Anna Campbell Professor Himmel ENC 1102 19 March 2018 Keeping Up Appearances Popular culture is fascinated with the unreliability of appearances, yet many individuals feel the need to hide reality behind a false appearance. A beast may truly be a handsome prince, but regular people must conceal their flaws. This conflict is described in the poems “We Wear the Mask,” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, and “A Certain Lady,” by Dorothy Parker, with varied emotions; Dunbar addresses the subject with sorrow, whereas the tone of Parker’s poem is bitter and mocking. In “We Wear the Mask,” Paul Laurence Dunbar uses the image of a mask to describe the way outward appearances can give false impressions of a person. In the first line, he describes the titular
The narrator of the story, The Scarlet Ibis, Doesn't give his name, but he tells about his time with his brother, Doodle. Doodle is a complex character in many ways, he was born a cripple but was, by some accounts, blessed, and Doodle also had the element of being a genius for his circumstances. On October 8, 1911 Doodle was born with a heart condition that left him physically and mentally disabled, and wasn't expected to live past infancy, but, by defying the odds, Doodle survives his first few years of his life. Some of the characters believe that this is because when he was born, he had been born in a caul. Which leads to the fact that, Doodle, was very smart and soon learned to talk and even walk.
“Two brothers, one mistake” Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. In "The Scarlet Ibis," a short story by James Hurst, the two main characters,"Brother" who is the narrator of this story, and Doodle who is the victim of Brother's cruel yet loving behavior. In the story the narrator has a brother with disabilities such as walking, and a heart problem. When the narrator's brother, Doodle turns five and he still cannot walk and he is starting school after summer. The narrator feels ashamed and embarrassed for having a brother that cannot walk.
The reflective story The Scarlet Ibis is about the narrator looking back at his past. Then he said, “But all of us must have something or someone to be proud of, and Doodle has become mine. I did not know then that pride was a wonderful, terrible thing, a seed that bears two vines, life and death.” The narrator meant by this statement that he is proud to have a brother like Doodle, but pride could be wonderful or it could be detrimental. Pride in something or someone like Doodle getting Doodle to walk is good but when that pride overtakes in a self-pleasure way it could kill someone, like what it did to Doodle. Hence the overarching theme when the narrator puts all his pride in Doodle, and Doodle ends up failing, the narrators pride starts
This proves Francois cares for his dogs and won't let them suffer. In the beginning, love proves to motivate multiple characters. In the middle of the book, love is still a powerful motivator. To begin with, the man in the red sweater shows his love for beating on dogs. Right before they go over very shallow ice the man beats on Buck relentlessly because he won’t budge, knowing that they were going to die.
After reading the book, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, I decided to do my character analysis on Will Halloway, one of the protagonists of the story. Will is a thirteen-year-old boy with “hair as blond-white as milk thistle” (pg6) who lives on Oak Street in Green Town. Will lives next to his best friend Jim Nightshade, and both Will and Jim are central characters in the novel. Even though they are best friends, Jim and Will are completely different. Jim is very curious and he wishes the he could be older and Jim on the other hand is perfectly content with his age.
Of Mice and men and the outsiders the author is saying that there is another meaning for death, there is a brighter side to it. In Of Mice of Men it is presented in a sad but “happy” way. The core meanings in each book is, you should always follow your path, it may lead you to a strange place, but always listen to yourself. Never give in to what people say. This brings death close to these books because it’s showing how you can control your actions, and why it is good to move
Being a leader is one of the hardest duties out there, but Beowulf is able to handle it. As a leader, he experienced people looking up to him at all times. To become a good leader, you need some important characteristics. Beowulf teaches us that being a leader involves keeping the promises you make and being a good role model. The first step to becoming a good leader is to accomplish the goals you set.
Growing up, many people begin to let go of things, just like what Doodle does, “Within a few months Doodle learned to walk well and his go-cart [finds way into] the barn loft beside his little mahogany coffin” (lines 5-6). The author portrays how Doodle begins to overcome his limitations, which his family doubted, thinking of the obstacles as insuperable. By putting the wagon and coffin out of sight, the author symbolizes how Brother’s dedication towards fixing Doodle and accomplishing the impossible feat of him walking limits him from truly seeing all that Doodle achieves. Later on in his reflection, Brother recalls his encounter with the scarlet ibis, just moments before Doodle’s death, “The bird [...] lay on the earth like a broken vase of red flowers, and [Brother’s family] stood around it, awed by [the bird’s] exotic beauty” (lines 303-305). The author gives a warning of Doodle’s death, signifying that if Brother saw Doodle’s beauty beforehand, then his guilt had a chance at prevention.