Having your audience understand the purpose of a reading is determined by the author’s choice of words and valid information to support the purpose, but none of those would make sense without an explanation for that detail. David Foster Wallace, the commencement speaker of the speech “This is Water” and Paul Bloom author of the online magazine article “The Baby in the Well” are two good examples of writing that is able understand the purpose’s of each written piece . Wallace’s purpose is that it is graduates’ responsibility to create their own future and but be able to think in an unselfish matter. Bloom’s purpose is that his audience needs to be critical of empathy because sometimes empathy is not n’t automatically the best response. Wallace
1. Several motifs in the first pages of this chapter present a real sense of theater:
In “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, Brother doesn’t realize what his pride costs him until it’s too late. As a weak child, no one expects Doodle, Brother’s younger brother, to survive past infancy, but he does live. When Doodle turns six, Brother aims to teach him how to walk. It takes Doodle a while to get the hang of it, but with great patience and determination he achieves his goal. After a ferocious storm, a Scarlet Ibis drifts into the family's front yard, but is too weak and dies. Touched by the bird’s struggle, Doodle decides to bury it. Soon after, Doodle starts to feel feverish and sick. When another storm hits nobody is prepared, especially Doodle. Doodle demonstrates many unique characteristics such as compassion, anxiety, and
People have dreams, and sometimes those dreams can be destroyed. Many times this devastating event happens because of either money or social class. In S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, the Greasers understand and realize they belong to the working class and that mobility up the social class ladder is nearly impossible.
Although Rip Van Winkle was immature, idle, irresponsible, and despised his wife, I believe that he was pure at heart. Rip was well liked by his kids which says a lot about his character. Along with the fact that he has a bunch of friends, and he is very friendly in general to people around him. After he is humiliated by his wife in front of his friends he goes to the mountains with his dog and drinks a mysterious type of liquor which causes him to sleep for 20 years. After his sleep he goes back to the town and finds himself in a new country and finds out his wife is dead. He is relieved to hear the news of his wife, and shows little care in the new politics. This shows the readers that despite having
In Patrick henry’s Speech at the Virginia Convention, he sought to get his opinion across to the colonists. In this speech Patrick Henry tries to persuade the colonists to declare war against the British. Patrick Henry uses appeals of shared values, facts and data, and figurative language to entice the colonists to join the fight for independence.
Travel Writer Kellie Schmitt wrote the essay The Old Man Isn’t There Anymore when she lived in China for two years. She writes about the death of a neighbor and a case of mistaken identity.
The core theme of Ralph Ellison’s short story ‘Battle Royal’ is racism and its manifestation in the society that the author lives in. The conflict between the two cultures, black and white, the segregation and suppression of the African Americans by the whites are emphasized through various incidents. The fact is that the narrator himself unconsciously gives in to racism and as a black man longs for the approval of the white man. He considers himself superior to the other blacks. But the ‘battle royal’ that he is compelled to participate in finally makes him realize that in the society he lives he is “an invisible man.” Through the course of the short story the narrator learns to understand himself and recognize his invisibility in a society
St. Cyril of Jerusalem once wrote, “The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.” The dragon that he spoke of was temptation that distracts us from God and from the route we are meant to take. In many of Flannery O'Connor's works, including "Good Country People," "A Late Encounter with the Enemy," and "The Displaced Person," the dragon takes the form of pride and vanity. In these three short stories by O'Connor, the characters of Helga, General Sash, and Mrs. McIntyre are all distracted, by their pride and vanity, from reality.
Throughout Patrick Henry’s speech, he uses many literary devices to convey his thought and opinions to his audience, and with it, he hopes to alter or sway their views on the subject matter. Starting from the very end of Henry's speech, he states “but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”, this now infamous line uses the logical fallacy of false dilemma. This fallacy, also known as either/or, plays to his advantage as it makes the problem seem greater than it actually is by only presenting two extreme options, liberty or death. Another literary device Henry uses in his speech, is ethos, which appeals to the audience's moral or ethical plane. He does this by addressing God, ergo an appeal to his religious portion of the audience, on multiple occasions. Such instances of this occur in
One boy’s once simple life is impacted by tragic loss after making one bad decision. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is a novel about the rivalry between greasers and Socs. It is narrated by the main character, Ponyboy Curtis. He tells the reader about his life being turned upside down after making one childish mistake. The greaser struggle more than the Socs because they are poor, the Socs jump them, and people think that they are trash.
It can be quite easy to make assumptions about one’s character upon first glance or first encounter, but often these first assumptions are not a direct representation of a person’s true disposition. In the short story, “The Diary of a Madman” by Guy de Maupassant, an esteemed magistrate is being remembered for the model citizen he was, having lived a life that no one could subject to criticism. However, a notary uncovered his diary in a drawer in his home, in which he entailed his tendencies and cravings for murder that no one had expected of him. Within this text, the author uses the character of the magistrate to convey the theme that one’s true character cannot be decided from external appearance or actions.
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,
The author’s diction expresses his mischievous attitude toward the funeral. When the first arrives, he points out that the elements of “groteque” was noticeable. Furthermore, he describes the people as “shabbier English types.” He goes on by saying that the dead man was just a “shoemaker,” His thoughts towards the funeral were like if it was a “serious comedy” taken in hand by the classes who are “socially unpresented in Parliament,” which shows that he looks down on them.
James’ diction of the funeral is not sympathizing and unfriendly. He continually describes the poor as “grotesque”. His opinion that it is a “perverse desire [of Odger] to get into parliament” is vain and disgusting. It is very horrible to describe a person who wants to help less fortunate (like Odger) as a perverse and ugly person