She states “we all often feel like we are pulling teeth” when it comes to constructing and composing a piece of work (Lamott 468). This simile makes Lamott feel more relatable to the reader because this is a feeling that most inexperienced and discouraged writers go through. Saying things like “feel despair and worry settle on my chest like an x-ray apron” only connects the reader to Lamott even more (Lamott 469). Once the reader becomes engaged and forms a connection with what the writer is saying and feeling, continuing to read the essay is easy. At this point the reader wants to know what can be done to shake the feelings of “despair and worry” when it comes to
There is even a full paragraph on the first page that explains his feelings on the situation. This paragraph allows the reader to understand Joe on a deeper level. One phrase fully describes his feelings, “One could actually see the pain he was suffering, his eyes, his face, his hands and even the dejected slump of his shoulders”(1). This description comes right after the men comment on the fact that his wife Lena, was seen walking arm and arm with Spunk a few moments ago. Joe seems to be painted as a pushover, but it’s not until one of
John Steinbeck: A Literary Light in the Great Depression "The ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement"(“John Ernst Steinbeck”). Said by John Steinbeck as he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature, this quote illustrates perfectly the goals and ideals Steinbeck held himself to in his writing. Steinbeck pursued above all to give the common folk of the Great Depression a voice; an endeavor that grants him a place with the great writers of America. John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr., was born in Salinas, California, on February 27th, 1908 to John Ernst Steinbeck and Olive Hamilton.
Stories with a little bit of edge but a major symbolic meaning are the type of stories in which people are entertained. In the story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, he uses imagery, allegories, and symbols to not only entertain his audience but to teach them a life lesson. This story is one where you have to dig a little deeper to really reveal the true meaning that Hawthorne is trying to portray. I believe the symbolic meaning of this story is that we all have evil in our hearts and are all victims of it. In the beginning of this story Young Goodman Brown informs his wife he is going on a late night journey.
English 10 Honors Mr. Johnson December 2nd 2014] Picnic Lightning Billy Collins’s Picnic Lightning talks about the significance of life. The poem conveys a general truth about menial importance and delicacy of human life. The speaker briefly talks about how easily a life can be taken and ended. The scenarios he states are very improbable and very ridiculous, however even with these impossible events we cannot deny that it is not only true but also happening all around us. The truth state by Collins allows the readers to think about and appreciate every moment of life.
Kiese Laymon offers an interesting insight into his world and his experiences in the collection of essays entitled How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. He creates an accessible account of his own experiences that is relatable and eye-opening. He toys with different styles of writing to accomplish this task of bringing his stories to an audience of all classes and colors. Recalling moments of racism in his life, he shows the gravity of the issue through his use of language. Laymon utilises a variety of voices to make his experience and life resonate with those who have lived similar and different lives to him.
After careful consideration and discussion regarding the punishment imposed on Tom and Andy in the story “The Strangers That Came to Town”, I have come to the conclusion that this punishment was fair and appropriate for the time and setting of the story and for the type of crime that was committed. By having to endure hours of mosquitoes, heat, hunger and public humiliation Tom and Andy were taught to see things from another person’s perspective, in this case the Duvitch’s. This is an important lesson that I feel will help to put an end to Tom and Andy’s ill treatment of those they perceive to be lower than themselves, as evidenced by Andy’s own words describing how he felt following his punishment “…it was my greatest lesson in humility”
Wildness and Beauty in Heart of Darkness Is it possible to describe beauty and savagery at the same time? This is exactly what Joseph Conrad does throughout the book Heart of Darkness. Even though it looks like the main character Marlow stresses the negative and hostile sides of the nature in his narration, he still cannot hide his admiration. In fact, a glance at his description of the African woman in Kurtz’s station successfully helps the reader understand this admiration mixed with fright as a nice metaphorical summary of all the things he witness in his journey. The description of this woman starts with her entrance into Marlow’s sight, expressed in a way as if she is entering a stage in a theatre, from “right to left”.
Schlink’s narrative uses techniques to enhance the reader’s sympathy for flawed characters through using motifs and symbolism to show Hanna’s vulnerability of illiteracy, characterisation, and imagery to raise feelings of sympathy for Michael, as to how he was mistreated throughout the novel. Narration, tone and juxtaposition were also used to evoke feelings of sympathy for both Hannah and Michael after the tragedy of Hanna ending her own life. Although the narrative is constructed to only see the firsthand perspectives of the protagonists, this induces the reader’s empathy as it allows them to clearly see the thoughts and feelings of the characters. Schlink has used a variety of these literary techniques to appeal to the reader’s sympathy and allows the reader to understand the complexity and the way in which power and authority in certain situations can corrupt a