What is progress? How do we measure progress? Who has the answers for these questions? Tony Kushner’s Angels in America helps give the reader insight on these questions. Through the use of characters that he creates in his play, Kushner is able to help kindle the curiosity in the reader and helps generate thinking. In the case of Joe Pitt; whether he did or didn’t progress can be debated. Kushner started off the play by placing Joe in a loving relationship with a wife, in which major communication problems existed. Joe then seems to slowly lose everyone and everything by the end of the book, from an outsider’s perspective. Although Joe seems to lose all of his material possessions by the end of the play, Kushner portrays Joe as progressing emotionally through his change in behavior and habits.
“They died with only one thought in their minds and that was I want to live I want to live I want to live.” In the 1939 book “Johnny Got His Gun” by Dalton Trumbo, the main character Joe Bonham was drafted into World War 1. During the war Joe’s trench, along with almost everything inside, was terminated. Joe suffered the tragic loss of both legs, arms and all five of his senses from the shell. Joe understands first hand that in the moment of death the single thought racing through his broken and destroyed body is “I want to live”. Throughout this award winning book, Trumbo through Joe teaches many lessons. Lessons can be taught about simple tasks o heartbreaking realities, and unfortunately Joe’s “lessons well learned” are
Book Arrangement: Preceding the title page, there is praise for The Boys in the Boat. The Boys in the Boat is split into six sections total: the prologue, Part One: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Part Two: Resiliency, Part Three: The Parts That Really Matter, Part Four: Touching the Divine, and the epilogue. There are also an author’s note and a separate notes section following the prologue. The four main parts are split into nineteen chapters altogether. Each chapter begins with a quote from George Pocock, an essential character in the story.
The Coen brothers write about the Odyssey in their film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?. O Brother, Where Art Thou? mimics the Odyssey in a surreal sense. The writing from the Coen brothers depicts many parallels between the two stories, almost as if O Brother, Where Art Thou? parodies the Odyssey. The Coen brothers accurately portray the Odyssey and Odysseus’ struggles. The Coen brothers take careful thought into remastering Homer’s writings. The movie, though somewhat of a parody, still crafts the book into a modern film.
Ambition is a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Ambition often leads to great rewards but often times too much ambition can lead to misfortune. The Character of Joe Starks in Their Eyes Are Watching God has a very prominent amount of Ambition. Stark’s bullied and manipulated people in order to satisfy his own Ambitions. Through the use of indirect characterization, Zora Neely Hurston exhibits how Joe Stark’s ambition destroyed the relationships he had with other people in Their Eyes Are Watching God.
Throughout a person’s lifetime, he or she will undoubtedly encounter many challenges, and each person can choose to overcome each challenge or let it defeat him or her. For Joe Rantz, the main character in The Boys In The Boat and one of the eight boys who won the 1936 Olympics in rowing, his underlying challenge that arose was living through the Great Depression. In response to this, Joe and Washington’s crew, along with many other people throughout America, made an effort to confront these challenges. This exertion resulted in helping them to grow into stronger people, who could then set the example for the many people around them to follow suit and face their own trials. Although the challenges life presents can be difficult to overcome,
The boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, takes the reader through the life of one of the main characters named Joe Rantz. The reader follows Joe through his highs and lows he endures throughout the story. Joe is a very determined, strong, and eager young man. He is six feet and two inches, a freshman, strongly built, blonde, with gray-blue eyes (Brown, 12). Joe continues to pursue in rowing even though he had to undergo some treacherous weather during his rowing practices. Determined, focused, and brave, Joe continued on with rowing. “The girls in the library lawn who had glanced appreciatively his way had had to overlook what was painfully obvious to him: that his clothes were not like those of most of the other students..” (Brown, 13). Based off the quote you can conclude that Joe didn’t have the newest clothes but he continued to go to school despite the fact he was a little different from his peers.
The blue-collar work force has been the building block for many centuries, even without directly realizing it. In “Blue Collar Brilliance” the author Mike Rose discusses how his mother strengthened social and memory skills which allowed her to excel in her job as a waitress. Mike Rose realized everything that although his mother was smart in her own respect, working without a proper education is not all that it is cracked up to be.
The Color of Water is a memoir of James McBride’s life. James tells us about his struggles of childhood. In The Color of Water he went through phases which ranged between good and bad. James began to hang around with the wrong crowds and that did not develop him in a good way. He found out how it would affect him in the long run and decided to change how he was living.
Hemingway’s use of trains/tracks as a symbol occurs in Big Two Hearted River, Canary, and Hills Like White Elephants. First, In the story Big Two Hearted River, The choice that Nick mad is to go back into the wilderness to deal with his PPsD. To get there, he takes a train, the train to his future. Nick got off the train and...”The train went on up the track out of sight...” (para 1). Nick has to get off the train to go to the wilderness until he is mentally stable and whole. then he can get back on the train and continue his life. Second, In the story A Canary For One, The American man and his wife rode the train to paris with the decision to go separate ways. The man and his wife got of the train and the author told us,”We were returning
The troubled mother who was determined to live a normal life. The wise man who dedicated his life to building boats. The young boy who played his life on the violin. And the beloved father who carried on only for the sake of his family. They were all resilient, holding onto their faith, strength, and integrity. At one time, Maya Angelou famously said, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Carrying on, one may overcome different obstacles and struggles. In Daniel James Brown’s novel The Boys in the Boat and Elie Wiesel’s Night, characters are resilient with holding faith and reaching their goals after facing hard setbacks. Standing by trust and kind nature, resiliency in faith
Many characters in the movie demonstrate specific archetypes common to the time period in history. Shane, a former gunfighter/cowboy turned town hero. Joe, who is a homesteader/farmer, refuses to back down from opposition, and leads the revolt against the Ryker crew. Marian is your typical farm wife, who does not want to see her husband hurt. Stonewall Torey, hot headed confederate war veteran with a bad temper, has little concern for the Ryker game, and says he can go to town when he pleases. He is inexperienced with his gun compared to the skilled gunfighter Wilson, which lead to his demise. Wilson is the typical bad guy cowboy, and starts trouble with the farmers. Chris Calloway is the bad guy who goes good, starts a fight with Shane at
Blackfish tells of the story behind Tilikum, the killer whale that is being held captive at Sea World. Tilikum has taken several lives over the course of the last few years and has participated in harmful and violent behavior since its arrival at the theme park. The documentary analyzes and reveals the mistreatment of the killer whales encaged and being held captive there, the lives lost at Sea World, and how deceptive the theme park really is. According to the second humanity formulation of Kant’s Categorical Imperative which states that individuals must never treat others as a tool or the sole purpose of a need. As visualized in the documentary, the killer whales, and other mammals were treated poorly and as objects for the means of entertainment.
In the use of symbolism of swimming, Cheever shows that addiction creates a reality where we hide from the real world and eventually destroy our life. Addiction to anything starts out simple but it can lead to devastating results. When addicted the world becomes different from the one you are used to. This then becomes your paradise which you then hide in. Ultimately it becomes your own personal reality which absorbs the very conscience. Every time you slip into the real world, you instantly want to go back to the safety you feel in the world you created. In The Swimmer, the main character Neddy faces these problems constantly. Neddy keeps trying to escape and stay in the world he believes is true. He lives in a constant illusion that only