As we continue to observe the impressive short story, we find the most recurring theme to be that of sorrow. From the very beginning of the tale, the sorrow is palpable through the unnamed narrator 's discovery of Sonny 's incarceration, and moreover through the atmosphere created by Mr. Baldwin. The most prominent message that can be deciphered and recognized in Sonny 's Blues is that the sadness and sorrow that one experiences in their life can bring about many obstacles but it can be countered and used for something greater by a search for understanding and acceptance. James Baldwin establishes this implication through the use of his characters; the narrator, Sonny, and the singer seen on the street. All these characters experience sorrow and sadness in their
Rhetorical Analysis: Letter from Birmingham City Jail “I think I should give my reason for being in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the argument of outsider’s coming in (King,1963).” Dr. King was the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and he was one of the most visible spokesperson. Dr. King wrote “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” for the purpose of explaining why he was in a Birmingham, Alabama, jail and also talking about segregation and how hard it was on people. Dr. King’s letter shows how hard he was fighting for freedom, and how horrendous segregation was. To begin, in Dr. King’s letter his audience was the local white clergy who criticized him. King had hoped they would support him.
Whereas in 1941, Roosevelt published a speech to Congress on the state of the union. These two remarkable pieces of writing share common themes of rights and Freedom such as injustice, tone, and allusion in America. To begin with, in both Letter from Birmingham and Four freedom dr. King and Roosevelt use similar tones. In Letter from Birmingham jail, Dr. King tone comes off as noble and slightly angry. In the text he says, "I wish you had commended the Negro sit inners and demonstrators of Birmingham for their sublime courage, their willingness to suffer and their amazing discipline in the midst of great provocation.
Of all the readings that we discussed on solitary confinement, I think the most frequent analysis is the extensive description that Jack Henry Abbott "" and Charles Dickens"" on prison systems as a form of punishment, in some ways that grasp the readers imagery. We also talked on what is punishment and justice, as well as the theories of justice that considers punishment. Charles Dickens observation of prison system believes that it's to strict and terrible, in my mind judgment thought it's suppose to make offenders suffer for what they've done to victims and why care on what punishment they receive. However turned my opinion on feeling a little sorry for the offenders because I can not go three days stuck in a room nonetheless 24/7. On the
The article “Life Sentences”, Christopher Shea describes various statements which I strongly agree with and have a strong position towards, such as the difficulties ex-convicts go through in attempting to find a living for themselves after prison and the amount of money America invests in prison. After almost 60 years, it seems as if our world has not progressed or learned anything from the Civil Rights movement, till this day African Americans are treated with no respect and are constantly being put down. Shea portrays in the article the hardships prisoners go through when reentering society in trying to find a job but, especially male African American implying how our world is still racist towards “different skin colors”. By far
In Voltaire’s novel, Candide, he tells the story of his character named Candide and how he travels throughout the world and suffers through some very unfortunate events. Voltaire uses his novel to satirize many religious and philosophical beliefs that he perceives to be wrongs in his world. At the end of the book, Voltaire offers some suggestion, influenced by his own perspectives of the world, for how people can handle the corrupt happenings in society. At the beginning of Candide, the namesake of the book lived in the German province of Westphalia at the home of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh. Candide had a tutor named Dr. Pangloss who taught him that the world that they were living in was “the best of all possible worlds” (Voltaire 20), meaning that everything that happened in the world was for the best.
It is often difficult for the common person to be individualistic by disregarding the social norms that are built so deep into society’s foundations. However, in the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, the author is able to effectively exploit the dangers of these normal societal ways of thinking. Throughout the novel, Huck is able to experience the immorality of society through his adventures to the South with Jim, a runaway slave, who he help sto free. Due to his terrible upbringing, many people including Widow Douglas and Judge Thatcher try to gain custody of Huck and transform him into a civilized person, but Huck is very independent and has no interest in changing or conforming. In order to escape his abusive, drunk father Huck fakes his own death, escapes, and subsequently meets up with Jim who has just run away from his owner.
In Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, he writes to illustrate the injustices of the judicial system to its readers. To do so, Stevenson utilizes multiple writing styles that provide variety and helps keep the reader engaged in the topic. Such methods of his include the use of anecdotes from his personal experiences, statistics, and specific facts that apply to cases Stevenson had worked on as well as specific facts that pertain to particular states. The most prominent writing tool that Stevenson included in Just Mercy is the incorporation of anecdotes from cases that he himself had worked on as a nonprofit lawyer defending those who were unrightfully sentenced to die in prison. The story of Walter McMillian, which Stevenson begins the book with, is the one recurring topic throughout the whole book; Stevenson narrates the entirety of Walter’s case and how he was put
The Shawshank redemption is about much more than just a young banker spending many years of his life in prison. It shows us the struggles inmates go through to adapt to an environment as harsh as prisons and how creating friendships with others helps the men get through the rough patches. The film demonstrates that prison is a world of its own, with its own rules and how many men struggle to fit back into society when they are released. Shawshank Redemption’s director, Frank Darabont, uses many brilliant film techniques to capture key scenes. A few examples of these are: when Andy first arrives at Shawshank an establishing shot is used to show the prison.
One example of ethos that Martin Luther used in his speech, “And every now and then we’d get in jail and we’d see the jailers looking through the windows being moved by our prayers, and being moved by our words and our songs.” This makes him credible because it is stating how he had been jailed previously, and he is also willing to go back, if it meant getting a change in civil rights. “But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.”, is a quote from “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”.
The appeal to ethos is strengthened when it’s partnered with personal experiences. For instance, Martin Luther King Jr. uses several instances of ethos throughout his letter from Birmingham Jail. He particularly references biblical figures and events, comparing them to similar actions that the civil rights movement took. “Civil disobedience… was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar”, Dr. King writes, “on the ground that a higher moral law was at stake” (King 179). Dr. King’s
Chen 1 Bradley Chen Welsh APLAC/Fifth Period 24 January 2016 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Questions King introduces his letter with a tone of impatience, irony, and sarcasm. King has a tone of irony towards the questions of the clergy. In the first paragraph, King says “If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day.” With this paragraph, one can detect the underlying sarcasm throughout the letter. In addition, King believes that the clergymen that he is addressing are “men of genuine good will” and King responds in “patient and reasonable terms.” It can be argued that King speaks in a condescending manner to the clergyman throughout the letter, as one usually speaks to children in a patient and understanding manner. Since King is a devout Christian and a Christian leader, he constantly references the Bible to show his expertise and to establish his authority.
In Europe, for example, Beccaria’s disciples included William Eden, who wrote “Principles of Penal Law” in 1771 (Bessler, 2009). Beccaria’s writing had an impact on John Howard, who was opposed to both capital punishment and corporal punishment in England (Bessler, 2009). In 1777, John Howard, who was best known as a prison reformer, published a detailed account of the terrible conditions of British prisons and called for changes in the treatment of prisoners. He decried the filth of the prisons, the avarice of their keepers, and the neglect of the magistrates who were charged with overseeing both. He made detailed recommendations for the proper running of prisons (Bessler,
Yadata Osman Dr. Robinson Survey of Philosophy of Thought 11/30/2015 Paper 2 There have been many unjust laws throughout history. Citizens obey the laws because they are enacted by the leaders of government. The opinions against laws are expected and tolerated to an extent. People must obey laws even if they disagree or they face consequences for not adhering to the law. I believe that King wrote the Letter from Birmingham Jail to make his readers question and interpret whether or not a law is just.
The effect debt has on people is reflected in them unconsciously, whether it be their literary works, art, or their choices. This is seen in the novel Wuthering Heights by Romantic author, Emily Bronte. However, an author’s feelings of debt can be stated directly towards their audience, as is the case with President Abraham Lincoln’s letter to his step-brother, John D. Johnston. In Bronte’s novel, she directs her work towards an educated audience as she entertains them with the story of Hindley falling into debt through the use of a satirical and serious tone and formal diction, as well as a long descriptive syntax, to express to her readers how she comprehends the topic of debt and show off her expertise on polysyllabic words. However, in President Abraham Lincoln’s letter to John D. Johnston his purpose differs; Lincoln’s intention is to teach his step-brother the importance of working off his debt while simultaneously refusing to lend him more money.