In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Bloodflowers” by W.D. Valgardson, the characters live in a dystopian world and follow annual tradition. The people in “The Lottery” gather together yearly and Mr. Summers conducts the event called the lottery. At this event, the citizens draw out slips of paper and the person who draws out the marked slip is sacrificed through stoning. Similarly, in “Bloodflowers” the citizens choose a “king” each year and the “king” is flourished with presents and is even offered a women. Although he is presented with all the gifts, the people in town murder the “king” at the end of the year. Both the stories depict the theme of the dangers of blindly following traditions as it can lead to the demise if innocent people.
According to Rafael Trujillo, “He who does not know how to deceive does not know how to rule(azquotes)”. This explains the mindset of the dictator of the Dominican Republic shown in the book The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. In this historical fiction book it explain the story of the Mirabal sister in there fight to stop the oppression of Trujillo. It goes though there life story and gives insight to what the conditions were. Trujillo and the Dominican Republic government oppressed the citizens by arresting if you resist them, Machiavellian control and the deplorable conditions these people lived in.
In Passing by Nella Larsen, the mentioning of eyes gives the reader an indication of something significant in the text. Passing is told from the perspective of Irene Redfield, an observant mother and wife that accepts her heritage. When Irene re-encounters her old childhood friend, Clare Kendry, at the Drayton Hotel Clare reveals her new life of luxury as a result of passing into the white world. Clare is described as dangerous and mysterious and this re-encounter can bring nothing but trouble into Irene’s perfect life. Throughout the text, Irene regards Clare as something ‘otherworldly’ and even though Irene is described as observant Clare is the only person that Irene is unable to see through. As their worlds begin to collide, Irene always
Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy 's Remarkable Journey From a Refugee Camp to Harvard" by Mawi Asgedom tells the story of Selamawi Haileab Asgedom or Mawi. A refugee who came to America when he was young. In addition, this book is based on having to stand up for people, but also watching out for yourself. Due to the fact that Selamawi (or Mawi) and his brother Tewolde were born in such a rundown place in Sudan and in Ethiopia they are used to having to stand up for themselves.
Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies is a work of historical fiction set in the Dominican Republic that focuses on the four Mirabal sisters who bond together to rebel against the corrupt leader of their country, Rafael Trujillo. The four Mirabal sisters, Patria, Dedé, Minerva, and María Teresa form closer relationships with each other as they figure out a way to bring down the tyranny of Rafael Trujillo. Although they have a mutual goal, each of the Mirabal sisters has different feelings and thoughts throughout this time period. The theme of coming-of-age and identify is best exemplified through the character of María Teresa, known as Mate, through the ways she matures throughout the novel and becomes her own person who stands up for what she believes in.
You are lucky, Little Bird, for you have wings. But you must learn to master them. Look at the baron’s hawk there on her perch. Just because she doesn’t flap her wings all the time doesn’t mean she can’t fly.”(Cushman 83). Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman is an amazing book that everyone should read. This book is about a 14 year old girl who is being sold by her father to a man who is willing to give money for her. During her beastly fathers hunt, Catherine tries to get away from all of the suitors. All she wants is to marry who she wants. While she is trying to get a plan of marrying anyone she wants, she helps people she goes through lots of experiences. For these experiences she starts being less selfish and self-centered. Some of these experiences include getting a little sister, seeing other people work and how she doesn’t have to, and lastly is being the lord's daughter and not getting a choice of marriage because of it.
It is quite evident that tyrannical governments often deprive its citizens of their inviolable rights as humans. While some struggle to grasp the gravity of this suppression, Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies provides a way of better comprehending the corruption behind the denial of these entitlements such as freedom of expression, liberty, and no discrimination. In this story, Alvarez intertwines the real life tragedy of the Mirabal sisters with fictional writing to fully connect the reader to the evilness of dictatorships. Her use of characterization and admiring descriptions of the Mirabals lead to her readers being emotionally connected to each sister, prompting a better response to her message. Stressing the immorality behind the oppression of human rights, Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies displays a reverent tone as the heroic actions of the Mirabal sisters against a totalitarian government are described, showing Alvarez’s desire to possess the same courage.
