Truly successful authors have the ability to convey their view of a place without actually saying it, to portray a landscape in a certain light simply by describing it. In the provided excerpt taken from the opening paragraphs of “Shame,” Dick Gregory does just this. Through his use of stylistic elements such as selection of detail, old-fashioned language, repetition of words and simple sentences, Gregory reveals the shame within being poor setting the stage for a periodic ending. Beginning in the first paragraph of the passage, Gregory selects the two most simple sentences introducing the shame saying, “ I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that” (1). This sentence is very understandable and straight forward with its short length. These two sentences are important because the set the main idea about being shameful. Also, with its shortness it is easy for everyone to fully comprehend it. Within the story there are a few words the come up very frequently. For example, “Pregnant people get strange tastes. I was pregnant with poverty. Pregnant with dirt and pregnant with smells that made people turn away. Pregnant with cold and pregnant with …show more content…
In the story it says, “ Leave him alone, Mister Williams. I’ll pay the twenty-six cents.” “ Keep your twenty-six cents. You don’t have to pay for it now. I just finished paying for it” (5). “Why didn’t you pay it before?” “ I was pretty sick about that. I waited too long to help another man”(6). This ending was not expected in the beginning, however there was a little of foreshadowing towards it. One example of it is when the teacher made a rude comment and no one stood up for him just a few tears from his crush. It is a periodic ending because we didn’t really know where he was going with the story, it wasn’t until the end that we fully understood that he was talking about standing up for
Oscar always turns to writing whenever he feels depressed, especially after being turned down by his latest crush. Oscar moves from his love of women to his love for writing. But, after being “dissed” by Jenni, Yunior had “Figured it would be like always” but Oscar “stopped writing—Oscar never stopped writing—loved writing the way I loved cheating” (186). The emission of the letter “I” before “Figured” shows how the narrator—Yunior—is removing himself from his own narration. Furthermore, the lack of full sentences such as “The thing that carried him” implies a less developed craft of writing (unlike Oscar’s writing).
The expectations a reader might have concerning Dillard’s writing, putting a “hat” on her, is pushed away by Dillard because she knows the importance of writing how she wants, thereby exceeding the expectations of her readers. Dillard understands what it is like to sit under the shadow
At the very core of humanity and its behavior lies mistakes and wrongdoings. No matter how intensively they may try to stay faithful, every person occasionally betrays their moral conscience. This trespass has been interpreted in countless forms of literature and media ever since the written and verbal word has existed. Gary Soto’s A Summer Life is a powerful example, using diverse forms of rhetoric to convey his cycle of initial pleasure, guilt, and eventual remorse over the measures taken place in the autobiographical narrative.
After the dinner, Amy´s mother goes up to her and tells her that “You're only shame is to have shame” (1). This is very important because she learns a valuable life lesson that will
Or two, a gift of the realization to the violence that exists with learning the skills to navigate the neighborhood so he may live to be an adult. The story moves to an eight year old Geoff who has his first encounter with being robbed. As he was walking back home from the corner store a boy about his age befriended and then robbed Geoff of his change, sixty-one cents. For most people sixty-one cents would be insignificant. For a single woman on welfare with three boys it is quite significant.
What do you think the worst punishment for a crime could be? Death, life in prison, torture, or something else? What about shame? Many people wouldn’t even think of shame as being a punishment. There is an old proverb that says “Shame is worse than death”.
Immediately with the concept of the ugly truth, Dinh begins with, “Perhaps I’m a cruel artist.” When the narrator introduces himself this way it reveals right away the honesty behind Dinh. He then explains his cruel self, by describing his love and technique for embracing each flaw. Dinh allows “Confession” to stand out from society’s thoughts by doing this since most people in modern day fail to find beauty naturally. Near the end of the first stanza when pointing out certain defects, Dinh attains alliteration in the lines “jagged gaps” and “pamper each pimple” securing the reader’s attention.
The author uses vivid imagery and dialogue to convey his story about how he struggled with feeling ashamed of himself as a child. Being descriptive in the word choices he uses such as, “idiot’s seat” and “nice warm mackinaw” he uses little descriptions that would further your fictional image of the story. He sticks to plain and simple adjectives and only uses one or two to describe the noun preceding them, to stay simple. In comparison, Mencken who writes a descriptive essay, notes his experience in the U.S. and how unsettling the view is to him. He uses many adjectives before the noun compared to Gregory, who stays simple.
He could imagine his deception of this town “nestled in a paper landscape,” (Collins 534). This image of the speaker shows the first sign of his delusional ideas of the people in his town. Collins create a connection between the speaker’s teacher teaching life and retired life in lines five and six of the poem. These connections are “ chalk dust flurrying down in winter, nights dark as a blackboard,” which compares images that the readers can picture.
In Dan Kahan’s, Shame is Worth a Try, he claims that the use of shame as punishment is a more effective and economical alternative to imprisonment. Kahan uses a plethora of rhetorical devices in his article. He uses many examples of places in which shame is already being used as a punishment. In the first paragraph, Kahan states that “Nevertheless, courts and legislators have registered have resisted alternative sanctions-not so much because they wont work, but because they fail to express appropriate moral condemnation of crime”.
As a college student, Emily Vallowe wrote a literacy narrative with a play on words title: “Write or Wrong Identity.” In this work, she told the story of how she believed her confidence as a writer developed; however, she was becoming dubious as to her distinctiveness as an author. Although I have never been a self-proclaimed wordsmith as Ms. Vallowe obviously had been for years, I related to her journey. Not only did she grow up in Northern Virginia like I did, she never considered herself an inept writer—a possibility that I could not fathom about myself. Then, at some point, we both began to question our own ability and to question who we really were.
It begins with a delightful opening that gradually takes an unpleasant turn, as it gets closer to the ending, which ends in death as well. III. In comparison to the plot, the relations between the two stories are structured in many different ways, but both stories ends similarly. A.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the common punishment for a range of crimes is shame, inflicted by forcing the “criminal” onto the town scaffold and having them face the judging stares of the whole town. Shame is a feeling of self loathing, in a way, and makes one feel like a bad person, when truly, most of the time, they’ve only done a bad deed. This often leaves the shamed feeling hopeless, especially if their actions ruined their reputation. Today, judges are beginning to sentence minor criminals to shame punishments instead of jail time. While some may argue that shame is a cheaper and simpler alternative to jail time, it doesn’t have the intended effects on the criminal, but instead have terrible, unpredicted effects.
This lead to the reader having the suspense of what was going to happen. Mr.White and Mrs.White later found out that his son had been killed. The visitor said that their son had been “Badly hurt”. ( page 112 line 245) Mr.White and Mrs.White were devastated. The Visitor that told them that their son got caught in machinery gave them two hundred pounds for her “son’s services” and the visitor said that they wish to present them with a certain sum as compensation, which was the two hundred pounds that was exactly what they wished for.