Aimee Bender is a short story writer who often features children in her stories with gifts that can be seen as either a positive or negative ailments, she leaves the interpretation up to the readers. In Benders short story “The Healer” tells the story of three girls one with a fire hand, one with an ice hand, and a “normal” girl. This story shows how having balance is ideal and being to passionate or to apathetic is a disadvantage. Aimee Bender utilizes the characterization and relationships of the narrator, the fire girl, and the ice girl to present the idea that passion and suffering with numbness and healing are two halves of the same whole.
Andrew Davidson uses several rhetorical strategies throughout “Following my accident...,” an excerpt from The Gargoyle. These add great amounts of emotional depth, AND SOMETHING ELSE. In the opening paragraph, Davidson describes the doctor’s incisions to release a “secret inner being”(line 4), a “thing of engorged flesh”(6). This introduces a divide between the narrator, and his body; establishing it as it’s own entity. Personification is continued throughout the excerpt, such as when the narrator’s immune system is said to “[stagger] under [...] strain”(12), and when his “body’s defences [...] just barely [function]”(15). This creates a very detached tone, seemingly removing emotion from the narrator. However, this results in the creation of a much larger emotional impact. The lack of emotion in the narration makes each description seem more believable, it doesn’t seem exaggerated.
Authors utilise a range of emotive scenarios allowing the reader, to immerse themselves in situations that aren’t common to what they normally experience. Through various means, author Tim Pegler, delves into the concepts of grief and sadness in his novel “Five Parts Dead.” Pegler effectively explores and addresses the results of traumatic scenarios upon the individuals, both directly and indirectly. Additionally, Pegler uses emotive language to portray the life of protagonist to be consumed by tremendous guilt and grief, another contributing factor is the fact that the protagonist emotions are portrayed through the first person point of view, thus strengthening connections made with the protagonist and the reader. As well as the protagonist,
In both of the article the authors used inductive reasoning. The article Dismantling the Poverty Trap appeals more to logic, and the other One Family 's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break appeals to emotion. Inductive reasoning is when the author states the problem first, and then gives solutions to the problem. In Dismantling the Poverty Trap, Linetta Gilbert says that people in poverty have higher birth rates and maternal mortality rates than wealthy americans.”Those caught in the poverty trap have rates of infant and maternal mortality that are nearly twice as high as those of wealthy Americans.” Saying that families that are wealthier have a better chance to get the resources they need. They are more likely to get better
Growing up in an ideal world, a child should never have any kind of burden placed upon their shoulders; but that ideal is just that; ideal. In the memoir First They Killed My Father, the hardening of a child’s innocence is shown as it follows the early years of Loung. The memoir captures moments and feelings that were once constantly questioned and seen as gruesome, to those same instances now just accepted and seen as the norm. The eventual numbed thoughts of a young child show how truly awful some things and some people can be; as just a child the author states that “there were times when such scenes [as bodies being buried] terrified [her], but [she] has seen the ritual performed so many times that [she] feel[s] nothing” (85). These hardened
The details were all Lily had left of her mother, a mother who loved her, without doubt. Deborah was the subject of each and every conversation. Every aspect of Deborah was perfect: beautiful, luscious hair, and her smile. There was nothing that could change how Deborah was, in her mind, up until T.Ray uttered the unthinkable, “The woman could have cared less about you.” …. “your sorry mother ran off and left you.” …. “She came back to get her things, that’s
When the fatal ailment named smallpox claimed both of her parents’ lives. When she witnessed Amari crying, there was a flashback in the novel to when she had “wept bitterly when her mother had died of disease as well, but not one tear had given her a bite to eat or a place to stay” (Draper 80). The quote means that losing a family member can cause a person to feel an intense disturbance emotionally. Family is vital for a person because a person will be agitated if a member is lost. Polly soon confided to Teenie that her homeland had nothing “much there but bugs and gators and a few folks scraping the dirt to make do. My mother is dead. My father as well. She swallowed hard” (Draper 99). The quote evinces that people can still feel hurt emotionally after if the incident happened years ago when Polly swallowed hard. This also emphasizes the long-lasting effects of the loss of an important family member. Moreover, when Polly explained to Teenie about her parents’ demise, she “paused, stood up, and walked outside of the hot cookhouse, taking deep breaths. I am not going to cry!” (Draper 101). The quote expresses Polly’s sorrow about her parents’ deaths by forcing herself not to cry and taking deep breaths. It also shows the lasting power of losing loved
When people are traumatized by an event they are pushed to experience the five stages of grief. The “Gospel”, by Philip Levine and “the boy detective loses love”, by Sam Sax both use characters that are going through one of the stages of grief. Levine and Sax both explain the thoughts and process of what a person thinks when they go through these stages with imagery. Levine uses symbolism, a sad tone, and a set setting in “Gospel” to illustrate that grieving takes you into a depth of thoughts. Sax uses anaphoras, an aggressive tone, and an ambiguous setting to convey that grieving takes you into a tunnel of anger and rage.
