At the end of the story, the narrorator chooses the girl, but ends up regretting it. I too can connect with the regret he feels. He had a tough decision between the girl and the fish. The boy chooses Sheila Mant because he cannot resist her beauty. He describes how amazing the moonlight looks shining on her skin.
He does not forget enough that he does not learn anything from it, and he does not remember too much to be trapped inside his own memories. This is evident when a woman came to him to apologized to him for something that happened in Deo’s past. “’What happened happened,’ Deo said to the woman. ‘Let’s work on the clinic. Let’s put this tragedy behind us, because remembering is not going to benefit anyone” (259).
Memories of the incident illicit fear from deep within him, and dictate how he acts. Anton cannot be left alone in silence due to his panic attacks, and lives an empty life. He hates everything associated with the past and memory. This resentment towards his past leads him to develop his passive lifestyle. Memory in the story dictates Anton’s life, and forms him into the person he is at the end of the
Despite the ache in her heart that her mother’s death left her with, Billie Jo conquered her pain and continued to play the piano. Despite the physical hurt it caused her hands and the emotional pain it causes her as it remind her of her mother Billie Jo persisted and didn’t give up on her dreams of piano playing. Such as when Billie Jo thinks, “I play songs that have only the pattern of myself in them and you hum along supporting me. You are the companion to myself. The mirror with my mother’s eyes,”(194.).
In Sherman Alexie’s short story, “War Dances,” the narrator unravels in thoughts and takes us through events in his life. He picks up by speaking about a cockroach that ends up dying in his Kafka baggage from a trip to Los Angeles. The cockroach still appears many times throughout the story. The narrator spends quality time in the hospital with his father, who is recovering from surgery due to diabetes and alcoholism, all along the way while he, himself, discovers he might have a brain tumor, leading his right ear to talk about his father. Using a style of tragedy and care both incorporate together a symbolic story that would make even a plain reader feel touched, leading to the major occurrence of a theme of the importance of family.
He could imagine his deception of this town “nestled in a paper landscape,” (Collins 534). This image of the speaker shows the first sign of his delusional ideas of the people in his town. Collins create a connection between the speaker’s teacher teaching life and retired life in lines five and six of the poem. These connections are “ chalk dust flurrying down in winter, nights dark as a blackboard,” which compares images that the readers can picture.
How would you feel if someone could control what you were thinking? In “The Feed” written by M.T Anderson, everyone living in the community had a feed in their brain that was controlled by one large organization. Violet, the main character, suffers through a malfunction in her feed that changes the way she sees her society. Most people’s opinions can be changed when they have experienced the benefits and the disadvantages of something. Since Violet is aware of how life is with and without the feed, she becomes hesitant to believing that her community is being run efficiently.
I lost something there. Like a path I was walking that dead-ended, and now I am alone and lost in the forest, and I am here and I do not know where here is anymore.” (Gaiman, 2013). As mentioned in the story, the man is unable to remember many of the words and names that he has learned over time, but he has not forgotten concepts, he just has to describe them to himself in order to remember and we can sense his growing frustration in doing so. I saw the same thing happen with my grandfather, I knew his memory was still there, but it was just so hard for him to recall it easily and it was heartbreaking to
After the ten-year disaster of the Cultural Revolution, things change rapidly and go with the cycle of seasons normally, as if nothing eventful has happened. The blooming of flowers in spring implies the revitalisation of all lives as well as the moving forward of society, which contrasts with the destructive history’s effect on humanity and nature. The onlookers, in disregard of their ages, all rejoice in the warm breeze and appear to have forgotten the Revolution completely. The mad man’s return signifies the existence and the inescapability of history, for he represents a relic and a trauma sufferer of history: “They do not regard it [the mournful music] as a practical joke, they rather take it as humor” (368). In such a prosperous time, mournful music appears to be out of place; similarly, history seems to be outdated with the rapid development of the society.
The Silent Killer Explication: “Alzheimer’s” by Kelly Cherry was published in 1997 during a time of personal struggle for Cherry and her dad. This short, free verse poem consists of twenty nine perplexing lines. The poet’s nontraditional placement of line breaks cause some ideas to fall off in mid-sentence, while others never complete the thought. This creates enjambments which mimic the disease’s confusing nature.
People have the need to always prove their self worth to everyone. In the poem The Leaving, Brigit Pegeen Kelly demonstrates how an individual’s environment and expectations of others encourages a person’s actions. In the poem the girl is so dedicated to her work that she’s willing to stay late even when her father doubts her. The speaker takes on the challenge to prove to her father that she can complete her task, and she successfully proves to him that she can do it. By proving her self worth to her father, the speaker faces new challenges along the way that test her own thoughts and decision making which ultimately determines the pursuit of her hard work.
The speaker as a child would see his father as a harsh man but as an adult, when he looked back he saw that his father had a love for his family. His father's love could be considered as a hidden love. However in the poem “Piano” the speaker's life seemed great until he looked back at his past to see his mother playing the piano and