The feels the presence of evil and creates a eerie and creepy mood. And people are also just pretending as if nothing is happening like it is normal. “It’s not important what's happening to sleath is ” (Herbert, 67). As people begin to notice more things going on the story get creepier and scarier. The cold creepy really set the story in place.
In the book Surviving the Applewhites, written by Stephanie S. Tolan, a boy named Jake, who is an absolute delinquent, and recently burned down a school he was going to, is taken in by a homeschool in Wits End, ran by a creative yet crazy family named The Applewhites. Jake goes through the story meeting and gaining relationships with the whole family, then ultimately discovers he loves to sing, and that he doesn’t have to be a bad person. There are many different themes, but only one main theme. The main theme in Surviving the Applewhites is to always remember the importance of family. This is shown when Jake, an absolute delinquent at the beginning of the story who had no close family to help him be a good kid, met the Applewhites and slowly changed to become a very outgoing, smart, nice kid.
Bayard Sartoris, a young man whose childhood was plagued by the atrocities of the Civil War, shapes his morals as time progresses. In the earlier stories, such as “Ambuscade”, Bayard is on the verge of becoming a man yet still acts quite childish. Upon reaching the final story, An “Odor in Verbena”, he is a different person than before. In The Unvanquished, Bayard Sartoris’s defining moment is when he bravely chooses to confront Redmond unarmed, showing that he has learned much about honor and courage from his father and matured as a person.
These traits are many times then accompanied by phrases such as man up, dont cry, or suck it up. We are introduced to these standards of masculinity from a very young age, continuing to see them all throughout your life. This leaves boy oftimes feeling like they are not living up to these “standards” that society requires of them. A lot of times men are hiding their feelings, not showing or telling anyone what is really going on. In the movie The Mask You Live In, Educator Ashanti Branch, talks about the mask a lot of boys hide behind.
It is the basis of revenge as a whole. Other authors, who have a focus on revenge, also agree with Shakespeare’s comments. In order to prove that Shakespeare’s statement held truth, one must comprehend what his comment symbolized. In honesty, he was rather blunt in his meaning.
As the man progressed through his journey with his son, his realization of death strengthened the bond between him and the boy. As the boy grew up with the changing reality of his father’s growing sickness, he began to accept the fact that he would soon be on his own and have to undergo the desolate world by himself. Both underwent momentous transformations through the course of the novel. The man, whose sole purpose was to protect his son, soon came to terms with his death and sought to bestow knowledge onto his son necessary for survival. The boy, who was extremely young towards the beginning of the novel, gradually begins to mature under the growing strain of his father’s forthcoming death.
The poem “A Story” by Li-Young Lee depicts the complex relationship between a boy and his father when the boy asks his father for a story and he can’t come up with one. When you’re a parent your main focus is to make your child happy and to meet all the expectations your child meets. When you come to realize a certain expectation can’t satisfy the person you love your reaction should automatically be to question what would happen if you never end up satisfying them. When the father does this he realizes the outcome isn’t what he’d hope for. He then finally realizes that he still has time to meet that expectation and he isn’t being rushed.
Growing up the most taught valuable lesson from right and wrong is through what we go through. William Faulker, author of the short story “Barn Burning,” shows through the story a young boy learning what right and whats wrong. As the main character in this short story Colonel Sartoris Snopes also known as Sarty learns that his dad actions aren 't right. Sarty’s father, Abner, moves their family around constantly and is a very destructive man. Sarty had a rough childhood and throughout the story he grows to be a round character, whereas in the beginning he was flat.
Will has a hard time accepting the role, but realizes that it is the only way to live if you desire close relationships and people to remember you. Will begins to tell the story of how his father dies and the story comes full circle for Will and Edward. Will Bloom will eventually take on the role of the crazy old man with all of the stories as his son grows up and as he grows old. He was conflicted with being this person and had to experience the story for himself with his father to finally accept who he will become in the eyes of others. Being a Pantaloon in this story is not a bad thing, as we can see many people from Edward’s life show up at his funeral to remember the most interesting person they have ever met.
The prodigal son is a well-known fable that compares to what is going on in today’s world. Have you ever heard the saying about how history repeats itself? Well so does this short story. I believe that the majority of us always wanted to leave and become an adult as soon as possible, little did we know what was waiting for us. The prodigal son main characters, the father and the son has many differences, however they do favor each other.
The novels we have read this year have all connected with themes and characters. I believe the biggest connection for this year was the connection between Gene Forrester from A Separate Peace by John Knowles and Holden Caulfield from The Catcher In The Rye. Both of these boys are looking for a way to find themselves. They need to accept their past and forgive themselves, and they need to accept who they are and who they are becoming. The boys struggle with the fact they are growing up and have to enter the scary world, they must find a way to find their place in the world.
The Road to Maturity Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006) is a tragic story of a father and son’s struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The novel follows the father and son as they travel down ‘the road’ towards the coast, struggling with the world around them, which has dissolved into absolute nothingness. Very few people have survived the collapse of society, and the ones that have are savages and killers, doing what they can to stay alive. Seeing that all of the other survivors are turning into appalling and gruesome people, the father and son coin themselves the “good guys,” because they are not interested in hurting any of their fellow survivors. McCarthy never explicitly states the names of the father and son, nor specifies
The friendships you have when you're twelve years old are unlike any others that you will ever have again in your life. Stand by me portrays this idea with an unearthing adventure of a group of kids. The young group of boys; Gordie, Chris, Teddy, and Vern all leave their awkwardness behind on this journey to a dead boy outside of their small town, Castlerock, in an attempt for fame. The older “gang” of teenage boys believe they could benefit from this fame which causes conflict for both groups. But through this experience, the young boys understand each other's difficulties in relation to success in life.
The True Meaning of The Road Throughout the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy, a man and a boy live in a post-apocalyptic world where they endure countless hardships. The new troubling Earth is lifeless, hopeless, and radiates destruction. However, the novel does not simply teach of the despair of the world, but rather the strong will that these survivors require. They must have the perseverance to endure the initial shock of their new world, to live despite their circumstances, and to keep their own humanity intact, but also be able to limit their compassion. However, some might argue that their will to survive means nothing.