A Northern Light
Everyone has dealt with hope. They’ve either had it, or they didn’t. Whether they had hoped to get a job they wanted, hoped to get into a good college, or as simple as hoping to get good grades. Hope is something that is available for everyone, it's just a matter if they believe in it. Hope is sometimes a last resort for people. They have already lost so much that the only thing they can do is hope. They hope for a better future, and for everything to get better. Mattie Gokey’s last resort is hope. She has already lost so much, more than a sixteen year old should. Her mom died of cancer, which left her in the mother role for her younger sisters. Soon after Ma died, her older brother Lawton left. When he left, she then became the oldest which put a lot more responsibilities on her. Mattie then gets accepted into Barnard, a college in New York City. Mattir is faced with many challenges through the novel, testing her hope. Jennifer Donnelly is saying that having hope can lead to …show more content…
Throughout the novel Mattie faces a decision of whether or not she should break her mother's promise. When Ma died, Mattie made a promise to stay and take care of her younger siblings. “As I turned to go, I nearly trod on the body of a young robin half hidden in the grass. Its wings were twisted and bent. Its body stiff and bloodied. A hawks work, I thought, wondering if the robin had seen the brilliant blue of the sky and felt the sun on its back before its wings were broken” (211). This symbolises Mattie greatly. Mattie is symbolized as the Robin and her mom is the Hawk. Since Mattie is a Robin, she's supposed to spread her wings and go out into the world. The Hawk represents the promise that she made to her mom. To stay and watch her younger siblings while helping out on the farm. Mattie realizes that without hope for the future, she could actually become the
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First Matilda’s mom gets the yellow fever so Mattie has to leave so she doesn't get the yellow fever. Matilda and her grandfather got a ride from a very nice family. They were trying to get a ride to a safe farm but then they came to a town and had to get checked for the fever.
The author Laurie Halse Anderson shows Mattie helping her mother get better that is helping someone. Anderson shows us this when Mattie never gives up on Mather. When mother was sick Mattie wanted to stay with her and help mother but mother didn't want to risk Mattie getting the yellow fever to so Mattie's mother wanted to send her out of town and Mattie was sad that she could help her. At the end of the story when Mattie's mother
because she does not want her to fall ill to. So later that evening Mattie packed her bags and had to leave with grandfather to the Ludington family to be safe from the fever. When on the carriage they had got stopped to check if anyone had the fever. While checking Grandfather was coughing and doctors said that he had the fever.
A major tragedy can change a person's entire personality. Matilda Cook, the main character in the historical fiction book Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson clearly displays this concept. Matilda is a young woman who would rather sleep than help out around her coffeehouse when the book starts out. She is constantly complaining about the tasks that she needs to accomplish. Her mother, a hardworking and uptight woman, is frequently scolding Mattie to do better.
Hawks are strong and independent birds so it makes sense for their need of control. As the hawk symbolizes freedom, a
She started helping around the house, but when she figured out that it wasn’t much, she got a job at the fields and even though she had no experience in it she still went ahead and did it. “Mama had been strong for her. Now it was her turn to be strong for Mama. She must show her that she didn’t need to worry anymore.”(p163) Based on this quote, I can tell that she knew she had to be strong and her Mom’s sickness didn’t make her more sad than she already was, it motivated her to be strong for her mom and whatever was coming up.
Life can really suck sometimes. It can give us the illusion that everything is going to go smoothly as planned, but then it surprises us with tragedy or rough, unexpected circumstances. It is during these times that we just don’t know what to do and feel hopeless. But hope is always there. Sometimes it’s obvious, and sometimes it seems impossible to find, but there is always hope for any situation or circumstance.
People want to believe that they will survive no matter what and having hope helps with that. These quotes are good examples of hope pushing people till the end. From the quotes, Hope has proven to be a splendid tool to help those in need. Hope can help people through the toughest challenges in life.
Hope can consist of staying positive even through the most calamitous of times, remembering some of your precious memories, and even waiting patiently for good outcomes. Having hope can help you overcome obstacles that you may have thought were unfeasible to surpass. There may be times where hope seems out of your grasps. Yo may even start feeling like there is no point in having hope, but a positive attitude can help a tremendous amount when handling conflict. Having something taken from your grasps makes you want to fight for it, but waiting patiently and having hope can also get the lost item back.
Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy” (Joe Paterno). Tragedy is defined as an "event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident" when Elie went thought the holocaust his way of life and meaning of life dramatically changed for the worst. Elise process of change without World War 2 has shaped his faith, personality and his relationship with his father. Initially, Eliezer’s faith is a product of his studies in Jewish mysticism, which teach him that God is everywhere in the world, that nothing exists without God, that in fact everything in the physical world is an “emanation,” or reflection, of the divine world.
It was in Auschwitz during 1944, at the time of arrival about midnight when the smell of burning flesh saturated the air. There was an unimaginable nightmare of a truck unloading small children and babies thrown into the flames. This is only one event in its entirety of endless events to be remembered in order to understand how deeply literal and symbolic the book entitled Night by Elie Wiesel is. The novel brings light to the reader about what the Jews faced while in fire, hell and night; nonetheless, the author portrays each and every day during this year as a night in hell of conflagration. "Were this conflagration to be extinguished one day, nothing would be left in the sky but extinct stars and unseeing eyes."
I had survived the fever but still felt weak” (Anderson 156). Mattie helped me learn a lot about life, and that it isn’t always easy. In conclusion, Mattie was faced with a lot of adversity but she never gave in and she kept on ploughing ahead even when times were tough. Mattie is a very strong character that faced a lot of challenges and that’s why I think she stood out from the rest of the
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. It drives us all. It makes us believe in something even when we think everything is against us. Author Nam Le explores the theme of hope in his short story, The Boat and director John Hill coat in his film, The Road. The author and director explore the theme through character development, scenery, the use of symbols and metaphors also through character behaviours.
The Extinguished Hope Imagine a single, lonely flame. Its vitality, its survival, depends on you. Now imagine the emotional commitment you have set forth to preserve this oscillating light, this sliver of hope. Now imagine that it wisps out of existence, from one moment to another.