In the reservation, he feels isolation because he is highly intelligent and is above many of his peers. Since he is highly intelligent he decides that he wants to make a better life for himself and leave the reservation. He decides to go to Reardan where his isolation continues. He is now the only Indian in an all-white school. People start to question him and even though it is obvious he is not like them he isolates parts of his life to what is on the reservation and what is not.
Nobody should like losing. Competition teaches that losing is not okay. They also teach that one can grow and learn from losses and that losing is a part of life. They should teach that one should strive to win, and thus they should want to win more than lose in life. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Arnold the main character is being interviewed by a sports reporter before the big game against Arnold's old school on the Spokane Indian reservation, Arnold is asked if he has anything to prove in this game, and he responds, "I have to prove that I am stronger than everybody else.
Right as he meets his new parents his mother wants to start teaching him better English and they speak of improving his education (Richter, 34). Also, his family took away his Indian clothes and gave him the clothes worn in the white community (Richter,35-36). Over his entire stay with the whites True Son learns to see how the white people think. He shows this when Half Arrow recalls the “happy stories” Little Crane told the whites (Richter, 78-79). True Son understood that the stories would offend the whites when he used to think that the stories were funny and the whites would think that they were funny too.
Alone in the world, Junior is a young Native American, fighting against the rising tides against him to be hopeful. The novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written by Sherman Alexie, is about the growth of a teenage Native American, Junior, as he strives to be more than what is given to him. Junior is trying to find himself amidst the dying world of his forefathers and is stripped of his culture. He is also initially hesitant of success for it may cost him the only thing he has left, which is his community. In the passage, “If You Stay On The Rez…” is an extremely important passage since it not only kick starts Junior’s desire to leave and have a chance verse the pitiful life he would continue on the reservation but also draws into the light, the feeling of ‘should I stay or should I go.’
He tries to teach the trait of not judging people by their social class to Scout and Jem, his young children.. This is shown when Scout is told not to criticize the cunningham boy for not eating the way she does. It can also be seen in atticus volunteering to defend people outside of his social class even if they may have trouble paying him. He accepts payment from the cunninghams in the form of hickory nuts. He defends Tom Robinson despite the fact that he knows that the odds of him winning the case are extremely slim because he is trying to defend a black man against a white woman.
Many famous authors have struggled with alcohol and drug abuse, from the most notable, to those unheard of. The tortured artist complex falls under this category, and that is what Raymond Carver is. The influence of alcoholism in Raymond Carver’s writing is clear and comparable. Analysis of Carver’s life, his sober writing, and writings under the influence, yields a clear contrast in the two writing styles. Among famous authors who struggled with alcoholism, there was Edgar Allan Poe, Truman Capote, and Jack Kerouac, who all became famous in their own right, however have the underlying themes of cynicism, gloom, and often grief.
Regret is a powerful emotion that has the ability to scar someone for the rest of their life. Moments of regret can come from relationships, self-made decisions and life changing events. The idea of regret also applies to “A Marker on the Side of the Boat” by Bao Ninh and “On the Rainy River” by Tim O’Brien. Although these two literary pieces are very different in many ways, both authors describe the experience of the Vietnam War as a time of regretful decisions that negatively impacted people of both the American side and the Vietnamese side. Both authors tell a story about a character that recalls of flashbacks of the war, where they grieve over the past decisions that have affected them for the rest of their life.
Several years ago my grandma had very serious health issues. Each of these examples showcase the fact that it is important for everybody to experience obstacles in their life. In the novel “Cut” the main character, Callie deals with self harm. Callie has a younger brother who suffers from asthma and feels responsible when he has his first asthma attack.
Chopin herself experienced a substantial history of alcohol use and abuse in her family, and she often wrote about this subject in her fiction. Her son was a heavy alcohol abuser whose “marriage ended in divorce because of his drinking” (Toth, Unveiling, 240). Family alcohol abuse also notably inspired Chopin’s other novel, At Fault (self-published in 1890), in which a heroine, Fanny, is described by Lewis Leary as being “hopelessly in the power of drink” (71). Emily Toth has written of the public’s and of critics’ marked failure to understand At Fault’s primary theme. Toth argues that Chopin’s first novel shows a woman drinking as a means of dealing with male oppression in a rigidly patriarchal society (“Kate Chopin on Divine Love” 118-20).
In the novel Saving Francesca, the author Melina Marchetta thoroughly portrays the toll that depression can take on a family as a whole as well on an individual; whilst accurately depicting the complexities of what it means to be a teenager dealing with those around you with mental illness. Saving Francesca exposes the reader with themes such as identity, transition, change, friendships, family and perception; and confronts the reader with the reality of depression, showing how unexpected the illness can be and not as much trying to fix it; but live amidst it. A common struggle that teenagers experience is loss of identity – often changing themselves for the approval of others to feel accepted. The author, Melina Marchetti accurately explains the messy emotions that teenagers experience, especially through the main character Francesca, who throughout the novel her life goes through an upheaval, forced to begin at a new school, separated from old friends and dealing with what was her loud and exuberant mother descend into an agonising depression.