The heart wrenching and powerful memoir “Night” by Elie Wiesel depicts Elie’s struggle through the holocaust. It shows the challenges and struggles Elie and people like him faced during this mournful time, the dehumanization; being forced out of their homes, their towns and sent to nazi concentration camps, being stripped of their belongings and valuables, being forced to endure and witness the horrific events during one of history’s most ghastly tales. In “Night” Elie does not only endure a physical journey but also a spiritual journey as well, this makes him question his determination, faith and strength.This spiritual journey is a journey of self discovery and is shown through Elie’s struggle with himself and his beliefs, his father
One of the first apparent emotions the boy experiences with the death of his father is loneliness to make this section memorable. The boy expresses this sentiment when he stays with his father described as, “When he came back he knelt beside his father and held his cold hand and said his name over and over again,” (McCarthy 281). The definition of loneliness is, “sadness because one has no friends or company.” This action shows that the boy obviously misses his father and wants him to come back. He had no one else and now is all alone in the world. The boy is sad because his father died, but also because of his desolation from life. The boy is so secluded from life, he weeps for his
His father became weak, and Eliezer began to feel like his father was a burden that bounded his own chances of surviving. Eliezer didn’t stay with his father when he was dying and calling out his name, and after an hour of painful listening, Eliezer had gone to bed. Do you think he ever imagined that he would ever have to do that? No, but he did it for his own sake. Eliezer went on to regret some decisions that he made, but if he hadn’t done what he did would he still be
Have you imagined how the post-apocalyptic world will look like and will you choose try hard to survive or to die? In the book, The Road, written by McCarthy, the sky is dark. It’s cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. Everything has gone, only except some human beings who try every way to survive even by hurting and killing people. It seems that there is no reason to keep surviving in a world which no hopes remain, a father still perseveres to survive with his son and they are sustained by their love. On their journey, the father sacrifices a lot to protect his son and strongly shows his parental love.
In “The Veldt”, by Ray Bradbury, the Hadley family (especially the children), are spoiled, which leads to extremely negative consequences. The children are especially spoiled because of the part of the house they love and obsess over most, the nursery. This is not an ordinary nursery, though. Whatever you think of while you’re in the nursery comes to life. Because of this, whenever these spoiled brats don’t get what they want, they do more that just throw a major tantrum. There are also images of their parents being killed by lions that keep appearing in the nursery because of thoughts how furious they are at their parents for not letting them do what they want. The author in this story uses foreshadowing, hyperboles, and a metaphor to show the negative effects of parents spoiling their children.
I knew that the event that would affect my life and the lives of those around me was approaching. 9 months is more than enough time to truly digest what the arrival of new life would entail and yet I am only scratching the surface of my new role now that we are a year past that fateful 3rd of July.
The passage I chose to close read from We The Animals by Justin Torres comes from the first paragraph of Chapter Four, entitled Seven. The author begins the scene like any other day yet the tone of the author’s writing is of worry. Torres’ tone affected my own mood. I tried to imagine how it would feel to be in the position that the narrator was in. Someone had abused his mother; in this case it was most likely her husband. Yet, the trauma of this chapter is portrayed as something that is nonchalant. Paps, the narrator's father, has just presented his wife’s current health status as something the narrator and his brothers should just brush off. As I read, the narrator would state that “[Paps] said [this], [Paps] told us [that], [Paps] had forbidden us to set foot in [Ma’s] bedroom…” (Torres 12). Paps had clear superiority over the whole family. From my close reading, I came to the conclusion that Paps was the one abusing Ma that is why he never allowed the children to be near her. The more she slept, the less she spoke, and the less “true” information was leaked to the
Through the book “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy the boy and the father show a great amount of change and maturity, while also learning to adapt and love. The story has a good balance of how different events can affect and impact someone's life in either a good or bad way. There are many events that change the mind and heart of the boy and father, but change can only be helpful if you learn from it and mature out of being afraid for things to happen.
For example, when his father was talking to him, he described the voice as “tiny and far away, like people’s voices sometimes when [he is] groaning… Then [he] could hear that [his dad] was crying because his breath sounded all bubbly and wet, like it does when someone has a cold and they have lots of snots in their nose” (page 113-114). He compared how he heard his father to a routine he is used to when he calm’s himself. And when he described the voice, he compared it to someone having a cold. He does that because it’s easier for him to distinguish it and it builds up to what his dad is going to do and/or say. Finally, he uses simile when describing his father’s touch. “I could hardly feel his hand at all. It was just like the wind blowing against me” (page 114). This shows the state he is at, how numb he is from all that he’s learn, and he doesn’t know how to cope. This built more suspense because we didn’t know at what time he was going to regain his senses and what the outcome would have been.
At that moment, he heard the door. Not the doorbell but a series of soft, polite raps, almost apologetic about the late hour. Every house has a logic, and its laws are more eloquent at night, when things occur without palliative noises. He didn’t look at his watch or jump, or suspect that he was hearing things. He simply got up from his chair and walked toward the door without turning on any lights; when he found himself standing face-to-face with his father. He had not seen his father since his death. And, at that moment, he had the strange realization that he had become used to the idea of never seeing him again.
His father is the only person he can depend on. He is the reason Elie stays in the camp for so long without giving up. Towards the end of the train ride, Elie’s father falls asleep, but Elie mistaken it as his father’s death, Elie thinks, “Suddenly the evidence overwhelmed me: there was no longer any reason to live, any reason to fight” (99). Elie’s father is the one who keeps him alive and striving for freedom every day. Elie has to be strong for his father, who is getting weaker day by day. Not only his father is there for Elie, the only reason his father is living is because of his son. They are in a mutualistic relationship where they both depend on each other to survive in the camp. Without his father, he will no longer have purpose, he will give up everything. This is true because after his father’s death, Elie can no longer find his soul. After Elie transfers to the hospital he infers, “All there is left of him is the shell that looks like him. His thoughts, his personality, and soul are gone, “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me” (115). The pain and severe labor steal everything that is a part of Elie, the Elie that is outgoing with a great personality, and believes in God and his capability. The corpse symbolizes spiritual death after losing his faith in God and justice. The young little boy who is happy and fascinated about God and life is no longer there. The
Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses shows comfort is not always found in a place or in another person; sometimes comfort can be found within oneself. San Angelo, TX, where it all started to change. A boy whose only person he really grew up with had left, left him without a home as well. A new beginning awaits three young boys with different views of life, death, religion and love. But what awaits them can be a deadly comfort for the cowboys.
In the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Douglass is tasked with not only making a case for abolitionism, but also making this case to an audience that contributes to and benefits from slavery. As such, he must provide an account that is equal parts believable and moving, all the while treading the line of not alienating his target audience of white women. However, through his depiction of slavery as a corrosive agent on the family structure and ideals, Douglass makes a sentimental appeal to white women.
Diversity: a group of people with differences from each other, that create a variety in society. In The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Boy and The Man (which are the son and father respectively), are alike in that they have to share their unfortunate circumstances together. They go through situations such as hunger, freezing temperatures, and lack of shelter. They also encountered people that sometimes caused them danger, because those people wanted to survive too. However, The Man and The Boy are very different from each other, in that they have different personalities, perspectives, and experiences. These differences are important because they show that these different perspectives, experiences, and personalities cause people to make different
The boy listens to the adults talk about the deceased in their rambling and rather vapid way. However, hidden in this rather boring dialogue are hints of intrigue about the man who died. The characters