The book, True Notebooks, by Mark Salzman, is about the author volunteering at L.A.’s juvenile hall to teach young offenders how to write. The teenage boys in his class are high-risk offenders, they are in custody for murder or other serious crimes. This book is a great read for anyone, especially writing students, who can gain inspiration from these troubled kids who express themselves through their writing. This book should be required reading in Professor Marquez’ English B50 class because it is captivating, moving, and it can motivate a struggling writing student.
This quarter I read the realistic fiction book, The Batboy by Mike Lupica. This book is a story about a 14 year old boy named Brian Dudley. Son of a former pitcher and an avid baseball fan, Brian gets his dream summer job: the bat boy for his favorite team the Detroit Tigers. When it seems like his summer cannot get any better, his all-time favorite player Hank Bishop is signed to the team. At the beginning, Hank is cold and yells at Brian a lot, but in the end they become friends. At the end of the summer, Brian is in for the best weekend of his life when the Tigers have a home stand with Hank currently sitting at 499 career home runs. I really liked this book because I could relate well with the main character. Brian is the same age as me and we both like baseball. The plot is very interesting and the end, although predictable, is satisfying.
Imagine living your everyday life in a town named Tangerine, where natural disasters commonly occur. This is the situation that the protagonist, Paul Fisher, has been enduring ever since his family moved to Tangerine, Florida. The novel, Tangerine written by Edward Bloor, describes how Paul Fisher sees the world through his thick-rimmed goggles due to his damaged eyesight from “staring at an eclipse.” Paul has to be circumspect around bullies and his older brother, Erik, who seems to have dissoluteness living inside of him.
In McCarthyś novel The Crossing, the narrator describes a dramatic experience. Some techniques that McCarthy used to convey the impact of the experience on the main character would be imagery, diction, and figurative language. There are many other techniques used but these are three that made me really feel the impact of the experience.
Junot Diaz’s The Money provides the audience an interesting experience. Through this short story he gives the reader a glimpse of how his childhood was and the intriguing details of his culture. He takes the readers through some of his life lessons that everyone should understand in order to be more prepared for life.
There are many ways an author can convey the message of any story. Elements such as the Plot, Conflict, Character/Characterization, Setting, Symbolism, Narration, and Imagery are used in these ways. For example, in the In the story "Harrison Bergeron", the author Kurt Vonnegut uses the characterization, and the conflict to communicate the message to the reader that Uniformity and strict laws lead to a loss of personal freedom and individuality.
Children from as young as the age of 6 began working in factories, the beginning of their exploitation, to meet demands of items and financial need for families. In Florence Kelley’s speech before the National American Woman Suffrage Association in Philadelphia 1905, Kelley addresses the overwhelming problem of child labor in the United States. The imagery, appeal to logic, and the diction Kelley uses in her speech emphasizes the exploitation of children in the child labor crisis in twentieth century America.
Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right that protects all people. Religions faith can be tested under certain circumstances, which can falter the relationship one can have with their God. In the memoir Night, by Elie Wiesel, the author creates the universal theme that religious faith is questioned and challenged during traumatic events. Throughout the story, we see many relationships with God scarcely survive, and some completely fail entirely. For the duration of the memoir, Wiesel uses plenty of narrative elements to help convey this theme. He uses plot and setting to help depict the situation the characters are in, and how that tests their relationship with God. He also uses
People can be good at many things, and sometimes they are the best at those things. I believe that Ray Bradbury, focused on multiple craft moves in The Veldt such as dialogue, personification, and flashbacks to show that he can be one of the best, when it comes to adding craft moves into his writing. He made the writing more interesting and described and showed the moments in different ways. He also used many different craft moves throughout the story, but I think that these three, dialogue, personification, and flashbacks are the most important, and I believe that without these craft moves the story wouldn’t have as big of an impact on the reader as it did with them.
One example is when they bring the Veldt Room to life by all of the mechanics that show the sound, smell, and even temperature. “The hot straw smell of lion grass, the cool green smell of the hidden water hole, the great rusty smell of animals, the smell of dust like a red paprika in the hot air. And now the sounds: the thump of distant antelope feet on grassy sod, the papery rustling of vultures.” This shows how realistic everything is and that you don’t have to leave your house to get an experience of an African Dessert, The way Bradbury appeals to all of the senses to give the reader the experience as if there standing next to George in the African desert, he gives something that is till and a place, a life and makes it seem so much more alive than it is. Bradbury uses the phrase “the papery rustling of vultures.” to show depict images of the scene in the reader 's mind to get a sense of what the love of the parents is trying to do. “George and Lydia Hadley stood in the center of the room, the walls began to purr and recede into crystalline distance, it seemed, and presently an African veldt appeared, in three dimensions, on all sides, in color reproduced to the final pebble and bit of straw. The ceiling above them became a deep sky with a hot yellow sun.” This shows that they can have whatever they want when they think of it. The way
Some people read because they love to, some people read because they have too ,but when people read they may not notice what the author is doing. Authors use many literary devices that make the piece you are reading worthwhile. Literary devices do many things whether it is to develop a character; build structure or even describe how a person looks. I will be explaining the various literary devices Gennifer Choldenko used to develop the characters in the book “Al Capone Does My Shirts.” The book “Al Capone Does My Shirts” is based on a group of kids growing up on Alcatraz Island, which holds a prison full of felons murders and many other convict’s one of the most dangerous prisons of them all.
Bradbury’s style is very distinct and noticeable in all his works. He uses an amount of symbolism that does nothing but push his point further. In his short story, he states “[the fire] was plucking at the white embroidery of her flesh…and it at last found her heart, a soft rose sewn with fire, and it burned the fresh embroidered petals, one by delicate one..”(160) The embroidery symbolizes the fragility
Any author knows that you need literary devices in order to make a story more interesting. There are three stories that use theses literary devices the first story is The Veldt. In "The Veldt," George and Lydia Hadley live in a "Happylife Home" with their children, Wendy and Peter. This Happylife Home includes a nursery that can create artificial environments. The children use the lions of the artificial African veldt to murder their parents. Then there is The Lottery,In "The Lottery," the inhabitants of a small town gather in the town square to draw lots. Whoever draws a slip of paper with a black dot on it will be killed. After two drawings, a woman named Tessie is stoned to death in the town square. Lastly there is A Rose For Emily In "A
Within the book the author uses visual as well as literary elements to convey the sophisticated story. An example of this is through the straight forward imagery of the digging machines accompanied with a metaphor likening the machines to 'monsters '.
In life, people never truly realize what they have, until it's gone. Imagine having to wait seven years for the sun to come out again, but only for a few hours and then disappearing again for another seven years. Well for the kids of Venus, that is typical life. Ray Bradbury's All Summer in a Day uses a variety of author's craft such as imagery, similes and metaphors to show readers the childrens deep need for freedom away from the rain that consumes their lives. The short story All Summer in a Day is about children growing up on the planet Venus were it rains nonstop. The sun makes an appearance only once every 7 years. Majority of the kids living there don't even remember what the sun looked and