Some times I wish I could go on a wild wild crazy adventure make my life a lot more interesting then it already is, I’m not so sure that’s the same for 12 year old Ryan. In the book Wild River by P.J Petersen.In my theme book project I will identify a important theme in my action packed adventure book Wild River.
“Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder,” the title of the novel says it all. Renowned author Kent Nerburn draws us deep into the world of a Lakota elder set in the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas. As the story unfolds, the elder known as only, Dan, speaks ardently about the power of silence and the difference between land and property. Dan speaks about the white people’s urge to claim the Indian heritage. This novel is enjoyable and buoyant story of the fathers and sons of the Dakotas, which gives a light feel on a rather heavy subject matter.
The book Riverkeep is written by Martin Stewart. This book is really hard to read so I would suggest people within the high school to adult range to read this book. The main characters in Riverkeep are Wulliam (Wull) Fobisher, Mix, and Tillinghast. Today I’m going to talk the setting, the plot, and the characters.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a novel the describes the history of the struggles between the Native Americans and the Europeans in the late 19th century written by Dee Brown. In 2007, a movie was produce based on the novel. The storyline of the movie is centered around four main characters: Charles Eastman, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud and Henry L. Dawes. Through different perspectives, the film wish to accurately depict the struggle of the Native Americans in their resettlements and the history of the massacre of the Natives at a place called the Wounded Knee. Throughout the movie, the main characters experience changes in their mind and beliefs. Charles Eastman, a Sioux doctor, experiences the
Good Will Hunting is an American classic written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The film, starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck; follows a 20-year-old South Boston laborer named Will Hunting. Although Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius, finds trouble after assaulting an officer the incident leads Hunting to a deferred prosecution. Hunting then becomes a client of a therapist (Robin Williams) and studies mathematics with a renowned professor (Stellan Skarsgard). By result of the therapy sessions, Will evaluates and revaluates the relationships with his best friend, girlfriend, and himself. Through this Will confronts his past and begins thinking about his future.
Within the excerpt Life on the Mississippi, the author Mark Twain, applies imagery in order to portray how his perspective towards his surrounding environment gradually altered as he began to truly contemplate and identify the Mississippi River. By first scrutinizing his surroundings the author emphasizes the magnificence of the river as this was his initial outlook towards the river. This perspective ultimately diminishes as a result of the speaker comprehending the true connotation of the Mississippi River. Nonetheless, the author questions whether acquiring knowledge can truly benefit an individual or impede one from being open-minded to their surroundings.
Risks are a possibility of loss or injury; all humans at least once in their lifetime have to do something risky. If life has no risks, you’re not really living it, since we humans do not grow as a species (or society) if there is no challenge in life. People in this world must have challenge and struggle to overcome an obstacle in their life to discover the real world. This way a person will grow physically and most importantly, mentally, to never do something adventurous or take the easy way out is on them. Krakauer, Emerson and Thoreau all have their own ideas on risk, but they all have in common is that risk can change a person for the good or bad.
In A Summer Life by Gary Soto, the reader is taken on a journey through Soto’s childhood. The story starts when Soto is at age four and continues on until he is a mature seventeen year old. The impressive way in which Gary Soto writes this story provides the reader with enough details that they feel like they know Gary personally. That is especially true about the last chapter, “The River”. The symbolism and literary devices used in this chapter make it the best chapter of the story.
Many people have been in a situation where they have needed another person’s support either physically or emotionally. Having someone to lean on can make a challenge easier to overcome. Also knowing someone is there, gives the power to believe that a difficult task can be accomplished. Jim and Will have been best friends since birth. They do everything together and have never thought differently. Holloway lets the minutes, hours, and days tick by waiting for everything to be perfect. Jim and Halloway have to find ways to overcome their personal challenges to win against evil. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury the theme is the power of overcoming evil through friendship, love, joy, and acceptance.
Losing someone is inevitable. Because of that inevitability, people find it hard to move on and forgive. Because of that inevitability, conflicts rise and when comfort and unity is needed, it is not there. Because of that inevitability, people are influenced to do things, whether negative or positive, to ease the pain that they know they have to endure. Just like this, Saints at the River is also conflicted in a similar way. The characters in the novel experience losses which connects them and influences their actions: Luke with the Tamassee, Allen and Herb, and Maggie who experience loss, but unlike the others.
Overcoming a challenge, not giving up, and not being afraid of change are a few themes demonstrated in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Perhaps the most prominent theme derived from the novel is defying the odds, or in other words rising above the expectations of others. Junior Spirit exemplifies this theme throughout the entirety of the book. As Junior is an Indian, he almost expects that he will never leave the reservation, become an alcoholic, and live in poverty like the other Indians on the reservation—only if he sits around and does not endeavor to change his fate. When Junior shares the backstory of his parents, he says that his mother and father came from “poor people who came from poor people who came from poor people, all the way back to the very first poor people” (11). He knows that if his parents were not born into poverty, his mother would have gone to college, and his father would have become a musician. Additionally, on page eleven Junior says that his parents “dreamed about being something other than poor, but they never got the chance to be anything because nobody paid attention to their dreams.” Junior believes that he is trapped in this “circle” of poverty, and his dreams will be ignored just as his parents’ dreams had been. However, after Junior launches an old geometry book across a classroom, and it hits his teacher, Mr. P, in the face, Mr. P realizes something substantial about Junior: He has fought since his birth, beginning with the
Pharoah Rivers is a nine-year-old boy and the fifth of eight children. He is like any other nine-year old child that loves to play and seeks daily challenges. Pharoah and his family live in Chicago in the Henry Horner projects; a public housing complex that's overflowing with gangs, drugs, and the infliction of pain on others. Pharoah stays with his mother, LaJoe, and his siblings. His father Paul Rivers often come around, but because of his drug problems, he has lost respect from LaJoe and his family. Though he has some difficulties, Pharoah is an outspoken child who loves to be around his older brother. When necessary, Pharoah finds time to enjoy the peace and quite and to be with his thoughts. Living in the Henry Horner projects forces many children as young as Pharoah to experience trauma, causing them to either become immune to the harsh conditions or to end up to live in fear.
“Feelings are something you have; not something you are” (Shannon L. Alder). In the beginning of Something This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Charles Halloway struggles to relate to his son, Will, because he “makes me feel so old” (37). His idea of a good father is one that “plays baseball with his son,” but he is fifty-four and can’t move around as well as other dads (37). He is longing to be younger again and have a relationship with his child. Charles works as a janitor in a library; a job that both pays his bills and fulfills his love of books. He spends most of his time at work, and often leaves his house during the night to go to the library. Will describes him as an “old man” and “not grandfather...as some might think, but...my father”
Twenty four year old Monnie Baker is going through the worst time of his life after his baby moms leave him with their ten year old son Clay Baker. Monnie is currently working at a $10 hr paying job and staying with his grandmother until he can get back on his feet. He’s got a side hustle going on when he doesn't have to work him and his son go to the studio and his son play around why he records. Clay being so young he doesn't really realize that their struggling but that's good because his father Monnie doesn't
When seventeen year old Will's mother is killed in a car crash, his world is torn apart. One week later, he starts searching for an ultimate truth that will lead him to all the answers.