At the same time, the Historical Notes reveal that other records of those who lived in Gilead also exist (346). Though Offred has never participated in a coordinated regime subversive activity, her story, along with those of other survivors, now form a polyphony of resistance. Storytelling in The Handmaid’s Tale performs various functions: it is Offred’s way of resistance, her survival strategy, her intellectual pastime, and a testimony to the future. By telling herself stories she escapes into memories, shape and change her experience, and substitute the lacking communication. She uses storytelling to preserve herself, to validate her existence, to prove her life matters.
“M & L” by Sarah Kokernot is a short story featured in The Best American Short Stories. Kokernot was born in Kentucky and received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a writer of various short stories and is presently working on her first novel. “M & L” tells the story from the point of view of Miriam and Liam – two good friends; one of which has a past trauma. As I read the story, it was difficult to stay focused on the main plot because of the depth of detail the author provides.
‘The Author to Her Book’ is written entirely the first person. It is narrated by an unnamed narrator yet, due to the title, the reader can assume that the narrator is an author, but more specifically the author of the poem, Anne Bradstreet. The poem is written in one single stanza presenting the single idea of the narrator's displeasure with and her inability to fix the book. The title of the poem, “The Author to Her Book”, in many ways unlocks the secret of who or what the narrator's "ill formed offspring" (1) is. Since the title tells us that the author is speaking to her book we know that the offspring, the unnamed child that the narrator speaks to, is a personification of the book written by Bradstreet.
She states “we all often feel like we are pulling teeth” when it comes to constructing and composing a piece of work (Lamott 468). This simile makes Lamott feel more relatable to the reader because this is a feeling that most inexperienced and discouraged writers go through. Saying things like “feel despair and worry settle on my chest like an x-ray apron” only connects the reader to Lamott even more (Lamott 469). Once the reader becomes engaged and forms a connection with what the writer is saying and feeling, continuing to read the essay is easy. At this point the reader wants to know what can be done to shake the feelings of “despair and worry” when it comes to
It also carries more of the poems meaning, as it means that you have to do something to be remembered, you cannot just do the baseline and hope for the best. The people in history books all went out a changed what they did not like in the world, and that is why they have a place in history. Marilyn Nelson wrote this poem and I researched he and
Furthermore, Diaz also uses conflict to characterize the personalities of each character. Junot Diaz uses various methods to project his stories that allow the readers to understand the stories vividly. Junot Diaz begins his book with an epigraph by Sandra Cisneros in which it states : Okay, we didn’t work, and all memories to tell you the truth aren’t good. But sometimes there were good times. Love was good.
Joe’s horrific history was filled with many hardships and obstacles in her life. The horrific information that she has expressed in only a few words. When she wrote: “I Lost My Talk”. Her point of view was stated in every line written with each providing a mental & visual image in the reader 's mind, giving the audience a taste of what she went through. ”The scrambled ballad, about my word”, which is Rita Joe’s childhood and adulthood,
The many different meaning of the word blind is being used in the story which can cause the reader to be confuse. Every authors goal is to make their reader to feel like they are the person who they are reading about, to feel what they feel and to see what they see. James did it perfect to make us feel confuse like how the narrotar was cinfusing by the end of the
Most people, at some point in their life, hit a wall of negativity. Mary Oliver, in her poem, “The Journey,” emphasizes the trouble negativity has in the accomplishment of her goal, and later on how she pushes through it. Oliver’s purpose of writing this poem is to motivate those who may not have the overall strength to conquer all the hardship that is against them. She adopts an ardent tone in order to attract an audience who may be lost within life and to pull them into her writing. Oliver used emotion, voice, and ethos in order to strengthen her overall message of overcoming negativity.
Symbolism is defined as “the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.” So many times, one reads a story, and only sees what is right in front of them, but other times, they notice much more depth to what they are reading. This is most often used in short stories, and every single small detail is crucial. In Ernest Hemingway’s, Hills Like White Elephants, there are many secrets and deep details hidden into this story that all point to the very sensitive subject of abortion: this subject is disguised in the elephants, the characters’ drinking habits, and the landscape. The whole story in itself represents abortion. During the beginning, the American man and Jig are eating and heavily drinking, and they are having a disguised discussion about Jig’s possible abortion.
Stephanie Ericcson appeals to readers emotions, because everybody does what she says in her writing. Being around people, and telling them things don’t always come out like they should, When talking to people it’s ok to tell the truth sometimes. People don’t always need to know the truth. Being in a bad situation and trying to get out of it, and telling a lies ok, some may not agree, but I think its ok. Rhetorical: why is the speaker?
Compare the two different writing styles in which Habeeb and Sinclair has presented to us through their stories. In each their work has their own approach to the reader contribute the understanding of that time living with the harsh environment and the Great Depression. In my own knowledge of understanding, I feel “The Lamp at Noon” has introduced the story and the environment with including the readers been as first person point view. Which has us readers somewhat attached, and involved in the saturation. The complexes motions and feelings are created alone with the “Wind” in the reader’s mind, also the very important lessons was taught at the same time.
By bringing in the reader and letting them witness the tension and conflict, Joyce attempts to do what most writers desire, let the reader feel as if they are actually there and included in that scene. Since the reader is so closely tied to the story and each minor detail, the reader realizes that the protagonist, Gabriel Conroy, shares something in common with the other characters seated at the table, as well as the reader themselves. “The thing we share is our death” (Foster 9). All of the characters in that room will eventually die and that is foreshadowed by the title of the book, however the characters in the novel are unaware of that. People also share similarities in the fact that everyone’s lives are different ranging from the major life changing events, to the tiny details at the surface that make up who you are.
In Lamott’s writing, she animates her ideas of writing raft drafts to the readers. Lamott delivers her message very creatively by using various descriptive and poetic phrases, making her piece entertaining and impressing. She frankly talks about her struggles as a writer in order to encourage the readers to feel comfortable making their first attempts. However, because of her language style in the article, her argument becomes vague. From the reader’s point of view, the intention of this article seems to be a ‘writing guide for beginners’ rather than an argumentative essay because her writing lacks evidence and credibility.
This book was just so well written I could put myself in it and try to feel her pain. It’s like in “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman where he is saying that everyone is connected in the world and that if you know someone and their struggle you can become them metaphorically. In the end, i would most certainly recommend this memoir to anyone and everyone else. I will most likely reread this work in the future on my own time. I’m sure the person i will recommend it too will have trouble putting it down like i did and the person who recommended it to me