You listen intently, wanting to care, but unsure what to do. Tracy is sweet and charming and her sincerity and situation are overwhelming. By the end of the evening, the poor girl is practically in tears. “I don’t know what we’re going to do. We are poor and have nothing.” Pussy starved and pussy whipped man that you are, you blurt out, “I can help you.” Sucker! This is the most inappropriate response a man with any balls could possibly give. Sure, you feel the chemistry and there is definitely something magical happening. That magical feeling is known as lust and desperation. You have contracted the Captain Save-a-Ho syndrome. Even if a woman in this sort of situation is genuine, why would you give her your hard earned money? She is a stranger
In Émile Zola’s The Belly of Paris, the reader learns about the controversial life of a man named Florent, who was arrested and deported for standing up against the tyranny of the monarchy and the police in Paris. After an escape, he then returns to Paris where he wants to start a new life, but instead, he gets involved with a political group who wants to start a revolution. At the end the reader learns he has been captured, along with
In Bell Hooks’ essay, “Seeing and Making Culture: Representing the Poor”, Hooks addresses and clarifies the misinterpretations that people have of the assumptions made of the poor, how poor individuals are viewed in human culture and how the poor are represented on television. She helps the audience understand how these assumptions are wrong.
Authors use characters and genres to develop theme. Sometimes different genres can be used to build the same theme. In the poem, “The Lesson of the Moth,” poet Don Marquis uses the protagonist, a moth, to teach the narrator, Archy, a cockroach, what it is like to have a dream worth dying for. Similarly, Daniel Keyes, author of “Flowers for Algernon,” a short story, uses the main character, Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man who longs to be smart, to develop the idea that it is better to risk to achieve happiness rather than to live wondering what life could have been like. Both the poet and the author use the main character in their literary work to contribute to the idea that risking something is worth even momentary happiness.
After reading your book The Invisible thread I felt inspired to help a person in need. Your book made me take another look at life and think what could I do to help the people around me? What you did for Maurice was inspirational. You helped a kid you barely knew and you were able to provide and to care for a child almost like he was your own. Your book also shows that the idioms we never payed attention to as children really is the foundation and is the fundamental truth about life.
In "The Death of the Moth" by Virginia Woolf, Woolf details the struggles of a moth with life and death from an observers standpoint. While this story may just seem to be about a moth, it is about so much more. Woolf uses the moth and it's symbolism to convey her message that all living things are faced with struggles both in life and in death.
Throughout a majority of the novel, Lutie, the main character fights her battle of survival as her and her son Bub live through poverty. Although she continuously gets crushed every step of the way she always kept her head up as she wanted to give the best to her son. However, towards the end of the novel we see this change as Lutie gets exposed to things that become out of her control and she starts to give up. Despite Luties strength and commendable qualities, Petry sent her on a ‘journey of decline’ to her breaking point.
Elizabeth Bishop is an American poet and short story writer from the 1900s. During her lifetime she became a well respected woman who intertwined her poems with ambiguous meanings that have drawn the attention of many critics for interpretation. . Her extraordinary ability to reflect common topics in her poem creates a thought provoking atmosphere which enables her to convey lucid, complex ideas through her poetry. Bishop’s ability captures the fascination of many critics, thus leading to an in depth analyzation of her works even in modern day.The detailed writing of the “Man-Moth” reflects the way in which Bishop ties ideas together to form a poem that can be perceived into different themes. Moreover, in Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “Man-Moth”,
A man, named Don Marquis, that was a newspaper columnist, once made poems that were, supposedly, written by a cockroach named Archy. One of which, called “The Lesson of the Moth”. During the poem, the moth tries to break into an electric light bulb, Archy being befuddled by the moth’s actions, asks “why?” The moth replies with, in short words, that the light before they are roasted, is the most beautiful sight they will see, that they get bored doing their normal boring routines each day. They would rather have exciting bursts of fun and beauty while risking their life, than live a long boring life and be safe. This is even seen in life today, some people are the cockroach, and others the moth.
Today, you could be driving to a fast food restaurant or supermarket and as you drive by, you could see people on the streets holding up a cardboard with writings that read “help me”, “homeless”, “need money” or “hungry”. Those are the common things that homeless people would be saying. Not to mention that they are also poor. But unfortunately, many of us as a society have trust issues. There has been many cases where there are people on
Everything seems to come in one full circle. This is explained within the short story. The moth is the one representing the real price of life, which is of course death. The struggle is evident throughout the entire piece. In the beginning of the short story it is pretty clear that human emotions are connected to the moth. It is to be known that the moth had the emotions of a
Mrs. Johnson had no desire to go to the park that was near her house in fear that her daughter would be exposed to the homeless people that lived there. She couldn’t stand the sight of their dirty faces, always looking for free handouts. However, her daughter Emma constantly begs her to take her there. To Emma’s surprise, her mother took her on her birthday.
People that are homeless or become homeless today, experience so much they are not sure what to do because they think they do not have help from anyone or somewhere to sleep. Adults are not the only people that become homeless, teenagers become homeless as well because before they turn 18 some will run away from home at least one time. While these people are sitting on the street, they experience numerous things such as abuse from other people, drugs, unemployment or not able to find a job, etc. Everyday when people drive or walk by someone thats is homeless, glancing at their sign reading what it says to make them feel sad for them. However, by doing something small for them makes an impact in someone else’s eyes.
Virginia Woolf’s essay “Death of the Moth” describes her encounter with a moth as it fights frantically to escape the windowpane before it was claimed by death. The authors first instinct as they watch the moth’s struggling, is to help the poor moth, however as the speaker goes to help the moth, they realize that the moth is in the same impossible struggle, that all living creatures fight against. To try to prevent death from robbing them of their life. By witnessing the moth's death, the author mind wonders to thought of, the circular patterns of life and death that makes all live creatures have something in common. The speaker is conscious of death’s ultimate power that can’t be avoided, but concludes that the ever chance of death serves
I believe that in Virginia Woolf’s essay “Death of a Moth” the author is using the moth to symbolize a human life and one’s struggle with death. She describes the energy at which the moth is fluttering in the window sill much like how we as people move through our lives unnoticed to the rest of the world with all the other things that go on in it. Though in a shortened span, when compared to a human life the moth lives its insignificant life on the window up until its battle with death. Much like a person trying to hold on to life the moth fights with everything it has but in the end death takes its toll. Overall I think her message is that we all have fleeting lives that have little effect on the rest of the world and death comes to us