The Argument on Reading Reading has at all times and in all ages been a great source of knowledge. It widens the horizon of thinking. It plays a key role to academic success. The ability to read is highly valued and very important for social and economic advancement. However, when students walk into their English classes, no one anticipates for the professor to ask, what does reading mean? The majority, probably have never pondered the question before and almost everyone will likely not have a vivid memory of when they first realize they could read. Alberto Manguel did, when he walked us through his memory of being four years old and discovering he could read, in his essay “Reading Our World Around Us” (5). Manguel also speaks of reading as an acquired sense; beyond eyesight, beyond touch and taste, but a “sense that can decipher, translate and give voice to, reading” (6). Then there is Rick Moody, author of “The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading,” who proposes that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to read a text. After reading Rick Moody’s essay, …show more content…
If Rick Moody were to talk about reading a textbook for a Geology class, what advice would he give a student of how to read it? Would he give the same advice that was given to him by Mr. Flanders or Mr. Buxton? Rick Moody’s opinion that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to read a text does not consider other types of writing, therefore I cannot completely agree with him. In the end of “The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading,” Moody states, “I believe there is not now and never will be an authority who can tell me how to interpret, how to read, how to find the pearl of literary meaning in all cases” (3). Even though I appreciate those sentiments, how would Moody deal with authorities, such our government, who dictates how we interpret the written laws of our
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Into the wild is a biography and nonfiction book written by Jon Krakauer. The book is about the journey of Christopher Johnson Mccandless ( Alex )journey throughout the west coast of the USA. Christopher’s journey takes him places such as the the snowy state of Alaska, and the mountainous terrains of the Sierra Nevada’s. The main protagonist Christopher Mccandless is 24 years old, and believes that life is best lived alone. Testing his theory Christopher goes to live alone in the western US, until testing his limits and venturing to Alaska.
One “stakeholder” in the book Into The Wild is Ron Franz who crossed paths with Chris in his home state of California. He was a former soldier stationed in Okinawa and he had a son and a wife. His son was around Chris’s age and Franz recalled that he was soon to finish medical school when he and Franz’s wife were killed by a drunk driver. Franz felt that Chris was like his son who had died. Franz was affected positively and felt some of the hole left by his son’s death become filled while he spent time with Chris.
In his book Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer explores the impossibility of attaining complete self-reliance, revealing how eternally elusive it is. Krakauer suggests to the reader that Chris McCandless is not an independent, young man capable of walking into the wild self-sufficiently, alluding to the idea that in order to reach an autonomous state, McCandless had to rely on other things to get him there. Krakauer supports the suggestion that McCandless was not independent with the notion that when confronted with opportunities, McCandless chose to take what was presented to him rather than work for what he needed. A way in which Krakauer expresses self-reliance as being impractical is when McCandless decides to “take advantage of [the bus’]
In the Novel “Into the Wild” written by Jon Krakauer a student by the name of Chris McCandless graduates for Emory University and plans to go on a journey since he is done with college. Chris gets all of his college funds and donates them to the Oxfam organization, which is an organization that helps stop poverty and hunger in the United States. When he starts his journey he ceases talking to anyone including his family because he doesn’t want them to stop him and think he is a psychopath. Chris McCandless wants to go on a journey to a trail in Alaska. While hitchhiking to Alaska he ditches all his belongings and his car because of a flash flood.
Into the Wild, a narrative on the adventures of Chris McCandless through the last few years of his life up until his death at the young age of 24. Chris comes from high-middle class family with a college education. Jon Krakauer narrates Chris’s story starting with his death then works his way through the events that lead to that moment. Initially the story was just a piece that Jon wrote for the Anchor newspaper which developed into this book where he has more depth into McCandless’s life also incorporating fragments of his own life that he identifies with Chris.