In the 1980s, the world experienced many social changes and throughout the United States, social and foreign issues occupied the Post-Vietnam community. In Thomas Boyle’s “Greasy Lake,” he focuses his writing on the many societal issues that occupy the era in history and uses teenage experience to capture the horrors of the Vietnam war. With a New Historicist and Feminist lens, Boyle highlights the social issues of the 1980s by revealing the attitude towards the female characters and the role of the main protagonist in regard to social interactions after the Vietnam war.
“Feed” written by M.T. Anderson in 2002 is a dystopian novel set in the United States in the future where most people have computer wired to their brains. There corporate control of the media and consumer culture has consumed the minds of stereotypical teenagers such as Titus. Anderson uses Titus’ naïve first person narration, degradation of language and satire to more effectively warn us of the degrading impact consumer culture and corporate control of the media.
First, in the story the author uses figurative language techniques such as metaphors by saying “His mother seemed to try to protect him, as if his father could break.” This is exaggerating his father’s emotions and that he cannot actually break and that his emotions are not in a stable place and he could lose control of them. The author uses similes when saying “He was crying, looking terrified, his breath coming in short, hot pants like some kind of hurt animal.” This shows how scared he was that he could not fully finish breathing making him pant like a dog. Also when he was on the ground, he was terrified causing him to hyperventilate. Finally, the author uses similes in the story when they say “and suddenly his voice flowed like a river breaking loose.” This is used to show that he was preparing himself to tell an important event, story and then he let loose and went on and on about this one event. Using figurative language in stories helps the reader to better visualize the characters and to feel the tone when
When thinking of personal experiences, “The Mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks touches on the emotional topic of abortion. Even though this poem was published decades ago, it can still be seen very relevant to this day. Accepting abortion and the outcome can indeed be a challenging task for many, while others seem to adapt to it without much of a problem. Gwendolyn Brooks’ writing lets us take a look at the mothers view point of abortion and how a mother responds to her new situation. Throughout the poem, the speaker shows signs of grieving concern of the topic of abortion and its outcomes by presenting emotions of regret and memories, shame and guilt, and contradicting herself to almost justify what she has done.
“Grief does not change you, it reveals you.” This was precisely the case for the protagonist in "Off the Road" by Daniel Duayne. In an instant we see a man stripped of his socially constructed facade, bare, left vulnerable to the whim of his emotions. In this visceral state, his poignant reflections of the past implore us to evaluate the universal concept of loss, and in doing so, reminds us how facing reality and the totality of its truth, can influence how we internalize trauma, and ultimately make necessary sacrifices, to move forward.
Gothic literature is just not a bunch of stories about ghosts and spirts, they are about the deep problems in everyone’s life. The works of Edgar Allen Poe are the best example of this. Poe’s stories talk about death, psychological issues, and morbid examples of pain. Two of Poe’s more famous works include The Raven and the Black Cat more examples of this are in the book Miss. Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children where the author Ransom Riggs the main character is faced with mental disabilities and the struggle of learning the bleak history of his family. Authors of gothic literature depict the somewhat strange and psychotic lives of disturbed people to address the real issues