As Joe’s excitement mounted to give rides on his newly purchased boat, his joy soon turned to dread as one of his beloved passengers tumbled into the water. The author, Horatio Alger Jr., of “Joe’s Reward” writes a story of a hero named Joe, who rescues a wealthy man’s niece that ends with an offer of a reward. The text consists of Joe’s actions that happen to drive the plot using specific events. Throughout the story, Horatio uses myth-like elements, such as a damsel in distress, a heroic act, and the hero receiving and turning down a reward, to assist the plot in moving forward.
Going back to the quote at the beginning, loyalty is a key part of this story. It is Sarty’s undying loyalty to his terrible father that drives the story forward. The first scene we come to where Sarty displays loyalty to his father is when Abner is on trial for the crime of burning down a black man’s barn. The court decides they want Sarty to testify. Sarty decides that he must defend his father because loyalty to family is very important
What is a Puritan? A Puritan is a member of the English Protestant in the late sixteenth and seventeenth century who believes they must live by the Scriptures to abide by God. Anne Bradstreet a Puritan writer of To My Dear and Loving Husband and Upon the Burning of Our House addresses her thoughts and feelings in her writings about God and his actions. Another author Jonathan Edwards who wrote the sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God justifies God’s punishment on those who sin. Bradstreet and Edwards view on God and his actions contradict each other however they express their beliefs in related forms.
The Other Wes Moore, the story written by Wes Moore himself, uncovers two drastically different life stories of two people with the same name. Specifically, this book shows of how different life choices the two protagonists made is determined by the society and social influences. Especially, the mother figure and the ways the protagonists dealt with the social environment had created a significant difference between the life experiences of the two men.
Harris' barn. Immediately, Sarty is convinced that the people in the court are his father’s enemies, therefore they are his enemies. He boldly sets himself with a loyalty to blood, as in opposition to the justice of the court ". . . our enemy he thought in that despair; ourn! Mine and hisn both! He's my father (1)!" Young Sarty Snopes describes his own inner conflict as “the being pulled two ways like between two teams of horses (7).” On one side is “the old fierce pull of blood” — family loyalty (). Truth and justice is on the other. "You're getting to be a man (3).” Sarty is starting to acknowledge his father’s wrong doing, but his father wanted him to understand that he cannot go telling what is actually going on. The temptation of blood-relationship is strong, but Sarty is old enough to start realizing that what his father does is
Faulkner dives deeper into the pressure that Sartoris faced to remain loyal to his father when the family camped for the final night before they expected to arrive at the new home the father had found for them. After dinner, Sarty is called by his father onto the road where his father proceeds to accuse the boy of planning to tell the Justice of the Peace the truth, that his father was the one who burnt the barn down, even though Sartoris had silently made up his mind and was planning on defending him. His father then struck him in the face and with it came the words, "you got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain 't going to have any blood to stick to you" (par. 28). This line plays a vital role in the creation of the theme, inner conflict, as it further explains the situation that the young boy was in. The father was telling his young son that he needed to be for the family and protect it by defending the lies his father tells or do what Sarty 's heart was telling him to do and cost himself his family, and the people he loved. His father telling him this caused the boy to truly realize what was at risk if he chose to make his own decisions, adding added pressure and stress onto young Sarty
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.”(p. 34)
In the harsh world of The Road, there is a man and boy who both struggle to survive and their only hope is to cling on to the good morals. People have abandon all the good morals and have resorted to violence, murder, and cannibalism to survive. Although Cormac McCarthy envisioned the world stating that only the violent survive, he also created two characters that would defy that belief by having them survive and simultaneously stick with their good morals. Cormac McCarthy defines the difference between the good and the bad. He used detailed imagery to describe the corrupt appearances the bad guys have.
Cruelty is a vice of many motives. A cruel act is one that inflicts pain, suffering, and difficulty on others. Some of the motives that create cruelty are explored in the novels The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Ender’s Game, and The Catcher in the Rye. Although the characters are in these novels are in different situations, they each experience cruelty in a variety of forms. People use to cruelty to express their fear of change, manipulate others to go beyond their limits, and create new images.
