The way an author writes a work can mean the difference between interest or the lack of interest. When first reading “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” a reader may find the ending quite a shock. However, if another author would write the same plot, the shock may not exist, but, because of the many techniques displayed by Ambrose Bierce throughout his work, readers remain interested and shocked upon first reading the last line. Techniques Bierce display in his work, such as use of point of view, literary devices, and plot developments, prove useful throughout “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by peaking the reader’s interest and keeping him or her trying to guess what exactly happened. Bierce employs two forms of point of view throughout his work, third-person omniscient and third-person limited.
The story puts Roger in a tough situation to show that men mean well, but need a bit of help from women if they are ever to realize they are in a relationship. This is the main theme of Dave Barry’s story, which he shows through the use of age old humor techniques- misunderstanding, and stereotypes. It is not hard to connect with Roger and Elaine right from the start, thanks to Barry’s humorous personality that he writes with, and the universal situation he sets the story in. Barry’s words will stick with the reader, especially these wise words he imparts from the beginning; that guy are easy to have a fulfilling relationship with, provided that the guy is a Labrador retriever, and not a real
Surprise is an emotion that rarely stands alone. Using situational irony, authors use surprising twists to manipulate the reader’s emotions beyond creating shock. For example, “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry utilizes situational irony to instill humor in those who read the short story. Guy de Maupassant also uses situational irony in “The Necklace,” but the feeling he creates is one of justice. Both short stories, when analyzed, show that the effects of situational irony on a reader’s emotions surpass creating surprise.
In the article, “Slow Ideas”, Atul Gawande utilizes personal and historical anecdotes to further strengthen his claims. He often transitions between stories by asking the audience a critical question and then providing his stance on this issue. This strategy allows for a paper that flows well, and also maintains a high level of interest from the audience. This is because the questions often cause the reader to stop and think about their own take on the situation. After posing a question, Gawande then transitions into explaining the problem through the use of a narrative example.
Authors typically use situational irony to establish a surprising twist on the reader. Guy de Maupassant does this in his short story, “The Necklace.” But unlike O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant uses pity to catch the reader's attention. In both short stories, “The Necklace” and “The Ransom of Red Chief,” the authors use situational irony to impact the reader beyond the element of surprise. O. Henry makes “The Ransom of Red Chief” humorous when he uses situational irony to describe how Johnny feels when he is kidnapped. Johnny likes it when he is kidnapped.
Howard Schultz once said, “In times of adversity and change, we discover who we are and what we are made of.” In life, one starts to realize everything is not always peachy. Sometimes one has to go through patches of thorns before things start to look up, but in the long run difficulties in life turn out to make one stronger person. In the books Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom, and Night by Elie Wiesel, two of the main characters are pushed to their limits and beyond. How these men react to their situation is both mesmerizing, and courageous. In the two pieces of literature being strong, love, and death all factor into how each of the characters deals with adversity.
He makes sure not to disrespect his oppressors, but he manages to tell his story at the same time. Douglas’s honest and authentic narrative will forever be appreciated by the people. It was a joy to see both of these authors included in our list of required readings. Phillis Wheatley and Fredrick Douglas are both very talented writers who adopted their own way to tell their story. I appreciate how The University Alabama aims to educate its students about all backgrounds of people.
Delia was written as a character that was growing stronger with each put down and threat given towards her. Sykes in the beginning portrayed to be a bully but his characters actions began to become more scared of Delia rather than thinking of her as a victim. Though the broken english spoken by the characters was a little disorienting to begin reading it became a part of the story itself and how it connects with the characters. The story is told in third person narrative giving the author the permission to divulge all the information about thoughts and feelings of each character. The story read like the author was retelling a story once told to her and she added in her own details as she went along.
A Long Way Gone is highly recommended for readers who love to read autobiographies, memoirs, non-fictions, or someone who is open-minded to learning more about the communities other than their own. This novel was a great reading experience! It expands one’s knowledge about the effects of war and the writing techniques will be a great help to young writers. It also brings awareness to the war effects towards children. This novel has character, emotions, and a great inspiration to writers with similar stories that are needed to be shared with the
As well, Shirley uses themes in the hole story to not forget the main topic in different sections, and to understand how important the values and the manners are. My opinion of “The Lottery” is that sometimes the writer can express herself with the readers using different literary devices on the story, and this helps to understand the main purpose of the story. The story was very entertaining and it has a great conclusion because we never expected that kind of end. She also used a lot of different characters to demonstrate the different perspectives that each part of the