In the "Devil and Tom Walker", written by Washington Irving, and " The Devil and Daniel Webster", written by Steven Vincent Benet, the endings or resolutions of the stories are comparable. In " The Devil and Tom Walker", Tom sold his soul to the devil. He then was kind of nervous about it, bu to spite his wife he did it anyway. When he didn't complete what the devil asked of him, his wife went into the forest and sold her soul.
(Homer V. 229).After landing on Ithaka’s shores, Homer’s Odysseus makes a tearful reunion with his son Telemachus. “Salt tears rose from the wells of longing in both men…” (Homer XVI. 255-256). This version of Odyseeus also returns home, something that Brodsky’s Odysseus does not do, pointing possibly towards his indifferent feelings for home. Unlike Homer’s Odysseus, Brodsky’s Odysseus’s feeling towards war, home, and family is characterized as apathetic.
In “Sonny’s Blues” the past Sonny lived exemplifies how a person can develop regardless of their past. Sonny writes a letter to his brother revealing his great sorrow and hopelessness “ But now I feel like a man who’s been trying to climb up out of some deep, real deep and funky hole.. ”(Sonny’s Blues” 78). Sonny and his brother reached many disagreements due to his poor life choices the consequence of this is that his brother isolated Sonny away from his life.
In “Stop the sun” by Gary Paulsen, The character Terry changes from a boy who is embarrassed by his dad’s disease to a boy who thinks of his dad and accept his dad . This change reveals the story’s theme, which is in order to understand the people who we love order to understand the people who love you have to think of them and have empathy. In the beginning of the story, Terry is an embarrassed boy because of his dad disease,. At this point in the story, Gary writes, “ Wanting only for the earth to open and let him drop in a deep hole”. This passage is important because it reveals just how Terry is embarrassed by his father 's actions in the hardware store.
One way in which imagery is creating the fearful tone is by Dad's drinking. In the Roethke's poem, "My Papa's Waltz", the imagery is used to develop the tone in which the boy is abused. An example of this can be seen when the speaker says,"But I hung on like death" (line 3). This line shows that the boy was scared of his father. This abuse that this boy was enduring was unbearable when the speaker states,"you beat time on my head" (13).
In East of Eden, Adam Trask makes the choice to let go of his conspiring wife, and to give love to his young sons. However, when the choice takes a turn in the opposite direction and far more care is given to one son then the other, the story becomes a tragic one. A young son causes the death of his brother, and the father of the two boys nearly perishes with grief as he is faced with the decision to forgive his son, or to die without him. With Of Mice and Men Steinbeck tells another dismal ending, that also ends with the demise of a foremost character. Lennie and George have traveled together for years.
“Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice” Nam Le’s “Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice” is categorized in “ethnic story” narrated his Vietnamese life in order to meet an upcoming deadline even though finally he can’t submit his story because his father burns his work. Throughout the story, Nam the narrator talks about “the past” which he experiences when he was young including the recent experience that he has got from his father reunion. Not only does the story tell us about the past which, but it also shows a connection of time between past, present, and future. Likewise, the story shows the relationship between son and father which is the main theme of this story; and shows how the past is important and affect to them differently. Also, the story of the past could lead to the end of the story that can be interpreted like a prediction of the direction of their relationship in the future.
Jack Akers Instructor: Mary Wallace English 102-01 26 February 2018 Love and guilt: An explication of Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” In the poem “Those winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, Hayden experiences both the feelings of love and guilt for the way he treated his father while he was growing up. In the poem, Hayden reflects back on the things that his father did for him, not out of necessity but out of love. At the time, Hayden took these things for granted and never fully appreciated the things that his father had done for him until years later when it was too late.
However, at the very end of the piece the father of the author is revealed to be the intended audience of the poem. Only in the last stanza does the reader find out Thomas’s father is on his death bed, and the author, choked up with emotion, begs his father not to die. Only in the last stanza does the author compare his father to the four types of men by implying his current frail condition is similar to the wise, good, wild, and grave men. By using the word “fierce” to describe his father’s tears, Thomas demonstrates how his father feels intense emotion about dying and encourages him not to let go of the will to live. The poem ends by including the recurring first and third line of the elegy at the very end, a powerful conclusion designed to show that his father, like all men, should never easily lose their fighting
“The Gift” and “The Lanyard” both speak about parents, their children, and the love between them, but have different tones and situations. “The Gift,” is about how things parents do have deeper meanings that may not be recognized until the future. The boy was crying, so as the father pulled it out, he told the boy a story to calm him down, “My father recited a story in a low voice” (Collins 2). The boy grew up and married; his wife also got a splinter. He did the same as his father did for him, he did not remember the physical story, but he remembered the love and compassion of his father.
In the novel “The Odyssey” retold by Barbara Leonie Picard (initially by Homer), Odysseus was a significant character who changed. Throughout the story, he changed by learning how think before acting, being honest and communicating with his team, and becoming persistent toward his main goal which is going back home. He also displayed many of Art Costa’s "habits of mind” such as teamwork, persistence, and stop and think. We can learn from Odysseus’ journey as we read about him. Odysseus was a king, husband and father.
If I could choose to be any mythological character in the complete Trojan myth, I would be Odysseus because he is wise, cunning, and clever. In the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton, Edith says, “Odysseus, who was one of the shrewdest and most sensible men in Greece, did not want to leave his house and family to embark on a romantic adventure overseas for the sake of a faithless woman” (251). This quote shows Odysseus’s wisdom and tells everyone that Odysseus was not willing to participate in a war because of an unfaithful woman who was taken away from her husband.
Everyone's goals are all different, some many be a football career, or basketball, or golf, or some type hobby anyone has. In the Odyssey, the main character Odysseus has a goal to make it back to his homeland to see his wife and son. Some people if they want, live at home and enjoy the living of their parents house. Thinking about a future can be scary sometimes, especially if parents are dragging it on you to find out what you are going to do with a future. Future a frightening word.
The Character Analysis Essay “Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell me the story of that man skilled in all ways contending, the wanderer, harried for years in end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy” (Lines 1-5). If the story needed to be narrated in one sentence, this quote would be an adequate summary. This epic derived from bards and poets around 700 B.C., it is unclear who actually wrote “The Odyssey”, but ultimately a Greek poet called Homer is the distinguished author. This popular and celebrated story, features the development and growth of the complex character, Odysseus, during his homecoming. Moreover, the concept of Odysseus being “real; that he could walk right off the page into life”, is prevalent through
Homer writes about stubborn characters who are challenging for Odysseus because he is losing their trust everyday that him and his crew were not back home to their families. Although he is known for being a cunning and intelligent character, he is not the most mentally stable person. Odysseus has had his hypocritical moments which have caused plenty to question his leadership skills.