Government organizations often use symbols to portray their power or military strength. Writers also use symbols to convey a message to the reader. In his novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses symbols to help readers track the loss of civility of the boys.
All through the diverse communities around the world, lower social classifications are given unprincipled facades with regard to their valor, loyalty, and commitment. However this is proven incorrect throughout the novel ‘The Outsiders’, as the characters Ponyboy, Tim Shepard, and Dallas Winston all display forms of honor and integrity throughout the events that they encounter. The author, S.E Hinton gives readers an understanding of the many honorable and sincere actions and perceptions that individuals who are considered as hoodlums and louts by society are capable of.
Indeed, words dictate the story, the plot, the characters, their lives and the life of ourselves. Therefore, its importance can never be judged and its meaning misinterpreted. The use of figures of speeches may indulge our brains to realize the lesson the author wants to transmit. For example, "A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it" (Bradbury, 58) and, "Forget them. Burn them all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean" (Bradbury, 59) are metaphors which emphasizes the threat a book is and the solution fire can be. However, each single word has its own definition and even though its function may seem as simple as to cohere the sentence, a hidden and meaningful meaning may suit the case. This method is called diction, also present inside this figure of speech, "Fire is bright and fire is clean", in which the definition of the words bright and clean are of great importance to the connotation meaning of the sentence. They exemplify that in Beatty's point of view fire is smart and hopeful, which is ironic, as it is no more than dull burning combined substances and a method of destructing rather than of prosperity. Through these words, it also shows Beatty's intention of using of fire as a weapon to keep his secrets and his knowledge intact. When observing through the new criticism lenses, it also becomes evident that the book's world can be related to ours, as their government can be compared to our modern media, because both serves as a filter of information delivered to the society. For example, information that is given to us, is first accepted and sometimes modified by media, because they only want to inform us and tell us what benefits them somehow. The society which the book encounters has their government act similarly, "If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet,
Throughout the course of the year, as a class, we have discussed countless works from a variety of authors, artists, directors and speakers. One overarching theme from these works is the ability that a character can have to redefine social standards and have the courage to break societal norms. In society, it is incredibly hard to take a different stance than your peers and choose an alternative to the ordinary. The contrasting forces between good and evil in the world is the cause for exceptional people who are able to break social norms, however, not always in a positive manner. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the film Schindler’s List directed by Steven Spielberg, and the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut,
The Santa Ana Winds are strong, dry northeast winds that happen in the autumn and the winter of southern California. In the two passages “Brush Fire” and “The Santa Ana”, both authors describe what it is like to live in the area where these fires occur. They use their own perspective of the winds and talk about how they affect the people of Southern California. Although they both describe the same winds, they have different attitudes towards them. The authors, Linda Thomas and Joan Didion intersect and diverge from one another in the passages. They use moves in their writing in order to shape their message about the winds. Both “Brush Fire” and “The Santa Ana” have different purposes for the readers. The purpose of “Brush Fire” is to entertain the audience and the purpose of “the Santa Ana” is to inform the readers of the behavior and the mood of Santa Ana during these times. The authors use rhetorical devices like tone and
In Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” Sarty choses to solve his problems through defiance, his rebellion can be seen as a replication of his father’s, the very thing he is resentful of. Irony is persistent throughout the story. Also, Abner constantly stresses to Sarty the importance of being loyal to your family. Abner tells Sarty “You gotta learn to stick to your own blood or you ain’t gonna have any blood to stick to you” (Faulkner 3). In other words, Abner was telling Sarty that if you are not loyal to your family, no matter the circumstances, then you will not have any place to turn to when you need help. This is ironic, because though Sarty was defiant towards his family, and broke his loyalty with pure intentions, what his father said proved to be true. At the end of the story, Sarty faced a dilemma, though he had good intentions, he was still left with nowhere to go, and no one to turn to. Billingslea briefly discusses the irony of this