A dystopia is a futuristic, imagined universe in which the illusion of a perfect society is created through oppression and control. A perfect example of a dystopian novel is The Giver by Lois Lowry. The story follows Jonas, the main character, during his time in the Community - which appears as a utopia - where he is apprehensive of what his future assignment will be. Jonas is then later signaled out to become the next Receiver of Memory, an honorable and important job. During his training he will learn that his Community is not as flawless and perfect as once thought.
I think that this quote is trying to convey, through metaphor, that reading enables an individual to experience the lives and emotions of the characters or people they are reading about. I necessarily don’t agree with this. I think that the power of reading books, fiction or non fiction, is that it improves your life because you can learn lessons from the experiences of the characters or people in them. The important distinction, to me, is that while words are incredibly powerful, they are not an accurate substitution for the raw emotion and reality of the experiences people have undergone. For instance, in Grade 10 I read “Then They Killed My Father” by Loung Ung for my English culminating project.
This is one of those books that deserve to be on any teenager’s shelf. I would firmly recommend this book to any tween or teen who has trouble fitting in. Rodman Philbrick has outdone himself in writing his first children’s book. If you say that this book is horrible or bad, either you didn’t read it closely or you have a different taste of books than
uperman and Me Adelaida Urrea Sherman Alexie, in his essay, “Superman and Me”, recounts how he learned to read even though he lived in poor family inside a community where education was disparaged. Alexi’s purpose is to describe how kids are expected to fail academically since education is not cared for in Native American communities, and ignite change in the ways Native American children are educated. He adopts an inspirational tone in order to encourage other Native Americans to follow his example and educators to help solve this problem. Alexi projects an inspirational tone, through the use of diction to achieve his purpose. For instance, when Alexie introduces how he learned to read, he states: “The words themselves were mostly foreign, but I still remember the exact moment when I first understood, with a sudden clarity, the purpose of a paragraph.” In making this comment, Alexie magnifies the impact reading would have for his future.
In this scenario, contradicting to the previous poem, lying is very wrong. If the speaker is a teacher he should not be instilling false information in his students. The tone of the poem is third person limited omniscient. Through this we are able to see the reasoning behind why the speaker would give students false facts. The speaker employs hyperbole to over-exaggerate history facts: “He told them the Ice Age was really just the Chilly Age, a period of a million years when everyone had to wear sweaters.” In the last stanza the teacher puts to action homonyms: “Wondering if they would believe that soldiers/ in the Boer War told long, rambling stories/ designed to make the enemy nod off.” Here he is turning boer in bore as in boring.
Sedaris felt that if others knew what was going on with a person as strange as him, than others would learn that it is ok to do their own weird tics. It is also important to note that when “A Plague of Tics” took place he was in grade school and then later college. This would imply for this essay that he was writing towards people in a similar context. This essay would relate most to all the problems in the world going on with bullying. It isn’t a surprise that someone such as Sedaris got frowned upon by others for not conforming quite like the
With the identity of everyone being a mixture of intrepid experiences and lessons we often forget that our origins are the base of who we are. Concepts like this are reasons that when reading the memoirs The Glass Castle and The Distance Between Us two characters showed incredible similarities in their identities. The two characters that resonate together are the fathers of both authors Rex Walls, Jeannette’s father, and Reyna’s father, Papi. Rex and Pai are comparable in their neglect of their children and the effect they had on their children. Primarily Reyna and Jeannette’s fathers share a relatable relationship with their children.
Truly successful authors have the ability to convey their view of a place without actually saying it, to portray a landscape in a certain light simply by describing it. In the provided excerpt taken from the opening paragraphs of “Shame,” Dick Gregory does just this. Through his use of stylistic elements such as selection of detail, old-fashioned language, repetition of words and simple sentences, Gregory reveals the shame within being poor setting the stage for a periodic ending. Beginning in the first paragraph of the passage, Gregory selects the two most simple sentences introducing the shame saying, “ I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that” (1).
He does this by explaining that as a parent, he also worries and cares for the success of his own children and is very aware of the degradation of the public education system. He also relays how his feelings about the public education system have come full circle as he opens up about a previous film he created in which he was actually supporting the idea that public schools worked. Guggenheim sincerely expressed why this has happened saying, “Ten years later, it was time to choose a school for my own children...and then reality set in. My feelings about public education didn’t matter as much as my fear of sending them to a failing school” (Waiting for “Superman”). Beginning with his own experience gains the audience’s trust.
When Montag returns home from a day at work with stolen books, he shows his wife, Mildred, and he explains his reasoning for bringing the books to the house: “Maybe these books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes” (Bradbury 102). Montag is in a society that values technology and immediate gratification over free speech, which is the cause of the isolation between each citizen (“Fahrenheit 451” 144). This is at the point that Montag comes to a realization that he can “break alienation from other humans” (“Fahrenheit 451” 144) by reading and deciphering the messages that each book has to offer. One night, Mildred has friends over to watch a show in the
(2701) Wednesday Wars February “ Such silence has an actual sound, the sound of disappearance” Suzanne Finnamore. In the book “The Wednesday Wars” Mr.Kowalski takes the drawing of Holling’s father’s design and blends it with his own. Holling’s action’s changed the balance on the scale for his father, because Mr.kowalski now might win the competition for the junior high school contract. After the board meeting Kowalski and associates withdrew their model from the debate because Mr.Kowalski probably knew that he was doing the wrong thing for himself and the school board. Although the debate ended with the Hoodhood’s winning, things still must have changed for Mr.kowalski.
Can you imagine not being able to read your favorite book? Well, in a book named Fahrenheit 451 that’s how it is. This book was written by a man named Ray Bradbury with a theme that is developed through the story’s characters and their impact on the protagonist. The main character of this story is Montag, and the characters that influence Montag are his neighbor named Clarisse, his fire chief Captain Beatty, and a retired college professor named Faber. To begin, the character named Clarisse wasn’t like any sixteen year old girl, she actually thought about stuff and to wanted to know why certain things would happen.
My opinion is that Touching Spirit Bear is a dramatic and breathtaking book where people learn to heal, forgive, and trust. Cole, the main character, is trying to live life to the fullest and find himself. He makes poor decisions... He is the bully... Will he ever learn from his mistakes? It all starts with the hardware store, but Peter tattled.
Theme 1.1: Envy. In Knowles’s coming of age book, “A Separate Peace”, there are lots of mishaps that happen and the beginning of these mishaps is when one of his main characters, Gene, starts thinking malicious things about Phineas, his friend. It started out as a small inkling of envy, suddenly later on in the book, it turned into something that resembled a fractious disaster. As the chapters progress, Gene shows the readers his way of thinking towards Phineas, by describing his “unexpected excitement” (27) when Phineas was about to receive a scolding from Mr. Patch-Wither, the substitute headmaster of Devon during the summer session. Surprisingly, when Phineas (aka Finny) further explained why he wore the school tie as a belt, his illogical
Emily, I am going out on a limb here to say that you have read the book and even possibly watched the lecture? I definitely agree with your assessment of Pausch, he was given the worst new and a deadline and he just kept going! The way the book portrayed Pausch, he had something to give not only his kids, but something the world needed to hear as well, and it was very true. Pausch definitely seemed invested in those around him more so than he cared about himself. He seemed to genuinely care for his students at Carnegie Mellon, which makes me also conclude he was a pragmatic, socialized