What is your worth?, what makes you happy?, what makes you sad or disappointed?. Life has ups and downs and turnarounds but do you give up?. Mother and Daughter by Gary Soto is and short little that discuss the hardship of this young girl named Yollie along with her mother. Armitage Street by David Hernandez is a short poem that is about a narrator whose’ waiting on a train to leave Armitage Street their favorite childhood street. Both of these authors shows there's no need to have it all just make the best of what you have. Gary shows this through Metaphor and Character actions and David did this through First Person and Description.
Darry also had a hard lesson early in life. He was a great athlete and student with a promising future, then he had to sacrifice his future because if he didn't work, he would have to put his brothers in a foster home. “Darry didn't deserve to work like an old man when he was only twenty. He had been a real popular guy in school; he was captain of the football team and he had been voted Boy of the Year. But we just didn't have the money for him to go to college, even with the athletic scholarship he won. And now he didn't have time between jobs to even think about college.” (16) Darry was the ‘golden boy’, with lots of opportunities to change his life, and be in a better place. But when his parents died all those chances died with them. Now he works like an old
I think the point of the story Lyddie is to show just how hard it was for young women to get by back then. In Lyddie's story, she has to go endure many hardships such as losing her farm, having poor working conditions, and having to walk and walk to become a factory girl. The place she stayed at was an small inn. The in was very overcrowded with 2 women sharing a bed. This could potentially be harmful to the girls if for example there was a fire they would not all be able to make it out alive. In this essay, I will be talking about all the hardships that Lyddie had to push through and how bad their lives were back then.
The world is filled with hypocrisy, prejudice, and hatred that spreads and festers like a disease that no one can contain. Some individuals see this and choose to look in the other direction while others choose to bring it to a focal point. Tracy K. Smith is a poet who chooses to bring awareness to some of these issues through her work. One of Smith’s poems that focuses on these worldly problems is, “They May Love All That He Has Chosen and Hate All That He Has Rejected.” In this poem, Smith elaborates on the four steps of forgiveness to emphasize the themes of discrimination, hatred, and forgiveness.
In the book Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, Jack can be described as timid. In the story, Jack thinks that poetry is just for girls and he can’t do it. When Jack says “I can’t do it”, he is being timid because he is lacking his courage towards writing a poem. Another example of timid is seen when Jack says, “Boys don’t write poetry”. Jack feels timid because he hasn’t given poetry a try because he is lacking his courage of not writing a poem. Jack feels that he can’t do poetry because he lacks the courage towards writing one.
What is it about ‘the bush’ that is so special to Australians? The bush has an iconic status in Australian life and features strongly in any debate about Australian national identity. The Australian landscape was something that was uniquely Australian and very different to the European landscapes. It is a symbol for a national life. Today I will be analysing two poems that have contrasting views on what the Australian landscape means to them. Dorothea Mackellar’s ‘My Country’ talks positively about the country whereas Henry Lawson’s ‘Up the Country’ has a more negative view. Dorothea Mackellar was inspired by the experiences of Australians living and working in the bush. On the other hand, Henry Lawson believed that an Australian identity must
As Sigmund Freud once said, “the only person with whom you have to compare yourself is you in the past. ” In this essay, I will qualify the claim that Janie, the protagonist from Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, is a powerful role model for young readers because she pursues her own happiness despite obstacles. Janie does pursue her own happiness through her relationship with Joe Starks and Tea cake, even though they both come to a crashing end. The obstacles she has to overcome however, are created by herself. Janie creates her own adversity, and is then forced to overcome it to achieve what she desires. On the other hand, she doesn 't always do so. For instance, marrying Logan Killicks, on Nanny’s wish, without the ability of patience to see it through. As well as, adhering to what people want and expect. With
“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.” William Shakespeare. Throughout the course of life every individual faces immense hardships, some of which shape the entirety of their lives. Attributed to these adversities are an infinite number of decisions, each with a staggering effect on one's self as a whole, and therefore their identity. This is demonstrated in the memoir “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls in which she cites the tremendous adversity which has been brought upon by her two less-than-ordinary
In her short story “Marigolds”, Eugenia Collier, tells the story of a young woman named Lizabeth growing up in rural Maryland during the Depression. Lizabeth is on the verge of becoming an adult, but one moment suddenly makes her feel more woman than child and has an impact on the rest of her life. Through her use of diction, point of view, and symbolism, Eugenia Collier develops the theme that people can create beauty in their lives even in the poorest of situations.
The journey's that heroes and heroines travel upon are usually a wary one that end in success or remorse. Though normally dramatized to a smaller level, Sarah Orne Jewett styles her heroine’s journey with literary elements such as imagery, diction, and point of view that shape the way the short story is derived.
In the stories “Good Country People”, “ The Life You Save May Be Your Own”, and “The Displaced Person” Flannery O’Connor had believed that pride was the root to all evil, and those who had to much would have their pride lead to their utter demise due to temptation. A quote that really ties into what O’Connor had been thinking was one by St. Cyril or Jerusalem. She had written that “ The dragon is by the side of the road, Watching those who pass. Beware least he devour you. We go to the father of souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon”. This entailed that one needed to leave their pride at the door and recognize reality and limitations on ones self and not be overtaken by the temptations in life. If one hadn't left their pride at the curb, they were going to experience a rude awakening in Mrs. O’Conner’s short stories.
The final poem of significance is Jazzonia, in which Hughes experiments with literary form to transform the act of listening to jazz into an ahistorical and biblical act. Neglecting form, it is easy to interpret the poem shallowly as a simple depiction of a night-out in a cabaret with jazz whipping people into a jovial frenzy of singing and dancing. But, the poem possesses more depth, when you immerse yourself in the literary form. The first aspect of form to interrogate is the couplet Hughes thrice repeats: “Oh, silver tree!/Oh, shining rivers of the soul!” Here, we see the first transformation. The “silver tree” alludes to an instrument used to perform jazz (probably a saxophone). “Trees” are long, like a saxophone, and the “keys” and “key
Set against the backdrop of Naples, the characters in Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend are immersed in a world of violence, ignorance, and poverty. Under this shadow, Elena and Lila struggle to define the past of their parents from their own future. In fact, it is the weight of despair that allows small moments of joy to become vibrant within the story; as James Wood describes, “deprivation gives details a snatched richness” (Wood 10). The luminosity of moments like when Elena travels to Ischia, when the two girls purchase Little Women, and lighting fireworks on New Years Eve, are integral to the depiction of brilliant friendship between them. Therefore, it is not coincidental that when the girls experience fleeting moments of childhood bliss,
When placed under difficult circumstances, sometimes a person must do everything in his or her power in order to achieve the things which they desire. In an excerpt from Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight Alexandra Fuller uses various literary devices and methods of characterization to demonstrate the means by which people obtain that which they desire while still leaving room for interpretation to make the work more engaging. Through these techniques, she is effective at exploring the distinct reactions people experience to both failure and success.
Poet, Edwin Arlington Robinson, in his poem, “Richard Cory,” emphasizes that looks can be deceiving. Robinson purpose is to convey that even a person like Mr. Cory can fall from the weight of the world. He utilizes imagery, tone, and diction to effectively characterize Mr. Cory admirability toward his audience.