Many immigrants traveled under desperate situations to pursue the American dream. Many authors try to capture those experiences for native born Americans to understand. In the novel My Antonia by Willa Cather, Antonia, a Bohemian immigrant, has to work her way through the American life. Antonia and her family came to America with next to nothing. They didn’t know the language which left them more susceptible to lies. Krajek cheated them out of what little money they had left after their travels and they barely had enough to survive. The Burdens, however, who lived close by were happy to help and provided many necessary items that got the Shimerdas through the winter. They even offered to teach Antonia English, which she then began to teach to her family. Throughout the novel, Antonia learns many life lessons, lessons that help her through life in America. She can learn from these and teach the same to her children.
“This was the American family at play, escaping the city heat, wondering whether the newcomers in the camp at the head of the cove were “common” or “nice,” wondering whether it was true that the people who drove up for Sunday dinner at the farmhouse were turned away because there wasn’t enough chicken” (643). This quote signifies all that White is trying to pass along to his son. In this world, everything must be new, everything must be faster, and everything must be better. Our world today continues to miss out on the beauties that fill the world because taking a break from our everyday, mind numbing actives, like going on Facebook, or playing another game on the PS4, would mean we are behind on the newest game, or feature that came out on the iPhone 6, or Xbox 1. It is a slow
“Secret of the Wild Child” is about the experiences and development of a child that was in solitary confinement for thirteen years. Genie was the name they pinned on the child due to the similarities of being kept in isolation, then suddenly brought out to human society. During the first few months of life, children need to be exposed to other humans who will care and love for them because this creates a set of ideas and attitudes about who they are as independent beings (Brym et al. 2015,96). Genie’s isolation raised the question whether it was too late for her self image to emerge. Genie developed her sense of self out of solitary confinement due to symbolic interactionism, her existing personal conscience, and the growth of the objective component of her self image.
In her story, “Eleven”, Sandra Cisneros tells a story about a little girl named Rachel and the different type of emotions she s feeling on her 11th birthday. Cisneros purpose is to reveal the fact that young adults want to speak up but are afraid to and don't have the authority as adults do. Cisneros builds Rachel's character for the readers through several literary techniques: smilie, juxtaposition, and her actions.
In Sudan the water is the hardest thing to get, imagine you going to walk 5 miles to get a 45lb water jug then put on your head and walk another 5 mile all the way back home but the water in jug is full of insects and bacteria that can make you sick or even death after while the natural water will dry up so you and your family have to move with it and you walk again for miles they hope to find water and they won’t get killed by humans or animals. Salva is changing this cycle of moving with the water by raising money for them but he could not have done it if he was not a water follower himself and his story shows how he has become a leader.
In the coming of age story “Where Are You Going Where Have You Been?” Joyce Carol Oates uses symbolism, conflict, and the third person to foreshadow fifteen-year-old Connie’s unfortunate, yet untimely fate. While one may think that the conflict stems from Connie’s promiscuity, it is clear to see her promiscuity is only a result to a much bigger conflict, her mother’s constant nagging and disapproval, alongside the lack of attention from her father. the author paints a vivid picture of what happens when a fifteen-year-old girl such as Connie goes elsewhere to find to find the love, attention, and approval that she lacks at home. All which is vital for her growth and wellbeing as a person.
The author Jamie Ford develops the theme that race does not define one’s nationality during World War II, though the novel and shows how standing up for oneself can affect one’s character. This concept is developed in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet when the main character, Henry, and his friend Keiko go to a department store when Henry gets bullied by people that go to his school, and when he walks out on his father.
From the start, it is clear that T.C. Boyle’s Tortilla Curtain aims to shed a light on the topic of Mexican immigrants in the United States. However, by having both a Mexican and an American woman share similar violent experiences with men, Boyle also places an emphasis on the less pronounced theme of sexual violence and discrimination against women, even in polar opposite realities.
In “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” Ursula Le Guin invites readers to witness life in a beautiful utopian city, where citizens enjoy boundless contentment and life itself is a victory to be celebrated. Though idyllic, the city Omelas and its inhabitants are portrayed as a cut above the blissfully ignorant utopian stereotype- they are not “naïve and happy children,” but rather “mature, intelligent, passionate adults whose lives were not wretched.” Le Guin is aware how fantastical such a concept might sound, and through her nameless, omniscient narrator she earnestly attempts to persuade readers to take Omelas at face value. The narrator appeals for input from readers’ own minds, encouraging the audience to supplement the concept of Omelas
Margaret Fuller fights for equality in her essay The Great Lawsuit. She discusses the idea that women are equal in every way to men and deserve the rights that men get just by being born male. Fuller’s argument shares a lot of similarities with Emerson’s idea of self-reliance. She discusses the idea of one universal order, and the notion of leaving the past in the past so as to move forward, although Fuller does share some ideas with Emerson, her essay held a different meaning of self-reliance for women than it did for men.
The play “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, portrays many different characters with different sides to themselves. A quote by Kurt Vonnegut writes “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be;” this shows us that everyone pretends to be someone, which means the characters in the play have a good chance of pretending to be someone else whom they are not. mInevitably, not every character can show each one of their sides, but rather, it has to be interpreted. Nora, to be specific, has a completely contradictory side to herself that we later discover in the play. Nora masks her mature-self underneath her childlike personality in order to appear as the positive,
 In his book, “Missoula,” John Krakauer analyses the issue of rape in the college town of Missoula. Krakauer begins his work by quoting the article False Allegations of Sexual Assault:
Jim is able to reconcile various manifestations of adulthood where others have failed through the rejection of rigid, extremist, and even stereotypical roles. A clear example of such dismissal of rigidity occurs when Captain Smollett commands Jim to get to work: “I assure you I was quite of the squire 's way of thinking, and hated the captain deeply” (Stevenson 28). Smollett is a unique character because unlike even most of the adults, he does not exhibit childlike tendencies and remains static throughout the narrative. Following Jim 's recapturing of the Hispaniola, he is hopeful that Smollett would forgive him for his disobedience. Even towards the end of the novel, Smollett indicates that he never wants to set sail
The absolutely true diary of a part time Indian has two main settings, the Pacific Northwest towns of Wellpinit and Reardan. The contrast of the two different settings, a poor Indian reservation on the one hand and a wealthy white community on the other, has a lot to say for the main character in the book, Arnold Spirit Jr. There can be a lot behind to main settings in a book, and that is what I am going to analyze in this essay.
Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House contains a cast of deeply complex characters that emulate the 1800’s societal norms that they belong to. Two characters that compare and contrast each other throughout the play are Nora Helmer and Kristine Linde. Nora and Kristine are similar because they both display a sense of independence. Their personalities differ as Nora presents herself as inexperienced, while Kristine is more grounded in reality. The two women further differ in their view of the men in their life.The actions of these two women bring their similarities and differences out for the audience to see.