The book The Chrysalids is a unique book with suspense, mystery, and different ways of how people view life. With every good book comes a catchy title like “The Chrysalids” but, what does the title mean? How does it relate to the story being told? Personally, I don’t know the meaning of chrysalids although it’s a very interesting word and so simple so it must have some meaning to the book. The book has a very unique storyline with an intriguing title, but what is the true meaning behind the title?
“Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.” This was a particularly unsympathetic statement on Hitler’s part, especially considering that he made it so difficult and miserable for certain communities to fight. Even so, these victims managed to do so by enduring Hitler’s torment. Endurance- fueled by hope and optimism- can dwarf despair and anguish, even in the face of death.
Elijah of Buxton, written by Christopher Paul Curtis, is set in a small settlement of runaway slaves in Buxton, Canada in 1860. The settlement compromises of fields with horses and mules along with thick woods. This book takes place during a time of slavery in the United States. Runaways from Kentucky and other Southern states came to Buxton to be free from slavery with the help of abolitionists. In Buxton, there were also children who were born free such as Emma Collins, who is used by the town to draw in runaways, and Elijah Freeman. Elijah Freeman, the protagonist and main character of the book, is the first child in town to be born free. He is known all around town for this, however, Elijah is also known as a very “fra-gile” boy who is fearful of the smallest things and who is prone to talking too much at times. This place, and time period especially, impacts the whole book; without the setting, there is no story or conflict. At this time in history, people would try to buy their families out of slavery which is what Mr. Leroy, one of Elijah’s good friends, wanted to accomplish. Mr. Leroy had spent over 5 years working hard trying to earn money to free his family. However, it doesn’t work out exactly as planned. Elijah is forced to head down to Michigan, another area where the book takes place, with Mr. Leroy where he encounters many hardships and conflicts with himself and others.
In the novel, Night by Elie Wiesel, Eliezer, the narrator, had troubles with his faith. He started working in the concentration camp with a full belief in God and his religion, being Jewish. He truly trusted that God, itself, was definite and he knew he couldn’t live without having God in his faith as the strongest power. Yet, this optimism only lasted until the Holocaust began to worsen. His faith had taught him that God is everywhere in the world and that His divinity touched every aspect of his life. This meant that if God was considered good and that if He was present, everyone in the world had to be good as well.
The short “At David’s Grave,” by Denise Levertov talks about a deceased loved one that is with them while being at the cemetery. David is around them in the “open field, in sunlight, among the few trees,” (Levertov). He is only there because they are there with him, and whenever they leave he is with them, going with them as the good things that come. To live their lives with happiness and the joy that comes with living life each day. They know that he is never alone at the cemetery, never laying in the field filled with cold graves.
The biblical covenants that God makes displayed in Piper’s Article, all of which fulfilled by Jesus, invite mankind to the Kingdom of the Father. Throughout the Bible, these covenants are made between God and people like Abraham, Moses, and Noah. They serve as a spectacular source of faith and help people on earth to realize the Father’s wisdom, power, and love he has to share. His covenants with man can be referred to as His own “self-written job description,” how He works to keep people on a good path in life. The Davidic Covenant is especially important, its fulfillment by the Son is a great way for Christians to find and see the strength of faith. The Article shows how His Covenant of David has a great connection
Quotes/passages: “the wonderful world that the Old People had lived in; as it had been before God sent Tribulation” Page 1 This excerpt is important to the book and in general because it is where David was thinking of the Old people who are considered today to be us in today’s society. It shows that something happened to them in the past (today) which was a nuclear disaster that took place giving everyone some sort of “superhuman powers’ and eventually everyone died of it.
