When it comes to success, people have their own definitions. Some people may define success as having a job that suits them and by the joy they feel when they are in and out of work. Others may define success as having a surfeit amount of money without the need to be happy at their work. In the book, outliers, Malcolm Gladwell defines success based on the careers of the well-known and rich people and he mentions that they have achieved success because they are the best at what they do. Gladwell also believes that anyone is capable of achieving success if they work hard enough and that the people who are mega-successful such as Bill Gates or Michael Jackson got where they were because of thing such as their geographic locations, their specific college experiences, the opportunities that they were presented with in high school, or even the month that they were born in. Throughout the book, I found myself
In her poem “ My Husbands Back”, Susan Minot describes how she feels being a mother, and wife on an emotional and bad day. Minot writes this poem as the speaker and the tone is very heartfelt and sorrow at times. From the title of this poem we can gather that the poem is about a husband and wife and their relationship. “My husbands back” was actually very close to home at times in the poem and made me think about my relationship with my husband and even about my relationship growing up with my father. Minot uses line breaks, metaphors, connotation and figurative language in this poem.
In his essay, "Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power To Alter Public Space" Brent Staples demonstrates the negative views and stereotypes of black men. He narrates a personal story about the path he takes to understand the effects of his appearance and how it also affects his environment around him.
Throughout the story, the wife describes he character of the husband and his traits. “A hard worker and never lazy, and so big and fine‐looking He didn’t take things hard, he didn’t grouch and whine when things didn’t go his way” She describes the time that they spent together as a wonderful time a time filled with joy that she will never now again. His character was too good almost perfect not only did
Out of all of the stories, “The Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl explains that violence can come out in the most mysterious of ways, and sometimes you might just get away with it .
People have the need to always prove their self worth to everyone. In the poem The Leaving, Brigit Pegeen Kelly demonstrates how an individual’s environment and expectations of others encourages a person’s actions. In the poem the girl is so dedicated to her work that she’s willing to stay late even when her father doubts her. The speaker takes on the challenge to prove to her father that she can complete her task, and she successfully proves to him that she can do it. By proving her self worth to her father, the speaker faces new challenges along the way that test her own thoughts and decision making which ultimately determines the pursuit of her hard work.
In unhealthy relationships, many people start to feel agitated, depressed, anxious, and even hopeless. Katherine Brush’s “Birthday Party” shows a couple clearly stuck in an unhealthy situation. The husband makes the wife cry after she plans a nice surprise for his birthday. Brush uses characterization to showcase the detrimental effects of an unhealthy relationship through the actions and words of the husband and wife.
The authors of both “St. Lucy’s School for Girls Raised by Wolves” and “The Cathedral” use narrative in multiple ways to craft their short stories. Although very different in genre (science fiction vs. contemporary fiction), both pieces use the first-person perspective to fabricate meaningful experiences for the audience.
At that moment, he heard the door. Not the doorbell but a series of soft, polite raps, almost apologetic about the late hour. Every house has a logic, and its laws are more eloquent at night, when things occur without palliative noises. He didn’t look at his watch or jump, or suspect that he was hearing things. He simply got up from his chair and walked toward the door without turning on any lights; when he found himself standing face-to-face with his father. He had not seen his father since his death. And, at that moment, he had the strange realization that he had become used to the idea of never seeing him again.
In David Fincher’s, dramatic film “Fight Club”, Fincher develops satire to explain the masculinity of the main characters throughout the movie. Being masculine and or having masculinity, means qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness. Typically, men are seen to be strong, able to fight, have a large frame, and or be fearless. Men such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris are seen to society as Masculine men. However, some develop their masculinity later than others. In comparison to men, women are seen to be more modest, tender, and self-centered. Masculinity Is the social problem that David Fincher attacks in the film simultaneously using satire.
In Toni Morrison's novel, Song of Solomon, the “Dead” family, including Milkman, Ruth Dead, and Macon Jr. Dead are the protagonists of the novel. Even though each of the main characters of the book expresses dissimilar characteristics and actions toward specific events as Milkman’s name, several of them become alike and similar without noticing. A major factor that evolves throughout the novel is the symbolism of the name “Dead”, and the main character that this symbolism applies to is Macon Dead Jr. Other subjects that correspond to the meaning of “Dead” are the characters’ social classes and their way of living life. Wealth and money are recognized as the two main elements that symbolize the liveliness and happiness of life. However, in this
Kate Chopin wrote a story about Mrs. Mallard, a married woman who suffers from heart problems and also has to cope with her husband recent passing. Mrs.Mallard, she showed sincere grief about her husband passing. However, looking back at how controlling her husband Mr.Mallard were in their marriage, Mrs.Mallard felt a sudden joy when processing her husband death After her sudden emotional change, Mrs Mallard felt liberated when she started thinking about what her life would be like without Mr.Mallard, but regardless of the happiness she feels, she knows that once she sees her husband in corpse that sadness will return. Through her writing, author Chopin readers/ audience would be women who feel trapped and controlled in their marriage.
A romantic relationship between two people can be complicated, and sometimes even a genuine, loving relationship can become burdensome for one if their partner abandons them in times of adversity. In the novel, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, A man loses the support of his wife and assumes responsibility for his son while in a post-apocalyptic world. The man has a significant relationship with his wife as he is devastated by her death and he gets paranoid when he dreams of her.
As the reader first starts to read “Popular Mechanics”, the story is very intense right off the bat and the readers can sense the “heated” situation just by paying attention to the dialogue and diction. The opening scene of the story starts with the mother repeatedly saying “I’m glad you're leaving...you can’t even look me in the face” to her husband as she watches him pack his suitcase (Carver 228). Clearly, there has been some argument between the two. The man has probably cheated or done something shameful causing him to not make eye contact with his partner. The wife is expressing her anger by attacking him with her choice of words. Instead of explaining the situation to the readers, she uses her words to convict her husband of something he has done. The reason why this is important to the theme is
Explicit plans in the first step will become futile if we do not take action. Merely hoping for chances does not help us get good outcomes. Whoever just waits for chances to knock their door is unlikely to reach success; therefore, taking action as well as working hard is the key for us to catch more