The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is the tale of Hayley Kincain, a seventeen year old girl, and her incredibly unstable life with Andy, her father. Andy is a war veteran who suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder, and is constantly assaulted by horrific memories of the past. Hayley’s mother perished in a car accident soon after Hayley was born, while Andy was still deployed in Iraq. Hayley was raised by her grandmother Barbara until Hayley was seven, at which point Barbara died and Andy returned home to care for Hayley. However, Andy’s past war experiences and the horrifying events that he had seen on the battlefield haunted him endlessly. Rather than living a traditional life in an ordinary home,
Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher and author, once stated, “The well-being of a community of people working together will be the greater, the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of his work, the more of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow-workers, the more his own needs are satisfied, not out of his own work but out of the work done by others” (“Recording of Society”). This quote represents the true meaning of a discourse community. A discourse community is a group of social individuals that work together to reach a common goal, understand the same basic values and assumptions, and use a unique kind of communication to reach their set goal or purpose. A good example of a discourse community is the organization
Owls are represented uniquely in many cultures, contrasting from a boogeyman to a wise old owl. This is very similar to the portrayal of people like Ultima. Some consider them curanderas, or magical healers, while others believe they are evil brujas. Bless Me, Ultima is set in 1940s New Mexico, which is important to the plot as the mix of cultures combine to make a superstitious and unique belief system. In Bless Me, Ultima the owl appears in dangerous moments of Antonio’s life. Because the owl is spiritually linked to Ultima, the reader has a reinforced sense that Ultima is watching over Antonio.
Although I did get confused while reading the book a few times, I think most individuals would enjoy it. I read this book all in one day, as it was a type of book that is super hard to stop reading after you start it. I wouldn’t recommend starting this book, if the reader doesn’t have time to read a majority of the book in one sitting. I believe a busy person would get too confused and lost in the book, since they wouldn’t have time to sit down and read the whole book. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone under the age of fourteen, as it can be very sad at times.
One of my favorite things about this book is that it is based on a true crime and at the end of the book there is the kid’s poem about Christopher which is very touching. The book had many good parts to it. The only thing I didn’t like about this is that it actually was based on a true story, and it’s sad to learn that the nice kid was murdered. Another favorite part of mine was when Doc, Hunger, Mildred, Squib and Hazel went on a mission to dump a barrel of animal poop on a guy’s car, which Doc and Hunger did all the work and they even dumped some inside the car. “Now, let’s shake it. That’s it. Keep shaking. Make sure it goes under the seats, too.” (Wolf 174). The book also has some drugs mentioned in it which I don’t think is school appropriate, but I still think it was a very interesting book with some boring and depressing
“You saved him!” “You saved him!” the crowd shouted. A book written by Dave Barry called, The Worst Class Trip Ever which is about an eighth grader on a class trip to Washington D.C. The book has many characters with very different personalities. The book has unexpected twists and turns throughout it. The novel involves kidnappers, a dragon and (of course) the 5 children from Miami that know nothing about what they’re getting into.
The book Dragon keeper written by author Carole Wilkinson is set in Ancient China. The story entails a young girls sojourn throughout China. During the journey, the girl changes from believing that she is unworthy of a name to somebody who has encountered everything from almost dying to damaging endless laws deserving of death.
Beowulf is a poem that based in the 10th and 11th century that revolved around the idea of good vs evil. The poem is named after Beowulf who is a supernatural hero that slays any evil that crosses his path but is a real sweetheart when it comes to other people or the king. Beowulf is to be considered an epic poem because the hero in the story creates acts of being courageous and even superhuman in some cases, reflecting timeless values such as courage and honor, and the poem reflects unforgettable values with honor and courage.
In the poems “A Barred Owl” by Richard Wilbur and “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins, both poets portray how different explanations to children pan out. Both poems describe the speaker being dishonest to one or multiple students, however, one is more of a little white lie while the other is a lie on a much bigger scale. The first poem utilizes personification and humor to coax a child back to sleep by easing her fears. The second poem applies homonyms and hyperbole to maintain the innocence of a room full of students. Through the use of these different literary techniques, the poets are able to express how the adults provide an explanation for children.
There is a lot of conflicts in A Separate Peace, but the main conflict would be Gene and Finny’s relationship. Their relationship is a love-hate relationship. They are close and then apart and then the relationship disappears. Gene is the brains of between the two of them and adores Finny who is Gene`s best friend. Finny is the athletic one, the best athlete in school even. Also he is handsome and is easy to get along with. As the boys stay close, Finny starts having Gene play more games, so that means less time for Gene to study for school. One day Gene wakes up at dawn on the beach with Finny. He immediately realizes that he has an exam at ten am, so he tells Finny that they need to
Children’s literature is the body of written works and accompanying illustrations produced inorder to entertain and instruct young people.The fundamental goal of children’s literature is to instruct and entertain. It covers various diverse themes such as mystery, fantasy and war. Some themes are discernible to the young reader, whereas some are more likely to be understood by an adult reader. This means that children’s literature is accessible to all ages, with different pieces of information within the text becoming clearer each time it is read. After studying various children’s texts, many themes, that most, if not all books shared, were noticeably alike. However, it is the lessons that children borrow from the portrayal of adult characters
In both poems, the adults avoid disclosing the actual truth to the children in order to protect their innocence. Both poems use devices that emphasize simplicity in order to make the message suitable for a child. “A Barred Owl” utilizes a ten syllable masculine rhyme, making the poem sound like a nursery rhyme while also emphasizing simple words like “boom” and “room”. The simple devices and sounds in which Wilbur employs, allows for the somewhat frightening existence of an owl to become diluted to a reality suitable for a child’s understanding. “The History Teacher” utilizes understatements like the “tiny atom” referring to the atomic bomb and “a series of questions” referring to the Spanish inquisition. In reality, both historical events
Beauregard, Lynda, and Der-shing Helmer. In Search of the Fog Zombie: A Mystery about Matter. Minneapolis: Graphic Universe, 2012. Print.
Macbeth is one of the tragedy plays written by William Shakespeare. It is about the tragedy of greed, ambition, and wish of power. Macbeth is a complex play and filled with symbols that progress the plot and theme. Symbolical motifs play an important role in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth throughout the play. Shakespeare uses symbolisms so that the reader may gain a deeper understanding and aware of this tragedy. There are many different prominent symbols which are related to the actions of Macbeth throughout the play. Some of the symbols in Shakespeare’s Macbeth are hallucinations, terrifying dreams, prophecies, sleep, etc.
2. Toby 's Epilepsy and Daphne 's Life in the Asylum in Owls Do Cry