Rhetorical Situation: The dying wish of Paul Kalanithi was for his family to make sure his book got published after his death. Kalanithi started writing When Breath Becomes Air after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The context, audience, author, and subject all reflect the urge to share knowledge before death. Written with the need to put word to paper, the context surrounding the memoir deals entirely with the evanescence of time.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous American author from the antebellum period, notices the emphasis on individual freedoms in the works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Transcendentalists during his residency in the Brook Farm’s community. In response to these ideas, Hawthorne writes The Scarlet Letter, a historical novel about Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale’s lives as they go through ignominy, penance, and deprecation from their Puritan community to express their strong love for each other. Their love, even though it is true, is not considered as holy nor pure because of Hester past marriage to Roger Chillingworth, and thus Hester gained the Scarlet Letter for being an adulterer. Hawthorne utilizes biblical allusions, such as the stories of
For centuries, the children of native first nations endured tremendous trauma within the confines of boarding schools, which were mostly run by the Roman Catholic Church. Assimilation was the primary purpose of these boarding schools, but we see time and time again examples of struggle and resistance against that assimilation effort. Louise Erdrich writes about this resistance in the chapter "Saint Marie" in her novel, Love Medicine. In this chapter, Marie Lazarre's character is first introduced as a young girl of mixed blood, trying to appeal to whiteness through her connection to Catholicism. "
Carolina Ortiz AP English Brave New World Introduction Brave New World is a novel written by Adlous Huxley, published 1932 in France. The story was inspired by H. G. Wells utopian novels, but Huxley later created the book as a parody, by providing an alternate terrifying future. Adlous Huxley had an unpleasant perception of the young culture due to their sexual behaviors, drugs, and the effect of advanced technology. Throughout the book Huxley introduces themes such as the use of technology to control society and the conflict between happiness and truth.
Four-Eyes was a son of writer and he secretly had banned western books with him. As a return to Luo and the narrator’s help, Four-Eye gave one book, “Balzac”. Immediately, Luo and the narrator read the story to the Little Seamstress. The book “Balzac” drew Little Seamstress’s attention and pulled her into the story. As the book “Balzac” was about a love story the teenagers soon was influenced by it.
Rand taught herself to read and write before school (Motowski 153).When she started school she took German and French classes, but her favorite were math and logic. She also took American classes which inspired her political ideas. Throughout her teen years she spent a lot of time reading French magazines which inspired her to write as an adult (Motowski 153). She was hard on herself and was considered kinda anti-social: “I have few friends. ”(Rompalske 4)
Corelli 's Mandolin was written by Louis de Bernieres, a British novelist who lets his wild imagination shine through his writing. This fiction novel was originally published during 1994 and was later published during 1995 by Vintage. Readers are met with an enthralling story of love and war during the 1900s, involving a clash between Greece, Italy, and Germany. An interesting love affair develops between Captain Antonio Corelli, a sophisticated army officer, and Pelagia Iannis, an intelligent woman practicing medicine alongside her father. Unfortunately, they find it difficult to manage their love affair in the mist of World War II, in addition to maintaining political allegiances.
However, is a peculiar case like Materia, because James becomes connected to literature when he’s an adult. When this happened, three books stood out. The first one is Aesop’s tale of the Ant and the Grasshopper, when he sent to Kathleen when she was in boarding school. The purpose why James sent his daughter this story, is to assert himself as the concept of the Ant who plans ahead, whereas Kathleen is the Grasshopper that faces the consequences due to her gift of singing. “he would send her to Halifax for a year to get her sea-legs.
After Poe was honorably discharged from the military, he married his 12 year old cousin who died shortly of tuberculosis. These events heavily contributed to his writing style by giving events to base stories as well as a viewpoint on the world. Overall, Edgar Allan Poe’s twisted and ominous writing style focuses on using physical imagery and connotative syntax to show imagery. Through Poe’s short stories and poems, Edgar Allan Poe visual and metaphorical imagery to illustrate the theme of revenge and death. In the short story, The Cask of Amontillado, Poe uses strong descriptive adjectives and physical descriptions to convey imagery.
The classic love and war story, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, tells the story of Lieutenant Henry and his love, Catherine Barkley. Taking place in World War One and being published just a few years after, the book is loosely based on Hemingway's own personal experiences in the war. It explores the themes of love, war, hope, and grief. This book made waves when first released in the 1920s and had continued to remain a classic to this very day. Critics have both positive and negative things to say about this novel and seem split on their opinions, I too am relatively split on what I think.
“We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves, Blaise Pascal.” Individuals in today’s society, influences and pressures people to do actions that they would normally disapprove. Whether it is to smoke, steal something, or even shoot another individual; it often associates with contradiction and much aware/concern. In, Shooting the Elephant, Orwell’s usage of symbolism in the imperialism between the countries of Britain and Burma. During this period of imperialism, Britain had taken over Burma due to a more powerful government and opposing views (on land) .
George Orwell is the author of, “Politics and the English Language”, an article in which he attempts to persuade the reader to believe his claim that politics are influencing modern writing, in turn causing lazy and vague writing. Orwell says that, “Political language-...is designed to make lies sound truthful”(539). Essentially, his main point is that the habit of writing fancily for little reason, or with little purpose, is reversible with significant effort. Orwell’s goal is to get his readers to follow an “elementary” set of rules listed near the end of the article. He believes that there can be no good writers that do not follow the rules stated.
George Orwell is a well-known and respected author from the 20th century. 1984 is one of Orwell's’ most famous and controversial books, being banned in schools around the United States due to political conflict, as well as sexual content. The book is about a character named Winston who lives in a society where the government is modeled as one person (Big Brother) and is the leader of the people. Big Brother controls the people's thoughts, actions, and the society in which they live in. Everyone is under constant surveillance and the nation is involved in an ongoing war.