“A wonderful novel about mothers and daughters and the transcendent power of love” (Connie May Fowler). This quote reflects the novel, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd because the protagonist in the story, Lily Owens, her mother have died when she was four years old and she didn’t feel loved by her abusive father, T. Ray Owens, until she met the Boatwrights family with the housekeeper, Rosaleen, and stayed with them. The Boatwrights family are the three black sisters who are August, May, and June. This novel took place in Sylvan and Tiburon, South Carolina, where Lily grew up and where she found the answer to her questions.
In Because I Could Not Stop for Death Dickinson uses alliteration repeatedly to describe her mortal life and immortal life. For example, in line 7 she says, “My labor and my leisure too”. This describes how she put away all the work and all the pleasure of her mortal life. Signifying how none of these mortal aspects matter anymore as death is taking her away. Another example, in line 15, “For only Gossamer, my Gown” Dickinson uses a very eerie form of alliteration as she describes being covered in cob webs, this gossamer is her gown for eternity. As she is lied to rest her only companions will be the spiders that have made her gossamer gown. The examples
After reading "The Death of a Moth" by Annie Dillard I can conclude that this essay has a second meaning to it. I can see that Dillard wrote this essay with a lot of details so readers could understand what she was saying or to make readers imagine what she experienced. This essay that Dillard wrote talks about how she watched a moth burn for over two hours. Dillard implied that the moth still meant something even after it was burned. This is why I think that this essay that Dillard wrote has a second meaning to it.
White Lies by Natasha Trethewey is a poem about a girl that struggle to find her identity. Identifying our self in society sometimes can be difficult, but having multiple racial backgrounds can make it twice as difficult. Trethewey was born in 1966 to a white father and a black mother in Mississippi where at the time it was illegal the interracial marriage. Therefore, we can infer she is the girl she refers to in the poem. In the poem, the author talks about her childhood and how difficult was for her growing up being half white half black. The young girl in the poem struggles with her racial identity not knowing what race she belongs to. She struggles not being accepted by the black community because of her light bright skin and not being
It's like lightning without the thunder. It's the “magic” that these microscopic creatures portray that make them so fascinating. How could they possibly so intriguing? At first glance, “The Lighting Bugs Are Back” by Anna Quindlen appears to be about how people compress the complexities of their lives into simplistic and nostalgic terms. But closer inspection reveals that the author is encouraging the reader to allow simple fragmented memories to trigger a wave of nostalgia. The speaker, Anna Quindlen, has an audience that could be seen as people who try too hard to reduce the complexities in their lives to simplistic terms.
In Anderson’s short story, “I’m a Fool,” the narrator is a young man specified to be a “swipe at at a racetrack”, with no formal education. Through a series of events, he meets a young man, Wilbur Wessen, and his sister, Lucy. Upon introducing himself to the two, he lies about his real identity. He decides to appeal to what was socially respectable at the time in order to impress Lucy. It was made pretty obvious throughout the story that his real job and his lack of education were generally frowned upon. In fact, it’s heavily socially disapproved, judging by the reactions of his family.
Since the formation of organized civilization, men have used religious information to control women. From forcing them to dress a particular way to being in control of the level of education that women receive, male spiritual figureheads made every effort to keep women from reaching their full potential. In both short stories, the female protagonist is manipulated by a “religious” male antagonist, impersonating how religion victimizes women. “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find” depict two separate but similar tales. Each story describes the horrendous ending of women, that leaves the women physically and mentally damaged. According to Galileo, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Good Country People” are comparable in characterization, plot development, and theme.
A tarnish yellow creature stands in fear as it lingers behind bars viewing the shadow of a male figure. However, the acts of oppression can enrage the creature to break free. Feminist writer, Susan Glaspell, in the short story, Trifles, asserts how women are oppressed by male dominance in their marriages in the 1916. Glaspell’s purpose is to promote awareness of how much isolation and an abusive relationship can influence a woman’s insanity towards men. She adopts a calm yet caution tone in order to express the effect men have on women. Through the act of Mrs. Wright murdering her husband, Glaspell conveys that a women’s insanity to kill is due to the actions of men.