The speech discusses the importance of education as well as the obstacles and injustices students, especially those of color, have experienced throughout history in getting an education. Livingston’s graduating classmates who are becoming teachers, as well as teachers and educators in general, are the audience of his speech. He directly speaks about past teachers and experiences with education he's had, and his hopes for future teachers.
Eighner’s Dumpster diving is all about scavenging, trashes that seems to be more valuable that it seems. The author appeals to ethos, logos, pathos throughout the essay. Eighner had enough experience as a dumpster that he knew what was valuable and what wasn’t, so he would just take what has value and would leave the things that he thought was unnecessary, so he appeals to ethos in this.
The passage in question is taken from Jon Krakauer’s personal account of his endeavour to summit Everest in 1996, and it is a description of Jon Krakauer’s experiences while at approximately 21,000 feet on the mountain itself. The book is called Into Thin Air, and was published a mere year after the tragedy that struck the team headed by Rob Hall, the founder of a mountaineering agency: Adventure Consultants. In this specific extract, Krakauer uses vivid imagery and similes in his description of the surroundings to show the obvious peril that climbing the most formidable peak on the planet entails. Additionally, he deploys diction that conveys his initial shock when he sees the corpses, as opposed to the other climbers, who seemed to be fairly
In Fast Food Nation, the author uses multiple rhetorical strategies to achieve an overall tone and effect. One device, however, was utilized throughout the book. To achieve the tone of disapproval, pathos, the appeal to emotions, was strongly used in each part of the book. For example, the book states, “At times the animals are crowded so closely together it looks like a sea of cattle, a mooing, moving mass of brown and white fur that goes on for acres.” This appeals to the readers emotions because it discusses the cruel treatment of cows. These animals are about to be slaughtered, and they have to endure these poor conditions up until their death. This helps convey the tone of disapproval by providing an example of improper methods used in
Irony is often used in literature to illustrate certain situations to the audience. In some pieces of literature that might be pointing out an unjust system, in others that might be to add a comedic effect, but whatever situation the author wants to illustrate, irony is very beneficial. Through small and witty, one-liners, or a bigger dramatic irony situation contrasting two very different situations, irony can be very beneficial for the reader to understand the story. Both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins have a corrupt dystopian society. Through the use of irony, the author can portray the corruptness to the audience. Transition!!! Irony is used in both “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and The Hunger
Every obstacle in life makes you stronger even if at the time you think you’re going through hell and don’t know how you’re going to get out. In the novel Lord Of The Flies by William Golding the author uses many ways in each different situation to develop the theme of the novel. Every story has situations that are shocking to the reader, and this book was great at letting the reader know what’s going on before the character.
Time To Stop Hooking Up,” By Donna Freitas is a very interesting and relatable article to students in College. This article is very persuasive, as to many of the things the author points out are indeed true. It’s a must read article, and will easily catch your attention, it proposes how hooking up is the norm, there should be more dating involved, feelings of college students.
Differences are often produced during the conversation, reduce differences, won the approval of the people is the focus of the third chapter. Twelve method completely summarized how to better won the approval of the others, and others on the same point of view. There are several kinds of twelve method is my father taught me before. Article 3 the If you 're wrong, admit and article 8 stand in others point of view. When I was a child often makes mistakes when my father was often criticized me. I am a very like to debate, I 'm with my family go to great lengths to explain why not because of my own and make mistakes. But the fact is that or did I do wrong, hurt, are spending their parents money, dad didn 't want to quarrel with me, but said to
Eighner also implements the use of irony to reflect his attitude towards wastefulness. Dumpsters are originally designed for the discard of the worthless. Contrasting, the dumpsters Eighner’s referring to are “very rich” and full of good items like food and journals. Eighner’s use of irony notes how society today is careless of what they throw out. The consumers can make something worthless, priceless. Throughout the essay, Eighner criticizes the college students that throw away good food. He implies that they are ignorant and wasteful by not being unaware if food is spoiled or not. The irony is that the students are the ones who are spoiled, paying for life with “Daddy’s money.” His attitude is patronizing and slightly narcissistic, believing
In Wendell Berry’s “Waste” the author argues that the centralization of industries is the reason for the wastefulness of the people in the US. Since these industries are centralized we are forced to buy food from places filled with plastics and mass produced foods. In the essay Wendell Berry uses logos in order to convey the message that both corporations and people in the US play an equal role in the creation of waste.
The examples of irony listed above are only a few places in the book where irony is obviously present. Along with the instances already mentioned, there are also broader cases of irony in the novel that may not be so easily depicted. A dead and rotting body being hauled city to city for more than a week before it finally buried is humorous in itself. A youngster making holes in a coffin because he doesn’t truly understand that the person inside is dead also strikes the reader as comical. Furthermore, making a cast out of cement which ends up making the problem worse, and then busting off the cast with hammer and wedge is completely ironic and cannot help but encourage a good chuckle. Dewey Dell being taken advantage of by the Jefferson pharmacy worker is merely another instance of irony that surrounds the nature of the novel. Essentially, the irony of the novel could be summarized in a quote from Vardaman, “My mother is a fish” (Faulkner 84). The never ending list of ironic situations causes the reader to approach the novel through a carefree perspective, which makes the novel easier to laugh and joke