Salvation Rocking in her wooden chair on the porch, she told me the rain was the tears of angels. Rain, the blessing that descend from the sky washing away the bad and invigorating the good. The good within Aracelis Girmay’s in “You are Who I Love” resonates as an ode to love of all people. Possibility and space for love is within the blank spaces of the poem.
Star-Crossed Lovers Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare which explains a story about true love. Warm Bodies is a movie written by Jonathan Levine, which is based on the Romeo and Juliet love story, except with zombies. In both the play and movie, there are many significant similarities and differences with the star-crossed lovers. The definition for star-crossed lovers is a relationship “thwarted” (prevented) from outside forces. Throughout both, love is the key theme.
The Power of Hope Gary Soto brings the impoverished, crime filled streets of the Mexican-American communities where he grew up to life by “evoking the harsh forces that often shape the life for Chicanos” (“‘Gary Soto’: Poetry Foundation” p. 1). He combines an archetypal young love poem with the concept of poverty to create the powerful poem: “Oranges” (1985). Soto also works with the notion of old age and the importance of life in his somber poem: “The Seventieth Year” (1986).
No one would 've ever thought that s/he were similar to a person that lives across the Pacific or atlantic, or even a person across the globe. Actually, s/he might be similar to the person across the globe. Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman and “Human Family” by Maya Angelou both share a common them, even though they talk about two tremendously different topics. This theme is that even with high-scale differences, people can nevertheless recognize similarities with others. Maya Angelou shows the theme by showing that everyone has a diverse lifestyle, but the lifestyle is made up of common things.
“The Old Grandfather and His Little Grandson” is a Russian folktale retold by Leo Tolstoy. We read in class about a grandfather being treated poorly by his son and his son’s wife. In the the poem, “Abuelito Who”, by Sandra Cisneros, talks about a grandfather that is loving and caring and would always play with his granddaughter, the speaker. Then the grandfather became sick and his granddaughter is bored because he can’t play with her. Each story tells about a grandfather that has different families that treat them differently.
American culture has an identification of what could be described as unique and abstract to a degree of not being like any other. Their philosophy of culture would be to learn and interpret to be applicable to your own life. This society has set no restrictions on what the culture could be or have certain traditions that must be followed. America can tolerate and accept many practices to create its own culture that is not conventional.
Intimacy is a valued trait. It is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “close familiarity or friendship”. People are creatures of relationship, and close relationships are coveted. Intimate relationships must grow and thrive to remain healthy. Therefore, for one to maintain an intimate relationship, communication is essential.
The Island archetype throughout literature I was listening to my friend talking about a TV show called Prison Break. I listened to her unenthusiastic voice talk about how sour frowns cover men’s faces as if they were waiting for death. I’ve never been to a jail before, so I was amazed by how lonely a person can feel when they are being separated from the rest of society. A person becomes so quiet and secretive that they begin to look like a little kid hiding from their mom because they did something bad. I started to realize that being isolated from the rest of the world can change your personality.
Observations on Aging “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?” Satchel Paige, Baseball Player *** Compare the words aging or elderly with youth and vibrancy. Which do you prefer? When I was in my twenties, I had the attitude that I was different from everyone else. Old people were old because they were weak mentally.
The Voice Behind the Phone I walked into the back door of a stone house. Accompanied by my parents and younger sibling. I did not recognize my surroundings, the people, nor recall a reason for my presence. The smell of fresh mud and ashes ran up my nose, an unfamiliar environment.
Gino Bartali is credited with saving the lives of more than eight hundred Jewish people during World War II. Although he is viewed as a hero for his actions, he told his son that he does not deserve honor for taking a stand against evil. Taking a stand is when a person is unwilling to just let life happen when they believe that what is happening is wrong. Gino Bartali took a stand against the persecution of the Jewish people. Due to his fame and success as a cyclist, he had a unique opportunity to transport paperwork that allowed hundreds of Jewish people to escape out of Italy during the war.
Taken For Granted It is often said to not judge a book by its cover. In the story “An Hour With Abuelo” a young teenage boy must visit his grandfather who doesn't have much time left to live at a nursing home in Brooklyn. Once his mother persuades him to go visit his grandfather he is not happy .As he arrives to his grandfather's room Arturo keeps looking at his watch timing one hour till he could go home. His grandfather tells him his life story not knowing how interested he would be into it.