William Faulkner was an American author and Nobel prize winner of 1950; in his acceptance speech, he presented the idea that it is a writer’s duty to write about the compassion, courage, and pride of the heart. Faulkner says, “It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.” In the memoir, Kabul Beauty School, a young American woman named Deborah wrote her truth about how she traveled to Afghanistan to support the women of Kabul, but she takes an unexpected turn and her heart leads her to help them in a totally different way. Deborah shows compassion, courage, pity and sacrifice through the women in Kabul. Deborah fulfills her duty through her compelling words and delineate observations of the people she is newly experiencing.
For characters: Rachel, Laronne, and Grandma Doris in Heidi W. Durrow’s book: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, are a few examples of single stories being produced for oneself and others which is often a factor of understanding and belonging in society or mindset. After spending only a few months in Portland after the accident with her family in Chicago, Rachel is learning why she is not the same as anyone else. Rachel however, because she is biracial had
Betty Smith was one of the most influential writers of her time, and her works impacted American culture in several ways. Betty Smith was born on December 15, 1896 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In Jones’s article (1994), Jones describes Smith’s childhood as “a childhood and youth at once poor in material terms, but rich in experience.” Smith’s father was an actor, but died when she was young, leaving the
The two articles can be connected because in Butler’s article he talks about a kid who does not comply with the norm. Not school norms but gender norms. Butler’s article is about a boy who lived in Maine his whole life and he walked a certain way which a feminine would
This essay, which was written in the 1940’s, begins by describing the fate of most actors. However, this essay focuses on one actress who did not share the same fate as most thespians. That actress is Ellen Terry. In addition to being a talented actress Terry was a talented writer, despite the fact that she did not acknowledge this. Her writings included descriptions of Henry Irving’s Hamlet, her autobiography, and many letters.
Anne Bradstreet was born in 1612 and grew up to become a prominent English poet. As she was growing up, the Puritan society expected her to become a good housewife, consequently a caretaker to her children. She wrote primarily for herself, and her children, for she didn’t want the attention from men and their scrutiny. Anne lived in a time where society’s standards of women included lack of skill, only being good housewives, and notably, only pedestrian. “For my mean pen are too superior things …
The twenty-fifth chapter of How to Read Literature Like a Professor is where Thomas C. Foster exposes the importance of freeing oneself of their preconceived notions and fulling submerging oneself into the time and situations that literature can hold. He discusses how meaning can be lost upon those who fail to clean themselves of their time period and setting and how it hinders their ability to fully understand what’s going on in between the lines. Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird perfectly exemplifies why someone would need to step into the shoes of the characters. It’s not especially shocking that a story about a small southern town in Alabama in the early 1930’s would be heavy with racial tension but to be able to understand the
Do you know that Shakespeare is not the only gifted writer in his family? This mysterious member exists in Virginia Woolf’s imagination. In her famous essay “Shakespeare’s Sister,” Woolf uses the hypothetical anecdote of Judith Shakespeare as her main evidence to support her argument. During the time when Judith is created, women are considered to be naturally inferior to men in terms of writing and are expected to be passive and domestic. Regarding her potential audience, educated men, as “conservative,” Woolf attempts to persuade them that it is nurture, not nature, that is responsible for the absence of female writers as great as Shakespeare without irritating them by proposing “radical” arguments.
The symbols of imagery, dialogue, and physical transformation Butler utilizes express the feelings of jealousy, communication, and regret between the wife and husband. He desired for his readers to connect this to society of how relationships work, second chances, adultery, and weak communication as these things occur in couples. The losing of trust, mystery, and suspicion in relationships can defeat a person to the point of death. Individuals should make the most out of their lives, a life filled with no regrets because life is too beautiful and priceless. It happens fast and is too short to not make the most of
As a college student, Emily Vallowe wrote a literacy narrative with a play on words title: “Write or Wrong Identity.” In this work, she told the story of how she believed her confidence as a writer developed; however, she was becoming dubious as to her distinctiveness as an author. Although I have never been a self-proclaimed wordsmith as Ms. Vallowe obviously had been for years, I related to her journey. Not only did she grow up in Northern Virginia like I did, she never considered herself an inept writer—a possibility that I could not fathom about myself. Then, at some point, we both began to question our own ability and to question who we really were.
By mixing a time travel genre with a historical slave narrative Butler is also able to effectively keep the reader engrossed in her story. The time travel aspect appeals to a wider audience and allows her a gateway of addressing her main point of showing off the many social and technological achievements that humanity has
The Nobel prize speech by William Faulkner and novel, As I Lay Dying , both enhance how the author intends to fulfill his own vision of the writer’s duty. Faulkner’s duty is to encourage writers to focus on problems that deserve attention which are not introduced in other texts. The tone of the Nobel prize speech is assertive yet grasping around the idea of the future for literature. Through both sources, Faulkner speaks not only to the writers, but the individuals that can be empowered by his words and actions. In the Nobel prize speech, Faulkner is directly speaking to writers who have a desire to follow his footsteps, which is writing.
Virginia Woolf, author of the novel Orlando: A Biography, lived a life full of uneventful events. At the age of thirteen, her mother had unpredictably passed away, which resulted to a mental breakdown for Woolf. Before she pursued her career as a writer, Woolf had access to her father’s library where she explored the