His intro paragraph tells an interesting story, in a way that readers often forget what type of passage they are reading. Staples uses of phrases such as “my first victim”, “seemed menacingly close” “picked up her pace” and notably “running in earnest” (1-2). By using such a unique story with eye-catching phrases as the introduction of his article, Staples evokes the emotion of fear and unsettledness that soon proceeds to a feeling of relief, yet in a way that 's melancholic.
She states “we all often feel like we are pulling teeth” when it comes to constructing and composing a piece of work (Lamott 468). This simile makes Lamott feel more relatable to the reader because this is a feeling that most inexperienced and discouraged writers go through. Saying things like “feel despair and worry settle on my chest like an x-ray apron” only connects the reader to Lamott even more (Lamott 469). Once the reader becomes engaged and forms a connection with what the writer is saying and feeling, continuing to read the essay is easy. At this point the reader wants to know what can be done to shake the feelings of “despair and worry” when it comes to
Zusak hints at Liesel’s future after she picks up The Grave Digger’s Handbook by saying, “The book thief had struck for the first time-the beginning of an illustrious career.” (29). It was clear that in a book called The Book Thief, there were going to be a few books stolen. This quote however, makes the reader anticipate how. The reader knows that many books will be stolen, but how long will the book thief keep this up? Will she get caught?
We learn about Djarf’s character as: evil, cocky, attention-seeker and dominant when we read through these details highlighted by the author. However, the important detail is the last two sentences in that paragraph which highlights that Harold(the protagonist) was becoming personally detached to his previous lifestyle due Djarf’s actions. In order to ensure the readers understand this message, Wells Tower intentionally put in at the last sentence of the paragraph because physiologically readers tend to pay more attention on the details placed at the beginning and ending of any paragraph. Upon close observation, it is interesting that Wells Tower brings out this character development in the protagonist through secondary characters through a combination of Ernest Hemingway’s and Jamaica Kincaid’s style. Wells Tower first provides us four long paragraphs filled with information about the evil actions of Djarf which creates a similar rant like effect from Girl by Kincaid.
However, the use of dialects in Twain’s novel poses the question; does it make the novel less of an achievement? Twain’s use of dialect, which has proved controversial over the years, certainly adds to the vividness of Huckleberry Finn. Because it is sometimes difficult to understand the speech while reading, we are almost forced to read aloud: at the very least, one has to be able to “hear” the voices in one’s own head. Performance is important in this novel, as Tom Sawyer’s follies and the duke and the dauphin’s cons demonstrate. In the world of the novel, the way in which a character converses is closely related to that character’s status in society.
The book’s plotline went very fast and it was hard to keep up with all of the details. I think that the author should have explained the details more clearly. The book Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a book for someone who likes historical fiction and mysteries. Although it wasn’t my favorite book, I always wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. It also educated me on how many slaves were treated by people in earlier times in
The Inheritance of Loss is the second novel by Kiran Desai. It was first published in the year 2006. She won a number of awards for her second novel, including the Man Booker Prize for that year and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award in 2007. Kiran Desai’s novel, “The Inheritance of Loss” deals with the problems of the frustrations and the human identities, related with postcolonial impact and its aftermath. She draws wide-spreading impacts of location and mobility on the characters resulting in from every contemporary international issues such as economic inequality, fundamentalism, globalization, multiculturalism, independent
Zusak uses historical facts to set a background for his novel and fiction to give a different view of the story. Zusak is the child of immigrant German and Austrian parents. His parents had a great influence as to why he wrote his best-selling novel, The Book Thief. “Zusak chose the subject matter in part to share the stories his parents told him about growing up in Austria and Germany during the war” (“Markus”). Zusak’s parents have had experience with the Nazis in their life, so Zusak had a primary source to go to for facts.
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez seemed as an unusually confusing book on the surface, but after the discussion, the book started to make sense. Though at the same time, the discussion only raised more questions about little details within the book. The first point brought up within the discussion was the changing perspectives was the most interesting aspect of the book. Because I am person that enjoys things being in order, I do not agree. The switching of perspectives made the book have a messy feel to it.
After the success of Sarah J. Maas’s series Throne of Glass, female assassins have become more prominent in young-adult fiction and an obvious trope. Not only this, but she has a Grace, like a superpower or extreme skill, that we originally believe is the extreme skill to kill well. However, the author deems it “too violent” or “too evil,” and we learn that no, she is not a savage (because that would be repulsive and unappealing) but can survive through anything. I absolutely abhorred this change; with killing as a skill, perhaps the author could have built more on Katsa being a morally-grey protagonist, something young-adult fiction lacks, but she instead goes on to introduce all sorts of other ways Katsa is oh-so-good and working to help others. She runs The Council, a group of people who oppose corrupt and power-hungry male leaders, another trope.
Other techniques that were used include hyperboles such as when the unknown hitchhiker also stated “If I opened my mouth it would spill out like a torrent of acid” (Page 24). The story also used the techniques of imagery where the hitchhiker described what their sister looked like “then the memory of Melanie’s grey face with the bruises around her neck and the dried blood in her hair jumped up to haunt me”. (Page 23) The writer, Sherryl Clark also used hook as she kept the reader guessing. Overall the story is very engaging to its readers, especially for those who don’t like long stories. Fresh Bait was one of the best stories that was read out of all of the Top Stories 2.
The strengths of the novel, in my opinion, outweigh the weakness. The main weakness was the excessive cursing done by Vida. When a character curses a few times, it adds emphasis, but when it happens every couple pages, it loses its effect. The strengths included the sentence variety, like how they weren’t all compound and complex, and not all simple and short. It made the reading more interesting, and the plot twists, like Clancy being at Dairy Queen instead of Cate, and Jude dying, made you want to keep reading until you finished, and then