Analyzing Parental Relationships Have you ever watched the show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” In modern education, younger generations seem to be surpassing their parents very quickly. In the poem “My Son Swears he has 102 Gallons of Water in His Body” by Naomi Shihab Nye, a son argues with his parents about what the reader can only assume to be homework in the form of a mathematical problem yet still deals with them despite the knowledge gap. In this poem, the conflict first appears whenever the child and his parents start arguing over a school problem in which he “did the problem [in school] and [his] teacher said [he] was right” (Nye 3-4). Although he insists he is correct, his parents continue to argue over questions, even though they are far away from fully understanding what the answers truly are. The parents state that “[light] strokes the dashboard.
He tries scowling, an expression he learned from his friend, Michael. In addition, he lies by saying he knows French. When the French teacher, Mr. Bueller, speaks to him in French, he mumbles random words and makes a fool of himself. Moreover, Gary Soto portrays himself as Mr. Bueller. He describes Mr. Bueller’s days as a college student who would do anything to make
In the article, “Achievement of Desire” by Richard Rodriguez, starts to discuss the conflict of scholarship boy between school life and his home life. When he starts to make progress in his education, he was becoming discouraged and embarrassed of his parents lack of education. Rodriguez admits his success is due to never forgetting his life before he became a scholarship boy, yet the new change that came from getting an education. After reading this article, I would have to agree with certain parts Rodriguez has to say, yet disagree after realizing individuals who take the values of academic culture will start to experience alienation from native communities. Richard Rodriguez describes the difficulties between balancing life in the academic world and life of a working class family.
A while later, Holden went to Phoebe's school, and while he was on the staircase, he saw swear words written on the wall and tried to wipe them off. Holden attempted to explain why, but stopped and remarked, “I can't explain … And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it” (Salinger 135). Again, Holden stoped saying something because he did not feel like it. Holden was lazy; he never finished what he tried to say. Holden may have been lazy, but just because he showed signs of sloth did not mean he was a bad person.
Throughout the history of literature, all of the stories that have been created contain some kind of message that the writer wants to express to the reader. For example, in the short story “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, the main character conveys the truth that equality is not always good for people. First of all, Harrison Bergeron and his father, George Bergeron, are above average intelligence. Both of them have to wear bags of birdshot and small metal balls to take away their unfair advantage of their brain and physical capacity, but consequently they do not enjoy their lives, and instead Harrison decides to fight back. Harrison ends up dancing with a beautiful girl on TV, destroying the typical dance of dancers whose abilities have
Lionel begins going into high school as a comedic, fun kid who tends to annoy his father. His father is on the more serious end, while his mother seems to better understand Lionel. His mother describes him as “a dreamer”, which paints a clear picture of Lionel as a fourteen year old. As Lionel said early on in the story, “With me, Dad shook his
Analysis of Figurative Language in Two Short Stories You tell your friend they’re like a giant, and that the clouds need to jump out of his way. You used figurative language to joke with your friend, which is also used by professional writers to develop specific elements in a story. In The “Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers, and in “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, the authors use figurative language to help develop scene and character. In the story “The Treasure of Lemon Brown,” the author Walter Dean Myers uses figurative language to develop scene. The first example is, “The dark sky, filled with anger, swirling clouds…” This quote explains the stormy sky, possibly being used to develop an eerie setting.
The relationship in the film is between Edward and William Bloom who relationship has not been so easy due to William getting tired of the stories his father constantly tells to him and others. Not until the end of the film is where William finds out that the stories his father has been telling contain some type of truth in them and that his stories were a way to keep his life immortal. This theme is enjoyable as well because it also feeds the question to the audience whether or not a person truly knows their parent. Even if the relationship is good, does a child ever truly know their parent? Big Fish forces this question into the viewer’s
The adults in Salem, Oregon in Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate had good reason to treat the teens as if they were children. If Diwata, Solomon, and Howie were an accurate representation of the other students at the school, it is no wonder that the parents, teachers, and school board sought to exercise an abundance of control and provide too much guidance in their lives. The three teens dealt with “grown-up” issues throughout the play, but they tried to tackle them in characteristically childish ways. In the opening scene of the play, viewers are introduced to Howie, an openly gay 18-year-old. Using the screen name “Blboi” (as in Blond boy), he is chatting online with a man who is 36; coincidentally, this man is a teacher at the high school Howie transferred to.
During a flashback, Harlan remembers Educator Yarrow warning the group of newly minted Eternals that, “failure in it [Observing], even small failure, will put you into Maintenance no matter how brilliant your potentialities now seem” (Asimov 21). Maintenance is further called, “the hallmark of failure” (Asimov 216). Maintenance, a parallel for the working class, is looked down on, only slightly less so than women. While Asimov doesn’t dwell on class warfare to the extent that it does gender, there is a definite classist theme being portrayed from beginning to end. As the novel progresses, and Harlan evolves, he begins evaluating Maintenance’s significance in a new light as illustrated in Harlan’s inner musings later in the novel.