Playing for Keeps is an exceptional novel written by Joan Lowery Nixon. Rosie and Glory have a relationship that is as close as two people can be without being actually related. Rosie, a 16 year old girl, develops a retlationship with Glory, who inevitably takes her on a cruise. Glory is significantly older than Rosie, so she refers to her as her “Grandma”. Most of the story takes place on a cruise ship at sea. Glory’s friends play bridge, as well as a number of other games on the cruise. Playing for Keeps follows Rosie through an adventure on a cruise through a first person narrative.
The documentary film “The Harvest/La Cosecha” is based on migrant agricultural child labor. In some countries, children work 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. One of those countries is the United States of America. Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from, their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. The film has three main characters being Victor who is a 16-year- old boy, and two girls who are Zulema (age 12) and Perla (age 14).Out of those 400,000, three of them are Victor, Zulema, and Perla. Throughout the documentary it gives you a view about how migrant families live and all the obstacles they encounter and how they overcome them.
All readers have come across the stereotypical character who is charming, good-looking, and the savior of the story and our hearts, but that is present in commercial fiction. In literary fiction, characters are something greater and deeper.
Life is very difficult, and certain people respond to trouble differently. An example of this takes place in the book Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt. In Trouble both Henry and Chay are in difficult situations. Henry’s brother has died and Henry and his family are in a difficult time. Chay is Cambodian and he starts to date an American girl. His father disowns him and forces Chay to leave home. Henry and Chay have their own responses to Trouble. Each person has some acceptable responses and some poor responses. Overall, Chay has better responses to Trouble than Henry.
The ability to see the world as others do occurs only once. This is before the instance of any stimuli, any thought or experience; before the first breath. Culture is a foundation of beliefs and morals that are specific to one’s ethnicity. This is the distinct quality that everyone has based on their abstract views and varying backgrounds. The foundation of how people identify themselves and others is shaped by their experiences and interactions throughout life. Family and social norms are the two most prominent factors of how perception is influenced by culture.
Turtle Wexler, the only winner of Sam Westing’s game is also the most successful of all of the heirs because of her identifying qualities. Turtle is the most one of the smartest heir’s and the only person to ever beat Sam Westing at a chess game, and one of the most committed to playing Sam Westing’s game. She ends up winning the 200 million dollar estate. She is one of the main characters and has many identifying qualities: her qualities of determination, cunning, and the ability to trick people, along with her habit of kicking people in the shins when they do something she doesn’t like.
“The First Day” by Edward P. Jones is a short story written in 1992. The short story is about an African American mother taking her young daughter to school for the first time. The daughter becomes ashamed of her mother because she sees where her education level is at. The mother is also ashamed of herself because she didn’t get education throughout her life. In “The First Day” the opening scene sets the tone for challenging the status quo and creating a life of success.
Slavery! Sacrifice! Death! Decisiveness! Aren’t words being used to describe a blockbuster war film, instead they describe just some of the experiences underwent by the Jong family. In the book Joy Luck Club, the Jongs are one of the multiple families such as the Woos, Hsus, and the St. Clairs, who’ve migrated from China. The Joy Luck Club chronicles the family’s struggles assimilating into the United States, with their ordeals in China looming over them. The Jong family consists of Lindo the mother, Tin the father, Waverly the daughter, and Vincent and Winston the two sons. Lindo’s experiences in an arranged marriage deeply transformed her thought process, and eventually influenced the way her daughter thinks too.
The story Marigolds, by Eugenia Collier, shows the harsh reality of becoming an adult in the poverty stricken times of the 1930’s. The story follows a girl, Lizabeth, as she makes the tough transition from a innocent child to an adult. As Lizabeth grows into an adult she experiences new emotions such as empathy and compassion, but in order to do so she loses her childish wonder and innocence. The story touches on themes of compassion, love, and hope associated with adulthood, but also the pain and defeat that comes with it. It shows the innocence and wonder of being a child, but also the fierce and intense emotions of adolescent. These immense differences between youth and adulthood helps to contribute to the the main theme of this story:
Bethany Hamilton did not think twice about that decision. When Kauai local, Bethany Meilani Hamilton was thirteen she went surfing and was attacked by a Tiger Shark. The shark chomped off her left arm up to her shoulder, leaving only a nub. After surgery, she was ready to get back on her board. Bethany Hamilton is admirable, not only because she is a motivational speaker, author, and professional surfer, but also because of her bravery, determination, humility, and faith.
How can it be argued that a woman who is willing to defy the expectations of society and the comfort of financial stability in order to find her own happiness is not a powerful role model for young readers? In the Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie is a powerful role model for young readers because she pursues her own happiness by leaving a horrific marriage, engaging in hobbies that she enjoys, and marrying someone that she is happy with. Throughout Janie’s life there are many obstacles blocking her path to happiness. However, instead of allowing those obstacles to prevent her from becoming happy, Janie works to overcome the obstacles and find her path to happiness. Janie chases what she believes will make her
Is there ever a time that a movie is the same as the book? Well not in The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin which the GLMS sixth grade students read and watched. But in most movies based of of books a lot of key details are left out. The students tried to figure out who murdered Sam Westing. The Westing Game movie and novel contain many similarities and differences that are worth noting.
“Rules of The Game” by Amy Tan divulges into the story of young Chinese-American girl Waverly Place Jong, named after the street that she lives on in San Francisco’s Chinatown. In her small two-bedroom flat, she lives with her two brothers Vincent and Winston, along with her very traditional Chinese mother. Raised under the strict influence of her mother, Waverly grows up under the impression that success and honoring your family are the two most important concepts in life. With these beliefs instilled in her, she puts forward her best effort into everything-- whether it’s her talent for chess or placating her mother. This becomes evident throughout the story in terms of what Waverly’s character reveals. The characterization of Waverly Jong in Amy Tan’s “Rules of the Game” delineates the importance of foresight and the ability to anticipate the outcome of situations, especially in the case of her mother. In analyzing Waverly’s acknowledgement, “I learned why it is essential in the endgame to have foresight...all weaknesses and advantages become evident to a strong adversary and are obscured to a tiring opponent..for the whole game one must gather invisible strengths and see the endgame before the game begins.” (3), the reader is able to decipher how Waverly’s thoughts work to elicit a greater meaning
Nineteen Minutes is Jodi Picoult’s staggering and heartbreaking story about the devastating aftermath of a small town tragedy. The story begins in the town of Sterling, New Hampshire, following the lives of the citizens on an ordinary day. That all changes when there is a shooting at Sterling High. Throughout the story, there are flashbacks to before and after the killings and the reader learns about the history of each of the characters, and how that has influenced their journey throughout the novel. We are shown the once close relationship between Josie and Peter, and also about Peter’s rocky home life where Peter is often outshined by his older brother whose death creates a rift that puts him even farther from his parents. . The jumps back in
Rules of the Game is a short story from a critically acclaimed The Joy Luck Club book. The author, Amy Tan, focus is on the strained relationship between an immigrant mother and her American born daughter. The narrator describes her encounter at the marketplace with her mom who taught her the art of invincible strength. She explains how her mother termed it as a strategy for winning arguments, respect from others stating that the strongest wind never meets the eye. This lesson proves pivotal in Jongs spectacular chess expeditions that saw her crowned national champion and also defined her relationship with her mother whom she considered as an opponent.