A Great Untold Story If you stumbled onto a great untold story what would you do? Adam Makos started off with an uneventful start to his life. Born in 1981, he had a mother, father and a brother. Though in College he would encounter a journey that would change him not just as a person, but, as an author as well. He would change his rather boring childhood into something extraordinary.
One can conjecture that this may be true, after all, you can read a story without researching it first and understand the main themes. However, one would not understand why the story was written. In fact, without knowing historical context, a work could be greatly misunderstood. In the satire A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift,
Throughout the story we never find out where he lives, or to whom he’s writing, but we did get the opportunity to understand his troubles. During the course of his first year in high school, Charlie gets a little dose of reality; good and bad. Charlie is a special character, because he has been through many obstacles, but still manages to keep a smile, and stay strong. The one out of many predicaments that Charlie had to face was high school. Charlie wasn’t very fond of high school for many reasons.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a Fascinating Book and Movie “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” (2). The book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written by Stephen Chbosky, has a very bumpy storyline featuring a teenager named Charlie. Charlie starts out his freshman year with no friends, but he eventually he meets Sam and Patrick, two seniors at his school. Stephen Chbosky uses many different rhetorical devices to foreshadow tramas that occured in Charlie’s early childhood.
The Confessions of Saint Augustine is an autobiographical account of a man who grew up in a time where rhetoric was the most useful skill one could master. Despite being gifted in the art of speaking, Augustine found himself bored by it as a child and frequently lamented on having to read dry novels such as those written by Homer and Virgil. After discussing his mischievous adolescence in the novel, Augustine moved on to recount his experiences in university. It was then that found himself with an addiction that he would only realize the severity of later in life and as a result repent having started in the first place; going to the theatre. The passage divides itself neatly into three sections, each with different objectives, focuses, and ways of achieving them.
In A Separate Peace By: John Knowles, The beginning of the story begins with Gene returning to the school when he is older. In the beginning of the story, Gene has a flashback which he then recalls all of his memories of his times at Devon. Like when Gene and Finny were best friends, but both Finny and Gene have their difference from time to time throughout the story. Gene and Finny differ from each other in sports, their goals, and throughout the book, Finny always seems to be pushing Gene to do something he doesn’t want to do or he doesn’t feel comfortable doing. First of all, Sports come easier to Finny than they do with Gene.
At SSSQ, while Gary reads a book, The Chalenge, he has written to impress his classmates, he says, “Am I scared? No. I am Eager. Eager to begin my life” (150). Gary continues to struggle to find his American identity, so he uses storytelling as a way to fit in with the American kids.
"Some Lessons From the Assembly Line" review In the article "Some Lessons From the Assembly Line" by Andrew Braaksma (2005). Braaksma is trying to reach the audience of college students and blue-collar workers. With his personal experience he shows how his friends who attend college and haven 't worked long hours don 't understand why he is happy to be back at school, they don 't understand what it is like to work long hard hours all day long and not be paid accordingly. "There are few things as cocksure as a college student who has never been out in the real world, and people my age always seem to overestimate the value of their time and knowledge. After a particularly exhausting string of 12-hour days at a plastics factory, I remember being shocked at how small my check seemed" Braaksma (2005).
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a novel written from the point of view of Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old boy who is learning about the struggle of growing up and finding one’s purpose in the world. He feels it is important to protect children from losing their innocence and becoming “phony” adults. After getting expelled from school Caulfield travels back home to New York for the rest of the week where he encounters multiple life changing events and conflicts. Salinger illustrates the major themes of lost innocence, mortality, and change throughout the book.
As a College freshman in his second semester, I have learned to deal with the challenges that I have to deal with peaceful, yet exhilarating moment when my mind engages with an author’s thoughts on a page. As John Dewey states “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” What Dewey insists is from my early days in high school to my first year in college as a freshman, I wanted to know the full concept of English; however, I have now realized this subject would fill in my void of English with noteworthy complexities. This was not the case for most of my second semester in Montgomery College; I always had trouble in various parts of the subject, such as development in thesis statement, sentence writing and reflecting on previous essays. Writing a thesis statement had been one of my down falls in English. It was challenging to take the first steps past high school in making up a thesis for a paragraph, but a thesis statement for an essay up two pages is a different case.
Similar to a trophy wife to her husband, this can be seen in the way Junior’s “male gaze” portrays her as already discussed. Finally, to better understand the gravity of an adolescents gendered expectations in direct relation to Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, I discussed the books gendered language and aspects with a fourteen year old high school freshman, Charles Ruiz who was required to read this book, his friend Spencer Benoit also joined us, and although he has not read the book he brought some real life gender issues to the table. Spencer came out of the closet this year, by talking with him a further understanding was achieved on these forced
In the introduction of the article "Me Talk Pretty One Day" the author David Sedaris began to talk about an important period in his life. This narrative puts into perspective how the author feels towards going back to school in his forties with younger classmates that are better knowledgeable. He felt discouraged being the minority in a place where he felt unaccepted. This article displays many examples of first person narrative, analogies, and grabbing the reader 's attention. First person uses pronouns and verbs to describe the author.
I recently read the book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie tells the story of his freshman year in high school in a series of letters to an anonymous recipient. From the beginning, it 's clear that Charlie is not your ordinary teenager and that he is carrying more troubles than should be asked of a single fifteen year old kid. Don 't be fooled by the novel 's size and the seeming breeziness of its structure. Within just a few pages, Charlie deals with a wide range of issues including molestation, domestic abuse, rape, and drug use. With experience beyond what any teenager should have to confront, Charlie turns inward and this detachment is what depicts his voice much younger
In Alex Johnson’s text, “Why Isaac Bashevis Singer, Truman Capote, Joseph Conrad and Virginia Woolf (Among Others) Were Having a Bad Morning,” Johnson discusses the difficulties that college students and beyond face when writing essays. In reading Johnson’s piece, one thing that I found particularly interesting was when he discussed the product versus the process of writing (159). I found this part of the reading particularly interesting because I have found that the way I go about writing essays has changed drastically since high school. Generally speaking, as high school students, the key to success was to meet the deadlines set by teachers. For example, in my senior year english class of high school, my teacher had set various dates for