Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz,” discusses a child and father’s interactions within their kitchen as the mother watches while frowning. Roethke delivers his work through the child’s perspective, an unreliable speaker, which enables an ambiguous tone. This allows the reader to interpret the child and father’s relationship in many ways. Words involved in Roethke’s diction, such as “waltzed,” “romped,” and “dizzy,” indicate enjoyment within the relationship. On the other hand, “beat,” “death,” and “battered” create a sinister picture of abuse. In addition to diction being used to formulate an abusive relationship, the simile, “but I hung on like death,” also reinforces the idea as death typically has a negative connotation. On the contrary,
The family is a bizarre institution. Families are where we receive our cultural education, learn to walk, and internalize the rules of the world. At the same time, families are where we receive trauma that leaves us with dysfunctional personalities traits and maladaptive behaviors. The family at its core is where we are initiated into the best and the most brutal of what humanity has to offer. The Eastwood family in the film Crucible of Horror is a prime example of the nihilistic potentiality of the family institution.
Flannery O’Connor was a Southern author from America who frequently wrote in a Southern Gothic style and depended vigorously on local settings and bizarre characters. Her works likewise mirrored her Roman Catholic faith and regularly examined questions of morality and ethics. She created violence in the end of both “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “Everything that Rises Must Converge” to put the stories to the end. She asserted that she has found that violence is strangely capable of returning her characters to reality and preparing them to accept their moment of grace, and also violence is the extreme situation that best reveals who
In Gary Soto’s short story Seventh Grade, Victor embarrasses himself while trying to impress Teresa, the girl he likes. After lunch, Victor has French class with Teresa. During French, Mr. Bueller asks the class if they know French, and Victor raises his hand, trying to impress Teresa. He says, “ ‘La me vava me con le grandma,’ ” (17) and “ ‘Frenchie oh wewe gee in September’ ” (17). This proves now only, that Victor can’t speak French, but that he also embarrasses himself in front of Teresa and the class. In conclusion, Victor ended up humiliating himself in front of the class trying to impress his crush.
In the poem Heritage by Linda Hogan, Hogan uses the tone of the speaker to demonstrate the shame and hatred she has toward her family, but also her desire to learn about her family’s original heritage. The speaker describes each family member and how they represent their heritage. When describing each member, the speaker’s tone changes based on how she feels about them. The reader can identify the tone by Hogan’s word choices and the positive and negative outlooks on each member of the family.
Making countless mistakes is part of being a parent, there is no definition for a perfect one.The characteristics of a “good” parent do emerge throughout literature and in the world around us. “The Secret to Not Getting Stuck” by Jay Woodruff is a short story in which a teenager deals with his dysfunctional drunk of a father all the while pursuing his own passions in life. Through his struggle with his father’s demise, his mother embodies what it is to be a good parent. She continues to be strong and resilient for her grieving son while letting him pursue his passions. Being a good parent involves having an authoritative yet understanding and pliable view on a child’s wants and needs in life.
In Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” she uses writing skills such as symbolism and imagery to get across her different themes to the reader’s with plenty of room for self-interpretation. Though O’Connor’s work could be defined as cynical, she does an excellent job of writing in the third person with her uncomplicated structure of sentences leaving plenty of room for her character 's thoughts, feelings, and actions to get across the realism of our world.
Through this struggle, the little boy demonstrates his fear yet forgiveness towards his dad and allows us to understand his predicaments. Roethke’s strong diction encompasses images of both fear and unconditional love that portray the complexities of violence both physically and emotionally for the intricacies in his relationship with his
Have you ever gone through something hard to get passed? How do you handle that, how do you greef. Greef is how you handle a sad thing that has happened in someone's life. In both of the fiction stories Voyager Of The Frog by Gary Paulsen,
In the short story, “Seventh Grade,” by Gary Soto, the author pokes fun at the seventh grade boys in the beginning of a school year. The main characters are Victor, Michael, Mr. Bueller, and Teresa, a girl Victor has a crush on. In the end, Victor learns that is it is always best to be himself.
The Grandmother is a well-dressed and a proper southern lady. She is also the center of action in the short story, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find". The grandmother seems very suspicious at first, and thinks her son Bailey will be forever small and has to abide by her rules. In her eyes she is never been wrong but knows it all. When we become up-close and personal with the grandmother we see that she's this bad person, which she appears to be old-fashioned, manipulative, and self-serving as a whole.
Have you ever read Baseball in April and Other Stories, but have no idea who the author is? Baseball in April and Other Stories is by Gary Soto and is one of his best-selling and most famous works. Who is Gary Soto? Gary Soto is a Mexican American author who writes his work mainly from the many experiences he has had in his life. Gary has become one of the most important contemporary authors throughout his life.
296). Even though we can surmise from the reading the grandmother’s family is being murdered just feet away from her, the author’s use of grotesque characterization makes it difficult to be sympathetic to the grandmother (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012). When the grandmother “raised her head like a parched old turkey hen” it is difficult to sympathize due to this dehumanizing characterization (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012, p. 308). The language creates an image is so vivid the reader can almost visualize the grandmother as a cartoon character shrieking as she called out in desperation for her “Bailey Boy” (Kirszner & Mandell, 2012, p.
Many times a mother is someone to look up to as tenderhearted, or inspirational, but what if instead she is abusive, and emotionally unstable? Furthermore, there are many stories out there relating to the concept of abusive mothers. One of the most sorrowful, and heart wrenching abusive stories takes places in the autobiography called A Child Called “It” written by Dave Pelzer. Dave, also known as David, shows much admiration in the book since he has to withstand all of the barbaric punishments his mother gives him at such a young age. In consideration of the foregoing, David's autobiography showcases much admiration when forced to face horrific punishments by his mother that comes close to life or death. David shows many admirable characteristics in his autobiography, but at the same time he shows some flagrant qualities as well.
Rainer Maria Rilke, author of “From Childhood,” and Alden Nowlan, author of “Mother and Son,” are both understanding of the fact that everyone has a mother—a woman from which each individual in existence was brought onto the earth. Through their literary works of art, their knowledge that the biological tie between mother and child is something that all human beings possess is evident, as well as their understanding that any further relationship past this biological connection is in the hands of each individual mother. “From Childhood” is an account of a mother and son rapport in which the mother is the driving force that stifles and smolders her child’s flame. “Mother and Son” delves into another relationship between mother and son, yet this