In the short story “Seventh Grade” Gary Soto incorporated foreshadowing. To start foreshadowing was a big part of the story, for example, “They would stand, one arm around a beautiful woman, with a scowl on their face.” Its says just before this quote that Michael had read a CG magazine, and believed a scowl would impress girls. And so, this specific quote foreshadowed that victor and michael would try to scowl, and in turn impress the girls at their school. In addition to scowling there was this quote, “He raced to the metal shop.
It doesn’t melt or turn over, break or hardden, so it can´t feel pain, yarnin, regret.” In this sentence she uses words such as pain and regret to show that the heart is just a muscle, an organ that can´t get hurt, that can´t feel pain. On the second paragraph she says: “I can´t wear it on my sleeve, or tell you from the bottom of it how I feel. Here it´s all yours, now- but you´ll have to take me too.
In enduring these complex emotions, this section was the most remarkable part. One of the first apparent emotions the boy experiences with the death of his father is loneliness to make this section memorable. The boy expresses this sentiment when he stays with his father described as, “When he came back he knelt beside his father and held his cold hand and said his name over and over again,” (McCarthy 281). The definition of loneliness is, “sadness because one has no friends or company.”
The passage, “Always Running” by Luis J. Rodriguez evokes the tone of indifference. Rodriguez demonstrates these tones through imagery. For example, at the beginning of the passage the narrator, Luis gives us background information about his living situation to set up imagery for the rest of the passage. Then, Luis sets the tone of indifference with this sentence “So without ceremony, we started over the tracks, climbing over discarded market carts and tore-up sofas.” This quote uses the literary device of imagery because the narrator is painting a picture of their environment.
In the article the boy says,”That green ugly brother who breathed over my shoulder that day and ever since.” He realizes that not everything you get is the most beautiful thing ever. You have to work with what you have get and have to enjoy it while you can because you have memories, good or bad in and with everything. Next, the article states, “I stared at the jacket, like an enemy, thinking bad things before I took off my old jacket whose sleeves climbed halfway to my elbow.” This connects to the above quote because he classifies the jacket as an enemy then later he calls it a brother which shows he finally understands that he needs the jacket to stay warm.
Brent Staples, in his literary essay “Just Walk On By”, uses a variety of rhetorical strategies. The devices he uses throughout his essay effectively engage the audience in a series of his own personal anecdotes and thoughts. He specifically shifts the reader 's perspective towards the unvoiced and the judged. Within the essay, Staples manipulates several rhetorical strategies, such as perspective and metaphor, in order to emphasize the damage stereotypes have caused against the mindsets and perceptions of society as a whole. Staples illustrates how the nature of stereotypes can affect how we perceive others around us in either an excessively admirable light or, in his and many other cases, as barbaric or antagonistic.
Literary devices are used by an author to enhance a story. These devices can help to make a piece more descriptive, complex and thrilling. Literary devices can also help the reader further understand the text. Conflict, characterization, and imagery are exemplary examples of literary devices used by authors. Conflict is one of the most essential literary devices.
The father’s wife had recently died, leaving him with the boy to take care of with the only mindset of keeping him alive, doing anything for their survival. This affected the father in a big way, leaving him with little hope and hardly any reason to stay alive, but the boy was “his warrant” (McCarthy 5) , his only reason for life. The boy starts out very scared and weak, always wanting to hide behind his father, knowing that one day he will die. The boy matures with every event that happens, and he maintains to have hope throughout most of them. “The man fell back instantly and lay with blood bubbling from the hole in his forehead.
From the reading, I understand that in today’s culture that there are still race relations. Even though both groups of boys came from the same educational background and the same impoverished living conditions. I believe his study and findings are still prevalent in today’s society. In this essay, I will be breaking down the parts and discussing social conditions, poverty, self-esteem and motivation between two “groups’’, the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers.
Gary Soto’s childhood struggle with bullying due to his poverty shows just how real the effects of this intolerance can be. In “The Jacket”, Gary is often a victim of himself. He harbors just as much intolerance for his own poverty as the other, better off characters do. Gary’s intolerance of his poverty is shown through his hatred of the jacket his mother buys him.
The main character has it implanted in his mind that he’s the talk of the school, of students, and teachers, and is tricking his emotions into making him feel bad because he knows the clothes he wears are bad. The author, Soto however, tries to explain that it is merely the boys thoughts of how much he hates the jacket that are messing with his mind. Soto says, “Although they didn’t say out loud, “Man, that’s ugly,” I heard the buzz-buzz of gossip, and even laughter that I knew was meant for me.” Soto is saying that the main character’s own thoughts are the main enemy that drives the main action in the story. Because of his thoughts, and his embarrassment, he becomes the reason his grades drop, the reason his friends abandon him.
Stargirl and Wonder are two different books about being accepted in modern day society. Stargirl is about a highschool girl who is unique and “different” and shows it with clothes and accessory choice. Wonder however, is about a boy who has unfortunate facial deformities. But, in both novels, the author is trying to teach us that everything isn’t always on the outside, and sometimes, you have to look beneath their outward appearance.
To describe the heart, the speaker says that it is "firm and rather dry” (10). This description of the heart shows that the brother truly does not have feelings, and cares for no one but himself. This description really makes the brother out to be cold-hearted. Magarrell also uses cooking terms in order to describe how she handles her brother’s heart.
In the end of the short story, the narrator couldn’t bear “the hypocrital smiles” nor “the beating of his hideous heart” and admitted his crime. He cannot stop the beating of the heart growing louder; his conscience is haunting him. He cannot contain the tale which the heart had to tell. It is often too late when we finally realize what damage we have done—how we ruined someone else’s life. Then we fear what we’ve brought ourselves into; we fear the consequences we’d have to face.