Traci Brimhall's essay "Failures are special because they belong to us" is an exploration of the value of failure in the creative process. According to Brimhall, failure is a necessary and even unavoidable element of the path to success and can provide important opportunities for learning. Brimhall makes a strong case for the value of accepting failure as a normal part of the creative process by drawing on her own experiences as a writer. Through the use of rhetorical devices such as pathos, Traci Brimhall effectively uses emotion to build her claim of failure being an essential part of the human experience that can help us grow and develop as individuals. Traci Brimhall's use of pathos is evident throughout the essay to make a compelling point
When reading "Homeless" by Anna Quindlen, I start to realize more and more on how I as a person looks at the homeless. For her, I believe she is saying that while having no roof over your head, you can still have a home. Being homeless and not having a home are two complete different ideas that get society mixed up. The way she starts it was a exceptionally well. She wanted the readers to know that she too had thought wrongfully about people with no homes.
In the essays, “The Joy of Reading and Writing; Superman and Me” and Frederick Douglass’s “Chapter 7: Learning to Read and Write”, Sherman Alexie and Frederick Douglass write about their hardships and challenges they faced while learning how to read and write due to their social economic status. Despite the fact that Alexie and Douglass are incredibly different people, they both use education for freedom and a sense of self-worth. Alexie and Douglass both struggled to receive education and struggled mentally and physically because of their social economic status. Although, Alexie and Douglass both experienced these hardships, they saw the world through a totally different perspective. Alexie saw the world in a more positive manner than Douglass
His story began when he was a young child, one of twelve siblings living without the presence of their biological mother who was an abuser to drugs and alcohol. Throughout his childhood he tried to survive in any means possible moving from foster home to another, distributing newspapers to make a small income. He first started living in the projects where there were a group of low rent apartment buildings as public housing. Public housing back then truly wasn’t a living standard for most people. It was a way of having a home in the lowest of times even if it meant living in an area where you slept with one eye open because of the dangers one is surrounded by.
Just like the movie “The Soloist”, one minute you are looking at a promising future and then the next minute you become homeless (Santis, 2011). You are living under bridges and on the sidewalks trying to get the attention of the people that are passing by.
She explains how Aesha, because of her abusive husband, became homeless, the fears and difficulties she faced during her homelessness, and how she managed to survive her homelessness. She then talks about Adriana Broadway, Johnny Montgomery, and Asad Dahir who had all faced the tragedy of homelessness. After that, Bader tells us how LeTendre Education Fund for Homeless Children, a scholarship program administered by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, is helping some of the homeless students across America. Towards the end of the article, Bader talks about a faculty member at a school who has helped homeless students by
Because the author’s long-term thinking and determination helped him conquer the situational challenges he faced, unlike the other Wes Moore whose shortsightedness became his downfall, the purpose of the memoir is to persuade readers to work hard and overcome their obstacles. The other Wes Moore’s shortsightedness, especially regarding money, is what eventually led to his arrest and the end of his free life. One issue that contributed to Wes’s shortsightedness is that he was easily impressionable. Upon seeing another boy on the street, he was captivated by the “headset… [and] gold ring with a small diamond cut into the middle” (57) the boy proudly wore.
The article “The State of Homelessness in America” provides
In her memoir, the Glass Castle, Jeanette Wall’s discusses and explores many different concepts that affected her family dynamic and her development. One of these matters is homelessness. Individuals are able to live in a stable environment, sleep in a warm bed, wear clean clothes, and enjoy proper meals; but not all of these basic needs are enjoyed by everyone and their families. This undesirable situation is portrayed in Jeannette Walls novel. Jeannette vividly depicts homelessness by exploring its causes, its impact on daily life, and its effect on her family.
In his seminal article in the New Yorker recounting a story of a homeless alcoholic man, Gladwell (2006) observed that homelessness costs the taxpayers considerably and focus ought to be given to housing provision and supportive care. According to Gladwell (2006),
Many families suffered from economic hardships as well as emotional distress. Therefore the Braddock family overcame there challenges which are not having much to eat, not having money, and not having a place to live. To start with, one of the problems the Braddock family had was not having enough food to feed the whole family. For example, in
While circumstances can vary, an individual’s first choice is rarely to choose homelessness due to the inability to afford housing or other unforeseen circumstances. The support of friends, family, and community programs/shelters are first suggestions when a person becomes displaced. When these suggestions become inadequate, living on the streets is the next favorable/affordable option. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on a night in January of 2015, there were 564,708 people homeless in the United States (para 3).
Lars Eighner’s “On Dumpster Diving” was hard for me to relate to as I have never been homeless, fortunately, nor dumpster dived, but when my family came back to America, we were very poor. During the first few months back, my mom didn’t have a job yet so we lived off of the money my dad got from his disabilities. Most of the furniture in our house was acquired during that time, so nothing matches since everything was either cheap or free. There were even times where we had to go food pantries because we couldn’t afford groceries. Luckily, this period of hardship didn’t last too long since my mom got her job.
To Anderson, the existing articles and books on homelessness were unable to accurately touch upon the vagrancy problem in Chicago. He, on the other hand, had personal experience. The Hobo omits any direct personal accounts from Anderson, but his perspective has given him an advantage in connecting with his interview subjects and with his writing. He has since come to realize the humor in his writing a work on the hobo “getting by’ for the sake of also trying to ‘get by’ in his new Chicago student life. The Hobo is the first of his works and provided a foundation for him to develop his unique ethnographic approach that incorporates his personal experience with unstructured interviews and statistical data to paint a picture of the homeless
Overcoming adversity may be one of our main challenges in life because when we resolve to confront and overcome it, we become expert at dealing with it and become a stronger person. Therefore, difficulties and misfortunes are needed in order for us to show what we are cable of