Angelou’s tone perfectly illustrates the rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. She writes joyously, with a hint of sadness and malcontentment reflecting the racial prejudices of the South during the 1940s. She uses phrases like “sunlight itself was young” and describes herself as “the center of the moment” to convey the excitement and joy she felt as a child on the days leading up to her graduation. She also interjects more sobering statements, such as when she speaks of “hanging ropes of parasitic moss and speaks of wishing everybody dead to characterize the struggle of African Americans during the 40s. The tone of these segments is malcontentment, sadness, and anger over the subjugation of blacks
The passage “Cherry Bomb” by Maxine Clair is the recollection of the young adult narrator’s summer in the fifth grade. Clair set a youthful,jovial and carefree tone that depicts the narrator’s summer as innocent and filled with memories. Clair employs a variety of literary techniques ranging from informal and almost like child like diction to visual imagery and biblical references , in order to illustrate the youthful reality of the narrator’s summer. Clair clearly depicts the juvenileness of the narrator early in the passage with a statement like “life was measure in summers” which shows the immaturity of the narrator as they didn’t experience the day to day stresses of a normal adult. In the beginning of the passage Clair attempts to characterize the
In the passage from Maxine Clair’s “Cherry Bomb,” the adult narrator shares her memories of her fifth-grade summer world. Through the use of literary techniques, Clair clearly depicts the naivety and youthfulness of the adult narrator’s fifth-grade summer. In the first paragraph, the narrator’s feelings of naive and youthfulness about their childhood summer are highlighted through her memories of an expression, and an ice truck. The narrator uses the appeal of the expression “‘I am in this world, but not of it’” to express the youthfulness of her fifth-grade self. Many children at that age do not know who they are and what they will do in the world; this comes with age and time.
The use of enjambments which go against expectations also parallels this hidden, darker meaning. The first metaphor of the poem is the most detailed and complex, containing metaphor within metaphor. In brief, the tetherball pole is compared to a scarecrow, the ball is compared to a clock (specifically in how kids smash it, as they might wish to smash the clock that keeps them trapped in school), the clock is compared to a stalled tractor, and muddy
“Ignorance is learned; innocence is forgotten” by José Bergamín, As the story continue Myop resemble the theme of innocence again “stepping smack into his eyes” Myop encounters death, but she was unafraid as she “frees herself”(line line 25) Myop a ten year old girl was filled with innocence, curiosity. “Myop gaze around with interest”(line 31) she had no idea about what had happen but she was curious to know more about the scenery. As Myop picks her wild pink rose which is a symbol of beauty, she spots the noose and has her epiphany, she saw how the person lying in front of her had his death. Myop lost her innocence on the spot, “she places her bundles of flowers in front of the dead body as if she was at a funeral”. Myop placing her flowers to the ground meaning that she was giving her childhood and entered to a world of hate and sins.
Alice Walker the author of the Flowers”, was inspired to write this story because of the tragedy that has happened to multiple black Americans and how it has affected their human rights. This story describes scenery that may have happened around South America starting off with a girl named Myop, a ten-year old girl who explores the world around her, unaware of the secrets the world beyond holds. In the first paragraph, Alice Walker clearly emphasises Myops purity and young innocence with the quote “She skipped lightly from hen house to pigpen.” This demonstrates how happy Myop is in this setting, we can identify she feels safe here, “ She felt light and good in the warm sun.” Her innocence produces an excitement to the reader as it gives the
Evelyn Couch is a character in the film “Fried Green Tomatoes”. She is blind to the beauty of life, until she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an 80-year-old with a child’s heart. Ninny teaches Evelyn to look beyond life’s outer ugliness to its inner beauty. She tells her the story of Idgia Threadgoode, a young woman who looked beyond the outer prejudices of the Deep South and saw inner visions of exciting new possibilities. That story, especially, helped Evelyn to see herself and life around her in a whole new way.
"One Girl at the Boys Party" is a poem that's used as a mathematical comparison throughout the poem. The poem is seen from the mother perspective after dropping off her daughter to an all boys swimming party and she contrasts her height to the boys, “They tower and / bristle, she stands there smooth and sleek” ( “Olds” 2-3 ). I feel like this is to illustrate how the opposite sex are complicated as math problems. The daughter’s body is being compared to “prime numbers” ( “Olds” 6 ). She mainly describes her daughter's appearance.
all this flashback goes back to where she was a child remembering how those old times people didn't worry about her looks but her soul, what she had inside. The new world time people are more focused on people's physical appearance, this tells how silko's appearance started to matter to her. The essay Yellow Woman and the Beauty of the Spirit by Silko is written in the first person, and it is reflective. Silko uses her exposition structure that makes her experiences clear convincing and engaging to the reader, making the story more comprehensible to the reader and visualize it in their
She says that “Here also I began to wake in earnest, and shed superstition, and plan my days” (66). Throughout An American Childhood Dillard often places books with the metaphor of either waking up or time. Here Dillard discusses that after she read her books, she was awakened and started to once again become more realistic and logical about what the world is really like and what it realistically has to offer veresus her old romantic childhood ways of thinking. Annie’s brain had been awakened by books, and that changed her childhood and life forever. Dillard connects time and waking up in the quote that reads “Who turned on the lights?
Speak, a novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a memorable story about a girl who overcomes a horrific experience, rape, and with it, injustice. Melinda, the main protagonist, has an emotional journey, and with the help of her art teacher, Mr. Freeman, survives through this excursion. As Mr. Freeman says, “‘Welcome to the journey’” (12). Mr. Freeman assists Melinda, by constantly questioning her emotional being, turning an art project into a pool of her feelings, and forcing Melinda to see the light in her heart. With Mr. Freeman lifting her emotional baggage, Melinda can finally be free and with that, experience happiness once again.
Upon reading the first few lines of the poem, it quickly becomes apparent that Albo and her sister enjoyed going to Sears. Albo continues by recounting her satisfying car ride home while snacking on a bag of pistachios. Albo writes: “We drove home too busy to / talk, caught in the rhythm of crack shell nut...” While a significant amount of Albo’s poems narrate events from her childhood, she also writes about experiences with her daughters. In “Little Kids, Little Problems,” Albo shares a narrative of when her daughter was an infant: When she was an infant, her colicky wailing would cease once she was tucked under my arm in body-warmed sheets. Her breathing would grow steady.
Tea Cake steals some money from Janie and spends it on gambling. He then beats Janie to assert his dominance and then spends time with a girl named Nunkie. A woman named Mrs. Turner tests Janie’s marriage with the offer to marry her light-skinned brother. Janie does not fall for it, knowing her relationship with Tea Cake is special and based upon mutual respect. Despite the bad parts of their relationship, Janie and Tea Cake still have a lot of fun in the muck, inviting people to their house for many parties.