In Maus, Art Spiegelman records his personal accounts of trying to delve into his father’s traumatic past. His father, Vladek, is a Jew from Poland who survived persecution during World War II. Art wants to create a graphic novel about what his father went through during the Holocaust, so he reconnects with Vladek in order to do so. Due to the horrifying things that the Jews went through he has trouble opening up completely about all the things that happened to him. But after Art gets together with his father many times, he is finally able to understand the past legacy of the Spiegelman family.
Cathey’s “My own little secret” story, which effectively makes an appeal to pathos that creates a sympathetic image to readers. Wolverton explains that Mr. Cathey didn’t read at his appropriate level and that he was reading books that were at a “First Grade, Level 1, Ages 6-7.” Also, having to read quietly so that none of his teammates wouldn’t hear him reading aloud (Wolverton, 117). Wolverton goal was to make the readers have some type of sympathy for Mr. Cathey. This strategy of using pathos helps Wolverton to persuade and entertain his readers and also helps to strengthen his argument at the end. In the article there was a rhetorical question Mr. Joseph Luckey, the University of Memphis’s director of athletic academic services, wondered how many of those students to let in.
Without individuality and creativity school is lifeless. Not only does this affect these students, but can also affect the other students by taking away their chance to build social skills and other important life skills. Alix Spiegel uses more examples such as a conversation that took place between a mother and her son. Within this conversation, the mother goes on to tell her son that smart adults talk about books. This was her response to the comment that was made about him and his friends talking about books during recess.
Basically, in this sentence Alexie introduces his subject: how he becomes who he is by learning to read as a Native American boy. In conclusion, this enlightens the purpose of the essay by encouraging Native Americans to read books in order to move forward from erroneous beliefs. Through the use of diction, Alexi, reiterates an inspirational
Malcolm X's "Literacy Behind Bars" is about the expansion of his world that provokes a burning passion within himself through the world of reading. While incarcerated, the author meets a man named Bimbi who leads the discussion with his stock of knowledge, prompting Malcolm X to further his skills in literacy. Taking small steps, he first broadens his vocabulary by reading alphabetically in the dictionary and copying pages. He reads aloud to himself until the words begin to stick with him. Not long after moves onto books, devouring them at a relentless pace, Malcolm X became so engrossed with reading that he begins breaking curfew rules just to continue reading by using the light outside of his cell.
Specifically, he teaches English to High School girls. He goes on to college, and then graduate school, all to make it possible for him to teach English. As he grows and learns as an adult, he actually develops a great appreciation for Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and he deeply wants his students to gain the same understanding of it that he has. He goes full circle in that at his age, rereading the first phase of Tess would be the last thing he would want to do, yet that is exactly what he assigns to his Grade 12 English Class. Empty promises from president after president lead Americans to lose faith in politics.
Not till he was thirty years old he started to think for a reason for his academic success. He wanted to find other students like him so after reading Richard Hoggart’s “The Uses of Literacy” he found out the explanation of scholarship boy and registers there were other students like himself. Hoggart’s, states that a scholarship boy needs to, “move between environments, his home and the classroom, which are at cultural extremes, opposed. With his family, the boy has the intense pleasure of intimacy, the family’s consolation in feeling public alienation.” (p. 184, line 9). Scholarship boy is a student who comes from a lower, working-class family.
Using the screen name “Blboi” (as in Blond boy), he is chatting online with a man who is 36; coincidentally, this man is a teacher at the high school Howie transferred to. Howie doesn’t see the man as being too old for him though and wants to assert his adulthood, while at the same time calling himself a boy in his username. In the second scene of the play, viewers are introduced to Solomon. He is a reporter for the school newspaper, but wants to take on far bigger issues than any high school newspaper would ever allow its students to do. He essentially wants to turn the school paper into the New York Times or USA Today.
Gerald Graff grew up loathing books which is ironic because he majored in English. Graff is an English professor at the University of Illinois and wrote the essay “Disliking Books.” Graff received his PhD in English and American Literature from Stanford University. He feels that his childhood struggle with reading gives him an advantage as a teacher to help his students who struggle in reading. Graff grew up as a middle class Jew who lived in a racially blended Chicago neighborhood. His dad, who loved reading, tried to impress this habit upon his son, who refused to read anything but comics and sports novels.
Her father was seen reading The Great Gatsby which alludes to the theme of desiring something that one cannot have (Bechdel 61). By showing her father reading this book, Bechdel alludes to the point that her father, like Gatsby, was a mystery and hid behind secret identities, but the books he read gave insight into his feelings of sexual tension. While books were a suppression for her father, Alison found that books helped express her sexuality. Every major event in the novel revolves around books, such as Bechdel’s first relationship with Joan. The couple was shown in a bed “strewn with books” and were reading books even while being intimate (Bechdel 80-81).
The novels we have read this year have all connected with themes and characters. I believe the biggest connection for this year was the connection between Gene Forrester from A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Holden Caulfield from The Catcher In The Rye. Both of these boys are looking for a way to find themselves. They need to accept their past and forgive themselves, and they need to accept who they are and who they are becoming. The boys struggle with the fact they are growing up and have to enter the scary world, they must find a way to find their place in the world.
For the protagonist in Fahrenheit 451, books were the key to knowledge and finding yourself. In the novel, Montag read The Book Of Ecclesiastes which in turn opened new doors for him by showing him that reading isn 't dangerous and helping him become included in the group of intellectuals. For me, the book that opened new doors was It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini and it showed me the importance of balancing my priorities in my life and valuing my mental health. To put the story in a quick summary, a boy named Craig Gilner decides to attempt suicide because of his crippling depression but instead calls a crisis service and spends the rest of the book in an adult psychiatric hospital where he meets those who are more or less like him in some way. Despite going through a multitude of mental ups and downs, in the end he goes back home with a better grip on handling his depressive tendencies.
In chapter five, Walter is telling us how he likes school and the tribulations he was with teachers and students. On page seventeen, Walter tells us that since he has read for a long time he could read at a second grade level, so they suggested he should go to second grade, however Mrs. Dwrkin wouldn’t let him because of his speech immediate. So in this chapter Walter is having tremendous issues with his speech, because on page eighteen, it says that a kid named Manuel was making fun of Walter’s speech immediate, nevertheless Walter puts a stop to it by punching him in the face. So in chapter three, he’s also getting into a lot of mischief. Walter is telling us about how he has to take speech classes during the summer.
“The Catcher in the Rye” was written to encourage communities in the 1950’s to think about society and the way it was being portrayed to the teenagers in the area. This book, coming from the inside of Holden Caulfields’ head, gave parents and other adults a good guess about how the societal standards are shaping their teens minds to think. In this book, Holden is kicked out of school for lack of effort, thus being the fourth school he has been kicked out of, Holden decides that he does not want to go straight home to give his family disappointing news once again. Instead, Holden decides to take his time on his way home. He stayed at hotels, went to bars, ordered a prostitute, met new people and caught up with some old friends.