I was surrounded by my family during the heart of summer celebrating the feat that the Galaxie actually survived its voyage from Lansing to Detroit. While tragedy showed its presence six short months later, this memory of my uncle was only enhanced. Tragedy can make mundane days seem special; this was the case for me at the Dream Cruise. An excerpt from David Crosby’s song “Page 43” was quoted at Uncle Rob’s funeral, “You should grab ahold of it, And you should dive right into it, And you should have a sip of it, Else you’ll find, It’s passed you by.” These words hold deep resonance to me in my everyday life but they hold their greatest significance when I think back to the day of the Dream Cruise.
While away at school, the grandchild learns that the evening star is really a planet and wants to tell the grandmother but is not sure if grandmother had enough education to understand the difference between a planet and a star. The conversations between the two doesn’t start till the sunrises which symbolizes the start of something new. In the fifth stanza, the grandchild tell the reader about “the heartsick panels of the quilt”, this shows the reader a connection for the grandchild between the old ways of life and new ways of life, that has been experienced while he or she was away from the grandmother, while being away at college (782). The quilt provides familiarity to the things that he or she has left behind at home while he or she was away at school.
Mary Oliver’s lyric poem, “The Journey”, is an engaging and uplifting depiction of the slow yet crucial and significant path to individuality. Written in succinct free-verse and strewn with images illustrating the obstacles and hardships that fill one’s life, along with images portraying the eventual surmount of these afflictions, “The Journey” provides readers with a sense of hope that one day they will find their voice, their identity. Through the use of compelling visual and metaphorical imagery, contradicting tones, repetition, and simple diction, Oliver leads the reader to conclude that the journey to individuality is both demanding and rewarding. Oliver begins the poem by immediately highlighting the eventual acknowledgement of the persona’s need to strive for individuality as well as the depth of the ongoing pressures and challenges that come with doing so, developing a dismal yet almost optimistic tone.
Hattie Big Sky Hattie Big Sky is about a sixteen year old girl who receives a letter from her late uncle that says that he has a homestead in Minnesota for her. Hattie agrees to move so she can finally stop being Hattie Here-and-There, and start being herself with a place she can finally call home. The anecdote is about what happens when she is living on the claim. Kirby Larson transcribed Hattie Big Sky, which Larson based off of her great-grandmother’s claim out west. Hattie has rough times in Montana, however, Hattie earns friends and gives it her all.
In My Antonia, Willa Cather pens a nostalgic story focused on a two people with a unique connection. Jim Burden narrates the story of Antonia Shimerda, the girl next door who happens to be a Bohemian emigrant. Jim moves to his grandparents’ house after his parents die; Antonia arrives in the United States with her family and little else. The two are vastly different, but bond quickly on the Nebraska prairie. Most people who study the novel acknowledge the obvious impact that Antonia has on Jim and see Antonia as “in one way or another, the center of the novel” (Lucenti).
Revelations by Alvin Ailey invites the audience on a journey of grief, reverence and celebration. Inspired by Ailey’s memories from his childhood, Alvin Ailey was born in 1931 to a large extended family, in a small town in Texas (Study Guide: Alvin Ailey, 2008). Upon his parent’s separation and financial difficulties he moved to LA with his mother, where he became introduced to dance and eventually became one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century (Study Guide: Alvin Ailey, 2008). This article will focus on how Ailey’s life experiences are reflected in his choice of movement and non-movement components; highlighting his upbringing, choreographic relations, and his experience with the African American Baptist church.
In this passage in Cather’s novel “My Antonia”, Jim has returned to black hawk for a short break. Soon after he arrives he begins to hear the talk around town. He hears about the tragic story of Antonia being as she took care of her then fiancée, Larry Donovan and as soon as the money was gone Donovan was gone. Jim goes over the next day to the Shimerdas farm, and nearly immediately after seeing Antonia he is reminded of all of the things he loves about her. As there time began to dwindle Jim tells Antonia how he feels about her leaving no doubt how he feels about her.
Kyle Kratzer Kristen Hoggat-Abader ENG 101 9/24/15 Essay 1: At the Gellért Baths Being married to a survivor’s daughter is comprised of many ups and downs, such as being blamed for things you do not even do. Esmé Schwall was a graduate from the University of Arizona and has travelled throughout the U.S, performing music, and teaching writing. Her story, “At the Gellért Baths” is about a young man who is married to a survivor’s daughter. From a second person point of view, it becomes very easy to see the idea of what he was thinking and going through during the story. The daughter wants to go on an adventurous, family trip to Hungary, but both the mother and father have a very different perspective on place they used to call home.
She passed away when he was eight years old. There is a connection between the regalia with both Jackson and Alexie, which is both an emotional one but yet a spiritual one. Both the author and the character displays a sense of unconditional love for their grandmother. The regalia also symbolizes an awareness of self-discovery in the character Jackson. Once he puts the regalia on and starts dancing in the street, he comes to life.
Draft #2 Elvis croons sweetly of a simpler time when tender love was still alive. Some time before life began. I used to watch the homemovies my grandfather made of my mother and her brothers as kids and cry. Horrible pangs of nostalgia for my mother 's lost peace. And something else.
Momaday had many purpose’s in writing his novel Rainy Mountain. The main purpose is to educate the public about the Kiowa tribe that lived between the 18th and 19th centuries in the United States. Although the Kiowa tribe may have been forgotten by the prodominence of the population, Momaday refuses to let the history fade away into oblivion. Another purpose to writing the novel was the loss of his Grandmother who was a Kiowa symbol to him. His Grandmother was the last of the Kiowa’s known to Momaday so writing the novel helps keep the history of the Kiowa’s alive and proves to be very important and personal to him to continue his family name and culture through the novel.
Melissa Rivers, daughter of the late Joan Rivers, honored her mother’s memory. It was at a location Joan loved to vacation. Radar Online, Sept. 2, 2015, reported that Melissa and her son Coop took their Joan River 's ashes on their annual vacation to Wyoming. It was in their favorite vacation spot that they sprinkled some of Joan’s ashes over the land. Melissa said this is a way that Joan would always be with them on their annual Wyoming vacation spot.
My favorite part of the move was knowing that I was going to have a new home and new goals. Although during the event there were sad moments when I would think of the friends that I left behind. Many people can relate to this type of experience because we lose friends, have new starts,new schools. During the trip to Arizona my mom
The "She" that believed in a predetermined life was Ove 's beloved wife, the woman who brought color into his life, his predetermined someone. Ove wholeheartedly believed that she was meant to be in his life. That every decision he had ever made from turning in the missing wallet when he was eight to buying his first Saab brought them together. So using this line of thinking, was it fate
James even found his mother’s old best friend, Frances, and the pair were reunited. James recalls the experience in the novel, saying, “After the trip, she and Frances picked up where their high school friendship left off and remain close today…” (McBride 274). Ruth visits Suffolk and makes peace with her past. She even goes to a New Brown Memorial Church reunion and gives a riveting speech, making peace with her husband Andrew’s death.