Between the World and Me, written by Ta Nehisi Coates in 2015. The book is basically an extended letter of advice from Coates to his son Samori. I believe the most important message Ta Nehisi Coates shared in “Between the World and Me” is that the African American body has not been and still is not valued in the United States because of the euphoric dream that mainstream America lives in. On page 5 , Coates begins the book mentioning a talk show host asking him what it meant to for him to lose his body. By asking him this, Coates felt that the show host was “asking me to awaken her from the most gorgeous dream”
The nonfiction novel Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer retells the bemusing true story of wealthy, free spirited Chris McCandless; also known by the alias “Alexander Supertramp”; who abandoned all his possessions and trekked across America, eventually starving to death in the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer goes to great lengths to explore McCandless’s background and motivations, interpreted as both foolishness and moving determination. This piece intends to visualize that interpretation, showing both the poetic tragedy and frustrating avoidability of McCandless’s demise. The raging ocean, in shades of green rather than the usual blue, represent the indifferent, greedy wilderness that McCandless ventured in to. It’s chaos in ink matches its chaos
Christopher Johnson McCandless, a man who seemed to have it all in life, decided to throw himself to the wind and become a vagabond adventurer with no real home. Just after McCandless had graduated from college at Emory University, he threw his whole identity away and became “Alexander Supertramp” the wanderer that nobody knew anything about. Why did he decide to leave his success? Did he plan to survive? What was his ultimate goal?
Chris Jobling, the author of “Wereworld:Rage of Lions”, has understood the importance of literary devices. “The city appeared to be built on stilts, thanks to traders and sea captains who jostled for the best positions along the waterfront, pushing it farther into the Lyssian Straits” (Jobling 250). Chris Jobling uses symbolism to show the future of Drew’s (the main character) fate. Drew is the last werewolf in the world of Lyssia, and has fought and fought to make his domain and kingdom; when the author uses the “city [appearing] to be built on stilts” (Jobling 250), he is intending to show and symbolize that Drew’s forward progress of being courageous and righteous after evil will soon be tested. When a place is being described as on stilts, this symbolically means that there will be a large deal of problems about.
In Debra Marquart’s “The Horizontal World”, she vividly expresses what hails from North Dakota. She starts off by giving simplistic imagery to start a scene. Then she transitions her image of the lonely road to everything that hails from her home state. Her characterizing her home shows a bit of insight as t what happened there and how it came to be. Debra uses imagery and emotional appeal; to characterize North Dakota.
Summary: We are all Completely Beside Ourselves The story “We are all Completely beside ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler is a unique one. Starting at the middle of Rosemary’s story you learn about the life of a broken family and an incomplete girl trying to find herself using her past. Her brother Lowell who always disappeared, her sister Fern who went missing, and her neglectful parents who brought work into their lives too often. The beginning is set in 1996 at the University of California, Davis.
Authors write their novels based on their life experiences and people that impact them the most. Zora Neale Hurston wrote, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston was born in Alabama on January 7, 1891 (Zora Neale Hurston 1891-1960). She moved to Eatonville which was a black controlled area. Due to her living in a black community Hurston did not experience racial discrimination (Zora Neale Hurston 1891-1960).
Almost everyone is aware of some story behind historic colonizers in his or her country. Whether it’s the United States’ story of Columbus, or the Mexico’s story of Cortes, people are familiar with what it means to be a colonizer. However, in the short story, “Maryanne’s Clouds Today”, by Ivan Rehorek, the author takes a spin on the post colonial mindset that is known as othering. This is when the colonizer sets himself apart from the colonized people by cultural values, difference in appearance or personality as a whole. Columbus used this sense of othering by pointing out the differences between himself and the natives he encountered.
War has always divided people and changed the way they must live their life. This was no exception for Marie-Laure LeBlanc and Werner Pfennig. During this time of crisis, they were both forced to make drastic changes in their lives. World War 2, had two sides, the Allies, and the Axis powers. Werner Pfennig was on the side of the axis powers while Marie-Laure was a strong supporter of the allied cause.
No Easy Day is an autobiography by Mark Owen. Owen was a navy SEAL that served on SEAL Team Six, otherwise known as DEVGRU, during the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. Following the mission, Owen felt the need to write his book to put to rest the rumors and inaccurate accounts of what occurred that night in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Owen grew up in a small town in Alaska. His father taught him how to use a gun and he knew from the time he was thirteen that he wanted to be a SEAL.