In The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , Junot Díaz uses Beli’s near death experience to highlight how love and violence work together to keep the plot moving. After Beli becomes undeniably in love with the Gangster she sees a life with him and plans on being with him for years. She becomes pregnant and the Gangster’s wife finds out and sends two men to kill her and the baby. As Beli is being beaten to death the narrator says, “ Between punches she brought up her knees to comfort her stomach.
Themes in Angelo’s life (born 1937) My grandfather grew up playing a variety of sports, went into the marines, and was the captain of a police department in Connecticut. He would best be defined as a tough guy. He gave me characteristics that would best define what makes a tough guy.
In an apocalyptic world, a man is searching for hope as he tries to protect his son. In the Bible, Abraham is left searching for faith as God commands him to kill his only son, Isaac. The man and Abraham are both searching for something that they do not possess and they both look to their children to find it. Cormac McCarthy in The Road tells a story of a man’s mental and physical journey as he travels south to protect his son, but along the way he encounters internal battles within himself and contemplates if there is enough hope to continue. Author Alan Noble argues in his essay that hope is the driving force for the man and boy’s survival, which we agree with.
“The Shank Redemption” pertains to a successful banker (Andy, played by Tim Robbins) who is charged for murder, however, he did not commit this, and is given a life sentence. All throughout the film, Andy’s reserved and emotionless character ends up quite the opposite of a prison escapee. Andy was quite the unpredictable kind of guy, for example, he would do the prison guard’s tax returns just to get beer for the prisoners. Red (played by Morgan Freeman), the narrator and protagonist who is predictable contrary to Andy and is transformed on his views of hope. The film is narrated by Red, and would accurately display perceptions of Andy from himself and other incarcerated individuals.
In the 2006 novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy, a man and his son struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Told through a lens of constant hardship, the book follows their arduous journey towards a coast in order to survive the winter. Throughout the novel, McCarthy shows that having hope enables people to persevere in dire circumstances because it counteracts the possibility of negative outcomes. First, the woman’s monologue about her death displays the despair necessary to abandon all hope.
“Anthropology has always called for a participatory experience, but in this ethnography, we are asked to become part of the action, sharing the risks as well as the rewards of success.” The novel, “The Uprising of Hope” written by Duncan Earle and Jeanne Simonelli, expresses the Zapatista journey to alternative development. Before we express the Zapatista journey to alternative development, we must know who and what the Zapatista’s stand for. First, all Zapatista’s have some sense of disjuncture from the past, a profound distrust of the government based on repeated betrayals, a hope and faith that life can change with sacrifice to the larger social cause, and a profound love of the campesino small holder lifestyle.
John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath is a story that follows a poor family searching for work. Societies unwritten rules known as the Social Contract theory influence them and the people around them. Family is a common theme throughout the novel. The bond of the Joad family is so strong that Tom Joad hitchhikes all the way home after being released from prison on good behavior. As him and his family travel they prioritize each other and take care of each other.
Born in pandora’s box, raised among humans’ hearts and will continue its immortality around the world. The concept of life: Hope. Hope is a concept that has not been commonly used but commonly “felt” by people. It has been the topic for myths, tales, stories since the very early times of the humanity. Represented as a butterfly, showed as the bridge between the God and human.
Today, my experience at Spirit of Hope was very beneficial and eye opening. I am astonished, how much the horses that we worked with have taught me things. Not only did these horses teach me things, they also solidified things I knew about myself. Some of which are being more assertive when dealing with a new “difficult” patient and to take time for myself; too often I put my time into assisting a patient that I don’t get time from a lunch break. This is dangerous to the patient and myself because I am not fully present; as I am thinking about merely the next time I will get a chance to eat.
For my project about the four literary eras I chose to do a family tree. I choose to do this because family has great impact on our lives. Our ancestors set up our beliefs and we challenge them to create new boundaries for our children. We want to better the world every day. One of the most powerful ways to push the boundaries is through literature.