Garry Leonard’s “Dubliners” is a critique of James Joyce’s Dubliners. Leonard uses his critique is used as a mean to both inform any potential readers and thoroughly analyze Joyce’s style of writing in his book. Some important points that Leonard address to his audience is that Joyce’s stories never give a reader the happily ever after ending. Most of the time, the reader ends up with more questions than answers after finishing a James Joyce writing. For the common person, that would make a story seem undesirable to read but Leonard points out that this is the norm for any Joyce reading and it is what helps him become such a successful writer.
The way an author writes a work can mean the difference between interest or the lack of interest. When first reading “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” a reader may find the ending quite a shock. However, if another author would write the same plot, the shock may not exist, but, because of the many techniques displayed by Ambrose Bierce throughout his work, readers remain interested and shocked upon first reading the last line. Techniques Bierce display in his work, such as use of point of view, literary devices, and plot developments, prove useful throughout “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by peaking the reader’s interest and keeping him or her trying to guess what exactly happened. Bierce employs two forms of point of view throughout his work, third-person omniscient and third-person limited.
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
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.
We learn about Djarf’s character as: evil, cocky, attention-seeker and dominant when we read through these details highlighted by the author. However, the important detail is the last two sentences in that paragraph which highlights that Harold(the protagonist) was becoming personally detached to his previous lifestyle due Djarf’s actions. In order to ensure the readers understand this message, Wells Tower intentionally put in at the last sentence of the paragraph because physiologically readers tend to pay more attention on the details placed at the beginning and ending of any paragraph. Upon close observation, it is interesting that Wells Tower brings out this character development in the protagonist through secondary characters through a combination of Ernest Hemingway’s and Jamaica Kincaid’s style. Wells Tower first provides us four long paragraphs filled with information about the evil actions of Djarf which creates a similar rant like effect from Girl by Kincaid.
It is always best if you really get to know somebody before you judge them. Things that you might see someone do, might be completely be different than what they actually do on a daily basis. Just like Mr. Oakhurst, that one person that you might be judging, probably has a friendly and caring side that you just won’t give them a chance to show. Ambiguity is in everyone, and people seem to judge on the bad interpretation than the actually bigger and better side that people really have. This story should teach all that reads it a lesson to not take first interpretations serious, and stick around to see the good side that is really
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez seemed as an unusually confusing book on the surface, but after the discussion, the book started to make sense. Though at the same time, the discussion only raised more questions about little details within the book. The first point brought up within the discussion was the changing perspectives was the most interesting aspect of the book. Because I am person that enjoys things being in order, I do not agree. The switching of perspectives made the book have a messy feel to it.
His own style helps bring out the tone of “Harrison Bergeron”. In the beginning of the story the author used a lot of repetition sentences to really emphasize on the layout of the story when stating multiple times “nobody was” or “they were/weren’t”. Throughout the story there are plenty of negative sentences speaking of what people used to be like and what they weren’t allowed to do now. Hazel and George’s dialogue were made up of several sentences that are all really simple and random and illustrates to the reader that to them there is not too much to talk about.
Reading resistance literature need an open mind. The reader does his or her best to understand things according to the view of the author and it is not easy for some people to agree with this point of view. Sometimes, the reader can not have a particular feeling , but the author use some descriptive words for showing emotions which he wants to present. If we study this issue carefully, we find that this issue is popular and prevalent everywhere throughout literature without taking some important points into account. Authors have a good chance and freedom to express themselves in different ways because of the open definition of resistance as if the definition of resistance literature is Specified this would limit the author’s ability
This ends up being a good and bad thing for him. The second quote I picked for Nick was also in the beginning of the book. The quote is “In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgements, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores…” (1) This quote outlines how Nick is aware that being non-judgemental can be a bad thing for him, and not assuming things about people sometimes causes issues in his life, which leads me on
The Princess Bride is an average book, meaning that there were interesting parts and some parts that were not engaging. I enjoyed how they included great detail when describing everyone’s live and what shaped them throughout time because it gives you an overview on what the character is like. Although I didn 't like how during the story when something interesting is happening, the author, William Goldman, would interrupt and spoil some parts, because as a reader, I like to find out what happens without having to stop in the middle of the story. Lastly, since I do not enjoy fantasy books, I did catch myself throughout the book zoning out because some parts were just not interesting and I didn’t like how the author would ramble on at some points.
Although I could not relate because of my lack of note-taking skills, the article did teach me a few things. The article helped me see that reading a book is more of a conversation with the author and myself. I believe Alder delivers an unyielding response and has a large number of the answers for the disagreement against marking in books. Alder does not say in his article that his view is the correct tactic but is rather only presenting a proposition of one way that he has attempted and experimented with and has discovered it to be an effective way. I believe this article could be read by anybody interested in increasing their learning experience and what they take out of their readings.
He/she went from something complicated to something more clear and clean. Also, he/she used more examples while he was talking about the rhetorical choices to make himself more understandable and persuasive. However, in his later draft, he still did not use an attention getter, which is something that for me was necessary because writers need to convince the readers that they need to read the essay. Secondly, the author kept the quotation in his conclusion, which as I previously said was not necessary because he already convinced his audience of what Jaschik was arguing about, who he was trying to persuade, and why he was trying to persuade. So, for me the author should still eliminate that
The way he closes each chapter is repetitive, however it hold a lot of meaning. King ends each chapter saying “Do what you want with this story; but don’t say you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard it… you’ve heard it now.” This is very important and I was very impressed with such a creative way to show its importance. This statement is basically pointing at how influential stories can be in our lives. He is showing us that some stories are important to tell in order to share knowledge and how life altering they can be if they aren’t told.
In the essay What Makes Superman So Darned American by Gary Engle, Engle suggests the possibility that Superman is the epitome of being an American, even more so than actual Americans such as John Wayne, or fictional ones such as Paul Bunyan. Engle states that out of everyone in American history Superman is the only one that “achieves truly mythic stature, interweaving a pattern of beliefs, literary conventions, and cultural traditions of the American people more powerfully and more accessibly than any other cultural symbol….” This is Engle’s thesis, he goes into more detail using those three aspects to explain why he believes that Superman perfectly represents America. He succeeds at it and he doesn’t at the same time.