The short story “The Scrap Of Time” the narrator uses visual imagery, heart-wrenching vocabulary, and to establish a sense of fear into the reader. The narrator does this to show us the reader the appeal known as pathos
Eliezer, now fifteen-years-old looks at his reflection in a liberator’s mirror, the first mirror he had been given access to since he was twelve years old. Emotions overwhelm Eliezer as he sadly ponders, “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.” Eliezer saw a skeleton of the boy he once was. Three years of his life had gone by and in that time period, he had become unrecognizable to himself. He had lost his mother, sister, and father. He had been beaten and abused. He had witnessed killings, and been pushed to his limits but he survived . Yet, it wasn’t Eliezer who survived, but a new person entirely. This moment of the book was especially emotional for me. Many of the crucial changes and additions to my identity occurred as I turned 12, 13, 14, and now 15-years-old. I became more responsible and mature like most tennagers, but I also learned to show empathy, respect, perseverance, and many of the attributes that are fundamental to my identity. These attributes have been shaped by all the love in my life . It causes me to thrive even when something happens which might initially cause me pain and hopelessness. However, Eliezer had lost this love and support. He had been forced to mature without guidance, support and love. He gained the will to overcome and to survive. While I cannot relate to Eliezer in this regard, I feel
David Muhammad is a pioneer in the fields of criminal equity, savagery anticipation, and youth improvement. David is the National Director of Justice Programs at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD).In honor of his work with youth, Muhammad got the 2000 Community Leadership Award and Fellowship from The California Wellness Foundation, regarding group pioneers who are included in viciousness counteractive action. In 2002, he was granted the prestigious Next Generation Leadership Award from The Rockefeller Foundation. In December 2003, David finished a course on "Frameworks Dynamics for Senior Managers" at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA. In August of 2008, David finished a declaration program on Juvenile Justice Multi-System Integration from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.
Elijah Peirce was a carver and the son of a slave. He learned how to carve when he was very young when his father gave him a pocketknife. His uncle was the inspiration for all of his carvings because he was the one who taught him how to carve. In the early 1970’s Peirce’s name became known when a Student in the Graduate Program at The Ohio State University found his art at a YMCA exhibit. Today, a statue of Elijah Peirce proudly sits on the campus of Columbus State Community College on the very street his barber shop sat. Kim Legget said “His secular carvings show his love of baseball, boxing, comics and the movies. They also reflect his interest in national politics and his appreciation for American heroes who fought for justice and liberty.
Diversity or being diverse is defined as the state or quality of being different (Collins). Diversity or being “different” is an accepted as a human right today—the ability to speak confidently of a differing opinion, for example. The state of being “different” can be obtained at an time through the progress of life—at any stage, that is, one can alter and/or learn immensely impacting his/her perceptive on a certain subjects. John Wyndham’s the Chrysalids introduces a community where being “different” is condemned, and follows a strict and limiting on living. Wyndham uses this novel to present the key idea that people deserve and should be his/her own individuals through conflict between David and society, development of characters—David Strorm, Aunt Harriet,
After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton is a narrative history that tells you about the cause of the split in between Muslims. The Sunnis and The Shias. Hazleton does this in three main chapters that circulate around the people that mainly cause the Sunni-Shia ordeal. Prophet Muhammad, Ali, and Hussein. When the Prophet Muhammad dies after an illness, his followers were at loss of an irreplaceable leader. Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet to be on Earth so there would be no one after him. People like to call him “the seal of the prophets.” Muhammad also did not have a son to take his place either, which would have been the best thing to do.
The ark of the covenant is one of the most sought after archaeological and religious artifacts of all time. The artifact is an ornate chest made of gold plated wood with two gold angels on the top of it. The ark supposedly contained the tablets that had the ten commandments written on it. No one is sure where the ark of the covenant is or if it is even real.
Without a doubt, one of the most mysterious, complex, and intriguing characters in the bible is God. No one in the bible is quite so hard to understand, yet He is the one most yearn to understand. God’s character entails many contradictions that may leave a reader puzzling over the true and real part of God’s character. One such instance is the story of Saul and David. Both men were chosen to be kings, yet only one formed a true and lasting relationship with God. Why? Does God simply have preferential treatment for some people? Or does the matter go in deeper?