Every time the children talk about the Jack-in-the-box, it is grey days. The children are making stories about the Jack-in-the-box and his personality, such as him being an evil wizard or that his box is a Pandora’s box and that Jack is there as a guardian to prevent all the bad things from coming out (page 72, lines 3-8). Notwithstanding of the fact that the children have never seen him (the Jack-in-the-box), they still make these stories about him. The whole idea about the children making all these stories up contributes to the fact that one of the themes is childhood. Since they are children, they do not know how to describe it correctly, so they use their creativity to explain it to the best of their
Anderson used repetition of some words to really make the reader think about them, and their importance to the scene. During Grandfather’s passing, Mattie repeated the word “no” over and over again. Anderson used this simple word to show how Mattie is in denial of Grandfather’s death. Which is one way that people cope with a loss. Mattie seems to be in denial during the first couple moments after he died, but then the realization hits her and she starts thinking about all he has done for her.
He must deny this because he is more than just a symbol of despair, he has feelings. He feels for all of the terrible events are happening in the setting of this book and he doesn't want to world to be afraid of him. Therefore, saying he doesn't wear a black robe can make people truly think that death isn't evil. Black is used throughout the story many times to symbolize sadness, despair, and a much deeper emotion that people can not express but can
Furthermore, two prominent themes Gaines implement throughout the story are self-respect and self- dignity. Because the story is in first person point of view, readers are expose to simple emotions, as James is too young to fully understand all the concepts Octavia is attempting to teach him. During the walk in the tempestuous weather James becomes hungry and cold. Entering the café specifically for colored people, James warms up by the heater and feels concern that his mother will spend money. Octavia approaches the counter to purchase food for James.
After visiting the migration camps in California, John’s Steinbeck wrote his novel “The Grapes of Wrath” describing the struggles facing a family of migrating to California. Steinbeck described living with the dust that so fine at times that “it could not be seen in the air, and it settled like pollen on the chairs and tables, on the dishes.” Steinbeck was the first writer to describe the 2448 mile road from Chicago to Los Angeles as “Route 66.” He described in detail the deplorable conditions the migrant workers faced and the harassment that greeted them once they arrived out West trying to change their fates. The city of Bakersfield, California was a popular destination for many migrating Okies from Oklahoma.
She takes care of the people that are ill and nurses them back to health the best she can. This is especially incorporated when the Joads go on the road to California. People start getting sick, and Grandma and Grandpa Joad die. Then, her role of a mother and nurse really starts to take place in the family. Many members of the family either die or leave the journey to California, which is also why Ma Joad had to change her role a little to take control and try to get everyone back together.
The Great Depression was a time of economic crisis around the world from the time period 1929 to World War II. To help capture the feeling in this period, John Steinbeck published The Grapes of Wrath. The main plot of of the story is about the Joads, a farming family forced from their home sent to search for work in California. Steinbeck includes a series of intercalary chapters to help paint a picture of migrant workers and the challenges they faced. In chapter 9, Steinbeck explores the emotional trials the tenants forced to endure when they are required to leave their homes and their lives, this chapter is an appeal to pathos.
In her personal narrative, Bonnie Jo Campbell describes to her readers the time she sold manure the summer after school let out. At first, Campbell was embarrassed to deliver manure; however, over time, she began to realize selling manure was beneficial for both her and the customer, and quite fulfilling as well. Campbell (1996) states, “Within about a week, however, I began to see the absurdity of our situation as liberating” (p. 30). She begun to understand that selling manure was an honest vocation as opposed to her first thoughts. Not only is manure delivering effectual, but also are the other countless overlooked jobs often seen as low class citizen jobs.
If the goal of an author is to establish a relationship between reader and character in order to enhance a reader’s knowledge of a certain topic, then, creating sympathetic characters with whom readers connect is not only vital but also mandatory. Authors use various devices in order to create compassionate characters. A sympathetic character is employed to compel the reader to acknowledge the situational and emotional hardships and enhances the reader’s compassion. In addition to sympathy, readers often feel empathetic towards characters, which means that they not only acknowledge the characters struggle, but also have a personal understanding of the character’s struggle. These characters evince an emotional response from the reader.
Leslie Jamison wrote a book called “The Empathy Exams”. She begins the book with her own personal experience as a medical actor who got paid for acting out symptoms for medical students to diagnose. In this book, the author mainly puts her focus on compulsory questions about how people can understand each other and can relate to one another. These questions include; How should we understand each other? How can we relate to someone’s pain even when the pain can be assumed and acted out? Throughout this book, Leslie Jamison is trying to identify how empathy can show, connect, or bring people closer to one another.
It’s easy to be able to ignore somebody’s feelings, but it is difficult to step up and share the feelings of another. Empathy is the idea of doing just that and understanding one’s feelings. Harper Lee symbolizes empathy in many different ways throughout her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In Lee’s novel, many characters are affected by the theme of empathy, but the characters that experience it the most are Jem when he tells Scout not to harm the insect, Scout when she shows affection for Mrs. Dubose, and Tom when he shows affection for Mayella even when she accuses him of rape. The person that it was hardest for was Tom Robinson judging that he is a negro man.
Connecting the reader to your story evokes empathy; the more the reader understands your story, the more empathy they will have with your story. Nelson, a professor of creative writing at CalArts. fails to do this in Bluets, a poetry book, where Nelson describes her experience with depression by the using the color blue. However, it can be difficult for someone without depression to understand what is happening to her. Although she fills her poetic novel with feelings related to her depression, she lacks describing what causes her depression; she lacks context of the situation. In order for an author to evoke empathy with all readers they need to be able to place the reader within the perspective of the characters, which Nelson fails to achieve.