In life, changes in character can come from the exposure of vulnerability and humility. Richard Peck and Ben Mikaelsen both wrote quality pieces on the work of realization in weakness which evolved or inferred an evolution in personality of the character. Mr. Peck’s “Priscilla And The Wimps” follows the story of a school bully who faces indignity when a fellow student stands up to him. Mr. Mikaelsen’s “Touching Spirit Bear” revolves around the experiences of an aggressive young man who is sent to an island to learn how to release his anger and eventually heal. While these two stories follow different plots, they come together with their ability to demonstrate the changes in personality from facing shame.
“You remember what you want to forget and you forget what you want to remember,” (McCarthy 12). With most aspects of life, the horrendous moments are the times that no one can erase. This applied to The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Towards the end of the novel when the son loses his father proves to be the most indelible moment with the assistance of the feelings experienced during that part. The son encounters a variety of emotions including loneliness, loss and hope. In enduring these complex emotions, this section was the most remarkable part.
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim,” was once written by the author Vicki Harrison. In the short story Catch the Moon, by Judith Ortiz Cofer, the character Luis learns to “swim” with the assistance of the power of love. Cofer creates this story with the underlying message, grief has negative effects on people, however, love has the power to overcome the obstacles created by grief.
The significance of the experience of transition lies in individuals gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and others. JC Burke’s prose fiction text, ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’, focuses on the transition of the Brennan family, and Tom in particular, from feelings of guilt, anger, depression and despair to acceptance, reconciliation and optimism, in the aftermath of Daniel’s car accident that caused the deaths of two innocent teenagers and the quadriplegia of his cousin, Finn. The other related text, ‘Up’, a fantasy animated film, written by Bob Peterson, reveals Carl’s transition from denying the death of his wife and regretting not fulfilling their dream of moving to Paradise Falls to unexpectedly making new friends who help him accept the passing of his wife. Both texts and my visual representation reflect the protagonists’ deeper understanding of themselves and others as a result of the transition.
Living life everyday in a monotonous mechanical fashion is considered a subpar style of life for many. In Small Frogs Killed on the Highway By James Wright, Wright conveys a message perfectly touching on the issue of taking chances. The speaker of the poem reflects on his past choices through describing frogs optimizing their opportunities by deciding to risk death and attempt to cross a road. Throughout the poem Wright uses objects riddled with either deeper meanings or dual meanings. Why are frogs latently compared to humans? What is the purpose of all the contrasting, descriptive imagery? What elements underlyingly stand for other items?
In the short story, “Blood Knots” grief is revealed in different ways. In the beginning of the story the main character is described as calm and laid back. This gives the reader the sense that she does not care for her father’s death and she announces, “I am still waiting for my own emotion to surface in what I am anticipating will be a sense of overwhelming, loss”(Burton 33). The main character is in great shock that even she cannot describe it. It gives the reader the sense that the main character may be experiencing some depression because as it is stated she is waiting for her feelings to surface, and she might be feeling down that she is not reacting as normal people should be. She is convincing herself that she is not worthy and she doesn’t love her father, even though on the inside she loves him . The main character needs to realize that she is taking it in her own way. Furthermore, the second grief in the story is the
Authors utilise a range of emotive scenarios allowing the reader, to immerse themselves in situations that aren’t common to what they normally experience. Through various means, author Tim Pegler, delves into the concepts of grief and sadness in his novel “Five Parts Dead.” Pegler effectively explores and addresses the results of traumatic scenarios upon the individuals, both directly and indirectly. Additionally, Pegler uses emotive language to portray the life of protagonist to be consumed by tremendous guilt and grief, another contributing factor is the fact that the protagonist emotions are portrayed through the first person point of view, thus strengthening connections made with the protagonist and the reader. As well as the protagonist,
The book Where It Began written by Ann Redisch Sampler, starts to create a vivid image in your mind that portrays a 17 year old, Gabby Gardiner retaining a complete make over (physically and mentally) before attending her junior year at Winston. Gabby then gets the bad-boy boyfriend, Billy Nash who gets her into all kinds of trouble that she doesn’t remember. Gabby and Billy later go to an party where she drinks and is later found unconscious with the keys to Billy Nash’s blue Beemer. Gabby is latter emitted to the hospital in means to figure out what happened to her. As the novel progresses, you see all the people around her acting unsophisticated to different aspects of the book. One lesson the story suggest is that people often times act irrationally to their salient fact, to their “impossible fact.”
When one is faced with a traumatic experience a range of emotions may arise including; depression, numbness, anger and, denial. Though most will agree that these feelings are very difficult to go through, you will also find that they will eventually bring you to a place of contentment. Comfort and affliction are two very different reactions but both are prevalent when dealing with emotional disturbances. Both Emily Dickinson and Tony Kushner embodies how the relationship between affliction and comfort changes overtime as well as underlining the benefits of surviving trauma. When reading literature similar to these, which include dark themes and difficult situations, it may benefit the audience in handling their own vices. This may be because
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has one mutual theme that associates all the other themes in the novel together. In the chapter titled; “Valentine Heart,” we encompass the most prominent and most cognisant theme of them all- grief. This chapter conveys the most detectable attributes of grief that functions as both an individual and collective process of dealing with loss. Argumentatively one could say that grieving has its fair share of adversities. That particular adversity is melancholia, which is when an individual is unable to fully recuperate from a loss and consequently their lives remain stagnant as they never seem to exit the grieving mode. This translates to the tension between mobility and immobility that each individual thus experiences. To say that there is a precise manner in which an individual should lament in would be flawed, because every individual approaches life at a different kind of lens. I will be discussing this in terms of the causes and the consequences of grief and the detailed ways in which the individuals deal with the grief.
“The Lost Boy”, preceded by “A Child Called ‘It’” then, followed by “A Man Named Dave” is about the struggle that keeps going, even after he finds believes to be his new home. Many find it incredible that, such a young child could withstand all of this torture. It’s a great book about the struggle he faces yet, you feel the emotional effects you begin to have by this. You may be able to relate the emotion he feels, as the regard into fitting in, feeling lost, losing hope, and being abused. You sense everything in this book. You feel the hurt of the child, the anger, the frustration, the sadness, the joy, everything.
“It is impossible to comprehend the intense anguish of loss, until death comes to someone you love” (Grollman, pg. ix). There’s nothing worse than experiencing the death of a loved one, and trying to adapt to a life without their smile, warm embrace, and presence. In this book, Living when a loved one has died, Rabbi Earl A. Grollman has comprised various poems about grief into four sections: shock, suffering, recovery, and new life. Before he transitions to a new chapter, Grollman provides a brief summary of what the grieving individual is going through, at a certain stage of grief. Although I haven’t experienced the death of a loved one, myself, I can imagine how this book can be comforting to an individual who feels like a part of them has
Edgar Allan Poe is an influential writer who is well known mainly for his dark and mysterious obscure short stories and poems. Throughout this essay I will analysing how poe uses a series of literary terms such as diction and anaphora in order to convey a bleak, eerie mood and tone. Poe uses these terms in order to contribute to his writing in a positive way, creating vivid images and a cheerless mood. In Poe’s poem, “The Raven”, he uses words such as lonely, stillness, ominous and fiery to add to the building up apprehension within the poem. In addition, he also uses repetition to create fluent yet unruffled, tragic feel for the reader.
When people experience an emotional devastation such as that of loss through death or divorce, they go through the various stages in the process of healing as they deal with their pain. Although these stages are universal, the sequence may differ from person to person. One may also move back and forth between the stages on the way to recovery and some stages may overlap with each other. They may also happen